This piece is not directly about wildlife but it is about the same type of people that are out to torment, torture, and kill it. As I got up this morning and looked at my news feed the top story was about another mass shooting in a movie theater. This time in Louisiana. As I have explained before I am not against the ownership of certain firearms as long as there are reasonable restrictions as to who and what kinds of weapons can be owned. Gun
nuts “enthusiasts/patriots” like to pretend that they are given the right to possess whatever type of firearm they wish and display those same weapons anywhere and everywhere. They also like to talk about how the great white chickenhawk toting around an AR-15 in a Target store is really them defending us from “tyranny” or some other nonsense. Before I delve deeper into the “patriot” issue I think that we should look at what “tyranny” truly is. From Dictionary.com:
noun, plural tyrannies.
1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
Synonyms: despotism, absolutism, dictatorship.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
6. a cruel or harsh act or proceeding; an arbitrary, oppressive, or tyrannical action.
In the minds of the gun
nuts “enthusiasts” having any reasonable restrictions on firearm ownership or display is a form of “government tyranny.” They also consider themselves to be “patriots” that oppose other forms of “government tyranny.” What do they view as “government tyranny?” If recent history is any indication there are just some examples of “big gubmint tyranny.”
- Citizens having access to healthcare options.
- Citizens having the right to marry a person of the same sex.
- Taxes to pay for those evil things like roads and education.
- Social safety nets like Medicare and Social Security.
- Requiring freeloading deadbeat ranchers to pay fees to graze their cattle on OUR public lands.
- Public education.
- Not allowing public institutions to force Christianity on school children.
- Military training exercises.
- Removal of the flag from of a country of traitors that raised arms against the United States from government buildings.
- Laws that mandate clean air and clean water.
- Allowing religions other than Christianity to be practiced or having no religion at all.
I could go on and on to point out all of the things that the great white “patriots” view to be “big gubmint tyranny” but I don’t have all day. Somehow these “patriots” like to pretend that they are all that stands in the way of the Kenyan Muslim black guy in the White House from implementing Martial Law and putting all “patriots,” Christians, and white people into “FEMA camps” while spraying chemicals on us from jets passing overhead. This folks is why we need the great American chickenhawks to march through your local Target with an AR-15.
On July 16th a military recruiting center was attacked by a 24 year old Muslim and five service members we killed. The right wing responded by labeling it terrorism and with all kinds of anti-Muslim hate. Weeks before, following the murders of nine people in a church in Charleston South Carolina by a white supremacist and bowl haircutted freak, the right wing and gun
nut “enthusiast” crowd first tried to call the shooter a “liberal” and when that didn’t work tried to claim that it was an attack on “Christianity” rather than an act of domestic terrorism by a white supremacist. How did the gun nut “enthusiasts” and “patriots respond following the murders at the recruitment center? They called for a “mobilization” of great white chickenhawks to “protect” recruiting centers across the country from Muslim terrorists. Funny I don’t recall a similar “mobilization” by these “patriots” to protect black churches in the South from white supremacist terrorists. Gee, I wonder why?
I served in the Army Reserve and the last thing that I would want “protecting” me is one of these chickenhawk ammosexuals that couldn’t pass a military physical if they actually had the gumption to serve. Frankly these goons are no better than the Jihadis that carry out such attacks. A terrorist is a terrorist whether Muslim or Christian or whatever. Why didn’t these ammosexuals “stand guard” outside of black churches in the South after that bowlcutted freak murdered those nine people? When did the 2nd Amendment become a suicide pact that allows every nutjob to wave guns wherever they feel like? Better yet, when did the 1st Amendment become a vehicle for hate speech without a sense of responsibility?
There is a serious and dangerous divide in our country that is being fueled by right wing hate media spewing a message tailored toward the racist and xenophobic individuals that often act out on their hate. These hate filed “patriots” combined with easy access to any type of firearm they want is a recipe for disaster. It doesn’t help that fake “news” outlets like Fox (Faux) “News” and blowhard right wing bile-spewers can take to the corporate owned airwaves and scream all day about the evils of atheists, Muslims, socialists, minorities, etc. and not expect their minions to act out eventually. These same “news” outlets never hesitate to bring up acts of “eco-terrorism” conducted my the morons on the other side of the political spectrum but they minimize the motives when one of their own followers act out. Then those same media outlets bang the drums for war each and every day in some far off land while not so subliminally encouraging violent acts by “patriots” in our own country.
As far as I am concerned the REAL enemy isn’t some Jihadi in a desert thousands of miles away or some mullah blathering “death to America” in Iran. The REAL enemy is right in our towns, cities, and rural countrysides. The REAL enemy is the white supremacist that walks into a church and kills nine people because of the color of their skin. The REAL enemy is the gun nut that walks into a movie theater and randomly start blasting away. While the right wing media and phony politicians keep us focused on ISIS and Iran Americans are being killed each and every day in churches, theaters, restaurants, recruiting areas, city streets etc. by them same twisted ideologies that we claim to be fighting against overseas.
For all the talk from the right wing media and fake “patriots” espousing “tyranny,” freedom,” “liberty, and the evils of ” big government” they sure like to ignore a few simple words that helped found this country.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
While I don’t buy into the worship of the slave owning “Founding Fathers” and their open hypocrisy at the time this was written, documents like the Declaration of Independence are the basis for our laws and rights in America. I also don’t buy into the “creator” line or that the basic human rights are somehow “given” to us by a deity. What I do believe in is the part about Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So do the right wing, except apparently for that little part about LIFE getting in the way of their “Liberty” and “Pursuit of Happiness.” I and every other American have a right to preserve and live my LIFE when I go into a movie theater or (shudder) church. I and every other American have the right to feel that our LIFE is safe when we are in public and not feel intimidated by some “patriot” goon waving around a gun. The same goes for those wanting to go to their church, job, or wherever and not have their LIFE targeted because of the color of their skin.
America was born by the gun and if things don’t change soon we will die by it.
That was to be my final line of this blog post until I just saw this headline about the shooting in the Louisiana movie theater last night:
I am shocked. Utterly shocked.
Is it really the “government tyranny” or external threats that people in America need to be worried about?