In his first statement following the shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, former President Obama has come forward with an aggressive plan for Democrats: Do more, and consider passing gun confiscation laws.
His response came in a Tweet, where the former President seems to blame President Donald Trump for the shooting in El Paso, regurgitating the same talking points that CNN has been spewing since the moment the shooting occurred. Not only that, but Obama seems to insinuate the the United States, which elected him, a black man, as President, is white supremacist, stating that the shooter acted to “preserve white supremacy.”
Until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening: https://t.co/reTnmcg3xo
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 5, 2019
But while his statement isn’t all that surprising. It is the article he posted in response that should really raise some eyebrows.
Obama posted an article from the far-left website Vox, where an author gives some suggestions to “stop gun violence.” The article claims that Democrats should go further than they currently are with their proposals, citing ideas like “universal background checks,” and “assault weapons bans” as not being enough.
Instead, the author says that Democrats should go all-out, citing the gun confiscation plan of former Presidential candidate Eric Swalwell as an example.
The Vox article reads:
“To change the status quo, Democrats should go big. They need to focus on the abundance of guns in the US and develop a suite of policies that directly tackle that issue, from licensing to confiscation to more aggressive bans of certain kinds of firearms (including, perhaps, all semiautomatic weapons or at least some types of handguns).”
While that drivel is unsurprising when coming from the “intellectual elites” at Vox. It is surprising that it is being shared approvingly by a former President, and especially from Obama, who still has a significant role in the Democrat Party.
But it isn’t very surprising that Democrats are wanting to go big on the issue. Instead of taking a hard-line issue in support of the Second Amendment, President Trump continues to waffle on the issue, supporting many of the gun control proposals that leading gun-rights activists have been warning about for years.
In a press conference following the shooting, Trump called for “universal background checks,” and “red flag” gun confiscation orders.
As Big League Politics‘ own Jose Nino explains, his proposals would have done nothing to stop the shooting in El Paso.
But what Trump’s calls for gun control, even what some would call minor gun control, does is give Democrats more ground in what is truly a war for the Second Amendment in the United States.
If President Trump wants to make a real difference in preventing mass shootings. He should considering removing gun free zones, considering that 98% of mass shootings occur in gun free zones, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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