Lazy C, Against Guns but for Socialism?

by lewwaters

This blog has never shied away from stating how the Lazy C, aka the Columbian newspaper, fails the very community it claims to serve with its bias and ignoring allegations of wrongdoing when it comes to Democrats.

Where they lack in deep investigative journalism locally, they make up by promoting whatever the latest agenda of the left may be.

Case in point, two editorials in the Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 edition, In Our View: Printing Guns a Dire Danger and Fear of socialism distorting nation’s political discourse.

The sudden irrational fear of 3D printed guns doesn’t come as a surprise. The media has long been against private citizens owning firearms and fearmongering on easily printed out guns they claim are untraceable is par for the course.

While we usually see an onslaught of calls for gun bans and more intrusive background checks right after a mass shooting, now we see it as news has come out of plans being available to just print out a plastic gun on a 3D printer.

They claim, “Making blueprints available would provide a loophole in gun laws to be exploited by criminals ranging from terrorists to street gangs.”

What seems left on the editors floor is how inefficient such plastic guns would be as well as the extreme expense of creating one, 3D printers capable being excessively expensive and the several days required to have one come out of the printer.

Also ignored is criminals and terrorists could obtain real firearms quicker and cheaper from illegal arms dealers or even assemble them from discarded materials found in dumpsters behind machine shops or hardware stores.

The Lazy C does approach some honest journalism, though, but don’t quite get there when they state, “Americans must focus on the sickness that is our obsession with guns. That sickness is rotting us from the inside; 3D weapons are merely a symptom.”

The “obsession” isn’t in owning a gun as much as it is wanting to defend ourselves and our families from those obsessed with doing us harm in some manner.

The real “obsession” is the severely mentally ill not receiving adequate treatment or their illness not being included in background check data that should prevent them from purchasing a firearm legally.

Also in play is the “obsession” of some communities today wanting to blame and prosecute ‘victims’ of theft should a firearm they own be stolen and used in committing a crime.

In other words, the Lazy C along with many in the leftist media laying blame on everything for shootings, except the one pulling the trigger!

You can read more at Five things to know about 3D printed guns

Fear of Socialism

It’s almost laughable to see the Lazy C expressing a deep fear of plastic guns the same day they claim some nefarious “fear of socialism” distorts national political discourse. Especially considering the unreasonable and ongoing vitriol exhibited towards the duly elected president, Donald Trump. (Disclaimer: I remain no fan of Trump, but accept he was duly elected and entitled to govern within the constitution and laws of the United States)

Where the paper gets it wrong is that we “fear” socialism. It isn’t fear motivating those of us opposing it, but “knowledge” of what socialism is and where it leads.

The failures of Socialism are clearly seen where once prosperous and wealthy Venezuela languishes in poverty and unrest today: Socialism Has Destroyed Venezuela; Venezuela, a rich country ruined by socialist dictators.

Socialist Democrats like Senator Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently defeated an incumbent Democrat in New York’s 14th congressional district primary quickly point to Scandinavian State Socialism as a counter.

In typical fashion, the increasing angst of those countries is ignored or glossed over: No, Bernie Sanders, Scandinavia is not a socialist utopia; Look at What’s Going to Happen to Sweden’s Fabled Welfare State.

Should we ever slide into so-called “Democratic Socialism,” would get to the point where a woman is Shamed for being a stay-at-home mum and as reported in a Wall Street Journal article (behind a paywall), “The Swedish government … promotes the false idea that mothers are not uniquely important to babies. Women who prefer to stay home with very young children are stigmatized as regressive and antifeminist. The Feminist Initiative, a radical political party, touts [Government funded] day care as a way to ‘liberate women from their maternal instincts’.”

This barely scratches the surface of what harm Socialism has done to human beings over the years.

I cannot imagine working hard every day just to be forced to pay between 60% and 70% or more of my paycheck to pay for those doing less than I do.

And that is the main failure of Socialism. In spite of grand claims and promises of “free stuff,” someone must pay for it, whatever it is. When those working the hardest see the rewards of their labor going to those who do little, they lose the initiative to work harder, seeing no reward to it.

That is when society begins crumble with fewer and fewer working hard to make society succeed and prosper.

Again I’ll state, no it is not a “fear of Socialism,” but knowledge and awareness of just what Socialism is and what harm it always leads to.

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