Archive for April, 2013

Jacob Sullum makes my point, only better…

April 19, 2013

here:

Obama and Giffords both insist the senators who voted against new gun controls did so not out of conviction but out of fear—specifically, fear that they would be defeated the next time they run for re-election. If their constituents “overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks,” however, wouldn’t voting for the bill mandating those have been the politically expedient thing to do?…

If you have an argument to make, make it. But do not assume that the only possible explanation for your failure to persuade people is their bad faith or lack of compassion.

Indeed. Of course, the gun control crowd is never going to acknowledge that, because if they did, they’d have to examine their entire set of beliefs. That, of course, would require them to use — wait for it! — logic…and…reason. And we all know that the entire gun control side of this debate is driven by feelings and emotion, which are pretty much the exact opposites of logic and reason. If 90 percent of the people supported what was up for the vote in the Senate Wednesday, it likely would have been reflected in that vote. Either that 90 percent figure is a lie, or the majority of that 90 percent didn’t really care enough about the issue to call their senators and urge them to vote for the measures. Or there’s always a third option, which is probably most likely — a much smaller majority favored those measures, perhaps even a minority, and only a small portion of them cared enough to call their senators. And they were probably still vastly outnumbered. After all, only about 28,000 people are members of the Brady Campaign — but almost 10 times that many people joined the NRA in the month of December 2012 by itself, and the actual membership of the NRA is about 4.5 million.

Which makes it really funny that they’re crying on Facebook about Congress ignoring the will of the people. Sounds to me like Congress was listening.

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So, despite the lies, freedom scores a small victory…

April 18, 2013

…and the Narcissist-in-Chief is none too happy about it:

A visibly infuriated President Barack Obama surrounded himself with tear-stained parents of Connecticut school shooting victims Wednesday and declared it a “pretty shameful day for Washington” after the Senate rejected a measure designed to make it tougher for criminals to get their hands on guns….

“The fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illness to buy a gun,” Obama said. “There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this.”

Well, yes there were, not least of all the fact that such a bill wouldn’t do a damn thing to keep criminals out of free society. And who is he to say that “special interests” scuttled this? If the support for more stringent gun laws is supposedly so strong, why aren’t legislators being persuaded to vote for it? I’m going to bet that those supposed “special interests” were actually gun owners calling and telling their reps, “Hey, if you vote for this, you can kiss that cushy job of yours goodbye.”

And it all brings something else to mind: For all the left accuses the NRA and other gun-rights organizations of selling fear and paranoia, it would seem that a lot of people are buying it. Such is not a good commentary on how the left views those people. But I’m not surprised. For all they like to peddle the narrative about how we all agree with them, every now and then they get a stinging reminder that we don’t.

A word to all you drummers out there.

April 17, 2013

Unless your name is Neil Peart (or maybe Scott Rockenfield), don’t do this.

Why? Because it just makes you look like a pretentious tool — especially if you’re helping the sociopathic ex-frontman of  the band that created the progressive metal genre shit all over what’s left of his former band’s legacy as the members that are left try to rebuild it after he wrecked it.

Shorter Brad Paisley…

April 16, 2013

“I love country music, just not enough to stay true to it.“:

You have different stages in your career where you have different things to prove. And early on, like most people who move to Nashville, I wanted to prove that I belonged here, that I belonged in this format, that I had a love for it. And I was trying to sort of ‘out-traditional’ other people in some ways, like, ‘No, I can be more traditional than you.’

Oh, Brad Paisley. So open-minded that his brains fell out, as the old saying goes.

Honestly, I don’t understand the fear of getting stale because you stick with one kind of music. Hell, George Strait has done it for 30-plus years, and he’s still making great music. Sure, he’s had some songs that I wasn’t so fond of — some albums I wasn’t fond of, even — but it’s like that with every artist. It strikes me that Paisley takes himself entirely too seriously as an artist. Why does he do it? I really don’t know. If I had to guess, I’d say that he was trying to get out from under the stigma of all the novelty songs he’s done over the years. But that’s still no excuse. If he wanted to be taken seriously as an artist, maybe he shouldn’t have done those songs in the first place.

(h/t Country California)

As is his wont…

April 15, 2013

…E.J. Dionne gets it precisely, exactly, dead-nuts-on 180 degrees wrong:

The truth is that the Newtown slaughter has finally moved the gun debate away from irrational emotions…We are riding a wave of reason.

Really? Then why does Joe Biden feel the need to drag his wife and daughter into this, waving their bloody shirts when they weren’t even killed with guns? Never mind the whole slouching-towards-tyranny aspect of this. The fact of the matter is that reason still has yet to enter the debate here. After all — even if he had not had a semiautomatic rifle with standard-capacity magazines, even if he had just his pistol with restricted-capacity magazines, the odds are that the Sandy Hook killer would have killed just as many people. How so?

Nobody would have done a damn thing to stop him then, either — that’s how. They all would have cowered under the tables still, paralyzed with fear, waiting on the police under their tables as they wondered if they’d be the next one to die. It’s just another consequence of outsourcing everything, including personal protection — i.e., instead of, say, teachers and administrators coming up with a coordinated plan to be their own first responders in a situation like this, they sit and wait on other people with guns to show up, again, wondering who’s going to be the next to die.

And it’s nice to see Dionne, once again, pooh-poohing real-life concerns as “paranoia.” I’m sure the folks who survived the L.A. riots and Hurricane Katrina, among other things — or, say, the families of Kathryn Johnston and Jose Guerena, among others — will certainly appreciate Dionne’s assessment of them.

Sunday musings.

April 14, 2013

Oh, isn’t this special, Joe Biden using his own wife and kids as props in his gun control crusade — and they weren’t even killed with guns, for crying out loud! There is apparently no level to which these people will not sink.

And, well, the Express-News may well be right here. There may well not be any kind of gun registry waiting in the wings. All that means, though, is that a universal background check law is pretty much unenforceable. The only way it would ever really work is with a national gun registry, because if you don’t track where the guns go after that initial FFL transfer, there is no way to know whether those guns were sold to prohibited people after it.

Which, of course, again brings up the obvious question: if there are people out there so dangerous that they supposedly shouldn’t have guns, why are they not in jail in the first place?

Must-see video.

April 12, 2013

I reserve the right to post this again later, but you still must see it now, because it’s one of the most moving things I have seen in a very long time.

Better than another penis joke?

April 12, 2013

Or just a new derivative of it?

“It used to be we were dealing almost exclusively with hunters,” (Joe) Biden said on MSNBC. “There’s a whole new sort of group of individuals now who, I don’t know what the numbers are, that never hunt at all but they own guns for one of two reasons: self protection or they just like the feel of that AR-15 at the range.”

If Biden doesn’t know the numbers of people who own semiauto rifles, then how can he possibly know their motivations for owning one?

Of course, you and I both know the answer to that: He doesn’t. He’s just talking out of his ass like he usually does, and not getting called out on it by the press as usual. Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that the AR-15 and rifles like it have gotten to be the best-selling rifles in the country because of their utility for a variety of things, from defense to recreation to — wait for it! — hunting.

And you know…I was about to say, “Would that we had expended the energy getting rid of Barack Obama and Joe Biden that we did getting rid of Jim Zumbo.” But considering all the Republicans had to offer was a white, marginally more conservative version of him, what the hell would have been the point?

Ted Cruz does Texas proud again.

April 10, 2013

How? By refusing to be bullied by a gun control advocate.

Heartless? Maybe it is, but at this point I really don’t care. I hate that Erica Lafferty’s mother was killed, but putting more restrictions on the people that didn’t do it isn’t going to bring her mother back. I understand that she had a terrible tragedy visited upon her, but let’s be brutally honest. She is letting her emotions get the best of her, and that is never a good way — let alone the best way — to decide upon legislation that affects the natural rights of Americans. Of course, the entire gun control argument is driven by emotion, but it’s always ratcheted up to insane levels by tragedies such as this. But just because they scream louder doesn’t give their arguments any more merit. In fact, you might even say it gives them less. Good for Ted Cruz for refusing to bend to the will of a bully.

I’m fresh out of sympathy.

April 9, 2013

From the Hartford Courant:

Fear Rises Among Workers As Colt Expands In Florida, Warns of Layoffs At Home

As the old saying goes, those are the breaks. If the unions are so afraid of the gun companies moving to right-to-work states, maybe they should start voting for people who won’t ban the guns. But no. They put their collective power over their individual fundamental rights, and here we are. They made their bed. Now let them lie in it.