New Words, New Issue??

Progressives are very good at attempting to change issue focus by changing rhetoric. Global warming just wasn’t ‘selling’ anymore. There was just too much bad or politicized science surrounding the claims. Presto! Good-bye Global warming, hello Climate Change. Personally speaking my climate changed about three times yesterday; it must be true!

Taxes aren’t taxes; revenue enhancement. Wars aren’t wars they’re oversees contingency operations. Benghazi was a demonstration, not a terror attack.

The newest turn of the phrase was signaled by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D, MD). Gun Control is not gun control, it’s got a new nameplate; Gun Safety.

Control sounds ever so harsh. But, who can argue with ‘safety’? Expect that the anti-gun crowd to fully embrace this new turn of a phrase. Embracing rhetoric is much more easily accomplished than fitting the facts into your position. Democrats have been being hung on the Gun Control issue for a decade, essentially leaving it alone as their beliefs about the appropriate limitations on guns are simply not shared by the population in general.

Getting rid of guns is hip on New York’s Upper East Side and the urban bastions of Liberalism, not so in the rest of the country. Violent crime decreases when criminals are unsure of the presence of a defensive firearm in the home or on a person. Violent crime increases as gun laws become more restrictive, Chicago being an excellent example. The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban had essentially no impact on the issue. Guns are not the major weapon type used in violent crime according to the FBI crime statistics. No matter the facts; we need more ‘Gun Safety’.

10 Bills associated with Gun Control, opps, ‘safety’ were filed on the first day of Congress. The facts and realities overwhelmed by how people ‘felt’ about guns and Newtown. Gun and ammo sales have exploded in advance of the potential move for more gun control. Oops, sorry again, gun safety!

So the evidence, the inconvenient facts argue that announcing the intention to generate more gun control results in ……. wait for it …….. more gun ownership! The logical disconnects continue. Just saying!

  • Bob

    WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE,LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AND GOVERNMENT IS SET UP TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS.HOW CAN THESE BE TAKEN FROM YOU….BY PHYSICAL FORCE. ONE OF THE MAIN JOBS OF GOVERNMENT ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION IS TO PROTECT IT’S CITIZENS FROM FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.Unfortunatly they either fail on the local level and punt on the international scene.

    The left takes the collectivist approach when it looks at the issue of gun control.They believe that an individual is about to commit a crime ABSENSE OF ANY SPECIFIC PROOF.They say to the responsible gun owner you cannot carry or own a gun because others have used them irresponsibly. This”PREVENTIVE LAW” treats men as children and guilty until they prove themselves innocent.Government should only be able to intervene when there is a objective threat that someone is going to use force,a clear and present danger to someones person or property.The left is against targeting ethnic groups simply because they belong to a group.It’s wrong to say all blacks are criminals because the population of prisons are majority black.It would therefore be wrong to say all gun owners are irresponsible and dangerous simply because they own guns.

  • Bob

    After the Oklahoma City bombing no one in Washington talked about banning fertilizer because the most dangerous manure is being shoveled in Washington DC.

  • Bob,

    You’ve got it exactly right and in the end the illogic of the left and the constant pointing out of that illogic and inconsistency is what non progressives must continue to hammer.

    If you are a true leftist and we seem to have a growing population of them, individuals with guns is a major inhibition to the potential for dictatorial which is where the left always seems to end up historically speaking. Yes a question of degrees but individual freedoms MUST be limited for the Left to have it’s way. Guns are scary to them, because it’s difficult to fight tyranny absent a weapon to do so.

  • Bob

    Landreaux;

    I was reading your original article and thought of how the left depends on other useless symbolic gestures in their fight to pass gun control.The most obvious being the “Gun Free Zones” which are established around schools.It’s a feel good law that subordinates substance to symbolism.As witnessed in the past school shootings the perpetrator of these shootings broke numerous other laws and having a sign signifiying a gun free zone does little to dessuade them.On the flip side of the coin however I don’t know if depending on teachers carrying weapons is the answer them being mostly of the liberal persuasion.

    But then our school system is what causing our societial values to shrink.The moral values of individuals seem to play no part in the lefts understanding of human behavior.The left instead of teaching self control teach self esteem…….which leads to these shooters going out in a blaze of glory to be remembered by.The country has lost it’s virtue and a sense of responsibility which is leading to more citizens depending on the government for moral direction via gun control.When our country is being lead toward a socialist government more every day and Congresses approval level is in the single digits it is no wonder they want the citizenry unarmed.But as Juvenal said in his satires “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” or “Who will guard the guards?”.

    The president never one to let a crisis go to waste is using his hypocritial rhetoric to condemn gun owners.While quite satisfied to have Mexican drug lords own guns and kill border agents he accuses us to “clinging to our Bibles and guns”.And yet he demands an open dialogue.

  • Bob

    “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • Bill Hedges

    “Here is the sentence in context”:

    “Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

    Jefferson to James Madison, January 30, 1787[1]

    http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/i-prefer-dangerous-freedom-over-peaceful-slavery-quotation

  • Bob

    Chicago has had some 500 shootings last year the vast majority being black on black shootings.Have you heard anything about them from the MSM during the year?….NO! But when a white person shoots up a middle America school they scream with pious outrage!

    What do you suppose is the reason for this? It can’t be the sudden concern and sympathy for middle Americas values because middle America usually votes to the right of the political spectrum.Perhaps it has to do with the fact that if the MSM brings attention to heavily gun controlled Chicago the left would have to answer the questions about social ills like single motherhood,gang recruitment and the poor educational system which they had a hand in creating.So why the concern for Sandy Hook,Aurora and Columbine? When gang members shoot each other in Chicago it’s obvious their are NO NRA MEMBERS INVOLVED while rural America probably is heavily populated with NRA members and if not can be painted as such.Just as they painted the shooter in Aurora as a member of the Tea Party.The liberal left perfer to destroy their competition rather than look for a solution to the violence and that competition is the NRA.

    If you don’t think this has any basis then ask yourself how the left attacked Sarah Palin and her family and to Mitt Romney when they were deemed a threat? A crisis is a terrible thing to waste!

  • Bob

    Vice President Biden said Thursday that “Gun control is like air bags it saves lives”.Well if anyone is an expert on airbags it’s Biden !

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/10/Biden-In-Fantasy-Land-Gun-Control-Like-Air-Bags-Saves-Lives

  • Bob

    Well here is the clarifying statement on the lefts real agenda for gun control.Ex-Gov.of Penn. Ed Rendell said “It was a good thing about Newtown because it was so horrific it galvanized ideologically driven Democrats to mobilize around their goals.”Or “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/ex-dnc-chair-the-good-thing-about-newtown-is-it-was-so-horrific-that-it-galvanized-people/article/2518300

  • As predicted the Vice President is now refering to ‘gun control’ as ‘gun safety’. WOW we’ didn’t see hat coming.