In a convoluted style, some conservatives and libertarians are attempting to do the same thing to government agencies that they claim the government is trying to do to them. What blows one’s mind is that the same people who are calling for more border security and protection from real or imagined threats of terror, seem to be suggesting that guns are not an essential part of this strategy.
The Justice Department is updating a report on how armed the federal government is.
It will be the first time Justice has addressed the topic in six years, and it comes as conservative and libertarian complaints about an excessively gun-happy government have intensified.
The issue was central to the recent controversy generated by a stand-off between right-wing rancher Cliven Bundy and agents from the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. SOURCE
Fearful that reactionaries and lunatics like Cliven Bundy will be out-gunned by those who are entrusted “to uphold the Constitution of the United States”, it appears that conservatives and libertarians seek parity so many of their over-the-top responses to breaking the laws of the land will create a level shooting field when push comes to shove and attitudes refuse to compromise.
Not that I support a heavily armed government outside of the military and not that the threat of an overpowering police state isn’t a legitimate concern but the argument by conservatives and libertarians about a “gun-happy government” seems hollow in light of the fact that they have consistently backed a gun-happy society where damn near anyone should be allowed to buy any gun they want and as many as they want.
Do they not think that one condition is conducive to the other? Are they unaware that people who are expected to enforce the laws of this land are often confronted now by a hostile element who think they are excluded from the law They’re also likely armed with military style weapons that many conservatives and libertarians have made possible with changes in the law supported by gun manufacturing lobbies like the NRA?
Though one can see why zealots of 2nd amendment rights defend this, it will be interesting to see where those lobbyists for the gun industry will stand on this issue. Will the National Rifle Association (NRA) back their belligerent anti-government stand and support those conservatives and libertarians, who claim that an armed society prevents tyranny? Or will we see reactions from them that will show us what they are really all about and defend the industry’s right to make a profit from selling guns to anyone and everyone who wants one? Their silence on this issue, it seems, would indicate that they oppose anything that impacts the profits of our country’s death industry.
Like the Koch brothers who backed the fringe element of conservatism to get their laissez-faire economic views out in public view, only to have it backfire from libertarian purists who oppose the crony capitalism that has made the Kochs filthy rich, the NRA now faces the same dilemma in their support of gun advocate extremists who want to inhibit guns sales to a vital faction of the gun manufacturers’ profit base.
To date I have seen nothing on either the NRA official website or it’s legal arm, the Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) that has commented for or against this attempt by conservatives and libertarians to block the sale of guns to government agents.
You would think that their arguments that are hostile to liberals who attempt to enact some sane gun control legislation on an excessively gun-happy society would equally serve to oppose actions by conservatives and libertarians who are attempting to impose limits on an “excessively gun-happy government”
I love it when irony exposes the fools who get caught up in their own buffoonery.