Cognitive Dissonance and the Left

"The Jim Crow laws actually resulted in the deaths of people standing up for their rights." - Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The above quote is from Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz in an interview she gave recently to the Huffington Post in which she also said, "the NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization."

What sort of cognitive dissonance is required to simultaneously decry the effect that Jim Crow laws had on black Americans while also calling an organization that advocates for the right to self defense some sort of terrorist organization?

In March, Condoleezza Rice (former Secretary of State, former Provost of Stanford University, scholar, and concert pianist) spoke about the importance of the Second Amendment while on The View, saying:

"Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the Second Amendment. I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late ‘50s, early ‘60s. There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham police were going to protect you."

She also said that her father and the other men of the neighborhood would use firearms to protect themselves and their families from the KKK, noting, "I’m sure if Bull Connor had known where those guns were, he would have rounded them up."

So, the point that Wasserman Schultz misses is that the people who stood up for their rights and their lives against the racist and horrible Jim Crow laws (and the thugs sent to enforce them) used firearms to defend themselves! That's the whole point of the Second Amendment: ensuring that citizens always retain the ability to protect themselves against crime and tyranny. The Jim Crow laws were a way to try to keep people defenseless, so that others could run roughshod over their God-given rights.

But then, the push by certain officials in government to restrict the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment is not really about public safety; it's about control.

No. 1-3

JaneKMiller, the point being that the blacks were able to protect themselves as they could. Think of multiple areas around the world where there is no 2nd amendment - the powerful force the least to do anything in their bidding, they have no recourse. At least with the ability to be armed, I'd be choosing how the gov't or whomever were going to take me, not necessarily them. I plan & will go down protecting my family & myself, not allowing anyone to just walk in & destroy me. Period.


"the NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization."


So blacks in the South should have used their guns against the authorities to counter the Jim Crow laws? I'm not sure that would have ended well for said blacks. The US government would have rolled them with tanks.