A little over two years ago, law-abiding open carrier Meleanie Hain took Lebanon, PA County Sheriff Michael DeLeo to court for his capricious and whimsical revocation of her Pennsylvania license to carry for lawfully openly carrying her firearm to her daughter’s soccer game. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, Mrs. Hain was violently murdered by her husband, and while her estate attempted to move her lawsuit forward in her name, it was eventually thrown out by a District Court Judge.
Regardless of the merits of her LTC-related lawsuit, her senseless and pointless murder presented an opportunity for “gun control” supporters to reach across the aisle and join their pro-rights opponents in a moment of remembrance and sorrow. Unsurprisingly enough, those anti-rights cultists squandered the moment.
There were claims that she “deserved” to be murdered. There were assholes claiming her murder “proved them right”. There were anti-rights cultists dancing in her still-cooling blood and using her murder as a springboard to demand more pointless “gun control”.
Do not believe me? Well, we need only look at the words of a certain James Charles Michael Bannerman, who, at the time, was writing under the online moniker of “Laci the Chinese Crested”, and said:
Hey, I don’t mind you having guns. In fact, I hope you gun cretins all shoot yourselves and make the world a better place just like Melanie did. No, that’s not hate, just a sincere desire to see a better world, which this will be without your sorry arses preventing proper gun laws from being adopted.
Yes, that would be Bannerman advocating for somewhere north of 80,000,000 law-abiding American citizens to shoot themselves in order to “make the world a better place” for totalitarian bigots like him. And this is what he considered to be an appropriate remembrance for an innocent woman?
Unfortunately, it only gets worse from there:
Consider Bannerman’s word choices carefully – “rejoices” means “to be very happy, be delighted, exult; to feel joy”. In short, this anti-rights cultist felt joy at the senseless and violent murder of a woman, simply because she happened to ascribe to an opinion that runs contrary to his. Joy. Delighted. Very happy.
Meleanie Hain was unquestionably a “gun violence” victim by the definitions put forward by the anti-rights cultists, and yet not only was she demonized and reviled by the same, her murder was celebrated by the same people who would exploit her death to enact more unconstitutional “gun control”.
Why do I bring this up all these years later?
Well, it would appear as though James Bannerman has taken to hanging out at the weblog of professional “gun violence” victim exploiter, Joan Peterson, and commiserating about how mean us pro-rights advocates are for pointing out that gun control supporters frequently argue from logically, morally, or emotionally weak positions. Considering how much time and effort Joan has expended in setting herself up as a “gun violence” victim (when, in truth, she is as much a “gun violence” victim as I am an Alzheimer’s victim), I wonder if Joan is aware of James’ perspective on people like her?
I wonder how Joan would feel if Bannerman had said those things about Joan’s sister, Barbara Berglund?
In any case, it is an important perspective for pro-rights advocates for us to bear in mind. “Gun control” supporters like Bannerman do want us dead for daring to have differing opinions, and are willing to use the government to kill us if they have to. Other “gun control” supporters with stiffer spines are willing to murder us themselves. Countless “gun control” supporters want to ban firearms, ban our rights, harass and bully us, intimidate us and our families, and silence us by any means available.
These are the people we are fighting against, folks. These are the people we would defend our rights against. And these are the people we cannot permit to win. Ever.