While thousands of good Americans turned out yesterday, at the President’s request, to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King by volunteering their time as part of our National Day of Service, devout gun lovers across the country decided to express their patriotic love for this country a bit differently. Instead of volunteering to help paint their local schools, or clean up their neighborhood parks, many of them decided to strap on their most impressive military-grade armaments, drive to their respective capitol buildings, and shout about God-given right… and pathological need… to be able to dispense lethal force at a moment’s notice. The following video, shot by our friend Bonnie Bucqueroux at the Lansing Online News, shows what transpired at the Michigan Capitol.
And, here, if you couldn’t make out all of the words, is the speech delivered from the steps of the Capitol by the man calling himself “Dave from Westland”:
“When I went to my first gun rally here in Lansing, in ’96 (or) ’97, we had no ability to conceal carry. No ability to open carry. No ability to buy a high-capacity standard semi-automatic rifle. No ability to buy a machine gun suppressor. And you had to try to retreat if someone broke into your home before you shot him. Those things are all changing. My last rally here, I was actually inside the Capitol with a rifle. I never would have believed it would have been possible, but it was through the efforts of people like yourselves, who took the time from their lives to fight for things that were important to them.”
Yes, my friends, things really do seem to be getting better all the time… Sure, there were a lot of shootings at gun shows on this, our nation’s first annual Gun Appreciation Day, but no one ever said that freedom didn’t have a cost. If we want to live in a society, as I know we all do, where we’re all able to buy assault rifles without background checks, fill them up with dozens of armor-pirecing rounds, and carry them into our local JC Penney, then we should expect that, every once in a while, someone’s going to get a freedom hole in their chest, right?
Sarcasm aside, how fucking stupid do you have to be to plan your ridiculous pro-gun action for the same weekend that sane people everywhere are commemorating the life of a great American civil rights leader who was, you know… SHOT TO DEATH?
Did no one say, “Maybe we should put this off until next weekend?”
But… who knows… maybe that’s exactly the message that they wanted to convey to this audience of angry white men. Maybe this wasn’t just about defending the 2nd amendment, but about reclaiming a weekend from that “sexual degenerate, (and) American-hating communist,” Martin Luther King. I hate to think it, but maybe it’s possible that the image of a threatening black man lying dead from a gunshot wound is exactly what these “patriots” want at the forefront of people’s minds.