What exactly does it mean? I guess it depends on your perspective. If you are a burglar about to steal the stereo system out of a Cadillac, why not just steal the entire car. The punishment is effectively the same since both are forms of grand larceny (in most states.)
Maybe your perspective is not criminal. Maybe you are an investor or speculator. In your case, if you were going to make a risky investment bet, why go small for small returns when you can go big for big returns. If you are a rich Vegas gambler, the choice is the same: $5 on red or $5000 on red. Why go small when you can go big.
For the rest of us, I think the choice falls more along the lines of Liberty or slavery. Every single person reading this has committed a felony crime at some point in their lives, whether they realize it or not. There are some absolutely stupid and crazy laws on the books, some of which are enforced regularly, while others are enforced selectively or never. Enforced or not, if you are breaking them, you are a felon (or some form of criminal at a minimum.)
Read this awesome recent essay before continuing (which gives my exact point of view on the Constitutionality of all laws that are not Constitutional Amendments) to gain a full perspective on what I am discussing below. I find it fortuitous, or of some divinity, that I found it during the writing of this article.
Soon, many gun owners will be instant felons. They will be people like me who will refuse to register our guns, which have been obtained and are held according to Natural Laws and Rights of mankind, as well as held in accordance with our Constitutionally protected Rights to such. Not only does the absolute law of the land state that we can keep and bear arms, but since guns are also property, guns are doubly guaranteed by the protections of the Constitution. We have the Right to Life, Liberty, and Property as well as the Right to keep and bear arms, and the government is PROHIBITED from infringing upon those Natural Rights. Guns are protected from government both by the Second Amendment, as well as the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
"Shall not be infringed," as it states in the Second Amendment, does not mean regulated; it does not mean reduced; it does not mean removed; it does not mean registered; it does not mean not allowed; it does not mean absolved. What it does mean is that no person, entity, or government can take away our Natural Born Rights to make, posses, keep, carry, or use a firearm - ANY FIREARM.
If you believe the above to be true, then by default you believe that every gun restriction law ever passed is null, void, and unconstitutional, whether it is enforced or not, or improperly upheld by a misinformed judicial system. The same goes for every law ever created (of which there are thousands) that directly, or indirectly, restricts or prohibits any Natural Born Rights. If you believe this, you are already in for a penny.
Chances are that you have already broken one or more of these many undeclared unconstitutional laws, by conscious choice. That is called civil disobedience [to mankind's laws.] Personally I think of it as civil obedience [to Natural Laws.] However you think of it, you are still in for a penny. You have already placed a bet and taken account for the risk.
Now it is time to go in for a pound. Your risk is inherently no greater, especially if you truly intend to not adhere to a federal gun ban/law. A felon is a felon. However, you are only a felon in the eyes of those persons who do not understand or cherish Liberty (be they sheep, law enforcement, judges, and/or politicians.) Why would you care what they think? If you are going to break one serious federal law, why not break them all?
I don't want anyone to take what I am saying out of context. I am in no way advocating that anyone go out to rob, rape, and destroy, or engage in any unprovoked acts of violence. This would be going against God's Laws and Natural Laws, as well as a complete violation of another person's Natural Born Rights. Doing something like this makes you nothing more than an idiot who deserves a sudden death.
I am simply stating that if you intend to, and eventually do break a federal anti-gun law (or anti-free speech, anti-free association, detention, search, and/or false detention laws), then why not go in for a pound and live in true Liberty and break them all at your convenience? Breaking just one by choice is no different than breaking them all. If you are not willing to submit to just one, then you should be willing to not submit to any of them.
Only through civil obedience to Natural Laws can we overcome the tyranny of governments. When 300 million people say "no" by way of disobeying any unjust laws, can we be truly free. I know this because I have invested many pennies in many places for many years; in some cases I have invested pounds. But now, I am all pounds invested in all places.
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
― Robert A. Heinlein
Here is where I must add a caveat to the above. If, like me, you have certain intentions and ultimately decide to follow through, you should seriously consider making some very patriotic friends willing (by any means necessary) to break any chains that may bind you in the future. Myself and my friends believe that any person who supports (by action or inaction) a tyrannous man, machine, and/or government (directly or indirectly), are tyrants themselves, and deserve to be in a special place. Everyone should develop a well oiled support system that can quickly react to any situation in which one might suddenly find themselves, because they choose to live a life of Liberty.
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