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Assault on America, Day 49: Petrified Pelosi threatens ‘national emergency’ on gun violence

One Year Later
It passed in the night like so many anniversaries, that being the one-year mark since the awful school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where then nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz murdered seventeen students and teachers on Valentine’s Day, 2018.

In the immediate aftermath of the tragic events opportunistic local glory-seekers (such as David Hogg) and liberal national politicians used the public’s heightened awareness of mass murder perpetrated by unbalanced individuals employing firearms to demand greater restrictions on gun purchases by law abiding citizens under our Constitution. They were partially successful in Florida, where then-Governor (and now Senator) Rick Scott signed into law a bill raising the minimum purchase age from 18 to 21 in the state.

Not content to limit the rolling back of rights to the local level, congressional Democrats are now hoping to use their new House majority to pass national firearms laws. Lydia Wheeler and Mike Lillis reported at The Hill, “Democrats are charging ahead in hopes of pressuring GOP leaders on an issue that has overwhelming public support and is sure to gain prominence as the 2020 presidential cycle picks up steam.

“The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday night advanced a bill, H.R. 8, requiring background checks on all firearm sales, over the objections of Republicans.

“Supporters say universal screenings are a commonsense safeguard for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Critics argue they would infringe on Second Amendment rights without improving public safety.”

Sounds simple. Who in their right mind would oppose efforts from our duly elected representatives to keep people from getting shot?

Never let a good crisis go to waste if you’re a Democrat, right? The Hill reporters indicated Democrats have a long list of gun grabbing proposals on their legislative wish lists, starting with the background checks measure which would appear to enjoy widespread public support. Naturally the gun control proponents paint anyone who’s against their causes as tacitly looking the other way at bullet-riddled kids and teachers, their hands stained with the next round of victims’ blood as though the crime was already preordained.

Republicans aren’t against acting on the issue -- they just feel the emphasis is in the wrong area. Instead of curtailing a sacred, God-given right to self-defense (through the reasonable availability of firearms), why doesn’t the government focus on identifying and apprehending the would-be perpetrators before they act? In Cruz’s case there were ample warning signs, including crystal-clear social media statements from the killer himself, that he was on the brink of committing a heinous act.

Nothing was done. Cruz simply carried out what he’d repeatedly suggested he’d do -- and the liberal Democrat local authorities refused to take responsibility, including the School Resource Officer on scene that day. Instead of rushing into the building and using his training to neutralize or take Cruz out, Scot Peterson remained outside in the “ready” position where he could save his own skin but no one else’s, a dereliction of duty that’s earned him a well-deserved designation as a coward.

The shooting went on for six minutes that day, which must’ve felt like six hours to the people inside the building. A subsequent investigation revealed several students and teachers died protecting and shielding others, true heroes who didn’t live to tell their tales.

Now Democrats see the chance to use the oversized Parkland body count to score further political points and vow to use the issue in the 2020 election (as though they don’t try to stir up anti-gun panic in every campaign). Snot-nosed anti-Second Amendment spokesman David Hogg was quoted last week as saying, “I don’t think congressmen are realizing what they have coming. Like, seriously, they do not realize.”

Hogg’s “threat” in this sense applies to generation-wide retribution at the ballot box, but it doesn’t take a leap of logic to suggest young voters are already conditioned to favor the Democrats’ agenda. With “safe spaces” and psychological counseling made available after Donald Trump’s election these pampered waifs are brainwashed into thinking “climate change” is an immediate threat and the Green New Deal is the wave of the future.

Why would gun rights and the Second Amendment be any different? As typified by Hogg himself, the youths don’t listen to or consider the other side of the argument much less examine objective numbers which prove so-called “gun free” zones constitute open season target fields for would-be assassins.

The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is for a good guy with a gun to be present and willing to risk his life to save others. Rather than concentrate on gun purchase restrictive laws which only burden law-abiding citizens, why not appropriate money for more armed law enforcement personnel and train teachers to address an incident in its early stages?

This not only would serve to reduce the number of victims in a shooting but would also act as a deterrent against the next Nikolas Cruz attempting a massacre in the first place. There’s a reason why criminals don’t try shooting-up police stations -- they realize they won’t get far when a bunch of guns are pointed in their own direction.

But constitutional rights-protecting new laws involve too much common sense for the intransigent Democrat crowd. In reaction to President Trump’s decision to pronounce a national emergency along the southern border Nancy Pelosi cautioned the next Democrat president may offer a similar declaration on “gun violence.” Mike Lillis reported at The Hill, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday issued a warning to Republicans poised to support President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border: the next Democratic president, she said, could do the same on guns.

“’A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well,’ Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. ‘So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.’

“… She argued that the real national emergency is not illegal border crossings, but gun violence in the U.S.”

Actually, many conservatives and Republicans might welcome a national “conversation” on guns that such a declaration would engender, simply because we know the facts are on our side. Trump has repeatedly made the case for a border wall citing impartial statistic after impartial statistic while Democrats coldly refused to allow him to use his presidential powers to protect American citizens from measurable harm done from an inadequately guarded border.

Besides, how would Democrats argue for a “national” gun violence epidemic? The problem is largely confined to large densely populated cities ruled by Democrat politicians and suffering under already overly restrictive gun laws.

Similarly, how would Democrats assert “climate change” constitutes a national emergency? Or “income inequality”? Or “lack of access to healthcare”?

Pelosi advanced an “if you can do it I can do it” baseless argument against Trump employing what many consider his final option to get the wall built. Fair enough. American politics has devolved to the point where such tit-for-tat posturing is the norm. Trump tried convincing Democrats to appropriate money for a wall, which not too long ago most of them agreed was necessary (and said so on the record). If Democrats want to drag it into the courts, bring it on.

Needless to say, the GOP establishment was no help. The budget “compromise” bill they sent to Trump was a travesty of omissions and outright betrayals. Trump had to declare an emergency.

Democrats don’t need to advocate for taking away Americans’ gun rights but they do it anyway. Whether it’s for political considerations or just a plain “we’ve got to do something” sense of urgency, Democrats are on the wrong side of history with this issue. Who will stop them?

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