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

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!

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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.

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The Party of Noooooooope!

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!

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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.

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I’m Ready to Talk

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?

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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.

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Why we can’t be like the others

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.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Recently, a gunman shot and killed 26 parishioners at a Texas church. Shortly afterwards, the Left swung into action and started making calls for gun control because…reasons. And with these calls came a familiar refrain: ban assault weapons because…reasons. Hey, nobody said the Left were deep thinkers.

Although the call to ban assault weapons has been repeated more often than allegations of Russians hacking the 2016 election, few attempts have been made to actually ban them, and when they have been banned, it has been with mixed results. But there is one question the Left hasn’t really answered to anyone’s satisfaction but their own: what is an assault weapon? I’m glad you asked…or I asked…since the Leftist Lexicon entry for this week revolves around that very question.

assault weapon

What the Left thinks it means – any automatic weapon that shoots bullets at a high rate of speed, thus being able to kill as many innocent people as possible

What it really means – any gun that makes Leftists crap their pants

During the 1990s, Leftists were all about banning assault weapons and with good reason. It hit all the right notes: high emotional appeal with little intellectual investment, and it made them look like they cared about saving children. From there, their fascination and reach expanded to the point they found assault weapons that were scary-looking and could easily be demonized. Now, if you think I’m exaggerating about this, I assure you I’m not. These are the sentiments of those behind the scenes of the assault weapons ban crowd. Their entire campaign was based around not how lethal a gun was, but how frightening it looked. That would be like determining whether a car was involved in an accident not by its proximity to the accident site, but by how cool it looked.

Like I said, Leftists aren’t known for deep thinking.

Since the 1990s, not much has changed in Leftist strategy on assault weapons. They still rely on the emotional appeal to make gains while focusing on the scariest guns they can find. Lately, their focus has been on the AR-15. To the Left, the AR-15 is the Ferrari of firepower, the Maserati of mayhem, the Porsche of…some gun-related word beginning with P. But what does the Left actually know about the AR-15?

As much as Michael Moore knows about weight loss.

For all of the Left’s talk of how dangerous the AR-15 is, the fact they overlook is it is merely a tool. As with any tool, it’s all about how it’s used to determine whether the results are good or evil. A hammer can be used to build a house or bash in someone’s skull. And an AR-15 can be used to shoot up a church or prevent a mass shooting from getting worse.

You know, like what happened in Sutherland Springs?

Oh, wait. We’re not supposed to know that. Nevermind!

And therein lies the key to the Left’s approach to assault weapons: keeping things murky. By playing fast and loose with the facts, the Left can demonize AR-15s and other weapons and the public can be behind those efforts without fear of anyone listening figuring out they’re being played. But once you start asking a few questions, you can see through their lies and get to the bottom of their tactics.

With the most recent mass shooting in Texas, Leftists came out and started making all sorts of suggestions on what laws we needed to curtail the next shooting (because we all know laws always make things better). Yet, a Google search of, oh, a few minutes reveals many of the suggestions the Left made…are already on the books in one form or another. So…that’s a little awkward, but at least they mean well, right?

Not so much. When you really think about it, the people pushing assault weapon bans need there to be more mass shootings to keep their narrative going, keep the money flowing into their coffers, and keep people whipped up in a frenzy to have them give up their Constitutional rights (and the rights of everyone else, for that matter) for the illusion on safety. Benjamin Franklin had a famous quotation about this. It was “Screw that. Freedom rules because ‘Murca.” Wait, that was me. Either way, I’m not willing to toss aside my right to own a weapon because Leftists are scared of an object, especially an object they can’t even define what makes that object dangerous. Your fee-fees aren’t a good enough reason to ban assault weapons, nor should they be. We need to have cool heads when dealing with a subject like assault weapons because the implications for gun rights, and other rights for that matter, are too important to leave to a whim.

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Don’t Just Do Something! Sit There!

Yesterday, the House of Representatives made news, but not necessarily the kind of news you want to make. After Senate Democrats failed to pass gun control laws that would have made it illegal for people on the FBI terrorist watch list to own weapons, House Democrats decided to do something and…conduct a sit-in on the House floor. Personally, I think House Democrats are missing a letter in “sit-in” to more accurately describe what they’re accomplishing, but that’s neither here nor there.

What House Democrats and their Senate colleagues are attempting to do is use political theater to drive their agenda to pass more gun control laws in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Of course, the kind of laws they’re trying to pass right now go completely against the Fifth Amendment’s concept of due process under the law, but hey, it’s just the Constitutional rights of people we’re dealing with here! Who cares when we can pass more gun control laws that will only affect people who follow the law?

The ACLU, for one.

In the spirit of transparency (real transparency, not the Obama Administration’s definition of transparency), I have to say the ACLU and I don’t necessarily agree on much. In fact, the ACLU has been pretty much anti-gun in the past few decades and have adopted the Left’s interpretation of the Second Amendment. Yet, the ACLU came out and said the Democrats’ proposed gun control bill was unconstitutional.

Let that sink in for a moment. A left-leaning organization with a history of being anti-gun is telling their fellow Leftists to slow their roll when attempting to erode the Constitutional rights of people. No, you haven’t gone through a dimensional wormhole. Trust me, I checked. What happened is not just a rare moment where I agree with the ACLU, but is also a red flag that the Left is going way off the reservation with this one. (And, no, that’s not a swipe at Senator Elizabeth Warren.)

This is the point where the curtain gets pulled back and we get to see the Wizard of Oz. If Democrats were serious about passing what they call “sensible gun laws,” they would be willing to draft bipartisan legislation where civil liberties could be protected. Instead, they drive to the left faster than a NASCAR driver at the Daytona 500.

That’s because the Left doesn’t want anything sensible in this debate right now. Doubt me? Keep in mind a handful of Democrats have literally said Republicans want to arm terrorists because they refused to vote for the Democrat bill. (Given the fact the current Administration literally has armed terrorists, the irony is richer than Adnan Khashoggi betting on whether Joe Biden will say something stupid.)

When you resort to gross misstatement to make your point, your point might be weaker than a balsa wood love seat at Michael Moore’s house. Then again, it might have been an attempt to divert attention away from how ridiculous the House Democrat “sit-in” looks. When grown adults are sitting and pouting as their colleagues bring in pillows and blankets, comfort foods like M & Ms, and cater in meals (totally not making that up, by the way), they should be called out as the children they appear to be.

This is where Speaker of the House Paul Ryan fumbled the football a bit by trying to get C-Span to stop broadcasting from the House. If anything, I would have allowed the cameras to keep rolling, but with a bit of a twist. I would encourage House Republicans to hold up signs or visual aids mocking the House Democrats for their antics. As it stands, Ryan miscalculated, and the result was the “sit-in” disrupting actual House business by being vocally disruptive. Yes, they have the First Amendment right to assemble, but for members of a party who has accused Republicans of being obstructionist while they are actually disrupting Congress, we have the First Amendment right to tell them to go pluck themselves.

Or a word that rhymes with “pluck.”

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, Leftists got on their soapboxes (or whatever boxes they could find since they don’t typically use soap) and talked about the need for more gun laws to prevent shootings…that couldn’t have been stopped with any of their previous proposals to stop the shootings. But this time they’ll be successful!

At least until the next shooting.

In the meantime, we can discuss their “solution” as the Leftist Lexicon Word(s) of the Week.

gun control
What the Left believes it means: measures to protect people by restricting gun ownership, bullets, or other means

What it really means: The Left wants your guns

Right now, Leftists’ heads are exploding with rage at my statement. See, to them, they’re not really going after guns. They just want to make gun ownership as impossible as Michael Moore refusing a second trip to the all-you-can-eat buffet. That’s totally not the same thing!

Except, it is.

The Left does want to take people’s guns, and they make no bones about it. After all, only redneck white trash Republican Trump supporter types think they need guns for protection. When a Leftist needs a gun, it’s an actual need because, well, reasons.

See, that’s the dirty little secret of the Left. They want to take other people’s guns, but keep their own so they can be the only ones who can shoot people. Yeah, that won’t end badly for anyone. Oh, by the way, there’s a call from a Mr. Crispus Attucks for you Leftists. Something about spinning in his grave so much the estate of the inventor of the centrifuge is suing his estate for copyright infringement. On the plus side, you might be able to figure out a way to use his spinning to generate clean electrical energy.

And speaking of spinning, the Left always tries to spin events to create support for gun control measures. If you followed the Senate Democrats’ filibuster to shame Senate Republicans into acting on demands for tougher gun laws, you got to see it in action. That, and I’m sorry you sat through several hours of Leftists showing how little they know about guns.

The Left knows it can’t come out and say “we want to take your guns” and they can’t admit they know nothing about firearms, so it relies on human emotion to make up for it. As powerful as it is, it fails in the face of an informed citizenry. Once you really look at the proposals the Left devise, they fall faster than a house of cards on the San Andreas Fault. (And while we’re here, why is it always the San Andreas’ fault? Seems to be a bit of racial profiling to me…)

Let me make something very clear. Most of the recent mass shootings have been done by people who have beaten the existing system. You know, the one the Left said was needed to prevent mass shootings? Yeah, that’s worked well. And the Left wants to keep adding onto the number of hoops gun owners jump through in order to purchase guns. Meanwhile, those with a predisposition to disobey the law will laugh as they circumvent the laws.

Before you Leftists start asking, “So you’re saying we should have no gun laws?”, let me save you the trouble. Some gun laws are needed, but the current system is broken and should be fixed before we add to the laws in place. If you really care about reducing gun violence, you can’t be satisfied with the current system.

Ah, but that assumes the Left cares about reducing gun violence. They don’t, actually. They need bloodbaths (or the illusion of bloodbaths) to maintain the viability of their attempts to reduce gun ownership. Let’s not forget, the operative word in what they believe is control. If the Left can control guns, they can control far more than guns.

Which is why they’re retooling what they say they want. Now, they say they want “gun safety.” Yet, how many gun safety courses do they sponsor?

Zero. None. Nada. The Big Goose Egg.

And who does sponsor gun safety courses? The eeeeeevilllllll National Rifle Association.

That should tell you everything you need to know about how serious the Left is about gun safety.

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