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Hot take, bc I just had an argument about it:

We would have a lot healthier discussions about firearms if we all dropped hunting as a talking point, or at least acknowledged hunting is a somewhat orthogonal culture war element used as a smoke screen.
Every nation with the space to do so allows hunting & weapons for that purpose. That's not why we argue.

Ultimately the liberal vs revolutionary argument over firearms is about whether the threat to kill your fellow citizens is considered acceptable political leverage.
And that's really the long and short of it.

This is not a left vs right thing, per se! There are lots of leftist (revolutionary) arguments for an armed and HIGHLY militarized population who are absolutely ready to start slitting throats and shooting people to guarantee liberty.
And there's no shortage of right wing arguments against an armed people.

It's just that in the Democratic West, right now, the majority (in my opinion rightly) decided that politics based upon "we are going to kill the shit out of you if you cross us" are... Impolitic.
I personally THINK this is a good thing! Sincerely. I believe the politics of violence are dangerous, ableist, and tend to enshrine majoritarian tyranny (after all, for example, if the mainstream decides that Jews gotta go, it doesn't matter how much the Jewish minority arms up.)
But whether it's a good thing or not (I'm sure my identity as a CW Jewish man w/little stomach for violence obviously shapes my beliefs) the dispute over Whether Threatened Murder is Ok As A Basis For Political Power is a constant presence but one we aren't allowed to talk about.
So instead we endlessly talk back and forth about "hunting," feeding the rural/urban culture war aspect of it, when we should also be acknowledging "do we consider threatened violent power and a militarized populace an acceptable element of society to guarantee liberty?"
And it's not useful. Orwell and other revolutionary leftists were absolutely ok acknowledging that they thought a guarantor of popular liberty was the ability to start killing people if they didn't like their lot.

We can only grapple with this issue honestly if we admit that.
But that's my point. Sure, maybe a fair bit of this is rural vs urban conflict over cultural norms. But a lot of that is just rhetoric: it's really about "is it ok to use the threat of violence for what I believe to be right?"
Because an armed and militarized population is a threat, by definition. That's why you arm them and drill them, to get them ready to start killing people if you need to.
Let's be real. That is the fantasy of Les Mis, the American Revolution, the guillotine, that of countless popular revolutions.

They went to those barricades intending to kill a bunch of people until they got their way, because they deemed that violence an acceptable evil.
And for that form of political leverage to work, the weapons and the terror and violence they inflict need to be real and potent. The population must be ready to cut throats. The weapons can't be humble hunting rifles. They need to be deadly rivals to military tech.
And THAT is why you get stuff like Feral Hog Dude. Sure, there's rural/urban involved, American cult of armed masculinity, probably white supremacy. But both he and his lefty counterparts who insist any man without weapons is a slave are just unable to say the small print aloud.
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