More logic (?).

There is such a lack of logic in this “response” that it’s hard to know where to begin.

Brady Campaign Responds to NRA

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has issued a statement responding to the National Rifle Association’s endorsement of Bob McDonnell for governor. According to Helmke, the “one critical issue” that separates Virginia’s candidates for governor on gun rights is the tightening of rules for buying weapons at gun shows–the so-called gun show loophole.

“Creigh Deeds agrees with the families of the victims of Virginia Tech that the most dangerous people, prohibited by law from purchasing guns from federally licensed gun dealers, shouldn’t be able to get around those laws by buying them from non-licensed gun sellers at weapons bazaars,” Helmke said in his statement. “Bob McDonnell, who now refuses to acknowledge that this gaping loophole in Virginia gun laws even exists, appears eager to do whatever the gun lobby wants him to. That’s playing politics with public safety, and the voters should judge the candidates accordingly.”

– The gun show “loophole” (which is not a loophole) is that an individual citizen can sell his or her privately owned firearm without following rules that were enacted for federally licensed firearms dealers.   In other words, you’re not subject to laws that don’t apply to you.  Current Virginia law says you can sell a privately owned handgun to a buyer as long as you know he’s a Virginia resident and you have no reason to believe he would not be prohibited from owning it.  This law doesn’t change by geography; it remains consistent whether you’re in your living room or at a gun show.   (Now, if you wanted to sell something, doesn’t it make sense to be where there’s a congregation of people who want to buy that thing?  Think of growing produce; if you want to sell produce, a farmers’ market is a logical place to be because that’s where buyers will be.)

– The families of the Virginia Tech victims would be in no different straits today if the law were changed; the VT shooter did not buy his guns at a show, and in fact did pass the federal background check.  The loophole is that his mental health records were never entered into the databases checked by the NICS.  That loophole was closed almost immediately by Gov Kaine.

– Creigh Deeds has admitted that he changed his mind on this issue due to emotional pleas from families of some of the VT victims.   He wants to legislate to “respond to grief“.  This is absolutely the wrong reason to pass any legislation, and is more reprehensible coming from someone who knows that the legislation would change nothing.

Deeds, who owns several firearms and has hunted since he was a child, said he understands the importance of the Second Amendment and has no interest in working for broader gun controls except for the gun show loophole.

“For me, everything changed on April 16, 2007,” Deeds said in an interview Sunday. “As a father, I felt just a need deep down in my soul to respond to their grief somehow.”

Note, the Brady campaign is not endorsing Deeds.  Instead, it’s relying on its old “evil NRA” mantra.  Instead of doing something positive, they’ll badmouth the NRA at every turn.  It says to me the Brady Bunch can’t think very deeply (well, I already believe that).  The NRA happened to make this endorsement, so it gave the BB something to rail about.  There are more grass-roots gun-owners groups in Virginia, each of whom will make or not make endorsements in its own time, and many of which include significant numbers of gun owners who dislike the NRA for various reasons.  In many ways, the BB blaming the NRA for all evils of the world are like the protesters who blame Obama for the nation’s ills.  Point at the leader, and let him/it take the blame.

Stay away from Virginia too, Mr. Frommer

So one who would set himself up as arbiter of  what you “should” like, Arthur Frommer, won’t go to Arizona any more because they respect the 2nd Amendment.

Guess he’d better stay away from the other states that also respect the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.  Maybe he should restrict his vacations to Canada, England, Australia (I was unable quickly to find unbiased links for Australia; this was as close as I could get), and Japan.

Here in Virginia, we are perfectly able to carry our firearms openly.  Our government understands (though we constantly have to remind some) that most citizens are law-abiding, and that most understand a bullet can travel at 800+ feet per second, but police seldom more than 73.35 feet per second*    If we want to hide the fact we’re able to take care of ourselves, we can apply for a permit to conceal.  Many other states allow some form of carry; if you count the states that require the government to “certify”  you (guilty until proven innocent), that statement becomes “most” states.

Of course, Mr. Frommer lives in Brooklyn, so he happily gives up his rights to live in that very safe location.

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*50 mph, which they can’t do in residential neighborhoods.  And they have to travel much further than the bad guy who’s standing 20 or fewer feet from me.

Published in: on August 22, 2009 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment  

A compromise

It seems the DC voting-rights bill is dead.  Apparently, Congress didn’t care enough to pass the bill with the gun-rights amendment attached.

Apparently, the citizens of DC, through the people they elect (I can’t believe their rep keeps her seat), only want one civil right, not two.  Two is probably too much for them to handle at one time.

But some of us don’t live in DC, and we like ALL our rights.  So here’s my compromise.  DC gets its voting rights, and in the deal, they offer reciprocity to all other states that offer concealed handgun permits.  Their own residents can’t carry, but those of us with permits can.  Seems like it satisfies everyone.

They vote.

We vote and carry.

I’d even almost be willing to limit it to concealed carry, to start.  It’s not a good compromise, but you wouldn’t want Chief Lanier’s officers to have to stop everyone carrying openly to ascertain whether they’re non-residents or not.  They have too much else to do — like limiting who can travel on which streets, and playing personal bodyguard to the bigwigs.

brady humor – again

In all these cases Brady lawyers are assisting with our legal expertise — pro bono.

I hope you will support our fight against new challenges with a tax-deductible contribution as soon as possible. We will prevail — wherever the next battlefield might be.

Yep.   We’re doing it for free.  So send us money.

You, too, can help squelch individual liberties, the Second Amendment, and unconstitutional ordinances everywhere!

Mrs. Brady? Mrs. Brady? Hello ……

Mrs. Brady?  Any comment?

Violence Policy Center?  Are you listening?

The gun votes were less surprising to many Democrats than were the Guantanamo developments. The NRA remains among the most powerful lobbies, and many lawmakers take care to stay off its political enemies list.

“People do not want to be on the wrong side of this particular cultural divide,” said Rep. David Price, D-N.C., who supports tougher gun controls. “It’s too bad there’s not a more responsible national organization” to counteract the NRA, he said.

There are no “responsible national organizations” that counteract the NRA.

Wanna know why?   Because the NRA, despite its shortcomings, speaks basically in favor of allowing law-abiding citizens to have their rights.

The same type of rights that journalists are permitted in writing as they please, because it’s guaranteed by the US Constitution.  Lesser rights, even, because “journalists” don’t have to go through background checks to buy pens, computers, or internet access.  Lesser, even, because “journalists” don’t have laws that make their statements crimes.  At most, they can open themselves to libel charges — civil libel charges.

Seldom, if ever, will you find an anti-gun organization that does not have to resort to miscalculation, twisted logic, or downright lies to make their points.  That’s what makes them irresponsible.

Published in: on May 25, 2009 at 9:11 am  Leave a Comment  

US Anti-piracy Strategy

Give ’em what they want, and wait for the Marines.  At least, that seems to be it.

Of the nonmilitary options, including allowing sailors to defend themselves, the US is bowing to “unions, insurers, and foreign ports”.

Am I to presume we’re bowing to the idea that our ships in foreign ports are foreign soil?

And since unions apparently can’t figure out how to make shooting ability rise with seniority, they can’t justify, even in their own minds, pay for actual performance.  If we could somehow ensure the 10-year guy shoots better than the 5-year guy,  maybe they’d wise up.

And insurers are afraid they’d have to pay out for a lunatic lawsuit that says all firearms manufacturers are guilty if in the process of repelling a boarding, a pirate got killed and now they’re being sued?

For a nation that thinks we should “punish” North Korea or Iran for acting in what it presumes to be its best interests,  we certainly are proving ourselves a bunch of wimps.

Hand the sailors firearms  if they have proven to be non-violent, law-abiding citizens (and why are we hiring them if they aren’t?), declare US ships to be US soil, require sailors to follow the rules, and see the piracy of US ships abate.

What “Bill of Rights” doesn’t she understand?

Today’s Washington Post has an article on the current misguided effort to get DC representative Eleanor Holmes Norton a vote in the House.  (NB: Norton is the only politician I’ve ever seen tell a room full of constituents to “shut up” when they disagreed with her.)  Rep Ensign has introduced an amendment that would nullify the illogical, inane, and repressive gun-registration restrictions the DC council introduced to try to get around the Heller decision.

You have to be subscribed to read this article, but this is the part that got me:

But City Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) said she would say no to the deal.

“It’s unacceptable to link our fundamental right to vote with the condition that we sacrifice public safety,” she said yesterday. “I . . . don’t agree that we should kneel down to the NRA and the gun lobby.

“First of all, we’ve been denied this fundamental right,” she said. “We’re entitled to it by any measure of fair and just democracy. And then to say the only way you can get this — this little crumb that they’re throwing at us — is to give up on our laws that we’ve passed in the interest of protecting the public.

“I hope the whole nation is watching this, to see how Congress uses us as a plaything.”

Does she somehow not understand that gun rights ARE GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION?  As in the Bill of RIGHTS?

Contrast this with the voice of someone who understands:

Valencia Mohammed, director of Mothers of Unsolved Murders, a D.C. advocacy group for mothers of homicide victims, said she would welcome the deal, although she has lost two sons to gun violence in the city.

“This is one of the inalienable rights that I wanted,” she said. “I want my vote to be counted. I want representation in Congress. And I also want the right to bear arms.

“I’m just looking at the history of my ancestors and what they went through and how they were shot and killed, tarred and feathered and burned to death,” she said. “Guns was one of those things that they could not have and a tool for other people that kept them enslaved. I’m saying no more of that. I want to enjoy all of those rights that they were denied. . . . It’s time.”

Frankly, I think Mohammed ought to be on the Council, and Cheh on the streets, where she can see how well those “laws that we’ve passed in the interest of protecting the public” are working.

Mind you, I’m somewhat indifferent on the District getting a vote.  It galls me that it’s being bandied as a partisan issue — either the District residents are due a voice without a “balance” or they aren’t.  I don’t think the District founders meant for the district to be where someone actually LIVED, but rather where citizens went to pass such minimal government as was necessary and then leave.  However, at the time, the permanent residents were slaves, who couldn’t vote.  So I see the other side.  Pandering so the “other party” feels they didn’t lose anything is an insult.

I’m disgusted, too, with the carpetbaggers who move to the district knowing they don’t have representation in Congress, then complain.  That’s like moving next to an airport, or a shooting range, and then complaining about the noise.  If you chose to move to DC, it was part of the choice.  If you were born and raised there, it’s your home, and your voice carries more weight with me.

Let’s be incendiary, shall we?

It’s been toned down from earlier versions of the story.   The first  headline I saw on this AP story read “10 injured in nursery school shooting”.

Never mind that no children were involved; it was near a nursery school, not in; and no children were hurt.  Never mind that:

Five of the 10 injured received light wounds, and the others suffered even less significant injuries, said Raphaelle Padovani, a press spokesperson for the regional prefecture said. The injured were being treated.”

How does one suffer a “less significant injury” than a light wound???

Subsequent headlines in other papers toned down the scare, but almost all are calling it a “Nursery School Shooting”.

Give me a flippin’ break.

Published in: on March 20, 2009 at 5:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Our precious ‘right to bear arms’ too often comes with a high price: death : Opinion : Anderson Independent-Mail

From independentmail.com, of Anderson, SC (my sister’s home) comes this gem:

Our precious ‘right to bear arms’ too often comes with a high price: death : Opinion

Well, d’oh.  Doesn’t she realize that many of our freedoms come from death?  From those who are willing to lay down their own lives that others may have freedom?

That notwithstanding – simply a poor choice of headline, which the author may or may not have had a hand in crafting – the premise of the article is that our 2nd amendment rights are somehow worthy of abandoning become some don’t treat them with responsibility.

Just as some may abuse freedom of speech to bully, to espouse hatred, or to yell “fire” in a crowded theater, some abuse the right to bear arms.  If you look through the facts, though, you’ll find most of those who commit crimes are not so much abusing a right as they are breaking dozens of laws, and thus thumbing their nose at a right.

No, it is not the right to bear arms that causes death.  It is the utter disregard for the responsibility that comes with rights.  I for one will not confuse the two, and will fight for the rights and their incumbent responsibilities.

Lies, and more lies

Fredericksburg Expo Center was advertising this wonderful show this weekend – combined Outdoor Show with a Gun & Knife show.

Hunting and fishing show now featuring the gun & knife show!  Now you get hunting and fishing equipment, seminars, NRA Whitetail display plus hundreds of tables of gun and knife equipment.

Except for one little caveat.  The two shows were separate, with a connecting door, and the Outdoor Show had great big signs saying “NO GUNS  PERMITTED IN THE OUTDOOR SHOW”

So it wasn’t a combined show at all.

I’ve heard time and again “it’s due to insurance regulations”.  Bullshit.  The two shows were in the same hall, open to one another, and the gun-show promoters, as they always do, were zip-tying all firearms.

And I couldn’t even go get coffee, because the food court was on that side of the hall!  Thank goodness there were restrooms on the gun show side.  The food court in Exhibit Hall B isn’t; it has no equipment.  It’s just where they sometimes set something up.  Not today.

And a Fredericskburg police officer had the nerve to tell me to just leave my gun in the car.  Like I want to spend my money someplace that disarms me?  Surely you jest.

To add insult to injury, the NRA had a booth inside the outdoor show (at least from the advertisement; as I say, I didn’t go in)!

Published in: on February 21, 2009 at 7:14 pm  Leave a Comment