Tuesday, August 18, 2009

False Equivalences

TPM:
According to local police, approximately a dozen people carrying firearms outside the Obama event yesterday.

And now the health-reform opponent carrying an AR-15 Assault Rifle (or perhaps the group he's affiliated with) has produced a Youtube video which leaves little question where they stand -- "We will forcefully resist people imposing their will on us through the strength of the majority with a vote."

I admit I'm about to present a bit of a strawman, since I haven't heard anybody say the "crazies of the left are just as crazy as the right" in regards to this particular incident... but it's a commonly expressed sentiment and was used to justify health care opponents rowdy town hall confrontations.

I find openly carried weapons with threats of forceful resistance to be significantly more crazy than some anarchists committing vandalism during WTO protests... but YMMV.