Aphelion Editorial 034
The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
You're not going to like this one...
Things are falling apart...
That's what has been on my mind lately. Not only things that I own
are breaking down- my computer, things around the house, the machinery
at work -but it looks as if America isn't going to be free much longer.
I can hear you thinking- that I've been reading the conspiracy webpages
too much again, but no, that's not it. I just look at those to find out
what's fashionable for paranoids to believe these days. Mere
entertainment, you understand. But... What if? Writers deal in "what
ifs" every time they write, so it’s hard to separate what one is
thinking about one's work from what one sees in the news, in magazines,
or online. Writers never stop thinking about alternate possibilities.
How many of us have turned a dream or nightmare into a plot point for a
story? I know I've done that several times and I doubt that I'm much
different than anyone else.
"So," you ask. "What bug crawled up his shorts about the loss of freedom in America?"
OK. You want a laugh? Then I'll tell you. Gun control. There, I've
said it- Now every one of you knows that I'm just some nutcase with a
handgun and the insane urge to kill everyone who's ever looked at me.
Go ahead, get it out of your system, laugh. But, you see, I'm not like
that at all. I own at least a dozen handguns and half that many rifles-
and all I ever want to shoot is little paper targets. That's all. I
hope I never have to use any of those weapons on anything but little
pieces of paper with little circles drawn upon them. I pray that I'll
never be forced to defend myself against anyone, for any reason. I
haven't hunted anything more dangerous than crows in a cornfield in
over twenty years. I have no urge to go postal at work, no stuffed
animals on my walls... I'm not even angry at the deer that jumped out
in front of my truck a few weeks ago. So what's the big deal about gun
Freedom, that's what. If you think that governments establish
anti-gun laws in order to regulate hunting, you're wrong. Laws to
restrict or prevent the private ownership of guns are passed to protect
governments from the governed, and for no other reason. They aren't
passed to prevent children from taking guns to school and blowing away
the bullies- that's the responsibility of the parents who raise the
children. They aren't passed to prevent act of terrorism or crime
because terrorists and criminals will always be able to obtain weapons,
no matter what laws are passed. I'm sorry to have to inform you that
anti-gun laws are passed to protect politicians from the people that
they rule. And for no other reason! Politics and government
were invented to extort payments from the governed. Look at history if
you don't believe me, the evidence is there and plain to see once we
take off the blinders that we've all been saddled with from birth. All
governments began with some group of thugs who got tired of taking the
chance that they would be killed by the people that they wished to
enslave. Let's face it, if you rob enough people, chances are that one
of them will be brave enough to fight back... and possibly kill you.
This is not a pleasant thought to the man who would be king. So
governments were born, from those who wish to enslave others so that
they themselves don't have to work for a living. From bullies, muggers,
thieves, murderers, rapists... These are the people who founded the
institution of government. Nice bunch of folks who own you, hunh? Make
no mistake, they do own you- Try not paying your income tax one year
and see what prison you wind up inside. So what's that got to do with
guns? Well its hard to control slaves that have the means to resist, to
fight back. That's what made America free in the first place- A bunch
of peasants who got tired of paying tribute to a government that was
treating them as a captive market and a source of tribute. They had the
means to fight back and were willing to do so, even if they were killed
themselves. Freedom requires the means to defend oneself against any
who wish to make one a slave. This kind of rankles those who wish to be
These are dangerous times. The lessons of
history are being ignored once more and the rights of all Americans are
closer than ever to being wiped away in a frenzy of gun control laws.
The state of California will be allowed to vote this year upon the
issue of mandatory registration of all weapons. Like Hitler, the
American government wants to know where all the guns are and who has
them so they can confiscate them when the need arises. As usual,
California will be used to blaze the trail straight to slavery for
every man, woman, and child in America. Australia is now a country of
slaves- since the mandatory registration of firearms made it easy to
confiscate them when some spurious "national emergency" (I.E. One lone
nutcase with a rifle who killed a bunch of folks who had no means of
defending themselves against him.) was pushed to the forefront by the
media, and the government stepped in to "protect" the governed of that
once free country. Now the government is free to proceed with anything
they wish, free of the fear that someone could possibly defend
themselves. The inhabitants of Australia are not even aware that they
are now slaves to the whim of their own government, since the velvet
gloves are still on and the government has not yet become oppressive.
Not yet, anyway. There are other examples, but I leave it to you to see
them. I'm not some guru, nor am I some doomsday prophet. I want you all
to think for yourselves. Don't you dare let my words determine your
Shall we allow America to become a nation of slaves? I hope not.
What can we do to prevent such a horror from coming to pass? Vote the
rascals out of office! Anyone of age to vote, go register to vote, find
out which candidates have supported anti-gun laws, and put them on
un-employment! Get them out of office. You might never find someone you
wish to vote for, but you'll find plenty to vote against!
Exercise what few rights that you have left, before they are all gone.
Folks in California will be the first in America to stand up for their
rights, or fall prey to those who wish to make them slaves.
In short, guns are equal to freedom. "A man without a gun is a
slave, a man with a gun can only be murdered, never enslaved." So
register to vote, go buy a gun and learn how to use it safely, and be
proud that you are free. Freedom is like a helium balloon, if you ever
lose it, you'll likely never get it back.
Thanks for your time.
© 2000 Dan L. Hollifield
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