Anti gun journalists are taking our defense of the 2nd Amendment, and it’s intended purpose too far. Today, blogger Douglas Anthony Cooper, had an article published in Huffington Post, (it is his latest in a series), saying that gun enthusiasts who hoard weapons are treasonous. He compared us to John Wilkes Booth. His point was that John Wilkes Booth thought that Abraham Lincoln was tyrannical, and he decided to bear his Derringer Pistol and shoot the President of the United States. Mr. Cooper says, most people who decide to take action against a president would be acting alone, and that many people feel the same about President Obama as John Wilkes Booth did about Abraham Lincoln. An exact quote from his article was:
If you hoard weapons for the express purpose of overturning the elected administration, then you are many things. A patriot isn’t one of them. Blind adherence to a single amendment does not make you a champion of the Constitution itself. Violent intent towards the duly-elected government does not make you a friend to the nation. There is in fact an accurate word for this species of plotting: treason.
He then went onto his Twitter account and share his article with his followers using the tweet below:
Ted Nugent is going to cat-scratch my face off. (Sorry, but he in fact *is* a lot less handsome than John Wilkes Booth) http://t.co/NZn65lYv
— DouglasAnthonyCooper (@dysmedia) January 22, 2013
As a mother, a gun enthusiast, a woman, a responsible gun owner, I am deeply offended by this. I realize there are fringes in every group. The 1st Amendment protects those who demonstrate near funerals of heroes whose lives were ended protecting this very right, those who burn the flag, those who denounce the United States of America on her own soil. To say we are only passionate about one amendment would be false. I love history, and the period from the birth of our country to 1880 is, by far, my favorite time. Why? Because I LOVE this country. I love what it stands for. I love that all people truly do have a chance at success no matter the conditions into which they were born.
I have spent my entire adult life in the military, why? Because I love my country – I love everything about it. I love that in spite of the deep political divide, we had another peaceful Inaugural Address yesterday. I love that someone like Barrack Obama was able to rise to the most powerful position in the world. A half black boy, born to a single mother. It does not matter if you side with him politically or not, it is truly possible for anyone of us to become something bigger than ourselves. This is the United States of America.
To suggest that because I love guns, to suggest that wanting different guns for different purposes, to suggest that I because I believe in the power of the 2nd Amendment it is somehow synonymous with the treacherous act committed by John Wilkes Booth, is one of the most lowly remarks I have heard in this debate.
Douglas Anthony Cooper, you Sir, would not know a patriot if he respectfully said good morning and smiled while you passed him on the street. You Sir, are no patriot.