The Polemicist: The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights
Credit is due to Marko Kloos on whose blog I first found the linked essay, and who penned "Why the Gun is Civilization," an excellent essay in its own right.
The Second Amendment isn't about the National Guard, nor is it only to benefit the likes of Donald Trump with his very rare New York City carry permit. It's about this:
|Malcolm X at home with an M1 Carbine.|
|A scene from Deacons for Defense, the true story of a group of African-Americans in Louisiana who organized in opposition to the Klan and local law enforcement.|
|Koreans defending their own, without police assistance, during the 1992 L.A. riots.|
And, yes, even this:
|Former WWII servicemen fire on the McMinn County jailhouse during the Battle of Athens (scroll to the bottom), a genuine example of American citizens ousting corrupt officials and asserting their rights by force of arms.|
Gun control is not Progressive. It is regressive, authoritarian, and elitist. The undercurrent of modern gun-control arguments is uniformly one of, "Let's get guns out of the hands of those people," a group that can variably include anyone from red-state bitter-clingers to poor people in urban slums. It has a disproportionate affect on minorities (as do most misguided policies) and invariably benefits the wealthy, who can either afford to jump through the red tape of ownership or simply employ hired guns.
So, liberals, I ask you: Do you, in fact, want to live firmly under the boot heel of the 1% once they've tired of your mucking about in the streets in front of their steel and glass towers? Or would you prefer to at least have the option of following the examples above, should it come to that?