Next time someone DEMANDS “common-sense” legislation of fire-arms on grounds recent advances in gun technology have made them so much more dangerous than before… Point out we’ve had rapid fire high capacity guns capable of mass murder for over 1 ½ centuries, and semi-automatic weapons have been available to the public for over a century.
So if we’ve had the technology for well over a century… why are mass shootings a comparatively new phenomena?
Some things that DO coincide with the advent of mass shootings:
raising kids without discipline or requiring respect
open disdain for religious precepts of moral behavior
letting children park for hours in front of shooter video games
a music genre that literally glorifies shootings/ homicide/ violence
the prevalence of children raised without a dad
“gun free zones” that ensure shooters a safe place to work
Common-sense says a problem that became prevalent over a century later was NOT caused by hardware we’d had access to for well over a century prior. The problem has to lie in changes more recent than guns.
So don’t try to legislate “common sense” while employing an argument that lacks it.
PS: Our right to bear arms is one of our original “civil rights”.
It was not “discovered” in the constitution a century or so later… It was written explicitly into the Bill of Rights to protect it from being challenged by subsequent legislators.
If you oppose rights protected by the US constitution, don’t pretend you have some mythical moral high ground. You are just an opponent of my civil rights, and will be treated as such.
“We must take action now! Harumph harumph harumph!”
Anyone familiar with handling a boat that hits whitewater knows the wrong reaction to hitting turbulence is a LOT more dangerous than none. The same applies with passing well meaning but ill-considered legislation.
I’m constantly amazed when I see folks that might otherwise be considered sane tell me that we need more gun laws because shooters keep shooting folks in gun free zones.
Ummm, does that not raise even a slight bit of doubt in your mind as to the effectiveness of what you humorously call a “gun free zone“?
What seems to be the problem? If it’s “gun free” how is there a “shooter”?
They didn’t post enough signs?
Should they print them in a different color for visibility?
Was the font too small for the shooter to read?
Is it a literacy issue?
If gun free zone signs are an effective method of disarming bad guys, shouldn’t the military post them in Iraq to disarm ISIS? If not, please explain why they’re useless as tits on a boar hog elsewhere, but a brilliant solution here.
But instead of carefully taking stock of what works and what doesn’t, we see hair-on-fire demands to do something, anything, immediately! And so we collectively double down on prior mistakes.
Any shooting instructor will tell you it is impossible to miss your opponent fast enough to kill him. Speed cannot take precedence to hitting the target. That same lesson applies to laws about guns. It doesn’t matter how fast you pass ineffective “solutions“.
Also worthy of note: Solutions that repeatedly fail to fix a problem are not solutions, and solutions that actually exacerbate the problem are called “problems“.
Gas may look a lot like water, but it’d be nice if we quit trying to use it to put out fires.
The NY Times first published a shocking expose’ showing Marco Rubio had 4 traffic tickets in 18 years, and his wife had a bunch more. Not unpaid tickets mind you… they just had some traffic tickets.
You know, like normal people that have not been chauffeur driven everywhere they go since the day in the early 90s their husband was elected president.
This amazing revelation brought guffaws from social media, with the NY Times editorial board bearing the brunt of the laughter. The Twitter hashtag #RubioCrimeSpree was active for days as people imagined his other possible sins… ranging from things like returning tapes to Blockbuster without rewinding to failing to pay library fines in a timely manner.
Someone has GOT to keep an eye on him.
And so the NY Times did… following up the story a few days later with the news that when he received an $800k book advance, Rubio “splurged” and bought “an $80k luxury speedboat”!
And of course the liberal Twittersphere began furiously breaking out all their puppet IDs to publicly denounce Rubio for his vile crime of boat ownership.
Funny part: Just as soon as the left started handing out the pitchforks to villagers, some spoilsport published a picture of the offending vehicle.
It’D be nice as small (24 ft) seagoing FISHING boats go, but you probably don’t want to enter it in a race, or get too far offshore for that matter. It makes the SS Minnow look like the QE2.
As @JohnEkdahl points out in a scale overlay… Rubio’s luxury speedboat would float like a cork in a bathtub in Hillary’s pool.
And then people pointed out such fun facts as what this boat looks like next to John Kerry’s boat, which is several times longer than and which he does NOT dock in his home state in order to avoid about half a mil in excise taxes. [Wait, I thought Dems LIKED to see the rich pay taxes?]
And naturally there were references to Ted Kennedy’s choice of luxury watercraft.
Next the discussion turned to tongue-in-cheek mention what an evil one-percenter Rubio must be to own such a magnificent craft. One comparison showed his residence vs Hillary’s…
So basically twice in the span of a week the NY Times staff has provided mass hilarity to the social media world without trying. The reporter… Michael Barbaro… responded by calling those who laughed at his partisan hack job “haters” and blocking them on Twitter. And of course the more petulant he got, the more people laughed.
And here is Michael Barbaro’s clever method of handling criticism of his media bias.
Seriously… who would NOT want to be a fly on the wall at a NY Times editorial board meeting? Imagine what it must look like.
SENIOR EDITOR: Alright, we need a serious piece on a presidential candidate. Ideas?
REPORTER 1: I hear there’s evidence Hillary used her position as Sec of State to work around US govt sanctions in return for “charitable donations” from foreign governments.
REPORTER 2: Let’s not forget she was caught straight faced lying to a grieving mother at a funeral, claiming her kid that was killed in a terrorist attack was actually murdered by angry film critics.
REPORTER 3: I heard Rubio owns a nice boat.
SENIOR EDITOR: Quick… GET ME THAT BOAT STORY NOW!
C’mon, New York Times. We KNOW you’re liberal political hacks, but for the sake of appearances you might at least PRETEND you’re journalists. Occasionally. Right?
If you think your city is the recipient of “systemic injustice”… quit blaming the right. We didn’t have a hand. The last GOP mayor of Baltimore was elected in the 1960s. The entire city council is Democrats.
So long as urban blacks can be relied upon to vote Democrat regardless of what they do (or don’t do), you cannot expect anything but the silly paternalistic government you’ve had all your lives.
Your mayor is black, your people in DC are black, your entire system is run by Dems. How’s that working? Quit expecting government to fix your life. It will not happen.
Change will not come by electing people who are your favorite color.
Neither will it come by looting liquor stores or burning down a pharmacy.
Change will happen when you get off your butt, pull up your pants, take responsibility for your own future, and quit acting like zoo animals dependent on your keepers to feed you.
Change is ready to happen. It will become effective when YOU are.
Before the election in November, Obama stated that even though HE was not on the ballot, every one of his programs WAS.
Then the election results went for the GOP in overwhelming numbers.
The GOP retained the House, gaining a historic lead.
They took the senate.
Governor’s races went overwhelmingly against democrats.
State legislature composition followed the same trend.
In Texas, where Obama campaign veteran Jeremy Bird was dispatched to “Turn Texas Blue!”… Dems lost EVERY statewide election. Not most… ALL. And Wendy Davis, the reason the Dems thought they had a prayer, lost in historic fashion. Almost 2:1.
So after getting beat like a rented mule… Obama announced he “heard the voters”, but ALSO those who did NOT vote. [Huh?!]
Apparently his crystal ball told him everyone who didnt take the time to get off the couch and vote really loved HIS agenda.
As I do not own a crystal ball myself, I can neither confirm nor deny his assumption, but there are reasons to believe that Obama fans include the physically and intellectually lazy.
In keeping with his contention he is the king of those too stupid to take part in the electoral process voluntarily, Obama is floating the proposition that voting be “mandatory”.
You know, cause nothing says “land of the free” like government telling you what to do.
Granted, given the result of the November election, he hasnt a snowball’s chance in hell of getting legislation to make America subject to the whims of our laziest constituents… But then the boy king does like to write presidential fiats to try to circumvent the legislature. If he tries this one he’d probably learn the meaning of “smackdown” from the Supreme Court.
Hard to believe even HE is that dumb.
Then again, every time I think he cant get lower, he grabs a shovel.