"The gun rights voters are in charge ..."


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Robert Hairless
October 11, 2007, 04:45 AM
I just came across the following (http://chaosinmotion.blogspot.com/2007/08/second-amendment-literalists-winning.html). The part I put in boldface was what struck me: the author got it right and said it right.

Interesting article from NRO by Ramesh Ponnuru. I have to say I don't like how he phrases things.

But Bloomberg, the media, and the gun-control groups have lost the fight. In July, the House appropriations committee voted 40–26 to keep the Tiahrt amendment — rejecting both a proposal to eliminate it and a compromise. Thirteen Democrats voted for the amendment. The Senate appropriations committee voted to keep it, too, with five Democratic senators on the winning side.

Bloomberg is wrong: The Democrats are not “in charge” of Congress, at least when it comes to guns — the National Rifle Association is.

Sorry, this is rhetorical BS. The Gun Rights Voters are the ones in charge. The NRA is merely one of their mechanisms. This gibbering again postures the NRA as a large evil lobby rather than the lobby of 4 million citizens.

Darn. Just as I was getting used to being part of "The Gun Lobby" because I became an NRA member years ago, this clearsighted person blew the whole thing for me. No more status.

I am also a member of the AAA, though, so maybe I can be considered part of "The Car Lobby." Maybe I can get status again by arguing for the rights of car owners?

Nah, not as classy and not nearly as important for my country. Besides, there's no Constitutional guarantee that the rights of car owners shall not be infringed.

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RLsnow
October 11, 2007, 05:19 AM
Besides, there's no Constitutional guarantee that the rights of car owners shall not be infringed.

thats probably why noone is saying civilians shouldnt own cars ;)

Standing Wolf
October 11, 2007, 08:06 AM
thats probably why noone is saying civilians shouldnt own cars

Oh, yeah? That's why billions of dollars annually, in the form of gasoline taxes, are transferred from road and highway projects we, the people actually use to so-called "public transportation" projects we neither use nor want. That's why government, federal, state, and local alike, keeps increasing gasoline taxes. That's why government, federal, state, and local alike, keeps fighting the very idea of American energy independence. That's why government, federal and state alike, keeps meddling in the automobile market to make fuel-inefficient vehicles artificially expensive.

Government has embraced so-called "green thinking" as a means of extending its power and reach into the lives of ordinary citizens. The object of the game isn't to eliminate private ownership of automobiles, but regulate, tax, regulate some more, tax some more, et cetera, and eventually, turn privately owned cars back into luxury items for the very few.

RLsnow
October 11, 2007, 09:31 AM
sounds like the government is out to get you O.o

Mr White
October 11, 2007, 10:33 AM
Well if we're truly the ones in charge, we shouldn't squander this golden opportunity. Everybody! Over to the Activism forum!

Robert Hairless
October 11, 2007, 11:19 PM
Don't just do something. Stand there. :)

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