Nope. Let’s try that again..
The ENTIRE reason (that’s better) that people use the term “need” as an argument against being able to exercise our Rights is that we’ve had this discussion repeatedly around each of our Rights and they’ve lost the argument resoundingly each time and on every level. Whether it be the Civil Rights debates if the ’60s with the racists and fascists, or the abortion and contraception debates with the theists, or the current debate around guns pitting *cough* Liberals* vs Conservatives and Progressives; the simple fact is that the losing side will shift the goalposts in a final attempt to manufacture consent for limiting what they see as being a useless right.
*Liberals.. We Progessives SEE you and your actions, and we have for a very long time!
Across history each of these fights has had one common thread.. The absolute RIGHT of ordinary people to defend themselves against the greed and hubris of wealth and oligarchy being “refuted” by use of Gaslighting.
Here’s your sign:
Now why do I as a Progressive support ALL of our rights including the Enforcement Clause which is the Second Amendment?
Because these are just a few of the events from History which required us to USE those rights to stop the march of oligarchy from killing us all.
From the war protests where fascism beat us and gassed us..
Fred Hampton united Black Panthers and white Confederate flag waving conservative young men to serve poor communities and, more critically, stand an armed, peaceful, guard over Vietnam War protesters so cops could no longer beat and tear gas them with impunity..
Fred was murdered because these tactics were EFFECTIVE. So was Malcolm X because he supported this tactics, and MLK was murdered the very night after his last speech offered support for these tactics. I’m willing to bet cash money that JFK was on that short list as well, and for the same reason.
Then we move on to the REAL reason for the ban on short barreled guns, machine guns and explosives for ordinary citizens.. The Union movement defending themselves against the oligarchs with those very weapons.. The whole lie about the mafia is gaslighting. The REAL reasons are always exposed by asking: “WHO fucking profits from this shit?!”
Y’all get just one guess which weapons they used.. (Hint: They were effectively banned for ordinary citizens via a $200 tax stamp fraud which would be a tax of over $3700.00 today.)
Here’s some background on some of these..
Y’all want to know why these miners were so pissed? Listen to this song and ponder that this shit WAS their life.
These people were literally enslaved even as much as share coppers were because the coal company owned the entire town including the grocery stores and hardware stores.. At inflated prices. Thus every dime the miners earned was paid in scrip, not cash, and it ALL went right back into the owner’s pocket while still leaving them in debt because they weren’t paid enough to survive on.
Sound familiar? It should.
“Sold my soul to the company store..”