After every tragedy or attack, the big news media seeks out victims and witnesses to parade before their cameras. A horrific event that transpired in a far-off city is played out for audiences nationwide. As a result, people living thousands of miles away are made to feel empathy for the victims.

Do the talking heads on the television or the Internet really feel sympathy for the victims they put on display? Or, are they used as living props to bolster ever declining news ratings?

SOTG 626 - California Judge Sides with People Over State, For Now
SOTG 626 – California Judge Sides with People Over State, For Now

Consider the latest “controversial” bill put forth at your State Capital or in Washington D.C. The media uses the term “controversial” to mask the fact that the bill is actually unconstitutional and should not even be up for a vote.

How do politicians get people to back “controversial” bills? Victims. When the actual facts do not support their desires for more power and the United States Constitution prohibits the action, victims are paraded before the cameras to stir feelings and emotions.

You are a Rental

“Drive it like a rental.” We have all heard that term. Loosely translated, to drive something like a rental means to use and abuse it with reckless disregard. After all, it’s just a rental you aren’t responsible for the long-term maintenance and upkeep.

It has been long known that anything that is “a rental” will receive more abuse and misuse than something to which people claim actual ownership. In general, Motel and hotel rooms are routinely “trashed” by people who would never leave their own home in that condition. Rental cars are notoriously abused. If a rental car breaks down, you simply make a phone call and they bring you another. If something breaks in your hotel room, you make a call and they come to fix it.

In the eyes of the state, you are a rental. Stay with me for a moment. When the state, as represented by politicians, desires to sway the masses they trot out victims to stir up emotion. It matters not one bit that their new laws or programs will in no way benefit or “fix” the issue of the victim.

When the ruling class passes more firearms restrictions and outright bans, the only people affected, and thereby endangered, are the people the state claims to be protecting. Historical fact supports the reality that criminals and terrorists are not hindered by gun bans. Members of the state’s ruling class spend your tax money to pay for armed security. The slave masters live and work in buildings with state-of-the-art security systems and round the clock armed guards.


The peasant class is purposely divided into voter groups or victim classes. We have the “woman vote”, the “black vote” the “Latino vote” the “gay vote”, the “union vote”.  Those who are not victimized are instead incentivized to support the state. Government programs are pimped and pushed in ways that would make the street drug peddler envious. Basically, “Government money” is more addictive than crack cocaine and keeps the beneficiary in check and voting the right way come election time.

Government money and “compassionate” programs have quite literally destroyed major metropolitan areas in the United States. They have robbed communities of their heart and soul. The close-knit nuclear family has been eradicated in places like Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, etc. The father, and now even the mother, have been replaced with government subsidies.

When faced with the bald-faced reality of the decay their programs have wrought, the solution that is offered is more government programs. When gun control is shown to be a failure, the call is for MORE gun control.

The Eyes of the State

In the eyes of the state, the American citizen is a rental, he/she can be easily replaced. If the peasant is murdered as a result of government failure, the state weeps publicly and uses the death as a call for more control. Dead peasants are good for business when your business is state control.

Even those who refuse to get with the program are useful for the state. In other words, those seeking to be a reasonable taxpaying citizen, the independent-minded are used as a revenue source to fuel the machine used to enslave the peasants. Fail to comply with the tax code and men with guns will come and get you.

Never forget, every new law and restriction is written with wording to specifically exempt one group; the state. Gun control laws and bans do not apply to the state and state employees, only to the peasants. Since the first domino fell, NFA 1934, the precedent for every new restriction is to exempt the state.

When I became a police officer and learned about the Ohio Revised Code prohibiting gambling, I was struck at how the Ohio State Lottery was in direct violation of the code. The state, you see, has only the best of intentions. Consequently, laws only apply to the peasants who must be controlled.

Don’t care about guns and gambling? The state has exempted itself from the Due Process Clause. Don’t believe me? Try not paying your taxes and see how quickly your money is seized or “frozen” by the IRS, without the need for formal charges or a trial.

Read the Instructions

If you can park your emotions and be intellectually honest you will see that, in the eyes of the state, the people who inhabit the country are victims to be paraded, votes that have been purchased, an endless source of revenue, emotionally manipulated pawns, and, of course, statistics used to support greater state authority and control.

One thing the peasant is never viewed as is an independent citizen imbued with natural and God-given and inalienable rights.

Yes, that realization is frustrating, maddening, and infuriating. Guess what? This situation we find ourselves in is not new on planet Earth. The natural state of government is the endless pursuit of control and authority. A group of learned men knew this and gave us the instructions for dealing with that reality 200 years ago.

The fact that you have not read, learned, and understood the principles of the American Revolution only benefits the modern state in its never-ending pursuit for control. To the state, you are a rental, something to be used and abused and easily replaced when you have outlived your usefulness.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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