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Dems Shoot Themselves in the Foot Again On Guns
townhall.com ^ | 5-13-2013 | Kurt Schlichter

Posted on 05/13/2013 2:26:45 AM PDT by servo1969

Despite suffering the most humiliating rejection of his presidency, President Obama and the liberal establishment are determined to revive their failed gun control scheme. That’s a good thing. The Republicans should remember Napoleon’s warning that you should never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake. This mistake will cost the Democrats dearly in 2014.

We need to understand that the motivation behind the gun grabbing campaign has always been more than just naked political calculation. Certainly, liberals think it will help motivate their base and maybe shore up the squishy suburban mom demographic for 2014, but this is really a campaign fueled by emotion.

That emotion is hate.

This isn’t about dead children. If saving kids was their real motivation, liberals would have long ago allowed the police to end the daily slaughter in Democrat-owned war zones like Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C. No, this campaign is driven by elitist hatred for regular Americans who refuse to bend to their will, who defiantly live life on their own terms, and who stubbornly resist accepting the moral supremacy of the urban liberals who would rule them.

They want to show us who is boss, to put us in our place, to take away the proud symbols of – and the tools that protect – our independence for one reason and one reason only. They want to show that they can. They want to demonstrate that what rights we have come not from our maker but from them, to be granted or withdrawn as they please.

They want us disarmed, demoralized and defeated. They are furious that we refuse to allow it, but anger is a poor foundation for building strategy.

Their anger clouds their thinking – they simply do not understand their opponents and seem to feel that considering their opponents’ motivations, even if only to come up with a way to defeat them, are somehow beneath their dignity. Sun Tzu knew what happens when a general does not understand his enemy. He loses.

Look at the mainstream media’s reporting on the gun bill. Has there been, anywhere in the mainstream media, a comprehensive analysis of the substantive problems those opposing Toomey-Manchin had with the bill? Of course not – instead, the media regurgitates the clichéd 90% support figure for “background checks” as if 90% of the American people had sat down and parsed the legislative language of this particular bill.

People had real, specific concerns about this bill that the media utterly ignored. People were concerned that they could suddenly face felony charges for doing things they had always done, like lending a life-long buddy a hunting rifle or borrowing a pistol while target shooting. They saw that the alleged prohibition on a federal gun registry was not supported by the language of the bill. People were rightly suspicious at how this was another of those obnoxious “deals” rushed to the floor for a vote without the kind of committee analysis and development that we were taught in civics class is how a bill is supposed to become a law.

Moreover, people were angered by the bald-faced lies they were fed. It’s not reassuring to be told that “Nobody wants to take your guns” when key Democrats like Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Diane Feinstein and Mayor Michael Bloomberg manifestly do. Sometimes they seem to forget that YouTube tubed the era of the memory hole.

Nor do gun freedom advocates appreciate the cynical and intellectually bankrupt tactic of shutting down reasoned debate by dragging out the relatives of murder victims to scream at politicians. It didn’t help that not only did the bill fail to do anything that might have prevented Sandy Hook, but that opposition to it was portrayed as tantamount to condoning child murder.

People tend to get angry when libeled.

And those people made their concerns known, spurring their elected representatives to refuse to obey the elite’s command. This infuriated the elite, who consider themselves every senator’s true constituency. They are morally offended that senators might take their cues from voters back home in their own states rather than from the political and media mandarins on the coasts. So, the liberals are now taking their anger out on the red state Democrats who declined to commit political suicide to please the MSNBC crowd, which is great news for Republicans.

The era when gun freedom advocates resided on both sides of the aisle seems to be drawing to a close. Democrats are purging gun ban dissenters, and those voters will go GOP because they will simply have no alternative. Best of all, the red state Democrats who voted for gun rights are still in danger – not only are liberals taking aim at them but voters seeing the party pressure may well decide not to take a chance that their senator will “evolve” once he has won a new six-year term.

The anti-gun campaign has activated only two groups of people, the small circle of liberal media commentators and the huge mass of gun freedom advocates. A couple of out-of-state, paid Organizing for America activists waving pre-printed signage at a town hall is not a grass roots movement.

The only grass roots movement is for gun freedom. The NRA membership rolls are exploding, and there will be no sitting on the sidelines in 2014 for those concerned with gun rights. They will all vote.

Let the Democrats bring up another gun control bill. Let their hate cloud their strategic thinking. Let them keep making mistakes.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 05/13/2013 2:26:45 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

According to Reid he has the votes this time to pass a background check bill. I guess we’ll see.


2 posted on 05/13/2013 2:36:40 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: servo1969

In response to the headline, democrats would make so many lives so much easier if they would just stop doing stuff upside down.


3 posted on 05/13/2013 2:43:21 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Noumenon

Ping.


4 posted on 05/13/2013 2:50:37 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: saganite

Didn’t he have the votes to pass it the first time around?


5 posted on 05/13/2013 2:51:12 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: servo1969

ping


6 posted on 05/13/2013 2:56:20 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: saganite

> According to Reid he has the votes this time to pass a background check bill. I guess we’ll see.

Has the votes = paid off or blackmailed enough of his cronies


7 posted on 05/13/2013 3:07:21 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

...just dingy Harry running interference for Odungo. Headline stealer...Issued to fend off the wolves who thought
Odungo could get it done


8 posted on 05/13/2013 3:17:51 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: DuncanWaring

He thought he did.

He’s making noises like some Senators have been punished in the polls back home for voting against the bill and will come around to his way of thinking this time. More importantly I believe he can bring the bill up again under different rules of the Senate that only require a majority vote instead of the 60 he needed the first time. If that’s true (not sure it is) then he has the votes for sure. Then it would be up to the House.


9 posted on 05/13/2013 3:18:29 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite

Sen. Kelly Ayotte is standing firm, so I’m hoping this is just noise from the Dims.


10 posted on 05/13/2013 3:30:07 AM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: jsanders2001

> According to Reid he has the votes this time to pass a background check bill. I guess we’ll see.

Has the votes = paid off or blackmailed enough of his cronies


He’ll do it once the 2014 elections are over. It won’t matter then if they vote for it. Either they’ve already been defeated for re-election in which case it becomes a “screw you” vote. Or they won re-election it which case it becomes a “screw you” vote because you won’t remember in six years.


11 posted on 05/13/2013 3:34:03 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: saganite

Remember, federal gun laws are unconstitutional. Nothing they do there matters, legally. Despite what the federal courts might say.

If one can read and understand the words in the Constitution, one is much clearer thinking than those that have sworn to uphold the same document.

“shall not be infringed” means what is sounds like it means. It means the federal government’s only role in gun laws would be to mandate that everyone has weapons, or that everyone is trained to use ‘em. No negative law can pass the “infringement” test. Despite what has already been passed. You get arrested for anything, you need to fight it, and sue for your rights.


12 posted on 05/13/2013 3:34:20 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Big Giant Head

The recent SC decision, even though it affirmed the 2 nd amendment rights of individuals to keep and bear arms, left the door open for restrictions on those rights. If they pass laws restricting how, when, and where you can bear those arms it will most likely pass constitutional muster according to the SC.


13 posted on 05/13/2013 3:39:19 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: servo1969
President Obama and the liberal establishment are determined to revive their failed gun control scheme.

They have to because they can't take their leftist plans to the next level without first disarming us. We've seen this happen before in other countries, although the gun confiscation part usually goes through more quickly.

14 posted on 05/13/2013 3:44:05 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: saganite

Once again, the USSC is part of the federal government. They derive their power from the document they swear an oath to uphold and defend. If they think there are any “constitutional restrictions” that pass muster, they are wrong. I don’t care if they’ve had dozens of years of law study.

ALL federal gun laws are NOT able to be Constitutional because of the phrase “shall not”. That means an absolute brick wall against ANY infringement. NONE. Zero.

Any federal gun law arrest should be a fight against the law itself.


15 posted on 05/13/2013 3:47:44 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: servo1969
On every issue, remember that the essence of the Democrap Party is practicing the POLITICS OF FEAR, DIVISION, and HATRED!
16 posted on 05/13/2013 4:52:31 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: servo1969
The era when gun freedom advocates resided on both sides of the aisle seems to be drawing to a close.

And that great advocate for freedom (supposedly), the NRA "A" rated and NRA endorsed "Traitor Joe" Manchin turned out to be a liar, and a backstabber, and an enemy. Second Amendment advocacy organizations need to get through their heads:

Democrat == Gun Ban == Traitor == Enemy of the Constitution.

You got that, NRA? You paying attention, Chris Cox?

17 posted on 05/13/2013 4:57:27 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: MestaMachine

thats what I was thinking.........aim a little closer to the ears.


18 posted on 05/13/2013 5:20:39 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: servo1969

They keep making mistakes.....and keep winning too!! Why is this not comforting?


19 posted on 05/13/2013 5:32:00 AM PDT by cb
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To: saganite

Nobody but nobody has ever been diselected for opposing gun control.


20 posted on 05/13/2013 5:32:02 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: servo1969

Well written article.


21 posted on 05/13/2013 6:08:51 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Big Giant Head

Good luck with that.


22 posted on 05/13/2013 6:14:09 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: servo1969
No, this campaign is driven by elitist hatred for regular Americans who refuse to bend to their will, who defiantly live life on their own terms, and who stubbornly resist accepting the moral supremacy of the urban liberals who would rule them.

Moral supremacy? Moral supremacy??!! I've stepped in stuff whose right to direct my actions I regard more highly than theirs.

23 posted on 05/13/2013 9:30:41 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: corlorde
Sen. Kelly Ayotte is standing firm, so I’m hoping this is just noise from the Dims.

I not sure it wouldn't be a good idea for some of the good guys the Dems think they can pick off to play along to screw up their count, and then vote right when the vote comes.

24 posted on 05/13/2013 9:33:41 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: servo1969

“It’s about hate”...yah right. With analyses like this, conservatives are certain to lose I.Q points. Why do we dumb ourselves down like this? Gun control is part of the globalist neo-trotskyite ramp up to a radical left takeover of the planet via the UN “World Government”. This has been the wet dream of fascists and dictators since the Roman Empire. Globalists have positioned themselves to go with either a right or left wing dictatorship, tending towards the latter since WWII. If we don’t learn how to march in the streets pronto, our next vacation destination will be a FEMA coming to a town near you.


25 posted on 05/13/2013 10:15:08 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: Yollopoliuhqui

Nah, nah, it’s true about the hate. I hate when people come up with schemes to steal my civil rights, and I hate people who would want to do so.


26 posted on 05/13/2013 11:13:01 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Yollopoliuhqui; All

“Gun control is part of the globalist neo-trotskyite ramp up to a radical left takeover of the planet via the UN “World Government”.

You are saying the same thing with slightly different words. Globalists hate it when their desires and plans are stymied.


27 posted on 05/13/2013 3:05:12 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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