Sebastian has addressed most of their points but I would like to pile on as well.
The truth, of course, is that guns and gun carrying are obviously not immutable characteristics of people, and that the whole cultural framework around the issue of gun violence prevention is a sham. (Brady Center Vice-President Dennis Henigan has exposed this most recently here and here.)
“Immutable characteristics” is a straw man argument I addressed in an update to the post that got their attention as follows:
By that logic banning interracial couples, Catholics or Muslims from Starbucks or Woolworths wouldn’t be bigotry either. I’ve got news for the Brady Campaign Staff–they’re wrong and I think they know it.
As long as they held on to the falsehood that the 2nd Amendment did not protect an individual right they might have made a thin case for that. But as soon as the right to keep and bear arms was on the same level as the freedom of association and freedom of religion they lost that crutch. Via D.C. v. Heller we have, and the Brady Campaign acknowledges, a specific, constitutionally protected, right to keep and bear arms. With that decision they became a gentler version of the KKK. No white sheets or burning crosses in our yards but they still attempt to segregate us and ban us from parks, buildings, and businesses. The only difference between them and the KKK is the KKK was sometimes willing to take the law into their own hands. The Brady Campaign attempts to get the government, Amtrack, and Starbucks to do the yucky work of infringing on the rights of others for them. They are now on a slippery slope into obscurity and revulsion and they are grasping at straws with their denial of bigotry.
And their advocacy for public bans of us exercising that right is more than just bigotry. It is just a hairs breadth away from a felony:
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
I addressed the claim that the cultural framework is a sham here using a paper published in the Journal of Criminal Justice. In that same post I pointed out that Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign admits in his book that causation between higher rates of gun ownership and crime are, at best, “difficult to show”. I also pointed out they no longer insist the 2nd Amendment is not an individual right.
So if it isn’t bigotry just what does the Brady Campaign claim as a basis for their continued insistence that the specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms be infringed? From their post they claim, “It has everything to do with public safety, public health and common sense.”
Ahh… I see.
But they already admitted that public safety and health correlating negatively with gun ownership rates are at best “difficult to show”. So all we have left is “common sense”.
So tell me–Is that the same “common sense” used by whites that didn’t want their children in the same swimming pool with black children unless it was cleaned afterward? Or maybe the same “common sense” used by some to insist their white daughters not be near black men or enter into interracial marriages. No. I’m sure that’s not it–that would be bigotry. How about the “common sense” and documentary films that claim Jews are the vermin of the human race? Oh, that would be bigotry too? Then just what is this “common sense” justification for infringing upon this right and how does it differ from these obvious examples of bigotry?
Perhaps they haven’t seen the definition of “bigot” recently. Here is the Merriam-Webster definition: “a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices”.
I have a challenge for Brady Campaign supporters–What evidence would it take for you to change your mind in regards to gun ownership and the public carry of firearms? Tell me and I’ll give serious consideration to dropping the bigotry meme.