I can understand progressives and their virtue signally.
What I hate is the anti-gun progressives puffing themselves up with virtue-pride while simultaneously disarming poor minorities. Not everyone lives in a guarded and gated community. Spare me the empathy while you leave the poor unprotected and defenseless.
There are too many examples to list, but this lets you see what I mean.
- Many large city police departments refuse to investigate and prosecute crimes in poor areas. There is a low chance of successfully arresting and convicting the criminal. There is a high chance of the police themselves getting harmed. Cops take a report and move on.
- The same crime can have a very different impact on a poor person and a limousine progressive. What if a beat-up bike is your only transportation? A petty-theft to a rich liberal living in a gated community is a devastating loss to a teen living paycheck to paycheck and riding his bike to work.
- Deep blue states imposed training requirements to even touch a gun. If training makes us so much safer, then why doesn’t the state teach everyone about gun safety? Mandatory training disarms those of us who are most likely to be victims. Mandatory training is a tax on those who are least able to pay. Schools used to teach hunters education in school along with drivers education, so we’ve promoted firearms safety before..but not now.
- Anti-gun politicians say they want gun owners to handle firearms responsibly. These same politicians outlaw or tax gun ranges, the very places where honest gun owners get safety training and stay proficient. This means a longer drive for gun owners in the suburbs..and no chance to practice for the urban poor.
- Anti-gun politicians restrict the guns poor people are most likely to buy. This makes guns more expensive and amounts to a poll-tax for guns. Anti-gun judges look the other way and pretend not to see this bigotry.
- Perhaps the most abusive regulation is the “time tax” that anti-gun politicians imposed on poor gun owners. Blue states impose training regulations mandating a minimum number of hours required before an honest citizen may touch a gun. You have to pay this fee before you may own a gun in private, and then pay another fee-of-time before you may carry a gun in public.
- Anti-gun politicians impose taxes on ammunition. Some states even require a state ID card to buy ammunition. (I wonder if they have voter ID. But I digress.) Anti-gun politicians say they want gun owners to remain proficient. Then they turn around and tax our means of staying in practice.
- When an innocent person uses a firearm to protect himself, he must run the legal gauntlet to prove himself innocent of wrongdoing. In theory, a public defender would be appointed for a poor person’s legal defense. But honestly, do you really want the legal advice that the state offers you for free?
I’ve barely scratched the surface, but you can see that the right of self-defense is not an obscure human right.
Men and women who value freedom and autonomy have understood the right to self-defense, going all the way back to the Magna Carta. Nor is this a right people are unlikely to ever need. A poor family living in our deep-blue cites will very likely be a victim of violent crime during their lifetime. This is the right to protect yourself and your family we’re talking about, the right to provide for your own safety until the help arrives.
The government has systematically infringed on the rights of poor people to defend themselves. We see the sad price they pay. It’s time to put a stop to this blatant discrimination against poor citizens. Maybe liberals could agree if only the social justice warriors weren’t so easily triggered by triggers.
About Rob Morse:
The original article is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.