In an interview addressing gun laws and school safety policies, Gov. McDonnell cut straight to the heart of what is critical in any discussion about what “needs to be done” as a result of the Newtown school shooting.
“The key is don’t overreact,” McDonnell said. “Don’t react solely when you’re emotional, because your policies may not be right, but really get to the bottom of what works and what can actually make a difference.”
When you legislate solely from emotion, as the anti-Rights cultists would have our government do, you usually end up with laws that make things worse, not better.
This goes hand-in-hand with the Quote of the Day at SayUncle’s.
Grieve first, then make decisions — not the other way around.
When you are grieving, and in pain, and reacting emotionally, you are not thinking rationally. You cannot see reality clearly enough and calmly enough to weigh important decisions.
I did not watch the President’s press conference today, where he formally announced his intent to push for more gun control, but others did. It sounds like he is going to push through a new Assault Weapon Ban, and that he will try and rush it through. There can be only one reason for that – he doesn’t want to give anyone time to look at it calmly and rationally, and to analyze it for flaws and Constitutional violations. I fully expect claims from Obama and Feinstein that – like the Affordable Care Act – “we have to pass it to know what’s in it.”
He wants to use… No. He wants to abuse the pain and grief of the nation – the spilled blood of murdered, innocent children – to push through restrictive laws that would not survive a calm and reasoned debate.
We gun owners are in for the legislative fight of our lives. Pay attention. Be proactive. Contact your representatives at both the state and federal levels.
Be polite, but be firm, and above all be unyielding. The Executive branch is against us. We cannot count on the Judicial branch to help us, and by the time it gets to that point it may already be too late. We must stop this at the legislative level.
There are four boxes in our system of government.
The Soap box. The Ballot box. The Jury box. The Cartridge box.
They are meant to be used in that order. We should only progress to the next box when the current one has failed.
I greatly fear that if the Soap box and the Ballot box fail, someone will push us right past the Jury box, with disastrous results.
I am terrified that the Executive and the Legislature might be willing to push hard enough to justify opening that last box.
I hope you are at least worried about this, too. There are rays of hope, here and there, but the voices raised against us now are deafening. This political battle will be critical, and none of us can afford to remain on the sidelines.
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[Source: Roanoke Times article, retrieved 12/18/12]