Ban Guns From Public Poltical Events: David Sirota
David Sirota reminds us that no right is absolute, that the Amendments are purposefully sequenced, and that there is clearly an agenda on behalf of those who show up at Obama events with guns.
…this past week, 12 armed men – including one with an assault rifle – not only showed off their firearms at Obama’s Arizona speech, but broadcast a YouTube video [below] threatening to “forcefully resist people imposing their will on us through the strength of the majority.”
These and other similar examples are accurately summarized with the same language federal law employs to describe domestic terrorism. The weapons-brandishing displays are “intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.” Yes, the gun has been transformed from a sport and self-defense device into a tool of mass bullying. Like the noose in the Jim Crow South, its symbolic message is clear: If you dare engage in the democratic process, you risk bodily harm.
So, we have two options:
One option is willful ignorance: We can pretend the ferment is unimportant, continue allowing the intimidation and ultimately usher in a dark future where “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
Better, though, is simply making public political events firearm-free zones, just like schools and stadiums. That way forward honors our democratic ideals by declaring that politics may be war, but in America it is “war without bloodshed” – and without the threat of bloodshed.
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