Well, this has been an eventful few days. We’re a gun rights group, and one of the temptations for any single-issue group is to tie every news story back to that pet issue. But the current turmoil pulls in a lot of things. Police, race, state power, qualified immunity, media incentives, political incentives, pent-up polarization, and probably somewhere in there is the fact that everybody’s been cooped up at home for a couple months. And yes, gun rights. But gun rights are just a slice of it, so while that’s the slice that happens to be our specialty, and the one we’ll stick to here, it’s certainly not the only one worth thinking about.
We grew up on Mr. Rogers. He didn’t teach us much about guns (although that would have made an awesome episode), but we do like his advice for tough times: “Look for the helpers.” So with that in mind, today we want to feature some of the many, many people who are helping:
“The cops are a lot less likely to try and tread on people’s rights when there are other armed Americans with them”, a second armed man guarding the stores said. “I figured that it’s about damn time some heavily armed rednecks stood with fellow citizens.”
Residents of Bellevue, WA guard their neighborhood. This is a wealthy suburb of Seattle. The “nobody needs” talking point will sound increasingly tone-deaf as more and more people see this video.
This week’s links
Mainstream journalists have increasingly been reporting on the constellation of subcultures around this term. This piece certainly has some gaps and misunderstandings, but it’s one of the better efforts to document this stuff.
A look at what these laws do to real people.
Part 4 in a fun series of movie gunfight reviews.
We recorded two interviews this week
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