California's gun control laws were jumpstarted by rifle-carrying Black Panthers who attended government meetings and went out "copwatching" (shadowing abusive white cops); white conservatives who'd been staunch ammosexuals, opposed to any limits on gun ownership and carrying, suddenly changed their tune and started hollering for gun control.
Last February, Medhi Hasan proposed a mass Muslim sign-on to the NRA, and now Stephen Eiseman asks what would happen if "Black Lives Matter, ACLU, Emily's List, NAACP, Human Rights Campaign, PETA, The American Library Association, Planned Parenthood, Democratic Socialists of America, the American Communist Party, MoveOn.Org, Southern Poverty Law Center, Mother Jones Magazine, Pacifica Radio, Alternet, Earth First!, Michael Moore, Paul Krugman, Stephen Colbert and Natalie Portman all advocated the immediate arming of everybody on the left, including the right to openly carry a loaded weapon, and to bring them to political protests."
I can't imagine any way in which this could go horribly, terribly wrong.
Nothing would so focus the attention of President Trump today and other leading Republicans than the sight of thousands of marching, well-armed Blacks, Latinos, women and other progressives. Imagine an armed rally of tens of thousands on the Mall in Washington, through the streets of Palm Beach, or outside Trump Tower in New York City. Can't imagine it? Me either – and that's because strict gun control measures would be passed long before the first rally organizer applied for a permit. Want to stop guns? Arm the left. Even just try.
Want Gun Control? Arm the Left (It Worked Before) [Stephen F. Eisenman/Counterpunch]
(via Naked Capitalism)