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Why Republican Politicians Ignore Gun Owners

October 6, 2017

Republican politicians ignore gun owners for two prominent reasons. Money and political factionalism have marginalized the gun vote. The Republican leadership would rather oppose President Trump than support the grassroots. Most politicians are in it for the money, and the Republican leadership certainly is. Today, gun owners have to speak up if they want to move their agenda. Bills for national reciprocity and for making silencers more available languish in sub-committees.

That wasn’t always the case. Before the election, Republicans asked gun owners for help. Republican candidates said they needed control of Congress to block anti-rights legislation. Gun owners helped give them a majority in Congress.  Republicans said they needed the Senate to pass pro-rights legislation, so we gave them the Senate. We called, we put up yard signs, and we knocked on our neighbors’ doors. We gave Republicans the White House too, but there we ran into a problem.

Gun owners were useful during the election. Now that they are in office, Republican politicians don’t need to care what gun owners want. The reason is simple. Only the median voter has to be courted by competing political parties.

The right to self-defense used to be supported by both Republicans and Democrats. That changed a few years ago when Democrat leaders took money from anti-gun billionaires. Democrats campaigned as if honest gun owners were their enemy. Today, gun owners are no longer considered a swing vote that could go to either party.

Politicians are not competing for the gun vote, so gun owners can be largely ignored by republicans and democrats alike. Today, Republican leadership decided that alienating gun owners won’t cost them many votes.

In contrast, Trump pursued gun owners during his campaign. Republican leadership wants to thwart Trump’s agenda and to break that relationship between gun owners and Trumpism. The Republican leadership hates President Trump because Trump threatens to restrict the kickbacks and campaign donations that drive Washington Politics. I’m not being hyperbolic as I describe today’s political elites. That is simply what their actions show us.

The Republican leadership would rather be a corrupt minority party than a majority party doing the people’s work. The republican leadership decided that ignoring gun owners might cost them a few elections, but it won’t cost them much campaign cash. These career politicians looked at their bottom line and went for the money.

The solution is straightforward. Change the leadership in the House and the Senate. Remove incumbent politicians until they listen again. There is a useful rule of thumb in politics. Never vote for an unsuccessful incumbent. All politicians must deliver or be driven from office. Don’t vote for the devil you know.

Tell your elected representatives that you expect action on your interests and you won’t accept excuses. That is why you have a phone. Now is the time to use it.
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One Problem in the Gun Debate

October 5, 2017
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It is about freedom.

RM

Another 57 Dead. Chicago Calls That September

October 4, 2017

What do you call 57 dead people?  In Chicago, they call that September.  Here are the latest statistics.  Chicago averages 58 homicides a month with an additional 260 wounded.

This isn’t the result of one crazy murderer.  This is the result of bad politics and drug wars.  It goes on month after month.

 

The Republicans Have Only Themselves to Blame

October 4, 2017
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Republicans ran on a few issues.  They said they would reduce the debt, repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, and protect our right to keep and bear arms. Republicans rode Trump’s coattails into office.  Now, there are no excuses for their inaction.  Here is a letter I wrote to my congressman.

RM

 

 

 

Congressman Clay Higgins
Capital One Building
1 Lakeshore Drive
Suite 1670
Lake Charles, LA 70629
337- 656-2833

Speaker Paul Ryan
Office of the Speaker
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
202- 225-0600

Dear Congressman Higgins and Speaker Ryan,

I listened when you campaigned. I voted for you because of what you said you would do. You said you would protect my right to keep and bear arms. You did not keep your word.

It was probably easier to pass national reciprocity for concealed carry back when you first took office. It is harder now. That is a problem you and the Speaker created for yourselves. It is also harder to remove firearms mufflers from the National Firearms Act because of your long delay.

Congressman and Speaker, that is your problem, not mine. You delayed when you should have acted. I will hold you to your word. Congressman, I expect you to work to replace Speaker Ryan if he is in your way.

Congressman Higgins, I would be glad to speak with you about these topics when you are back in our district.

Signed,

Robert Morse

Never Let a Tragedy Go to Waste- October 2017 Edition

October 3, 2017

I wrote about the Las Vegas murderer who shot into a crowd at a country music festival.  I said the facts are not in.  I said that anti-rights activists and politicians would call for our disarmament even before the facts were known.  I reminded you that being a disarmed citizen is dangerous.  That is a fact, not speculation.  My statements anticipating the reaction of our political elites are closer to certainties than predictions. I’m not willing to wait a “respectful interval” while I am condemned by political elites. I will not sit in silence. You shouldn’t either.

I asked you to remember how the elites behaved the last time a liberal shot at some conservatives. In that case, we were told that our free society needs to give up power to the government.

The statists media and anti-rights politicians would howl even louder and behave even worse if a conservative shot at a group of liberals, so the example I chose, liberal shoots conservatives, was the smaller reaction we should expect.  We didn’t have long to wait.

All these articles appeared within the first 24 hours after the murders.  Like before, the anti-rights bigots proposed measures that would not have stopped this murderous attack, nor the last one.

Quoting a Saratoga, New York TV station- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said “..it should not be legal for a civilian on American soil to own or use a weapon of war like this assault weapon.”  It may shock the Democrat senator from New York, but it is already illegal to murder people without regard to the tool they use.  I note that the reporter did not correct Gillibrand’s comments.

Secretary Hillary Clinton said we needed to outlaw firearms mufflers. At this point, there is no evidence the attacker used a muffler on his firearm.

Quoted from Circa.com-

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said, “While we have much to learn about this terrible incident, we know mass shootings are all too familiar in America. And we know we can protect our communities better. How many lives must be lost before we act?”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said, “This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and praters of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”  “Guns are the problem.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said Congress needs to do more to prevent mass shootings from occurring.

From the San Jose Mercury News- Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) “demanded a House vote on legislation to require background checks of everyone who buys a firearm.”  Preliminary reports indicate that the murderer had no criminal record and possessed his firearms legally.  So did the last attacker who shot at Republican Representatives while they practiced baseball in Virginia.

A CBS media Vice President said, “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters [sic]”

I have many more examples of hate and the call for gun prohibition.  You can find them yourself with a web search of your own. October 2 2017 calls for more gun control after Las Vegas attack

Politicians and media celebrities called for disarmament because an attacker was able to injure and kill people in a crowd holding several thousand people.  These politicians know that any firearm can do that, and they hope that you don’t.

I don’t know how to stop an attack from a multi-story building that overlooks a crowd of people who are fenced in and cannot escape to safety. I wish I did.  We will learn more in the next few days.

Until then, I will not sit silently while politicians and elites condemn the people who didn’t do it. Neither should you.

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I gave you 500 words.  Please leave a comment. RM

Reality is More Complex Than a Sound Bite

October 2, 2017

It is a tragedy when a crazy leftist with a gun shoots conservatives.  That is true when he shoots republican legislators or most recently when another one shoots hundreds of conservatives at a country western concert.  The leftist pundits can’t figure out what they want to do with their battling hierarchy of stereotypes.  Follow along.

Country music has its roots in rural America.  Rural America is politically conservative.  Therefore, the liberals are happy when country music fans get shot. (Yes, one commentator actually said that out loud.) On the other hand, the liberals want to ban guns.  Hmm.  What to do.  Their solution is that we ban guns after the leftists shoot us. All I can say is to be careful what you wish for.

The anti-rights advocates are correct about one thing.  Armed civilians will commit murder, and that is a tragedy.  They ignore that unarmed civilians become the victims of government oppression, and that is a holocaust.

I’ll take the tragedy, please.

That isn’t a rhetorical flourish.  I looked up the numbers.  Eliminating civilian firearms ownership might stop several dozen accidents each year. It won’t stop criminals or madmen. Is unilateral civilian disarmament worth it if it saves a single life..but costs us 21 lives?  I looked at governments murdering their own citizens, and  we are 21 times more likely to be murdered by our own governments than by a criminal.  Our children are over 5 thousand times more likely to be murdered by our own governments than by a gun accident in the home.  You see, civilians shouldn’t have guns to stop criminals but to stop our own government from killing us.  That is uncomfortable to say and to hear.

 

I will say this again to be clear.  I am not being clever with language.  I’m reporting facts.  We’re examining recent history, not discussing philosophical conjecture.

We will learn more about the Las Vegas murderer in the next few days.  We already know about statists and anti-rights advocates.  They want us disarmed.  Their solution is far worse than the disease.

Paul Carlson and Rob Morse Talk About Firearms Training

October 2, 2017

To make great firearms instructors, you first find a great teacher and then have them learn about firearms.  Paul Carlson was both a school teacher and a competitive shooter.  Paul and I talked about the problems students face when they take multi-day courses.  Here is Paul’s podcast at Safety Solutions Academy (1 hour audio).

We talked about Building Shooters by Dustin Salomon.

Safety Solutions Academy

 

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