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NRA Slams Open Carry Texas Groups As ‘Weird’   Leave a comment

*checks calendar to make sure its’ still 2014* Even a broken clock is right on occasion…

The NRA writes, “Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn’t ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity. Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this.”

The organization continues, “Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.”

It’s actually intimidating.(Freak Out Nation via. Crooks & Liars)

I don’t know what’s weirder: the fact that I actually find myself in agreement with the NRA on something…or that I can’t help but laugh at the schadenfreude they’re now facing from those weird open carry groups…bring the popcorn!

Georgia Officially Goes Gun Mad   Leave a comment

The more I read this, the more that I’m tempted to say, “Fuck you, Georgia!”

Georgia has officially gone mad. Mad, I tell you. In all my life I never thought a political party would be so crazy as to put their own constituents in so much jeopardy, but that’s what conservatives have done. Every single politician that voted for the “guns everywhere,” law will have blood on their hands for every person that falls victim to this new law if it is indeed signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.(Crooks & Liars)

Basically, this new law pretty much allows guns everywhere: bars, churches, schools, restaurants, airports, etc. It also allows felons – who, by rights, shouldn’t be possessing firearms to start – to claim self-defense (a/k/a “stand your ground”) and it also eliminates state crimes against gun possession inside airport security checkpoints (good luck, TSA!) The kicker…everyone and every group of record – outside of the gun fetishist crowd – opposed this bill…and it still passed the legislature. Put simply, this was the dumbest fucking decision I’ve seen in a long time and it is, in my opinion, high time that people of good will begin boycotting the state of Georgia.

Like I said….fuck you, Georgia!

New York Post Columnist: Sandy Hook A “Convenient Massacre”   Leave a comment

You know, there’s a special place in hell for people like New York Post columnist Frederick Dicker…why? Oh, this:

New York Post columnist and radio host Frederic Dicker called the Newtown massacre a “little convenient massacre” on his show Monday to describe his contempt for New York State legislation to contain gun violence.

“That was [Governor Andrew Cuomo’s] anti-gun legislation, which he had promised not to do, but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Connecticut, and all of a sudden there was an opportunity for him,” Dicker said.

Slammed by Newtown victims’ families and anti-gun violence groups, Dicker since said his sarcasm was aimed at New York’s 2013 SAFE Act gun legislation.

As an outspoken critic of the gun package, Dicker told the Albany Times Union his point “is a sarcastic reference to the governor latching on to an horrendous out of state mass killing to advance a political agenda that had nothing to do with the problem of gun-related crimes in New York.” According to his statement, “I used the word ‘massacre’ intentionally because it refers, by definition, to a horrendous large scale killing, which of course the Newtown horror was.”(Think Progress)

Naturally, family members of those who died at Newtown were not amused…

Newtown families and groups may not accept this answer. “Mr. Dicker should issue an immediate on-air apology to the Newtown families who lost children and loved ones on that life changing morning last December,” executive director for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Leah Barrett said. Until then, the group is advising a boycott of Dicker’s outlets, including the NY Post and Talk1300AM.

The cousin of a teacher murdered in Sandy Hook said, “There’s nothing ‘convenient’ about 26 lives being gunned down in an elementary school.”(Think Progress)

You know, the more I think about Dicker’s remarks, the more it makes me start wishing there wasn’t such a thing as the 1st Amendment….then again, if that were the case, America would be a far sadder place that it is at present.

Posted January 14, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Senate Extends Plastic-Gun Ban   Leave a comment

Back in 1988, Congress passed the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act, which banned the manufacture, distribution and sale of any firearm that could not be detected by metal detection devices; at the time, this was done, in part, over fears of firearms such as the Glock 17, which possessed just enough metal parts to avoid detection. One fear that members of Congress did not have at the time, however, was a fear over 3-D printed firearms, since such weapons were still in the very, very hypothetical stages…

…fast forward to 2013: with just days before the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting, the Senate voted earlier today to extend the life of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 by ten additional years, despite opposition from the NRA and other gun-rights groups. To be fair, the bill wasn’t as strong as it could’ve been; Senate Republicans did succeed in blocking attempts to strengthen the bill by requiring metal parts to be used in 3-D printed firearms, but in the balance this has to count as a victory for gun-safety advocates and that, in this politically charged environment, is a good thing.

Posted December 9, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Gee, Thanks…   Leave a comment

…NRA for protecting yet another would-be mass murderer with ineffectual gun laws & regulations….quoting:

Federal agents were tracking Ohio resident Richard Schmidt’s imports of counterfeit sports jerseys when they stumbled upon his arsenal of 18 guns, more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, and bulletproof body armor. Besides the arsenal, he had lists of Jewish and black leaders in Detroit, MI. He is also an ex-felon who killed a Hispanic man and wounded two others 24 years ago.

Yet before December, no one even noticed that Schmidt, 47, was amassing weapons illegally, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Instead, federal investigators zeroed in on his sports memorabilia shop around September 2011, tracking his shipments of knock-off jerseys from China for over a year before they discovered the cache of firearms.(Think Progress)

This is but another reason why we need sensible, reasonably-enforced gun regulations: even under current federal law, a person such as Mr. Schmidt should have never been able to amass the supposed arsenal that he was able to gather, yet thanks to groups such as the National Rifle Association, America’s gun laws are so riddled with loopholes and barriers that it’s amazing any gun-law enforcement is carried out at all. Indeed, as Think Progress points out,

Indeed, Schmidt might have been able to stockpile firearms so easily thanks to decades of hard work by the the gun lobby. Combating calls for stricter background checks on private gun sales, the National Rifle Association insisted the bill would create a national registry of gun owners which would be used to confiscate weapons and enact tyranny. This fearmongering has also hobbled federal law enforcement agents, who are forbidden from keeping any records of gun purchases. That means individuals like Schmidt can potentially avoid background checks when they purchase firearms, or they can obtain guns through a straw purchaser that law enforcement cannot track because any records revealing the purchaser’s activities would have been destroyed.(Think Progress)

Like I said earlier, “Gee, thanks NRA for making us feel so much safer in our homes and neighborhoods and cities…”

Posted August 30, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Senate Confirms First ATF Director In Seven Years   Leave a comment

You read that correctly….quoting HuffPost:

The Senate voted in dramatic fashion Wednesday to approve one of President Barack Obama’s nominees. For Democrats to prevail, all it took was a last-ditch vote switch by one senator, a flight back from North Dakota by another and an afternoon roll call that stretched into the evening.

Five hours after the balloting started, the Senate voted to end Republican delaying tactics against B. Todd Jones, Obama’s pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It then voted in a comparatively instantaneous 29 minutes for his final confirmation, 53-42.

A defeat would have been a setback for Obama, who is trying to plug gaps in his second-term administration’s lineup, and dealt a blow to the recent cooperation between the two parties over allowing votes on the president’s nominees.

The lengthy roll call and the theatrics accompanying it nearly obscured that Jones’ approval marked a rare congressional victory for gun-control forces. His confirmation came three months after the Senate rejected Obama’s drive to expand background checks for firearms buyers.

In a written statement, Obama applauded senators of both parties for confirming ATF’s first director in seven years – gridlock, he said, caused by Senate Republicans who “put politics ahead of the agency’s law enforcement mission.”(Huffington Post)

Considering how hard it is to get any kind of gun-related vote through Congress nowadays, this is worthy of celebration.

Posted July 31, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Is The NRA Un-American?   Leave a comment

Sometimes you have to wonder, given the NRA’s proclivities at times…

The more militant members of the N.R.A. and most of its leaders may be un-American.

By “militant” I don’t mean those who wish to protect recreational shooting and hunting; nor do I mean those who, like Justice Antonin Scalia, believe that there is a constitutional right to defend one’s home and family with firearms. These are respectable positions (although I am deeply unpersuaded by the second). I mean those who read the Second Amendment as proclaiming the right of citizens to resist the tyranny of their own government, that is, of the government that issued and ratified the Constitution in the first place.

The reason this view may be un-American is that it sets itself against one of the cornerstones of democracy — the orderly transfer of power. A transfer of power is orderly when it is effected by procedural rules that are indifferent to the partisan, ideological affiliations of either the party exiting power or the party taking power. A transfer is disorderly when it is effected by rebellion, invasion, military coup or any other use of force.(New York Times)

Stanley Fish(who wrote the Opinionator blog entry quoted above) makes an interesting point here about the NRA that’s worth discussing….before I continue, though, a point of disclosure: for several years back in the mid-to-late 90’s, yours’ truly was a dues-paying member of the National Rifle Association; the reason I left wasn’t so much over policy but over the fact that I got sick and tired of all their incessant wailing for dues to fight this gun regulation or that gun regulation….eventually, I just wrote and told them I was not renewing my yearly dues and said it was because of their incessant need for dues. But I digress…anyway, back to the topic at hand.

While I agree with premise Fish brings up about the NRA possibly being un-American, my concerns towards the NRA are when politicians and candidates for office start taking the NRA’s rhetoric up-to-eleven…remember 2010 Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle and her “Second Amendment rememdies” remark? That came straight from the NRA playbook of the 1990’s….quoting the Times:

In 1990, Fred Romero, an N.R.A. field representative, put the caseas clearly as possible: “The Second Amendment is not there to protect the interests of hunters, sport shooters and casual plinkers.” Rather, the “Second Amendment is … literally a loaded gun in the hands of the people held to the heads of government.”(New York Times)

With rhetoric like that, is it any wonder it eventually morphs into “Second Amendment remedies”….the problem with such rhetoric isn’t that people start to believe it…it is when people start to act on it; that’s when it crosses the vale from constitutionally-protected free speech into something that can easily become illegal(what the courts refer to as “imminent lawless action” as adjudicated in Brandenburg v. Ohio).

Now, am I saying that the NRA is un-American? Short answer: no. Long answer….well, if it weren’t for their rhetoric at times, I’d say no…but I do wonder at times, though.

Posted May 15, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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