One of The Hartford Courant’s resident haters is at it again, relying on his longtime M.O. of insulting Connecticut gun rights advocates. Cartoonist Bob Englehart’s depiction of a Connecticut Citizen Defense League member as a slob and a moron recalls techniques that have been used in the past to gin up contempt for groups by portraying them as repellent stereotypes.
“If I lived out west in, say, sparsely populated parts of Montana, Nevada or Wyoming, I‘d at least own a Henry .44-40 rifle, and maybe a Colt .45, too,” Englehart writes. “But I live in Connecticut. I have no desire to own a gun of any kind, but if I did, I wouldn’t mind registering it, going through a background check and I’d certainly take a safety class and store it away from little hands. Nor would I want a gun in the possession of mentally unstable folks or criminals either.”
Nobody thinks anything he proposes will do that, or that such goals are what he’s really after do they? Because Englehart has already revealed his end game. If it were up to him, people in Montana, Nevada and Wyoming would not be able to claim a right to own a Henry or a Colt. But don’t take my word for it — take his.
“The only way to stop this madness is to repeal the Second Amendment,” he advocated in one post. “Repeal the Second Amendment … and the gun problem will be solved,” he proclaimed in another.
Until that happens, Engelhart would “feel safer if those folks … just moved somewhere else, such as like-minded Texas.” So much for “progressive” tolerance and diversity. And what of those he urges this ideological cleansing, that is, this purge against?
“The gun nuts in Connecticut are convinced we reasonable, rational people are coming after their unregistered assault rifles and they’re going to take a stand, by gum,” Engelhart mocks. “That’s fear talking from a segment of the population who’s chosen to make fear and loathing their lifestyle.”
Actually, he’s the one who says he doesn’t feel safe, that is, the one who fears and loathes an armed citizenry. He’s the one who considers repealing the Second Amendment “reasonable and rational” (not that government actually has the power to repeal a right it did not create, a fact recognized in multiple Supreme Court decisions since 1876, including Heller, with the admission that “[t]his is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.”
But Englehart is the smart and informed one, who believes unalienable rights are permissions government gives and takes away.
And why would “gun nuts” (hey, what’s an Opposite Day “progressive” rant without obligatory name-calling by a self-described “peace lover”?) be “convinced … people are coming after their unregistered assault rifles”? Oh, gosh, I don’t know, maybe because Bob’s employer, The Courant, has demanded it, along with prison for those who have refused to bend to their will.
The ones who are afraid here, aside from the politicians making noises and doing little else, are hysterical professional ignoramuses like Englehart. His clumsy use of Alinsky Rule 5 ridicule has backfired on him for any who care to notice, as he and his employers are the ones who come across as ineffectual dolts, reduced by a new paradigm to sputtering and lashing out in impotent frustration.
While it would be tempting to answer his cartoon question, “Who exactly are you defending Connecticut citizens from?” with “From you, Bob, and anyone in government inclined to listen to you,” the truth of the matter is he is personally incapable of doing anything about his obsession except to continue behaving like a thwarted, attention-seeking juvenile. And those in power realize he’s merely a (marginally) useful idiot.
Funny thing about The Courant. It’s not like their circulation trending looks like they can afford to alienate Connecticut’s peaceable gun owners, who simply want to be left alone. It’s fair to speculate what would happen if enough got riled to take action — not just with a boycott, which ought to be already happening without prodding, but by putting businesses on notice that giving aid and comfort via advertising revenue to a paper that lies, ridicules and demands their arrest is unacceptable to a significant number of gun-owning customers.