My hypothesis is this: given any opponent OÂ to your view p, your first reaction is to claim that O is inconsistent with regard to p.Â So, take Obama, whose first initial happens to be O.Â He’s against arming school teachers and janitors.Â The National Rifle Association naturally finds this absurd, and, of course, hypocritical.Â In a recent commerical, which you can see at this link, they argue:
â€œAre the presidentâ€™s kids more important than yours?â€ the narrator of the groupâ€™s 35-second video asks. â€œThen why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but heâ€™s
just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.â€
Is the President a hypocrite because his family has armed security?
Obviously not.Â First, the President’s security is provided by the (hated) government; each of the gun-carrying individuals surrounding the President and his children (etc.) is of the very well-regulatedÂ militia type: trained and retrained, background tested, sworn to uphold the constitution, serve and protect, and so forth.Â Second, the President (and members ofÂ Congress, etc.)Â exist in a gun-free zone, except for the police.
Unsurprisingly,Â I don’t haveÂ my 2nd amendment rights at theÂ Capitol building, among the NRA’s biggestÂ legislative boosters.Â Does that not make them hypocrites?Â Not really.