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What Good Can a Handgun Do Against an Army…..?

End The War on Freedom ^ | June 18, 2003 | Bill St. Clair

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009 6:48:31 PM by 2ndDivisionVet

A friend of mine recently forwarded me a question a friend of his had posed: “If/when our Federal Government comes to pilfer, pillage, plunder our property and destroy our lives, what good can a handgun do against an army with advanced weaponry, tanks, missiles, planes, or whatever else they might have at their disposal to achieve their nefarious goals? (I’m not being facetious: I accept the possibility that what happened in Germany, or similar, could happen here; I’m just not sure that the potential good from an armed citizenry in such a situation outweighs the day-to-day problems caused by masses of idiots who own guns.)” If I may, I’d like to try to answer that question. I certainly do not think the writer facetious for asking it. The subject is a serious one that I have given much research and considerable thought to. I believe that upon the answer to this question depends the future of our Constitutional republic, our liberty and perhaps our lives. My friend Aaron Zelman, one of the founders of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, once told me:

“If every Jewish and anti-nazi family in Germany had owned a Mauser rifle and twenty rounds of ammunition AND THE WILL TO USE IT (emphasis supplied, MV), Adolf Hitler would be a little-known footnote to the history of the Weimar Republic.”

Note well that phrase: “and the will to use it,” for the simply-stated question, “What good can a handgun do against an army?”, is in fact a complex one and must be answered at length and carefully. It is a military question. It is also a political question. But above all it is a moral question which strikes to the heart of what makes men free, and what makes them slaves. First, let’s answer the military question. Most military questions have both a strategic and a tactical component. Let’s consider the tactical.

A friend of mine owns an instructive piece of history. It is a small, crude pistol, made out of sheet-metal stampings by the U.S. during World War II. While it fits in the palm of your hand and is a slowly-operated, single-shot arm, it’s powerful .45 caliber projectile will kill a man with brutal efficiency. With a short, smooth-bore barrel it can reliably kill only at point blank ranges, so its use requires the will (brave or foolhardy) to get in close before firing. It is less a soldier’s weapon than an assassin’s tool. The U.S. manufactured them by the million during the war, not for our own forces but rather to be air-dropped behind German lines to resistance units in occupied Europe. Crude and slow (the fired case had to be knocked out of the breech by means of a little wooden dowel, a fresh round procured from the storage area in the grip and then manually reloaded and cocked) and so wildly inaccurate it couldn’t hit the broad side of a French barn at 50 meters, to the Resistance man or woman who had no firearm it still looked pretty darn good. The theory and practice of it was this: First, you approach a German sentry with your little pistol hidden in your coat pocket and, with Academy-award sincerity, ask him for a light for your cigarette (or the time the train leaves for Paris, or if he wants to buy some non-army-issue food or a perhaps half-hour with your “sister”). When he smiles and casts a nervous glance down the street to see where his Sergeant is at, you blow his brains out with your first and only shot, then take his rifle and ammunition. Your next few minutes are occupied with “getting out of Dodge,” for such critters generally go around in packs. After that (assuming you evade your late benefactor’s friends) you keep the rifle and hand your little pistol to a fellow Resistance fighter so they can go get their own rifle…..

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  1. old1
    November 24, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    There are 350M Americans that own over 350M guns! As the Japs said in WW2, when they decided it would be futile to invade our shores, that in America there was an American with a gun hiding behind every blade of grass. Sheer numbers my friend! Our Military took the Oath to defend US against all enemies both foreign and domestic! How long do you think they will follow this foreign Muslim Communist usurper? Everyone has to sleep every night. Sneak softly my children!

  2. December 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    There are many instances in the course of human history where smaller , less equipped forces have defeated better armed and trained forces. The pretense that anyone serving in the military would choose to fight against their neighbors or relatives is also flawed. If there were a national uprising most would choose to defend their own lives, property and families. Loyalties can and do change quickly when bullets start flying and harming those you know. Essentially a large military force can and will quickly become ineffective if the will to fight is diminished. Tanks, planes or whatever are useless if you don’t have the Will to Fight. The will to fight stems from a basic instinct of human survival tied to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    George Washington stated:

    “the government would be invaded or overturned, and trampled upon by the bold and ambitious” — meaning people in our OWN country who operated
    without adherence to vital principles”.

    “The absoluteness of the right of the people to keep and bear arms is a basic principle”.

    “Unless the right to arms is absolute, the people cannot remain the ultimate power”.

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