Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Liberal Case for Gun Ownership

The Terrierman laid out an excellent case for why gun ownership and gun rights advocates should never be confined to a single party, but rather should be embraced by every American.

The Liberal Case for Gun Ownership

. . . The old liberals know the value of guns.

They know that after the Civil War, southern whites denied blacks the right to own guns, because it was easier to lynch an unarmed black man than it was one who owned a deer rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition.

Some gay Americans have discovered this secret knowledge as well. As Jonathan Rauch wrote in Salon magazine back in March of 2000:
"Thirty-one states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible."
If this sounds like Revolutionary talk, it is. It is the kind of language our revolutionary Founding Fathers might have used if they were gay and living in America today. . . .

Mark Vanderberg's Gun Rights Advocates Podcast (download it here) a few weeks ago featured a reading of the entire blog post. Truly, it was awe-inspiring and brought tears to my eyes at one point.

We need to help everyone realize that just like the 1st Amendment where people may not agree with what is said when others exercise their rights, they still, for the most point, support people's rights to exercise them.

It should be exactly the same way with the 2nd Amendment.

Armed Gays Don't Get Bashed!

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