How to exploit your husband

by SarahBrady@BradyCenter.org

The Bush Administration has given the gun lobby a special last-minute gift — a very expensive one, … one that puts public safety at risk.

The Brady Center is taking action to stop it.  We need your help.

The Brady Center has filed a suit asking a federal court to strike down the Administration’s last-minute rule change to allow concealed, loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Please give a tax-deductible gift now to help us stop this unnecessary and dangerous ruling.  It will allow guns in rural and urban national park areas around the country …

… from Wyoming’s Yellowstone and California’s Yosemite to Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, home of the Liberty Bell.

The Brady Center filed the suit on behalf of our Brady Campaign members, including school teachers in the New York  and Washington, D.C. areas who are canceling or curtailing school trips to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. now that the Bush Administration will allow guns in these national parks.

Click here to give today to support our efforts to keep our parks and wildlife refuges safe, to stop the gun lobby and the Bush Administration from enacting this last-minute ruling.

Sincerely,
alt
Sarah Brady, Chair

Also known as “we’d rather take your money and fight inanimate objects than deal with delusional criminals”.

Note the appeals to emotion — “children (and their teachers) are scared”  (and would rather cower than take responsibility for themselves).

Note the untruths:

  • Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are in New York, with onerous gun-control laws, and near-impossible-to-get carry permits — where under the proposed rules, guns would not be allowed anyway.
  • The National Mall, in DC, where even residents have to jump through hoops to keep locked, inoperable firearms in their own homes for self-defense.
  • In Philadelphia, where state law requires a concealed handgun permit in order for an individual to carry any firearm.

Note the short paragraphs, 42% of which ask you to send money.

Note the lie:  “last-minute ruling”.   The petition for rulemaking was initially brought forth two years ago, and the public comment period was extended twice.  (A link to the final rule)

Note the deliberate lack of information on numbers of people who have been ASSAULTED, ROBBED, RAPED, and/or KILLED  in National Parks in the last five years — when law-abiding citizens were prohibited from being armed.

Sarah has been exploiting James’ injuries for 25 years, and has garnered lots of money from it.  James is quoted as saying  “”He scares me,” Jim Brady says of Hinckley, “cause he doesn’t have 52 cards in his deck.””

Not “the guns scare me” or “gunmen scare me” — but Hinckley does.  As he should.  Sarah just spins it another way.

So take lessons.  This is how it’s done.

Truth maligned

A video recreated at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhEMIRbKQ4c  attempts to malign the individuals who observed the Lie-In at Richmond, VA’s capitol building last Monday.  Why would someone protest and then be upset that the spectators weren’t invited?

The video is recreated thanks to the fact the original poster didn’t open comments or ratings.  The re-posting allows both.

Compare to this one, with audio:  http://tinyurl.com/38uqc.

Others, also with full audio and not just the apparently extraneous laughter the original wanted highlighted is posted at: http://vaguninfo.com/videos/vcdl_meetings/2008/lobbyday.htm

Having seen all of these, I cannot imagine what frame of mind it would take someone to post that original.  If it weren’t for these others, you would not know that the great majority of those standing were objecting to the original protest.  You would believe the counter-protestors, for lack of a better word, were unruly, disrespectful, and vile.  Nothing could be further from the truth, as you’ll see in the other videos.

I long for true dialog.  For days when the Brady Bunch doesn’t have to spin its message because they can’t use logic.  For days when someone at MMM goes to a gun show, and then discusses the facts behind sales.  For days they don’t have to bolster their message with speakers whose message has nothing to do with a sale at a gun show.

I truly would like to discuss.  I tried last Monday, but the one woman who would speak to me mistook redundancy for persuasion, and when I still didn’t buy the line after about the tenth time she repeated it, she held up her hand and walked away.

What happened to logic?

Governor Kaine quote:

“These gun shows provide a very easy and public means” for criminals to get guns, he said. “There are those who apparently think it’s fine for a felon to have a gun. They usually won’t stand up and say that, because they’d be laughed out of the room, but that’s apparently what they believe.”

This is a man who’s been a lawyer for years.  One would think he’d have the ability to read and synthesize information.  Perhaps logic should be emphasized in law school.  No one wants a violent or dangerous felon to have a gun.  Using the argument in this manner indicates the level to which he’s willing to stoop.

Statistics show between 0.4 and 0.7 percent of guns used in violent crimes have come from gun shows.  In at least half those cases,  I’d bet (I’ve never seen a statistic on it), they come from dealers, who DO background checks.  Some are straw purchases.  You can’t hold a dealer liable for a straw purchase IF he had no way to tell.  But most dealers don’t sell the cheap guns – the ones the bad guy can buy on a street corner (often stolen) for $150.  And the number of individuals who sell one or two guns – long guns or handguns – at gun shows is small.

Then, Kaine is using this so-called “loophole” (I sure wish he’d look up that definition) ostensibly to prevent another Tech.  But Cho didn’t buy his guns at a gun show.  He passed a background check – and waited over 30 days (per Virginia law) to buy his second!

Dangerous felons don’t go to gun shows to buy weapons.  They’re too easily available elsewhere, where the only background check used is “Did you bring the cash?”   And if you think someone who really wants a gun is going to wait 8-15 weeks for the next gun show in his area, you’re smoking the same stuff as the governor.

Of course, Virginia has another in the wings.  Let’s make BRANDISHING a firearm into a FELONY  (HB 1338) .  That way, if someone sees me removing my firearm from my car safe and placing it in my purse, or on my belt, and gets all holier-than-thou about it, and calls it in, I have the burden of defending myself against a FELONY charge.   Now, I agree, in principle if not in specifics, with our brandishing laws; they serve a purpose.  But FELONY?  C’mon.  Where’s the common sense?  It’s in trying to keep people from buying guns, whether at a gun show or not.

I truly feel for the VT victims.  Some were intelligent, and capable of thinking for themselves, and would, I’m certain, be outraged at the use people are  making of their memories.   Had one of them held a gun, perhaps there would have been fewer than 32 of them.

Open letter to Jesse Jackson

Dear Jesse

Thank you for organizing protests against illegal guns – none of which are sold at reputable gun stores – on the 28th of August, 2007.  {News flash – illegal means not bought on the open market.}

In tribute to your protests, my family bought new legal guns.  Of course, when we bought guns, we needed holsters (we law-abiding citizens carry them in holsters, legally), and ammunition, and accessories.  When we had finished, a local (legal, reputable) gun dealer was many hundreds of dollars enriched.

I can’t say for certain you would find a spike in gun and ammunition sales on the 28th.   I know that  http://waronguns.blogspot.com is reporting over 100 readers who claimed to have made purchases.  Other blogs are reporting similar numbers.  The Firearms Coalition reports a good day at the location in Maryland your paid supporters picketed.

Mind you, we kept you in mind.  We bought LEGAL guns and LEGAL ammunition.  You see, we, too, dislike illegal guns.  More correctly, we dislike people who use guns for illegal purposes, and believe they should pay the price.  We dislike illegal use of guns.  We decry gun violence, but we applaud the use of guns, whether simply displayed or actually fired, in protection of our families and ourselves.

Again, thank you for providing the focus.  I hope your efforts against illegal guns drives even more commerce to purveyors of legal firearms, ammunition, and accessories.

Tess Ailshire

Alexandria, Virginia