Can We Not? Burning Our Governor In Effigy Edition
Friday at the Oregon Capitol an effigy of Governor Kate Brown was set on fire during a pro-2nd Amendment protest.
Now repeat after me:
Hanging and burning an effigy of our Governor is wrong.
Coming from a long line of hunters, you don't get more pro-gun than the Vandever clan, so it makes me sad to see my fellow 2nd Amendment advocates using such tactics at their protests. Now I don't know if the burning was an organized part of the event, or if it was one individual going rogue, but I think it is on all of us who are part of the pro-gun movement to call out acts like this when they go to far.
Of course protesters have the right to engage in such demonstrations, 1st amendment, freedom of speech, right to protest, blah blah blah. But a mature and effective political movement has the responsibility to police it's members when they go over the line.
Without a doubt Governor Brown is bought and paid for by Mike Bloomberg and the anti-gun lobby. As a result I am sure we will see a plethora of gun control bills in the next legislative session should Kate Brown win her election. If that happens, we should make our case against those measures, because the arguments are on our side.
But at the end of the day Kate Brown is our Governor and should be respected in that capacity and as a human being. Burning her in effigy doesn't bring more people over to our side of the debate, it only makes a legitimate movement appear fringe.
I am proud that many pro-gun legislators condemned these actions. We should work together to be a movement that doesn't simply try to win, but tries to be worthy of winning.