This past week we saw another mass shooting, this one in Las Vegas. As of the date of this writing, 59 people died and over 500 people were injured. As a result, the Left in its infinite opportunism has renewed a push for stronger gun control laws because, let’s face it, the laws we already have on the books have been so effective.
For any Leftists reading this, that was sarcasm.
What has stopped Leftists from enacting more (and most likely ineffective and/or duplicate) gun laws? Why, it’s the gun lobby, that secret cabal that includes the National Rifle Association, Congressional Republicans, gun manufacturers, and the New England Patriots. (Actually, I’m not sure about that last one, but I figured I’d throw it in there since people seem to hate the Patriots.) If you believe the Left, the gun lobby makes it impossible to pass common sense gun laws like…well, they haven’t told us yet, but they totally know! Let’s peer behind the curtain and see just how evil the gun lobby is.
What the Left believes it means – an organized group of politicians, lobbyists, gun manufacturers, and other conservatives who put profit above human life
What it actually means – people who think the Second Amendment is worth preserving
The Second Amendment is one of the most misinterpreted concepts in the Constitution, but it doesn’t have to be. The short version is this: people who want them can have guns. That’s it.
Of course, if you believe that, you’re part of the evil gun lobby. Then again, just about anything short of being to the left of Nancy Pelosi could make you a part of the gun lobby because it’s not about whether you’re John Wayne or Wayne Newton when it comes to guns. It’s more about finding a way to demonize opponents as a means to make the Left look sensible by comparison. As a matter of fact, “sensible” is one of their favorite buzzwords along with “common sense.” After all, when you paint your opponents as Yosemite Sam on crack, anything you suggest is going to look better by comparison.
Of course, it’s all for show.
Just like with the Left’s attacks on Wall Street, the mortgage banks, pharmaceutical companies, and any number of Boogeymen-du-joirs, they need to dehumanize their opposition by making them generic and, thus, indistinguishable from one another. Dana Loesch and I both support gun ownership, but we’re vastly different people. For example, she’s attractive, well-known, well-off, and a TV and radio show host, while I’m…none of those things, but I do have a good set of gams. Yet, the Left considers Mrs. Loesch and me to be indistinguishable. (And she would really get the short end of the stick on that deal.) But, by making us uniform, the Left makes it easier to dismiss a wider swath of Second Amendment supporters.
Of course, it doesn’t make their arguments any better.
By creating the myth of an all-powerful gun lobby, the Left seeks to cover up its own incompetence. After all, what better way to explain the Left’s failure to enact gun control laws they want (and actually had the ability to pass under President Barack Obama) than to suggest there’s a conspiracy that is preventing them from doing it? It may keep money coming into their coffers, but it speaks volumes about how ineffective their pushes have been. Or, perhaps, it speaks volumes about how far they’re willing to go to hamstring actual reform to keep the money coming in. After all, Leftists aren’t really in the problem solving business because once a problem is solved, the money and power that can be derived from the problem go away faster than Colin Kaepernick’s employment opportunities in the NFL. So, to cover up their agenda, the Left make emotional appeals combined with poll numbers sketchier than a book of doodles by Steve Buschemi.
Compare that to the people lumped together as the “gun lobby.” Some are shady players because we’re dealing with politics here, but most are average Americans like you and me whose only goal is to preserve the Second Amendment. We really have nothing to gain by advancing false narratives or giving silent or vocal support for the bad players on our side. We’re not paid by the NRA or Smith and Wesson or the Koch Brothers for taking the stand we do…although I wouldn’t object to a little bit of scratch for my support of the Second Amendment. Just sayin’.
Now, here’s a little tidbit of information the Left doesn’t want you to know. With the recent mass shootings being blamed on the “gun lobby,” how many were actually committed by people the Left considers to be part of it? Ten? Twenty? Thirty? The correct answer is a grand total of a whopping…zero. Zilch. Nada. Goose egg. The big bagel. The number of times Hillary Clinton has accepted responsibility for her 2016 campaign disaster.
Now, what do the mass shooters have in common, aside from using firearms to cause chaos? Most, if not all, of them either passed the background checks or, in the case of those like Adam Lanza, circumvented the background check process by stealing the guns used. Now, who keeps pushing background checks as a good first step towards gun control? Who could it possibly be?
Hint: It’s the people who want you to believe the gun lobby wants kids to die because guns.
When you boil it down, the Left needs to create a negative image of Second Amendment supporters as part of an evil cabal so they can present themselves as knights in shining armor. But to advance that idea requires them to lie, distort, and play on people’s emotions rather than, you know, actually living up to their self-branding, which puts them in a bind when someone or a group of someones stands up to the knights and reveals them to be bullies in whining armor. When picking sides in this debate over gun rights, remember there is one side who treats you like an adult and one side who thinks you aren’t responsible enough to own a spoon, let alone a gun. But only one side thinks you’re conspiring against them without proof of such.
If I have to be in a group of people, I’ll stand with the “gun lobby.” Not only will they respect my right to own or not own a gun, but they’re armed.