Repeat After Me …

Gun control is a losing issue for Democrats. Just ask the two recalled in Colorado yesterday.

I could write a lot about it, but several others have beaten me to the punch. Check out what Charles C. W. Cooke has to say and then read how the NYT tries to spin the story.

UPDATE—Vodkapundit notes the following from his observation post in Colorado concerning the lack of mail-in ballots for the recall.

That put a real dent in the Democrats’ expected margin of cheating.

Dogs and Cats Living Together!

(H/T, Shall Not Be Questioned) Reuters is reporting that the NRA is filing an amicus brief in support of the ACLU’s suit against the Obama Administration concerning NSA surveillance. The ACLU is welcoming the NRA’s support.

The ACLU is asking the court to stop the NSA’s program of tracking telephone calls, to declare the program illegal, and to order the government to purge all its databases of the call records.  The NRA says in its brief

The mass surveillance program could allow identification of NRA members, supporters, potential members, and other persons with whom the NRA communicates, potentially chilling their willingness to communicate with the NRA.

The NRA has also notes that the Obama Administration’s interpretation of section 215 of the the Patriot act would have the effect of nullifying the statutory ban on the centralization of gun purchase and ownership records.

A Salt Weapon

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UPDATE—What better way to enforce a “no fly” zone?

Bill Clinton on Voting Rights

Bill Clinton says that voting should be as easy as buying an “assault weapon.” I doubt that he means a real assault rifle. They are legally machine guns and require several months of paperwork, background checks by the ATF, a $250 tax stamp, and more. He probably just meant a run-of-the-mill modern sporting rifle such as an AR-15.

In Maryland, AR-15s are regulated weapons. Purchase requires presenting photo ID and passing a background check through the NICS. After that goes through, there’s more state paperwork and a State Police background check which typically take a couple of months. However, beginning in October, further purchases of AR-15s will be banned.

Somehow, I don’t think Mr. Clinton meant that currently registered Maryland voters could continue to vote if they presented photo ID and passed a background check at the polls, but that after 1 October no more voters would be registered.

But if you think he meant that Second Amendment rights should be as well protected as voting rights, you’ve been inhaling the stuff he says he didn’t.

Two Headlines

From WaPoNSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

From NY Daily NewsRequest for gun permits in Newtown set to double last year’s numbers: police

There’s a connection between these two headlines.

Regardless of our beliefs, we have to live in the real world, and the real world is not politically correct. People in Newtown, having learned that the police cannot always protect them and their children, are taking steps to be more self-reliant. They don’t trust government to be able to protect them from criminals.

And why should they? Government at every level is failing to be trustworthy.

I suppose the good news for the Newtown residents who aren’t gun owners is that the NSA will have records of their 911 calls.

Eric Holder v. Civil Rights

If you were attacked by a mountain lion, would you fight back? Most of us would.

OK, instead of a four-legged predator, what if you were attacked by a two-legged one? Do you still think that you have a right to defend yourself? Or should you be required to run away? If I’m reading Eric Holder’s speech to the NAACP correctly, he wants to limit your right to self-defense. Is he forgetting this?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life …

Isn’t our right to be alive and preserve our lives the most basic civil right? And didn’t the Supreme Court say in the Heller decision that the basis of the Second Amendment is grounded in the right of self-defense?

We have real world examples of how the aggressive suppression of the right to go armed in self-defense has worked. In Chicago, the murder rate is through the roof. New York has kept a better lid on violence but at the cost of subjecting its citizens to “stop and frisk” searches by the police.

It’s as if the Progressives want to make two-legged predators a protected species in a kind of Orwellian inversion of “Four legs good, two legs bad.”

Arma Virumque Cano

I haven’t had much to say about the whole George Zimmerman case. Too many people have picked over its carcass, mostly people who are vastly unqualified by either training or experience to speak knowledgeably.

I won’t talk about the law involved, except to say that the evidence that I’ve seen points to Mr. Zimmerman firing in self-defense.

I want to talk about being armed and the real meaning of the Robert Heinlein remark that “an armed society is a polite society.” My friend Aaron Walker has argued that if George Zimmerman had been openly carrying his pistol, it is likely that Trayvon Martin would not have taken a swing at him in the first place. That makes sense. I can tell you that I once avoided being assaulted when I turned so that the other guy could see the .45 in my holster, and he realized that he was about to bring a knife to a gun fight. My potential assailant remembered his manners.

But that’s not the point of Heinlein’s maxim.

When one goes armed, he must remember his own good manners. When one is armed, whether with a gun or knife or any other weapon, he needs to remember that any conflict that he becomes a part of has the potential to become deadly. In that case, rather that feeling empowered to be obnoxious or assertive, the armed man seeks to avoid giving offense to others. Those who don’t have a significant risk of being removed from the gene pool.

The empirical evidence from those states that don’t interfere with Second Amendment rights suggests that gun carriers are a law abiding group. Folks with carry permits, for example, commit crimes at a significantly lower rate than politicians who are members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (but that organization’s crime rate is sufficiently high that it should be called Illegal Mayors Against Guns).

Tantaene animis caelestibus irae?

UPDATE—I am not an advocate of open carry per se. Indeed, if Maryland would stop its concerted effort to suppress Second Amendment rights, I would probably engage in concealed carry most of the time. The incident I cite above occurred in a place where only open carry was legal.

Open and concealed carry have different tactical advantages. Neither is necessarily appropriate in all situations, but, regardless of how one goes armed, the necessity of being well mannered is always there.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Part of Brett Kimberlin’s personal puffery is his claim to have circulated lots of petitions that have received lots and lots of signatures.

Uh, huh.

On 6 May, 2013, one of Velvet Revolution US’s subsidiary efforts called NRA Watch (No, I won’t link to it) posted this link to a petition. (Note: The link in the image below isn’t live.)nrawatchPetition1

If the link were live, clicking on it would show you this.nrawatchPetition2

nrawatchPetition3The petition isn’t doing so well. As of 3 pm yesterday, it only had 15 signatures. That’s fewer than one for every three days that the petition has been up at Change dot org. Of course, Brett Kimberlin didn’t post this petition himself. He delegated the work to Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt who has a track record of getting things started only to abandon them. If Kimberlin were serious, he should have picked someone with some stick-to-it-iveness.

Say, here’s another interesting thing to note. The Cabin Boy gives the impression with his petition that he thinks firearms are something to be taken seriously.GE

Yeah. Right.

Using Public Resources for Private Political Purposes

Mayor Bloomberg was first caught using New York City IT resources to further his Mayors Against Illegal Guns gun control agenda. Today, JWF posts that he’s be caught sending a city employee to Nevada to lobby for a Nevada gun control bill. Instapundit suggest that this a matter that should be investigated by the New York Attorney General.

Yeah, it’s probably wrong to use city resources that way. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the server hosting the MAIG’s assets has a big gulp hard drive that holds more than 16 Gb. Hypocrite. Arrogant hypocrite.

Quotes of the Day

The concept that the Bill of Rights and other constitutional protections against arbitrary government are inoperative when they become inconvenient or when expediency dictates otherwise is a very dangerous doctrine and if allowed to flourish would destroy the benefit of a written Constitution and undermine the basis of our government.

—Hugo Black

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn’t even get out of committee.

—F. Lee Bailey

Irresponsible Gun Ownership

Heidi Yewman has a post over at MsBlog about her spending a month with a Glock pistol.

Her behavior is prime example of the fact that not everything that is legal is wise—or, in her case, responsible.

She bought a 9 mm Glock, took it home, and freaked out when she opened the box and found a magazine in the pistol. She found a cop (who was doing a traffic stop) and asked him to remove the magazine for her.

The cop thought I was an idiot and suggested I take a class. But up to that point I’d done nothing wrong, nothing illegal.

Nonsense! She had done something very, very, very wrong. She was fooling around with a firearm and had absolutely no training, not even the Eddie Eagle safely class the NRA offers for kids.

She began her … quest … fool’s errand … whatever … because she’s opposed to Starbucks’s policy of not hassling customers who carry firearms in accordance with local laws.

I was right to protest Starbucks policy. Today, they have a woman with absolutely no firearms training and a Glock on her hip sitting within arm’s reach of small children, her hands shaking and adrenaline surging.

Did I say, “irresponsible”? Let me also add, “immoral”! If she is so afraid of her own self-control that she doesn’t trust herself to be armed, why does she assume that she has the moral right to endanger others.

UPDATE—Zed from Day by Day asks a good question here.

Dingy Harry

Dingy Harry may be back to trying to get a gun control bill through the Senate. Although he won’t be specific about plans, he’s said that he wants to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

The Senator should consult the current version of 18 USC 922, which reads in part:

(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person—
(1) is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
(2) is a fugitive from justice;

(4) has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution …

It’s already illegal to sell or even to give guns to crooks or wackos. You know, it might be simpler for the Progressives to state their real policy objective, viz.:

[O]rdinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.

—Heinrich Himmler

It would be more honest to offer an Amendment to repeal the Second.

Baghdad Bob Back at Work?

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (better known as “Baghdad Bob”) must be coming out of retirement. Who else would be crazy enough to be peddling the meme now showing up on the left that the NRA on its last leg? First, The New Republic; then, The Boston Globe; then, The Philadelphia Daily News; now, The Guardian; and all pushing the idea that the NRA is finally facing real opposition and losing its clout.

Uh, huh.

That’s must be the reason why paid membership has soared past 5,000,000.

Being a Subject Vis-à-vis Being a Citizen

The Daley Gator discusses one of the aspects of being a subject in the UK as opposed to being a citizen in (most of) the United States. (Second Amendment effectively void in New York, Maryland, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, and certain other jurisdictions.)

It has been noted that the average American household is better armed than a typical British bobby.

It’s Only a Constitutional Right

What could go wrong? All these Democrats are proposing is to make a right enumerated in the Bill of Rights subject to the whim of unelected bureaucrats who can suspend it by placing your name on a secret list you can’t see without any due process and no judicial review.

Oh, and they claim that banning gun purchases by persons on the terrorist watch list would have stopped the Boston Marathon bombers. How? Will pressure cooker purchases be subject to background checks? Or the common household chemicals available at most supermarkets that can be used to homebrew explosives?

You know, it would be easier for these control freaks to run our lives for us if they’d simply repeal the Bill of Rights wholesale.

UPDATE–Prof. Reynolds notes that what the politicians control they use against us.

To borrow a word: Indeed.

Reduced Capacity Magazines and Fingerprints

It’s been reported that the police who engaged in a gunfight with the Tsarnaev brothers last week fired over 200 rounds of ammunition. They didn’t kill the older brother outright. The autopsy says that he died of gunshot and blast wounds (from his own explosives). The younger brother was wounded but still in action a day later.

And Gov. O’Malley wants the already below-normal 20 round limit on magazines here in Maryland reduced to 10 rounds.

It’s also been reported that neither of the Tsarnaev brothers ever filled out any state paperwork for any of the handguns they used.

And Gov. O’Malley wants to fingerprint folks who fill out the paperwork to legally buy handguns.