Bill Clinton to Democrats: Don’t trivialize gun culture


“Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them. A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things. I know because I come from this world,” said Clinton about gun culture.

Urban liberals too often assume rural white gun owners are ignorant, racist, white trash who need to be educated by their betters, then wonder why those very same gun owners are so hostile to them. Maybe it’s because urban liberals don’t try to hide their class contempt and snobbery? This is precisely what Bill Clinton is talking about. I count among my friends gun-owning rednecks from when we lived in Utah. Here’s the deal. They generally are not ignorant, are no more racist than city dwellers, and often lean to the left politically. But don’t be messing with their guns.

Redneck leftie journalist Joe Bageant wrote about this and more, often focusing on how the Democratic Party has deliberately abandoned the white working class, which used to be their bedrock. The Republican Party has been happy to move into that void. As for guns (from a few years ago.)

With Michael Savage and Ann Coulter openly calling for liberals to be put in concentration camps, with the CIA now licensed to secretly detain American citizens indefinitely, and with the current administration effectively legalizing torture, the proper question to ask an NRA member may be, “What kind of assault rifle do you think I can get for three hundred bucks, and how many rounds of ammo does it take to stop a two-hundred-pound born-again Homeland Security zombie from putting me in a camp?” Which would you prefer, 40 million gun-owning Americans on your side or theirs?”