Monday's HOT MIC
Harry Potter and gun control.
Here's a great little article from The Washington Free Beacon's Alex Griswold, arguing that if "Harry Potter" relates to gun control, the series actually warns against disarmament.
Instead of guns, wizards in Harry Potter use wands for self-defense. Every wizard is armed at eleven, taught to use dangerous spells, and released into a society where everyone's packing heat and concealed carry is the norm. It's an inspiring example the United States should strive towards.
But the reader slowly discovers there is wand control in the Harry Potter universe, and that it's a racist, corrupt and selectively enforced[sic]. In the second book, Chamber of Secrets, we learn that the Hogwarts groundskeeper Hagrid has been forcibly disarmed after being accused of a crime he didn't commit. When government officials again come to falsely arrest Hagrid, he lacks any means of self-defense.
In Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry accidentally uses magic to attack his helpless aunt who has done nothing but insult him. It's an illicit use of magic that should have seen his wand snapped, but the political influence of the Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge ensures that he escapes punishment. (Author J. K. Rowling no doubt was drawing from the example of cities like New York, where only the politically connected and powerful can obtain gun permits.)
But wait, it gets better:
...in the Order of the Phoenix, Harry is despised by the government. When he stands his ground and uses magic in defense of his cousin, this time he is immediately informed that authorities are coming to destroy his wand. Through the intervention of Dumbledore, he barely avoids punishment meted out by a show trial staffed by politicians.
When Harry returns to Hogwarts, he learns that the government has forcibly added a politician to oversee and sabotage the class in which students learn self-defense. Harry responds by organizing a secret militia to resist both the government and the radical terrorists that Obama– oh sorry, Fudge–refuses to name.
But the clearest example of forced disarmament comes in the final book, The Deathly Hallows. The government has been secretly taken over by the evil Voldemort, who passes laws discriminating against wizards who have nonmagical parents. All so-called "Mudbloods" are then disarmed in show trials and forced into homelessness as the "wandless."
Read more examples and analysis at the Free Beacon. Suffice it to say, if students want to use Harry Potter on the issue of guns, they should use it to support the Second Amendment.
OK, which is it?
Angry? Hopeless? Hopelessly angry? And aren't we always being told that the people in Nordic countries are super happy because socialism and stuff?
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, a barometer for gun purchases, shows that in February checks for sales in Florida were up 3.5 percent year over year. There was a 12.6 percent increase in long guns, a category that includes assault rifles like the one used in the school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. Nationwide, long-gun checks were up 3 percent.
The MSM has been exhausting itself recently attempting to portray the gun "debate" as having shifted and convince us that most of America is suddenly in favor of leftist-defined "common sense" gun control laws. As with almost every aspect of this "debate," the facts don't line up with MSM narrative. The Million Brat March over the weekend doesn't mean the mood of the country is changing regarding guns. It means that the left is still well-funded and can organize marches well. They've always been good at that. Nothing has changed.
The antifa activists refer to UFF leader Raymond Luc Levasseur as a “revolutionary” and a “former political prisoner,” but in fact he is a convicted terrorist who spent nearly 20 years in federal prison in the wake of a series of bombings and robberies carried out by his Marxist terrorist organization.
UFF reportedly "carried out at least 20 bombings and nine bank robberies in the northeastern United States, targeting corporate buildings, courthouses, and military facilities."
Keep this in mind the next time Antifa pretends to have the moral high ground on any issue.