“Adam Winkler Asks If ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ Killed Gun Control”
Feinstein’s S.150 is not dead. Lacking votes to ram it through Congress, Harry “the gun owners friend” Reid has placed it on the fast track for passage by placing it on list of bills to be enacted by attaching it to a “must pass” bill. This is precisely the same path that Feinstein’s 1994 bill took. And Feinstein’s feigned upset not withstanding, this appears to have been the intent of Reid, Schumer, and the Senate Democrats.
In the meantime, Leahy’s “Universal Background Check” bill is not only alive, the chances of this abomination’s passage grow every day. Remember, “universal background checks” were the path to total control used by the Fascists, the Bolsheviks, and in fact most dictatorships since the 1870?s. Banned guns can be hidden to be recovered in case of need, as the millions of hidden guns in France demonstrate, but registered guns cannot.
Of the other two bills purportedly still alive, Boxers bill would appropriate $100 million to make a show of making schools safer. It is grossly inadequate to provide armed guards for schools, and it does not arm teachers. So Boxers bill is a sham.
As is Leahy’s bill “cracking down on gun traffickers.” That might work if it stood some of the prosecutors who refuse to prosecute gun thieves and street corner underworld armorers in front of a firing squad. But piling Pelion upon Ossa at the Federal level is another show. A show that essentially protects the status quo.
Something in this case we do not want to do. Not with the memory of the 60 day jail terms for the two Cartel mules who were caught hauling 137 fully automatic AK-47?s to Chicago so fresh. Can you imagine what would happen to an otherwise law-abiding citizen found with an unregistered AK? They would dig a new sub-basement at SuperMax for him.
So the Reid-Leahy drive is to pass “universal background checks.” Something that, if enacted, would only affect a fraction of a percent of potential crime guns. But something, if enacted, would set the stage for universal gun confiscation.
It’s time to start calling our Senators and Representatives again. Universal background checks must not pass. And DiFi’s gun ban must not be added as an amendment. Not now, not ever, to keep our country free.
This is the end game. And the GOP “moderates” or “pragmatists” who continue to sneer at your paranoia — and who are willing to set the stage for the deconstruction of your 2nd Amendment rights by allowing for holes to bored in its foundation by a ruling class that gains power as its subjects are disarmed, all so they can position themselves politically as “against the slaughter of grade school children” — are your literal enemies.
They presume to surrender your natural rights on the flimsy grounds that you elected them, and that they need to make concessions on policy in order to be re-elected. So that they can represent you in ways that you don’t wish to be represented in order to get re-elected as your representatives.
And if you don’t support them, they’ll tell you, you may as well be voting for their Democrat opponent.
Sorry, but no. Time to tell them to do as you desire or fuck right off. Any Republican who votes for “common-sense” gun control needs to be replaced by conservatives or classical liberals or libertarians who not only won’t vote to weaken your rights, but who will articulate why and how these “common-sense” proposals are really far more pernicious than they appear on the surface, setting the stage for tighter government monitoring of private citizens and an erosion of both individual autonomy and natural rights.
We should not be afraid of expressing our principles forcefully and without embarrassment or apology. In fact, we should be selling those principles as the bulwark against tyranny, and using history — including the history of our own founding — as experiential lessons for the American people.
Compromising to show that you’re willing to compromise is placing form over substance. This may make people like Rick Moran or Colin Powell feel shiny and professional and self-satisfied, but as a rule, it’s utterly moronic — and it is the reason why the country itself, having been run pragmatically by those whose fidelity is to politics, not policy, has been so weakened by a corrupted language and the media propagandists who exploit it: everything in national politics has become about positioning and posturing and optics — about perception — and this postmodernist turn naturally favors those most willing to manufacture consent or map false narratives atop reality, those who reject the world as it is and counsel us to create the world as it should be, with “should” tied directly to their own ideological ends.
It is a cynical rejection of the Enlightenment designed entirely to give back to men the power taken from them by the concept of natural rights. And moderate GOP pragmatists angling for temporary political points are complicit in the destruction of this country’s very foundation.
Think I’m overstating things? Fine. But you’re wrong. And though you’ll sneer and wave your hands dismissively, it really is that simple.