“NBC News Report: ‘Obama To Go Big’ On Gun Control…”
Bottom line: Obama is going about as big as he can go, realizing there’s little political downside (at least in the short term). One gun-control advocate tells First Read that the recommendations would be “the most significant reform of our guns laws since MLK and RFK were assassinated” in 1968.
Yet as NBC’s Savannah Guthrie pointed out on “TODAY” this morning, there’s a reason why you have to go back to four decades for the last time Washington tried to go this big: The politics of gun control are incredibly hard. Given that reality, which component becomes the priority for the White House? The background checks, magazine clips, and anti-trafficking might be the ones with the best chance of passage, while the assault ban could be the hardest. So what is the order? And what does the president and congressional Democrats really lean on? Also, what is the president going to say about culture? And finally, does he say anything about the new NRA video that injects his daughters into the debate? “Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” the video asks. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?”
The NRA is acting as if this were 2001 — after beating Al Gore and facing a cowed Democratic Party. Instead, this is 2013 — after the NRA was unable to beat Obama and after Democrats expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate. The danger the NRA is facing, especially after releasing this new video, is that it’s potentially alienating the handful of Democratic allies it has. The Harry Reids, the Joe Manchins, the Jon Testers. While the NRA has always had a deeper reach within the Republican Party, what has made it particularly powerful is its influence inside both parties (a la AIPAC). But how the NRA has reacted to Newtown may very well have reduced its influence to just one political party. And if they decide to keep their attacks focused on the president, they will end up alienating the rest of the Democratic Party — and that will cost them down the road. Right now, they are acting like an ideologically driven cog of the conservative movement rather than attempting to persuade or keep its Democratic supporters.
Aw, isn’t that sweet? NBC lecturing the NRA on tone — all but stating explicitly that the only way to win anything in today’s political culture is to please weasely Democrats who may then grant you a stay of execution. For the right show of obeisance.
Fuck that. I didn’t agree with LaPierre’s police at schools proposal — allowing teachers with CCW to carry on campus is a much better, and less ostentatious, means of deterrent — but the video the NRA put out was a stroke of genius, showing as it does that the very politicians rushing to take away your guns, and doing so while ghoulishly standing on the graves of dead children, hold themselves and their own children above the law.
We saw this play out nationally with David Gregory — on camera breaking the law he ostensibly supports — excused for the very crime the President wishes to impose nationally. Though not, evidently, on David Gregory — and not on the armed guards who protect him or his daughters at school.
We the People have families as well. What we don’t have is the ability to sign into law permanent armed protection for the rest of our lives paid for by taxpayer money. Politicians in a constitutional republic are servants of the people. They aren’t our betters.
This President and any temporary Congress has no authority to take away our 2nd Amendment rights. The amendment doesn’t exist to allow for hunting or target shooting, or even home protection: those are useful appendages to what the amendment as written and ratified does provide for: an armed and prepared populace set up as a deterrent to foreign invaders or a tyrannical turn by their own government.
This may prove unpalatable to some, but that is beside the point: the amendment is what it is and does what it does. If progressives wish to change that, they can try amending the Constitution. Otherwise, they lack the authority. And we mustn’t allow them to chip away at our rights and consider the “compromise” worth the ending of the headache.
Nothing to be proposed today would have prevented Newtown. And it isn’t meant to. It is meant to take away part of your liberty, as free people. Nothing more.
Barack Obama has never cleared a beaver damn bottling up the waterways on private land. He has no idea how much ammo it takes. Similarly, so long as the police are allowed to carry “assault rifles” and high capacity magazines, we need to maintain our right to do the same, lest we lose a check on their ability to unlawfully bully and control us.
It comes down to this: the left wants us living in a beneficent police state — with themselves in charge of the social engineering, the economy, the land, and all the assets. This comes with the implied promise that they’ll protect us from cradle to grave.
And yet what they’ve shown over the past month or so is that they will use every occasion to try to further enslave us; they will demonize those who oppose this enslavement; and they will punish those they perceive to be against them while allowing those they believe are allies — hi, David Gregory! — to escape the law.
That is not a society I wish to live in. And it most certainly isn’t the society laid out by the Founders and Framers.
Resist we much.