Comparing the New Mexico 2A protestors with the NYC Zoomer Sunrise Movement
A tale of two protests
There’s a lot happening in America today. On September 8, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order unilaterally banning open and concealed carry in the capitol city of Albuquerque for 30 days. The executive order was issued in the form of a public health emergency, though Grisham was unable to articulate how such a ban targeted at lawful gun owners would actually solve the problem of gun violence in her state.
Governor Grisham’s move was so over-the-top and obviously illegal that even liberals were condemning it. The state Attorney General, also a Democrat, refused to defend the order in court. Local law enforcement refused to enforce it. Soon, a federal judge temporarily blocked the order entirely pending the outcome of a court case that will almost certainly find it unconstitutional.
There were also numerous protests in open defiance of the Governor’s order. These were great to see. I normally oppose combining guns and protests in any way shape or form, but here, since it’s directly related to an important 2nd Amendment issue, I think it’s great. These were brave people who did a very good thing. They risked a $5,000 fine if the Governor’s order was actually enforced.
As nice as this was to see, I think these incidents can be deceptive. I saw some responses saying that liberals couldn’t actually project direct power, and that compared to the active 2A protestors in New Mexico, they were helpless.
It made me think of a really pathetic-looking recent protest by a Gen Z group called the Sunrise Movement. There are probably hundreds of this groups by this point and I’m sure they’re all organized and funded by the same shadowy NGOs. The protestors were much younger, they were blocking a street, and were working themselves up into a frenzy chanting “I believe that we will win.”
I don’t think that these people look particularly tough. I’m sure that most of the men there are just trying to get laid. They’re all unarmed. They probably support gun control. A few of them are misshapen. Despite all of this, I think they present much more of a real threat to their opponents than the armed protestors you saw in New Mexico do.
The issue is never that leftist movements have too many high quality people. Rather, they have a mass of people who are willing to do anything to get what they want. The New Mexico 2A protestors selected a public park to hold their protest. They’re decent members of their community, they didn’t want to block the street and inconvenience others. The Gen Z protestors held their chant in the middle of the street. They blocked traffic to protest the “Climate Emergency.” I think everyone knows that that motivation is actually bullshit. What’s more likely is that they get a rush from inconveniencing others. They are publicly displaying their power and importance.
People today are increasingly demoralized. They’re fat. They have shit tattoos. They’re anxious. Their cities are turning into dumps and it’s too expensive to live. This causes people to feel more and more powerless. Feeling powerful is addictive. That’s why you see the same people showing up at BLM riots across the country over and over again. The rioters entered the realm of fantasy: they did stuff they knew they weren’t supposed to do and got away with it. If you can block traffic and decide who goes where, you must feel pretty powerful afterwards. If you shoot someone to stop them from getting by, all the more so.
Of course, they’re only allowed to do this because they have support from the powers at be. The police aren’t allowed to clear them out. They probably get money from the city government and who knows how many NGOs. If a driver wanted to get by, they would probably be arrested. Any kind of physical altercation would likely end badly for someone defying the mob, regardless of who was the aggressor. These people know that both the authorities and the “arc of history” are both on their sides.
Although this arrangement certainly isn’t fair, that won’t slow them down very much. They don’t care about hypocrisy. They care about winning. That’s what the Gen Z protestors were chanting: “I believe that we will win” over and over again.
The New Mexico 2A protestors had a very different message. They talked about how their rights were being violated and how they just wanted to be left alone in peace. This an admirable point of view, it reflects the fact that these are good people, but it also shows that they’re just not that dangerous. They’re law abiding and well-adjusted. If you expect them to really deviate from the law (not just defying an illegal order that carries a fine), you’re going to be waiting for a long long time. Their protest was successful not because they were armed, but because there was no institutional will to back up what the governor was saying.
They can find that institutional will, and they have in places across the country and the world that have seen the sudden introduction of extreme gun restrictions. Democrats aren’t mad because Governor Grisham acted illegally, they’re mad because she gave the game away before they could actually implement their plans in a way that would stick.
Grisham’s actions are a little bit bewildering. But, having seen her speak, I think she’s just fucking stupid. She’s one of these old people whose neuroplasticity is gone and has had her brain drilled out by MSNBC and network television dramas with North Korea-tier propaganda messaging. She thinks she’s right about everything because she’s in an prestigious role, which she barely understands and certainly doesn't respect. It’s unlikely that anyone has told her “No” for decades. She’s been in her own little bubble surrounded by far-left aides and sycophants.
Types like Grisham will eventually be replaced by the younger people you see in the Sunrise Movement. Just this week, the Biden regime announced the creation of the “American Climate Corps.” This 20,000-strong youth organization promises good-paying jobs, training, and coordination for climate activists. The American Climate Corps will unite similar organizations in 11 different states.
I hope everyone understand at this point that what’s really going on is that liberals are creating a new Red Guard. Climate change groups have been shown to act as feeders for more violent leftist activist organizations. Take the case of Ehret Nottingham. Nottingham was a longtime climate activist who showed up in stories about a BLM roadblock shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Just this month, he was arrested for domestic terrorism in Georgia as part of a larger investigation into violent attacks on a police training facility outside of Atlanta.
The Biden administration is providing the most radical activists in their coalition with money, organization, and state backing. Professional activists act as force multipliers in times of social unrest. If they want to shut down normal life, whether it be to protest “police abuse” or the “climate crisis,” they can do so. They’re ready, willing, and able and have a large body of foot soldiers and organizers to draw from.
Whatever their problems now, they can be fixed more easily than the problems facing conservatives. Liberals can buy guns (and they do, as the heavily armed crowds during the Floyd riots showed). Liberals can go to the gym. More significant than anything else is that liberals have organization and an Interahamwe mindset that conservatives lack, which will have much more of an impact on the next 10 years than private firearms ownership rates today.
Late last month, 18 members of the Sunrise movement were arrested for occupying then-Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy’s office. These people aren’t shy about being disruptive in order to get what they want. They know they will not be punished and it’s only making them more bold.
The only response from Red states must be rough justice from institutions that conservatives still control. These people cannot be allowed to terrorize communities. Organizing roadblocks should carry felony charges. Participating in them should be met with mandatory jailtime. Penalties should be tripled if there are guns involved in these takeovers. These mass protests rely on the authorities being unable and unwilling to respond to large activist-led mobs. That’s how low-level leftist violence has always worked: If they get enough people together, they can do whatever they want.
Red states must short-circuit this with their own escalation: more cops, more judges, more jails, more convictions. Let everyone know that there is no limit to the extent to which the law and public order will be enforced. The mob will never be in control of how far things go or don’t go. If you take over the road with guns you’re certain to be arrested. If you resist, you’ll get shot by trained professionals who will be praised as heroes. That’s how things have to work in Red states. This is not a problem that can be solved by private citizens making something up on the fly, these people have more money and official support than any rightwing group could hope to achieve. Leftists are not subtle about what they’re preparing.
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