Libertarians objectively only have one purpose in politics, but they fulfill that purpose better than even Donald Trump does on his best days. That purpose is they’re the “comic relief” party which advocates for things so ridiculous, the only response possible is hysterical laughter.
So it is with Libertarian senate candidate Brian Ellison, from Michigan. What’s Brian’s big plan? Give all homeless people shotguns to use for “protection.” The rational people’s question would be Why? The Libertarian answer would be Why NOT?
He plans to challenge Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow for her senate seat this November if he wins the Libertarian primary. Imagine a Libertarian primary for a moment. Do they settle it in a duel? Do they try to catch a greased up pig?
Frankly the ideal weapon would be a pistol, but due to the licensing requirements in the state we’re going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is. Getting them pistols is probably next to impossible. The pistols need to be registered, people have to have addresses. Open-carrying a long gun is completely legal. So we thought that pump-action shotguns were a suitable alternative to a pistol.
Ellison went on to suggest his team would “pre-qualify” homeless people to see if they are suitable for being given free shotguns, which is a stranger notion than giving them the guns in the first place. This isn’t a mortgage or credit card. How the hell do you “pre-qualify” homeless people for lethal ordinance? The idea a Libertarian would use “the state” to determine whether or not someone has a 2nd amendment right to a gun is completely contradictory to the very essence of the Libertarian party’s goals, as well.
Ellison’s motivations seem to have some roots in his fear of the police.
Well, are you worried about the police being armed with military weapons? I am. The world we live in is a scary world, where the police who used to dress in short-sleeved shirts and carry a revolver now have long rifles with scopes and bulletproof vests and armored vehicles. And quite frankly that scares me much more than a homeless person trying to defend themselves with a shotgun.
So, rather than run on a platform of de-militarizing our police forces in America, he wants to raise up a shotgun-slinging hobo army to apparently serve as a counterbalance to the cops. If a sitting Democrat or Republican were to say this, they’d get national spotlight mockery across every cable news channel. Since it’s a Libertarian, though, it’s considered pretty much normal.