Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter noted in a recent column that a majority of Americans are very likely worried about gun violence and are especially concerned about the increasing incidents of mass shootings and want “something” done about them.
But what to do? More background checks? Gun bans? Red flag laws? Longer waiting periods between gun purchases? Ammunition bans? Limits on bullets in magazines?
“Leaving aside the usual suspects, who are rushing to the microphones to demand the immediate confiscation of all guns, liberals are appealing to us to come together in good faith and formulate a plan to keep guns out of the hands of these monsters, using fair process and common sense,” Coulter wrote in a recent column.
Here’s the problem though, she notes: The Left doesn’t deal in ‘good faith.’ They don’t want to ‘come together’ to reach ‘viable and lasting solutions.’ They want to impose their ‘solutions’ on the rest of the country, even if they insult and offend the Constitution and the Second Amendment. That’s why it’s impossible for Left and Right to find compromises that might actually do some good.
“Here’s the reality: We don’t trust the other side, nor should we,” she writes.
In the past, Coulter said that most people could rely on a couple of “bulwarks” to help us guard against “stupidity” — the legal process and common sense.
In the former, our founding fathers’ “genius…was to strictly limit the power of capricious, and often armed, government officials and to create a government of laws that made major changes difficult, but not impossible,” Coulter, who is also a lawyer by training, said.
That’s why it’s exceedingly difficult to get 38 states to agree to new constitutional amendments (or to repeal existing amendments). Or why it’s hard to pass or change laws. Our founders designed our system to be ‘at odds’ with itself, hence the three different branches of government whose members ‘jealously’ guard their authority.
As for common sense, Coulter said that once upon a time in America (not so long ago, really), “we used to be able to assume that a basic reasonableness undergirded our society,” which transcended generations and was passed along to younger members to carry into adulthood.
For instance, she said, until the 1970s, “federal courts mostly enforced actual legal and constitutional rights on the books,” she wrote, even as the Legislative and Executive Branches did their best to act in good faith (“or at least not in obvious bad faith”).
Democrats and Republicans believed in international borders, illegal immigrants would be processed out of the country by law, there were only two sexes, free speech was universally understood as a bulwark of our society, and that children “could dress up as a cowboy or Indian for Halloween without being branded a ‘racist,’” she wrote. (Related: True tyranny always begins with the censoring of free speech – This is why big tech must be ‘taken down’ for the good of humanity.)
“Naturally, therefore, my first instinct was to assume that our shared respect for process and decency remained. But I now realize that’s wrong,” she noted further.
Liberals, she notes, have changed their minds about what used to be universally accepted in our society. When they want to change the rules, they find ways around existing laws and policies in order to do so. When they disagree with people, they want them banned. When they really disagree with them, they want those people punished. And so on.
“We’re dealing with people who are not honest brokers,” Coulter notes. “We can no longer have any expectation of good faith, sound process or common sense.”
So we can’t “start putting asterisks on the Second Amendment and hope that it will survive,” she adds. “We can’t entrust our liberties to your dirty hands.”