The latest paean to the Second Amendment I’ve read comes from Townhall.com in a piece entitled “Every Word Liberals Say About Guns Is A Lie.” I enjoy reading trying-to-think-pieces from right-wingers whenever the latest gun massacre occurs. The rhetorical contortions they must perform to dodge that 800-lb gorilla in the room are astonishing.
It’s a lot of typical gunsplaining of the “ha ha, they don’t even know what the AR in AR-15 stands for!” variety. Let’s dig in, shall we?
It’s a lie when they scream that you can hit the Guns-2-Go drive-thru and buy yourself a fully semi-automatic assault machine gun with high-powered 5.56 mm rounds, because glorified 5.56 mm rounds are “high-powered” on their planet, faster and quicker than you can call an Uber.
The author knows damn well that person-to-person private sales of guns are not covered by any sort of background checks. He knows that these types of transactions happen all the time at gun shows happening every weekend all across America. He knows that the 5.56mm round in an AR-15 has triple the muzzle velocity of a handgun and the light round tumbles through flesh in the most destructive manner possible.
He wants to make you look absurd for wondering why routine slaughters of innocent people by randomly-sprayed bullets happens only in America because you’re not a gun expert.
It’s a lie when they say an armed citizenry would be powerless in the face of a leftist government equipped with tanks and artillery and bombers – though their assumption that a leftist government would use tanks and artillery and bombers on the American people seems like a pretty good reason for having an armed citizenry.
No, it is the paranoid right that keeps telling us they need the guns to protect against the government. We’re not the ones saying the government is going to attack them – they are.
Yet, oddly enough, when the government actually is attacking American citizens – literally shooting them down, unarmed in the streets – they’re the ones cheering the government and endorsing its tyranny.
[T]he other side’s goal is simple – they want us disarmed. But why? They know that Normal Americans are perfectly capable of safely owning all kinds of firearms. You slice the Democrat-run blue cities out of the statistics and America’s gun murder rate is comparable to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.
(It’s “Rogers’,” and shame on you for invoking his name in this debate. If anybody would call (a very polite) bullshit on this essay, it would be Fred Rogers.)
Yeah, what is it about cities that make them more likely to have murders than in rural America? Is it the sheer number of people in a smaller space, hailing from diverse backgrounds, living in stratified classes, subject to pressures of economy and crime that folks in the country don’t experience? Nope, it’s got to be that they vote for Democrats who have no control over how the Republican legislatures in nearby states make it easy for city criminals to drive on over and get a gun.
But this is at the heart of the gun fetishist’s self-image – that only they are “real Americans” and only the threat of them rising up with their AR-15s keeps America from slipping into tyranny. It’s a belief that Boise and Topeka are “real” and New York and Los Angeles are not. It really is a belief that the great majority of “city mice” in this nation are patriotically inferior secular liberals who are grudgingly tolerated by the reverent, Christ-anointed “country mice.”
To disarm us would forever convert us from citizens to subjects. They get that our identity is wrapped up not in our guns themselves, but in the fact that armed we have the ability to control our destiny. If necessary, an armed citizenry can tell those who would trample our rights, “No” – and to back it up with force if necessary.
I’m still waiting for some evidence of the tyranny that Australians are living under since they got rid of their guns twenty years ago. Seems to me, they can vote, speak, pray, petition, march, trade, manufacture, study, travel, perform, and work pretty much like we can. Seems to me Australians have due process rights, rights to confront accusers, freedom from cruel punishments, gosh, just about every right we have here except the right to own as many bullet sprayers as one chooses.
I’m also curious about that “control our destiny” part. How’d that work for keeping American manufacturing jobs here? How many more guns do we need to ensure a living wage for all workers? Is there a particular firearm best suited establishing universal health care? If you own enough guns, will that keep greedy banksters from plundering the economy and dashing your 401k again?
They want us disarmed because they want us disenfranchised, discouraged, and no longer disobedient. They want us broken.
Look, I’m probably as “leftist” as you can get as a straight white male who eats meat, likes guns, and loves football. I don’t want you disarmed; I want you to be held to a greater level of accountability to be armed. The damn Amendment says “a well-regulated Militia;” you want military weapons without good regulation. The damn Amendment says, “being necessary to the security of a free State;” you seemingly care little about the security of our children at school.
If you really are the elite, free men you make yourselves out to be, shouldn’t you not want to be sullied by association with Adam Lanza, Nikolas Cruz, Stephen Paddock, and all the rest of the bullet-spraying lunatics who were able to clear the same limbo-low bar to qualify as “Militiamen?” It’s not that we think you are going to turn into them, it’s that they are so indistinguishable from you.
If I relax my critical thinking skills long enough to indulge this paranoid fantasy of the leftist government that will disarm the gun-owning Americans so we can march them into the concentration camps, it always leaves me with so many questions, like:
- Who’s going to stock the shelves at Wal-Mart… or shop there?
- What will we do with all the empty NASCAR speedways?
- Will all the country musicians be able to find work in other genres?
- Who will attend to all the rodeo animals?
- What will we turn all the empty Cracker Barrels, Waffle Houses, and megachurches into?
The last thing this hypothetical tyranny would do is try to disarm the population. That would be the frog-in-the-boiling-pot scenario – the only right these gun fetishists would recognize being taken away. No, the hypothetical tyranny will be happy to let you keep your guns, because they keep you distracted enough to ignore losing your rights to collectively bargain, a fair and independent media, an uncorrupted criminal justice system, to choose your representatives, to not be tortured – the frog-in-the-warming-pot scenario.
We don’t need guns to be men. We need guns to be free men.
Yeah, sure, tell that to David Koresh. Then tell the men of Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Montenegro, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Wales, and so many other democratic nations on earth how they’re not “free.”
This has nothing to do with “free,” it’s all about “fear.” And given the ancestral legacy many of these gun fetishists own – the plundering of a continent, the genocide of its inhabitants, the slaughter of its fauna, the embrace of slavery, the perpetuation of Jim Crow, the internment of its own citizens (many who owned guns, by the way) – I can understand how the harbingers of karmic retribution and a browning demographic shift have given them much fear.