Libertarians for Gun Control?

Yes, Gary Johnson almost tripped over himself appointing Melissa Joan Hart, a Hollywood pop tart and Moms Demand Action spokeswoman as his Delaware Campaign Chair.

The Daily Beast has the story:

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Melissa Joan Hart, star of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Melissa & Joey, and Christian-right drama God’s Not Dead 2, has just been appointed the Connecticut chairwoman of the 2016 presidential campaign of Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.

“I want to break away from this two-party system and I think it’s important for people to know that there’s another candidate out there who really toes the line between Democrat and Republican,” Hart, who has a residence in Connecticut, told People. “I mean he’s libertarian. But socially he’s liberal, but fiscally conservative … [Johnson] was on a border state, so if you want to talk about immigration, he’s the guy.”

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is all over it:

Libertarian VP Candidate William F. Weld Continues to be Anti-Gun

As governor of Massachusetts, William Weld supported various gun control schemes, including a ban on semi-automatic firearms.  Unfortunately, and despite being the Libertarian candidate for vice president, Weld continues his anti-gun ways.

In July 2016, while NRA and other groups concerned with civil liberties were hard at work fighting legislation that would have stripped Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process based merely on their placement on a secret government watch list, Weld expressed support for such measures.

In an interview with the Washington Post Editorial Board, Weld said of watch list gun control legislation:

I think the Susan Collins stuff looks good. I mean, it’s hard for me, uh, having proposed this super-duper task force getting bits of information from all over to say, it wouldn’t lie with good grace in my mouth to say ‘no, don’t use the terrorist watch list as a source of such information.’ So I would go with that.

In an August interview with Revolt.tv, Weld reiterated this position. When asked about what can be done “to control this flow of guns,” Weld responded, “you shouldn’t have anybody who’s on a terrorist watch list be able to buy any gun at all.”

At another point in the interview Weld characterized commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity magazines as potential weapons of mass destruction. Displaying a level of ignorance usually attendant to politicians carrying the endorsement of the Brady Campaign, Weld told the interviewer:

The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle. The problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon. And those are independent criminal offenses. That’s when they become essentially a weapon of mass destruction.

Weld went on to suggest to the interviewer that both handguns and AR-15s are a “problem,” stating, “The problem with handguns is probably even worse than the problem of the AR-15.”

Full article: Kimber Gun Rights Bulletin: Libertarians for Gun Control? – The Truth About Guns

As many of you know, I am registered as a libertarian. Have been for years. I agree with a large portion of their actual platform. But as years go by, I have gotten turned off more and more by the party.

Once this election is over, I will officially be changing my registration to independent and be stepping away from the libertarian party. It was a hard decision to make, but it was made some time ago, several months, anyway.

They seem to parade out the weirdest our country has to offer, and they put them forth as if they are viable candidates and can win anyone over. The people they do get put on the ballot don’t stick to the platform almost at all. And the party itself has become the land of misfit toys. It’s where people go to be cool instead of to enact real change in our country. I’ve gone to party meetings, and they can’t even agree with each other on anything. Nothing gets done because they spend hours arguing amongst themselves. The last meeting I attended, I actually got up and walked out, and the president of the group chased after me, begging me not to leave because it isn’t always like this. I kindly explained this wasn’t first meeting… and it is always like this.

But the people who join up seem to more and more be folks who claim to be disenfranchised by the main parties, then fight with everyone to enact what the main parties want. In my area, at least, that seems to be big government. Libertarians aren’t supposed to be for big government, but they are around me. They all support Obamacare and even single payer, free college, expanded welfare, etc. They want small government on paper, then fight to grow government out of control. This isn’t a party anymore… it’s a hipster coffee break. And that saddens me.

It saddens me a great deal. Because I joined the party because I believed in it. I believed in the platform. I want government out of my life. I want to be left the hell alone. If I succeed, it’s on me; if I fail, it’s on me. The way it should be.

  • But I believe a lot of these social issues – almost all of them – should be left up to states’ rights.The Federal government has no business being involved in 99% of them.
  • Anything defined specifically in the Constitution and Bill of Rights is Federal, but the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are not “living documents.” They say what they say, period. You may not like it. Too bad.
  • You are not entitled to a damn thing.
  • No one cares if you are offended. Those are your problems, not everyone else’s.
  • I believe a country needs borders, and those borders should be protected. Yes, I believe strongly in immigration, and I think our immigration system needs work. I don’t think opening the borders wide and letting everyone in fixes that.
  • I believe there are things about the USA that make her exceptional. Wanting to be every other country and doing as every other country does erases that exceptionalism. If this country’s exceptionalism bothers you, leave. Don’t fight to take it away from everyone else. Why do you think all those people are trying to get here from all of those other countries?!

I’m not going to go into everything I believe piece by piece. But there is a guideline. And that is the basis for me becoming independent. I believe strongly in these things and others. I am not finding a party that supports me completely. I am OK with that. But I need a party that is stable and reliable and I know what they stand for. I had that, and lost it.

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2 responses to “Libertarians for Gun Control?

    • Seriously. And he has done damage to the party. This could have been their year to make themselves a viable party, but most folks I know who have been members long term are backing away the same as I am.

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