The Gun Rights Policy Conference is conferencing. The speakers are proving to be a lot more pithy than I thought possible. Something about a ten-minute time limit. Larry Pratt of the Gun Owners of America stepped up to the microphone (no jokes about Pretzel Logic please) and pulled no punches—without pandering. “We need to get rid of the ATF,” he pronounced. “That’s something we need to talk about.” Music to the ears of freedom-loving gun rights advocates everywhere, especially those fed-up with the ATF’s extra-legal gun smuggling operations (which armed the drug thugs who murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry). A federal agency decommissioned? Would it, could it ever happen? Well . . .
“It would take a total economic collapse,” Bruce Smith from the Appleseed project told me. We were on the way to the parking lot to have a look at Bruce’s rifle, a gun that made a brief appearance in the lobby overlooking the TSA’s 4th Amendment defilement. Oh yeah, Larry wants to get rid of that too. The TSA, not the room. Or the rifle.
Symbolically enough, the Hyatt Hotel banned Bruce’s rifle from his display table. “We prefer you not do that,” the hotel manager informed the retired anesthesiologist turned Revolutionary Warologist. “We were told there would be no display of weapons.” Well, there was. In the parking garage. Deal with it.
Inconvenient weapons, inconvenient truths. Just another day in the fight to defend and extend America’s gun rights.