Skip to main content

Over just the last few weeks, three unarmed African-American men have been killed by police. After Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama urged all Americans to "remember this young man through reflection and understanding" and to "comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds."

But some Americans have had enough of the "lawless, tyrannical police," and are taking matters into their own hands.

Please read below the fold for more on this story.

Among the first to speak up was William Kostric, who repeated Thomas Jefferson's credo that "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots." Kostric has plenty of company. Rep. Michele Bachmann agreed, declaring "I want people in Missouri armed and dangerous on this issue." Glenn Beck warned that "violence will come" and with it, "rivers of blood." As Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) explained how he would keep rogue cops in line:

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
A chorus of voices has echoed LaPierre's call for the good guys in the African-American community to take arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them. Gun Appreciation Day founder Larry Ward lamented:
"I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country's founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history."
Tea party enthusiast and one-time Congressional candidate Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher concurred with Ward's diagnosis. "Well, blacks weren't allowed to own guns in the south, that's a historical fact as well," he argued about the fates of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, "So, it would seem that the argument would apply there as well." Radio host Rush Limbaugh put the needless tragedy in Ferguson in its full historical context:
"If a lot of African-Americans back in the '60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma? If John Lewis, who says he was beat upside the head, if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge?"
Meanwhile in Nevada, rancher and freedom fighter Cliven Bundy urged his supporters to back the Show Me State protesters in Ferguson. Bundy, who identifies himself as "a citizen of Nevada and not a citizen of the territory of the United States," had some advice for the demonstrators facing off against the police in Missouri. "Let me tell you one more thing about the Negro," he said. "They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton." And carry guns. One of Bundy's well-armed allies, already on the ground in Ferguson, was "overheard boasting that he had two agent[s] in his gun sight and could 'take them down.'" For his part, Bundy warned that African Americans will have to make a stand against the militarized police force in Missouri:
"If we don't solve this problem this way, we will face these same guns in a civil war.' "
Top Republicans in Nevada agreed. GOP Senator Dean Heller said of the demonstrators, "What others may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots." Sharron Angle, who almost joined Heller in the Senate, hoped the seeming epidemic of unjustified police violence toward African-American men could be halted before there is more bloodshed:
"I'm hoping that we're not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the problems in Ferguson."
Spoken like a true patriot.

Originally posted to Jon Perr on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 03:15 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site