Stevens: Gun Control and the New World Order

After the killings in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, Texas, many people are asking why we don’t pass proper gun laws. We all know that the Second Amendment was never designed to prohibit all gun ownership rules. Constitution is not the problem. Some point to procedural issues in Congress. As things stand now, you only need 60 votes instead of a majority to pass the bill, and that’s a high bar at a time of political polarization.

But something else is happening. There is an illusion of a dangerous conspiracy behind this discussion. It is believed that this is the fear of the coming of a new world order.

Although a distorted belief in an impending new world order has existed in the United States for many years, its adherents are no longer confined to fringe groups. An increasing number of people believe that the global elite – aided by domestic socialists and communists in the Democratic Party and the “Deep State” – seeks to destroy America and establish an international tyranny through UN intervention. plan is. Various versions of this conspiracy fallacy exist. But in general, the assumption is that these elites want to destroy the American family, abolish capitalism (including our country’s currency) and send patriots to concentration camps, which some believe. that has already been created. It is sometimes associated with religious notions of the apocalypse, in which the enemy is combined with the Antichrist. Sometimes science fiction is intrusive, and the secret lizard people believe in is part of the illusion.

But central to every version of the belief is that an amorphous elite is committed to snatching all guns from American citizens.

From the perspective of those who have embraced the illusion of conspiracy, there can be no proper gun law; It is dishonest to talk about it at all. Those who believe that there is a conspiracy to create a new world order believe that whatever the saying goes, the goal of those who raise the issue of gun regulation is actually to confiscate all guns and expose us to the tyranny of the New World. To sensitize. Therefore, all patriots must fight any attempt to pass any type of gun law. All gun regulation is just a Trojan horse for the ultimate goal of complete, complete disarmament, leaving us all vulnerable to impending tyranny. As noted by Mark Pitcage of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, those who believe that “the United States was the last bastion of freedom, but now they are taking away the rights of Americans from the New World Order.” are cooperating with, including the right to bear arms.”

Many believe it is imminent. As the Democratic governor of Virginia walked out of office in January, there were new reports about fake claims that he was going to call on the United Nations to stop protests from gun advocates. Pictures of UN vehicles circulated on the Internet, and many believed a civil war was at hand. And it made all firearms a necessity.

So the problem with enacting fair, moderate gun regulation isn’t primarily a result of money given to politicians by the National Rifle Association. This powerful lobbying organization really plays a part. But the role of ideology is even more important. Hardcore conspiracy believers believe that the Democrats (read “Socialists” or “Communists”) are being led by a hidden elite intent on establishing world tyranny and that disarmament is a move towards doing so. Important step.

Even those who reject fanatical conspiracies are struck by this narrative. Are Democrats really just globalists in disguise? Is talk of minor gun regulation really a step towards full gun confiscation?

I have good friends who don’t believe in the delusions of fanatical conspiracy, but they do believe in the notion that we’re headed for civil war and tyranny is being imposed. Only guns can save us from this fate. Only guns can save America from its enemies. Gun regulation is just a slippery slope. If one leans towards the rules that seem reasonable, soon all guns will be taken from us.

My friends who believe it is good people, and they are not captives of conspiracy delusions. But the conspiracy perceptions that are circulated affect them. They feel the urgency of the moment. They distrust their political opponents.

The essence of politics, as Aristotle understood, is compromise. Disagreeing people talk among themselves and come to an agreement to meet in the middle. But the rise of the illusion of conspiracy is making it difficult, if not impossible. Somehow, we have to find a way to access the corridor and trust each other enough to work together.

Solomon D. Stevens Received a doctorate in political science from Boston College and taught constitutional law, American government, and political theory. He lives in North Charleston.

Receive a weekly recap of South Carolina opinion and analysis from The Post and Courier to your inbox on Monday evenings.

Subscribe

Get the best of Newspaper delivered to your inbox daily

Most Viewed

Related Stories