Thursday, June 13, 2013

Compromising And Common Sense

By Dave Dargo

There are a few phrases the anti-gun politicians use over and over again when they beg my fellow Americans to support their views but the two that irritate me the most are "common sense" and "compromise".

I've tried to figure out if those phrases are just as void of meaning as everything else they say or if they really think they're saying something worthy of an honest debate.  They think that anyone would be for common-sense gun control measures and if us gun-nuts would be open to compromise we could stop the gun violence in this country.

Who could be against common-sense and compromise?

The only issue is that they hijacked both terms to mean something else entirely.  We have been witnessing the formal adoption of Newspeak where their ultimate argument is, "Anti-gunners are good and we're bad."

Common Sense

Merriam-Webster defines common sense as, "sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts."  Let's start there.  The common sense argument they want to make is that if we get rid of guns we'll get rid of gun violence.  That certainly satisfies the "simple perception of the situation or facts" but hardly meets the more rigid requirement that it be a "sound and prudent judgment".

The issue isn't gun-violence; the issue is violence and those people who would visit violence on their fellow citizens.

The real issue is those who advocate common sense gun-control legislation tend to have a "simple perception of the situation or facts" about many things in life. They want to live in a utopian society where simple logic is all that's needed to convince someone to abide by the core values and principles demanded by a polite society.  Their simple-minded view of the world blinds them to the fact that predators have always existed and will, in all likelihood, always exist. There are those in the world who decide to prey upon their fellow human being and appear to know of no other way to exist.

These predators exist not just as individuals but also as organized groups from the street gang all the way up to entire national governments.  Witness poor President Obama's oft-repeated claim that he can fix the problem with the North Koreans or the Iranians by "just sitting down with them and talking." I think he really believes it's just a matter of winning an academic debate with the latest Kim or Ahmadinejad and all will be right with the world.

Be it gun-control or international relations the "common sense" crowd fails the first test of common sense; applying sound and prudent judgment.


Give me your lunch!!! No?  O.K., let's compromise, just give me your french fries.

Merriam-Webster defines compromise as, "a settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions."  The anti-gunners have had one goal in mind for the past forty years - the elimination of guns from society.  Their common sense tells them that by getting rid of guns they will get rid of violence.

Lately we're told that we need to compromise.  CBS News reports yesterday that the NRA is going after West Virginia Senator Manchin over his compromise.

The problem is that Senator Manchin's bill was not a compromise any more than my demand for your lunch is a compromise when I settle for just your french fries.

Senator Manchin even uses the anti-gunners other favorite phrase, "I am the same proud gun owner and NRA member that I have always been and I believe that criminal and mental background checks are a commonsense approach to protect our neighbors and children without infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights."

The problem with their "common sense, compromise" was that it took more and more rights away from lawful gun owners.  I previously posted about the issues with the Manchin bill and my suggested compromise on background checks.

Suffice it to say that neither Senator Manchin nor his cohorts who would deny us the fundamental right to keep and bear arms know the definition of common sense or compromise.  I suggest they get dictionaries and take a remedial reading comprehension class.

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