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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for October, 2012

Massad Ayoob

ON POST-STORM LOOTING

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

We had all hoped there would be no “Katrina hits New Orleans” looting in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  Those hopes may have been optimistic, as seen here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/hurricane-sandy-looting-brooklyn-coney-island_n_2047183.html?1351655228&icid=m

At least one reader of my last blog entry thought I was overreacting to the Twitter warnings of looting.  I dunno about that.  “Those who ignore history,” Santayana said, “are doomed to repeat it.

When I was born, the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was fresher in their memories than the attack of September 11, 2001 is in our memories now.  My generation was taught by their generation NOT to ignore blips on the radar screen.  That seems to still be pretty good advice.

I’m told that Halloween has been postponed to November 3 in New Jersey due to Sandy’s devastation there.  For all who are celebrating Halloween tonight, have a great time with the kids!

Our thoughts are still with those who’ve suffered from the storm, and still are feeling its effects.

Massad Ayoob

STORM PREPARATION

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy, a “Frankenstorm” of reportedly epic proportion, is hitting the northeast even as I write this.  I find it comforting to know that my loved ones, friends, and extended family in its path all seem to be well prepared.

Backwoods Home Magazine is all about self-sufficiency, and moments such as this bring focus to the concept.  Forces of nature are much more likely to create feces-and-fan moments than nuclear warfare, let alone invasion from outer space, zombie apocalypse, etc.  For some, in the coming hours and days, preparation will be the difference between life and death.  For many more, it will be the difference between inconvenience and true suffering.  And for all the rest, having been prepared will at the very least provide peace of mind.

A big city cop deep into the information stream advised me today that tweets are going out on Twitter trying to organize looting in some of the more urban areas in the path of Sandy.  If the wolves are using technology to bring their packs more effectively together – and, sadly they have been doing that for some time – it’s all the more important that your emergency “fire” options include more than candles and wood for the woodstove.

In the same depressing vein, the “Twitter-stream” has indicated for some time the possibility that civil disturbance may erupt in the wake of the coming Presidential election, depending on the outcome.  Police around the nation are quietly preparing for this contingency.

But, one disaster at a time. For now, prayers and hope for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy.

Massad Ayoob

THE ECHOES OF BENGHAZI

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Didn’t the President say during the debates that protection of American citizens was among his highest priorities?  If so, what the hell happened at Benghazi?

New revelations continue to emerge, from credible sources.  Can the White House slough it off on the CIA?  General Petraeus says no: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/26/Petraeus-on-Benghazi-It-Wasnt-Me

And those who grieve for the close and innocent blood that was shed there, don’t seem to be impressed with the explanations emanating from Washington, either: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/father-slain-seal-who-made-decision-not-save-my-son_657782.html

Massad Ayoob

WHEN POLITICIANS LIE

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The final Presidential candidate debate of 2012 is done.  Pundits are giving Obama a slight edge over Romney on this one, for impact and style points and such.  That makes it decisive win for Romney in Debate I, pretty much a tie in Debate II, and a win for Obama in Debate III.

Huffpost seems to think they’re both lying SOBs. Sigh…I know the feeling.  About four decades ago, I was the young Gun Editor of Jean Lavallee’s New Hampshire Outdoorsman, and interviewed the candidates during the New Hampshire Presidential Primaries.  When I interviewed George McGovern, who died this week, it was apparent during the interview that he was going to say what he wanted our readers to hear.  He told me then, to my face, that he felt there were enough gun laws on the books, and America just needed to enforce the laws it already had.

Less than a month later, if memory serves, McGovern told Look magazine that he was in favor of mandatory gun registration.

I ain’t the Political Editor of Backwoods Home, just the Firearms Editor.  On the firearms side, Romney and the Republican Platform are against another “assault weapons ban” and in favor of national reciprocity, which would allow law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits to carry their guns all over the country.  Obama and the Democrat Platform are out of the closet in favor of another “assault weapons ban,” which would profoundly impact ownership of even “ordinary sporting and self-defense firearms.”  That, and the realization that the next President will have multiple appointments to the Supreme Court, make it a no-brainer on the gun owners civil rights side of things: “Romney si, Obama no!

As to Mitt Romney, I may owe the guy an apology: some sources say that Romney’s signing of an assault weapons ban law when he was Governor of Massachusetts actually was a compromise endorsed by the pro-gun folks, a modification of existing law which actually improved things for Massachusetts gun owners.

Massad Ayoob

THE PREZ IS OUT OF THE CLOSET

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

“I believe in the Second Amendment,” President  Obama said last night in his second debate, and then revealed his true colors.  (I thank the sincere lady who asked the question.) Obama said,”… enforce laws we’ve already got, keep guns out of hands of criminals…I share your belief that weapons designed for war theater do not belong on the streets.”   He admitted he wants to reintroduce the “assault weapons ban,” and admitted that in Chicago the bad guys are using cheap handguns instead of AK47s.  He wants a “Comprehensive strategy” to get “automatic weapons that kill in amazing numbers” out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

Here at the blog, we’ve gone around with some gun owners who insisted that because the President had not aggressively gone after them in his first term, he wouldn’t in the second.  I warned you that he WOULD as soon as he was re-elected. Shouldn’t be a surprise: we warned you here that it’s right there in the Democratic party platform.

It’s good to see him out of the closet now. Expect his “assault weapons ban” to cover any shotgun which “can be retrofitted” with an extended magazine…which means about every pump gun since the late 19th Century, and almost every autoloading shotgun, like your great grandpa’s Browning Automatic Five.  Expect it to ban pistols and rifles which “can be” used with high capacity magazines…which is just about all of them, from that same great grandpa’s World War I .45 to the Remington 740 series, one of America’s most popular deer rifles for sixty or more years.  And so on.  If possession of existing specimens is grandfathered but no new ones can be transferred, that means you can’t sell the ones you have or will them to your kids.

Romney says he’s not in favor of new legislation, noting automatic weapons are “already illegal.” Though the Republican apparently doesn’t realize that in most states law-abiding citizens can own Class III weapons, that’s nowhere near the Democrat’s level of ignorance in not being able to tell automatic (machine guns) from semiautomatic.  Romney brought up Fast and Furious at last, pointing out that Obama used executive privilege. Obama managed to dance away from that one: clever style, but a bit disingenuous. Why was Romney no longer in favor of banning assault weapons? He claimed pro and anti came together for the bill.  “It was a mutually agreed upon piece of legislation,” he said. (Sniff. Sniff. Yes, I believe I catch a whiff of disingenuousness here too.)

Discuss it with your gun-owning friends.  The President has just said that if re-elected, he’ll bring us back down a well-trod and stupid path that interferes with gun owners’ civil rights.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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