If the shibboleths of the left are abortion on demand, universal free healthcare, and a gun-free nation, the shibboleths of the right are riding your Harley to church with your AR-15 slung on your back, with 500 rounds on your bandoliers.
Any talk about “red flags” or citizen-reported emergency gun temporary restraining orders gives rise to “your liberal neighbors can call you in and the guvmint will come take your guns.” This leads to “no way in hell” and “from my cold dead hands.” Then the chest-beating.
I normally agree with my conservative friends, and I still consider Joe Silverman one of the better Twitter accounts to follow. But dang.
We bandy about the idea of a “national divorce.” Like it’s not going to work out, liberals, so you have your country, and we’ll have ours. That’s not going to happen, and if it did, it would be a bloodbath, and we (chest-beating, Harley-riding southerners) would almost certainly lose to California and New York. So quit talking about it.
The solution to liberal states being liberal is Federalism, which the founding fathers knew 230 years ago. America is a big country. We can deal with our friends and neighbors believing different things than we do.
Connecticut passed sweeping gun registration laws and a ban. New York and New Jersey did too. People didn’t comply. Reasonable gun-owners did nothing and were fine being criminals. Police didn’t come to their homes and kill them to take their guns. Their liberal neighbors didn’t drop a dime on them.
The divorce didn’t happen, just like it didn’t happen with abortion (which would be a much more worthy thing to fight against, by the way). If gun registration ever comes to America, I won’t register. Sorry. And you wouldn’t either, if you’re a conservative. And your liberal neighbors likely wouldn’t call you in, unless you rode your Harley to their church slung with an AR-15 and bandoliers, and a 100-round magazine with a “because screw you” sticker on it.
When, as a nation, we beat our chests and seriously discuss divorce because a sick, ignorant white boy shoots babies at a Wal-Mart and we would rather cling to our shibboleths than figure out a way to get along with the horrified liberals, we are not helping the problem.