Republicans Need to Be Reminded Where Surrendering on Guns Leads

How about you be #ConstitutionStrong instead? Ohio Lt. Gov. Husted, Gov. DeWine and wife mug for the camera while offering up disarmament edicts that won’t do anything but disenfranchise the people who put them in office. (Mike DeWine/Facebook photo)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Ohio Attorney General says more than 100 people deemed mentally unfit have concealed carry permits,” ABC’s News 5 Cleveland reported Saturday. “To decrease gun violence, Attorney General Yost said officials need to start enforcing the laws that already exist.”

Further down in the piece we’re told: “Yost said more than one hundred people who were ruled incompetent might still have their concealed carry permits.”

“Might” adds a very different perspective on things.  It’s hardly a legal standard to justify gun confiscation, which is where you know demands over this will ultimately lead, whether admitted to or not.

First of all, how do they prove beyond a reasonable doubt such people are too dangerous to have a permit? All 100 of them? If they are, what “good” does revoking a permit do without seizing guns? They know who has them, of course, thanks in large part to the Faustian bargain of “permitting” rights. What “good” does taking the guns do anyway when a person determined to be a danger to himself and others is not kept physically separated from those deemed at risk?

But that would mean full due process would be required. Why go through an expensive effort you might otherwise lose when you can just issue edicts assigning yourself the power to bypass rights? The object here is not to protect us from those who are threats, it’s to remove one of the weapon options they might choose, assuming others aren’t available and that prohibited persons are incapable of obtaining guns.

Such assumptions lead to people being killed.

It’s also a disappointment to hear the Ohio AG, who has been pretty good on guns, call for enforcing existing Intolerable Acts, which is what “enforce existing gun laws” really means. In light of “shall not be infringed,  that is the last thing gun owner rights supporter should be calling for and that’s what Yost, endorsed by NRA and state gun groups, has presented himself as.

“It’s still unclear who was supposed to be following up to make sure those permits were revoked, but according to an agreement signed Friday, the Ohio Department of Public Safety will now be responsible for those checks,” News 5 continues. “Governor Mike DeWine has already proposed a 17-point plan to address gun violence—one of them is a red flag law.”

DeWine, formerly endorsed by the Brady Campaign and then by NRA, caving and betraying when the going gets tough, should surprise absolutely no one who has watched this principle-shifting creature of political opportunity slither into office over the years—as I have. And the other Republicans must be noticing that there is very little desperate, “lesser of two evils”-voters won’t swallow. Otherwise, gun owners would be melting down the switchboards when Lt. Gov. John Husted makes absurd claims about “red flag laws” like:

“It's not seizing somebody's property without due process. That was the stick, that was the issue that couldn't get resolved in the past. We've worked with voices across the broad array of concerned, we believe we have those sorted out.”

Flesh that out for us, Mr. Lt. Gov. Because some of us don't believe that.

“[T]hey’re all fundamentally flawed,” California attorney Donald Kilmer warns, relating how the “law” has been abused there and the burdens it places on the innocent. “The enforcement problems with gun-grabbing ‘red flag’ laws are even worse than you think.”

What every one of the “top” Republicans—not just in Ohio but  lining up to cave and betray core constituents throughout the land—keep failing to address are the “baby steps” leading to the bottom of Nancy Pelosi’s “slippery slope.” Anyone who maintains you can throw a scrap of flesh to a pack of hungry jackals and it won’t encourage them to circle in closer for more is a liar, a fool or both.

Who thinks, once in place throughout the land, that those in power won’t throw “red flags” for other reasons, that is, to maintain their monopoly of violence?

“Bernie Sanders says ‘We will go to war against white nationalism and racism',” WND.com reports. Don’t assume hyperbole. If they’re going to go to war, they don’t want those they attack to be able to fight back. The only “weapons of war” they want “on the streets” are theirs.

“Kamala Harris is proposing a new kind of ‘red flag' law to take guns away from racists,” The Blaze adds. And guess who gets to determine who those are, and what level of “due process” they’ll be afforded.

This is what we’re up against and what Republicans dumb or corrupt enough to think they can make concessions and still not be smeared as uncompromising pawns of the “gun lobby”  need to have screamed in their faces.

How about if instead of folding, those we entrusted with power use their positions of privilege and influence to explain to the public what the right to keep and bear arms is about? How about if they use their bully pulpits to explain why it’s of paramount importance, and how those who want to swindle that right away from them are liars with an agenda to control all that will stop at nothing to disarm them?


About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Rock
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Rock

That is a FACT !

Mack
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Mack

Having Donald Kilmer testify before the Virginia Crime Commission would have been very helpful.

TexDad
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TexDad

But what about tactics and strategy? What would Harold say if we didn’t give in to our oppressors, ya know, here and there?

Mark 2nd
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Mark 2nd

I know this comment will probably have repercussions. The fact of the matter is, we can’t vote this away this time. We can’t regain our rights by voting anymore, the deck is stacked against us. We’re at the point our ancestors were immediately preceding the Revolutionary War. I don’t at this point see any recourse but open warfare. This has become Germany right before the Nazi takeover. I see many of you still have faith in our voting system. Well for every little win we garner we lose three. This time, IMHO, we fight or we lose everything. Make no… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Mark2nd, Oh yeah, you are so right. You can be the leader of the rebellion. We’ll have formation at your house, then lunch. How many brigades to you think that you can support?

Mark 2nd
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Mark 2nd

You have the outlook of a defeatist Wild Bill. I belong to a militia and we are very well prepared. If and when it happens I’ll be in it all the way. Where will you be, under your mama’s bed? When you take on a defeatist attitude you’ve already lost. I’ve seen this attitude from you before, and I’ve seen it from a few others. None of you are willing to fight for anything. You’re worse than useless. Freedom isn’t free. Some of us will die. Some will be crippled for life. I’d rather be dead than a slave to… Read more »

grifhunter
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grifhunter

No bigger enemy of 2nd Amendment rights than the militia fantasy boys. Ya’all spend no time and no money fighting politically for our rights. You sit back and hoard guns and ammo, and spend NO TIME stuffing ballots, running for office, donating to PACS, making calls, visiting politicians, writing to editors of major newspapers, and/or donate sums of substance financially, all because, at some point, you are going to be shooting to get your rights back. The “we’re the militia” is the ULTIMATE in defeatist attitudes. The founders left you with the means to make change in a democratic republic.… Read more »

Mark 2nd
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Mark 2nd

And you are chock full of crap. You don’t know beans from owl shit about us. Everything you say we don’t do we do constantly, including letters to the President. Keep your lying rhetoric to yourself. You sound exactly like a cowardly little commie antifa troll. By the way moron, we were never meant to have a “democratic” republic. We have a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. You are most definitely a coward. You can’t envision actually having to fight for your freedom. If our nation was made up entirely of worthless pansies like you we would have been communist many years ago.

Firewagon
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Firewagon

“….more than 100 people deemed mentally unfit….” Roger that, exactly who/whom is doing the “deeming?” My neighbor probably would report me as “mentally unfit,” which would bring the gendarmes to collect my stash of firearms under that ridiculous “Red Flag” stupidity! Guess what happens then?

tomcat
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tomcat

Wow, they even had t shirts printed and big banners. Where is the remorse for those who died at the hands of a antifa punk. This Dewine guy looks like he is strictly all for me and none for thee type. Maybe even some small man’s syndrome. Anyway, it is happening step by step with the eventual goal of taking our guns. That only shows how small minded they really are, they can’t confiscate all the guns in this country and keep black market and ghost guns out. It is a losing proposition. If they would just leave the honest… Read more »

nrringlee
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nrringlee

The Republican Party is a progressive party. Conservatives and libertarians not welcome. How hard is this to grasp? You have more in your face evidence every day.

Ryben Flynn
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Ryben Flynn

“But that would mean full due process would be required. Why go through an expensive effort you might otherwise loose when you can just issue edicts assigning yourself the power to bypass rights?” LOSE

How can so many people confuse “loose” and “lose”?
Is half the population illiterate? I see it here, on YouTube, on Breitbart, on social media and even with Disqus. Do they not teach English in school anymore? Spelling? Grammar? The difference between sound-alike words?
Sorry. Rant Over.

Tionico
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Tionico

lazy people using speech to text, or leaving spelchek turned on, or just too lazy to learn in the first place. You DO realise, of course, that the major root of the kind of thinking (or lack thereof) showcased in this piece is the same root as the dearth lf language skills you point out: two generations of publically funded “education” passed off as necessary and wonderful when it is neither. Children are surrendered to those institutions of reprogramming to be retrained in the “modern way”, not to be educated. Those with the strings in their hands desire useful idiots,… Read more »

Neanderthal75
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Neanderthal75

I noticed a number of errors in your reply, may I therefore presume that you are a rank idiot, because you made those errors and did not correct them before posting?

Am I to understand that you are some kind of mindless public education twit for not going back and editing your Post after the fact?

Those in Glass Houses should not Chuck stones!

Neanderthal75
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Neanderthal75

Really?

That is what you got out of the entire article that David wrote?

One word out of the entire article is beyond the pale for you?

So nice to know that there is a 100% perfect, never makes a mistake, truly erudite individual who makes zero errors when speaking, writing, or using the computer to write!

Here’s a suggestion oh Superior one: take your anally-retentive self and flush your elitist crap down the crapper! David is a superior writer, I know having read his material for many years.

It was just simply an extra key stroke, which sent you into orbit! Twit.

freewill
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freewill

Shall be infringed, shall not be infringed…people or some of the people..if they are going to violate Rights, does it matter which Right?..So I wonder why they just dont haul the guy away if he;s a danger until he can prove he’s not?..as if a gun is the only way to kill. 75% of aggravated assaults involve other weapons, no! we just cant haul people away! they have Rights..So do I !

Geary
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Geary

Republicans silence says it all. Only a handful have said anything on occasion. The public gets a constant barrage from the Dems hourly.
We need the Reps to get out there, set the record straight, do what you said you would do.
You are either for our constitution or you are not.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Geary, All true! We are in a bind that every election has become a critical one. We can not afford to let the democrat national socialists ever get into power again … and the repubs know it.
We have to screen out the corrupted candidate before the primary elections. Pick a “not corrupted yet candidate” and support them. John Cornyn is going to be an example.
Trump can not drain the legislative part of the swamp, only we can.

Green Mtn. Boy
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Green Mtn. Boy

They Will LOOSE Power as they will not win reelection !

Superman
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Superman

Your use of the English language is loose. Lost your dictionary?

Will
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Will

@[email protected],yep,Clark Kent has always been just a very minor annoyance.

Truth
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Truth

He must have been visiting his fortress in the North Pole as we haven’t heard from him in a while. Must have needed some respite care after fighting all those Kryptonite evil geniuses.

ras52
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ras52

Will, right you are.

Bowserb46
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Bowserb46

I don’t know the poster calling himself Superman, and maybe he is a troll, but that doesn’t diminish the point of his smartass comment. One thing that I think is important is that we use correct spelling and grammar. Otherwise, we sound like the hicks and hillbillies the left likes to accuse us of being. Particularly difficult when we type at a high rate of speed, are the typos that result in actual words–since a spelling checker will not flag them. Other errors are those that a lot of people make frequently. Lose vs loose is one of those. In… Read more »

ras52
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ras52

I am a country boy, if that makes me a hillbilly or hick I am proud of it. I don`t give a damn what professors or politicians think about me.

JPM
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JPM

You are a grammar Nazi. It’s the message, not the the method or mode of delivery that is important. If you think misspelling and grammatical errors are so important to the leftist college professors and overpaid politicians, who will NEVER change their minds on the 2nd Amendment, then explain why they don’t bitch and moan about texting. If all you can do is find fault with context then perhaps you should become best friends with Clark/Superman and spend time together editing over candlelight and wine and leave the real battle for the 2nd Amendment to those who have the heart… Read more »

Geary
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Geary

Because this is a Grammer and spelling site, smh

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Clark, Although true, your remark is down right bitchy. Hanging over? Liquor store sale over? Pension only lasted until mid-month?

ras52
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ras52

WB, probably all three.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@GMB, But there is more than one election that is going to happen. I think Trump is a give me. Senate seats, House of rep seats, and rino seats are all question marks. This gives use some juice … temporarily.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

Instead of trying to sway the minds of politicians who have money flooding into their coffers from the anti gun crowd what if we set our sights on SCOTUS? Start mailing every justice copies of statements from our Founding Fathers and telling them they need to settle this issue once and for all.

Truth
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Truth

So how do We-The-People, hold them to the Oath they swore in defending the Constitution from foreign enemies and enemies from within (which they clearly are)? How do we bring impeachment charges against them; hold them accountable? I’d really like to know. I do not know the answer. Voting them out when another turn coat can get voted in?

Tionico
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Tionico

You who LIVE and VOTE in Ohio need to explode the inboxes and mail pouches of your state politicians. Burn up the phone lines From what I’ve seen over the years, and I’ve followed Ohio pretty closely these past 12 years or so, a good number of the elected legislators DO listen to their constituents. Not in Ohio, but I’ve come across a factoid from my own state that was VERY disturbing: last election there was a citizen’s initiative on the ballot, a VERY nasty piece of trash tyranny straight out of bloom burg’s hell. It passed at 62% of… Read more »