Gallup released their latest poll on guns today. It’s full of win for fans of firearms freedom. Less than half of Americans (48 percent) currently favor stricter laws for the sale of firearms. That stat’s more-or-less back to where it was before the Newtown massacre, which raised the “more gun laws, please” answer’s popularity to 58 percent. Which is nothing compared to 1990, when 78 percent of Americans surveyed favored stricter gun sales laws. [Click here to see the historic decline] Even better, 73 percent of Americans are now against . . .
Without the Second Amendment (protecting Americans’ individual right to keep and bear arms), the First Amendment (protecting Americans’ individual right to free speech) would be meaningless. As in non-existent. The enemies of firearms freedom scoff at any such notion. They point to Europe, where gun rights are gone, yet free speech remains. Or does it? Under the 2012 European Data Protection Regulation Article 17, Europeans now have the “right to erasure.” They have the right to . . .
It’s a simple enough concept: “all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” In this case, the Coalition Against Gun Violence trying to convince voters that not voting for pro-gun control politicians leaves blood on their hands. In the case of the second ad below, literally. Lensed by Filmmaker Mark Pellington of The Mothman Prophecies fame, the ad above is singularly, spectacularly doomed to failure. And that’s because . . .
Over the weekend, Democratic operative and CNN contributor, Paul Begala penned an opinion piece for CNN on Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst, entitled, “Candidate’s Gun Remarks Should Scare Us.” In the article, he focuses on a statement made by Ernst during a 2012 address to the NRA: “I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from a government,should they decide that my rights are no longer important.” To which, Mr. Begala’s learned response is . . .
“She has delivered the same 64-word speech eight times already, but Gabby Giffords is struggling to get through the ninth,” msn.com reports. ‘Together, we can win elections,’ the former Arizona congresswoman tells her Seattle audience before starting to stumble. After a moment of confused silence, an aide whispers the next line, and Giffords continues the broken sentence: ‘… change our laws.'” The rest of the article focuses on the fact that Giffords and her anti-gun group Americans for Responsible Solutions are fighting a losing battle for gun control. But here’s the main question raised by this piece . . .
|Legal Carry in D.C., However Briefly|
In July, Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. ruled that the District of Columbia’s ban on the carry of weapons outside the home for self defense was unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. For a brief few days, the right to keep and bear arms was respected in the District of Columbia. The judge then granted a stay until October 22, for the District to pass a new law that would meet constitutional requirements. The D.C. government passed a new law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, one that Alan Gura, counsel for the plaintiffs, characterized as a “practical destruction of the right to bear arms” . . .
After praising Social Studies teacher Megan Silberberger [above] for intervening in the recent Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Facebook page wonders “When will Congress stand up to the gun lobby so that teachers and students don’t have to stand up to gunmen?” Because if Congress stands up to the “gun lobby” (i.e. pro-gun advocates representing pro-gun Americans) and passes some unspecified gun control law (or twenty) school shooters will no longer attack people in schools. How about . . .
“A picture posted to Facebook is stirring up controversy at a Massachusetts high school after two high school sweethearts posed with large airsoft guns before their homecoming dance last week,” necn.com reports. “‘We took them with the airsoft guns because it’s our hobby, and we wanted to include them,'” now-suspended Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School student Jamie Pereira said.” Wait. What? There were no threats in the photo or caption and besides, what jurisdiction does a public school have regarding students’ non-school-related Facebook posts? What possibly justification for the suspension? Glad you asked . . .
The upcoming 2014 mid-term elections aren’t the first time pro-gun voters have had a chance to make their voices heard at the ballot box, post-Newtown knee-jerk gun control legislation. You may recall Colorado’s 2013 recall election. Voters punted State Senate President John Morse and State Senator Angela Giron, two Democratic pols who supported the Rocky Mountain State’s post-Newtown “high capacity” ammunition magazine ban and “universal background checks” (and new fees for same). Bills Governor Hickenlooper signed. And then regretted signing. Or not. And now the Hickster’s in the frame, staring down the barrel of unemployment . . .
The video above ties itself in rhetorical knots to prove that the right to keep and bear arms mooted by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was not – and is not – restricted to members of a militia. Well duh. A militia needs a right to keep and bear arms like a politician needs a right to be a pompous ass. Or an anti-gunner needs a right to ignore common sense (while claiming it for his or her own). Yes, there is that. The antis believe that . . .
In America, they’re called “gun buybacks.” Technically, they’re not buybacks. The police, politicians, gun grabbers and corporate do-gooders perpetuating this brand of security theater – where Americans turn in broken-ass guns for cash, gift cards and/or kudos – never owned the guns in the first place. So it’s really a “buy-up.” Of course, “gun buy-up” doesn’t have the same PC ring to it. In fact, the term hints at the truth of the matter: the “no questions asked” buyback folks are creating a black market for stolen guns. Anyway . . .
Nothing has ever made me feel more like the stereotypical blogger than angrily opening my laptop, connecting to the intertubes and furiously airing my grievances to the world. Double points for using a grainy cell phone photo as an illustration. But sometimes, stupidity demands to be highlighted . . .