In view of this monolithic trend towards governmental expansion and commensurate limitation of individual rights, Mr. LaPierre has adopted a strict constructionist viewpoint. He may agree that it isnâ€™t a good idea for people like James Holmes to get his hands on assault weapons, but he knows that whatever restriction is accepted will be just the beginning.
That’s largely what our opponents fail to understand, and what we need to understand. There’s no reason to reach out and work together to find solutions. That’s not how the process works. People who think politics is the art of everyone getting together to solve problems is naive. Politics is the art of living together without killing each other, and as Clausewitz famously said, killing each other is just politics by other means.
My position is absolute. I want less, not more gun control. I’m not going to compromise or work with them on any issue unless the other side gets me in a position where the only choices are bad and worse.