Let Me Address the Absurd Republican Reaction to Obama’s Executive Action on Guns

president-obama-executive-action-gunsMore so than maybe any other group of people, gun fanatics are some of the most irrational individuals I encounter. These are folks who aren’t even logical when concocting their own pro-gun arguments. Take for instance a common talking point many use that tight gun regulations “punish” law-abiding gun owners.

First, let’s address a reality, shall we?

Many laws and regulations we have in this country aren’t put in place because the vast majority of Americans would engage in certain nefarious acts if they weren’t. These laws and regulations are put in place because of the small percentage of those who might try to get away with something if they didn’t exist.

Not only that, but in this country we’ve already proven that gun regulations work. For example, it’s extremely difficult to buy a fully-automatic weapon in this country. Why? Well, because we put strict regulations on how fully-automatic weapons are sold – which has resulted in very few of the 8-10k victims of gun violence in this country being killed with fully-automatic weapons.

Amazing how that works, isn’t it?

But the reaction by gun fanatics, the NRA and most Republicans to President Obama’s executive order that essentially does nothing more than slightly expand background checks for gun purchases has been ridiculous. Since his announcement, my social media accounts have been flooded with conservatives acting like he just put out a call to confiscate tens of millions of guns. In fact, on Fox News they were referring to it as “Obama’s gun grab.” When the truth is all he did was slightly expand background checks and place a few suggestions to local authorities to help them properly enforce current laws – and that’s essentially it. That is what caused the massive Republican freakout on Tuesday.

You know why, as someone who supports the Second Amendment and tighter gun regulations, I don’t fear stricter background checks on all gun purchases? Because I’m not paranoid, mentally unhinged or a criminal. That prompts me to ask the question of those losing their minds over stricter background checks procedures: Are you paranoid, mentally unhinged or a criminal? Because if you’re not, then you have nothing to worry about – so stop whining.

Can someone please give me one rational reason why every single gun purchase in this country shouldn’t require a background check? Why would any sane person oppose this?

Then again, this has nothing to do with new gun regulations or even common sense. These are folks who’ve been lied to and manipulated by the gun lobby which controls the Republican party into thinking that, at any moment, President Obama is going to come for their guns. Here we are, seven years into his presidency and these puppets of the NRA still flood gun shops every time their puppet masters pull their strings by pushing some over-the-top nonsense based on pure fiction. And what’s so sad is these people are too damn blind to see that they’re being played for fools.

While I hate to admit it, it really is a great con by the gun lobby. All they have to do is constantly push irrational fear, paranoia and the idea that guns are about to become almost impossible to get knowing that imbeciles will rush out and buy a bunch of guns and ammo at a near record pace. And the whole time the NRA and the Republican party are sitting behind closed doors laughing at how incredibly ignorant so many people are for continuing to believe these liars, propagandists and fear-mongerers.

And the bottom line is, if you’re afraid you can’t pass a background check, or you’re so paranoid that requiring background checks on all gun purchases is somehow “infringing upon your right” to own guns, you probably shouldn’t own guns in the first place.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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