Michael Bonomo, writing under the pseudonym MikeB302000, is an inveterate, known liar and probable criminal who is physically incapable (by his own admission) of differentiating fact from fiction, performing basic mathematical functions of any type, or determining whether or not something he says is accurate or factual, who runs a blatantly bigoted weblog that advocates the abridgement of basic human rights, and who has been banned/moderated from too many pro-rights weblogs/forums to count (and is auto-moderated here, per the commenting policy).
All caught up? In short, Mike is anti-rights, anti-firearms, and anti-anyone-who-would-exercise-the-former-or-own-the-latter. Predictably, though, MikeB302000 has been somewhat… recalcitrant… in admitting to his particular bigotries, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw this quote of the day from him:
All right, I was exaggerating. If you guys suddenly cooperated with the common sense gun control laws that we propose and we saw a tremendous decrease in gun violence, we would naturally want stricter laws in order to lower even more the remaining gun violence. Eventually, I and most of the others would conclude that no guns at all in civilian hands is the best way to go.
After this paragraph, Sparky (as Mike is sometimes known) prattled on about how the failure of gun control is the fault of pro-rights advocates (in which he is partially right, though that is one failure I will never apologize for or regret), but, much like most of his comments, that part is somewhat irrelevant – I want you to pay attention to the above words… or, at least, some of them.
Ignore, for a moment, the logical fallacy that is "common sense gun control laws".
Ignore, for a moment, the despicable fallacy of using "gun deaths" as a metric of success.
Ignore, for a moment, the blatant lie that "gun control" reduces crime rates.
Focus exclusively on the last, bolded sentence – "… no guns at all in civilian hands …"
Complete and total civilian disarmament has always been the end-game for anti-rights cultists like MikeB302000, but they invariably beat around the bush, prevaricate, and generally avoid the topic as best they can… but this is the honest truth: they do not just want to stop people from exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights by lawfully bearing arms, they do not just want to ban affordable self-defense tools (aka "Saturday Night Specials"), they do not just want to ban semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifles (aka "assault weapons"), they do not just want to ban hunting rifles (aka "high-powered sniper rifles"), they do not just want to ban duck-hunting shotguns (aka "street-sweeping bullet-hose"), they do not just want to ban the ammunition feeding devices certain firearms were designed for (aka "high-capacity magazines" or "assault clips"), and the sad thing is they do not just want to ban firearms in general.
No, anti-rights cultists / "gun control" supporters want to take your property from you, by force, ironically at the point of a firearm being wielded by the government.
There is, of course, a simple answer to this authoritarian, unconstitutional desire: NO.
However, the rational, common-sense response to someone wanting to confiscate your personal property on the basis of their own baseless phobias is not really the point of this post – instead, consider the mentality of the person who would make such a demand. Through that one sentence, Mike Bonomo expressed that he not only opposes the private ownership of firearms (and thus the notion of a right to self-defense), but also opposes the right to private ownership of any product (if a government can confiscate your firearm based off his psychological shortcomings, why not any other item you own?), the right to privacy (the government could not get rid of your gun if they did not know you have it, after all), and the right to free association (i.e. contractual agreements between consenting adults, i.e. "private sales"). And why does he oppose those rights? Because his faith requires him to believe that doing so will result in some magical outcome that has never been witnessed anywhere else in the world… and probably because he has a narcissistic, authoritarianistic streak running beneath that not-so-cultured demeanor.
MikeB302000 is the very model of a modern anti-rights cultist, in every sense of those words.
This is what we are fighting against, folks, and why we oppose people like Bonomo so vociferously – they have no respect for our property, they have no respect for our rights, and, worst of all, they have no respect for us as human beings, and yet they want to tell us how to live our lives, and what we are and are not allowed to do or own. I am not at all sorry to point out that that is simply not how America works, and while anti-rights cultists like Mike are welcome to believe whatever their bigoted little hearts desires, our rights are not subject to their beliefs.
(And, just for the giggles of it, I will close this post with a quote from the inimitable Robert Heinlein, writing as Lazarus Long: "Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.")