Social Media Demonizing Lawful Gun Owners
Quite frequently on social media, those nuggets of popular culture, those memes, those news stories, are shared and reshared posts at Buzzfeed, the Daily Dot and sites like them. For good or for ill, these websites have become gatekeepers of what is supposedly happening “out there,” where “out there” is the whole of the network of networks that is the Internet. And this is a problem.
At issue is that most of them hate our guts. This helps explain the stony silence of the overwhelming hordes of Islamic leaders and their flock who even in this country sit back, partake of our riches, but do little to nothing to prevent the next Newtown or Aurora or Columbine. “Moderate” Hickenlooper publicly admitted their ineffectiveness before surrendering to the gun-control zealots.
Morse and Giron also posed as middle-of-the-roaders. But there’s nothing moderate about gun-control laws that demonize law-abiding gun owners. While Morse brags of his time as a police officer in Colorado Springs, his brethren in the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association have condemned him and support his recall. One of Morse’s extremist proposals, backed by Bloomberg and company, would have made firearms owners, sellers, and manufacturers legally liable for any crimes committed with guns. He was forced to back down on that one.
There’s also nothing moderate about marginalizing tax-paying, job-creating gun and ammo manufacturers. The Morse-Hickenlooper-Bloomberg-Biden laws have already forced Colorado-based Magpul Industries and other manufacturers to abandon the state — and take thousands of related jobs with them. As I reported earlier this year, Magpul alone fueled 600 jobs and an estimated $85 million in spending in the state. Overall, as the National Shooting Sports Foundation found, “The firearms and ammunition industry was responsible for as much as $31.84 billion in total economic activity in the country . . . (and) the industry and its employees pay over $2.07 billion in taxes including property, income and sales based levies.”
At a local fundraiser in Colorado Springs, Morse’s GOP challenger and Air Force veteran Bernie Herpin hammered the incumbent over his economic destruction and contempt for the will of the people. “I’m running to defend our constitutional rights and promote an environment where small businesses are free to create jobs and improve our local community,” Herpin says, while Morse’s agenda is “doing the bidding of big-government interests in Denver and Washington.”
And New York City: On Tuesday, insatiable control freak Bloomberg tossed in $350,000 to a pass-through committee established less than a month ago to fund the anti-gun Democratic recall targets.
Recall leader Rob Harris, a Colorado Springs resident in Morse’s Senate District 11, explains that he was just an ordinary citizen “fed up” with the overlords in Denver. No outside groups contacted him. He had no ties to Republican groups or strategists. Harris was incensed that his representative refused to respond to his e-mails and to the concerns of his neighbors (an arrogant move that Morse even bragged about on far-left MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s show).
Through hard work and local activism, the grassroots campaign gathered 16,000 signatures in three months to qualify the recall for the ballot. Morse “changed state senate committee rules, which effectively silenced the voices of hundreds of Colorado citizens from testifying on legislation” affecting them, Harris points out. While Democrats made room for out-of-state astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona congresswoman and Tucson shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, to testify before the legislature, the majority Dems manipulated the process so that untold numbers of Colorado residents who support the Second Amendment were frozen out.
In his new No. 1 New York Times bestseller, “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin calls for citizen activists to use the tools and principles the Founding Fathers bestowed upon us to restore the balance of power in the Western Pacific is changing in a way unfavorable to the United States. The panel worries that “a war on the Korean peninsula or an internal collapse of the North Korean regime” is a “plausible contingency,” and would be “most stressing” to the armed forces. The panel also concludes that “the threat of Islamic terrorism is never Islam and always the West. And so often there’s the same implied threat: change or risk death — said either as a demand or prediction, depending on whether the speaker is an extremist or moderate.
Or as the Koran puts it: “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them” and “fight them until there is no more fitnah (disbelief) and worship is for Allah alone.” True, the Mufti yesterday insisted Islamist terrorism was nevertheless un-Islamic, an interpretation most Muslims would endorse and which we must hope will prevail. But shifting blame on to the police? On to Australia? The ICV has betrayed us, like too many Islamic leaders before.
What must we conclude? That their foolishness is talking — or their faith?