With the town of Ferguson, Missouri exploding in entirely justified rage and the heavily militarized police crack down like a bunch of tin pot dictators, Bob Cesca at the Daily Banter compares the reaction to that situation to the one in Nevada at the Bundy Ranch.
1) The Bundy Ranch: On one hand, a large group of armed white men marched in a line of battle while at least one civilian rifleman in a sniper’s perch trained his weapon at Bureau of Land Management officials. In reaction, the government didn’t fire a single round or canister of tear gas, and eventually retreated, conceding the disputed ground to the Bundy militias. It’s important to note that the protesters turned out in support of a man who refused to pay his taxes and grazed his cattle without paying the accompanying fees. This man, Cliven Bundy, and his supporters threatened secession and armed revolt against the United States government.
2) Ferguson, Missouri: On the other hand, unarmed African American protesters in Ferguson, enraged and grieving from the death of an (again) unarmed black man named Michael Brown who was shot in the back by a police officer, have been confronted for several days now by police in full military regalia. This time, the rifleman in the sniper’s perch is a police officer — his scope trained on the protesters.
And have you noticed the silence of the NRA and Gun Owners of America on the situation in Ferguson? Why aren’t they using what is going on there as evidence of the need for everyone to own guns to stand up to a tyrannical government? Gee, what could the difference between the two situations be? See, if the government tries to enforce a completely valid court order to stop a rich white guy from using public land if they aren’t going to pay the same grazing fees everyone else has to pay, it’s incredibly important for hundreds of heavily armed white people to show up to take a stand against tyrrany; if the government shoots and kills an unarmed black man, as they do far too often, and unleashes a military-style assault, arrests journalists and shoots tear gas into crowds of peaceful protesters, that’s just fine. Not tyranny at all.