In the wake of the George Floyd shooting, the point was supposed to be about policing reform, right? It didn’t last long before all the Leftists started mixing in all their pet peeves/causes, like LGBT, ‘climate change’, mail in ballots, and more. Not to mention the riots, looting, plundering, assault, etc. Now it seems to be gun grabbing
The killings on the streets of Kenosha, Wis., and Portland, Ore., by gun-toting, self-appointed ministers of justice bolster one of the main arguments made by gun control advocates: widespread access to guns leads to needless death.
In both cases, confrontations between political opponents quickly escalated, shots were fired, and people died. Further, the Kenosha shooting involved a semi-automatic “assault” rifle, in a state with an open carry law (though the 17-year-old shooter, Kyle Rittenhouse, is one year short of being able to legally open carry in the state).
Yet the shootings have not sparked a fresh dialogue about gun control. We are not spending much time at all debating background checks, assault weapons bans or open carry laws.
Why aren’t we talking about guns? Chiefly, because the presidential candidates aren’t talking about guns. Donald Trump is busy blaming Joe Biden and Democratic mayors for failing to crack down on rioting and looting, while Biden is blaming Trump for fueling divisiveness.
Interesting. Far left Bill Scher, a contributing editor to Politico Magazine, fails to mention that the left wing shooter, Michael Reinoehl, actually stalked Aaron Danielson before murdering him. Nor does Scher mention all the shootings in the Seattle CHAZ area when Democrats were showing what mob rule looked like. Or that shootings in Democrat run cities have skyrocketed. Nor that all these left wing groups are showing up armed, when they typically call for people to be disarmed. I guess it’s a matter of them wanting Other People disarmed.
Yet if they don’t emphasize gun control now, they can’t easily argue next year that they have a broad mandate, cutting across political and cultural fault lines, to act. Any newly elected Democratic senators may not be so eager to sign on to gun control legislation, especially partisan legislation, for fear of losing tenuous support at home.
He’s telling you that Democrats want to take your guns. Are you listening?
Still, Biden is probably wise to put first things first. Erasing the political and cultural divide with a geographically broad victory is a necessary, if not sufficient, first step for creating a climate conducive to bipartisan cooperation and ultimate legislative success. If that means putting the gun issue on the back burner, even when gun deaths are in the news, so be it. But Biden and his fellow Democrats should be aware that any attempt at passing specific gun control measures in 2021 will be a heavy lift without first proving their popularity at the ballot box in 2020.
How did that “bipartisan” stuff work while Biden’s boss Barack Obama was in office? And, perhaps we should be talking about left wing violence, how Democrats resort to violence, arson, looting, assault, etc, quickly. Which is why so many people are buying their first firearms.
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