Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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In response to recent mass shootings, the San Francisco City Council decided to tackle the problem head-on by…naming the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization. Such bravery!

Whenever there’s a mass shooting, there is a renewed call for “common sense gun laws” (which most often include stuff that’s already on the books), as well as a renewed attack on the NRA to be defunded, defunct, and disgraced. Whether it’s alleged ties to Russian money or promoting gun sales over gun safety, the Left will stop at nothing to make NRA stand for Not Relevant Anymore. (Hat tip to Dennis Miller for that one.)

Strap yourselves in, boys and girls, because this one is gonna get messy.

the NRA

What the Left thinks it means – a domestic terrorist organization that promotes laws and lawmakers determined to put guns in the hands of dangerous people, a Russian asset

What it really means – a convenient punching bag for the Left to cover up their own failings

In the interest of transparency, I am not a member of the NRA for numerous personal and political reasons. However, I do support their general purpose and gun safety efforts because they support the spirit of the Second Amendment as written, not as interpreted by Leftists. This will get me branded as a “low-IQ gun nut” by those who want to see guns more regulated than they already are, but believe me, I’ve been insulted worse by better people.

If you listen to what the Left says about the NRA, you would think Wayne LaPierre is lounging in a pool filled with the blood of innocent children killed by gun nuts and counting his ill-gotten gains as the Congressmembers he’s bought hang on his every word. They also simultaneously believe the NRA is going broke and needs money it gets from Russia to keep the doors open. Say what you will about the Left, they are consistent in making no sense whatsoever.

As you might have guessed, this dual-prong attack on the NRA has a purpose: to take out the biggest dog in the fight. Compared with gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety, the NRA donates more to further its legislative agenda than they do, and the NRA is more effective with its money. Therefore, the Left has to turn the NRA into public enemy #1 whenever possible, and with mass shootings, the Left has the perfect foil for their attacks.

By appealing emotionally to the audience (who are most likely less informed than the Leftists, which is no small feat), the fact-finding process is truncated into a blip on the cognitive radar and the seemingly simple solutions are advanced. Universal background checks! Ban assault weapons! Close the gun show loophole! Call the NRA a domestic terrorist organization! And so on and so on, ad nauseum.

But the problem is when those simple solutions run into facts, like the tiny little detail that none of the recent mass shootings have been committed by an NRA member. Zip. Zero. Nada. Eric Swalwell’s chances of becoming President in 2020 (as well as the number he was polling at when the dropped out). Furthermore, and this bears repeating as often as possible, the legislation Leftists propose to combat mass shootings has largely been a failure. Out of all the recent mass shootings, only 2 have involved someone who wasn’t subject to a background check.

But we’re supposed to believe the NRA is the problem here?

The truth is the NRA does have some issues to address, but by and large they’re not the problem; they’re just the easiest scapegoat for the Left to blame for their frequent failures on this issue. The NRA does far more than push pro-gun legislation or debate the Second Amendment with people who want nothing more than to make it a memory of a bygone era. They offer gun safety courses, including ones for children. I’ve seen some of their materials and they’re anything but advertisements for owning guns. They are informative, safety-conscious, and dare I say it…responsible and reasonable. How many gun safety courses do the pro-gun control Left offer?

Zero.

This fact calls into question not only what the pro-gun control Left wants, but also why they spend so much time bashing an organization that promotes actual gun safety, helps save lives through supporting people’s right to keep and bear arms, and hasn’t been involved in a mass shooting in recent memory. It’s simple; the Left needs people to be ashamed to be a part of the NRA in order to disarm the population (and, yes, this is their main goal no matter how much the Left protests or scoffs at the idea). They can’t win hearts and minds with their arguments, so they poison the rhetorical well to dissuade people from supporting the NRA.

But that’s where the Left runs into yet another problem. The NRA is only one organization of millions of members, but there are others who serve the same or similar functions, as well as those who don’t belong to the NRA and still support their ultimate mission. As you might have guessed, I’m in this last group because I understand the Constitution and want people to be armed if they so choose and are capable of the responsibilities that go along with the right to bear arms. And, yes, I know this last part is going to disqualify a lot of current gun owners, but it’s necessary to take away the Left’s ammunition when it comes to gun owners.

My issues with the NRA revolve around their inability to avoid Leftist traps in the media and in perception. They have let Leftists dictate the rhetorical battlefield too often instead of coming out and telling the truth before the Left has a chance to spin it. In many ways, they’re too nice to those who would love nothing more than to see them destroyed. They rely on intellectual appeals that work, but aren’t as snappy as a Shannon Watts interview. One well-informed NRA member could dismantle Watts in no time. Granted, that’s not a Herculean task, but to stand toe-to-toe with her and refute her statements while throwing a little intellectual judo into the mix would be a welcome change to the standard approved-by-the-PR-Department fare we’re used to seeing.

Yet, as imperfect as the NRA is, it is far better and more committed to curtailing mass shootings than the ones who have deemed themselves to be the ones with all the right answers. Let me put it this way. One side of the gun issue respects the individual and fights to retain the right of said individual to be armed. The other side thinks anyone who owns a gun is a maniac just waiting to shoot up a school, or an uneducated buffoon who would shoot themselves because they’re holding the gun wrong, or someone who is overcompensating for a small member with guns. (Boy, that small member argument is going to surprise Dana Loesch!) One side will treat you like an adult, while the other will always treat you like a slow child. One side tries to prevent people from being victims, while the other side needs a constant stream of victims to sustain itself.

Choose wisely. The life you save with keeping and bearing arms might be your own.

More Shootings, Less Security

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Over the weekend, we heard of two mass shootings, one in El Paso and the other in Dayton, and people on both sides of the gun control issue are up in arms, if you’ll pardon the expression. And even if you don’t pardon it, I’m using it, so there. Pro-gun control advocates scream about needing tougher gun laws, up to and including confiscation. Pro-gun advocates scream about the Second Amendment and Leftists wanting to take away their guns.

And neither side is looking to change a thing.

To be quite clear on this, I am a Second Amendment supporter even though I don’t own nor should I own firearms. I do not advocate violence under most cases, and I definitely condemn any and all mass shootings. The fact I have to make this statement in the first place is indicative of the stupidity of the current political environment where an absence to condemn is “evidence” of support. But that’s neither here nor there.

There is something that has connected the clear majority of mass shootings over the past few years, but very few people have recognized it. Contrary to current sentiments, they weren’t all white nationalists, Republicans, Democrats, Leftists, Islamists, atheists, and most of the other descriptors being thrown about like candy at a parade. The connection is obvious, even stated, but not even considered when devising “solutions.”

The clear majority of recent mass shooters obtained their guns legally.

Think about that for a moment. The shooters all beat the system government put in place to protect us. And no one else sees this?

Right now, we have tens of thousands of gun laws on the books at every level from city to federal, so any gun owner who wants to legally own a gun have to run a gauntlet of regulations, background checks, and monetary investments just to get the government’s blessing. And yet, in spite of (or perhaps because of) this, people who perhaps shouldn’t be able to get own guns are getting and using them for nefarious purposes. And that’s not even taking into consideration those who circumvent the system altogether and obtain their guns illegally. For now, though, let’s deal with the legal path because that’s where the failure is more evident.

After so many recent public failures, one would think the first place people would look for answers is the system responsible for the failures. That’s where people familiar with the private sector (i.e. not Congresscritters) or common sense (i.e. not Congresscritters) would start, but that doesn’t work for pro-gun control folks. The system isn’t the problem; it’s the lax gun laws! And the solution? More gun laws! In other words, strengthening the system that continues to fail with deadly results.

The irony is the pro-gun control side says we can’t keep doing things the way we have been while being absolutely inflexible when it comes to what needs to be done. They aren’t willing to look at the system they’ve created and promoted as the solution to the gun violence problem as the problem that adds to the gun violence problem they’re allegedly trying to resolve. When you dig down into gun control, you see a lot of ideas, but not a lot of depth to them. It’s mainly catchy slogans, like “sensible gun control” with only occasional references to actual confiscation or making it harder/more expensive to get bullets or some other nonsensical options.

On the other side of the equation, anti-gun control folks don’t do the movement any favors by becoming live action examples of the caricatures gun control folks paint of all gun owners. Just because you can pack heat in public doesn’t mean it’s appropriate in every situation. Yes, I know shootings are happening in unlikely places, but most of the time you won’t need to draw and fire. And as much complaining as you do about what the hoops you have to jump through in order to get a firearm legally, I would think you would be the first ones to look at the system and want to do something about it.

Unfortunately, neither side wants to address the system. Gun control advocates want to keep their power and gun advocates want to keep their bone of contention against gun control. And of these two groups, I have more faith in the latter group to come to its senses sooner than the former. However, I will be glad to be proven wrong.

So, who wants to be the first person in power willing to take on the failed system in place? The lives you save from pushing for reform in this area will be more than worth the heat you’ll take by those who will reject it. 

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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There is a crisis at our Southern border. Or not. It’s so hard to determine by listening to Leftists over the past few months. It was waaaaaaaaay back…a month ago, that Leftists said the immigration crisis we’ve been seeing since, oh, forever, was a manufactured crisis. Now, when the visuals are in their favor, it’s a humanitarian crisis.

Don’t try to figure it out, folks. It’s not meant to make sense.

But it does raise the question of what a manufactured crisis is. If only I had a means to explore this in greater detail…oh, wait!

manufactured crisis

What the Left thinks it means – a bad situation created by Republicans designed to assist them in some way

What it really means – pretty much anything Leftists say is an actual crisis

Say what you will about President Donald Trump, he did call out the current immigration crisis well before the Left decided to make a hypocritical political spectacle out of it. The problem was the Left was too busy trying to cultivate the notion President Trump was a racist to bother with actual human lives. Hence, they went with the “manufactured crisis” talking point.

Today, that talking point has blown up worse than the Hindenburg, only less flammable.

The key to the Left’s approach to any crisis, real or more fictional than a Joe Biden anecdote, is primarily political. Can the situation be used to further a cause, shame the GOP, or make money that can be funneled to like-minded politicians? Ideally, they try to check all three boxes, but any combination of the three will do.

Let’s take a look at a “real crisis” the Left was championing at the same time the immigration crisis was brewing, gun violence. Whenever there is a shooting of any kind, the Left seems to have Tweets, talking points, and videos ready to go asking the GOP and the NRA about the blood on their hands. The visuals they put forth are compelling, which makes it easier for them to insert their solutions, which always seem to fall back on taking steps towards restricting gun rights. And it almost always works because it plays on the visceral emotions we have after a tragedy while hiding the real motives behind the proposed solutions.

And what was accomplished after all of that falderal? A few of the survivors got media attention more favorable than Il Duce in his prime, some feel-good legislation was demanded, and nothing got done. Sure, the Left blames Republicans and the NRA for that, but there’s another element to consider: Leftists need crises to justify their actions (or inaction) while creating an environment where they can simultaneously be white knights for the cause and cursory victims. In other words, they want to be heroes and martyrs at the same time without understanding the irony behind it.
The thing to watch for when Leftists talk about a real or manufactured crisis is the kernel of truth within the rhetoric. The best liars are those who can take an insignificant amount of truth and turn it into a well-crafted lie, and the Left does this like maestros. Yet, even the best liars occasionally slip up or give up what is known in poker parlance as a “tell,” a little something that gives away the illusion. With the border crisis, the Left’s tell is trying to rewrite recent history when a previous President was caging children in substandard conditions. If only I could remember that guy’s name…he had a funny sounding name, like…Barack Obama. Once the lie is discovered, the Left will tell another one to make it seem like the first lie was no big deal and the current lie is the important truth you need to know. That’s why when the Left got called out for saying nothing when President Obama started the program to separate children at the border they moved to “But Trump’s doing it now.”

Kinda puts a bit of a damper on the Leftist talking point about Obama not having any scandals in his 8 years of being President. (Brian Terry and Christopher Stephens were unavailable to comment on Obama’s lack of scandals.) By moving the goalposts, Leftists are trying to protect Obama at the expense of people they claim to care about, or in this case didn’t care about until the optics were right.

Whenever the Left talks about crises, it’s important to walk it back using a simple question: Who benefits? Who benefits if the border crisis gets worse? The Left, because it can be placed at President Trump’s feet when they are the ones trying to milk every last drop of political gain they can out of it. Who benefits if gun violence isn’t curtailed? It’s the Left again because they can continue to fundraise off painting the NRA and President Trump as prohibiting sensible gun control laws. With every crisis, see who benefits from it to figure out what the truth of the matter is.

The same principle applies when the Left doesn’t make something into a crisis. Who benefits by calling the border issue a manufactured crisis? The Left, because once you start digging into the reasons behind the crisis, their fingerprints are all over the place. Once you figure out the set-up, you can unravel the lies pretty simply with a little deductive reasoning and just enough political disdain like your humble correspondent.

The border crisis isn’t manufactured by any stretch of the imagination. It’s real, and calling it manufactured does a disservice to those who have to deal with the consequences of inaction. On the other side of the coin, giving attention to crises that actually are manufactured makes it harder for people to trust and react compassionately to real crises, a little something the kids like to call empathy burnout. With a little discernment, you can pick out the charitable wheat from the political chaff consistently and can act accordingly.

We’re Totally Commit…Oh, Look, a Bunny!

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Bully Hunters, we hardly knew ye.

For about 24 hours, a website claiming to help female gamers in online play who were being harassed was the talk of the Internet. Then, it all came crashing down after it was determined their live stream, statistics, and organization were more fraudulent than a vow of celibacy from Bill Clinton. Or any politician for that matter. This isn’t to downplay online bullying, but it speaks to a much larger issue the Left: the lack of sustainability of their causes.

Remember Occupy Wall Street? Cindy Sheehan? Bradley/Chelsea Manning? If you have a long memory, you do, but what have they really done since their meteoric rise to prominence? Nothing. Wall Street still has a hold of national and global financial matters, Sheehan ran against Nancy Pelosi and lost, and Manning is more of a Twitter celebrity today than a trendsetter. And time and time again, Leftist causes get started, get attention, and then get out of the public eye. Think of them like a sparkler. They start out generating light, heat, and sparks, but eventually they burn out.

Why is that? A lot of it has to do with the nature of Leftist ideology and the personal passions people bring to the cause. To their credit, Leftists have a strong emotional tie to their beliefs. Whether it’s gun control or income inequality, the fire burns just as brightly. The problem, however, is emotions that run high will eventually run low. The fire that burns today may be embers tomorrow. In order to keep the fire burning, you have to keep feeding it.

And this is where the Left continues to stumble. After a hot opening, there isn’t much follow up. And by “isn’t much,” I mean “none at all.” As time moves on, people’s attentions move to other topics. One week, people are marching in the streets. The next, they’re marching to the Apple Store for the newest technological bauble they “have to have” (usually to Tweet about how bad capitalism is). With that switch, Leftist causes lose momentum and become footnotes in the annals of modern society.

We’re starting to see this happening with the gun control movement in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. You may not notice it from the positive media coverage David Hogg and his pro-gun control teen allies have gotten, but we’re now 2 months removed from the shooting and there hasn’t been much in the form of actual action…except from the camp of one of Hogg’s peers, Kyle Kashuv, who has met with politicians from both sides and helped to promote bipartisan legislation related to school safety. While Hogg and his allies grabbed the spotlight, Kashuv made his mark quietly, and continues to promote a pro Second Amendment message in spite of bullying and harassment by those who say bullying and harassment are wrong.

Irony, table for a few million.

Instead of creating a lasting movement, the Left seems obsessed with creating faces and emotional appeals to give the impression of a larger movement. That’s like putting a megaphone up to an iPod speaker playing Nickelback in the attempt to make people think they’re Led Zeppelin. Granted, there have been worse attempts to make Nickelback as popular as Zep, but that’s neither here nor there. The important concept to take away here is you need to do more than create images and feelings to make a movement.

Where the Right gets this, well, right is in turning passionate activism into passionate action. Take the TEA Party, for example. Although they have been maligned, mocked, and, oh yeah, attacked by the IRS, the TEA Party continues to exist. Maybe with smaller than expected numbers, but they still exist and remain active because its members continue to be motivated to reduce the size and scope of government. And they remain focused on that goal instead of trying to devote energy towards multiple goals. Talk to a Leftist and they can rattle off any number of causes they’re passionate about, but they’re hard pressed to come up with any concrete examples of where those causes have been advanced solely because of those passions.

Get the picture?

Passion without results makes any cause a grind instead of a calling. In some cases, though, it turns a cause into a laughingstock if it creates an environment where dishonesty overrules common sense. Bully Hunters sought to address online bullying by creating the impression it was a larger problem than it actually is and by creating the illusion it was the only option to combat it. And in less than 24 hours, Bully Hunters was exposed as a fraud, which hurts their credibility and the credibility of the cause it championed. You have literally given your critics the ammunition they need to discredit online bullying as an issue going forward.

And all to try to promote gaming headsets.

Good job!

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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This past Friday, students across the country walked out on their schools to show their support for gun control laws. Or show their disdain for the National Rifle Association. You know, whichever suits the Left’s narrative today.

Regardless of where you stand on gun control, it’s hard to deny the NRA has, ironically enough, gotten in gun control advocates’ crosshairs once again. Whenever there is a mass shooting, the Left ramps up its propaganda machine to make the NRA look like Satan’s disowned redheaded stepchild. The truth, however, is a little less…distorted. Let’s take a look at the organization Leftists love to hate, shall we?

the NRA

What the Left thinks it means – a terrorist organization that promotes unrestricted gun sales to people through buying off Republicans and conservatives and makes money off gun sales

What it really means – a much-maligned organization that has staunchly defended the Second Amendment against lobbyists, politicians, and useful idiots who don’t understand what the Second Amendment means

With the possible exception of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment, the Second Amendment is the most grossly misunderstood parts of the Bill of Rights, Constitution, and a murder mystery written by MC Escher combined. And it’s not that it’s all that complicated, as long as you remember basic grammar rules. Granted, most people today couldn’t identify an independent clause of a sentence if it were trending on Twitter.

And that’s where the NRA comes in handy. You may not agree with their tactics, beliefs, or standards, but they understand what the Second Amendment means. In short, if you want to be armed, you should be allowed to be armed as long as you’re safe and responsible with your arms of choice. And they will even train you on gun safety! What could be wrong with that?

If you’re a Leftist, plenty. See, if people knew what the Second Amendment actually meant and what the NRA does to promote and protect it, the Left would lose support for their gun control efforts because they rely on ignorance to strengthen said efforts. An ill-informed populous makes it easier for Leftists to control the narrative and, thus, the argument. So, any organization or group of people who can destroy that narrative is Public Enemy #1.

Hence, the reason you saw school students walking out of school Friday chanting, “Hey hey hey, NRA, how many kids have you killed today?”

Not in front of NRA headquarters, mind you. In front of such places as San Francisco City Hall. You know, where all the NRA bigwigs hang out? Or not.

Well, since the Left won’t teach these young people the right answer, let me do it. The number of kids the NRA has killed today is…wait for it…zero.

That’s right, kids. Zero. Zilch. Nada. The Big Goose Egg. The Number of the Beast minus The Number of the Beast. (Wouldn’t that be The Difference of the Beast?)

Of course, that’s just today. What about in the past week? Zero. The past month? Still zero. The past year? Yep, still zero. In fact, in the entire existence of the NRA, there has yet to be a mass shooting committed by one of their members. Granted, they’ve only been around since 1871, so it’s only a matter of time before one of them goes off. Annnny time now…

Whether you believe the NRA’s version of its history or the Leftists’ distortion of it, the point is you cannot blame the NRA for the mass shootings anymore than you can blame McDonalds for making people fat. At the end of the day, people still make choices, and some of those choices are crappy ones. The NRA doesn’t force people to make crappy decisions, like shooting up a school, thus giving David Hogg a platform to be a gun-grabbing asshat making money off dead people and becoming a Leftist celebrity…at least until his 15 minutes of fame are up.

Oh, and Dave. Can I call you Dave? Can I call you Skippy? Anyway, Dave, you’re at 14:59 and counting.

Anyway, back to crappy decisions. No matter how many protests you gun control advocates have, no matter how many walkouts you stage, no matter how many celebrities you get to sponsor gun control measures, the fact remains you are dealing with an organization that isn’t the monster you claim it to be. When you are forced to rely on lies, misinformation, and distortion to advance your cause, you’re going to take serious losses. And when you lose, the NRA wins, either by reducing the number of people in opposition to them or by increasing their numbers.

Fun Fact for you. Since the Parkland, Florida, shooting and David Hogg’s rise to prominence, NRA membership numbers have increased. I guess when people see a credible threat to their Second Amendment rights coming from people who can’t even tell the truth about them, people will flock to an organization that at least tries to level the playing field and put up at least some kind of fight.

Of course, Leftists will try to pass this blog post off as written by a gun nut/ammosexual/NRA stooge. And they have a point..or they would if I were any of these things. I don’t own a gun, don’t anticipate owning a gun, and am not the biggest fan of guns. However, I have a respect for firearms, the Second Amendment, and a little thing I like to call personal freedom. Just because I don’t want a gun doesn’t give me the authority to take other people’s guns away. Until those folks run afoul of the law and/or my personal freedom, they deserve the same respect that I would ask of them.

Try getting that out of David Hogg and his pals. You might as well ask them not to be offended at, well, everything. As long as there are Leftist gun grabbing knownothings out there, there will be a need for the NRA.

And quite possibly a constantly growing membership list.

The Party of Noooooooope!

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During the Obama Presidency, Democrats and Leftists gave the Republican Party a nickname, “The Party of No” because they opposed Obama’s agenda. Gee, an opposition party not wanting a President from a certain party to succeed? Why that’s…completely expected!

Lately, though, I’ve had to wonder what is in the DNC’s water supply or whether they’ve moved their headquarters to Colorado because the Left has gone beyond merely opposing Donald Trump’s agenda. They’re heading into Bad Idea Territory. Here are a few examples.

1) In the light of the recent March for Future Democrat Votes (also known as the March For Our Lives), the Left has made a renewed push to repeal the Second Amendment. But they’re totally not trying to take away anybody’s guns.

2) A Planned Parenthood center’s Twitter account had a tweet lamenting there should be a Disney Princess who had an abortion. Oddly enough, that tweet was deleted. I wonder why…

3) The state of California is suing the Trump Administration for including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. This might have a bearing on why the state openly defied federal law and declared themselves to be a “Sanctuary State.”

4) The relaunch of “Roseanne” was met with Leftist resistance because the main character voted for Trump.

And those have just happened this week!

The Left has never been an ideology that has attracted the best and brightest, but even so, some of these ideas are dumber than putting Joe Biden in charge of sexual harassment training. (Note to Leftists reading this: This is not a serious suggestion. Do not treat it as such.) The ideas coming out of the Left within the past few years have not made them any friends, but it has made them plenty of detractors.

At this point, I see the Left pandering more for votes than at any other time in recent history. A big part of that is because of Bernie Sanders. During the 2016 election, Sanders gave the Left a choice: continue on the path they were on, or blaze a new trail. Although Hillary Clinton ultimately won the nomination, it wasn’t without a lot of Leftists wanting to continue on the new trail instead of circling back. And these Leftists will vote outside of the prescribed candidates to further their ideological goals. Combine with that the fact Democrats keep voting in people who swing to the Left of even Clinton, and you have a voter bloc that can be boom or bust for the DNC.

Hence, the reason behind their recent insanity. Behind the cries for a living wage or stricter gun laws from Democrat politicians is a political calculation with more than a little cynicism mixed in for good measure. The problem is the potential voters they’re courting might not be so quick to come back. These voters are looking for a bit more ideological purity than the DNC can provide, and they aren’t afraid to rock the boat in favor of candidates and policies they want, no matter how outrageous they are. This will force Democrats to walk the walk and talk the talk if they want these votes.

And that is going to backfire spectacularly. As the Democrats go further Left, the vaunted middle (of which your humble correspondent is a member) isn’t willing to go along with them. More often than not, the Left will cross a threshold that make people outside of its ideological bubble think twice about the logic, judgment, and sanity behind the move. If the Democrats aren’t careful, they will be giving up the middle to chase votes that may or may not show up when it counts.

But, hey. You do you, Leftists!

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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It’s been close to a month since a gunman shot students and teachers at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but you wouldn’t know it by following the media coverage in the aftermath. Students, such as David Hogg, have taken center stage with a push for stricter gun control laws (to replace the multiple laws that failed to stop the shooter, I guess) and the Left have been eager to give them that stage.

This is a formula the Left has mastered: bring out children to help them make political advances they couldn’t get on their own. Although this is close to child exploitation, it works. And, it speaks to how the Left regards children.

And by “regards,” I mean “uses.”

children

What the Left thinks it means – the smartest and wisest of humanity

What it really means – the future we create today

The Left has it in their heads children are merely adults washed in hot water, but without the cynicism that comes with getting older. That cynicism doesn’t come until those children get told by Leftists that everything sucks. Usually around, oh, Kindergarten.

The problem with this approach is it’s not realistic. Children aren’t mini-adults; they’re children with all the problems and issues of not being adults. Granted, some children these days are more mature than their parents, but they are exceptions and not the rule. To put children at the forefront of any political issue, let alone one as complex as gun control, is morally questionable.

Yet, it’s effective because children play to our emotions, which is what the Left loves to do. Why argue the pros and cons of any issue when you can get people to act and feel the way you want by playing to your emotions? Well, aside from being intellectually dishonest and more cowardly than a French soldier in Berlin during World War II…or Tuesday. But that’s the way the Left wants to handle their business, so we’d better understand why.

For that, we need to go back a few decades. In the 1950s, children were seen as influential and deserving of all the best their parents could give them. Although this can be a good thing, some parents took it a little too far. This bore fruit for the Left in the 1960s when the children who were told they were the best and brightest went to college, where they took lots of drugs, listened to professors who may have also been on drugs, and decided they were the ones who could change the world by taking up Leftist policies and fighting against “The Man.”

At least until they became “The Man.” Then, they went to work to create as many ideological Mini Mes as possible and then utilize them to further Leftist causes. Now, after a few decades, we get David Hogg telling us we need to pass more gun control laws. And when there’s another crisis, expect there will be another child to take up the banner. And then another.

But it’s not just politics that is affected by the Left’s attitudes towards children. They have also affected how parents parent. By treating children like smaller versions of themselves, parents set unrealistic goals and fill their lives with more and more activities. Although their intentions may be good, it puts incredible amounts of pressure on those who may not be able to handle it.

This is the problem I have with the way children are being treated today. We have lost the idea these children are children. Giving them an iPhone or an iPad and sending them on their way isn’t really parenting. (iParenting, maybe, but not parenting.) Neither is pushing children to the extremes of their abilities. There has to be a balance between setting up your children to succeed and giving them the opportunity to explore life while their sense of wonder is still intact. Let them explore, nurture their interests, and support them in their efforts. Then, be prepared to repeat the process until they find something they love to do.

When looking at David Hogg, I don’t see a young man who is passionate about gun control so much as indoctrinated to support it. And that’s the sad part. Childhood and young adulthood should be more about finding one’s self, not being a cookie cutter version of a political operative. In either case, I hope David finds his passion and has the courage to follow through on it.

But if you’re not convinced children are the best and brightest of humanity, remember just a few weeks ago we had to tell them not to eat Tide Pods.

And people wonder why I think humanity is doomed.

I’m Ready to Talk

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After any mass shooting, gun control advocates say they want to start a dialogue about gun control. Second Amendment advocates say the time isn’t right because people are dying or are dead (mainly because gun control advocates wait, oh, a whole nanosecond before wanting to talk about gun control). Well, I’m ready to start the conversation.

Gun control doesn’t work, has never worked effectively, and will continue to lead to mass shootings because the laws you propose will only serve to disarm the innocent.

Weren’t expecting that, were you? Well, you should. It’s much easier to count the successes of gun control than the failures because the former list is shorter than an earthworm’s inseam. You may not believe it, but think about it for a second. What gun control measure has worked in America? Let me save you some time and give you the answer. None of them have worked. Not the Clinton assault weapons ban, not the mandatory background checks, not the “cooling off” period, none. Zip. Zero. The Big Goose Egg.

I’m sure you’re shocked to hear this because of what you’ve been lead to believe by people like Shannon Watts and Michael Bloomberg, both of whom make a decent living telling you about the evils of the NRA, buying off politicians as clueless as they are, and taking the rest of the donations for…armed security. Hmmm…why would gun control advocates need armed security?

They (and most likely you) will say it’s because of the gun culture. But what is the “gun culture” exactly? Whatever you think it might be, let me tell you you’re wrong. The gun culture is average Americans who share an affinity for guns. Not stereotypical rednecks, not militia types spouting paranoid delusions about black helicopters and UN camps, not Rambo wannabes who think they need every gun ever made in a basement arsenal. Average Americans, with the same desire for protection you claim to want. Do yourselves a favor and go to a gun show with an open mind. Talk to the people there and get a sense of who they are as people. Then, come talk to me about the “gun culture.”

And that hits to the heart of my main beef with the gun control movement: blatant dishonesty. You say you don’t want to ban guns, but then you say certain guns shouldn’t be in the hands of average citizens. You quote statistics that are easily debunked while ignoring statistics that reject your end goal. You talk at length about needing stricter gun laws in this country while turning a blind eye to cities where there are strict gun laws and gun-related killings are plentiful. You try to come up with clever ideas like taxing bullets or requiring gun owners carry liability insurance without considering the idea the lawless won’t obey those laws anyway. And, most egregious of all, you use women and children to advance your position when they are the ones who would be better protected by having a gun in the home during a break-in than by calling 911.

As much flak as Dana Loesch got recently at CPAC for saying the media love mass shootings, she’s exactly right, but she didn’t go far enough. Gun control advocates need mass shootings to perpetuate the idea guns are a problem in this country. Guns aren’t the problem; they are merely tools that mask the real problems. Mental health, lack of parental guidance, a culture where no one ever has to take responsibility for his or her actions and behaviors, failures of law enforcement at every level, and plenty more problems exist that bear more of a direct effect on gun violence in America than the fact someone decides to use a gun.

And let’s face another uncomfortable fact. The measures you’ve put in place have failed repeatedly. As much as you like to blame the NRA for the shootings, not one NRA member has taken up arms and shot up a school or a church or even a nightclub. You know who has? Individuals who have had a background check done and passed without so much as a red flag. In other words, these mass shooters you blame on the NRA are beating the system you said would make things safer.

We’ve done it your way for a long time and I’m tired of seeing your failures being propped up as answers to mass shootings in America. It’s time we try a new approach. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

1) A thorough review of all gun laws to find and eliminate redundancies and ensure Constitutionality. With over 20,000 gun laws on the books at every level of government, there is bound to be overlap because, let’s face it, bureaucrats aren’t creative types. On top of that, there may be laws that are no longer needed or legal given Supreme Court decisions, but just haven’t been removed yet. Which leads to…

2) A moratorium on passing more gun laws until the review is completed. Until we get a handle on the laws already on the books and make enforcing said laws easier, we shouldn’t add to the volume. The review suggested in point 1 will reveal holes in current laws that can be addressed, and the moratorium aspect will guarantee Leftists get behind it to make sure it gets done as quickly as possible.

3) Improved and expanded background checks. This is going to be controversial, but I actually see the value in expanding the background check process. For personal reasons I won’t get into here, I do not want a gun in my house. And with the current background check process being more flawed than the facts in a Michael Moore movie, we need to fix it. Mental health, violent crimes, domestic abuse, and other red flags need to be caught before a problem arises and should be considered before allowing anyone access to a gun. And these can’t be addressed until we overhaul the process.

4) Get rid of “Gun Free Zones.” Leftists say an idea like this will turn America into the Wild West. Well, if you do a bit of research, you’ll find stories of the Wild West being violent are just that: stories. And if you do a bit more research, you’ll find many of the recent mass shootings have occurred where guns aren’t allowed. Putting up a sign saying you’re a gun free zone may make you feel pretty good, but it also puts a target on you as a helpless victim. Believe it or not, bad guys don’t like potential victims who can fight back, and that’s doubly so if those potential victims can shoot back. Dump the idea of gun free zones and let the bad guys wonder if someone who can fight back is on the premises.

5) Nationwide conceal and carry. To back up point #4, we are going to need to make criminals scared of crossing the presumed weak. Guns are the great equalizer. Young or old, male or female, straight or gay, a firearm in the hands of a responsible and trained individual can level the playing field and turn a potential victim into a survivor. The federal government’s own research states there are at least 800,000 defensive gun uses per year, and that’s with most of them occurring without a single shot being fired.

6) Gun safety classes as part of public and private schooling. This one comes up against my more libertarian thinking because I’m not one to make things mandatory, but there is some logic behind it. One of the biggest problems with gun ownership today is the fact there are so many people who don’t know the first thing about guns. I’m looking right at you Leftists. To take the mystery out of guns and to build a healthy respect for what they can do, start teaching gun safety in schools. The “evil NRA” already offers such programs for children and adults. And if you gun control folks don’t like it, you can substitute your own…oh, wait, you guys don’t offer any gun safety courses. A part of this training can also be devoted to what to do in the case of an active shooter. If protecting our children is paramount, we must be willing to teach them gun safety. Even if they grow up and never own a gun, the information may still be useful at some point. I mean, it’s not like algebra or anything like that, right?

I know these six points lack the panache of a hashtag, but at this point, we don’t need a catchy slogan; we need action and a new direction. We’ve done it your way, so it’s time we try it mine.

Any takers?

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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After the recent mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, people were outraged and looking for answers. How could someone get and use an AR-15 on a group of unsuspecting teenagers? If you answered “mental health issues” or “failure of the local and federal authorities to act before the shooter could commit murder”, you’d be wrong.

It’s gun culture.

Did I mention the people who were getting the most attention with their answers were Leftists?

With every mass shooting, the phrase “gun culture” gets brought out as an explanation/scapegoat for every death. If you do it right, you can even sing “Blame gun culture” to the tune of “Blame Canada” from the South Park movie. But what is it? Glad you asked because otherwise this would be a very short Leftist Lexicon entry.

gun culture

What the Left thinks it means – an environment where anyone is allowed to have guns without responsibility and a regard for human life

What it really means – more proof the Left doesn’t understand people outside of their bubble

Whenever I hear a Leftist talk about gun culture, one question always seems to come to mind: have you been around gun owners aside from your armed security detail? I’ll bet most, if not all, of them haven’t. On the other hand, I have, and let me tell you it was some of the scariest times of my life. And by “scariest” I mean “awesomest.” (I know it’s not a word, but the point is the same.)

I’m not a gun guy by any stretch of the imagination, but hanging out with the average gun owner is eye-opening. They aren’t the weekend militia types or the paranoid guy with an arsenal ranting about black helicopters. They’re men and women just like you and me. Most are polite, law-abiding citizens who would never dream of pulling a gun on another person unless their lives or the lives of others were in danger. In other words, the opposite of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

And, I’m sure some of them might even vote Democrat.

But, since they’re gun owners, they’re all lumped together with the aforementioned militia and paranoid folks because it’s easier to paint all gun owners with the same broad brush than it is to paint with a finer brush and paint an honest picture. Remember, the Left thinks its members are smarter, more moral, and all in all better than everyone else. For them to admit they could be wrong about gun owners, even ones who might agree with every other issue the Left advocates, would be like Bill Clinton giving up extramarital sex: it just isn’t going to happen. So, the Left will continue to use a souped-up Wagner Power Painter to give a false picture of gun owners.

And that’s where people like us come in. Even if you don’t own a gun (like yours truly), you can still respect gun ownership and realize the Left’s game. If they can make gun owners less popular than NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch at a gun control rally, then they can control the debate on guns and gun culture without even having to fire a shot, if you’ll pardon the metaphor. That only works, however, if people like us hold our tongues. Granted, coming out as pro-gun today isn’t going to be easy. There are voices, young and old, screaming for us to get rid of assault weapons, restrict gun rights even more, and even taxing bullets to the point guns become restrictive to own.

But that doesn’t frighten me. I’ve had more unpopular opinions in my life than Michael Bloomberg has gun control mouthpieces. Yet, as unpopular as they may have been, they have been honest. And that’s not something the gun control side can claim. If you speak honestly, you need not fear the barbs of others.

This is why the Left needs to discourage and disparage what they call the gun culture. If the truth gets out, their arguments go out the window. If people find out gun owners aren’t dangerous and might actually be safe to be around, there is no Plan B for the Left. You don’t have to own a gun to be part of the gun culture. You just need to respect the Second Amendment and recognize the responsibility that comes with owning a firearm, from a Glock to an AR-15. This is a fight we can, and must, win because if the Left gets what it wants, it will be impossible to put the genie back into the bottle and there will continue to be mass shootings. And there will be more calls for stricter gun control that will also fail to stop mass shootings.

Maybe it’s not the gun culture that’s dangerous, but rather the anti-gun culture.

Why we can’t be like the others

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There is always the question after a gun related tragedy on why can’t the United States have gun laws similar to fill in the blank. Generally, some nation in Europe, or all of Europe collectively. And of course now due to the Olympics, it is South Korea as the example.

The answer to this question is very simple. The United States isn’t any of these other locations. We do not share a common culture or heritage with any of these other nations.

We are far removed from our colonial roots. Our culture and heritage is unique to the United States. And the right to keep and bear arms is part of that culture and heritage. The United States is a free Republic unlike any other in the world before or sense.

That is why we cannot have gun laws that are like some other country’s. There solutions just do not work in the United States. Unless of course your goal is to transform America into some other kind of government. Otherwise the American solution will have to be uniquely American.