Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Christians and Guns?

From USA Today:

Police in a small Oklahoma farming community are warning local religious leaders to secure their churches after a pastor was brutally stabbed while awaiting parishioners in her church.

I really hesitated to post this for personal reasons, but with recent conversations about Christians and guns, I decided to go ahead.

The rumor is that this pastor was killed in a manner consistent with being targeted for her religious beliefs and the police are warning other local pastors they may be targeted as well.

I have to wonder what the reaction would be if the other pastors and parishioners all decided to arm themselves. We've seen how the anti-gunners react to guns in churches. From the Gun Guys blog, we can gather that it would be "chilling" and "An Insult To All Faiths and Religions". And had this pastor been shot instead of stabbed, we'd see the usual cries for more "common sense" gun laws.

They are thinking about bringing guns to church:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Brady Campaign e-mail.

I've been a member of the Brady Campaign's mailing list for quite a while. The bulk of their mail is generic fear mongering and solicitations for money, but every so often I get something that just makes me think to myself, "Are they for real?" Here is one such e-mail. Emphasis mine:

You won't believe what I saw at the NRA

Dear ******,

I finished my internship at the Brady Center and it was an amazing summer. We beat the NRA in the U.S. Senate and defeated them in court in Pittsburgh and in Washington, D.C.

It was so exciting to be a part of these victories. As a Brady member, you must be very proud.

From what Brady staff told me, donor support is critical to our victories. So I want to encourage you to continue to support the Brady Center and make a tax-deductible gift today.

After our victories against the NRA, I wanted to see first-hand why so many in Congress are still afraid to stand up to the gun lobby. So the other Brady interns and I drove out to the NRA headquarters in Virginia to see what we are up against. What an experience!

The NRA's two-tower complex is filled with gun lobbyists, a museum and even a shooting range. But I couldn't find one word about the thousands of Americans killed every year by guns.

Likewise, if I were to take a trip to the Brady Headquarters (do they even have one?), i'd find absolutely no word about gun safety training or educational opportunities. And personally, I find that more disturbing considering the Brady Campaign purports itself as being concerned with the safety of the public.

The receptionist told us that the NRA won't allow him to have a gun at work, even if he wanted one. The NRA apparently thinks it's safer with its own staff unarmed in NRA headquarters. Yet the NRA is working to force loaded guns into our own workplaces, schools, and communities.

Given the Brady Campaign's tendency towards falsities, I find this highly unlikely. Especially considering nearly every NRA sponsored event allows open or concealed carry (depending on the states laws). The only time anyone is forced to disarm is if there is a presidential or vice-presidential candidate present.

Help stop the NRA's "guns for anyone, anywhere" agenda with a tax-deductible contribution to the Brady Center.

There is one of those falsities.

On our way out, we asked for a copy of the NRA's tax forms to see just how much money they have. Over $350 million in one year! Brady's budget is a fraction of that, but we still beat them because of the support of members like you who say "enough is enough."

My summer showed me how we can beat the NRA despite all its money and high-paid lobbyists. I hope you will support the Brady Center's life-saving work with a tax-deductible donation today.

I wonder if the Brady Campaign has ever put any honest thought towards why their budget is a fraction of the NRA's? Perhaps it's because the NRA just has more people on it's side.

Another gun-toting, racist tea-bagger at a rally...

Oh wait.

Much like Chris B's skin, this is something else you'll never see on MSNBC.
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Monday, August 24, 2009

HUMMER dealer goes into the gun business.

It's no secret the HUMMER brand is circling the drain. So who can blame them for wanting to augment their truck sales with one of the hottest selling items in the country?

GM could learn a lesson from them. Instead of banking their entire future on the Volt, why not build guns? They've done it before.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

MSspiNBC's creative video editing.

MSNBC crops a video of a black man carrying a rifle in order to push their agenda that it's racist white men bringing guns to town hall rallies.

Here is the complete picture:
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Hypocrisy: First Family Enjoys "No Guns In Parks" Rule.

From the Brady Campaign:
"Thanks to successful litigation by the Brady Campaign and major national parks organizations, the Obama family will be able to enjoy their upcoming visits to America's national parks protected, not only by Secret Service, but also by the Reagan Administration policy that keeps loaded guns in the hands of civilians out of national parklands.

And what exactly is the Secret Service protecting the Obama family with? Pointy sticks? Rocks? Bear spray? Loud screaming? I doubt it.

"Unfortunately, because Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation allowing weapons in national parks beginning in February, other families will be unable to enjoy the same level of security next year when loaded firearms, including semi-automatics, will be permitted in most national parks across the country.

You're right. Other families won't be able to enjoy the same level of security next year. Other families won't have armed Secret Service agents within arms reach. Unlike the Obama family, they'll have to depend on themselves for protection.

Apparently, the Brady Campaign thinks the Obama family is worthier of protection than the family of civilians. This is a good example of the elitism of gun control.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Registration and discrimination.

The question is why not treat handguns like machine guns? The process to purchase a machine gun (according to the NFA and related amendments) Let's assume that the NFA works in preventing crimes committed with machine guns. Why would any law-abiding gun owner protest the registration of handguns?

One of my biggest objections to gun registration and licensing of any kind is that it opens up the doors for discrimination.

Registration usually requires chief law enforcement officer permission meaning county sheriffs and police chiefs would essentially have the final say over whether one had the right to own a handgun or not. Gun registration can be used as a tool by biased law enforcement officers to dissuade would-be gun owners. Especially those who are racial, sexual, or religious minorities.

ABC News: Another drive-by piece on concealed carry.

This relatively short piece on restaurant carry in Tennessee(by Steve Osunsami) was surprisingly unbiased. They actually interviewed a woman whose husband was gunned down in a restaurant who said she had no problem with carry in restaurants. They also mentioned that restaurant owners are filing a lawsuit against the state to have the law repealed, even though they are still free to prohibit guns from their establishments via signs.

The rest of the story was stock video footage of a gun range, gun store counter, and lamentations of "Dirty Harrys" wanting to shoot up the place. One of those protesting restaurant carry was a restaurant owner who said he believed in the Second Amendment, but that guns should be kept at home, because it's not worth the "1-2%" that might shoot someone

Friday, August 14, 2009

Britain: Europe's most violent country.

The most violent country in Europe: Britain is also worse than South Africa and U.S.

Of particular note was this. Of course they are taking into account all violent crime and not just "gun crime" as the anti-gunners tend to do:
The U.S. has a violence rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, Canada 935, Australia 92 and South Africa 1,609.

Some interesting numbers there. The US, being saturated in guns, has a lower "violence rate" than it's equally gun-saturated, yet more restrictive neighbor to the north. However, the island nation of Australia has a much lower violence rate than the island nation of the UK, despite their similar gun laws. Even more interesting is that the French are apparently more violent than the Americans. I guess I better think twice before making any jokes about selling French WWII rifles.

So what's the moral of this? If you want to be "safe" either live on a homogeneous island or let law-abiding people arm themselves.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

JPFO: The Seven Varieties of Gun Control Advocate.


Sadly, no examples are given of each variety. I've decided to try my hand at it.

ELITISTS - Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, John Kerry, Jim Zumbo, Jimmy Carter, Rosie O'Donnell. To a lesser extent, Ray Schoenke. I'd also include any anti-gunner who openly owns and uses a gun. They are often found coming off of a canned hunt with a high-dollar shotgun slung over one shoulder, while looking down their nose at those who own those evil, unsporting assault weapons.

AUTHORITARIANS - Rahm Emmanuel, Richard Daley, Michael Bloomberg and the rest of the micro-dictators that compose the MAIG. They can often be found harassing law abiding people while engaging in illegal behavior of their own. After all, they are the authority. They can do nothing wrong.

CRIMINALS - Too many names to list. Just visit Chicago, Baltimore, Newark, Philadelphia, or DC on a warm night and see how crime thrives in these gun control paradises. I must also include in this category the criminal apologists/advocates such as Snuffy Pfleger, Al Sharpton, and even Barack Obama.

THE FEARFUL - Carolyn McCarthy, Sarah Brady, Bryan Miller. Pretty much any of the victim/survivor turned anti-gun activist crowd.

IDEOLOGICAL CHAMELEONS - A lot of coastal Republicans fall in this category. Michael Steele, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani.

SECURITY MONOPOLISTS - General "Weasley" Clark, Chief Cathy Lanier, Chief Eddie Compass.


Many of the people i've listed could fit multiple categories, but I put them where I think they fit most of the time. Of course i'm probably missing a lot of obvious people, so feel free to add your own.