We Second Amendment advocates often cite the ability to fend off a tyrannical government as one of the reasons why we need not just guns, but weapons like the AR-15. It’s the most effective tool we have access to in which to defend our freedom.
Yesterday, Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi hinted that maybe he gets it.
Yes, a Democrat.
A Democratic congressman from Long Island implied that Americans should grab weapons and oppose President Trump by force, if the commander-in-chief doesn’t follow the Constitution.
Rep. Tom Suozzi made the remark to constituents at a town hall last week, saying that folks opposed to Trump might resort to the “Second Amendment.”
“It’s really a matter of putting public pressure on the president,” Suozzi said in a newly released video of the March 12 talk in Huntington. “This is where the Second Amendment comes in, quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts? What would you do? What would we do?”
A listener then blurts out, “What’s the Second Amendment?”
The left-leaning Democrat says, “The Second Amendment is the right to bear arms.”
The spectators laughed — some nervously. Republicans were not amused.
I get why Republicans aren’t amused. Democrats raked any conservative over the coals at the mere hint of insurrection against the Obama administration, yet the moment they get a president they dislike, suddenly it’s all fine?
Frankly, though, I don’t have a problem with the concept. That is part of why the Second Amendment is there, after all.
However, I don’t think Souzzi’s constituents are equipped to deal with a tyrannical government. For one, he represents Long Island. I’m not sure any of his constituents even have guns, much less the know-how to pull off an insurrection against a government of teddy bears, much less the United States government.
Where things get interesting is Souzzi’s hypocrisy on guns.
Suozzi’s comment seems to conflict with his recent push for gun control following the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
Suozzi even participated in the March 14 student walkout for gun control outside the US Capitol — and called on the young people of his district to back tightened gun laws.
“I think we should engage the high school students of #NY03, and all of Long Island, to promote gun violence prevention legislation,” he said in a Feb. 21 tweet.
So…guns are bad except when he wants them? Hmmmm.
I’m sure that probably irked some Republicans as well. After all, our Second Amendment rights are rights for everyone, not just our political allies. Yet Suozzi’s comments, when taken with his history, seems to imply the opposite, however. It’s almost like he thinks guns are only good for Democrats.
Here’s the thing to remember. If you’re going to believe the Second Amendment is there as a check against tyranny, you don’t get to pick and choose when that applies. It’s binary. It either is for such a thing, or it’s not. Period.
For my money, that’s part of what the amendment does, and not just when it’s convenient. And that’s why we need arms that can be used for that purpose.
Maybe Suozzi may want to rethink his positions. Either he needs to back off on the insurrection talk or back off on the anti-gun rhetoric. As it stands, though, he’s best summed up with a single word: hypocrite.