The firestorm over the disgrace that is Jim Webb has actually begun to spawn in a very few corners of the Democratic Party a potentially useful debate regarding the Second Amendment. I’m actually happy to see that liberal orthodoxy hasn’t managed to run off the few remaining pockets of respect for the Constitution that might exist. So the gauntlet that Rule .303 throws down is gratefully accepted. Let’s talk about Jim Webb and the Second Amendment for a bit.
I’m glad that Jim Webb has a concealed carry permit. It must drive Nancy Pelosi absolutely nuts to constantly wonder if there’s a bulge in Webb’s waistband and to constantly interact with a colleague from her own party who clearly disagrees with her on a significant policy matter. Would this be enough to possibly demonstrate that gun owners aren’t all slack-jawed idiots only removed from a tragic incident by a temporary quirk of fate? Probably not, but it is great to see someone demonstrate an important liberty in an undeniable way and watch how uncomfortable that display is for many Democrats to ponder.
What is truly fascinating about this incident is what Jim Webb did when confronted. He denied. He clammed up. He left his staffer to rot in a DC jail until he was arraigned, and essentially blamed the whole thing on this convenient fall guy. What a schmuck! Now had Jim Webb actually demonstrated a modicum of Marine honor, he would have taken responsibility for the whole thing. If he were really a “born fighting” guy, he would have said that his moral convictions require that he defy unconstitutional laws and dare a prosecutor to try to arrest a sitting United States Senator who is willing to put his own butt on the line for principle. If he actually demonstrated Marine Corps values, he would have personally been there at the DC jail bailing his staffer out with his own credit card, taking him to a private dinner dinner at the Four Seasons or other appropriately swanky dining establishment, and then handed him $500 as he dropped him off in front of Camelot. But Jim Webb didn’t do anything of the sort. He acted like a complete coward, hung his Marine subordinate out to dry, and demonstrated the sort of leadership you’d rightly demote a Lance Corporal for exhibiting.
At the same time Democrats are decrying a recent court decision to overturn DC’s gun ban, and balked at the idea of taking legislative action on the issue when that was the political deal for DC to get a vote in Congress, here’s a Democrat that ends up inadvertently flaunting the very laws that the overwhelming majority of the party holds as religious dogma. The NRA didn’t do this, the vast right-wing conspiracy didn’t engineer this. Democrats did this on their own. At the same time they seem to us to be determined to strip every American of his right to have the means to effectively defend himself, one of their own not only adheres to the neanderthal position, but does so in a way that violates the law.
Oh, the irony. Forgive me for not shining a spotlight on this one. The elitist “do as I say, not as I do” liberal mentality has never been shown in such stark contrast as it has in this over the past few days. To make it even more stunning, this is accompanied by cowardice and duplicity by someone who was formerly the darling of the Democratic Party.
This actually won’t have much to do with the Second Amendment. No one has raised the issue that the federal government has no constitutional authority to disarm citizens on federal property. No Democrats have had their epiphany and used this incident as an example of just how inane many of our gun control laws are, and begin arguing for allowing for the greater exercise of constitutionally protected liberties. Democrats are hiding from the Second Amendment issue here. So if some Democrats expect Republicans to come to Jim Webb’s rescue arguing a Second Amendment issue, first he has to demonstrate he’s worthy of being defended by displaying somewhat more courage under fire than would be expected of a five year old girl, and second Democrats have to demonstrate that they’re interested in joining in the fight. Instead they cower, just as Jim Webb continues to do. Had he stood up for a moment on principle, I would have defended him, but his actions make it very comfortable for me to leave him twisting in the wind just as he has done with his employee.
So spare me the whining about how the NRA is too partisan. I agree, but it’s irrelevant. The central fact here is that Jim Webb, far from being “born fighting”, is a pathetic sissy. It’s one thing to symbolically don combat boots. It’s clearly a very different thing to live like those who wear them for real.
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