Never trust a government that doesn’t trust its own citizens with guns.
On Saturday, two mass shootings hit the nation. Considering they were from people with the exact opposite political views (the El Paso shooter was a white nationalist while the Dayton shooter was Antifa), the media has been trying to figure out what to blame them both on.
The President was on the case:
We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!
First off, credit to the president for remembering it was Dayton this time. Here’s what Trump said during his address:
If we are able to pass great legislation after all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain. May God bless the memory of those who died in Toledo. May God protect them.
As for the tweet, of course it’s nonsense. Background checks have been law for nearly 25 years at this point. I’d recommend the President look up The Brady Bill.
Also, I love how he uses this as an excuse to get his wall. You see, despite the shooters being two native and legal citizens, Trump thinks this is a good reason to restrict immigrants. If only there were more laws that couldn’t have any impact, that would stop the shooting.
Trump has since proposed his own forms of gun control. That being in the form of red flag laws.
“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken by rapid due process,” Trump said. “That is why I have called for red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders.”
Red flag laws are complete nonsense. If someone has done something so bad they deserve to be deprived of the right to bear arm, a right promised to them by The Bill of Rights, they should not be in society. They should be in a prison cell, far away from society.
If they’re out on the street, that’s quite possibly the worst place they can be. If they’re out of prison, they can easily get a gun on the black market. This is what happened after the Reagan administration banned fully automatic weapons in 1986. These days, breaking the law to get a fully automatic is considered to be a bragging right among gun collectors.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has taken action by planning to introducing these red flag laws in the Senate.
“I appreciate President Trump’s strong statement rejecting hate and white supremacist ideology, urging us all to reject a culture of violence, as well as a call to action on multiple fronts,” Graham said.
Graham also supports:
- Limits on Freedom of Speech
- NSA Data Collecting
- Limiting The Bill of Rights On Those Declared “Enemies Of The State”
I don’t really feel like I need to go on.
Graham is also a neo-con. During his 2016 Presidential Campaign, he directly told someone interviewing him he had no plans to leave the middle east. That’s not “a culture of violence”?
I should also note this is exactly what I called. Over at Freedom First, I wrote the following:
William Buckley — who [Culture Warriors] hate yet they still believe almost everything he said after Vietnam — once said “politics is downstream from culture.” Now, I think that’s dumb. The Sixties is considered some time of counter culture by these people yet our elected leaders were a Catholic, a former Senate Majority Leader, and Richard Nixon. The similarly viewed seventies gave us more Nixon, a guy who fell down, and the most milquetoast man in all of existence.
However, I think that ideology explains why these people are so miserable. You ever notice that? These people went all in for Trump and convenced themselves it was some big win against the establishment. I don’t know about you, but if I did that I wouldn’t dare complain for the next four years.
When you think government has no actual effect (not to be confused with the anarchist idea that there shouldn’t be one) you’re only going to vote for people who can’t do what you want them to. Most of the American People do not want the government to legislate culture. Despite there best effort, government can not take care of culture.
The President and his gang of culture warriors are going to try to legislate culture, which is impossible. All this is going to do is create a more authoritarian state and not have any effect on whatever “culture,” is this week.
Until we understand that, we can never truly end gun violence.