Evening Edition - September 5

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September 5, 2019

Far-left Democrats used to try to hide their longing for gun confiscation and repealing the Second Amendment (which, FYI, cannot be done because it’s a God-given right, not a government-granted right) behind such fuzzy euphemisms as “common sense gun laws.”  But as with their longing for socialism and other failed ideas from the past (Bernie Sanders even wants to abolish all fracking and get energy from windmills, which he calls being “progressive”), the mask is now off.  Several of the Democrat's presidential candidates and other pols are being aggressively in-your-face about their plans to take away Americans' guns, even if they don’t know enough about guns to figure out which part of one to point at the thing you want to shoot.

Yesterday brought a widely publicized exchange between Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Dan Crenshaw, which was appropriately headlined on the Gateway Pundit site as “29-year-old Communist Bartender AOC Lectures Navy SEAL on How to Handle Firearms.” You can read the exchanges here: 

https://www.westernjournal.com/dan-crenshaw-issues-incredulous-reply-ocasio-cortez-implying-friends-criminals/

I don’t know what’s the most irritating part: the presumptuousness of AOC lecturing about guns to a decorated veteran who lost his eye and nearly his life defending her right to spew ignorance into the public discourse, or her assumption that his friends and family members to whom he might loan a gun without a background check “have likely abused their spouses or have a violent criminal record” (she must think that he hangs out in the same social circles that she does), or just the arrogance of her condescending remark to him: “Try to keep up.” 

Okay, here are a few concepts for her to “keep up” with.  Guns are the great equalizer, allowing women to protect themselves against larger, abusive men, like the spousal abusers AOC described.  How does she know that his friends asking to borrow a gun for self-defense aren’t victims of domestic abuse, and that having to wait around for a background check before being armed could spell the difference between life and death for them?  Why does AOC want to disarm women and leave them defenseless against abusers and criminals, as this woman would have been?    

https://www.westernjournal.com/young-woman-uses-gun-fend-off-group-5-men-attempting-rob-police/

I recall reading that the late Charlton Heston once said his liberal friends in Hollywood all condemned him for owning guns and opposing a waiting period to get a gun, but when the L.A. riots broke out, they called him and begged to borrow weapons to defend their homes. He said he told them he’d love to help, but he knew they were strong believers in a 10-day waiting period, so call back in 10 days and he’d see what he could do then. 

 

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But it’s usually not very productive to spend too much time or effort trying to respond to AOC.  Instead, let’s take a look at the Democrat Presidential candidates, such as “Beto” O’Rourke, and their claims that if elected, they’ll enact mandatory “buyback” programs (actually confiscation with some remuneration; the government can’t “buy back” what it never owned in the first place.) 

J.D. Tuccille at Reason.com took a deep dive into those pipe dream promises and examined how attempts to register, confiscate and “buy back” guns have worked out in various places throughout recent history.  Short answer: not well.

https://reason.com/2019/09/04/betos-impossible-gun-ban-dreams/

For instance, in the early ‘90s, New Jersey passed one of America’s toughest-ever laws against so-called “assault weapons.”  Even with a threatened penalty of felony charges, out of an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 privately-owned weapons in the state, police managed to confiscate 14 and a grand total of four more were turned in.   

This pattern of citizen refusal to comply held steady in other places that tried similar laws, including California and New York, which had to be sued before revealing that compliance with its gun registration law was a pitiful 5%. 

Americans already own millions of guns, and the vast majority aren’t going to register them because Democrats have made it clear that if they know who has guns, their next move will be to try to take them away.  As Tuccille notes, without registration, the government doesn't know where the guns are to confiscate them.  So the people calling for these draconian gun laws know they are unenforceable and will only make the government look weak and impotent, but they are pushing for them anyway.  Why?  Because of the hoped-for short-term political benefits of (ironically, since this is what they love to accuse conservatives of doing) firing up their base by demonizing or “othering” an entire class of people, in this case, blaming the actions of a tiny handful of homicidal lunatics on millions of law-abiding gun owners.

Or maybe I should say gun owners who abide by all laws that aren’t unconstitutional. 

 

 

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And continuing our theme of Democrat politicians demanding bans on things they know nothing about, Sen. Elizabeth Warren just demanded a ban on bump stocks five months after the Trump Administration banned them.  Are we sure it’s just Joe Biden whose brain we should be worried about?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7420693/Elizabeth-Warren-demands-ban-bump-stocks-5-months-Trump-outlawed-them.html

 

 

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I will happily criticize the Democratic presidential candidates when I think it’s deserved, but a story went viral yesterday that seems to me to be making a Mount Vesuvius out of a molehill.  The Internet and cable news stations went berserk after Joe Biden’s left eye apparently filled with blood during CNN’s climate change townhall on Wednesday.  A photo of it on the Drudge Report set off more alarms than the Chicago fire, and speculation ran rampant about whether it was a dangerous sign that Biden was falling apart due to his age and shaky health.

https://freebeacon.com/politics/joe-bidens-eye-fills-with-blood-during-cnn-climate-town-hall/

Well, chill out, everyone.  It was likely just a broken blood vessel, or a “subconjunctival hemorrhage.”  One of my staffers had the same problem last week and researched it. It’s very common, sometimes caused by coughing or blowing your nose too hard (he was getting over a bad cold.)  It’s harmless and usually goes away by itself – his was already fading after two days. 

There are many reasons to be concerned about Joe Biden’s fitness for the presidency, but a little red eye isn’t one of them.  Maybe he just understandably burst a blood vessel from trying to hold his eyes open throughout CNN’s interminable seven-hour marathon of Democratic politicians telling us how they plan to spend your money to change the weather. 

 

 

 

 

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  • Mary Reuter

    09/07/2019 03:08 PM

    I just love to read your evening additions. They are so well said & easy to understand. God has blessed you and us with your sharp mind, just wish you could have made President when you ran. Thank You for supporting Trump, he is a great President with a very beautiful, smart and common sense wife, our FLOTUS.

  • Vernon Thompson

    09/06/2019 01:06 PM

    From the halls of Hypocrisy and Irrational Hysteria (sometime referred to a Congress), there is a rush for hasty ill-conceived gun control legislation. Of course triggered by two recent mass shootings. Wouldn’t it be nice if we defined what problem we are trying to solve. Is it?
    • Mass shootings?
    • Inner City gun crime
    • Stolen / Black Market Weapons?
    • All the above?
    Maybe we should start by examining the 20K+ laws already on the books!
    • Which laws are being enforced?
    o Are they effectively doing what they were intended to do?
    o If not get them off the books!
    • Which laws are not being enforced?
    o Should they be enforced of maybe updated?
    o If not get them off the books!
    Maybe there are other questions to be asked to better understand the problem of gun violence.
    1. Why is gun violence more prominent in jurisdictions with the most severe gun control legislation in force? Chicago and Baltimore come to mind!
    2. What do the 24 zip codes with the greatest gun violence look like?
    3. The DOJ study on gun crime revealed that over 90% of the weapons were stolen of obtained on the black market. What is the solution?
    4. What is the impact of drugs, alcohol, and mental illness?
    It seems as though all of the attention is directed toward controlling and disarming the law-abiding American public! Three suggestions are always prominent:
    1. Ban so-called “assault weapons.” This is Senator Feinstein’s “feel-good” legislation revisited. It was in force for 10 years and there was no demonstrable reduction in crime.
    2. Do more extensive background checks. Seems reasonable, but as already demonstrated there have been mass shooters legally getting weapons because the reporting agencies did not populate the database with known problems! There is no background check for stolen or black market weapons!
    3. “Red Flag Laws” also come to the forefront. On one hand there is an opportunity to remove weapons from dangerous people – that’s good! There is also an opportunity for considerable abuse of citizen’s rights. There needs to be a balance.

  • jack macdonald

    09/06/2019 11:50 AM

    Just read Dee Hay's commentary and she nails it perfectly. Ignorant voters elect ignorant politicians of which there are far too many. We seem to find the most incompetent people in the populace and put them in charge of making policy and law. Think Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Dick Durbin, Diane Feinstein and too many others to mention here. It would include all the morons running for the Democrat nomination. That strikes me as mighty dumb.

  • Janet Burton

    09/06/2019 10:28 AM

    Wow, hats off to Dan Crenshaw for keeping his cool. Ignorant little twit probably has friends and family such as she discribes. On a lighter side, did someone give Uncle Joe a BB gun? Because everyone knows you could shoot your eye out.

  • Jerry

    09/06/2019 09:49 AM

    Guns in America have been with us almost from the beginning of this Countries existence people have been shooting people for 100's of years take away the guns we will find another way to kill probably a more hideous way to kill. God says thou shall not kill do people obey that command hell no do I want to kill hell no would I protect myself and people i care about yes their are 2 sides of the coin God does not want us to commit suicide by letting someone kill you so to prevent that one may have to kill. God has the devil to contend with and so do we as long as we have the devil the coin will have 2 sides.

  • Carol Mulshine

    09/05/2019 11:07 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee,

    Astounding analysis of our Gun predicament!
    You have such a grasp on everything , it seems. BRAVO!

    These Democrats are simply morons!
    But they do get attention of other morons , who unfortunately listen to them.
    I feel in the long run it will all turn out ok. .....Trump 2020 !

    I think about Sarah a lot. Will she be ok at FOX ? They are so Liberal.
    Heard they might get rid of Judge Jeanine !! Wish both would go to OAN .

    In the meantime, keep up the good work you do! You are the Best!!
    Carol~


  • Dee Hay

    09/05/2019 09:50 PM

    The wrecking of our country is not the fault of crazy politicians, it's the misinformed public that voted them into power. The constitution clearly defines our government as "we the people." If we ever hope to stop the carnage, we have to figure out a way to transform the ignorant public and get some sanity back in our government.

  • Carl Smith

    09/05/2019 09:40 PM

    Great Commentary as usual; Going thru some of my Mothers papers and ran across an article that was 1st published in 1970 in, I believe, the Houston Chronicle, under the title " Lest we Forget".
    In May of 1919 at Dusseldorf Germany, the Allied Forces obtained a copy of the 'Communist Rules for Revolution'. [ might be the outline Saul Alinsky's Rules for radicals] Fifty years later [now 100 years] the Reds are still following these rules.
    A. Corrupt the young, get them away from Religion, get them interested in sex. Make them superficial, destroy their ruggedness.
    B. Get Control of all means of publicity [the media] thereby;
    1. Get the peoples minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and plays and other trivialities.
    2. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.
    3. Destroy the peoples faith in thier national leaders by holding the latter up for contempt, ridicule and obloquy {Abusive or Slanderous language}
    4. Always preach true Democracy, but seize power as fast an as ruthlessly as possible.
    5. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy it's credit, produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.
    6. Foment unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders and foster lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward such disorders.
    7. By specious argument , cause the breakdown of the old moral virtues, honesty, sobriety, confidence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.
    C. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view toward confiscating them and leaving the populace helpless.

    My summation is best expressed by Samuel Adams 'That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just Liberty of the press or the rights of conscience or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.

  • Charles Nicholson

    09/05/2019 09:31 PM

    Governor, your senses of humor and common sense are inspiring!

  • Dr, Robert K Jabs

    09/05/2019 09:23 PM

    I have been a fan of Mike Huckabee for a long time , Also I agree with his political savy and insights. Every Sat, I watch his show which I thoroughly enjoy. Also I followed his recommendation to buy Lear Capital silver coins. On 4/15/19 I bought 2100 half dollar silver coins for18,869.60. I am 84yrs old this month and because of the ad showing value rapidly climbing I made the purchase expecting good results in the short run. I did not have any understanding of a 33 percent fee upfront and that the investment would not pay off for 3years. I felt led astray and the account executive never gave me a statement in spite of numerous requests Today when I pressed hard He gave me a figure of 13,839 which was a real shock. I never expected this to happen. What advice can you give me. I just as soon get all my money refunded and forget the whole episode. My tel is 951-237-7817. Please call. Sincerely Bob Jabs

  • Steven Swanson

    09/05/2019 09:10 PM

    Well said as always! Universal background checks would only work with universal registration and that would inevitably lead to confiscation. You can't name a country in history that this didn't happen!

  • Anita Mae Barker

    09/05/2019 09:02 PM

    Methinks Joe Biden is a lost cause as far as being president.
    Bless you......

  • Stephen F. McCartney, M.D.

    09/05/2019 08:29 PM

    The abrupt sub conjunctival hemorrhage in VP Biden's eye is not uncommon. As you said it is a cough, sneeze or sometimes occurs spontaneously. Possible further media concern will be the discoloration that accompanies the resolution of the problem ( purple, then yellow) of the blood as it is absorbed. It is normal in healing. It has "zero" to do with his legacy issues with cerebral artery aneurysm and their successful treatment. I hope no one wastes time making any assertions in that area,

  • Betty R Reisinger

    09/05/2019 07:57 PM

    Thank you Gov. Huckabee for the best laugh I have had in days. Your comments brighten my day and evening with your comments.

  • Marie Eier

    09/05/2019 07:12 PM

    Glad to read your comments. My TV doesn't carry much but local news So I do enjoy your comments.

  • Stephen H. Thomas

    09/05/2019 06:46 PM

    Regarding the gun grabbing commentary...
    You missed the whole point again. We have a 2nd Amendment;
    Not to go hunting, even though that's a consideration,
    Not for protection against miscreants, even though that's another consideration, But it's there...
    FOR protection against those in the OUR government or foreign invaders that would steal our liberty.
    Most folks miss that most important point.
    EVERYWHERE gun control has been implemented it begins with...
    Registration, then
    Confiscation, then
    Subjugation.
    Speak to the heart of the truth Gov. Huckabee.
    These politicos and media that want to remove our right to keep and bear arms and are using the various shootings to fan the flames of "gun control" and they are now actively calling for confiscation. An unarmed populace is what THEY want so they can usher in their socialist marxist dreams with a mitigated and reduced fear of an armed populace.
    Remember F. Marcos. He said it was the crime and killings and "we" need to do something. Registration and then more registration. When he got a line on where most of the guns were he told the people that the registration was not working and the only way to solve the crime and killings was to not allow anybody (except a select few) to own guns and the confiscation began. After that, he declared himself dictator of the Philippines. And, if we allow these politicos to enact anymore tightening of gun rights this same story is now and will be happening here.
    Oh yes! We have had confiscations in our country already. Right after Katrina in New Orleans the armed military was going door to door and collecting guns (which were never returned) from law abiding residents. That was another snapshot of things to come.
    THAT'S THE TRUTH. You should be using your platform to speak more vociferously to it.
    If and/or when they do take over, and in most all these type of takeovers...
    it is a vocal and violent minority....
    I have no doubt that you will be one of THEIR first targets in one of the many "purges" that will come.
    How about a Charlton Heston quote?

  • David Kottwitz

    09/05/2019 06:41 PM

    Governor, Love your reporting and your show. The question I have is why Mr. O'Rourke goes by the name of "Beto" when his real name is commonly known as Robert Francis O'Rourke? May I suggest he be henceforth called Robert Francis O'Rourke, AKA "Beto O'Rourke" (his "I wanna identify with someone else name" because I'm so tired of my privileged upbringing and whiteness). By the way, my computer keeps wanting to change Beto to Veto!

  • JOYCE F BIRCH

    09/05/2019 06:35 PM

    I believe in the 2nd Amendment, but I'm against assault weapons, AK-15 & large magazines. I believe these high power & rapid fire weapons belong to the military or law enforcement departments. I think there is a substantial amount of illegal guns on the black market. My state has a very good process on gun sales & background checks, that's not saying we don't have crime. But it's beyond words what happens in Chicago. How could cities like this live with themselves? Innocent lives gone in a flash. I truly believe the DEVIL is walking the earth, even though I pray for peace daily. Amen

  • Michael K. Garrett

    09/05/2019 05:59 PM

    I have already heard many sheriff's candidates and incumbents say they will never be knocking on anybody's doors trying to confiscate someone's guns even if the liberal Demoncrats pass laws or a constitutional 2nd amendment change (which will never happen). Any law trying to confiscate anybody's guns is doomed to failure because no conservative law enforcer will enforce it. It's like the federal law again transporting illegal drugs across state lines. Thousands of people buy legalized pot and other mind-altering drugs in Trinidad, Colo. and take them back to Texas, N.M. and Oklahoma with no one checking their car trunks or glove boxes. The liberal presidential candidates continue to have foot and mouth disease playing with reality.
    Michael Garrett
    Trinidad, Colo.

  • Jerry

    09/05/2019 05:42 PM

    All I can handle is a few sound bites from these wacko Far Left Zombies like I said before let them talk Normal people or abnormal people know by now these people are are lunatics not worth my time.

  • jack macdonald

    09/05/2019 05:40 PM

    First comment: The Libs fascist obsession with climate change reminds of Chicken Little claiming the sky was falling.
    Second comment: Libs have apparently forgotten when Prohibition of liquor was tried and it gave rise to bootleggers, Mafia and other blackmarket sources for the prohibited item and had to be repealed. You cannot legislate morality or human behavior. Try banning Marijuana or Heroin or Cocaine and see how that works. These people are irredeemable fools and are incapable of learning.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    09/05/2019 05:30 PM

    AOC is theorizing a straw man - a spousal abuser; who could be in favor of spousal abuse...and implying that Mr. Crenshaw might be enabling such behavior. Interesting - and arrogant ! assumption on her part - that all Crenshaw's friends are men likely to be abusers. AOC seems addicted to intemperance; every issue to her is Carter's " moral equivalent of war ". Open mouth; insert...Blahnik ;-}