Quote of the day—Patrick Hope

I chose background checks, not because it would have prevented (the Virginia shooting) but because this would be easiest to pass. We will not be able to prevent every single incident. We need to do something.

Patrick Hope
Democratic member of the Virginia state Assembly
September 4, 2015
Renewed calls for gun control laws spurring gun sales
[This guy is saying “we need to do something” in response to an incident even when everyone knows what is being suggested we do would not have made any difference whatsoever. What I want to know is how he determines “need”. Furthermore I want to know how he determines truth from falsity and right from wrong. As far as I’m concerned he just gave the world conclusive evidence he can’t be trusted driving a car, possessing matches, or even being a greeter at Wal-Mart.

There are two options here.

One option is that he is incapable of rational thought. With a mind this irrational I have no model of how to predict he might act in everyday circumstances. Suppose he says, “Hello. Welcome to Wal-Mart” and you go off script by asking, “Do you have a restroom I may use?” I have no idea what his response will be. “He has to do something” even if it cannot possibly appropriately address the issue, is totally unworkable, costs millions of dollars every year, and is unconstitutional.

The other options is that he is evil and his mindset is, “We must never let a crisis go to waste.” If this is the case he should be disbarred from all public office and prevented from ever being in a management position of, well, anything other than wiping his own ass.

I think we need background checks for public servants. If they have ever said something this stupid and/or evil they should not be allowed on a government payroll. Perhaps they could trusted to sweep sidewalks in the private sector, if they had careful supervision.—Joe]


7 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Patrick Hope

  1. Translation: “I want to infringe a Constitutional right, for no purpose whatsoever”.

    • Also, I want to punish the responsible, law-abiding citizens who have had no hand in this (or any other similar) tragedy, and at the same time, help my constituents, the criminals and the insane.

  2. Joe, you have it completely backward.
    Your question really boils down to: why do people want to enslave you? Your right to own a gun, and to think different thoughts than the right people, are serious impediments to slavery.

    As to the morality of enslaving you if he can, Mr. Hope went to the trouble of getting duly elected. He worked to get people to vote for him, with or without whatever corruption was necessary, to get himself the power to tell the police who to murder. Moreover, he acknowledges that he shares that power, and is working to convince other representatives to his point of view. If you were to visit Virginia, why would you, as an unelected individual in another state, feel yourself an equal to an elected representative? He clearly doesn’t admit your equality, and enough voters (+/- the margin of fraud) agree with him.

    • I still have a clipping of a WSJ cartoon, from about 20 years ago, showing two guys in suits walking down the steps of the Capitol.

      Caption: “Of course I favor gun control. Who wants armed taxpayers?”

  3. “We need to do something.”

    Sounds like the line from Animal House:

    “Bluto’s right. Psychotic… but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!”

    Bingo, the Democrat/Socialist/Progressive battle plan and justification for their despotism.

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