February 25, 2013

Take heart, America. While Fox is doing its best to prevent President Obama from implementing preschool for the poor, it’s totally looking out for the little (white) man and woman’s ability to own assault weapons. Case in point: Dan Bongino, a “former Secret Service agent” on Fox & Friends Weekend to explain why he thinks there’s “no such thing as gun control, only people control.” Host Tucker Carlson forgot to mention that Bongino is also a failed Republican senatorial candidate in 2012, now considering running for governor of Maryland in 2014

Bongino wasted no time getting to his larger platform. “Whether it’s the sequester, health care or the gun control issue, what they do is they manipulate an emotional crisis, a national emotional crisis to further an ideological agenda which involves the evaporation, the slow disintegration of your civil rights, your liberties, your ability to live and let live.” But speaking of manipulating emotions, Bongino quickly went on to push people into thinking that gun control is a matter of the wealthy one percent trying to disempower everybody else.

We have this Downton Abbey class of politicians and bureaucrats who – they understand as clear as day that… gun control, with air quotes, has no effect whatsoever on violence or the ability of wolves in our society to impart violence on you. So they feel the need to be protected by weapons and self-defense and the ability to defend themselves with their security details, of which I was one, but they don’t want to impart the same rights upon you, the average American citizen.

Tucker Carlson, who oozes one percent-ness, agreed.

I’ve noticed that. We seem to be developing a two-tier system where privileged people, Mayor Bloomberg, for example, are surrounded by body guards with high-capacity magazines and the rest of us have to make do with double-barrel shotguns. Is that adequate do you think? I mean, is the average person safe with no firearm at home?

BONGINO: No, you’re not.

Later, Bongino said:

We are living in this post-Constitutional society right now where somehow they have sold to you, the American citizens, that it’s moral, ethical, kind or generous to disarm you… while allowing the wolves in our society, the criminals, to impart violence upon you at will – and they know that you won’t be carrying a weapon in these strict gun-control states, one of which I live in, in Maryland.

Carlson gushed, “That is about the most eloquent defense of the right of self-protection I’ve heard in a long time!”

Forget Social Security. Let ‘em eat guns!

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