People might not know what I mean when I say the G-Word has been banned – it could mean “God” or “gun.” For the purposes of this post, I mean “gun.”
The mere mention of the word is now supposed to strike terror in the hearts of Americans.
Legislators are telling women to use pens or whistles to defend themselves – anything but a gun!
All the forces are at work in demonizing guns because people are afraid of them and because they often blame the weapon for the crime and the criminal.
Some people don’t understand that there is real evil in the world that cannot be explained by psychiatry or cured with proper instruction as one Democratic strategist would like to believe.
The gun issue is a loser for Democrats frankly because plenty of liberals like guns. The Second Amendment is not a left-right issue. Democrats hunt, target practice and want to defend themselves. The Democrats will lose on this despite all their heightened rhetoric and distorted characterizations of guns.
Part of the problem with the gun issue is ignorance and we can’t have a debate or solve problems if we are ignorant.
USA Today had an article on March 6th about the sensitivity of school administrators on the gun issue, making it seem as if the administrators are responding sensibly.
The incidents they cite are anything but sensible and might very well be harmful to children. Two 6-year-olds were suspended for using their fingers as imaginary guns. The parents of a Baltimore 7-year-old boy say he was suspended for nibbling his pastry into the shape of a gun. In South Carolina, a kindergartner was expelled for bringing a toy gun to school (kindergarten!). A 5-year old was given a two-week suspension from after-school care for simulating gun play with legos! Even a child with cupcakes decorated with toy soldiers was targeted (soldiers!).
They are misinformed zealots covering their butts, not responsible advocates.
Mark Kelly, former astronaut and husband of shooting victim Gabby Giffords, is opposed to what he thinks are “assault rifles” and high-capacity magazines. Ironically, he bought an AR-15, a 1911-style semi-automatic pistol, and high capacity magazines on March 5th. The editor of Guns & Patriots tipped off Breitbart News about the purchase who investigated and published the information.
Kelly claims that he purchased the AR-15 to show how easy it is to purchase an AR-15, which he incorrectly called an “assault rifle.” He said he planned to give it away as soon as possible. Days after the purchase, Kelly posted the following on his Facebook page:
I just had a background check a few days ago when I went to my local gun store to buy a .45. As I was leaving, I noticed a used AR-15. Bought that too. Even to buy an assault weapon, the background check only takes a matter of minutes. I don’t have possession of it yet but I’ll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do.
You can choose to believe that or not, but he claims it is so easy to purchase these guns, yet he does not have possession of the Ar-15 yet so it sounds like the gun check process is working. Frankly if someone like Kelly can’t purchase guns then who can?
Kelly is an anti-gun liberal who is understandably distraught over the shooting of his wife, a very sad situation. Gabby Giffords was a liberal representative who was elected as a Democrat who supported gun rights. Now that she is severely impaired, Mr. Kelly is putting her out there to oppose gun rights. They founded a group to limit gun rights. It is unclear how capable Gabby Giffords is in making decisions about gun rights.
By his calling the AR-15 rifle an “assault rifle,” he is showing his lack of information. AR does not stand for “assault rifle,” it stands for “ArmaLite rifle.”
People shouldn’t be taking strong stands on things they know little or nothing about, especially when they are driven by emotion.
Be informed. Check out Dell Hill’s article for some information on guns here.
…To test my theory, I took a ride to Burlington – Vermont’s largest city – and asked at least two dozen folks their opinion on the gun control debate. Almost to the person, they spoke out in opposition to the Second Amendment Right to bear arms and nearly all of them were totally confused by the terminology currently used in opposition. Every single one of them mentioned the AR-15 and called it an assault weapon. When asked to define “assault weapon”, most said “you know, the kind the military uses”. Several went so far as to suggest that the “AR” stood for “assault rifle”. It was plainly obvious that the mainstream media’s concerted effort to distort the definitions had been a roaring success.
Most were surprised – some even embarrassed – to learn that the AR-15 rifle has been sold commercially in this country for 50 years! That it’s not a machinegun and not even the preferred weapon for our military. When I told them that “AR” stood for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s, most gave me a look of disbelief.
Nearly every single person I spoke to confused the AR-15 with the military version – the M-16 – which is capable of fully automatic fire. The M-16 is an assault style weapon, the AR-15 is not. Expensive federal permits are required to own a fully automatic weapon, and most all of us agree that kind of weapon isn’t included in the debate (although some do).
Several of the people I spoke with mentioned the Sandy Hook school shooting and as many suggested that an AR-15 was used to murder the 20 students and six adults. This myth is constantly repeated in the media even though the highest ranking investigators say it’s not true…