by Justin Thyme, a GSL member
Imagine a scenario where all internal combustion personal vehicles were banned.

Due to excessive injuries and fatalities attributed to gas-powered personal vehicles, our government has enacted a ban on these vehicles. Remember, this is for your safety and to fight climate change!

Among other things, carjackings have skyrocketed. Sadly, once a car is stolen, it is often used for other criminal activity. This law shall reduce those crimes and deaths too.

So as of January 1, 2023, it will be unlawful to knowingly possess, purchase, transport or receive any gas-powered personal vehicle. Government agencies shall mobilize to buy back gas-powered personal vehicles prior to that date at authorized redemption centers. A premium will be paid for each vehicle when redeemed with a full tank of fuel.

In order to facilitate your return trip home and future needs, public transportation will be enhanced. Alternatively, you may still purchase an electric vehicle, although for safety and security reasons, new electric vehicles will be speed-limited and capped at a 100-mile maximum range per charge.

Sounds crazy, but too many busy-bodies in government do not concern themselves with Constitutional rights, particularly the Second and Tenth Amendments.

I seem to recall a statement made by one of these do-gooder political hacks, who for decades had a Communist Chinese spy as a driver: “Mr. & Mrs. America – hand them all in.”

Yet she and many of these same elitists live in gated communities and work in secure facilities with armed guards. Other times they have armed bodyguards when out in the real world.

Unlike cars (to date), firearms get the blame for criminal misuse, not the criminals who misuse them. Yet neither of these inanimate objects can commit crime on their own.

Many millions of people will use guns responsibly today, just as many millions will use their cars. Millions will carry a gun for personal defense, and more than a few gun owners will use those guns to defend themselves or other innocents from criminal attack.

Of course, the vast majority of defensive gun uses go unnoticed because smarter criminals want no part of getting shot or killed. In those cases, the mere presence of a firearm acts as a big deterrent.

But wait – there’s more! The Second Amendment is not just about self-defense, hunting, plinking or target shooting. It’s about the defense of our country. Switzerland, in World War II, was able to defend herself because her citizens had guns and knew how to use them. Hitler passed on invading Switzerland because he knew it would be a costly endeavor.

In 1787, Noah Webster wrote: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.”

Perhaps our enemies have a better understanding of history than we give them credit. While our citizenry does not have the training the Swiss have, we have many who can teach, many who would learn and no shortage of personal firearms with which to defend ourselves and our country.