Narcissists will never admit it, but the plain truth is that no one is perfect. Conservatives partake of the same fallen human nature, but I submit the Left excel in hypocrisy.
Leftwing elites are especially prone to hypocrisy. For examples, see some of the posts on Al Gore and the Hollywood crowd on our “Leftwing Pathology” page.
Here is an example of the liberal hypocrisy on guns.
Elisabeth Meinecke writes for Townhall, Dec. 31, 2011, that one of the most popular trends in America today is concealed-carry licensing.
That shouldn’t surprise us because it is well known that gun sales have shot sky high ever since the POS began squattering in the White House. What is surprising, if you’re so naive as to buy the rhetoric of the Left, is that the concealed-carry licensing trend is bipartisan!
Darniece McCray, 42, exited her Detroit, Mich., house, locked the door and drove to another part of the city to visit her mother. Upon arriving at her mother’s house, McCray knocked on the front door with her right hand. While waiting for an answer, she clasped her left hand around her handgun, hidden from view. “Mom lives in a really bad neighborhood,” McCray says, “and I don’t feel safe there.”
McCray holds a concealed pistol license—one of 290,731 that Michigan has issued as of November 2011—which she obtained for her protection about five years ago, she says. At the time, she was working the midnight shift and continually feared for her safety in crime-ridden Detroit—the most violent U.S. city, according to FBI data.
“After all,” she says, “You never know if someone is out there who is going to rob or attack you.”
McCray says she is a Democrat, but her desire to protect herself transcends the political realm. “I’ve worked in Detroit and in the more Republican suburbs,” she says. “There’s crime there, too. It doesn’t matter what political party you are, and criminals certainly don’t care. People should be able to protect themselves.”
Rick Ector, firearms trainer at Rick’s Firearms Academy of Detroit, says he has seen an uptick in business over the last part of 2011 and agrees with McCray’s assessment. “The biggest surprise about my customers, usually black males age 35 to 50, is the disconnect between firearms ownership and political affiliation,” Ector tells Townhall. “They are overwhelmingly liberal Democrats who are unaware of the fact that, in general, liberals are anti-gun. With respect to politics, the ‘gun question’ is not relevant or not discussed. Detroit is a town where five out of nine City Council members have concealed pistol licenses but still advocate that citizens sell their guns back to the police department for as little as $25.” Wayne County, where Detroit is located, granted the most concealed pistol licenses of any Michigan county: 56,325 as of November 2011.
Ector’s customers and McCray represent a unique trend: A recent Gallup poll indicates that while gun ownership is higher among Republicans than Democrats, the level of ownership among Democrats (40%) has never been higher. Moreover, personal gun ownership among adult females is at 23%.
Beyond mere ownership of guns, however, the carrying of concealed weapons, or at least the licensing that allows it, is on the rise as well.
It’s not just rank-and-file Demos who are hypocritical on gun ownership, the liberal elite are worse. For them, it’s “Do as I say, not as I do.” They love to pass laws severely restricting individual liberty for the “great unwashed,” but never consider that they themselves should have to live by those laws. Here are just two examples:
- Carl Rowan was a columnist for the Washington Post who for years campaigned to ban handguns and helped get the law passed banning them in his hometown of Washington, D.C. On June 14, 1988, Rowan shot a teenage intruder with a gun he just happened to have in his possession, which was in direct violation of the law he himself had pushed for.
- Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) is a staunch gun control advocate. Despite her stance, in the 1970s, she obtained a concealed firearms carry permit, and carried a handgun with her. A CCW permit was then rare in California, and was the only such permit in San Francisco.