Like a Soccer Team With Only One Player -- The Goalie
By Vin Suprynowicz
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
Last time, I was detailing the way cynical "pro-gun-rights"
Republican congressmen play naive freedom-lovers for fools.
The "bad cop" half of the Incumbent Republicrat Party propose 10
new infringements on our Second Amendment rights, and pass three, and
our "heroes" get our campaign contributions and our votes for
"fighting the good fight" and "turning back the worst seven parts of
that darned, terrible gun-grabbers' package" ... which only turn up
again next year, in a new set of 10 insults to the Bill of Rights,
of which only three more will subsequently be endorsed by the lying
GOP and their gun club affiliate, the NRA, as "the best compromise
we're likely to get this year ..."
Meantime, folks on our side run themselves ragged until they
finally lie, motionless, stupefied, and resigned, in a fetal position,
like the rat who's been shocked the past 10 times he tried to eat the
I'm already hearing it: "Don't bother fighting the Moynihan 1000
percent ammo tax. I'm told that one's going nowhere." Just go to
sleep, little ones. The bogeyman will never really come. They
wouldn't dare add that as a rider to some highway bill in the final
hours of the session ...
The "pro-gun-rights" Republican party has been in charge of both
houses of the United States Congress for three-and-a-half years. In
the so-called Contract with America, Newt Gingrich promised a straight
up-or-down voice vote on repeal of the Brady Bill. It's the only
promise he never even tried to keep. Why? Because he knows all gun
owners will reflexively vote Republican in 1998, regardless. So why
endanger the support of any marginal, socialist, pro-big-government,
urban voters to please us? We're not "in play." We can safely be
Haven't you ever wondered why the "good guys" never submit a bill
which would repeal 10 bad gun control laws, and then "settle for a
compromise" in which the Democrats and Handgun Control endorse three
of the 10 as the "least harmful," whereupon the next year the forces
of freedom re-integrate the seven remaining steps toward restored
Second Amendment freedom in a new list of 10 bad gun laws to be
repealed, making the other side scramble around trying to block
seven out of 10?
With all the money the National Rifle Association has raised, and
all the "B-plus and better" rated "pro-gun congressmen" we've elected,
how come we never see Handgun Control on the defensive, running around
firing off desperate e-mails to their members, going "Ohmygosh, 34
different bills have been introduced this session, attempting to close
down the BATF and effectively re-legalize the public carry of machine
guns without a permit ... even in federal courthouses and airports!
Help! Help! They keep slipping in funding for free distribution of
surplus machine guns as riders on farm bills! The DCM is now
authorized to sell surplus full-auto M-14s, BARs, and water-cooled
30-caliber Brownings for $100 to anyone who sends in a postcard, with
an automatic waiver of the $200 'transfer tax.' And we didn't even
know about it; turns out it was buried at page 666 of the Equal Rights
for Blind Ambulance Drivers bill. Oh, what ever shall we do?!"
How come it never works that way?
Unless, maybe, there aren't any good guys.
Gun owners -- anyone who cherishes the Second Amendment and the
Bill of Rights -- have to stop running this treadmill, immediately.
Just step off. Stop donating to Republicans or to the NRA (sponsor of
both the Brady Bill and the Gun Control Act of 1968). Let them know
your vote isn't "a given." When you can, give your money and your
votes to radically pro-Bill-of-Rights Libertarians, and to the
Milwaukee-based Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Failing that, fund and vote for a democrat (at least they're
reliably pro-choice on one issue), while advising the GOP candidate
(and the local newspaper) in writing that you are doing so to punish
the Republican party for not repealing the Brady Bill, and the
National Firearms Acts of 1968 and 1934, which they have the votes to
Tell them: "I'd rather vote for an honest gun-grabbing socialist,
than for a lying Nerf Republican who won't even stay bought."
Vin Suprynowicz is the assistant editorial page editor of the Las
Vegas Review-Journal. Readers may contact him via e-mail at
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