The saying, “You can’t make this stuff up” is insufficient.
That crusader against the right to keep and bear arms, David Hogg, recently appeared on MSNBC with the sycophantic Chris Hayes to claim that “white supremacy” was one of the big reasons many Americans won’t agree to infringing on their neighbor’s right to self-defense.
I think it comes down to reckoning with our history, and our history of white supremacy in the United States.
And then he bolstered his nut-in-the-head argument by citing, get this, the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 as evidence to support his idea that gun confiscation by the government is a good thing.
Yes. Wounded Knee, South Dakota. The slaughter of Lakota Indians. 1890. After the feds…
That’s what Hogg cites as evidence supporting his argument that it’s a good idea to have the government disarm people.
The bizarre thing is that, while Hayes looks on in adoring awe, Hogg actually acknowledges that the US government slaughtered hundreds of innocent people.
I think back to the battle of Wounded Knee, and the several hundred native Americans, predominantly women and children, that were slaughtered by the United States government back in the 19th Century. How that’s never discussed as a mass shooting, right? And that’s wrong. Because those people were not armed. And we were stealing their land.
Which is, amazingly, mostly right in a sad and loathsome way. Hogg is right, the US government slaughtered those people. Hogg is right…
THEY WERE UNARMED.
That’s why the government was able to slaughter them, because the government was taking away their guns – precisely what Hogg wants the government to do now.
But, ah, we must see the light of insight he’s bestowing unto us. What he’s really doing is showing us how a racist US government perpetrated this. It wasn’t the government disarming the Lakota that led to the government slaughtering them. It was the “racism” of politicians at the time. If only the racism were gone, then the disarming wouldn’t have been a problem…
Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees.
Hogg’s utopian mindset is the kind that has set up new minorities to be wiped out all over the world. When Lenin called for gun confiscation, he didn’t target people for racial reasons. He targeted them for ideological reasons, for reasons concerning the seizure or property, and to gain power and instill fear. When Mao instituted gun “control” he did it for the same reasons as Lenin. When the British marched on Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts as the American Revolution began, they did so not because of racial hatred, but for power, money, and control over people’s lives.
Which is precisely what Hogg prescribes. Gun “control” is state control of formerly free people. It doesn’t matter the reason, the act is wrong. Period.
One also can quibble with Hogg about his use of “we” when he says, “We were stealing their land.” That’s slippery application of the all-inclusive “we” when it really doesn’t apply. I didn’t steal anyone’s land, and neither did you. People running the US government back then stole it, just as they took people’s guns and, soon thereafter, took their lives.
Guilt is not multi-generational. And it seems that the lessons of history aren’t passed down through the DNA, either. Hogg is in college now, and he’s being ill-served if one of his professors doesn’t tell him how wrong he is.
His error and his disrespect for individual rights are precisely the kinds of mistakes that led to the Wounded Knee massacre over a century ago.