My position on self-defense and gun ownership has been well-stated in these precincts: the former is natural law and the latter is a needed part of the former. But there are two positions that really piss me off.
The first is the argument that gun laws limit our ability to stave off a dictatorship created by our government. In order to do this, we would have to press our military into action against the populace. Sorry, gun fans, but I have way, way too much respect for the men and women in our armed forces to believe that will happen. Yes, it’s happened elsewhere. This isn’t elsewhere. And it hasn’t happened anywhere that is even remotely like the United States of America.
The second is that there is a force greater than our government that wants to take over our nation. If you are following this part of the debate on the Internet – and I don’t recommend doing so after a hearty meal – you would quickly learn that these protagonists are the Jews, the blacks, and/or the socialists. You may know them as Democrats.
Gun fans, your owning a Bushmaster assault rifle will not protect you from these imaginary forces of evil. However, our armed forces will. We’ve got nearly one and one-half million people in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force – even eliminating the 5,000 who are Jewish – plus all those cats in the sundry National Guards. The latter is also known as the “well regulated militia” you’ve been hearing so much about.
It’s tough listening to the wild ravings of Wayne LaPierre and Alex Jones. These people act insane. Maybe they are; I don’t know. They argue with both the passion and the complete lack of reason as Hitler and Stalin during their PMS time, and I suspect there’s more going on there than the two of them merely shilling for the gun industry. Jones acts so completely bugfuck he actually pulled off the impossible: he made me feel sympathetically towards Piers Morgan.
There are many others. Connecticut state Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R) represents the Newtown area. She condemned former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ recent visit to Newtown. A survivor of a lethal mass attack, Giffords gave aid and comfort to town residents who need all they can get. Hovey babbled “Gabby Giffords stay out of my towns… It was (for) pure political motives.” Lacking the courage of her convictions, Hovey cowardly took down her post after she started getting shit for it.
Amusingly, Ms. Giffords is no longer in office and she’s not running for office. Yes, she might in the future I suppose – but so might I. Many local politicians joined her in Newtown that day, Republicans as well as Democrats.
But LaPierre, Jones and Hovey are not alone in their tantrums. In total they are by no means anywhere near the majority, but they are well armed and very dangerous.
All of this simply hardens my position about gun ownership.
We need something to protect us from monster enablers like Wayne LaPierre, DebraLee Hovey and Alex Jones.
Mike Gold performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com , every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check the website above for times. Gold also joins Martha Thomases and Michael Davis as a weekly columnist at www.comicmix.com where he pontificates on matters of four-color.