Inauguration Blues

From Obama’s Inauguration speech earlier in the week:

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of
security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health
care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must
choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing
in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our
past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a
disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom
is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter
how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job
loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The
commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social
Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do
not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this
country great. 

While one can argue that the entire speech strokes the Left’s (arguably) worst ideological tic, this paragraph sums it up well.  The aforementioned tic being the almost religious belief that Liberalism isn’t an ideology, but simply a pragmatic response to our complex world.

This is an isolating belief and it’s one that has to somehow be undone if this country is going to be able to see, with both eyes open, what our political class is doing to us.

DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATOR IN JAIL AFTER THREATENING FELLOW LAWMAKER – Las Vegas Sun

“A Democratic assemblyman is in jail, arrested for threatening Democratic Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick, according to North Las Vegas Police and Democratic sources familiar with the situation.  Assemblyman Steven Brooks, 40, of North Las Vegas made threats to harm a public official Saturday afternoon, police said in a news release Sunday morning. A source said he was arrested with a loaded gun after threatening to shoot Kirkpatrick.” 

Maybe we just need gun control for elected Democrats.

No Assault Rifle at Sandy Hook – NBC News

Yet Obama is urgently pursuing an assault rifle ban in the wake of this tragedy.  The Executive Orders that he has outlined would have had no bearing on what happened in Sandy Hook.  It’s almost as if there’s

separate agenda from preventing more Sandy Hook slaughters.

 

As an aside, I have a question for those of you who are in favor of greater gun control.  What is an assault rifle?  What makes them more dangerous than a hunting rifle?

I ask because none of our “betters” in the MSM and State and Federal government seem to be able to articulate what constitutes an assault rifle other than that they’re “scary looking”.  I’d also like to know how a 30 round magazine arbitrarily became a dreaded “high capacity” magazine (They’re magazines, not “clips”, asshole.) when in reality, a 30 round magazine is standard.  A high cap magazine for an AR-15 would be 40+.

Going back to the aforementioned hunting rifles, why are they not scary and safer than assault rifles?  I ask because if you told me that I had to get shot by either a 5.56 NATO round (The standard round for an AR-15… sometimes called a Winchester .223) or a .30-.06 (An incredibly popular sporting round.  Often pronounced “thirty ought six”), before you got all the words out I’d be begging you to shoot me with the assault rifle round.

In terms of the populace, those eager to ban or confiscate guns is driven by ignorance in regards to history, firearms and statistics.  For the politicians, it’s much darker.  The former is who we have to really reach if we want the side of liberty to prevail.  For those of you who understand and appreciate the 2nd amendment, I know how easy it is to get furious over what’s going on but you have to keep cool and persuade.  Be patient, arm yourself with facts and never give up on persuading that friend or relative that doesn’t respect the constitution.   Don’t ever forget that statistics and history are on your side.

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How do you shame a man who is without shame?  The implicit argument our dear leader is making here, of course, “I’m making the country good for the sake of the children.  If you disagree with me, then you’re against the children.”

Are any of you too stupid to be offended by this photo?  Don’t answer that.

The problem here is that the child can’t vouch for the policies.  The child can’t competently requested anything.  Consequently, the child is merely a prop representing goodness, innocence, and the future.

Just like they were back then:

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60 percent of young Americans plan to purchase firearms, study reveals – CampusBlog.org

“With every single spree killing we’ve seen in this nation in the past twenty years, with every sexual assault that takes place, nine every day on college campuses, with every robbery report we have, with every campus that goes on lockdown, these gun free zones are proven to be indefensible and impractical,”

“College campuses put pictures on the door and expect psychopaths to abide by them,” he continued.  “I think more and more college students have been waking up to this reality in the past five years since Virginia tech and they don’t want it.”

Finally… Some good news

Received an email from a friend yesterday.  The White House, specifically Obama and his handler, Valerie Jarrett are in a state of shock and anger over the gun backlash that has occurred in response to their sabre rattling.  They were shocked by the vocal, furious response on the part of anti-gun control citizens and organizations.  Most of the time they put up a pretty good act, but every once in a while this administration shows their utter lack of understanding of average Americans.

In addition, it’s my understanding is that any gun control legislation at the federal level is DOA and any executive orders based around control or confiscation will have very little teeth.  We owe the NRA on this one as I was told that the NRA reached a point where they were ready to start lining up challengers in the Democratic primaries against Democrats in favor of confiscation.  That apparently put the fear of (insert leftist deity here) into them.  There will be some executive orders by the President so that he doesn’t wind up looking like a complete fool in all this.  Hopefully, there will be at least a couple of these orders that might actually be focused on approaching this issue pragmatically.

It’s been fascinating listening to individuals and media outlets that are in favor of gun confiscation.  There seems to be this childish, infantile idea in their heads that we could potentially be safe anywhere.  This is a world where people die.  I don’t say this to be heartless or cold.

We don’t live in a world where we are guaranteed safety.  If we genuinely want to solve this problem like adults, we have to look at the cultural aspects of why these things happen.  We need to keep both eyes open, free of prejudice and look for the root causes.  Anything else is tyrannical at worst and ineffective at best because that weapon in Sandy Hook didn’t just leap up into the air and start shooting people.

Lastly, it’s very important that people take notice of what’s happened here.   For 13 years (The past five at an accelerated pace), we’ve been steadily losing our rights and our power over the federal government.  This time people actually stood up, focused on a single issue and got very loud.  The result was the federal government being unable to expand their power.

“So what I find astonishing about these numbers is that nobody is talking about it. Our media isn’t talking about it, our politicians aren’t talking about it.

We have a 50% reduction in the violent crime rate over the last 20 years and yet no one is taking credit for it.”

I would highly recommend watching or listening to this video.  Every year that goes by, we have less violent crime in this country.  Tragedies like Sandy Hook are heart breaking, but statistical anomalies.

If violent crime is down drastically, why do they really want to take your guns?