Who’s likelier to take your guns away? An authoritarian regime

Who’s likelier to take your guns away? An authoritarian regime

US President Donald Trump gestures to guests at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gun ownership and support of the Second Amendment are not exclusively Republican. In 2018, “16% of Democrats owned at least one gun, and 28% lived in a gun household,” reports Statistica . The right to own guns is also supported by the growing number of Democratic gun clubs. For example, The Liberal Gun Club forthrightly states its mission “…to provide a pro-Second Amendment voice for left-of-center gun owners in the national conversations on firearms.” Pink Pistols (LGBT gun owners) also champion the right to gun ownership. But Trump followers and far-right conspiracy theorists are intensely focused on promoting the fearmongering lie that Democrats will take away all their guns , when in fact no serious Democratic candidate has ever made such a proposal. The real threat to gun ownership that looms is America’s dangerous shift toward authoritarianism. Indeed, history tells us that it’s far-right and other authoritarian regimes, not liberal Democratic ones which are most likely to take guns away from ordinary citizens. In every authoritarian takeover in modern history, restrictive gun ownership laws and regulations were introduced, often with severe penalties for violators. The Spartan Training Group, a special forces veteran-owned business dedicated to “providing Maryland citizens with opportunities to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights safely and legally,” notes that “the most murderous governments and despots in the last 150 years […]

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