America has a new President. Donald J. Trump has yet to be inaugurated and Americans are already winning. Great jobs, great nominees, strong markets and other good news have rained down on us after a long drought of Jimmy Carter-like malaise. America’s mandate for Trump is well-founded.
Of course, the Left’s radicals are melting down. As are a few establishment Republicans. They find fault in nearly every move Trump’s made. They’ve driven America into the ditch for nearly three decades with their “expertise” and now they think we should value their insight?
Democrats have the fewest seats in the U.S. House in generations – since 1938 to be exact. In the Senate, the Republicans have a narrow majority, but the Democrats under Harry Reid abandoned precedent and greatly diminished the minority party’s power. Now that the Republicans are in the majority Democrats have few tools with which to hinder the Trump juggernaut and its mandate to “Make America Great Again”.
Which brings us to guns. President-Elect Trump has formed a Second Amendment Coalition and expressed full-throated support for gun rights. He’s one of us. It’s time for us to to seize the moment.
You may have heard the expression “battered conservative syndrome“. It’s time to get over it. Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Yet few on the left seem to have gotten the message from November’s election results. Radicals like Illinois State Senator Don Harmon want us to “compromise” with him to restrict gun rights.
Senator, we can compromise on the length of mandated minimum sentences for violent armed criminals. But compromise on fundamental Constitutional rights? With all due respect, go to hell, sir. People died to defend our God-given rights. We’re not going to trade them away for your empty pledge of security as part of yet another gun control scheme doomed to failure.
National reciprocity is just a starting point. We also need to press for national constitutional carry and see where we go. Take suppressors out of the National Firearms Act? Why not take everything else out as well? At the same time, let’s pack the Supreme Court with Scalia-like justices who recognize and appreciate the original intent in the Second Amendment – and the rest of the founding document.
Our opponents are going to screech their shrill, Chicken Little sky-is-falling caterwauls no matter what we do. We’re dealing with zealots, people like Tricia Bishop who wrote in The Baltimore Sun, “I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore than I am by those permitted gun owners.” Well, honey, clearly you aren’t thinking about any of this rationally.
I don’t know that we owe President-elect Donald Trump an “open mind,” as Hillary Clinton suggested in her speech to supporters Wednesday. He’s shown himself to be a thin-skinned, tax-dodging, deal-reneging, racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynistic bully with very little self control…
Bless her heart. Ms. Bishop spouts lefty all the talking points with the best of them. But if you asked for substance to back up her allegations that the new President is a tax-dodging racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic xenophobe, she would no doubt just get red-faced angry, sputter and stutter more gibberish.
There’s a reason snowflakes need “safe spaces,” places stocked with crayons, therapy dogs and Play-Doh. The only position she supports when it comes to guns is a path to confiscation. She relies on ad hominem attacks against our position and those who promote it as she can’t argue her side with any real facts or logic.
Why should we moderate our approach in deference to radical extremists like the Tricia Bishop and Don Harmons of the world? It’s time we quit acting like battered wives and stand up for ourselves. The means to our empowerment are in our hands. Let’s aim for the stars in terms of freedom and maybe settle for reaching the moon. For now, at least.