Should the first shot to be fired be an economic one?Submitted by Duane Vick on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 00:51
I dislike the idea of a bloody war being waged between people in this country and government thugs bent on destroying our most precious of rights: the right to self-defense. I would certainly hope that there would be a way to avoid that action while still resolving this battle in a peaceful way. To that extent, I am proposing an economic sanction be imposed against a specific target to demonstrate our power.
We can all agree that an economic sanction is an act of war, but it might be one that we can use to avoid bloody conflict. I will start by identifying a specific target. That target would be the state of Illinois. My apologies in advance to the people of the state of Illinois, as this kind of action would hurt them as well. However, I think that in the grand scheme of things, those people who live there and desire to preserve their right to self-defense can agree that this is an appropriate action. After all, Illinois is already the most restrictive state when it comes to gun laws.
The case against Illinois:
Illinois doesn't allow its people to be able to adequately defend themselves. Their people are burdened by numerous corrupt political officials. They do not allow concealed carry and doesn't allow handguns in Chicago. They have also attempted the largest, most restrictive gun ban yet. It is clear their leadership needs a lesson in the ability of the free man to inflict heavy economic damage until their leadership relents and recognized the rights of the free man.
The action called for:
I propose that we boycott all business that is based in Illinois. Examples include Ace Hardware, Allied Van Lines, Bally Total Fitness, Big Ten Network, Boeing (refuse to fly on their aircraft), Budget Rent-a-Car, Chase Bank, Gatorade, Hyatt, IGA, Orbitz, Tru Value, United Airlines, various exchanges call Chicago home, several sports teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox, etc. Don't travel to Illinois, don't buy products that are made there, encourage friends and family to move from there. Put pressure on businesses to move from there or for them to lean on their politicians to effect change. There are other ideas that I hope others can contribute as well.
The conditions required for removal of the sanction:
Illinois must change to allow people to conceal carry, to own and possess handguns in those municipalities that currently forbid it, lift any and all restrictions barring class III weapons, allow teachers and school staff to conceal carry similar to Utah, and also to lift any restrictions on the purchase of firearms that are more onerous than a 3 day waiting period and simple background check. Obviously, I think constitutional carry should be the ultimate goal, but I believe we should be willing to reward steps in the right direction.
What say you? Can we put an economic bullet in the beast?