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New Paper Shows that Increased Rioting Causes Second Amendment Support to Grow

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According to a new paper by George Mason University professor David Bernstein titled “The Right to Armed Self Defense in the Light of Law Enforcement Abdication”, more Americans are embracing Second Amendment rights as cities go up in flames.

Cities such as Seattle, which witnessed the establishment of an “autonomous zone”, and Chicago, which has been lax in its enforcement against looting and generalized rioting, are some of the most salient examples of urban dysfunction taking place in America.

The latter city has already built a reputation for being a hub of crime. On any given weekend, Chicago is constantly being hit hard by shootings and other acts of violence. Even worse, gangs are banding together for the purpose of trying to take out law enforcement.

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Smaller cities such as Kenosha, Wisconsin, have also experienced tremendous unrest, in addition to heinous forms of anarcho-tyranny, where the law-abiding are punished for exercising their right to self-defense, while criminals are allowed to run free.

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The article by Bernstein highlights the institutional failure of law enforcement  “in reaction to looting, rioting, and other forms of illegal behavior that threatened the well-being of the public.” Bernstein noted that “many police departments received implicit or explicit orders from their political supervisors to “stand down’.”

Bernstein brought up an interesting point in his abstract about the failures of law enforcement during this period:

First, many police departments received implicit or explicit orders from their political supervisors to “stand down.” Second, in many instances, the police themselves were unwilling or unable to combat lawless behavior. If police consistently fail to enforce law and order, the argument against the individual right to bear arms for self-defense purposes significantly weakens.

The Second Amendment exists for a reason. Not only does it protect individuals from a tyrannical government, but also from unruly mobs that are only encouraged to misbehave and cause unrest thanks to the political irresponsibility of many municipalities.

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Will Joe Manchin Pose a Threat to Gun Rights?

Manchin may not be as moderate as some make him out to be.

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The common perception heading into the Biden presidency is that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin will be one of the most powerful Senators in the next few years.

Given the conservative nature of Manchin’s West Virginian constituents, he has had to take several moderate positions and not move lockstep with the Democrats’ leftist faction. For example, Manchin has already gone on record against getting rid of the filibuster — an idea that is popular among progressives in the Democrat Party.

However, on the Second Amendment, Manchin will likely fall in line with his anti-gun Democrat colleagues, As Cam Edwards reported at Bearing Arms, Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is willing to move gun control in the next congressional session. However, he wiggled his way out of Tapper’s question about banning modern sporting rifles.

“There has to be responsibility in gun ownership. I’m not going to eliminate people having their gun,” Manchin answered. “They shouldn’t be scared to death of Democrats on their Second Amendment, taking their guns away. … So no, we’re not going to take people’s guns away, but there are things that we should not have in people’s hands.”

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West Virginia is known for having solid gun laws that make it easy for lawful individuals to possess and carry firearms. In light of this, Manchin has to take a measured approach to wedge issues like gun control lest he wants to face the wrath of West Virginia’s rabidly pro-gun voters.

However, we shouldn’t forget that Manchin teamed up with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre to push a universal background check bill. Grassroots pro-Second Amendment activists were able to defeat this anti-gun scheme, which left Obama and company disappointed. Additionally, pro-gun organizations such as the National Association for Gun Rights made a name for themselves in 2013 by exposing this bipartisan gun grab. Manchin can go the anti-gun route like most of his Democrat colleagues and he’ll try to find squishy Republicans to help propose “reasonable” forms of civilian disarmament.

Gun owners will likely have to step up again to confront another set of gun grabs. Democrats are now much more radicalized and they’re looking to exploit nationwide hysteria following the January 6th incident to ram through gun control. As always, right-wingers will have to remain vigilant.

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