Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy compared gun-control opponents to those who once supported segregation in the South.
The Democratic senator (did I really even need to note that this man is a liberal?) was discussing states that are considering nullifying pending federal gun laws with Rachel Maddow of MSNBC when he uttered the ridiculous comparison. When the lead in to the Second Amendment segment states, “Gun rights radicals embrace paranoia over American majority,” you already know a fair and informative discussion is out of the realm of possibility.
Senator Murphy spent quite a bit of time expanding upon the conditions which the Second Amendment carries, noting in multiple ways the limitation which he feels can be imposed on the constitutional right. He stated that the Second Amendment was not designed to allow average citizens to arm themselves against the government, citing both the Whiskey Rebellion and the Shay Rebellion during the interview segment.
The Connecticut Democrat also had this to say about the Second Amendment:
“I mean, let’s look at the context of nullification. Nullification was last used by Southern states to try to eviscerate civil rights legislation, to try to prevent states from basically enforcing desegregation and frankly, I think history will look back on this round of nullification as kindly as it did on the last round.”
Gun-control advocates really seem to believe early polls that claimed 90 percent of Americans want to infringe upon Second Amendment rights. As Mark Twain so aptly put it, there are lies, damned lies, and then there are statistics. Answers to gun control questions may very largely depend upon what part of the country a person lives (rarely does anyone outside of a major metro area actually get asked to participate in polls) except for a few times during a presidential campaign.
Two recent gun-control polls conducted by the Wall Street Journal and USA Today indicate that support for weapons legislation has slipped dramatically in the past month. The USA Today poll shows gun control favorability below 50 percent. The recent Wall Street Journal poll puts support for new gun control laws at 55 percent. Both of the recent surveys only posed the Second Amendment question to about 1,000 people. Citing support for a public policy mandate which impacts constitutional rights on so few poll participants is irresponsible.
Which polls are the most accurate will never truly be known. The changes in figures illustrates either just how quickly opinions change or how widely different mindsets are when different folks are asked the exact same question. Perhaps accurate information about how background checks, a gun ban, and magazine capacity restrictions will do absolutely nothing to reduce gun violence influenced participants’ answers.
Senator Chris Murphy also feels that states threatening nullification of federal gun laws do not really understand the “true nature” of the Second Amendment. If Murphy honestly feels that those opposed to the Civil Rights battle to obtain equal rights for all Americans are similar to the individuals fighting to keep existing rights, he is the one who does not truly understand the Second Amendment.
Murphy also had this to say to MSNBC about the right to bear arms:
“The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right, always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has. The idea that the Second Amendment was put in there in order to allow citizens to fight their government is insane. If that was the case, we wouldn’t have also included treason in the United States Constitution. We basically said if you take arms up against the government, we’re going to knock your block off.”
According to Murphy, those who voted against gun control on the Senate floor are cowards. The Connecticut politician noted the grief of Newtown families when lamenting the failure of gun control initiatives. The entire nation mourned the senseless loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary and it is not difficult to understand the daily anger and overwhelming sadness those families are forced to endure.
The desire to do something to prevent another such tragedy is felt by both liberals and gun owners alike. However, the two diverge on the topic when proposed legislation which will do nothing to prevent another slaughter also infringes upon Second Amendment rights. Washington, D.C. and Chicago have the toughest gun control laws in the county, and the highest murder and gun-related robbery rates.
A weapons ban or additional background checks will only create more hurdles for law-abiding gun owners; criminals will still get their hands on firearms, just like they always have. As gun-control dictates have increased over the past 50 years, so have murders and mass shootings. The gun violence problem is directly related to the breakdown of the family, reduced moral fiber, and overall cultural decay in America. Controversial Libertarian author Charles Murray accurately diagrams the connection between societal expectation fluctuations, the growing crime rate, and government dependency in his best-selling books.
The Connecticut Senator is not the only public figure making comparisons between incidents in the South over five decades ago and the ongoing Second Amendment rights battle of today. Tom Brokaw recently had this to say about the fight for desegregation and gun control:
“It reminds me a lot of what happened in the South in the 1960s during the civil rights movement. Good people stayed in their houses and didn’t speak up when there was carnage in the streets and the total violation of fundamental rights of African-Americans as they marched in Selma, and they let Bull Connor and the redneck elements of the South and the Klan take over their culture in effect and become the face of it. And all these component parts claim it’s not their responsibility. NRA says it’s not about the guns. It’s about violence. It’s about mental health. Mental health people say we can’t share information because we have privacy issues here. The video game industry says we have a right under the First Amendment.”
The liberal-leaning journalist is just one of the members of the media who is always willing to name-call and poke fun of rural and Southern Americans, having no qualms about referring to this group of individuals as “rednecks.” Reporters who have bent over backwards to make sure to use only politically correct language when reporting on the Boston bombing suspects often have difficulty concealing their disdain when talking about the NRA and gun owners.
The growing cultural divide between liberals and those who cherish the Constitution shows no signs of being resolved soon; the Second Amendment fight is just one example of how the two groups simply cannot find any common ground.