Apparently no one remained “civil” at the Senate’s gun control hearing today, and tempers ran hot.
The hearing, which was called to examine Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) proposed ban on assault weapons, turned heated as Republican senators challenged the law enforcement officials who were on hand to argue in favor of increased gun controls.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked U.S. Attorney John Walsh of Colorado and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn how often they prosecuted misconduct in background checks for firearm sales.
“If we’re going to expand background checks, we ought to start enforcing the laws that are on the books,” Graham said.
Flynn said he didn’t know if he had referred any cases for prosecution, but took issue with Graham’s line of questioning as the two men shouted over one another.
“We make 2,000 gun cases a year, we’re not paper chasers,” Flynn said. “We don’t chase paper, we chase hard criminals!”
Nope… not exactly civil. And I say, GOOD!
It’s about time we stopped being civil about the gradual erosion of our rights.
It’s time we raged against opportunistic swine, who insist on using tragedies to advance their politics.
It’s time we stopped worrying about whose feelings we hurt, and about being careful around those whose lives have been “affected by gun violence,” as if their opinions count more than ours does.
And frankly, it’s time to stop ignoring the intellectual dishonesty of people such as Neil Heslin who claims to fully support the Second Amendment, but “anyone who argues they need an AR-15 — the kind of gun used to kill 26 in Newtown — for self-defense is being ‘dishonest.'”
Anyone who claims to fully support the Second Amendment, while advocating bans of certain guns that have adversely affected their lives is the one being dishonest.
Because we can trot out several people in recent weeks whose lives have been saved by rifles such as the AR-15. Should their opinion count less because their stories had happy endings?
And frankly, you either fully support the Second Amendment, or you do not. There is no “but.” The Second Amendment doesn’t caveat that “shall not be infringed” only applies to those guns that don’t make legislators piss themselves in fear.
So as sorry as I feel for Mr. Heslin, and as heartbreaking as losing a child is (and yes, I know what it’s like, so STFU), experiencing this loss DOES. NOT. GIVE. YOU. THE. MORAL. AUTHORITY. TO. VIOLATE. OTHERS’. RIGHTS.
So it’s time to stop being civil and walking on eggshells around Neil Heslin, Gabrielle Giffords and anyone else who is using their tragedy to kick you in the head. You are not guilty. You have done nothing wrong. And they don’t get to make you feel guilty, because you want to protect your fundamental rights.
And that is all.