Be sure you are signed up for JPFO's periodical Email Alerts.
JOIN JPFO TODAY
Get a very aggressive defense of your rights.
Click on the above.
Help us avoid errors.
Should you prefer a full page of JPFO’s main links, then
Read these classic
rebuttals to "Gun Control"
The latest anti-freedom editorial in the Washington Post once again trots out the well-worn "lax gun control laws" mantra in a petulant, whining appeal to the ever-so predictable, typical Washingtonian.
In it, columnist Robert McCartney laughably drones that our country's "absurdly permissive gun laws" are forcing Washington DC to alter its tyrannical policy of forbidding law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights without being molested by the DC gestapo, and prompting Beretta to move its business away from the statist swamp of Maryland.
His easily debunked claims aren't worth the time and electrons. However, some gun grabbers' reactions to his drivel are instructive.
Personally, I wrote on Facebook when I posted this article, considering the lower crime rates in Virginia, either option is preferable to DC's current gun laws. This, however, raised the hackles of one statist. "As someone who lives in a city," he wrote, "I honestly now appreciate this article's point. I really don't want my neighbors, who live essentially six feet away, or those outside the gates of my apartment complex (it's a seedy neighborhood), sporting guns. I don't mind, obviously, for folks who live in the country, but I do fear gun violence."
Really? I was intrigued by this, because this was a person who complained to me earlier in the year about how guilty he felt about the fact that he was making a six-figure salary in New York, even as he walked by homeless, indigent, unfortunates every day on his way to work. "I walk out the door with an iPhone, a watch, and a book, and I'm like literally screaming 'I have money.' I'm accosted by panhandlers on every street corner. I'm surrounded by poor businesses and rundown buildings. And then I get home to my castle, with its gates and its walls, and I can't help but think about the poverty that surrounds me and wonder if I'm somehow an enabler of it," he wrote.
Of course, that guilt about his achievements and his ability to earn a living doesn't seem to extend to those same poor folks when it comes to exercising their rights. Apparently, this particular statist thinks that allowing the hoi polloi to own guns somehow threatens his stuff, and that's just unacceptable.
"I simply don't want an armed, desperate public living right next door," he wrote in response to this article. "Believe me, I keep arms, and anyone who's willing to go through the proper procedures can. But guns shouldn't be in the hands of desperate people; they should find jobs in the productive economy instead," he added as if being poor, unemployed and armed should somehow be mutually exclusive!
This stunning elitism seems to be rampant in the highbrow, snotty circles of the gun grabber crème de la crème.
Consider the millions Michael Bloomberg spends on disarming what he obviously considers the Great Unwashed, even as he uses armed security to protect his own statist hide.
Consider Everytown leadership's hypocritical use of armed security guards, even as they use Bloomberg's millions to push for limits on self-defense choices for the rest of us.
Consider Shannon Watts' snotty demand for armed security, even as her Moms Demand works to disarmed citizens.
Consider my gun grabber buddy's revealing claim that he is a target of those desperate poor people, who need to be disarmed for his own safety, and a very disturbing trend emerges.
These people live in fear. They live in fear of those desperate plebs, who they believe are apt to grab a gun at any moment and go on a shooting spree. They live in fear of anyone who is not them, apparently.
Their supporters accuse those of us who insist on preserving our rights to defend ourselves and our families – be it from armed thugs or armed government thugs – of paranoia. They claim we live in fear, and that's why we need our guns. I can't begin to count how many times I have been ridiculed and smarmily accused of being a coward who needs a gun to feel safe in everyday life. "Are the groceries so dangerous you need to carry a gun before you buy, or is it the stores that are a danger?" one gun grabber quipped on Twitter recently.
But fact of the matter is those whom they idolize – the Bloombergs, the Shannon Wattses, and all the other rights-shredding elitists – are the ones living in fear of all those who are not like them. They look down on the commoners from their privileged perches and seek to ensure they are docile and obedient. They look outside from the windows of their gated communities, they see poverty and misery, and they're terrified that need - that dirty destitution - might somehow reach out and touch them. Those people outside their gates aren't human to them, and they certainly aren't to be allowed to exercise their rights!
"I'm reasonably wealthy. I'm surrounded by people who are not. Poor, desperate people use guns not in defense, but as a tool for survival, as a tool for 'business.' I'm their target."
That is the superiority, the elitism, the bigotry that is trying to destroy our rights, and it's time we expose it.
Nicki Kenyon has been an avid gun rights advocate since she returned to the United States from an overseas Army tour in Germany. She began writing about Second Amendment issues in 2001 when KeepAndBearArms.com published her first essay, "The Moment.". She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from American Military University. Her area of expertise in those fields is European and Eurasian affairs. When not writing about gun rights or hanging out with her husband and son, she practices dry-firing her M1911 at the zombies of "The Walking Dead." Nicki Kenyon's Archive Page.