Let’s explore the concept of absolute, inevitable results, following a given action. A person stands in his living room with a baseball in his hand – his arm parallel to the floor, and his palm holding the ball facing down. Upon release, he expects the ball will move horizontally toward his kitchen; he imagines the level flight of the ball moving smoothly into the kitchen and is convinced of the truth in this expectation.

But he lets go and the ball plummets directly toward the floor after 100 attempts to get the ball to travel horizontally.  Despite the 100% failure rate, he returns to his happy place, holds out his arm and lets go with full anticipation of its lateral travel – only to see it drop once again.

The political analogy:  the leaders of various countries have decided to confiscate personal firearms from law abiding citizens, expecting reduction in gun-related crime. If they issue an edict requiring everyone to surrender their personal firearms, they believe everyone in the country will follow.  We have seen this idiocy in countries like Argentina, Venezuela, England, Australia, and most recently, New Zealand.

As with our baseball friend, these leaders believe that, despite the 100% failure rate of this practice in other countries, somehow it will work this time.  Soon after this edict goes into effect, negating citizens’ means of personal protection, those people who have complied with the tyrannical gun confiscation will be confronted by armed criminals.  As has been the result in 100% of these programs, the criminal activity against them will increase dramatically; being unarmed, they become easy prey for members of the criminal element, who somehow never got around to turning in their guns.

As is the case with our baseball holder, who is totally surprised that the ball doesn’t go across the room for the 100th time, these so called leaders are dumbfounded when they see the untoward consequences of their impolitic actions. Despite the total, abject failures that preceded their ineptitude, they still believe it will be successful this time.

Here’s a caveat to keep in mind. While armed criminals will be your most immediate threat following disarmament, there is an even larger, more sinister menace awaiting you.  A despotic government will have a much easier time of coercing its unarmed citizens into submission to its dictates than it would have with an armed citizenry. That was, after all, the intent of the Second Amendment when it was written.

As you know, we have a critical election coming in November. The Democrats have made it patently clear that they are determined to make it very difficult for law abiding citizens to buy a weapon. They will also work diligently to confiscate the weapons we already own.  Of course, it will all be done under the guise of creating a safer environment, just like the other countries where it has consistently failed.

As noted earlier, there are absolutes in this world – one is that if you drop a baseball, it will always fall down.  Another is that if you disarm the public, crime will always go up. Neither of these two phenomena have ever failed to occur, following the actions that incite them; similarly,  neither of them will fail to occur if these actions are taken in the future.

Please be very careful about how you vote in November.  It would only take one session of a Democrat Party president and control of Congress to annihilate our Second Amendment rights. Once the rights are gone, it will be virtually impossible to regain them. Remember, votes, like actions, have consequences.

Dave Willis, Rockford