Tag: Guns

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for hosting a dignified event on school shootings that included a wide variety of opinions from many anguished families. They also slam CNN for letting it’s town hall on guns turn into an endless onslaught against Marco Rubio, because he will not support an “assault weapons” ban, with one student even telling Rubio he feels like he’s looking at the shooter or down the barrel of an AR-15 when he sees Rubio. And they shake their heads at the news “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is scheduled to moderate a debate later this year in the Pennsylvania governor’s race.

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, Alice B. Lloyd and Jim Swift on Wednesday’s White House listening session and CNN’s town hall on guns and whether or not they were effective. Is Marion Le Pen a classical liberal? Why is CPAC featuring her?

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, reporters Haley Byrd and Andrew Egger discuss bad right-wing responses to the Parkland school shooting, Robert Mueller’s new charges against an obscure foreign lawyer, what’s next for immigration legislation, and the life of evangelist Billy Graham.

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The Marvel-ous Culture

 
Jon Bernthal as “The Punisher” (Marvel Studios)

I am not an aficionado of comic books. I can not argue the merits of Marvel vs. DC. The only comics-based movie I can attest to seeing in the theater was Superman with Christopher Reeve and that was in a whole different universe called “1978.” Fast forward 40 years and my wife suggests we sit down and watch a Netflix series called The Punisher. She hooked me with the words “former Marine.”

OK, I’m in. But first, we have to watch another Marvel/Netflix offering called Daredevil where the protagonist, Frank Castle, is introduced. To put it bluntly, these two series are blood porn. They are violent beyond brutality and after a period of time, like sexual pornography, they are incredibly desensitizing — both in the portrayal of the violence and in the casual manner in which human life is snuffed out.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have no good martinis to serve on Presidents’ Day. They shake their heads as two survivors from last week’s school shooting label the NRA “child killers” and insist the group be disbanded and blast CNN for the leading questions that led to those statements. They also groan as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicts the GOP will lose seats in the House and Senate, which would suggest he expects to be in the minority after an election map that couldn’t be better suited for Republicans. And they slam CNN again for horribly biased questions to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is now demanding something be done about guns while scrubbing his website of language describing how he is a champion of the Second Amendment.

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After a brief venting about the inability of people in Washington to deal with winter and their instinct to turn their misery into some sort of imaginary historical event, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the results of a Government Accountability Office report showing that all 72 attempts to privately purchase a firearm were rejected once the seller discovered the supposed buyer was legally prohibited from owning a gun. They also shake their heads as Oprah Winfrey’s well-received speech at the Golden Globes immediately prompts serious talk of her running for president in 2020. And they are less than impressed with both Jake Tapper and Stephen Miller after their Sunday morning interview devolves into shouting and controversy later ensues over whether Miller was escorted off the set after Tapper abruptly ended the interview.

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House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

 

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. This bill is a solid step in strengthening the second amendment in America. In fact, many states have already initiated state-to-state reciprocity agreements on their own. This bill would simply serve to homogenize these agreements in order to further protect gun owners. Naturally, the media’s reporting (specifically CNN’s) has been less than honest on this issue. So, you can either read the bill yourself here or you can read this post.

Here is what the bill does and does not do:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the coup that no one in Zimbabwe will call a coup, as despotic leader Robert Mugabe is placed under house arrest. They also fire back at Joe Biden as the former vice president either suggests the hero who stopped the church shooter in Texas should not have been able to have a semi-automatic rifle or he ignored a perfectly good question about him wanting to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens. And they scratch their heads as Rush Limbaugh points out that Roy Moore was a Democrat at the time his alleged sexual assaults took place and other Democrats at the time said nothing about him.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America break down how the Democrats easily swept the statewide races in Virginia and even reversed a huge GOP majority in the state assembly. They also discuss easy wins by Democrats in New Jersey and New York City, where the Republicans hardly appear to be a factor anymore. And they roll their eyes as Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake proposes a law to ban gun sales to people convicted of domestic violence – because that exact law already exists.

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When It Comes To Gun Laws: Constructive Engagement or “No Quarter?”

 

Terrific conversation in the podcast today with Cam Edwards of NRATV. Along with Charles C. W. Cooke (of Mad Dogs and Englishmen), two of the best people to talk to about gun issues and the Second Amendment, in part because he acknowledges the legitimacy of some of the concerns gun control advocates have.

One key area where I disagree with these two (and remember–they are much smarter than me) is on the question of Second Amendment politics. They both reject the idea that, as Cooke put it recently, “it’s up to gun rights supporters to come up with gun control laws. The burden is not on us. It’s on those who support gun control.”

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Another horrific mass shooting, and again the shooter’s weapon was completely legal. What does this mean for the gun control debate? We ask Jazz Shaw of HotAir.com.

GOP poll numbers are down but Republican Ed Gillespie is in a neck-and-neck race in the purple state of Virginia. David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner has the latest numbers and analysis.

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Quote of the Day: Peggy Noonan on Guns

 

Last weekend, in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan asked a rhetorical question: Why do Americans have so many guns? Here is how she answered her own question:

Americans have so many guns because drug gangs roam the streets, because they have less trust in their neighbors, because they read Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” Because all of their personal and financial information got hacked in the latest breach, because our country’s real overlords are in Silicon Valley and appear to be moral Martians who operate on some weird new postmodern ethical wavelength. And they’ll be the ones programming the robots that’ll soon take all the jobs! Maybe the robots will look like Mark Zuckerberg, like those eyeless busts of Roman Emperors. Our leaders don’t even think about this technological revolution. They’re too busy with transgender rights.

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The Solution for the Problem of Mass Shootings

 

At the military junior college where I obtained my first degree, there is a memorial for the alumni who died in service during World War II. The number of names on the memorial is surprisingly large for a school with a student body of about 1500. What is more surprising is that about one in five died not in combat but in flight training. During the War, there was a medal just for flying 100 times, as a passenger. Flying was much more dangerous than it is now, and not just for the military. The fatal accident rate in 1946 (Per hours flown) was ten times what it was in 2010. Flying is now by far the safest means of travel.

Driving, for instance, is several dozen times more likely, per time travelled, to result in injury or death than commercial airline flights. Flying is so much safer that when you get out of your car after driving to the airport for a flight, you have completed the most dangerous part of your journey.

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