Columnist: ‘2A freaks will run screaming… time to come get the guns’

Freelance writer and columnist Ed Kociela. (Photo: Youtube)

Columnist Ed Kociela is ready to “do something about gun control in the United States.”

In a recent op-ed for the Southern Utah Independent, Mr. Kociela said he hoped that the government would start systematically disarming society.  

“The other day the president issued an executive order that is intended to establish stricter rules for certain types of guns, tighten down background checks, and add substantive support to local violence prevention techniques and regulations,” he wrote.  

“The 2nd Amendment freaks will run screaming into the night about how it is yet another attempt to seize their precious guns,”  he continued.  “Hopefully, this time, they are right.  Maybe it is time to come get the guns.”

But showing that he does have a realist bone in his body, Kociela acknowledged the limitations of that approach.  Sending agents door-to-door to seize guns is, as he puts it, an “unachievable goal” as the “rednecks would be picking off Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents at a hefty clip if that came about.”  

Let me be clear on this.  It wouldn’t just be the “rednecks” pushing back.  Constitutionally-minded citizens from all walks of life would join the resistance if Big Brother opted to go the “turn’-em-in-or-else route.”  And yes, it won’t be pretty.  

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But putting the confiscation fantasy aside, Kociela solemnly believes that the best path forward to curbing the number of Americans killed each day with guns — 106 per his estimate (of course, he doesn’t mention that two-thirds are suicides) — is to outright ban a subcategory of rifles rarely used in crime: so-called “assault weapons.”  

Anyone even vaguely familiar with FBI crime stats knows how wrongheaded this recommendation is.  For starters, rifles of any make or model are used in less than 4 percent of homicides each year.  On average, year to year, more people are killed with knives, blunt instruments and hands/feet!


When one considers just “assault weapons” in the context of mass shootings, the impact is even smaller.  One such analysis from, a libertarian think tank, found that “with an average of 13,657 homicides per year during the 2007-2017 timeframe, about one-tenth of one percent of homicides were produced by mass shootings involving AR-15s.”


To put this in perspective, mass shooters with ARs kill approximately 17 people per year, according to a New York Times report.  Criminals with knives and sharp implements kill roughly 1,700 people per year, per FBI data. 

It would take one hundred years of mass shootings with ARs to produce the same number of homicide victims that knives and sharp objects produce in one year, as concludes.  

So anyone, including Mr. Kociela, who argues for a ban on black rifles as a means to precipitously curb gun-related violence is at the very least ill-informed, or more likely, a functionary of the Bloomberg machine who firmly and thoughtlessly holds to the idea that an individual’s safety is only maximized when he no longer has the right to keep and bear arms for traditionally lawful purposes, particularly self-defense.

You are safest, the Bloomberg minions tell us, when you are least equipped and prepared to protect yourself. Give up your guns, they continue, because the optimal way to make violent criminals harmless is to disarm you and your fellow law-abiding patriots.

As Kociela writes, “Finally, we could use some help in raising our kids to understand that they really do not need a weapon to function properly in this world. You really don’t.”

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • scrooster July 9, 2021, 9:15 am

    I had to take several triple-takes … that’s a dude? And he’s calling us “freaks?” LOL he looks like the proverbial crazy old hippy chick. We are living in bizarro world folks.

  • Trevor_Phillips July 9, 2021, 6:58 am

    He looks like someone’s grandma lol. He’s one to call people freaks when they have a bunch of freaks that practice polygamy out there in Utah.

  • Shanz April 18, 2021, 2:57 pm

    What a racist piece of excrement.

  • Mike Colorado April 17, 2021, 8:10 pm

    Remember your history ladies and gentleman and how the dems love to cause suffering and pain. If we forget our history we are doomed. They have it in them to do horrible things and they are feeling invincible right now to do more atrocities. Never forget our nations history and the political party that caused it. So this executive order is one of the many things that they have done in our history. Then look at all of the EOs biden is signing compared to any other president of our country.

    Executive Order 9066

  • Tony walton April 17, 2021, 6:12 pm

    These poor idiots have no idea what lurks around the corner

  • Mort April 17, 2021, 4:37 pm

    They’d better bring a ton of body bags if they ever think they’re going to take our guns…

  • Tedd April 17, 2021, 12:39 pm

    My first thought was that GOA had printed the wrong photo. Aside from that, it’s extremely disappointing to know that approximately half of the population is liberal and accepting of the lies being dispersed without even bothering to do a little fact checking. We have become a nation where a dangerous percentage of its people qualify as “sheep”.

  • Jimmy April 16, 2021, 8:10 pm

    Any socialist idiot who thinks I will obey laws that are against our constitution is really deranged. America will not roll over just because you idiots in Washington say so. Keep up your big talk and see how far that gets you. Real patriots will fight to the death to keep our freedoms, are you idiot gun grabbers willing to die to take them?

  • Kent San April 16, 2021, 3:16 pm

    Has anyone told him he looks like an 80-year-old vagina?

    • Jim April 16, 2021, 6:46 pm

      Now how did you come about with that determination? He/she doesn’t look that good. But it does look like a guy who wants to be a woman!

    • TUC April 16, 2021, 8:22 pm

      Please don’t insult old vaginas please.

    • Penny April 17, 2021, 8:20 am

      Thats him?????????????

      Notice how the assumed him does not mention all of the lawful uses of guns to stop a crime. BTW guns are illegal in Britain yet the have gun crime, stabbings are so common you have to be 21 to buy a steak knife and now they want you to have the point of said steak knife ground to a round point.

  • etph April 16, 2021, 3:04 pm

    Many Asians are pro 2A and the numbers among blacks are growing. I guess they’re also part of the redneck category or white supremacists. After all, Candice Owens has been called a white supremacist. Makes perfect sense to me. Leftist lunatic logic at its best.

  • skipNclair Barker April 16, 2021, 2:54 pm

    Let them that scream to take the guns away be the ones to come and actually have to take them, and not depend on paid goons to do their bidding. Bet that would stop most of the infringing.

  • SuperG April 16, 2021, 1:32 pm

    I can only assume the Southern Utah Independent is a biased liberal rag, as no editor in their right mind would have allowed such a biased article. The use of “freaks” & “rednecks” clearly show the author harbors a bias against gun owners, and demonstrates no knowledge of guns, other than they go bang.

  • Norman April 16, 2021, 11:49 am

    Total dufus without a clue about guns, or anything related.

  • Dexter Winslett April 16, 2021, 11:39 am

    Is that a male or female creature ?

  • John Lloyd Scharf April 16, 2021, 11:27 am

    The biggest killer by far is medical malpractice. The most lethal object is a motor vehicle. Neither is a freedom named in the Constitution. IF they were serious about saving lives, most doctors and drunk drivers would be behind bars. They would be restricting cars to 20mph with one cylinder engines.

    Freedom of speech allows me to carry a bullhorn in a theater and yell fire if there IS a fire. Freedom of the press does not allow the government to decide what printer or words I can use. The inalienable natural right to defend yourself against tyranny with the arms of your choice cannot be limited without being lost. ONLY weapons of war are justified by the 2nd Amendment. It is not a permit or a license. It is a civil right, if not a civil duty.

    • Penny April 17, 2021, 8:24 am

      Together, doctors and hospitals account for about 140,000 avoidable deaths a year (malpractice) in the US,

  • Tod A Lane April 16, 2021, 11:15 am

    Does he know which restroom to use? That aside.. go f-yourself. You’re as stupid, and as backwards as you look. That’s saying a lot ED

  • George April 16, 2021, 11:11 am

    Someone with no actual real experience or knowledge, just a far-left ideology, telling us how the country should be run. This fool needs to be educated (and obviously could also use a mirror….).

  • ray April 16, 2021, 10:49 am

    A picture is worth a thousand words!

  • Big Al 45 April 16, 2021, 9:15 am

    I neither need nor want help raising my kids, so go pound it where the sun don’t shine Ed.
    I guarantee my kids are less dysfunctional than Ed’s.

  • DallasH April 16, 2021, 7:19 am

    That’s a male being? Looks like a cosplay actor from a Comic-Con. First, we need to restrict its access to only pen and paper writing materials and obviously limit its access to the dangerous internet, since the internet is commonly known to be used to spread discontent and to plan and organize domestic disturbances. Edwina is an ugly and confused hominid, inside and out

  • Joel Turner April 16, 2021, 7:09 am

    Ed deal with your sexual orientation and then maybe we can talk with you about firearms. P.S.- after a certain age one needs to get past that Drag Queen phase!

  • william j sapp April 16, 2021, 7:09 am

    just one morcidese anti gun nut with a loud mouth and to dumb to read the stats or he would know that suicides are 9/10 of the totals.

  • John S. April 16, 2021, 7:02 am

    This lady is all OPINION(hers) and NO CONTENT.

  • Mark April 16, 2021, 5:58 am

    Your mom must be a Retard for naming a girl Ed.

  • Mark April 16, 2021, 5:50 am

    Go back to China you ugly bitch.

  • SCOTT W BAKER April 16, 2021, 3:26 am

    Dude looks like a lady!!!

    • Cirus April 16, 2021, 7:47 am

      That’s what Steve Tyler said !

  • DeltaLimaEcho April 15, 2021, 8:52 pm

    Does anyone really care about the crypt keeper’s thoughts on “gun control” ?

  • kc (sire/your majesty) April 15, 2021, 3:24 pm

    Ed Kociela? That’s one ugly gal…

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