Why the South Still Won’t be Reconstructed
December 14, 2015
The favorite subject of discussion on the Left in recent weeks has been the need for what they insist is “common sense gun reform.” The reforms they propose vary from the President demanding that Congress ban anyone on a government watch list from owning a firearm to that prestigious bastion of unbiased journalism, the New York Times, calling for a ban on “assault weapons” and claiming that the owners of such weapons should be required to turn them over to the government. The more moderate liberals are simply proposing enhanced background checks on anyone purchasing a gun, and the State Department is rumored to be considering restricting any online communication about guns. While this last one may turn out to be just a rumor, the sad reality is that we live in a country where the Attorney General wants to prosecute people for “anti-Muslim rhetoric” so at this point we really cannot immediately dismiss any allegation of tyranny against the government as unrealistic or paranoid.
The common theme of all of these proposals for so called “common sense gun reform” is the eventually disarmament of the American people. The most amazing thing about this agenda is that its proponents appear to think that the people they wish to deprive of their guns will submit meekly to their tyrannical mandates and simply “give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.” I cannot speak for gun owners in the rest of the country but as a Southerner I know that I speak for the rest of the South when I say that anyone who thinks we will ever voluntarily give up our guns is living in a fantasy world.
The modern leftists appear to spend the majority of their time in a fantasy world. They are insulated there against anything the terrifying and extreme world that the rest of us know as reality. They have spent the last few decades attempting to pull the rest of us into this fantastic realm where nothing is ever really a threat to our safety and no major changes in the status quo as defined by them could possibly occur. For this reason it has not even occurred to the left that there might be any form of violent resistance to their totalitarian gun grab. While that may be true of more liberal minded urban center up North is certainly not true in the liberty minded rural South.
Guns have been a part of southern culture since before anyone can remember. We use them to hunt and to defend ourselves. It is also almost universally understood in the South that our guns are the ultimate check on an oppressive government. Most southerners just want to live our lives the way that we choose and as long as the government doesn’t interfere with that and doesn’t try to take our stuff we are content. It is for these reasons that the South has allowed the federal government to take the America to the point where we know find ourselves. Most of the liberal PC culture did not really affect us and, honestly, we never really cared what happens to the Yankees up North anyway. It was only recently when the government tightened energy regulations and started dictating our lifestyle choices and calling us nasty names that we started paying attention.
What the Left has failed to anticipate is the fierce devotion to liberty harbored by most southerners and the fact that we will do anything to defend it. They love to characterize us a “clinging to our guns and our religion,” but they do not understand just how tight a grip we have. They have already begun to attack our religion. If they move to take our guns all bets are off. They may have gotten the city dwellers down here to take down the battle flag, but the South is still mostly rural. We love that flag because when we look at it we don’t see racism we see liberty. We remember reconstruction when the North come down here and tried to tell us how to live and we won’t let that happen again.
The leftists in their fantasy world cannot believe that anyone would start a war over a gun grab. The fact is we would and if we do we will win or die trying. In closing I offer some advice from another popular flag: “Don’t Tread on Me.”
Andrew Franklin is a student at East Texas Baptist University pursuing a degree in political science. He was raised in Louisiana.