Gun nuts … always wanting more

Someone tell the NRA that nothing is worse than a whiny winner. They get everything — EVERYTHING — they want and still they maintain a persecution complex.

Victory in November would mean a “pro-Second Amendment” Congress, said [NRA leader Chris] Cox — as if the current arrangement of Congress can or would do anything anti-gun.

I suspect they won’t be satisfied until the presidential election is decided by a duel. Long live Aaron Burr!

Newt going out w/ a bang

We have a new winner for stupidest thing said by a GOP candidate for president:

The NRA, [Gingrich] told the group’s annual convention, has been much too timid and moderate in its defense of gun rights. If elected president, he said, he will “submit to the United Nations a treaty that extends the right to bear arms as a human right for every person on the planet because every person on the planet deserves the right to defend themselves from those who would oppress them, those would exploit them, rape them or kill them.”

Racism doesn’t kill people — vigilantes with guns often do

Most people, knowing what’s known about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, would like to see George Zimmerman charged with something — me included. But it would be a miscarriage of justice if  Zimmerman was charged with a hate crime, as some experts speculate.

Racism, if Zimmerman is guilty of it, is not a crime. Pursuing an unarmed teen when law enforcement tells you not to, then shooting and killing him, is clearly illegal.

The overriding cultural issues brought to the forefront by Trayvon Martin’s slaying shouldn’t cloud simple matters of justice, nor should it obscure the larger problem that’s garnering scant attention.

We’re a nation of no gun laws. A state rep. from Woodstock has proposed House Bill 981, which would allow concealed weapons in:

Public schools and colleges;

Bars and restaurants;

Places of worship;

Polling places

Government buildings, including the state Capitol.

Meanwhile, a bill that would require four hours of training for anyone who gets a permit to carry a concealed weapon couldn’t even get a hearing in a committee.

While there appears to be nothing in George Zimmerman’s past that would’ve prevented him from carrying a weapon there were certainly warning signs.

Over the years, his scores of calls to police showed he pursued shoplifters and errant drivers with zeal, reporting pit bulls, potholes, children playing in the street, open garage doors and “suspicious” youths — usually black males — loitering in the street.

He peppered his calls with jargon familiar to police. In one case, he chased a reckless driver while calling 911 — the driver later told police he was terrified that Zimmerman was going to attack him. In another case, Zimmerman tailed a supermarket shoplifter until a police officer successfully arrested the thief.

Of course those warning signs were missed because the NRA won’t allow governments to regulate who is allowed access to deadly weapons. And few people seem inclined to challenge the gun nuts who, despite nearly uncontested influence, still claim to be under siege.

Have an NRA Christmas

FBI personal background checks, which are required before an individual can buy guns, hit an all-time high of 129,166 on Black Friday. That figure shattered the previous record of 97,848, set on Black Friday of 2008, by 32 percent.

In Georgia, FBI personal background checks recorded during the month of November are at a three-year high of 33,484. December figures were not yet available for comparison with last year. But if November’s uptick continued, it’s likely that plenty of people will be testing their trigger fingers come Sunday.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Gun

The question before a three-judge panel for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta Thursday is whether Georgia’s prohibition on firearms in places of worship conflicts with the promise of religious freedom in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution., which brought the initial lawsuit, believes religious institutions, not Georgia law, should dictate if firearms are allowed inside, and they point to accounts of shootings in churches as examples of why guns are needed even while worshiping.

‘Assholishness’ infects Arizona GOP

Apparently the Pima County, AZ GOP considers tact a violation of the Second Amendment/Commandment, which, as you know, is the most sacred of God’s 10 edicts.

Eight months after a mad gunman killed six and injured 13, including Pima County’s congressional representative, Gabrielle Giffords, the party figured it was a good idea to hold a fundraiser raffle in which the prize was a Glock nearly identical to the one used by Jared Lee Loughner.

Mike Shaw  Doyle Hargraves, the interim chairman of the county GOP, said the Glock “is no more responsible for those deaths and the congresswoman’s injuries than a Number 2 pencil is responsible for cheating on a test.”

So how did the public respond?

The notoriety fueled such demand, said interim Chairman Mike Shaw, not only did the raffle for the Glock pistol sell out, but they subsequently raffled a deer rifle as well.

Gun nuts drunk with power

There’s no stopping the National Rifle Association, the most powerful lobbying bloc in the nation. No one has exploited the cult of conservative victimhood quite like the NRA, which starts every fundraising letter with “the Second Amendment is under assault …” Meanwhile, their plan to transform America into a 21st Century version of the Wild West, where everyone is packing everywhere — churches, schools, bars — comes closer to fruition.

Gun-ownership advocates are filing lawsuits in courts across the U.S., hoping to get rulings that people have a constitutional right not only to keep firearms in their homes, but to carry them in public.

The suits could affect the direction of gun-control legislation for years to come. Two recently filed suits in Illinois are among a handful that could ultimately provide the U.S. Supreme Court its next opportunity to clarify the rather murky outlines of the Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms.

Democrats barely discuss gun control anymore, and Republicans, eager to placate the nuts that have taken over their party, dare not refuse the NRA.

Before long all Americans will be required to carry a gun, a la Kennesaw. What the NRA wants, the NRA gets.

The neo-Confederate candidate

Rick Perry, with his well-coiffed early 90’s ‘do and shiny expensive suits, presents like a televangelist. He appears to be my least favorite kind of redneck — one with money, power and, apparently, a small penis (when jogging he carries a laser-sighted pistol with hollow point bullets). In short, Perry is the reason most of us find Texans very, very annoying.

Call me 'The Ricker'

The eager stereotype also has a cozy relationship with Confederate groups, perhaps explaining his flirtation with secession. (I won’t stand in Texas’ way, or Alabama’s, or Mississippi’s …)

Surely the few remaining GOP grown-ups know that nominating Perry would cement the GOP’s standing as a regional party. Whether the base cares about that remains to be seen, though I suspect rumors he’s gay will give them pause.

The most irrational lobby in America

The NRA should be satisfied. Democrats abandoned sensible gun control three elections ago, standing on the sidelines as the firearms lobby advanced legislation allowing paranoid rednecks the right to carry in churches and bars.

But the gun nuts are never satisfied.

The Obama administration has proposed that gun dealers in four states on the U.S.-Mexico border be required to report the sale of multiple rifles — a bid to curb the flow of guns into Mexico where drug cartels wage deadly wars.

The proposal has drawn intense criticism from the NRA, which has accused the administration of using the violence in Mexico as a pretext to try to clamp down on gun sales.

Stockpiling one-man arsenals to fend off imaginary black helicopters has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. The NRA’s gun fetish is, at best, selfish and irresponsible.

White Hunter No Brain

Alleged outdoorswoman Sarah Palin had them discharging in the aisles Saturday night with her speech to a convention of big game hunters.

“Imagine, though—imagine making life even more miserable for the liberals who want that gun control,” she finally says. “Here’s how I figure it. Remember that weird guy in Wisconsin was so angry, so upset, watching a Palin win slot after slot each week on Dancing With the Stars that he shot Bristol through his TV? He blasted his Panasonic? Well, I’m thinking, ‘Imagine more gun control. Then he’d have to attack his Panasonic with a butter knife.'” …

“My family loves animals in the wild—and also next to the mashed potatoes.” “For most of these frou-frou, chi-chi types, the extent of their experience is in the Tiki Room at Disneyland.” “We eat organic—we just have to shoot it first. And it comes wrapped in fur, not cellophane.”

I’m reminded of an exchange from “The Simpsons”:

Marge: I’m a regular Billy Crystal!
Bart: (sarcastic) You got that right.

Naturally Palin warned that America won’t stay that exceptionally exceptional city on a hill if Obama dares limit high-capacity magazines — a proposal even Dick Cheney supports.

Random thoughts on the Arizona massacre

*I understand his passion, but Pima County (Az.) Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s indictment of fringe fanatics like Palin, Limbaugh and Beck in the Arizona shooting massacre was ill-timed. Law enforcement’s duty in such a crisis is to stick with the facts, and there’s no evidence to support Dupnik’s assertion. The suspect is clearly driven by demons unrelated to current political rhetoric.

*That’s not to say the macho posturing from the right is above criticism. You would think people so enamored with guns would’ve taken the opportunity to enlist in the military, but very few of them did. I think this screen shot illustrates their absurdity.

*Speaking of absurd …

Brand-new crosshairs, death threats target birthers, GOP

*One of the chief exploiters of fringe sentiment screams hypocrisy, and, for once, Rusty Limbo has a point:

Only in these instances is something that is said in the media said to influence public behavior.  Go out and try to tell these same people that one of their top grossing movies has influenced abject perversion or radical behavior and they will attack you left and right, saying, “That’s entertainment. It stands alone. People know the difference.”  You go out and accuse them of engaging in work, their art, such as crucifixions in jars of urine or whatever other acts of perversion they engage in that they call “art” — their movies, their music — and you go try to tell them that their music is responsible for criminal behavior. Look at the reaction you get from that.  You are considered to be a numskull, old-fashioned, out, and not with the times.

*The broadcast media’s coverage has been predictably mawkish. On “Meet the Press,” David Gregory asked a Democratic congresswoman, “Is this a moment?” Yes, David, it is a moment, just like the moment wasted by your stupid question. And this morning on cable news I heard a correspondent wonder, “Has Tucson lost its innocence?” Yeah, I’m sure nothing bad has ever happened in Tucson before this.

*Here’s a disturbing trend:

Glock Pistol Sales Surge in Aftermath of Arizona Shootings

Obviously the class isn’t paying attention to this “teachable moment.”

*Speaking of, can anyone with a straight face defend the sale of extended magazine clips such as the one that allowed Jared Loughner to fire 33 rounds without reloading. And don’t say the Second Amendment, because if you take that to a logical conclusion, citizens should be allowed to own howitzers. If you’re looking to blame either party, try both. The GOP long ago sold out to the NRA, and the Dems, afraid of losing votes in Ohio and Pennsylvania, don’t even raise the issue anymore.

Rhetoric is not irrelevant

I haven’t vetted this, and I’m reluctant to comment until all the facts are in. Still …

UPDATE: Jesse Kelly was Giffords’ opponent in the Nov. election. Can we at least agree this kind of posturing is, at best, absurd? I salute his service, but I don’t recall Ike driving around with a pistol in his crotch when he ran for political office.

How long ’til the NRA says, “If only the congresswoman was packing heat…”