Lyft said last week that it will offer free rides to students heading to the anti-gun rallies scheduled later this Month. On Twitter, the execs for the ride-sharing app made the announcement.
“We believe there is something seriously wrong when the threat of gun violence is so frequent and real throughout our country. And like many, we are inspired by your leadership,” wrote co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green.
“We’d be honored to support your work with free Lyft rides to March for Our Lives rallies across the country on March 24 (please remember, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.),” they added.
Lyft is not alone in its “generosity.” Everytown for Gun Safety has offered up $2.5 million in grant money to ensure students have “operational resources” to organize and attend the rallies. George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg have also donated $500,000 a piece for the cause.
My advice is don’t take the bait kids! There is no such thing as a free lunch or in this case a free ride. Corporations, activist groups and celebrities are champing at the bit to support these rallies for reasons other than you think. For them, it’s not about saving lives, it’s about enslaving minds.
You think CloonDog, Everytown and Lyft see you as anything but a future servant, shill or ride-share driver? Don’t think so. These “cultural influencers” are empowering you to disempower yourselves. They’re elated to see you run headlong down a path that leads to the death of the 2A. Because that not only cripples your ability to defend your way of life but it all but guarantees that those in power stay in power regardless of how oppressive society becomes. In the simplest possible terms, an armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
Before I continue on with this rant, allow me to ask a question. Why are you willing to trample a right that you don’t even understand or appreciate? To draw an analogy, it’s like a group of virgins volunteering to be castrated. Common sense would suggest that at the very least they’d like to know what they stood to lose before it goes bye bye.
Anyways, your educators have failed you. They’ve taught you that you have a right to feel safe. No right exists. What you have is a right to keep and bear arms. A natural right to self-defense. Your personal safety is a product of actions, not emotions. Feeling one way or another won’t make a bit of difference in terms of your actual safety. What will make a difference is how well you prepare to confront a threat.
The optimal way to ensure your safety is to responsibly exercise your 2A rights. I’m not just talking about buyin’ a gun and throwing it in the closet for a rainy day. Frequent range visits. Training with professionals. Learning local and state laws. Carrying concealed. All of that and more will increase your personal safety. But those footing the bill for this rally aren’t going to tell you that. They’re going to double down on government-based solutions (more gun control, more gun-free zones) to personal safety. Taking the power out of your hands to make you less free and less safe.
You think rampant gun ownership in the U.S. is the reason why there are mass killings? Think again. Guns aren’t the enemy, government is. It’s the government that bans guns in schools, leaving them defenseless. It’s government that says you cannot buy a handgun until your 21 years of age, leaving you defenseless. It’s government that tells us it will always keep us safe when, in fact, it cannot.
Look, spree killers aren’t going to go away. We’ve tried to legislate murder outta existence since, well, Moses came down from the mountain with the 10 Commandments. Guess what? Laws don’t stop mass murderers. Armed citizens do.
At the core of gun ownership is an elevated level of personal responsibility and self-reliance. Values absent from our increasingly progressive society. It’s the recognition that you are at the helm when it comes to protecting your life and your liberty. No one is going to do a better job at that than you. Once you realize this you’ll stop marching for your lives and you’ll start training to defend em.