TTAG Daily Digest: The Fickle Finger of Firearms Fate

“A Maryland family is fighting the one day school suspension of a 6-year-old boy  [not shown] who made a gun gesture with his thumb and forefinger while in class,” nydailynews.com reports. “The boy was suspended after pointing the finger gun at a classmate and saying ‘pow.’ The incident came a week after a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children.” One week! Didn’t the boy know that you have to wait two weeks after a school shooting before pretending to shoot someone with your finger? Just as the nydailynews.com has to mention Sandy Hook in every firearms-related story for at least three weeks. Sorry I had to point that out. And here’s some more finger pointing . . .

“I have sworn an oath to heal and to protect humans,” David H. Newman writes in The New York Times, mischaracterizing the Hippocratic Oath. ”Guns, invented to maim and destroy, are my natural enemy.” Unless someone’s trying to kill you, your family, a patient or other innocent life, and you happen to have a gun in your hand.

Talk about gun grabbers . . . 2.7M NICS background checks in December. abc.go.com 

Now there’s a euphemism if I ever heard one. Gun-Control Converts Could Pave Way to New Laws: Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) nationaljournal.com

Thank GOD for the TSA. “In 2012 more than 1,500 firearms were discovered by screeners at airport checkpoints, TSA spokesman David Castelveter said. That is an average of more than four weapons a day.” cnn.com

Avoid stupid people ignoring stupid laws in stupid places. CA cops charge comedian Katt Williams with child endangerment for grass and firearms stash. “How do you keep kids safe without guns? If the police come in and raid my place and break into my gun boxes, you’re gonna find guns! I’m not in a gang, what difference does it make?” Also, “Weed is not a drug.” sfgate.com

Protest sloppy graphics! And misdirection. The definitive study on the subject concluded that 0.7 percent of guns used in crimes come from gun shows, and all FFL gun dealers must perform background checks—even at gun shows.

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59 Responses to TTAG Daily Digest: The Fickle Finger of Firearms Fate

  1. avatarRob says:

    I’m really getting tired of the giant stick that’s up the ass of a large portion of this country.

  2. avatarRalph says:

    Gun-Control Converts . . . Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

    Hey, what does that “D” stand for? You know, the “D” in front of the postal code for the state each guy represents? That “D” couldn’t possibly stand for “Democrat,” could it? No way. ‘Cause the Dems are our friends, right? Right?

    If you voted Democrat, you voted to slit your own throats. So please, don’t bore me with your “Reagan did whatever” bullsh!t. Reagan is dead. Whatever he did, he did it long before you were able to legally buy a drink, much less a gun. So please, Democrat apologists — STFU. &D.

    • avatarChris says:

      And if the GOP quit endlessly slitting it’s own throat talking about “legitimate rape” and the “threat” of gay marriage, they might have won the election.

      • avatarRob says:

        So true.

      • avatarAccur81 says:

        Bygones, guys. Stay focused on the Bill of Rights. That’s the real issue here.

        • avatarStacy says:

          It’s not a bygone. Politics is about persuasion, and people are always on the lookout for anything that seems like “the mask slipping”. With the media being on the other side, every dumbass comment will get dredged up over and over again, and cause people who might be persuaded by issue-focused arguments to simply not listen because they’re so put off by the unrelated dumb thing that so-and-so said two election seasons ago. It can even backfire and make people take sides against you on an issue they don’t really care about, just to stick it to you over the other thing that annoyed them. This stuff matters.

      • avatarWA_2A says:

        The GOP’s 16th-century views on social issues (women’s rights, gay marriage, etc.) have alienated it from the rest of the public and established an extremely negative image of them, which is only strengthened by the media. It doesn’t help that the GOP’s only control of the media comes from FOX News, which also has an extremely negative image, to the point where FOX is not even considered a legitimate news source anymore by most people.

        Shame. They were the only party with the media’s attention that promoted gun rights. Even then, Mitt Romney, who ended up being their candidate, did not support gun rights.

        • avatarAlphaGeek says:

          This. Well said.

        • avatarKeith says:

          I think Ralph may have been addressing you. Just a guess.

        • avatarWA_2A says:

          @Keith: I think Ralph was addressing Democrats; I dislike both parties. Libertarianism is the way to go. This country was successful because it was founded on the belief a country could be run by the people with minimal government interference.

        • avatar16V says:

          No Keith, I’d venture Ralph was directing that at me.

          I was old enough to buy firearms and drink at the time Ronnie signed FOPA. I’m no Democrat, nor their apologist. I’m also no believer in historical revisionism that gives Republicans some fantasy status as being intrinsically staunch supporters of gun rights. They aren’t. We’ve been sold out when it was politically expedient by both sides of the aisle.

          I’m afraid we’ll learn how truly “pro 2A” our Senate and House members are rather soon.

        • avatarSteve in MA says:

          To be fair, nothing on TV is considered to be a legitimate news source anymore

        • avatarJoseph says:

          Have to agree with Steve in MA. Mr. TV is not our friend.

          That’s why blogs like this one and others on both sides of the aisle as well as conservative talk radio have become the go-to source for news over the last decade. People understand that if someone on television is talking then they are simultaneously lying to you and trying to sell you something.

      • avatarIn Memphis says:

        Maybe if people would stop worshiping the GOP as the savior of all our problems and started promoting other parties…

        • avatarSoccerchainsaw says:

          I’m all over that. I’ve been voting Libertarian for decades because both the R’s and the D’s pissed me off. This past election I broke my mold and voted R because Barry is so scary and couldn’t bear the thought that if he won by one vote….
          My wife told me that he really only won by 300k votes in the swing states. So if approximately 151k of those voters had pulled a different lever, we’d probably still be worried about gun control after this shooting. What was I thinking?

        • avatarIvan w/ an AR says:

          This. Vote Libertarian next time, ok? Assuming there IS a “next time”, with the way things are going…

        • avatarpat says:

          Soccerchainsaw, good for you. You wised up and saw the lesser (BY FAR) of two evils.

      • avatarRalph says:

        Only one party had restrictive gun laws as a feature of their party platform. Guess which one.

        Take your false flags and shove ‘em.

        • avatarWA_2A says:

          Libertarian Party Platform:

          We affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. We oppose all laws at any level of government requiring registration of, or restricting, the ownership, manufacture, or transfer or sale of firearms or ammunition.

        • avatarWA_2A says:

          Wait. I take that back. I misread your post as “was against restrictive gun laws.” Never mind. I will now go back to the 1st grade and relearn how to read.

        • avatarPaul W says:

          Take your worship of the GOP and shove it.

          They’re not any more a friend of liberty than the Democrats are. I don’t care overmuch that they’re marginally nicer to guns; they’ve been hijacked by a pretty decent plethora of nut jobs. Even the Tea Party wing (at least here) has gotten into the morality cop business. And I’m not any more OK with that than I am with people telling me I can’t have a gun. Damned if I’m going to pretend to like the GOP just because they throw me a sop or two.

      • avatarTotenglocke says:

        You realize that the “legitimate rape” was born from the Democrats spending 20-something years broadening the definition of rape to the point where now if you go on a date with a girl, she invites you back for sex, then later she regrets it, you committed “rape”, right?

        Republicans will have a hard time winning again until the ditch the damn religious wackos. Religion has no place in politics at all and until they learn that, they’ll keep losing.

        • avatarWA_2A says:

          Well said. The rest of the country cannot relate to Republicans because of their religious agenda. Democrats have won because of:
          a) Their monopoly on media
          b) Their appeal to minorities

        • avatarPaul W says:

          You realize that isn’t rape under any legal definition of the word right? Seriously, go read some rape statutes.

      • avatarpat says:

        What does a few bible bangers who say stupid things like “legitimate rape” have to do with say…..taking away your freedom and ability to protect yourself from future corrupt ‘big gov’?
        Liberalism is a mental disorder.

      • avatarRobert M says:

        It doesn’t help when you have a media that will take 1 miss spoken words by a GOP candidate and turn it into a media blitz but all but ignores huge policy issues of the Democrats.

        Thanks
        Robert

    • avatarSanchanim says:

      No Ralph is stands for DICKS!!!

  3. avatarLemming says:

    A good thing for the kid it wasn’t pizza day!

  4. avatarJay Dunn says:

    John Yarmuth a convert? He always got an F from the NRA. And deserves it.

  5. avatarAPBTFan says:

    He’s only 6. He hasn’t had time to be properly indoctrinated as a liberal apologist. Give him time. He’ll be at the shrinks office in his early 20′s trying to work through the horrible guilt of pointing a finger and saying “pow” when he was little.

    • avatarWA_2A says:

      This is an outrage, and a violent epidemic sweeping today’s classrooms. Demand a plan to end little children making fingerguns. Stop the violence now. We are better than this.

      • avatarJoseph says:

        The only way to ensure the prevention of the mass murder of psychological innocence perpetrated by the presence of finger guns is to enact a unilateral ban accompanied by enforced confiscation of these instruments of pain suffering and hurt feelings!

        To that end I’d like to make a “Modest Proposal:” What’s the only way to ensure this never occurs again? Cut off your childrens fingers! If elected I will support legislation to this effect. Thank you. Good night and Good Luck. #troll.

  6. avatarOkieRim(Steve) says:

    wow, do any dems even fight back if punched in the nose? they have gone completely bat-shit crazy…

    • avatarJoseph says:

      No, they pay people with guns to do that for them. Look at the morons at that paper in NY State.

      “God forbid those people whose names we plastered in the paper have a gun but well we obviously need people with guns to protect us all the time because of our irresponsible actions.”

  7. avatarLance says:

    Strange Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) changed his mind over the holidays he support NRA measures now. And he says he backs no bans!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So the media is lieing all over again to support there ban and I thank W VA gun owners for changing his mind again!!

    Not every politician who said the day of the murders we need to look at thing means that they support Obama’s big ban quite to the contrary.

    Same goes for Sen Grassley and Sen Graham who the media said a day after the murders they where backing a ban. When both said on national TV they will never support a AWB and they will kill such bills in the Senate.

    RF dont believe everything the media says.

    • avatarOkieRim(Steve) says:

      @lance…do you have a link for this? i emailed some peeps in the WVCDL but never got a reply….just curious since this might catch on with the GOP.

  8. avatarAdam Harper says:

    The article from the National Journal, like many others that are helping beat the drum for gun control seem quick to close the comment section, same for anti gun editorials. They don’t want to deal with pushback, or being told how the facts they are using are misconstrued or are flat out lies.

  9. avatarken says:

    That insensitive little bastard, off to the nut house with him

  10. avatarAPBTFan says:

    I like how

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/01/record-gun-sales-in-december-2012/

    is posted under “National Security”. I’m guessing their view of armed citizens differs greatly from ours as far as what constitutes national security.

  11. avatarAharon says:

    The Dali Lama must not be allowed into America again. He is obviously far too dangerous with his pointing finger simulating a gun.

    • avatarMr aNINNYmouse says:

      I had the opportunity to work a Dalai Lama event some 20 years ago ( just before the 1994 AWB). Interesting to listen to him.
      DEFINITELY *NOT* A TURN-THE-OTHER-CHEEK KINDA GUY….

    • avatarAdam D says:

      I see what they did there, posting a Tibetan Monk making a finger gesture; however, note that the Monk did not have a thumb thing that goes up. His was not an “assault fingergun,” so all is well–move along, nothing to see here…

      • avatarBill says:

        He didn’t have the thumb thingy going up because his has a shoulder going uppy thingy AKA a barrel shroud!

      • avatarJoseph says:

        But His Holiness clearly isn’t shouting POW! in that picture, therefore this is a supressor enabled fingergun, which requires an NFA tax stamp.

        The BATFE needs to get on that and ensure that our world’s religious leaders purchase the requisite tax stamps before utilizing devices such as this.

    • avatarAPBTFan says:

      Effed up on another response. Gonna quit posting and keep the beers flowing.

  12. avatarjwm says:

    6 years old and running around with an unlicensed and unregestered booger hook. What’s this world coming too. Think of the children!

  13. avatarJeff O. says:

    I’m actually surprised the media is limiting it to just firearms related stories.

    “And now we’ll turn to Jim with the weather, Jim?”
    “A large storm front that’ll bring ice and snow and make for some slippery roads is coming in. Just a week after a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children. Back to you Bob.”

  14. avatarPascal says:

    I fear a day when we have a single political party rule throughout the country. Maybe its the destruction of the country and its economic system that will be required to make things better some future day.

    • avatarMax says:

      So it has always been. It is unfortunate that we as a human race cannot remember the blood that was shed to create freedom, and so we do not maintain it with even the slightest amount of sweat. For all our mental capacity we only seem to smarten up through pain and suffering.

      The phoenix must rise from the ashes.

  15. avatarIn Memphis says:

    They should probably amputate a few fingers, why would anyone need more than two fingers for a finger gun? We must ban high capacity finger guns. While we’re at it we need a surgeon that can remove shoulder things.

  16. avatarRalph says:

    Back in the day, when we gave someone the finger it wasn’t the pointer.

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