I’m so old I remember when the media would flop onto the nearest fainting couch at the sight of a protester exercising his or her Second Amendment rights.  Remember the wails of horror, fear, and outrage we were treated to when Tea Party activists and, more recently, anti-lockdown protesters were shown lawfully openly carrying perfectly lawful firearms at protests?

The headlines were intended to shock the general public, to scare people, to incite anti-gun fervor.

  • Reuters (2011):  Gun-toting Tea Party activists rally in Montana
  • Think Progress (2010): Gun Rights and Tea Party Activists Encourage People To Bring Guns To New Mexico Protest
  • Time (2009):  When Protesters Bear Arms Against Health-Care Reform
  • CNN (2009):  Man carries assault rifle to Obama protest — and it’s legal

With regard to the last story, it was taken, you may recall, to brazen heights when MSNBC edited out the race of a gun-toting, anti-Obama racist (he was black).

This ended up being a disaster for the race-baiting, anti-Second Amendment mainstream media.  Remember how they only showed the man with his big scary gun from the neck down?

Politico reported at the time:

Several conservative bloggers, including Hot Air, RedState, and NewsBusters, have taken MSNBC to task for not identifying a man with a gun at an Obama event as an African-American in a segment that discussed the “racial overtones” of those packing heat at presidential town halls.

Following the shot of the African-American man focusing specifically on the gun, MSNBC host Contessa Brewer said that “you have a man of color in the presidency and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists or to their legs.”

All while cropping out the man’s head, so you couldn’t see that their example of “white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists” was black.  They wanted to obscure the fact that he was a black anti-Obama protester exercising his Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in an open carry state.  Who was stoking what?  (Ace of Spades also offered up one of his seriously awesome takes on the matter at the time.)

The frenzied anti-Second Amendment fear-mongering and (we now know) phony horror at seeing armed protestors reached an even more fevered pitch earlier this year when protestors showed up in various states to protest draconian and often illogical lockdown measures.

Remember the headlines?

  • NBC News:  Hundreds of protesters, some carrying guns in the state Capitol, demonstrate against Michigan’s emergency measures
  • The Guardian:  Armed protesters demonstrate against Covid-19 lockdown at Michigan capitol
  • Forbes:  Armed Protesters Storm Michigan State House Over COVID-19 Lockdown
  • WaPo: The tea party is back — and endangering lives
  • San Francisco Chronicle:  Reopen California coronavirus protests ‘identical’ to early Tea Party rallies, leader says
  • The Atlantic: The Great Irony of America’s Armed Anti-Lockdown Protesters: they say they are demonstrating against tyranny, but they are in fact enjoying an extreme—and dangerous—sort of liberty.

Funny how we don’t hear any of that “great irony” talk amid the George Floyd protests/riots of 2020 and the CHAZ zone in Seattle.

This seems a moment ripe  for “gee, what exactly are tyranny and fascism?” introspection, particularly when there are hundreds of images all over social media of armed anti-police “protestors,” including those guarding CHAZ borders and now “patrolling” CHAZ streets.

And especially given that people of color have been forced to take up arms to protect their communities from these “peaceful” and “festive” arsonists, looters, and murderers.  But we hear crickets from Democrats and their media stenographers who once thought the mere sight of any long gun (commonly mistaken for an AK-57billion “weapon of war”) was cause to further restrict or even revoke one of, if not the, most prized rights of every American.

Some local media wrote glowing reports about armed protesters “protecting” the Seattle East Precinct after it was abandoned by police, but mostly these stories about guns at protests or used to protect businesses against rioters are simply ignored, or glossed over in passing, because they don’t fit the narrative.

The Washington Post, usually among the most stringent antigun outlets, posted a great video about armed citizens in Minneapolis protecting their neighborhoods.

What you won’t hear is any talk about gun control or about how awful it is that citizens are protecting themselves and their neighborhood from violent rioters, looters, and arsonists with big, scary-looking “weapons of war.”

Suddenly, in fact, gun control is the one subject we hear nothing about.  This is pretty surprising given that the 2020 Democrat presidential nominee hasn’t been officially named yet, and one of their very favorite candidates, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, openly admitted, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

It’s almost like Democrats and their media cohorts have another reason for trying to disarm the law abiding citizens of this country.

 

 
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