There’s been a lot of talk about patriotism lately, what with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during the National Anthem. Last night, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused her Republican rival of being unpatriotic for asserting the Russian President Vladimir Putin was a better leader than President Obama.
Wikipedia says patriotism is “an emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland.” Too broad. I consider anyone who supports and defends the U.S. Constitution to be an American patriot. A document that includes the Second Amendment.
So, can gun control advocates — people who constantly bleat “I support the Second Amendment but–” — be patriotic? Nope. Not in my eyes. Civilian disarmament is unpatriotic. It leads to the destruction of all the liberties that make this country worth loving and defending. Kneeling during the National Anthem? A disgrace but not a disqualification. Agree on either count?