Gloria: Did you know that 65% of the people murdered in the last 10 years were killed by handguns.

Archie: Would it make you feel any better little girl is they were pushed out of windows?

Gloria: Wow that’s convoluted logic

Archie: YES and that’s the type of straight thinking I’m trying to put across here.

All in the Family, Archie & the Editorial 1972

As I heard everyone talk about Syria and the humanitarian crisis there the debate has turned to a Casus Belli and everyone’s favorite Casus Belli is Chemical weapons.

All over the Sunday Talk shows the subject was the Red Line and chemical weapons. Has Syria crossed the line? Is there actual proof of Chemical Weapons use? Was this just a test case? etc etc etc.

And part of that argument is the idea of Assad using said weapons against his own people.

This seems to be not only the weakest part of the argument but the least persuasive as John McCain put it.

McCain, one of the most outspoken lawmakers on Syria, said Sunday that it should not matter whether Assad used chemical weapons. Even if they had not been used, McCain argued, Assad’s forces have committed atrocities already and killed tens of thousands.

Tens of thousands of Syrians dead, NBD, Syrians killed by Chemical Weapons, now we have a problem.

Other than to McCain the and a few others these dead bodies are of little consequence. That these people are slaughtered means little provided they didn’t die in a way that we object to, and that objection concerning Chemical Weapons or more accuracy the credibility of Barack Obama.

While people like John McCain consider the actual slaughter in Syria the problem that needs to be solved the it’s the political equation that matters to others. Just as Newtown and the gun debate the actual problem (kids shot dead) in Newtown isn’t the issue, it’s about APPEARING that something has been done to the point where the voter is satisfied that what needs to be done has been done.

Who cares if the legislation would have saved the NewTown kids or not?  Who care if intervention in Syria is (or is not) in the best interests of the US or if tens of thousands are killed in a civil war to overthrow a ruthless dictator? It’s all about the voters believing that something has been done, even if that something is just setting a red line.

As long as that objective is met nothing else matters.  Certainly not a lot of dead Syrians.

Update: Stacy McCain reports that mission is not going well:

Ed Morrissey rounds up the latest Syria news and weighs the options for the administration, but as I explained yesterday, there are no good options in Syria, unless you count as “good” the likelihood that Obama will suffer further disastrous embarrassments.

I’m sure such embarrassments will play no role in his decision.
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PFC David Webster: Shut up! I said, shut up, you Nazi f***!

German Baker: Ich-ich bin kein Nazi!

PFC David Webster: Oh, you’re not a Nazi? My mistake, you fat f***ing p***k. What about a human being? Are you one of those, or are you going to tell me that you never smelt the f***ing stench?

Band of Brothers Why we Fight 2001

Yesterday I saw a tweet that led me to a story at Red State comparing the Gosnell vs Newtown case.

Did I say eight people? I meant seven babies and a woman who was under anesthesia. The most vulnerable of us. Mark Steyn asked, “So how many dead American babies does it take to make the news?”

Actually 8 is all they could charge him with. The actual body count is likely MUCH higher.

The piece isn’t bad but I have real issues with the title really annoyed me:

Gosnell & Newtown: mirror-image tragedies show media hypocrisy

People keep calling this a mirror image case it is not!

 

Adam Lanza acted alone, he planned alone, stole the gun from his mother alone and on one fateful day slaughtered every single person that he did alone.

Kermit Gosnell is a totally different story. He had help every step of the way:

He was helped by the state of Pennsylvania who didn’t check on local inspectors.

He was helped by local inspectors who didn’t do their jobs

He was helped by decades worth of employees who worked at his clinics

He was helped by every person who referred a woman to his practice

He was helped by every person who knew what was going on and said nothing for decades.

And lets most important of all

He was helped by every single person who pressured, advised, cajoled or accompanied a pregnant woman to Gosnell’s  place of business &  paid him to kill.

The parents of Newtown took their kids to Sandy Hook that day to teach them to live.  The Families that brought their children to Gosnell took them to die.

There is a mirror involved in the Gosnell case, it’s a mirror reflecting exactly what Abortion is.  And that’s way so many people want to look away.

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Two closing thoughts:  If Gosnell had not been selling prescription drugs illegally someday his obit would have spoken about the kindly old doctor  dedicated to providing abortion services to poor and minority patents instead of one of the most successful mass murders in US history.

If you are one of those women “served” by Kermitt Gosnell or any woman who has had an abortion, never forget God still loves you and will forgive even this if you simply ask.  If you are having trouble forgiving yourself Project Rachel is there to help.

Update: Seriously? Talk about enablers:

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Today on Morning Joe Scarbrough took issue with Ted Cruz on Meet the Press for suggesting the president is using children as a political football.

Later in that very same show Mika brought up man who killed his family with an AR 15 (as if a different weapon would have prevented such a man) as an argument for banning them.

But just before the 7 AM hour Mika Brzezinski said something so incredible that I couldn’t believe I heard it. Talking about the push for Gun control post Newtown she referred to the aftermath of Newtown as an “OPPORTUNITY

OPPORTUNITY? A bunch of dead kids is an OPPORTUNITY?

Let’s go to the dictionary:

op·por·tu·ni·ty
[op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-] Show IPA
noun, plural op·por·tu·ni·ties.
1. an appropriate or favorable time or occasion: Their meeting afforded an opportunity to exchange views.
2. a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.
3. a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.

Joe Scarborough is OUTRAGED at Ted Cruz saying children are being exploited in the “gun control” debate. Mike Barnicle insists the idea people are coming for guns is a lie yet in the same half hour Mika sees Newtown as “OPPORTUNITY!”

Pray tell Mika when you say Newtown is an Opportunity, can you tell us for what?

I guess Ted Cruz has you guys pegged.

Closing thought: Pray tell why the story of 12 year old Kendra St. Clair will not be found newsworthy) on Morning Joe today? Could it be her story offers no “OPPORTUNITY”?

Update: If you haven’t heard about Kendra St. Clair here is the video.

No Opportunity there for Morning Joe

Update 2: Colin Powell on Morning Joe:

I’d love to know who “We” is. I think that’s a good question.

To Boost the British Economy I’d tax all foreigners living abroad

Monty Python’s Flying Circus The Spanish Inquisition 1970

Pirates are hanged

Lord Hornblower 1946

I have come to kill Indians and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God’s heaven to kill Indians

Col. John M. Chivington

Via Glenn I see a very interesting and potentially dangerous precedent being made by US courts:

A few days before Christmas, the U.S. indicted three men at the Federal District courthouse in Brooklyn for plotting suicide bomb attacks.

This is an extraordinary, almost unique case: none of the people or conduct has any connection to the U.S.
Sounds good right, terrorists nailed before they could do suicide bombings read on…

The defendants are foreign nationals, captured by some African government ont their way to join up with al-Shabab, the Somali Islamist group.

Even better, I’ve gone on for years about the threat of Islamic Terror and its large body count. Stopping these murderous bastards is always a positive and saves lives, but here is where it gets complicated…

To be clear, there is no suggestion that they planned to target American nationals or facilities, or had even ever been to this country before.

Three thoughts go into my mind:

In terms of utility this would be a good thing. Terror and suicide bombing are an international problem as is terror by Islamists. Going after them would doubtless save many lives, not necessarily American lives but lives just the same and make it more complicated for terror groups to act.

In terms of  principle furthermore you could apply the old rules of Piracy, Pirates when captured on the high seas could be hanged on the spot and piracy is still recognized as an “offense against the law of nations” surely Terrorism and suicide bombing can be as well

It’s in terms of practice is where we run into problems. First of all, there is the US Constitution (emphasis mine)

The Art I. authority for prosecuting conduct under universal jurisdiction is the “Define and Punish” clause. Yet the clause limits universal jurisdiction to crimes, like piracy, that are i) “offenses against the law of nations,” and ii) treated as universally cognizable by the law of nations. Congress cannot “define” something as a universal offense when the law of nations has not done so – not because of any superiority or comity of international law, but because that is the limit place by the Define and Punish Clause.

It would seem to me odd that suicide bombing and terrorism is not defined as “offenses against the law of nations” but if that is in fact the case, this simply can’t be done because the constitution explicitly limited the power of congress to do this (and that matters because they are being prosecuted under US law).

If we move to get terror and these groups listed as “offenders against the law of nations” internationally then we are in play, or better yet if we can get terrorism defined as a form of Piracy, already recognized as the same that would work, but until then it’s pretty dodgy allowing the government to redefine “offenses against the law of nations”.  I don’t trust congress or the president to unilaterally redefine this kind of thing and neither should any of you.

And if congress can’t be trust consider who defines these things internationally these days:

the problem of course is how such a law is enforced and how “terrorist” is defined. I suspect if the UN gets its hands on it suddenly Israel will be on the list of “terror” nations giving a false sense of legitimacy to the murder of Jews everywhere.

Remember this is the same international community ready to consider Israel a bunch of criminals for firing back when rockets are launched against civilians while willing to turn a blind eye to those who shoot them.

Or worse yet, what if this same international community defines offending religion (read Islam) is an “offense against the law of nations”. Suddenly US citizens abroad could be picked up for any of these offenses and tried under international law using the same type of Universal jurisdiction being applied here.  Or perhaps private ownership of firearms can also be so defined.  There are already international moves in that direction and if you don’t think that can happen here, look at the reaction in the US since Sandy Hook?

As a practical matter stopping these guys is a good thing, but we had better be careful,  VERY careful when it comes to embracing  this kind of thing.

 

I’d like to recommend two pieces on the NRA gun plan:

First my piece for the Examiner The NRA Traps for the Left & the Right:

The NRA is going to go forward advancing its plan no matter what anyone in the government says. There is only one question remaining, will the Republicans act quickly to back the NRA program & keep it private or will the Democrats co-opt it into a giant public tax and spending machine?

Either way if the kids end up safe I don’t think the country will care.

The political risks/rewards are real, the question is who will take them?

The second is from Larry Corella’s site. It’s the best and most informed piece of the subject I’ve seen:

No. Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.

Paging Cynthia Yockey

The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.

As for Gun Free Zones:

Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period.

Think about it. You are a violent, homicidal madman, looking to make a statement and hoping to go from disaffected loser to most famous person in the world. The best way to accomplish your goals is to kill a whole bunch of people. So where’s the best place to go shoot all these people? Obviously, it is someplace where nobody can shoot back.

This is so obvious it’s embarrassing that anyone has to say it aloud.

But my favorite is where he takes apart the media myths that have been perpetuated by the partisan & uninformed which usually are one and the same:

Gun and magazine sales skyrocket every time a democrat politician starts to vulture in on a tragedy. I don’t know if many of you realize this, but Barack Obama is personally responsible for more gun sales, and especially first time gun purchases, than anyone in history. When I owned my gun store, we had a picture of him on the wall and a caption beneath it which said SALESMAN OF THE YEAR.

It’s Very VERY long, but it’s worth it.

Update: Left a line out of a block quote