Wednesday political musings, 21.08.2019

Quote from elsewhere:

“The gun industry and the gun lobby are the problem. They won’t even let us do common sense reforms.”

No. NO SIR. If you’re gonna point the finger at anyone for pro-gunners’ refusing to compromise anymore, you need to be pointing the finger at Dianne Feinstein for giving away the endgame on 60 Minutes right after the 1994 “assault weapons” ban was passed.

For anyone who might have forgotten:

“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them — Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in — I would have done it.”

Also, while I say this specifically in the context of more gun control, it actually is more universal than that:

“Polls reflect that the public wants tighter gun control.”

Yeah, that and a five-spot will get you a sausage-and-egg taco and a cup of coffee at any Bill Miller’s here in San Antonio before 10:30 AM. All this supposed “silent majority” allegedly in favor of more gun laws has had to do since 1994 is vote in people who will pass those gun laws, but they have yet to get off their asses and do it, so they obviously don’t want it bad enough, if they want it at all, which at this point I frankly just do not believe. And if they don’t want it badly enough to vote for politicians who will vote for it, well, that has the exact effect of not wanting it at all.

Which, of course, brings us back to polls in general. How many polls, to cite perhaps the most infamous recent example, said Hillary Clinton was going to lay a 1984-level ass-whipping on Donald Trump in the 2016 election right up until she didn’t?

And I am really, really getting tired of the whole “b-b-b-but muh tanks and drones” when it comes to stopping tyranny with rifles. It’s as if no one has any concept of how guerrilla warfare works. That drone, just to take one example, is not going to be of much use if the pilot gets shot in his driveway, or the mechanic has his throat slit in some seedy Vegas strip joint, or the armorer has his morning coffee laced with cyanide.

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4 Responses to “Wednesday political musings, 21.08.2019”

  1. Witold Pilecki Says:

    Make no mistake, there is only one desirable outcome to the entire anti-gun crowd…total civilian disarmament. If you listen to them long enough and close enough, they all eventually let it slip where it gets recorded. The anti-gun crowd spawned in Kommiecticut after Sandy Hook, stated as much, preceded by the statement about the 2013 state gun control that it was “just the beginning.” But for public consumption, they say over and over “no one is coming for your guns,” yet they also say, “we need to get the weapons of war off the streets.” So which is it….because the anti-gun zealots declare most of what is in my gun safe as those dreaded weapons of war (which some of them actually ARE)?

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      But for public consumption, they say over and over “no one is coming for your guns,” yet they also say, “we need to get the weapons of war off the streets.” So which is it….because the anti-gun zealots declare most of what is in my gun safe as those dreaded weapons of war (which some of them actually ARE)?

      I have asked this exact question on myriad occasions, but I have never gotten a straight answer.

      Probably because the antis know they’d get ridden out of town on a rail if they were honest and loud about it.

  2. stainles Says:

    “Polls reflect that the public wants tighter gun control.”

    I think I’ve made this point before, possibly even here, but: So what? I don’t care.

    Rights are not subject to majority vote. It doesn’t matter if the public wants tighter gun control or bans on speech they don’t like: they don’t get to vote on those things.

    If you do believe rights are subject to majority vote (not you specifically, boss, but the editorial you) I hope that you also advocated in favor of California’s Proposition 8, and were shocked and appalled when the courts ruled it unconstitutional.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      Rights are not subject to majority vote. It doesn’t matter if the public wants tighter gun control or bans on speech they don’t like: they don’t get to vote on those things.

      Precisely so!

      As L. Neil Smith put it some years ago:

      “…the freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right — subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility.”

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