In his State of the Union address, President Obama doubled down on his gun-control proposals, again demanding that Congress ban so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines.” This is not a surprise. What has been a surprise are the increasingly open calls for defiance from gun owners, state legislatures, and local law enforcement. If the president’s proposals become law, he may move the country into turbulent waters we haven’t seen in many years. Gun control has long been a controversial issue in American politics. However, there are three aspects to this issue that make this more volatile
Comments: No, not riots in the streets, but I can foresee home closets continuing to hold firearms from the banned list.
Several small gun manufacturers have announced that they will no longer sell to local, state, or federal goobermints who are hostile to the Second Amendment. Their reasoning is that if their anti-gun laws don´t apply to citizens, then it doesn´t apply to goobermints either. So far the following 3 have not joined these manufacturers: 1) GLOCK: 770-432-1202 2) SIG SAUER: 603-772-2302 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 3) SMITH & WESSON: 1-800-331-0852 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 4) REMINGTON ARMS: 800-243-9700 e-mail: info@Remington.com
Contract them and tell them to join the other manufacturers. Nothing else will wise up these perfumed twits in goobermints.
The Left´s strategy in the US for 100 years has been: step by small step, inch by inch, drip by drip by tiny drip - until the power, the independence and the will of the people is so diminished that resistance to Socialism is either null or containable (by force if necessary). How Obama intends to continue this stealth takeover is what we´ll be witnessing the next few years.
Mrs. Metalman and I have a couple local gun shops we like to visit from time to time. Last weekend we stopped into tiny Bullet Hole in Holland, Michigan and it was standing room only. We had to work our way sideways through the crowd to get to the nearly empty ammo shelves. Yesterday we stopped into Silver Bullet in Grand Rapids. We had a hard time finding a place to park. Inside, 8 - 10 deep at the pistol counter and they were serving by "take a number". The range had a line also of perhaps 12 - 15 people.
He isn´t going to win on the weapons ban; we already know that he doesn´t have the votes in either house. But rather than continuing to scream about his desire for this, those who support the Second Amendment would be wise to focus on the real problem - keeping weapons out of the hands of those with serious mental illness. Some good proposals on this front could get passed through Congress and Obama would surely sign. Then the chatter about assault weapons and magazines would go away.
Every time you cry about the assault weapons issue, Obama wins. For many people do agree with him about assault weapons and he can just keep pointing, "See? Those ´gun nuts´ don´t want to do anything to avoid more Tucsons and Newtowns." So...change the conversation. Offer concrete proposals. (No, arming the schools doesn´t work, for mass murders have occurred in theaters, in parking lots, and will still occur wherever the country hasn´t been turned into an armed fortress. The issue is keeping a very small group of people safely away from weapons.)
Some of these nanny states, like New York, remind me of the idiot governor of Maryland who thought he would beat the feds to the punch during the 1972 gas crisis. He bought thousands of speed limit signs setting the statewide limit to 50. Weeks later, the feds set the national limit to 55. Oops.
Like I´ve said before, back in military flight school, the instructors told us "not to tease the animals" (the aircraft and its capabilities). It was really a "common sense" approach to dealing with a machine that could be dangerous and harmful if tinkered with too much.
The same thing might be said to our meddling and albatross government, don´t tease the animals (metaphorically speaking), that is We the People. Don´t tread on our Second Amendment rights with this deceptive gun control power play...it will most likely get very ugly.
Let us not forget that the American Revolutionary War was caused by a lot of issues such as taxation without representation, however the real shooting didn´t start until King George III and the British Army went for the Patriot´s guns...why do you think that there is a Second Amendment?
I don´t own an ´assault weapon´ of any kind. My handguns, shotguns, AR have never been, and will never be, an Assault weapon. Neither are my hands, my hammer , chainsaw or anything I own. Will there be civil disobedience?..count on it. The 2nd Amendment and my God-given right to protect myself is all I need.The morons can attempt to take away one but will never take away both..Ever.
Re#9:"those who support the Second Amendment would be wise to focus on the real problem - keeping weapons out of the hands of those with serious mental illness."
That would mean keeping weapons out of the hands of leftists. ALL of the mass murderers are leftists. Liberalism is a mental disorder. Voting democrat should disqualify a person from possessing anything more lethal than ripe peach.
´Widespread civil disobedience´ is probably a goal for this administration. Look at it as the wedge Obama will use to expand both government - and likely attempt (should it occur) to use it to ´overturn´ any ´term limit´, as he insists he needs to maintain control to keep Americans safe...
Humorously - in all of the talk about ´keeping weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill´, there´s been damn little discussion about keeping the office of president out of the same mental defectives grasp. We´re dealing with an example of that failing now.
We have to watch exactly who gets to define ‘serious mental illness.’ A whole bunch of liberals would classify ‘serious mental illness’ as ‘those who own assault rifles and ‘weapons of war.’
And some would do well to get off the mental illness thing. Our sainted government, under the auspices of democrat liberals, decided years ago that retaining those of limited mental capacity to facilities where they could be cared for was cruel and was depriving them of their right to live a free life. Hence they closed the care facilities and dumped these unfortunate people out to live under overpasses and such.
Since there cannot be a yes/no form to be filled out that declares one ‘mentally ill,’ it becomes a subjective opinion. The result is that it is difficult to get anyone declared ‘mentally ill’ until they do something extreme. And the initial responsibility for raising the question rests on a parent or loved one.
The blame for this situation rests squarely on the shoulders of the ‘feel good’ liberals of yesteryear. And who complains about the situation today…..the feel-good liberals! And, best of all, some blame the NRA!
A decade ago the liberals always talked about banning firearms that they referred to as being "Assault Rifles".
Currently the liberals have moved on and have come up with another more encompassing term, "Assault Weapons" that they define as being any semi-automatic handgun, rifle, or shotgun that can possibly accept a clip or magazine containing more then 10 rounds of ammunition. The liberals specifically name a lot of firearms that they consider to be "Assault Weapons" and then include a lot more firearms by usually using a cosmetic facet of the firearm, like a hand grip to claim that firearm is also an "Assault Weapon". It does not bother the liberals one bit that their definition of the "Assault Weapons" they want to ban covers just about all modern firearms that are manufactured and sold in America today.
A big target of the liberals is the US small arms and relating industries that are mostly thought to be conservative oriented businesses. The liberals know that if they get all the firearms that they define as "Assault Weapons" banned, that they will also be putting the US small arms and related industries out of business, as those industries cannot survive by bidding on the diminishing number of military contracts alone. If those industries were to fold, tens of thousands or well paying American jobs would also go, along with all the technical know how that those jobs encompass.
AS YOU read this, the United States Patent Office has issued patents for over 4 million inventions. That figure is an astonishing testimony to American ingenuity, yet in all likelihood, very few of those patented inventions will make a major impact on our day-to-day life in the way that the electric light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, and the Internet have done. And few if any of the inventors will achieve the fame of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford. That’s a shame, because over the years inventors have come up with products that make our lives easier,
Before 13 women stepped forward to accuse San Diego Democratic Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, Filner was not the political pariah he is now. Prior to his election as mayor — and the recent, numerous sexual harassment accusations — former President Bill Clinton endorsed Filner, asking voters to join him “in supporting Bob Filner for mayor” in 2012. According to a report from KPBS from Oct. 31, 2012, at a news conference announcing the endorsement, Filner said that he frequently spoke with the former president.
We’ve all run across the pill bug in our gardens. At the first sign of danger, the tiny paranoid crustacean suddenly turns into a ball — in hopes the danger will have passed when he unrolls. That roly-poly bug can serve as a fair symbol of present-day U.S. foreign policy, especially in our understandable weariness over Iraq, Afghanistan, and the scandals that are overwhelming the Obama administration. On August 4, U.S. embassies across the Middle East simply closed on the basis of intelligence reports of planned al-Qaeda violence. The shutdown of 21 diplomatic facilities was the most extensive in recent American history.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is facing criticism from the pro-Israel community following an article in Wednesday’s paper that incorrectly asserts Israeli settlers assassinated former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. While discussing renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Friedman wrote, “One should never forget just how crazy some of Israel’s Jewish settlers are. They assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin when he tried to cede part of the West Bank for peace.” However, Israeli settlers were not responsible for Rabin’s assassination. The New York Times made the same error in a 2005 article and was forced to run a correction. Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir was living
As the end of September looms and the end of the current fiscal year, the media is filled with dire stories of the pending default of the United States. This fear is bogus. The annual debt interest payments are roughly $359+ billion. The government is collecting annual revenue somewhat north of $2.5 trillion. There is thus plenty of cash to pay our debt interest payments to bond holders. It is therefore misleading at best to say the US government is in danger of defaulting without a spending agreement for FY2014. Can you on the other hand say that
The problems keep stacking up for the partial implementation of Obamacare on October 1. The Wall Street Journal reports this week that the Department of Health and Human Services has cut back on the number of training hours required for the Obamacare "navigators," federal workers who under the health care law are tasked with helping consumers purchase insurance through the state exchanges. Here´s the Journal: Grants to hire and train the workers aren´t expected to be released for another two weeks for the 34 states where the federal government is running all or part of the marketplaces,
I’ve written more than once that I don’t care about inequality. I care a lot about the absolute condition of the poor...but I don´t care whether Bill Gates is living in a house that cost 19 squintillion dollars. I care whether everyone else in the country has a warm, dry abode with indoor plumbing and all the other mod cons. That view changed while I was researching an article on late marriage. Marriage has basically followed the same path as income over the last 50 years. The college-educated have it better than ever --
Vladimir Putin must be crying in his vodka now that President Obama has canceled a one-on-one meeting that had been scheduled during next month’s G-20 gathering in Russia. Not. Granting political asylum to the fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was just the latest in a series of Russian provocations. On issues from Iran and Syria to North Korea and trade, the much-vaunted reset button is stuck. But if the president seriously believes that canceling a meeting will cause Putin to abruptly change course, he’s dreaming. Because Obama has shown no sign that he’s prepared to impose any serious consequences for opposing the US.
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria
The terror threat emanating from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen has focused attention on the group’s cunning leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi. And for good reason. Wuhayshi, who was personally groomed by Osama bin Laden, is said to be a highly effective organizer and charismatic leader in the mold of his now-deceased mentor. Recently, Wuhayshi was elevated to the No. 2 position in al Qaeda’s core organization, even while running AQAP. But despite Wuhayshi’s growing stature among terror masterminds, no AQAP operative worries the United States more than Ibrahim al-Asiri, the group’s diabolically clever bombmaker,
No more Dem cocktail parties for her… The president is great when it comes to platitudes. At Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Obama laid out the “cornerstones” of what it means to be middle class in America: a good job, a good education, a home of one’s own, a secure retirement and affordable health care. He’s less adept at outlining the policies needed to achieve those goals. (Snip) A few examples will suffice. No. 1. Because Obama speaks with such authority, it often takes several repetitions before I realize that what he’s saying is total nonsense.
Oh, just a bit of fun this evening. President Obama was talking military issues at Camp Pendleton today when he referenced his wife’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s work on behalf of military families, only he couldn’t remember one of their names. Better Jill than Michelle, I suppose:(Snip for video)And, on Jay Leno’s show last night, the president showed a great interest in deepening the nation’s ports, but not a lot of geographical aptitude. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida —
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it. Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster. In the second term, there is little
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
President Obama is slated to deliver a speech later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same place where King spoke 50 years ago. The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will be held Aug. 28. "It’s obviously a historic, seminal event in the country. It’s part of my generation’s formative memory and it’s a good time for us to do some reflection,"
Speaking from Egypt Tuesday night, where they are hoping to broker a peaceful transition period between the country’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi to its next phase of nascent democracy, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that concessions on both sides needed to begin immediately or Egypt’s government would “fail.” “I didn’t know it was this bad,” Graham said. “These folks are just days, weeks away from all out bloodshed.” “There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt, and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between major players,” McCain said.
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard