Just as Michael Bloomberg did recently …
… Bill Maher has gone from Just Plain Incorrect …
… to falling off the edge of the political table.
Friday night, April 12, 2013, on his HBO television show “Real Time”, Maher was discussing gun control with his guest panel. After castigating “liberals” for what he perceived as their “weakness” in the gun control debate, Maher, not exactly making an insightful or clever addition to the conversation, said:
“Everyone on the left is so afraid to say what should be said. Which is, the Second Amendment is bullshit.”
Maybe so, though I disagree. But if it is, anyone who thinks it is BS should have the courage to try to change the 2nd Amendment, rather than simply ignoring it and trying to enact legislation which violates its terms.
One of Maher’s guests on this show was David Stockman, former budget director for President Ronald Reagan. Stockman, an ostensible conservative, commented that the idea of armed citizens rising in the face of the government is a modern day fantasy, saying:
“People who believe in liberty, like I do, we’re up against a 21st-century state equipped with drones, hundreds of satellites in the sky, watching everything we do. Why would you believe that an 18th-century civilian militia equipped with the equivalent of muskets has anything to do with liberty? It doesn’t.”
Which, to be blunt, is just dumb. For starters, no one involved in today’s gun control discussion is advancing the idea that an “18th century civilian militia” has anything to do with fighting “a 21st century state … watching everything we do.” And if you think that a “well-armed civilian militia” equipped with modern weapons cannot resist a “21st century state”, please explain to me how a ragtag militia in Afghanistan has managed to resist the two most powerful military organizations in the world for a combined total of 21 years (the Russians for 9 years, the US for 12).
Never mind the possibility that a time will come when there are no drones, satellites or 21st century weapons and we will have to protect ourselves against or without the aid of any government. I have discussed this before:
Scroll down to the second half of that discussion, “Self-Defense in Case of a National Emergency”, for a more complete discussion of this issue. To briefly repeat the primary point, the book One Second After by William Forstchen, fictionalizes what might happen in the US in the aftermath of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. An EMP event (which could occur as part of a foreign attack or as a result of natural occurrences) could conceivably shut down all electricity in large portions of the US. That would mean no electrically operated devices would work — some obvious examples, computers, televisions, radios and telephones. Less obvious examples, refrigerators & freezers, microwave ovens, washers & dryers, both interior and exterior lighting, and even most modern motor vehicles (the engines of which are operated by electrical commands).
Should this happen, of course, most “21st century” weaponry, as well as drones and satellites, would be rendered useless. And, as Forstchen says:
“You are on your own … for weeks, maybe months. Those of you living in Louisiana, Mississippi and coastal Texas know what I mean. Don’t count on the government to come to your rescue in a post EMP America. Consider yourself on your own from “one second after,” the event. Those who realize that now have the greatest chance of survival.”
And, if you think his book is science fiction and farfetched, see the Wikipedia article on EMP:
And this Heritage Foundation article about Congressional hearings on the subject:
The possibility of an EMP event and the potential consequences thereof are science fact, not science fiction.
And keep in mind that an EMP event can also result from natural occurrences, such as a major solar flare, and not just as a result of a nuclear attack. The website “Disaster Survival Resources” …
… provides a relatively minor example of what can happen as a result of a solar flare:
“On March 13th, 1989 a huge solar induced magnetic storm that played havoc with the ionosphere, and the earth’s magnetic field. This storm, the second largest storm experienced in the past 50 years, totally shut down Hydro-Quebec, the power grid servicing Canada’s Quebec province.”
As we grow increasingly dependent on electronically controlled devices, we also become increasingly vulnerable to the adverse effects of an EMP event. And, having the ability to protect ourselves in case of such an event becomes increasingly important.
So, I call bullshit on Maher, who is wrong again, wrong again. And on Stockman, who is not just wrong, but dangerously so.