Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Savage Turn Against The Right To Self-Defense

Make no mistake about it--the Second Amendment is inexorably tied the right of self-defense. The right to self-defense is meaningless if the means of self-defense are prohibited. The Truth About Guns reports that Senate Republicans have agreed to two gun control votes: the so-called "No-Fly, No-Buy" (where purchase is prohibited if you somehow wind up on the mysterious "no fly" list maintained by the DHS) and universal background checks for all sales (to include private sales). Given the IRS's targeting of conservative groups, how long will it be before conservatives start to disproportionately show up on the "no fly" list? To add insult to injury, Senator John McCain (RINO, Arizona) has added a provision to the military spending bill that would require the military to melt down old firearms--including the .45 ACP 1911s that were slated to be distributed to the CMP for sale to the public. It is long past the time for McCain to be put out to pasture, and I've never understood why Arizona voters keep voting for him. 

As Robert Farago observes, this may be one of the worst of times for gun control. He observes:
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has come out of the civilian disarmament closet, the NRA and her Republican rival are down with “temporarily” denying Americans their gun rights without due process, California is busy redefining the term “full retard” on gun control, the 9th Circuit Court pissed on the Heller and McDonald decisions from a great height (upholding a de facto ban on bearing arms), the Supremes aren’t going to run to the rescue, and the Senate’s set to vote on universal background checks — again — and the whole “no-fly, no buy” misegos. 
With Trump negotiating with the NRA and the NRA’s Texas guy Senator Cornyn negotiating with Dianne “Ban Them All and Let God Sort Them Out” Feinstein, there doesn’t seem to be a bright light at the end of this tunnel — unless it’s the headlight of an oncoming train. I’ve never been so pessimistic about our firearms freedom. 
I suspect that the Congressmen that vote for any of these measures are going to pay come the next elections. Unfortunately, the damage will have been done and, as we've seen over the past 20 years since the last time Congress did something similar, their replacements won't do anything to repeal any laws that are passed.

2 comments:

  1. Let the gun grabber Democrats and quisling Republicans enact more gun control laws. Who cares? The rule of law is dead. Obama killed it. Hillary is driving a stake through its heart.

    Our government sure as hell doesn't care about the law, except as a tool to oppress the people in fly-over country. The brown people beloved by the Democrats don't care about the law. Only chumps obey the law.

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    1. *sigh* I suspect that your comments about the Rule of Law being dead are true: if not dead, certainly it is circling the drain. Glenn Reynolds made a comment very similar to your's this morning, speaking of the anti-gun hysteria among the media and politicians: "Remember, none of this is about saving lives. It’s about the cultural domination of the people in flyover country, by their coastal 'betters' who get a near-erotic thrill out of such domination, and who are reduced to blind rage whenever their efforts at domination fail." (https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/236510/). I don't know the best response to all of this, but "compromise" with the left--as our political class seems to interpret the word--hasn't worked. It merely postpones the inevitable. The problem is that our Representatives and Senators fear not being invited to the right cocktail parties in Washington more than they fear the wrath of the voters. I would hope that if gun owners shamed, humiliated, and called out politicians--really made them fear for their jobs--that it would get them to reconsider what they are about to do.

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