Kosovo - A Second Amendment Study by Tom Adkins
They came at dawn. Quietly from the forests, through the fields and the brush, they surrounded the village. They began burning and looting homes, sending frightened people into the streets, killing at random. The villagers, clutching children and maybe a bag of food and a blanket, tried to escape. But they were surrounded. And unarmed. House by house the invaders went, rounding everyone up. They were herded into a field like cattle. Then, the invaders attacked, killing many, maiming others. A few escaped and told their story.
It could be Iraq. Or Rwanda. Or Cambodia twenty years ago. Germany sixty years ago. Rome two thousand years ago. Or anywhere two thousand years from now. A mother will helplessly watch her son slaughtered by her own government. Today, that story is in Kosovo.
The survivors of this tragedy don't want pity. They don't want money. And they don't want Christiane Amanpour poking a camera in their faces. What they want is a gun. And a lot of ammunition.
How many of these people would be killed if Yugoslavia had a second amendment? None.
Switzerland has always understood the wisdom of a well-armed society. Every home in Switzerland has at least one assault rifle or shotgun. And it's not because the Swiss like to shoot beer cans. It's actually Swiss law. See, European folks have a long tradition of killing each other for reasons only Europeans can fathom. Switzerland is surrounded by these nations. But nobody has taken on Switzerland in a war since the 12th century, except Napoleon. Invaders fortunate enough to get through the Alps are welcomed by some very angry, well-armed Swiss folks. And the seven million Swiss see only about 20 firearm murders per year.
New Zealand, on the other hand, had a positively utopian idea. They forced the entire nation to sell their guns to the government, so that crime would go away. Violent crime promptly soared 300%. If only the criminals had cooperated. What does a New Zealand homeowner do to an armed burglar? Shoo him away with a broom?
In fact, as gun laws get tougher, violent crime increases. Liberal Chicago University Professor John Lott conclusively proved the direct correlation between gun violence and tighter gun restrictions. But you never saw CNN trumpeting Lott's study. Or New Zealand's failed experiment.
And you won't see Peter Jennings or Dan Rather pleading to give Kosovo refugees weapons to defend themselves. Better to let them die at the hands of rabid Serbs. That way, America and the NATO socialists can ride to the noble rescue, sending missiles flying, choppers chopping, bombs bursting and Madeline Albright glowering, proving once again that big government can solve all problems.
Except it isn't working.
When nations split up upon the fall of communism, whoever controlled the guns controlled the people. In Yugoslavia, the Serbs had the guns, and became the bullies of the Balkans. For ten years, those Serbian slaughters occurred because the world refused to allow defenseless Balkan people to buy arms. Now, they're all dead, dying or relocating.
Politicians will soon plead to the American public to send our sons and daughters to die in Kosovo, in order to stop a government from killing its own people. Wouldn't it have been easier if they could have defended themselves?
Mao Tse Tung was wrong about almost everything. But his best quote might be "Power grows from the barrel of a gun." He should know. At gun point, he took the land from China's farmers and forced his entire nation into a collective agricultural experiment. Fortunately, only 50 million Chinese starved to death. Oops! No worry for Chairman Mao...he ruled for another 30 years, till he died an old, chubby man. He always had plenty of food. And guns.
In America, our Constitution grants power to the individual, in an attempt to keep the temptation of power away from government. The founding fathers understood power does, indeed, grow from the barrel of a gun. That's why they gave individuals the right to own guns in the Constitution, commonly known as "the Second Amendment." Without individual power, there is no freedom.
Only dictators and utopian governments take freedom away from the people. It's far easier to herd unarmed people around to do the bidding of the armed elite. Consider what powers the liberal revolution in American government granted itself without force over the last 50 years. What powers do you think our government would take if we were unarmed?
The second Amendment is a true guarantee of freedom. Not freedom to shoot bowling pins off a tree stump, or freedom to bag a deer on opening day, but freedom to defend yourself from criminals, and from a government who wants to control you.
You want a peek at a nation without guns? Turn on CNN right now. Welcome to Kosovo, the liberal Utopia. Here we can watch the New World Order being smashed and splattered across the fields of the former Yugoslavia, now referred to as "hell" by those still alive to tell us. If the social utopians really want a stable new world order based upon freedom, they should start with the second amendment to their World Constitution.
And they should start with Kosovo.
I'd be more than happy to agree with you, if only you were correct!