11 Oct 2017

Fully Automatic Establishment Gun Control Demands

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Matt Purple, managing editor of American Conservative, responds to recent demands for Gun Control from sort-of-conservatives Brett Stephens and David Frum writing respectively for those famous conservative organs The New York Times and the Atlantic.

Stephens and Frum aren’t technocrats calibrating the machine of progress; they’re Wayne Wheeler and Carrie Nation, throwing open our saloon doors and smashing our tumblers. Theirs is a moral crusade against what they perceive to be a national vice. America is sick and only they are enlightened enough to make it better. Perhaps that’s a bit flippant—some of our nation’s best (and worst) work has been done by those who set out to mend grand societal ills—but we should at least stop pretending that the kids-cup prescriptions of a Senator Chris Murphy can ever accomplish his jumbo-size ends. This is a nation with one firearm for every citizen, a thriving outdoorsman culture, a history of violent lawlessness, a frontier, a Second Amendment. Jamming those spokes is going to require a far larger stick than anything that fits through the ludicrously exaggerated “gun show loophole.”

The reason many of us take the (authentically) Madisonian view—in addition to our leeriness over a total government monopoly on arms—is that we reject such a crusade as impractical. We see it as premised on a fundamentally false conception of America, one that glosses over her indelible traditions of individualism and defiance. We worry it will result in more polarization and violence rather than less. We observe, too, that the public has lately grown weary of elite designs on their values, their pronouns, their national anthem—enough to elect Donald Trump in the hopes of making it all stop. Presumably an additional betterment campaign against their guns would be met with the same aggravation and pushback. It’s your move, gentlemen, but is this really where you want to go right now?

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Seattle Sam

Self-righteous leftists can’t deal with tradeoffs (sometimes known as opportunity costs). They could not ever conceive of weighing the negative impact of futile legislation on millions of lawful gun owners against the minimal possibility that one or two (I’m being generous here) gun homicides might be prevented. They don’t like guns and you’re just going to have to change your life (and the Constitution) to conform to their sensibilities.



Dick the Butcher

The 21(?) Sandy Hook children’s blood hadn’t dried when CT and NY banned dangerous-looking, black rifles with pistol grips and flash suppressors; and high-capacity magazines.

They were hugely successful on two levels. One, there hasn’t been a school shooting since December 2012. Two, there were newly-minted approximately one million felons who ignored the asinine, unconstitutional laws.



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