Following the tragic terrorist attack in Chattanooga that claimed the lives of several unarmed Marines, many have criticized the policies that kept these honorable men from defending themselves. But the left’s backlash has been just as striking, proving that the anti-gun crowd doesn’t care nearly as much about saving lives as they do about strengthening the government.
Appearing on MSNBC this week, Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action said that she wasn’t worried about polls showing a distinct lack of support for tougher gun control measures. Congress, not the American people themselves, is standing in the way of a safer country.
“This is the same Congress we had the day before Sandy Hook, which is when I got involved, that we had the day after. So this Congress, we need them to move,” Watts said. “Make no mistake. This is going to be the number one voting issue for many women and mothers in this country 2016.”
Well, perhaps. It may be the number one voting issue for idiots and emotional trainwrecks. That would be believable. Certainly, it will be at the top of the list for people who want to see government with as much power over the citizens as possible. There are probably some women and mothers in that group.
Speaking of that, how blind do you have to be to believe a woman like Watts has the best interests of women in mind? For both biological and societal factors, no one benefits more from firearm protection than those subject to physical dominance. Watts has supported legislation that prevents women from having an equalizer at hand when attacked. How can anyone claim her as a feminist icon?
Obama’s Next Push
Not all of the gun talk this week came from Bloomberg’s minions. President Obama himself now wants to tie gun control to Social Security. His administration wants to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they have been determined to be incapable of managing their affairs. Critics say that while such a move might cut down on accidental gun deaths to some degree, it would also sweep up thousands of Americans who pose no danger to themselves or others.
This has become a very common Obama strategy. By tying unconstitutional legislation to “optional” funding, he’s able to thwart the law while remaining technically untouchable. We’ve seen this administration use this technique to advance the school lunch program, to pressure organizations into accepting the LGBT agenda, and to secure Obamacare compliance. Now seniors may have to choose between their monthly check and their Second Amendment rights.
Watts and Obama may not be winning the war on guns, but their philosophy on the Second Amendment is gaining steam. Without the specter of the Soviet Union hanging over the world, Americans have forgotten the dangers of an all-powerful state. We have begun to take our liberty for granted, believing naively that our democracy could never crumble into a dictatorship. But if the citizens are unarmed, who can or will prevent that from happening?
Maybe if we just hope hard enough, we’ll be okay.