About six weeks ago, we asked you to listen for the dog that yelps the loudest about guns at protests.
My grandmother used to say, “Throw a rock into a pack of dogs; the one that yelps the loudest is the one you hit,” and right now we’re hearing some very informative yelps. The rock, of course, is the presence of lawfully armed citizens at peaceful protests who are practicing their First and Second Amendment rights simultaneously. The yelping, of course, is this charming little billet-doux courtesy of the gun-grabbers at Everytown for Gun Safety. Let’s have a look at what Mikey Bloomberg and his team of useful idiots are squealing about today:
“…gun rights extremists have used state lockdown protests, and more recently protests spurred by the death of George Floyd, as opportunities to openly display military-style firearms to incite fear, suppress civil discourse, and threaten public safety…”
Let’s take a moment to savor the flavor of this little concentrated nugget of pure hypocrisy. The “gun rights extremists” that they’re boo-hooing about are these people. Yes, that’s right, Everytown believes that the protests against ongoing state lockdowns–at which not one single arrest has occurred–is the threat to public safety. (Not this. Or this. Or this.) They are attempting to conflate the outrageous violence and rioting that has happened during the protests about the death of George Floyd with the extremely civil protests against the COVID-19 lockdown during which many protesters openly carried their firearms.
I don’t have to tell you what Bloomie thinks ought to be done about all of these openly carried guns at protests, do I? After all, this is the guy who went on national TV the day after an armed citizen stopped an attempted mass shooting in a church and told America that “You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.” No, I don’t have to tell you, but I will anyway, because this quote is just too choice not to share:
Gun rights extremists are able to mount these intimidation campaigns because in most states it is legal to open carry loaded firearms at or around state capitol buildings or demonstrations. This is largely due to the absence of state laws prohibiting the open carry of firearms in public, commonly known as the “open carry loophole.” Few state legislatures have addressed the legality of the “open carry loophole” because responsible gun owners have not traditionally openly carried firearms in public.
That’s right, Bloomie just called open carry a “loophole.” Never mind that the Second Amendment says “Keep and Bear Arms,” not “Keep and Bear Arms in Ways That Don’t Make Mikey B. Turn His Fruit-of-the-Looms Into a Fudge Factory.” But as we’re about to see, Bloomie apparently addressed the crisis in his Y-fronts by using his copy of the Bill of Rights to clean up. This is his actual list of demands:
Legislative Options for Addressing the “Open Carry Loophole”
- Prohibit the open carry of firearms in public.
- Prohibit firearms at demonstrations held on public property.
- Ensure local officials have the authority to regulate firearms at demonstrations.
And the best part? The part where he says, ““Regulating open carry does not run afoul of the 1st or 2nd Amendments.”
Back in April, we predicted that the response to the nonviolent armed protests against ongoing COVID-19 quarantines would be highly instructive…but we didn’t imagine that the anti-gunners’ reaction would be this nakedly disingenuous. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Bloomberg et al desire control of the American public at any cost…even if that means tossing the First Amendment onto the ash-heap of history right next to the Second.