Want to see gun-control advocacy erupt on the right? Creative resistance is the key. Here’s the recipe:
First: Stop thinking that the wingnuts have an ounce of rationality. They are fearful, neurotic, and prone to peculiar conclusions. But put that aside for the moment. They are not the immediate target. The point now is to startle those who use the wingnuts. Proceed with that in mind. Therefore, playing upon the slightly more rational fears of the manipulators, let's widely propose the creation of a heavily armed “Occupy Militia.”
Second: Suggest that all lefties buy AR15s, macho pistols, and similar weapons. Predict that left-wing shooting groups will swamp gun ranges with new rifle clubs. State that plans are afoot to create an alternative NRA-type organization with a guerilla-military orientation and deep pockets (via Hollywood). Hint that the new organization will send delegates to major American gun makers seeking mass discounts and financial support. Also suggest that the new militia clubs will lobby the Defense Department to reject arms made by major American weapons makers who continue to support the NRA.
Third: Have combat-style targets printed with pictures of Wayne LaPierre, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Strom Thurmond, Nathan Bedford Forrest, et al, in place of whomever the wingnuts shoot at. Talk with great authority about aiming at “center mass.” Showcase the targets on a website. On that same site feature designs for militia jackets, hats, patches, bumper stickers, and T-shirts. Highlight lots of pics of Che Guevara, Nat Turner, and John Brown.
Fourth: Talk and write widely about re-embracing the Second Amendment as a guarantee that We the People have the right to overthrow tyrants and/or irrational leaders. Challenge the false Jefferson quotes to show how gullible the wingies are. Mention Tea Party names as objectionable tyrants.
Fifth: Enjoy! Or, if things backfire, prepare for another Civil War.
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