4 PA Gun Rights Haters Show Their Intolerance
A few liberty activists dropped in on a gun rights haters' rally. On a nice Sunday afternoon,
March 9, 2014, they had the Team 26 www.ceasefirepa.org/events/ride-for-sandy-hook-cyclists-gree near Philadelphia. Here is the reception I received:
They were angry
because the high school where they originally were going to do their
rights hating rally at ran them out. They relocated to an out of the
way church with no sidewalk on either side of the road. This made a
counter-rally impossible. Strangely, they then claimed this
constituted our backing
down. (See my rebuttal The
“Pacifist” Advocates of Violence Lie Again. theinternationallibertarian.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-pacifis )
There was no excuse
for these people's behavior at the rally. If they had any regard for
freedom of speech they wouldn't have interfered with our respectful
outreach. Notice how at youtu.be/WC6BDaxVurU?t=42s
a woman laughs delightedly at the verbal abuse the activist in the
red coat is dishing out. It is obvious from the video that many in
the crowd agreed with her abusive behavior. Contrast this to the
behavior of members of the Brandywine
Peace Community when on Good
Friday 2011 a libertarian brought a gun to their civil
disobedience at Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, PA. They were
outraged but remained civil. Their nonviolence
discipline specifically states, "We will observe with
co-actors, police, Lockheed Martin employees, and passers-by, the
rules of human courtesy.
We will exhibit no
violence or hostility - physical or verbal
- toward anyone." [emphasis added] The people running the rally
can learn from the good folks at the Brandywine Peace Community.
In fairness as I started handing out fliers one woman did say that even though I was
on the other side she was glad I was there. She even thanked me for
attending. The woman at youtu.be/WC6BDaxVurU?t=2m2s in the video seems puzzled by the spectacle of the red coat insulting
me and taking my fliers. Perhaps she wondered, why the intolerance? I
ask those of you who oppose gun rights to think about the kind of
people you're following. Can you really trust them? Is the behavior
you see in the video something you approve of? Don't you think that
free speech should be defended rather than attacked? Please don't
support these rights destroying groups any more.
"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of
zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding.”
--Judge Louis D. Brandeis
A comment on a recurring theme at these kinds of rallies. We hear speakers say over and over
that they respect gun rights and don't want to take away good
people's guns. Yet we see signs like the one at the top of this
article. Isn't a ban taking away people's guns? It is truly amazing
that gun rights haters can't see the hypocrisy.
Speaking of hypocrisy,
notice how the red coat in the video threatens
to call security. To my mind this was threatening me with force.
(I'm sure there wasn't any security she was just making a pathetic
attempt to intimidate.) Off camera she said "the police know
you're here". Again, the threat of using force against peaceful
outreach. Strange that these gun rights haters claim to be the
peaceful ones. They claim to be against guns and violence yet they
didn't ask the gun toting police to leave. I'm sure the opposite is
true, the police were there at their request. Remember that the
police are the ones whose job it is to use force and more often to
threaten to do so. It isn't consistent with pacifist principles to
want armed men who are legally empowered to use force around.
Sometimes law enforcers come up with a good idea. Such is the case with Law
Enforcement Against prohibition (LEAP), a group concerned with
the war on drugs and neutral on guns. The text of the flier I was
handing out is from a page that was, but is no longer, on LEAP's
website. Link to text of the flier: www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1njNedS&amp;session_token=J4pL9MpXGI3xx88v6leXRs6MdXZ8MTM5NTA4NTcxMkAxMzk0OTk5MzEy
On a humorous note I can
now add "parasite" to "disgusting creepy crawly thing"
on my activist resume. Keep the insults coming, haters.
The above hate mail
was a reaction to this presentation:
There Is No Case for Gun Control (video and hate mail) theinternationallibertarian.blogspot.com/2013/12/there-is-no
In closing, I once again repeat my challenge to debate the gun rights issue. If the gun rights
haters are confident that they're right they'll jump at the chance to do so.