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Bill Straub: Massie’s Second Amendment Caucus may be be out of step with mood of country


WASHINGTON – The Whiz Kid is at it again.

Just a little more than a week before the city of Louisville revealed that 2016 proved to be its deadliest, with homicides reaching at least 113 and law enforcement authorities responding to more than 400 shooting reports, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, is revving up that old Second Amendment war horse, essentially promising the good people of these United States a Glock 19 Gen4 in every pot and an Uzi in every garage.

Massie is the grand, spanking-new chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, founded by Wonder Boy along with 13 like-minded lawmakers who won’t rest until every man jack and presumably every woman jack and baby jack, are packing heat.

Think that’s a joke? Massie told one website, Rare.us, that “I would dearly like to see the day when any U.S. citizen can carry in every state.’’

When President-elect Donald Trump (ugh!) promised to make America great again by returning to the thrilling days of yesteryear when, as the old Three Stooges joke went, men were men and women were glad of it, it wasn’t clear that he intended to take us all the way back to 1880s Tombstone, where every would-be gunslinger wore a piece on his hip and dared anyone to draw.

But that seems to be the Massie interpretation. Most of us grow out of the influence of the old Wyatt Earp television show after reaching some stage of maturity. Not Wonder Boy.

It seems soon to be former President Obama has been a little too strict on the issue of firearms ownership for the man who has consistently opposed the establishment of gun-free zones around schools and other spots where one might find children at play.

“I created the Second Amendment Caucus to reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that has occurred over the last few decades,’’ Massie said in his announcement. “Even though Republicans have controlled the House for six years, I haven’t seen a single pro-gun bill brought up in a committee for a hearing or debate, much less a vote.’’

What a shame.

Whiz Kid further vowed to “draft and advance pro-gun legislation as well as invite firearm experts, constitutional scholars, and pro-gun groups to speak to the caucus on Capitol Hill.’’

And what sort of steps might we see? Massie already is dedicated to making sure those individuals on the no-fly list produced by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center don’t suffer from the disappointment of being turned away when they enter your friendly neighborhood gun shop.

Wonder Boy also is flatly opposed to steps taken by Obama, primarily in wake of the 2015 San Bernardino shootings that left 14 dead and 22 seriously wounded, to stiffen federal regulations regarding gun sales, asserting that the caucus dearly hopes President-elect Trump “will nullify them as soon as possible.”

One of Obama’s initiatives was to crack down on internet gun sales, where the seller has no earthly idea about the purchaser’s background – criminal or otherwise. Obama warned at the time that those who engage in the business of internet firearms sales or offer their wares at gun shows should obtain a license and subject buyers to background checks, which isn’t unreasonable given that those same requirements are imposed on gun shop owners.

Massie, who had a rather humorous cheesecake photo taken of him last year lovingly fondling one of the AK-47s he possesses as if it were a pet cat, proudly maintains a ghastly view of gun rights. The duly-elected lawmaker appears rather displeased you can’t ring up Etsy on the old computer and purchase an entire arsenal without the seller first guaranteeing that you’re qualified to own a weapon up to and including a bazooka.

Opposing any gun control measure in knee jerk fashion is a dangerous position to take – one that even the late conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia rejected. But Massie has never cited a gun restriction that he likes and handing out firearms like they’re pieces of candy on Halloween is a strategy destined for disaster.

Chicago in 2016 became America’s version of the Killing Fields. According to the Windy City’s police department, 762 homicides were recorded last year — an increase of 277 over 2015, a 57 percent jump. The increase was Chicago’s largest in more than 50 years and dredged up memories of the Capone era. In addition, 2016 saw more than 1,100 shootings than it did the previous year.

Does anyone seriously think more guns are going to address that situation? More guns can only mean more shootings. There is a misconception, propounded by Trump, by the way, that Chicago has the nation’s toughest gun control laws, a claim rejected by, among others, former city Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

Despite Massie’s founding of the Second Amendment Caucus and Trump’s desire to make firearms more accessible, the public is exhibiting a growing desire to get the situation under control.

Regardless, one report established that almost 60 percent of the guns used to commit a crime in Chicago from 2009 to 2013 were first bought in states like Indiana, Wisconsin and Mississippi that do not require background checks for gun sales at shows or over the Internet.

So consider what the situation in Chicago would look like if any gangster could walk into a local gun shop and purchase a spanking new Smith & Wesson waiting to be discharged.

It’s not as if lax gun regulations are addressing the calamity. In Kentucky, for instance, it is not necessary to obtain a permit for the possession of firearms. Individuals are also permitted to carry shotguns and rifles without a license. Only concealed carry requires a permit. Those easy access laws did nothing to curb the bloodbath in Louisville this past year.

Despite Massie’s founding of the Second Amendment Caucus and Trump’s desire to make firearms more accessible, the public is exhibiting a growing desire to get the situation under control. States that held referenda on guns over the recently completed election cycle – including ballot initiatives in Nevada, Washington and California, resulted in potentially life-saving measures despite strong opposition from the powerful gun lobby.

In Nevada, for one instance, voters passed Question 1, the state’s background check initiative, despite opposition from both the governor and attorney general, and despite an aggressive and misleading $6.6 million campaign by the National Rifle Association – the gun lobby’s largest investment after its record-breaking $30 million spent on the presidential election.

So, as Wonder Boy Massie continues to play cops and robbers as if it’s the second grade, only with real guns and real bullets, people are beginning to say enough is enough.

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Washington correspondent Bill Straub served 11 years as the Frankfort Bureau chief for The Kentucky Post. He also is the former White House/political correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service. A member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, he currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, and writes frequently about the federal government and politics. Email him at williamgstraub@gmail.com.


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7 Comments

  1. David says:

    Aw you should have been a science fiction or fantasy writer based on the lack of credible details and context above interspersed with all those unsubstantiated opinions

  2. jack burton says:

    I completely agree with Mr. Straub.

    Guns owners are disrespectful of authority. A failure to rely on authorities is an invariable sign of improper and overly independent attitudes. The mere fact that they gather together to talk about guns at gun shops, gun shows, shooting ranges, and on the internet means that they have some plot going against us normal people. A gun owner has no right to associate with another gun owner.

    Therefore, to help ensure our right to happiness and safety we must ban and seize all guns from private hands, and forbid NRA-based criticism towards people who are only trying to help. Searching the homes of all NRA members for any guns and pro-gun literature will go a long way towards reducing crime.

    Common sense requires only uniformed soldiers, police, and other agents of the state have access to firearms, and think of all the money we can save by just taking away the guns from private owners and giving them to the military and police. No person should be able to challenge this by writing to Congress or the President. If they do they should be forced in court to admit to it and then fined a hundred million dollars for each time. Subjecting them to torture will probably change their minds.

    Making it mandatory that church ministers preach against guns or else they can’t get licensed will certainly encourage the church folk to have the correct belief about guns.

    We should hold a nation-wide vote against guns but gun-owners cannot be allowed to participate. They are too biased.

    People who don’t like all this prove they are on the side of the killers with the guns and should be put in jail along side all the gangbangers and other gun nuts. Letting them sit in jail for a few years before they are charged will give the government plenty of time to find something wrong in their lives. Anything they say, write, or express should be held against them to prove their guilt.

    We should bring all of them here to Chicago to be tried by Mayor Rahmfather as judge, and we should allow only mothers who have lost children to gunfire to be on the juries. Any attorney who tries to defend them should be arrested also. If we don’t get the right verdict the first time we can just keep trying them until we do.

    No woman needs to protect herself from rape, assault or murder and should just leave crime prevention to the Police who are properly equipped to investigate following the crime’s completion. Women using a gun in self-defense interferes with and makes the attempted crime a “non-event,” which unnecessarily complicates the Police investigation. Any woman who does this should be put in jail for interfering with an investigation.

    If someone still really, really thinks they have a need for a gun in their home for protection then the Army should just force them to host and feed some armed soldiers.

    Those who claim that the 2nd amendment was given to us because we might someday need guns to use against an oppressive government forget that our Constitution has strong internal safeguards to protect our freedoms. So there!

    Long live our Constitution!

  3. Rich.... says:

    Marxists and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.

    The Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful federal government.

    Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.

    No matter what any president, senator, congressman, or hard-left mainstream media hookers tell you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America..

    These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family. Ask the six million Jews, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the Nazi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.

    Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved.

    Will we stand our ground, maintaining our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights, fighting those who would enslave us?

    American Thinker

  4. Rich.... says:

    moderation equals censorship

  5. Barry Hirsh says:

    “I would dearly like to see the day when any U.S. citizen can carry in every state.’’

    And….?

    You quote that as if it’s a BAD thing.

  6. ExNuke says:

    I think Bill Straub is the one who is out of step with the mood of the country. People are fed up with the inability of the Repressives in Government to reduce crime and violence below it current historic low levels by passing more laws that don’t work. Crime and violence has fallen everywhere except a few Repressive utopias over the last 20 years. Even Regressives are starting to take their personal security seriously and realize that politicians promises to “keep them safe” are a poor comfort when they need protection NOW. As a long time member of the press he apparently doesn’t realize that people such as him are the reason that the MSM is dying.

  7. JasonR says:

    Any citizen should be able to be armed and carry that arm with them. Those who are prohibited should have the ability to have that prohibition reviewed after 10 years to see if there is any reason not to receive their 2A and voting rights back.

    The no-fly list should not be used as a basis to prohibit arm ownership, but should be opened up to public challenges in court. Anyone on the list should be able to challenge in court, and if adequate evidence is not presented as to why they are on the list, they must be removed.

    We are either citizens with rights to arm ourselves and freedom of travel, or we are not. If someone has lost these rights and is to become a second-guess citizen, it should be done in court, with evidence.

    Or, if not, perhaps you would be interested in a no-speak and no-write list to put journalist out of favor with the current administration. Clearly rights should not enough and flow with a Presidential election.

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