“Hope” Pushes for Infringement he can Pass, Unrelated to VA Murders

By Dean Weingarten

Virginia State Delegate Patrick A Hope
Virginia State Delegate Patrick A Hope
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-  Virginia Democrat Patrick A. Hope boasts that he is using the Virgina incident to push for universal background checks (UBC), a precursor to gun registration, not because it would have prevented the crime, but because it is the gun control he can pass.

Patrick Hope is a Virginia Democrat Assembly member.

From usatoday.com:

“I chose background checks, not because it would have prevented (the Virginia shooting) but because this would be easiest to pass,” Hope said. “We will not be able to prevent every single incident. We need to do something.”

The irrationality of the position was not lost on the commenters.  Todd Lewis wrote this:

Paraphrased: I propose this-or-that law not because it's any sort of realistic or probable solution to the situation I'm disingenuously using as a springboard, but instead, because the polls indicate it's the gun control legislation that we have the best chance of getting passed and I am willing to climb atop bloody bodies and tout this plan as long as I get what I want… control.

It is this sort of cogent comment that changes the minds of people who have an open mind.  Each time an emotional incident is used to push for more infringements on the Second Amendment, more people pay attention and educate themselves about the issues.  The more that people educate themselves, the more become Second Amendment supporters.  It is why a majority of people in the United States now say that protecting the right to keep and bear arms is more important than passing laws restricting that right.  From Pew:

Poll Pew Survey Gun Control vs GunRights
Poll Pew Survey Gun Control vs GunRights

The pattern has been repeated with each major push for infringements on the Second Amendment. It goes like this:

  • 1. The media decide to use an incident to promote infringements on the Second Amendment. This is usually spearheaded by the New York Times, AP, and The Washington Post.
  • 2. Initial emotional support for the disingenuously named legislation quickly peaks, as ignorance of the actual legislation is highest.
  • 3. People start educating themselves about the issues involved. Not all do this, but a significant number do.
  • 4. The emotion subsides, and most of those who educated themselves become Second Amendment supporters.
  • 5. The ratchet has now moved the percentage of Second Amendment supporters to a higher level.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Anson E. Long
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Anson E. Long

Every time I see “universal background checks,” I think: “Universal term limits.”

John Skiles
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John Skiles

Just a little reminder … criminals, by definition, do NOT obey the law – any law! So this “new” law is just for those of us who do obey the law. We will all then be felons. Just more liberal stupidity!

Rich
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Rich

Deceptive Transformation: The Truth of Soviet Influence in America and Gun Control.. The idea of using mental health as a weapon against the people is communist in origin, and the social sciences, or the studying of human behavior has its roots in early twentieth century Russia when Ivan Pavlov developed his “classical conditioning” theories. In fact, Pavlov was disturbed that Vladimir Lenin would use these conditioning methods against the people in order to get them to accept communism. Since that time the social sciences have been used as a means of maintaining control over populations and getting them to accept… Read more »

Herb
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Herb

We have to do something, even when we know it won’t work – like more legislation. Isn’t it already against the law to murder? Isn’t it already against the law to threaten people, brandish firearms, recklessly endanger people, etc? If these laws don’t work, why would passing more laws work? But, do something, but nothing effective like encouraging people to be responsible for their own safety and carry a firearm if they so choose. Who is first available to stop a shooting crime – the victim, witness or police? By the time the police arrive, in most cases, most of… Read more »

TyrannyOfEvilMen
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TyrannyOfEvilMen

This joker is so stupid he needs is own theme song. How about that old Dragnet theme:

(D)umb da (D)umb (D)umb …
(D)umb da (D)umb (D)umb (D)UUUUMB!

Mals
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Mals

Saying “We need to do something” is just as dumb as saying “We”ve always done it this way.”

ChicagoGuy
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ChicagoGuy

Mr. Hope should hire NRA contract lobbyist for IL Todd Vandermyde to write the background check legislation for him. Here’s the universal background check language from Rep. Brandon Phelps “NRA backed” HB183 carry bill:
“a waiver of the applicant’s privacy and confidentiality rights and privileges under ALL federal and state laws…”
Plus of course the addition of Duty to Inform w/ criminal penalties of 6 MONTHS or 1 YEAR in jail, so police criminals and police impersonators can set up and kill armed citizens with legal cover.
How much do Chris Cox & Chuck Cunningham pay Vandermyde for selling out their members?

TEX
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TEX

Chicago is a great place for you to be. You’re an idiot !