I don’t know how to feel yet about Vivek Ramaswamy. It seems a little convenient that he tends to always have the answer that will please the base. But I can’t deny the guy works hard, as I see him EVERYWHERE.
If he doesn’t get the nomination, it won’t be because he didn’t try. Yesterday he sat down with Colion Noir to talk guns and 2A, so let’s see what he had to say . . .
- Vivek starts off by saying how he is running to restore our national identity. I kinda love how quintessentially American it is for a child of immigrants to be the one carrying such a message, even if I do think it’s something just vague enough that listeners can fill in the details of whatever they think “restore our national identity” means.
Vivek knowing about Dred Scott’s reference to the individual right to keep and bear arms is impressive. It’s a very “inside baseball” thing that most Republicans who more casually pay lip service to the Second Amendment wouldn’t know. That means Ramaswamy is either a true believer, or he really does his homework.
It’s very true that immigrants from authoritarian and failed states tend to be much more pro-2A.
Vivek embraces the Second Amendment as a defense against tyranny, which is exactly right. Hunting, sports shooting, and — despite what SCOTUS says — even self-defense are secondary to that primary purpose. A substantial amount of 18th and 19th century commentary supports this.
The “sense of discomfort” he refers to is because our country was essentially founded by violent revolutionaries. After all, what is a “revolutionary” but an insurrectionist who won? But modern polite society academics and their buddies recoil at the suggestion that we too may one day have to take on a tyrannical government, so they’ve whitewashed the Second Amendment into being just about state militias or, at most, hunting.
Vivek kind of dodges when asked whether he supports any gun control, switching to a vague point about national unity and not compromising in general. But I like his point about rediscovering the radicalism of the American revolution.
Vivek says the constitution demands fully automatic weapons be available to civilians. If we are honoring the true purpose of the Second Amendment, indeed it does.
Overall, it was a great interview, and I’ll keep listening to what Vivek has to say. I still get a bit of a feeling that he’s saying what I want to hear, but his deep knowledge assuages that concern a bit. Most people trying to con you don’t have that depth of knowledge. Thanks to Colion for making this happen.
Konstadinos Moros is an Associate Attorney with Michel & Associates, a law firm in Long Beach that regularly represents the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) in its litigation efforts to restore the Second Amendment in California. You can find him on his Twitter handle @MorosKostas. To donate to CRPA or become a member, visit https://crpa.org/.