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“What I don’t want to do is restrict law-abiding citizens from their Second Amendment rights, which are focused on freedom. I point that out all the time. Remember, bad guys aren’t stupid, they’re just bad.” — Jim Jordan

This quote represents Jim Jordan at his best: he doesn’t mince words. At a time when gun control advocates are regularly trying to destroy the Second Amendment, gun owners need to be vigilant about those actions and speak out; gun owners are the very people who will be in danger. When those who want gun control allude to confiscating guns, they refuse to recognize that the only people who will be disarmed are the legal gun owners. They can’t possibly believe that the criminals who likely acquired their guns illegally will line up with everyone else to relinquish their guns.

Then again, maybe they do believe that.

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  1. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Makes me think of James Comey, who has claimed stupidity as a defense for his crimes. No. He is just a bad guy.

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    • December 11, 2019, at 6:27 AM PST
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  2. Stad Thatcher

    If a criminal can’t get he gun, he can use:

    A knife, a baseball bat, a hammer, a machete, an automobile, a rope, a belt, a frying pan, his fists, his feet, his teeth . . .

    If someone wants to do you harm, there are almost limitless ways a bad guy can do it. If the potential victim is armed with a firearm, he has a fighting chance even if the bad guy is himself armed. A politician who wants to take your firearms away is saying “You have no right to protect yourself or your family.” We see the results of that in England, where even fending off a would-be mugger with an umbrella can land you in jail – and you get sued by the mugger!

    • #2
    • December 11, 2019, at 6:37 AM PST
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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Makes me think of James Comey, who has claimed stupidity as a defense for his crimes. No. He is just a bad guy.

    Unfortunately we could write thousands of words about all the bad guys who are hanging around. I have to believe that Comey will get his due. Thanks, @dong.

    • #3
    • December 11, 2019, at 6:38 AM PST
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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    I can’t decide which idea makes me more angry: politicians who are so busy pandering to their constituents that their brains are falling out. Or politicians who think we gun owners are so stupid that we would allow them to run all over us. It must be both. Good grief.

    • #4
    • December 11, 2019, at 7:23 AM PST
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  5. Housebroken Thatcher

    Stad (View Comment):

    If a criminal can’t get he gun, he can use:

    A knife, a baseball bat, a hammer, a machete, an automobile, a rope, a belt, a frying pan, his fists, his feet, his teeth . . .

    If someone wants to do you harm, there are almost limitless ways a bad guy can do it. If the potential victim is armed with a firearm, he has a fighting chance even if the bad guy is himself armed. A politician who wants to take your firearms away is saying “You have no right to protect yourself or your family.” We see the results of that in England, where even fending off a would-be mugger with an umbrella can land you in jail – and you get sued by the mugger!

    Every time I find some 2A supporter using the term “law-abiding citizen”, and then I think about all the laws and who writes them, I get a bit nervous.

    • #5
    • December 11, 2019, at 7:32 AM PST
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  6. Vectorman Thatcher

    Stad (View Comment):
    We see the results of that in England, where even fending off a would-be mugger with an umbrella can land you in jail – and you get sued by the mugger!

    Reminds me of the famous final scene (Madness!) in Bridge Over the River Kwai:


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    • #6
    • December 11, 2019, at 7:36 AM PST
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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Slow on the uptake (View Comment):
    Every time I find some 2A supporter using the term “law-abiding citizen”, and then I think about all the laws and who writes them, I get a bit nervous.

    That is a responsible reaction, @slowontheuptake!

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    • December 11, 2019, at 9:06 AM PST
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  8. Housebroken Thatcher

    Susan Quinn: They can’t possibly believe that the criminals who likely acquired their guns illegally will line up with everyone else to relinquish their guns.

    Don’t think for a moment they care. Their goal isn’t to disarm criminals or to prevent crimes of violence but to eliminate our ability to maintain the security of a free state (Tennessee, for example.)

    • #8
    • December 11, 2019, at 9:18 AM PST
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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Slow on the uptake (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: They can’t possibly believe that the criminals who likely acquired their guns illegally will line up with everyone else to relinquish their guns.

    Don’t think for a moment they care. Their goal isn’t to disarm criminals or to prevent crimes of violence but to eliminate our ability to maintain the security of a free state (Tennessee, for example.)

    You are correct. Once they take our guns away, we are vulnerable to anything they try to do. I always like to cite Nazi Germany where the guns were confiscated.

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    • December 11, 2019, at 9:48 AM PST
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  10. Ralphie Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    If a criminal can’t get he gun, he can use:

    A knife, a baseball bat, a hammer, a machete, an automobile, a rope, a belt, a frying pan, his fists, his feet, his teeth . . .

    If someone wants to do you harm, there are almost limitless ways a bad guy can do it. If the potential victim is armed with a firearm, he has a fighting chance even if the bad guy is himself armed. A politician who wants to take your firearms away is saying “You have no right to protect yourself or your family.” We see the results of that in England, where even fending off a would-be mugger with an umbrella can land you in jail – and you get sued by the mugger!

    I watch a lot of ID tv shows, and poision seems to be a biggie also. And anti freeze is readily available and bought without question.

    I like Jordon. I would say he is a good guy who is making people uncomfortable, and is now being accused of covering for a college sex abuser. Interesting that he was cleared by Ohio, and that a former John Doe ref is filing a suit. Reminds me of the Blasey Ford accusation. 

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    • December 11, 2019, at 10:23 AM PST
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  11. Stad Thatcher

    Ralphie (View Comment):
    I like Jordon. I would say he is a good guy who is making people uncomfortable, and is now being accused of covering for a college sex abuser. Interesting that he was cleared by Ohio, and that a former John Doe ref is filing a suit. Reminds me of the Blasey Ford accusation. 

    Anyone who makes headway at the left must be taken down no matter what, even if it means manufacturing negative “facts” . . .

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    • December 11, 2019, at 1:28 PM PST
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  12. Front Seat Cat Member

    Susan – You are on a roll! Your post about too much of a good thing and taking a break? I knew it was all….to quote one of those Biden’s…all malarkey!

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    • December 11, 2019, at 4:29 PM PST
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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Susan – You are on a roll! Your post about too much of a good thing and taking a break? I knew it was all….to quote one of those Biden’s…all malarkey!

    I really was quite sincere, FSC, and I’m glad I checked in with all of you, because I learned a few things. The biggest part of my time is researching articles and writing up a draft. So I’m cutting back on that process by creating files with the research and saving them. If I’m feeling pressure because I have other things I want to do, I let the files sit there until a time space opens up. The last two posts were already created (QotD and Group Writing) and neither needed research. I spent time on other important things, and may make one more post this week, but maybe not. I may not post everything I research and that’s okay.

    So I know it sounds like I was spoofing you guys–creating malarkey–but I wasn’t, truly.

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    • December 11, 2019, at 5:10 PM PST
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  14. Samuel Block Member

    Susan Quinn:

    Then again, maybe they do believe that.

    Maybe they figure criminals will go back to bullying people around the old fashioned way.

    • #14
    • December 17, 2019, at 4:15 PM PST
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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn:

    Then again, maybe they do believe that.

    Maybe they figure criminals will go back to bullying people around the old fashioned way.

    Then we’d have to figure out if that was improvement!

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    • December 17, 2019, at 4:16 PM PST
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  16. Samuel Block Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn:

    Then again, maybe they do believe that.

    Maybe they figure criminals will go back to bullying people around the old fashioned way.

    Then we’d have to figure out if that was improvement!

    It probably would be for the people advocating it. Nobody pays attention to the crime that occurs in poor communities. When these people think of gun violence, they think of school shootings.

    This is why I’ve always thought the NRA should attack the elitism – or white privilege, to use the hip terminology – when making their case. 

    “We’re not giving up our right to defend ourselves because upper middle class progressives watch the news daily and don’t like what they see.”

    Something like that.

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    • December 17, 2019, at 4:26 PM PST
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