Here we go again…
Last week, it was Joshua Horwitz from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence who was blaming gun owners for the occupation at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Now, this week, it’s The Atlantic.
In an article titled, “The Gun-Rights Movement Fed America’s Insurrectionist Fever Dreams,” philosophy professor Firmin DeBrabander argues that in light of recent events a widespread curtailment of 2A rights is necessary to preserve the Republic.
“This year has revealed all too well what insurrectionist fever dreams bring: In the spring, they delivered mobs who occupied state capitols and threatened legislators; in the summer, they led to dead protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon; now they have wrought death and destruction in Congress,” wrote DeBrabander.
“The gun-rights movement deserves a reckoning for this,” he continued. “Our leaders should do everything in their power to enact laws that ensure peaceful protest. We must ban assault rifles and open carry. Their legality is premised on ideas that are inimical to democracy itself.”
First off, the gun-rights movement is not a monolith. It’s as diverse as America itself. And, while this isn’t a shocker to those of us who actually frequent a gun range, it consists of many of those “oppressed” and “marginalized” groups the Left claims it’s so worried about.
If DeBrabander doesn’t believe it, he should do a little research on groups like the Pink Pistols, an LGBTQ gun-rights group, or NAAGA, the National African American Gun Association, or JPFO, Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
What he’d realize is that one’s right to keep and bear arms is not a fringe political issue that only concerns straight, white males on the far-Right, rather it is a mainstream idea that is celebrated by millions of Americans from all walks of life.
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To put things in perspective, more than 21 million citizens purchased a firearm last year. That’s about 8 percent of the adult population. Many bought a gun, around 8.4 million Americans, for the first time in their lives. Forty percent of those new gun buyers were women, and African Americans bought guns at a rate 58% greater in 2020 than in 2019.
As survey data indicates, these folks didn’t buy guns because they wanted to foment an insurrection or because they’re an acolyte of some crazy Internet conspiracy. They mostly bought guns because once-trusted institutions are failing us.
Between COVID protocols that force law enforcement to catch and release hardened criminals to the unchecked rioters and looters of the George Floyd protests, it became clear to many Americans that one’s safety is ultimately a personal responsibility.
Government, despite what Nannystaters would have people believe, is not equipped to protect citizens, especially during a crisis.
DeBrabander’s scapegoating of the gun community for last week’s attack on the Capitol, therefore, doesn’t hold water because it wasn’t a broad coalition of 2A supporters that raided, looted, and vandalized the grounds. It was something else altogether: a mixture of cosplay weirdos, Neo-nazis, and motley rabble-rousers.
In fact, if we are to believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the driving force behind the decision to break through the barriers and storm the Capitol was the work of a coordinated group of agitators. The chaos wasn’t precipitated by run-of-the-mill Trump supporters.
“The evidence is now that– that it was a well-planned, organized group with leadership and guidance and direction,” Pelosi told 60 Minutes in a Sunday interview. “And the direction was to go get people.”
Who planned it? Who led it? Who participated in it? And, who paid for it?
Those are questions we hopefully get answered, soon. Responsible parties should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We all agree on that.
But in the meantime, people like DeBrabander and Horwitz need to stop politicizing this event. They need to stop using it as a way to blame the modern gun-rights movement.
We cannot, as they seek to do, chill the 2A rights of all law-abiding citizens for the criminal acts of a reckless few. Because, as we’re fond of saying on GunsAmerica, disarming good people (poor blacks, single mothers, trans folk, etc.) does not make bad people (violent criminals, gangsters, professional agitators, etc.) less dangerous.