“Three Percenters” are self-righteous, anarchist, egotistical, self-centered, solipsistic, incorrigible asses, and are appropriately full of shit.
*takes a deep breath* There, I said it, and I will be damned if I do not stand by it. If the previous actions and words of those “three percenters” has been any indication for it, I am going to suffer for it , however, strangely, I am comfortable with that.
And now for the explanation to go along with my opening comments. A while ago, I stumbled across the previously-linked letter to the editor, quoted below:
Joe Bialek from Cleveland proposes the licensing and registration of all weapons currently in civilian hands. My question is, how exactly do you propose to do that, Joe?
There are some of us “cold dead hands” types, perhaps 3 percent of gun owners, who would kill anyone who tried to further restrict our God-given liberty. Don’t extrapolate from your own cowardice and assume that just because you would do anything the government told you to do that we would.
Are you proposing to come yourself, or do you want someone else’s son or daughter in federal service to take the risk? Are you truly prepared to stack up the bodies necessary to accomplish your plan? Seems a strange way to make a “safer society.” More to the point, are you willing to risk your sorry hide to do it? No? I thought not.
Then quit proposing the next American civil war. We’re done being pushed back from our natural rights without a fight. Be careful what you wish for.
At the time, I had absolutely no idea who “Mike Vanderboegh” was, nor why he was writing such pointlessly incendiary, volatile comments. In retrospect, I probably would have been significantly happier remaining in blissful ignorance, but that is not how this story develops.
After reading the above letter, my immediate thought was, “Damn, what a load of cowardly braggadocio,” – after all, where were these self-annointed protectors of God-given liberties when those liberties were “further restricted” by the old Assault Weapons Ban years ago; when those liberties were “further restricted” by the District of Columbia’s outright handgun ban; when those liberties were “further restricted” by Kalifornistan’s current Assault Weapons Ban, ban on certain pistols, and inherently exploitable and exploited “may issue” concealed carry program; when those liberties were “further restricted” by New York City’s firearms ban; when those liberties were “further restricted” by police officers illegally confiscating firearms from Hurricane Katrina victims; when those liberties were “further restricted” by all of the other hundreds of laws, regulations, and restrictions imposed on firearm purchasing, ownership, transportation, use, and carrying? Oh, right, they were exactly where they are now – behind their keyboards, making uselessly inflammatory comments, proclaiming themselves to be the defenders of all that is good and free in America.
Excuse me, but that is patently and obviously bullshit.
Or, at least, it is bullshit if you take them at their word – that they would be willing to “kill anyone who tried to further restrict our God-given liberty”. Oddly enough, however, they do not even take themselves at their own word… Behold a comment from the same Mike Vanderboegh from just a few days ago:
Our aims are:
a. to defend ourselves and our liberty and property at our front door steps. We will not back up any more. It is the feds who will bring the war to us, first.
b. to warn anyone who desires further encroachments upon our liberty and property that there will be consequences for their actions, thus, hopefully, to reduce the threat becoming reality.
c. to make it plain to every one, prags included, that the time is fast approaching — thanks to the “authorities” — when they will have to choose, so they’d better get ready to shoot, shit, or hit the fence.
Our tactics are defined by those aims.
The funny part is I can actually agree with the bolded part – I can understand defending yourselves and your family from “jack-booted thugs” on your doorstep (since that is basically the hypothetical situation these “three perecenters” would paint). The problem is, the bolded segment more or less axiomatically disagrees with his previous letter to the editor, as well as section b. in the current comment… except when you read both of those, and replace “our” with “my”.
And that, dear readers, is the crux of my problem with the “three percenter” movement. After wasting considerable amounts of time reading their writings, the only conclusion I can come to is that they do not give to farts about America’s liberties and freedom – they only care about their own liberties and freedoms, and whatever perceived slights or affronts to them they see the government doing. They do not care that their writings (such as the letter to the editor) have almost undoubtedly done more harm than good by alienating readers. They do not care that there are political and social means and methods for airing their grievances, making changes in the governmental system, and making headway in terms of liberties and rights… and doing it all peaceably and without fomenting armed rebellion. They do not care that their proposed, poorly-thought-out actions have no clear-cut termination or resolution. They do not care that those actions would result in the deaths of many, many innocent people – people who had no interest in the situation, people whose choices were made for them by a merry band of “three percenter” misfits, people who might have supported them politically. They do not care that they do not have public support now, and they sure as hell would not have public support were they to follow through on their threats. They do not care that public support is the only way to make permanent, lasting changes in the American governmental system. They do not care that they appear to have absolultely no plans concerning what to do with the smoldering and shattered remains of the country after their glorious revolution (which indicates an admission of having no hope of success). They obviously do not care about standing up and fulfilling their useless promises in the past, when Americans’ Second-Amendment-protected rights were being “further restricted” (much less other rights going out the window). They do not care about all this, and more.
No, they only selfishly care about themselves, perceived indignities done unto them, and stroking their own little egos. Their “line in the sand” is a carefully-crafted circle around their own little feet… and nothing more. In fact, were I a psychologist, I might ramble on about some unfulfilled, Freudian quest for control in their lives, because that is effectively what this all condenses to – just like the supposedly dysfunctional, tyrannical, oppressive government they are purportedly fighting against, all the “three percenters” want is control, not only over their own lives, but over everyone else’s lives too. Observe:
You fool. You don’t have to agree with us. In fact, we’re counting on your type folding at the first shock. People don’t AGREE on revolution, they are FORCED into it by events. And there are enough of my kind, the three percent, to create the events. Have you learned nothing from history? It is made by determined minorities. We may be a minority but we are determined. If you want to hang onto ANY of your guns or other liberties, you will HAVE to fight. We will make sure of that.
That, right there, is damnably frightening. It really would not trouble me considerably if this deluded bunch of crusading misfits decided to commit suicide-by-SWAT-team – it would be their choice, and I am nothing if not a staunch believer in freedom of choice and the inviolate responsibilities it carries. I might be annoyed at them deciding to use the taxpayers’ ammunition as opposed to their own, but that is a small enough quibble. However, when that same troupe of backyard heroes starts threatening to make me partake in their half-assed, unplanned, goal-lacking, unsupported revolution… well, then you will find out where my “line” is. I respond very poorly to force, whether it is wielded by men in uniform, men in suits, or men with a holy mission.
Additionally, what happened to blaming the “authorities” for the supposedly impending “consequences for their actions”? Multiple sections of the above-quoted comment certainly makes it appear as though the “three percenters” will be the instigators in any impending actions, rather than some other poorly-defined, nebulous entity or group. What we have here is yet another contradiction in their own words, another logical disconnect, and another exposure of just how uncoordinated and discombobulated this “movement” and the thought process behind it is. It is comforting that these same people are actively proposing an armed and violent rebellion, is it not?
And speaking of “lines”, I present you this jewel from yet another “three percenter”:
Admit it: for you, Sebastian, mostlygenius and others, there IS NO LINE. You’ll let them walk in your front door, take every gun you own and rape your wife on the way out. And then you’ll shake your fist and swear that The Line is when they start to REALLY ignore the Constitution.
That is how the Defenders of the American Way respond to people who dare disagree with them, whether those disagreeing are fellow Second Amendment activists or not. And people with that mindset (and worse) honestly think their meager proposed rebellion would accomplish anything? They honestly imagine they are, in any way, qualified or capable of determining when that rebellion should take place? They honestly believe they are the ones who should guide America out of its supposed darkness and back into the light?
I would be laughing my ass off right about now if that proposition were not so horribly pathetic.
In the end, the “three percenters” will amount to nothing. Speaking optimistically, three percent of the firearm-owning populace of America is approximately 3 million individuals – less than one percent of the overall population of the States. The American Revolution, on the other hand, required approximately 30%+ of popular support and involvement to succeed, and that victory was a very narrow one at best. Furthermore, that revolution is drastically different than the one proposed by the “three percenters”, in that it simply resulted in one faction of a far-reaching empire breaking off and becoming its own entity, whereas the “three percenters” are proposing an entire governmental reconstruction of the same country by way of armed rebellion. History shows probabalistically unfavorable outcomes for those kinds of events, no matter how good the intentions were that started them. However, should the “three percenters” ever actually decide to put their hollow words into action (which, I propose, will take place somewhere between hell freezing over and the entropic death of the universe, given their previous inactivity), their misguided, doomed-to-failure flailings will only result in stronger public opinions against firearms and firearm owners, stronger laws controlling and restricting firearm ownership, and their immortalization as martyrs in the eyes of the next generation of crackpots and conspiracy theorists. In reality, that idolization may be what the “three percenters” desire the most.
Before anyone starts wildly throwing accusations around, I am not, in any way, proposing silencing these buffoons. They are free to blather and bluster and bumble on about whatever their little hearts desire, just as I am free to call them out as incompetent, irresponsible, tin-pot revolutionaries – such are the joys of the First Amendment. Furthermore, I intentionally have not defined specifically where my personal “line in the sand” is, nor will I ever do so on this weblog or in a public format – that choice is mine, no one is in any position to question or belittle it, and attempts to do so will be responded to accordingly. Finally, I remain a proud (and, dare I say it, vocal) firearm owner and carrier, and an adamant supporter of the Second Amendment as well as the entirety of the United States Constitution. However, supporting and defending one aspect of the Constitution does not give me or anyone else the right to ignore the rest of that document simply because you feel the desire, and it certainly does not give you the right to overthrow the entire shindig because you have deluded yourself into thinking it necessary. Checks and balances are already built into the Constitutional system of government, and, so far as I can tell, they are still mostly in effect, however, if they were not, the time to act has already come and passed… which only goes to further prove the empty facade of the “three percenters”.
Oh, and, no worries, I will be standing by for the impending wave of flames, ad hominems, strawman arguments, specious analogies to previous historical events and revolutions, and insults against me, my political leanings, my family, and my genetic lineage… From all the time I squandered reading up on the “three percenters”, that pretty much seems to be their modus operandi, at least when they are not proclaiming themselves to be heroes of the people.