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Publius / Jun. 20, 2016

Monday Short Cuts

The Gipper: “There is no question that we have failed to live up to the dreams of the founding fathers many times and in many places. … But all in all, the one thing we must be on guard against is thinking that because of this, the system has failed. The system has not failed. Some human beings have failed the system.”

Stopped clock is right twice a day: “This is really a national security issue. It isn’t a gun control issue.” —Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who nevertheless advocates tighter gun control measures

Non Compos Mentis: “This was an act of terror and an act of hate targeted against a community. The LGBT community, the Latino community, and of course the LGBT community is so far too often the victims of these types of crimes.” —Attorney General Loretta Lynch (When was the last time the LGBT “community” was mass murdered in America? On the other hand, the top six American serial killers were all homosexual…)

Alpha Jackass: “The sad reality is that we are all complicit in what happened [in Orlando]. … I’m sorry I didn’t do more, and the same goes for Congress. You know, we look to you guys as our leaders. You make almost $200,000 a year to write rules, to make our society better — not tweet, not tell us about your ‘thoughts and prayers.’ To write rules to make our society better. And ultimately it comes down to money and influence. And … since 1998, the NRA has given $3.7 million to Congress. … Is this what you want your legacy to be? That you were a ‘could-have-done-something’ Congress, but you didn’t because of outside lobbying? That you were complicit in the deaths of thousands of Americans?” —"comedian" Hasan Minhaj

Wimp: “One day after 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting, I traveled to Philadelphia to better understand the firepower of military-style weapons and, hopefully, explain their appeal to gun lovers. But mostly, I was just terrified. … The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.” —New York Daily News’ Gersh Kuntzman

And last… “Urging vague and unconstrained government power is not how responsible citizens of a free society ought to act. It’s a bad habit and it’s dangerous and irresponsible to promote it.” —Ken White

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