Quid Pro Quo
By: Tom Chatham
I’ve said before that I believe gun control is just a red herring and we may now be seeing what one of the reasons may be. The president has recently announced a return to the immigration debate and says it is a top priority. Many illegal immigrants that have supported the Democrats in the past are getting tired of being lied to and want action. Never let a good crisis go to waste.
The shootings in Sandy Hook last month gave the Democrats the momentum they needed to push for more gun control. While some states may make big pushes, the country at large will not allow it.
The Democrats know that any hard push for gun control will be their demise come the next election and are not ready to risk it. Bill Clinton even warned then in a recent meeting not to look down their noses at the gun owners in this country because it would be political suicide.
As with everything in Washington, it’s all about compromise. You give me your vote for this and I’ll give you my vote for that. This is beginning to look like another setup that will enrage most Americans once it is all known but will be too late to repeal.
This is how it could all go down. The Democrats want more gun control but there is too much resistance to it to go anywhere. Without support from moderate Republicans and Democrats, nothing can pass so a compromise will be reached. In exchange for a vote for gun legislation such as comprehensive gun registration or background checks the Democrats will tone down their calls for gun bans and in return Republicans will vote for Immigration Reform that will include a path to citizenship. This will be a double victory for the Democrats.
Democrats will get an important piece of immigration legislation that they want and Republicans will go along for the ride hoping it will resonate with immigrants and get some of their votes in the next go round. The problem for Republicans is that the Democrats, who have been promising this for a while, will reap the lions share of the credit and the votes. The Republicans will see some minor gun legislation as holding their line in the sand but gun owners will still be enraged and for good reason. This will keep gun control in the forefront as people like Chuck Schumer continue to call for more controls. If the UN passes the gun legislation coming up again in March it could put the necessary pressure on Republicans to make the deal. This will coincide with the debt limit debates around the same time and that too may play a role in the deal making.
They may pass legislation to tax guns and ammo out of peoples reach, implement new insurance that gun owners must have, institute new mental health exams as a prerequisite for firearms ownership or a combination of these actions. Those taking any type of prescription medication or with preexisting medical conditions may be denied gun possession until “certified” as safe and anyone labeled as a potential terrorist will be stripped of gun rights as a safety measure. A measure to deny gun ownership for unpaid taxes or other unpaid violations may also materialize by revoking the license you may be required to get to own guns just as you need one to drive a car. All they will then have to do is revoke your license for some dubious reason and when you do not surrender your guns as required they will simply stop you on the street one day and arrest you. These are just some of the nefarious laws they may use to separate some of the population from their guns.
This will continue until later this year another mass shooting occurs and the next big push for gun control will commence. If they have some type of gun registration they will know where to go for the guns when the time comes. A second shooting may give them the ability to pass more legislation concerning ammo or to actually come after the guns so be ready for that. They know they cannot take the guns in one sweep so they will continue to chip away at it until they have exactly what they want. The Republicans will play the moronic dupes throughout this whole show and continue to wonder why conservatives are mad at them. Gun owners will continue to be squeezed into a box until something gives. When it finally does give, it could be very messy. Conservatives cannot count on Republicans to do anything other than continue to cede ground to the Democrats for the foreseeable future. All I can say is, bend over, here it comes again.