"Gun Control" Advocates Respond to
Las Vegas Killings by Advocating Tyranny



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By Kurt Hofmann, June 11th 2014
JPFO writer contributor, © 2014.

The murder in Las Vegas of two policemen and an armed private citizen Sunday has the government über alles wing of the forcible citizen disarmament movement in high dudgeon (higher than usual). The two hate-filled, Nazi-loving losers (now dead and unlamented), we are told, represent sufficient justification for an enormously expanded attack on gun rights, free speech rights, and on ranchers whose cattle graze without federal permission on land the federal government claims.

The murdered armed private citizen, by the way, has so far gotten only rather cursory treatment in the mass media. Not a good fit with the preferred narrative, perhaps? Joseph Wilcox, at the checkout of the Walmart store in which the killers apparently intended to continue their atrocity, moved to engage the male of the pair, unaware that he had a partner in crime, allowing her to slip behind Wilcox and execute him with a shot to the back of his head. As Mike Vanderboegh observes, whether Wilcox would have thought of himself this way or not, he seems to have been the only "Three Percenter" present.

Josh Horwitz, executive director of the rabidly anti-gun Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (the name that the former National Coalition to Ban Handguns changed to in 1989, when they decided they wanted to ban so-called "assault weapons," too) wrote in the Huffington Post yesterday that the murders signal the "Time to Tread on 'Insurrectionists'":

But perhaps the most interesting revelation is that the killers were in Las Vegas because they had recently traveled to Bunkerville, Nevada to participate in Cliven Bundy's armed confrontation with law enforcement agents.

Apparently not quite so interesting is the fact that they were turned away from the Bundy ranch, because those organizing the potential resistance there saw them as a liability. No matter, says Horwitz--the point, we are told, is that by backing down from a bloody confrontation with the Bundys and their supporters, the federal government "encouraged" the Las Vegas murders.

These actions -- and the lack of response from elected officials -- have galvanized those who promote radical concepts like nullification, Posse Comitatus theory, and the "Insurrectionist Idea," which is the fallacious belief that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to shoot and kill elected officials, law enforcement officers and military services members when they believe our government has become "tyrannical."

Horwitz and his CSGV are big believers in bringing massive federal firepower down on "insurrectionists." One of the problems with that ghoulish enthusiasm is the sheer number of people who fit the definition, according to them--including, well … me. In fact, merely believing that the Second Amendment's purpose is to protect the people's means to resist tyranny with force is enough to make one an "insurrectionist" by Horwitz's definition, and therefore a traitor, and therefore someone whom the government may legitimately kill.

In Horwitz's defense, he at least doesn't go as far (not publicly, anyway) as some of his readers do. Grinning bootlicker John Harmer left this helpful comment:

It is long past time to do three things: Firstly, put down the insurrectionists starting with orders to Nellis AFB nearby to send in a flight of A-10's. This is a war that Bundy has initiated against the duly constituted US government, he now needs to understand the full implications of his treasonous actions.

Secondly, the FCC pulls the license of every broadcast outlet involved in giving succor to the this domestic enemy starting with Fox News and have the FBI pick up for questioning every commentator whose praise of Bundy helped incite these killers and thirdly convene a Clark County special Grand Jury to issue the indictments for state prosecution, and a federal Grand Jury for federal prosecution of all persons involved, from the terrorists pointing guns at federal officers to pundits who egged them on.

So, in a "war" (according to Harmer) in which no shots have been fired, he proposes tactical airstrikes against American civilians, with aircraft designed to destroy Soviet main battle tanks. President Bashar al-Assad would certainly approve of that.

Charles P. Pierce

Then he wants those voicing "politically unacceptable" thoughts silenced--and then imprisoned.

Meanwhile, Charles P. Pierce, writing for Esquire, is so convinced that the NRA is responsible for the Vegas murders that any cop who sports an NRA bumper sticker is "a traitor to the uniform":

Tragically, the paranoid gun culture nurtured by the NRA, GOAL, and their pet politicians has leached into the law enforcement apparatus, especially at the level of the local sheriffs' offices. Put plainly, after the events of the past five days, any police officer who drives himself home at night in the family sedan with the NRA sticker in the back window is a traitor to the uniform, and is demonstrating a profound lack of respect for the brother officers who were killed in Las Vegas for the crime of being cast in the role of some Redcoats in the Bunker Hill fantasies of two murderous loons.

He calls them "traitors," for their reverence for the Second Amendment, in accordance to an oath they actually took (in contrast to Pierce's apparent belief that they swore an oath "to the uniform").

Elsewhere in Esquire, the Army's most strident critic of the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms, Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, currently stationed in England, says he's fed up (with the Second Amendment, apparently), and is coming home. What, specifically, he intends to do when he gets here is left more than a little ambiguous, as is the question of whether the Army is on board with this change in duty station. Anyway, I'm sure we're all very frightened of the big, bad lieutenant colonel and his righteous anger.

JPFO contributor David Codrea notes that the Daily Beast has decided to lay blame for the killings on just about every advocate of "conservative" thought, whether it has anything to do with the Vegas killers' nutty beliefs or not.

All these "progressives" argue that the United States government is not tyrannical, and that armed resistance to against it is treason. Fair enough. Why, though, do they seem in such a hurry to make it tyrannical?

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A former paratrooper, Kurt Hofmann was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002. The helplessness inherent to confinement to a wheelchair prompted him to explore armed self-defense, only to discover that Illinois denies that right, inspiring him to become active in gun rights advocacy. He also writes the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column. Kurt Hofmann Archive.

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