Whenever there is a high profile mass shooting that at least partially fits the proper profile (racially motivated, involved an “assault rifle”, shooter was White or can be lightened to look White in pics, etc), the usual suspects come out of the woodwork demanding more gun control. You can assume that they have a whole file of talking points ready to send out in fundraising emails as soon as news of a new shooting breaks (unless the shooting is just black people shooting other blacks)
Bootlickers Of America Unite!
It is simple politics. The dirty secret of lobbying groups is that many of them don’t want their particular issue to get better or be resolved. They depend on scaring the people on their fundraising database into continually sending more money. If the threat of gun control suddenly disappeared, the NRA would lose a ton of revenue and then how would they pay for Wayne LaPierre’s suits? I assume most people working for the NRA really care about gun rights but I bet a lot don’t care beyond keeping the donations flowing. The same is true for Everytown and the Brady Center or whatever they are calling themselves these days. The goal is to keep the cash flowing. This is true for most organizations from non-profits to churches.
Someone else usually shows up when something like Buffalo and Uvalde happen: the bootlickers who claim to be /ourguys/ but then demand that we allow ourselves to be disarmed. They tend to be on social media in various gun groups and I have seen a ton of them this week. Their posts are always the same.
One, the appeal to authority and common ground:
“As a veteran…”
“As someone who owns an AR-15…”
“As someone who concealed carries….”
And of course…
“As someone who supports the 2nd Amendment….”
This is followed by the inevitable “but” and then what they claim is common sense and reasonable…..
“Maybe 18 year olds shouldn’t be able to buy AR-15s….”
“Maybe AR-15s should be regulated as NFA items….”
“Maybe waiting periods would be a small price to pay to save one child….”
These bootlickers are far more dangerous than Diane Feinstein types who openly talk about confiscation because they pretend to be just like us. I assume many of them are sock puppet accounts who pretend to be gun guys but are run by anti-2A leftists. On the other hand, many really are gun owners who are just fucking stupid. They are basically women with beard and NRA hats, driven by their emotions.
The rest of us know how this would go.
Step one, we go along with something like raising the age to purchase a rifle to 21 because of the children.
Step two, the new law does nothing to stem the flow of shootings, since most happen in urban areas, are committed by black men with handguns who are usually already prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Step three, a new tragedy unfolds and we get the same demands for “something” to be done.
Step four, even stricter rules are imposed on us even though no one thinks it will actually help.
Rinse, repeat until we get to a total ban on civilian ownership of firearms.
A head-on attack is easy to see coming and rally the troops in response but the subtle undermining of our united front by a fifth column? That is really dangerous and if you are on social media and in gun groups, you need to jump on these people with both feet.
When we lose our 2A rights, and believe me we will, it will be a combination of demographic displacement and bootlickers in our own ranks that will doom us.