Friday, June 17, 2016

Guns, Australia and Ruby Ridge

Continuing on yesterday's Australia theme...

On April 19, 2011, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Donald Trump, and asked The Donald about getting the Saudis to increase oil production and bring down oil prices.  By the way, anybody check oil prices lately?  Regardless, here's how Trump said he would do it:

Trump:Oh, it’s so easy George. It’s so easy. It’s all about the messenger. They wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for us. If it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t be there. These 12 guys sit around a table and they say, "Let’s just screw the United States." And frankly, the rest of the world.
Stephanopoulos:But it’s not just the messenger.
Trump:They wouldn’t even be there.
Stephanopoulos:It’s the message. And so finish this sentence. "If you don’t produce more oil--"
Trump:Look. I’m going to look ‘em in the eye and say, "Fellas, you’ve had your fun. Your fun is over."

Quick!  Make that genius President!  What does this have to do with Australia or guns?  Well, remember Charleton Heston's famous line about how you'll get his gun when you pry it from his cold, dead hand?  Um, who has his gun now?

Moses aside, gun people in this country have spent the last several decades riling themselves up about how the federal government is coming to take their guns away and impose a new world order on them.  Are they crazy?  Lots of 'em are, sure.  Are they racist too?  Was anybody really surprised when Cliven Bundy said this?

No.  No, we weren't.  So, there are a bunch of paranoid, largely racist people who really love their guns, who believe that the federal government is coming to confiscate their guns to impose a new world order and destroy freedom and liberty.  But, the federal government can pass a gun ban, Australia-style, and then tell these people, Donald Trump-style, that they've had their fun, and they'll just go along, peacefully hand over their guns, and we'll all sit around singing kumbaya.

What would really happen if this country passed an Australia-style gun ban?  What would really happen if federal agents started showing up trying to confiscate everyone's guns?

That brings us to a name that none of my students are old enough to remember:  Randy Weaver.  Randy Weaver was a gun-toting, paranoid, racist nut-job who holed up in his compound in Ruby Ridge, Idaho when the Feds came for his guns.  Bloodbath ensued.

This is a difficult event for you to research.  If you simply Google "ruby ridge," one of the first hits will be from a web site called "Storm Front."  If you don't know it, that's because you aren't a neo-Nazi, white-supremacist, piece of fucking shit.  Those people idolize Randy Weaver and think of him as Crispus fucking Attucks, except, you know, white.

The basic point, though, is that if the federal government ever did try to round up and confiscate people's guns in this country, we know exactly what would happen because we've seen it.  Ruby Ridge, on a massive scale.

Liberals who dream of an Australia-style gun ban in the US should be given the same advice given to the Berniacs who dream of Denmark.  Just move there.

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