I love shooting guns. The thrill of hitting a target and pungent odor of lead tinged with sweat that sometimes results in sore muscles at the end of a long day is an activity I enjoy regularly and feel blessed to have the opportunity to partake in. I think a concerted effort to reduce some of the rights we enjoy is underway and sometimes the biggest people encouraging the rhetoric come from the pro-gun rights side.
The left is more obviously opposed to gun rights, but the gun rights supporters make their fair share of idiotic decisions. The armed march on D.C. during July 4th is one of those cases where (maybe) well intentioned people appear to want to embody literal strawmans whilst encouraged by everyone’s favorite provocateur, Adam Kokesh (because nothing says natural leader like a guy famous for smoking poor quality DMT on camera and then putting it on Youtube).
Advocates of gun control have an easy target to mock now, and this march is fodder for their criticism. Likewise, many conservatives have expressed their disapproval, and I am sure that the people organizing the event really think they are doing something right when they can piss off both predominant ends of the political spectrum.
Pat yourself on the back, fellas, you’re so edgy.
Meanwhile, libertarians, trying their hardest to gain support among the masses, seem divided as usual. “We need a revolution!” “No, this is a really bad idea that will turn more people against the cause!” “Go back to licking those boots SHEEPLE!” “Damn it, you people are retarded.” And so goes some of the discourse.
As an anarchist who believes that the time for rising up is growing nearer, I must side with reason on this issue. You don’t attempt a peaceful march with guns loaded in an area known for its police state mentality on one of the busiest holidays of the year and risk putting innocent people in danger. It is irresponsible, but exactly the kind of thing I would do if I were a government agent who wanted sweeping gun control legislation passed. Then, I would have someone fire a shot in the crowd to rile up the authorities who would then mow down the crowd. Easy peasy.
People, you know better. For all the bitching about COINTELPRO and agent provocateurs I hear from libertarians and anarchists, you’d think they would be better able to discern that an event like this is a perfect example of something that could be staged with the intention to get more gun control passed.
Maybe there are the best of intentions from the organizers and participants, but strategically, this event is just another way for the government to clamp down after the media creates a frenzy based on the yearnings of the most fringe extremists. The premise is that if attacked it won’t be their fault because they are going to be peaceful, but that is akin to going up to the biggest bully in class and spitting on his shoes. Homies, you will get beat down, no bones about it. These dudes have access to fully automatic guns, tanks, grenades, rocket launchers…come on now. What about the children?!
For real, though. Your family is more important than being a martyr that will just be ridiculed out of existence by the media. There’s a bubble. Please get out of it and come back to reality.
Neither you nor Kokesh is a moral equivalent to Martin Luther King, Jr. Quit acting like it.
I will say bravo to Kokesh for being the most excellent shit stirrer and self-promoter. No for real, I am not even trying to be insulting. That, my friends, is how you make a name for yourself in the age of fifteen minutes of fame in the 24 hour news cycle. If you want attention and donations, riling up the masses is great.
I also doubt he will go through with it. He has to be intelligent enough to see the glaringly obvious mistakes from a strategic standpoint, and it is likely he will back down from lack of support. The people stupid enough to go despite the fact will likely be arrested and I hope nothing violent comes from it. I’d like to see a little more critical thinking from the people so quick to decry the effects of being raised by television and the failures of public schooling.
Thinking for yourself also means not just following some charismatic guy who has all the right anti-authoritarian talking points. Call me a coward or a sheeple, but if you claim to not need leaders and end up following an undercover wolf…well, you might be a sheep anyway.