A recorded phone call made the rounds of conservative blogs back in February featuring a woman going toe-to-toe on gun rights with a "sworn peace officer" on what exactly would happen if Connecticut cops did the unconscionable act of upholding Connecticut state law. So-called Guerilla Girl Ashley duked it out Constitutional style with Lt. Paul Vance (spokesman for the Connecticut State Police during the Sandy Hook tragedy) over the recently passed law forcing Connecticut residents to register their assault rifles and high capacity magazines and what specifically would happen if her gun toting husband did not comply.
Unfortunately, her arguments weren't bulletproof:
It is actually quite remarkable how steady and calm Lt. Vance stays for the majority (alas, not the entirety) of the phone call. Through simple civics lessons, he attempts to educate the Laura Ingraham soundalike, hellbent-for-a-damning-sound-byte caller on how the Constitution, state law, legislatures, and law enforcement interact together.
Things Ashley may have learned at the end of the call that she didn't know going in:
-Law enforcement has a duty to uphold the laws they protect.
-Laws are considered constitutional until proven otherwise by courts.
-Officers (and even Lt. Vance) pay taxes which fund state employee salaries.
-Legislators are more likely to help you get a law changed than your state police.
-Receptionists are not sworn police officers.
At every major question, Lt. Vance is able to collectedly give Ashley a reply that in my estimation refutes her contrived concern that the police will be knocking on her door, asking to take away her husband's artillery. But what's really interesting is how this video seemingly became a rallying cry for conservatives (I found it while scouring an entertainingly fruitful, conservative Youtube account I featured in a comment yesterday). Instead of distributing the video to the most vocal of second amendment men with instructions of "do not do this," the conservative blogosphere grabbed onto two understandably awkward statements the lieutenant did make:
"You sound anti-American," and "I am the master."
Although, I'm not going to necessarily defend these statements, they're hardly that damning. A woman who doesn't know the simplest of legislative procedures and who calls into a police department informing a lieutenant of her desire to break the law doesn't sound that American to me. Additionally, the latter master/servant comment was made only after Ashley claims she's the master over Vance.
Which…okay, Ashley, take your meds.
The whole procession from the scheming phone call, to the gotcha interrogation, to the distribution over the blogs really gives an insight into how conservatives approach their gun rights. i.e. with crazy town logic. It's nice to hear a solid, logical take down.