Sounds like a fine selling point to me.

One Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

The NRA isn’t [just] selling guns, they’re selling fear and mistrust of government.

Well, can you really blame them, in light of recent revelations vis-a-vis, among other things, the IRS and conservative groups, the National Security Agency reading everyone’s email, and the Justice Department selling guns to Mexican drug lords to further the cause of gun control in the United States? Yes, I know. “If you’ve done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide.”

But who gets to define “wrong”? As anyone aware of history knows, people have been massacred in job lots in the name of certain GOVERNMENTS simply because, among other things, their religion, sexual orientation, or very skin color was defined as “wrong” by said governments, who sent — wait for it! — men with guns to kill them. Yeah, fear of government damned well ought to be a great selling point anymore.

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5 Responses to “Sounds like a fine selling point to me.”

  1. wildriver Says:

    But, but, we’re a constitutional republic, comprised of sovereign men, surely the government is our friend??

    Let’s all break out the kegs and barbeques and have some chicken and watermelons!! EEEHaww

  2. GomeznSA Says:

    I for one get sooooo tired of the ‘nothing to hide’ crowd. They have totally missed the entire point of the Declaration and the Constitution (esp. the 4th Amendment). Evidently all that ‘stuff’ about ‘unreasonable’ completely slips their mind. Bottom line, all that revolution and resistance to tyranny etc. was about unwanted and unwarranted government intrusion.

  3. Crotalus Says:

    my government, my enemy

  4. Brian Galloway (@bhg70) Says:

    Amen. 🙂

  5. mick129 Says:

    FYI, the IRS targeted many types of groups, not just conservatives. http://programming.oreilly.com/2013/06/irs-wasnt-fond-of-open-source-either.html

    But yes, “if you have nothing to hide” is utter BS. Just because I shut the bathroom door, doesn’t mean it’s wrong to use toilets. I especially like Bruce Schneier’s take on it:

    Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that’s why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.

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