In her unsuccessful 2010 bid to become U.S Senator from Nevada, Sharon Angle floated the idea that the public would bring down an out-of-control Congress with “Second Amendment remedies.”
She later doubled-down on her statement by saying “Second Amendment remedies” would not just apply to the ever-growing “tyrannical” U.S. government, but to replacing her general election opponent, the then Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Tea Party Republican, of course, lost to Reid, but her “Second Amendment remedies” talk survived. The phrase is now synonymous with the veiled threat that ‘if we don’t get our way via the ballot there’s always the bullet.’
It appears more and more Americans are resorting to their “Second Amendment remedies.”
You have a problem with Planned Parenthood providing abortion services? You shoot up the place like Robert Lewis Dear, Jr. did at a Colorado facility in 2015.
You have a problem with your school, your classmates, or are rejected by a love interest? You shoot up your school like Seung-Hui Cho did at Virginia Tech in 2007.
And now, in Dallas, we have five police offers killed and seven others wounded in an ambush attack. While we still do not know the full details for the onslaught, one suspect who had been negotiating with police before being killed stated he wanted to kill white police officers while also expressing anger for Blacks Lives Matter. “Second Amendment” remedies strike again.
In a country of just over 300 million people, there are about as many guns in circulation. Now what could go wrong?
The NRA’s trope that more guns will make us safer is perhaps the most dangerous, vile BS ever espoused by a special interest group.
Weapons will be banned inside the Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the Republican National Convention, which is being held July 18-21. But since Ohio is an open carry state, anyone who owns a gun legally can holster up in public because there’s no law against it. Weapons will be allowed outside the convention hall.
Some delegates are so fearful of violence that they have applied for gun permits.
Pennsylvania delegate, Ash Khare, a 67-year-old Indian-born engineer from rural Warren County who has long been active in Republican politics, will be packing heat.
“I am the last person that my family expected to carry a gun,” Khare said. “But then at the end of the day, we all look at life, and we say we are responsible for the safety and security of our families and loved ones.”
A crowd of armed protesters, outside a raucous convention hall, who fully embrace their “Second Amendment remedies?” What could go wrong?