Guest Post: Gun Rights - Are There Any Peaceful Solutions Left?

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

Gun Rights: Are There Any Peaceful Solutions Left?

Throughout history, citizen disarmament generally leads to one of two inevitable outcomes:  Government tyranny and genocide, or, revolution and civil war.  Anti-gun statists would, of course, argue that countries like the UK and Australia have not suffered such a result.  My response would be – just give them time.   You may believe that gun control efforts are part and parcel of a totalitarian agenda (as they usually are), or, you may believe that gun registration and confiscation are a natural extension of the government’s concern for our “safety and well-being”.  Either way, the temptation of power that comes after a populace is made defenseless is almost always too great for any political entity to dismiss.  One way or another, for one reason or another, they WILL take advantage of the fact that the people have no leverage to determine their own cultural future beyond a twisted system of law and governance which is, in the end, easily corrupted.

The unawake and the unaware among us will also argue that revolution or extreme dissent against the establishment is not practical or necessary, because the government “is made of regular people like us, who can be elected or removed at any time”. 

This is the way a Republic is supposed to function, yes.  However, the system we have today has strayed far from the methods of a Free Republic and towards the machinations of a single party system.  Our government does NOT represent the common American anymore.  It has become a centralized and Sovietized monstrosity.  A seething hydra with two poisonous heads; one Democrat in name, one Republican in name.  Both heads feed the same bottomless stomach; the predatory and cannibalistic pit of socialized oligarchy.

On the Republican side, we are offered Neo-Con sharks like George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, who argue for “conservative” policies such as limited government interference and reduced spending, all while introducing legislation which does the exact opposite.  The recent passage of the “Safe Act” in New York with extensive Republican support proves that Republicans cannot be counted on to defend true conservative values. 

The Democrats get candidates like John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, who claim to be anti-war and against government abuse of civil liberties, and yet, these same “progressive and compassionate” politicians now froth at the mouth like rabid dogs sinking their teeth into the flesh of the citizenry, expanding on every tyrannical initiative the Republicans began, and are bombing more civilian targets in more foreign countries than anyone with a conscience should be able to bear.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; the government is not our buddy.  It is not our ally or friend.  It is not a “part of us”.  It is now a separate and dangerous entity.  A parasite feeding off the masses.  It has become a clear threat to the freedoms of average Americans.  It is time for the public to grow up, snap out of its childish delusions, and accept that there is no solace or justice to be found anymore in Washington D.C.  

Once we understand this fact, a question then arises – What do we do about it?  If we cannot redress our grievances through the election process because both parties favor the same authoritarian direction, and if our street protests are utterly ignored by the mainstream media and the establishment, and if civil suits do nothing but drag on for years with little to no benefit, then what is left for us?  Is the way of the gun the only answer left for the American people at this crossroads? 

I cannot deny that we are very close to such a conclusion.  Anyone who does deny it is living in a candy coated fantasy land.  However, there are still certain options that have not been exhausted, and we should utilize them if for no other reason than to maintain the moral high ground while the power elite continue to expose their own despotic innards.

State And County Nullification

The assertion of local authority in opposition to federal tyranny is already being applied across the country.  Multiple states, counties, and municipalities are issuing declarations of defiance and passing legislation which nullifies any future federal incursions against 2nd Amendment protections.  For instance, the Gilberton Borough Council in PA in conjunction with Police Chief Mark Kessler has recently adopted a resolution defending all 2nd Amendment rights within their municipal borders up to and including the denial of operations by federal officers:

Approximately 283 county Sheriffs and multiple police officers have taken a hard stand, stating that they will either not aid federal enforcement officials with gun control related activities, or, that they will not allow such activities within their county, period:

This trend of dissent amongst law enforcement officials debunks the nihilistic view promoted by disinformation agents that “no one in law enforcement will have the guts to stand up to the government no matter how sour it turns”.   It has also shaken the Obama Administration enough that the White House is struggling to counter it by wining and dining police unions and sheriffs departments in order to form their own “coalition of the willing”.  Obama seems to believe that holding press conferences using children or police as background props will somehow earn him political capital in the battle for gun rights, but I have my doubts:

Multiple states have legislation on the table to nullify as well, and it would seem that the violent push by the establishment to extinguish the 2nd Amendment has actually sharply rekindled the public’s interest in States Rights and the 10th Amendment.

This does not mean, though, that we should rely on nullification alone.  While the gun grabbers are stumbling into severe resistance at the national level, some representatives are attempting to supplant gun rights at the state level, including New York, California, Washington State, and Missouri.  The goal here is obvious; counter states rights arguments by using anti-gun legislators to impose federal controls through the back door of state legislation.

They will claim that if we support states rights, then we have to abide by the decisions of regions like New York when they ban and confiscate firearms.  It’s sad how gun grabbers lose track of reality.  Neither federal authority, nor state authority, supplants the legal barriers of the Constitution itself, meaning, no federal or local authority has the right or power to remove our freedom of speech, our freedom of assembly, our freedom of privacy, OR our freedom to own firearms (including firearms of military utility).  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights supersede all other legal and political entities (including treaties, as ruled by the Supreme Court).  At least, that’s what the Founding Fathers intended when they established this nation.  The point is, a state is well within its rights to defy the Federal Government if it is enacting unconstitutional abuses, and the people are well within their rights to defy a state when it does the same.

Economic Nullification

There is actually a fantastic economic opportunity to be had by states and counties that nullify gun control legislation.  Many gun manufacturers and retail businesses are facing financial oblivion if the establishment has its way, and moving operations outside the U.S. is not necessarily practical for most of them (gun manufacturing is one of the last business models we still do better than the rest of the world).  Municipalities could offer safe haven to these businesses, allowing them to continue producing firearms and high capacity magazines, fulfill expanding public demand, and create a surging cash flow into their area while at the same time giving the federal government the finger.

This strategy does not come without dangers, though.  Many states and counties are addicted to federal funding, and some would go bankrupt without it.  The obvious first response by the feds to protesting local governments will be to cut off the river of cash and starve them into subservience. 

This brand of internal financial warfare can be countered by local governments by nullifying a few other unconstitutional regulations, including those issued by the EPA and the BLM.  States and counties could easily disable federal land development restrictions and begin using resource development as a means to generate supplemental income.  North Dakota is essentially doing this right now in the Bakken Oil Fields, becoming one of the few states in America that is actually creating legitimate high paying jobs (instead of part time wage slave jobs), and growing more prosperous every year.

This tactic is not limited to state governments either.  Counties also have the ability, with the right officials involved, to regain control of their economic destinies anytime they want.  All it takes is the courage to rock the establishment boat.

Refuse All Registration Schemes

National firearms registration and gun databases are almost always followed by full gun confiscation.  The process is usually done in a standardized manner:  First demand extensive registration and cataloging of gun owners.  Second, ban more effective styles of weaponry, including semi-automatics and high capacity rifles (Let the sport hunters keep their bolt actions for a time, and lure them onto your side with the promise that they will get to keep their .270 or their 30-06).  Then take all semi-auto handguns.  Then, ban high powered magnum style bolt actions by labeling them “sniper rifles”.  Then demand that the gun owners that still remain allow official “inspections” of their home by law enforcement to ensure that they are “storing their weapons properly”.  Then, force them to move those weapons to a designated “warehouse or range”, locked away for any use other than recreational shooting.  Then, when the public is thoroughly disconnected from their original right to bear arms, take everything that’s left. 

Keep in mind that the federal government and certain state governments are acting as if they would like to skip ALL of the preliminary steps and go straight to full confiscation.  I am not discounting that possibility.  But, they may feign certain concessions in the near term in order to get the one thing they really want – full registration. 

Registration must be the line in the sand for every single gun owner in this country, whether they own several semi-automatics, or one pump action shotgun.  Once you give in to being registered, fingerprinted, photographed, and tracked wherever you decide to live like a convicted sexual predator, you have shown that you have no will or spirit.  You have shown that you will submit to anything.

After a full registration has been enacted, every gun (and maybe every bullet) will be tracked.  If confiscation is utilized, they know exactly what you have and what you should not have, and exactly where you are.  Criminals will still acquire weapons illegally, as they always have.  The only people who will suffer are law abiding citizens. It’s a recipe for dictatorship and nothing more.             

Gun Barter Networks

The retail firearms and ammo markets are Sahara dry right now, and will probably remain that way in the foreseeable future.  Anything that is available for purchase is usually twice the price it was last year.  Extremely high demand is removing retail from the picture before any legislation is even passed.  Enter barter…

Cash will remain a bargaining tool for as long as the dollar remains the world reserve currency and holds at least some semblance of value (this will end sooner than most people think).  That said, as gun items become scarce, the allure of cash may be supplanted.  The signs of this are already evident.

Gun owners are now looking more to trade firearms and accessories for OTHER firearms and accessories, because they know that once they sell an item, they may never see it again, and the usefulness of cash is fleeting.  Gun Barter is not only a way for firearms enthusiasts to get what they need, it is also a way for them to move around any future gun sale restrictions that may arise.  Private gun sales are legal in some states, but do not count on this to last.  Barter leaves no paper trail, and thus, no traceable evidence of transaction.  For those who fear this idea as “legally questionable”, all I can do is remind them that an unconstitutional law is no law at all.  If it does not adhere to the guidelines of our founding principles, our founding documents, and our natural rights, then it is just a bunch of meaningless words on a meaningless piece of paper signed by a meaningless political puppet.            

3D Printing And Home Manufacturing

3D Printing is now available to the public and for those with the money, I recommend they invest quickly.  Unless the establishment wants to make the possession of these printers illegal, as well as shut down the internet, there will be no way to stop data streamers from supplying the software needed to make molds for every conceivable gun part, including high capacity mags.  This technology has been effectively promoted by the Wiki Weapons Project:

According to current ATF law, the home manufacture of gun parts is not technically illegal, as long as they are not being produced for sale.  But in a state or county where federal gun laws have been nullified, what the ATF says is irrelevant. 

Home manufacturing of gun parts and ammo would be a highly lucrative business in such safe haven areas.  And, the ability to build one’s own self defense platform is a vital skill in a sparse market environment.  The ultimate freedom is being able to supply your own needs without having to ask for materials or permission from others.  It should be the goal of every pro-gun activist to reach this independence.

Force The Establishment To Show Its True Colors

While some in the general public may be incensed by the trampling of our freedoms by government, many (including myself) would view direct action and aimless French Revolution-style violence as distasteful and disastrous.  The moral high ground is all that any dissenting movement has.  It will be hard enough to keep this ground with the constant demonization of liberty minded people that is being espoused by propaganda peddlers like the SPLC and numerous media outlets.  We do not need to help them do their jobs.

Now, to be clear, I have NO illusions that the above strategies will defuse a confrontation between those who value freedom, and those who desire power.  The hope is that enough people within our population will refuse to comply, and that this will make any future despotism impossible to construct.  However, it is far more likely that these acts of defiance will elicit a brutal response from the government.  And in a way, that is exactly what we want…

The Founding Fathers went through steps very similar to those I listed above and more to counter the tightening grip of the British Empire during the first American Revolution.  The idea is simple:

Peacefully deny the corrupt system’s authority over your life by supplying your own needs and your own security, rather than lashing out blindly.  Force them to show their true colors.  Expose their dishonor and maliciousness.  Make them come after you like the predators they are, and then, once they can no longer play the role of the “defending hero” in the eyes of the public, use your right to self defense to send them a message they won’t forget.

Skeptics will claim that physical defense is useless against a technologically advanced enemy.  They will claim that we need a "majority" we do not have in order to prevail.  These are usually people who have never fought for anything in their lives.  They do not understand that the “odds” are unimportant.  They mean nothing.  No revolution for good ever begins with "majority support".  Each is fought by a minority of strong willed and aware individuals.  When all other methods of protest have been dismantled, the system leaves us with only two options: stand and fight, or kneel and beg for mercy.  All you need to know is what YOU would do when faced with that choice.  

There is no other culture on earth that has the capacity, like Americans currently do, to defeat centralists, defend individual liberty, and end the pursuit of total global power in this lifetime.  We are the first and last line.  If freedom is undone here, it is undone everywhere for generations to come.  This is our responsibility.  This is our providence.  There can be no complacency.  There can be no compromise.  There can be no fear.  It ends on this ground.  One way, or another…

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DosZap's picture

Our government has been trying to control drugs for a hundred years, yet they are readily available to anyone who wants them.


Beg to differ, no they have not.

Could have been solved nearly overnight.Do it the Hong Kong way.(You sell/possess drugs, YOU DIE).

Simple and been damned effective.

Plus they have not tried to stop the war for various reasons, it brings in tons of wealth, and it allows the militarization, and additon of 1000's more agents,there is a method to the "Seeming" madness.

One just has to look behind the door.

A Lunatic's picture

Correct. It is not about controlling drugs, but controlling people through another bullshit excuse to enlarge the Police State.

gnomon's picture

The crisis comes. Martial Law is declared.  The internet is taken offline.  Only approved State Media belches forth.  That is when you must come to the aid of your neighbors when they come for their firearms/supplies.  And they must do the same for you.  We must hang together or surely hang separately.

And trust that however it goes down for you, you have done one of the most noble, honorable things in your life.

Let a million little insurrections bloom, if they decide to go nuclear on Liberty.

CH1's picture

It will never be that distinct.

They will ALWAYS supply a reason to believe - a reason to comply without calling yourself a coward.

gnomon's picture

WRONG!  If you know your neighbors, you give THEM the benefit of the doubt.  Why would you not after what has gone down these last few years?  I would not want to be the assholes assaulting a house only to find out they are taking fire from behind by two or three neighbors.

A Lunatic's picture

The human mind can, and will, justify anything in the right conditions. There is no end to the lows one will entertain once human dignity has been compromised........

gnomon's picture

And yet there are revolts when the time is ripe, when Liberty and Property are being raped and the Rule of Law has been supplanted by tyrants.

A Lunatic's picture

But it's not just a handful of corrupt government officials and bankers who are destroying our liberty and property is it? There is an active 47-55% of the citizenry that is complicit in the theft of both. They will not participate in any revolutionary actions, nor will the majority of those who enjoy the perception of freedom and economic prosperity due to their present standard of living, which is quite comfortable and enjoyable. Most people will not rock the boat because they want to get in the boat, they will surrender much, much more liberty and property than you can imagine, and they will justify it ALL in order to survive another day...........

g speed's picture

sad but true--except maybe its 75 percent

mumcard's picture

Luckily they're all lazy as dogshit and the only real way they can hurt us is by being surveillance monkies for the state.  See something say something for your food allotment.

tradewithdave's picture

I guess we would need to backtrack and ask the native Americans if they would be willing to peacefully share, the Ice Tea could put down his gun.

Jugdish's picture

First they took my freedom to travel, but I wasn't a traveller so I said nothing, then they took over my "healthcare" but I was a bitch so I said nothing, then they took the guns but guns are scary so I said nothing, then they confiscated my 401k and pension but I had no nuts so I said nothing, then they came for my children and wife and I was still a bitch so I said nothing.......

earleflorida's picture

hense,  911... exactly 4,213 days thereon-- one man from a faraway land, set on course a deliberated legacy of diabolical triumph in the name of 'willful obfuscated freedom'?


walcott's picture

Pray for all the good people now and throughout histoy who wanted to take your guns. 

Pope Benedict, Dianne Feistein, Michale Moore, Piers Morgan, Michael Blooberg, Adolph Hitler, Fidel Castro, Mao, Stalin, King George. 

And throw all the evil patriots (regular people) throughout history under the bus

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Nathan Hale, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Ron Paul, JFK,

Stewart Rhodes

who defend liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and the right to arm and defend yourself. And erase shitty things like the declaration of independence from history. 


and zerohedge and all their readers and anybody who knows this is absolute bullshit what's taking place!


conspicio's picture

"America is a whorehouse... where the revolutionary ideals of your forefathers... are corrupted and sold in alleys by vendors of capitalism..."


Red Dawn, 1984

Quinvarius's picture

Nobody downvotes a Red Dawn quote!

Rogue Trooper's picture

I know this is completly insane.  I could safely guess that one downvote came from AnAnonymous. Another one from a DHHS employee who is angred at all he is reading and to cope with his internal conflict with what he is reading verses what his masters have been telling him? He reacted with instinct and just pushed the downvote. The third?

Either way what they read will effect them... one way ot the other.

Lines in the sand.... and all that.

AnAnonymous's picture

There is no other culture on earth that has the capacity, like Americans currently do, to defeat centralists, defend individual liberty, and end the pursuit of total global power in this lifetime. We are the first and last line. If freedom is undone here, it is undone everywhere for generations to come. This is our responsibility. This is our providence. There can be no complacency. There can be no compromise. There can be no fear. It ends on this ground. One way, or another…

Roger that, bro. We, Americans, are a special breed in humanity, especially for those who are graced with being from the central matrix of Americanism, named America.

Freedom, truth and justice under our guidance have progressed as never before.

We are the last line to hold before the Statist and their tyranny.

We will hold because we are Americans. And holding for Freedom, Truth and Justice, that is we Americans do.

Future Jim's picture

Are you allowed to tell us for whom you are a paid shill?

More specifically, are those of you who write under this pseudonym allowed to tell us for whom you think are a paid shill? You are all certainly being played by someone higher up than whoever is paying you, and their agenda is probably different than what you've been told.

... but I guess you need the money pretty badly to do this kind of work ...

It is never to late to become the person you've always wanted to be and embrace the soul of your humanity.

InHayekWeTrust's picture

This is an article from "The Onion," right?

Dr. Engali's picture

A big sguad of military helicopters just flew over the house, and shook the whole fucking thing. 15 years living in this area and I've never seen anything like it. The only time I've seen any military aircraft around here was during 911,and that was only two jets. The last time I remember seeing anything like I saw today was growing up by an arsenal. It was normal to see lots of military equipment. This was weird.

Hulk's picture

No need to worry Doc, they are just going to fight the aliens who are arriving to earth in meteors.

Time to dust off your Radio Shack Color Organ and learn to communicate with them.

Might even want to dig up Francois Truffaut and see if he can be of any help...

g speed's picture

just the national guard weekend duty grind-- a whole bunch of guys that signed up for extra pay and have to do the required weekend stuff- they like it less than you do---

AnAnonymous's picture

Another fabled past based article.

'Americans' cant do without their fabled past drug.

'Americans' cant stand on their own without their take of fantasy.

Since when guns as they were used in the US is an example of guns being used to serve freedom?

Since US Americans lavishly used guns to maintain human beings in slavery? Just after they declared freedom an unalienable human right?

Just keep applying the 'american' pattern, buddy, it wont get old because of that.

Owning guns is a human right. It just happens that things that are deprived of guns ownership are no human beings, they are sub humans or non humans.

'Americans' already solved the problem.

gnomon's picture

You are one fucking, incoherent idiot.  You need to get out of that opium den you post from and go look for a bullet to the back of your head.  

Run out into traffic and squeal that the PLA are running dogs whose balls have shriveled up from too many testosterone injections.

AnAnonymous's picture

More ad hominem by a barking 'american'.

As a stalwart defender of civilization, you 'american' have not yet gotten what ad hominem mean?

Djee, the 'american' nature is eternal...

Rusty Trombone's picture

Me Chinese, Me pray Joke , Me Put Pee Pee in you Coke.

RSBriggs's picture

Don't feed the asshole troll....

AnAnonymous's picture

Yes, it is true and 'american' proven.

If you dont feed trolls, they leave.

Shell Game's picture

I think you just said, Don't Pay Your Fucking Income Taxes.  I'll be damned if that's the first thing you've implied that I totally agree with....

AnAnonymous's picture

As long as you agree with 'americanism', well, it makes it.

Oh, wait, as an 'american', you do not have that option, it is either be 'american' or die, well...

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous dancing with strawsmen:

Another fabled past based article.

'Americans' cant do without their fabled past drug.

More Chinese citizenism fantasy and offuscationism.

History of Chinese citizenism is repeation of two things: distorting the fabled past and farming the myth.

But hey, when you are running a distortion racket, when wokking the dog might as well wok the entire kennel.

AnAnonymous's picture

The idea is simple:

Peacefully deny the corrupt system’s authority over your life by supplying your own needs and your own security, rather than lashing out blindly. Force them to show their true colors. Expose their dishonor and maliciousness. Make them come after you like the predators they are, and then, once they can no longer play the role of the “defending hero” in the eyes of the public, use your right to self defense to send them a message they won’t forget.

Could the same works for 'americans'? Let them just act so they put down the masks?

Ummmm, well, an idea to explore somehow.

Rusty Diggins's picture

junked ya because of your consistency "buddy"

AnAnonymous's picture

But, but, but it means that this post did not collect the consent of an 'american'?

But, but, how heart stricking is that?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous asked:

But, but, but it means that this post did not collect the consent of an 'american'?

But, but, how heart stricking is that?

Not to worrying. Under Chinese citizenism, if heart go bad, can always harvest a new one from Tibetan. Best to get them pre-incinerated, though.

AnAnonymous's picture

Useless to go that far.

'Americans' immolate left, right and center.

But hey, better to look away rather than at 'american' societies.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous, displaying evasion and denial in the best tradition of Chinese citizenism, showing again its nature, which is eternal (and irresistable, for Indo European Han people), said:

But hey, better to look away rather than at 'american' societies.


Not a point. You sidetracked on dilution for any cause you did not declare.

More strawsmen and offuscation, wok calling the cooking marmit black.

Shows nature of Chinese citizenism not only eternal, also having endless repeations vociferously.

earleflorida's picture




De minimus's picture

The republican party leadership is now "owned" by the democrats, who in reality and in fact are  "Marxists" .

Remember all those little zippergates we had a few years back? Don't for one minute think that we have heard all of them, just enough to scare the republicans into doing what the Marxists want done and not so much so as to remove the veil as well as the level of power from their hands.

Marxists have a playbook and they use it over and over because it works. The media will never tell because they are Marxist to the core and helping to drive it, if not leading it.

Make sense now?


Ps. DHS just purchased several billion rounds of 40 calibre hollowpoint. For qualification purposes they say. I wonder, considering the circumstances, and the fact that it's enough ammo to shoot every American 5 times, do you believe them?

I do not.

Clark Bent's picture

I wonder where they are keeping all that ammo. Such a large amount might have a tendency to get lost. Is there nobody out there who might have some fall off the truck. 

Curt W's picture

I saw an article that said DHS uses 15 million rounds a year on practice ranges, and that they were purchasing 750 million rounds for that purpose.

50 years worth?

I do not believe

gbresnahan's picture

I thought this was the country "of the people, by the people, for the people"?

How do we remind our (public) servants who's in charge around here?

AnAnonymous's picture

WeThePeople are still in charge. WeThePeople aka the 'american' middle class.

Noise in the static comes from one thing:

some 'americans' are pushed away from their 'american' middle class status.

'Americans' have a strong entitlement spirit.

The result is that those 'americans' who are less and less middle class or even middle class no more, keep considering themselves as middle class. Therefore, they keep thinking the 'american' government should continue to serve them.

Bad news: the 'american' government serves the middle class. You're no longer middle class? Either you can pay to buy favour as the higher class is compelled to or well, you come to terms with the fact an 'american' government is not meant to serve you.

The way 'americanism' is.

moondog's picture

Chinese citizenism and depravity is seen in their taking of organs from prisoners and military conscripts.
If Chinese citizenism spreads like disease to rest of Asia, they destroy lands, poison water and steal organs from citizens just like they do in China.
Chinese citizenism is evil and devoid of morals or mercy.
China executes more prisoners than all other countries in the world put together.
China hates human life. This is a characteristic of Chinese citizenism.

Chinese citizenism is all about conquering, raping, pillaging and blobbing-up.

Save the roadsides from the waste of billions of Chinese!

The world must put an end to the scourge of Chinese citizenism.

AnAnonymous's picture

That is a good work of fiction there, that chinese citizenism.

Might be worth trying to sell it to Hollywood.

'Americans' like this kind of stories that divert them from their own achievements thanks to 'americanism'

moondog's picture

Your words are like Chinese roadside achievements. Smelly, and piled high.

Your mind is washed with Chinese citizenism.

Fiction is for minds that create. Know you not fiction in reverse engineered, Chinese citizen created copy of American citizenism society.

Your reality is non-fiction, toxic cloud of death Chinese citizenism. May your lungs breathe the black cloud of Chinese citizenism for the formation of cancer.