Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gun Control Fizzle: Americans Don't Trust Bloomberg, Obama, Et Al

There are many salient points worth discussing about why the latest push for federal gun control has fizzled in the Senate, and the media is missing, seemingly, all of them. 

First point missed is that Newtown is not the only heinous crime that should bear heavily on the gun control debate.  As I have said, I think Cheshire, equally heinous in my view, should bear equally.

Another point that goes completely missed is that the political leadership of the gun control movement undermines their key arguments.  They insist that everything they are doing is "reasonable" and they make fun of people "imagining tyranny".  Well, who is the political face of gun control in America today?  Michael Bloomberg.  Think about that.  The guy who bans smoking, trans-fats, large sodas, wants to restrict baby formula, and who sees surveillance drones as inevitable is the guy who is telling us that all gun control efforts will be "reasonable".  Really?  Bloomberg doesn't believe in the Second Amendment one iota and he's unleashed a wave of hectoring, nannying, restrictive policies upon his jurisdiction, and yet law-abiding Americans are "the black helicopter crowd" for not believing that this endeavor is 100% reasonable when they see Michael Bloomberg at the head of this movement?  The New York Sun gets it:
So people look at Bloomberg-land and ask, where is he leading us? Where does he want to go? The way we interpret the decision of the Senate yesterday is that it is saying, “not one more inch in that direction.”
And it is not just Bloomberg as a symbol, people need only look around them and see what is happening in everyday life to gauge the amount of trust we should grant these politicians proposing their entirely "reasonable" Second Amendment restrictions:
Now, stop and think of what Americans are seeing and hearing every day.  First, their government just concluded a massive and contentious, but ultimately successful, effort to demand that they buy a product which many do not want and/or cannot afford.  This is on top of thousands of smaller petty tyrannies, such what lightbulbs one can use, how much water a toilet or washing machine may use, or what processing must be done to the milk you buy.  Then Americans look to some of the policy ideas that get put forth here and there, such as forcing the installation of tracking devices in all automobiles ostensibly so that government can tax you by the mile (good heavens, no, never to track your movements) or taking your retirement nest egg in return for a government provided annuity.   ...
Finally, we see our elected representatives passing laws that no one has read let alone analyzed carefully.  Sometimes they do this in contravention of the rules and sometimes even with a sickening pride in bypassing the rules.  We have other officials suggesting the suspension of elections and there are countless examples were those in power don't seem to want or tolerate the rules applying to them, so we are increasingly living under a set of rules that the elites have exempted themselves from.  And I haven't even mentioned what to many is an obviously bloody-minded statist President who no one would ever accuse of valuing modesty in the exercise of power.
It really doesn't take much to join that black helicopter when you think about it, does it?  I would suggest that if politicians want us to believe that what they propose is reasonable, they should act in a reasonable manner.  When they nanny, restrict, demonize, over-regulate and ban, they shouldn't be surprised when we assume that their intentions with gun laws are to nanny, restrict, demonize, over-regulate and ban.


Blogger Heather said...

the senators, all of them; and the congressmen are all ELECTED by CITIZENS. And every now and then there is an issue that enough of those VOTERS have a strong enough opinion that it will effect their vote. This is such a basic observation, is it not?

7:55 PM  
Blogger Donny Baseball said...

Too basic for the sophisticates.

11:15 AM  

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