Gun Control: A War Not a Conversation
President Obama said previously that the nation needed to have a "conversation" about gun control, and he reiterated this agenda in his State of the Union speech. New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has subsequently boasted that his SAFE Act has criminalized law-abiding gun owners for "offenses" such as having too many bullets in their guns. This helps prove that Cuomo meant exactly what he said when he stated that there was no place for "extreme conservatives" in his state. Cuomo defined his enemies as those who "oppose abortion rights and favor legalization of assault weapons.
Barack Obama's ongoing anti-Second Amendment rhetoric, and the SAFE Act, prove that the left wing of the Democratic Party has declared war on all law-abiding gun owners. Moderate Congressional Democrats have, through their silence, given their consent to this agenda. There is not only no place for gun owners, almost all of whom are productive citizens, in New York State; there is no place for them in the Democratic Party.
This is emphatically a war, and not a conversation. The following, along with the Obamacare debacle ("If you like your Democratic Member of Congress, you can keep him"), are all strong arguments for voting straight Republican in almost every House and Senate contest this year. At the state level, Pennsylvanians need to be aware that potential gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz shares Andrew Cuomo's unethical and dishonest position that gun manufacturers should be held civilly accountable for misuse of their products.
(1) The enemy has deployed military-grade hate propaganda against gun owners.
Does any reasonable person believe that a German Jew could have had a constructive win-win conversation with the creators of this poster?
If not, does anybody believe that firearm owners can trust the creators of a cartoon that depicts an NRA member threatening to assassinate the President of the United States? Here is another that shows politicians who support the Second Amendment, along with the Republican Elephant, standing on the graves of the Sandy Hook shooting victims. These are but a handful of countless images whose purpose is to demonize law-abiding firearm owners the same way the Nazis promoted hatred of Jews or, for that matter, the way the Yellow Press fomented hatred of Spaniards in 1898. It is instructive to compare this image of a "Second Amendment supporter," and this one by Steve Benson, to Grant Hamilton's depiction of a Spaniard:
The anti-Second Amendment camp, as led by President Obama, has also waged other dishonest forms of psychological warfare and gaslighting to advance its agenda. It is difficult to have any kind of good faith "conversation" with somebody who is using against our side the only weapon of war (propaganda) that it is legal to use during peacetime.
I am not complaining like a child who has been hit by a bully on the schoolyard, because my knowledge of psychological warfare goes far beyond the amateur efforts of cartoonists like Steve Benson. Benson violates repeatedly a basic PsyWar rule by demonizing the opposing side's rank and file, thus making his cartoons one of the best recruiting tools available to the NRA. If the other side uses a psychological weapon of war against my side, my side has the right to use it back, and with compound interest. If the other side starts a war, our side must finish it in a manner that leaves organizations and political careers in ruins. If the Million Mom March was the anti-Second Amendment side's Hiroshima, then we must make Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns its Nagasaki. As Lord Clifford put it in King Henry VI, "I will not bandy with thee word for word/ But buckle with thee blows; twice two for one."
(2) A Blitzkrieg is not a conversation
Andrew Cuomo railroaded his aforementioned anti-Second Amendment bill through his Legislature, in likely violation of New York law that requires a public comment period. That is a blitzkrieg, and not a conversation.
(3) Incrementalism is War
When Adolf Hitler says, "Today Germany, tomorrow the world," nobody should delude himself into believing that appeasement will make his statement mean something else. When militant Arabs publish Israel-free maps of the Middle East, and run children's shows that call for the extermination of Jews followed by Islamic domination of the world, a responsible person takes them at their word and treats them accordingly: like rabid animals, as opposed to negotiating partners with whom it is possible to have any kind of win-win conversation.
When Senator Dianne Feinstein says, "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them . . . Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in, I would have done it," it is similarly best to take her at her word. The same goes for Jan Schakowsky's (D-IL, wife of convicted felon Robert Creamer) statement that Congress can indeed get around to banning handguns. Andrew Cuomo has added that confiscation of firearms is an option, while Handgun Control Inc. said openly that the Brady Bill is merely the nose of the camel under the tent.
Hitler's successive demands, the Arabs' open admission that peace agreements (hudnas) with Israel are only temporary truces, and the anti-Second Amendment movement's calls for so-called "common sense gun laws" are all examples of incrementalist aggression. There is only one way to deal with an incrementalist aggressor, and it doesn't involve a win-win conversation. Here, instead, is what we must do.
Retaliate with the rule of names
There is an ancient PsyWar principle (once depicted as magic) that the power to name a thing is the power to control or destroy it. This does not mean schoolyard name-calling, but rather control of the language of the argument. Allied propagandists stuck a German general, Fedor von Bock, with "Der Sterber" ("Let's go get killed") after he expressed his callous disregard for his soldiers' lives by saying it was their duty to die gloriously for the Fatherland. Contemporary examples include:
- "Shotgun Joe" for Joe Biden, noting his advice to commit a possible felony in Delaware, where he is licensed to practice law, by recklessly discharging a shotgun into the air.
- "Genghis John" for John Kerry, noting his blood libel of American combat troops, perpetration of felony-level war crimes, or both during the Vietnam War.
- "Client 9" for former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, a supporter of Andrew Cuomo's anti-Second Amendment agenda. This dismisses him as the kind of man whose indiscretions might expose him to blackmail, and expose his wife to a sexually transmitted disease.
- "Climate Parasite," or "Climate Change Parasite," for individuals and organizations that seek to enrich themselves from cap and trade, carbon offsets, and so on, much like rainmakers exploited droughts to take advantage of desperate farmers. This name acknowledges that climate change is a proven geological fact, and thus prevents the enemy from denouncing our side as knuckle-dragging "climate change deniers." Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), for example, identified (inadvertently) Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase as climate parasites.
Depict enemies of the Second Amendment as common ghouls
Rahm Emanuel said openly that he was willing to exploit human tragedy for political gain: "Never let a good crisis go to waste." Former Pennsylvania Governor (and DNC Chair) Ed Rendell added, in effect, that one should never let a dead child go to waste. "The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side." Mayor Michael Bloomberg then expressed a wish for more firearm-related mass murders for the same purpose:
"No, I think that's right this time. But that doesn't mean you're not going to come back again," Bloomberg said.
"Keep in mind we're likely to have more tragedies like you saw in Connecticut. Each one of these builds on things."
Our side can accurately depict Emanuel, Rendell, and Bloomberg as "Ghouls for Gun Control" who feast ecstatically on the bodies of crime victims while they lust for more tragedies. Andrew Cuomo and Allyson Schwartz can be depicted accurately as bottom-feeding ambulance chasers because of their advocacy of frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers. "Bottom feeding ambulance chaser" is indeed the ethical level of an attorney who tries to sue General Motors when a drunk hit-and-run driver maims somebody with a Chevy, or Sears Roebuck when a criminal assaults somebody with a Craftsman hammer.
Our side cannot have a conversation while their side wages a war. Let us instead follow Lord Clifford's advice to buckle with them blows, twice two for one, in the upcoming election.
William A. Levinson, P.E. is the author of several books on business management including content on organizational psychology, as well as manufacturing productivity and quality.