Holly Audette on Gun Control

Why do people struggle for answers to gun abuse? The issue isn’t gun control. The instrument
does not kill.

Historically, our culture’s foundation was guns are a worthy instrument to feed, for sport and for
defense. Our governing foundation is the government will never be the only one with guns, for
very good reason. History is replete with tyrannical governments causing public submission by
denying weapons of self defense and resulting millions in civilian casualties.

The problem with abuse of guns is summed up in one word. Accountability. It’s the absolute
answer to gun abuse. Most liberals have absolutely no integrity in complaining about gun
abuse. Do you find that outrageous? Let’s investigate the facts.

Popular progressive policies like defunding the police give the bad guys actual license to act out
both by emboldening them, because police do not have the means to control crime or by
making them cause celeb when they do.

I could fill this column with facts about the ill effects of liberal policies. In 2020 Oregon became
the first state to decriminalized personal possession of drugs such as heroin, cocaine,
methamphetamine, and LSD to encourage treatment. A massive multi-million dollar failure as
there has been a 700% increase in overdoses and a 120% increase in overdose deaths. Most
from opioids and fentanyl-laced methamphetamine that comes from China- many liberals
favorite country and comes through Mexico, again the liberals favorite place to decide laws do
not matter, bad behavior is celebrated and encouraged and any complaint is labeled racist. Our
porous border brings death and destruction through gangs, drug and human traffickers, etc.,
and are personally delivered to your home town thanks to Catholic Charities, liberal government
and so-called progressive policies. Go ahead and argue this has no effect on gun abuse.

No-bond and zero bail policies, the left’s favorite cult-personality George Soros’ pet project, who
pours millions into judicial races ensuring criminasl are back on the street as quickly as possible.
Any effect on gun abuse? Liberal, soft-on-crime policies have ruined the quality of life in cities
across America. Every excuse to make the criminal the victim and hold no one to account for
crime has turned this nation’s urban areas to a cesspool and it’s quickly infiltrating rural
America. All we need is love, right? The love demonstrated by the left’s favorite domestic
terrorists who act out in the name of Antifa and BLM while they kill, loot, burn and riot with little if
any accountability.

Then of course is the socio and economic shaming of anyone who doesn’t embrace, model or
encourage debauchery that is presented as perfectly acceptable and indoctrinated through our
media and schools. Say one word in objection, you’ll be canceled. Now these enabled, “victims”
who’ve been told how much they’re victims, feel license to exact revenge on those the left labels
perpetrators among us. Not because of any act, but because of what they look like, heritage
and ancestry. Ironic, right?

Remember the 1960’s liberals? Accept no authority? They demand you hand over your personal
liberty, your voice, your medical decisions, your self defense, your child’s education and
“well-being”, directly to a bigger and bigger government to interfere in your life in all ways
possible. In the name of government manipulated, “science”, of course!

We’re required to contribute more of our earnings to compensate those who simply choose not
to, as liberals define “kinds” of deprived persons worthy to take from others as “equity”. We’re
no longer a nation that achieved equal opportunity, we’re many spoiled, entitled thugs, taught
they have the absolute authority to violently take from others. Smash & grab, random shooting
in the street, car jackings, assault, burglary. This science fiction version of, “The Purge” has
arrived as liberal policy. Sound extreme? Fact check me. Thugs roaming our streets vandalizing,
looting, murdering who explain they are victims and deserving, thanks to the, “oprahisms”
they’ve been fed as a steady diet.

Taxpayers spent $22 trillion+ on Johnson’s war on poverty. Three times the cost of all military
wars since the American Revolution. To accept, celebrate and reward having children with no
support from both parents and welfare costs rising from $671 per person to $19,355 in 2018.
That totals $77,418 for a family of four whose poverty threshold is $25,701. You think
entitlement leads to abuse of guns?

Our nation is a filthy, disrespectful, self-centered, perverse, entitled universe. At best, many hide
hoping the inevitable total consumption of what our liberty was intended for is not sucked out of
each of us by those demanding capitulation.

We do not need gun control. We need accountability for gun abuse and, personal behavior.
We do not have the stomach, the treasure or opportunity to recover a decent society unless we
adamantly involve ourselves in reinstating one.

—Holly Audette