Thursday, November 25, 2010

Surprise! You are a gun banner.

Today's magic phrase: cognitive dissonance.

If you dare to say that certain weapons should not be allowed or that there are some places where they are not a good idea or there are some people who shouldn't have guns, you are automatically a "gun banner." It's as simple as that.

If you're in favor of banning any guns, you are a gun banner. Just because you don't want to ban all guns, it doesn't make you any less of a gun banner. There are no degrees of gun bannerism. You either are or you aren't. If you want to ban "assault weapons", you are a gun banner. If you want to ban .50 caliber rifles, you are a gun banner. If you want to ban guns that are painted pink, you are a gun banner.

It really is as simple as that.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Marc Lamont Hill still doesn't get it.

I've discussed his position on the Second Amendment before and it looks like he's made absolutely no progress:

The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms not only to safeguard their homes and property but to stave off the possibility, albeit remote, of a tyrannical government.

That is correct, but he later says:
We must support laws that ban gun show sales, straw purchases, interstate gun trafficking and other loopholes that enable handguns to get into the hands of criminals. And I find no good reason to allow private citizens to buy weapons of mass destruction that have no sporting or self-defense purpose - or to let felons or mentally ill people get hold of firearms.

Banning gun show sales, private or otherwise is non-negotiable. There are already laws dealing with straw purchasing, interstate trafficking, felons, and the mentally ill.

As for "weapons of mass destruction that have no sporting or self-defense purpose", who makes the decision as to what has and doesn't have sporting or self-defense purpose? Someone like Carolyn "Shoulder Thing That Goes Up" McCarthy? As far as I am concerned, any firearm can have sporting or self-defense purpose if I decide to give it that purpose.

New Jersey law: Guilty until proven innocent.

At least that is what I gather from the story of Brian Aitken.

To buy a gun in New Jersey, you must go through a laborious process to obtain a "purchaser's permit." But that permit doesn't entitle you to possess a gun. A few select groups of people, mostly off-duty police officers and security personnel, can obtain carry permits. But anyone else with a gun is presumed to be violating state law and must defend against the charge of illegal gun possession by claiming one of the state's exemptions.


Putting Brian Aitken in prison isn't going to make New Jersey any safer. It might, however, make some of the state's residents think twice before calling the police, particularly if they own guns. It might even make some New Jersey gun owners wonder if they have more to fear from the state's ridiculous laws and overly aggressive cops and prosecutors than they do from criminals. Given what happened to Aitken, those fears wouldn't be unfounded.

That is absolutely right. Gun control was never meant to make people safer. The purpose of gun control is to use whatever methods necessary to discourage and prevent people from owning and carrying firearms; laws and rights be damned. If you have a gun, you are guilty in the gun controller's mind.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gun control isn't dead...

But it's definitely on life support.

This shows that you can't go far or long by promoting a negative. When your organization's entire reason for existing is to deprive others of their rights and/or property, you're not going to get many people to sign up for your organization, no matter how much you paint yourself in "Commonsense".

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How does a gun free school campus become more dangerous?

When the system that's supposed to warn you about criminals on campus doesn't warn you.

Oklahoma State University sends a campus-wide alert about a gunman near campus, but not everyone got it. The suspect shot a student in the leg then ran away. OSU says it sent an alert to 20,000 students and employees. About 1,000 of them never got the call. The University is not sure if a glitch is to blame, or if some people did not sign up for the alert.

I wonder if the person who was shot was one of those who failed to receive an alert. I must admit though that a failure rate of 5% isn't that bad.

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Shootings of police officers are on the increase."

"Shootings of police officers are on the increase." - Joan Peterson

It seems that over the past 20 years shootings of police officers have been on an overall decrease, not an increase.

Welcome, Governor Fallin.

Mary Fallin has made history by becoming Oklahoma's first female governor. A+ rated by the NRA and a member as well, it really can't get any better than that. Her view on the Second Amendment:

Unfortunately, many liberals, including President Obama, do not. As governor, I will make sure that no one, whether its anti-gun activists or the president himself, infringes on our constitutional liberties or erodes the right to purchase and own firearms.

Furthermore, I believe that gun ownership rights in Oklahoma can and should be expanded. Gov. Brad Henry vetoed an "open carry" law that would have permitted responsible gun owners to carry weapons without concealing them. When I am governor, I will sign that bill into law and send a message that in Oklahoma, we mean business when it comes to the second amendment.

I am proud to have the support and endorsement of the National Rifle Association in the race for Oklahoma governor.

Sounds like we have a winner and I didn't expect any less. We here in Oklahoma are in a unique position in that there really aren't any anti-gun politicians. While that seems great on the surface, it does have a downside: It makes everyone complacent. Very little is done to expand the right to keep and bear arms. If Mary stays true to the bolded part, hopefully that will change.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Great Quote.

I don't know why Joan Peterson continues to reject comments only to post them herself.

Sean via Joan Peterson:
"Colin has a choice today. He can stand up for the next victim, or he can take the side of the next murderer. By working to disarm the next victims, Colin has allied himself with the next murderer. Nothing Colin has suffered can absolve him of the guilt of that choice."

One thing is for sure, Colin Goddard is no Suzanna Gratia-Huppp.