On the face of it, the idea that gun control advocates are members of a death cult is absurd. “We want to save life!” they proclaim. “Gun control – do it for the children!” they urge. In fact, whenever they’re confronted by the obvious impotence of their gun control proposals, they turn their back on facts and rely on IISOL (If It Saves One Life). This rhetorical flourish implies that they’ll do anything to save life – including dissing, dismissing and denigrating Americans’ Second Amendment protection against government infringement on citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. A recent image sent by DrVino [as above] had me rethinking this characterization of the antis’ agenda. And how . . .
I find it incredibly disturbing that two public figures would literally cheer Mr. Gibson horrific demise. In this, Mr. Maher and Mr. Gervais were not alone; the internet is abuzz with celebratory posts. If Maher or Gervais had spent a few minutes Googling Mr. Gibson they would’ve learned that he was a dedicated conservationist and a magnificent wildlife photographer. Gibson was an ethical hunter whose work enhanced the lives of the African people and protected the wildlife he admired.
The debate over ethical hunting aside, Mr. Gibson’s death is lamentable. He was, to coin a phrase, “one life.” Clearly, those who gladly and openly welcomed his death view him as something less than human. That’s the same view gun control advocates have of all gun owners. Not to put too fine a point on it, the “one life” gun control proponents want to save excludes gun owners.
Anti-gun agitprop is suffused with dehumanization. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, for example, calls on citizens to “SWAT” Americans lawfully openly carrying their handguns. The CSGV knows full well that they’re advocating the use of lethal force against gun owners. And why not? The CSGV regularly labels gun owners “degenerates,” “insurrectionists” and “terrorists.”
The anti-gun rights New York Daily News has also taken to applying the word “terrorist” to gun owners. Specifically the NRA and, one supposes, their five million-plus members. This they have done on the front page. Repeatedly. At the other end of the journalistic spectrum, The New York Times has also devoted their front page to call for civilian disarmament – cognizant that the task could only be accomplished by the use of lethal force.
Consider also the disconnect between gun control advocates’ desire to disarm Americans and their enthusiasm for abortion. Regardless of your views on “a woman’s right to choose,” ignoring the link between armed self-defense and the protection of human life, you’d think that any group ostensibly dedicated to saving “one life” would oppose abortion. If not legally then at least ethically and morally.
wikipedia.org defines a “death cult” as “any organization or group which indoctrinate members in devotion or worship of death, suicide or killing.” It may seem a stretch to associate the above examples of gun control advocates’ animus to “worshipping” death. But there’s no denying that gun control advocates are constantly dwelling on death. They consider people killed by “gun violence” as martyrs, regardless of the circumstances. They “wave the bloody shirt” with self-righteous abandon while willfully denying any and all examples of gun ownership’s life-saving benefits.
Yes but – is the gun rights side any different? Yes. While TTAG has published thousands of stories about firearms-related homicides and suicide, our writers and editors abhor the loss of innocent life. Equally, TTAG (and those who support individual gun rights) do not dehumanize and/or wish the death of those who oppose firearms freedom. The pro-gun end game? To be left in peace.
Researching this post, I came across a 2012 article from TTAG master fisker Bruce Krafft entitled The Costs and Benefits of the Second Amendment – Without the Benefits. It sums up the dichotomy between pro- and anti-gun rights advocates.
Yes indeed, death is disturbing and final; whether it comes from the muzzle of a gun or the blade of a knife or the tines of a pitchfork or a dollar’s worth of gasoline. But for the most part we gunnies are not obsessed with death and killing, so we prefer to dwell on the positive aspects of gun ownership by the law-abiding. The fact of the matter is that it is about freedom and rights; my freedom to defend myself and those I love from people who would do us harm and the right to carry the safest, most effective self-defense tool in existence.
Truth be told, gun rights advocates will oppose the anti-gun rights death cult until it’s dying breath. Either way you read that sentence, it still applies.