There was a protest against the NRA in McPherson Park today. Two of my taxpayer-funded windows overlook the park, and the protest was so laughably small that I didn’t even know about it until I read this article at The Examiner’s web site.
There were speeches? Really? I didn’t hear a thing. I guess the NRA’s special ops group cut the cables to the microphone.
I wish I had known about this in advance. I would have gladly strutted about, flashing the member’s card I have for the NRA’s indoor firing range at the national headquarters building in Fairfax, Virginia.
Short story: one of the directors of my agency is leaving to do campaign work for a Republican Senate hopeful in the south. While I was chatting with him in the hall today, a bearded, be-sweatered political appointee sauntered by. The director jokingly referred to his attire as being perfectly in keeping with his Marxist political philosophy. The political “joked” that, yes, indeedy, he’s working to bring about the socialist revolution, and hurried on his way. I told the director – not joking at all – “that guy is why I’m a member of the NRA.”
And that happens to be the truth. Thousands of these bureaucratic bees are working to construct the great Socialist Hive, mostly under the radar, and it is probably only a matter of time before we see a tyrannical government seeking to usurp the constitutional rights of the citizenry. Hell, we are seeing it already, at the national, state and local levels. And while democracy is fine as far as it goes, that system of government is not by any means a fail-safe guarantee of individual freedom. Contrary to Dr. Johnson’s asseveration, you can, indeed, argue some men into slavery, as long as you market it under the rubric of “security” and “fairness”. And if one person can be so persuaded, then it is not inconceivable that a majority might be. But my God-given rights are not up for a vote.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in Government - Thomas Jefferson
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt
Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn't allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians. – L. Neil Smith
Update: Copies of this poster - designed by the same guy who gave us the Obama "Hope" poster - supposedly appeared during the anti-NRA protest today:
Didn't see any, myself, but, hell, yeah, I'd like to have one. It's got that cool Stalinist look to it. Reminds me what we're fighting against. I'd like to change some of the wording, though. How about, "Eat lead, you lousy red!"