I remember some time ago there was this game show where, when you got into trouble and could not answer the question, you had a lifeline. Yes, someone could be called upon to bail you out from a tough situation.
The GOP has found themselves in a “tough” situation going into the 2018 midterm elections, where traditionally, the party in power loses. Everything seems to be going just as the Democrats, the progressive socialists, wanted things, and then it happened. Just when the liberal progressive left thought they had all the momentum something may have just truly turned the tables on them.
As reported over in The Hill:
“Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment, decrying the right to bear arms as outdated and misunderstood. In an op-ed published by The New York Times, Stevens, a Republican, said that students and anti-gun violence advocates should press lawmakers to take on the amendment. While protests have so far focused on implementing new restrictions on semi-automatic weapons and strengthening background checks for gun purchases, he wrote, repealing the Second Amendment would result in more lasting change.
“That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms,” Stevens wrote.
“But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform,” he continued. “They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
The op-ed came three days after hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in cities across the country to demand an end to gun violence. The March for Our Lives rallies were organized in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last month.”
First of all, political party affiliation means little-to-nothing here. What is for certain is that Justice John Paul Stevens doesn’t support a critical part of our Constitution. As well, Justice Stevens is obviously not a well-read student of history. I suppose he fails to understand why the British were marching towards Concord, MA, in April of 1775.
Furthermore, Justice Stevens fails to grasp that law-abiding legal gun owners had nothing to do with Nikolas Cruz and his evil act. I find it rather perplexing that Justice Stevens would say nothing about the failures of the FBI, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, namely Sheriff Scott Israel and Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson. Instead, Justice Stevens evidences that he is just another progressive who elevates the institution of government over the rights, liberty, and freedom of the American individual. It seems that Justice Stevens has joined the Barack Obama choir lamenting over those “bitter folks who cling to their guns and religion.”
Justice John Paul Stevens and the March for Our Lives gathering just gave the GOP a political bailout. The number one raison d’etre going into the 2018 midterm election will be to deny the progressive socialist left the ability to repeal the Second Amendment. As well, you can rest assured that if for any other reason, besides a strong economy and national security, Donald Trump will get a second term to ensure we do not have Supreme Court Justices such as Stevens.
Just this week Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, both leftist Democrats, have introduced legislation for NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Checks) to be done on ammunition purchases. They are hiding behind the false veil of preventing criminals, or others, from purchasing and stockpiling ammunition. Hmm, if the folks in Broward County and the FBI had done their job, Nikolas Cruz would not have been able to acquire firearms, just as with the assailant in Sutherland Springs, TX. But, I should never allow facts to impede on the major ideological agenda item of the left: personal disarmament of the American people. Yes, that is what it is, especially when they want all semi-automatic weapons banned — that means handguns folks.
Now, understand, the top five cities in America for gun violence are also cities with the most stringent gun controls…and, they are cities run by Democrats. And, remember that it was a black man, Otis McDonald, who challenged the gun control laws of Chicago because he wanted to be safe in his home. And it was the NRA, ya know, that “terrorist organization,” that aided him in his legal pursuits, which he won.
So, at a time when constitutional conservatives were truly angered at the GOP over the 220-page, $1.3T Omnibus spending bill, they now have a true cause, and the enthusiasm to prevent the leftists from taking over on Capitol Hill. And, yes, that means those Democrat Senators up for reelection in red states can almost sign their termination papers if they side with Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety anti-gun crew, and Justice Stevens.
The left has once again embraced Rahm Emanuel’s maxim of never letting a good crisis go to waste, except they have greatly overplayed their hand in this case. It is not that law abiding legal gun owners in America do not want to see safer schools, we all do. However, when the focus is not on solutions to rectify the issue, instead it is about leveraging a situation for ideological agenda advancement, well, you will get push back.
This past week in Washington, DC, I did not hear one person on the stage demand new leadership at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. I did not hear anyone address how to create a first line of defense in schools. I heard nothing about how we should enact legislation that keeps firearms out of the hands of those who are mentally unstable. The prevailing message was about not just gun control, but confiscation, and denigration of the Nation’s oldest civil rights organization, the National Rifle Association, and the disparagement of gun owners.The top five cities in America for gun violence are also cities with the most stringent gun controls...and, they are cities run by Democrats. Click To Tweet
It would have been impressive if the past weekend’s rally had invited NRA member, and trained firearms instructor, Stephen Willeford to the stage. Willeford, armed with an AR-15, ended the shooting rampage in Sutherland Springs. However, in the delusional world of Justice John Paul Stevens, Stephen Willeford is “outdated and misunderstood.” Funny, throughout history we have examples of despots and dictators who have believed that personal ownership of weapons was “outdated and misunderstood,” not to mention dangerous.
And yes, it is dangerous — for the tyrant — until the populace is disarmed.
If the left wants to make gun control a feature issue for the 2018 midterm elections, have at it, fellas. You will find yourselves on the wrong side of history. And remember, the most recent winner of a congressional special election, Conor Lamb, ran as a pro-gun Democrat. Whaddya gonna do about him? An assault weapon is anything used by a demented individual to inflict harm, injury, or death upon another. Two weekends ago, in Mount Pleasant, SC, Lovequwan Scott bludgeoned four family members — aged 15-72 — to death with a dumbbell. Terrorists use cars and trucks as bombs and means to run over and assault innocent people. Do we have dumbbell, truck, or car control, and bans? The progressive socialist left is all about collective subjugation and that can only be attained if the people are disarmed, rendered unable to defend themselves, and turned from armed citizens into helpless subjects.
Stephen Willeford was a good guy with a gun, and he stopped the bad guy. The designated government official, Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson had a gun, but he was not a good guy, but rather a coward, that did not stop the bad guy. So, what is it that the left is not getting about this equation? Considering what happened in Maryland with a law enforcement School Resource Officer who did his duty and killed the bad guy.
When Tyranny told Liberty to lay down their weapons, Liberty and Freedom, replied “Molon Labe.” Down in Texas we have a saying which is the English translation: “Come and Take It.”
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, published October 16, 2018, from Brown Books Publishing Group.