Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control laws. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

 

Don’t be lulled into believing Social Justice Warriors are fools. Granted, there is an almost comedic aura that surrounds some facets of their agenda. Case in point, their intent to disrupt the upcoming NRA convention in Atlanta. What better target than an NRA convention with President Trump topping the list of speakers?

As Bob Owens points out in his recent article, World’s Lamest Gun Control Group To “Disrupt” NRA Convention, the event is being targeted by two anti-gun groups: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety. Both are heavily funded by New York’s ex-ersatz Mayor Michael Bloomberg who unyieldingly proves money can’t buy credibility.

The most consistent message both groups convey is irrelevance as the media strives to find camera angles that make it appear their demonstrations draw crowds larger than the viewing audience of the short-lived Joy Behar Show. Little wonder as Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, commands so little credibility that the attendance at past protests made it impossible for even the liberal news media to make them look impressive. The problem is far too many conservatives don’t take Social Justice Warriors seriously and they do so at their own peril.

Last March, Obama’s former Attorney General Loretta Lynch laid the cards on the table. In a video published on the Senate Democrats Facebook page and called “words of inspiration,” Lynch plainly spoke of sedition, calling for open warfare against conservatives. Open warfare as in people getting killed open warfare. In her best ISIS-like rhetoric she assured listeners that dying for the cause was reasonable.

“I know that this is difficult, but I remind you that this has never been easy,” she said. “We have always had to work to move this country forward to achieve the great ideals of our Founding Fathers. …It is individuals who have banded together, ordinary people, who simply saw what needed to be done, came together and supported those ideals, which have made the difference. They’ve marched, they’ve bled, yes, some of them have died. This is hard, every good thing is. We have done this before, we can do this again.”

Lynch’s message is a far cry from Bloomberg paid operatives running bogus groups with names crafted by marketing teams. Lynch is calling for insurrection against a legitimately elected president and a key element is disarming John Q. Public. It’s tough to subjugate a populace consisting of individuals holding sophisticated weaponry hence the battle for gun control.

The one thing Bloomberg knows for sure is if you say it often enough and loud enough, it becomes truth. To that end his shill organizations supported by the media keep anti-gun rhetoric on the front page, above the fold in your local newspaper and on television news. Until recently that plan of action has mostly been fodder for conservative Facebook memes but change is in the wind and it isn’t for the better.

Last week’s dust-up at Berkeley saw more than one Social Justice Warrior end up with a bloody nose as Trump supporters decided they’d been pushed around enough and fought back. In my opinion it’s about time the good guys hold the bad guys accountable for their actions. While it was comforting to watch snowflakes dissolve in the heat of conservative resistance, it did serve to raise the awareness of Social Justice Warriors on the value of training and resolve. The irony is suddenly the anti-Second Amendment crowd is talking about owning a firearm and getting training which brings me to the point.

For the most part, I have stayed away from politics as a firearm instructor. I think the time has come to weave some politics into classes to weed out those who have knee-jerk reactions. I have no desire to teach Social Justice Warriors how to shoot. Having said that, let’s be realistic about the actual threat. Certainly snowflakes packing heat raises the ante but it’s a matter of perspective. The good guys account for about 400,000,000 legally owned firearms and have a substantially higher percentage of members who have experience in the military, law enforcement or both. Many of them are active in training and practicing personal protection techniques. If you currently don’t hold a concealed carry permit, get one and start practicing. The good news is effective gun handling and tactics are acquired skills. Those who would start from scratch have a steep learning curve ahead but it would be a miscalculation to think of them as fools.