Can a country born out of violent revolution equipped with the latest firearms of its time, which then codifies a right to own firearms in its constitutional documents ever evolve to the point where guns are seen as implements to be used in very rare situations, and not as the final arbiter of conflict? That’s the question I grapple with when I read stories about fifteen shootings in Chicago in one night, or when we see day in and day out that dozens of people are murdered at the hands of a gunman. The answer to the question seems to be a very disappointing “no.” Even when nine out of ten Americans support a minimally-invasive background check bill that would have helped keep guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists, we can’t get it passed by our so-called elected “representatives.”
It seems like we’re stuck dealing with a minority group of gun zealots that have our country by the throat. Not every gun owner feels that the Second Amendment gives them an unlimited right to unlimited armaments. Thanks to my writing here, I’ve come into contact with a great many responsible gun owners who understand that the Second is in fact an antiquated national defense strategy and not an open call to arms to fight against the tyrannical forces of our own government. The problem is, there are a lot of really stupid people with guns out there gumming up the works for everyone who wants to have a rational discussion about the limitations we should put on our expressions of our Second Amendment rights.
But if they don’t stop acting like terrorists, that may soon change.
First we have the story of the
sociopath gun-rights advocate Adam Kokesh and his “Open Carry march” he intends to lead on July 4th in Washington, D.C. The idea behind the march is that Kokesh and as many of his oral-respiratory friends as he can drag out of their bunkers will openly carry their firearms through Virginia and into the capitol. Of course, there are tremendously strict laws regarding the open carrying of firearms in D.C., and Kokesh and his merry band of morons will most definitely be breaking all of them.
If openly defying Virginia and D.C. gun laws weren’t bad enough, now we’ve got Kokesh calling on his followers and fellow gun zealots to start a “new American revolution” in capitals all over the country. You might think he was just using poetic license to spin up some jingoistic pro-gun rhetoric. But no, Kokesh said of his new revolution idea, “This revolution has been brewing in the hearts and minds of the people for many years, but this Independence Day, it shall take a new form as the American Revolutionary Army will march on each state capital to demand that the governors of these 50 states immediately initiate the process of an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property.”
So there you have it. Kokesh has gone full-Whiskey Rebellion and is now openly advocating for the dissolution of the United States of America, calling upon armed revolutionaries to carry out his desires. Can we finally now just label this fuckhead a traitor and lock him up for sedition? What possible good does it do for the cause of gun rights advocates to come off as pissant wannabe Minutemen? Kokesh proves his idiocy on a daily basis, but this new call is simply beyond the pale. His call to arms is not protected free speech, it’s open and naked aggression towards the United States and we, the people.
Maybe Kokesh just needs some good health insurance and figures the only way to get it is from beyond bars at a Federal maximum-security prison?
If You Have to Become A Domestic Terrorist To Get Your Point Across…
The same week that the Boston Marathon Bombings took place letters were sent to President Obama, a Republican Senator from Mississippi and judge that contained ricin, a deadly poison. The letters were intercepted, and after a bizarre case of grabbing the wrong guy first, authorities were able to arrest James Everett Dutschke for sending those letters. Dutschke was from Mississippi, and the FBI arrested him in his Tupelo home, and he awaits trial.
Ricin must be the poison of choice for doomsday prepping, gun hoarding psychopaths because this week New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sent two ricin-laced letters, and President Obama was sent another. All three letters came through a postal facility in Shreveport, Louisiana. Bloomberg’s second letter was sent to the Washington, D.C. offices of Mayors Against Illegal Guns with the following lovely note enclosed.
“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional, God-given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”
So there you have it, plain as day. A sociopath with a hard on for his arsenal and access to ricin has sent threatening letters to government officials, one of whom is the sitting president because he’s a-feared the gub’mint is going to come for his guns. This is why the NRA can go to hell. This is why the gun lobby has lost all my respect. I understand the desire to own a gun for defensive purposes, even I don’t and never would own myself. However, what blood barons like Wayne LaPierre have done is turn a small but clearly dangerous minority in this country into gun obsessed murderers in waiting.
There is no honor in sending poison through the mail to your political or ideological foe. It’s just straight-up domestic terrorism with a side of gun nut to wash it down, and that’s all. Rational people don’t try to murder heads of state because they have a paranoid and completely unfounded fear in their broken brains about Big Brother coming for their guns. The fact is that even if we wanted to disarm everyone, the presence of these dangerous people gives us pause; not because anyone is afraid that the United States couldn’t shut down an ill-thought out bungling bunch of pseudo-soldiers. No, because we’d hate to see how many innocent people die at the hands of murderous gun zealots before they can be righteously taken down.
The Rule of Law Must Mean Nothing to Them
You know, it’s funny. Gun zealots clutch their pocket Constitutions and spout off about how much they love the founding documents of our nation yet, they have nothing but disdain for the civil, non-violent process established by the Constitution to seek redress for what they perceive as an assault on their liberties. Meanwhile, no one is coming to take their guns. No one is telling them they can’t keep every one of their boom sticks they already keep in their sheds, safes, bunkers, or whatever the fuck they keep their caches in.
They’d rather arm themselves to the hilt and intimidate citizens either by brandishing their guns or worse, by attempting to kill elected officials. These cowards are not worthy of a place at the table, not in civil society. There are plenty of gun owners who wouldn’t dare participate in the idiotic Open Carry March, and who would simply collapse at the suggestion they send poison in the mail to the president. But something is damaged in the minds of people like Kokesh and whoever decided to wade into the tide of domestic terrorism in sending those letters to Bloomberg and Obama. Some neuron or another is misfiring, and it’s keeping them from seeing how dangerous a game they are playing.
The people doing the most damage to the case for Americans having access to whatever guns they want, whenever they want them, are the gun zealots; the very people who are behaving like cowboys and terrorists. Blind to societal evolution, and deaf to the calls from people on their side of the fence to stop with the idiocy, they will continue to put a black eye on the gun rights movement in general, because if there is anyone who makes a solid case for the notion that we need background checks for every gun purchase because truly some people are either too stupid or dangerous to own a gun, it’s people who behave like Adam Kokesh and whoever sent the ricin letters.