The Thin Line Between Supporting the Second Amendment and Being an Enabler for Treason
What are Assault Weapons Really For?
On February 27, the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted an important hearing to consider the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein that would take military-style firearms off the civilian market and ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. Undoubtedly, claims will be made by some Senators on the committee that assault weapons are merely "scary-looking pieces of plastic" that are functionally equivalent to your grandfather's hunting rifle.
But what are assault weapons really for?
I have submitted written testimony for the hearing which comments on the intersection between support for assault weapons and insurrectionist ideology. In this testimony I made two primary assertions:
One doesn't have to look hard to find evidence of the true purpose of assault weapons. Right-wing academic David Kopel, who recently testified before the committee, has written that since “resistance to tyranny or invasion would be a guerrilla war…‘assault weapons’ would be useful and citizen resistance might well prove successful." And none other than NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre told Senate Judiciary Members that the Second Amendment was drafted to allow civilians to fight back against police, the military, and other government officials.
Such radical ideology had little standing with our Founders, who made it clear in the Constitution that the role of the Militia was to "suppress Insurrections," not to foment them. But it has proven far more successful in generating profits for the gun industry through a decades-long fearmongering campaign warning Americans about the dangers of forcible gun confiscation and even enslavement by our democratic government.
It's time for an honest debate about the role assault weapons play in our politics and culture. I hope my testimony can contribute to that dialogue.
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Report from the Butterfly Garden
Except for an occasional monarch, the butterfly garden has been pretty quiet over the past few months. The plants have been growing well, however, which promises a lot of butterflies stopping here when Spring comes. I have, however, noticed hummingbirds feeding on the pentas at the back of the house. I have not been able to catch one staying still long enough to pose for a picture but here is a photo taekn from the internet which is pretty much the same as what I saw out of the bedroom window the other day.
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