Yep, it’s come up again. It always comes up. 🙂 Even Mark Levin said it recently, a few weeks ago. Perhaps it’s time to have that discussion, since it’s been a bit over eight years since we touched on it. My Conservative brothers and sisters really don’t seem to like the “L” word…especially when it’s coming out of a pro-Second-Amendment activist such as myself.
The short version: I am in fact a Liberal, not a Libertarian. And here, I will explain why, specifically, that is the case. We’re going to discuss the difference.
With that said, we Liberals most certainly should be collaborating with our Libertarian brothers and sisters far, far more than we do. Turns out we’re natural allies in quite a few areas. We don’t do that right now; matter of fact, we tend to effectively tell ’em, “talk to the hand” and brush them off. We shouldn’t do that. And I will explain why that is the case, as well.
I wish today’s post were just an “April Fools” joke. Sadly, it isn’t. Far from it.
If there’s anything that nobody wants to hear, it’s that their baby has some ugliness.
As Liberals, we believe in the Constitution. We believe in liberty. That’s why the whole LGBTQ+ rights movement resonates so strongly with so many of us. It’s why we chafe–at least, publicly–when we hear of racism. And it’s why we recoil so strongly when someone who’s not part of “us”, especially a Conservative Republican, aims a criticism at us.
It’s just as important for us to recognize problems with our own “house”, or our own “baby”, if you will. And we do have a problem with our “baby” that we need to address. Many of us Liberals did and do vote for the Democrats, for various reasons. Problem: now that they’re in power at the Federal level, they are likewise going after not just the First Amendment, but also the Second Amendment. They’re apparently even willing to seriously consider getting rid of the Senate filibuster, from all accounts, in order to do it. We’ve got to address that.
How does this happen? That’s what we’re going to talk about this time. We’re also going to discuss what to do about it.
Tennessee may become the 19th State to enact “Constitutional Carry”. That means you don’t need a permit from the government to carry a gun. That’s how it used to be before the end of the Civil War and the Black Codes. Constitutional Carry–also known as Vermont Carry since Vermont’s been doing it for 230 years now–is celebrated by some, but it’s got some others concerned. Some of those folks are racial minorities…specifically, Black Americans in Memphis.
I would like to present my case, as a Liberal, for why Constitutional Carry is actually a very good thing, especially for us racial minorities. Especially for Liberals. So, you’re going to get, well, the “Minority Report” here on Constitutional Carry! 🙂
We also go into perhaps why so many of us Liberals don’t have much problem voting for those who promote gun control. I think I have a reasonably good understanding of why that happens, so we cover that topic, too.
Closely related to this subject, another Liberal named “Queer Armorer” did a video on why gun control is bad news, especially for racial minorities. I’ve watched it, and it’s actually pretty accurate. Worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSpB1km71iw
CNN liked to say, “We Go There!” during President Trump’s Administration. Well, they ain’t the only ones. So do we…rest assured.
We remember the “Great Ammo Rush of 2009”, four years ago? Well, it seems we’re in a repeat of it, the “Great Ammo Rush of 2013”. Just try finding any .223 Remington, for example. Good luck! What do we do?
That’s where hand-loading comes in. We talk about the benefits of, and the reasons for, doing it. There are several, and you all would do well to consider the hobby, for all of these reasons. This is a right, folks, and we don’t have to ask permission from government to do it. Demonstration videos on how to do this are available at my Web site, http://www.sanfranciscoliberalwithagun.com/.
We also finish “story time”. It’s a warning to us all what happens when we let our rights gradually slip away. We conclude “Sundown at Coffin Rock”, written by Raymond K. Paden, and which first appeared in Dillon’s “Blue Press” in the 1990’s. It’s a warning that we all would do very well to heed.
Every time there’s a shooting of some sort that makes the news, there’s this call for “closing down” something that the Bradys and their allies call, “the gun show loophole”. What they’re really talking about has nothing whatsoever to do with gun shows, but it does have everything to do with something called the “private, face-to-face, intra-state transaction” of firearms, better known as the “private sale”. They want to shut that down and require “background checks” for every gun sale, including the private ones.
“It won’t be a big burden!”, they claim. “It’ll stop criminals while respecting the Second Amendment!”, they claim.
This entire episode is my case for why that is a terrible idea. Contrary to what they say, it would indeed prove a HUGE burden on not only just government, but everyone else involved. It certainly won’t stop crime-related injuries or deaths. It might even itself get people killed. And it would be a major blow to the defense of liberty.
This time, we discuss three separate subjects, but all three relate to freedom. It’s really a talk about defending liberty from “all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The first subject is an example of a First Amendment violation and the dangers of abusing authority. The second subject consists of two real-world examples of the Second Amendment in action here in the United States. The third subject discusses the need of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms for defending a nation against an invading army, with, again, a real-world, practical example–Finland.
It’s not about hunting or sport, folks. It’s about the Defense of Liberty.
This being a Liberal’s Gun Corner, we’re going to talk about that. The description, “Liberal” can mean several things to different sets of people. To some, it means the Democrats and their platform. To others, it means fiscal and moral irresponsibility, socialism, and not taking responsibility for one’s own life. To yet others, it means other things.
In this podcast, our very first, we tackle that very question, and you may be surprised by what you hear. This is my statement of what Liberalism is and my case for it. We won’t always agree on this show, perhaps most of all in this first one. But it’s irresponsible to attempt to go forward if we don’t define our basic concept of what Liberalism is. Here, we basically set the tone for what this Liberal’s Gun Corner is going to be about. Hopefully you’ll consider the case we make here, with an open mind.
Update:Must be record time but Apple has already added the show into the iTunes marketplace. Link to it is available on the right.
Some of you maybe have already listened to this pilot of the show from the Gun Rights Radio Network’s main website. But we are reporting this episode here on the new home for the Liberal Gun Corner so that we can get the iTunes feed up and running. Once we have the feed up and running we will make an announcement here so that you can subscribe directly to that feed. We will also have a Microsoft Zune feed and just a generic RSS feed.
Received an update the other day from the host (Cowboy T) in which he stated he has now acquired some better recording equipment and has started planning out the first several episodes of the show. Now I just need to get this website completed so the show has a home.
Thank you for all of you that left us feedback about the new show. It was almost all positive and we are very pleased with the response. We are now both pretty excited about bring the show to you. But please continue to leave us feedback and constructive criticism. So that we can continue to improve.