Over at Salon, Rick Perlstein writes his tale of woe on the topics of Threepers, “Open Carry advocates”, and the phrase Molon Labe.
In other words, there is virtually no countervailing power to the now-hegemonic acceptance that there’s nothing much to do about the proliferation of guns in America. Democrats, as usual, gave an inch. The right, as usual, took a mile. And now we face the consequences.
Actually, as you well know, he faces no consequences and gets to claim victim status if he is robbed or assaulted. Unlike you and I, who face severe consequences if we walk through the wrong doorway or cross a state, county, or city boundary without knowing the minutiae of local firearms laws.
But no worries, his heart bleeds anyway.
Also, he gets to turn his fellow hoplophobes into fire-breathing fascists!
Rick Perlstein writes about how Democrats completely surrendered our political will to control guns when the Obama administration backed away from the Bundy ranch. And I have to admit, he makes a good point. I assumed the feds would be back later — as in, a few weeks. How long has it been now? By the time anything actually happens, will it have any real deterrent effect?
But Perlstein doesn’t mention the big honkin’ elephant in the room: Namely, at what point does the federal government literally go to war with its own citizens? Because we’re not talking about bank robbers here, we’re talking about (mostly) non-criminal cranks — scofflaws and political malcontents. So what line has to be crossed in the good old U.S. of A. before we start mowing them down to make our point? Because you can’t talk about the Bundy ranch without talking about Ruby Ridge, and Waco.
So here’s the political corner into which we’ve painted ourselves.
Do we have the ATF and BLM agents roll up in armored tanks? Do we use drone strikes? I can see the administration’s reluctance to have that confrontation — after all, it’s not as if gun control advocates were flooding the White House switchboard, screaming to ‘take them out!’ And then we do have the militia types all over the country, just waiting for an excuse to start their own local uprising. These assholes want a civil war so bad, they can taste it.
Some days, I wonder: Should we let them, and just get it over with? You know, settle the burning question about whose is bigger.
Susie Madrak hits for the cycle in this one: She calls law-abiding firearms owners insane, gets to wish her political opponents dead, invokes Markley’s Law, all while claiming victim-hood status.
That’s why she is a front pager at Crooks and Liars!