A view from the other side

Lots of arguments flying back and forth on gun control these days, and I came across and interesting piece from the other side.  Other side of the globe, that is.  From the glorious pages of Pravda comes this editorial from Stanislav Michin, reprinted from his blog Mat Rodina.  I did a little editing to clean up the language but the content is all Stanislav.

Americans never give up your guns

 By Stanislav Mishin

These days, there are few few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one’s self and possessions.

This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth.  This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar.  Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items.  People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered.  Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples? Well those are bullet holders for rifles.

Various armies, such as the Poles, during the Смута (Times of Troubles), or Napoleon, or the Germans even as the Tsarist state collapsed under the weight of WW1 and Wall Street monies, found that holding Russian lands was much much harder than taking them – and taking was no easy walk in the park but a blood bath all its own.  In holding, one faced an extremely well armed and aggressive population Hell bent on exterminating or driving out the aggressor.

Of course being savages, murderers and liars does not mean being stupid and the Reds learned from their Civil War experience.  One of the first things they did was to disarm the population.  From that point, mass repression, mass arrests, mass deportations, mass murder, mass starvation were all a safe game for the powers that were.  The worst they had to fear was a pitchfork in the guts or a knife in the back or the occasional hunting rifle.  Not much for soldiers.

To this day, with the Soviet Union now dead 21 years, with a whole generation born and raised to adulthood without the SU, we are still denied our basic and traditional rights to self defense.  Why?  We are told that everyone would just start shooting each other and crime would be everywhere….but criminals are still armed and still murdering and too often, especially in the far regions, those criminals wear the uniforms of the police.  The fact that everyone would start shooting is also laughable when statistics are examined.

For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the US 2nd Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room.  Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but are in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position.  In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases.  As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (NYC, Chapel Hill NC), swords (Japan), knives (China) or home made bombs (everywhere), insane people strike.  They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack.  What is worse, is, that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or “talking to them”, it is a bullet in the head, that is why they are a maniac, because they are incapable of living in reality or stopping themselves.

The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly.  So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted?  Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?

No, it is about power and a total power over the people.  There is a lot of desire to bad mouth the Tsar, particularly by the Communists, who claim he was a tyrant, and yet under him we were armed and under the progressives disarmed.  Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns.  Oh no, they do not.  What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology.  They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question.  They hate guns in [the hands of] those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.

So, do not fall for the false promises and do not extinguish the light that is left to allow humanity a measure of self respect.

Always interesting to hear from someone who has grown up and lived their entire life in a “gun free” society weigh in on the issue of gun control.  Obviously, a resident of the former Soviet Union has a unique prospective on what happens when governments forcefully disarm the people.

Do I believe the US government is planning mass murder on the scale of the Soviets?  No, absolutely not.  But millions of so-called assault rifles equipped with 30 round magazines are a pretty strong insurance policy against it.  The 2nd Amendment has little to do with “sporting rifles” that get Dianne Feinstein’s seal of approval for hunting use and firearms for personal protection; it is American’s last line of defense against government tyranny.  I’d like to assume it can never happen here, but history is littered with the corpses of tens of millions who thought the same thing about their rulers.

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  • jim_m

    Do I believe the US government is planning mass murder on the scale of the Soviets? No, absolutely not.

    While I believe the communists, like Lenin, understood that they would likely have to ‘sacrifice’ many people in order to implement their tyranny, I don’t think that they actually came to power with the intent to commit mass murder.

    The American left is the same in many respects. Just as no one gets married with the intention of getting divorced no one seeks power with the intent to commit atrocities. But when you seek power by attempting to limit the civil liberties of those who oppose you it becomes a never ending spiral. The only way to truly eliminate opposition is to actually eliminate the people who oppose you. They will eventually reach that conclusion and accept it.

    • Hank_M

      I’m reminded of the federal poisoning program implemented during prohibition.
      All in the name of curbing alcohol consumption. According to a recent Slate article, as many as 10,000 people may have been killed.

      Thankfully, it was all for a “good cause” against people who were not behaving “correctly”.

    • herddog505

      I think that this hits the nail on the head. Once you start doing things “for people’s own good”, it’s a damned easy step to start having to repress people who don’t quite appreciate your (ahem) benevolent intent. Look at the spiteful, hateful remarks made about the Catholic Church when it became clear that Barry was going to – for the people’s own good, of course – make them start having to pay for birth control whether they liked it or not. “Yeah, we’ll show those mackerel snappers that they aren’t above THE LAW.” Now, it’s gun owners who are to learn that we aren’t above THE LAW, either.

      Let’s all keep one thing firmly in mind: THE LAW ultimately rests on the power to kill people who disobey. Yes, our police and courts are (generally) far more gentle and benevolent than that, but (to borrow from The Good Book), the cop doesn’t carry the gun for nothing.

      As jim_m writes, people generally no more set out to commit murder – mass murder – than an angry parent sets out to beat his wayward child. But once on the road of having to keep “those people” under control, it’s not too hard to reach the point where you MUST start using force – violence and killing and mass punishment – to attain that end.

  • GarandFan

    “Gun free” Chicago just hit it’s 500th homicide for the year. Just another Democratic “Worker’s Paradise”.

    • herddog505

      Oh, but I’m sure that, if you asked Rahm-bo or the other dems who run the city, it’s all the fault of eeeeeeevil gunnuts in neighboring counties and states who sell guns illegally into the city. After all, isn’t that what Bloomers has been claiming for years about NYC?

      • Olsoljer

        …………and 60 of those homicides victims were children.

  • You all need to understand what is going on in Russia these days. There is a new rising right that thinks they had freedom and liberties under the czar. That is malarkey. It was a corrupt, tyrannical, feudal regime that still had slavery and indentured servitude at the turn of the 20th century. A massive uprising like they had in 1917 didn’t happen because they were free, and neither did the American revolution, albeit with different outcomes.

    Furthermore, there are so many reasons why many invaders failed against russia even when others succeeded. Lets not forget a few centuries of Mongol rule, and the fact that a victory in WW2 came at a cost of millions of Russian soldiers many of whom died at the hands of their peers.

    And a final note – gun ownership and mutiny among the military is what made the 1917 revolution possible. Lets not twist the history and pretend that the communists came to power peacefully. Gun ownership too can lead to tyranny.

    Disclaimer: I grew up in the USSR.