The Laboratory of Democracy is Working, but Only if We’re Watching the Results

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U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Our cities and states are different. Rules matter, and we can see how important the differences really are. Elections have consequences, but it might take time for the effects to become clear. This is one of those times. The laboratory of democracy is working. We get to see the policies that succeed and those that sounded good but failed miserably. Now, we have to expand the successes and make sure the voters correct their mistakes.

Washington State– There was a violent attack in Seattle last week. Two criminals fought a gun battle on a crowded street. Eight innocent bystanders were wounded and another was murdered. It is important to note that Seattle has extensive gun-control laws by any standard. It also has a problem with mental health and open drug markets. Each time a criminal hurts innocent people, the state and local government put another infringement on the right of law abiding people to defend themselves. Seattle politicians said the new gun laws would make us safe. These laws did the opposite. Perhaps because of those new restrictions, both shootings and fatal shootings increased in Seattle.

If you doubted before, here is clear evidence that criminals don’t obey our gun laws. The two murderers in the recent Seattle attack had 66 prior arrests. As convicted felons, they were prohibited from possessing firearms. Facing the public outrage for this attack, Seattle politicians will pass another ineffective gun-prohibition and put out another press release claiming they solved the problem. Unfortunately, the Seattle progressives won’t fix their failed judicial system. That means more innocent victims will die. Public policy in Seattle will only change once the voters of Seattle change their politicians.

Will they learn, and will we learn from their experience?

Seattle doesn't have a gun problem

California politicians work for the state employee unions. Now that they have huge unfunded state pensions, massive state debt, and huge outmigration of the middle class, the politicians have chosen to massively raise property taxes. Unfortunately, Californians already pay some of the largest taxes in the US, and the state has one of the worst climates for business. High costs and lack of jobs squeezed the middle class out of California. To give a concrete example, it is insanely hard to run a retail store in California when shoplifting goes unpunished. The shoplifters will bite and pepper spray the store clerks and then dare the store to call the cops. I don’t know how these shop owners stay in business, but the rest of us pay for their losses.

California politicians also voted for extensive gun-control laws. With a state full of “gun free” zones, there are evidently too many disarmed and irresistible targets for mass murderers. Rather than deliver the peace the progressive politicians promised, California has a record number of mass murders. In this case, disarming the victims delivered more dead bodies. The only “hope and prayers” they deserve are that Californians change the future they voted for. Like helping a drug addict, it would be a sin to give them money before they hit bottom and fire their political junkies.

We can learn a lot from California. California voters have given us a wonderful example of what not to do.

New York recently instituted a catch and release plan for criminal, a.k.a. bail reform. The explosion of crime was remarkable. Bank robbers were back on the street in hours. Drug dealers who were caught with seven million dollars of fentanyl were released without bail. That would be comical if it were not for the lives at risk.

You can now sell drugs, and use children to sell drugs, without having to post bail. You can strangle someone until they pass out..and then walk out of the police station with a ticket to appear. Victims of domestic violence should be terrified.

If you live in New York, then expect your bank fees to increase to cover the increased costs of losses and security. I don’t know what you should do if you have children in New York and want to protect them from drugs on the street. It is cold comfort to remind you that this is the government you put in office..and can vote out of office. The rest of us can only watch in horror.

Democrat politicians recently took over the state of Virginia. They hold both houses, and statewide offices. Virginia had the fourth lowest crime rate in the country. The democrats wasted no time in changing Virginia laws. Soon, 16 year olds in Virginia will need parental supervision to hunt on their own property, but will be able to get an abortion without informing their parents. There are the usual Democrat measures of drivers licenses for illegals, free tuition for illegals, and eliminating voter ID.

Virginia Democrats also proposed a number of new gun-control laws. They proposed mandatory firearms confiscation. They also proposed mandatory background checks, not for a firearms sale, but for change of possession. That means you could neither use your friend’s gun, nor could you let your daughter-in-law have a firearm if she was being threatened without first going to a firearms dealer. Heaven help you if your daughter-in-law needs help on a Saturday night.

Virginia Democrats also proposed magazine capacity restrictions, and to make the capital a “gun-free zone”.. unless you were an elected politician. The rules don’t apply to them, so they can carry what and where you can’t.

At least 22 thousand citizens came to Richmond to protest and lobby for their rights. I don’t think the Democrats were listening. Money talks, and Virginia Democrats only heard the campaign donations from anti-gun New York Billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

In response, we saw the second-amendment sanctuary movement spread across Virginia and across the rest of the country. When state legislatures don’t listen to the voters, then hundreds of thousands of voters went to their county boards. They asked for, and were usually granted, a measure saying that the county would not spend money and enforce laws that violated the US constitution. In Virginia, 91 out of 95 counties, 16 out of 38 independent cities, and 34 towns adopted second amendment sanctuary resolutions.

Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties as of January 2020- from Wikipedia

You can buy an election, but you can’t buy the voters. The response to the takeover of Virginia isn’t over. Last week, the West Virginia legislature and governor invited the unrepresented counties in Virginia to secede from Richmond and become part of West Virginia.

I was inspired. That might be the best political solution I’ve heard.

There is a lot to learn as we look across these United States. I’m inspired by our successes, and we don’t have to settle for failure. If your vote doesn’t count at the ballot box, then vote with your feet.. or take your county with you.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article with references is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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PMinFl
PMinFl
5 months ago

Why do we keep thinking that a politician labeled with “Republican” is any help ? Why do we automatically assume that an R means on our side? Why don’t we realize that all politicians are in it for themselves( I know some start out to do good but find they must go along to get along). Then get along means higher office, to do more good deeds? I am really fed up with MOST elected officials…maybe because I came from Ct. ..BOO!… ,but I had higher hopes here in Florida.

ahhiyawa
ahhiyawa
5 months ago

Rob Morse is merely pointing out how vitally important voting in all local, state and federal elections are for our 2A rights and liberties. His examples of anti gun states where the refrain “elections have consequences” is painfully clear where gun owners sat on their hands in enforced, blissful ignorance, expected someone else to save their sorry asses, wasting precious time arguing, disunifying themselves and ultimately giving way to the gun grabbers. Morse, however, sees and senses hope and optimism in this gloomy state of affairs. A silver lining so to speak in the 50 States of the Union as… Read more »

StWayne
StWayne
5 months ago

Welcome to Ameriastocracy. This is a new and emerging country where only the elite are safe and above all known laws. You will do as they say and not as they do. Failing this, under perjury and penalty of law, you will be hunted down with warrant of arrest in hand and jailed at gunpoint as a racist and a terrorist until you comply. Failing this, your house will be confiscated and your family kicked out and onto the streets, where they will beg you to comply. And you will comply.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

Its been old news since December 23rd, 1913! Once started down that path, the rest is inevitable. Where we are now is the only place that road goes.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute

Yup. As old and tired as I am, I have to stick around. I’ve been watching this play out for many decades now, and I’ve just got to see how this movie ends!

jack mac
jack mac
5 months ago

USA: Increasing crime is the intent. It reinforces the primary pretense to increase both oppression and the enforcers of oppression.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
5 months ago

I don’t understand why Kershaw County in South Carolina (on the map above) wanted or needed to declare a 2A Sanctuary, we have a solid Red Legislature that can’t pass either good or bad gun Bills. Senate is 28-17 and the House is 80-44 in Republican hands.

JPM
JPM
5 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Ryben, current Federal and any other regulations, laws, restrictions or statutes that restrict the 2nd Amendment in ANY way are unconstitutional and a violation of the 2nd Amendment. That is why any and all counties in all states should declare themselves 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries as both Democrats and Republicans are capable of violating your rights with their laws at any time.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

@RF, You all better get Second Amendment protective laws passed while you still enjoy a majority. And it does not hurt to get Second Amendment sanctuary counties and cities established while you still can!

UncleT
UncleT
5 months ago

Why do you people in media from all sides call our country a Democracy? You Know damn well we are not. Democracy’s are dangerous and will bring down America and make our individual rights invalid! You are feeding the beast with this continued lie. BTW, the thought we are Democracy, is the reason why our rights are being attacked And being limited if not all out destroyed, because the majority is thinking they can take the rights of the minority away. They can’t in a Constitutional Republic, I think that’s why both sides calls us a Democracy because both sides… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  UncleT

@UT, I think that you just answered your own question, and handily, too!

Arizona
Arizona
5 months ago

Why don’t store owners there in Colorado have some self respect? You said in another post (or someone did) that the shoplifters bite and mace them? Why don’t the Owners bar these people from entry if they are repeat offenders, or tase the jackasses as they try to abscond with store property? Add exploding dye packets that fire when the thief crosses the store threshold? There are many solutions.

Superman
Superman
5 months ago

Quick! Notify the local Sheriff’s office PRONTO since YOU were a witness and can provide valuable testimony! Get busy!

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Superman

Like a bad penny, he will always show back up… Nobody else wants him either.

Superman
Superman
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute

Speak for yourself, bubble face.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Superman

Gotcha, again. you sheeple are so easy to manipulate, it’s almost criminal…. almost 🙂

Superman
Superman
5 months ago
Reply to  Superman

‘I knowed’? Child, are you THAT stupid? PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS!

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Superman

And now he turns out to be a grammar nazi as well. Whoda thunk it? 🙂

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
5 months ago

WRONG WRONG WRONG!! This is a CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED REPUBLIC, NOT A ‘DEMOCRACY’!!!

If you can’t correctly identify our form of government, you probably ought to stay the hell out of the voting booth.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

Give the author a break.
They are forced to use incorrect terminology. Their editors and the sheeple demand it. It is up to us to set their errors to right in the comments. And good on you for doing your duty. My point is just that it isn’t really the author’s fault. Only a very few of us know the difference between a democracy and a Republic, and it took me, personally, almost two decades to get to that knowledge.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute

– If a writer is using the word ‘democracy’ in place of ‘republic’ as a sop to editors and a touchstone for ignorant readers, then he’s doing everyone a disservice. And everyone deserves better. I’ve been correcting people on this point for OVER 25 YEARS, and it infuriates me because this BS is perpetuated by the same media and politicians that are working overtime to deprive us of our liberty.

We need to stop making excuses for intellectual sloth.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

I also. WE do our duty to inform the readers how silly most authors are, and how little they know. But we MUST inform without anger, or we will be ignored. Believe me, I know just how frustrating the sheeple are. I too have been telling them since the 1990s.You tell the same sheeple the same thing 1,313 times and they still get it exactly backward. But unless we find a way through to them (as we ARE doing…) that can not change. When we act hysterical, we become easy to ignore. Note that I am most certainly not preaching… Read more »

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute

Well said, Knute! ..However I don’t think I’d waste my time by repeating myself 1,313 times to someone who can’t grasp it on the 3rd go-around. And Leftists are precisely that kind of ineducable. Like a certain Ammoland writer. http://chng.it/nwrb2gvTKW

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

🙂 Even I’m not persistent enough to actually attempt 1.313 times on one individual! It certainly seems like that many though… 🙂
The 13s and the three capitals are just kind of a secret signal to the few that know the language of symbolism.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute

, can you explain about the 13s and the capital letters, please.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Thirteen is the lucky number of the elite world controllers, and has been since ancient times. This is the reason it’s considered to be an unlucky number. Because to primitive people being exploited by their rulers, whatever was lucky for the thieves-in-charge, must then be unlucky for them. I AM is the proper pronunciation of the “aauuumm”, sound that the hippies make while they ‘meditate’, without recognizing their mistake. They were taught wrongly (luckily for me, I had better teachers), and so just keep on keeping on. Keep on making the same mistakes. Over and over. But always expecting a… Read more »

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute

And since I get censored regularly, even just on comment boards, this is probably why I understand at least some of what writers today go through, attempting to pass on information.
It’s very difficult for anything that corrects the big lies (like Democracies and Republics are the same thing…), to stay up for any length of time. And for professional writers, to even have it published at all.

Arizona
Arizona
5 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

Morse is usually pretty good, but using the Left’s terminology, caving to their ideology and embracing their policies are all just layers on the spectrum. While they co-opt language and seek to ban accurate words, we must continue to be accurate and factual.

Stripeseven
Stripeseven
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute

REPUBLIC 2020

Dave in Fairfax
Editor
Will Flatt
Will Flatt
5 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

, it’s the Big Lie technique devloped by Hitler and his crew. Repeat the lie often enough, go big with it, and people will fall for it.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

A lot fewer think mob rule is the same as a Republic now though, as compared to when I first learned it in the early ’90s. Many now even know the phrase “tyranny of the majority”, which almost NONE did back then.
We ARE winning, but it is frustratingly slow. I can sympathize with WF all the way. In fact, my guess is he’s about 40 years old, because he sounds a lot like I did at that age… 🙂