Jordan Candler / June 9, 2022

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Thomas Sowell, Stephen L. Miller, Michael Fanone, and more.

Insight

“One sword keeps another in the sheath.” —George Herbert (1593-1633)

“You cannot subsidize irresponsibility and expect people to become more responsible.” —Thomas Sowell

For the Record

“Jerry Nadler says he supports banning 18-year-olds form buying guns because their brains aren’t fully formed but opposes raising the draft age to 21 because ‘if the country needs people [to fight wars], it needs people.’” —Greg Price

“We don’t talk enough about how the literal President of the United States’ son lied on his background check and broke federal law when purchasing a firearm… This is the same President who is pushing gun control.” —Caleb Hull

“It is outrageous that Chuck Schumer hasn’t said a word — no statement, no apology, no nothing — since the 26-year-old lunatic who wanted to kill Brett Kavanaugh was arrested yesterday.” —Tom Bevan

“If it was a red hat with a gun and knife arrested outside Sotomayor’s residence, it would be only thing on several news stations and Pelosi would be having the Nat. Guard putting the fencing back up around the Capitol.” —Stephen L. Miller

“Normally I wouldn’t blame Democrats for the actions of extremists… The problem is that not only does the left continue to push the boundaries with Schumer-like threats, but they are engaged in the relentless, daily smearing of their political opponents as seditious, vote-stealing, child-murdering fascists and insurgents. If this were true, violence would be justified. But it’s a sinister lie.” —David Harsanyi

A Trip Down Memory Lane

“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” —Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer, March 2020

“I know that there’s an outrage right now I guess about protests that have been peaceful to date and we certainly continue to encourage that outside of judges’ homes and that’s the president’s position.” —former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, May 2022

Hyper-Hypocrisy Award

“The AR-15 has the dubious distinction of being America's most popular semi-automatic rifle. I’m more familiar with the gun than most people: I own one. And one thing I know for sure is that this weapon doesn’t belong in the hands of the average civilian. … I purchased my AR-15 because I was assigned one as part of my police duties. But officers weren’t allowed to take our department-issued weapons home. I felt it was my responsibility to become proficient with any weapon I’d been assigned, so I bought one. And I’ve spent hundreds of hours training so that I could properly use it. … Banning these powerful weapons from the civilian marketplace is a no-brainer, as are universal background checks. … And outlawing these AR-15s would not require confiscating them from people who already have them. Once you’ve made these weapons illegal, anyone found with one would be subject to arrest, since possession of these weapons would be a crime. … I can’t overstate how dangerous it is to have semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 in the hands of civilians.” —CNN law enforcement analyst Michael Fanone

Non Compos Mentis Awards

“Crazy thought, but those 20 million AR-15s now in this country could sure arm a lot of Ukrainians.” —actor George Takei (“Thanks for acknowledging the entire reason the 2nd amendment is so important, genius.” —Sara Gonzales)

“Once black people get guns in this country, the gun laws will change — trust me.” —"The View" cohost Joy Behar

The BIG Lie

“Individual people are not ‘a well-regulated militia.’ So the Second Amendment does not mean that everybody should have access to firearms.” —St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones

Knee-Slappers

“What we’re trying to say … is that the economy is in a better place than it has been historically. And so we feel here at this administration … that we are in a good position to take on inflation. We are in a good position to really start really working on lowering prices. … We are in a historic place in history — historic place right now … as we look at where we are with the economy.” —Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“We have the fastest growing economy in the world.” —Joe Biden

“Look, this is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a MAGA party.” —Joe Biden

“What I don’t want to do, and I’m not being facetious, I don’t want to emulate [Donald] Trump’s abuse of the Constitution and constitutional authority.” —Joe Biden

“I often get asked, ‘The Republican’s don’t play it square. Why do you play it square?’ If we do the same thing they do, our democracy would literally be in jeopardy. That’s not a joke!” —Joe Biden

And Last…

“In my state, the price of gas is so high that it would be cheaper to buy cocaine and just run everywhere.” — Senator John Kennedy (“Translation: Just because Joe Biden can’t solve our fuel crisis doesn’t mean Hunter Biden can’t.” —Jimmy Failla)

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