Since before President Obama even took his Oath of Office, the NRA and their fellow gun fanatics have insisted that, at any moment, he’s going to come and take away all our guns. This rhetoric has become so outlandish that it eventually led to the Jade Helm conspiracy from last year where quite a few conservatives believed a military exercise was actually Obama’s ploy to declare martial law and confiscate guns.
I kid you not, some people were actually burying their guns to “hide them” — it was insane.
But the truth of this radical gun rhetoric isn’t actually about these groups trying to protect “gun rights.” The point of this often over-the-top drivel coming from these people is to work people up to drive gun sales because they’re backed by big gun lobbyists. Nearly every time these people get out there and push the idea that “liberals are coming for your guns,” the sales of firearms spike. It’s a glaringly obvious scam that frequently exposes just how gullible and easily manipulated millions of conservatives are.
Well, the gun lobby is at it again.
This time very prominent lobbyist Larry Pratt, the executive director of emeritus of Gun Owners of America, claimed that if Republicans don’t win the White House this November, it might be time to vote with their bullets.
“At that point, we would have to come to an understanding, which we’ve been sort of taught, it’s been taught out of us, that the courts do not have the last word on what the Constitution is,” Pratt said. “And we may have to reassert that constitutional balance, and it may not be pretty. So, I’d much rather have an election where we solve this matter at the ballot box than have to resort to the bullet box.”
Nothing like having a leading gun lobbyist more or less say that if democracy doesn’t go their way, it might be time for millions of gun fanatics to rise up and commit treason.
You see, Article III, Second 3 of the Constitution clearly states:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.
The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.
And make no mistake about it, Pratt’s little “bullet box” comment in relation to Republicans possibly losing the presidency this November is a call to commit treason.
This is why the whole “Second Amendment gives us the right to overthrow the government” argument is absurd. If American voters go to the polls this November and elect a Democrat — that’s the power our Constitution gives us the right to do. It makes absolutely no sense for some in this country to believe that they can then attempt to overrule that democracy simply because it doesn’t go their way.
We have processes put in place within our government to remove elected officials from office. From just an ordinary elected member of Congress, to the president and even the Supreme Court – there’s an established process to remove someone (without a violent uprising) from whatever position they hold.
So, this commonly found nonsense among many conservatives about an armed uprising against the government is flat-out treason.
You don’t have to believe me, just look at what the Constitution says: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them…
How would an armed revolt against elected government officials not constitute “levying war” against the United States? If a group of armed Islamic radicalized American citizens decided to attack our government, wouldn’t we call those individuals terrorists? Then if a large enough group of them decided to try to overthrow the government, wouldn’t we then say they were committing treason against the United States?
It’s amazing how in this country, it’s considered “terrorism” if a group of Muslims were to openly suggest that, because they disagreed with the government, they felt they had the right to violently overthrow it. However, it’s apparently “patriotic” if a bunch of white gun fanatics say the same damn thing.
The bottom line is, treason is treason — period.
So, when Larry Pratt states that he feels it might be time to get what he wants via the “bullet box” if Republicans lose this November, what he’s doing is suggesting that he’s open to committing treason against this country because democracy didn’t go his way.