My friend, Chris Hernandez, touched on something I couldn’t stop thinking about after the left-wing violence in Washington D.C. during President Trump’s inauguration, and the Berkeley riot that shut down the speaking engagement of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, even though he was invited to speak there by the UC Berkeley College Republicans.
Broad sections of the left seem all too eager to use violence to shut down political opinions they don’t like against opponents who’d rather not use violence to defend themselves but will and know how, while virtue-signalling their squeamishness about guns and the military service which would have provided the training on how to those guns effectively.
In “About That ‘Punching Nazis’ Thing…” Hernandez writes:
Long story short, 1) Americans shouldn’t get beaten for political opinions even if they’re Nazis, and 2) the people currently getting beaten aren’t Nazis anyway. I’d point out that the same liberal/leftist/democratic side of the aisle that was justifiably aghast at any violence by a Trump supporter is too busy watching the Flintstones or something to loudly condemn the mass violence, arson and looting being committed by radical leftists, but that’s too easy. So instead, I’ll do the radical leftist rioters who like to punch Nazis a favor, and tell them this:
Mob violence against people for having forbidden opinions is great fun and all, until your forbidden opinion is the one facing the angry mob. So stop it. Stop covering your face, joining up with your gang and beating up innocent people because you don’t like what they think. This isn’t just a moral issue, it’s a practical one. I’ve watched what you people do, and to be honest you suck at fighting.
Don’t get me wrong; you’re great at being cowards and forming large groups to attack individual unarmed people, you’re highly skilled at breaking windows, you’re proficient at arson, but you suck at actual fighting. And since your groups are made up of people who hate guns and hate the military, you don’t have armed, trained people experienced in the use of violence.
But your targets do. The people you consider Nazis are far more likely to be armed, trained, and prepared to fight than you are. And the more incidents of mass violence you commit, the more likely regular Americans are to fight back. Those regular Americans will be better at fighting than you are. The only reason you people haven’t been beaten down en masse in the streets is because regular Americans are following the rules and expecting the police to stop you. It won’t always be that way. Some day, probably very soon, you’ll encounter people who are intimately familiar with the kind of violence you think you’re capable of. And you won’t win.
There’s nothing that says that they can’t train themselves, that they can’t take steps necessary to fill in those knowledge and skill gaps to be more effective in the physical combat they wish engage in with the police and political opponents.
But as eager as the left seems to ramp up political violence as fast as they can, versus the balances of forces and the level of skill and expertise of their targets suggests that the outcome will likely be one they will not enjoy at all.
Read the rest here.