Antifa, political violence, and gun confiscation.
This week could not have been worse.
1.) Antifa. The group famous for starting riots in Berkeley was also in Charlottesville, although the national media didn’t seem to want to give them much attention. Gruntworks republished their excellent history of the group, and it’s also worth noting that the group put a few journalists in the hospital and then tried to lie about it.
Granted, a meeting between two groups of the worst people in the country (neo-Nazis and Antifa) was never going to end well. As Jonah Goldberg notes, however, given the history of Antifa and their penchant for violence, “fighting Nazis doesn’t man ‘antifa’ the good guys.”
In other words, yes Neo-Nazis are scum of the Earth with a completely backwards worldview….but that only means that there were two incredibly violent groups there instead of one. (Also, as one of the most efficient Nazi killers was Joseph Stalin, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are a great person.)
2.) Political violence. But, it’s now worth discussing the broader picture of political violence, and frankly who has the upper hand in that. Now, we’ve all seen almost cartoonishly over-the-top 3% pages; people who seem to think that a violent overthrow of the government is no more complicated than opening a Chick-Fil-A.
But as David Hines points out over at Jacobite, political violence is something the right-wing cannot win at for reaons ranging from organizational structure to the force of the media behind the left-wing extremists. (Again, notice how people are conveniently side-stepping Antifa’s brutality.)
He has additional thoughts on the Charlottesville events from Jacobite that are also worth your time.
Kudos to my Insov colleague Catty Conservative for finding those bits.
3.) Oregon. Gun confiscation, by simply filing a petition with a court. Guns.com gives us the following description:
The law, SB 719A, allows police, or a member of a subject’s family or household, to file a petition with the court which could lead to an order prohibiting firearms possession if it is believed they pose an imminent risk to themselves or others. The bill passed the Senate 17-11 in May and the House 31-28 last month, picking up only one Republican supporter along the way.
Gun-rights supporters basically said it allows people who aren’t qualified to be making any sort of judgement on a person’s mental state or point-of-view to be allowed to take someone’s firearms based on that judgement regardless.
4.) Talking to Klansmen. Finally tonight, there is a note from, of all places, the Independent Journal Review about a black man who got a ton of people in the KKK to leave the organization by talking to them.
It is an incredible story, really. A man who has put a pretty significant dent in the Klan’s numbers through a hobby of befriending white supremacists.