There was a gun control march in Washington which drew hundreds of thousands of (we assume) mostly liberals. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.
This august crowd was brought together from a panoply of backgrounds, but they all wanted one thing: tighter gun control laws.
And while their conception of just how stringent those laws may need to be, there was one thing most of them agreed upon: guns are bad.
And while their reasons for thinking guns were bad may have been different, their knowledge of firearms had one thing in common: it was almost entirely non-existent.
Yes, despite turning out in multitudes to strut down Pennsylvania Ave. and protest the multifarious evils of the Second Amendment, Turning Point USA found very few of them actually knew what an “assault rifle” was:
The first protester, when asked what an “assault rifle” was, tried to turn the question back on the interviewer: “I’m sorry, are you stupid?” she asked. “Are you stupid? Are you stupid?”
When asked more specifically what an “assault rifle” was, her response was that the interviewer should have been reading the papers.
As it turns out, almost nobody could tell what an “assault rifle” was (mostly because the term is an entirely fictive one meant to evoke fear) except that they’d heard of it and it was really bad.
One protester did answer that an “assault rifle” was an AR-15. When asked what “AR” stood for, he got up in the questioner’s face: “You tell me what it stands for! You tell me what it stands for!”
“Armalite Rifle,” the interviewer responded.
“I don’t give a s*** what it stands for!” the protester responded.
Repetition and uninformed anger seemed to be common responses to the questioning here. I suppose, to paraphrase Messrs. Jagger and Richards, they merely went down to the demonstration to blow a 50-amp fuse. This could be seen as a small sample size.
However, the pool gets a bit bigger when you realize just how much anger and how much misinformation we’ve seen about guns since the Parkland shooting that sparked this whole mess.
Newsweek and Everytown for Gun Safety tweeted out a story with the race-baiting title “Give Teachers Guns, and More Black Children Will Die” — with a picture showing a gun magazine with a bullet in backwards.
A group of students were spotted with protest placards apparently modeled after the infamous signs used by the Westboro Baptist Church with slogans like “NRA KKK USA” and “F*** You Guns,” as if that was going to bring America together. (Never mind that the KKK was for gun control and guns are inanimate objects which generally do not care if they’re getting hit with the f-bomb.)
In other words, we’re having a national debate where one side has nothing except for uneducated emotion, vitriol and hate. What’s more, they rather like it that way and seem insulted if you don’t buy into their “logic.”
The rallies are over, the protesters have gone home, the sanitation workers are cleaning up Pennsylvania Ave. All the left did was vent their frustrations and give us hidebound, evil conservatives who cling to our guns and religion our fair share of abuse. Yet, we’re no closer to any sort of educated debate on school safety or the Second Amendment — and we won’t be until people who want to change the Second Amendment actually learn something about the objects that it deals with.
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