The NRA thrives on weak challenges; it sees them as fundraising opportunities. Its supporters are ready to believe that any gun bill — no matter how rational its purpose or how minor its scope — is a threat to God-given and constitutionally protected rights, and will contribute generously, giving the organization not only the psychological momentum of a win, but likely a surplus as well. It is up to us to choose our battles wisely.
October 2, 2012
The way it works in this democracy is that we legislators represent our constituents. We can get a majority of our colleagues on an issue when enough of us sense that the people are there, or almost there, or at least going there, and that we may have to push them there, but at the end of the day our risk will not have been wasted. The work of moving public opinion on an issue cannot be done by legislators alone, whose work makes us generalists, but must be done by the activists who care particularly about that issue.
We don’t live in a democracy Mr. Kline. We live in a constitutional republic. I realize though that a majority of those who now work in the legislative bodies are ignorant of how the system was actually designed to work and prefer to twist and manipulate it to destroy the rights of the minority. For you see a democracy is nothing more than mob-rule. If the mob wants to take your property, they can. If the mob wants to kill you, they can. If the mob decides they would rather bleed you dry like a slave, they can. The point of a constitutional republic is that both the majority and minority are protected equally.
Now back to the quote at hand, more specifically the part emphasized. There is a reason we view it as a threat to a natural and enumerated right. Because it IS! I grew up in the age of the 1994 assault weapons ban. I remember it quite well and it’s goal was down right obvious. Don’t believe me? The most popular rifle in America would still be banned if it wasn’t for the expiration of the AWB.
That was claimed by supporters as being rational and the only way to curb gun violence. The thing is, statistically gun control has been proven to be ineffective over and over again. Further when you compare nations with strong gun controls it becomes obvious it creates a world that is less safe for the law abiding.
That is the crux Mr. Kline. The American public no longer likes being criminalized by the government for merely having and effective tool of self defense. The American public sees what you’re doing and claiming for exactly what it is. You’re issue is that you can no longer control the narrative. Not only can you not control the narrative but you’re upset because the people on your side of the debate are crazy and violent. Because of this your side of the debate is left standing still every time you attempt to infringe on that natural and enumerated right.
It is however unsurprising that you find your home the Peoples Republic of Puget Sound and you feel your “majority” other wise known merely as Seattle is a right for you to dictate life throughout the rest of the state. I doubt this will make any difference given the 37th Legislative district is the equivalent of Communist China, but if you live there, please send that tyrant home.
So in closing Mr. Kline, in the words of Melvin Udall, “Where did they teach you to talk like this, some Panama City sailor wanna hump hump bar, or is this get-a-way day and your last shot at his whiskey, sell crazy some place else, we’re all stocked up here.” -B]