I was furious when I first read about Tango’s story the other day, and I thought I would calm down over the weekend, but I guess not. The idea that people who advocate for the banning of all guns would be so offended that they would back their threats with the threat of government violence is appalling.
They would claim, of course, that they aren’t advocating the use of government force. But force is the root of the government’s power. In the end, if you don’t do what the government has decreed that you must (whether it’s pay your taxes, or not do drugs, or have the wrong cosmetic features on your gun), they will send people with guns to your door to take you to prison.
The threat of force is inherent in government; without this threat, the government would be incapable of functioning.
And the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is willing to use that force against a man whose “crimes” are owning guns (Quelle horreur!) and trying to get his son to eat his dinner.