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Stephen Kruiser

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April 9, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Stupid voters.

I find these sorts of rationalizations genuinely bewildering. The ability of the NRA and smaller gun-rights groups to mobilize their members to lobby elected officials has been an established fact for years—this is the “intensity gap” that gun-control advocates have long bemoaned, whereby an ardent minority has been able to make its presence felt more strongly on the issue than a silent majority that may support sensible gun control but doesn’t necessarily lobby on the issue or prioritize it on Election Day.

The title of the article is indicative that the author is a bit out of touch, but the above paragraph confirms it.

There are a couple of recurring and inaccurate themes going on here. The first is the notion that those who oppose sweeping gun legislation are a small but fervent minority. They may not use the words “crazy” and “fringe” but they are most definitely trying to imply it. This is, of course, an easy assumption to make when one is surrounded solely by the real fervent minority: the coastal elitists who would prefer that none of the common folk avail themselves of their Second Amendment rights.

The second is the horrible misuse of the word “sensible,” which in this case means “agrees with a whack job overreach precursor to a total gun grab.” Most of the rhetoric from the anti-gun fringe in the past few months is coming from babbling idiots who don’t know the difference between a rifle stock and a penny stock. It is impossible to craft “sensible” legislation regarding a topic about which one has no knowledge whatsoever. Those of you who have been following the false narrative identification guidelines here the past few months will recognize that the implication that one’s opponents are not sensible also reinforces the “crazy fringe” garbage.

The senators who are paying attention to their pro-gun constituents are from all over America, just like sensible (see what I did there?) gun owners. And that doesn’t fit the narrative.

So they’re making things up.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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I once offered to take a reporter at the NC Times (San Diego County) to the range to get some actually experience with guns. He declined on the grounds that doing so would "compromise" his "objectivity". I pointed out that the only thing that would be compromised would be his ignorance and he hung up on me ...
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Something that is often never discussed is WHY the left wants to confiscate everyone's firearms.

Because political power comes from the barrel of a gun.

There is nothing the left hates and fears more than an informed citizen who is aware of what it means to be free and has the POWER to defend that freedom through force. It is impossible to enslave such a person. When an entire nation is comprised of such individuals, the left's dream of a Marxist dystopia can never come to pass.

Gun ownership is the last best defense against tyranny because gun ownership puts POWER into the hands of the common citizen. The left is comprised of tyrants, who want all power for themselves. Naturally they don't want anyone else to have the power that comes from owning a gun.

This is what evil looks like.
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Once again Zeke babbles on about a subject that he knows nothing about and just spouts Progressive talking points.

The primary function of the Senate is to represent the States in Washington. That is why they were elected by the Legislatures. They were not supposed to be "the Peoples Representatives" and why the House is known as the Peoples' House. The Senate is what put the Federal in the Republic. It also enhanced the importance of the state legislatures. These bodies not only passed state laws but they sent the States' representatives to Congress. When a Senate seat was up for election the state legislature campaigns had national implications.

Progressives (how I hate that word and am just being polite when I use it) use the "brigery and corruption" talking point obscure how the 17th Amendment created an imbalance in government that has destablized the republican (that's structure not party) government. Like most Progressive "improvements" in did not end corruption, it just made it easier. While in the Senate our current President recieved huge amounts of cash from the housing GSEs and other corporate interests. They don't call BP "Barak Petroleum" for nothing. You will find more Progressives on the corporate payroll than Republicans.

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Obviously we need "sensible" controls on the federal government, if not the media too.
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If I'm not mistaken, isn't this exactly what the president's Organizing for America is all about? Mobilizing members to lobby elected officials and sway public opinion? An ardent minority trying to make its presence felt more strongly than a silent majority? Hasn't Obama always rallied the troops by telling them to deluge Congress with phone calls and emails? Is not sauce for the goose also sauce for the gander??
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Obama yo Mama.
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I'm tempted to sign into New Republic and try to offer a counterpoint to the author, but I suspect it would be a waste of oxygen to try to offer some common-sense to Alex over there.

Judging by the 6 total comments from fanboi's, I see his ogic fails and barely concealed contempt for citizens aren't attracting a lot of support,

despite the fact that the author is clearly smarter than all of us regular constituents, the Senators.
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1 year ago
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I once offered to take a reporter at the NC Times (San Diego County) to the range to get some actually experience with guns. He declined on the grounds that doing so would "compromise" his "objectivity". I pointed out that the only thing that would be compromised would be his ignorance and he hung up on me ...
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Who was that reporter, BTW. I read the NCTimes and found it generally good under old leadership, but subject to some naivety and silliness when the left-progressive newbies were given the keys to the car.

Interesting to see how it plays out now owned by the UT. Not seeing a lot of gun control info there at all, which I suspect is a function of the still a bit diconnected nature of the merger of NCT and UT.
1 year ago
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Something that is often never discussed is WHY the left wants to confiscate everyone's firearms.

Because political power comes from the barrel of a gun.

There is nothing the left hates and fears more than an informed citizen who is aware of what it means to be free and has the POWER to defend that freedom through force. It is impossible to enslave such a person. When an entire nation is comprised of such individuals, the left's dream of a Marxist dystopia can never come to pass.

Gun ownership is the last best defense against tyranny because gun ownership puts POWER into the hands of the common citizen. The left is comprised of tyrants, who want all power for themselves. Naturally they don't want anyone else to have the power that comes from owning a gun.

This is what evil looks like.
1 year ago
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Private firearms ownership allows the citizens to directly protect themselves from the criminals. For most people the threat isn't that government is going to attack its citizens. The threat is that government, through incompetence or malice, might withdraw its protection and allow criminals, rioters, and looters to run wild in the streets. Guns allow DIY protection when government fails.

LA Riots http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgCiC6qTtjs
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Wow, that's a poorly reasoned article without any critical reflection of what happened.

IF legislators around the country had stuck to expanding background checks, expanding exclusions for mental health reason, and proposed truly "sensible" regulations, the conversation would have ended in January.

Instead, we got proposals to outlaw the most popular rifle in the US (even though less than 1% of all murders happen with that rifle), to require insurance and steep fees for not having said insurance, or to limit magazines to 7-round sizes, even though most firearms ship with 10-round magazines and 7-round versions don't exist.

IF people supporting gun control want to understand why momentum is shifting away from them, they need to understand how NONSENSICAL their attempts have seemed to a large portion of folks. You know, that large portion of people that DOES support expanded background checks before people CAN buy their AR-15s.
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'...expanding background checks, expanding exclusions for mental health reason, and ... truly "sensible" regulations...'

The problem here is that neither expanded background checks, nor mental-health exclusions, would have prevented any of the recent gun-related tragedies. Why is it "sensible" to respond to a tragedy by proposing laws that would not have prevented the tragedy?

Let's try to remember this, people -- LAWS DON'T DETER CRIMINALS. If someone intends to commit murder, which he knows full well is illegal, one more law won't stop him. Nor will the most Draconian restrictions at the local gun store. (Remember where the Sandy Hook murderer got his guns?... He stole them. Quick, let's pass stronger laws against stealing!)

Expanded background checks won't stop a criminal from buying guns on the black market... but they may well get in the way of a single mom, trying to buy a gun to protect her family. Exclusions for mental health reasons won't stop a dangerously insane person from shooting up a school... but they may well prevent a person who needs a gun from getting one, because that person used to take antidepressants.

As for "sensible" regulations, hey, I'm all for it. Let's have a conversation about what regulations are "sensible", by all means. We could start with a Federal law to give gun licenses the same universal reciprocity granted to driver's licenses. (Fair is fair. If a woman needs to carry a concealed handgun because her ex keeps threatening her and ignoring the restraining order, does the danger magically go away when she crosses a state line?) Or we could discuss laws to allow people, already licensed to carry guns, to do so in schools and college campuses. (It has been well established that would-be mass murderers prefer to attack groups of people who can't fight back. This is known as a "gun-free zone", also called a "target-rich environment". Again: if I need to carry a gun for personal protection, and have jumped through every hoop my State requires to get licensed, does my need evaporate when I go to the movies, or pick up my son at school?)

For a long time, having a "national conversation" about guns has meant "let's see what rights we can take away from legal gun owners this time". It doesn't have to be that way.

In the meantime, let's talk about things that might stop CRIMINALS from having guns, while leaving the law-abiding alone. (Hint: it won't be a law. Laws are for the law-abiding; criminals ignore them as they please.)
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The Senate is nothing more now than a more self-glorified, more perk-laden, and more exclusive version of the House of Representatives.

At least in the House we can boot the idjits out after 2 years - we're stuck with poor senator choices for 6 years.
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It's also another reason Senators where chosen by the State Legislatures. Not only were/are the Legislators closer to home, they face the voters more often. Pick an unsatisfactory Senator? Find a real job.
Can't fire the voters.
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Exactly, Scottch. And, if anyone doesn't think there is massive corruption within today's Senate, I've got the proverbial bridge-for-sale.
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The "The" has been deleted from New Republic, but they did use the slogan "Lean Forward" before the 2012 election, so just assume this is msnbcopinion posing as a once distinguished magazine that at least acknowledged the U.S. Constitution.
Got to write to my Senators to ask why they are wasting their time on gun control when it is far more likely my house will kill me if I can't refi, which I can't because no one in the Democratic Party dares to offend their future employers, e.g., Citigroup. still working on the wording.
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Yeah, let's just get rid of this messy democracy thing.
/lefty fantasy
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