Amidst the chaos of two black men being shot to death by cops and the subsequent sniper attack in Dallas on the city’s police officers, you have to wade through a lot of social media muck to find anything worth reading. Most of it is the usual finger-pointing, mud-slinging blame game that helps no one and accomplishes nothing. We were lucky enough, though, to come across one gem so rare that we couldn’t help but share with all of you.
Occupy Democrats fan Katherine Arvisais responded perfectly to the very true fact that NRA rhetoric is at least partly to blame for this incident when she wrote the following:
The NRA pushed for Americans to have guns to fight a tyrannical government, and they are getting it, just not in the way they imagined.
When we decide to protect an “individuals” right to bear arms, in order to defend themselves from tyrannical forces, we have no control over what represents tyranny to the individual. That’s the thing about Constitutional rights, they also apply to people we disagree with just as much as they apply to those we do agree with. If every person has the right to carry firearms that includes, mentally ill, suspected terrorists, white supremacists, anarchists, and potentially future cop killers. Most are often just law abiding citizens exercising their right to bear arms until the exact moment they pull the trigger in a unjustifiable scenario. What concerns me is that each and every one of them now gets to decide what is and what isn’t a true threat to their personal civil rights. It seems like it would be common sense to most that shooting innocent civilians or attacking police is wrong but obviously many people in our country don’t share that view and we have now entered a time where people feel they have no recourse other than turning to violence. That’s how we end up with a tragedy like what happened in Dallas. The NRA pushed this rhetoric but apparently they never considered who would take up the call to defend themselves from a undefined oppressive force.
The only difference between a terrorist and a self perceived revolutionary is point of view and we are responsible for arming both sides.
Thank you so much for that bit of genius, Katherine! We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves — so we didn’t even try.