Culture War on the Innocent and the Persecution of Gun Owners

Culture War on the Innocent and the Persecution of Gun Owners
Culture War on the Innocent and the Persecution of Gun Owners

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)-  I often wonder what George Orwell would think of the society we have become, when he wrote his landmark novel, 1984, it was seen as a work of science fiction but as we see fiction becoming reality with frightening results it’s hard to look at that book now as anything but prophetic.

One particular telling excerpt was what Orwell described as the Two-Minutes Hate. This was done every day by party members of Oceania, where the protagonist of the story lived. During this daily ritual, the party members would watch a film of the enemies of Oceania and vent their hatred for them for exactly two minutes.

Orwell wrote about the Two Minutes Hate:

“The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp”

I believe we saw something very close to this when CNN hosted their town hall of hate following the Parkland shooting. The frenzy that we all witnessed I believe did more to harden the resolve of gun owners than any political speech we have since seen.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, blames the NRA at CCN pretend town hall debate.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, blames the NRA at CCN pretend town hall debate.

Gun owners saw the open and raw hatred for not only the NRA but the Constitution and the Second Amendment.

Make no mistake, whether you are a member of the NRA or not, agree with them or not, we are all in the crosshairs of the anti-freedom left at this moment, and the drumbeat against guns and gun owners continues.

Leading this charge isn’t the usual suspects in the political realm, but the media who are using teenagers and school kids as pawns following the Parkland shooting. While they have been coaching, filming, interviewing and pushing school-age kids to speak their mind on guns and their opposition to gun owners, they at the same time attack any opposition as evil, suggesting only the lowest of the low would criticize children who simply want better safety in their schools.

Bloomberg & Everytown for Gun Safety Behind So Called "Student-Led" Anti-Gun March
Bloomberg & Everytown for Gun Safety Behind So Called “Student-Led” Anti-Gun March

At the same time, many in the media are pushing for students to walk out of their schools nationwide to protest guns, the NRA, and gun owners by extension, have themselves have been targeting anyone who supports the Second Amendment. I know my own local paper in addition to very preachy editorials espousing gun control posted a simple cartoon stating;

“The National Rifle Association is pure evil.”

As gun owners, we are now seeing every aspect of the Second Amendment under attack, and there is no sign of that letting up. This past week, the city of Saratoga Springs, NY, under the helm of a Democrat Mayor Meg Kelly, with almost no notice, held a special meeting in the middle of the day along with the entire city council to ban a long-running gun show, one that has been held for more than thirty years without incident or any issues. When asked why there was a push to end the long-running show, Mayor Kelly, citing the Parkland shooting, which happened a couple of thousand miles away from Saratoga Springs, and despite no one who has ever attended there participated in that event, said;

“We have a big problem in our country. We don't want anybody else to die from assault weapons or any kind of gun and this is the first step in a long process.”

So again, despite the fact that not one single person who has attended that particular gun show has been proven to have committed a crime of any kind, they are all being punished, as are the dealers who drive there, legally pay for the venue, and conduct a lawful business.

Sadly Mayor Kelly wasn’t the only one who held such a low opinion of gun owners at the meeting, John Franck, the Commissioner of Accounts for the city of Saratoga Springs responded to a comment of a concerned citizen who thought that the city was acting too fast to pass the amendment prohibiting the show by saying;

“I don’t think this is moving too fast. I’ve been here since 2006. There have been over 300 school shootings since 2016. Hundreds of people have been killed, even more have been injured at the school level, I’m just very concerned in general. I don’t think this is moving fast. I think it’s actually moving way too slow. I mean, how many times does this have to happen before somebody does something?”

What Mr. Franck said is exactly what is at the heart of what is happening nationwide with the entire gun control debate, that the left thinks they are moving too slowly. Hurry up, pass legislation, don’t think about it, capture the moment, or as liberals have often practiced, never let a tragedy go to waste. Even though there have been school shootings in other places, Mr. Franck is holding those who go to and put on the gun shows in his city responsible for them. By simply practicing their Second Amendment rights, they are guilty by association, and they must be punished for it.

This, of course, is not the only attack on gun owners, while many cities and states are fighting these smaller battles locally, companies like Walmart, Kroger, Dick’s Sporting Goods are now setting their own rules against those who have done nothing illegal simply by changing the age that someone can buy a firearm at their store to the age of 21. So millions of people who less than a month ago may have been planning on buying a gun at one of those stores can now no longer do so, simply because some idealist in a boardroom would rather appeal to the social justice movement and cave into hysteria.

Goodbye, Dick's. And good riddance.
Goodbye, Dick's. And good riddance.

They are not the only ones, in the state of Florida, with a push from the media, student activists who seem to hold a huge amount of political sway and are looked at as scholars and savants, are now not even purchase a rifle or shotgun in their own state because Governor Rick Scott signed into law today strict gun control measures raising the age to purchase any gun in the state to age 21 and added a three day waiting period for all purchases. What is more troubling that even though the Governor said there were parts of the bill he didn’t agree with, he signed it into law anyway. Scott stated in defense of his attempt to appease both sides.

“However, there are things in this bill that I oppose, and I’ve been open about that,” said Scott. The three-day waiting period for gun purchases “wouldn’t have had an impact on this killer”

Governor Rick Scott
Governor Rick Scott

So despite the fact that Governor Scott admitted that the three day waiting period would have done nothing to stop a single death at the Parkland shooting, he signed the bill into law anyway. Again, more law-abiding citizens being punished for the crime of one person, and what’s worse, the rationale of trying to make those on left feel better and safer at the expense of our rights. The NRA promptly filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida to block the law.

Gun owners, now more than ever must stand, because as gun owners we are all under attack from not only the left, but those on the right who think that they have to do something simply for the sake of acting, and they are acting without thinking about those whom they sweep up in their web of good intentions. Those same good intentions that pave the road to hell as the saying goes.

We are seeing the country and the very fabric of it being torn in two, and it should be to no one’s surprise that it is guns that are being used as the wedge. Leftists and liberals have been using this game plan for decades here and abroad. One of the heroes of Progressives, Karl Marx wrote in The Communist Manifesto;

“In a word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so; that is just what we intend.”

More than ever gun owners must not only stand together but speak out. Write, call, email your elected officials, whether you voted for them or not, whether they support the Second Amendment or not. Because as gun owners, all of us, no matter if you own an AR-15 or a flintlock Kentucky Rifle, are in danger of losing our rights, especially in the name of “compromise”. Ask yourself when was the last time you saw anyone on the left compromising when it comes to what they want on guns? I think we all know the answer to that question.

Right now with not only the midterm elections, but also many state and local elections ahead, we need to demand answers from those in office, and those running for it. Make sure you know who is going to stand up for the Second Amendment, not just part of it, or what part they think is worth defending. It’s an all or nothing proposition, our rights and the rights of the next generation is at stake. How will we be able to look at them and explain how we just let their birthright go to waste, in the spirit of compromise? Because as Henry David Thoreau once wrote:

“Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.”


About David LaPellDavid LaPell

David LaPell has been a Corrections Officer with the local Sheriff's Department for thirteen years. A collector of antique and vintage firearms for over twenty years and an avid hunter. David has been writing articles about firearms, hunting and western history for ten years. In addition to having a passion for vintage guns, he is also a fan of old trucks and has written articles on those as well.

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The guy mentioned 300 school shootings…of all these shootings, not one was by an NRA member. Not one was by a law abiding gun owner, gun dealer or gun manufacturer. We are seeing the true heart and soul of the anti gun people and the liberal party. Complete contempt and hate for America…why don’t they leave? One observation is: the Parkland murderer is still called an “alleged suspect”…they are afraid to call criminals by their rightful title: murdering killers and worthless scum. Has any of the criminals who shot schools in the 300 shootings mentioned received the death penalty? Any… Read more »

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Mary R

I commend the Students for getting behind something that they feel strong about. Since the majority of School Shootings are done by Students or EX Students that were bullied, I would be more impressed if they launched a National Anti Bullying Demonstration. It is a Mental Health and Bullying Problem Both, Not a Gun Problem.

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circle8

Do any of these kids believe their peers will obey a new law prohibiting guns any more than they obey the NARCOTIC AND DRINKING LAWS. Yeah I did not think so.
These demonstrations are organized by the anti American followers of the DEMOCRATS, Bloomberg and Soros.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

Comment …Ok maybe Bloomberg is behind it but what’s the difference . Birds of a feather !

Bruce R
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Bruce R

I commend the Students for getting behind something that they feel strong about. Since the majority of School Shootings are done by Students or EX Students that were bullied, I would be more impressed if they launched a National Anti Bullying Demonstration.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@Bruce R…How do you feel about someone like CNN (arm of soros dirty deeds and fake news ) organizing and duping these kids and using the blood of the 17 to advance an agenda like gun control ?

Bruce R
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Bruce R

That is Their SOP, duping the innocent into doing their Dirty Work through Deception.

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Bud

We already have more than enough laws concerning gun. A hundred new ones will make no difference in the behavior of some idiot who decides to kill. If one teacher in that class room had been trained and armed we might have one dead bad guy and seventeen live kids. But no, blame the NRA and blame guns as if they had a mind of their own. What nonsense.

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Dave Brown

Right Left I just don’t care, and I have been a Registered Independent and Voter for 48 years. Draft # 252 for Vet Nam. Gun owner and shooting starting at age 12 or 52 years ago. I was brought into Firearms by The NRA. Now they have lost their way for the Money, Sad. I have seen the enemy he and is me, and You. Your simply Complaining about the Complainers Why, beats me, but I which We could just grow up, quit the Gang or as you all call it, The Party, and Free You Mind. . Gun Control… Read more »

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Tionico

That Franck character in Saratogs Springs dropped THIS bomb: There have been over 300 school shootings since 2016. I’ll bet he cannot name more than three of them.. and NO WAY have there been that many since 2016. What a bald faced liar. There have not been that many “school shootings” in all of US history, let alone in the past two plus years. Sorry, bozo, but someone committeing suicide late at night in an empty parking lot at a school that’s been closed permanently for six months is NOT a “school shooting” any more than it would be a… Read more »

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LAWCOMMENTARY Here Are 8 Stubborn Facts on Gun Violence in America John G. Malcolm / @malcolm_john / Amy Swearer / @AmySwearer / March 14, 2018 / comments Global statistics show that higher rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime. (Photo: DmyTo/Getty Images) COMMENTARY BY Portrait of John G. Malcolm John G. Malcolm @malcolm_john John G. Malcolm is the vice president of the Institute for Constitutional Government and director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, overseeing The Heritage Foundation’s work to increase understanding of the Constitution and the rule of… Read more »

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tomcat

They are deemed not old enough to own a gun but yet they can shoot off their mouth. Misguided and in the wrong direction. The liberals have figured out a way to cover up their screw ups by making the kids hate guns and the NRA.
Communism at its best.

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justtryit

Hey, glad to see “Bevis & Butthead” back on the tube!

rich
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rich

Every Dictatorship in the world went out to teach the CHILDREN to Hate FREEDOM that GOV. knows what is best for ALL .It sure looks like the LEFT is trying the same thing.

CountryBoy
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CountryBoy

These kids should be asking — WHY their school , WHY their Principal , WHY their Superintendent , WHY their School Board and WHY the Police did NOT protect them……. and WHY the FBI and Local Police FAILED them…..

RJL
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RJL

Agreed, but not the reality of these children being utilized as pawns in political agendas across the Country. First and fore most it is disgraceful for the adults to allow these protests. Let us not forget that these children are attending school, their main job is to study and to learn as much as possible in safe environments to become productive future tax paying citizens. Schools are the dress rehearsal for life in their future endeavors’. Protesting is under the umbrella of the First Amendment, regarding freedom of speech. But what do all these children know about the firearm laws,… Read more »

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@RJL…It sounds, (according to one of the students) like CNN (branch of Soros ?) provided scripts for these kids . “Stick to the script” according to one of the students.

Tionico
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Tionico

Yup. And it seems the poster punk, that Master Hogg, is not even a student at that school, nor is he in high school anywhere Seems he recently graduated college from a school in Southern California. That’s per a couple other pieces I’ve read.

AND one of the REAL students from that school was set to “speak out” at that Town Hall, and when he realised the whole thing was a sham, he tried to speak to the lies…. and ws promtly escorted away, out of the public eye.

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Wild Bill

@CB, yeah, these kids should be marching for the fee bees doing their jobs, for the Coward County sheriff resigning and his deputies doing their jobs, and for the school administration doing its job. They should call it the March Against Failures!