Friday, March 28, 2014

Anti-Gunners, Hypocrites, or BOTH?

These are both prime examples of anti-gun politicians who believe that gun control should apply to everyone else except themselves. 

And Democrats wonder why responsible gun owners cringe at even small concessions to their freedoms. After all, if the lawmakers don't follow the law, why should anyone else? 

When it comes down to it, it's not about being a Democrat or a Republican or a Senator. I don't care who you are or what you do. If you say you hate guns, but then you're caught carrying one or using them to make money, you ARE a hypocrite. 

And responsibly armed Americans like you and me simply can't stand for it. 

 The last time I checked, the definition of integrity was as follows: "The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles." 

And now, the definition of hypocrisy: "Behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel; dishonesty." 

The reason I mention both of these words is that in many ways, they are opposites. If someone has integrity, they do what they say they'll do. If they don't...well, you get the picture. 

A perfect example of this behavior came to light just this week when—you guessed it—an anti-gun politician from the Democratic Party went against his so-called "stance" on firearms to use them for his own personal gain. 

The hypocrite? California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). 

The crime? Trafficking firearms. 

According to the Los Angeles Times: 

"The gun charges go against Yee's stand as a gun control advocate. 

In 2006, Yee was named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign for his efforts that included co-authoring a first-in-the-nation bill to require new semiautomatic handguns be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as micro-stamping. 

In 2013, he stood with law enforcement officials and then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to propose a bill that would regulate assault weapons." 

Are you shaking your head yet? 

This case reminded me of another situation ripe with hypocrisy involving Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), who was busted trying to bring a loaded firearm through a security checkpoint at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in late 2012. The pistol was found in Trotter's carry on, loaded with seven rounds. 

Up to that point, Trotter had been an extremely vocal advocate of gun control, co-sponsoring over 30 bills in favor of tighter gun laws. 

The "bad guys" come in many forms. Liars and hypocrites ARE the bad guys here. And as the "good guys," you and I must continue to strive to be honest, responsibly armed citizens. The kind who do what we say and say what we mean. 

How else can we ensure that integrity will always prevail over hypocrisy?
Take Care and Stay Safe,

Tim Schmidt
Publisher - Concealed Carry Report
USCCA Founder

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