When Alabama elected a Democrat to the United States Senate, you had to know there was something very, very wrong with the world.
While I, as a native Georgian, often crack a lot of jokes at Alabama’s expense, the truth is that the two states aren’t very different, so the idea of Doug Jones winning was kind of shocking. He was helped by the fact that he was running against a very controversial Republican candidate in former judge Roy Moore.
However, it’s almost like Jones is trying to live up to both my expectations of Democrats and my jokes about Alabamans, especially when it comes to guns.
When Hammontree, later in the interview, brought up that Jones’ maiden speech on the Senate floor was on gun control and asked what gun regulations he is in favor of, Jones pushed back.
“Well, let me correct you – and this is part of the problem, John, with the media and others,” Jones responded. “I didn’t make a speech about gun control. I made a speech about gun safety.”
Jones said he believes that “there is a difference.”
He then proceeded to explain the history of gun regulations in America, going back to “gangsters with Tommy guns,” and confirm that he is indeed supportive of increased gun regulations.
“What I think is important is that we have some common sense regulations to address gun safety,” Jones summarized.
It is still unclear how this is not gun control, which is simply the regulation of gun manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification or use.
In the January speech in question, Jones even used the term “gun control.”
“So while I know that guns and gun control are difficult issues for this country, I can tell you they’re complicated for me, too. But as a United States Senator today, a member of the legislative branch of government, I have many obligations. And I believe that the first obligation of government is to protect its citizens,” Jones said.
Jones is apparently too ignorant to understand that calling for additional regulations is the epitome of gun control! There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. That is gun control.
Oh, it’s possible he knows the difference and is just trying to deflect a little, but if that were the case, he’d have phrased the rest of that nonsense that came out of his mouth quite differently. He didn’t, so it means the man may well be too stupid to understand what he’s even talking about.
We’re not even getting into the euphemistic use of “gun safety” by anti-gunners like Jones to try and soften the image of the anti-gun crowd. They use the phrase because it creates a less visceral reaction in most Americans. However, most are honest enough to admit that they’re the same thing if pushed.
Jones, however, didn’t. He decided to argue the point, then tried to take a page out of President Trump’s playbook by making it an issue with the press, rather than his own desire to strangle the Second Amendment.
Well, we’re not as stupid as Jones is, so we’re not buying it.