In other words, if we use the First Amendment to try to persuade our elected officials to our point of view, and we fail, then it’s time to resort to the Second Amendment – that is, to threaten violence. And, ultimately, to use violence.
This is right out of the NRA’s playbook. Last year, NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre explained it in chilling terms to the wild cheers of the Conservative Political Action Conference. According to LaPierre, when it comes down to it, the only freedom that really counts is the right to be armed – without it, “liberty is but an illusion.” In the NRA’s world, we are only free to the extent that our guns allow us to impose our will on others. Here are LaPierre’s words:
“Our divine rights, they might have been endowed by a Creator, but they are preserved by mortals, if we mortals have the means and the will to make it stick….Freedom is nothing but dust in the wind till it’s guarded by the blue steel and dry powder of a free and armed people….Our founding fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.”
It is worth pausing to reflect on that phrase: “The guys with the guns make the rules.” In the NRA’s distortion of democracy, the rules we live by are not ultimately the result of our collective decision-making, made through our elected representatives, after we have had a fair opportunity to exercise our First Amendment right to be heard. Ultimately, the rules are made by those who are more powerful than the rest of us because they are armed.
Dennis, guns don't just allow us to impose our will on others, you mouth breathing side drooling sub-monkey moron, guns allow us to RESIST others who would oppose THEIR WILL on us.
Dennis must suffer from projection issues if he thinks the only reason to own a firearm is to impose his will on someone else. I hope Dennis gets mugged and/or raped. If that doesn't turn him into a conservative then nothing will, and it that case I hope he dies of ass cancer.