I think the most ironic part about this post (and it was really hard to pick one thing as the most ironic...) was that every single item mentioned is a conservative propaganda talking point.
While there were those who have been citing for years now that:
The IRS has had powers to influence companies without proper oversight. While all the way back to the 80s (and before) there were cases of the IRS performing targeted auditing that had driven companies out of business with nothing more than false information or a clerical error on the IRS's side.
The warrentless FBI issue has been brought up several times with people who have been nothing more that remotely related to those who the government is interested in, or by people who have simply posted something on facebook. There are hundreds of complaints out about this, but, it happens to the media once (after they do the same thing to a government only a couple years before), and all of a sudden people bring up the issue.
There is a reason the "Fast & Furious" gun fiasco disappeared out of the news almost as quickly as it came in. It wasn't an attempt at gun control, lack of gun control made the case fall apart. Because they couldn't arrest anyone distributing guns to those who would do us harm, they had to "watch" (and they still do on a daily basis) guns sold in the US go to people who would do us harm. But as the laws stand, until the gun is used in a crime, there does not need to be a trail of the gun ownership, which means any private citizen can sell a gun to someone who can not legally own one. There was only one gun that "walked" in the F&F ordeal. All the rest were monitored sales.
I won't even comment on a single person commenting on wanting to take our guns. That just seems silly.
We have groups of people who are targeted and arrested because they are hide their faces and participate in public gatherings without warrents.
We have police infiltrating religious groups in order to bait and catch potential "threats".
We have laws being put in place that restrict people from respecting their religious views (Christian, Muslim, Hindi, or otherwise) because it might offend atheists.
We have regulations put in place so that citizens must answer to businesses, while regulations (or the agencies responsible for the regulations) depleted so that businesses do not have to answer to citizens.
We have raving geniuses (sarcasm alert) publicly posting information that can only do harm. And while I am all for the free exchange of information. Only a complete idiot would think that releasing schematics for a printed gun will not be used to kill innocent people. It is only a matter of time. And by proving something people already knew, all they did was make it easier for people who would normally be too dumb to figure it out to do harm. Knowledge is a responsibility, and should be handled as such.
We have people leaking government information endangering lives, policy, and stability because they feel people should know, or for their own personal gain. Again, knowledge is power, taking that from those who protect us does nothing but prevent them from being able to protect us. Now, if the government, or someone in the government is obviously doing something counter to the nations security or stability, it should be raised up. But not in this crazy partisan banter that seems to snowball.
There are news stories of police shooting children trying to protect the same people they are killing.
We live in a world where Governments have lost control of their own borders. And as a result, they (in the case of the US, and many other countries at the behest of their own citizens and elected officials) are targeting it's own citizens to create a feeling of safety.
And if you think the little things you mentioned are anything near the nightmare that already exists, you are so lost.
With the escalated fear of those who are not us, you have citizens attacking innocent people because they think the police are not acting. You have people wondering why the government is not helping them 10 minutes before a disaster strikes. There are laws that allow people to kill otherwise innocent people simply because they feel threatened. You have laws that prevent people from defending themselves when they are actively being threatened.
There are laws that are seriously being considered that would prevent people from even growing their own food.
Considering all the issues we have created for ourselves (and we really can't blame our governments, after all, we made them do it), the US government trying to confiscate firearms really seems childish to me.
I would rather:
Be able grow my own food.
Practice my own religion.
Speak my mind.
Capture and report a crime without becoming a criminal.
Plan my own retirement.
Be able to go to a doctor who can help me.
Be able to buy the medication I need to survive.
Not get killed because someone *thinks* I am dangerous.
Not get sued into oblivion.
Be able to say whatever I want (with the understanding that what I say should do no harm).
be able to give my kids a proper education.
be able to get a proper education.
be able to pay for my basic needs.
Marry who I want.
Receive the benefits from my spouse if they pass.
Create something new and inventive without (again) being sued into oblivion. ...
This list is nearly endless of things that have been infringed since I have entered this world (some even before).
But I have to say, the right to own and use a firearm only becomes an issue when all of these completely collapse... So, while you are busy polishing your guns, and screaming that someone wants to take them...
PLEASE STOP AGREEING TO TAKE THE RIGHTS THE GUNS ARE MEANT TO PROTECT!!! If you fight your rights with the politicians you elect, you don't need to fight for your rights with guns.
Stop electing people who use fear and negativity to promote their ideas.
Stop electing people sponsored by large corporations.
Start electing the people you know and respect.
Care less about their values, and more about their respect for your values.
Stop bring political parties into the discussion. They are meaningless banter at best.
And remember, the right thing is always easy to identify, it's just not always the easiest way to go.