When I saw this story this morning:
I was reminded of a story I heard Rush Limbaugh read from a gun magazine back in 1994 (and I suspect Buchanan remembers it as well — because he was “in the loop” at the time). The story was of a member of a gun rights lobby re-telling the events of a meeting they had with then Senator Dole and a bunch of other politicians debating gun legislation. After the meeting, the narrator of the story relates that he spoke with Sen. Dole and told him that, if the government were ever to try to take our weapons, they would resist with force. The narrator went on to remind Sen. Dole that the majority of the people in their lobbying interest and their membership were former military — just like him. But he also reminded Dole that they were also the business owners and professionals who make society work so, if the government kills or imprisons them, the government would then have to deal with the resulting collapse of society. The narrator claims he then turned and left Sen. Dole without waiting for a response.
The narrator ended the story by telling the reader that some time after this meeting, one of Sen. Dole’s aides called him back to follow-up on the conversation. Apparently, his comments to Dole shook the Senator a bit more than was first realized. According to the narrator, the Senator’s aide told him that Dole and the rest of the Senate sub-committee had never even contemplated that the people would resist with force, let alone the ramifications of what it would mean were the government to try to enforce arms collection.
What I got from this story was two-fold. First, beyond any doubt in my mind, the goal in Washington is to take our weapons — all of our weapons. But second, the people in Washington honestly do not know or understand the American people. They have come to believe their own thinking without ever giving any thought to the reality of how well theory works when it actually meets reality.