Here’s a basic truism: If you’re a far-left Democrat who can’t even get the Washington Post on board with your ridiculous anti-gun agenda, you have spun yourself right off the territory of the sane and into the land of Kooksville. And make no mistake about it, that’s exactly where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi found herself this week after handing social media this gem of nonsense on Twitter:
“Inviting violent criminals to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Inviting domestic abusers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Inviting convicted stalkers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Yet the @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that.”
Pelosi wrote that bag of lies on December 6, just after House Republicans passed a bill that would require states to recognize concealed carry licenses and laws from every other state in the country. Now, one would expect conservative media, the NRA, and Republican politicians to push back on the obvious deception included in this tweet, but it came as quite the shock to us when the Washington Post fact-check squad decided to hand her their dreaded rating of Three Pinnocchios. After all, this is the paper that gladly carried water for Obama’s anti-gun agenda for the last four years of his misbegotten presidency. How badly do you have to lie when even Democrat-run media turns on you?
Well, pretty badly.
The reality is that most states already allow for reciprocity agreements with other states. Federal law also already prohibits violent criminals, abusers and stalkers from having guns; the issue is that some states already have tougher laws than at the federal level that could be overridden by permits from more lenient states. Still, the differences among most states may loom larger in the gun debate than in reality.
Pelosi’s tweet inspired such anger because responsible gun owners believe their rights are being curtailed, even if they follow the concealed-carry rules — while violent criminals who want to have a gun are not going to be bothered with following such rules in the first place.
We wavered between Two and Three Pinocchios but ultimately settled on Three because her last line — “the @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that” — is so over the top and exaggerated. One can have a respectful political debate, raising the issue of a lower common denominator for concealed-weapons permits, without accusing the other side of voting to let violent criminals and stalkers have guns.
The entire article is worth a read because it’s the kind of thoughtful analysis mostly absent from the mainstream media when it comes to gun legislation. It’s certainly the kind of thought that you don’t see – ever – from today’s Democratic Party, which seems to labor under the belief that the majority of their voters want to do away with the Second Amendment (to say nothing of common sense.) They see waging war against the NRA as a winning issue, and they’re apparently going to keep seeing it that way no matter how many elections prove them wrong.
If you’ve got the facts on your side, you don’t have to lie. Yet another reason why no one should trust Democrats with our basic freedoms.