[Ed. – OK, yeah, this one is just fish bait.]
Let me get this straight… It’s OK for pro-gun activists to slap their wives around without losing their rights to own and purchase firearms, but if someone punches them, they have a right to execute that person on the spot — no judge, no jury, no due process under the law?
What a sickening double-standard that is.
And lest you think it’s merely a matter of a few isolated pro-gun activists engaging in such hypocrisy, let me assure you that that’s not the case. The NRA practices what it preaches when it comes to its “the guys with the guns make the rules” philosophy. It was NRA Board Member and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) who took the lead in attempting to repeal the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment, which prohibits those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence from owning and purchasing firearms. And who can forget these two classic quotes from NRA Board Member Wayne Anthony Ross: “If a guy can’t rape his wife…who’s he gonna rape?” and “There wouldn’t be an issue with domestic violence if women would learn to keep their mouth shut.” Finally, the NRA described the protections codified under “Stand Your Ground” laws as a “fundamental human right” after Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges.
The opinion of the pro-gun movement seems to be that the guy with the gun is always right, no matter what the facts of the case are; that gun possession makes you a super-citizen with enhanced rights to take life, avoid prosecution, and use lethal force in response to non-lethal force. Somehow, gun ownership increases your judgment and makes you smarter than other citizens. …
The pro-gun movement is teaching young Americans that it is morally virtuous to shoot and kill someone who punches you. Is that really a message we want to be sending in an era of school shootings? One landmark study of school shootings found, “Almost three-quarters of [school shooters] felt persecuted, bullied, threatened, attacked or injured by others prior to the incident. In several cases, individual attackers had experienced bullying and harassment that was long-standing and severe.” There are legitimate avenues to address this problem, but telling bullied kids that they are justified in opening fire? That’s a recipe for disaster.
I am haunted by a quote from Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Adam Lanza that was recently unearthed by author Matthew Lysiak. Posting at the website Shocked Beyond Belief just a year before the shooting, Lanza wrote:
It goes without saying that an AK-47 and enough ammunition could do more good than a thousand “teachers,” if one is truly interested in reforming the system. In short time the children will be brainwashed, pumped full of Xanax and told to conform, until they have been turned into the oppressors.
A clearer declaration of “the guys with the guns make the rules” has never been heard.