By Wayne Allensworth
As you may have heard, gentle reader, millions of Americans are stocking up on guns and ammunition. A significant number of them are reportedly first-time gun buyers. In some cases, ammunition is getting hard to find.
The country has the jitters, and understandably so. The election coming up in November is the most divisive since that of 1860, and we all know how that ended up.
Come November, we will probably be in for another round of “mostly peaceful protests,” and a lot of us do not intend to allow the “protestors” to destroy our property or threaten our families. The McCloskeys in St. Louis and Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha haven’t become popular heroes for nothing. They stood their ground and defended themselves. That’s what our 2nd Amendment rights are for, and if some folks previously hadn’t given it much thought, they may understand that more clearly now.
Chalk one up for that much maligned (in certain quarters) American “gun culture.”
Growing up with “gun culture”
My first gun was a shotgun, a single shot 20 gauge my father bought each of his sons when they reached a certain age. I think I was ten or twelve.
I still have the shotgun.
I grew up in a neighborhood where most families had guns: rifles, shotguns, pistols. It wasn’t at all unusual to see pickup trucks equipped with gunracks and rifles. It was a rite of passage for boys to get their first gun, maybe a shotgun like mine or a .22 rifle, and learn to use it.
My father and maternal grandfather showed me the ropes. They were almost reverential in how they treated their weapons. My father owned a Springfield 30-06 he had converted into a deer rifle, with a beautiful wooden stock he had made himself.
It wasn’t just about gun safety, though I was taught early on that a gun was not a toy and I should always treat any gun as if it were loaded. It had to do with responsibility and power.
Owning a gun was, as I noted above, a rite of passage. It was part of growing up, a stage in the age-old process of boys becoming men. It was partly a physical process, of course, of being tested in some way, but also a psychological one. A man had certain responsibilities, one of them being a responsibility to defend himself and his family. That was part of what being a free man meant.
In that sense, the ritual of a hunt was an important, unspoken war game. In deer season, it meant rising before dawn, dressing properly against the cold, checking your weapons, and proceeding quietly to your stand. My father or grandfather took us boys out, and we went through the routine that was, in fact, an important ritual in the same manner each year.
My grandfather especially had no patience for yahoos who did not accord the hunt a proper level of seriousness, or who handled firearms recklessly. Learning to handle guns and to hunt was about responsibility and power, the power that came with owning a firearm.
A gun is a tool…
America, old and new
That was a very different America than the one we know today. It was, as I wrote in a previous article, a place where risk and responsibility came with freedom:
If you are a person of “a certain age,” such as your faithful correspondent, then you may recall, as I do, those reckless days of yore when Americans didn’t use seatbelts, rode in the bed of pickup trucks, and smoked in restaurants and bars. Boys and young men got into fistfights, and kids didn’t wear helmets when they rode their bikes. Few wore a helmet when riding a motorcycle, either. The country was less populous then, there was less automobile traffic, and far fewer people lived to be 90.
We were freer then, and freedom has its hazards, as does any life that is worth living.
That was a country that put men on the moon, even after three astronauts died during an Apollo 1 pre-flight test. It was a country in which previously unimagined abundance and technological advances hadn’t yet bred a certain risk averse attitude, one that fostered a new culture that values comfort, safety, and security over achievement and the sacrifices necessary to achieve, or even to live like free people, one that is pleasure seeking and downright neurotic at times.
The feminization of American culture was sure to follow. And that new, feminized culture dovetailed nicely with globalism and gun control.
Globalism and gun control
The old American culture was bold, dynamic, and muscular. It’s no surprise that a more feminized culture would be one in which gun control became a key element in the new, globalized elite’s agenda.
A globalized world means a borderless one, one in which “inclusion” is a means of destroying the particularism that is essential for nations, distinct peoples, and the peculiar cultures they foster to thrive. People without those distinctions are easily transformed into mere consumerist cogs in a vast managerial machine, something the global oligarchs appear to be aiming for.
Masculine virtues include the defense of hearth and home. By definition, globalism aims to undercut the sense of belonging to a particular place and a particular people, as well as the reflexive urge to defend that place and people.
Thus, disarming Middle America has become a globalist imperative and a necessary corollary to overwhelming Middle America via mass immigration and advancing the power of the managerial state. A people that cannot defend itself will not be an effective threat to globalization.
There is a psychological aspect to disarming Middle America as well. Just as the propaganda of white guilt has been used to morally disarm our people, gun control has an unspoken psychological aim of emasculation. The “girly boys” of the ostensible right and the “soy boys” of the left, as well as their feminist allies, share an interest in emasculating Middle American culture via gun confiscation, i.e. “gun control.”
Protecting civilization: Tom Doniphon and Ransom Stoddard
Our people have yielded much ground already—too much—by only sporadically defending their heritage, particularly regarding the iconoclastic wave of monument destruction that is a signal from our enemies that we are no longer in charge. Anti-white propaganda has been effective in psychologically disarming Middle America, but it has not yet neutralized American “gun culture.”
Yours truly has written previously that defense of gun rights may be the hill that Middle America has chosen to defend to the last, and that “gun control” could be the catalyst—or one of them—for a Middle American resistance finally gelling and becoming a real counter force to the managerial state.
I think Middle Americans understand at a deep level that the globalizers mean to emasculate them, to reduce them to UBI-collecting drones in their globalist digital gulag. Thus, the fierce protection of gun rights.
Some years ago, the late Sam Francis, the prophet of Middle American Revolution, and I discussed one of our favorite films, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Francis maintained that the film was telling us that behind the lawyerly Ransom Stoddards of the world stood the tough, violent Tom Doniphons. Behind every civilization, at the base of any social order, was the threat of force. Without it, no social order can hold together.
That’s something all of us need to keep in mind.
It is not our side that is gun crazy, but theirs, the globalists and their minions. They are crazed by fear. They fear the threat of force expressed as a masculine determination to defend hearth and home. They are haunted by the threat of Middle American Tom Doniphons.
Wayne Allensworth is a Corresponding Editor of Chronicles magazine. He is the author of The Russian Question: Nationalism, Modernization, and Post-Communist Russia, and a novel Field of Blood. He writes at American Remnant .