Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guns and Roses

Fearing Obama, States Push to Loosen Gun Restrictions:

When President Obama took office, gun rights advocates sounded the alarm, warning that he intended to strip them of their arms and ammunition.

And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely successful push for expanded gun rights, even passing measures that have been rejected in the past.
That's because Obama supported the landmark Heller decision, which affirmed the individual's right to bear arms, during the campaign. The entire "panic" generated by the gun advocates is self-created and based on fantasy politics.

But never mind that. Perception is more important, and the perception that Obama is going to seize your guns (or better: get the UN to do it) is strong enough throughout the country to convince several states to cook up a hodgepodge of wild west, convoluted interpretations regarding our vaunted Second Amendment.
In Virginia, the General Assembly approved a bill last week that allows people to carry concealed weapons in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, and the House of Delegates voted to repeal a 17-year-old ban on buying more than one handgun a month. Arizona and Wyoming lawmakers are considering nearly a half dozen pro-gun measures, including one that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit. And lawmakers in Montana and Tennessee passed measures last year — the first of their kind — to exempt their states from federal regulation of firearms and ammunition that are made, sold and used in state.

“The watchword for gun owners is stay ready,” said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association. “We have had some successes, but we know that the first chance Obama gets, he will pounce on us.”
LOL. Of course, none of this actually has to do with guns, and almost all of it has to do with fear and political capital.

Politicians generally run on fear issues (terror, guns, crime) as a way of generating votes, and though the right to bear arms has been settled for almost two years now, the gun advocates and their organizations will continue to pretend that the decision never happened (think Max Weber, bureaucratic inertia: the tendency of bureaucratic organizations to perpetuate themselves). Fear keeps them in business.

Of all the hysteria over gun "seizure" I've read, I think this is my favorite so far:
Grab your wallets, your guns and your wallet and hold tight. HITLER, STALIN, MAO, LENNIN, BILL CLINTON, BARACK OBAMA all were big time gun control freaks.
I don't know about you, but I think we need another "Bring Your Gun to Church Day."

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