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Those evil Democrats

by Greg Krehbiel on 5 October 2017

More than 50 people killed, and more than 500 wounded, and they have the raw nerve to suggest that maybe we should do something about it!

The problem, of course, is that most of the proposed “solutions” aren’t solutions at all. (How would getting rid of silencers change anything?)

What we need is an honest airing of the issues. Not Wayne LaPierre yelling at Kirsten Gillibrand, “moderated” by some entertainment personality masquerading as a journalist.

We need something like Firing Line, where the real issues can be discussed. And I think we need to take the cameras, the microphones and the reporters out of Senate hearings so “the world’s greatest deliberative body” can deliberate, rather than pose.

Maybe the entire Congress needs to go on a private retreat for one month out of the year.

We’ve become way too Democratic. Public temper tantrums and social media outrage has far too much influence on the way we run this country. We need a way to take a step back, take a deep breath, and think about things — without the fear of being called ridiculous names.

2017-10-05  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 3

  1. William
    5 October 2017 @ 11:35 am

    It feels as if I’m watching a horrible rerun. First, we have a series of public expressions of grief and tributes. Somewhat simultaneously, pundits and people on social media jump to their well rehearsed talking points (right and left). There’s a national “argument” (no discussion, people are too busy screaming at each other to listen). Eventually, a bigger news story comes along and it’s forgotten (until the next tragedy) and nothing substantial is done to improve things.

    I don’t know what the right answer is but it’s clear that “something” needs to be done. At a minimum, we “should” be able to have a “sincere” discussion. Forget the talking points but keep the focus on protecting lives AND constitutional freedoms while working towards effective and realistic solutions.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have much hope any of that will happen (unless there is some unexpected, dramatic shift). People are too vested in “winning” for their side than solving the problem. What did we hear after congressman Steve Scalise and others were viciously shot just a few months ago? There was a great hue and cry for civility in our public discourse and to make things better. Have things changed for the better since that incident? Maybe I missed it but it seems both sides went back to their same ole vitriolic rhetoric. It seemed the same dynamic occurred with the Orlando nightclub shooting. The same with the Sandy Hook shooting and so many others. How many more people have to die or be seriously injured before we realize the definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results?

  2. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    5 October 2017 @ 3:43 pm

    I think it is impossible to have a logical fact-based discussion about “gun control”. Some things are easy to quantify, such as the number of bullets fired, the number killed, the number injured, the hospital bills. But there are other things which are more difficult to quantify.

    For example, people used to say, “God made man,’ made them equal.” In other words, the fact that someone has might have a gun is a restraining factor on a number of crimes. Your house has a lower tier of being robbed interpersonal think you might have a gun. People Are slightly less inclined to act totally crazy, threatening and assaulting their neighbors, if they are concerned one of them might just get that up with it and shoot them. Police generally knock before entering a house.

    If a rabid dog gets loose in your neighborhood, a gun is a good thing to have. Fortunately, this happens infrequently.

    These small tendencies add up, multiplied by hundreds of millions of people. I don’t know how to calculate this. No one does. And so I believe it is in fact impossible to have a rational fact-based conversation about gun ownership.

  3. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    5 October 2017 @ 3:46 pm

    Sorry, I intended to say: “God made man, Samuel Colt made them equal.”

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