“If You Like Your Guns, You Can Keep Your Guns” — Said President Obama NEVER

Big Red Car here. Going to be 70F and it’s foggy this morning. Foggy! Sort of like the debate about guns?

So, the President has gone full court press on gun control. Yawn!

Big speech replete with emoticons and crying. Town hall with Anderson Cooper and hand picked audience with pre-approved questions. Democracy in action! Well, a certain bastardized form of democracy.

People forget that the President himself is a big shooting enthusiast, right? Here he is “doing skeet”! Stud! [Am I the only one who wants to scream, “Get that butt down into your shoulder, Mr. President!”

The President said, “If you like your guns, you can keep your guns.” OK, that’s not true. But, hey, he could have said it. Remember what he said when he was selling Obamacare?

Who is the NRA, Big Red Car?

Nothing is going to happen on gun control in America until and unless someone engages with the National Rifle Association. Nothing.

The NRA has been around for 140 years and wants you to believe it has 5,000,000 members. Maybe it does and maybe it does not.

In 2010, it took in $228,000,000 in revenue and $71,000,000 in contributions. This is not chickenfeed.

Its top guy, Wayne Lapierre, gets paid north of $1,000,000.

But who is the NRA, Big Red Car?

The NRA is gun owners — right? Innocent old guys clinging to their guns, religion, and Bibles, right? Young guys who like to hunt? Hot chicks — huntresses — who like to shoot guns, right?

The NRA is gun manufacturers, ammunition manufacturers, gun/ammo sellers and, only then, gun owners. Get it right!

The NRA is as serious as a heart attack. They are not playing and they will not be played with. The CNN/Obama bunch invited them to the big town hall meeting and gave them a pre-approved, pre-screened question — one — and they decided not to attend. You are surprised, why?

They have been a potent political force for decades and if you are from a rural part of the United States where guns are not really a big debate (more than 50% of the US), you do not win election or re-election without having a good NRA voting record.

The NRA is raw political muscle built on a foundation of raw political muscle.

How does one deal with the NRA, Big Red Car?

Dear reader, the NRA knows what it wants. It always has and it always will.

It wants the government to stop threatening to take away guns. It likes that Second Amendment protection. It wraps itself in the Second Amendment.

The NRA wants a seat at the table and it wants to be taken seriously and it has the ability to punish those who do not pay the proper respect to their size, history, clout, power, and moral rectitude.

The NRA is not playing.

What does the NRA not want?

The NRA does not trust those who say, “Well, you know that Australian experiment — the wholesale confiscation of all of Australia’s guns which were not protected by a Second Amendment — is worthy of some consideration, isn’t it?”

Who said that, Big Red Car? Well, for starters, a guy named Barack H Obama. The NRA doesn’t trust him and, given his public and private pronouncements and actions, they are justified in doing so. The guy does not have such a good record on telling the truth. This is where reality can really bit one in the ass. People start not to trust you.

You cannot expect to deal with the NRA if you make stupid utterances about gun confiscation, banning certain types of popular ammunition, and demonize them. They have enough clout to wait you out, to cut your support in the Congress out from under you, and to go toe to toe with you in the halls of power. They have been at this game for 140 years and you are going home in eight years.

The NRA will greet you, meet you, and beat you. They will wait you out. [Know who else does that? The CIA.]

The NRA is not going to kiss anyone’s ring regardless of how many public crying displays are offered or how many plants ask questions at faux town hall meetings attempting to make the NRA look bad.

What would the NRA consider reasonable, Big Red Car?

Before the Big Red Car answers that, know that the NRA is the best gun training and gun safety training on the planet rivaled only by the US Marine Corps and the US Army. They provide great training and if you want to learn how to shoot and shoot safely, go take an NRA course. Take a refresher and go to a range and shoot your guns until you are comfortable, proficient, and safe.

The NRA would make a trade in a second for gun tort clarity (not charging manufacturers of guns with a crime or suing them for damages because some shithead uses their product to commit a crime), for closing the gun show loophole, and for creating a “no guns” crazy person list.

The NRA would also embrace a big data solution of tracking who is buying a lot of ammunition at one time.

The NRA would embrace tacking 10 years on to all crimes which involve guns.

Know that the NRA does not want crazy persons owning or using guns. It’s bad for business and their gun manufacturing members are all about business.

Why hasn’t this happened, Big Red Car?

The reason is very simple — the NRA does not trust the President (all that Australian Experiment chatter) to tell the truth or to be sincere in the pursuit of gun regulation. [Note, not gun “control” which is shorthand for gun confiscation in the mind of the NRA. Sensible gun regulation? Yes. Gun control? No, thank you.]

“If you like your guns, you can keep your guns!”

Yeah, that. The NRA does not trust the President and the American people don’t trust the President. He’s told a few too many lies. Sorry.

So what happens, Big Red Car?

Nothing, dear reader.

This little initiative will distract the country for two weeks and then it will be back to Trump’s hairdo. The President will take another Florida sojourn to play golf with his buddies. The election will heat up and no candidates will tee it up with the NRA and the world will go on.

The President’s initiatives last for about about two weeks and the gun control issue will be resurrected when the next tragedy happens. Count on that.

And nothing, dear reader, will change until someone sits down with the NRA and cuts a deal. This President cannot do that.

Last thing — know that extending the FFL (Federal Firearms License) a bit broader, getting a little stricter on background checks, or any of the other nonsense contained in the President executive order would not have taken the guns out of the hands of the San Bernandino terrorists or most of the other gun atrocities the President likes to cite. They all obtained their guns legally.

Criminals and RITs (radical Islamic terrorists) will get their guns because they are criminals and terrorists. You cannot control criminals with paperwork. A guy who is going to shoot you is not fazed by paperwork. He’ll steal your legal gun and then kill you with it.

The answer to a bad guy with a gun is often a good guy with a gun.

One more last thing — the Obama administration is at an all time low in their enforcement of existing Federal gun related laws. So more laws to be ignored and unenforced will accomplish exactly what?

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m a Big Red Car. You have a safe day out there and, maybe, get a CHL (concealed handgun permit)? Peace!

 

  • Parkite

    The whole gun thing is where the republicans lose many conservatives. I just don’t support the proliferation of guns in this country. I live in a state (UT) that is gun-crazy and just shake my head at the mentality. Really, very scary to live in this country. Wasn’t this way when I was young.

    • JLM

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      Texas all time in gun ownership. All time low murder rate. Not saying there is a perfect correlation but there is some kind of link.

      The Boss was raised in the military, went to a military school, served in the military, owns guns, shoots fairly frequently. Comfortable with guns.

      Guns are not right for everyone but everyone is allowed to make their own decision.

      The loss of conservative interest in this subject — which I think is very, very, very rare — will have no impact on the election. Are they going to vote for the Dem? Not bloody likely, that.

      We need some reforms. Smart reforms. Most important — identify the people who should never be allowed to own a gun because of their mental incapacity. Create a trip wire when someone provides evidence of aberrant behavior — like ordering 10K 9mm rounds.

      BRC
      http://www.themusingsofthebigredcar.com

    • Really?

      Just a 16 yr old silver rag top here but two years ago a friend and I took the Mrs. to the range. Until then she never wanted to know the combination to the safe. Her first reaction, “Wow everyone here handles their weapon with such respect.” second was “This is not so Scary”
      I suggest anyone who is scared just visit a range to observe and talk to an enthusiast, you may find a new friend. I grew up in NYC and no guns except criminals, had the same twisted view of gun owners until I started with long riffle target first later hand guns. It is a sport and requires practice and personal control in many ways!

      • JLM

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        The Boss trains with a Marine sniper in his 20’s who has made him into a much better pistol shooter. The Boss used to fire expert in the Army a few decades ago so he wasn’t clueless but this Marine sniper has improved his shooting so much as to be miraculous.

        All technique.

        Gun safety should be like being in a cathedral. Quiet, reverent, careful, patient, did I mention careful?

        The more one is around weapons the more reverent it is.

        BRC
        http://www.themusingsofthebigredcar.com

        • Really?

          Amen

      • Parkite

        Well, here is a contrast with the responsible gun owners at the range. An elementary school teacher locally using concealed carry shoots herself at school (see link below). I guess she missed the weapon training or was just having a bad day. It is not the responsible members of society that are a concern, it is careless people like this. And the careless outnumber the responsible, I am afraid.

        http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/11/teacher-accidental-shooting/15452271/

        • JLM

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          Fair play. In Texas, there is a shooting test and a lot of folks don’t pass it on the first try to get their CHL. There is absolutely an element of expertise and skill. You have to get the basic skill and then polish it up.

          BRC
          http://www.themusingsofthebigredcar.com

  • Really?

    Proof the NRA is smarter than Mr. Obama is that they did not show last night allowing him to personify the “Big Gun Lobby”. He has a clear MO of putting the villain in front of him and in a position that does not enable them to debate his ramblings. The clearest example of this was what he did to Paul Ryan on the budget years ago. His PR tricks are running thin, his words carry less and less value. Today the news is those who stood up in the Townhall. Ms. Kyle and the victims who want to defend themselves.

    • JLM

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      The gun issue is paper thin and the NRA doesn’t have to do anything. They can hold their point of sail until the next President.

      All time high gun sales? That tells you something as NRA members already have theirs, right? These are new folks and they are not going to buy a gun and turn it in the next month.

      Typical spur of the moment President Obama.

      The Big Red Car is looking forward to March Madness so at least we can do something productive — the President’s Final Four picks, no?

      This is what a lame duck President does. Nothing but style points.

      BRC
      http://www.themusingsofthebigredcar.com

      • sigmaalgebra

        > Typical spur of the moment President Obama.

        Very glad to see you got this point about O, because IMHO it is fully correct and I don’t want to be the only one who concludes this.

        So, O gets some headlines for a few days, and then nearly always he ignores the issue and does little or nothing on it. His base mostly doesn’t remember the headlines or read past them, and apparently O is exploiting this.

        E.g., in one of the shootings, IIRC, in the US Northeast, O made a big statement/speech about guns and then did nothing. About Syria, he made a speech and sent 50 advisers — so he did next to nothing. A Trump response was “Either do it or don’t do it.” Smart response.

        The big exception is Obamacare, but O’s work on that was so sloppy, e.g., at a healthcare town hall, made a totally guesstimate remark about the cost of amputations that the American College of Surgeond denounced, IIRC, I do have the full quote if needed, as uninformed, misinformed, dangerous, just plain wrong. IMHO, O had no intention of seeing Obamacare as anything real or effective. Instead, his interests were mostly or entirely in just headlines.

        Can also take the seminar Obama Headlines 102 where can learn that when O has a bad headline, then he can create another headline that will replace the bad one.

        IMHO, for this tactic with headlines, either O figured it out or someone, maybe Bill Ayers, explained to him that as POTUS he can make most of the activity just tweaking the headlines and then forgetting about them and the issue and going to work on jump shots, golf game, a nice dinner in the White House, with bro guests, a state dinner, or a nice vacation. Can keep up this tactic for nearly all of eight years before very many people start to catch on.

        One remark in response to this O headline tactic might be “All talk; no action.”

        We are getting a lesson in “How to be POTUS without Really Trying.”. E.g., IMHO, O concluded that, for his goal to “fundamentally transform” the US, there are two main approaches — (1) commission and (2) omission. For (1), usually have to work with Congress, etc., and that can be a lot of work and can cost political capital. For (2), just have to quietly decline to act or just whisper something to some obedient subordinates in the Executive Branch. So, IMHO O does mostly (2), e.g., declining to enforce the laws on immigration. Isn’t there something in the oath of office about “faithfully executing the laws”?

  • JLM

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    The Big Red Car, NRA member, bottom lines the gun debate with his usual ascerbic smarminess. Sorry.

    If you ignore the NRA, you accomplish nothing.

    http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/if-you-like-your-guns-you-can-keep-your-guns-said-president-obama-never/

    Read and respond.

    BRC
    http://www.themusingsofthebigredcar.com