One Line Review – Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea

Having labored mightily to build their straw man, authors Horowitz and Anderson try to light it, and it smolders, a bit.

I read this book on the recommendation of St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner, Kurt Hofmann. I even did as he suggested and borrowed it through Inter-library loan so I didn’t give any of my hard earned cash to these two gun-grabbers.

Co-author, Joshua Horowitz, is the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which started life as the National Council to Ban Handguns. Did they change their name because they suddenly decided that banning handguns was not a good idea?

In that year [1989], the National Coalition to Ban Handguns changed its name to Coalition to Stop Gun Violence to reflect its view that assault rifles, as well as handguns, should be outlawed.

 Their basic thesis? Gun rights are a threat to progressivism. They call the idea that citizens have the right to alter or abolish their government “Insurrectionism.”

Recognize Insurrectionism as a threat to the entire progressive movement.  Too many political progressives assume that the gun rights movement can be co-opted or simply ignored.  Progressives fail to understand that the Insurrectionist idea is part and parcel of a broader reactionary worldview.  Unless progressives recognize that the Insurrectionist premise of the modern gun rights movement is fundamentally hostile to the progressive project and its values, the “conservative” movement will use gun rights as a building block for organizing and propagandizing.

In their haste to sell this country out to international progressives, they’ve tripped over us, and they don’t like it. We’ve told them that if they try to set up their little dictatorship, we’ll shoot them. They want their little dictatorship but don’t want to get shot. So naturally, instead of giving up on ruling us against our will, they want to take our guns away.

Rather than try to summarize the foolishness that is this book, I’ll let Kurt do it. Read the whole thing. Then borrow the book from your local library and read that.

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