I think I have figured it out.

Figured what out, you ask?

Why certain groups of people keep saying things like this:

On Dec. 1, Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, took the life of his young girlfriend and killed himself at his team’s stadium. Like other tragedies in recent years, in Tucson or Aurora or the Milwaukee suburbs, Belcher’s crime has spurred calls for a national conversation on America’s culture of guns and violence — a conversation that has not taken place.

…or, more specifically, why they keep calling for “a conversation on guns” or however they prefer to put it.

They keep calling for this conversation because it never goes the way they want it to go. They all want the conversation to go like this:

“Let’s ban guns!”

“Hokay!”

However, as Mike Vanderboegh put it after the Virginia Tech shooting:

The Virginia Tech massacre was supposed to strengthen their legislative hand (the anti-gunners — ed.), yet it is the gunnies who seem the stronger for it now. We didn’t react the old timorous NRA way as they expected us to. Those of us who share the traditional American values of the Founder’s republic– faith, responsibility, opportunity and armed defense of liberty– have finally been pushed to the point that they’ve made us fighting mad. We’ve been pushed to the point where it is WE who are beginning to push back.

Of course, we probably have Bill Clinton to thank for that, as his “assault weapons ban” mobilized tens of millions of gun owners to the polls in 1994, and as you see it’s all been downhill since.

Of course, what’s really odd is that they never want to take a look at underlying causes of violence in general in this country. It all seems to be about the tools, and they think if the tools could be banned things would be just peachy. Funny how that doesn’t seem to work with drugs. Why do they think it will work with guns?

It could well be that they know it won’t, but they just don’t care. After all, as so many say, gun control isn’t about guns — it’s about control. Which would explain why all their “solutions” are all about a more onerous burden on the people who aren’t to blame.

(h/t David Codrea)

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2 Responses to “I think I have figured it out.”

  1. GomeznSA Says:

    Actually it is only one particular ‘tool’ that they focus on: them evil guns. Never mind that other objects are used at least 50% more to kill folks than guns – guns are ‘scary’ or something.
    It is all about control – citizens own and legally use guns, serfs er um servants I mean slaves don’t. It’s as simple as that. To them there is no such thing as personal responsibility for a person’s free choice actions.
    And don’t even get me started on cars and drunk drivers……………..

  2. mick Says:

    They all want the conversation to go like this

    How do you know how a conversation would go? Putting words into other peoples mouths generally doesn’t go well, especially when you consider them stupid and/or evil people.

    (Of course, some of them are stupid and/or evil. But lumping everyone together like that is part of the problem.)

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