Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw had a harsh criticism for gun owners yesterday. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, the venerable newsreader blamed gun owners for refusing to discuss gun control in any way, shape, or form. It seems we’re all just too unreasonable to sit down and let our gun-grabbing betters tell us what to do.
NBC’s Tom Brokaw stated Monday that gun owners get too “emotional” to talk to those who are on more “reasonable ground.”
Browkaw said, “It’s amazing what you can buy, at a gun show or illegally from other people.”
He continued, “We can’t have that conversation because it immediately becomes so emotional between the gun owners of the america[sic], who are protected by the NRA, and other people saying there ought to be a more reasonable ground. I’m a gun owner. I don’t have one of the AR-15s. I don’t need them. But almost all my friends out there have that kind of weapon.”
Well, it’s good to know what we have someone like Tom Brokaw telling us all about “reasonable ground” on this issue. After all, it’s kind of confusing right now, what with all the progressives who are blaming the NRA for this shooting despite the fact that no one knew anything about just what the shooter had, where he got it, or anything.
Oh, maybe Brokaw meant we should be open to reasonable discourse like these folks?
Or how about this now protected tweet where one tolerant liberal said she wanted every Trump supporter dead?
Is that the brand of “reasonable ground” we’re supposed to meet people on?
The fact of the matter is that gun owners spent decades meeting gun control advocates on supposedly reasonable ground, despite the plain text of the Second Amendment saying “the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” We continued to meet on that ground because compromise was good.
But what happened was that we were like a kid trying to compromise with a bully over our birthday cake. He wants the cake, but it’s ours, so we decide to compromise and split it. He says OK, takes his half of the cake and leaves. A short time later, though, he comes back and wants the cake. Again, we compromise and give him half.
The bully returns wanting what’s left, so we compromise again and give him half. Now, left with an eighth of a cake, when the bully returns, we refuse to budge anymore, only to have the bully blow up about how we’re being so unreasonable.
The gun control crowd is offering nothing except to take our rights away. Those of us who did nothing are now fighting to hold on to rights because of the act of a madman. A compromise means both sides giving up a bit, but all the gun grabbers aren’t going to do that. The best we’ll see from them is that instead of demanding a ban on everything, they’ll “let” us keep something.
Not much of a trade, if you ask me.
But no, please continue on about how we should meet on “reasonable ground.”
We did. It wasn’t very reasonable, and most of us aren’t interested in stepping backward in the least.