By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “The radicalization of America has been encouraged by the @NRA and open carry laws, which enable armed intimidation. #Charlottesville,” Bloomberg Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts tweeted Saturday. She was condemning the fact that some protestors chose to peaceably demonstrate while bearing arms.
The truly radical idea, of course, is that exercising an entitlement recognized in the Bill of Rights is intimidating to any but aggressors, and that Americans who do so are a threat to be neutralized, as Watts’ ”Disarm Hate” Twitter header photo suggests.
No doubt the weekend protest attracted its share of “haters,” most notably as culminated in an evidently low-hanging piece of … uh… fruit using his licensed and registered vehicle as a deadly weapon. But there’s one curious thing about alleged assailant and apparent lone wolf James Alex Fields Jr., whom the media is making sure everyone is told was “a registered Republican” — his Facebook page, where he is said to have praised both Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler has been deleted from public scrutiny. That means is all we will hear about him is what has been funneled to the media and they are parroting. The path for independent investigative journalists to see for ourselves and to pull threads on our own has been effectively blocked, so we’re now essentially dependent on those with an agenda to craft the narrative and to decide what they’re going to include in it for public consumption.
And what we see now is the ramping up of an agenda to tar Constitutional conservatives as racists and haters, a tactic straight out of the Southern Poverty Law Center playbook, and one approved by the so-called “Deep State” including (especially) “establishment Republicans.” It’s obvious that Trump is an avatar for those who support him because what he pledged reflects their views on what America’s laws should be. By “delegitimizing” him, they’re invalidating his supporters, allowing things to return to the fraudulent two-party paradigm envisioned by “progressive” icon Carroll Quigley.
With that status quo unexpectedly threatened, measures to discredit challengers, thoroughly and decisively, are being stepped up. The object here is not just to “convince” a critical mass of Americans, but to also give anyone thinking of dissenting with the “progressive” orthodoxy second thoughts over what it will cost them. It's to make people afraid to speak the truth because they'll be lumped in with the hateful.
So if you believe in the right to keep and bear arms, you’re called a violent extremist. If you believe in having the same immigration laws as Mexico, you’re called a xenophobe. If you think “refugees” need to be properly vetted, you’re called an Islamophobe. And you’re no doubt called a homophobe. And a white-privileged racist. And anti-Semitic. All of which makes you a Nazi and a fascist, meaning your hate speech is not free speech and can be shut down. And, of course, if you have no right to free speech and no right to keep and bear arms, how can you have any rights? You obviously don’t deserve any, right?
Anybody see a familiar pattern developing here?
No doubt about it, there are American Nazis we’re told are part of the “Alt-Right.” The thing is, Hitler and the Nazis were National Socialists (and don’t let any revisionist liar get away with maintaining otherwise). That they and the commies are at each others’ throats is hardly anything new – rival gangs battle over the turf they claim because it’s what they do.
The other thing is, look at what we saw unfold at the so-called Malheur occupation, where the protester ranks were infested with confidential informants. Who thinks there aren’t similar numbers of snitches and provocateurs, stirring up the hotheads and otherwise distorting the optics to keep the picture focused on where all we’re being directed to look?
The fact is, you can’t be a Constitutionalist and be either a Nazi or a fascist. Those indictments are being hurled by accusers who don’t believe in limited, delegated powers and in the Bill of Rights. And Constitutional fidelity precludes active racism as well, since rights belong to individuals, and stripping them based on ethnicity is a collectivist violation.
It’s not the antis who laud the memory of civil rights pioneers like Roy Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality, or who supported the late Aaron Zelman of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, or encourage Pink Pistols on their right to defend themselves against physical abuse. But the supposed “liberals” are quick to brutally condemn and disparage any who step forward from those groups for the grievous heresy of not acting according to stereotype.
It’s curious, because there is no more true egalitarian power-sharing arrangement than the right of the people to keep and bear arms. But as we see every time they open their yaps, for “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day.
And speaking of flapping yaps, one more thing about Watts: Notice how she’s all outraged over open carry. Left to a different discussion is that she doesn’t much believe in concealed carry by non-“Only Ones” either (unless you’re on her armed security detail).
Matter of fact, she and her Everytown subsidizers are not all that keen on you having a gun in the home either, especially if you’re a woman.
Too bad these women who were bludgeoned to death by a lone male assailant evidently believed the anti-defensive gun use propaganda Watts and her useful idiot MILMs spew. But argue against that and you’ll no doubt be branded a radical sexist on top of everything else.
Don’t let the cultural Marxists intimidate you away from freedom advocacy by threats to smear you as a bad and hateful person. You know you're not, as do those you love. Throw their hypocrisy back in their faces. Be defiant. Be confident, because you can see for yourself the truth is on the side of responsible American gun owners. And do it with good cheer.
Besides, nothing makes tyrannophiles rage more than knowing we’re not afraid of them.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.