If it was anti-gun or religious, the crowd would have been silent.

Via the Federalist: 

Someone recently dug up an old pro-Second Amendment Instagram post by Boston Red Sox star J.D. Martinez, in which the potential Triple Crown winner posted a picture of Adolf Hitler featuring the quote, “To conquer a nation, first disarm it’s [sic] citizens.” Martinez captioned the post, “This is why I always stay strapped! #thetruth.”

Needless to say, the discovery triggered a torrent of stories about the “controversial” nature of Martinez’s six-year-old post—because, apparently, disagreeing with a Hitlerian sentiment is now a provocative position. Some writers lazily created the impression that Martinez was quoting Hitler admiringly, while the usual suspects said the usual silly things...

“I love my country,” Martinez went on tell the New York Daily News. “I stand by the Constitution and I stand by the Second Amendment.” The Founders believed that disarming the populace was an attack on a fundamental liberty and a recipe for tyranny. John Adams argued that the right to have a weapon was a “primary canon of the law of nature.” George Mason maintained that disarming the people was “the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

Nearly every Founding Father believed that an attempt to disarm the population was casus belli. The men at Concord and Lexington didn’t stand up to the far superior British force because they were concerned about income inequality. They were protecting a cache of weapons. (I take a deep dive into the topic in my forthcoming cultural history of the gun in America, “First Freedom.”)

Yet Red Sox president Sam Kennedy told The Boston Herald that the team had spoken to Martinez about being more cautious on social media. The question is: Why should an athlete be subjected to warnings from his team’s owner—or a nonsensical controversy ginned up by some reporters—for showing appreciation of an enduring American value?

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