3/8/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
Perhaps you have noticed the left’s unrelenting onslaught on 2nd Amendment rights since the latest mass murder in Parkland, Florida.
I don’t know about you, but I have more than enough in my own life to claim responsibility for — I do not accept an iota of culpability for the deranged actions of madmen.
Law-abiding gun owners are far from the problem, in fact, they play a necessary role in limiting the potential of future attacks. The left refuses to admit the reality — because to them, the problem is guns, NOT evil. They continue to obfuscate with faulty arguments that only serve to exacerbate the issue.
Their remedy is futile.
We need champions to articulate cogent solutions if we are going to continue to exercise our right to bear arms. It is imperative that freedom loving patriots effectively dismantle the illogical presuppositions of 2nd Amendment haters. A false presumption unchecked today becomes a premise for onerous legislation tomorrow. Let us address three red herrings that have come up recently in the debate over gun control.
Demonizing the NRA
The first and most egregious is that the NRA is nothing but a “death cult.” This notion spews out of the mouths of Hollywood haters and progressive panderers almost daily.
It is ironic that they preach about protecting the innocent from slaughter and yet practically all of them are abortion advocates.
Many have starred in roles that glorify rampant sex, illicit drug use, and massive violence. The Hollywood rape culture is thoroughly reprehensible. If progressives truly were concerned about women’s rights, they would view the NRA as a friend, not a foe.
Under the guise of choice, roughly 58-Million innocent lives have been snuffed out between 1973 and 2017 in this country. And progressives have the gall to lecture us about guns?
Maybe we should redirect the conversation to abortifacients, suction machines, forceps, scalpels, cannulas, and other crafty tools utilized to butcher the unborn. Abortion would be a logical place for us to start a dialogue if the issue was honestly about mass murder.
The truth is that the NRA offers invaluable training across the country.
Millions of members benefit from the knowledge provided and become more proactive, more proficient, safer citizens. The Left is always quick to talk about “gun violence;” their’s is a manipulative wordplay, meant to refocus attention from bad actors to inanimate objects.
Meanwhile, the NRA prides itself on training citizens to be wiser advocates of our 2nd Amendment heritage. They are at the apex of the gun rights movement and highly efficient. Hence the Left’s hypervigilance over sullying the character of a stalwart defender of liberty.
Fear-Mongering with “Assault Weapons”
The second fallacy championed by anti-gun progressives is that the AR-15 should be banned along with high capacity magazines. Proponents argue that the AR-15 is a high-powered military rifle with a large capacity for destruction. It should be banned from common use because there is no conceivable reason that average Americans need such a platform for violence.
In reality, the AR-15 is a less powerful rifle than those chambered in .308, or 30-06, which are typical hunting calibers. In general, the AR-15 is designed to fire .223/556mm rounds although it can be adapted for other calibers. It has less stopping power than other platforms. The .223 is considered a varmint round used for hunting small game.
The AR is a popular firearm because it is easy to handle, relatively inexpensive, and versatile. In truth, the AR-15 is the contemporary equivalent of the musket — “an everyday gun for everyday citizens.”
There are a variety of reasons why someone might choose to own the AR; such as target shooting, hunting, and home defense. The bottom line is personal preference. It is just another tool that can be as productive, or destructive as the user fashions it to be; effectiveness and lethality are dependent upon accuracy which largely comes from experience.
I attempt to demonstrate that very point in the video at the top of this story. The Left tries to paint the picture of Rambo with an assault weapon when talking about firearms like the AR-15. As you can see in the video, the reality is very different.
A ban on the AR-15 wouldn’t curtail mass murder according to James Alan Fox, one of the nation’s premier criminologists who teaches at Northeastern University.
Fox suggests that a ban would not accomplish much because evil is opportunistic. Between 1994 and 2004, the U.S. implemented a ban on “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. The ban failed to produce the desired outcome; there was “no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”
Given that the prevalence of murders committed using knives is five times higher than with rifles, one would expect the Left to be clamoring about curtailing the common use of cutlery.
I haven’t heard an argument to ban either one of them. And most likely you won’t, unless somehow progressive multiculturalists find a way to fit them into the narrative.
For now, beheadings are the radical “Muslim face of multiculturalism,” and as long as we embrace the celebration of diversity, we will continue to hear the progressive mantra: “Islam is a religion of peace.” Nothing to see here folks move along!
Racist Identity Politics
The third faulty premise being pushed lately is that white men with assault rifles are the root of the problem.
Funny that the anti-racist, anti-bigotry, celebrate inclusivity Lefties would put the blame on whites, when it is progressive policies that have allowed evil to fester.
By the way, how is their blameshift not racist?
Crime statistics highlight the nation’s hot zones for murder. I wonder why Lefties gloss over all of the facts regarding black on black murders taking place in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York City, and St. Louis?
Here’s a chilling statistic: “Chicago’s death toll from 2001–November 26, 2015, stood at 7,401. The combined total deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2015: 4,815) and Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan (2001-2015: 3,506), total 8,321”.
Many of these cities have stringent gun laws. And yet the violence continues.
Hundreds of blacks in cities across the country are being murdered, mostly by fellow blacks. Compare that with the data of mass murder in our schools, and the results pale in comparison. FBI crime statistics regarding murders in 2016 record that 6,095 offenders were black and 5,004 were white.
To add insult to injury, the Left is incessant with their refrain, “Black Lives Matter.” Yet, there is widespread support on the Left for aborting an overwhelming number of black babies; “over 330,000 deaths of unarmed black lives in the womb happen every year due to abortion brutality.” It is downright criminal what has been sanctioned by eugenicists in this country. Today, the Left continues to gush over the offerings of Planned Parenthood.
Their blatant racism is on display. It is despicable how they continue to get away with pure evil.
The Washington Times reports:
“Planned Parenthood is largely the reason why black babies are aborted in America three times more often than white babies, and Hispanic pre-borns are killed 1½ times more often than whites.”
J. Kenneth Blackwell addresses abortion statistics and the deception of the “Black Lives Matter” movement in a column for the Washington Times. Blackwell states that “the greatest danger to blacks is found precisely where we ought to be safest: in our mothers’ wombs. In 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 138,539 black babies were aborted…nearly one baby in three were killed in the womb in 2010.”
Real racists have no problem justifying genocide. That’s a topic for another day.
Red Herring vs. The Truth
The next time some Lefty offers up a red herring, clobber it with truth. Flip the table with a statement that inflicts cognitive dissonance like, “I am pro-choice — I believe every family should have the freedom to choose whether owning an AR-15 is right for them.”
Refuse to be pestered by progressive propagandists who purposefully bastardize the issues.
Facts are stubborn things (John Adams).
Lies only thrive in darkness. “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light” (Ephesians 5:13).
James Mosher is a husband, father, and patriot who appreciates the cost of freedom. He sees the storm clouds on the horizon and writes so that others may be prepared. If you would like to reach James about The Mosher Minutes, e-mail Maine First Media at; [email protected]