Firearm Fever: On Gnostic Aristocrats
As many of us speculated, Senator Dianne Franken-Feinstein is not satisfied with banning just the firearms listed in the bill she filed last week.
From Tim Brown:
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday told host Candy Crowley that the push for gun bans won’t just be about her alleged “assault weapons.” Today, she basically updated her 1995 60 Minutes interview where she said, “Mr. & Mrs. America, Turn ‘Em All In.”
Tip of the fedora to Jeff Goldstein, who comments:
…The fact of the matter is, I don’t much care what some collection of government officials thinks. They work for us. We, the people. And the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, essential to the ratification of the Constitution, protects for us our natural rights as sovereign individuals to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and our property, not to mention serves specifically as a check on the kinds of government officials who would take away our access to certain one-pull, one-bullet firearms and high capacity magazines while declaring themselves exempt from such denial of access. This may seem antiquated to the self-appointed bien pensant crowd (in both parties), but that antiquated feeling cuts both ways: for instance, I find antiquated their posturing as a kind of aristocracy meant to rule subjects rather than represent citizens.
In fact, I believe we have Second Amendment to begin with for just such a reason.
The key word here is ‘aristocracy’. The Left believes they are a special, select group. Only they have achieved Illumination; only they are intelligent enough to know THE ANSWER that will bring about Heaven On Earth, the re-engineering of Mankind so that it will achieve perfection. Therefore, since only this Elite is in possession of the Secret Knowledge, it is only just and right that it rule over all things. Sounds like an Aristocracy to me. Also, it reeks of Gnosticism.
One of the characteristics of an Aristocracy is a deeply-felt disdain for those who disagrees with them. Anyone who opposes them are considered irredeemable cretins, capable of all of the Seven Deadly Sins [which is, of course, ironic].
In the same interview, Feinstein described the NRA and it’s members ‘venal’. Jeff again:
And yet the NRA has multiple millions of individual members — whom the left and the media are increasingly attempting to characterize as “fringe extremists.” Along with just about anyone who stands up to constitutional abuses of any kind. To which I’d say, people like Feinstein should be more careful about who they describe as venal extremists. Because at some point, those newly-minted venal extremists might just figure that, if they’re going to be cast in that role anyway, they may as well throw themselves into the performance.
‘Why not? What have we got to lose?’ — it may come to that for us, I can see it happening.