January 28, 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 73 – No Executive Orders


Day 73 and the lie continues! No executive orders on gun control published on the White House website.

Pot, Meet Kettle!

In what can only be described as the most shameless act of the pot calling the kettle black, President Barack Obama appeared before a group of family members of supposed Newtown, Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School shooting victims and attempted to shame the country for not passing any gun control laws since the mass killings.

“We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it.”

73 days ago, Barack Obama, the ring leader of all the gun control platitudes, as he seems now to accuse others of using, went beyond platitudes and engaged in outright lying, cheating, deceit, fear mongering and exploiting children, with a goal of creating hostility and deepening the divide among the American people. It appears he’s up to his old tricks.

Consider the intestinal fortitude of a man, so accustomed to lying it is commonplace, brazen enough to stand before millions of people in an attempt to shame them from NOT GETTING SOMETHING DONE about gun control! Think about it for a minute. This inept, fraudulent human being, staged the biggest dog and pony show, promising millions of Americans he had created 23 executive orders on gun control and pretended to be signing them before the public. What the public saw were 23 ideas he and his administration had come up with lacking details and nothing published and/or made available for public scrutiny. So, what are we to believe? Do the executive orders exist and he is hiding them? Or, has this Kabuki Theater closed the curtain, perhaps only waiting for an encore when Congress fails to produce some kind of assassination on the Second Amendment or he needs votes from the gun hater groups?

His act is really quite pathetic.

Readers of this blog should understand that President Obama is intentionally, I believe, crossing and muddying lines between two distinct issues. One, is somehow the President is indicating that because Congress has not passed strict gun control laws, people no longer feel sorry for the victims and their families of Sandy Hook. This is far from reality.

The second and what should be separate issue, is whether or not any proposed gun control laws will actually do anything to make kids and/or Americans safer. The idea of making laws because we might feel sympathetic is pathetic.

Angus King: Michael Bloomberg’s Puppet

Many residents of Maine knew, even before Sen. Angus King took the U.S. Senate seat from retiring RINO Olympia Snowe, much, if not all, of the success behind King’s campaign came from Michael Bloomberg and his political action committee. And so, as people continue to fail to see and want to see, politics is more about posterity than “we the people.”

The Maine Wire is reporting that the NRA is targeting King because of his votes in the Senate against the Second Amendment. The Maine Wire reminds readers that when Angus King was governor of Maine, he was endorsed by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, as King presented himself as an “outdoorsman.”

Test the wind, make the costume, and become whatever is necessary to get a vote. Then proceed to screw the people over. That’s politics as usual.


Filibuster For Show

Senators Paul, Cruz and Lee say they plan to filibuster, if necessary, any attempt by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to introduce legislation that goes against the Second Amendment. And this effort will……………?