Satire by Lowell Ponte
The recent shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and others by a deranged radical Leftist Democrat has persuaded me that gun control is urgently needed. In this modest proposal, I show how it should be imposed in order to protect Americans from terrorists armed with guns.
Those on the Left assure us that they want to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally unstable.
I agree. If someone, for example, is constantly filled with rage and hatred….if he takes pleasure in entertainers who depict beheading or stabbing to death the elected President of the United States….if he angrily shouts down those with views different from his own….if he uses threats and violence to intimidate others….if he embraces politicians and demagogues who promise to rob others by force and to give their stolen property to him….and if he incessantly advocates a coup d’etat to remove the elected president from office…that person is mentally unstable. President Donald Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway on June 16 said that “half of Twitter would erupt in applause if [I] were shot and killed.”
We have words for such people. They are radical Leftists or, in their embryonic stage, registered voters of the Democratic Party. As P.J. O’Rourke famously recognized: “Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink.” Leftist radicals and Leftist Democratic Party members are merely two stages of evolution of the same creature traveling the same road to violent revolution.
All mentally unstable people – including Leftist radicals and Democrats — should be legally prohibited from buying, owning, possessing, carrying, or using any firearm or other deadly weapon. And since recent terrorism has used cars, trucks and airplanes as lethal weapons, Leftists should also be prohibited from being able to buy, lease, rent, drive or pilot such vehicles.
Some might say that such restrictions are a bit extreme – that people are innocent until proven guilty, that most Democrats are law-abiding patriots, and that we have a secure constitutional right to keep and bear arms. A generation ago I would have agreed. I am also concerned that this modest proposal sets a precedent that future Leftist rulers could use to continue their confiscation of firearms from conservatives, libertarians, and other law-abiding citizens who have no intent of “fundamentally transforming,” i.e., overthrowing, our society by government force and violence as the Left does. The Democrats have been fundamentally transformed by their leaders into a hijacked extremist party of the far Left.
Radical Leftists have, of course, always been quick to use the power of the state to disarm those who might oppose them, and to create enemy lists….most recently, for example, in Venezuela. Under President Barack Obama’s anti-gun policies, the government began prohibiting guns to those merely accused, not convicted, of crimes – and to senior citizens who needed help with mental tasks such as bookkeeping. At the same time, the Obama Administration was supplying guns to Mexican drug gangs. It is clear that Left-wing gun control is not about guns, but about control.
Under this new proposal, Leftists can take satisfaction in the selective confiscation of their own right to keep and bear arms. Society will unquestionably be safer if we preemptively disarm those on the road to violent Leftist radicalization.
Leftists may display their pride by posting a sign on their front doors notifying all that they possess no firearms. Leftists, including members of the Democratic Party, can “lead by example,” demonstrating to the world that control of (their) firearms reduces social violence.
Because the Right and Republicans are almost entirely peaceful, and the government is not power-mad but benevolent, those on the loony Left and Democrats have little reason to fear being selectively disarmed.
The Left, by contrast, is increasingly violent and dangerous, and has no qualms about unconstitutionally disarming the rest of us – so why not preemptively outlaw their firearms first? By the Left’s own old standard of gun control and their new increasingly psychopathic behavior, this proposal makes good sense.
Mr. Ponte’s opinions are solely his own.
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