With ‘Stand Your Ground’ Veto Threat, Oath-Breaking Kasich Continues Betraying Gun Owners That Helped Elect Him
“Despite pleas from Republican Gov. John Kasich and recent, high-profile shootings, Ohio’s GOP lawmakers would rather pass a “stand your ground” proposal than the governor’s ideas on gun control,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday. “The bill would eliminate a legal requirement to try to retreat before shooting in a public place.”
Naturally prosecutors are against it because it would complicate their jobs and make it harder to bring charges against defensive gun uses. And even though votes exist in the legislature to override it, Kasich says he plans to veto the bill.
Monday morning quarterbacking government lawyers (looking to make you prove your innocence instead of having to do the work of proving you guilty) don’t care that there is no “one size fits all” response to an attack, that each situation is different, dynamic and fluid, oftentimes requiring split-second decisions. There are reasons why sometimes it may make sense to flee – providing you are physically capable and/or doing so won’t enhance the danger – and others to fight, and there are already laws against homicides that are not justifiable. A better solution: If someone doesn’t want to get shot, how about not attacking people?
As for Kasich, making it harder for you to defend yourself is no skin off his nose. The “skyrocketed” costs of his security detail don’t come out of his pocket.
This is a guy who rode to power on the backs of gun owners. He sucked up to a more than willing National Rifle Association so they would overlook his past oath-breaking, and give him an “A” rating and endorsement. This is after he helped Bill Clinton pass the 1994 ban on demonized semi-autos.
His reason for saying he regretted that? Not because it was unconstitutional, not because it was an infringement, not because citizen disarmament undermines “the security of a free State,” and not because it was wrong. No, he repudiated his earlier vote because he said “it wasn’t effective.”
Using that benchmark, there’s no right an ambitious tyrant couldn’t eviscerate, provided he got his desired results.
Kasich was a sour grapes “Never-Trumper” throughout a presidential campaign he never stood a chance to win, effectively giving aid and comfort to Hillary Clinton. He has since then done everything he can to be an ankle-biter against the president, against the agenda that won Trump the electoral vote and against the Americans who supported that agenda. And naturally, the overwhelmingly Democrat media is delighted to exploit “Republican” dissension every chance it gets.
Kasich also backs a “pathway to legalization” for the 12+ million Illegal immigrants and opposes enforcing current immigration laws. What that means is he wants to culturally terraform the Republic by giving the vote to foreign nationals who broke the law and who, by all credible polls and real-world experience, overwhelmingly support Democrats and “gun control.” Add in “chain migration” and so-called “birthright citizenship,” and in mere decades, the legislatures will be able to pass whatever disarmament edicts they want and appoint judges who will “rule” them constitutional.
Just look at California. Not that long ago, it was a “Republican” state.
It’s not just Kasich. The GOP is filled with opportunistic poltroons ready to kiss up to “progressives” and adopt their platform issues at the first opportunity, relying on a betrayed constituency to vote for them anyway because “Otherwise a Democrat will win!”
This “lesser of two evils” resignation simply means the middle will continually move to the left (allowing Democrats to drop their masks and bring out their inner Marxist). There’s no easy solution to that, but the Founders never intended for citizenship to be thoughtless and cavalier.
We are morally obligated to use the forms and remedies they designed and bequeathed us through great and terrible sacrifices until such time as “it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them.”
That’s hardly something to be treated lightly, ubiquitous (and generally anonymous) “Molon Labe” comments on gun forums notwithstanding. The Founders knew “all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
But to vote for a “Republican” like Kasich (who is termed out as governor but is “putting down markers for a potential 2020 run” for president (on a “bipartisan ticket”!) would be an act of personal betrayal worse than anything he could do. That said, look for him to try and act as a spoiler and siphon off enough votes to help put a Gavin Newsom or a Kamala Harris in the White House.
If that happens, we’ll be on the threshold of a “surrender” or not decision as far as our willingness to defy disarmament edicts. And as tempting as it will be to put it all on the Democrats, they wouldn’t be in a position to to get away with their control-all agenda without sell-out Republicans like John Kasich.
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