The back and forth debate about the Second Amendment may never reach a satisfactory answer. Unfortunately, though, it diverts attention from an issue which should be at the core of all discussion: Why does the NRA spend so much time, money and energy in a desperate attempt to defend something which is not under attack? There is not now, nor has there ever been a serious proposal from the U.S. government to confiscate all firearms from its citizens. The NRA continues to use this so-called threat as a huge income-producing machine, and America needs to ask, “based on what?” Where is the evidence that any real threat exists?
It simply does not. Any claims to the contrary must meet the test of factual evidence. This almost hysterical fear exists only in the dark minds of the NRA and the Tea Party, and it is used to manufacture fear to manipulate its naïve members.
Never, not once in our history, has the government either attempted or proposed to disarm all citizens. This has never been done, even during our most vulnerable times, including the Civil War, when all southern officers were allowed to return home carrying their side arms.
President Obama has repeatedly said he understands that legislation is not a viable option to curtail what amounts to terrorist attacks. He has not proposed confiscation of all firearms. Congress has not proposed confiscation of all firearms. The Supreme Court has ruled that possession of firearms is actually legal for self-defense. The NRA, therefore, is obligated to provide factual evidence of the so-called “threat.”
They may claim that they feel a constant vigil must be maintained to prevent the possibility of confiscation. Their enormous single-minded effort to accomplish this, however, is way out of proportion to any actual fact.
In examining this all-consuming crusade, it becomes clear that using unwarranted fear is an obvious tool used by the NRA to accomplish goals which have nothing to do with “protecting” anyone. As long as they can perpetuate this dark myth, they stand to control their income and power. Truly, those are the things they cling to with their cold dead hand.