Arthur Christopher Schaper: Checking in with Congressional Sympathy from the West Coast


So, Rhode Islanders. How are you? Awful? Or Awful Awful? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

The Dancing Cop from Providence turned into the Rhode Island Dancing Cop. And now he’s the retiring cop. Who says there’s no justice in the world?

I have been busy fighting the forces of evil here in California. Rhode Island and California are still two states in a very bad state. Locally, we are enjoying some real victories, though. Good, solid conservatives won some key local races here in Torrance, California. My assemblyman got a school choice bill passed in deep blue, union-dominated one Golden State.

At least progressive Congressional Democrats have been relegated to the minority for three election cycles in a row. Their chances in 2016 hinge on their Presidential candidate and how unmotivated the party faithful will be. Even so, I doubt that they will win the majority

We still have our crazies. Governor Moonbeam here, and Gina Raimondo over there. And now meet Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro). She plays nice with small businesses, but she really likes to do what the labor unions order her to do.

See Janice Run. She runs to the cameras. She likes to be liked.

See Janice fundraise. Fundraise, Janice, fundraise!

She needs free publicity, so she sat down with her colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives for twenty-five hours. Most of her California peers rushed to the floor, too, especially the ones in swing districts where they still have to fight off challengers cycle after cycle.

Now, what does this have to do with you, Rhode Islanders? Who has been a faithful crony in illiberal lunacy? Who was there sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives, agitating to take away more people’s firearms? Getting all the good poses?

The one and only Grand Theft Auto David Cicilline.

Their temper tantrum violates rules of decorum. They ignore the rule of law, the Bill of Rights, and due process. They also broke out every social media tool to play up their #PoliticalLivesMatter activism. Of course, the vain-scream media, subservient to the statist cause, reported every tweet, Facebook post, and text message from Congressional representatives to the world at large.

Did we forget to mention that the Democrats, hiding behind civil rights icon John Lewis, were violating the due process of every citizen in the country? If they want more votes on their bills, then they need to win more seats. But as long as the left-flank has taken over their party, and the ideological twin Nancy Pelosi serves as minority leader for a diminished house caucus, their numbers won’t be growing anytime soon.

I had to look at these people on TV taking up space, playing for the camera, showing everyone that they care so much about us little people that they want to take our guns away.

OK, fine, the Democratic caucus simply wanted an up-or-down vote on two bills:

  1. If you are on the no-fly terrorist list, you should not be able to purchase a firearm.
  2. Universal background checks, even at gun-shows.

Let’s analyze these proposals.

The first one is so gravely flawed, that even the American Civil Liberties Union opposes it. Remember, they’re the wacky left-wing outfit that will fight for a criminal’s right to be free rather than the rights of everyone else to be safe. Innocent civilians have ended up on this list. Even Northern California’s conservative Congressman Tom McClintock could not board a flight because he shared the same name as a black-listed Irish domestic terrorist. One woman waited eight years to clear her name from the No-Fly List.

As for background checks: Every major gun massacre was perpetrated by a licensed firearms owner or somebody with one nearby. Good luck finding a gun show where they run a gun under the table. Check out this video for proof positive in one of the reddest, most gun-friendly states in the union.

These politicians will never stop until every firearm is confiscated and the state stands alone with the power to fight back. This culture war is real, serious, and relentless.

The Orlando, Florida, shootings offered another crisis for the Democrats not to put to waste. Instead, they wasted their time. I told Rep. Janice Hahn that much at her mock gun-control sit-in at a local high school. Lots of tears, lots of wailing mothers who will never see their dead relatives again. (I feel for them. That’s why I support expansion of concealed carry permits.)

Hahn replayed Rep. Lewis’s wavering, Gospel-like speech at the dais. Viewers can see Hahn and Cicilline pushing aside their colleagues so they can figure in the front row. During public comment, I mentioned that when civil rights activists held sit-ins in the past, they were fighting for people’s rights not to take them away.

Martin Luther King Jr. owned a firearms. The first members of the National Rifle Association were African Americans, trying to protect themselves from the Ku Klux Klan.

Another question I neglected to ask: why would Lewis want to sit next to Janice Hahn? David Cicilline? When Cicilline was mayor of Providence, the city was less safe, crime rates went up, and corruption was just as bad as before. When he’s not pushing LGBT “rights” down other people’s throats, he loves to talk up gun control.

Why would John Lewis tarnish his civil rights credentials with gun control? What is it with these “progressives”?

I wish that more people would understood what was at stake with this “sit-in.” Gun control cannot, will not stop gun crimes or the haphazard gun violence in our society. More guns for law-abiding residents, with proper discretion to stop Islamic terrorism and the mentally ill.

And if anyone has a problem with that, they can sit on it!

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a blogger, writer, and commentator on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow his blogs at The State of the Union and As He Is, So Are We Ministries and on Twitter.

  • ShannonEntropy

    Even the staunchest NRA member — like me — will remind you that nobody ever misses the opening day of hunting season cuz of the seven day waiting period

    Now if you will excuse me … it’s time to play some RUSSIAN BASE·BALL !!!