Unfortunately, Trump Message of Unity Following Las Vegas Massacre is Wishful Thinking
News services are scrambling to uncover what happened in last night’s massacre in Las Vegas, to be first in revealing some unknown dimension to a story that has the attention of the world. That’s led to conflicting accounts about the shooter—or in some accounts “shooters, and about motives (ISIS has already claimed responsibility, which the FBI denies) and about practically everything.
It’s human nature to want to “know,” especially when we all have a stake in the outcome, because what this means is the right to keep and bear arms will be under assault like we’ve never seen before. I realize that’s a subjective prediction, but nonetheless, I believe the fury on this is going to be of a magnitude and pervasiveness beyond what we’ve seen following other massacres where the killer used a firearm.
If you’re a Second Amendment supporter, pray that I’m wrong. I do.
President Donald Trump has issued an official statement that you can watch in total, below, and/or read on the White House website.
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I call your attention to the following section of the president’s address:
“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us — our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today — and always will, forever.”
I wish he were right, but he’s not. The blame and hatred coming from the citizen disarmament camp is palpable. Celebrities are piling on. Politicians and gun-grab zealots are dancing in the blood, which they blame on NRA, on “conservatives,” on whites, and on anyone else the collectivists choose to smear as “Nazis” and “fascists.”
You can see it for yourself in responses to the president on his Twitter feed. He’s responsible for a “climate of hate,” say those who hate traditional America and are bent on its “fundamental transformation.”
His enemies – actually, the enemies of everyone who agreed with Trump’s campaign agenda – are seeing this as yet another opportunity to either add to the appetite for impeachment or to ensure his one-term presidency and a reversal of GOP Congressional dominance. And make the Supreme Court safe for “progressive” retirements.
No need for me to repeat the hate-filled invectives here. I’m sure each of you reading this can cite your own examples.
Don’t be surprised if there are immediate legislative setbacks, particularly efforts to advance the SHARE Act relaxation of suppressor rules and on national reciprocity. Establishment Republicans are creatures of political optics first. Don’t be surprised to see those put on the back burner – indefinitely.
Here’s something else you shouldn’t be surprised to see, and that’s noises coming from some “gun rights leaders” (and that’s in quotation marks for a reason) suggesting areas where we can give a little up to stave off a larger attack. It won’t work, any more than throwing a scrap of flesh to a pack of circling jackals will sate their appetites and induce them to leave you alone.
After Newtown, when some of them were making such noises, gun owners unwilling to give that inch managed to keep faint-hearted “pragmatists” from giving away the store. The message they and the politicians they have sway over heard then and need to hear again now is unequivocal:
- WE WON’T STAND FOR SCAPEGOATING
- NO NEW GUN LAWS
- DENY SUCCESS TO MASS MURDERERS BY ABOLISHING PHONY ‘GUN-FREE’ / KILLER-ENABLING ZONES NOW
- WORK WITH US OR WE WILL WORK TO RETIRE YOU
One thing we know from experience is the hard left has its share of the undisciplined, and left to its own devices often reveals a reach that exceeds its grasp. So we’re now seeing not just renewed calls to ban “assault weapons,” but enraged demands to ban all guns.
That can be defended against. In a fight, you want your opponent to lose his head — assuming you know what you’re doing and can handle yourself .
In the mean time, keep heart. Most of us have been through much worse than this just surviving life, and if we’re not preparing ourselves to face real threats as a cold coup heats up, we’ve got some re-thinking to do about the nature of our situation.
I’m going to leave you with an essay written some years back by a good friend of mine. Please take a few moments and read the Memorandum on Arms and Freedom, and share it with those you think could use a boost to their resolve right about now.
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