looking_down_barrel1I am, unfortunately, in the business of evil.

I see evil every day. I see the worst of humanity: the intolerance, the ignorance, the stupidity of a group of people so ideologically vested in a failed premise—and too weak to defend it in the arena of ideas—that they are willing to lie to anyone to get them to invest in their twisted, cult-like fantasies.

I see evil every day. I am an MSNBC watcher.

There’s Lawrence O’Donnell, a man so intellectually biased that it beggar’s the profession of “journalism”. O’Donnell recently made the comment that, “there are no words that can wash the blood from the NRA’s hands.” He’s right, but only so far as there’s no blood on the NRA’s hands, removing the need for words.

An example in narrative fail: The National Rifle Association, while staying mostly quiet in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Connecticut, has registered an average of 8,000 new members a day since the tragedy, an NRA source told Fox News.

Of course, O’Donnell isn’t the only moron on MSNBC. There’s Chris Matthews—who’s probably standing over a sticky issue of Time Magazine as we speak—who uttered this:

The people on the far-right, on the NRA front, never lose their passion. They think about it every day of their lives. They go to bed at night, they put on their heads on the pillow, afraid somebody’s going to take that gun away from them. Normal people have other interests–like, their spouses, their lives, their children, and even their generalized politics isn’t driven by one issue.

Someone might want to explain to Matthews that gun right advocates are focused like a laser on exactly those issues: their spouses, their lives, and their children. Sportsmen see guns as the tools they are, it is the left that has anthropomorphized the gun.

But no one on the network is as special as Special Ed. In response to a caller on his radio show (who would listen to this clown?) who supports the 2nd Amendment:

OK, all right, let me, let me back up a little bit. Respectfully, the founding fathers aren’t here anymore. We are the founding fathers of this country now. Things change in America. Social mores change, attitudes change, habits change, the way we think change (sic), technology is changing. The idea that we need to be stuck in the mud of a different generation because some dead people think that’s the way we oughta live 200 and some odd years later, I’m not there. I’m not there.

Societal behavior in this country has gotten to the point where we need to do something. We can still be free and we can still be a great nation and we can love, you know, ice cream and apple pie and our next-door neighbor and our family members and we can still prosper as a nation, but dammit, it’s the guns. Period!exremenatal-elloquence

We’re the Founding Fathers? Again, he’s special, but it is the last bit that holds the most value. “Societal behavior has gotten to the point where we need to do something.” Well, I think they call this Irony. Societal behavior? The left has championed the collapse of societal behavior for decades. Destroy the family unit: check. Destroy inter-relationship dynamics like respect and marriage: check. Attack moral institutions that focus on character and morals: check. Remove individual accountability and responsibility: check. No, no; it isn’t the fact that societal norms for behavior and discipline has degraded under liberal assault, it’s the inanimate object called the gun.

 

 

Something about chickens coming home to roost comes to mind.

We commonly say that, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People” because we don’t ascribe to the fable that guns jump over the moon or dance with the Spoon and the Fiddle. The Left, Doubling Down on Stupid, demonstrates its lack of intellectual development every time they challenge the validity of this statement. People kill people, for a multitude of reasons. The worst case of domestic violence in this nation’s history never involved a single shot. If we used the logic of the left, we’d ban box trucks, diesel fuel and fertilizer.

The shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School broke 41 gun laws. Would a 42nd have made a difference? He tried to buy a gun and couldn’t, because it was against the law. Connecticut has the 5th strictest gun laws in the nation. He tried to climb through a window at the school, he tried several locked doors at the school, he was determined to do what was in his mind regardless of what the law said. How is another gun law, instead of enforcing the one’s we have, going to make this any different?

As for the effectiveness of gun laws, let’s keep in mind as well that Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the nation, as well as the highest murder rate, in the nation. How’s that working out? Liberals won’t answer this question.

The left’s answer is not a gun law, but a gun ban. They claim that we need to go back to the “Assault Weapons Ban” during the Clinton Administration, except every liberal I talk to cannot define to me what an assault weapon is.

In United States politics and law, an assault weapon is a variety of semi-automatic firearms that have certain features generally associated with military firearms, including assault rifles. The 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired on September 13, 2004, codified the definition of an assault weapon. It defined the rifle type of assault weapon as a semiautomatic firearm with the ability to accept a detachable magazine and two or more of the following:

  • a folding or telescoping stock
  • a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
  • a bayonet mount
  • a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor
  • a grenade launcher

The assault weapons ban did not restrict weapons capable of fully automatic fire, such as assault rifles and machine guns, which have been continuously and heavily regulated since the National Firearms Act of 1934 was passed. Subsequent laws such as the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 also affected the importation and civilian ownership of fully automatic firearms, the latter fully prohibiting sales of newly manufactured machine guns to non-law enforcement or SOT (special occupational taxpayer) dealers.[8]

A folding or telescoping stock is cosmetic and is for comfort. A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon is again cosmetic and for comfort. A bayonet mount, well, who uses bayonet’s anymore, right? So really, that leaves a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor or a grenade launcher. Flash suppressors have function, but most include them for the cosmetic feature more than the functional advantage they provide. Grenade launchers require a Federal Firearms License. So we’re attacking appearances rather than functions.

Maybe we should stop and think about this for a second. Is it the gun that’s the problem of the person using the gun? The Tucson, Aurora and Newtown shooting were all committed by folks with mental issues. For all the talk that we’re hearing about guns, we’re failing to discuss the cause of these issues: mental illness. Let’s stop playing politics with the symptoms and instead focus on the disease—quite literally—of these events.

I’m a parent and every time I see violence against children, it angers me like nothing else. But I want a discussion on solving the problem, not political grandstanding by partisans looking to take advantage of a crisis.

 

Additional reading on hypocrisy and effectiveness – in that order.

 

  

         Figures collected by Syracuse University’s TRAC project, the authority on prosecutions from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, shows that the administration has reduced the focus on gun crimes and instead steered prosecutors and investigators to drug crimes.

Gun prosecutions peaked at 10,937 under Bush in 2004. A current TRAC report shows that the Obama administration is prosecuting about 6,000 weapons cases.

 

 

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·         Another weapon from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency’s controversial Operation Fast and Furious was recently recovered at a Mexican crime scene, CBS News has learned. Congressional investigators say the crime scene was likely where a recent shootout took place between reported Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military, in which Sinaloa beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were killed.

 

 

 

·         Police say about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, a man walked into Modern Nails at 2645 E. Second St. and asked a female employee if she wanted to buy some diamonds. The man walked toward the front desk area and the woman replied that she had no money to buy diamonds.

A witness said the man then reached into his coat pocket and began to take out a silver-colored pistol.

At that moment, a woman who was getting her nails done reached into her purse and got her own firearm. Police say the man never fully raised the gun and left the building after seeing the customer had her weapon out.

 

 

·         Police detectives and sheriff’s investigators say the incident started in the China Garden Restaurant on Southwest Military Drive about 9 PM Sunday, when an employee of the restaurant walked in looking for a woman.

When the woman, who officials say is also a restaurant employee, wasn’t there, the man pulled a gun and attempted to open fire in the restaurant but his weapon jammed.

“It started at the restaurant and then went into the parking lot and then into the movie theater,” Deputy Lou Antu told 1200 WOAI news.

Investigators say some of the terrified restaurant patrons poured into the movie theater, and the gunman followed.

He opened fire, shooting one man in the chest, before Antu says an off duty sheriff’s deputy who was working security at the theater shot him once.

  

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