Gun Nuts Or Gun Putz?

TPM provides us a new ad from, a piece that is difficult to categorize. Is it an anti-Obama political ad? yes. Is it an ad for guns and ammo sold by yes. Does it (ahem) trigger Godwin’s Law? Godwin, yes! (WARNING: the second half of the piece… the guns and ammo ad… has very, VERY loud accompanying music, presumably in anticipation of near-deafness on the part of regular gun users. Guard your ears.)

I think I understand the original reasons for the inclusion of the Second Amendment among our fundamental freedoms. I support a citizen’s right to own firearms, though I really wish city-dwellers wouldn’t exercise that right… in the city, it’s more guns, MORE crimes, whatever the fanatics may tell you. Family disputes turn into murders. Barroom arguments turn violent, and the violence turns deadly. City-dwellers have good reason to fear an abundance of guns.

My real point, though, is that the Second Amendment no longer even remotely serves a purpose as a guardian of liberty. Own a gun? Great. Want to go up against all those cops in full body armor, face-plated helmets and weapons that can quickly render you unable to pull the trigger on your own weapon? If a government is determined to crack down on its citizens, how in hell is a modestly armed citizenry going to prevail in any anticipated fight? And an immodestly armed citizenry, so to speak… well, that’s just plain scary. Are we safer in a world where everyone, not just Michael Bloomberg, has his own private army and/or personal arsenal? This isn’t the Eighteenth Century, you know.

In any case, of all the complaints I have about Barack Obama… and regular readers know I have more than a few… “he’s coming to take away your guns” is not one of them. Don’t you think maybe if he were going to do that, he’d have already done it?

NOTE: hostile comments will be ruthlessly deleted. If you can’t manage civility, don’t even bother.

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  • karmanot  On Monday December 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    “he’s coming to take away your guns” is not one of them.” Exactly. Right wing yahoos who think some citizen’s army is going to save The USA are delusional. Except, for years of inconvenient gorilla warfare. These ridiculous assholes are also concerned about communist Muppets!

    • Steve  On Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      I wonder how Communists feel about “communist Muppets”?

      In this day and age, no citizen army can do a damned thing about a forcible change of government. Gene Sharp has much more insight on ways to push for a change. (Thanks for that ref!)

  • ellroon  On Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Well… Muppets are ARMED (bad pun, sorry) and dangerous! Their evil network strings all Muppets together unseen by innocent eyes and they helplessly mouth the very words of their evil overlords! What new insidious perfidy will they think of next to teach our children to question authority and laugh at silliness?

    • Steve  On Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Well, ellroon, there are several sorts of Muppets. The commonest Muppets are hand-puppets.


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