Dan Holler

Yet, far too many believe Washington should be an integral part of our daily lives. More than just having the feds regulate every single project you touch, they believe in collective action.

For these people, empowering individuals through the absence of government is heresy. It directly contradicts President Obama’s declaration that “we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.”

To understand the left’s reaction, one need look no further than last week’s Senate hearing on gun control. Queried by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on why someone would want a high-capacity magazine for self-defense, Gayle Trotter responded:

“You are not a woman stuck in her house having to defend her children, not able to leave her child, not able to go seek safety, on the phone with 9-1-1, and she cannot get the police there fast enough to protect her child.”

It did not take long for the left-wing attack machine to spin into action. One hostile-tweeting “journalist” later reported Trotter is an “outspoken opponent of the Violence Against Women Act, a law designed to aid women faced with domestic violence.”

It is a good thing Americans do not expect self-awareness from those steeped in Washington’s corrosive culture.

Outside of Washington, though, people understand the limits of government. A Milwaukee County Sheriff cut a radio ad explaining “simply calling 911 and waiting” is not exactly your best option. Rather than “beg for mercy from a violent criminal” he said, “you can fight back.”

This sheriff’s call was not unique. In 2011, the Spartan County Sheriff said, “I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. Don’t get Mace. Get a firearm.” The left’s reaction is not unique either: indignation and derision.

CNN’s Piers Morgan berated the Milwaukee County Sheriff, declaring the sheriff “want[ed] to arm everybody in Milwaukee” and was “creating is a return to the Wild West in Milwaukee.”

Even though it is an imperfect world, the left cannot bring itself to embrace solutions that occur outside of the government power structure. Unless you make the decision with Barack (who has veto power) at the dinner table, it’s simply not an acceptable solution for the left.


Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.