Monday, February 24, 2014

It's nice when the bastards tell us what they really fear

No, what makes Beauchamp's desperate plea interesting is that he describes the idea that a resolute, vigilant, and armed public is the last bulwark against tyranny as "profoundly corrosive of democratic politics," with the quoted text as a hyperlink to an older article of his, this one in the American Conservative (a perhaps surprising place for his writings), in which he argues that the very idea of the need for an armed citizenry as defense against tyranny is destructive to our "democracy" (just don't even get me started on that).

Well, that's familiar. In a book co-written by Coalition to Stop Gun Violence executive director Josh Horwitz, readers are told that "the Insurrectionist idea" (Horwitz's term for the notion that the purpose of the Second Amendment is the protection of the people's means to resist and defeat tyranny) is "a threat to the entire progressive movement." "Progressive" meaning, of course, that the benevolent government will take care of our every need--like a loving Big Brother.
They admit that their real fear is that people owning arms- and they mean ANY arms, from a family-heirloom firearm to a AR to Granpa's bringback from WWII- is a threat to the ability of the socialists/communists to take over.  'Gun safety laws' my ass.

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