Okay, finally I’m getting around to the post about Red Dawn.I think it’s no coincidence that it was remade around this time.
In every instance of mass shootings in America in the past decades, there have never been more than two shooters. So an experienced gun owner wouldn’t need more than two bullets. A hunting rifle would suffice.
The only legitimate reason I can think of to have assault weapons as protection is for mowing down hordes of zombies. But newsflash: zombies aren’t real. Or if you have to mow down large numbers of invading North Korean soldiers as in the recent movie Red Dawn. But that scenario isn’t any more likely than being attacked by hordes of zombies.
Let’s just say, for argument’s sake that the North Koreans manage to get all the way to America without the American air force noticing and shooting them down, and suppose they then manage to very quickly destroy the entire American army. What would happen the moment the regular North Korean grunts land and unbuckle their parachutes?
The very first grocery store they came across would be seriously raided. They would eat more than they have ever eaten in their lives, and for the next few hours they would be sleeping, dead to the world.
When they are sleeping off their binging session, you have time to decide which of two strategies to follow. You can shoot them all in their sleep. That gives everyone time to go home, get their shotgun, and at the count of three everyone just shoots one guy. One bullet, that’s all.
Or you could just wait for them to wake up and say, “Hi there, welcome to the good ole US of A. We were just about to throw some steaks on the grill. Care to join us? Have a nice cold brewsky?”
I suspect that that would be the end of the North Korean occupation.
Still not convinced? You believe that the North Koreans are so totally indoctrinated that they will continue following the little fat guy’s orders, even in the face of Buffalo Wild Wings and Dairy Queen Blizzards? And you think that it would then be up to the general population to organize a resistance and shoot North Koreans wherever they are?
Because that’s what the heroes do in Red Dawn. They simply get a lot of weapons and shoot and explode their way back to freedom. Thank God and the NRA for those assault weapons, right?
Wrong. Here is where it helps to know a little history. Like World War Two history.
When the Germans occupied the Netherlands, there was a resistance. And they had some guns. But they couldn’t go around killing Germans, because for every German or sympathizer killed, the next day the Germans would line up fifty random men, women and children on the street and execute them.
In the former Yugoslavia, the Germans took the most important and well-known people of each village hostage. And if the resistance killed a German, the Germans would kill these mayors, teachers and doctors they kept in the local jail for just that purpose.
I know it may be hard for some Americans to fathom that not everything is about simply having the biggest guns, but there you have it. And that’s also why every single real resistance story is better than Red Dawn.
Red Dawn is a ten-year-old boy’s dream of what he and his friends would do if America was occupied. It’s heroic but silly. Certainly not the kind of narrative to base the individual’s need for assault weapons on.