From someone who has had to lern to live with a physical disability over the past decade, I can truly appreciate the author's point of view. A great read.
Around this time last year, I put up a post that summed up a lot of my thoughts on gun control and the 2nd Amendment. I have had trouble putting my feelings about last Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut into a post – at least without raging on the page. The politicization and sensationalization of this tragedy disgust me.
So, take a moment and check out the Impromptu Gun Control Post from December 17th, 2011.
(Dalai Lama urges students to shape world – Seattle Times, Tuesday May 15, 2001)
Republicans in the House of Representatives Monday followed through on their threat and filed a civil suit to enforce subpoenas served on Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department. The federal court has been asked to overturn what House Speaker John Boehner called “frivolous executives privilege claims” regarding the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation.
House Oversight and Government Reform committee members want to know who ran the operation, who approved it, when did they know that it had gone horribly and fatally wrong, and what did they do about the mess afterwards.
Congress has been trying since 2010 to get to the bottom of the scandal while Mr. Holder and the Obama Justice Department have stonewalled, testified, retracted, and then hidden from the legitimate scrutiny of the legislative branch.
Unresolved questions about the death of border agent Brian Terry and how his murder was accomplished with one of the illegally smuggled Fast and Furious weapons are of great concern to Congress and the American people. Also of importance is the status of more than 1000 Fast and Furious weapons that remain at large and in the hands of criminals.
Presidents Nixon and Clinton both discovered that what ruins you it isn’t the crime; it’s the cover up. President Obama and Attorney General Holder should both take heed of this reality. The patience of the American people waiting for answers is running thin. The patience of Congress is at an end. Soon the courts will pull back the veil and let the world know who planned and controlled what happened in the gunwalking fiasco. Perhaps then the public and family of murdered border agent Brian Terry will have some answers and closure.
In honor of Attorney General Eric Holder’s string of obfuscations and “I don’t knows” in front of today’s Judiciary Committee hearings, I thought I might share some thoughts on gun control that I have come across in recent weeks.
And here are a few other 2nd Amendment and gun rights posts you might like…
What to remember about May 19th…
- 1795 American patriot, physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett dies in Kingston, New Hampshire (b. 1729)
- 1795 American entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins is born in Maryland (d. 1873); founder of hospitals, universities, and schools
- 1848 Mexico ratifies Treaty of Hidalgo ending Mexican-American War; United States is ceded most of the Southwest for $15 million
- 1864 President Lincoln writes to Congress urging that widows and orphans should be treated equally regardless of race
- 1943 President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill set May 1, 1944 as date for Allied invasion at Normandy; D-Day set in motion
- 1962 Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday Mr. President” at gala celebrating upcoming 45th birthday of John F. Kennedy
- 1986 President Reagan signs Firearms Owners Protection Act prohibiting federal government from keeping a registry of firearms owners
- 1994 Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies at home of cancer (b. 1929); wife of President John F. Kennedy
- 2001 The 1st Apple stores open their doors; they are located in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the same day in Glendale, California
- 2011 President Obama gives speech stating that Israel must revert its borders back to the pre-1967 borders to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Posted in History, Lost and Found
Tagged 2nd Amendment, Barack Hussein Obama, Declaration of Independence, Firearms, Franklin D Roosvelt, gun control, history, Israel, John F. Kennedy, Mexican-American War, Obama, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill
Practising gun safety means never having to say you’re sorry.
And remember, the following list of safety tips is NOT approved or recommended. It IS funny though.
(P.S. – If you don’t get stuff like this in your e-mail, you need new friends.)
UPDATE 4/27/12: Concealed Weapon Owner Stops Stabbing Rampage in Utah
The Obama administration has been waging a not-so-stealthy war against the 2nd Amendment since he took office. We have seen the lengths that they will go to – from the “wag the dog” gun walking operation to administratively imposing a federal gun registration requirement on certain border states.
While the media parades Sandra Fluke around in a blatant attempt to define the issues of the upcoming campaign, you need to arm yourself with information on the real issues – gasoline prices, taxes, the economy, repeal of Obamacare, and your individual freedoms. Take a moment to read this flyer from the NRA that came to me from the Conservative Daily News. Then, go print it out and give it to everyone you know who is concerned about the federal government’s efforts to remove your one right to protect all of your others.
Don’t let the liberal media define the issue battlefield this election. Be prepared. be informed, and be steadfast. Remember that there can be harsh consequences for inaction.
So, here is a collection of photos that encapsulates a lot of my thoughts on gun control in general and the 2nd Amendment in particular…
- Don’t pick a fight with an older person. If they are too old to fight, they’ll just shoot you.
- Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound. – L. Neil Smith
- When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
- They can have my gun when they pry it from my cold dead hand.
- The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm ‘Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?”No Ma’am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my shotgun.’
- Beware the man who only carries one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!
- I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house. I said I did. She said ‘Well I certainly hope it isn’t loaded!’ To which I said, of course it is loaded, it can’t work without bullets!’ She then asked, ‘Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?’ My reply was, “No not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too”.
- A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him ‘Why do you carry a 45?’ The Ranger responded, ‘Because they don’t make a 46.’
- I am convinced that we can do to guns what we’ve done to drugs: create a multi-billion dollar underground market over which we have absolutely no control. – George L. Roman
- They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here? – Paul Harvey, 1994
- This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future! – Adolph Hitler, 1935, on The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany
- Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority. Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew’s possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation. Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions will be punished with imprisonment and a fine. – Nazi Law (Regulations Against Jews Possession of Weapons), 1938
- Gun registration is a gateway drug. – Mark Gilmore
- Suppose the Second amendment said A well-educated electorate being necessary for self-governance in a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed. Is there anyone who would suggest that means only registered voters have a right to read? – Robert Levy, Georgetown University Professor
- It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government. – Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American Revolutionary, US Founding Father and Author
- When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President of the United States
John Stossel gives us the low down on what happens to crime rates as gun control increases…
And of course, there is always the wit and wisdom of William Shatner on the issue of gun control…
(Post inspired by this one at pobeptsworld.wordpress.com .)
What to remember about December 17th…
- 1777 France formally recognizes the United States as an independent nation; victory at Saratoga convinces them we have a chance
- 1862 Enraged by black market profiteering and speculation, General U.S. Grant orders all Jews to leave Military district under his authority; later he admits decision rash and criticism justified
- 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright make the 1st powered flight of a heavier-than-air craft in history near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
- 1935 Douglas DC-3 (military C-47) makes its 1st flight; many of these aviation workhorses are still in service today
- 1941 Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of command of U.S. Pacific Fleet following Pearl Harbor attack; no more at fault than many others,FDR makes him a scapegoat
- 1944 Public Proclamation 21 declares that internment of Japanese Americans is ending and that evacuees can return to their homes
- 1944 1st of Malmedy massacres is committed by SS Kampfgruppe Peiper; hundreds of U.S. POWs and Belgians executed
- 1969 USAF closes Project Blue Book; study of purported UFO sightings concludes there is no evidence of extraterrestrial activity
- 1975 Charles Manson devotee Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme is sentenced to life for attempted assassination of President Ford
- 1997 Firearms Act of 1997 goes into effect in Great Britain; extends gun ban to include all but antique and show weapons; through 2008 firearms crimes and deaths have doubled in the UK
- 2003 Privately owned and developed SpaceShipOne makes 1st supersonic flight; piloted by Brian Binnie
UPDATE: 2011 U.S. announces that the last troops have left Iraq; War is over?
UPDATE 2 : 2011 Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jung-il dies
What to remember about November 30th…
- 1804 Signer of the Declaration of Independence Samuel Chase is 1st and only Supreme Court Justice to be impeached; acquitted of all charges in 1805
- 1835 American author and humorist Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens is born in Florida, Missouri (d. 1910)
- 1864 Assault by General Hood’s Army of Tennessee at Battle of Franklin leave Confederates with disastrous losses
- 1874 Nobel laureate and British WWII Prime Minister Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill is born (d. 1965)
- 1947 Civil War breaks out in British controlled Palestine with escalating Arab attacks on Jewish settlers, Brittain prepares to withdraw
- 1954 In Sylacauga, Alabama a sleeping woman is struck by the Hodges Meteorite; only documented case of human hit by object from space
- 1993 President Clinton signs Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Bill into law
- 2001 Green River Killer is arrested in Reston, Washington; Gary Ridgeway believed to have murdered more than 70 women