Liberal Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by aging activist John Lewis of Georgia, have now resorted to the same whiny, childish behavior exhibited by college freshmen in the 1960s with their recent 26-hour sit-in publicity stunt on the floor of the House of Representatives. This was in clear contravention of the rules of order.
The hypocrisy here is overwhelming. They blame Republicans for standing in the way of passage of more stringent gun-control laws; however, when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency, they didn’t get it done, mainly because most American people didn’t want it then and don’t want it now.
Instead, they chose to ram home a $787 billion “stimulus” plan that included shovel-ready projects that mostly didn’t materialize and the so-called Affordable Care Act, which is anything but.
When will these politicians realize that law-abiding American people cherish their constitutional freedoms, including their Second Amendment right to own guns to protect themselves from any and all threats, including the potential for a tyrannical government? They talk about “common-sense gun laws,” but as usual, the devil is in the details.
Local, state and federal government agencies need to figure out how to communicate with one another and stop known dangerous people from buying guns. Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas last week introduced a bill that would go a long way toward doing that, but it got shot down.
The FBI knew all about Omar Mateen’s terrorist leanings three years before his horrific act on June 12 at an Orlando nightclub. More laws limiting the sale of specific firearms to good citizens won’t do one thing to stop people who have no intention to obey the law in the first place. With more than 300 million guns already in the hands of the public, bad people will simply buy their guns in the very active black market, which doesn’t perform background checks.
All weapons, regardless of their configuration, are built to inflict damage on the intended target. A kitchen knife, a pressure cooker, a fertilizer truck, a Boeing 767 or a Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver used to terrorize us will be every bit as lethal as any .223 AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. Enough of this “assault weapon” blather. It’s time to focus on the real problem, which is a liberal government bureaucracy egged on by a politically correct and biased mainstream press.
Unlike the elites in Washington with their Capitol Police, Secret Service and myriad government agency military-style SWAT teams, we have no choice but to protect ourselves. Our local police usually come on the scene after the shooting starts. As Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel put it so eloquently, “I think we (in Congress) deserve — I think we need to be protected.”
What about the rest of us, Charlie?
Another wake up call, America.