Like Clockwork


Leftists hate the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Last week it was the First Amendment; this week it’s the Second. Under attack, one after the other, like clockwork.

In the wake of the horrific events last weekend in Las Vegas, a massacre perpetrated by a madman, anti-gun leftists (are there any other kind?) wasted not a minute in raising the hue and cry to exploit the tragedy for their own political agenda.

In the Wednesday, 4 October edition of The Signal (link), Gary Horton’s column entitled “America the unexceptional” typified their hysteria.

I anticipated the now-standard emotional hyperbole from the Left every time something like this happens. It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east. But really, Horton’s exceeds even those expectations.

Horton: “It’s time for a moment of silence and thought in America.”

An empty, hypocritical platitude. The shooting took place Sunday night. The column was published Wednesday. In order for his column to have been in that day’s edition The Signal’s editors would have had to have it in hand Monday. Which means there wasn’t any “moment of silence” from Horton. Oh, no.

Like some grisly vulture, I have no doubt that within hours at most, like the rest of his leftist ilk, he was at his keyboard scrawling his bile before the bodies had even cooled.

I noticed that his little chart of the gun death rates in various countries seemed to be real selective. Why is that, I wonder? For example, Switzerland has virtually universal gun possession, yet their rate of gun deaths is about 1/3 of that in this country. Under his inane thesis, shouldn’t their death rate be at least as high as ours? Or could it be that the underlying problem is something other than possession itself of guns?

To that point, how come I never see leftist loons bleating for car bans every time some nut commits mass murder by driving his car into a crowd?

Horton: “Freedom to amass personal military arsenals – or a simple freedom to simply gather un-assaulted in public spaces?”

As I already illustrated, it’s not an either/or issue. They’re not mutually exclusive at all. But let’s consider a practical element. Now, I know this is alien territory to Horton and those like him, what with their leftist unfamiliarity with practicality and all. But let’s give it a shot. Let’s say Horton could get some law passed banning …. something. He’s not even clear on what he actually DOES want to ban (as usual with those guys), but let’s say he could waive his magic wand and pass some kind of ban.

Then what happens?

Does he actually think every gun owner is going to waltz into the local cop shop and hand his guns over? If he does, that’s laugh-out-loud funny.

Is he going to stop murders, or even mass murders? Killers are already ignoring the law just by doing their killing. Does he think they’re going to worry about a gun control law? And what about all the people who kill – including mass killings – with other implements?

Under his loony thesis, this country should be drug-free! Yet heroin and cocaine flood the streets. Not to mention (though mention it I will) all the illegal aliens who shouldn’t be freely walking around. After all, it’s “against the law”, right?

Even more problematic is the underlying idea, as expressed by Horton in this case, that any right enjoyed by this country’s citizens is hostage to the actions of a very tiny fraction of that population that abuses the right. Well under one percent of legally-owned guns in this country are ever used in a crime, yet Horton et al would severely restrict, if not outright outlaw, private gun ownership, a fundamental right.

We’ve seen the same thing happen regarding the First Amendment right to free speech with calls for banning so-called “hate speech”. Such “hate speech” laws have actually been enacted in some “free” countries, to sometimes devastating effect.

The real threats to liberty – and yes, our security – come from the opportunistic and cynical policy proposals advanced by leftists like Horton, who swoop down on every tragic event to exploit it for political gain, and to advance their own divisive and destructive agenda.

Don’t ever let them succeed.



©Brian Baker 2017


20 comments on “Like Clockwork

  1. Nee says:

    Gabby Giffords opened her big mouth as did all the other bleaters in tv, politics, music, etcetera. They continue to try and seize more liberty while promoting hysteria over common sense. Since 2006…Not. On. My. Watch.

  2. Gary Douglas Bierend says:

    Well done Brian.

    • BrianR says:

      Thanks, Gary.

      The Signal declined to publish it, and instead asked me to write a column in debate with one of the local lefties on the subject, to be published next weekend. Of course, I accepted.

      Stay tuned.

  3. captbogus2 says:

    Even the NRA is caving to leftist pressure. They have come out in favor of a law banning the bump-stock. Like you said, just by the act of killing they have broken established laws so what makes people believe that a law against bump-stock will have any attention paid to it by someone set on murder?
    It is just leftist ludicrous ideology ignoring the fact only the law abiding pay attention to the laws. Sooner or later the left will pass one too many gun ‘control’ laws and then there will be no law abiding people left. Maybe that’s what they want.

    • BrianR says:

      This is indicative of the reason I cancelled my NRA Life Membership back in 2008 when they endorsed Jackass McCain for Prez. They do some things very well, but when the rubber REALLY hits the road they have a tendency to wimp out.

      Originally, they tried to convince Heller to drop his lawsuit against DC. When he refused, they RELUCTANTLY signed on. The case went on to become one of the most important SCOTUS decisions on gun rights ever.

      I have Life Memberships in the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Both of the are FAR more dedicated than the NRA.

  4. CW says:

    Great letter, Brian.

    Horton is another simpleton leftist who is either too dumb to understand that this stat doesn’t tell the whole story or too corrupt to care. Leftists always fall into one of those two lovely categories.

    Gun deaths include suicides, and in the U.S. this accounts for about 60% of that number, on average. And what does it do to the stats when one race making up 13% of the population commits more that 50% of the gun murders? Leftists like Horton are always strangely incurious about the high incidence of murders by blacks and what this does to the overall stat for the U.S. We’re supposed to celebrate our diversity and encourage multiculturalism except when we’re trying to understand crime in this country. Then we must pretend that there’s no difference.

    If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. Until Horton can prove this not to be the case, we’re not bargaining away our Second Amendment rights, so if he’s sincerely interested in reducing the gun crime rate he might want to investigate the culture problem.

    • BrianR says:

      Thanks, CW. Well said; excellent comment and analysis.

      The underlying principle for leftards like Horton is to advance their repugnant agenda, and to that end ANY means are justified; so lying, obfuscation, misdirection and demonization are all perfectly fine and dandy.

      That’s why I so despise those on the Left. I mean a contempt at the deepest and most fundamental level. I literally can’t stand those people.

  5. What morons of the left-leaning right-of-center and the center-left-radical-left never get, is that without the second amendment, which secures our unalienable rights, they wouldn’t even have their pseudo-constitutional court-created modified rights. Just ask Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

  6. Grey Neely says:

    Brian, like many others I am now saying, “I WILL NOT SURRENDER MY GUNS.”

    I will not debate this matter any further. The politicians can do what they wish, I will not obey any laws they make that say I must turn in any of my guns. If the Liberals, the Far Left, and the federal government want a war, I will be glad to give them one concerning any form of gun confiscation.

    If a war does start, I personally intend to go after the leaders who passed a gun confiscation law and the people (like Michael Moore and the Hollywood elites) who pushed for one to be passed. The “lemmings” I will not hunt unless I am forced by their actions.

    Enough is enough.

  7. Terry says:

    Well done Brian.
    Did you happen to see Michael/Jabba the Hutt/Moore’s proposed 28th amendment ? It’s a knee-slapper.

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah, actually, I did see that.

      I have no idea how I’d even track down my first wife, nor would I ever want to. There’s a reason why the word “ex” is part of that title.

      Moore’s a crackpot. He’s crazier than a shithouse mouse.

  8. garnet92 says:

    Where would the left be without empty, hypocritical platitudes? Silent, to be sure. Their vocalizations would be limited to grunts and hisses! What a wonderful world that would be!

    By George, I think you’ve hit on something, Brian! I wonder if President Cheeto can issue an E.O. to prevent empty, hypocritical platitudes in political discourse? it’s worth a try, eh?

    Their arguments would make no less sense than they do today.

  9. says:

    So damned TRUE!! He is an Ass and an admitted Pacifist.

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