By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT –  “It will be back to business as normal. Nobody cares.”  That statement from a woman who has worked in the French Quarter for six years is simply tragic.

“Nobody cares.”

Early Sunday morning, around 1:40 a.m., ten people were shot near the intersection of Bourbon and Iberville in the historic French Quarter. The gunfire sent tourists and locals running in panic. Some of the clubs closed their doors to keep out the violence. One of the reported shooters is dead and there are several arrests. It’s a tragedy all around but the sad thing is that this happens in NOLA more often than not – it’s only when it gets close to the tourist areas that you hear about it.

New Orleans is a beautiful, culturally diverse, fascinating city. Under the guidance of mayor Mitch Landrieu it has degenerated into a violent, lawless disaster. I hate to say it because I love New Orleans. It’s a city that gets in your blood and lures you back. The food, the music, the eclectic street vendors, and the people above all, are for the most part intoxicating.

Sadly, the policies of Mayor Landrieu are going to kill the tourist trade if something isn’t done. Landrieu is more focused on things of lesser importance than the blood in the streets, things like removing monuments, for example. Landrieu spent much of 2015 fighting against the four major Confederate monuments in the city. I’ve written about that issue here, here, and here on this blog. Once that issue was safely nestled into the lengthy court dockets and appeals process, Landrieu moved on to gun control laws.  A decision on the monuments is imminent from the U.S. Court of Appeals and tensions are already high.

In April 2016, Landrieu proposed a new series of gun control laws which was passed and signed into law in September. Most of the ordinances are already on the books so it was an exercise in redundancy at best. New Orleans had 165 murders in 2015, up from 150 in 2014. As of October 17, 2016, NOLA is on pace to meet or exceed that number with 134 murders.  Note that number does not include shootings that don’t end up as murder statistics, such as those nine non-fatal victims in this most recent shooting.

Last week a commander of the police department issued a warning to women not to travel alone after dark in the city due to a rising number of robberies and car jackings:

“I would suggest to any female, if they can prevent it, do not travel alone overnight,” said Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson. “If you absolutely have to, stay on the phone with someone and let them know where you’re going. Keep them abreast of your whereabouts.”

A female college student from Tulane was carjacked early Tuesday when another car struck hers from the rear. As she got out of the car, three men from the other vehicle got out and one of them pushed her to the ground. That man got into her car, while the other two jumped into their vehicle and fled.

The Confederate monuments are clearly not the problem; the problem lies in Landrieu’s failure to address the violence in the streets in any meaningful fashion. In recent protests at Lee Circle after Trump’s election, vandals were tagging the monument and other prominent buildings with paint, setting fires on the lawn at the circle, blocking traffic, and running rampant through the streets. Unconfirmed reports were that Landrieu told police to stand down and let them “peacefully protest.”

There is a small group of citizens who watch over the monuments in New Orleans. They patrol nightly to ensure that no vandalism is occurring and should someone tag one of the monuments, the group removes it quickly. Citizens are policing their own city because the mayor has ginned up such hate and divisiveness that it’s the only way to protect the history and culture of the city.

And the locals are worried: with Mardi Gras season just around the corner, how will the increased violence affect tourism? Will it be safe to go into massive crowds to attend parades?  The comments on news reports of the most recent shooting indicate people’s anxiety:

“And this is why we no longer stay in NOLA…..Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his city council need to concentrate on crime and not on tearing down history….We will be staying in Biloxi next weekend for the Saints game! So sad……”

“New Orleans is out of control. Our Mardi Gras is going to be a blood bath if things don’t change and I don’t see a change coming.”

New Orleans is stuck with Mitch Landrieu until 2018.

That’s almost 200 more lives in the balance.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

There’s a subtle move being made by the left that is pulling many on the right to consider gun control options. The use of the phrase “common sense gun control” has been making its way through mainstream media for a while, but lately we’ve been seeing more conservatives discussing it. This was punctuated at the first Presidential debate when Donald Trump agreed with Hillary Clinton on the concept of “no fly, no buy” as a way to keep weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

It makes sense, right? If they can just make the no-fly lists more accurate and prevent law-abiding patriotic Americans from finding their name on it, then what’s the harm in using them to prevent firearms from being purchased by the wrong people? That’s a good form of common sense gun control, right?

No. The basic concept of due process is shattered once any American is able to have their rights revoked without a declaration from court following a proper presentation of evidence and the righteous exposure of one’s accusers to the accused. Does this mean that the no-fly lists are bad in concept? Once again, the answer is no. It is foolish to completely hamper law enforcement. There’s a fine line between preserving individual freedoms and maintaining a proper level of security. We’re not going to tackle that issue right now. What we will tackle is the difference between a no-fly list and a no-buy list. Travel in general and flight in particular are privileges. Gun ownership is a right. Revoking privileges for the sake of prudence is defensible when the system is designed to support it. Revoking rights for the sake of prudence is untenable. Our rights may not be revoked without due process, period.

What form of gun control should we be willing to accept? None. It doesn’t matter if you agree with it. I know that sounds contrary to the American way, but we must be diligent in our opposition of gun control in any form. For example, I would prefer if those with mental illness were not allowed to own a firearm, but that doesn’t mean we should have mandatory psychological evaluations prior to purchase. I would prefer if only those with proper training were allowed to carry a weapon, but I would never advocate for mandatory firearms training as a prerequisite to owning one. There are likely “common sense gun measures” that you would agree to in some form or fashion, but we must fight them out of principle even if we believe in them personally.

The reason is the cracking open of doors. When someone is at the door and you believe they mean to do you harm, you don’t crack the door open for them. It becomes easier for them to push it all the way open. Every form of gun control, even common sense measures, will crack the door open for the left. They intend to do us harm in the form of full-blown gun control. We must keep the door firmly closed.

The old adage says, “if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.” That’s exactly what the left wants to do. They are currently conditioning Americans, even conservatives, into believing that common sense gun measures are the way to go to keep us safe. What they won’t tell you is that the long-term plan (though it really won’t take that long if we crack the door open for them) is to dismantle our gun rights piece by piece. All it will take is a liberal President and a liberal Congress to start pushing their boundaries. They will take them further and further until they get their wish.

Some believe they are trying to take away the 2nd Amendment. That’s ludicrous. They wouldn’t dare try to take it away. In fact, they will embrace it. However, embracing it will be done in a way that’s intended to redefine it. We’re already seeing articles coming out every day talking about militia and muskets. The left truly believes their sensibilities are higher than those of the founding fathers, so they’re going to use the hallowed words of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights against us.

The real solution is Constitutional carry, but that is as unrealistic today on a federal level as taking down the 2nd Amendment. Until the day comes when we can protect ourselves and demonstrate how Chicago is a broken model, we must not give an inch. We must not crack the door open at all. We must oppose federal gun restrictions, even if they make common sense.

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Of course, people are still talking about the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack. And many of the funerals are probably being conducted this weekend. And the government, after so miserably failing to protect Americans once again is contemplating at least two methods of stripping law-abiding Americans from two areas of protection mandated in the Bill of Rights.

After San Bernardino, I remember wondering when the next time a Muslim would shoot up/blow up another set of Americans. No great insight was necessary to predict that it would occur again and now it has. And there will be a next time.

And the ridiculous shifting of blame from Muslims onto Christians will happen again, as well. How high will that mountain of lies be by then?

Funny thing (not funny ha-ha)—I believe that the blaming of Christians for something that an enemy of Christians does is a meme set in motion by a finite and unnamed group of government actors—a tactic made easier by Social Media, especially Twitter. As a result, individual anti-theists—along with other haters of the Church–grab it and run with it. This finite group and its witting and unwitting lackeys couldn’t care less whether the connection between being against same-sex marriage and murdering homosexuals makes sense or not. And the lackeys hope that the government cracks down on Christians. Why? Because we disagree with them.

But what is the hope of the unnamed government group? This isn’t difficult to predict either.

Every mass shooting is an opportunity for this unnamed group to stir up the hue and cry to ban guns. Additionally, every mass shooting not involving blacks as perpetrator or victim is an opportunity to stir up hatred toward Christians. In the one recent case where the victims were black Christians–Charleston— the unnamed group had to pivot to the Confederate flag as the thing to be denounced.)

But guns are always the primary target—if you’ll pardon the pun. Always. Because guns in the hand of citizens is the last defense against what the unnamed government group wants; complete control of the American citizenry—all races, straights, gays, Christians, Jews, atheists, Hindus, Sikhs…

You’ll notice I left Muslims off the list. The unnamed group wants them to have guns and to conduct more terror. That’s proven by both the events in San Bernardino and in Orlando…and many other events I’m not inclined to look up at the moment. And the unnamed group wants other chaotic elements–think drug cartels–to keep their guns, too.

Should the banning of guns occur, these violent elements–and others like them–will run wild, causing the larger American populace to beg for government protection.

And we’ll get it. And it will be the worst thing that has ever happened in this country.

That’s the plan. But you already knew.

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Let’s agree that the shooting in Orlando is a horrible, despicable tragedy.  There is no question there.

The shooting in Orlando is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  Terrible.

After 9/11, the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history, we came together as a country.  We were united in our patriotism, our love for country, our love for each other.  This time, it’s different.  One look at social media over the weekend shows us united in our grief yet sharply divided over the cause and the blame.

Specifically what has my hackles up this morning about the aftermath is Donald Trump – sort of.  His Twitter response is all over my Facebook feed with people outraged because he reportedly said “Appreciate the congrats on being right about radical Islamic terrorism.”  At least, that’s the meme that the Huffington Post has put out and which is being shared ad nauseam.

Let’s first get the context.  The entire tweet was: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

Does that make him less crass and distasteful?  Well, sort of.  A look at his tweets immediately prior to that clearly indicate that he sees this as a horrible tragedy and he offers prayers for the families.

And of course it was only moments after the tragedy before the anti-gun lobby came back out, encouraged it would seem by Obama’s comments following the shooting:

“This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, in a house of worship, or in a movie theater or in a nightclub,” Obama said. “And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. To actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

If we are going to criticize Donald Trump for his comments, let’s also take a hard look at Obama using the event to push his gun-control agenda.

My point is, why in the world are we even having this argument?  Trump, Obama…who cares?  In light of this tragedy in Orlando, why can’t we come together as we did after September 11, 2001, stop blaming each other and blame who is truly guilty?  The Islamic State has taken responsibility for this:

“The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,” Amaq said in a Reuters report.

Anyone who thinks making guns harder to get for law abiding American citizens will keep them out of the hands of the Islamic State is delusional and dangerous.

Shame on those who are using this tragedy for political leverage.

Let’s at least bury our dead and come together as Americans before we start tearing each other apart again.  Put out your flag again.  We don’t need guns or radical Islam to destroy us – we’re doing it to ourselves with our words and our division.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

by baldilocks

I’m taking a break on my Prophet Thomas series to point out something that popped into my mind recently with all of the unpleasantness surrounding mass shootings, terror attacks and Muslims.

I had been trying to read Larry Correia’s Guns and Vultures for almost a week, but, so many people were linking to it that today was the first day that it hasn’t given me the 503 no-go, yo. (The link was handily provided by Glenn, who may yet overload the server again.)

Every member of the gun culture watches these things unfold and thinks, hell, here we go again. Want to know something sad? I promise at most of the gun stores around America the news was on, and everybody in there was listening, thinking some variation of please don’t be somebody the news can somehow make out to be like me… Even though the vast majority of the time the shooter isn’t one of us, has nothing to do with us, and in fact, people like us are the last line of defense against them, it doesn’t matter. We know we’re going to get blamed.

Then they’ll attack us, hound us, insult us, legislate against us, and if they can, disarm us in more ways and places… So we can be even more incapable of defending ourselves the next time somebody who isn’t us does something evil. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Then they revealed who the shooters were.

Immediately the same exact people who’d just been screeching about evil Tea Party, racist, hate monger, right wing, ciswhitehetero male phantoms, began urging calm, saying don’t jump to conclusions. It isn’t fair to tar the big group because of the actions of a few. Watch out for that hateful rhetoric, because you might inflame people.

Correia hits dead upon the topic that had entered my consciousness: the Left’s main foundation is extremism. To Leftists, moderation is never considered a virtue–unless it’s moderation in calling out evil. Then they yap, yap, yap and you, non-Leftist, are to shutyourhole. Or else.

I am tired of it.

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By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  Last week, a drifter from Alabama went to The Grand theater in Lafayette and a few minutes into the 7:00 showing of Trainwreck, starting shooting.  He discharged 13 bullets, killing two people and injuring nine others.

He killed two women: 21-year old Mayci Breaux, and 33 year-old Jillian Johnson. Mayci was a student at LSU-Eunice and Jillian who owned a boutique.

After his shooting spree, John R. Houser took his own life.

The police have found a journal in Houser’s hotel room which seems to indicate premeditation; they have also found wigs and glasses from which they conclude that he planned to make an escape after the shooting. Because police responded so quickly, thanks in part to a teacher who pulled the fire alarm, Houser was unable to get away. He reloaded and shot himself.

It’s a tragic, terrible event. The loss of life is devastating. Houser has also robbed us of a sense of security.

It didn’t take long for the gun-grabbers to come out screeching for more gun control laws. Houser bought his gun legally from a pawnshop in Alabama in 2014; he had been denied a concealed carry permit some years ago because of a history of mental illness and family violence. But before the gun control people get too loud, it might be worthwhile to consider that the theater was a “gun free zone.” That didn’t seem to matter to Houser, but perhaps if someone in the audience had been armed, he might have been stopped before killing two people.

This isn’t the time for those kinds of arguments, though.

The funerals for these two women will be held this week and the people of Lafayette have already banded together to form a human guard against The Westboro Baptist Church freaks who have indicated that they will protest the funerals. They don’t appear at all of the funerals they threaten to protest – let’s hope they skip these.

Louisiana does have a law on the books that prohibits protests at funerals for two hours before, and two hours after, the services.

For now, though, it’s time to honor and mourn the two women that we lost last week, and to pray for the injured, and the families of all involved.  Pray for Lafayette.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

Chris Rock No Sex in the Champagne Room from the Album Bigger & Blacker


Seeing this headline at Hotair:

Pennsylvania man who had already shot one person to death stopped by doctor with gun

This excerpt (via Glenn) from a CS Monitor story:

The decision likely saved lives, police acknowledged. “If he [the doctor] wasn’t armed … this guy could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,” Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux told media. 

And reading this commentary from Bob Owens:

Mercy Wellness Center is, of course, a “gun free zone,” though one that the patient and the doctor both chose to ignore. Plotts apparently ignored the signs prohibiting weapons because he was violently mentally ill and was intent on taking lives. Dr. Silverman apparently kept his handgun because he knows that people like Plotts exist and ignore silly signs.

Leads me to believe that rather than a regular viewer of Morning Joe & Morning Mika

For three months there was nothing else on the air. Every single day was a concentrated push on gun control, you could not go though a single day on CNN or MSNBC when the topic was not advanced. They screamed that 90% of the voters were behind it which is strange since senators generally go with the voters.

…Dr. Lee Silverman might have been a reader of Larry NivenJerry Pournelle, namely of their book  Escape From Hell

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they not be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

I suspect a lot of Hospital workers in Philly alive today because he was more Billy & less Mika.

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Has anyone noticed how obsessed Morning Joe has been with Senator Kelly Ayotte lately? It seems day doesn’t go by when she isn’t mentioned in connection to her vote on Manchin/Toomey.

It’s kind of funny because I seem to remember a short time ago when Morning Joe didn’t know Kelly Ayotte existed.

Morning Joe ignored her at the Susan Rice/Benghazi Press Conference in November

You would think it’s kind of hard to ignore Kelly Ayotte at that event, She is tall (she towered over both Senators McCain & Graham) but she is a younger, photogenic woman who had a strong interest in this matter. I’d think that would be something to play up instead of just “two old white guys”.

At the time Willie Geist refereed to Senator Ayotte as “others“. It took liberal Kristin Powers to actually mention the senator by name:

Obama also left out the inconvenient detail that there is another senator who has Rice in the crosshairs: Sen. Kelly Ayotte. But perhaps a female Senator holding Rice accountable didn’t sound menacing enough in the era of the “War on Women.”

And as Benghazi continued to advance and Senator Ayotte as she did before the election continued to push it others noticed the omission:

And they ignored her questioning of Leon Panetta and on her statements at the Hagel hearing on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards

I don’t think that the people who rose up in 2009 in the green movement who were persecuted and shot at by the Iranian government would call that government a legitimately elected government. Nor would, at the time that he voted against designating the Islamic revolutionary guard corps as a terrorist organization at the time they were assisting those in Iraq who were murdering our troops.

That is simply devastating. Yet it got absolutely no airtime in the MSM. Why, because it can’t be refuted, there is no way to describe that vote in a positive way and there was nothing in either Senator Ayotte’s demeanor nor her delivery that can be used to attack her on style or substance.

And when she spoke at CPAC talking about jobs, Obamacare the Tax code and Benghazi it was as if it never happened

As far as Morning Joe was concerned until her vote on Manchin Toomey Senator Kelly Ayotte didn’t exist.

Why? I gave the answer back in February:

On Kelly Ayotte, the plan is to keep her out of the news as much as possible so when she runs for re-election they can paint whatever picture of her they wish.

Her leadership on Benghazi and Susan Rice and Chuch Hagel not newsworthy. Her comments today fighting the internet Sales tax non existent but now they have their anti-gun Newtown meme and now Morning Joe and the left has discovered Kelly Ayotte.

The left has wanted to bring down the only national pol to the right of Chris Christie in the NH and now they’ve finally found a picture of Kelly Ayotte they think they can sell to the General public & New Hampshire voters.

The question is, will New Hampshire voters who know Ayotte fall for it?


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As the MSM continues to maintain that 90% of the public supports Manchin/Toomey the NRA held it’s convention in Houston Texas.

-Speaking to the NRA’s annual members meeting in Houston, David Keene boasted that the Senate’s defeat of background check legislation dealt Obama the “first major legislative defeat of his presidency.”

“That, my friends, is quite an accomplishment,” Keene said. “An accomplishment few of us would have predicted back in January.”

And that success came despite months of continual attacks by the MSM and the left using Newtown as a club. meanwhile Wayne LaPierre has found a club of his own to weld:

“I’m talking, of course, about Boston, where residents were imprisoned behind the locked doors of their homes, a terrorist with bombs and guns just outside,” he said. “Frightened citizens, sheltered in place, with no means to defend themselves or their families from whatever may come crashing through the door.”

“How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?” he asked. “How many other Americans now ponder that life-or-death question?”

The vision of an American City in lockdown certainly moved people

In the middle of that night listening to the Boston police scanner, I evolved.

I realized right then that if I were holed up in my house while a cold-blooded terrorist roamed my neighborhood, I wouldn’t want to be a sitting duck with only a deadbolt lock between me and an armed intruder. There are not enough police and they cannot come to my rescue quickly enough. They carry guns to protect themselves, not me. I knew at that instant if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed up at my door while I was “sheltered-in-place” and aimed a gun at my head and only one of us would live, I could pull the trigger.

I’m shopping for guns this week. I’ve been told a 12-gauge shotgun is a good choice for home protection, but I’m open to suggestions.

And MSM not withstanding membership is up:

At the National Rifle Association’s convention in Houston, TX, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre announced that the NRA has now grown to an unprecedented 5 million active members.

It would seem to be counter-intuitive that the NRA membership would grow at a time when, if the MSM is to be believed, a majority of its membership disagrees with what they are doing.

However Now six months after Newtown and a few weeks after his speech of outrage over the defeat of Manchin/Toomey here is the NRA coming to Houston, an event that was planned and announced months before which would have an inordinate amount of press scrutiny. Here was the Opportunity of the “90%” to show up before the TV cameras and show the country that it could mobilize. To demonstrate once and for all they were stronger and more numerous than the NRA:


or not

I’m sure that simply can’t be right. Mike Bloomberg has committed millions, Anti-Gun forces have been sending Newtown families all over the country to make their case and of course there is the 90% of the public opposes the NRA. Surely if the NRA can manage to gather 70,000 people 1.3% of their membership at a convention in Houston surely with a pool of 280,432,725 (90% of the 311,591,917 US population) opponents of the NRA with ample time and resources could manage better than a turnout of .00001% of that amount (namely the 27 in the photo) to make their voices heard.

After all the anti-gun forces would fib about their actual strength would they?


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Teach them properly, Major.

Glory 1989

It’s Monday so of course Morning Joe continues to rant about the gun bill, making the case to their niche audience that there is a connection to Boston. As tenuous as this idea is to anyone paying attention for the low info voter it might have played if Boston didn’t shatter some of their illusions, such as clip limits.

For a couple of months we were told how nobody needs more than 15 round clip magazine or less to stop an intruder. For the low information voter who has never held a gun, fired a gun it made sense.

After all they’ve been treated to Hundreds of House of Movies when with a single clip usually only 7 rounds or less. It doesn’t take more than one clip magazine for a single person to hold off a bad guy.

That business managed to sell in Colorado, Maryland & New York before the low information voter got a peek at Boston.

To the low information voter this was the ultimate reality show, Survivor meets NCIS. They were glued to their set and what did they see? They saw police officers involved in firefights with suspects without the normal filters of the media.

And just like that TV viewers en mass were treated to a basic fact about guns. If someone is shooting back, it’s a whole new ballgame.

If cops who have regular access to firing ranges and police training couldn’t finish these guys off, how confident do you feel about your pistol or rifle if you only have 15 rounds to defend yourself against an intruder?

Over time with the strength of the media & the culture the gun grabbers of the left might be able to re-sell that fantasy, but for now at least the illusion is shattered and no about of chest beating on Manchin/Toomey will change it.

And incidentally it suggests my own plan to stop school shootings would be enough to hold off a shooter till the cavalry arrives.

Update: Speaking of shattering a meme:

The suspected terrorists accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, killing a police officer and shooting it out with cops in the streets of Watertown did not have licenses for their guns, an official tells the Associated Press:

Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas tells The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that neither Tamerlan Tsarnaev nor his brother Dzhokhar had permission to carry firearms.

More than 200 rounds of ammunition were fired during the shootout with cops in the wee-hours of Friday morning after the suspects had reportedly killed Sean Collier, a 26-year-old campus policeman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, and carjacked the driver of a Mercedes SUV.

Amazing what Robert Stacy McCain can do with three paragraphs of just facts.

Update 2:  I’ve been emphatically informed I should have put “magazine” vs “clip” corrected.

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What a difference three days Makes

Wasn’t it just a few days ago that Toomey Manchin was destined to pass because it was a 90-10 issue?

Apparently it wasn’t as 90-10 as they thought:

After much lobbying and fan fare, the Toomey-Manchin expanded background check amendment has failed. The amendment needed 60 votes to pass, but fell short with only 54 votes.

There are many winners and losers. The first winner of course is the American People but lets talk political winners and losers.

The Biggest winners are the democrats from Red States who voted against and can hold up this vote as an example that they stood strong for gun rights in a tough election season, the left would like to primary them but bottom line they know it won’t happen.

2nd on the list is the NRA that every single media outlet was proclaiming dead and weakening just a few days ago. This victory solidifies their position as a group not to be messed with.

Another Big Winner, John McCain his vote for the Amendment has guaranteed him positive media coverage for the rest of his tenure and gives him a chance to push Benghazi without being silenced by the media. It will hurt him with conservatives but that doesn’t bother him.

Tea Party & 2nd Amendment Groups are winners as well, left for dead they were able to mobilize the votes to defeat Harry Reid in the face of the MSM & Mayor Bloomberg’s millions.

For Pat Toomey it’s a mixed bag, It puts the left, Bloomberg and the media in a box because he advanced the amendment. It will make it slightly harder come election time to oppose him (they’ll eventually manage to anyway) but for at least a short period of time he will escapes their wrath. If he can avoid a primary challenge he might just get by.

It’s a mixed Bag for Bloomberg as well, he fails to force the bill’s passage and is put in a position to oppose democrats who opposed it but it guarantees him plenty of MSM attention during the next election cycle which is what he really wanted all along anyway

The list of losers starts with the Citizens Committee For the Right to Keep and Bear Arms which supported this bill until just a few hours before the vote. Pro-gun people will not forget their initial support nor will the media forget them changing sides.

However Gun Control Groups will continue to be able to send out fundraiser after fundraiser from frantic leftists afraid of armed conservatives.

Lawmakers in marginal state districts who supported local control measures thinking the nation would go along are losers because now they become targets big time.

The media is a big loser, they pushed this deal but with the events of Boston overshadowing all they just couldn’t continue the press.

The President is a huge loser, he invested a lot of attention into this bill but couldn’t even bring his entire senate caucus along with him.

The biggest losers are the Newtown families who supported this bill. They let themselves be talked into supporting this bill wasting their gravitas on a measure that wouldn’t have saved a single one of their loved ones and then suffered the humiliation of defeat. They were used by the left and will be discarded by them as soon as the final bit of advantage is wrung from them. I feel bad for them, both for the loss of their loved ones and for being taken advantage of by Democrat gun grabbers at the time they were most vulnerable. Rather disgusting.

What’s next? We wait until the left attempts to strike again, and be ready to fight, because if you think for one minute this is the last time they will give this a shot, you are sadly mistaken.

Penny: Well, go ask Leonard.

Sheldon: I did. He said, and I quote, ask Penny, it was her cockamamie idea.

Penny: Leonard said cockamamie?

Sheldon: Actually, I’m paraphrasing. Having been raised in a Christian household, I’m uncomfortable with the language he used. And to be honest, I’m not entirely comfortable with cockamamie.

The Big Bang Theory The Robotic Manipulation 2010

A congressman’s first duty is to get re-elected

Sam Rayburn

I didn’t spend much time on the net on Easter Sunday. I had dinner to cook, a house to clean and almost as important a Doctor Who 3rd Doctor special to watch.

But as I missed the first few minutes of Doctor Who yesterday I put on the set after spending much too much time playing Civ V last night to catch the first few minutes of Doctor Who on demand, but as I quickly surfed to avoid the cleanup that must be done I quickly checked Fox News someday in time to see Mark Kelly the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

Kelly was asked about Rand Paul and Marco Rubio talking about filibustering guns bills and Kelly started quoting figures about how overwhelming the support for his position is, over 80 or 90% in each district suggesting they are not listening to their voters.

I’m sorry Mr. Kelly but don’t try to play me for a fool.

There are a lot of basic facts in life that are not in dispute, and one of the most solid facts is people who run for political office are interested in being re-elected.

When I hear Mr. Kelly make these assertions he is mimicking the canard on Obamacare.

The left and the media spoke about how it was SO popular, the country so behind it  yet democrats with an overwhelming majority had to be dragged screaming and kicking to vote for it and the ones who did in anything resembling a swing district went down in flames

If this was so popular the congress would have passed it and congressmen would be boasting about it on their web sites.

Instead we see donors threatening to withhold funds.

Instead we see the media playing full court press to move the public

Instead we see Mike Bloomberg spending millions to try to beat pro-gun pols

and finally we see Liberals so desperate to get the gun control they have wanted to have for so many years suddenly going from “money in politics & citizen’s united bad” to Yay Bloomberg.

That really tells the story

Kelly, Bloomberg et/al are not putting in this effort because this is a political winner, they are doing it because they KNOW it is a loser and have to resort to this kind of propaganda to fool people into thinking it is.

I don’t mind Mark Kelly has an agenda, all kinds of people have agendas.

I don’t mind that he’s pushing an agenda that I disagree with, it’s a free country and trying to persuade people to go along is how a republic works.

I don’t even mind that he’s pushing an agenda on the entire nation based on a personal shock. That happens to people and I’m not going to critique him on it.

But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let him insult my intelligence and all of yours to do it, period!

Update: Linked by Nice Deb who is if you don’t know also at Breitbart these days at the Conversation.


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Today on Morning Joe Joe Scarborough used an argument so convoluted that only an MSNBC audience could fall for it.

Joe attacked “the survivalist wing” of the NRA as he put it.  He insisted nobody is coming for your guns and assured viewers that thanks to the 5-4 decision of the supreme court on guns,  the right to bear arms is protected and any suggestion otherwise is fantasy.

THEN practically in the same breath, he warned the GOP that if they stand against “sensible gun restricts” we will get a democrat in 2016 appointing liberal judges who will gut the 2nd amendment.

Here is my question:

“If nobody is coming for our guns, why would the 2nd amendment be in danger of being ‘gutted’ by liberal judges?”

Despite many people’s belief that liberal judges are created by Saruman fully formed in the depths of the earth of a scared Isengard, liberal Supreme court judges are created out of liberal federal circuit judges and liberal lawyers.  They are created by liberal by liberal universities on liberal campuses financed liberally by grants by liberals and tax dollars provided by big government.

By your own argument therefore we must conclude the following:  There is, in fact,  a large cadre of liberals out to gut the 2nd amendment just waiting for the chance to do so.

Most Conservatives of course are smart enough to know liberals will try to disarm us regardless of what we do, but prolonged exposure to MSNBC must do things to some folks over time.

Bottom line while Joe Scarbrough is saying something like:  Support gun control to keep a liberal supreme court from gutting the 2nd amendment the REAL argument he is making is this: “Give up your arms willingly or a liberal supreme court will come and take them.”

the proper answer to that statement of course is this:

Come and take them then. Who will be first?

Update: here is the video via Unedited Politics

Yeah you can’t trust those Sarah Palin Types who’ve been saying crazy stuff like this since 2009

And by the way, [with] health care being so big in D.C. right now, be wary when some kind of tie-in occurs. Because it will crop up: a tie-in with guns in an attempt to take away our rights under the guise of some new health care plan. You know that this is coming–that the two issues will somehow crop up and they’ll be tied together. So we have to be very wary of that.

What a bunch of nuts eh?

Update: Instalanche & Irony Overload in three tweets

Because NOTHING says irrelevance like getting elected.

Let me tell you something, Piers. The fact that my grandparents and great grandparents in Europe didn’t fear that is why they’re now ashes in Europe.

Ben Shapiro Jan 11th 2013

Today on Morning Joe there was a segment touching on the latest school shooting in California.

Rather than debunk the gun control arguments that I’ve already hit, I instead would like to touch on something else.

Twitchy found something interesting online concerning the school shooting in California yesterday, namely  history:

Note the date, December 15th. There is more.


The young lady in question’s tweets were seen and reported to the school. She got into trouble for them, but a month later

The shooter targeted and hit a 16-year-old student in the classroom of 28, and missed firing on another student he named, Youngblood said. The wounded victim was airlifted to the hospital, where the 16-year-old remains in critical, but stable, condition.

And her reaction?


I think AllyWho and Doty425 example shows a basic truth: When a person makes the treat of a violent act, take it seriously and act accordingly or people end up hurt.

Which brings us to Israel:

For a long time people on the left have pooh poohed the threats against Israel, yet time and time again the foes of the nation have said they want to destroy the state, time and time again they have honored those who have killed innocents and time and time again they have pushed the cultural imperative of Jews as lesser beings to their young.

And this hasn’t been confined to Arabic that needs to be translated by the folks at MEMRI or to the Middle east as I reported before (emphasis mine)

Horowitz …‘Okay, I’ll put it to you this way. I am a Jew. The head of Hezbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or Against it?

MSA member: For it.

Here is the video

and as Ruby Slippers blog said at the time this is a woman from America. She is going to an American college (much like Muslim Brotherhood member and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi) yet this is where she is.

The point I’m trying to make is this, whether it is a school kid talking about a hit list, or a guy threatening Murder over new gun laws when someone is talking violence you have to take them seriously, any Sicilian knows this.

When that talk is coming from actual states, leaders of said states and a population as a whole, it’s even more so.

So the next time a person on the left decides to berate you for defending Israel or steps taken by the Jewish state to defend itself, remind them of Bryan Oliver or better yet remind them of James Yeager and ask if they would feel safe with them?

Everybody knows I watch MSNBC and Morning Joe every day so I tend to see what MSNBC reports, it has been all “guns are evil” all the time.

I quoted Glenn’s story from last week about the mother who with 6 shots and 5 hits failed to kill the attacker who pursued her and her children to an attic crawl space and wondered aloud why it wasn’t covered but I found an earlier story much more interesting: Here is the video

Here is a quote from a blog post on it:

When momma’s got a gun and her two daughters can quickly lay their hands on a butcher knife and an axe, you’ve become the very definition of “failure in the victim selection process.”

If you make it too expensive and too difficult for mama to get that gun then her house is transformed from a “failure in the victim selection process” to as Larry Corriea calls it: “hunting preserves for innocent people”

There are interesting quotes in the story as well:

Lewis told the station one of the responding police officers said it would have been a different situation if she hadn’t been armed.

“One of them said we would be writing up a different report if she had not had that gun,”

and this:

“There’s so much talk about banning guns and gun control but they’re for protection,” she said. “There’s no way that I could have fought him off.”

Interesting points, but to me the most interesting thing I see from the story and video above is the lower left hand corner of this screen shot:



This is an NBC affiliate, that means that whoever at NBC is in charge of screening local shows for promotion decided that this particular story was not worth promoting nationally, particularly during an election year.

I submit and suggest that there are plenty of these stories. I further suggest that networks have for years made a decision to suppress their own affiliate stories if they are contrary to their message on guns.

Move along, nothing to see here, cue Frank Drebin:

Update: Nothing to see in the 10 stories from 2013 at Nice Deb posts either

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…let me explain, in a way you can comprehend, why this article in the Journal News crosses a big line.

On this 2nd day of Christmas lets pretend just for a moment that this map of legal Gun Owners in New York was not a map of Gun Owners and permit owners in the NY Area being published by a liberal NY paper titled: The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood.

Let’s instead pretend it is a list of the names and addresses of all the people who work at planned parenthood or train people in abortion in the New York area published by a Christian organization titled: The killers next door, what you don’t know about the abortionists in your neighborhood.

What would your reaction be? What would the media be saying? How would you see it as anything other than a threat to a group of people doing a legal activity that “protects women”?

And let’s go further: What would you say if any kind violence took place at any of those locations? Would you be calling the radio stations? Would you be writing angry letters to the paper? Would you be demanding action against advertisers?

As for the media I submit and suggest that there would be no other story nor would anybody allow any other kind of story until the paper apologized and the reporter fired.

And that’s not even getting into the realm of boycotts and the use of such an action as part of a reoccurring theme of the “violent right” whenever such a topic came up in every round table for years.

Pause just a moment and think. If you have anything resembling a moral base you can see what is wrong here and understand why this map has generated so much buzz and anger among defenders of the 2nd Amendment (deleted comments not withstanding, when I saw this article there were thousands of comments, post-Christmas there are now hundreds).

If you don’t understand it, if you still see nothing wrong, then you might be the subject of my next post…

Hey Guess what Charlie Crist decided he now believes as of yesterday:

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who throughout his long political career has been staunchly pro-gun rights, said Wednesday that after the Connecticut school slayings, he now backs controls

That quite a switch but the explanation is simple:

Crist recently became a Democrat and is considering a challenge to Gov. Rick Scott, who long has favored gun rights. Scott has refused to comment on gun measures after the Connecticut shootings, saying it is too early to debate.

Javier Manjarres is not amused

Is there a phonier political opportunist in the country than Charlie Crist?

A reminder the NRSC endorsed Charlie Crist 15 months before the senate primary after which he left the party and eventually joined the Democrats, but until that moment the GOP Establishment sure loved Charlie and that love had more than a political cost:

During a single three-month span of that year, Republicans contributed $4.3 million to the doomed campaign of Charlie Crist.

How’s that workin’ out for ya?

and that money was not only lost it terms of what was done, but in terms of what could have been done: Jimmie Bise:

Divide $500,000 into $4.3 million. That’s how long I could run a hypothetical conservative news site with the money dunderheaded conservatives gave Charlie Crist in just three months.

On the other hand let me remind of a poll that the GOP Establishment didn’t have any use for, a fellow named Rick Santorum. I remember (and videoed) him saying this in New Hampshire:

America is a melting pot, not a salad bowl. America is a set of values by which we hold together. That’s what holds us together, but there is a different point of view. Some have suggested that no America shouldn’t be and is wrong to be, one thing. It needs to be many things. It needs to be what any everybody wants to do. Out of one many. If that’s the case then is anybody surprised that we have trouble getting anything done for the one, the country?

Lisa Graas yesterday reminded of these words before the DeMoins Register saying this:

But as Rick Santorum told the editorial board of the Des Moines Register back during the primary, most politicians think of the issues as “little silos” and if one of the “silos” is not popular, the politician can just kick that silo down and take a new position. He sees “the big picture” of where our rights come from, and the very limited role of our government in defending only those rights.

I come back to Santorum’s answer on Gay Marriage in Concord NH against a Hostile College Crowd, he didn’t duck, he didn’t flip he explained and educated:

The GOP Establishment didn’t like Rick Santorum, they didn’t like his willingness to talk on key issues, he didn’t duck, dodge or hide. That scared them. Mitt Romney didn’t scare them or the consultants they invested in. The GOP established sure liked Mitt Romney…

…..right up until the day he lost.

Perhaps conservatives should consider a different set of investments, rather than enriching consultants by spending on pols who are so changeable we should invest in selling our ideas to the people they would benefit:

the only hope to go to the people.

Go to the Latinos and Black Americans, explain WHY conservative economics work for them. Explain why an open border hurts THEM and theirs and explain why the entitlement society makes them peons and slaves to the state as sure as if they were in the plantations of South America or the old South.

Go to women explain WHY not only conservative economics works for them but WHY conservatism in social issues benefits them, their children and themselves.

Let Americans know that WHY a strong America makes them safer than a weak one, make the case and do it every single day.

That is a better investment than any dollar to any superpac

This is what new media does, as Stacy McCain put it

For the $4 million that the permatanned RINO Charlie Crist collected during that single three-month span of 2009, you could fund eight spiffy little New Media operations for a year (or four such operations for two years). And FEC contribution limits do not apply to people making “investments” in news operations, so that the rich Republicans would not be restricted in their generosity toward New Media, as they are toward political candidates.

Why is a Media Matters & Think Progress or even a Brett Kimberlin funded? How does the left manage to push this agenda from the web to the MSM and why do they succeed? because as Stacy McCain put it

Soros has figured this out. Rich Republicans have not.

Guys it’s time to figure it out.

Update: NRSC not NRCC corrected

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they now be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Escape From Hell

Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

Chris Rock No Sex in the Champagne Room from the Album Bigger & Blacker

I’ve been out of circulation for a little while so I didn’t hear about the shooting in CT until I came home around 7 PM yesterday evening. It’s a horrible thing. It’s hard to lose a parent but that is the natural order of things in life, it is quite another to lose a child and I can only offer my prayers and condolences to the people going through this horror.

If we were one nation and had the culture we once had, this post would now end, but unfortunately we no longer live in that culture, nor will I recycle my post from July despite the temptation provided by an auto save glitch that erased most of this post that I am now re-entering.

One can no longer cede the floor, after all if George Washington choose propriety he would have stayed home on Christmas Eve 1776 and the people of America would be even more obsessed with the former Kate Middleton. (Is that possible?)

So let address what I’m thinking point by point to the groups of people those thoughts are directed toward;

1. To our Atheistic Secular Humanistic friends in full: “If there is a God why does he allow this” mode:

I’m laughing at you. Because that argument much like phony “The Bible endorses slavery” one is in effect a statement of the existence of God.

It’s classic misdirection, rather than blame man, in this case a particular man for an act of evil, you blame God in effect crying: “God let this happen God sucks.” Strange the need to blame one who “doesn’t exist” or are you just trying to convince yourselves?

BTW no matter how much you think God Sucks he still loves you.

2. To the “Blame the Gun Crowd” asking “Why do we need so many guns?”

I find you aren’t much different from the “It’s God’s fault” people above. I’m not surprised at you, simply bemused.  While you ask ‘why there are so many guns out there‘ strangely enough you forget 50 or 60 years ago we were just as heavily armed yet such events were so rare we actually knew the names of all the people who did stuff like this.

I think a better question is:   How did we get to a society where such acts are common when we once they were not?

I doubt you will ask that question because it might lead to the odd coincidence of a particular cultural meme removed from the classroom two generations ago.  Even worse it might lead to the conclusion the values suggested by said cultural meme gave people, particularly the young who are so willing to kill both themselves and others these days, purpose and control in a way modern culture doesn’t.

We can’t have that can we?

3. To our media and elite betters:

You really miss the days of the feudal lords don’t you? You are so anxious to disarm the citizenry for the “common good” as long as your own bodyguards remain heavily armed aren’t you.  I shouldn’t be surprised.  This has always been the way of elites the world over, restrictions for the common good on everything from food to travel to light bulbs, but exceptions for the right people. Perhaps that’s why Rupert Murdock is so willing to block Glenn Reynolds who today in USA today quoted author William Burroughs:

“After a shooting spree,” author William Burroughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”

Glenn asks: Hey, Rupert: Why is your life more deserving of protection than a battered woman’s or a 7-11 clerk’s?

Because he, like Bloomberg is the Lord of the manor and we are just the Hoi Polloi THAT’s why!

4. To our ultra liberal friends who still think they are rebels 30-40 years after they declared “never trust anyone over 30” and never stop talking about their beloved 60’s:

Tell me, why on earth are you willing to support a society where only THE MAN has access to guns? Haven’t you spent the last several years telling us about how many innocents our government killed in Iraq, in Afghanistan? Haven’t you told us how we are targeting Americans and making the disappear on terror grounds?

How can you trust such a government to be the sole holder of weapons? After if one killer can slaughter 20 how much more can a government do? Particularly if someday there is an evil racist sexist bigoted homophobic republican in the White House ready to come after your lady parts? I speak especially to the Black Americans in the liberal cities who are ready to march on the police whenever Mr. Jackson or Sharpton tell them to. If the police and government are so racist do you really want to be disarmed and at their mercy?

5. To those who speak in the language of political correctness.

I doubt that I could do as well as Stacy McCain who coincidentally also invokes Chris Rock.

Our culture has lost all sense of perspective, of reasonable balance, so that we are unable to make common-sense judgments about risks. Which is the greater danger: That a schizophrenic might have his feelings hurt, or that a schizophrenic might go off his meds and kill people?

Common sense is quite nearly illegal nowadays and it’s certainly unfashionable in the Obama Age. So the usual liberal dingbats — including the ACLU types who assured us it was “a fearless, independent life style” for a crazy woman to defecate in public on the streets of Manahattan — are telling us we need more gun control.

And I say, no, what we need is more kook control. But no member of Congress in either party would have the guts to introduce “The Dangerous Lunatic Incarceration Act of 2013,” which would put wackjobs like Adam Lanza some place where they couldn’t kill people.

Chris Rock was right: “Whatever happened to ‘crazy’?

I think that whole philosophy is about making oneself feel good.  After all from that philosophy do we even have the right to question the motives of this shooter?  Doesn’t he have the right to define his own morality and if in fact man is just another animal that needs to be understood is this just not the natural act of such an animal at this stage of development?  We certainly can’t judge him, that would be the ultimate sin.

6.  Finally to those who insist the media is not biased,

Imagine just for a moment how this story would have been approached if this shooter had been named “Nidal” or “Mohammad”,  had said the words “Allah Akbar” before firing and belonged to a religion that rhymed with “fizlam”.

I Imagine who the story would be written about how we should understand what drove this killer to do his deeds, likely the horrible acts of the west, the same thing that must be the source of this story:

An elderly Swedish charity worker who was seriously injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Lahore was on Monday flown home in an air ambulance for “medical and security” reasons, officials said.

Birgitta Almeby, a 70-year-old worker of the NGO Full Gospel Assemblies of Pakistan, was attacked near her residence in Model Town of Lahore on December 3.

FGA spokesman Liaquat Qaiser had described the incident as a “targeted attack”.

Birgitta has since died, her murder will never be newsworthy to some people.

As I said in a different time It would have been enough to write what Sarah Palin did:

My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy in Connecticut today. Words can’t express the horror everyone feels in seeing such evil manifested against innocent children. Nothing could be worse than the murder of innocent children. Let’s all pray for the victims, their families, and the whole nation.

but she will in fact be attacked even for this, so I might as well vent and be attacked for a wolf rather than a sheep.

…and the old lady wasn’t even wearing a fedora:

In a normal world this would be on every newscast and every late night comedian would be playing that clip with the Benny Hill theme behind it, but as it is the single best argument I’ve ever seen for the 2nd Amendment it will get little play outside of Powerline & Glenn Reynolds who get the hat tip here..

And if the 2nd amendment nature of this video didn’t keep it off the charts of national producers national air the preponderance of hoodies among said fleeing robbers would.


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I have heard a lot of people on the left self righteously complain that conservatives are unwilling to agree to “common sense gun control” that we  are unreasonable fanatics who would oppose restrictions on the ownership of Sherman Tanks.

Most of all; we are totally wrong to believe that the left is after our guns just because of the proposed assault weapon ban.

Why would we have such a belief, how can the folks on the right even think we on the left are after their guns, all their guns?

The answer: Chick-Fil-A

Twenty years ago there was nobody NOBODY nationally who was pushing the idea of gay marriage. If Bill Clinton had come out for Gay Marriage in 1992 he would have lost 49 states.

Then came the VT Supreme Court ruling requiring civil partnerships.

When people suggested that this was going to lead to Gay Marriage liberals insisted they were alarmist. Nobody in the mainstream was pushing Gay Marriage and the whole argument was absurd.  This was just addressing inheritance and hospital visitation issues which were not unreasonable.

In 1996 the defense of Marriage Act was proposed, at the time it was suggested that instead of a law, a constitutional amendment formally declaring Marriage was between a man or Woman should be passed. Such people were dismissed as alarmists. Nobody was talking about legalizing Gay Marriage and there was absolutely no need of a Constitutional Amendment to define a word the meaning of which  the nation had understood for centuries.

No amendment was forthcoming but DOMA passed 85–14 in the Senate & 342–67 in the house.  Democrats overwhelmingly supported the bill (32-14 senate & 188-65 house). Bill Clinton signed the bill into law and that was that.

Until for the third time a liberal State (Massachusetts) by a 4-3 ruling declared Gay Marriage Legal. Again we were told not to worry, the legality of Gay Marriage was just a question of equality and it wouldn’t make any difference in the lives of those who opposed it.

Then came the persecution of parents who opposed it.

Then came the Catholic Church being given a choice, violate your beliefs or stop placing children for adoption: never mind how well you place the children hardest to find homes for.

And as the supporters of Gay Marriage lost vote after vote after vote (and continue to block any vote in Massachusetts) they became louder and more vitriolic even to the point of assault

Look at memorandum on given day. Any person who opposes Gay Marriage is not defined as against “Gay Marriage” they are defined as “anti-gay” a bigot.

And now comes the Mayors of two large cities, Chicago & Boston, declaring publicly that Chick-fil-a is not welcome. That Chick-fil-a for daring to have Biblical principles and support them have no place in their civilized cities.

And if Chick-Fil-A is guilty then so is every Catholic Church, every Orthodox Church, Every Mosque (well apparently not Every Mosque) and the vast majority of Protestant Churches in the country, (at least the ones that are growing).   If they are not welcome neither is the business of any person of faith who doesn’t bend to the pressure media and money can provide, a pressure that the President wilted against.

We have reached the point from the legality of Gay Marriage in Massachusetts, to the Mayor of the largest city in the Commonwealth publicly declaring in effect:  If your business dare oppose the liberal politically correct position , your enterprise doesn’t belong in our enlightened city.

This has happened in the space of a decade, after being assured that “Gay Marriage” would have no effect on anyone else.

So when you on the left tell us, assure us, and promise us that if we on the right agree to just a little bit of Gun Control, you have our word that we have no designs on your personal firearms or anything else, you’ll pardon us for declaring:

You Lie!

If we are stupid enough to believe you on gun control then we deserve to lose the rights we are fighting to defend.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn, Stay tuned for my visit to the nearest Chick-Fil-A (Had to go to NH to do it). Remember tomorrow 10 a.m. Clayton Cramer will be on DaTechGuy on daRadio talking his new book and in the second hour call 888-9-fedora and you can talk Chick-Fil-A and guns with me directly on WCRM AM 830

Update 2: So it’s the Bigot card now eh, OK two can play at that game


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The talk of the news this morning is the Trayvon Martin case, a 17-year-old who was shot in Florida by an apparently paranoid member of a neighborhood watch. The case is drawing national attention and outrage over the decision of local police not to arrest the shooter George Zimmerman his claims of self-defense, and Florida’s “stand your ground law”. The authors of the law however disagree:

the lawmakers who crafted the legislation in 2005 — former Sen. Durell Peaden and current state Rep. Dennis Baxley — said the law doesn’t need to be changed. They believe it has been misapplied in the shooting death of Trayvon by a Sanford crime-watch captain, George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has not been charged because, police said, it appears he acted in self-defense. The Seminole County state attorney’s office decided Tuesday to take the case before a grand jury.

“They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid,” said Peaden, a Crestview Republican who sponsored the deadly force law in 2005. “He has no protection under my law.”

Peaden and Baxley, R-Ocala, say their law is a self-defense act. It says law-abiding people have no duty to retreat from an attacker and can meet “force with force.” Nowhere does it say that a person has a right to confront another.

The 911 tapes strongly suggest Zimmerman overstepped his bounds, they say, when the Sanford neighborhood crime-watch captain said he was following Trayvon and appeared to ignore a police request to stay away.

The case is becoming a cause célèbre on the left concerning both gun control and race as the victim Trayvon Martin is black and the shooter George Zimmerman is white not? (see update below). On Morning Joe Thursday Mika Brziniski quoted a Florida lawmaker attempting to amend the “stand your ground” law and remarked this story has “everything to do with race”.

Never mind that in the 8 years of the law we have not seen a spate of such shootings, never mind that example after example of people who are saved from being armed never becomes a national story.

And of course there is this:

Yet for black males ages 12 to 19 years old, homicide eclipses accidents as the leading cause of death, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday. That troubling statistic — or, more accurately, the deeper problems underlying it — is garnering some local attention. Advocates say dramatic action is needed.

Those stats are from 2010. Here is more from the web site

In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men.

Here is the graph that says it all:

People are rightly concerned about the shooting of young Mr. Martin and Florida needs to take a good long look at this case. If Zimmerman’s self-defense claim is as specious as it seems they should go after him big time, but those figures I quoted aren’t just stats, they represent actual individual people murdered. Their lives were no less dear to their mothers than Trayvon Martin was to his, yet they haven’t generated any million hoodie marches.

I have sons near the age of Mrs. Martin. I can’t imagine what she’s going through and I don’t begrudge her one bit of her anger or desire for justice for her son. It seems to me however, that the activists and media personalities so outraged today, had none for the young black men who’ve been slaughtered in cities for years:

That is the true disgrace, daily bloodshed in the Black community that is left unchecked. The statistics are telling:

The hundred or so homicides in Oakland each year are part of nearly 6,000 murders nationally committed by blacks, mostly of other blacks, compared to just over 5,300 homicides committed by whites and Hispanics combined. (Blacks are 12.8 percent of the U.S. population, whites and Hispanics, 81 percent.).

Where is the outrage in the black community. Why does not the black leadership or the elite liberal opinion address this outrage, because it doesn’t fit their template of racism as the primary cause of the suffering of the Blacks in America.

You can’t find that outrage because it has no political value to either activists of the left or to the self-appointed black leaders that you will see on every channel for the balance of the Trayvon Martin case.

The Trayvon Martin case is a tragic, but the regular murders of young black men in the cities by other young black men and the unwillingness of people to talk about it nor the media’s willingness to write about is the real national outrage.

Update: I have to disagree with Noel Sheppard on this quote:

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I’d go further. I’d go further. Because if this unfolds the way it appears it’s unfolding, you know, in a country where its leader can talk about a radio host calling someone a name, we ought to be looking at ourselves and this situation really closely from the top down. And, quite frankly, it is, they’re looking at audio tapes right now of the cell phone, and there might have been a racial epithet.

I think this is more of “The president has time to talk about Limbaugh but we aren’t talking about this? I think it reflects (correctly) on the insignificance of the Rush business and what the White House prioritizes.

I do agree with Noel here:

it’s quite obvious to even the casual observer that this matter is being politicized in an election year.

What’s next – that this is somehow part of the media fabricated Republican “war on women,” and that comments made by the various GOP presidential candidates are also to blame?

Just how far are the press going to use this tragic event to further their political agenda?

These days, it seems the sky’s the limit.

There was something outrageous on that show worth talking about…but that’s for my next post.

Update 2: According to one commentator Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic and Pam Geller describes him as Hispanic and black.. The photo is a bit iffy to me one way or the other, but either way it has no bearing on the shooting in terms of justification but it make the media’s attempt to turn this into a “southern racial” issue a tad more interesting, and insidious

Sam Gerard: “Newman get rid of the Helicopter!”

Newman: “Why?”

Sam Gerard: “Because I don’t wanna get shot!”

Tommy Lee Jones, the Fugitive 1993

Not wanting to get shot, it’s not just for Fitchburg anymore. From Chanel 2 Houston Texas

Two armed suspects attempted to rob a Denny’s restaurant, but ended up fleeing for safety after a shootout with a customer.

The shootout happened at a Denny’s restaurant in the 11000 block of the East Freeway around 5:50 a.m. Saturday.

Officials said two armed suspects wearing bandannas entered and attempted to rob the store. The sole customer in the restaurant, a licensed concealed handgun carrier, observed the suspects enter, pulled out his own gun, took cover and fired at the robbers.

Two big differences between this story and the Fitchburg version:

#1 It being Texas, there is very little chance of the armed customer losing his gun permit over this.

#2 Since it was a customer, rather than an employee who was armed and returned fire there is no disincentive for the thieves from attempting to hit that particular Denny’s again.

Via Glenn who in an update reminds us how we got here.

Here is a video of Suzanna Hupp making her case

Makes sense to me.

I mentioned how the book Escape from Hell by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle is a great book for conservatives. Reading this story about the student who shot the home invader I can’t help but quote this passage from the book pages 150-151:

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ’em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they now be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

It’s as if someone had taken away their guns.” Well they have been trying.

And if you haven’t bought the book yet, what are you waiting for?