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Liberals & Their Never-Ending Gun Grabbing Agenda
A MUST READ Article that says it all!
Liberals want your guns. Its just that simple. The question is "why"? If you jumped to something idealistic like, "They care about gun violence", or "They're trying to save the children", that's sweet, but to the extent they care about either of those things, its only as a side-benefit of their true agenda. What they REALLY care about is power. Period. Read on.
- Christopher Skeet, American Thinker
I don't think I'm alone when I say it's frustrating having the same conversation over and over and over again. I'm frustrated trying to explain the difference between a semi-automatic and a "military-style assault" weapon, parrying asinine retorts of how our Founding Fathers "only had muskets," and being told by strangers what weapons I "don't need." I'm frustrated with citing statistical evidence showing that the vast majority of gun violence in America is the result of suicides and of criminals who have obtained their guns illegally. I'm frustrated with trying to justify my personal choices to people who are completely ignorant about guns and who are completely unwilling to learn.
I'm frustrated because it's an exercise in futility. They return the very next day to push their very same debunked talking points that I've spent the last conversation refuting. Deploying factual evidence works only when dealing with people for whom factual evidence is valued, acknowledged, and conceded. When they simply ignore it and continue to talk over you, there is no benefit in trying to make them see reason. It is like talking to a brick wall.
If reducing gun violence were an honest aim of the Left, leftists would follow the evidence where it leads. But leftists oppose gun ownership not out of any heartfelt reaction to mass shootings (though they routinely go through the necessary public genuflections). They don't care about dead students, dead Walmart shoppers, dead worshipers, dead police, or dead black Americans. They don't care about getting help for the mentally ill. They care about the consolidation of political power into a centralized totalitarian entity, which they arrogantly assume they possess the competence to administer.
Lawmakers such as state senator Julie Morrison (D-Ill.) have smugly threatened mass confiscation, and others such as Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have suggested prosecution and prison time for noncompliance with mandatory buyback programs. During the September 12 debate, the floundering Robert Francis O'Rourke (D-Nowhere) gazed up from his water bong to yelp, "Hell, yes, we are going to take your AR-15!"
Scary words, to be sure. But these threats raise the question of who exactly they plan on sending out to do the actual confiscating. Do something! they scream from the podiums and across the Twittersphere, with no intention of ever actually doing that "something" themselves. The bell-collared audience who noisily bleated their approval for O'Rourke's rhetorical feed bucket? They're not going to "do something," either, other than demand someone else do it.
That's the job of the police, they say? Good luck with that. Out of the 250 million adults living in the United States, approximately one third of them own one or more guns. That's over 80 million doors for police to bust down in unconstitutional searches and seizures (these would be clear violations of the Fourth Amendment, but we wouldn't even be having this discussion if the Bill of Rights were something the Left even pretended to respect).
Like combat soldiers, police can refuse orders they deem immoral or unconstitutional. Polls continuously show (here, here, and here) that police overwhelmingly support the right of law-abiding citizens to own semi-automatic rifles, including AR-15s. So how successful will be the efforts of the anti-police Left to convince the very same officers they hate to bust into American homes to steal guns the police think they have a right to own? The growing trend of elected sheriffs and officials creating Second Amendment sanctuaries by publicly opting to not enforce unconstitutional gun laws should give pause to leftists who feel that America's police will do their dirty work for them.
Even if a hypothetical Presidente O'Rourke were able to cajole every American police officer to act as his own personal Stasi, such a force would still be inadequate for the task of disarming millions of gun-owners. This reality is amplified by the fact that about three quarters of gun-owners say gun ownership is essential to their freedom, giving a sense of just how much non-compliance such an effort would encounter.
Nor should they count on the members of a woke population to voluntarily disarm themselves. The much touted New Zealand buyback program has confiscated under 10% of known banned weapons. Mandatory registration laws in deep blue Connecticut, New York, and California have garnered compliance rates of 15%, 4%, and 3%, respectively. This is not even for confiscation, but for registration only. How well do they think buyback programs will fare in Texas or Ohio?
Nope. If they want guns confiscated, they'll have to do it themselves.
Their hesitation isn't from lack of logistical capability. The one skill in which the Left exudes competence is the capacity to organize people. Leftists organized volunteers to act as human shields for Saddam's oil fields in 2003. They organize the Occupy squatter cities and the state capitol rotunda takeovers. They organize speaker shout-downs, the campus shutdowns, and the Antifa blackshirts who terrorize our streets. They organize the mobs who pull down statues, who chase conservatives out of restaurants, and who threaten the homes of Tucker Carlson and Mitch McConnell. If they're so insistent on disarming the populace, they have the means and enmity to attempt it. What they lack, unsurprisingly, is courage to match their convictions.
I say "attempt." Most gun-owners realize that gaggles of welterweight pajama boys vacillating aimlessly between the 14th and 37th genders aren't going to don the tactical helmets and pick up the battering rams any time soon, even if they physically could. Robert Francis O'Rourke certainly isn't going to put down his sippy cup to lead the charge. Yes, they're all very tough when dozens of them, while masked, are able to beat unarmed reporters or harass 9/11 widows, knowing full well their city's law enforcement has been ordered by their socialist mayor not to intervene. But as for breaking into unfamiliar houses to steal from heavily armed and highly motivated citizens? The day they try is the day they learn what actual "resistance" looks like.
Do something? We agree. Do something.
Medicare for All
Better put: Medicare for None! The liberal media likes to tout that a majority of Americans favor single payor healthcare and/or guaranteed coverage. However, when Americans are asked specific quesitons that involve just how this could occur, the kinds of sacrifices that would be needed, and the drastic change in life style that would be required, that majority of Americans language quickly gets reduced to a minority. Here are the facts.
When asked "Do you favor Medicare-for-all if it will do the following:" here are the percentages from those asked.
(This is a Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in January 2019. Click Here for information on methodology as well as other healthcare poll results.)
Polls - What You Should Know
Polls no longer reflect the news. Polls are now used to create the news. Before you trust any poll you should ask yourself the following:
1. Who paid for the poll?
There may be an agenda behind it
Are those sponsoring the poll ethical
2. Who was polled?
What area of the country
Landline only (most polls do not access cell phones)
"Adults", "Registered Voters", or "Likely voters" (statistics show "likely voters" are the most reliable group)
3. What questions were asked?
This is critical as very often the answer depends on the way the question was asked
4. How were the questions worded?
This is critical as poorly worded questions can "lead" people to the answers desired by the people paying for the poll!
5. What is the margin of error?
Obviously, the greater the margin of error, the less accurate the poll results.
Unless you can answer those questions, be highly suspicious of "polls indicate" information, especially in today's politically driven news cycle.
Examples of misleading polls:
Medicare for All - see the section above. The original poll used did not ask any questions about "how" such coverage would be achieved. The question asked was essentially, "do you like the idea". Then, liberal media and politicians use the "shucks, of course!" response to mislead the public into thinking most Americans want single payor healthcare.
The border wall. When you hear that most Americans oppose the border wall, don't believe it! The poll cited asked whether "you favor a 2000 mile shore-to-shore wall". Even President Trump would have to say "no". Then, those same liberals use the resulting "of course not" to report most Americans don't want a wall. In truth, when asked about strategically built walls as part of an entire security system, Americans do, in fact, favor building the wall.
HOW questions are asked, who is asked, what part of the country, and who is paying for the information are all critical pieces of information in determining whether any poll reflects real opinions or is simply designed to mislead.
Here are some articles from authors who have extensively researched the topic WITHOUT injecting the element of power and control into the equation. Click the graphic to read more.