Dinesh D’Souza: Second Amendment Is to Protect Against Government Tyranny

Dinesh D’Souza is an Indian American conservative political commentator, author and filmmaker.

In 2016, D’Souza released a documentary film and book, both entitled Hillary’s America, in which he offers his version of the history of the Democratic Party. The film was the highest-grossing documentary film of 2016.D’Souza’s films have been the subject of considerable controversy, including criticism for espousing conspiracy theories and other unsubstantiated representations of fact.

D’Souza defines conservatism in the American sense as “conserving the principles of the American Revolution.” In Letters to a Young Conservative, written as an introduction to conservative ideas for youth, D’Souza argues that it is a blend of classical liberalism and ancient virtue, in particular, “the belief that there are moral standards in the universe and that living up to them is the best way to have a full and happy life.” He also argues against what he calls the modern liberal belief that “human nature is intrinsically good,” and thus that “the great conflicts in the world… arise out of terrible misunderstandings that can be corrected through ongoing conversation and through the mediation of the United Nations.”

After a gunman opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas and some people asked for stricter gun laws.A mass shooter killed 59 and injured over 500 in Las Vegas Sunday night, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Author Dinesh D’Souza warned Republicans not to go overboard with gun control legislation, saying the Second Amendment exists to protect against government tyranny.

The conservative filmmaker told “Fox & Friends..

“There’s no reason to open the door to the Democratic crusade against the Second Amendment.”

The tragedy renewed debate on which gun control measures if any could prevent such an incident.

Nancy Pelosi earlier this week said “who cares” if fairly noncontroversial gun legislation, such as the ban on automatic firearms, is a slippery slope to greater restrictions on Second Amendment rights.

The “attack on our constitutional rights” by Democrats has “been brewing for a while,” D’Souza said.

D’Souza warned that the U.S. should take a “cautionary lesson” from countries like Venezuela, which used crises to take guns away from citizens, resulting in the government being the only entity with guns.

“It’s not that these are amendments that have no exceptions at all,” D’Souza explained. “You can’t shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”

However, “there’s no imminent danger right now.”

The more interesting question is the motive of the Las Vegas shooter, the author concluded.