“We know that states including Connecticut and New York tightened their gun-control laws after the Sandy Hook massacre, yet there were no armed citizen militias marching on Hartford and Albany, battling against state police or the military,” George Washington University law professor Neil H. Buchanan writes at newsweek.com. “Even so, it is possible that a sufficiently frantic public-relations campaign by the NRA or others in response to national legislation could lead to some violence.” And if Congress impeaches President Trump some of his supporters will stage an armed rebellion. And . . .
. . . if such a thing is going to happen, the people who would choose to become violent are already well armed. That is not to say that even a sizable minority of gun owners would engage in violence, but it only takes a few scattered dozens of violent people in various places to make America a truly scary place . . .
we know that there is a very small number of Americans who own a lot of weapons. We should proceed in full awareness of that fact, but that reality cannot become the worst kind of heckler’s veto, or we will have become a country governed by a fringe group of people who are willing to make threats and possibly commit acts of violence to replace the rule of law with rule by intimidation.
As for America becoming “a scary place,” welcome to my world. A world where a gainfully employed law professor for a major university can claim he wants to “maintain the rule of law” while writing that “the Second Amendment is simply not relevant to the US gun debate.”
Anyway, imagine Congress pulls the plug on the President. Would anyone take up arms? Against whom?