Showing posts with label assualt rifles. Show all posts
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August 30, 2023

The Far-Right and the Riflemen (and Women)

 

By Hal Brown 


This morning Raw Story published this article: 

Far-right lawmaker wants to defund Fani Willis: 'I don't want to have to draw my rifle' Click to read.


This is the part of the story that led to the title and some mockery in the comments (my emphasis):

Moore said during a recent conversation with a fellow state senator they discussed “taking action right now because if we don't, our constituencies are gonna be fighting it in the streets.”

“Do you want a civil war? I don't want a civil war. I don't want to have to draw my rifle. I want to make this problem go away with my legislative means of doing so, and the first step to getting that done is defunding Fani Willis of any Georgia tax dollars."

This brought to mind the ABC TV western The Rifleman which aired between 1958 and 1963. Chuck Conners played the hero Lucas McCain. Some trivia: Sammy Davis Junior played Tip Corey,  a super fast, black gunman who killed the 5 men the law allowed to murder his father years ago, demands that deputy McCain symbolically throw his badge in the dirt in the episode Two Ounces of Tin (Reference).

The Rifleman was one of the first popular TV shows to feature a single parent raising a child.

Like any Western TV show or film, The Rifleman had plenty of villains and gunplay. But that isn’t what really made the show work. The driving force behind the show was the relationship between Lucas and his son.  

Lucas was a widower raising his son all by himself. Each week, he attempted to deliver justice and do what he considered to be right but also set a great example for his son.  

He may have been handy with a gun, but he only used it when it was absolutely necessary. He was kind, fair, and most importantly, not quick to action. Lucas provided the program’s moral center. 

In the current TV landscape, a character like Lucas may seem ordinary or, to some, boring. But that undersells just how influential Connors’ work in the role was at the time. It was about more than the character or dialogue — it was about the simple fact that it was a father raising his son without a mother. Read more here

The Rifleman was the only TV western hero who eschewed a six-shooter and wasn't the fastest handgun draw in town. Instead Lucas McCain shot from the hip  firing his rifle 12 times in five seconds in the introduction to every show (watch video here) It was in fact akin to what can be done with modern AR-15 style assualt rifles only without the skill required as shown in this demonstration by an expert.


The rifle was a Winchester Model 1892 44.40 caliber

The AR style assault rifle which is favored by gun nuts, mass shooters, and far right zealots doesn't require the skill of a fictional TV hero to shoot with deadly consequences. Bozos Boebert and Greene pose and post pics of themselves with thse big black badboy blasters and AR-15 pins are worn by members of Congress to express their far-right bonafides. 

Male or female, whether they are in pictures or wearing pins the AR-15 says to liberals "I'm more macho* than you." The message is that you should fear me because I'm a mighty monster and you're a minuscule mouse and I can mash you into mush.

It more than rhetoric coming form Trump and Trump wannabes portending violence if he ends up going to prison. These words are already leading some people to "draw" their AR-15 rifles. Chaucey DeVega writes in Salon today:

Over the weekend, for example, a white supremacist murdered three Black people in Florida. National security and other experts continue to warn that there are millions of Trump's followers and other members of the right wing who support and are potentially willing to engage in acts of terrorism and other violence – including a second coup attempt, civil war, or insurgency, to put Trump back in office. From: Don't look away: It's a mistake to ignore Donald Trump's interview with Tucker Carlson "The discussion normalized violence as a response to political disappointment"
Would it be that the heros of the MAGA GOP were truly as rightious as  they were in the early TV Western shows like The Rifleman. Instead they play at being righteous, but they are really saying they are holier then thou with the thou being everyone they think is twarting their agenda.

You can watch the first episode of The Rifleman, The Sharpshooter, here. In it Lucas (Chuck Connors) and Mark McCain (Johnny Crawford) finally find the ranch they have been looking for, but the ranch comes with a price, and Lucas may have to decide between the ranch and his son's life.


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* The term macho has had a masculine connotation, however consider this book from 2003 which may have portended the likes of Boebtert and Greene
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