Gun Control – Where Were the Usual Actors?

Opinion by Dave Dolbee

Protest After Election
A major push for gun control, two weeks before a midterm election, would not help their gun control agenda—it seldom does anyway. However, in this case, it would incite gun owners—who vote Republican for the most part—and sent them to the election booth.

USA – -( A murderous rampage – there simply isn’t a better definition of what happened two weeks ago at Tree of Life Synagogue. The murderer and that is a key, and honest description—not the shooter as the media has tried to downplay him to—killed at least 11 worshipers and wounded six more, including four of the responding police officers intent on stopping the murderer.

Whenever one of these murders exploits the dangers posed by entering a gun-free zone, I become incensed. “Gun-free zone”… Doesn’t the term itself sound so falsely utopian? It conjures images of safe zones or areas of protection when reality proves to be precisely the opposite. It is much easier to conjure clever terms that promise protection than it is to deal with the fact that evil exists and feeds on weakness. Likewise, reality does not support the position of anti-gun politicians and media. While gun-free zones are merely red meat for these murderous cowards, I am straying from my actual point here.

Whenever one of these tragedies is perpetrated, there are typically three common threads—mental health, a soft target such as a gun-free zone, and a host of media and politicians with gun control agendas spewing their rhetoric.

(rhetoric: noun, language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content).

Not surprisingly, when I watched as the coverage of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting unfolded, and details were released, two of the three elements were predictably obvious. The murderer chose a soft target, the Tree of Life Synagogue—a gun-free zone. He also had a history of mental illness as identified by a previous interaction with law enforcement where he agreed to voluntarily commitment after a suicide attempt.

The third element to the gun control advocates’ response was conspicuously absent. Where was the outrage? Did you hear any of the usual calls to repeal the Second Amendment or ban AR-15s and high-capacity magazines? Did you hear or read any of these claims? The politicians were silent, and so was the media.

My first reaction was a bit of happiness. I thought, “The antis finally get it!” After mulling it over with a couple of coworkers, my hopes were quickly dashed as something much more insidious emerged.

The deafening silence of the antis was intentional and politically motived but in a much different way. A major push for gun control, less than two weeks before a midterm election, would not help their gun control agenda—it seldom does anyway. However, in this case, it would incite gun owners—who vote Republican for the most part—and sent them to the election booth.

The anti-gunners made a choice, and in doing so, they showed their true colors. These are not the social justice warriors they pretend to be. Repealing the Second Amendment or vilifying and outlawing standard-capacity magazines or their so-called “assault weapons” is not at the top of their agenda. Politics and political control are their real motivation. You might expect political games from the politicians, but let’s not forget that the media’s usual rally against our Second Amendment rights was also absent. This did not happen by accident. This is a coordinated act between the politicians and the media. Political motives sway politicians, but the media’s silence was due to nothing less than its reluctance to veer from the wishes of its political masters. All of the usual political talking heads and their media lapdogs were silent. In my opinion, that points to collusion.

The lack of a response from gun control politicians and the mainstream media also reveals that their assault on our Second Amendment rights is not so much an ideology as it is a political tool in their bag of tricks.

Their real goal is a rebuke of the pro-Second Amendment forces within the government. Today, President Trump and the Republicans, with a few exceptions on both sides, lead those forces.

Following that path of logic, you can see why the anti-gunners did not haul out their tired and overplayed gun control arguments. That is why the media was conspicuously silent and failed to tout “common sense” gun control during its Pittsburgh coverage. It is not that they have suddenly come to the actual common-sense realization that gun-free zones breed environments for tragedies such as the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue. It is merely a play against the Second Amendment via political gamesmanship but in a much smarter way.

Think of a political scale with the Second Amendment on one side and gun control on the other. After a high-profile event such as Pittsburgh, the anti-gunners typically do not attempt to place a thumb on the scale; they send Diane Feinstein or Chuck Schumer out to jump on it with both feet. This is overt and obvious.

This time, they are playing a different political card—one that is much more dangerous. The anti-gunners are unanimously silent, placing an invisible thumb on the pro-Second Amendment forces’ side of the scale. This certainly is not done to help our cause. Instead, it is to suppress our urge to rally and vote against anti-gun candidates. They are not giving up their attack on our Second Amendment rights—they are outflanking us.

Absent are the overt calls for gun control and banning particular firearms or accessories. That would have encouraged you, me, other gun owners to vote. This plays into the long-term strategy of the anti-gunners. Instead, they want us to feel confident and secure, so secure by a lack of reaction that we do not vote. That way, a path for Democrats to win a house of Congress, Governor’s races, Senatorial, and House seats, and state and local elections would be easier.

In truth, their silence is as much of a referendum against President Trump and his policies, including his staunch, pro-gun stance, as anything. Before I draw the anger of too many of my brothers and sisters who support and fight for Second Amendment rights, President Trump is not on the ballot; there is no hidden agenda in this writing to support him. However, regardless of party affiliation, his record on our Second Amendment rights is clear, as clear as the support from most Republicans and opposition from most Democrats.

Let your conscience be your guide, but if you still have any doubts, look to more than what you see and hear from the mainstream media. Pay attention to what you expect, but do not hear. Look for what is conspicuously absent, such as the anti-gunners exploitation of tragedies and high-profile shootings for political purposes—and question why. Watch for the flanking maneuver and vote every chance you get.

I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. I do not care whether you vote Red or Blue. Hey! Vote Green if that is what moves you. For me, it is only important that you vote pro-gun. However, in today’s political environment, the Republicans as a whole have shown the strongest support for our Second Amendment rights and that is worthy of being noted. However, as I earlier noted, there are exceptions on both sides.

Dave Dolbee
Dave Dolbee

About Dave Dolbee

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegheny region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting and firearms at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s, increasing his love for the shooting sports.

During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police Journal, Archery Business, SHOT Business, Tactical World, Tactical Training, Gun World, World of Fire Power, Military Surplus Firearms, Concealed Carry, Cheaper Than Dirt!’s The Shooter’s Log, K-Var’s The Armory, and many more.

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So now this. A good guy with a gun, gets killed by police. I guess you can’t win. I guess he needed to be white, to be safe.


Well thought out article.
Once they have taken over the House, we will again begin to see anti-2A sentiments.
Gird the loins.

M Miller

Its not just the US, its everywhere in the world, and its only going to get worse I’m afraid! The society we as the world live in now! Things are changing very rapidly, and not for the good! There are more seriously mentally I’ll people than there used to be , and so on! And most slip through the cracks and can get a gun! And then there’s criminals who don’t care if they can’t have a gun, but do! So what’s the answer?

Timothy Votaw

It is no longer “IF”; it is “when”. The radicals have blinders on, and simply will not accept facts, truth, or reason, rather will choose to replace them with dogma and sbeeplike adherence to lies and propaganda. I see no other way to eliminate such a pox on our nation as a land of laws and responsibility, than to, well, ‘eliminate’ it. Or, we will be forced to face off against one another in what can be no other than a civil war. So sad, so foolish, but what do people do who are pushed literally into a corner by… Read more »

L.L. Smith

Anyone that thinks we can reason with killers, in congress or in the populace, is seriously deficient n common sense. The answer is a good guy with the best gun they can afford. The biggest most deadly is strictly preferred. Any gun owner that votes for a liberal of either party does not deserve to own a gun of any kind. What do we expect when we remove God from our society? If we don’t have spiritual revival we will eventually have another revolution. If you are an atheist please don’t waste my time with an answer. I’ve heard it… Read more »


They stopped the gun control rhetoric until the elections and the next day they started back up again. God help us, with the Demonrats and the Globalist Media idiots. I hope every conservative that sat on their backside and did not vote, feels the painful sting we deserve for being complacent and losing the House and get out and vote next time. #AllHands #WalkAway


The author is giving the liberals a real broad ability of thinking and I’m not sure they are capable of that. Yes it is true that they didn’t get all up in arms about banning guns but I am not sure they think deeply enough to relate it to the midterms.
It is possible they dislike Jews enough to keep their mouth shut but then again, most Jews are democrats. It is thought provoking why they didn’t have a tizzy over this.

Charles Moore

Another reason for the silence from the left and the media (but I repeat myself) is that the victims were Jews, whom they love to hate. They quietly (for the most part) wish for the extermination of the Jews from their homeland (and in the U.S., where they claim that they interfere in almost everything) in order to give it back to the “Palestinians” as their rightful homeland. None of their claims are true, of course, and the people of Israel have a perfect right to their homeland and to strike back when they are attacked without provocation.


I would suggest that you watch the short clip “The Easiest Targets”, put out by “IfAmericansKnew.Org”. And you might want to bone up on who “The Khazars” are. You might change your mind as to who does the provoking, and who the rightful owners are. Once upon a time, there was an Intelligence Asset who was brainwashed into thinking just like you do now. His name was Joe Cortina. He was sent to Israhell in the course of his duties, and had his eyes opened to the reality. He explains it all in his blog titled “MyNameIsJoeCortina”. And then there… Read more »

Philip Conrad

It would seem the conflict between pro guns/ no guns groups will soon will reach the boil over point- for the same reason slavery caused the Civil War. Neither side is prepared to make consessions, so violence may be the outcome. Sensible people hope and pray this does not happen. As the Bible says, a nation divided against itself cannot endure. But if reasonable mindsets are discarded by our politicians, those who hold the words of our Constitution irrevocable and immutable must stand fast against them. A storm is approaching. With it undoubtably will come those who wish to change… Read more »

Timothy Votaw

Agreed. It is no longer “IF”; it is “when”. The radicals have blinders on, and simply will not accept facts, truth, or reason, rather will choose to replace them with dogma and sbeeplike adherence to lies and propaganda. I see no other way to eliminate such a pox on our nation as a land of laws and responsibility, than to, well, ‘eliminate’ it. Or, we will be forced to face off against one another in what can be no other than a civil war. So sad, so foolish, but what do people do who are pushed literally into a corner… Read more »


The Second Amendment will always be on the chopping block
for liberal democrats. The fact that they were silent before an election should be ample cause to turn out the vote against them. However the facts seem to point out three possible things: 1. We are out numbered. 2. We don’t care or 3. The system is rigged.
I just don’t get Liberal Democrats, more government, higher taxes, fewer rights. It just doesn’t add up.


It “adds up” to insanity.

rich z

Put the anti-gun people (mostly DEMO’s) in a gun free zone and tell them NO ARMED GUARDS will be allowed in . Just see how fast they scream.

Roy D.

Elections have consequences.

Wild Bill

@Roy D, And old lady, libtard, Supreme Court Justices that have fallen and broke three ribs have consequences, too! This just in: ” Eighty-five-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the Supreme Court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday. The court’s oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday … She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.” Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. She broke two… Read more »


And give this some thought…Ginsberg croaks…take Kavanaugh and multiply the liberal response by 10…very well could be the spark that burns this country to the ground.

Mark Z

I pray she recovers, I have no ill will to anyone! But I agree that when it comes time to replace her, it will be a huge conflict that may result in violence if any short of a leftist/liberal is appointed, not a likely occurrence if it happens during the Trump Administration. I am not looking forward to that fight.


????? Are you kidding me? “If any leftist/liberal is appointed”. Were you not paying attention during the Kavanaugh appointment? Ginsberg is ALREADY a liberal leftist, replacing her in kind isn’t going to change a damn thing on the SC. But replacing her with another Trump appointment ..that’ll tip the SC completely to the right and you and your liberal friends will be rioting in the streets.


Very thoughtful insight, thanks!

Jim Dowdell

Sadly, over and over we see when a bad guy with a gun (wolf) wreaks death and destruction upon the unarmed (sheep) there are no good guys with guns (shepherds) to be found. Most of the sheep either freeze in place or run away. Can any military or law enforcement veteran (shepherds) imagine what would likely happen if one of these wolves attempted to assault a gathering of military or law enforcement veterans (shepherds)? Even if the shepherds were unarmed, I would bet the wolf would face a violent counter response from the shepherds. As a society, if we are… Read more »


Perhaps, we ought to at least begin training in compassion, understanding and not de-humanize human beings by labeling members of our communities into three simple categories of “Wolf, Sheep and Shepherds”? Perhaps a little more compassion and understanding is needed. I like to shoot, but enough is enough. This is not as simple as US v’s THEM. We all have to live here in this country together, people shouldn’t have to live in fear and be packing heat during every single moment of their lives to feel safe. There should be some mutual respect and understanding, so perhaps our efforts… Read more »


Oh how soft and fuzzy and liberal you sound……. you have taken a sort of parable and recast it into a hard-and-fast one dimensional slam. It comes down to one of two options: Option One, I, as an individual citizen, have the right to DEFEND MY own life wherever I am, whenever I am there, and with whatever means I decide is appropriate given the circumstances or: OptioinTwo, I am fully at the risk and mercy of others who will: One, dictate to me the extent to which I can act to defend my life, and/or Two, undertake on my… Read more »


Do you think there is space for a socialist -like baseline? So that people who are disenfranchised perhaps through circumstances i.e. wife suddenly dies, kid gets cancer and you have to take months- years off work to be in hospital with then. If we had a system that at least stopped people from falling lower (not into poverty, homelessness etc) give them access to healthcare, then on the other end we work the capitalist model of make as much money as you want, have the guns that you want as long as you can tick off being mentally sane? If… Read more »


how right you are. well said.


You say that data doesn’t matter to prevent, well kind of. Data helps us see the pattern of behavior, and trends. America has had a love affair with guns from the beginning, we continue to amass more weapons than ever before. SO we have MORE guns, but are we safer? What does the data say. Its a really interesting infographic based on data of all the shooting, you can see who the shooters are, who the victims are…. I guess my point is, the definition of INSANITY is doing the same thing and expecting different results. We’ve been doing the… Read more »


Indeed, if we look at just “mass shootings” (which BTW are extremely rare occurrences to begin with despite what the media would have you believe) probably have increased, but that’s not the whole story when it comes to safety. There are other crimes and as the number of guns have increased, the overall crime rate in most places has been decreasing. I carry a firearm and a can of pepper spray on me because I am far more likely to get mugged or assaulted or raped than I am to stumble upon a mass shooting. The Utopia you would like,… Read more »


@Herb, I am surprised to hear you worry about being raped.

I never said I want a utopia of hugs and high fives for nice people. FFS we have more legislation around women’s reproductive parts, than we do around firearm ownership and use of weapons.

I’m just asking for a little more level playing field.


The hell this isn’t “as simple as US vs THEM” !! The disrespect and misunderstanding and failure to communicate… comes directly and solely from the liberal Left – which flatly refuses to (in any way) “agree to disagree.” Finding a “workable solution” requires honest and accurate communication and negotiation – which Leftists again flatly refuse. The liberal Left – and certainly its political leadership – are flatly demanding (without any alternative) that this country MUST be changed from its current existence as a constitutional republic to a socialist regime. Nothing else will satisfy them. They refuse to negotiate that. Problematically,… Read more »

Wild Bill

@Raven, You are talking about Christianity and what the churches used to teach. That is no longer allowed. Pick something other than compassion training, understanding for others, and mutual respect. Then rewrite your appeal.

M Miller

We see gun control in action, Cali, toughest gun laws on the books and 11 killed, including 1officer multiple wounded! One man, no AR-15 surprise, surprise! It is a bad deal ,but if a good guy or gal with a ccw armed, could of stopped it or limited casualties? But I don’t even no if you can get a ccw, handgun semi auto, or even ammo in Cali?

Roy D.

The Sheriff said that there were five or six off duty officers working security and he said that none of them were carrying a gun. That is criminal as far as I am concerned. I carry everywhere I go unless I must pass through a metal detector. Ask yourself, how many sporting events, shows, special events, etc have you gone to where it is clear that most of the “security” people are not carrying a gun. Radios yes, guns no. Screw that.

Mark Zanghetti

Apparently in California even off duty police officers are encouraged NOT TO CARRY! That is insane to me! Or have I misunderstood the media reports and the News Conference given by the Sheriff? I find it nonsensical that an off duty police officer or sheriff’s deputy is encouraged to be unarmed. The State Of California has truly gone nuts if this is true, but that is the impression I got from listening to the Sheriff answering questions this morning.

Robert J. Lucas

Gun Control=Extermination!


well put


Extermination of who? what?

Robert J. Lucas

@Raven Really? Are you kidding? Let us quote some pass history of Authored comments; 2ND AMENDMENTARTICLESBIG BROTHERGUN CONTROLHISTORYPOLITICSUS NEWS Gun Control Dictator Style – Tyrants Who Banned Firearms Before Slaughtering the People BRADLEE DEAN — JANUARY 8, 2013 “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.” – Mao Tze Tung, Nov 6, 1938 How ironic that those who are calling for gun control are those who want the guns, so they can have the control. It is of… Read more »