I’ve taken a reasonable amount of flak from fellow liberals for being a gun owner over the past few years. Often, they’ve lumped me in with the open carry and NRA fanatics, because big city liberals don’t always understand what it’s like to live in a deep-red state where not being a right-wing Trump fanatic can be dangerous to your health.
Because of stereotypes and fear-mongering from both political fringes, liberals are usually seen as anti-gun, often to the point of being portrayed as wimps who want to ban them all. There is some truth to that image, but most of us want some regulations on ownership.
Now that Donald Trump will be our 45th president, the time has come for my fellow liberals to start reconsidering their stance on owning guns. I’m not suggesting that you go out and blow thousands of dollars in a hysterical freakout like the conspiracy nuts did after President Obama was elected, or after the Sandy Hook tragedy when they thought he would somehow ban all assault rifles.
You don’t have go and buy an AR-15 with 30 round Magpul magazines, or spend a fortune on prepper gear. That’s a little over the top, but buying a home defense shotgun, a handgun, and obtaining a concealed carry permit are all very reasonable actions for us liberals to take for our protection against white nationalists.
Via the BBC:
Lara Smith, national spokesperson for the Liberal Gun Club, says her organisation has seen a “huge” rise in enquiries since November’s election and a 10% increase in paid members.
Some of the new members are reluctant first-time gun owners, says Smith, concerned that isolated acts of aggression against minorities could escalate into something more violent and that a Trump administration will dismantle key constitutional rights, leading to a “more fascist rule than the US has ever had”.
The club, which has nine chapters and members in all 50 states, aims to provide a forum for people whose political beliefs do not fit the traditional right-wing gun enthusiast stereotype.
The club’s members have a keen sense of irony, joking in their discussion forums about drinking herbal tea and practising yoga “to get fired-up to hit the range”.(Source)
Owning a gun isn’t going to protect you from the government, unlike what many NRA and conspiracy nuts preached throughout Obama’s presidency. Even your local police force likely has the majority of citizens outgunned, but that’s not who we’re trying to protect ourselves from.
The far-right and white nationalists are emboldened by a Donald Trump presidency. To them it means open season on harassing and threatening racial or religious minorities. In Pennsylvania, a Jewish family had to leave the county because of outrage after a school holiday play was canceled – and they were incorrectly blamed for it.
In Montana, a potential congressional candidate had a list of the assumed Jews in the town posted online with a request for fellow white nationalists to attack them online.
There may come a time when our local law enforcement is unable or unwilling to protect us from physical threats and hate crimes. People like myself who are of Jewish descent are already being painted targets with renewed vigor by Neo-Nazis, and I seriously doubt a Trump administration is going to do much (if anything) to stop it. He needs the angry mob to continue to browbeat Republican lawmakers into going along with his agenda, so asking them to leave us alone is very unlikely.
Let’s face it, there are crazy people out there who think that Donald Trump being president means that they can start a race war, or even another Holocaust. It’s not time for a complete freakout, but buying a shotgun and some 00 buckshot to protect yourself from Neo-Nazis is not an unreasonable action to take.