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July 23, 2007

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Who Doesn't Love Ya?

I was recently taken to task by chuckb, a regular reader of this blog and an astute observer of politics, for the way I--and many of you--get on Hillary's case. Hillary, he says, makes all the politically correct noises about gun control, but she doesn't have any real plans. The person who does is Rep. Caroline McCarthy, (D-NY).

In 1993, Mrs. McCarthy's husband and son were shot on a Long Island Railroad commuter train by one Colin Ferguson, who had bought a handgun (legally) in California and used it to make his feelings known
by killing six people and wounding 19. Mrs. McCarthy's son survived, but her husband died. Mrs. McCarthy was elected to Congress in 1996, and has served 6 terms.

Guns are never far from her mind, and if you would like to have terror struck into your heart, go to carolynmccarthy.house.gov; from there to "On the Issues," and from there to what is euphemistically called "Gun Safety," but might be more accurately called "We're coming for yours." It is a doozer, particularly H.R. 2038, which she co-sponsored with New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, and which is her masterwork.

It's not described on her website, so to read it you'll have to go to here. It's worth the effort, and you'll never think of Hillary in quite the same way again.


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JA Demko

I've been away from this blog for several months. The OT idiocy flooding the blog become more tedious to page through than the other comments were worth. This thread is a case in point. There're examples of OT crap posted just to flood the board. There're examples of not-so-thinly veiled bigotry trying to masquerade as gun rights/patriotism. Mostly, though, there is a vast amount of impotent fulminating against "gun grabbers" and "leftists." This crap absolutely wasn't worth plowing through the other crap to reach.
First, "leftist" describes where a person's beliefs lie on the economic continuum. Simplistically, communism is on the left and capitalism is on the right. The left wing/right wing dichotomy does not adequately address things like personal ownership of guns. Leftists aren't automatically against them and right wingers aren't automatically for them. To believe that they are is just simple-minded and denies reality. Go here http://www.politicalcompass.org/
for something far more useful and to learn more.
Secondly, all the sputtering and fist-shaking on this blog put together won't sway one vote in congress or bring one person who is ambivalent about guns over to our side. If this is the best we can do, we might as well turn our guns in now. This is a political conflict and public relations is the chiefest weapon in the arsenal for both sides. By publicly presenting yourself as a foul-mouthed, xenophobic, semi-literate doofus_with lethal weapons!_you are actually benefitting the antis. Now, you may well be all those things and proud of it, but pragmatically you should learn from your enemy's successes. If you aren't smart enough to do that, you aren't smart enough to be trusted with a gun and you don't deserve to keep yours.
...and this blog is still in crying need of a moderator/editor to screen out the OT crap so the other crap can be more easily read.


Demko: Don't know where you've been, brother, but glad you're back and Amen.

JA Demko

Thanks, Dickie.

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