Skip to comments.Rawles: “It Would Be Impossible To Disarm The People Of This Country”
Posted on 05/21/2012 10:22:31 AM PDT by blam
Rawles: It Would Be Impossible To Disarm The People Of This Country
May 21st, 2012
How likely is it that we will actually experience a disaster that brings down our national power grid?
Will the government seize all guns in the United States?
If Continuity of Government response plans are initiated, will they be able to effectively lock down every major city and the country as a whole under a martial law scenario?
Is an economic collapse in our near future?
These and a host of other critical topics are covered in the latest interview from SGT Report with Survival Blog editor James Rawles.
Rawles on Gun Confiscation:
I think it would be impossible to disarm the people of this country. Along with Yemen were the most heavily armed society on the planet. It would be absolutely impossible to disarm the citizenry.
There might be an attempt to do it incremently over the course of generations. I think thats the only way that would happen.
There are so many guns being produced each year a couple of million guns each year its just mathematically impossible, if not socially impossible, to even envision the logisitics of trying to disarm the American citizenry. It just cant happen. Theres too many guns in circulation and theyre essentially the final guarantor of our freedom.
The next phase of the financial collapse:
I think that given the financial situation globally if you look at whats happening in Italy, Spain, Greece and the most recent election in France were very likely to see a lot of financial turmoil in the coming months.
A lot of it will spill over into American markets. I think there is likely to be another global credit crisis like in 2008, and it could get very, very ugly very quickly.
I think its prudent for people to prepare. I think that if you look at it in terms of the clock face approach, were probably just minutes from midnight in terms of where we should be in terms of our preparedness.
Rawles on the probability of a grid-down worst-case scenario collapse:
In all of my writings Ive stressed that the North American power grids and therere three of them are the real lynch pin of our modern technological society.
If the grids go down, all bets are off.
Its important that people plan for the worst case. The worst case would, of course, be grid down. The chances of that happening are fairly small, but if youre prepared for the worst case you can take anything lesser in stride.
In terms of the power grid, if they knock that leg out from underneath society they can create a cascade of events that will be completely beyond their control.
Martial law is not going to restore order if the power grid goes down and does not come back up within a few days.
On martial law:
I think the whole rhetoric about martial law tends to be overblown, because the logistics of implementing martial law would be daunting. Even in the United States, where we have a fairly sophisticated military, the numbers just dont add up for martial law being instituted for more than just a very short period of time.
We have a military thats primarily deployed overseas right now. The military here in the United States, active and reserve components, dont even have enough vehicles for training much less live operations. The majority of the rolling stock for the US military right now is in places like Bosnia and Afghanistan.
How do you institute martial law if you cant even get troops from point A to point B?
Obsessing on martial is probably not productive, but we do need to be on guard to guard our liberty, and we do need to speak up when there are abuses of our Constitutional Rights, especially the first amendment.
SGT Report with James Wesley Rawles (Part 1 of 2):
(Click to the site to view the video)
SGT Report with James Wesley Rawles (Part 2 of 2):
(Click to site to view the video)
There’s simply no way they could ever disarm the American people, unless the people did so voluntarily.
There’s not enough bag-pipe players to handle all of the police funerals that would result from the attempt.
I don't think that many cops would assist in a mass disarming. At the moment, they storm a house here and there, but most cops have never done anything but pull over speeders. I think they'd balk if they were ordered to take every gun in America.
Hell, a lot of them would join the resistence.
Nor do all the police want to disarm the people. There are those that would lick the Fed hand but there those who will resist.
Yeah, Prohibition worked so well. The war on drugs ended drug use, right? We only have legal immigration.
Look up what happened in New Orleans after Katrina.
Martial law declared by city and guns confiscated from citizens trying to protect their homes.
That was one agency, and not representative of all agencies or police officers.
How about blue helmeted U.N. troops???
And obammy has made it possible for U.S. troops to be under U.N. command.
Would American troops fire on U.S. citizens? ask Lon Horiuchi. Ask Janet Reno.
I do know that Americans WILL fire on those who TRY to take away their arms.
I suppose we’ll disagree but I think many more will find great delight in going house to house than you think. Just look at how badly they acted during Katrina. Given the opportunity most police will do the wrong thing. Some will refuse b/c they’re scared and only a tiny minority will refuse b/c its the wrong thing to do. Hey, they know who pays the bills and pulls the chain. They’ll go along to get along using the age old excuse...I was just following orders.
Then theres the military which no one likes to talk about. I think there are some stellar leaders (and followers) but also an almost equally sized crop of commies in our military. The later will join the police. What the others will do is uncertain.
In any event weapon confiscation on a mass scale will be the major hairball. I suspect it’ll be couched in the best of intensions w/ full court propaganda to match. That makes it palatable to most of the silly sheep. Those who are left will find the going tough....but not impossible. I REALLY hope it doesn’t come that though.
I notice that the NATO riots in Chicago are being suppressed by guys in powder blue helmets...
Just for grins and giggles, a few years ago I added up all the active military personnel from all of the countries of the world, and then compared that to the number of Americans who bought a large game hunting license the preceding year.
The short answer is, the number of large-game license hunters in America exceeds the military personnel of all the countries of the world combined, sans China.
And that’s not counting Americans who have guns but don’t deer hunt.
I have long thought that it is not the actual physical disarming of the population that would be our undoing.
It is the brainwashing of younger generations and the erosion of independant spirit and plain old guts that is the greater danger.
We can already see the great success liberals have had in creating a dependant, compliant, mostly urban culture who think it is extreme to own guns and to expect government to honor the Constitution and govern within its bounds.
You admit that they have already disarmed, without balking, individual families here and there, yet you still don’t believe they would not engage in the same behavior on a larger scale?
1) Our politicians do not fear an armed population. Maybe they should but they DON'T. So what does that tell us?
2) Our forefathers said “a well regulated militia being necessary............” We are not well regulated meaning trained, we are just a bunch of guys with guns, which will be taken out one at a time for the most part...................
Of course. It could never be repeated in New York City or Washington D.C. or Houston or Dallas or....
Or perhaps, wise Freepers will not forget the lessons learned after Katrina, nor will they dismiss the possibility of the same atrocities being committed in their own towns, villages or cities.
Good thoughts. How do you propose that we Freepers rectify both problems?
Comparatively, that was on a pretty small scale. If the numbers of 80-100 MILLION armed US Citizens is correct, that’d be impossible. Just saying.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.