While some anti-gun activists may pay lip service to the Second Amendment, still others want to see it repealed. They argue that it’s a roadblock used to curtail gun control in the United States.
They’re not wrong. Of course, that’s a feature, not a bug. It exists primarily to do just that, prevent tyrants from disarming the American public.
For anti-gunners, though, they don’t see it that way. They somehow are able to oppose President Trump and call him a tyrant while simultaneously wanting to make sure he has authority over all the guns.
No, it doesn’t make sense to me either.
However, while some want to repeal our Second Amendment, activists in Hong Kong seem to have a very different opinion on that single sentence in our Constitution.
The American flag has become a symbol of resistance against China in the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, prominently waved throughout the city this past weekend as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the peaceful crowds.
Millions of Hong Kong residents have participated in rallies since early June against a bill proposed in the city’s legislature that would have allowed China to extradite anyone present in Hong Kong by accusing him or her of breaking Chinese law. Under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy China agreed to when the U.K. handed Hong Kong over in 1997, Hong Kong must abandon any claims to sovereignty in exchange for China not imposing communist laws on the city. The protesters objected that the extradition law would violate that policy.
Protests this weekend were not about the bill, but against gang violence towards protesters last week. Pro-democracy advocates congregated last week in northern Yuen Long, a rural area outside of the central city, to protest the bill. Following the protest, an estimated 100 white-clad thugs surrounded the peaceful crowds moving into the Yuen Long Mass Transit Rail (MTR) station, beating them with metal rods and bamboo sticks. Following the mob attack, 45 people were hospitalized and, despite the dozens of attackers, little more than ten people arrested.
Police have since confirmed that some in the crowd had ties to Hong Kong’s triads, or organized crime groups. Protesters in Yuen Long this weekend accused police of collaborating with the protesters, citing videos showing officers calmly chatting with some of the mob.
Protests continued Sunday despite the violence in Yuen Long on Saturday, this time within the Hong Kong city center. Protesters also waved American flags there. Some carried signs reading “We need the 2nd Amendment” and “President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong”:
Breitbart includes a photo showing the sign saying “We need the 2nd Amendment.”
It’s a moment when I feel damn proud to be an American. We have that Second Amendment so we can respond to a government that seeks to overstep its constitutional bounds. We have the means to rise up in defense of basic human rights.
Now, many will note that the United States isn’t China. They’re right. We’re not even close to being anything like China.
However, let’s also note that it may not always be this way. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the term “socialism” go from a dirty word within both parties to seeing Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, be elected not just to the House of Representatives, but also to the United States Senate and be a serious contender for a party’s presidential nomination. I’ve also seen others rise in his wake.
There were always those who supported socialism, but now it’s gaining in popularity despite its long history of failure. Why should anyone assume that those who admire China won’t gain power someday?
That’s the reason we need the Second Amendment and need to protect it so vehemently. Citizens of Hong Kong don’t have that, so they’re forced to endure a lot more than we ever would.