Learning not to play a losing hand

An admitted liberal gun nut shooting sports enthusiast realizes that gun control is a losing hand for the Democrats, but can’t figure out why.

When it comes to gun violence, though, the conversation often stops at the tool, because it is more comfortable to blame it than to examine ourselves.

The temptation at times like these is to “do something” about guns. Australia and Britain passed tougher gun laws after mass shootings, and haven’t suffered another since. I would respectfully submit that Australia and Britain are full of Australians and Britons, not Americans.

The harm we’ve done by messing with law-abiding Americans’ guns is significant. In 2010, I drove 11,000 miles around the United States talking to gun guys (for a book, to be published in the spring, that grew out of an article I wrote for this magazine), and I met many working guys, including plumbers, parks workers, nurses—natural Democrats in any other age—who wouldn’t listen to anything the Democratic party has to say because of its institutional hostility to guns. I’d argue that we’ve sacrificed generations of progress on health care, women’s and workers’ rights, and climate change by reflexively returning, at times like these, to an ill-informed call to ban firearms, and we haven’t gotten anything tangible in return. Aside from what it does to the progressive agenda, needlessly vilifying guns—and by extension, their owners—adds to the rancor that has us so politically frozen and culturally inflamed. Enough.

The thing is, by arming yourself and becoming your own first responder, you are divorcing yourself from the progressive agenda. You don’t need big government to bath you and dress you and tell you what to eat. By defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, you accept the idea that there might not be an armed state-approved representative (i.e. cop) around when you need one, thus defeating the idea of big government in the first place. As Stephen Kruiser once said, “Firearms are the gateway drug to freedom.”

It’s not that the progressives don’t want to ignore gun control, it’s that they can’t, because allowing people to arm themselves puts their entire worldview into question, and no one likes to stare into that abyss.

 

 
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July 27th, 2012 by exurbankevin

It’s a Miracle!

This is an appropriate follow-up to my post from yesterday about Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” comment.  As Bill Whittle describes in his latest video, its appropos for the current President’s life…

Glad we have an independent media that is willing to actually examine political candidates and their backgrounds.  The Main Stream Media (MSM) no longer has credibility since they refuse to do their job when the politician in question shares their worldview.  When Big Media collapses and is replaced with citizen-journalists it will be a good day for our Republic.

One could say, that would be a miracle.

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July 20th, 2012 by exurbandoug

On Colorado

More than a dozen people are dead more than 4 times that number are wounded. 

Me? I grieve for the loss and demand justice for the shooter, as do the conservatives I follow on Twitter. Tragedies are not opportunities. 

The professional left and the media (but I repeat myself) have no hesitations about capitalizing on this horror, blaming Limbaugh and/or the Tea Party

I’d like to think they’ll eventually feel ashamed of what they do, but that implies they know what shame is… 

In the meantime, mothers are crying inconsolably today because their children were ruthlessly killed by an evil, evil man. 

Tragedy does not define us as a nation, but our reaction to it defines our humanity.

Or not. 

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July 20th, 2012 by exurbankevin

The hits, they keep a-comin’.

Found on Facebook. 

Footprints

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July 19th, 2012 by exurbankevin

I Didn’t Write This

At least the mask is off and Obama is letting everybody know what he really thinks.

Exhibit 84,561:  His speech last week in Roanoke, VA.  Here is a quote from that event:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

Barack Hussein Obama

Reason takes this argument apart here, but I have some thoughts as well.

Part of what makes America exceptional is the willingness of regular people to take risks to build a better future for themselves.  In years past, this could be in the form of a pioneer, explorer, tradesman, or settler.  In more modern times, risk-takers gravitated towards industry, mining, and finance as the economy evolved.  Today, entrepreneurs in technology, life sciences, and communications create the world we live in.  Regardless of the era, there are many who take risks with ideas that they hope will transform themselves and their futures.

Most fail, I can speak from personal experience on this.  There are risks as well as rewards and most will never experience the success they strive for.  But that is the nature of a free economy with free people interacting in it.  Life may not produce fair outcomes, but they are the outcomes free people choose.

The point is, free people are the ones who make success happen.  Few will have the connections to get favorable treatment by a given administration (think Solyndra) so they have to rely on individual initiative and hard work to attain success.  Our country is richer and better because of this, despite what the current President says.

Until you go down the difficult, risky, and maddening road of business ownership, you will never understand this.  In many respects, it is a lonely journey filled with many long days working alone.  That is a choice risk-takers make though, with all its attendant outcomes.  The President and most of his supporters will neither experience nor understand this, their reality is far removed from what makes America great.

Right now you are reading a post that I wrote.  My English teacher did not write it, a government official did not edit it, and my elected officials certainly did not approve it.  The bytes that comprise the characters you see on your screen were typed on a Logitech keyboard, viewed on a Samsung monitor, and processed by an Intel processor on an ECS motherboard enclosed in an Antec case.  All this information was then sent through a Netgear router, then on a Motorola modem, over Cox Communications network, and through an internet comprised of multiple private carriers using a multitude of different network hardware manufacturers.  Contrary to what President Obama thinks, my success is based upon what I do with the knowledge that I have obtained over the years.  I neither ask nor expect the government’s help in this since I am a free man and wish to remain so.  Hopefully more of my fellow citizens agree and act accordingly.

UPDATE:  I didn’t correct minor gramatical mistakes in this post either.

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July 19th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Four Years of Failure

I stumbled across this gem by Bill Whittle over at HotAir.  Enjoy…

 

I’ll echo what exKevin wrote about this being a long, hot summer for the Obama campaign.  His attacks on Romney aren’t sticking and its only a matter of time before more attention gets directed at Obama’s actual record.

It could get ugly for the President real soon.  Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy…

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July 18th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Bain the bomb

It’s so sad to see the professional left throw in the towel and admit defeat. 

And by “sad”, I mean so very wonderful

In the eyes of the media and most political observers, the past week has been a large negative for Mitt Romney. After all, they say, each day spent talking about Romney’s record at Bain rather than Obama’s record on job creation is a plus for the Obama campaign. That’s Chapter 1 of the negative campaigning manual, and it sounds completely plausible.

The difficulty is that, thus far, it’s surprisingly difficult to find evidence that this exchange is changing voters’ minds. 

They fired their best shot at Romney, and it’s a squib. And it gets even worse.

The latest Purple Poll, released on July 16, offers some insight. Across the 12 swing states, Obama leads Romney 47 to 45, essentially unchanged from last month’s 48 to 46. Among independents in those states, Romney’s edge stands at 5 points, essentially unchanged from his 6-point edge a month ago.

This month’s survey broke out four states—Florida, Colorado, Virginia, and Ohio. Here’s how they stand: Florida, 48-45 Romney; Colorado, 45-44 Obama; Virginia, 46-44 Obama; Ohio, 48-45 Obama. Of the four, Ohio appears to be the swingiest: two months ago, Obama led by 5 points; a month ago, Romney led by 3; today, Obama leads by 3.

What about new information, and how is it affecting the voters’ views of the candidates? Sixty-two percent of voters say they’ve heard new information about Romney during the past month. That sounds ominous for the Republican candidate. But then again, 60 percent say they’ve heard new information about Obama. 38 percent say the new information is making them less favorable toward Romney, which sounds bad, but even more—40 percent—say it’s making them less favorable toward the president.

It’s not hard to guess what news swing state voters have been getting about Romney. But the survey makes it clear that the news they’re getting about Obama centers on the economy, and they don’t think the news is good.

They don’t think the news is good because, well, it’s not good.

Duh.

It’s going to be a long, long LONG summer for the Obama campaign. 

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July 18th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Policy Wonka.

Kudos to Congressman Darrell Issa’s office for knocking this one out of the park. 

Darrell Issa NAILS it.

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July 17th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Punching back fast and furiously

Keep it up, Mitt, and we just might love you after all.

“If we want to talk about transparency, the real issue is, why has this president used his presidential power and executive privilege to keep the information about the Fast and Furious program from being explained to the American people?” 

This line of attack is a win for Romeny on many levels. 

1. It helps show all of us gun nuts shooting sports enthusiasts that Romeny is willing to defend our right of self-defense.

2. It Dings Obama (again) on a very, very unpopular move.

3. It reinforces the Obama = criminal meme (I mean, its’s not like possesion of cocaine is a felony or something). 

4. It brings us one step closer to justice for Brian Terry and the hundreds of other people killed by guns sent to Mexico by the ATF. This sin’t just a win for Romney, it’s awin for humanity. 

Good job, Mitt. Now keep it going. 

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July 16th, 2012 by exurbankevin

My one comment on the Obamacare decision

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

Explainer.

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July 5th, 2012 by exurbankevin