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?

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.”

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.

The M Word

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have been blissfully unaware of what has been going on in Washington, DC, recently, you’ve heard about the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando committed by a gay Muslim who swore allegiance to ISIS/ISIL before the shooting. And if you’ve been following the media coverage of the shooting, you’ve probably heard the following people, organizations, and ideas blamed for the shooting.

– The NRA
– Donald Trump
– Christians
– House Republicans
– The gun lobby
– Gun manufacturers
– Homophobia
– North Carolina’s bathroom law

Notice the one person who isn’t being blamed for the shooting? The actual shooter himself. You know, the presumed gay, but most definitely Muslim extremist who committed the crime? Yeah, that guy.

The silence regarding the obvious criminal’s actual motivations behind the Orlando shooting is breathtakingly deafening. It’s almost as if people are scared to mention the shooter’s religious affiliation, even though it’s the most likely explanation for his actions.

Now, let me be clear here. I am not saying all Muslims are terrorists. In fact, I believe most Muslims are peaceful and want to be left alone to worship in peace. No, Muslims are not all sleeper cells awaiting for a secret code in a package of Eggo waffles.

But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned at the number of Muslims who either vocally or silently support their extremist brethren.

While the media and the Left try to find their scapegoat du jour, I did a little digging on various killings committed by Muslims, and boy did I find a bunch! According to TheReligionofPeace.com, there have been 74 instances of Muslims taking American lives since 1972. That’s close to 2 a year. Granted, when compared to the alleged number of mass shootings in America, it’s not as impressive.

Ah, but this is where things get interesting. After a bit more digging, I found of those 74 instances, 3 directly involved Muslims killing homosexuals. Now, 3 in 44 years isn’t bad.

One tiny problem. Those 3 have occurred…since 2014.

And they’re not just happening in right-leaning cities. One of these killings happened in Seattle, Washington, home of the Seahawks, Starbucks, and the sucky $15 per hour minimum wage. Even in the Leftist version of Utopia, Islamic extremism has taken lives.

But tell us again how strengthening gun control laws will help.

The Left, as usual, is looking in the wrong direction when it comes to the Orlando shooting. They’re looking for excuses when they need to be looking at a clear trend that has started to spike in recent years. Until America gets over its fears of being called Islamophobic, we are going to see more attacks on its citizens, gay or straight.

And if you’re gay, bi, lesbian, trans, etc., you should be at the forefront of this matter. Nearly 50 people lost their lives as a direct result of a Muslim extremist. I see groups about gays against Islamophobia cropping up, but not nearly enough wanting to take on Muslim extremism with the same vigor you take on Christians. And before you tell me Christians and Muslims aren’t that different with regards to homosexuality, let me point out something.

Christians may disagree with your lifestyle, but most aren’t going to try to kill you over it. With Muslims, it’s a little less certain. Put another way, some Christians will try to “pray the gay away,” while some Muslims will try to stone the gay to death. There is a big, big difference between the two.