Sci Fi novelist Larry Correia takes on Congressman Eric Swalwell’s contention that the Second Amendment is obsolete as a defense against the federal government.
Last week a congressman embarrassed himself on Twitter. He got into a debate about gun control, suggested a mandatory buybackâ€”which is basically confiscation with a happy face sticker on itâ€”and when someone told him that they would resist, he said resistance was futile because the government has nukes.
And everybody was like, wait, what?
Of course the congressman is now saying that using nuclear weapons on American gun owners was an exaggeration, he just wanted to rhetorically demonstrate that the all-powerful government could crush us peasants like bugs, they hold our pathetic lives in their iron hand, and heâ€™d never ever advocate for the use of nuclear weapons on American soil (that would be bad for the environment!), and instead he merely wants to send a SWAT team to your house to shoot you in the face if you donâ€™t comply. …
First, letâ€™s talk about the basic premise that an irregular force primarily armed with rifles would be helpless against a powerful army that has things like drones and attack helicopters.
This is a deeply ironic argument to make, considering that the most technologically advanced military coalition in history has spent the better part of the last two decades fighting goat herders with AKs in Afghanistan and Iraq. Seriously, itâ€™s like you guys only pay attention to American casualties when thereâ€™s a republican in office and an election coming up.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Obama launched over five hundred drone strikes during his eight years in office. Weâ€™ve used Apaches (thatâ€™s the scary looking helicopter in the picture for my peacenik liberal friends), smart bombs, tanks, I donâ€™t know how many thousand s of raids on houses and compounds, all the stuff that the lefty memes say theyâ€™re willing to do to crush the gun nut right, and weâ€™ve spent something like 6 trillion dollars on the global war on terror so far.
And yet theyâ€™re still fighting.
So yes, groups of irregular locals can be a real pain in the ass to a technologically superior military force. Thatâ€™s pretty obvious.
Now here is the interesting part. Best estimates are that any given time in Iraq weâ€™ve been fighting about 20,000 insurgents at most. …
Okay, so letâ€™s say Congressman Swalwell gets his wish, and the government says turn them in or else. And even though the government has become tyrannical enough to send SWAT teams door to door and threaten citizens with drones and attack helicopters, rather than half the states saying fuck you, this means Civil War 2, instead weâ€™ll stick to the rosiest of all possible outcomes, and say that most gun owners comply.
In fact, letâ€™s be super kind. Rather than a realistic number, like half or a third of those people getting really, really pissed off and hoisting the black flag, letâ€™s say that 99% of them decide to totally put all their faith into the government, and that the all-powerful entity which just threatened to kill their entire family will never ever turn tyrannical from now on, pinky swear, so what do they have to lose? And a whopping 90% of gun owners go along peacefully.
That means you are only dealing with six and a half MILLION insurgents. The entire active US military is about 1.3 million, with about 800,000 reserve. Which is also assuming that those two Venn diagrams donâ€™t overlap, which is just plain idiotic, but Iâ€™ll get to that too.
Letâ€™s be super generous. Iâ€™m talking absurdly generous, and say that a full 99% of US gun owners say wonâ€™t somebody think of the children and all hold hands and sing kumbaya, so that then you are only dealing with the angriest, listless malcontents who hate progressâ€¦ These are those crazy, knuckle dragging bastards who you will have to put in the ground.
And there are 650,000 of them.
To put that into perspective, we were fighting 22,000 insurgents in Iraq, a country which would fit comfortably inside Texas with plenty of room to spare. This would be almost 30 times as many fighters, spread across 22 times the area.
And that estimated number is pathetically, laughably low.