Gun Rights Heros, I Have A Present For You

There’s an old joke about a blind man whose seeing-eye dog takes him on a perilous dash across a busy street. The man is nearly killed half a dozen times before the incompetent canine gets him to the other side. Another man watching this approaches the blind man and asks him what he’s going to do about the dog.

“I’m going to give him a cookie,” says the blind man.

“A cookie? He nearly got you killed. What will giving him a cookie do?”

The blind man answers, “I’m going to give him a cookie to find out where his head is, so I can kick him in the ass.”

Just today, the U.S. Senate voted on a concealed carry reciprocity measure introduced by Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota. The bill would have mandated that concealed carry privilege permits be recognized across state lines by the forty-eight states that have concealed carry laws.

I’ve detailed why this is not a good idea in previous blog posts, but suffice it to say, this is the wrong approach to nationalizing gun rights. It would be much preferred to have our right to keep and bear arms recognized in all fifty states by incorporation of a good Supreme Court decision via the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Sadly, there is not one single good Supreme Court decision to use for incorporation. At least, there isn’t one yet.

So, this particular measure of Senator Thune’s sets up a couple potential dilemmas. The argument could easily be made that this legislation would grant the federal government entree into our gun rights so it could later swoop in once again and completely destroy them. Or we could end up with New York-California Carry as the national standard. Either way, say goodbye to your guns.

And some senators could have claimed to be against the measure because it abrogated states’ rights. And, comically, some anti-gunners did claim that. But credulity would have to be stretched beyond the cosmos to believe that Barbara Boxer, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein and Frank Lautenberg  have ever voted affirmatively on any states’ rights issue. And the same goes for the rest of their playmates in the anti-gun sandbox.

So, we are left with the states’ rights hawks, such as Thune himself, who completely ignored states’ rights because the NRA was scoring this bill for their election-time endorsements. All of them voted against their supposed principles. And we have the supposedly pro-gun Democrats, such as Jim Webb, a handful of others from pro-gun states like Nevada and Washington State, and the Southern “Blue Dog” Democrats. They just about all voted for the bill, but to invert a phrase from the silver-tongued John Kerry, they were against it before they were for it.

See, everyone in the senate, Republican and Democrat alike, and those of us who watch these dog and pony shows on a regular basis, knew this bill was never going to receive the sixty votes needed to pass. And once that was established, some time before the bill was written and introduced, the only part of the dance left to choreograph was to determine which Democrats in pro-gun states would be allowed to vote FOR it and still have it lose.

The Republican senators who wished to appear pro-gun simply voted in favor of the bill. Most of the Democrats, who wanted to appear anti-gun, voted against it. And a bunch of Democrats, who wanted to APPEAR PRO-GUN, voted their true anti-gun beliefs and voted against the measure, then backtracked.

Sound confusing? I get that, but it’s not really. Senators don’t vote like we do: Mark your ballot, deposit it, move on. No sir. They get a do over. They can change their vote after all the votes have been cast. So, Senator David Pryor (D-Arkansas) an anti-gun guy from a pro-gun state changed his no vote to a yes when the bill was assured of defeat. And other supposedly pro-gun Dems like Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Michael Bennett and Mark Udall of Colorado, were ready to vote against the measure only if it was going to pass. Luckily, two staunch Republicans voted against it, preserving the pro-gun charade of a couple more grateful Democrats. And don’t worry that those two Republicans were concerned about states’ rights. They most definitely weren’t. They were just itching to get off the senate floor as quickly as possible so they could head for the cloak room to broker a kinder, gentler form of socialist medicine, and more authority for the federal reserve bank. Either that or they wanted to reaffirm their support for anti-gun future supreme court justice Sonia Sotomayor.

So, everything worked out fine. Gun rights have not advanced one iota. God is in his heaven. The NRA, as always, will get to give A ratings to anti-gun zealots. And most people don’t even know this obscene little kabuki dance ever took place. And I have only one thing to say to all the heros who voted for the Thune amendment. Have a cookie.  Until next time.

Published in: on July 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. […] I know I’ve been guilty of this. (In fact, just yesterday, I wrote a longwinded blog here that contained a whole lot of nonsense concerning the failed Thune […]

  2. If everyone could carry a gun it would turn out to be like dodge city on a Saturday night . People pulling guns have no idea about line of fire , how to work as a group in a combat situation .. I know I would be finding a safe place to hide ,m would not know who’s the enemy whos the friend I think there would be a lot killed by friendly fire .. You have the right to protect yourself but there is a thing called reasonable force . Excample , get in a fight at a bar one punch knock out , put while the man was down broke 2 ribs and a jaw , arrested for assault but it was self defense . Judges explaination the knock out was self defense , the man was out could not fight anymore ., the broken ribs and jaw from kicks was assault the man was incapacitated .. REASONABLE FORCE this is a stipulation in the self defense law thank our congress men for having the fore cite to this law .Why do I have to give my information to make a comment I thought this was in private huh makes me wonder what kind of tr this is sounds like the gun registration centriole all ove

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