About a thousand protesters showed up at the Virginia state capital over the weekend to protest pending anti-abortion legislation. Courtesy of Style Weekly, here’s how the Virginia State Police responded:
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106 Responses to “Scenes from a Militarized America”
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Regulation is infringement regardless of the “long history of gun regulation in the US going back to the Founding.” Gun regulation is an expression of fear of those owning guns. If government has no intention of turning on its’ own citizens they have nothing to fear from gun owners, on the other hand… And don’t bother with the “criminal” argument, a criminal will use whatever is at hand to facilitate his crime, including guns acquired in spite of gun regulation.
Back to topic, this extreme display of little boy, my gun is bigger than your gun, we’re the good guys thin blue line nonsense, is to acclimate you to their presence for the coming takeover. Luckily, from reading the responses here, it isn’t working so well. Jack boot thugs take notice.
Hell of an “argument” there, Heron. Follows the playbook almost to the letter: “When your nonsensical arguments can’t win the day, try and obscure/derail the debate by attempting to change the definition of the words being used; all in the name of clarity, of course. “That’s not what ‘Liberal’ means! You’re using it wrong!”
Then there’s the ol’ logic double-reverse. Using your argument that since “you believe firearms registration is Constitutional, (…) going back to the founding”, (which is horseshit, BTW), I should also therefore accept it because….well, because you say so.
Saaay, does that work both ways? Can I proclaim that I think abortion, say, is unconstitutional, ‘going back to the founding’, and the founders were, ‘to a man, champions of unborn children’…..does that count? Do we get to shut down all fetus-butchery mills forthwith because “The Founders would have been appalled by such a thing”? ? No? Thought not.
[…] Of course, the government is quite boldly going for it in arguments against the First Amendment all the time, these days, so I take that boldness as part and parcel of a larger assault on civil society. In 2012, the pattern is well established: Yes, government is going to boldly go for it and argue against our First Amendment “privileges.” (See also.) […]