Tag: Gun Control

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The President’s recent statement that “No amendment is absolute,” referring to the need for the Lefties to pull each and every gun out of the realm of public ownership, is troubling. I would say it is impeachment material. But apparently he did not go far enough to satisfy Joy Behar. Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they unload on teachers’ unions for rejecting CDC guidelines for schools and demanding even more money from taxpayers as they refuse to embrace in-person learning. They also rebuke President Biden for immediately demanding gun control legislation in the wake of mass shootings. They also welcome Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to such legislation but are cautious since Manchin could go wobbly at any moment on any issue. And they also have quite a bit to say after  Senators Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono briefly vow not to confirm any future Biden nominees unless they are minorities or gay.

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For Americans, the crux of gun control laws has been how to disarm dangerous individuals without disarming the public at large. Ever-present in this quest is the question of how the perception of danger should impact guaranteed freedoms protected within the Bill of Rights. Not only is such a balancing act difficult as-is, but there […]

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The Second Amendment guarantees American citizens the right to bear arms, but both federal and state governments determine how citizens may legally exercise that right. And while both federal and state gun control laws regularly change, laws at the state level change more frequently and often without the media coverage that surrounds changes at the federal level. […]

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Deplatformed: How Big Tech Companies and Corporate America Subvert the 2nd Amendment


Anyone familiar with the Bible is familiar with the Mark of the Beast: Without this mark, no man may buy or sell.

Regardless of one’s religious faith or lack thereof, there is an illustrative case in this biblical story: When one cannot buy or sell, one is metaphorically up the creek. Short of producing everything one needs oneself, buying and selling are necessary parts of virtually every modern person’s life.

Faithlessness a Big Problem in Reducing Gun Crime


So, I went to the gun shop this morning to buy a protest gun. I told my wife over family dinner last night that I was going to the gun shop and buy the most obnoxious gun they had. (Upon returning this morning, she asked me where I went. I told her and she said, “oh wait, so you were serious?”) I did not, in fact, buy the Barrett. I ended up buying a Smith and Wesson .44 mag as my half-inch of “go [redacted] yourself.”

In any case, while talking to the older gentleman who worked the counter how his day was, he said it wasn’t great working there anymore. He gets too many visits from the ATF because of guns showing up at crime scenes. He believes that there should be a restriction on the number of guns purchased per month because not everybody is throwing these guys out of the store like he does. He is outraged that law enforcement “cannot do anything” because they aren’t “caught in the act.” His position is, if a guy is buying 14 guns in a year and all of them show up at crime scenes, this ought to be something law enforcement could do something about. He also gets that you can’t give the anti-2A people an inch. So faithless enforcement and faithless politics has made everybody unhappy and closed all doors to an agreeable compromise.

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“I’m the gun guy, a loud guitar Dirty Harry with a ponytail.”  Ted Nugent The list of conservative rock-and-rollers is pretty short. But even if you were only going to have just one, Ted Nugent would do the trick. Today is December 13th and it’s also Ted Nugent’s birthday. Preview Open

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Quote of the Day: The Bad Guys Aren’t Stupid


“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.

My Question About Cops and Guns


I know Ricochet has members who are current or former police officers, and many of you have family or friends on the force. I’d appreciate you sharing your perspective on this topic. I’ve seen Beto O’Rourke talk about how the police will enforce his ban and confiscation plan for “assault weapons.”

The Absurdity of Being Out-Gunned by Criminals


When I retired from the military, my primary goal in life was to ride off into the sunset in an 18-wheeler and, as the saying goes, “study war no more.” It was a sentiment perhaps best encapsulated in a painting by the brilliant artist, Patrick Reynolds, wherein an angelic figure is seen with his sword on the ground as he kneels to tenderly embrace a small lamb.

Alas, the last few years in Memphis have illustrated, as surely as any deployment to some carnage-infested corner of the Middle East, that life does not always imitate art. Indeed, the value of human life here is on par with that of any number of miserable hellholes where people yell that God is great just before blowing themselves and others to pieces.

Consider that Memphis has seen more than 30 highway shootings in 2019 alone, as hot-headed jackasses shoot at motorists who have the misfortune of sharing a stretch of interstate with these raging imbeciles who scream down the highway at well over 100 mph while swerving through traffic, endangering themselves and everyone else. Add to that the daily shootings and killings that bestrew the Memphis landscape, crossing all socio-economic lines and districts, claiming the lives of the affluent and the downtrodden, public officials and innocent children alike, and you have third world anarchy, mayhem, and death.

Quote of the Day: Never Their Fault


60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL—mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation. Keep our name out of your mouth.”  – Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Mayor and national disgrace

This was said in response to Ted Cruz describing the failure of gun control in Chicago. This ignores the continuous and persistent refusal of the local prosecutors to attach serious penalties to gun crime, in some case not even requiring bail. This ignores the inability of the CPD to stop illegal guns from being smuggled into the city. It ignores the massive disparity in gun crime between the other states and Chicago

Donald Dances with the Ones Who Brung Him


TrumpingBush43Evidence is mounting that President Trump is sticking closer to his 2015 Second Amendment pledges. Pot-stirring accounts from the left and right point to President Trump settling back towards his campaign positions.

The Atlantic tries stirring Trump family trouble by characterizing Ivanka as bending her father’s ear and seeking to manipulate him into supporting gun-grabbing. RedState seeks similar stirring by posing Donald Jr. as the one bending daddy’s ear to support gun rights. Both publications are operating from ignorance, but both offer some basic truth. These stories reinforce the thrust of his language in his characteristic outdoor departure press line comments.

The Atlantic writers naturally wish Trump and his voters ill and seek to stir trouble in the administration. In this telling, Ivanka Trump sought to manipulate her daddy into selling out those icky gun nuts by putting together a big Rose Garden ceremony, where he could do something by signing something. This was supposed to be a big ego play.

Saving Our Gun Rights Means Saving People From Suicide


We’ve known for years now that the problem with gun deaths in America isn’t street gangs and other criminals, it’s the thousands of people who commit suicide with a firearm each year. This horror is affecting men (especially men who live in small, rural towns) to a much greater extent than it is women. But rather than reach out to men and channel their feelings of frustration and impotence into more positive, traditional ways, the American Psychological Association says the real problem is they’re acting like men. 

“Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health... Researchers led by James Mahalik, PhD, of Boston College, found that the more men conformed to masculine norms, the more likely they were to consider as normal risky health behaviors such as heavy drinking, using tobacco and avoiding vegetables, and to engage in these risky behaviors themselves.”

“In God We Trust” in Florida Schools


Back in March, Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a Democrat in the Florida State house and a Christian, proposed legislation to display Florida’s motto in the schools. Gov. Scott signed a bill in March which requires all schools to display the state motto in a “conspicuous place,” beginning this week. The motto, “In God We Trust” became part of the Florida state seal in 1868 and on the Florida flag in 1900 and only became the state motto in 2006. Rep. Daniels from Jacksonville stated:

‘This motto is inscribed on the halls of this great capitol and inked on our currency, and it should be displayed so that our children will be exposed and educated on this great motto, which is a part of this country’s foundation,’ she said when a House committee took up her bill (HB 839). ‘Something so great should not be hidden.’

Some are protesting the law, saying that Florida needs much more than signs to protect the students. (The legislation was passed following the Parkland Florida shooting.) One writer in particular says that more gun control is needed instead. He also makes the point that students are exposed to the motto in other ways.