The girl in the picture is Kaitlin ‘You know I carry, right?’ Bennett who graduated from Fortnite University (probably) with a 4.0 GPA in antagonizing people and a minor in poking liberals in the eye on social media. It goes without saying that when you deliberately set out to antagonize people you will get a response, especially when politics is involved. And let’s be honest, when is politics not involved? Politics has somehow become involved in everything, from which shoe brand you buy/boycott to whether you believe countries should exist with borders or not. But in a world where young ladies carry assault rifles to their old school we have seen a new and worrying trend rising from the party of peace and tolerance.
Hillary Clinton recently said ‘You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.’
The idea that ‘We only have to be civil when we are getting what we want’ is a grown-up version of the terrible-twos. In fact, it’s not even a grown-up version; it’s just stunted emotional development of someone with narcissistic tendencies actually behaving like a toddler.
In fairness, Clinton isn’t the first to come out with such rhetoric. Back in 2016 Joe Biden and Donald Trump were threatening to fight each other like a couple of school-kids. It should have happened, it would have made more money than Mayweather vs McGregor and would have been a lot more fun to watch.
It’s not just Clinton who has recently taken this approach. Nancy Pelosi has recently said ‘If there’s some collateral damage for some others that don’t share our view, well so be it.’
Really? ‘Collateral damage’ just for disagreeing with the Democrat agenda. Does this sound like a return to civility if they get in power? It should be added that she didn’t clarify what ‘collateral damage’ means, but it’s never a good thing and shouldn’t we at least try to give a perception that we are a nation of law and order and walk back these threats, not renew them?
And why do this now? Would this have been acceptable from Republicans in 2008 when Obama took over? What we are seeing from Republicans is just how things happen all the time. Democrats get in power and do Democrat things. Then Republicans get in power and do Republican things. It’s the way the system works – well, it doesn’t work at all, but it’s what happens. It’s what has always happened in the past. Apparently, it’s not what happens anymore.
Ted Wheeler, the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, recently gave the police in his city a stand down order while Antifa, a group of people who dress in black, hide their faces, and threaten or commit acts of violence against people they disagree with, close down roads and take over the city. Yes, you read that right. They dress in black and are violent towards anyone who disagrees with them. The irony about being “anti-fascist” is completely lost on them.
So, what does this have to do with Real-Life Fortnite fighter, Ms. Bennett? Well, she recently posted a video on Twitter reading out a selection of messages she has received including threats of violence and death. The things she is threatened with are horrific, and honestly, it’s hard for even the most gun-control-minded person to wonder if maybe she should have one for protection. Yes, she instigated. Yes, she is obnoxious in her 2nd Amendment views. But she hasn’t hurt anyone. She just has an alternative view to the people threatening her. It’s shocking that people are so unable to manage their emotions that they have to threaten those who disagree. [Click on the image for the Twitter video. Warning: It contains some language that would make a sailor blush.]
In a civil world, people would be able to disagree on things without threatening each other. But this is no longer a civil world. When the leaders of a party tell their followers that they don’t have to be civil anymore, things can, and often do get out of control. In fact, when leaders call for incivility and allow fascist mobs to take over the streets there aren’t many paths society can go down. It’s at this point where the number of outcomes becomes somewhat limited.
Ultimately, there will be disagreements between factions; that’s perfectly normal and has been happening since the dawn of time. However, when you are anti-gun in a country that allows people to carry guns, and you are targeting an individual with death threats because “incivility” is being called for by the leaders you admire, it’s only a matter of time before shots are fired. The thing is, it’s not the people making the threats who have the guns, and when you are bravely bringing your keyboard warrior skills to a gunfight, the odds aren’t in your favour.