Archive for April, 2008

Desire for a gun is the first sign of mental instability, part 2

Posted in The Most Fundamental Right on April 16, 2008 by Darkman

Daily Herald:

During Tuesday’s news conference, Gov. Rod Blagojevich called for even tighter gun laws and suggested perhaps a counselor should have input on whether a person could obtain or continue to carry a gun card. But he did not elaborate or outline a specific proposal.

Who would have thought it could actually be proposed?

via Days of our Trailers

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Guilty

Posted in The Most Fundamental Right on April 15, 2008 by Darkman

According to Michael Bloomberg, that’s what you are if you own a gun. Circumstances are irrelevant. Legality of purchase is irrelevant. And one of the world’s largest retail corporations is now collaborating with him:

Creating a record and alert system to record when a gun sold at Wal-Mart is later used in a crime. If the purchaser of that gun later tries to buy another gun at Wal-Mart, the system would alert the sales clerk of the prior buy and could refuse to make the sale.

Retaining the recorded images of gun sales in case law enforcement wants to view them later as part of an investigation.

So you legally purchase a gun. Your house is broken into and you are burglarized. Among other items taken is your firearm. The thief later gets caught using it to commit another crime. Who gets punished for it?

You do. Wal-Mart will refuse to sell you another firearm.

Bloomberg is already on record as equating gun owners as rapists and pedophiles. In the same article, he is on record as advocating torture. What? You missed it? Here’s the quote:

It also includes toughening penalties for possession of illegal guns, intensive interrogating of suspects toting illegal guns so the source of the weapons can be better traced…

In Bloomberg’s New York, only the rich and well-connected may legally carry a firearm for personal self defense. If you are carrying a firearm without approval of the ruling elite, your gun is illegal. Remember that. It doesn’t matter that you carry it only for self defense, it doesn’t matter that you have never and never intend to commit a crime with it. Simply possessing it is illegal. Do you want to gamble on how “intensive” those “interrogations” might get?

Michael Bloomberg: Making the streets safer for violent aggressors every day.

via The War On Guns, and pretty much all over the gunbloggersphere

UPDATE:  Armed Canadian has a detailed dissection of Wal-Mart’s 10-Point Plan.

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20 Aces

Posted in Election 2008, The Most Fundamental Right on April 13, 2008 by Darkman

I’ve been reading David Hardy’s Of Arms and the Law for a long time. I recognize and respect his expertise and knowledge in Second Amendment and legal matters. I’m just some nameless schmuck in pajamas. (Although, for the record, I do not live my mother’s basement. I prefer the attic. But seriously folks, I am married with children and am a property owner).

I can’t agree with his poker analogy:

If you don’t comprehend Cervantes, I can use a poker analogy. When you play poker, you play the hand you’ve got and you make the best of it. Sometimes (very rarely) you win a big pot. Other times, you win a small pot. Sometimes you break even. And yes…sometimes you lose with the hand you have.

But one thing’s for certain. You’re damned well guaranteed to lose if you fold.

Please folks, don’t fold on this. Folding is for when it’s time to invoke the purpose of the 2A…and that time sure ain’t now.”

Fine, if you’re playing a traditional game of poker. But if we were to continue this analogy, it comes out like this:

I did not ask to play this game. I was forced to. Additionally, the other four players are all on the same team and are all playing against me. They are also loading the deck.

The only advantage I might have is the gun under the table, and the others are not yet certain if I’m willing to pull the trigger or not. Unfortunately, the bouncers at the door are on their side, too.

McCain and the other two socialists are all Enemies of Liberty, and I will not vote for them. As Straightarrow said in comments: “I will never again vote slow suicide.”

And we all know what “compromise” means

Posted in The Most Fundamental Right on April 10, 2008 by Darkman

Roanoke.com:

Gun control advocates planning to protest April 16 on Virginia Tech’s Drillfield said today that they hope to reach a compromise with the university that will allow them to protest without interfering with remembrance events.

In Brady-speak, “compromise” means “we get everything we want and you get nothing.”

I don’t think it’s gonna fly this time, Petey.

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Does his spirit still live on?

Posted in Liberty on April 9, 2008 by Darkman

As I’ve heard many preachers say, “I’m talking to myself as well as you.”

Listen while I tell ya
‘Bout a rebel brave and bold
His name is not important
But his story must be told

He left his home in Caroline
His wife and children three
Left them all behind him
To follow General Lee

Almost fifty years ago now since these words were written, sung and recorded. I would know nothing of this song were it not for the 7-inch single purchased by my mother four years before I was born. Written by a musician named John Stewart, who was part of a folk group called The Cumberland Three.

Although his flag was stars and bars
And his uniform was grey
In his heart the cause was just
As he left that summer’s day

The year was 1960. Eisenhower was president. The fight for civil rights was in full swing. To Kill a Mockingbird was published. The Flintstones debuted.

And a folk trio that provided some serious competition to the famous Kingston Trio had a minor hit with a song called Johnny Reb. A story of a Confederate soldier who fought because in his heart the cause was just.

They stopped to rest in Gettysburg
At a hill that lay nearby
Johnny Reb said to his friends
“Here’s where I shall die”

The cannon shots rang out
His comrades by him fell
When Johnny heard the bugle call
He gave a rebel yell

Somewhere in the chaos, discontent and outright racial discrimination of the early 60s, this song was recorded. It sold well. It told a story that many, it seems, would now prefer to forget–prefer to cover over with the whitewash of revised history lest someone think that there are causes actually worth dying for. Especially a cause that they don’t agree with.

He saw the ridge before him
The enemy in blue
He held his gun before him
As he charged through

Almost fifty years on now, and how likely would it be that such a song could be publicly performed without causing outcries of racism? Accusations based on nothing but blind political correctness and a blatant denial of history and truth.

We buried Johnny
‘Neath the willow tree
But, his spirit still lives on
In this land of liberty

His spirit certainly did live on, at least for several decades. But does it still? In this land ruled by political correctness, where one can be called a racist because of a Confederate flag air freshener hung from a rear-view mirror? (Personal experience). Where any given “individual” is more likely to cry for help from “the authorities” rather than fight for individual rights? A land where it’s much more preferred to take away the rights of others to ensure that all are equal?

For he is the symbol
Of those who bore the gun
And died for what they thought was right in 1861

The symbol of those who died for what they thought was right.

Does his spirit still live on?

As long as I’m on the subject

Posted in Liberty, The Most Fundamental Right on April 6, 2008 by Darkman

Wayne Allyn Root had this to say on Mike Gravel:

Gravel is in no way, shape or form a Libertarian. He’s just a big government, big-spending, redistribute the wealth, liberal- big difference. He’s clearly stumbled into the wrong party. Worse, he’s a Green Party supporter and potential candidate as well. The Green Party is not in any way compatible with the Libertarian Party. They are polar opposites of the political spectrum.

The problem is, when I checked Root’s position on various issues several weeks ago, on one specific issue he was definitely non-libertarian and essentially anti-liberty himself. You guessed it, the issue of firearms. So I went to his site to grab his position on firearms just to point out his own hypocrisy, and I was pleasantly surprised at what I found:

*I support the rights of citizens to bear arms. I believe in the Second Amendment- the part of our Bill of Rights that protects the individual right of all Americans to keep and bear arms. PERIOD. The first line of defense against terrorism is the armed American: let’s start treating patriotic American gun owners with the respect they deserve for shouldering this great responsibility and taking the unrealistic pressure off of our National Guard (which cannot be everywhere at once). This makes infinitely more sense than putting gun owners in jail for owning guns that were perfectly legal in 1985, while we turn America into a vast arena of undefended potential terrorism targets. Gun laws are a failure- they fail to stop criminals from buying guns on the black market. Yet they leave law-abiding Americans defenseless at the hands of criminals.
***NOTE: If you haven’t checked this site recently, I have strengthened my position on gun rights, due to the massive amounts of information that have been sent to me from well-informed gun owners across the nation. A special thank you to my Libertarian gun rights friends and fans. You are truly patriots.

How refreshing that his previous anti-liberty views were simply due to honest ignorance–which has now been corrected.

Root is currently the leading contender for the Libertarian Party presidential candidate. No, of course he has no chance of becoming President. However, if you have chosen never again to vote for a lesser evil, you may wish to carefully consider his positions on the issues that matter to you.

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Call it a rose if you want…

Posted in Getting It Straight on April 4, 2008 by Darkman

But it still smells like a cow pile.

Mike Gravel: Libertarian for President, and they said it without any quotation marks.

Gravel, who had seemed to be flirting with the Green Party in March, announced this week that he is quitting the Democrats and registered as a Libertarian.

“I’m joining the Libertarian Party because it is a party that combines a commitment to freedom and peace that can’t be found in the two major parties that control the government and politics of America,” declared Gravel, who was elected to the Senate in 1968 and served two terms before his defeat in a 1980 Democratic primary. “My libertarian views, as well as my strong stance against war, the military industrial complex and American imperialism, seem not to be tolerated by Democratic Party elites who are out of touch with the average American; elites that reject the empowerment of American citizens I offered to the Democratic Party at the beginning of this presidential campaign with the National Initiative for Democracy.”

Libertarian views? Let’s take a look at his “libertarian views.”

Global Warming/Climate Change Senator Gravel believes that global climate change is a matter of national security and survivability of the planet. As President, he will act swiftly to reduce America’s carbon footprint in the world by initiating legislation to tax carbon at the source and cap carbon emissions.

In other words: More laws, more taxes.

Healthcare Senator Gravel advocates a universal healthcare system that provides equal medical services to all citizens, paid for by a retail sales tax (a portion of the Progressive Fair tax). Citizens would pay nothing for health benefits.

Socialized healthcare.

Social Security Senator Gravel wants to put real money, rather than borrowed money, in the Social Security Trust Fund. He advocates investing it properly and identifying the interests of individual beneficiaries so they can know what their retirement fund is and leave surplus funds to heirs.

“Real money”? You mean as in actual gold-based currency instead of the counterfeit fiat currency that has been forced on us? No, I didn’t think so.

Hold on, I’ve been saving the best for last.

While Senator Gravel fully supports the 2nd Amendment, he believes that fundamental change must take place with regards to gun ownership. The senator advocates a licensing program where a potential gun owner must be licensed as well as properly trained with a firearm before they may own one.

Any system of licensing means that permission must be acquired from some government bureaucrat “in authority” in order to possess a firearm. This is infringement. This is not support of the Second Amendment. More importantly, it is a blatant violation of the fundamental human right of self protection.

He doesn’t trust us with our guns. Therefore he cannot be trusted. End of story.

UPDATE: More from The Liberty Papers.

Frankly, the fact that the LP is even welcoming this crypto-socialist into the party is strong evidence that it no longer deserves to be taken seriously.

Not that they were ever taken seriously to begin with–liberty being such a quaint concept. But a token scan of the current crop of leading LP candidates shows that LPers are mostly image and no substance.

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