December 12, 2017

Has Governor LePage Flip-Flopped Or Not on Background Checks

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It seems that my article of a few days ago about how Maine’s Governor Paul LePage advocating for stricter gun control through background checks, is but a part of a greater stir in Maine about the governor’s OpEd.

Centrist Lance Dutson, a Susan Collins supporter, presented his own OpEd disparaging “hardcore gun rights advocates” for seeing some of the same things I saw when I read the governor’s piece.

If you take the time to read through the comments from readers, it might become clear, but I doubt it, that, like just about everything in America today, it’s a Left/Right issue. Comprehending written words is a lost art, replaced with ideology and political rhetoric parroted by those choosing a side absent independent thought.

I don’t necessarily intend to be cruel, but I am at a loss for how to explain the truth honestly and accurately.

From the comments section, some attempt to ridicule Dutson because he is a Susan Collins supporter and they believe him to be a Centrist, i.e. a supporter of the RINO (Republican in name only) faction. Others claim that Dutson has failed to comprehend LePage’s historic position and that his recent commentary on background checks is but reinforcing the same belief he has carried throughout his political career.

What was clear to me was that Dutson has an aversion to anyone with a strong support of the Second Amendment. I wonder if he has the same aversion toward those who support the other articles of the Bill of Rights?

Even ignoring the governor’s past, what he wrote clearly states that he supports tighter controls on background checks. When he extolled the need for more workers to the do the checks, more money to pay for those checks as well as finding those who slipped through the cracks of the system, no matter how you slice it, he is supporting more stringent government intervention in order to further decay the Second Amendment…..PERIOD! It is childish and ignorant to feign support for LePage, or anybody for that matter, simply because he’s on your “side.”

Those who support the NRA, as Governor LePage has done during his political career, unknowingly support tighter controls on gun ownership. Willful blindness prevents them from seeing that the NRA, a strong advocate for government control over background checks, along with other “reasonable” measures to destroy the Second Amendment, is not the pure advocate for the right to keep and bear arms some believe them to be. For decades I have listened to the “True Believers” of the NRA state that the organization is the best and strongest supporter of the Second Amendment and therefore we should give them our money and our lives. No thanks! This might be akin to desiring to be hung with a new rope instead of the old one.

Until such time as people can (and they never will) lose the Left/Right false paradigm and make decisions based on independent thought, nothing will change. The Left will argue with the Right, the Right with the Left and, as we see in the comment section of this article, each side will argue among themselves, all the while unknowingly advocating for their own demise….and liking it too, I might add.

Read LePage’s words. Understand what those words mean. (Either the Governor understands what he wrote and politically advocates stricter gun control or he’s ignorant of the meaning of the words he chose to use.) Forget he’s who he is. If you support the Second Amendment then support it regardless of political loyalties and false promises.

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