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SACKS: A Left-Wing Argument For Defending The Second Amendment

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The American debate over the right to bear arms is strangely inverted. Conservatives defend it, while the left advocates limiting it or taking it away altogether. The left condemns Trump and his allies, and speaks of them in apocalyptic terms. Yet the left advocates gun laws that would give them a monopoly on the ability to use force.

Except for the left’s legitimate revulsion at America’s rampant gun violence, this political lineup makes little sense. Conservative, moneyed elites have always sought a weapons monopoly to perpetuate their class rule. For millennia, these elites were a landed nobility. In modern times they’re more often industrialists and bankers. It should be — and in most countries it is and/or has been — the left wanting arms, and the right seeking to restrict them.

George Orwell noted that despotic governments “cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home … that rifle … is the symbol of democracy.” The Spanish Civil War was an example. (RELATED: Lindsey Graham Holds Another Senate Hearing For Gun Confiscation)

In 1936, Gen. Francisco Franco, armed by fascist Germany and Italy, launched a coup d’état against Spain’s left-leaning democratic government. In desperation, the government handed out rifles to factory workers, who then formed leftist militias and stopped Franco’s army. Orwell fought in a communist militia and was angered that England, France, and the U.S. refused to aid Republican Spain. He later wrote:

The militias were........

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