Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Gun Control Debate

Not sure the debate will ever get fair on the topic. I watched four debates on various news agencies, and frankly, they didn't even invite any strong second amendment advocates. Most were just sad enablers of the gun control crowd.

So I think I'll look more at Politicians and what they say related to this.

Charlie Rangel:
"It's a regional thing; it's a cultural thing," Rangel said, arguing that even in areas where 85 percent of the population supports more restrictions on the sale of guns, the 15 percent minority is far more active and outspoken. "It's a cult: 'Don't take my guns from my cold dead hands."'
Yeah Charlie, your stats are as bent as you are. Funny that you fail to quote the stats that most Americans believe you have a right to own a gun. Also neglect that those who do criminal acts with guns already violate multiple laws, which obviously they couldn't care less about. But he it's a cultural thing, not people trying to survive in a world that doesn't allow them the money for a body guard. Want to be Charlie has someone protecting him?

And if it's a cult, then what should we consider your little religious following in all thing?

Harry Reid:
"I think we ought to be thinking about the families and the victims and not speculate about future legislative battles that might lie ahead," said Reid, a view expressed by other Democratic leaders the day after the shootings that left 33 dead on the campus of Virginia Tech.
I don't like Reid, but that was the right thing to say.

"I believe this will reignite the dormant effort to pass commonsense gun regulations in this nation," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who was a leader in the failed drive to renew a ban on certain types of assault weapons that expired in 2004.
No doubt. Stating the obvious isn't difficult. But as a senatorial hypocrite, who has had federal concealed carry permits, why should she be held to her word.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was one of very few lawmakers to defer pushing for gun control in the early hours after the shootings. "There will be time to debate the steps needed to avert such tragedies," he said on Monday, "but today, our thoughts and prayers go to their families."
Hmm. Another appropriate response.
By coincidence, Kennedy and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., are scheduled to attend a demonstration Friday at a firing range used by U.S. Capitol Police to draw attention to microstamping, a procedure by which serial numbers are placed on ammunition casings. The goal is to allow police and other investigators to quickly track ammunition to the gun that fired it.
Well, at least he's not completely without a political posture. Microstamping? God, that tells you loads. Another completely useless technology that will only make shooting sports excessively expensive and won't make a dent in crime. A stolen gun with microstamping will still be lethal and still won't stop the criminal. But we will know the dealer that sold it and the person who had it stolen. But they are the innocents that will be punished by this idiocy.

Overall, though, said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., "It is a tough sell" to pass gun control legislation. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., held a brief meeting on the subject to discuss possible legislation, including a proposal for an instant background check for gun purchasers. But there was no apparent eagerness by Reid, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., or her to predict Democrats would lead a drive to toughen existing laws.
McCarthy was an unbalanced add on to one of the debates I caught on the tube. Factually challenged and willing to cherry pick stats, but unwilling to give credence that people should be able to defend themselves. And she clearly stated that she wasn't for complete abolition, just get rid of those nasty scary guns.

Pelosi's proposal is a bit weird. The NICs check is essentially instant now. As much as any other method could be. There's no doubt that they will not open the NICs check process to a more easy to use or publicly available system. In fact, the shooter at VT got his weapons legally. So that legislation is completely without merit in this case.

Larry Craig:
Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, one of Congress' most persistent advocates of gun rights, noted that the student who police say was the shooter at Virginia Tech had brought a weapon onto campus in violation of restrictions. He said he doubted a law could be passed that would protect "any of us when somebody who is mentally deranged decides to do this."
That's right. And as further proof of that thought and extending it to criminal action, let's look at a shooting in JAPAN.
Japanese police were trying to determine what may have motivated a high-ranking Nagasaki gangster suspected of shooting the city's mayor at close range Tuesday, fatally wounding the politician and conjuring dark memories of political violence in Japan.

Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito died early today of blood loss and heart failure about six hours after being struck twice in the back by shots fired on a busy sidewalk in front of a major Nagasaki train station. The mayor had just stepped out of a van after a day of campaigning in the southwestern Japanese city perhaps best-known as the second city devastated by an American atomic bomb in 1945.
Yep, Japan. The country where private gun ownership is completely forbidden. Yet, a criminal got a gun and killed someone. Imagine that. No guns allowed, can't get any more restrictive then that. Yet the criminal ignored the law. Amazing.

1 comment:

MTR said...

Just remember, freedoms, when the are taken away, are ALWAYS taken away in the name of public safety.

I am confused that anyone who despises the Patriot Act can also favor outlawing gun ownership.