Thursday, June 25, 2009

Join the "Insurrection"!

According to a new book by authors Joshua Horwitz, the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Casey Anderson, a Washington, D.C. attorney, individuals who support the Second Amendment are now to be labeled “insurrectionists.” The book, Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea, recycles a lot of the “right-wing extremist” rhetoric, “militia” rhetoric, and adds the concept that supporters of the Second Amendment are a danger to democracy. Noted anti-Second Amendment professor Saul Cornell states the book “is an important first step in demonstrating how reasonable gun control is essential to the survival of democracy and ordered liberty.”

A piece by Dave Workman makes a very astute observation about the Amazon description of the book:

“And when gun enthusiasts talk about Constitutional liberties guaranteed by the Second Amendment, they are referring to freedom in a general sense, but they also have something more specific in mind---freedom from government oppression. They argue that the only way to keep federal authority in check is to arm individual citizens who can, if necessary, defend themselves from an aggressive government.”

Dave compares this statement to one of the most subversive documents in American history. Namely the Declaration of Independence:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

The parallels are obvious, and like Dave, being compared to the signers of the Declaration of Independence is a badge of honor in my book – though I’m sure that’s not the picture Horwitz, Anderson, and Cornell are trying to paint.

These sorts of tactics from the anti-Second crowd are unsurprising. Public appetite for gun control laws is at its lowest level in decades. People have woken up to the fact that strict gun control does not lead to a safer or more civil society. Many court cases continue to go against opponents of the Second Amendment, and now at least one court case has ruled that the Second Amendment is incorporated under the Fourteenth Amendment. Having failed in both courts of law and the court of public opinion, the anti-Second crowd is getting desperate. The next “logical” step is character assassination.

In America you can’t discriminate based on race, sex, or a host of other issues. However if you can be branded as a reactionary of some sort, the hypothesis is that it is okay to discriminate and persecute. A society truly based on respect for the rights and liberties of the individual will always be an ordered society. The overwhelming majority of what is termed “crime” stems from actions that come at the expense of the rights and liberties of an individual (be those property rights, or fundamental human rights). I don’t know what sort of society Saul Cornell envisions with his “ordered liberty” comment, but I know it isn’t the society based on real liberty as affirmed by our Constitution.

Until next time!!!

2 comments:

Troy said...

I guess I'm proud to be a right-wing extremist, insurrectionist, gun-nut American! :-P I know this kind of desperate labeling just cracks me up, but I'd like to know how the "average Joe" that isn't also a "gun-nut" sees this...

Fingolfen said...

I think you're always going to see shades of gray on the issue. The good news is that ther are more and more gun owners out there - more gun owners means more people that are going to be immune to this sort of "appeal to fear and ignorance." Unfortunately a good quarter to third of the country is still ready to believe the worst...