As TFTP reported in 2015, Run the Jewels co-founder, Killer Mike is no fan of gun control. Three years ago, he voiced his opinion about the Charleston shootings, saying that he wishes that members of the church were armed so they could have prevented the shooting. Although his comments drew criticism from many of his fans, he refused to back down, and this week, he went on Bill Maher’s show to make another powerful point about gun control.
If you’ve ever watched Bill Maher, you know that he’s nothing short of controversial. He’s known for his strict liberal views and staunch support for the current administration.
Here at the Free Thought Project we understand that two party system is little more than a boxing match in which both fighters are owned by Don King. That being said, there is much more ground to disagree on with Bill Maher than there is to agree. However, in order to incite peaceful change, we give credit where credit is due.
During a conversation with Killer Mike, Maher called out the left’s hypocrisy on gun control, noting how you can’t be both against the establishment while at the same time, advocating that only the establishment have guns.
“One of the problems gun people have with liberals talking about guns is that liberals don’t know what they’re talking about when they’re talking about guns,” Maher said.
“At all,” Killer Mike replied.
Maher and Mike then proceed to point out that the left does not mention what happens during and after the government attempts to remove guns from society. They also completely ignore the fact that criminals do not obey laws and making guns illegal would have zero effect on criminals possessing guns.
Ironically enough, those calling for taking guns from citizens are often times the ones most critical of police killings and the ones who refer to the current president as a tyrant. How, exactly, they rationalize disarming the citizens and having only police, who kill far more people than gun owners, and the tyrants, to be the sole possessors of guns, is a mystery. And, Killer Mike and Maher aptly call them out for it.
“You’re saying to a population of people [Trump] is a tyrant. You’re living under tyrannical times. And you’re comparing him to Adolf Hitler. When you say that to my community, I must take it seriously,” says Mike.
“I’ve been saying for a long time Donald Trump is bringing fascism to this country. If you really believe that Donald Trump is an authoritarian leader capable of using force to suppress the opposition, I wonder if liberals are going to be rethinking their opinions about guns a little bit,” Maher said.
It’s not just liberals who are way off on gun control either. Republicans have their own share of hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance.
Indeed, Radley Balko sums up the mental gymnastics of both parties perfectly in regard to the distorted realities held as “truth.”
Red: "We need guns to protect us from the government. Also, it is unpatriotic to second-guess when armed government employees kill people."
Blue: "The government has a history of racism and oppression. Guns are instruments of death. Only government employees should have guns."
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) November 9, 2017
In an interview with Reason Magazine several years back, Killer Mike pointed out the necessity of citizens to be armed.
“I do worry about my gun being taken. I do worry about these roadblocks that are popping up for DUIs illegally, these checkpoints in my community. I worry about that. We’re promised not to be treated like that domestically. We’re promised that our police cannot act like the military does. But we have allowed not only military machines but military tactics. We’re funding local municipalities with drug raids,” Killer Mike told Reason.
The next time your friends try to tell you that citizens should be disarmed, tell them what that really means; they only want government, who has a history of racism and violence, who kill indiscriminately, with zero accountability, and far more often, to be the ones with guns.