This week, a major-party politician said that “we cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority.”
How can simply having a viewpoint — a very American thing to possess, by the way — terrorize anyone?
But of course, this person wasn’t talking about real terrorism. This person — a Democratic Party politician of high standing — was using the T-word to smear defenders of the Second Amendment.
Yes, it was Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, and former U.S. Secretary of State (an office she has now taken “full responsibility” for holding), who trotted out those words, allegedly to encourage “a more thoughtful” debate about gun control.
Demonizing her opponents as “terrorizing” her comrades is hardly a way to produce the stated result.
Them’s fightin’ words.
I know of no one who defends the Second Amendment and opposes the gun control agenda of the Democratic Party who also supports the terroristic activities of spree murderers. Not one.
We have more complicated reasons to oppose gun control than merely focusing on such violence.
But understanding those reasons would require a “more thoughtful” attitude than besmirching opponents with the word “terror.”
And as for terrorizing, there are few words more frightening coming from an American politician than “we cannot let a minority” exercise their rights — whether to arms or . . . holding “a viewpoint.”
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.