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New Democratic Idea – Confiscate America’s Guns. Forget it.

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Last week’s Democratic debate was punctuated by bursts of unrepentant arrogance, ignorance and scholarly indolence.  In short, the Democratic presidential candidates are sliding “hard left” faster than a healthy imagination can keep up.  The latest?  A leading candidate wants to confiscate America’s guns.  Forget it.

Let’s review facts closely.   Former Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke appeared on September 12 to advocate confiscation of firearms described – rather obliquely – as “assault weapons,” including semi-automatic “AR-15” and “AK-47” rifles. 

With no attempt to walk-back the quote, the Associated Press confirmed O’Rourke’s plan on September 14, noting “their presidential contender’s full-throated call on national TV for confiscating” the “assault” firearms. 

Much could be said in response, from noting that Americans hold an estimated 393 million firearms, most legally, safely and for good purposes, to observing that mass shootings are infrequent, have to do with mental instability, and that cars and knives can be as dangerous as guns.

Likewise, we could restate the Second Amendment, dozens of Supreme Court cases upholding the citizen’s right to “keep and bear arms,” to protect oneself, protect others, keep a government honest, put food on the table, and use guns for sport. 

All this is a matter of record, and makes the Democratic shift left even more arresting.  Ignorance is part of the problem, for sure.  Rather than examine mental health, role of guns in protecting America and individual Americans, or even what a semi-automatic gun is, Democratic candidates like O’Rourke seem content to blur lines, and play to gun-haters.

First, all Americans should understand that automatic firearms – a constant flow of ammunition with one trigger pull – are illegal, unless ownership is approved by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.  So, we are not talking about machine guns as used in World War II.

Second, semi-automatic firearms are, always have been, and forever should be legal.  They are the sort of guns that send one bullet or shotgun shell out a barrel with one trigger pull.  This includes semi-automatic shotguns used for bird hunting, skeet, trap, sporting clays, self-defense and deer (slug or buckshot). 

Semi-automatic weapons also include rifles, from deer-hunting 30.06 and 30-30 to .22 caliber traditionally employed by Boy Scouts for target proficiency and merit badges, short range to long range, wood stock to plastic, two-tone to camouflage. 

Now, here is the ultimate absurdity proposed by Democratic anti-gun fanatics, who want confiscation of all “assault weapons” – the Second Amendment, American gun owners’ rights, and reality notwithstanding:  There is no material difference between a semi-automatic colored and shaped to resemble a military firearm, and one that is not colored or shaped that way.

Obviously, if the federal government – or a zealous Democratic president – aimed to end gun ownership by confiscating so-called “assault” weapons based on their shape and color, they would be able to throw that same blanket or ban over every semi-automatic weapon.  The differences are minimal, as the defining characteristic is their semi-automatic nature.

But the real issue is not ignorance, it is a combination of not knowing and an unabashed intent to strip Americans of their constitutional rights, in this case embedded in the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution. 

The audacity of it is stunning.  In effect, they wish not to examine underlying causes of America’s rising mental instability – which might be tied to accelerating cultural change, growing anonymity and lack of accountability, invasions of privacy, border and community insecurity, increased alienation, legalizing drugs, denigrating faith, restricting free speech, punishing association, and trampling individual prerogatives.  Instead, they prefer to ban, confiscate and vilify firearms. 

At some point, ignorance and an open intent to violate the Constitution’s text, terms, interpretation and natural law becomes something else.  It becomes irresponsible, indefensible, and a matter of grave public concern. 

Today, the “skateboarding presidential candidate,” who reflects many of the shifting, arguably shifty, aims of the modern Democratic presidential field, has distinguished himself.  He showcases what it means to be a modern, hard-left, dictate-utopia Democrat. 

I am reminded – in this odd historical moment – of two quotes, neither from a politician, but each with a kernel of undeniable truth.  The first is from Friedrich Nietzsche, who wrote in “Beyond Good and Evil,” an oft-forgotten truth: “Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.”  The Democratic party leaders vying to lead in 2020 prove the rule.

The second is straight forward, a return to common sense, offered by H.L. Mencken.  We all know that guiding principles are important, and always have been.  We also know that indolent – that is, lazy – minds hate to wrestle with applying big principles to daily life. 

As Mencken wrote: “For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong.”  Suggesting confiscation of America’s guns is one of those.  Forget it.

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Daniel Risz

You refer to the Democrat party as the “Democratic” party. They are not democratic, but rather they are very autocratic. The leader says “take away their guns” and the group think, mob mentality takes over. Free thought and independant thinking are squashed with democrats. Democrats rely on mindless followers to agree with the leader. That is the threat to our 2nd Amendment.

JOYCE JOHNSON

This is a very excellent article. The Democrats keep getting worse every time I hear them. I will NEVER vote for a Democrat with those attitudes . Trump all the way!

Kenneth Heavrin Jr.

“Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.” MAO ZEDONG

Mao was #1 on the people killer hit parade of the 20th century, Hitler was just #3. After disarming China after WWII his policies lead to the deaths of up to 20 million of his fellow countrymen. Beware of politicians that want to take away your last ditch means of resistance to THEIR policies!

PaulE

Stop referring to Democrats as “Democratic” and their policies as “democratic”. They are Democrats, who don’t believe in anything that has to do with the principles of democracy. They are Socialist, who call themselves “Progressives” to fool the ignorant percentage of the population that doesn’t know the history of the term. Just for clarification, the terms are Democrat and Democrat policies for future use. By the way in case you don’t know it, we area representative republic, NOT a democracy. So for someone who supposedly worked for a conservative President, you seem to have a problem correctly identifying the opposition and the origin of their policies.

Lawrence Greenberg

All of what is stated in the article is true. Nevertheless, the author is missing the entire point. Gun control is not now, and has never been, about crime or criminals. The Left could not give a rat’s behind about crime or criminals. Relative to firearms, their only goal is, and has always been, the complete disarmament of the law-abiding citizenry. To that end, they will use any excuse, including dancing on the dead bodies of crime victims. The Left fears what could happen with 100 million armed citizens once they create the dictatorship they have been working toward for more than half a century. A quick study of the last two centuries of history will reveal very quickly which governments seek to disarm their citizens when they take power (the hard Left), and what happens to the citizenry once they are disarmed (mass murder). One need only look at… Read more »

Joe

Reminiscent of prohibition and in this instance relies on the masses to obey a clearly unConstitutional law. Everyone I know, (including myself) will never surrender their guns without a red hot barrel. We are fed up with these political self-serving hacks eroding our rights and telling us what to do and how they will “allow” us to live.

JudyG

As H.L Menken wrote: “For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat and WRONG” and Nietzsche: “Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule” in other words the “gang mentality”. Here are a few quotes of our own: “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” – Voltaire, “Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” Benjamin Rush (1788), “Just because a majority believe in a dumb idea, it’s still a dumb idea.” Eric Berlin, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” –… Read more »

Natalie

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

Jeffrey Warner

Hear, hear!
I will never surrender any of my guns, to any person, entity, whether private or government.
I am a Patriot Life Member of the NRA, a member of the USCCA, a former U.S. combat Marine, wounded in battle, and know how treacherous politicians are and can be.
My guns stay with my body, until death if necessary.
I will fight to protect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the right to protect my family, my country and my belief in God.
Beto can “come and get em”, if he can work up the courage.

Gene Piellusch

The demo-commies should remember what happened the last time an oppressive government tried to take an Americans rights away from the people !

Edgie

One sure way to put this country into a full blown civil war is for the the libs to make good on their promise to take away firearms from law abiding citizens. How about the government fully enforce the existing laws such as felons not being able to have firearms before we consider more laws that the outlaws will ignore. In the mean time, we should take their threats seriously and make sure then never win another election.

Jef Jepsen

Remember why the British were marching to Lexington. MA in 1775, and how that turned out.

Stan d. Upnow

Please, do NOT keep referring to them as “Democrats.” They are not! They have become the party of Progressive-Socialists. Their supporters are either the same, or else have fallen for their carefully conceived and spun propaganda. We live in dangerous times in America.

Loren G Kelly

Democrats, like Beto, who call themselves “Democratic Socialists,” (Hitler was a Democratic Socialist) are no more than Liberal Socialist Fascists Storm Troopers in brown shirts who seek to confiscate our guns and violate our “Right to bear arms!” Next Fascist Democrats will be burning our books and telling us what to say and not to say (Oooops….They already are attempting to censor us all).

Michael W.

It is amazing to me that these so-called “politicians” on the left put their hand on a Bible (or in some miserable cases, a Koran) and swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. I am from Texas and Bozo O’Dork does not represent me. He is for advocating confiscation of that exact thing which the 2nd Amendment of the Consitution guarantees as a right to all citizens, so unless Bozo can revoke the 2nd amendment, which if I know my government requires ratification by a majority of states, what he is saying is basically unconstitutional and by violating that, he is violating the oath he swore when he was elected and should be removed from office. If we had a mainstream media that held the DemonRats to the same standard and scrutiny as they do Republicans and conservatives this would have been brought out, but it… Read more »

Glenn Scott

As the honorable Charlton Heston once stated .”From my cold dead hands”

Poppa

I believe I am probably representative of most gun owners in this country. I will never voluntarily surrender my firearms to any government entity that seeks to disarm me and all other law-abiding gun owners. Make of that what you will, but I can guarantee that the outcome would not be anything remotely similar to what the lefties envision. It could very well lead to the next US civil war. This is not Europe or Australia. Wake up people.

Bob

The Deamon Rats know,the only way to get there socialist .laws passed is to remove are second amendment.It is the one that keeps are right of freedom of speech.
Without it we would become a third world in no time.Look at the way social media is,very scary.Keep up the the good fight.Have a Blessed day.

Homer Howell

The mental problem in the U S is because of the introduction of fluoride (a by product of aluminum production ,aka industrial waste), because pathological evidence prove that fluoride causes calcium to accumulate in the brain mostly affecting the penal gland hindering the ability to comprehend facts.

Homer Howell

In my opinion, take the guns and watch home invasion,murder, rape will rise quickly , after all we have all of these delightful visitors from who knows where, that have already proved that our laws mean nothing to them by ILLEGALY crossing our borders. Are citizens going to have to round them up and send the back across the border.