Sunday, July 21, 2024

Cori Bush, Who Has Private Security, Wants You Disarmed

Today, U.S. Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Missouri) spoke up in support of civilian disarmament in a House committee hearing.

“We will not succumb to the nihilist, insurrectionist view of the Second Amendment,” said Bush in a speech she gave in support of civilian disarmament.

The “insurrectionist view of the Second Amendment” has become a favorite anti-gun talking point. It is used to justify bans on what they call “military-style” weapons. Never mind that virtually every gun that is used by civilians today is based on a weapon that has been adopted by the military at one time or another.

But the reality is that the Second Amendment was written as a bulwark against a tyrannical state. James Madison, who is one of the authors of the constitution, saw the right to keep and bear arms as one of the most important checks against tyranny as David Kopel from the Cato Institute writes:

When the proposed Constitution was before the people for ratification, many anti‐​Federalists worried that the new government would be too powerful, and could become tyrannical. In Federalist No. 46, James Madison reassured the public that the many checks and balances in the Constitution — the separation of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, for example — made it very unlikely that a tyrant could seize power. If a tyrant did, he would speedily be deposed by the state governments, who would lead the armed people in the militias.

Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation,” Madison wrote, “the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” By “simple,” Madison meant a unitary government, such as France, as opposed to the US Constitution’s system of dividing sovereignty between the federal government and the states.

It sure seems like James Madison was endorsing an “insurrectionist view of the Second Amendment.” An armed populace, along with the federal system of government that featured sovereign states, was intended to serve as a check on a tyrannical federal government. This balance of power has been steadily eroded over the past couple of centuries but it should still give any potential tyrants cause for concern.

Bush, who is one of the worst members of Congress, is a staunch supporter of defunding the police. She was defending that position as recently as October of last year. On the bright side, with the police being defunded it would make it harder for people like Bush to take away people’s guns.

Even though Bush is an advocate for defunding the police, she has become known for spending her campaign funds on private security. As of July 2022, she has spent nearly $400,000 in campaign cash for her private security detail. Bush’s private security detail includes not only her husband but also some antisemitic bigots who claim to summon tornadoes.

Cori Bush is more than happy to have her campaign donors donate for her to have private security. But she wants to take away both your right to defend yourself and to call upon the services of law enforcement.

It’s hard to be a more hypocritical elitist than Bush. We could also chastise her for her failure to learn or know the basic knowledge of American history but Bush doesn’t care about that. In general, she doesn’t care very much about things like facts. She’s a demagogue who is content to rule over a ruin.