Winston Churchill is said to have made this funny quip about those with a surrender mentality during World War 2:
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile — hoping it will eat him last.”
The idea is simple: you give an aggressor what he wants thinking he will leave you alone, and he will come back for more because he sensed your weakness.
There has been a recent surge in the appeasement mentality among legislators who claim to be Second Amendment supporters. This is a national trend. In 2018, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed gun control laws in the aftermath of Parkland, even though that tragedy was entirely preventable and reflected many failures of the State. The same year, President Donald Trump got the ATF to ban bump stocks. Last year, after another government failure in Uvalde, Congressional Republicans signed on to and helped pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA).
What did caving under pressure and appeasing the gun control groups result in? Constant hectoring by the President, Vice-President, and anti-Second Amendment Democrats.
It's time for Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
I led the fight to ban them in 1994, and we can do it again. pic.twitter.com/dBDEYuU8Rp
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 15, 2023
Gun violence is the number one cause of death for children in America. Congress must restore the assault weapons ban. pic.twitter.com/jeiU3DaUkJ
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) July 8, 2023
This is not the end of the story. Chuck Schumer is pushing for more gun control, using suburban women as his voting bloc.
Democrats eyeing suburban women to launch new gun control effort
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the Senate is going to make another attempt to pass gun control legislation in response to a new round of mass shootings.
It was just a year ago that lawmakers passed gun control measures in response to a wave of shootings that year. Now they are considering new steps as more Americans die from gun shootings across the country.
“Leader Schumer was proud to have passed a significant bipartisan gun safety bill through the Senate last summer but more must be done.”
Progressivism is the incremental choking of Liberty. It’s an inch here and an inch there, and soon you give up a whole mile.
The prospects for significant gun control legislation remain dim, though some prominent Republicans, such as former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.), say the political dynamic is beginning to shift among GOP voters.
“It’s clear from today’s data — especially the growing incidence of mass shooting events involving high-capacity magazines and assault weapons — that it’s time to consider policy changes,” Frist wrote in a recent Forbes op-ed where he called for a federal assault weapons ban and expanding background checks to all firearms purchases.
Frist told The Hill in an interview that Republican voters’ views of gun control are changing.
“Something is changing over the last three years compared to 20 years ago when I was here. There is a willingness to have civil discussions on what have been highly contentious issues that I didn’t see 15 years ago,” he said.
“More needs to be done on gun safety today,” he said. “Something more needs to be done because the overall governance of gun safety is outdated and it’s incomplete.”
Cam has written about Bill Frist’s op-ed before. He supports feeding the alligator now that he’s out of office, and thinks that the alligator won’t come back for more once we give it an “assault weapon” and “high capacity” magazine ban.
Polls show that suburban voters, whom Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-My.) views as a critical bloc of the electorate, support tougher gun laws.
A recent poll conducted in early May by All In Together, a nonprofit women’s civic education group, and Echelon Insights, a GOP polling firm, found that guns are the number one concern of women voters ahead of the 2024 election.
Forty-two percent of independent women voters said a candidate needed to share their view on guns to get their vote, rating the issue as important as a candidate’s view on abortion and the cost of living.
The poll of 1,227 likely voters also showed that 61 percent of Republican women support restricting the ability to purchase certain types of guns — a far higher percentage than the 41 percent of Republican men who feel that way.
[Christian] Heyne, [vice president of policy at Brady Campaign], said the views of suburban women voters on gun violence is weighing on Republican lawmakers, noting that last year’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act passed with the support of 15 Republican senators, including McConnell.
“That is one of the absolute critical reasons for why we have seen this issue change,” he said. “Suburban women are not only wildly supportive of gun violence prevention policies but we’ve seen numbers that it’s a huge motivator to bring people to the polls.
I cannot comment on the quality of the polls. If there’s any truth to it, that tells us that gun rights advocates need to dispel the lies about “assault weapons” and the manipulated statistics to push gun control. Besides arguing with facts, it’s important to also tell stories of self-defense involving women, of which there are many.
Not all suburban women are Karens, but the Karens shouldn’t be allowed to spread their manipulative lies without any challenge.