Colleagues Kurt Hofmann and Dave Workman have both weighed in on the segment from that troll Bill Maher’s show, where sheltered airhead Alex Wagner from MSNBC decided starting a civil war by trying to eliminate the Second Amendment would be just the ticket to fixing this country’s problems. Maher, of course, disagrees with Rep. Darrell Issa’s assertion that the amendment is a check against tyranny, with the old standby that you can’t fight the government because they have nuclear weapons.
You have to wonder what kind of coward would not fight monsters who would nuke their own people. And if asymmetric civil warfare, that would include targeting of said monsters and those who execute their will, is such a laughable proposal, why the regressive media hysteria over “Absolved”?
What I found most objectionable about the entire exchange—besides the fools in the audience cheering on Wagner and Maher, was Blue Collar Comedian Bill Engvall deciding our rights are his to compromise. He started out OK, reminding the panel that criminals would be the ones with guns and that people have a right to protect themselves, but he quickly and unnecessarily devolved into “sporting purposes”:
I don’t believe there’s any reason for a person like myself to own an AK-47…I’d be willing to meet you halfway and say I think you can ban guns if you can pull the trigger and 60 bullets come out—there’s no need, it’s not used for hunting, it would ruin any of the meat…
Our rights aren’t his to meet anyone halfway with. Blogger John Richardson gets it exactly right when he observes:
Engvall has lost me as a fan when he says he doesn’t see any reason for a person like himself to own an AK-47. This was just after he said he should be able to protect his family and that he is a avid hunter and fisherman. Fudds like Engvall need to realize that the gun prohibitionists see his deer rifle with a scope as “high-powered sniper rifle” and they will be coming after that as well.
Engvall needs to realize that the folks who buy tickets to his performances, who watch him on TV, who purchase his DVDs and who hire him to entertain their members aren’t the smug and snarky Maher crowd. His patrons—the ones who have and spend money—are more likely to attend the SHOT show:
The entertainment of the night, Bill Engvall, earned enormous applause from the audience — and it was well earned. The crowd was laughing so loud and so often that I couldn’t hear the waiter when he came by to offer coffee. Oh well. I was wired enough from the first day at SHOT anyway.
Or NRA conventions:
There was even an NRA-sanctioned comedian, Bill Engvall, who quickly got the crowd on his side by saying what he thought of Natalie Maynes and Rosie O’Donnell for criticizing President George W. Bush.
“If you don’t like the way this country runs, and you don’t love who’s running it, move,” Engvall said.
Hell, I don’t like the way the country runs and I don’t love who’s running it. But I ain’t moving anywhere. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to meet anyone halfway on surrendering my part of that check on tyranny Rep. Issa mentioned and that Maher sneered at.
I don’t think Engvall’s comment came from anything but ignorance, and I’m willing to let it go as a learning experience instead of outright Zumboing the guy—but he’s got to prove he’s willing to make amends with gun owners who take upon themselves the often thankless and daunting task of championing the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
To do that, first he needs to educate himself on what that right means and why we need it. There are plenty who would be willing to help him with that. Then he needs to retract and repudiate his thoughtless remark and apologize for it.
Otherwise, gun owners should refer to his signature routine and dismiss him with “Here’s your sign.”
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