Quote of the day—Steven Strauss

What National Review’s “Republicans in Name Only” don’t understand is that “freedom!” trumps federalism. This act will free people from places like Mississippi from having to learn about other states’ laws when they visit those states. And the GOP really has a valid point here. Learning isn’t one of the strengths of the great state of Mississippi — it ranks 49th in the U.S. for the educational attainment of its citizens. Having to learn about another state’s laws before visiting there with a concealed, highly dangerous weapon is clearly too much of an imposition on residents of a state who have trouble graduating high school and college at the same rate as other Americans.

Steven Strauss
Opinion columnist, USA Today
December 18, 2017
Concealed carry reciprocity isn’t enough. What about drugs, driving and sex?
[Strauss was careful to call out Mississippi for comparison with (elsewhere in the opinion piece) with New York. Vermont, with gun laws even more lax than Mississippi with higher education and lower homicide rates than New York would not fit the narrative.

He doesn’t stop with cherry picking his data to reach is conclusion. He conflates speed limits and other rules of the road with a concealed carry license. A fairly reasonable comparison would driving licenses and concealed carry licenses. Explaining how “full faith and credit” does not apply is required too, but Strass has a narrative to fit and wouldn’t want to hear of a fair comparison. Implying gun owners are uneducable and being smug is more important than truth to him.

One could conclude that Strauss is a bigot and make a good case for that. But you should also leave open the option he has evil intent and put him on your list for consideration of prosecution.—Joe]

8 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Steven Strauss

  1. As far as I know, reciprocity does apply to driving and sex. My driver’s license is good nationwide. So is my marriage certificate.
    But yes, if you’re a narrow-minded bigot, I suppose it is too difficult to puzzle out these minor details. And he has the nerve to pick on others about lack of educational attainment!

    • If you read the entire article he switches from drivers license reciprocity to recognizing the speed limits of the state of the driver is from. Totally conflating the concepts to fit his narrative of “this is crazy talk”. He has to know this bogus. He is intentionally trying to deny people their specific enumerated right to keep and bear arm. This is evil and would appear to me to be prosecutable.

      • Speed limits are a trivial example, obeying speed limits in other states is no more difficult than watching for signs posting the “Speed Limit”. That’s entirely different from gun laws which, instead of posted rules consist of victimless crimes committed by simply bringing a gun into the neighboring state. The analogy is a non-street legal car.

        If Mississippians can’t be expected to learn, then perhaps Strauss can’t be expected to know logic.

        • What this clown was suggesting was:

          The freeway speed limit in some of our states is 60 miles per hour, while in other states it’s 75 miles per hour. I say, whatever state you’re driving in, you should obey the speed limit and driving laws of the state you’re from.

  2. I believe I’m seeing a John Stuart influence, his style of “news” becoming more mainstream.

    I’ll call it the Stuart/Colbert Syndrome, in which a journalist who once may have tried to appear serious, and was trained as such, now prefers the creepy clown persona. Strauss then would be suffering from SCS. It happens to us all from time to time.

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