I like it.
With a headline like that, you know it’s gonna be a doozy:
”The Obama administration was starting a process Friday aimed at removing barriers in health privacy laws that prevent some states from reporting information to the background check system. The action comes two days after the Senate rejected a measure that would have required buyers of firearms online and at gun shows to pass a background check. That’s already required for shoppers at licensed gun dealers.”
Ermmm…forgive me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that already in place? Say I want to buy a gun online from JoeBobOutfitters - one of the questions you get is, “Are you an Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder? If so, may I have a copy of it? and if ya ain’t, what FFL shall I send it to – and I need him to send me a copy of his license before I will ship it to him, too.”
Now Dear Reader – what do you think happens when my shiny new gun arrives at my local FFL? I go to pick it up and have to fill out a Form 4473 – and guess what? Yep, a background check. How about when I buy a gun at a gun show? I pick it out, negotiate price and have to fill out another Form 4473 - and guess what? Yep, another background check.
How about a concealed handgun permit? Take a class, fill out the forms and wait months while they do yet another background check.
Honesty, integrity and gorramed actual fact checking – sadly missing from our alleged media (infotainment outlets) and unfortunately our .gov as well.
Long, but worth every moment you spend reading…
“An essay in seven sections.
- From Progressive Economics
The Fundamental Political Principle
“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” — George Orwell
Let’s start with this: The citizen’s right to possess firearms is a fundamental political right. The political principle at stake is quite simple: to deny the state the monopoly of armed force. This should perhaps be stated in the obverse: to empower the citizenry, to distribute the power of armed force among the citizenry as a whole. The history of arguments and struggles over this principle, throughout the world, is long and clear. Instituted in the context of a revolutionary struggle based on the most democratic concepts of its day, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is perhaps the clearest legal/constitutional expression of this principle, and as such, I think, is one of the most radical statutes in the world.
Go read the whole thing, take a break and read it again.
Dunno if Mr. Long actually exists…but I find this to be spot-on…
By Junius P. Long
Food For Thought
- If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally …you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more …you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher’s “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested “homes”… You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing and free cell phones … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied but can’t find work … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
- If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
Yep, I’m pretty sure that’s where I currently live…WTF have they done with my country?
If Michael Z. Williamson’s blog is not in your RSS feed, it should be.
Worth following on Twitter, too: @mzmadmike
It’s awfully easy for someone in their ivory towers and gated communities with armed bodyguards to decide what’s right for the rest of us.
“The gun control controversy is only the latest of many issues to be debated almost solely in terms of fixed preconceptions, with little or no examination of hard facts.”
The left as always approaches
gun control from their bastion of nanny-statism – “We are so much smarter than you little people – we know how you should live your lives…”
“Anyone who faces three home invaders, jeopardizing himself or his family, might find 30 bullets barely adequate. After all, not every bullet hits, even at close range, and not every hit incapacitates. You can get killed by a wounded man.
These plain life-and-death realities have been ignored for years by people who go ballistic when they hear about how many shots were fired by the police in some encounter with a criminal. As someone who once taught pistol shooting in the Marine Corps, I am not the least bit surprised by the number of shots fired. I have seen people miss a stationary target at close range, even in the safety and calm of a pistol range.
We cannot expect everybody to know that. But we can expect them to know that they don’t know — and to stop spouting off about life-and-death issues when they don’t have the facts.”
What he said.
Thank you for taking a measured look at things, Dr. Sowell.
The money quote?
“…we know it was the people responsible”