In yesterday’s all-too-rare celebration of happy events, I forgot to mention some other awesome things that happened recently: the total failures of the Democratic filibuster, the “Civil Rights” themed sit-in, and the four hastily drafted gun control bills that were rammed (unsuccessfully) through the Senate. For those keeping score at home, that’s three colossal, embarrassing failures.
The failure that makes me happiest though is that stupid sit-in. What I find particularly offensive/hilarious is that a doddering, semi-literate old veteran of the Civil Rights Movement appointed himself the leader of this misguided act. Let’s stop for a moment and ask “What exactly was being protested?” and “Whose civil rights are we talking about here anyway?”
What these clueless Social Justice Warriors were protesting is the American people’s unwillingness to slap new bans on “assault rifles”. Here’s where reality and facts jump in and reduce John Lewis’s sit-in to a temper tantrum thrown by a bunch of overgrown mental toddlers.
True assault weapons were banned in 1934. What is being protested is more accurately called the “Modern Sporting Rifle” or “MSR”. I’ve got one, you’ve got one (or want one), we’ve all got them. AR-15s are a fun and relatively inexpensive platform with which a law-abiding citizen can do a number of totally legal activities such as range shooting, casual plinking, varmint control, or hunting small-to-medium game for the dinner table.
The “problem” that SJW-Progressivists have with the MSR is that it’s a ridiculously popular item among the peasantry. More AR-15s are sold in this country than any other kind of gun. That means there are a lot of them out there “in circulation”. Nearly 10 million by some estimates.
So if there are so many of these scary black rifles out there, why aren’t we all dead? You’d expect mass shootings constantly, especially when you consider how crazy the average person in this country seems to be.
The truth is this: proportionally very few murders are committed with MSRs. Exceedingly few. As in, almost none. Murderers vastly prefer handguns (pistols). In fact, knives are used in more murders than rifles of all types!
But wait, here’s more truth for you! A ban was already tried on MSRs and various other scary looking rifles back in the mid-90s and it failed to accomplish anything.
So since Bill Clinton’s “Assault Weapons Ban” didn’t work 20 years ago, and since true assault weapons were already banned in 1934, then we should keep trying to ban scary black rifles, right? That right there folks is the definition of insanity.
What Rep. John Lewis doesn’t realize is that he is not fighting for any kind of “civil rights” this time. In fact, he is doing precisely the opposite. The NRA fights for my civil right to self-defense – and they do a pretty stellar job at it, thank you very much.
That’s right, my human right to defend myself with the weapon of my choice is a civil right no different than sitting in the front row of the bus or at the “wrong” lunch counter.
Pay attention to who wants your guns. They are the same tyrants that want everything else you possess: your income, your property, your freedoms of speech, association, and assembly. They are Statists and Collectivists and their ways always end in death.
But since they’ve failed so spectacularly – this time – let’s raise a glass and toast our own continued liberty. Cheers!