February 7, 2023

Gun Rights: Moral Panic, Loopholes, Beefing Up School Security for Administrators

Three Wise Men and a Virgin?

Jim Taranto writes at the Wall Street Journal that Gabby Giffords is at the head of the parade of “moral panic” as it pertains to Obama’s efforts at gun control.

Anger still pervades those wanting to see some kind of anti Second Amendment action regardless of what it might accomplish. Taranto takes some of that misguided anger and breaks down specific comments made by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. One of the funnier lines that Taranto writes goes like this:

The no-true-Scotsman move. “These senators have heard from their constituents–who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks,” Giffords writes. She ignores the possibility that those polls are flawed and that the senators are hearing a different message from their constituents. Then she qualifies her claim of public unanimity: “I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth . . .” See what she did there? (The switcheroo to every reasonable American reminds us of a probably apocryphal tale about Adlai Stevenson. A woman is supposed to have said to him, “Governor, you have the support of every thinking American,” to which he replied: “But madam, I need a majority.”)

Giffords also speaks as though from fact that the majority of Americans want universal background checks before gun purchases. According to Jim Taranto, Giffords says:

“These senators have heard from their constituents–who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks,”

I have spoken with many people over the past few weeks about this background check issue. Most rational people understand that all polls, regardless of who makes them, are designed to achieve desired results. If you think they are not, you are the reason polls continue as a tool.

There is much left unsaid and either misunderstood or deliberately left out of these so-called polls that show the majority of Americans want background checks on guns. Some have claimed as many as 90% of Americans wish this. Really? Perhaps I can easily get a handle on a poll that said that 90% or more of Americans don’t what guns getting into the hands of criminals and mentally whacked out people. A lesser percentage of people might respond to a generic question about background checks in a favorable way. But few people are in favor of background checks that seriously overstep the bounds of privacy and the rights to that. How many people polled had read the proposed bills? How many people polled were asked specific questions that revealed their desires of what should be found in background checks? I’m guessing none and none.

Can’t we fix the broken parts of background checks now with better information on the mentally ill? Are we more interested in protecting the rights of the mentally ill and not of lawful citizens?

I can casually ask anybody on the street if they wanted guns in the hands of crooks and mentally ill people and the answer is a no-brainer. Ask them if they favored background checks that involved a retention of private data or a registry and the outcome is vastly different.


A “common sense” anti rights bill today becomes……?

Mike Lee explains why he opposed the Manchin/Toomey gun control bill.

The Toomey-Manchin amendment admirably attempted to carve out certain protections for gun owners, but today’s carve-outs are tomorrow’s loopholes. The current “gun show loophole” was itself once considered a legitimate carve-out that protected certain private sales.

Working Toward Increased Safety for Kids…..or NOT

At first read, I thought how nice it was that at in some areas efforts are underway to actually accomplish tasks that would make our schools safer from deranged idiots with guns. And then a couple of lines I found in the Morning Sentinel about a study approved by the Maine Education Association that would look at ways to increase safety in school buildings. Check this out:

The study, to be performed by the Maine Department of Education, would look at a wide range of physical measures to improve security at schools.

They include upgraded doors, walls and windows and even “ballistic protection” for walls around administrative areas in schools.(emboldening added)

Hmmmmmm! Is that where the kids hang out?


Day 62 – No Executive Orders


Day 62 and still we find no executive orders on gun control posted on the White House web site.

As if I need to provide further proof that politicians, regardless of pedigree and liars and hypocrites. That pretty much applies to anyone associated with them. You see political office is no longer a position for a public servant. It’s a career and when careers are involved lying, cheating and stealing become the norm…….like we should be surprised right?

Therefore it comes as no big surprise to learn that Gabriel Giffords, former U.S. Congresswoman from Arizona who suffered wounds in a shooting rampage by a deranged idiot, posed with an AR-15 rifle and deliberately made attempts to deceive her constituency by appearing to “toughen her image.” Hey! Anything for a vote is the unspoken motto of slime ball politicians.

The latest uproar happened when some angry Arizona law enforcement officials thought there was a degree of hypocrisy taking place when Giffords used an “assault weapon” to steal votes and then turn around and become involved in efforts to ban the very same tool used for vote stealing.

According to the NRA, NBC news reported that the NRA would not oppose the expansion of background checks involved with purchasing firearms. NRA states that; “This statement is completely untrue.”

The more stories like this one I see, the more I am becoming convinced that the effort by the Department of Homeland Security to buy up 1.8 billion rounds of ammunition might be for the purpose of keeping it out of the hands of citizens. I would sooner think that if DHS was buying more calibers than basically two.

No fewer than 10 states have introduced pro gun bills that would directly oppose proposed federal legislation to limit gun use, access and ownership. CNS News wants to know if Barack Obama will turn a blind eye to the anti federal gun laws in the same fashion he has claimed he will not prosecute on recent states’ marijuana laws.