Novelist James Patterson Misfires with Anti-Second Amendment Rant
Renowned novelist James Patterson recently revealed to his followers that, while he may be an expert in writing fiction, he’s not so hot when it comes to history. In a misguided attack on the Second Amendment, Patterson proved uninformed about our American Revolution and gun laws in the U.S.
Patterson, author of thrillers including “Along Came a Spider,” played the part of a good little liberal in a Friday post where he read the minds of our founding fathers — and missed the mark by a mile. His ill-defined words and lack of knowledge about assault weapons and firearms in the 18th century showed that he clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
The writer lamented that Americans can have “machine guns” and insisted that the founders wouldn’t want “farm boys” to have them. However, his assertions are merely liberal drivel that have been debunked many times.
I write about assault weapons more than I’d like to. I believe their place is in the hands of law officers and our military. I honestly don’t see why anyone else needs to have a machine gun. I’m 99.999% sure that Tom Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Washington, and the Adams boys did not…
— James Patterson (@JP_Books) November 3, 2023
Firstly, the idea that only the police and military should have the best weaponry runs completely contrary to the ideals of the very founders he invokes. The founders wanted the “farm boys” of the nation to have similar power to a super-powerful government. So, allowing only cops and soldiers to have the most up-to-date weapons is an anti-American idea.
Secondly, Patterson clearly does not know what a “machine gun” even is because fully automatic rifles are already effectively outlawed. The average person has no access at all to a true “machine gun.”
Furthermore, Patterson’s claim that the founders didn’t “foresee assault rifles in the hands of farm boys back in the 18th century” is entirely wrong. The founders wanted what was at the time the top-of-the-line “assault rifle” in the hands of every adult who was 17 years of age and up.
The flintlock musket with attaching bayonet that Patterson references was the premier military weapon of war of the day. And the founders did not state that they wanted people to have “single-shot muskets.” They said they wanted Americans to have “firearms.” They used that more generic term because they knew full well that technology would advance and so would weapons design and manufacturing.
Others, including talk show host Dana Loesch, quickly schooled Patterson on his misconceptions.
Well, you’re 99.999% wrong. The founders would’ve purchased repeating flintlocks for war except for price. Jefferson owned a Girandoni rifle later adopted by the Austrian military. The Puckle gun was considered the 1st machine gun & predates the Constitution. You clearly don’t know the difference between a semi auto, select fire, or full auto capabilities. To quote the great Jeff Lebowski, ‘that’s just like, your opinion man.’”
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 3, 2023
It’s clear that Patterson’s understanding of history and the Second Amendment is flawed. His arguments have been debunked time and again, and his lack of knowledge about firearms is evident. Patterson should stick to his world of make-believe stories, as reality, truth, and history are not his forte.
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How does the availability of advanced weapons in civilian hands relate to the balance of power between the government and the people?
Ilitary. It was an early air rifle with detachable magazine, reloading with simple pump action. Situation was more complicated than ❇reduced to flintlocks. It’s important to understand all weapons–primitive to advanced–were allowed in civilian hands, to match government firepower and for self-defense.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 3, 2023
Loesch pointed out that the founders were well aware of advanced weapons technology and intended for the American people to have access to the same kind of firepower as their own government. The idea of the Second Amendment was to create a balance of power between the government and the people, ensuring that the people could protect themselves from potential tyranny.
Patterson’s statement is not just ill-informed, but it is also dangerous. By perpetuating false information about the intentions of the founders, he adds fuel to the fire of the ongoing debate on gun control. It is essential that we understand the historical context of the Second Amendment and the reasoning behind it in order to have a meaningful discussion about firearms in the U.S.
It is disappointing to see a respected novelist like James Patterson misfire in this way. As a writer, he has a responsibility to ensure the accuracy of his statements, especially when addressing such important and contentious issues. By spreading misinformation, he only contributes to the division and polarization in our society.
As consumers of media and literature, it is important for us to critically analyze the messages conveyed by authors and public figures. We should not blindly accept their opinions as fact, but rather, research and educate ourselves to form our own informed perspectives.
In conclusion, James Patterson’s anti-Second Amendment rant is a clear example of a misinformed opinion. His lack of historical knowledge and inaccurate claims only serve to undermine the truth and perpetuate misconceptions. It is crucial that we rely on accurate information and engage in productive discussions when addressing important issues like gun control and the Second Amendment.
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