The Brady Campaign set up a straw man to knock down again yesterday:
While trying really hard to pose as a “victim of bigotry” with his best Rosa Parks impression (someone who faced genuine discrimination), Mr. Pierce forgot to blur the distinction between gun owners and gun carriers. Whoops.
They are still pushing on the “immutable characteristics” defense against their bigotry. What I find interesting is that they consider religious affiliation “immutable”. And of course they don’t even mention interracial couples.
They make a big deal about “guns are things” and claim people with those things cannot be discriminated against.
They are just so incredible smart to have thought of that. They sure got me on that one. I never would have thought of a defense like that.[/sarcasm]
Let see how well that assertion plays out in general:
“You can come in, but you have to leave your burqa and ḥijāb, outside.”
“You can come in, but you have to leave your turban outside.”
“You can come in, but you have to leave your sari outside.”
“You can come in, but you have to leave your Star of David outside.”
“You can come in, but you have to leave your cross necklace outside.”
“You can come in, but you have to leave your NRA/SAF/CCRKBA/JPFO/Brady-Campaign shirt outside.”
“You can come in, but you have to leave your Bible/Torah/Koran outside.”
Is that still not discrimination?
I can only think of two possible explanations for the Brady Campaign to make the claims they do:
- They think the general population is so stupid as to believe that gun owners magically materialized a holstered gun on their belt or in their purse just before they walked into the store. And therefore they could just as easily not materialized it just prior to entering the store. That’s not the way it works. Many of us put on a gun just like we put on our shoes, pants, and shirt.
- They are so stupid or blinded by their own bigotry that they were unable to think it through.
[Mostly off topic–Does the Brady Campaign even have apparel for sale? I didn’t find anything on their website and none of the Brady Campaign items I found on Cafepress would be endorsed by them. I suppose that makes sense. After all, who would willingly put a “I’m defenseless” sign on themselves while in public? And if I did that I would likely get charged with “hunting over bait” or some such thing.]
Update: Sebastian put up a very well written post on the topic an hour before I started mine.