This is a story about a group of big-government liberals who have taken steps to defend themselves and become self-sufficient in the face of a Trump presidency. The irony probably escapes them.
Here’s Colin Waugh, a newly minted gun-owner (welcome, Colin!):
An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But Waugh, a 31-year-old from Independence, Missouri, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump presidency — and all of the chaos it could bring. He imagined hate crimes and violence waged by extremists emboldened by the Republican nominee’s brash, divisive rhetoric. He pictured state-sanctioned roundups of Muslims, gays, and outspoken critics.
This sounds exactly like what a Hillary Clinton administration would look like, just switch out the group members targeted for roundup: Christians, white-men, etc. In fact, this actually happened under President Obama. And as far as “violence waged by extremism,” we’ve also had a steady dose of that too.
“I kept asking myself, ‘Do I want to live under tyranny?’” said Waugh, who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and later backed Hillary Clinton. “The answer was absolutely not.”
Many of us don’t want to live under tyranny, so much so that we are always ready to defend ourselves against government overreach. Mr. Waugh ought to look into the intent of the Second Amendment.
In fact, Mr. Waugh has “made ‘bug-out bags’ stuffed with ammo, energy bars, and assorted survival gear for his wife and their three cats. He’s begun stowing water and browsing real estate listings in Gunnison County, Colorado, which he’s determined to be a ‘liberal safe-haven.’ Last month, Waugh added a 9mm handgun to his arsenal.”
Will a “liberal safe haven” allow Mr. Waugh to bring a gun into its midst? Those “liberal safe haven” places tend to have a tyrannical flavor to them.
Mr. Waugh has some advice: “Get ready. Pay attention. Keep your wits about you.”
Are we sure this guy isn’t one of us? He isn’t talking and walking like a modern-day liberal with this kind of focus on “self-sufficiency” and vigilance.
Waugh is not alone.
“We’re tired of being perceived as wusses who won’t survive when shit hits the fan,” said Stacy, a Texas Democrat who recently caught the prepper bug. She spoke with Vocativ on the condition we not publish her last name. “I, for one, don’t like to be thought of as some precious snowflake.”
There are even gun clubs cropping up that cater to liberals.
The signs of change are surely in the air. Groups that cater to gun-toting bleeding hearts — such as the aptly named Liberal Gun Club — say they’ve seen a surge in paid membership since the election. Candid talk of disaster preparedness among progressives is showing up on social media. Even companies that outfit luxury “safe rooms” — which protect their wealthy owners from bombs, bullets, and chemical attacks — attribute recent boosts in business to the incoming administration.
Welcome to the world of “taking care of yourself and your family,” liberals. One thing you are going to learn is that you can take care of yourself without government assistance or federal agencies coming to your rescue. If “President Trump” is what it took to get you to learn a lesson many of us instinctively knew, then he has done you a great service.