Quote of the day—Ramesh Ponnuru

What motivates the passionate gun-controllers? If saving lives is the goal, then directing more police resources to high-crime areas might have a bigger impact than any push for gun control, as Robert VerBruggen discusses elsewhere in this issue. So might public attention to suicide among the elderly, as statistician Leah Libresco recently concluded in the Washington Post after reviewing the literature on gun policies.

Liberals pride themselves these days on their empiricism, yet policies such as these do not seem to excite their interest as much as a campaign against guns.

Ramesh Ponnuru
Senior Editor of National Review
November 6, 2017
Why Gun Control Loses
[So… what’s the real reason?

As I have rhetorically asked many times before:

It’s not about guns or safety. It’s about control.—Joe]


4 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Ramesh Ponnuru

  1. I believe that it’s about hiring more bureaucrats who then contribute to pliable politicians. Break the money trail and gun control disappears.

    • I can understand that reasoning if you’re looking at Swamp dwellers. But it doesn’t explain these people in other parts of the country.
      I tend to support Neil Smith’s explanation: “Make no mistake: the only reason that they want to take your guns is so they can do things to you that they can’t do if you keep your guns.”

  2. Dennis Prager made the case very well yesterday, that the objective of the both left and of the jihadists is to bring down Judeo/Christian civilization. I agree with him of course, having made the case for some years now.

    The chant, “Hey hey!…ho ho!..Western Civ. has got to go! hey hey…” is not an accident, nor an isolated phenomenon. It’s the voice of a movement.

    Of course, any corrupt government will be afraid of, and will hate, the very notion of an armed citizenry. It gives them a case of the screaming heebie-jeebies, as well it should.

    Looking at it from their point of view, I completely understand. Sure; ban the hell out of those things, all of them, put down all who resist, do whatever it takes. I get it. I really do. Otherwise your life as corrupt and connected, rich and powerful, lauded and influential heel is under a constant cloud of dread. Loath the thought that the citizenry might fully understand the situation, expose you for what you are and take care of business.

    There is another mindset that falls for the lies of the above, and there are sub-sets of those. Some believe the “saving lives and preventing accidents” lie, and others have been whipped up into a hatred for America and for all of Western Civilization. Others see the whole human race as a stain on an otherwise clean, noble and pristine Earth, and so of course there’s no “right to self defense” because humans are the offenders.

    Together, it always hoped, all the above can get away with it under those various and always-evolving false pretenses, and the currupt will then have their absolute rule.

    It’s all driven by the power-hungry, and as Rush Limbaugh has pointed out for many years, there is a difference between the perpetrators and the duped. One fabricates the lies, rarely or never revealing his purpose*, and the other is the liar’s sucker. The Christian of course would further point out that the “duped” are in turn the dupes of the one, master perpetrator, and so you should find it in yourself to forgive them, for they know not what they do. They’ve all been deceived.

    *But I’ve come to believe that “they” (of the Dark Alliance) have to reveal their purpose. One way or another, through pride or over-confidence in their evil, or by some un-written rule of the cosmos, they have to “tell” on themselves. That’s part of a trick, or a gift, depending on how you view it. It means that we can’t plead total ignorance. We as by-standers are not off the hook. The signs are all around us; are we willfully ignoring them out of cowardice, or are we complicit?

  3. Honestly, I’m not so sure about the “suicide among the elderly” thing. Do we really want to go down that road? After all, do you not own your own body? Do you not have a right to do with it as you wish? How can you argue that a woman has a right to chose abortion, and that every individual has the right to self-defense, based upon the basic idea of self-ownership, but that a person doesn’t have a right, when facing chronic health issues and a long decline with no hope of ever regaining the health and vigor of their youth, to end their own life at the time of their own choosing?

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