From the Opinion pages at the “Durham News & Observer”, Rob Schofield shares his Christmas Optimism:
“It’s gotten to the point at which the supposedly freest country in the world has become, in some horrifically depressing ways, a 300 million person prison.”
…We live in the free-est country on the planet. This guy has to get out more. A prison?! Really??
Liberals such as this guy, worst complainers on the planet. We could live in much worse places. Try anywhere in China, North Korea, or Syria. Raqqa, anyone? Get over the hysterics. Once again, taking personal liberty for granted…. . Or working to take that liberty away.
If you don’t like your prison Mr. Schofield, you’re free to go…. .
Then there’s this gem:
“Two decades ago, after their country experienced a horrific mass murder, the people of Australia enacted strong laws that greatly restricted gun purchases and put in place a gun buyback program that removed roughly one out of every five guns in the country from circulation. The country has had no mass murders since.”
Wrong. Maybe not any mass-murder on the scale of the Port Arthur killing, which is perhaps what he’s talking about – but there have been mass-shootings, mass-stabbings, arson attacks with scores killed at once, etc. In Australia and many other countries. And Australia does not have a 2nd Amendment. “But that Country had such liberal gun laws before Port Aurthur!” – no, no, they didn’t. Research much?
“▪ Public opinion – Despite the wealth and power of the gun lobby (the gun industry and its confused allies in the NRA and other such groups), Americans remain overwhelmingly in favor of stronger gun laws.”
What country is he talking about again? And what poll? And why are more and more people buying guns then? As in, buying them Right Now?
Even leftist liberal rags can vet their stats, and see that NCIS background checks are at an all-time-high. The Daily Kos even!
“▪ Changing demographics – Things do not figure to get any better for the gun absolutists in the years ahead. As the U.S. becomes a majority-minority and ever-more-urbanized nation, public opinion is sure to bend more and more toward support of sane regulation. Add to this the simple fact that, despite the mad paranoia of some Obama haters, overall gun ownership rates have been trending downward for some time (and the fact that young people and people of color tend to own fewer guns) and there is still more reason for optimism.”
Gun ownership trending downwards. Ummm…. . No. See #2, above. And “majority-minority-ever-more-urbanized.” What does that mean precisely? Of course, if we become, um, that phrase, public opinion is just Sure to Bend! Yeah!
“▪ Modern communications technology and shifting public attitudes toward violence – One of the most important and positive results of the explosion in the availability of smartphones and the video recordings they produce in recent years has been the widespread public revulsion it has generated toward several police shootings. The same is true of modern communications technology generally. Simply put: When people see the horror of murder in living color, they are sickened by it and demand action. This cannot be good for opponents of sane gun laws.”
Yes, because smart-phones prevent violence all by themselves. I venture to guess that the same recording technology can convince equal numbers, if not more, that they too need to take personal security more seriously… . Just a guess. When I see something terrible in living color
I’m thankful that I’m colorblind. Yay! – someone getting crushed by a piano, perhaps – I don’t automatically want to ban all pianos.
▪ Advancing weapons technology – Soon, technological advances will, absent sane regulations, make killing machines that would have once been imagined only in science fiction (machines that will make assault weapons seem quaint) readily available to the masses. Unless Americans want to embrace some kind of horrific, post-apocalyptic, Mad Max on steroids existence, this is clearly not a sustainable path for society.”
horrific killing machines guns kill all by themselves don’t they! Doesn’t seem very optimistic at all – a Max Max existence?!?! Where do I turn in my gun!!
Or maybe I shall keep my gun just in case the Auto-Bots run rampant with their killing machines…. . Hysteria.