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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Massad Ayoob

ABOUT THE CHILDREN

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Cannily, the President surrounded himself with kids from early elementary school when he gave his “gun control” speech today.  Since he speaks for the symbolism-side of this polarized debate, that was hardly unexpected.

It was a shame the young ones didn’t get the chance to discuss it themselves.  Suppose you asked a second-grader, “Kids, if a bad boy in your class took crayons and wrote all over the walls of your classroom, would it be right to take the crayons away from the boys and girls who behaved?”

I suspect the children would unanimously answer, “No! That’s not fair!  Take them away from the boy who did the bad thing, not the rest of us!”

And of course, they might also ask, “Where was the teacher?  Why didn’t the teacher stop the boy who did the bad thing with the crayons?”

THERE is the logical question: why wasn’t someone there in Sandy Hook Elementary School who could stop Adam Lanza?  Because we’re not talking crayons here, we’re talking innocent lives. The school custodian can scrub crayon graffiti from the school walls.  We can never wash away the innocent blood that was spilled at Newtown, never paint over the grief of the bereaved.

A few weeks ago, when NRA’s Wayne LaPierre explained that his organization wanted armed security in schools, the mainstream media and the anti-gunners alike excoriated him.  One New York tabloid devoted its front page to a headline that said something like, “Gun Nut: NRA Loon In Bizarre Rant.”  Yet this morning, our President said one of his own priorities was to put cops in schools in hopes of preventing a repeat of the Newtown Atrocity.  Will the same New York tabloid run a headline tomorrow that reads, “White House Loon In Bizarre Rant”?

Somehow, I doubt it.

Because some people don’t have the common sense of a seven-year-old.

67 Responses to “ABOUT THE CHILDREN”

  1. TXCOMT Says:

    Well said, Mas!

  2. Jon DiPietro Says:

    I find it ironic that the President was surrounded by children who were surrounded by men armed with fully automatic firearms.

  3. jim walker Says:

    Sir i have been reading your work for years and just wanted to take the time to say thank you

  4. Fred Freedom Says:

    The sleepers are uniting to bring us down. I believe the tears Mr. o spent at the meeting after the shooting were fake. I want to believe he is a good man and a good president but the chill I get when I think about what he says tells me otherwise. Whether he is a puppet or the puppet master I feel things to come will not be good. Not for those who have loved our country and stood strong for our constitutional bonds.

  5. WT Says:

    Friends, Ruger has made available to the public a petition that stands against pending gun legislation. I have found it well worded, legitimate, respectful of both sides, and to the point. Here’s the URL to cut and paste http://www.ruger.com/micros/advocacy/
    to view the petition. When you enter your address, your state’s representatives are automatically chosen as recipients. Kudos to Ruger.

  6. Michael Sutherin Says:

    I always look forward to you commentaries Mas. Spot on, once again.

  7. the Northwestern Diamondback of THR Says:

    Mas, I posted some thoughts about a few ideas (which I’ve seen advocated by others, so all I can claim credit for is putting them together and joining the advocacy fight) over on GunHub, but thought I’d repost them here and ask for your and other readers’ ideas on refining. I’d like to think these in tandem would be FAR more effective than punishing the law-abiding…

    1. Harden classroom doors, more along the lines of an airliner cockpit door–door is more resistant to fire (at minimum I would advocate stop a .44 Magnum slug, ideally a .223, pipedream a .30-06 or .308), door is locked at all times and for entry you have to be buzzed in by the teacher, much like how in some apartments or hotels you have to be let into the building by a remote-unlock from the front desk. By doing this to classroom doors, it prevents the “break window and enter” Adam Lanza used, or if our spree-killer uses it to enter one classroom, once he’s out in the hall he can’t get into another room.

    2. At minimum, authorizing staff who desire to carry and have Concealed Weapons Permits to do so, subject to the restriction that they use a minimum caliber of .380 auto (or maybe 9x19mm Parabellum), they must keep it ON-BODY (no purse-carry) and CONCEALED so nobody knows who the armed staff are except maybe the principal. Alternate for the squeamish: establish an educational-institution variant of the Federal Flight Deck Officer armed-pilot program, with training and firearms run through the Marshal’s Service.

    3. We DO need to overhaul the mental-health system… both to make it easier to identify and manage the violently insane, but also to de-stigmatize clinical diagnoses and reassure the Good Guys that not only will voluntarily seeking help NOT cost them any rights, but shows them to be better people for recognizing what needs to be done and doing it. (I speak from personal experience on this, living with Asperger’s; when I first started serious training I had serious worries about how it would affect my eligibility for a carry permit, and in reply one of the cops who trained me gave what I consider some of the highest praise I’ve ever received, telling me that after completing standard police training he would be quite comfortable swearing me in as a member of his department. Though I know there ARE people who are like “Autistic? With a gun? *empties bladder and bowels*”) I do not know HOW to fix it, but the first stage of remedying a problem is recognizing that it exists, and I think any sane person is at that point. Perhaps penalties for obstruction of diagnosis and treatment, since Peter Lanza spent a great deal of money trying to cover up that he had a not-quite-right son, and even now that $1-million-plus annual salary is being used to great effect in creating a “wall of silence” between his homicidal son’s head and those trying to get inside it to figure out what triggers lit him off and what could have been done to recognize early-warning signs and save his mother’s life and the lives of those people at Sandy Hook. (It appears that his mother trying to take steps to get him diagnosed and into care may be one possible flashpoint–he liked his gravy train of having Mommy take care of him with Daddy’s unlimited money and didn’t wanna grow up, she wanted to have a chance at a life of her own rather than being chained down with a trial-size Frank Breitkopf*, and he took lethal exception when she wanted out of what he saw as his quite comfortable arrangement.)
    *UNSUB in Criminal Minds episode “No Way Out”: a brilliant but sociopathic kid whose mother tries to isolate him from the world to contain the damage he can do, but the downside is that after she dies he’s set loose on the world living on her money and what he lifts off those he kills.

    I’m also coming from a somewhat different perspective on this: the summer after Virginia Tech, a couple friends of mine in Campus Security and I got approval from our college’s Chancellor to “War Game” out the scenario after-hours using airsoft, and a couple friends on faculty playing the roles of “noncombatants.” In a nutshell, in several run-throughs we found that other things can slow things down and buy time, but the only way to STOP a truly determined spree-killer is swiftly applied overwhelming force, with equal or preferably superior firepower. Campus policy was that Security had to go with no more than Mace, and even though we made a persuasive case to the Chancellor for better equipment in our demonstration, his Executive Assistant (an anti, who liked neither the fact that there was an off-duty cop in Security NOR the fact that CCW permitholder students weren’t preemptively expelled just for having that cred) somehow had some bureaucratic dirty tricks up her sleeve and killed any chance of implementation… (Though the policy at my alma mater, at least when I mustered out several Chancellorships ago, was that if you have a carry permit, as long as you keep it concealed so nobody finds out about it, or nobody raises a stink about it, you’re golden, if somebody finds it AND complains then it goes or you go.)

  8. Brad B. Says:

    Please keep up the great work! You always seem to shed light on things just a little different than most, usually making it easier to comprehend and explain to others.

  9. Lysander Says:

    Well said!

  10. Jaji Says:

    I saw the text of one of those letters; it was from a child asking the President to make sure “machine guns were not around” any more. That sounds to me like the brainwashing of this country is complete…and also that The Current Occupant has absolutely no morals whatsoever in using those children as human shields for his lies.

  11. Jeff in WI Says:

    The one thing that just makes my head want to explode is the complete lack of common sense these politicians display. What is so hard to understand? Automobiles, alcohol, incompetent doctors and several other things kill more people than firearms each year. Do we hear these people that are so concerned for our safety proposing that we should restrict these things? After all, as Obama said, if it might save JUST ONE PERSON we need to try. What a load of crap they all spew.

    I’m not a pot head, or a user of any type of drugs, however, I personally know of at least three people from which I could purchase illegal drugs and I live in an solid middle-class community. I guess all those laws restricting the use of said drugs just don’t work very well. Go figure. In addition, right now I could drive on over to the local bar and get myself rip-roaring drunk. Not a single person would move to stop me when I got back into my car and proceeded to mow down the innocent. Would there then be any uproar about my right to buy a car. Where are their priorities?

    A few weeks ago I read a rather funny little bit that compared gun control to motor vehicles: A small town had a problem with the local youth racing through town violating the 25 mph speed limit. Their solution to this problem was to lower the speed limit to 20 mph. Yup, that will have as much affect as gun control. The bad guys will still have access to anything they want while the good guys will be restricted.

    I pray that those misguided people who voted this buffoon into office for a second term will now see him for the tyrant that he is. What’s next, our right to free speech, or maybe our right to assemble? After all, we can’t have people questioning King Obama now, can we?

  12. Stu Strickler Says:

    Thanks Mas, for your expert opinion! There are a bunch of 7 year old kids that are very sharp.

  13. Jack Says:

    I agree with Jim above. Thank you Mas for your continued pro 2nd amendment support for something I feel so strongly about.
    Obama is trying to change the gun laws which will have no effect on criminals committing crimes. He fed those folks today a bunch of malarkey.

    Lets face it me and you have guns, we were in police work we have our high capacity magazines and so forth but for our families and future young generations they will not have the freedoms to purchase any of these guns or magazines because these rights have been stripped.

    There are 300 million legally owned assault weapons that are already on the streets that would be banned weapons, how long would they take to not available? We have a broken criminal justice system broken mental health system and free violent criminals all over the place that issue should be addressed.

  14. David Keough Says:

    Well, now we fight back, our president did his thing. Now, it’s our turn. With so many new firearm owners, it seems to me we’ll have more supporters.

    Look at the amount of fallout, these new gun control laws are going to cause law enforcement, in New York, and other places. We may see some class action law suits.

  15. Allan Says:

    Ladies and Gents,

    Many US president have used children to promote some of their goals in the past so let’s not just focus to what Obama did today and this is why: What Obama and company are doing is calling their plan “proposals”, as though they intend to have some sort of give and take discussions with all the interested parties. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a very subtle form of incrementalism, where things get done in easy ‘bite-size’ pieces. The GDP (Genrealy Dumb Public) takes these proposals as pretty much as facts and accepts them as the new reality. “After all”, they say, “it’s only a small matter”. And each and every time one little piece of their plan falls into place until the whole plan is finally implemented to their satisfaction and we are left with nothing. TPTB have learned their lessons the hard way and they suspect that if they implement too much too soon that their could some serious push-back. You drop a frog into a pot of boiling water and it will jump out to save itself. But put that same frog into a pot of water and slowly heat it up and the frog takes little notice of the ever increasing heat until it’s too late. That’s the plan this time, to slowly cook us until we’re done. I hope this clears things up.

  16. Rfe Says:

    What if that ” bad boy” marked the walls with all 64 different colored crayons from his crayola pack…should we limit everyone to just 7 colored crayons? Do you really NEED 64 colors?

  17. Tony Says:

    Mas did you notice that he said Congress would have to pass his E.O. So if it does not get passed then Congress would be the Bad Guys. Obama is using the kids to get his agenda passed. The mainstrem media were like a pack of dogs today going after the NRA and all the NRA was doing was pointing out that the one who consider themselves elite have always had their kids protected by armned personal. There kids are no more special than ours but they call us crazy because we want the same security for our kids. This should outrage every parent in America. If they are Progun or not. But I guess they are to busy being sheep to even notice.

  18. Tommy Sewall Says:

    This is off topic, but…Today I had an interesting conversation with a young man in my 5th grade class. This is a student in which I see potential but with whom I have had more than a few harsh words. He, in passing, asked me what a youth hunt was. It started a conversation about hunting opportunities for kids and I found out he was going deer hunting this weekend for the first time. Strangely, last week I would have been concerned about the thought of him with a gun. Now I’m anxious for him to get a deer and look forward to hearing about his hunt next week. Any one out there ever felt threatened in hunting camp, at the shooting range, etc. by all of those heavily armed “gun nuts”?

  19. William Fagan Says:

    Thank you sir…from a fan of many years.

  20. Steve Says:

    They are killing our country using the blood of the children. This is how evil works.

  21. Old NFO Says:

    Oh so true, and well said Sir!

  22. Ralph Says:

    This is only the beginning.

    One has to wonder, when these little children come of age, will they be able to.exercise their second ammendment rights? Will such rights.still exist?

  23. Mark Nelson Says:

    Excellent Mas.

    Today was just another example of why the United States of America is in the shape we’re in. Our leadership can’t see past the end of their nose. They are so narrow minded and incapable of seeing the big picture. If we don’t have programs in place to help the mentally ill, the violence is not going to stop.

    By the way, when was the last time a gun shop or shooting range was robbed or was the scene of a mass murder?

  24. Randy Says:

    He’s all for saving innocent children, but this president has no qualms about abortion..note the irony.

  25. Mike Sweeney Says:

    “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
    ~ Adolf Hitler

  26. Steve Says:

    Sums it up pretty well.

    If the President actually held news conferences, one would like reporter with more allegiance to the truth than to his career to ask “Mr. president, are you going to ask the Secret Service and Congressional Police to download to ten cartridge magazines?”.

    Never Happen

  27. Joshua Says:

    I suspect the children would unanimously answer, “No! That’s not fair! Take them away from the boy who did the bad thing, not the rest of us!”

    I realize that things are still evolving, but I think it bears acknowledging that Obama’s terrifying proclamation-from-on-high, that so many on the Internet were predicting would be some kind of draconian reinstatement (or worse!) of the AWB… turned out to be nothing of the sort. The Executive Orders that so-called Dictator Obama issued ranged from good sense to toothless. Lots of education, a dab of “enforce existing laws rigorously,” and a little bit of “do a study,” to make the egg-heads happy. Frankly, I was underwhelmed.

  28. robert anderson mag 20 Instructor Says:

    I appreciate you sharing with all of us.thanks uncle mas hope to see you next time you’re at Saukville Ps be safe

  29. Drake Says:

    Newtown school superintendent rejects NRA proposal to arm teachers

    Robinson, speaking on Capitol Hill during a House hearing on gun violence, said she felt remarks made in the wake of the shooting suggesting that Principal Dawn Hochsprung could have killed the shooter had she been armed were “insensitive.” Robinson said, “She wasn’t at her desk and no good principal is.”

    Robinson flat-out rejected the NRA proposal to place armed guards in every classroom in America, noting that the weapon used in the Sandy Hook shooting was a semi-automatic. “They didn’t have a chance,” she said.

    And she added that she doesn’t envision elementary school teachers “packing” weapons while they sit on the carpet with small children—children who she said could be at risk around inexperienced gun owners.

    Robinson called on Congress to help offer long-term support to her community. “Mental health is a big piece when you have lost your whole sense of safety,” she said, noting that Newtown residents want concrete signs of safety including a visible police presence.

    The hearing, hosted by House Democrats, was designed to gather input on how to combat gun violence. Though Congress was out of session, the event drew more than 60 members from both parties to a standing-room-only venue that required an overflow room.

    Earlier on Tuesday, President Barack Obama, standing beside Vice President Joe Biden, had unveiled a sweeping plan to combat gun violence.

  30. Marc-Wi Says:

    Right out of the terrorist playbook, hide behind the children. I have read that Clinton wanted cops in schools. In Obama’s last budget it was removed, the one before it was funded at 0. And the NRA is ridiculed for it.
    It never was and isn’t about guns anyway. Power and control. Everything Washington does is to gain more power so they can exert more control over us.

  31. gregory gray Says:

    Thanks Mas, another great article.

  32. kevin Says:

    Nobody has done the math yet on funding for resourse officers, just enough for about a thousand. Man that’s pretty telling in his concern for our childrens safety. We care for a fraction of a percent of the school children out there. Man this guy is all smoke and mirrors.
    Oh and there is the comming armor piercing ammo ban that the ATF is fixing to slip in by reclassifiying what is “armor piercing”, do’nt need congress for that one, do’nt you just love those executive orders, more gun safety on the way. Good luck buying any hunting ammo in a month or two. It will be banned because it is would pose a grave risk to our law enforcement officers with body armor. I feel safer allready.

  33. Gary Says:

    Great comments.

  34. Gary Calfee Says:

    Excellent points, Mas, in the same line of thought as “everything I ever needed I learned in Kindergarten”. Common sense and rationality are so lacking in most of the debates revolving around gun control and elsewhere. Grandstanding and feel-good measures rule the day.

  35. European Reader Says:

    Has President Obama been reading from someone else’s playbook?

    “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people.” – Adolf Hitler in “Mein Kampf”, Houghton Mifflin, 1943, p. 403.

  36. Scott Parsons Says:

    I still say he should have used puppies too.

  37. European Reader Says:

    Only the first line is from Adolf Hitler, the rest was written by a rabbi in 2004 fictionally as Adolf Hitler. Source:

    http://mobile.wnd.com/2004/01/22711/

  38. Stu Says:

    I find it interesting that children, of their own free will and without the prodding of adults, write the president asking for more gun control. When I was a child, I was thinking of playing and, if i had to, school work.

  39. Charley Says:

    It’s not about the children. It’s just Obama and the Gun Grabbers exploiting the tragedy at Sandy Hook to push their gun grabbing agenda. We knew this would be happening after the election.

  40. Elm Creek Smith Says:

    Over on Huffington Post, one of the disarmanuts wanted to argue that a school resource officer was not an armed police officer in a school. Called me names over it; said it WASN’T the same thing the NRA advocated.

    Some people are stoopid.

    I personally think that if the Sandy Hook principal and counselor who so bravely and futilely rushed the shooter had been trained and armed with even Smith & Wesson Model 64 .38 Specials we wouldn’t be talking about more gun control right now.

    ECS

  41. Damien Says:

    Hi Mas,

    Thank you for your continued service to our country. The same for all of you fighting the information wars. I came across this interesting article in my readings- it is a scientific analysis/numbers exercise in regards to the medications these perpetrators were on. I believe it is a good angle to work in to this national conversation. It is hypothetical, yet practical.

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=215962

  42. Drake Says:

    New Massachusetts Gun Law Revealed: One Gun A Month, Seven Round Mag Limit, Etc.

    Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s office has released the text of An Act To Strengthen and Enhance Firearms Laws in the Commonwealth [Click here for the text of the bill. Click here for the Governor's Press Release touting the civilian disarmament package]. TTAG legal eagle Chris Dumm parsed the laws and provided the following bullet points. Make the jump for the key text change on magazine capacity.

    – Seven round mag limit – Magazines are now limited to seven rounds (10 round mags are grandfathered, one year to ditch of pre-existing ban higher capacity magazines)
    – One Gun A Month – Sales – Bay Staters may not purchase more than one firearm per month. To exceed that rate is a felony. (2.5 years in prison, $1000 fine)
    – One Gun a Month – Rental/Lease – Citizens may not rent or lease more than one firearm a month (2.5 years in prison $1000 fine)
    – Universal background checks – All firearms sales (including private sales) must be preceded by a NICS criminal background check
    – Gun show registration – Gun shows must report every seller at a show to the Department of Criminal Justice Services and pay a $500 fee to same
    – Habeas Corpus gone – If a gun is used in a violent crime the offender may be held without bail until trial
    – NERF-free schools – Airguns, BB guns, paintball guns, air rifles and yes NERF guns may not be possessed on school property ($500 and a year in jail)
    – “Rat Rule” – Any staff or administrators who fail to report a violation of the above law are criminals ($500 fine)

    Chapter 140, Section 121 “Large capacity feeding device”, (i) a fixed or detachable magazine, box, drum, feed strip or similar device capable of accepting, or that can be readily converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition or more than five shotgun shells; or (ii) a large capacity ammunition feeding device as defined in the federal Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. section 921(a)(31) as appearing in such section on September 13, 1994 containing more than seven rounds of ammunition; or (iii) obtained after the effective date of this act and capable of accepting, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than seven rounds of ammunition.. The term “large capacity feeding device” shall not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with,.22 caliber ammunition.

    Chapter 140, Section 131M. No person shall sell, offer for sale, transfer or possess an assault weapon or a large capacity feeding device that was not otherwise lawfully possessed on September 13, 1994; or (ii) a large capacity feeding device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition; or (iii) a large capacity feeding device that such person lawfully possessed before the effective date of this act that has a capacity of, or that can readily be restored or converted to accept, more than seven but no more than ten rounds of ammunition, where such device contains more than seven rounds of ammunition.” Whoever not being licensed under the provisions of section 122 violates the provisions of this section shall be punished, for a first offense, by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and for a second offense, by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $15,000 or by imprisonment for not less than five years nor more than 15 years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

    The provisions of this section shall not apply to: (i) the possession by a law enforcement officer for purposes of law enforcement; or (ii) the possession by an individual who is retired from service with a law enforcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving such a weapon or feeding device from such agency upon retirement

  43. WT Says:

    “There is no constitutional right to be protected by the state (or Federal) against being murdered by criminals or madmen. It is monstrous if the state fails to protect its residents against such predators but it does not violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, or, we suppose, any other provision of the Constitution. The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: it tells the state (gov’t) to let people alone; it does not require the federal government or the state to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order.”

    (Bowers v. DeVito, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 686F.2d 616 [1982]).

    We trust teachers and school administrators with our kids for 8+ hrs a day for instruction and after-school activities. Can’t those that are willing and mentally prepared to be trained to carry concealed weapons to protect those kids be afforded the opportunity to do so? Even President Obama is calling for more resource officers in the school. Well armed teachers and school administrators can contribute to the security of our kids. If we have the means and the will to do this, as other states are already doing, can we afford not to provide this extra layer of defense against a degenerate that wants to carry out another atrocity?

    The police can’t be everywhere all the time, and the U.S. Court of Appeals has declared that “There is no constitutional right to be protected by the state (or Federal) against being murdered by criminals or madmen.” We have to take personal responsibility for our safety, and for our loved ones’ safety, as well.

  44. Tom Young Says:

    Mas,
    You should know better than to use sane logic with liberals . . . you must be tolerant of them, of course don’t expect the same tolerance in return.

    “The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Whenever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. In England, the people have been disarmed, generally, under the specious pretext of preserving the game: a never failing lure to bring over the landed aristocracy to support any measure, under that mask, though calculated for very different purposes. True it is, their bill of rights seems at first view to counteract this policy: but the right of bearing arms is confined to protestants, and the words suitable to their condition and degree, have been interpreted to authorise the prohibition of keeping a gun or other engine for the destruction of game, to any farmer, or inferior tradesman, or other person not qualified to kill game. So that not one man in five hundred can keep a gun in his house without being subject to a penalty.” ~ George Tucker

  45. Brent Says:

    Can go 2 ways: Military, police and gun owners band together and frag the politicians and the wealthy megalomaniacs that control them or…

    Military, police and gun owners kill each other in large numbers, the blood flowing like a swollen river in springtime.

    Is it not obvious to everyone the better choice is to frag a few hundred tyrants acting to destroy our Constitution??

    The haters of liberty are proceeding with the total citizen disarmament agenda via incremental actions. The average gun owner is not reacting as the ban implemented on 1/16/13 only affects New Yorkers. There isn’t an O3 in any of our armed services that couldn’t organize “Operation Clean House” and rid the USA of key gun grabbers from Blankfein to Bloomberg, Feinstein to Hugh Grant of Monsanto in an efficient manner.

  46. guntotin-mama Says:

    Thank you Mas!

  47. Mike M Says:

    If the 2nd Amendment is, as the Hollywood and MSM geniuses claim, only valid for 1780’s muskets; then it follows that modern media and movie makers are not covered in freedom of speech or press by the 1st Amendment cause there were no movie making, radio or TV technologies.

  48. Noah Vaile Says:

    The creep who would be president uses children as his “strike-force” in his attacks on the Constitution. These children should be writing letters that ask how come their daddys are out of work and mommy has to wash floors for strangers to put the meager amount of food they can afford on the table. Or why they no longer can live in their home since daddy is out of work.

    He distracts us in his attacks on our rights from his destruction of our very nation and the laws upon which it is built.

  49. Noah Vaile Says:

    One more thing:

    What I always wanted. Seven year olds setting national policies.

  50. Patrick Says:

    NY Gun Ban Bill Forgets to Exempt Police

    “It appears someone forgot to exempt police officers from the ban of ammunition clips with more than 7 bullets in New York State’s new gun control law, ” wabc.com reports. “It’s a big oversight that apparently happened in the haste by the Cuomo Administration to get a tough package of gun-control measures signed into law.” Haste as in Cuomo somehow waiving the Constitutional requirement for a three-day waiting period between a bill’s introduction and a vote in the General Assembly . . .

    The NYPD, the State Police and virtually every law enforcement agency in the state carry 9-milli-meter guns, which have a 15-round capacity. Unless an exemption is added by the time the law takes effect in March, police would technically be in violation of the new gun measure.

    Technically as in actually. OK, ready?

    State Senator Eric Adams, a former NYPD Captain, told us he’s going to push for an amendment next week to exempt police officers from the high-capacity magazine ban. In his words, “You can’t give more ammo to the criminals.”

    Or citizens. “Technically.”

  51. WT Says:

    The proposed Massachusetts laws should make any freedom-loving American’s blood boil!

    My relatives fought in WWII to end the rule of dictators! They’d be disappointed to see that the freedoms they fought so hard to preserve are now being disdained by people who ostensibly are in office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States!

    One-gun-a-month sale? One-gun-a-month rental? Suspension of the writ of habeas corpus? Inducing people to “rat out” previously law-abiding people on penalty of punishment by fine? WTFO?

  52. Drake Says:

    Congressman Trent Franks (AZ08TFima@mail.house.gov)

    Dear Mr. xxxx,

    Thank you for contacting me regarding our 2nd Amendment rights, in light of President Obama’s 23 Executive Orders recently enacted. I take issue with the way in which our President is seeking to implement these measures without consulting Congress or the American voters. This is a calculated attempt to begin eroding our freedom to keep and bear arms, and I will vehemently oppose any attempts to take away those freedoms from law-abiding citizens.

    The Second Amendment to the Constitution clearly states, “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” To counter those who wish to impose restrictions and gun controls, the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. It was included – right after the First Amendment that protects free speech – to ensure the right of citizens to oppose a tyrannical government. The amendment does not restrict the use of certain arms, magazines, or clips; rather it is broad in its scope – if you do not misuse your right to the weapon, you do not have to be monitored or restricted by the government. I have always supported this Constitutional right, and I will continue to do so as long as I am privileged to serve in the House of Representatives.

    Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT suffered a horrible tragedy in December 2012 when a madman went on a rampage against innocent children. As a fellow parent, I literally cannot imagine the pain and devastation those families experienced. Many people in the media and throughout the country immediately ran to call for stricter gun laws – especially to ban assault weapons and high- capacity ammunition clips. All of these people missed the point entirely: the people behind gun tragedies should be held responsible for their reprehensible actions. The rest of the law-abiding citizens should not have to have more of their liberties taken away from them due to a madman’s assault on human lives. We should attempt to detect these mentally unstable individuals at an earlier time with hopes of keeping weapons out of their hands, but that should be the extent of further government interference.

    It is not government’s place to meddle and handicap law-abiding citizens – especially in an area where the Constitution has already explicitly made its case. More citizens should even be encouraged to own weapons and to become more proficient in the weapons they own. Criminals have always preferred and will continue to prefer unarmed victims. Prison surveys indicate when a criminal considers breaking into a home, the greatest deterrent, in his mind, is the fear that his intended victims might be armed. Members of the government should not fear an armed citizenry for this reason.

    Our country is blessed with freedoms unlike any other nation in the history of humankind and we must defend these freedoms at every turn. I am deeply committed to the rights of America’s law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms. Our Second Amendment is a fundamental tenet of the document enshrining basic human liberty; and it is a freedom I have and will continue fighting to preserve. I will therefore vote against any attempt or formal legislation to reestablish the assault weapons ban.

    It is interesting to note that before most great tyrannies and genocides occurred in the world, the citizens of those lands were first disarmed. We must keep a watchful and wary eye toward anything that would take the United States down that same path. I join those who are unable to understand how removing the right to bear arms somehow ensures the safety of honest citizens; and I remain committed to protecting this essential cornerstone in the foundation of human liberty.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I hope you will continue to inform me of the issues that concern you. In the meantime, please feel free to visit my website at http://www.franks.house.gov

    Most Sincerely,

    Trent Franks
    United States Congress

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  53. Mike M Says:

    As a follow on to Noah :
    I think it hypocritical and ‘repugnant and cowardly’ to surround oneself with children as a means to a political end when one supports the killing of children still in their mothers’ wombs.
    Wait! I almost forgot, that’s what Islamic terrorists do, surround themselves with children to advance their goals.

  54. Dave Says:

    Biden

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcyLeOm6yGc

  55. Suburban Says:

    Yup, someone had to explain the doublespeak to me, but the “school resource officers” that he wants to promote are actually police officers assigned to schools. Wait, isn’t that the “crazy” plan that the NRA suggested a week after the Sandy Hook shooting?

  56. Brian Says:

    I thought this was an interesting interview, and should be shared.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECxDvwObwZk&feature=player_embedded

  57. Tom from WNY Says:

    Sometimes children have more sense than adults. Right about now, I would prefer a NY Legislature of 12 year olds to what now exists; the behavior and capacity for reasoning would be better.

    As the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement act that just created literally millions of felons overnight of law-abiding citizens of my state is becoming better known, the unintended consequences are manifesting themselves. Commenter Patrick was quite right, I have heard from good sources that police officers going off shift are being requested to leave their service handguns in secure storage at their station. Since police were specifically exempted as of Sunday from NYS’s 10 round magazine capacity restriction, all service pistols had “standard capacity” magazines. Tuesday afternoon, simple posession of a loaded “standard capacity” magazine is a felony; posessors are now given 1 year to transfer them out of State. 10 round magazines may still be carried; with only 7 rounds. 8 rounds in the magazine constiutes a Misdemeanor. NO EXEMPTIONS WERE ALLOWED; not even for off duty Municipal Police Training Council certified police officers.

    As of this post, the situation has not yet been corrected via the legislative process. There are quite a few more glitches in this law; by the way, my State Senator, a retired NYSP officer and the former Sheriff of Erie County voted against this bill. It is worth reading the comments Sen. Patrick Gallivan had regarding it.

    Carefully consider the implications. Give it long and deliberative thought.

  58. Vince Says:

    Mas,

    Great commentary, as usual, but you are preaching to the choir.

    The mainstream media stopped being impartial a long time ago. They are nothing more than a proproganda machine for the socialist party. This is just a precursor of what is to come and I fear much civil unrest is in our future. The left will exploit this for all it’s worth and Suzy Soccer Mom and Joe the Plumber will play right in to their hands.

    Common sense has no place when you have a nation to destroy.

    Vince

  59. T Coner Says:

    I think we should stay focused right now and voice our concerns where they belong , Congress. The President has made his proposals which the congress has to pass, and he has proposed his executive orders, which congress has to fund. Wasting time with political name calling and accusations aimed only at him is only going to result in a less than competent congress passing laws we don’t want, destroying our freedoms, and getting away with it because we are too busy blaming Obama, for what they are doing. I don’t support Obama,but we had our time to blame and be critical of him. Everything from here out is in the congress’ ball court. This is the time to be calling, writing, and emailing your Senators and Representatives and DEMAND that our Constitution be upheld and defended. Arguing how Obama used children as pawns and wants to destroy our 2nd amendment rights are not helpful in any way right now. Now is the time turn turn the heat on the congress. Don’t let them slither under the radar and enact the proposals that rob us of our freedoms..

  60. Scott Tanguay Says:

    I’ve been following you for years as well. Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, and PLEASE, keep up the good work. It is level headed, clear thinking, articulate professionals such as yourself that will help us win this war one day.

  61. WT Says:

    If gun laws worked, Chicago would be one of the safest places in our Nation!

  62. Drake Says:

    New Jersey Gun Ban Bills Revealed

    Mark my words: the Garden State’s about to go dark. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island—they’re all headed down the path of civilian disarmament.

    Assembly Bill 3645, sponsored by Representative Louis Greenwald (D-6), along with its companion Senate Bill 2476 would require ammunition sales and transfers be conducted as face-to-face transactions.

    Assembly Bill 3646 sponsored by Representative Louis Greenwald (D-6), along with its companion Senate Bill 2474, seeks to establish a regulatory system to govern the sale and transfer of ammunition.

    Assembly Bill 3659 sponsored by Representative Peter Barnes (D-18) Revises the definition of destructive device to include certain weapons of 50 caliber or greater.

    Assembly Bill 3664 sponsored by Representatives Joseph Cryan (D-20), Jason O’Donnell (D-31), and Mila Jasey (D-27) reduces lawful maximum capacity of certain ammunition magazines in New Jersey.

    Assembly Bill 3666 sponsored by Representatives Joseph Cryan (D-20), Jason O’Donnell (D-31), and Mila Jasey (D-27), along with its companion Senate Bill 2465 prohibits mail order, Internet, telephone, and any other anonymous method of ammunition sale or transfer in New Jersey.

    Assembly Bill 3667 sponsored by Representatives Joseph Cryan (D-20), Jason O’Donnell (D-31), and Mila Jasey (D-27), requires mental health screening by licensed professional to purchase a firearm.

    Assembly Bill 3676 sponsored by Representative Angelica Jimenez (D-32) requires a psychological evaluation and in-home inspection as prerequisite to purchase firearm.

    Assembly Bill 3688 sponsored by Representatives Charles Mainor (D-31) and Angelica Jimenez (D-32) requires a mental health evaluation and list of household members with mental illness to purchase firearm.

    Assembly Bill 3689 sponsored by Representative Charles Mainor (D-31) requires security guards who carry weapons to wear certain uniform, including identification card.

    AJR-89 sponsored by RepresentativesJoseph Cryan (D-20) and Jason O’Donnell (D-31) urges the President and U.S. Senate to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty proposed by The United Nations.

    AR-133 sponsored by RepresentativesJoseph Cryan (D-20) and Annette Quijano (D-20) expresses support for creation of task force on gun control led by Vice President Biden.

    Senate Bill 2464 sponsored by Senator Shirley Turner (D-15) regulates the sale and transfer of rifle and shotgun ammunition.

    Senate Bill 2475 sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) along with its companion Assembly Bill 1329 seeks to reduce maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

  63. WT Says:

    New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey…lemmings off the cliff. Who’s next?

  64. Tom from WNY Says:

    To WT: Your State of residence.

  65. Drake Says:

    Virginia Gun Ban Bills Revealed

    Press released from the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL)

    Covington VA — (Ammoland.com)- Here are changes to current bills that I just sent to John Pierce so he can update the VCDL Legislation Tracking Tool.

    New bills were just introduced, both bad and good (from restoring the One Handgun A Month law to providing CHP holders a faster background check when buying a gun). Other items are changing status, such as from STRONGLY SUPPORT to NEUTRAL, etc, after the bill has been changed in committee.

    1. Change HB 1391 from STRONGLY SUPPORT to STRONGLY OPPOSE. New description: ” in current form bans guns from General Assembly Building, except for legislators.”

    2. Change SB 786 from STRONGLY OPPOSE to NEUTRAL. New description: “current version requires police to enter stolen gun information into the NCIC system.”

    3. Change SB 864 from STRONGLY OPPOSE to NEUTRAL. New Description: “provides that a person subject to an emergency protective order cannot physically possess a gun in the home of the alleged victim nor transport a gun once served.”

    4. New: STRONGLY OPPOSE: HB 2251, Delegate Lopez, places severe restrictions on the sale, transfer, & possession of magazines that will hold more than 20 rounds. The restrictions would not apply to the police or military. Possession of such a magazine is only allowed if no lower capacity magazine will work in the firearm and possession requires registration and a background check. A registrant is limited to three high capacity magazines and must otherwise dispose of all magazines in excess of that limit.

    5. New: STRONGLY OPPOSE: HB 2263, Delegate Krupicka, authorizes the state to temporarily confiscate the firearms and ammunition of anyone who certain medical and other professionals feels has made a threat of suicide or other violence. This law would discourage someone from seeking help.

    6. Change SB 1214 from OPPOSE to NEUTRAL. New Description: “adds items to violent felonies”

    7. Change HB 1746 from OPPOSE to NEUTRAL. New Description: “adds items to violent felonies”

    8: New: OPPOSE: HB 2235, Delegate Lingamfelter, increases the penalties for using a gun in a crime. This is a “feel good” measure that will not make anyone any safer and it, yet again, villainizes guns. What this bill says is that the penalty for a crime should be determined by the tool the criminal uses. So, if a criminal uses a knife to murder someone, that’s not a big deal. But if they use a gun to murder the same person, then we’re really going to go after them! Why don’t we go after them equally anytime they commit a murder or other violent crime? Dead is dead and murder is murder, irrespective of the tool the murderer uses.

    8: Change HB 1415 from NEUTRAL to OPPOSE

    9. New: NEUTRAL: HB 2240, Delegate Cosgrove, shares information on protective orders and other gun purchase/possession disqualifications with the federal government.

    10. NEW: STRONGLY SUPPORT: HB 2317, Delegate Anderson, allows military personnel residing in a nearby state and commuting to a duty post in Virginia, to be able to purchase guns in Virginia.

    11. New: STRONGLY OPPOSE: HB 2327, Delegate Brink, reimplements the old “One Handgun a Month” rationing law.

    12: New: STRONGLY SUPPORT: HB 2340, Delegate Marshall, prohibits state agencies, local governments, or employees thereof from assisting the federal government in any searches, seizures related to firearms, ammunition, or magazines. Also any federal attempt to create a private sale background check requirement will be treated likewise.

    13: New: STRONGLY SUPPORT: HB 2340, Delegate Lingamfelter, gives CHP holders an expedited background check when purchasing a firearm.

    Read more at Ammoland.com: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/01/virginias-new-2013-gun-related-bills-bill-status-changes/#ixzz2IWy3FNQc

  66. TiredOfIt Says:

    You just can’t fix stupid…

  67. David Miller Says:

    Great article. I hope everyone understands that our rights are being decimated bit by bit. Lets fight the good fight, lets educate the uneducated about our 2nd amendment before the Bloomberg gang gets to them and fills their heads with garbage. Our freedom as Americans depends on it. I urge every police officer, sheriff, and active duty and veteran to join OathKeepers. More at OathKeepers.com.
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