Democrats ’vigorously championing’ gun control as a ‘winning issue,’ not as solution to gun violence
There was this strange media observation during the Democratic National Convention that, “suddenly,” gun control is a Democratic cause du jour. Really?
Is it surprising that Democrats are suddenly “vigorously championing” gun control when they’ve been blatantly telegraphing that they’d use it as a politically exploitable issue for months leading into the 2016 campaign?
That is why they’ve adroitly sabotaged any effort to pass Republican-sponsored bills addressing gun violence for months — including Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R-Pa.) Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which passed the House in a 422-2 vote but is now stymied by Senate Democrats — choosing, instead, to stage dead dog and dead pony shows, claiming to be the solution rather than the problem.
The suddenly “emboldened” Democrats recognize that the flawed mantra that gun control will stop gun violence has resonance among the frightened TV-educated and that by elevating fear of guns as “a top-tier issue” will generate votes, if not real solutions.
Solutions, quite frankly, are the last thing they want. Especially not now. Especially not in the hot-house ideologyfest that is a political convention.
Surprisingly, the only honest statement regarding gun control was uttered by none other than Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, the same Connecticut Democrat who is spearheading the Senate effort to kill Rep. Murphy’s mental health bill—described as the most significant federal mental health bill proposed in decades by mental health professionals — because it includes due-process clauses for gun owners.
“For the first time, this is a winning issue in the general election,” Sen. Murphy told ABC News.
And therein lies the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about why “suddenly” Democrats are “emboldened” enough to be “vigorously championing” gun control.
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Suddenly, ‘the sun is out and the birds are chirping’
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s acceptance speech during the last night of the Republican National Convention justly merited the criticism it received for painting an hysterical and over-the-top portrait of a violent and dangerous America.
The Democratic rebuttal, from President Barack Obama himself, was, in contrast, somewhat composed, thoughtful and dismissive. Especially the part about “the sun is out and the birds are chirping.”
Missed in it all—as so often happens when there’s little time for nuance—was the irony of it all.
While Obama himself has always been very careful to focus his gun control comments on mass shootings rather than claiming gun control is necessary because America’s streets are ruled by armed thugs with “assault weapons,” the gun control lobby has been telling the TV-educated for years that crime is out of control.
The gun control lobby is why so many Americans mistakenly “feel” that crime is out of control, “believe” guns are the cause of crime (rather than, you know, criminals), and are frightened into accepting the notion that only by removing guns can we all be safe again and return to the good old days when, in this fantasy, America was a non-violent haven of peace and tranquility.
The fact that the facts say otherwise is meaningless.
Suddenly, after Trump essentially stole the drum they’ve been beating for years, the same people who’ve been telling us that crime is out of control are now claiming “the sun is out and the birds are chirping.”
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Petitions certified, but have little chance to overturn new California gun laws
The Firearms Policy Coalition’s six petitions to overturn recent California laws that, among other things, require background checks to buy ammunition have been certified and can be circulated for signatures in hopes of getting them on the November ballot.
That’s the good news. The bad news, even sponsors say, is they have little chance of getting on the ballot. To get the 365,000 signatures needed by the Sept. 29 deadline, the FPC says it will need money it doesn’t have from supporters, such as the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association, that it doesn’t have.
FPC lobbyist Craig DeLuz told the Associated Press that the NRA and CRPA are “not seriously considering signing on to the campaign” and that the FPC itself has decided not to contribute money.
“We’re all membership organizations that have limited resources and, in a state like California, we have to utilize those resources judiciously,” DeLuz said, adding, however, his group may consider a court challenge.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed six bills earlier this month that will:
* Require an ID and background check to purchase ammunition, record all ammunition transactions and create a new state database of ammunition owners.
* Ban possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, meaning those with them now must give them up or face arrest.
* Restrict the loaning of guns without background checks to close family members.
* Include “rapid-loading devices” on the list of banned “assault weapons.”
* Require ammunition retailers to be licensed.
* Track homemade weapons by requiring people who own or assemble them to apply for a serial number and affix it to the gun.
Gov. Brown vetoed these bill that would have:
* Put an initiative on the November ballot to clarify that theft of a firearm is grand theft and is punishable as a felony.
* Require those who make guns at home to register them with the state and get a serial number so the weapons can be tracked.
* Required stolen or lost guns to be reported within five days.
* Limited Californians to the purchase of one rifle or shotgun per month.
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Gun-control zealots harass, threaten U.S. competitive shooters
Kim Rhode, two-time Olympic gold medalist shotgun shooter, should be fielding questions from sportswriters about her chances of securing a rare trifecta as a world champion.
But, no. Instead, she’s the target of abuse and threats by an anti-gun lobby that, if Rhode was anyone else doing anything else, would qualify as harassment from a hate group.
“It’s unfortunate that we get lumped in with that,” Rhode, who is vying to become the first American athlete to win medals in a sixth straight Games at next month’s Rio Olympics, told the Associated Press. “There has to be some kind of reality.”
Rhode said when she won her second career gold in skeet at the 2012 London Games, the first question she was asked by “the media” was about the theater shooting at Aurora, Colo., which occurred a few days earlier.
Why that seemed to someone to be a relevant question remains a mystery.
Several Olympic shooters have received death threats, including trap shooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein because the two-time Olympian enjoys hunting and isn’t afraid to say so. In fact, after the London Games, where she won bronze, thousands of morons signed a petition to strip her of the medal.
“Unfortunately, there were people who decided to hone in on me as a public figure at the time and they wanted to push their agenda,” Cogdell-Unrein told the AP. “Hopefully that will not happen again. If it does, I will be better prepared for it this time.”
So, if you know someone—particularly in “the media”—who somehow confuses competitive shooting with whatever it is they somehow are confusing it with, David Wharton of The LA Times offers a brief primer in a July 27 article.
“When someone drowns at the beach, reporters don’t call on Olympic swimmers for comment,” he writes. “When a car strikes a bicyclist on the street, elite cyclists aren’t asked for their reaction to the news.”
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