Chicago is certainly not the friendliest of cities for supporters of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, which might be why a Chicago area “guns forum” got a bit antsy in their pantsy when a combat veteran and gun rights advocate eloquently defended the Constitution and every American’s right to defend themselves, leaving the crowd in a roaring ovation.
Organizers of the New Tier Democrats touted this forum as a “space for real conversation,” which apparently meant a one-sided anti gun lecture that likened the NRA to Nazis and all-bark, no-bite Chihuahuas. After sitting through a ridiculous PowerPoint presentation full of misleading statistics and unwarranted accusations, Air Force veteran, Kevin Tully had enough.
Tully stood and let his presence be known as he addressed the room and made Lee Goodman, panelist of the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition, look like a child with an adolescent view of the world.
“The threat of tyranny, today, is no less than at the turn of the century in 1900, in 1800, or in 1700!”
The exchange of ideas went as follows:
Kevin Tully: Sir, sir. While you’re standing up. I’ve sat here [inaudible] and I’d like to agree with the professor. Everyone standing in this room right now, especially the veterans in the room right now, know, that we are all Americans. The problem with this country right now is it’s us and it’s f***ing them. We need to stop this crap.
Now, the thing I would like you to answer, sir. And I did go to war for this country. Whether it was for everyone in here’s ability to have oil and gas in their cars, or the banks, or whatever. I went to war for my country.
And I went to war for your ability to have the First Amendment, to say what you stood up there and said today, to write what you want to write in your newspaper, and have whatever opinion you want to have. You can practice whatever religious freedoms you want. I would like you to answer the question, since you just said that one of the rights that I went to war over to defend, that is inalienable, to every American citizen. If this discussion was going on, about your First Amendment rights, would you still have the same opinion that we don’t need that any more either.
Lee Goodman: You didn’t hear my answer….that’s not what I said…I said it doesn’t matter what their reasons are, what matters is whether or not it’s relevant today.
Audience member: It’s an eternal truth, an eternal truth….
Lee Goodman: When they consider any part of the Constitution, any law, they’re going to say, “what does it mean today?”
Kevin Tully: The threat of tyranny, today, is no less than at the turn of the century in 1900, in 1800, or in 1700!