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    David French, the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] of the NeverTrump faction, has summed up the reasons why the left cannot win in its anti-Second Amendment crusade. Owing to his status as an enemy of Trump, French has access to prominent organs of the left. In National Review, he explains how he is trying to persuade the left to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (and presumably become more effective in their opposition to Trump).

    Last week I [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in The Atlantic that represented my best effort to explain "gun culture" to those who may be more hostile to gun rights than, say, the typical reader of National Review. I began by describing threats to my family and how a person's decision to carry a weapon is often directly tied to personal experience of real danger. Today, my friend Bethany Mandel [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in the New York Times, describing how her mother once chased off an intruder with a gun and how she herself decided to buy a gun when her family was threatened during the 2016 presidential campaign. ..

    It simply can't persuade a rational, reasonable adult who's experienced a threat that they're safer without effective means of self-defense.

    It is fascinating that these two intellectual redoubts of the progressive establishment are open to this argument. They must realize how harmful the anti-gun crusade is to their cause, as they watch the momentum garnered from the massacre in Parkland dissipate and energize the public against gun-grabs.

    French demolishes the arguments against gun ownership for personal protection. No, you are not more likely to be hurt than protected if you own a gun. And no, getting a gun is not a pathetic fear-based decision any more than buckling a seat belt is. And no, we don't take away constitutional rights just because some people abuse them.

    The left, in the end, comes up against human nature, as it always does, and founders:

    Faced with a generation of defeat in the gun debate, the Left is increasingly turning to one of its favorite weapons in the culture war, stigma. It's mobilizing its tribe – including progressive corporations, Hollywood, and the mainstream media – to not just make policy arguments but also to shame and insult Americans who disagree. The goal is to make gun ownership culturally toxic.

    But shame is weaker than love. Gun owners who've experienced a threat possess or carry a weapon because they love their families. Teachers who wish to carry a weapon at school do so because they love the kids under their care. These folks know that their responsible gun ownership makes their communities and families safer.

    Self-preservation, even more than love, is at the root of the desire to own a gun. That trumps shame, fear, and all the other arguments of the left.




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    marginalize and ridicule, Bill Ayres, Rules for Radicals.

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    Why the left can't win on gun control


    Don't look now, but they're about to win at least some small victories, and maybe some bigger ones here and there. The real bad news is we've lost our entire agenda - hearing protection and nationwide reciprocity. When The Donald is done scalping California over immigration policy and sanctuary laws, federal supremacy over state and local laws will be fully restored. Don't be surprised if the laws many states have passed exempting their manufacturers and citizens from any future federal gun control and forbidding state and local law enforcement from cooperation with federal authorities should a gun ban be enacted, also fall by the wayside.
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    If the local (state & city level) laws and bills are evaluated, there is a deepening dive evident among the states.

    There are some states (CA, IL, NY, FL etc) which are enacting near draconian gun control bills.

    Then there are others which are passing constitutional carry, and loosening their carry policies.

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    Looks like they're doing a damn good job of it now, has anyone told illinois's 18 to 21 year olds they have to turn in their guns yet?
    Florida just passed how many illeagle bills?
    East and West coast might as well just become our communist borders.
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    The Left can win on Gun Control, it won in Russia and China and Europe. I get the point of your thinking, but don't underestimate the Left. They have destroyed entire nations with their idiot ways. And they never learn by their mistakes, they just keep going like the Energizer Rabbit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ken View Post
    Looks like they're doing a damn good job of it now, has anyone told illinois's 18 to 21 year olds they have to turn in their guns yet?
    Florida just passed how many illeagle bills?
    East and West coast might as well just become our communist borders.
    More urban vs rural. Cities are going to become . . . interesting in the future, more so than they are now.

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    The thing is now they got the snow ball rolling down hill it won't stop and it seems like it's picking up plenty
    of politicians on both sides on it's way down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ken View Post
    The thing is now they got the snow ball rolling down hill it won't stop and it seems like it's picking up plenty
    of politicians on both sides on it's way down.
    Both sides of the spectrum too, plenty of fake Conservatives and fake Republicans backing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juskom95 View Post
    Both sides of the spectrum too, plenty of fake Conservatives and fake Republicans backing it!
    Speaking of fake, I had posted in a thread and now I can't find it, I'm new here but don't tell me this is one of those, you
    can't speak your opinion unless it's approved places?

    Opps I see you're new also, I like your post in that other thread btw.
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