In a recent town hall, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (RINO-WI) was asked what could be done to check the growth of “far-right extremism” and “white supremacy. He responded, “keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
Why didn’t we think of that? He is some kind of super-genius. “Keep guns out of the hands of criminals.” Hard to believe that no one ever thought of that before. Who knew that it was simply a matter of passing the right laws, and then criminals wouldn’t be able to get guns?
But it seems like being a super-genius also gives Speaker Ryan the ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth. He added, “We’ve got to do a better job of making sure…that people who are suspected of terrorism…don’t get guns.” He then went on to say with a straight face, “We also have to make sure we protect our Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens.” I’m not sure how you protect the rights of law-abiding citizens, while simultaneously advocating the taking of guns from people who are only suspected…but not convicted…of being criminals.
That’s a pretty tough nut to crack, but it sounds like Speaker Ryan has things figured out. Simple me, I’d have tried something more obvious. I’d try putting criminals behind bars…where it is much, much harder for them to get their hands on guns…rather than trying to keep guns away from criminals who are walking around free. And big dummy that I am, I wouldn’t try to keep guns from suspected terrorists…who are by definition law-abiding citizens, since they have been convicted of no crime. Instead, I’d try to catch, convict, and lock up the terrorists…and leave law-abiding citizens alone.
Speaker Ryan seems to have latched onto an idea that the rest of us were too dense to see. “Keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” all while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens and maintaining a free society. Maybe some day he’ll apply those powerful brain cells to solving the problem of how to get the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) and the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 367) out of committee, and to the House floor for a vote.
That ought to be pretty simple for Speaker Paul Ryan, super-genius.
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