Jim Fossel: Any gun bill compromise would be a bad deal

Jim Fossel: Any gun bill compromise would be a bad deal

Gun Rights

Different words have different meanings in different contexts. We’re all well aware of this, but it often nonetheless causes confusion – especially when words are purposefully misappropriated by those looking to distort their meaning. This happens all the time in certain fields, where words have a specialized meaning that is vastly different from how they’re used by ordinary people in everyday conversation. For instance, one word commonly used differently in politics is “compromise.” For most of us, a compromise means that two sides get a bit of what they wanted: If a friend wants to get pizza for dinner, but you don’t, you go to a restaurant that offers more than just pizza. In politics, the word “compromise” is often used quite differently: One side gets most of what they wanted, just not quite all of it – so, perhaps, your friend offers to pay for the pizza you never wanted in the first place. All of this helps explain why, when grassroots activists passionately devoted to defending their position on a certain issue hear the word “compromise,” they immediately have a knee-jerk reaction of terror. All too often lately, conservatives have seen the people they worked hard to elect tout some supposed compromise that, in reality, just hands the Democrats a win. Recently, when word began to spread that gun-rights groups were negotiating behind the scenes with the Mills administration on legislation that would allow the confiscation of guns from people deemed a threat, panic set in among […]

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