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First we hear about Dick’s sporting goods ceasing the sale of sporting rifles.
Then Cheaper Than Dirt got hammered on Facebook for their claim that they will be “reexamining” their sales policies in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and after thousands upon thousands of promises from loyal customers to go elsewhere, they decided to resume sales.
Now Michigan’s governor decided to veto a concealed carry bill that he promised earlier to sign and that took a lot of effort to pass through the legislature.
And the NRA – they’re promising “…to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.
We’re all heartbroken over the massacre. We’re all appalled by the actions of one mental case. And we all want to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Will someone please tell me how punishing millions of gun owners who DIDN’T kill anyone, harm anyone or commit any kind of crime with a firearm going to stop the nutcases from going on rampages?
Will someone please tell me how leaving thousands of people defenseless against armed thugs in Michigan will prevent another school tragedy?
Will someone please tell me how forcing law-abiding citizens to undergo mental evaluations before making a constitutionally-protected purchase will stop criminals, crazies and thugs from stealing firearms?
And finally, will someone please explain to me how banning firearms for their cosmetic features – perpetuating misinformation about what a semi-automatic weapon is – or stopping sales of weapons that look scary, but are no more lethal than an average handgun – will prevent another massacre!
The only thing this does is show that there are way too many cowards who are afraid to stand on their principles in this country.
And that is pathetic.
UPDATE: I don’t say this lightly because Scott Brown is an honorable Soldier, but… from the land of Taxatwoshits comes this little bit that quotes Scott Brown as saying there should be “federal action” about “assault” weapons. What is really irritating is that Scott Brown ought to know better. He’s a Soldier. He should get the fact that the civilian version of military-style weapons are no different than any other semi-automatic. They don’t allow killing anything any faster than any pistol. One round is fired every time the trigger is pulled. ONE. And the differences are largely cosmetic. No, an military-style weapon won’t allow a crazed gunman to kill his victims any faster than any pistol. The bayonet lug and pistol grip and scary, black color are no more dangerous than anything else. And yet… the now largely irrelevant Scott Brown – beaten by Fauxcahontas Warren into obscurity in November – is now trying to low-crawl out of political obscurity with this dreck:
“What happened in Newtown where those children were subject to that level of violence is beyond my comprehension. As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately, they have not and innocent people are being killed,” Brown said. “As a result, I support a federal assault weapons ban, perhaps like the legislation we have in Massachusetts.”
OK, Colonel. You are now the enemy as well. You think joining leftarded asshats will revive your political career? Good luck. You WILL be opposed every step of the way. Might as well switch to the Democrat Party. No one wants you on our side.
UPDATE ZEE SECOND: Dimwit Virginia delegate will introduce an “assault” weapons ban.
The delegate said that semi-automatic/assault style weapons “have no place other than on the battlefield.” He also dismissed the claims that sportsmen need such weapons.
“How is it ‘sport’ to go out and shoot Bambi using an assault rifle and accompanying 50 cartridge magazine?” said Morrissey.
Hey, douchebag! An AR uses .223 ammunition – good for shooting varmint. Most hunters don’t even think it’s good enough to shoot deer.
Furthermore… THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS NOT ABOUT HUNTING! READ IT SOMETIME, AND THEN STFU.
UPDATE ZEE THIRD: From the state that brought you the hanging chad comes a news piece that reports some Florida schools are banning backpacks. Yes. Bookbags.
No commentary needed from me.
Dianne Feinstein has apparently been sitting on this bill for a year, obviously waiting for a massacre big enough that will allow her to stuff this rights-killing monstrosity up our collective asses. Well, the opportunistic swine got a massacre on Friday, and now she’s gleefully announcing she will introduce another “assault” weapons ban – the same kind that was allowed to expire in 2004 because it was apparently worthless.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she will reintroduce a ban on assault weapons to the Senate on the very first day the new House session on NBC’s Meet the Press. Feinstein also said she wants and expects Barack Obama to lead on gun control from now on. “I can tell you that he is going to have a bill to lead on because as a first-day bill I’m going to introduce in the Senate and the same bill will be introduced in the House – a bill to ban assault weapons,” Feinstein said. “It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. Not retroactively but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets.” There was a previous assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004. There was some conversation about re-introducing the ban around the time of the Aurora shooting, too. “There will be a bill. We’ve been working on it now for a year,” Feinstein said. “We’ve tried to take my bill from ’94 to 2004 and perfect it. We believe we have.
The last “assault” weapons ban that banned scary things like bayonet lugs and pistol grips, because they’re… um… scary, did nothing to prevent tragedies like COLUMBINE! But that doesn’t matter to Feinstein and calculating, conniving cunts like Jerrold Nadler who not only danced in the blood of innocent children, gleeful at the opportunity to push through his political agenda, but demanded that the president EXPLOIT the tragedy in order to get gun control.
Make no mistake, people. You’re dealing with ruthless sociopaths, who will stop at nothing to ram their agenda down our throats. It’s not for the children! It’s not for our safety!
It’s to increase their own power and authority, as well as give the clueless boneheads who vote for them a warm fuzzy. And they will stop at nothing to do it.
Fight them with all you’ve got. It’s either their power or your rights. You can’t have both.
President Obama gave a very moving speech at Newton, CT yesterday. I’m not being sarcastic here. You could tell how genuinely upset he was and how much it hurt to read the names of the children murdered in cold blood by derelict Adam Lanza. He spoke of the heroes who tried to protect the children at the school and the first responders who arrived on the scene and helped guide the kids to safety. And with anger and anguish in his voice he spoke of our failure to protect our children. Something must be done.
And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?
I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change.
Since I’ve been President, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by a mass shooting. The fourth time we’ve hugged survivors. The fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims. And in between, there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and big cities all across America — victims whose — much of the time, their only fault was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law — no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.
You’ll be surprised that I actually agree with the President here.
I agree that we’re not meeting our obligations to our children. We are not doing enough.
We have transformed our schools into disarmament zones and painted a bullseye on the back of every child and every teacher – ripe for every psychopath to ravage at will.
We have instilled in our society and our younger generations an “authorities will protect you” attitude, and relieved them of personal responsibility.
We have made them afraid, and with the media publicizing every shooting and giving the criminals and wackos the publicity they so desperately desire, stumbling over one another to get the “exclusive,” to publicize tragedy and to grip the audience, that fear is multiplied.
What we haven’t done, as the gun grabbers claim, is make it easy for criminals and crazies to purchase weapons.
Regular citizens have to comply with a plethora of regulations, including background checks and sometimes waiting periods, just to purchase a firearm. Fees, more background checks, sometimes fingerprints and justifications have to be provided to localities if they want to carry. Despite the fact that a tiny percentage of gun owners who purchased their firearms legally actually commit crimes, they are punished more and more by the system after any such tragedy.
Meanwhile, the majority of guns used in crime have been obtained via illegal means. Translation: criminals break the law, and violate the already-existing plethora of gun control laws to obtain their firearms.
I repeat: laws are for the law-abiding. More laws will only affect the law-abiding. That is logic that cannot be refuted, and yet politicians continue to clamor for more restrictions, more limits and more disarmament – as if banning a bayonet lug will somehow prevent a James Holmes or an Adam Lanza from mowing down young children.
But you know what will give potential victims even the slightest chance to live?
The same thing that stopped Luke Woodham from killing even more people in Pearl, MS in 1997.
Woodham drove his mother’s car to Pearl High School. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and a trenchcoat, he made no attempt to hide his rifle. When he entered the school, he fatally shot Lydia Kaye Dew and Christina Menefee, his former girlfriend. Pearl High School assistant band director, Jeff Cannon, was standing five feet away from Dew when she was fatally shot. Woodham went on to wound seven others before leaving, intending to drive off campus and conduct another shooting at the nearby Pearl Junior High School. However, assistant principal Joel Myrick had retrieved a .45 pistol from the glove compartment of his truck and subdued Woodham inside his mother’s car. Then Myrick demanded “Why did you shoot my kids?” to which Woodham replied, “Life has wronged me, sir.
The same thing that saved lives at the Appalachian School of Law in 2002.
According to Bridges: at the first sound of gunfire, he and fellow student Mikael Gross, unbeknownst to each other, ran to their vehicles to retrieve their personally-owned firearms placed in their glove compartments. Mikael Gross, a police officer from Grifton, North Carolina retrieved a 9 mm pistol and body armor. Bridges, a county sheriff’s deputy from Asheville, North Carolina retrieved his .357 Magnum pistol from beneath the driver’s seat of his Chevrolet Tahoe. Bridges and Gross approached Odighizuwa from different angles, with Bridges yelling at Odighizuwa to drop his gun. Odighizuwa then dropped his firearm and was subdued by several other unarmed students, including Ted Besen and Todd Ross.
The same thing that stopped terrorists from their stabbing spree in an Israeli school in 2008.
Two Palestinian terrorists disguised in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) uniforms entered the study hall at Makor Haim High School in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion southeast of Jerusalem.
Armed with guns and knives, the terrorists managed to stab several students before armed school counselors arrived and shot them dead.
The same thing that saved countless other lives: armed self defense.
But beyond that, we need to focus on the causes of these incidents, and I can guarantee you that the existence of guns and their ownership by decent, law-abiding Americans is not it.
Parents, please keep an eye on your kids! PLEASE!
Don’t let resentment and anger fester to the point of violence. Talk to them. Develop a relationship with them. Watch for changes in behavior and ensure that they trust you enough to tell you when something is wrong!
Teach them to respect human life and other people. Don’t ignore them. I realize work schedules and other things in life interfere, but don’t allow your relationship with your child to deteriorate. Love them. Enjoy your time with them and don’t allow them to deteriorate to the point of picking up a firearm and harming innocents!
Look, I work two jobs. I’m a single parent. I’m on the go from early morning until night. But I find time to talk to my kids. We have dinner together. We chat via text and on the phone or even email when I’m not home. I don’t let a day go by without having a conversation with both my kids. I watch their behavior. I offer help when needed. I don’t ignore them.
Teach them the value of personal responsibility, and show them love and discipline. Always.
They will be grateful, and so will society, because you will have raised them into stable, responsible adults.