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From tragedy to tyranny

by Michael Badnarik

I love children. Everybody does. They are completely innocent, and their enthusiasm for discovery is absolutely contagious. Adults are not excited about Santa Claus, but we all get excited watching children get excited about Santa Claus. Therefore, I share the horror of the nation that so many innocent children were brutally murdered in Newton, Connecticut – less than two weeks before Christmas. Sadly, we shall never see the excited anticipation on their faces as they breathlessly anticipate the arrival of Santa. How much more tragic will their deaths be when we discover that they were used as tiny pawns in a ruthless political agenda? If you gasped, or are shaking your head in disbelief, then this article was written specifically with you in mind. When American soldiers finally defeated German forces in WWII and began liberating the numerous concentration camps that are the focal point of the Holocaust, they could not believe their eyes. More startling, the local Germans living within miles of the camps were completely unaware of their existence. A documentary I watched said that American soldiers conscripted the German locals into helping carry the thousands of dead bodies to massive graves being created outside the camps. The German locals expressed disbelief that such atrocities could be perpetrated – even as they were helping to recover from the devastation! Recent American history has been punctuated with more mass shootings than most people consciously remember. 2009 – November 5th – Fort Hood, Texas The Fort Hood shooting took place on the most populous U.S. military installation in the world, located just outside Killeen, Texas. In the course of the shooting, a single gunman killed 13 people and wounded 29 others. It is the worst shooting ever to take place on an American military base. 2012 – April 2nd – Oakland, California A gunman shot at people inside Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, California. Within a few hours, the number of reported fatalities reached seven. Along with the California State University, Fullerton massacre, this was the third-deadliest university shooting in United States. 2012 – July 20th – Aurora, Colorado A mass shooting occurred inside of a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. A gunman, dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 59 others. 2012 – August 6th – Oak Creek, Wisconsin Authorities were trying to determine a motive Monday for a bloody attack on a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee by an ex-Army soldier who killed six people and critically injured three others. 2012 – December 12th – Clackamas, Oregon A masked gunman who opened fire in the food court of a crowded Oregon shopping mall, killing two people and wounding a third before taking his own life, appears to have acted alone in a blind rampage with no known motive. 2012 – December 14th – Newton Connecticut A mass shooter killed 27 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Among the fatalities were 20 children, six adults, and the shooter, who also killed his mother at her home. 2012 – December 21st – Altoona, Pennsylvania The Associated Press reports that a shooting rampage has left four people, including the shooter and two state troopers, dead. If those numbers are confirmed, the incident would add to the victim count for a year that has already seen a record number of lives lost to mass shootings. These murders, especially the lives of innocent children, have prompted a nationwide demand for a solution to the problem. Naturally, the talking heads in Washington D.C. and the Lame Stream Media are “debating” the issue of gun control. Of course, this is not a real debate, because the only acceptable outcome for gun control advocates is a total ban on civilian ownership of guns. Period. Opponents to the right of self-defense “win the debate” by asking rhetorical questions designed to eliminate any response other than a complete gun ban. Questions such as, “Who needs magazines that hold more than ten rounds, anyway?” The context of the question implies that anyone who wants multi-round magazines is probably considering a mass shooting of their own. This completely overlooks the fact that the SWAT-team “heroes” who responded to the call for help were all armed with “nasty assault rifles” with multi-round magazines! The contradiction is so obvious it is easily overlooked. Even more hypocritical, when the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre announced that “the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun… is a GOOD guy with a gun”, he was practically laughed off the stage as a lunatic. Some politicians claimed that his recommendation to place armed guards in every school was preposterous and impractical. (For the record, I would be happy to volunteer as an armed protector in one of the grade schools, and I’m confident that we could find millions of like-minded gun owners.) Of course their solution to remove all assault rifles (and eventually ALL guns) from the hands of American citizens is supposedly more rational and practical. I don’t know how they plan to accomplish that when there are millions of gun owners who share the “from my cold dead hand” philosophy. I find it very curious that the shooter in Aurora, Colorado was a PhD graduate student who could scarcely afford to pay his rent, but was outfitted with sophisticated military equipment worth several thousands of dollars. How did he obtain these weapons – and why did he passively surrender to authorities when he walked into the parking lot after the shooting? Don’t you find it “overly convenient” that the shooter in Newton, Connecticut committed suicide after killing his mother, then several children that he had no association with? We can’t interrogate his mother to find out what led to this tragic event, and now that the shooter has committed suicide, there’s no reason to investigate any deeper than we have. I’d like you to suspend your disbelief for just a moment, much like you do when to go to watch a Hollywood movie. Is it remotely possible that the government’s highest priority is to eliminate gun ownership in the United States? What could they do to generate a nationwide aversion to guns in general? Might they conspire to inundate us with horrific stories of mass shootings throughout the country? What type of tragedy would generate the most emotional and irrational outrage towards people with guns in general? How about the mass killing of elementary school children who are so young and innocent they haven’t even learned to lie? The very thought that our government might have conspired to kill innocent children for their own selfish political motives generates a level of disbelief – very much like the disbelief of the German locals after WWII. Don’t forget that while he was in the Obama administration, Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” If you never look for evidence, you can be sure that you’ll never find it. In September of 2001, only a handful of people suspected that our government might have played a part in the destruction of the World Trade Center. Today that “conspiracy theory” only sounds outrageous to a handful of dyed-in-the-wool government sycophants. My government has lied to me many, many times in my lifetime. As Police Chief Finch asks in V for Vendetta, “If our own government was responsible for the deaths of almost a hundred thousand people… would you really want to know?”   Michael Badnarik was the 2004 Libertarian Party presidential candidate. Learn more about Michael and his continuing work at

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