Sunday, January 3, 2016

No, Grover You are Not the Rebel Alliance and You Could Not Defeat the U.S. Army

We'd all be speaking English if this guy hadn't intervened.

Grover Norquist, best known as the guy who make Republicans sign a pledge ensuring the world they will never raise taxes, has recently taken to twitter in defense of gun rights. Clearly, he was inspired by the The Force Awakens. By "inspired", I mean encouraged to make really dumb analogies.

Let's list the problems with this analogy.

1. First off, the stormtroopers in this example would presumably be the U.S. military. You know, stormtroopers who couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. I think this guy, whatever you else want to say about him, might disagree with Grover's analogy about the competence and accuracy of the fighters in question.

2. Stormtroopers, Finn aside, aren't heroes. Many Americans soldiers are quite heroic.

3. Stormtroopers are led by these guys. American soldiers are led by these ones.

4. American foreign policy certain has its solid share of faults. But it's fair to say we are normally trying to kick evil dudes out of power, instead of preserving their rule.

5. The notion that we need guns as a check on the federal government is ridiculous. Armed civilians are not going to stop our army, which also has things like drones and nuclear weapons. And no our advanced weapons (or as Norquist sees them, "death stars") aren't built with logistical weaknesses allowing themselves to be destroyed the same way over and over again.

Grover could potentially respond that we should give everyone weapons of mass destruction, to make it a fair fight. At which point even the NRA would say hold it there Ol' Grover.

Grover applied this same logic to another set of facts in a subsequent tweet.
 God forbid, not English. Oh wait.

There are some reasonable arguments against gun control. These aren't them.

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