Everytown’s Linguistic Gymnastics: 2nd Amendment Doesn’t Really Mean ‘Bear’ Arms

Everytown's Linguistic Gymnastics: 2nd Amendment Doesn't Really Mean 'Bear' Arms

The following is from the National Shooting Sports Foundation . Everytown for Gun Safety is now claiming the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is a loophole that needs to be fixed. They’re so convinced, they’ve listed this loophole as a "fact" of the Second Amendment. It’s beyond a misunderstanding of the text of the Second Amendment. It’s an attempt at a wholesale revision of it. The maneuver, however, is hardly surprising. Everytown labeled protestors carrying firearms as "extremists" and say gun owners are using recent protests "as opportunities to openly display military-style firearms to incite fear, suppress civil discourse, and threaten public safety." Fear Mongering Even in gun-owning circles, there is debate as to whether protesting with firearms is effective. The denigration of those publicly carrying firearms using fear-inducing labels is hardly new as well. Moms Demand Action, a gun control group affiliated with Everytown, previously maligned protestors as "white supremacists" and invoked fears that protests last year in Richmond, Va., would descend into the chaos of Charlottesville protests. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam fanned the flames. He declared a state of emergency, banned firearms on the state capitol grounds and fenced off the area. In reality, Richmond protests were peaceful. Over 22,000 attended , representing all gun owners in Virginia, black and white together. A single arrest was made, but charges were later dropped for wearing a mask. Protestors even cleaned up their own trash. Just days ago, black gun owners marched in Tulsa on the […]

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