Do Something!

One of the most offensive things that I’ve heard from certain quarters on the Left is that we Conservatives who say that we pray for the victims of mass shootings should “do something” instead. As someone who believes in the efficacy of prayer, I believe that praying is doing something.

Moreover, the Left also generally implies that we Conservative don’t want legislative action taken to make mass shootings or gun violence less likely, and that’s simply not true. The rejection of flawed proposals from the Left by thoughtful Conservatives is not a call to do nothing. Rather, we propose solutions which involve moving away from failed policies and repealing ineffective (or actually harmful) laws.

For example, the elimination of gun-free zones allows people to better defend themselves. A mass shooting was nipped in the bud at a church near Nashville a few days ago by a concealed carry permit holder who resisted the shooter.

So it is time to do something. Let those of us who pray do so, and let’s all of us demand that Congress repeal and replace federal laws and regulations that cannot be shown to have improved public safety and demand that Congress exercise its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment to preempt state laws which deprive citizens of their rights under the Second Amendment.

15 thoughts on “Do Something!

  1. How about we start with a thorough vetting of all existing gun laws, including their level of enforcement. Get rid of duplicate/contradicting ones, then go and vigorously enforce the rest. Then we can think about talking.

  2. The single most relevant study on the effects on Gun Control I’ve seen went like this: (I forget the name and source. it was in a library book I checked out years ago)

    The US national average for violent crime and homicide has been steadily dropping over time.

    In most states, the state crime averages have been dropping as well.

    However, states that passed draconian gun laws saw their rates of crime reduction slow, or in some cases reverse. The change in the graph plots pretty closely to the time those gun laws went into effect.

  3. “Praying is doing something.”

    I agree but the Left also forgets that donating to relief funds for the victims and their families is doing something too.

  4. “do something”

    We can do something:
    1- Eliminate “Gun Free Zone” because that is where the nuts shoot Unarmed victims.
    2- Pass the Reciprocity Law
    3- Make it easier for sane law abiding citizens carry concealed.

    I don’t remember who said it, but it truly makes sense: “An armed society is a polite society”

  5. Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
    … …
    Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.

    Mao Tse-tung, in “Problems of War and Strategy” (November 6, 1938), Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 224.

    Read “the Party” as “The Democratic Party” and everything makes sense.

  6. I’ve been debating several smug NZ’ers on this. People just don’t grasp how big the US population is compared to ours, and how small and random mass shootings are. Over the last 30 years or so, we’ve had a few incidents ourselves, and these put our rate right up there with the US – yet people will smugly proclaim that the US has an issue and we don’t.

    The fact is, the average NZ farmer has more than enough firepower to go out and kill a bunch of people, but he’s no more likely to do that than your average US citizen who has the same firepower with a few fancy features attached that make zero difference to how deadly the bullet is.

  7. Trying to remember the SF novel from 50s-60s where citizens are armed unless they wear a brassard proclaiming they are unarmed [always]. Those who are unarmed must stand aside for those who are armed, but if you’re armed you may be challenged to an immediate duel by any other armed person for “insult”. Even a few women are armed and may challenge or be challenged. Leads to some interesting ideas. Most who are armed use what seem to be lasers and fight by slashing downward. The hero acquires a ,45 and practices until he’s good. The loud bang and a slug in the body seem to keep people from challenging him.
    Anyone remember the title?

      • The hero also takes advantage of being able to fire while presenting, without having to do the extra motion to do a downward cut – thereby gaining a fractional second advantage – but enough to give a descisive advantage.

  8. The main complaint I have when told to do something by them is that they pretty much have no idea what would work, and thus “something” ends up being a tremendous waste of resources. “Something” is a desperation move. If you’re untrained, unarmed, and facing a man with a knife, you do “something.” Most of the things they demand we “must do something!” about, are far from desperate. And most of the something they suggest, in so much as they concretely suggest anything? Things more or less proven to not work. Pretty much their advice, going by the earlier example, is to chest-butt the knife out of the assailant’s hand. After all, the heart is the strongest muscle. Or something. Their something is weirdly precisely targeted at making things worse. Armed guards, more places where concealed carry is allowed, moral education. There are lots of somethings out there, besides disarming the potential victims.

    There are two essential rights needed to be a free man- the right to speak your mind, and the right to defend yourself and yours. You could even say that the first right is almost an implication of the second. No other right is absolutely necessary, and neither of them is unnecessary. Funny how the left has in recent years tried desperately to limit or remove the two necessary rights to be free.

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