Vilifying Gun Owners Doesn’t Lead to a Better Society
Progressives push their luck with their totalitarian insistence that everybody is with them or against them on guns and so much else.
J.D. Tuccille | March 5, 2018
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Last week, outdoor gear retailer REI became the latest business to pledge its fealty to the raging culture war against wrongthink. It’s a high-stakes move that’s unlikely to end well for the activists pushing the effort.
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“The NRA is so engrained in the American culture now because of their very successful messaging of, ‘Don’t take away my gun’ or ‘You’re infringing on my Second Amendment rights,'” actress Alyssa Milano told an interviewer about the push to get NRATV dropped. “What a campaign like this allows is for a cultural hack.”
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David Brooks sees the danger of a reaction, warning that “illiberalism breeds illiberalism.” He suggests that progressives risk a “political backlash that could make Donald Trump look like Adlai Stevenson.”
That would be quite the booby prize if progressives manage to pull it off. Instead of achieving their moment of triumph by forcing people and businesses to declare loyalty to the cause, partisans playing at heavy-handed speech and thought police might instead reap the whirlwind (and so will we all).
And if any progressives really care about the gun issue, they should consider that vilifying gun owners, demanding professions of fealty, and attempting to silence dissent guarantee that few if any ideological opponents would ever disarm. In an all-or-nothing political environment, they’d have to be suicidal to even consider the idea.
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I don’t understand how (1) the “gun control” folks forget the genocides; and (2) the “gun control” folks think that “gun rights” folks won’t defend their natural or “pre-Constitutional” rights.
It’s going to get pretty messy.
We’re all a minority in some way or another.
“First they came …” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_…
Remember Kristallnacht — THE “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS” — it can happen here.
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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