Republican candidate for California governor is making headlines for comparing President Barack Obama’s gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Il.
State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, posted a Twitter message Tuesday with an image (see below) that compared what he said were figures who have supported gun rights with those who have supported gun control.
The image, what some might call “controversial” was accompanied by the following question, “Which side would you choose?” in his Twitter message.
The Associated Press, has quoted Donnelly as saying he was standing up for the Second Amendment, which he said recognizes an “unalienable right to defend your life.”
“When government becomes the greatest threat to the very rights it was formed to protect, that is tyranny,” he said in the statement. “Tyranny is the daily purpose of dictators, and I will not apologize for pointing out that our current president acts more like a dictator than a leader of a free people in a Constitutional Republic.”
Obama has had less success after proposing sweeping gun control measures last year following the December 2012 which caused a run on ammo and a dramatic increase in firearm purchases as Americans flocked to gun shops and expos.
Remember when Captain America protested on the Iron Horse Bridge in Walnut Creek to impeach Obama?
What do you think about the image? Do you agree or disagree with Donnelly? If so why?
There is nothing “controversial” about the image; it’s simply illustrating facts. If facts are “controversial” to someone then they clearly have trouble accepting reality.
I’m glad to see signs that common sense and personal responsibility may finally be returning to California and the rest of our country. It takes some serious cojones to stand up to the overwhelming liberal slant in this State. Let’s hope that the Libertarian ideals upon which The United States of America was founded can make a return! I’m all for “dusting off the Constitution” and letting freedom ring.
I could not agree more Geoff, people of California have been brainwashed for so long, it is refreshing to see a politician speaking the truth.
I may be in the minority here, but I’d have a tough time siding with Ted Nugent and Wayne LaPierre over King George and Barack Obama.
The image overlooks a few pesky facts.
1. Semiautomatic weapons were not in wide use until after WWII. The two gun rights people mentioned above who were alive when those weapons came into use were both killed by guns.
2. Guns are responsible for at least 60% (and up to 2/3) of the annual U.S. suicides. That’s currently about 19,000 gun-related deaths.
3. Guns are responsible for 70% of total homicides. That includes domestic violence deaths, road rage deaths, and movie theatre deaths.
4. Individuals in homes with firearms are close to FIVE TIMES more likely to commit suicide than those individuals who do not own firearms.
5. Another prominent gun rights advocate is Dick (aptly named) Cheney. Let’s check his record on gun safety. Oh, right – he shot his friend in the face.
6. The NRA maintains a database listing tens of millions of current and former gun owners as well potential gun owners. The same group vehementlys opposes government tracking of guns and their owners.
I agree that outlawing guns would not end gun violence, but that can be attributed to the flood of guns already in circulation. There are 89 guns for every 100 people in the US – twice the rate of any other country.
Sure, killing animals for subsistence is reasonable, but how would you feel if your gun was used by your child to commit suicide? Or by your child in a road rage incident? Or against your child in a road rage incident? I vote for 89 muskets per 100 people in the US.
So because you don’t like guns, you’re okay with infringing on responsible gun owners’ natural and Constitutional right to own a gun?
Does that mean that because I don’t like your opinion, you’re okay with me infringing on your natural and Constitutional right to speak your mind?
I’d rather we all just learn to get along and respect each others’ rights. My rights end where your rights begin, and vice-versa.