Thursday, December 31, 2009

More Lies from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

A recent Freedom of Information Act request by a California attorney (Eric Flagel, with Michel & Associates; Long Beach ) has obtained the Mayors Against Illegal Guns "Blueprint for Federal Action" via the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In reading the document (forwarded by our good friends at Amendment II Democrats), I don't think there's any illusion left, if there ever was, that the MAIG agenda has any intention other than to completely disenfranchise Americans from their 2nd Amendment rights.

Politically, the most ominous & disturbing recommendation in the report is "Recommendation #38" (pg 34) that calls for an executive order to create a ban on the import of all "non-sporting purposes" firearms. Throughout the document, MAIG pretends such an order would merely enforce existing law, though clearly that is not the case. Hopefully President Obama will live up to his campaign promises not to take away firearms as MAIG brings increasing pressure to bear on him. (Letters from pro-2nd Amendment Democrats would be especially helpful now!)

I don't know where the fanaticism and extremism of MAIG's position stems from, but it's worth reviewing the document, which makes it clear MAIG does not act in good faith and deserves no cooperation or consideration as a legitimate source of information or policy recommendations. Hopefully, pro-gun activists and others who support laws and policies based on both the Constitution and on facts will contact their senators and representatives to ensure they get accurate information. (Hint, hint.)

Some excerpts:
"The Blueprint for For Federal Action on Illegal Guns" (Dated August, 2009)

pg 9. "...The events at Virginia Tech demonstrated the potential for catastrophe when mentally ill people gain access to guns..."

Fact: The events at VT happened in part because a psychiatrist illegally took the young man's records HOME where they were not available for years to other mental health experts. Nothing proposed or in current law would have prevented the purchase of firearms that took place. Prosecution of the doctor is, of course, not included in the MAIG manifesto.

pg 13. Proposes keeping records for 20 years for proceed sales to anyone on the "terror watch list."

Fact: The terror watch list violates 5th amendment protections of due process and further is rife with sloppiness and errors that include putting children on the list. Other sections in the manifesto would require prosecution for anyone banned from a firearm purchase who tries to buy a firearm, which seems to include simply being on a list.

This is downright Orwellian or Kafkaesque: you don't know you're on a list you shouldn't be on and no one will tell you if you're on and then you get prosecuted for violating a law that prohibits you from doing something you had no way of knowing you were prohibited from doing. WTF?

pg 19. MAIG data repeats the demonstrably false statement that "90%" of illegal firearms in Mexico come from the U.S.

This claim more than anything shows the willingness of MAIG to use data they cannot but know is wrong & in this case, an outright lie. Claims like this make it impossible to accept ANY of MAIG's data without reviewing the original sources. In short, they have no credibility.

To expose the lie behind the "Myth of 90%" please see the excellent LA Times article from March 15, 2009: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-arms-race15-2009mar15,0,229992.story

From the LA Times: "Traffickers have escalated their arms race, acquiring military-grade weapons, including hand grenades, grenade launchers, armor-piercing munitions and antitank rockets with firepower far beyond the assault rifles and pistols that have dominated their arsenals...Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American countries or by sea, eluding U.S. and Mexican monitors who are focused on the smuggling of semiauto- matic and conventional weapons purchased from dealers in the U.S. border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California."

Enough said on that?

pg 23. One of the problems that comes out in the MAIG manifesto is a lack of proper focus.

MAIG is going after dealers when even in their own report they cite that one of the largest sources of guns used in crime is theft from private homes. Their proposal to require FFLs to report thefts of firearms is ludicrous, since an FFL would always report a theft of property, especially guns unless they were engaged in subterfuge that the ATF is already well equipped to look for and catch. Such language makes one wonder what the true aim is.

Data directly following pg 23 implies dealer resistance and subterfuge in avoiding ATF requests is common among FFLs, again, without citing any data showing that to be the case. In this section, the insidiousness of the tone is hostile to gun owners & gun dealers without even realizing it--clearly this manifesto is intended for a presumed "friendly audience." Similar attempts throughout the report to link gun dealers with child pornography rings also show MAIG's actual contempt for gun owners & the general public.

pg 33. MAIG calls for research into the sources of guns used in crime.

This is a telling section that shows their complete ignorance on this subject. In short, this exposes that they are proposing solutions without having any knowledge of the problem & that they have not even availed themselves to the available data, probably because it is at odds with their proposals. There is already a good deal of information on the true sources of illegal guns in both the U.S. and Mexcio, but reading it or referencing it would require MAIG to expose the worthlessness of most of their proposals.

pg 34. BAN ON THE IMPORTATION OF NON-SPORTING PURPOSES FIREARMS

MAIG's Recommendation #38: "The federal government should resume enforcement of federal law that bans importing "non-sporting purpose" firearms and ammunition."

First off, there currently is no such law. MAIG is calling for an executive order from the president to get this ban re-enacted.

Secondly, this call for a ban comes after the section admitting they don't have information on the sources or types of guns used in crimes.

Third, the MAIG report claims that crime in Mexico justifies a new ban, which is based on the myth of 90%.

Fourth, and most misleading, the MAIG report at this point claims that many firearms are illegally imported into the U.S. by dealers who then sell them into Mexico. As evidence of the illegal imports, MAIG claims to reference a GOA report (citation 104), but the actual citation is to a "Violence Policy Center" publication that misquotes the GOA report: http://www.vpc.org/studies/indicted.pdf

In fact, even this hand-picked VPC report includes NO INFORMATION on illegal imports of firearms into the U.S. The same report does, however, include odd references to "armor piercing pistols" that show the authors are either ignorant or intentionally misleading their presumed audience. It also erroneously claims that the "assault weapons ban" is still in effect but simply not enforced, which is inaccurate (putting it generously), and then repeats the call to "enforce the existing ban." This bit of sophistry pretty much condemns the whole report to the dust bin for me.

pg 34. At the risk of undermining their own exaggerated claims about semi-automatic pistols and rifles, MAIG on this page vilifies 12 gauge shotguns as their next target.


So, if you were looking for some fiction reading for the long weekend, this report is it. If you're looking to start a conversation in good faith about building safe communities in America, look elsewhere.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Viva la Revolution!

As the world sits on the sidelines, Iranians take to the streets to demand the freedoms so many take for granted:

Picture of another brave woman #iranelection on Twitpic

"Iranian security forces fired on stone-throwing protesters in the center of the capital Sunday in one of the bloodiest confrontations in months, opposition Web sites and witnesses said. At least five people were killed.

Some accounts of the violence in Tehran were vivid and detailed, but they could not be independently confirmed because of government restrictions on media coverage . . . "

Stay tuned. And remember the real purpose behind our own 2nd Amendment.

#iranelection

Monday, December 14, 2009

U.S. Senator Inhofe, Uganda, Gay Genocide and the Second Amendment

“Close your eyes, it can’t happen here…” (California Uber Alles, Dead Kennedys)

Genocide is the boomerang crime: as hard as we try to throw it away, it just keeps coming back.

Anyone who thinks the Second Amendment is a frontier anachronism best swept under the rug or apologized for at smart cocktail parties need look no further than recent actions by elected U.S. senators and congressmen to see why the Second Amendment is now and always will remain relevant for the defense of life and liberty:

In his recent book “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power," journalist Jeff Sharlet exposed ties between “The Family,” a lobbying organization disguised as a prayer support group, and currently elected members of Congress. He went further and also showed links between The Family and new legislation in Uganda that would make homosexual behavior a crime punishable by death.

In short, the Ugandan law is nothing short of genocide, a genocide backed and enabled by The Family and those members of Congress who belong to it.

According to The Raw Story:
“Sharlet reveals that David Bahati, the Uganda legislator backing the bill, reportedly first floated the idea of executing gays during The Family's Uganda National Prayer Breakfast in 2008.”

Worse, U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) appears to have been there in person when the plans for genocide were hatched—at a "prayer breakfast," no less.

Rachel Maddow’s December 9th interview (embedded below) with James Sharlet details the strong ties between the U.S.-based Family, the Ugandan branch of The Family, and the kill-the-gays legislation. As Maddow implies, even for members of The Family (and Congress!) not actively supporting this, silence implies more than consent:
“We have talked to the offices of a number of elected officials, conservative politicians here in the U.S. associated with The Family, and while a number of them have told us they’re against this bill none has said they will do anything publicly to stop it,” says Maddow.
In addition to Inhofe’s involvement, some members of Congress apparently live at reduced rent rates or free in The Family’s compound in D.C. It's impossible to see how you could live rent-free with an organization and then claim not to be supporting its goals, or to claim you aren't in any way responsible for its actions. Members of The Family are NOT restricted to far right Republicans—Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) has lived in the shadowy group’s house for seven years.

Despite the The Family’s links to genocide in Uganda, at this writing President Obama himself is scheduled to speak before The Family’s National Prayer Breakfast in February 2010. Such is the influence of money and power in Washington that the president himself—an alleged friend of gays and gay rights—will be speaking before a group actively engaged in rounding them up and murdering them in plain view of the world.

Which brings us to the Second Amendment. If you think Senator Inhofe and other elected American leaders working for genocide in African wouldn’t do the same thing in America if they could, you are deluded. If you think Americans couldn’t be cowed into going along, or turning a blind eye, the lessons of history—even in our own country—strongly indicate otherwise.

The Second Amendment is not about hunting; it’s not really even about protecting yourself from burglars or assault. The Second Amendment is about never having to worry about the midnight knock at the door when they come for you, your loved ones or your neighbors. It’s best we remember that, especially when we see our elected officials working to create death camps right before our eyes.

Molon Labe.

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P.S. Uganda established gun control in 1970, one year before the reign of terror began under Idi Amin.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Cheap Shots for 2009

Daniel Barnett over at Amendment II Democrats offers his "Cheap Shots for 2009," the best & worst (mostly worst) in gun rights and gun grabbing efforts for this nearly over Year of Our Lord, two thousand and nine.

A sample:

The "Things That Could Have Been Brought To My Attention YESTERDAY" Award
Dr. Robert C. Miller, Former Director of Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech

Seung-hui Cho's deadly 2007 rampage at Virginia Tech could have been prevented - not by new and restrictive gun laws, but by consulting Cho's mental health records when he sought to purchase his guns. But the records that could have prevented a massacre remained in the home of Dr. Miller and were never shared with the proper authorities, so they never came up in Cho's background check. And even after the shootings, it took more than two years for those records to see the light of day. The system broke down, and the students at Virginia Tech paid dearly for what appears to be Dr. Miller's pallid incompetence.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

America's Pointless Gun Fight

Long-time gun rights activist Richard Feldman tells it like it is in today's LA Times. The former NRA regional director and author of "Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist" blames both the anti-gun rhetoric of the extreme left and the anti-government rhetoric of the extreme right for hiding the reality of a broad consensus on gun rights in America.

Polls show the majority of Americans favor gun policy that is pro-civil rights, pro-security, and pro-keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, kids and the insane. It's the two screaming fringes that make it hard to hear ourselves think.

Says Feldman:

The "crazy" thing about the gun debate in America is how misguided and off-base both sides of the issue are. An example from one side is The Times' Dec. 1 editorial on the Washington state police officer shootings, "Crazy about guns"; from the other side, we have almost any fundraising appeal over the last year from the National Rifle Assn. Both sides offer little compromise on this issue, making the gun debate one of extremes. Our leaders ignore the important truths needed to formulate and articulate policy proposals that address the reality of life in America in a constructive and collaborative way.

Hard to disagree. Read the rest of the article, here: America's Pointless Gun Fight.