I'm reading a very interesting book on the 2nd Amendment right now (which I will talk more about in a future post when I am finished with it) and one thought that it has brought to me is in regards to one of the main reasons the NRA & other gun nuts (if I may make my bias obvious) preach the sanctity of the incredibly ambiguous amendment. Do we honestly think that gun owners will rise up & overthrow the government? Is this even a good idea?
Let's be honest, armed rebellion against the United States of America is not going to happen. Despite how much the NRA or some militia might want you to think they are prepared to go all Red Dawn, they aren't. Not in any appreciable numbers anyway. In fact, I would be willing to bet that the lions share of the NRAs members would never support such action.
And more importantly, who would decide when the time for armed insurrection arrives? Is it people like Ed Brown, who ran a radio show where he suggested hunting down the judges prosecuting them (by the way, our old pal Ron Paul has compared Mr. Brown with Ghandi)? Or folks like Wayne LaPierre (who is far more interested in the money he can make off the fear of gun owners than he is about any sort of revolution)?
To me, the "insurrectionist movement" is at best a cynical ploy. It's obvious that there will not be a rebellion (sorry Montana..) but being able to constantly claim that the rampaging federal government is trying to steal your guns will keep all of the involved parties coffers nicely full. It's essentially the same as all the Moveon.org messages I get about gay marriage and how they need me to donate now. The main difference being it isn't suggesting I hoard weapons for an insurrection that will never come.
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