I’m blogging from Bergstrom airport, deep in the heart in Texas. I’m about to fly to a city where “intellectuals” feel free to deride and denigrate the story of a woman’s armed self-defense against a thug armed with an eight-inch kitchen knife. Specifically, Eric Levitz of New York magazine.
Technically, it’s true that Hillary Clinton does not think “every woman has a right to own a gun.” The Democratic nominee does not want to repeal federal restrictions on gun ownership that prevent convicted felons, fugitives, or the clinically psychotic from purchasing deadly weapons. She also wants to deny women on the terror watch list access to firearms — as does Donald Trump. (The Republican nominee also wants police to shake down any suspicious-looking black people in Chicago for firearms.)
But Kristi McMains does not appear to fit any of those criteria and will almost certainly be allowed to carry a gun in Hillary Clinton’s America.
Question: how does Mr. Levitz define “Hillary Clinton’s America” (a scary turn of phrase if ever there was one)? Does HCA include New York City? Los Angeles? New Jersey? If it does, and Ms. McMains happened to live in one of these gun-rights-defiling locales, she would not be allowed to carry a gun.
Not “almost certainly.” Certainly. Because Ms. McMains and millions of other women can’t exercise their right to bear arms in large swaths of America right now. Not only has Ms. Clinton done absolutely nothing to stop these Second Amendment infringement zones, she’s declared her intention to expand them.
Ms. Clinton has publicly declared that she would like the Supreme Court to reverse their Heller decision, the ruling that struck down D.C.’s ban on handguns in the home. So, in Hillary Clinton’s America, in the very heart of her future dominion, women would not be able to keep and bear arms anywhere, at all, ever. Not to mention the gun control green light a Heller reversal would shine across HCA.
Still, this ad could have a big impact among the critical “extremely gullible millennials who think a woman’s right to choose an assault rifle is the civil-rights struggle of our time” demographic.
Mr. Levitz’s smug sarcasm reveals his effete intellectual snobbery, aimed here at Ms. McMains, the NRA, gun owners, and millennials. OK, “extremely gullible” millennials (don’t want to piss off millennials who might vote for HCA).
But Mr. Levitz got one thing right: gun rights are a civil right. The struggle to protect gun rights is the struggle of all time. For individuals like Ms. McMains and anyone who believes that America belongs to liberty loving individuals, not proto-tyrants and their sycophantic enablers.