Hello friends. A couple of nights ago, I was watching Hannity, whose show I DVR. He had a segment where Pete Hegseth was debating Geraldo Rivera on whether we, the American public, should be able to own rifles such as the AR-15. Now, Rivera is an attorney and has been around for a hundred years (joke), so you would think he has some working gray matter beneath that salt-and-pepper hair. You tell me.
Rivera kept blaming the AR-15 for the several mass shootings we have had in our country in the last several years. He repeatedly made a fool of himself by calling this rifle a machine gun, and calling it an automatic weapon, neither of which is true. He rambled on that “no one” needs and AR-15. He thought he’d be cute and broke out an old 18th century musket and pontificated that this is what the Founders envisioned when they wrote the 2nd Amendment.
If you haven’t figured it out already, Rivera is either an idiot or he thinks you are. In 1770, this musket was the latest technology. The colonists had it because the British had it, and the colonists needed to effectively counter the threat from the British army and the Hessian mercenaries. If there had been AR-15s around in 1770, both sides would have had them!
The Founders enacted the 2nd Amendment so regular citizens would have the means to strike a healthy and sobering respect in the thinking of any potential tyrannically-leaning government.
The problem with people like Rivera is that they think our government could never become tyrannical, oppressive, or overstep their boundaries. For all the traveling this guy claims to have done, he has learned nothing on this subject. People like Rivera think that it would never happen here. That is the thinking of a fool and someone who is ready to become a victim and fodder for tyrants. If you haven’t heard about the abuses committed by DOJ agencies and the IRS in the last several years, you’ve been living under a rock and are ready to have basic rights and freedoms taken from you and you don’t even realize it.
I don’t know why Hegseth didn’t respond to Rivera this way, although I suspect Fox News would think it’s too blunt and/or inflammatory, but this is the 100% true and correct answer to the ridiculous statement by Rivera that none of us need anything like an AR-15 or a similar weapon: We the citizens of this republic need to be able to own rifles like an AR-15 because it is the closest thing to the weapons that government agencies including the military own and could potential bring to bear against us if they become tyrannical. We need to keep the thought in elected and non-elected government officials’ minds that if they ever try to turn their weapons against us, the price they will pay will be a bloody enormity on both sides.
Biden likes to quip that if you want to fight the government, you need F-15s. I venture to say that if that feeble and mentally failing man, or anyone else, ever orders our F-15 pilots to attack their fellow citizens, those orders will be disregarded, and we may have a civil war. Every tyrant around the world disarms the citizenry as one of the first acts in consolidating power. I don’t know about you, but they’ll have to kill me, and I will do my level best to send as many of them to hell before they get me.
Don’t ever let charlatans like Geraldo Rivera tell you that you don’t need an AR-15, which implies that you should trust the government blindly that they won’t ever move against you with force. My parents, my bothers, and I saw it firsthand in our native Cuba. My 91-year-old Mom says that in 1950s Cuba, no one there thought it would happen there. Take heed and learn the lessons from history and people like my family.
I don’t care if the DC, New York, California and Woke crowd calls me a redneck, a yahoo, a hillbilly, or whatever. Keep your powder dry and invest in lots of brass. Their condescending words can’t hurt us and they’re too yellow-bellied to try to abuse us because they know the price will be too high. Keep it that way.
--L. Perez, BSBCR