Any way, I donâ€™t mind so much. The Bush years turned a lot of lefties into gun nuts. In fact, the picture that Mr. Fifth Of November Poser used was prominent on a lot of lefty, pro-gun sites. Looks like the Obama years will get a lot of righties back into the gun rights movement.
I agree with Uncle to the extent that it’s making people understand, in an abstract way, why the Second Amendment is important, but I can sympathize with concerns about people speaking of revolution as a means for resolving disputes among political factions.Â When I think about the Second Amendment philosophically, at least its collective purpose rather than its personal one, I think of it as a means for ultimately enforcing Popular Sovereignty as the source of government legitimacy.Â It restricts the government’s power only to those actions which embody a will of the people as a whole, and seriously raises the cost of defying that will.Â In other words, you “vote from the rooftops” because you can’t, in a meaningful way, vote from the ballot box. I’m less sanguine about arms as a means for resolving domestic political disputes between quarreling factions.Â Down that road lies disaster, and the end of our Republic.Â Political disputes should be resolved with words, ideas, activism, organization, campaigns, and civility.Â Arms are for extreme circumstances.
I am sympathetic to those that believe Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner, and the Second Amendment was meant to allow the well armed sheep to contest the vote.Â I do not believe we ought to worship at the altar of Popular Sovereignty to ridiculous levels.Â If a majority of Americans ever vote for a government that advocates exterminating an unpopular minority, I will agree we ought resist it, with violence if necessary.Â If a majority acquiesce to Congress unilaterally dissolving our Republic and reforming it around a Parliamentary model, I would agree that should be a deal breaker as well.
But no one is seriously proposing these things, and what is being proposed is in the realm of peaceful partisan politics.Â I’m not going to machine gun my fellow man over medicare, or take out a tank over taxes.Â I won’t shoot it out with a subgun over the stimulus, nor defend my construction of the commerce clause with continuous cannonade.Â We have a system that allows us to redress that peacefully, and without annoying, aggravating alliteration.Â While I share Uncle’s sentiment about making more people see the importance of the Second Amendment, I worry greatly about what people are thinking it’s actually for.