Man Holding Assault Rifle Protesting Peacefully But, Wants You To Know He Could Be A Mass Shooter If He Wanted To Be.
Many images of people armed with assault rifles while protesting statewide shelter in place orders have been circling around the web of late. While this is certainly more a symbolic gesture it’s also a very clear reminder that yeah, at any moment these people could do something horrific.
It’s no surprise that the movement dubbed ‘Operation Gridlock’ by protesters in Washington state has been tied the rights made clear in the second amendment. But brandishing an automatic weapon is a scare tactic.
This is not to say that those folks who see the dangers in the government’s control over what they own, or what they do with their body are invalid. In fact, the measures the United States government has taken over the span of the Coronavirus outbreak is one of, if not the most prevalent examples of the growth of biopolitics in the twenty-first century.
Banners with phrases that read, ‘Your “health” does not supersede my right,’ and ‘Freedom over fear’ could be spotted among the crowds that gathered in Washington state. Might these be modern-day equivalents to the Gadsden flag? It would be easy to argue that these people are feeling tread upon. However, when considering the political demographic that makes up the population of most of these protesters it is impossible not to see a tremendous double standard.
We’re of course speaking of the issue of abortion.
It would not be a stretch to say that the majority of people who are gathering’s political leanings tend to be more conservative, a group that is known to oppose a woman’s right to choose. In other words, the same group of people who are at the moment protesting for the right to do what they wish with their body, have in the very recent past protested to take away that right from others.
The clear counter-argument for those who may be pro-life is that the decision to abort a baby is infringing upon the rights of the baby and the baby’s body. This poses an interesting and valid biopolitical moral dilemma. For the sake of not getting too religious or scientific let’s give the benefit of the doubt to the pro-life argument and just say, “okay, sure.”
Okay, sure. if your argument is that you should not have an abortion because it infringes on the rights of the baby over their own body then wouldn’t the same logic apply to your spreading of a potentially deadly virus to those around you because you “want a haircut.”
Folks, put your assault rifle back in the basement, and stay the fuck home.
-A Well-Mannered Grump
by: Joe McNaney