COMMENTARY | On one recent episode of her Sportsman Channel show, “Amazing America,” Sarah Palin visited a gun manufacturer that produces, among other things, a left handed AR 15, favorite of hunters and home defenders.
According to Western Journalism she tweeted “Innovation found only in the USA! You know, an AR-15 makes a great gift – what more says, ‘I love you’?”
This brought yelps of outrage from the city slicker left who cannot imagine anyone actually expressing such a sentiment. Palin was called a “terrible person,” a “sick, sick woman,” and a “dangerous loon.” Those are just some of the sentiments that could be repeated on a family news site.
The social media frenzy demonstrates both a class divide and a regional divide between a group of Americans who find privately owned firearms as abhorrent and should be banned and those who are quite comfortable with them, as much as people are comfortable with their other tools, such as lawn mowers or power saws. The difference is that firearms are designed to kill, both game animals and home intruders.
The lack of success of most gun control legislation suggests that the latter group of Americans far outnumber the former. This is not surprising. To paraphrase a 60s militant, private ownership of firearms is an American as apple pie.
After all, it was a group of gun toting, tax resisting red neck farmers who started the American Revolution when the British were incautious enough to try to take their weapons away. The British did not have modern media tools at their disposals, otherwise they would have denounced the American revolutionaries as crazed, racist militia types, prone to violence and a threat to law and order. The American rebels might have agreed (except for the racist and crazed part.) Private ownership of firearms were then, as now, the last line of defense against a tyrannical government. The Second Amendment makes the other ones legal.
The point of the matter is that the people who are tweeting aghastly at Palin for suggesting the gift of a rifle as an expression of love are the ones who are out of touch with mainstream Americans.