Archive for June, 2006

So Easy For Him To Say…

June 8, 2006

David Hardy at Of Arms and the Law points us to a story from The Hill, where a bill blocking arms confiscations during emergencies is reported to have made it out of committee. And, as Hardy put it, just in case there’s any doubt on where some folks stand on the issue, here’s a quote from Joshua Horowitz, director of the Organization Formerly Known as the Coalition to Ban Handguns…

“There’s been a lot of hyperbole on this,” Horowitz said. “There’s evidence that the police were doing their job. It’s not for a gun control group or the NRA to get in there and make decisions. I don’t know why we don’t trust law enforcement to do what’s right in these situations.”

So there you have it, folks. Add another to the list of people who think that the Great Louisiana Gun Grab and all its attendant consequences and implications was just overblown rhetoric. He says there was evidence the police were doing their jobs, but, interestingly enough, he just leaves it at that — citing no evidence, and we all saw with our own eyes, the failings of law enforcement in the situation. But the most infuriating thing of all, is that these cretins will spew this shit as they sit up there in their goddamned air-conditioned offices, light-years away from the hellish shitholes that situations like the post-Katrina Gulf Coast are. I have to tell myself, “breathe, dude, breathe…” but I am just completely flabbergasted that there are people out there who are just so completely and utterly clueless. I would love to see people like that, without any warning whatsoever, thrust into the situation that so many central Gulf Coast residents found themselves in, and leave them unable to defend themselves.
Let them see then how they like it, and…
Let them remember their clueless, gutless, spineless mewling about “trusting law enforcement to do the right thing” when said law enforcement is stretched so thin that they’re not even THERE to “do the right thing” — and that’s before we get into whatever portion of law enforcement walks off the job, joins in the looting, etc.
Let them remember their gutless mewling when the wolf shows up at the door and there’s no sheepdog there to protect them.
Let them remember their gutless mewling, as the wolf eats them alive.
Remember, folks…this is the type of people with whom those who like to position themselves as “sensible moderates” want us to compromise. Remember that always, especially when these “sensible moderates” start their self-righteous lectures.


In Case You Ever Wondered How Democrats Feel About Gun Owners…

June 6, 2006

…click here (h/t The High Road), but do so at your own risk. You’ll see your gun referred to as a “penis extender” and an “ego builder,” and the following comments made about one of the pro-gun posters there…

“Wonder if he has a cowboy outfit to go with (his gun), like Dubya and his beloved Saddam gun?”
“(You think he has that) infamous rocking horse like Shrub’s as he works it from the gate to the ranch house…all the whilst screaming “Unka Dick…Unka Dick?”
“Why should I not be allowed to know that you are carrying a weapon, and therefore a potential danger to my family?”

How strange, and infuriating. I always thought that liberals assumed that man was basically good. If that really was the case, then they’d be the biggest advocates of the RKBA to be found. How convenient for them to throw man’s intrinsic goodness out the window when it comes to law-abiding citizens’ right to defend themselves. Fucking hypocritical leftists. I’d say hang them all, but I have a better idea — find every anti-gun Democrat and make it the law for them to put the following sign in their yard:

(found here)

A modest proposal, perhaps…but if it got them to pull their heads out of their asses and find better arguments than jejune remarks about gun owners’ supposed feelings of inadequacy, then so much the better. In the meantime, I’ll be shooting as much as I can, and stocking up on ammo as well…

No Texas Disarmament

June 6, 2006

Yes, I know it’s late, but still worthy…

Gun-toting Texans can relax about one concern this hurricane season: The state has no plans to disarm residents in the wake of a big storm.

A questioner got big applause at Brazoria County’s hurricane preparedness conference Thursday when he asked whether law enforcement agencies were going to demand that private citizens surrender their firearms after a storm.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Randy Jones said taking firearms from citizens has never been part of a state plan.

He recalled going to Bridge City after that town was slammed by Hurricane Rita in September and seeing a homemade sign that read, “You loot, we shoot.”

Residents conducted armed patrols to make sure that homes and businesses were secure, he said. State troopers going into the damaged area assisted the patrols, rather than stopping them.

“The locals know much better who belongs in their neighborhoods than a DPS trooper who may be from as far away as Lubbock,” Jones said. “If you’re guarding your neighbor’s home with a shotgun, nobody is going to bother you.

“Of course, if you’re walking out of his house with a television set, then we’re going to arrest you,” he concluded, drawing a big laugh.

Maybe I should have paid more attention to the news. I never knew about the armed patrols, the state troopers’ assistance of them, or the “You Loot, We Shoot” sign. (No doubt that was not the only one!) What a stark yet refreshing contrast to the rape of the Constitution that occurred in the Big Easy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Jeff at Alphecca makes a great point, though…

Promises are like turds. You can make a bunch of them but that doesn’t mean you keep them…
Put it in writing. Put it in legislative writing. Make it the law that you can’t confiscate legally owned firearms from law-abiding citizens.
Even after law enforcement confiscated guns from citizens in New Orleans, lying shit Nagin and company claimed they hadn’t done any such thing. It took a court order and a lawsuit to get them to admit that they had.

That last thing is definitely worth pointing out, and it would very much be a good thing to have the proscription of post-disaster arms confiscations codified into state law (and federal law as well, but that’s a whole ‘nother discussion).
Still, though, I can’t help but think that the powers that be here in Texas would never take their cue from Ray Nagin, especially taking into consideration his horrendous performance after Hurricane Katrina. And the fact that it was brought up at that conference, as well as DPS Sgt. Jones’ response and that of the audience in general, is heartening, as it shows the confiscations were noted and not forgotten by Texas citizens and that Texas law enforcement saw the value of armed citizen patrols. I know the circumstances would be different, considering the fact that they’d be in their own jurisdiction, but I seem to recall various Texas law enforcement agencies recalling their officers in the wake of the Katrina gun confiscations. Add to that the utter public-relations disaster that would ensue in the state of Texas alone (and we haven’t even gotten to those who might shoot back), and all that’s left to be said is, those who would take guns in the wake of a Katrina-type disaster in Texas had indeed better beware. Still, though, we need it in the law. There need to be consequences, dire consequences, spelled out in the law for violations of such a natural right. They’ve gotten away with it so far in southeastern Louisiana. Nagin, Compass and Riley should be sitting behind bars this morning, and should be there for a bloody-well long time, and be held up now and forever as examples of what not to do after a natural disaster. A very, very bad precedent has been set, and we should be fighting as if our lives depend on it to ensure it never happens again. in any event, though…

Buy Ammo. Buy Guns. And train, Train, TRAIN.

What About the Religious Left?

June 1, 2006

In a thread over at THR the other day, a debate was going on over who we have more to fear from, the right or the left. In that thread, a quote from George Bush the Elder came up:

No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots.

And that one got me to thinking, since The High Road is, after all, a gun forum.
There are those on both sides of the political spectrum who speak of the threats posed by the “religious right” in this country since the Republicans have been in power in Washington and avowed Christian George W. Bush has been in the White House. Some have even gone so far as to contend that the factions with the most influence in Washington want to see the United States more or less turned into a theocracy, that the “religious right” has the country in a choke-hold and represents a dire threat to our Republic. But no one ever says anything about the Religious Left. Many of us know their issues, as quoted in the Post’s article — basically, government solutions to everything that ails this country, and this includes more gun control. Just for fun,I went looking for some of the measures that have been championed by the religious left, and, well, just take a look for yourself. From the United Methodist Church:

Another issue discussed at the 2000 General Conference was the issue of gun violence and the stance that the United Methodist Church should take on gun-control in the United States. Roughly 71% of the representative board voted to approve a resolution agreeing to support laws that would ban some firearms (including handguns and assault weapons)

From Christian Ethics Today:

we developed a petition which could be used by churches to send a message to local, state, and federal level politicians about measures which need to be taken. The petition calls for an outright federal ban on assault weapons. It asks our state to repeal a recent law allowing ministers to carry concealed weapons in the pulpit! (yes, and we all saw the results of such a policy last week in Louisiana. — ed.) It also suggests some more stringent measures, such as requiring all guns to be licensed, and all owners to attend a safety course in order to get their license renewed.

From the wolves-in-sheepdogs’-clothing at the Anti-Defamation League:

“While we have always supported legislation that attempts to address the problems of extremism and gun violence in our society, the recent school shootings in Littleton, Colo. and Conyers, Ga. have focused public attention on another troubling dimension of the problem – the ease with which young people are able to obtain guns in this country,” said Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Strong gun laws are the only way we can act immediately and decisively to hopefully prevent another tragedy from happening in our schools.”

(for an excellent rebuttal to the ADL’s dangerous nonsense, refer to Aaron Zelman and his invaluable organization, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and here is another great smacking-down of the ADL’s disgusting attempts to “use the Holocaust as (its) own political tool”)

And this, from gun scholar David Kopel:

…as legislatures have debated laws allowing licensed, trained citizens to obtain a permit to carry a handgun for protection, some of the most vocal opponents have been religious groups. Now the state chapter of the National Council of Churches does not show up at legislative hearings armed with criminological data. Instead, persons claiming to testify on behalf of “the religious community” come to express their “moral” opposition to the use of deadly force against criminal attack…Within the gun control movement, one does not have to dig very far to find the strongly-held and sanctimonious belief that the NRA and its ilk are moral cretins because they believe in answering violence with violence.

If you click on the Kopel link, you’ll also see the execrable Charles Schumer actually saying that Sarah Brady — the “paleo-(Cindy) Sheehan of the anti-gun movement,” as Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee so accurately described her — was “doing God’s work.” Kopel goes on to demolish Schumer’s holier-than-thou claim with an excellent case for the moral legitimacy of self-defense with deadly force. Aaron Zelman, again:

But who exactly is Chuck Schumer’s god? Certainly not the G-d of Judeo-Christian teachings — the G-d who championed righteous self-defense in the name of life. Does Schumer worship the golden calf? Or perhaps he was referring to Anubis, the Egyptian god of death who conducted souls into the underworld. Or Set, the Egyptian god of chaos who personified evil. For evil and death will reign in a world where thugs are armed and disarmed victims bow helpless before them.

We are blessed to have such eloquence on our side. But, in any event, the question remains: Why does no one say anything about the insidious threat posed by such rhetoric and efforts from the Religious Left? Say what you will about the Religious Right clamping down on sex toys and such, but while I agree that the efforts of the RRs are misguided and may well be potentially dangerous to the Constitution and the Republic, the efforts of the Religious Left at further disarming Americans deserve no less scrutiny. In fact, I would argue that they deserve more, as we all know exactly what happens as a people is disarmed: everything from complete and utter societal breakdown, as seen on the streets of not-so-Great Britain-anymore, to the wholesale slaughter of the peoples whom those in power do not favor, as seen in Nazi Germany and Cambodia. We know they’ll say, “it could never happen here,” but then, no doubt many of the 120-some-odd-million innocents slaughtered by their governments in the 20th century thought the very same thing.
As for the whole “patriotism” angle, well, anyone who’s familiar with the who’s who of those in the gun-blogging community know very well that some of the biggest America-boosters to be found are atheists. Two names that ome to mind are the peerless Kim du Toit, and Kevin Baker at The Smallest Minority, and if I remember correctly, the GeekWithA.45 has said that he’s a bit of an agnostic (Geek, if you read my rantings, please feel free to correct me on that point…) I am a theist, but I know better than to think that theism is a prerequisite for patriotism, and I think all true right-thinking people do as well.