Note from Dan: The mini-rant below is from regular poster Warren, it comes from this thread, and it takes aim at the Virginia Citizens Defense League, the commonwealth’s dominant gun lobby. Warren was responding to the line he quotes below from the person who posts under the handle “Alfred.”
#95: “A holstered gun is not much of a defense”
Alfred, the Va. Citizen’s Defense League (the VCDL), by both what’s in their public agenda and what’s not, manifestly disagree with you. For example, while loud in their praise of hidden handguns, they do nothing to address private ownership of .50-caliber sniper rifles, thus they’re manifesting a belief that a hidden handgun is a good defense from them. Same with most other Second Amendment implements — despite their pious assertions about the 2A they selfishly take no position on anything except guns (mostly handguns).
Like Grover Norquist pretending that he’s been chosen to speak on behalf of all Congressional constituents, the VCDL, even in its name, seems to pretend it’s been anointed to speak for the “defense” of all Virginia citizens. But they’ve done little else except lobby for concealed carry-permit loosening.
Well, to be fair, they’ve also made it easier for ostensibly legal buyers with any particular motivation to buy more than one handgun a month (VCDL apparently believes gun users are safer firing multiple guns at once) and to prohibit police from having fingerprint data on file. But as for addressing the ways that unsavory aspects of gun culture have harmed public health, or ways to put the worst in human nature at a disadvantage, the VCDL can’t be bothered to contribute anything unique and positive beyond advocating “more guns in more places” with simplistic bumper-sticker sloganeering.
So if a Virginia citizen thinks they need .50 caliber sniper rifles or weaponized lethal chemicals for protection, the VCDL, despite its name, takes no position-hardly a profile in the courage that the VCDL likes to flatter its own member CCP holders as having, and which exposes it as just another narrow single -issue interest group with a misleading name.
But, if you believe the best response to someone falsely yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is to encourage others to join in falsely yelling “fire”, then you’ll find many like minded friends in the VCDL. And if you’re only bothered by gun violence when it occasionally hits too close to home, but otherwise can ignore it except to fantasize about the odds of emerging from a shootout with only the initiator harmed, you’ll like the VCDL.
And if you’re loading groceries or pumping gas when a sniper opens fire on you, use the strategy that both the actions and inactions of the VCDL endorse as the best: depend on your own handgun for protection. Because after all, the sniper might be using a gun the VCDL won’t dare tell legislators to treat any differently than a handgun.