Radical Gun Activists and the Westboro Baptist Church Have More in Common Than You Might Think

sarah-gun-nutOn the surface, radical gun activists (commonly referred to as gun nuts) and Westboro Baptist Church members might not seem to have a whole lot in common.  Gun activists are fairly clear with what they want (more guns – everywhere) whereas the Westboro Baptist Church focuses on an irrational hatred and fear of homosexuality (among other things).

But when I see these open carry activists claiming they have the right to “protest” by standing on street corners (or going into businesses) with loaded semi-automatic assault rifles strapped to their backs, all I see are ignorant jackasses making fools out of themselves.

Much in the same way I view the knuckle-dragging parasites over at the Westboro Baptist Church when they protest funerals of fallen soldiers or whomever they feel might get them some attention.

Because let’s face it, both groups are claiming the exact same thing to justify their protests – it’s their Constitutional right.

It’s like a discussion I had with a friend of mine today who posted a video of a veteran going off about gun rights and how he fought, and had friends die, to protect our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

But you know another thing that same gun-loving veteran fought for?  The right for the Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funerals of his friends who died.  Because their rights are also constitutionally protected.  So I wondered if that same veteran would also speak so passionately in support of the right for the Westboro Baptist Church to protest a funeral of one of his fallen friends?

I highly doubt it.  So, you see, simply having the Constitutional right to do something doesn’t magically justify whatever it is that you’re doing.

If these gun nuts are mostly justifying their right to openly carry loaded semi-automatic rifles out in public based on it being a “Constitutional right,” then they should go stand side by side with the Westboro Baptist Church who claims the exact same thing when they hold their disgusting protests.

Because to these gun nuts, if it’s just about them being proud to “exercise their Constitutional rights,” without any thought as to the possible consequences of irresponsibility exercising those rights, then they have to endorse and support any disgusting form of expression that’s protected by our Constitution.

And that’s generally the response I get from many of these gun rights people.  It’s just all about celebrating our Constitutional rights.  You know the idiotic saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”

Well, these gun nuts are “using” their Second Amendment rights much in the same way the Westboro Baptist Church is using their First Amendment rights.

Then there’s also the fact that many of these gun rights activists believe that our Constitution is inspired by God, therefore our Second Amendment is a “God-given right.”

Much in the same way the Westboro Baptist Church claims that their hatred is also justified by God.

Though don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying most people who support gun rights are anything like these hate-filled piles of garbage who comprise the Westboro Baptist Church.

But if I were to walk up to an open carry activist, and a protesting member of the Westboro Baptist Church, then ask them what gives them the right be out in public demonstrating – both would give me the same answer, “It’s my Constitutional right to do so.”

And that’s what I mean when I say that just because our Constitution gives someone the right to do something, doesn’t make what they’re doing right.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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