What do you say to that sort of thing?

So last night, one of my Facebook friends posted a link to a story about New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoing funds for Planned Parenthood. I said something about how I’d say Christie should stand up to the anti-self-defense loons in his state, but for the fact that he’s one of them. Said Facebook friend mentioned a quote that went as follows:

“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”

This may be true, but what if that 20 percent goes to the core of what a politician is all about? I think of the quote from Suzanna Gratia Hupp:

“How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual…as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.”

And I really can’t do anything but agree with her, and L. Neil Smith while I’m at it:

“If a politician isn’t perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash—for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything—without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn’t your friend no matter what he tells you.”

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2 Responses to “What do you say to that sort of thing?”

  1. BobG Says:

    “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”
    – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    “Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”
    – Robert A. Heinlein

    “In every generation, there are those who want to rule well–but they mean to rule. They promise to be good masters–but they mean to be masters.”
    – Daniel Webster

    • BL Says:

      “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”
      – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

      –Interesting thing, if you look at Nazi concentration camp photos, the majority of photos I’ve seen there isn’t even a round in the chamber of their 98s. You can visually see if a 98 is cocked and on safe or if it isn’t and you can’t cock one without cycling the bolt, therefore, people got marched to their deaths with unloaded guns as often as not…amazing, isn’t it. Too bad the people in the camps hadn’t grown up in a gun culture where they could easily visually recognize if a Mauser was cocked and locked or not…

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