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Essential Liberty: They Came for Your Guns

“I have NO confidence whatsoever that some sort of gun registry doesn't already exist, in light of the NSA revelation, IRS revelation, AP wiretap revelation, etc.” — Rob Olive, author of Essential Liberty.

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Howard Nemerov

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June 13, 2013 - 12:00 am
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What if the federal government decided to confiscate all civilian firearms? Would you surrender your guns? Would your friends and neighbors turn you in? Do enough Americans remain who are willing to risk their lives resisting disarmament? Would the military support the government, or the people, or both?

What if the Supreme Court rules disarmament is constitutional? Would sheriffs who previously swore to resist unconstitutional firearms laws decide to support disarmament after such a ruling?

The issue these days isn’t that the Supreme Court affirmed Second Amendment principles in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, but that four of nine justices dissented. Similarly, the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks didn’t advance — but 54 senators voted for it. If those opposing the civil right of self-defense elect just a few more representatives and senators, or replace one more Supreme Court justice, the Second Amendment’s “official” interpretation could drastically change; the questions above would no longer be academic.

The novel Essential Liberty serves as scenario training, just like tactical pistol classes help people acquire the skills to survive a potentially lethal attack. Like tactical training, Essential Liberty takes today’s news and political climate and moves them just a little farther into a possible future.

Author Rob Olive understands the basic problem with today’s debate:

Facts and logic mattered not at all, as many firearms rights supporters quickly discovered. When emotions ran as high as they did on this issue, there could be no true debate. (Page 8, Kindle Edition.)

Olive accurately portrays a likely scenario, including a series of actions by the federal government, justice system, and media that have been in play for years, though perhaps more so since the Newtown tragedy. There are deeper, darker aspects to Olive’s story that may have happened in fact, but haven’t been exposed yet. An example: we assume background-check records get destroyed as required by federal law, per below:

In cases of NICS Audit Log records relating to allowed transactions, all identifying information submitted by or on behalf of the transferee will be destroyed within 24 hours after the FFL receives communication of the determination that the transfer may proceed. All other information, except the NTN and date, will be destroyed after not more than 90 days from the date of inquiry.

But consider current events, such as the Benghazi attack on our consulate, the IRS targeting “conservative groups,” and Fast & Furious. Is it reasonable to assume the feds always destroy all copies and backups of legal firearms purchases? Wikileaks is an example of how computer records show up unexpectedly.

Then there’s the latest revelation that the National Security Agency can “intercept almost everything” sent electronically. According to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: “Once you go on the network, I can identify your machine. You will never be safe whatever protections you put in place.” Is it reasonable to believe that NICS transactions over a government network are secured against another government agency tracking everything it can in the name of national security?

Having been published before all these recent government scandals, Essential Liberty becomes prophetic. When interviewed recently, Olive said: “I have NO confidence whatsoever that some sort of gun registry doesn’t already exist, in light of the NSA revelation, IRS revelation, AP wiretap revelation, etc.”

Essential Liberty opens somewhat heavily, but the reality of disarmament needs explanation. The story is informative enough to keep it interesting. There are a few other detractions, at least for some readers. Olive uses a lot of acronyms, though he initially defines them. Some readers may need to slow down to track who’s doing what. Olive’s characters speak in similar voices, exhibiting a lack of character development. He uses a lot of dialogue to set up plotlines. Great stories show.

For example, the novel contains a bar scene where Marshall Keller and Agent Myers “come clean” with their thoughts about confiscation. It comes off as forced — a device to convey how some government agents don’t want to enforce it. Cops often speak in code, and Keller’s first short answer would have revealed his perspective, making further dialogue unnecessary. According to Olive:

I had in mind for this scene to really illustrate Bobby’s anguish over the whole thing. Keller’s surprise that Bobby would open up, especially to the degree that he did, sort of alludes to the “code” you speak of having been broken in this case. I really wanted to convey more than these two law enforcement officers “coming clean.” I wanted to show how literally torn up Bobby was, as I believe many law enforcement officers would be if this ever came to pass.

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When not if they come for your guns it will be executed in the same manner as the search for the Boston bomber Watertown. It will be carried out by your local and state police. All the badge lickers will cry about how stressful it was for the police to deliver America into tyranny but they had to follow orders.

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'We’ve strayed so far from our founding principles that the words our Founders used are now considered “extreme.” '

It's worth remembering that the words of our Founders were considered extreme at the time, too. When they stood behind those words, and fought, and won, we accepted those words as a matter of course.

It says a lot about the society we live in, that those words have again become 'extreme'.
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“I have NO confidence whatsoever that some sort of gun registry doesn't already exist, in light of the NSA revelation, IRS revelation, AP wiretap revelation, etc.”

One of my friends was visited by the ATF after a gun he sold several years back turned up at a crime scene. They had a list of every gun he ever bought going back to the 80's. So yeah, they do illegally keep those records.
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Every living creature has an absolute right to self defense, by any means necessary. No human being can grant or destroy what they did not create.

The question not being asked by most of us is: By what legitimate authority? How does anyone legitimately gain authority to control the lives and choices of other people against their will?

Did you ever ask a politician, a gun grabber, a public school teacher, a bureaucrat… “By what legitimate authority do you demand, order, enforce, do these things?”

I have. Most, of course, cite the “constitution” and/or “the rule of law.” I then ask them how those things can confer LEGITIMATE authority. Where does legitimate authority over people’s lives and property originate?

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?page_id=1294
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Sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

A few years ago I wrote an essay on a similar theme: When is it time to start shooting. It brings up some important items to consider.

Maybe you'd like to read it?

It's posted at: http://www.comeandtakeit.com/whenshot.htm

Here's the outline, since I don't seem to be able to post the entire thing here:

WHEN IS IT TIME TO START SHOOTING? --main essay, from http://www.comeandtakeit.com . I would certainly like to hear from people in law enforcement and military.

Possible Confrontations
Past Confrontations
Common Themes Of Confrontations
Preparing For Confrontations

1. Know The Truth
2. Develop Key Allies
3. Meet People On Their Level
4. Bring Along The Population
5. Keep Your Eyes Open And Your Mind Sharp
6. Know Your Friends, And Know How To Communicate With Them
7. Inform The Masses
8. Defend
9. Those In Power Should Speak Out And Stand Up

Appendices:

Appendix I
WHY WILL MANY PEOPLE NOT SHOW UP TO HELP US?

Appendix II
THE SECOND AMENDMENT: GUARANTOR OF THE REST OF THE CONSTITUTION, AND WORTH DEFENDING WITH YOUR LIFE.

Appendix III
CASE STUDIES

The Branch Davidians.
Randy Weaver/Kevin Harris
Boston Massacre.
The Disarming of Boston.
Lexington Green.
Gonzales, Texas 1835
An Un-named Fellow Who Went Armed In Public
Joe Gray.
Indianapolis Baptist Temple
Road Blocks.
The Police Officer Accused Of Raping A Woman.
California Gun Confiscation, House To House Searches, .50 BMGBuyback/Confiscation, Class III Confiscation

Appendix IV
A FEW MISCELLANEOUS NOTES NOT YET INCORPORATED INTO THE MAIN ESSAY

Non-lethal defenses
Does an armed populace guarantee liberty?
When is it time to STOP shooting?
"Tax Protesting"
A Few Biblical Reasons Why We Should Not Flee To Another Country To Escape The Coming Confrontations.
1 year ago
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Public Schools & Guns
From a friend.....

Today a recently retired public school teacher that I’d not seen in several years, visited. All I ever knew of her politics was she despised Bush. We got on the subject of the grammar school boy who chewed a pop tart in the form of a gun and was expelled. I mentioned that this silliness seems to be constantly in the news all around the country. Here’s a shocker.

The lady was a member of TEA & NEA. She said that the reason this is being done is to create a generation of future voters who consider guns evil and would be more inclined to amend and remove the 2d Amendment.

If you want to change a nation’s culture, control the education of their children. In my day all education was exclusively a state operation; no federal money, no federal control, and each state’s teachers’ union was more in keeping with the politics and views of the majority voters in their state.

The first compulsory public education was in Germany long before anyone heard of the Nazis. Once the structure is set in place at the central level, it will be used by those who “know best.” If we got back to a 50 independent states school system it would defeat the attempt to make everyone think alike.

Orwell was way to early with “1984.”
1 year ago
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I used to think articles like this were a bit paranoid, but after what obama has already done, I no longer do.
1 year ago
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I guess the rules to follow should be this:
1. Never specify all of the guns you own, even to family and friends.
2. Learn how to cache weapons.
3. Buy weapons in red states with no registry of gun sales.
4. Pay cash, and buy guns from people who don't know you.
5. Know which guns any government agency is aware of that you own.
6. Quietly build your stockpile and be prepared for social upheaval.

Yes, many people need to learn this now.
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I think we have a larger issue than whether the government comes for your guns, or not......

Like if you are convinced that your own federal government is the enemy, how that is not a failed state condition? I wonder if Essential Liberty does, or even can describe a failed state condition - and a failed USofA sorta means a failed global economy and a dire crisis for the entire political ecosystem.....'>......
1 year ago
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If you read the entire review, your question gets answered.
1 year ago
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ah..... I'm not seeing it. When daily commerce stops and cheques don't get sent and the dollar tanks and global markets implode. One thing you do have to give to Atlas Shrugged is that Rand tries to detail the larger implications of stuff. Many people won't care all that much about the infringement of their liberties when life span drops to about two weeks. It all seems irrelevant on the downhill........
1 year ago
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From 2nd page:

Olive makes many salient points in Essential Liberty:

Far too many “gun rights people” focused on the gun issue alone, which was shortsighted and selfish, not to mention hypocritical. Freedom was freedom and it had been slipping away in this country for much of the twentieth century. (Page 62, Kindle Edition.)

Essential Liberty does show how we have lost touch with important founding values that created American greatness. Perhaps more germane in today’s political climate, Olive highlights how the American people are responsible for the politicians currently driving us to ruin; how we’re becoming a nation full of self-centered folks who don’t care if others’ rights are infringed, as long as it doesn’t infringe on our lives.

That's a description of "failed state," but it also places the responsibility evenly across all of us, the electorate. States don't just magically fail; they're enabled by all our personal choices. Olive makes that point.
1 year ago
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When not if they come for your guns it will be executed in the same manner as the search for the Boston bomber Watertown. It will be carried out by your local and state police. All the badge lickers will cry about how stressful it was for the police to deliver America into tyranny but they had to follow orders.

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Sounds like a recipe for failure. The FedGov can't trust the state/local authorities in much of the country, & the Watertown operation was a tiny urban sweep. You can't just scale that up time/space-wise.

"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once."--Heinlein
1 year ago
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'We’ve strayed so far from our founding principles that the words our Founders used are now considered “extreme.” '

It's worth remembering that the words of our Founders were considered extreme at the time, too. When they stood behind those words, and fought, and won, we accepted those words as a matter of course.

It says a lot about the society we live in, that those words have again become 'extreme'.
1 year ago
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This is what needs to be hammered home to all the useful Right idiots for the regime who think they're defending the NSA but they're really protecting Barry.
1 year ago
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The minute to 'obey the law' by registering your guns, you're already on a defacto gun registry.

What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you people not understand?

The Constitution is dead. You people still seem to think that it is is still in effect in the real world.

Hint: It isn't. ...or have the recent scandals meant absolutely nothing to you? Except for the fact that conservatives aren't in charge of our present, real world, security state tyranny, of course. That's what appears to upset most of you, especially in light of several recent polls.
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