This feature appears in the January ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
Why is it that when gun-ban advocates and other anti-gun types argue against your right to keep and bear arms, it is considered reasoned discourse, but when someone who stands on the side of freedom and the Second Amendment disagrees, it’s immediately labeled “hate”?
We’ve all seen it happen. Make a case in a reasoned, logical way that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and instead of it being considered a discussion, it is shrugged off as somehow “hating” blacks, gays, liberals, you name it.
Media and celebrities are the best at this table-turning game, likely because they know so little about guns, gun owners and the Second Amendment. And there’s no better example than Kendall Jenner.
The fashion model and reality TV “star” decided, in a recent episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” to speak out on gun control—a topic that it seems she knows little about. And of course, she’s immediately warned about all the “haters” she will encounter. Of course, what these hotshot celebrities are referring to isn’t really hate at all—it is simply disagreement with their liberal views, which run directly counter to the Founding Fathers’ intent for the Second Amendment.
“Gun control’s a very serious thing in America, in the world,” warned Rob Kardashian. “But if you get involved with that type of stuff, you’re definitely gonna get some backlash. There’s a lot of people that have completely different views that are opposite of you. So you’re gonna get a lot of hate.”
Sister Kim Kardashian further hammered home this faulty “point.”
“I feel like, in life, I’ve gotten a lot of backlash and I’ve gotten a lot of hate,” Kim told her. “So I’m gonna just stick up for what I believe in and what I want.”
Of course, what these hotshot celebrities are referring to isn’t really hate at all—it is simply disagreement with their liberal views, which run directly counter to the Founding Fathers’ intent for the Second Amendment. A logical person, when hearing an opposing viewpoint, would respond with facts supporting their side of the issue. But it’s so much easier for them to just yell, “Hater!” and run back to their safe place.
And it’s not just the gun issue where we see the “hate” card being played so widely and wrongly. Just look at all the people who are calling NRA members and gun owners “haters” simply for voting for Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton for president. And of course, many are saying it in the most hateful way imaginable.
So let’s try to explain this in a way that even Hollywood celebrities and the so-called “mainstream” media can understand it. Standing for the Second Amendment isn’t hate. Arguing the pro-gun side of the issue isn’t hate. Revealing flaws in the anti-gun argument isn’t hate. And civilly pointing out the blatant hypocrisy of the other side—which often argues against gun ownership for us mere mortals while under the protection of hordes of armed guards—isn’t hate.
Calling us haters is just an easy way for those ignorant individuals who don’t have a legitimate argument to try and gain the upper hand in the gun debate. That’s not something I’m willing to let them do just to avoid being called nasty names.