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US gun nuts said they needed firearms to resist tyranny. When it came, they cheered

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04.06.2020

Gun-rights debates in the US invariably involve pro-gun evangelists invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms as the highest safeguard of American liberty. A citizen militia, they say, will preserve freedom and democracy because the people can rise up in arms (literally) to keep authoritarian tendencies at bay.

There are reams of evidence and data pointing to the fact that this argument is false and preservation of democracy does not, in fact, rely on high civilian gun ownership – but, for the sake of argument, let’s assume that those who proffer this pro-guns-everywhere reasoning actually wholeheartedly believe in it.

With that assumption, we would expect to see equal levels of disgust and anger over the events of the past week from both the left and the right. Pro-civil liberty conservatives would put their politics aside and be appalled by the treatment of their fellow Americans. Witnessing out-of-control state violence, they would surely call on protesters to take up arms against the tyrannical regime. After all, that’s what the Second Amendment was intended for, right?

These motherfuckers went from “wearing a mask is tyranny” to “the government can shoot anyone on the street at night” pretty fucking quick.

But, of course, that’s not how it happened at all. When Donald Trump stood in the White House Rose Garden on Monday evening and threatened to........

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