Could The New York Times finally be getting the Second Amendment?
A recent story by the publication about American Muslims “and their guns” appeared to be aimed at jabbing gun owners.
But the headline and tweet promoting the story just seemed to have the opposite effect.
American Muslims say they own guns for the same reasons as anyone else: for protection, for hunting, or for their work. But they also cite another factor: fear of persecution. https://t.co/nCBtNVApv3
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 8, 2018
In fact, much of the story seemed to reinforce what gun owners with legally owned firearms, and proponents of the Second Amendment, have been saying all along.
Was this supposed to be an edgy headline? Americans, like these in the article, exercise their second amendment rights to protect themselves all the time. https://t.co/LOsdd0iOR6
— Andrew Moss (@andrew4duval) June 10, 2018
Um.. good for them? https://t.co/iVXxKvzBWU
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 10, 2018
NY Times attempt at fear mongering fails.
— Jeremy (@The_Smirker) June 11, 2018
“Muslim gun owners are viewed with suspicion by gun stores, ranges and clubs, and occasionally met with harassment,” the post shared, declaring that the Muslims interviewed for the piece said “their decision to own guns was simply a matter of exercising their hard-earned rights.”
And just like that, liberals were for gun rights.
— Trainwreck Titty Blister (@TittyBlister) June 10, 2018
A Tampa resident and executive director of CAIR Florida was quoted as saying he is “not a reckless gun enthusiast,” and “reluctantly owns these tools for purposes of self-defense.”
So, the whole point of the 2nd Amendment? https://t.co/zfhUx3Xv2S
— Tommy (@TommyBeeswax) June 10, 2018
And they nor anyone else should be deprived of their right. https://t.co/Peq9Fex5Xl
— Dylan Schouppe (@dskahoopay) June 10, 2018
Yes. The Second Amendment exists for the very purpose of preventing persecution. It’s the f*cking point.
The Founders did not amend the Constitution out of fear they wouldn’t be able to shoot clay pigeons. https://t.co/b3gI2a0X36
— Actually, Quite a Dignified M’Fin Pickle (@sunnyright) June 10, 2018
Another man from Ohio was featured as being someone who “likes to collect guns.” This is apparently not a problem as long as you are the discriminated against minority the New York Times is defending.
Why does the NYTimes think “fear of persecution” is a uniquely Muslim reason for owning a gun?
— Victor Laszlo (@glenn_fogle) June 10, 2018
Takeaway: Muslims deserve to bear arms. Non-Muslims don’t.
— JB (@heelnipper) June 10, 2018
“I have a few rifles and a few handguns,” Ahmad Aboukar, who has a concealed-carry permit, said. “These rifles I picked specifically for intended uses: One could be collector value, another one could be self-defense, and a third could be just to have for the heck of having, to try something else out.”
How come they only get the arguments when the “properly approved “ groups make them
— Scurrilous Dog (@scurrilous_dog) June 10, 2018
No telling if what the Times was really trying to achieve worked, but Twitter users continued to react.
Isn’t fear of persecution, aka tyranny, the basis of the 2nd amendment? Doesn’t The NY Times mock non-Muslims who make this argument?
— Tad Kolke (@TadKolke) June 10, 2018
So guns are ok now?
— JWF (@JammieWF) June 10, 2018
Now, you’re starting to get it.
— Mitchell Blues (@MitchellBlues) June 10, 2018
That’s the purposes of the 2nd Amendment you ignorant dolts!! Did it take a minority to explain the fundamental concepts to you?
Hunting and work are not the reasons we have a natutal right to bear arms.
— Jake R. (@jaker1419) June 10, 2018
It’s almost as if when we remove the rhetoric, we all basically want the same things.
— mvtt🦅 (@MVTT7) June 10, 2018
— CB Shoudn’t Tweet (@CB_ReadinTweets) June 10, 2018
Congratulations New York Times! It only took you 167 years to figure out what the 2nd Amendment is truly all about …
— David Ski (@RomeoArmani) June 11, 2018
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