“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”
It’s unclear who first said this. It has been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Niccolò Machiavelli or Petrarch, but there are no published sources yet found which predate its use by “Michael Corleone” in The Godfather Part II. But to the point … it is why I do sometimes pop over to such uber-conservative sites as The Daily Wire, from whence came the inspiration for this post. ‘Inspiration’ may not be quite the right word …
I was first appalled, then infuriated by the headline I saw last night …
Democrat Calls For Gun Confiscation, Suggests Nuking Americans Who Fight Back
The story put forth by The Daily Wire, Fox News, MSN and others is this …
“Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) caused a firestorm on Friday when he suggested using nuclear weapons against American citizens who oppose his far-left gun control agenda, which includes forcing Americans to give up their semi-automatic weapons.”
Now, if that were the truth, it would be quite a “WOW” moment and I would have to ask myself if Mr. Swalwell had gone and lost his bloody marbles! Turns out there’s more to the story that the aforementioned news outlets conveniently left out … or perhaps didn’t understand.
This is yet another example of taking a sentence out of context and giving it an entirely different meaning than the speaker ever intended. The danger is that some people will look at that headline, believe it without ever giving it a thought or checking on its veracity, and will be all in a fizz, running inside, grabbing the old rifle, and sitting on their porches waiting for the band of merry democrats to show up to try to take their guns!
Let’s look at a few of the comments from Representative Swalwell in response to the madness:
- We should ban assault weapons by buying them back or restricting them to ranges/clubs.
- Don’t be so dramatic. No one is nuking anyone or threatening that. I’m telling you this is not the 18th Century. The argument that you would go to war with your government if an assault weapons ban was in place is ludicrous and inflames the gun debate. Which is what you want.
- It’s sarcasm. He said he’s going to war with America if gun legislation was passed. I told him his government has nukes. God forbid we use sarcasm.
And finally, his nutshell summary of the entire situation:
America’s gun debate in one thread.
1) I propose a buy-back of assault weapons
2) Gun owner says he’ll go to war with USA if that happens
3) I sarcastically point out USA isn’t losing to his assault weapon (it’s not the 18th Century)
4) I’m called a tyrant
5) 0 progress
Sigh. C’mon, folks … get real for a minute, will ya? Mr. Swalwell was far more generous than I would have been, or than he should have been, in offering a buy-back program. In my mind, assault-type weapons that were designed for only military use do not belong in the hands of civilians. Period. No argument. Ban ‘em. Confiscate ‘em. Destroy ‘em. They do not belong in your hands, Joe Cracker!!!
No, nobody is going to nuke you, and frankly if I had my wishes, and if there were a safe way to do so, every nuclear weapon on the planet would be destroyed. Mr. Swalwell’s comment was rather like one that I myself make every so often, when I hear of somebody who has an arsenal in their basement or garage, just waiting for that day when the military ‘comes for mah guns’. Says Joe Cracker … “Just let ‘em try … hworf, hworf, hworf (picture Beavis & Butthead here) … I’ll blast ‘em into the next county”. Say I … “Oh really … and when that tank rolls right on through your arsenal, taking most of your house with it …???”
There is this concept these days in both political parties that we must always look for the ulterior motive, the hidden threat in every word that is uttered by “the enemy”. Why must we be enemies? Because we cannot be bothered to take the time to understand one another! Republicans haven’t bothered to ask themselves why the democrats feel as strongly as they do about gun control. Well, dear right-wing, conservative friends, even though you didn’t ask, let me tell you …
BECAUSE WE ARE SICK AND DAMN TIRED OF SEEING INNOCENT PEOPLE KILLED AT THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO BUSINESS OWNING A BLOOMIN’ GUN!!!
Eric Swalwell is not a bad guy, folks. During his congressional career he has advocated to increase spending on education, for renewable energy jobs creation, to raise the cap on the Social Security payroll tax so that wealthier Americans would pay more into the program, and he has argued against legislation that would allow people to bring knives on airplanes. He is a strong supporter of LGBT people and is staunchly pro-choice. In other words, he is in favour of policies to protect and enhance the common people – people like you … and me. And he wants to see a curtailment of guns in civilian hands. Most of us do want that. Those who don’t? Explain it to me, please, Mr. Joe Cracker?
The far-right and far-left media outlets play on our fears, our sympathies, our desires. The headline at the beginning of this article is but one example. Fox News, Breitbart and others do it every day. The trash that can be found on Twitter and Facebook is astounding. Americans need to grow up. They need to learn to distinguish between news and rhetoric. They need to learn to do their own digging, to separate the bullshit from what is real. The Great Divide just keeps getting wider and wider … it is to the advantage of people like Trump and his minions to keep us divided, to keep as many as possible in the dark. Are you willing to let them win? Are you willing to believe the myth? Or do you still care about truth?