Pragmatism 11 January 2011Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, San Francisco, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
A commander watches as recruits of paramilitary police run in a circle during a training at a military base in Hami, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region [Reuters]
I am so damned relieved I don’t care anymore… haven’t for years.
via the Mike Allen email….
GUN CONTROL HOLSTERED — Molly Ball and Shira Toeplitz:
“That the gun issue has been so secondary, and the approach to the gun component of the incident so tentative, indicates the extent to which the issue has subsided in the past decade. A bipartisan truce is in effect on gun control issues in Washington – a truce on the National Rifle Association’s terms. … It hasn’t bothered to mount a major lobbying push to make sure lawmakers have their guns-don’t-kill-people talking points. Congressional office staffers say there’s been no contact from the group on the topic. …
The signal piece of gun legislation to come out of the Arizona shooting looks to be a bill that Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) plans to bring up as soon as this week. It would ban the manufacture and sale of high-capacity magazines such as the one Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ would-be assassin … attached to his Glock 19, allowing him to fire off 33 bullets without reloading, rather than the 10 or so in a typical clip. … Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) … plans to introduce McCarthy’s legislation in the Senate … But McCarthy and Lautenberg are up against a political consensus that has only hardened in recent years as Democrats made inroads into Republican territory largely on their ability to neutralize the gun issue. Some of their red-state victories were with pro-gun candidates such as Montana Sen. Jon Tester and Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.” http://bit.ly/ie9R95
I carefully followed a couple of major mass killings using guns, the Washington DC snipers and the VTech massacre.
Oh what a tangled web we weave when we deceive. There are no “controls”, there is no funding for real background checks, even if they mattered… The gun shows, alone, make a laughing stock of any supposed “system”…
Some radio host out here is in a froth, that Loughner was “allowed” to buy a gun. WHY? He was never held nor arrested for mental health issues (whatever his vague “record”, it never resulted in an arrest), nor committed for a 3 day mental health evaluation, so there was no black mark on his background, whatever kind of check was made to get the FBI clearance for his gun purchase…
The radio host thinks that because he was rejected by the Army he should have been denied a gun purchase. WHY? There are alternative reports, one that he “failed a drug test” another that he was rejected for disclosing he had used pot over many years…
It’s not enough.
Get real. The Democrats haven’t been really serious about “gun control” in years… and one of the most fervent activists on this issue, DiFi, is a zealot. An authoritarian freak, imo. She herself has had a conceal-carry permit for years. And they are IMPOSSIBLE to obtain in San Francisco. You have to go thru the Sheriff’s Office and the applications are simply lost.
I love all the push to “move to the center”, to worry about the “far left and the far right”, to exhort for “centrism”.
When utter freaks, from Obama to Bush to Hillary to DiFi (oh right, I am supposed to lie awake worrying about Sarah Palin…), are running our lives.
Not to leave out Wayne La Pierre, of the RNA. Another freak.
Who has unequivocally WON.
The national news tonight, ABC, is reporting that of over 121,000 AZ citizens who would be barred from buying a gun, based on their criminal or mental health records, less than 5,000 have been entered into the pertinent data base.