Category Archives: Gun Control

Come and put them on us

AG Holder wants gun owners to wear trackable bracelets:

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts.

When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.

Real nice of Mr. Holder to be so concerned about our safety.

We need a dictator!

David Brooks is frustrated. Congress won’t grant amnesty to all those potential Americans “hiding in the shadows,” it can’t pass gun control, and it hasn’t given us any fun wars lately. Brooks is also disappointed by the American public’s lack of enthusiasm for DC’s military adventures. Members of Congress, always mindful of the next election, aren’t about to further alienate voters. That makes Brooks sad. Brooks, a thorough Neocon, gleefully backed the Iraq War as a means to achieve “national greatness.” To him, a strong central government is the answer to everything, since, in his own words, “ultimately, American purpose can find its voice only in Washington.”

The solution? Brooks says it’s time for the president to assume more power and get things rolling again. Here’s his argument, from an opinion piece entitled Strengthen the Presidency:

Here are the advantages. First, it is possible to mobilize the executive branch to come to policy conclusion on something like immigration reform. It’s nearly impossible for Congress to lead us to a conclusion about anything. Second, executive branch officials are more sheltered from the interest groups than Congressional officials. Third, executive branch officials usually have more specialized knowledge than staffers on Capitol Hill and longer historical memories. Fourth, Congressional deliberations, to the extent they exist at all, are rooted in rigid political frameworks.

What should Obama do, in Brooks’s opinion? Simple: “So how do you energize the executive? It’s a good idea to be tolerant of executive branch power grabs and to give agencies flexibility.”

Yeah — nothing like a few “executive branch power grabs” to liven things up.

Don’t dismiss this as just the ravings of a typical government supremacist. What Brooks is advocating is a very real, very frightening possibility. Obama is already taking steps to do exactly what Brooks is talking about. Obama has appointed long-time DC insider John Podesta to his senior staff. Podesta has long been an open advocate of a powerful chief executive. In a Center for American Progress paper in 2010 entitled, “The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change,” Podesta wrote: “Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage.”

Liberty activists should fear this man. Podesta’s progressive ideology is a blueprint for the welfare-warfare state:

In 2008, Podesta authored his book The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country. In it, he articulates a vision of progressive values based on four core lessons: 1) Progressives stand with people, not privilege; 2) Progressives believe in the Common Good and a government that offers a hand up; 3) Progressives hold that all people are equal in the eyes of God and under the law; and 4) Progressives stand for universal human rights and cooperative global security.

(Catch that last line? And some people don’t believe me when I argue that civil rights and militarism are DC’s yin and yang.) Like all DC insiders, John Podesta knows how to deploy his noble-sounding ideals to turn a buck:

Since President Obama entered office in 2008, Boeing has spent $840,000 on The Podesta Group’s services, relying on the firm to lobby in favor of lucrative defense appropriations at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

What can we expect from Obama in the coming months? More wars, more forced multiculturalism, more authoritarian government.

In other words, what we can expect from ANY administration.

Hot Dog! Rowdy Roddy Piper is a Winger!

Rowdy Roddy Piper is one of us! Who knew?

Piper references one of his movies, the much underappreciated classic They Live, in a series of tweets. (They Live has the best fight scene of all time, IMO.) In the movie, aliens have taken over the earth unbeknownst to all but a few resiters. You’ll have to read the link to get the full story, but the gist is that Piper is saying we live in a police state, and if the government tries to take his guns away, he’s going down shooting.

16 RINOs Vote to Defeat Paul, Cruz, Lee Filibuster Against Gun Control

Here is the list of traitors. Give them a call and let them know what you think.

  • Lindsey Graham (SC)  (202) 224-5972
  • Lamar Alexander (TN)  (202) 224-4944
  • Kelly Ayotte (NH)  (202) 224-3324
  • Richard Burr (NC)  (202) 224-3154
  • Saxby Chambliss (GA)  (202) 224-3521
  • John McCain (AZ)  (202) 224-2235
  • Tom Coburn (OK)  (202) 224-5754
  • Susan Collins (ME)  (202) 224-2523
  • Bob Corker (TN)  (202) 224-3344
  • Jeff Flake (AZ)  (202) 224-4521
  • John Hoeven (ND)  (202) 224-2551
  • Johnny Isakson (GA)  (202) 224-3643
  • Dean Heller (NV)  (202) 224-6244
  • Mark Kirk (IL)  (202) 224-2854
  • Pat Toomey (PA)  (202) 224-4254
  • Roger Wicker (MS)  (202) 224-6253

Notice that Jeff Flake, who is often described as “libertarian leaning,” was amoung the traitors. So was Pat Toomey. Remember him? He is that raging right-winger everyone was supposed to be so excited about when he challenged Arlen Specter. The most surprising to me is Tom Coburn. He is generally one of the better Senators. Every one of these clowns needs a primary challenger.

Thought Crimes and Pastry Guns

Thought Crimes And Pastry Guns
 
By David M. Huntwork

 

Recently, a school in the once great state of Maryland offered counseling to students “troubled” by a classmate eating pastry into the shape of a gun. You might think his offense was kind of silly, but the school considered the seven year old students triggering action a “Level 3” violation of the following code:

Any gun of any kind, loaded or unloaded, operable or inoperable, including any object other than a firearm which is a look-a-like of a gun. This shall include, but is not limited to, pellet gun, paintball gun, stun gun, taser, BB gun, flare gun, nail gun, and air soft gun.
 
His two day suspension was followed up with a letter to every parent in the school:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to let you know about an incident that occurred this morning in one of our classrooms and encourage you to discuss this matter with your child in a manner you deem most appropriate.
During breakfast this morning, one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While no physical threats were made and no one [was] harmed, the student had to be removed from the classroom.
* * *
As you are aware, the Code of Student Conduct and appropriate consequences related to violations of the code are clearly spelled out in the Student Handbook, which was sent home during the first week of school and can be found on our website, www.aacps.org.
 
If your children express that they are troubled by today’s incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings. Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so next week. In general, please remind them of the importance of making good choices.
 
 
Yes, let us discuss the mental devastation of dastardly pastry weaponry with our children, shall we?  Thankfully, the strawberry pop tart in question was destroyed before it could cause any further harm to the most vulnerable among us.
Now the child, to his credit, did take full blame for this ugly incident. He told FOX45, “All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain but, it didn’t look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun kinda.” When his teacher saw the strawberry tart he knew he was in trouble, “She was pretty mad…and I think I was in big trouble.”

Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors

Those cynics who claim the Department of Homeland Security is more concerned with expanding government power than with the safety of Americans need to read this handy advice about what to do if a madman attacks your workplace. Step one: Cower. Here’s how:

“To protect your hiding place, lock the door if you can. Block the door with heavy furniture,” recommends the male narrator, speaking in measured, authoritative tones.

Other survival strategies promoted in the video include hiding “behind large items such as cabinets or desks. Remain quiet. Silence your cellphone or pager. Even the vibration setting can give away a hiding position.”

That’s great advice. However, my new cell phone and I do not get along very well. Even when I’m not being fired at by a lunatic with a gun, I have difficulty figuring out how to set my phone to vibrate. No matter what I push, I get the message “You have selected AT&T’s Premium Text Messaging Service. A charge of $6,000.29 will appear on your next bill.” So I can just imagine myself fumbling with my cell phone while Omar Thornton is stalking the cubicles searching for co-workers to aerate.

The DHS video even provides this tip on how to take a stand against your murderer:

“If you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available,” says the narrator in the video, which shows an office worker pulling scissors out of a desk drawer.

Because, obviously, no one would have something as icky and scary as a handgun at work. So behold the weapon of choice of Metrosexual America:

But then, it’s just a matter of time until liberals and Neocons start demanding scissor registration. Me, I’m stocking up on these babies. Let Diane Feinstein try and stop me. Molon labe!

Congressman Steve Stockman Threatened by Gun Control Supporters

This is a Steve Stockman Facebook post. I am passing it along here for two reasons. Because it is interesting in its own right, and because it illustrates just how depraved some left-wingers are. The conservatives who wring their hands about the unthinking mindless right (with some justification) need to get out more. Go take a look at what passes for discussion at Daily Kos for example. I see this sort of viciousness a lot more from the left.

 

This is typical of the messages I have been receiving from anti-gun activists. (I have edited it to remove profanity.)
 
Message Body:
First:
Mary was a wh-re
Second:
Jesus was a hack
Third:
Guns are for guys who have small d–ks.
Fourth:
You are a c-ntWhile comments coming into my office are 25 to 1 in favor of gun rights, the minority of anti-gun comments are usually vulgar, explicit and many are often violent.

We have received numerous violent threats from anti-gun activists. They have threatened to kill me, kill my staff and shoot and blow up the Capitol — all in the name of gun control.

Their comments, and screen caps, are being forwarded to Capitol Police. My staff will be advised how to deal with the violent phone threats from anti-gun activists.

BTW, I hate it when people respond to this kind of crap with “We have alerted the police.” A better response would be “Bring it own Big Talker! We’ll be waitin’ for ya!”

Shocker! David Frum Supports Gun Control

I’m shocked! Professional neo”conservative” turned moderate David Frum supports gun control and for good measure makes sure he polishes his PC bona fides while doing it. The article takes issue with Rod Dreher. Rod replies here. Jordon Bloom replies here. Both say Frum took Dreher out of context, which he did, but it was all in the service of Frum making his PC point. Who has time for accuracy when you’re stumbling all over yourself to prove how PC you are? And to think that at one time most people considered this guy a conservative.

League of the South Statement on Gun Control

LEAGUE OF THE SOUTH NEWS SERVICE

9 January 2013

For immediate release:

The Obama administration is threatening to use Executive Orders to further dismantle the Second Amendment. Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein (CA) is set to introduce a draconian bill to ban “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines, among other things, later this month. Between the two, they are intent on turning otherwise law-abiding gun owners in the South and elsewhere into outlaws with the stroke of a pen.

But won’t these law-abiding gun owners comply with the new “laws?” Won’t they dutifully register their “assault weapons” with the authorities and submit to other restrictions on buying, owning, and transferring firearms? Some will but many will not. They will instead become outlaws.

In the last month, millions of Americans have bought millions of weapons and over a billion rounds of ammunition. They are not buying these expensive things in order to register them or turn them in to the gun grabbers at some point in the future. They are buying them to defend themselves, their families, and their property from whomever might threaten them. And at present, the biggest threat is the U.S. government itself.

The League of the South, the premier Southern nationalist organization, will not comply with any diminution of our God-given right to keep and bear the sort of arms a free people need to remain free. This means “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines. Moreover, we will view any attempt to deprive the Southern people of these tools as a criminal act by a criminal regime.

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Gen. McChrystal Says Only the Military Should Own Certain Guns

Gen. McChrystal is retired, so  he has a right to take whatever political position he wants, but it is, I believe, a bit presumptuous and tone deaf for someone who used to control huge arsenals of weapons to offer up an opinion on what weapons us proles ought to be allowed to own. Perhaps he should just keep his opinion to himself, lest people gets suspicious.  Hmmm … the military wants to disarm us. Good idea or bad idea?

NRA Releases List of Gun Control Supporters

The way the list is organized here is a bit confusing, but it seems to include organizations, celebrities and then other influential people who aren’t celebrities. I haven’t had time to go through the whole thing since it is long, but it’s interesting (and discouraging) how many of the organizations are medically related. A while back there was an effort to make guns a “public health” issue. I wonder if this list reflects some of that activity. Also, I’m disappointed to see Sylvester Stallone’s name on the list. Not only does it demonstrate hypocrisy (Did anyone see Rambo IV [not actually called that] which Stallone co-wrote, directed and starred in?), but Stallone is often cited as one of the few Republicans in Hollywood.

Update: Here is the list straight from the NRA that makes the divisions in the list more clear. The list is also not new. It is from Aug 10. The attached article is new, and it popped up on my Facebook today.

Quote of the day

“This, then, remains a country in a Cold Civil War – not far off the geographical contours of the first, but with the inheritors of the Confederacy concentrated in the South and now also with serious pockets of absolutists in the more rural parts of the country as a whole.” Andrew Sullivan, pseudo-conservative

Sullivan’s right, but not for the reason he imagines. Yes, there IS a “Cold Civil War” roiling the political waters today – and just as in 1861, it’s being fought to determine if we are to preserve our traditional culture and liberties, or if an overgrown central government will again sponsor a revolution. If DC wins this time around, we can expect the criminalization of ALL firearms, the confiscation of private retirement accounts, and the Third-Worldization of America.

Alexander Stephens’ prediction that the cause of the South would become the cause of all has been vindicated.

How authoritarianism makes for strange bedfellows

I never thought I’d live to see the day the gun-control issue could bring together persons such Sen. Barbra Boxer (D-Calf.) and the NRA but in this crazy world you never know what you can expect.  And if  takes a horrible crime such as the Sandy Hook massacre to bring such strange bedfellows together in agreement, then perhaps some good can come out of such tragedy.

But it’s not good when it comes to when to heart of freedom, which is what the Second Amendment is about (NRA bumperstickers after all say “Defend Freedom”), when the NRA decides to ally itself with authoritarianism which its “alliance” with Boxer is about. For the NRA, in its recent press conference on Sandy Hook, basically allied itself with Boxer’s  proposal to have armed National Guard troopers guarding elementary schools by calling for armed police officers, paid for by the Federal Government, to do the exact same thing.

The disappointing part of the NRA’s press conference which took no questions, was the fact its tone and language put the organization not on the side of freedom, which claims to be about, but authoritarianism. Its remedies, taken to their logical conclusion, is a garrison state with official lists of mentally ill people and with censorship.  Libertarians, who have been their most valuable allies in the gun control debate, could only be disappointed in their presentation. Ron Paul thinks they’ve gone mad.

Does the NRA really want a society where everyone must be armed (like the town of Kennesaw, Georgia) rather than just having the freedom to have firearms? Force the Amish to own guns? If so, then this only lends more evidence to support the charge the NRA is simply bedfellows to the gun industry and working more to enrich them (which in turns funds the NRA) than looking out for the Constitutional rights of its membership. People have the right to own a gun then they should also have the right not own a weapon or allow weapons in their home, place of business or school. Some schools and public buildings may decide to allow licensed teachers or administrators to have guns on school grounds (which they are trying to do in Texas) and that’s fine if they wish to do so or have retire policemen or police officers on school grounds too. Fine, they should pay for them themselves.

Some states and communities may try to tighten existing gun laws (which didn’t work in Connecticut) and others may do what I had mentioned above. Whatever happens, one hopes the hysteria caused by this evil act does wind up as a replay of the aftermath of 9-11, which gave us the Patriot Act. To prevent this, the NRA and other conservatives need to be critiqued and need keep their heads instead of losing them in the mad rush to “do something”. It’s doubtful Wayne LaPierre wrote the statement he made. In that case, as a lobbyist, it will be easier to walk back what he said when talking to politicians in the gun control debate. But if this is a new line of argument, then the NRA is doing a great disservice to its membership by making it more friendless and isolated than ever before (and there’s no Charlton Heston out there to restore its credibility) with a demographic group that isn’t exactly a growing part of the populace. They had better be a lot wiser than they’ve acted so far.

 

Hollywood List of Gun Control Shame

Yesterday my daughter and I watched that whole gun control video frame by frame to identify all the participants. I think I did a good job identifying them based on my substantial fund of pop cultural knowledge, if I do say so myself. There were only a few that I didn’t know. My plan was to post the list here, but it turns out I wasted my time, because someone had already done it for me.

The heartfelt clip features Jon Hamm, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Amanda Peet, Busy Philipps, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Adam Scott, Cameron Diaz, Courteney Cox, Christina Applegate, Zooey Deschanel, John Slattery, Debra Messing, Elizabeth Banks, Max Greenfield, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Brooke Shields, Joel McHale, Conan O’Brien, Rashida Jones, Will Ferrell, Aziz Ansari, Olivia Munn, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow.

As I said below, the two Mad Men actors sting a little. Who knew Roger Sterling was a gun control supporting wuss?

Addendum: This list appears to not be exhaustive. It doesn’t include Reese Witherspoon or Beyonce. Any other omissions anyone has identified?

Hollywood Celebrities “Demand” Gun Control

And in other news, the Sun rose in the East this morning. What is it about actors that makes the vast majority of them braindead liberals? Some of these really disappoint me, especially the Mad Men guys. Also, I find it a bit hypocritical that the new Bourne guy wants gun control. Has he watched his own movie? Also Jamie “kill all the white people” Foxx. Has he watched his movie? I also find it interesting that they disabled the comments. They knew good and well that they would get slammed if they didn’t.

Rupert Murdoch Wants Your Gun!

Maybe all the conservatives who see neocon FOX News as the be and and end all should reconsider.

An honest account of media misinformation after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has to take into account Rupert Murdoch’s tweet about the need to ban “automatic weapons,” when none was used to kill any of the 26 people. Can the chairman of News Corporation, the parent of Fox News, be this ignorant about the nature of gun laws and guns in America?

He asked, “When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?” He urged Obama to exercise “bold leadership” on the issue…

Cliff Kincaid, NewsWithViews

Gun Owners of America is Owning the NRA Post Newtown Shooting

This Huffington Post article has the story.

Mike Hammond, chief counsel for the powerful gun lobbying group Gun Owners of America said the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun lobby, was hiding from the media like an opossum following the massacre on Friday of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The NRA “always does this, whenever there’s a tragedy, they go into ‘possum mode,” Hammond told The Huffington Post on Monday. “They think that if they don’t say anything that it will go away.”…

What is surprising is that Pratt is the only gun lobby representative willing to discuss his beliefs in public in the days after the Connecticut massacre. In the NRA’s absence, Gun Owners of America has emerged as one of the only sources for TV producers and reporters for the pro-gun position.

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Joe Manchin Already Squirming

In a post below I suggested that Sen. Manchin (D-WV) would regret his new openness to gun control. I think he already is. See him squirm here.

One problem with his statement is that it is so open ended, and it is so cliched. It sounds like the kind of thing any half-wit liberal commentator might say. It is not a statement that is easy to walk back from, as can be seen by the almost painful wiggling he is doing here.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who suggested earlier in the week that the time had come for some gun control restrictions, said on Wednesday that he’s “not supporting a ban on anything” and he repeatedly defended and praised the NRA.

“I’m not supporting a ban on anything. I’m supporting a conversation on everything,” Manchin said on West Virginia MetroNews

“I can’t say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to any of the things,” Manchin added when asked if he would support restrictions on magazine size or an assault weapons band. “Because all I’ve asked for, I want the NRA to tell me why we have any weapon you might want. Is there any grounds or any changes or anything they would like to look at? I don’t know. I can’t even get a conversation to have responsible people at the party, if you will, or the table, to finally come out with a conclusion.”

See the rest at Politico…

Liberal Professor: NRA President Should go to Jail

We could easily fill the pages of this blog with gun control related items in the wake of the Newtown shooting, but I’m personally going to resist that urge, partially because the shooting hasn’t changed the fundamentals of the debate, it has only changed the political climate, and partially because I hate the way both sides politicized such events, especially in the immediate aftermath.

What I will do is post individual outrages as I run across them, rather than rehash the whole gun control debate. That is why I posted about NRA A rated Senator Manchin waffling.

Here is another post worthy outrage.

A professor of history at the University of Rhode Island tweeted that he wanted the NRA president’s “head on a stick.” After people accused Professor Erik Loomis of wanting to assassinate LePierre, the head of the NRA, he clarified, saying that it was only a metaphor. He tweeted:  “Dear right-wing morons, saying you ‘want someone’s head on a stick’ is a metaphor. I know metaphor is hard for you to understand.— ?Erik Loomis.” In another tweet, he added, “Dear rightwingers, to be clear, I don’t want to see Wayne LaPierre dead. I want to see him in prison for the rest of his life.” He called upon the Obama administration to repeal the Second Amendment and labeled the NRA a terrorist organization

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First of all, those who said this was a call to assassinate Wayne Lapierre were grandstanding and such feigned outrage is unhelpful because it makes us look like a bunch of idiots and/or fearful little children. The hysteria of the Professor Loomises of the world should be met with calm resolve, not counter-hysteria. Let Loomis reveal himself as a fearful little child. Our side needs to be better than that. What is outrageous is that this clown makes clear that he wants LaPierre in prison for life in what was supposed to be a Tweet aimed at getting himself out of the hole he had dug himself into. Exactly what crime does History Professor Loomis think Lapierre should be tried for?