Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gun Lobbyist Warns Gun Owners Could Resort To ‘Bullet Box’ If They Don’t Like Election Results

Gun lobbyist Larry Pratt took to the airwaves over the weekend to make some incendiary remarks about the coming election.

Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, said that if his supporters don’t like the results of the ballot box and how it changes the Supreme Court in the coming years, they could always “resort to the bullet box.” He also warned that “it may not be pretty.”

Speaking on his “Gun Owners News Hour“ radio show, Pratt and guest Robert Knight, a senior fellow at the ultra-conservative American Civil Rights Union, discussed how the upcoming election could change the Supreme Court.

Knight warned that a liberal Democrat president could appoint “two, three, four justices” who would limit gun rights.

“I think the Second Amendment would be in great peril if that happens,” Knight said.

That’s when Pratt implied that gun owners could resort to violence. He said:

    “The courts do not have the last word on what the Constitution is. They decide particular cases, they don’t make law. Their decisions, unlike the Roe v. Wade usurpation, don’t extend to the whole of society, they’re not supposed to. And we may have to reassert that proper constitutional balance, and it may not be pretty. So, I’d much rather have an election where we solve this matter at the ballot box than have to resort to the bullet box.”

“Well, there’s impeachment, too,” Knight suggested.

Pratt’s organization is considered even more extreme than the National Rifle Association. The Southern Poverty Law Center claims Pratt has “ties to the militia movement, white supremacist organizations and Christian theocrats.”

In the past, he has warned that politicians should have a “healthy fear” of being shot.

“You know, I’m kind of glad that’s in the back of their minds,” he said in 2014, according to Right Wing Watch. “Hopefully they’ll behave.”

Original Article
Author: Ed Mazza

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