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From the shooting wire:

It’s Been A Long Week, With Lots of Longer Weeks Ahead
This week, I’ve been asked to talk on a number of national radio outlets. In each and every instance, the question has been the same, although it’s been phrased differently by each group- depending on how they feel about guns.

With the ones I consider “friendly” the question has been boiled down to simple terms: “what are we going to do about this latest attack on the Second Amendment and the sellout of firearms owners by the Bush administration?”

The others, albeit not “friendly” were at least predictable: “now that gun owners have been dealt a significant setback by the Solicitor General’s Amicus Curia brief supporting the District of Columbia’s longstanding ban on deadly firearms, what will gun owners do?”

The phrasing of the question reminds me of the old story of the two-car grudge race between the American Corvette and the Russian Zil. Predictably, the ‘vette smoked the Zil. After all, the Zil engine and transmission drops right into the Soviet tractor.

The American media was genuinely unimpressed, reporting that “in a race between the Corvette and the Zil, the Corvette won handily.” Pravda, the Russian media of record (if the army is on your side, you’re the media of record) reported it somewhat differently. Their headline told the story: “In Auto Competition, Zil Finishes Second; American Car Next-to-Last”. See, it really is all in how you look at it.

Unfortunately, that example wasn’t used in a class on effective journalism. The class was “the effective application of propaganda.” Good news to one side is toxic to the other. It’s why “spin” was invented and why spin doctors are so well compensated.

Spin aside, there are a few irrefutable truths coming from the Solicitor General asking the Supreme Court to send D.C versus Heller back to trial court for a “reconsideration.”

First, politicians and bureaucrats both believe you can tell average voters anything you please and they’ll forget it before you come back up for reelection.

Second, gun owners are not “average voters.” Gun owners have memories like an elephant’s and carry great big chips on their shoulders from the other “fibs” you’ve told them in the past.

Third, and maybe most importantly, you can say you are whatever you want, but what you do will eventually show you for what you really are.

This wasn’t a sellout by the Bush administration.

The Bush administration is already history.

This was the bureaucratic machine pronouncing the time of death of the “W” presidency while simultaneously covering its own posterior at the expense of the Second Amendment. The amicus filing said- up front – that the Second Amendment was, really, about individual rights. But, a more contemporary reading of the Amendment might suggest that the bans on some guns in some areas by some groups was really OK.

It might not make sense to us, but it makes perfect sense to a bureaucrat. They survive via obfuscation - deliberate, willful actions are taken daily by bureaucrats to make the laws completely contradictory. After all, in an absolute world, there’s very little room for “a more contemporary reading” of anything. It either is; or it isn’t.

Bureaucrats don’t like that environment any more than bad breath likes Listerine.

And bureaucrats, like the monuments across the city, aren’t going anywhere. Politicians are a dime a dozen and are changed like sweaty sheets, something politicians are often familiar with. Bureaucrats, however, simply nod at their new “bosses” agreeing to whatever makes the latest crop of dunderheads happy. After all, they know that the politician is helpless without them and their seniority trumps the newest politician to hold down what they really consider “part time positions” inside THEIR government.


And why shouldn’t they feel that way? The politicians stop making genuine efforts to change Washington about 30 minutes into their new jobs. They’re blinded by their yes-men (and women), indebted to their contributors, and focused on raising more money from more contributors so they can stay around to enjoy more of the perks that come along with having jobs the founding fathers always intended to be short-term.

Jaded? Maybe. Cynical? Probably. But I have a surprise for the bureaucrats and the politicians….they’re fooling with a different group of voters when they screw gun owners just like they do everyone else.

We might not always be the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, but neither are all gun owners lacking prehensile digits and the ability to reason. In fact, we gun owners have a deep-seated value system, the ability (generally) to believe that “yes” or “no” or “wrong” or “right” aren’t variables depending on the political circumstance…and we can give a terrier a lesson in stubbornness.

We’ve always managed to keep our heads when everyone around us loses theirs. That’s why gun owners are always called upon when times get tough and sacrifices, sometimes ultimate ones, are needed.

The same politically correct weasels who vilify us in the good times come to us hat in hand when things get tough and rough measures are called for.

To our simultaneous credit and detriment, we keep bailing them out.

We can — temporarily — accept that there are political realities that require a level of compromise that we’re…uncomfortable…with, but that isn’t the be-all and end-all for us. Remember that value system I mentioned? We don’t just think guns are fun, or, as William Jefferson Clinton once noted, for duck hunting. At our core, we believe that guns are a necessity for the Republic…and we act accordingly.

And this single quality may be the downfall of the bureaucrat. After all, they know they can outlast their normal adversary- the politico. They also believe, wrongfully so, that they can simply wear down gun owners to the point we’ll eventually just give up, give in, and surrender our guns.

Here’s a classic American response to someone else who thought average Americans lacked the grit to, well, stick to their guns when it looked hopeless:

“Nuts.”
 

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I have been on a long, difficult mission, most of my adult life, to avoid being a cynic. Too bad Sig MADE me read that article. It's 100% cynical...

...and, unfortunately, 100% correct.
 
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