Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which false information
is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own
memory, perception and sanity. Instances may range simply from the
denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to
the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of
disorienting the victim (Dorpat, 1994).
You are being told repeatedly by anti-gun advocates, politicians and the
media that they support the Second Amendment and that no one really
wants to take your guns, yet the president is about to invoke executive
orders while pushing Congress for more restrictive gun control
legislation that will substantially impact your gun rights.
told that the gun control measures they want to take are “reasonable”
and reflective of common sense, yet your own common sense makes it
clear not a single measure being suggested would have prevented any of
the mass shootings we’ve seen.
You’re being told that civilians have no
need for an AR-15 or 30-round magazines, yet the people who seek to ban
them are routinely protected by the same along with their families. You
are being told that gun registration can help reduce violent crime; yet
we know criminals are not going to register their guns, and every modern
despot that came to power used gun registration to ultimately disarm the
public before invoking tyrannical policies.
You will soon be told that the actions being taken are necessary to stop
the senseless violence and murder of innocent children. Effective
solutions like armed security in schools or the elimination of gun-free
zones where mass murders tend to occur will be dismissed outright.
mind that armed security protects the halls and residences of those in
power. To some these reforms will seem acceptable. Rest assured,
however, that when the next mass murders occur they will insist the
changes did not go far enough and they will come after the remaining guns.
History explains why:
Of late the Showtime network has been running the movie, The Pianist.
It is the true story of a Polish classical pianist named Szpilman and
his experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto where the Nazis segregated Polish
Jews before sending most of them to die in Treblinka during WWII.
Initially the Jews vastly outnumbered their Nazis overlords yet these
people complied with the edicts imposed upon them thinking it wise to do
so until it was too late.
The Nazis understood the effectiveness of
using authority to manage average people who were reluctant to believe
that the regime would ultimately harm them. The same was true of the
Russians who were murdered under Stalin, the Cambodians under Pol Pot,
the Rwandan Tutsis under the Hutus and every other example of the
imposition of tyranny.
You are being gaslighted. You are being told lies about the true
intentions of those who seek to take your gun rights by attrition and
they have much history to show them how to do it. Those who suggest this
is happening are branded as paranoid conspiracy nuts, a tactic of the
The approach is as clever and effective as it is
diabolical and many in America will fall prey to it. Those who
recognize it for what it is will face difficult choices â€“ comply or
resist both of which carry adverse consequences.
We study history to understand where the future is likely to carry us
and now you are living it. Either you are going to be a part of deciding
your own destiny or you will allow others to determine it for you.