The president said some very stupid things yesterday about gun rights in this nation. Nobody wants another school shooting, but you can’t take away someone’s guns without due process.
And the fact that everything that politicians, the president included, are saying will do nothing to deter another shooting is why a lot of people are considering buying more guns and ammunition with their bigger paychecks.
The shooter in Parkland, Florida, may be shown to have had every single opportunity in his life wasted on tragedy. It was a tragedy that he saw his father die at five years old, perhaps another tragedy that he didn’t have his mental issues properly addressed, and a tragedy that responsible adults through his life did not or could not alter his behavior. But outside of his home, school, and law enforcement, it was ordinary people who saw what his potential could be and made the decision to alert the authorities. The biggest problem in this senseless slaughter was that the courageous calls to authorities fell on deaf ears and the system collapsed.
So the purveyors of the system figure they will be able to stop the next shooting if they disarm all law-abiding adults from 18-21, give law enforcement another law to avoid enforcing, demonize a group that speaks for millions of lawful gun owners in America, and get rid of bump stocks, which is such an insult to our intelligence that it’s painful. It’s like they were so busy since that massacre in Vegas that they didn’t get around to it, and this has nothing to do with the Florida case, but they’ll ban them anyway, leading to an ultimate ban on semi-automatic firearms.
It won’t be long until most politicians say, “Who really needs a semi-automatic?”
In the aftermath of the shooting, the Left immediately said, “Trump made it possible for those with mental illness to have firearms!” And when you looked up what they were twisting for their own political purposes, you found that the problem with an Obama administration regulation was due process. Obama said, basically, that people who have been diagnosed with mental illness, a vague term that doesn’t mean that they have a propensity for violence, could get their firearms taken away by the Social Security Administration. Congress overturned that, as Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner noted. “Congress voted to overturn a last-minute Obama-era regulation that would give the Social Security Administration the power to revoke a person’s Second Amendment rights based on whether he receives disability for a mental impairment that keeps him from working, or if he ‘[uses] a representative payee to help manage their benefits.’”
It was a clear violation of civil liberties, because of due process. Trump signed the bill into law to prevent that regulation from going into effect.
And yesterday, stupidly and with little intellectual honesty, Trump basically said to hell with due process, it takes too long.
I worked in the grassroots for years, and I know what I’m talking about when I say this: The only issue that united people, regardless of political affiliation, against the Democrat Party under Barack Obama was gun rights. It is the sole issue that the so-called Forgotten Man knows damn well is his only hope for protection of his own liberty. When governments fail and enforcement collapses and you’re on your own, you have the right to bear arms in this nation, and all the politicians right now better pay attention.
Every single time there was a shooting during the Obama administration, politicians discussed restricting gun rights — and gun sales went through the roof. Who do you think was the sales clerk, the promotional representative, and billboard face for the AR-15, the most popular gun out there? Barack Obama.
Voters saw Trump as an Obama antidote. But, if he isn’t an antidote, then what? If Trump is just another gun-grabber, what then?
The president ought to stop right where he is and think. Some Republican politicians around him are probably thinking, but not saying what they should. They ought not to fear the NRA — that’s true. They ought to fear the citizenry.
And refusing to vote for gun-grabbers is only one of the first things we will do.
Jen Kuznicki is a contributor to Conservative Review, a blue-collar wife and mom, a political writer, humorist, and conservative activist, a seamstress by trade, and compelled to write. Follow her on Twitter @JenKuznicki.