Taking People From Guns
Author’s note: This column was written Sunday afternoon, some four hours before Obama’s address to the nation.
On January 17, 2013, the online Patriot Post published my column on the subject of gun control, titled “Obama’s Gun Control Game, ” in which I said the game was not to take guns away from Americans, but to take Americans away from guns.
During his presidency, President Obama’s political timing has been superb and tonight, nearly three years after my thoughts were published, he may confirm my suspicions.
Since my 2013 column, countless usage of phrases like “stronger background checks” and “taking guns away from mentally ill people” have, in my opinion, served to give Obama cover for his move. Significantly, no one mentions how many thousands of unstable people would need to be institutionalized.
However, given Obama’s skill at doublespeak, it may not be apparent tonight to the average American that he is making truth out of my column. Even if some of the elite, intellectual mainstream media operatives catch on, it is doubtful if it will be revealed in print or on television.
Or, I could have been wrong in my 2013 column, or maybe Obama doesn’t think the timing is right.
Following are excerpts from the 2013 column.
As far as I know no one in the national mainstream media has pointed it out, though it is difficult to believe that at least some members are smart enough to recognize the gun control game President Obama and his closest advisers are playing. …
But BW (Bawa Walters) AC (Anderson Cooper) and that other example of royalty, the Englishman Piers Morgan, must also know that the major thrust for Obama and his fellow intellectual elites lies in controlling people, not guns. To that extent, they agree with the slogan, “People, not guns, kill people.”
Obama realizes that, even though the path to socialism in America is pretty well greased, there may be a few citizens who would rebel if a powerful move is initiated to confiscate all guns. There may be hundreds of citizens who have access to arms who would battle with any troops sent to raid homes and places of business seeking guns. …
But Obama and his advisers are betting that locking up people who shouldn’t own or carry guns will remove the last vestige of gun violence.
There is a reason that Obama’s recent proposal to Congress includes mandatory background checks for all gun buyers and more money for mental health, says my good friend and adviser, Theodon Tearon Tuttler, of Walla Walla, Oregon.
TTT notes that the federal government has in its arsenal an army of mental health experts who are just as eager as lawyers to join the Obama legions and get rich in the process.
TTT, who is seldom right and is not to be trusted, tells me that the watchword among some White House advisers and from George Clooney, Obama’s closest civilian adviser, is: “You can control guns only by controlling people.”
Putting people away in institutions is as natural to a modern progressive liberal as it was to Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin, TTT said. Who knows better whether a person should be allowed to own or carry a gun than a well-educated liberal? TTT says some experts think that there may be at least 30 million people in the United States who shouldn’t be allowed to own or carry a gun.
Putting aside the effort’s benefits in removing threats from guns, institutionalizing millions of people will also be a big boost for the economy; it may do to this sluggish economy what World War II did for the Great Depression. Thousands more shrinks will need to be trained, hundreds of secure institutions will need to be built, and staff trained to run them.
Thousands and thousands of mental cases who are financially able to hire lawyers and judges may avoid being locked in padded walls.
But, alas, the rank and file won’t be as lucky. However, Obama will show that he cares for the “little people.” He will make sure that they have enough numbing medicine to make imprisonment tolerable.
L. E. Brown, Jr. is a writer based in Magnolia, N.C. Contact him at [email protected]