[Marxism] Gun control and assault weapons

Tim Nelson nelsontim86 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 08:17:39 MST 2018


Interesting John, thanks.

A couple of points you made perked my interest.

Firstly, it must be genuinely worrying that the ultra-reactionary wing of
the Right in the USA is armed to the teeth. I can't imagine how I would
feel if the Tory right/UKIP had assault weapons in their homes, but I would
hazard a guess that it would be distressing.

This point got me thinking though:

" Such a political movement will only develop seriously if it is outside of
and opposed to the Democratic Party, which would welcome it in in order to
smother it. So, that means taking the first steps towards building a mass
working class party to oppose both the parties of big business."

Do comrades on here think there is a link between the lack of a social
democratic movement in America and the lack of gun control?

I'm sure it's not the whole story, but given that social democracy's MO is
essentially that the state is neutral and the vehicle for social change, it
might go some way to explain why in many Western European capitalist
democracies there is an acceptance that weapons should be controlled for
public safety reasons, while in America there is not.

On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 12:43 PM, John Reimann via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> We had a discussion the other evening among a small group about gun control
> and the growing youth movement in favor of it. The issue got more
> complicated by the minute. But in the end, I think the question boils down
> to: “How should socialists relate to what seems to be a growing movement
> among some high school students in favor of some sort of increased gun
> regulation – in particular banning assault weapons?”
>
> There was some disagreement, but in general we agreed that our society
> would be better off if civilians did not possess assault weapons. We also
> agreed that the police shouldn’t have them either.
>
> Then matters get more complicated: How are you going to go about
> confiscating them in the present political climate, where the NRA gun
> fanatics/the racists are feeling so powerful and on the offensive? You are
> going to end up with one shoot out after another, and with a rebellion from
> among the police themselves, many of whom are also members of these racist
> groups. Today, being armed to the teeth is normalized among many millions.
> So, you have to reverse the entire political direction, the entire
> political climate here in the US. That means developing a political
> movement that takes up all the basic things that are bothering working
> class people here – economics, racism, sexism, the environment, jobs... the
> whole nine yards.
> Such a political movement will only develop seriously if it is outside of
> and opposed to the Democratic Party, which would welcome it in in order to
> smother it. So, that means taking the first steps towards building a mass
> working class party to oppose both the parties of big business.
> Read entire article here:
> https://oaklandsocialist.com/2018/03/01/some-thoughts-on-gun-control/
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