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Obama abandons assault weapons ban

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April 12, 2009

A new ban on assault-style weapons was part of Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s platform.

Fear of such a ban sent gun sales skyrocketing and the propaganda machine of the giant National Rife Association went into overdrive flooding its membership is "legislative alerts" about such a ban.

That was then, this is now.

Obama and the Democrats appear to have lost all interest in a ban on assault weapons or any other legislation cleaning up loopholes in America’s gun laws even though killings are on the rise and gun violence continues to escalate around the country.

White House officials admit support for a new ban isn’t there and the President isn’t willing to take on another losing battle with Congress.

Although information on banning assault style weapons remains on the White House web site, sources within the Democratic party say the issue is dead and unlikely to be revived in the near future.

"It’s over," a Democrat strategist admits. "The gun nuts have won…again."

Reports Newsweek:

On the morning of April 4, Richard Poplawski had a quarrel with his mother. It was over a dog urinating on a carpet. Mom called the police to have her 22-year-old son evicted from her house, a brick ranch with a dirty aluminum awning in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Two officers responded to the call, figuring it was a typical domestic dispute. Margaret Poplawski greeted them by saying, "Come and take his ass." But the younger Poplawski, who had been laid off from his job in a glass factory recently, had other plans. He went to a private arms cache in the house, retrieved his guns and strapped on a Kevlar bulletproof vest.

Poplawski shot officer Paul J. Sciullo II, 37, inside the house and hit 29-year-old Stephen Mayhle on the stoop. Both men fell dead. Poplawski calmly stood in the doorway and fired two or three more bullets into Mayhle’s body, according to a police affidavit from a witness. Then he retreated into the house and fired hundreds of rounds, using an AK-47 assault rifle and other weapons to fend off a police SWAT team for four hours. He killed one other cop, 41-year-old Eric Kelly, and wounded yet another.

It was the deadliest day in the history of the Steel City’s police department. When police finally apprehended and questioned Poplawski, he was without remorse. "He said he wishes he could have killed more Pittsburgh police officers," says a cop who was on the scene but asked not to be identified talking about an ongoing case. (Poplawski’s lawyer did not respond to multiple requests for comment last week.)

There was a time when a creep like Poplawski would have become a potent symbol in the debate over gun control. He wasn’t your run-of-the-mill malcontent. A white supremacist, he frequented the chat rooms of racist Web sites, where he posted screeds about a "Zionist occupation" bringing the country to economic ruin. But Keith Savage, manager of the Braverman Arms Co., where Poplawski got many of his guns (but not the AK-47, Savage claims), says nothing seemed amiss when he filled out Form 4473—the standard questionnaire for federally required background checks. The gun-shop staff had no way of knowing, for instance, about Poplawski’s January 2005 discharge from the Marines for what Lt. Josh Diddams, a U.S. Marine Corps spokesman, tells NEWSWEEK was a "psychological disorder" (he had assaulted his drill sergeant during basic training, says Poplawski’s mother). They probably also didn’t know that Poplawski’s former girlfriend had gotten a restraining order against him, later in 2005, after he grabbed her by the hair and threatened to kill her.

In the past, national political leaders might have raised troubling questions about how such an unstable character could obtain easy access to high-powered weapons. They might have been even more motivated given that Poplawski’s cop-killing spree was part of a near epidemic of mass homicides that have left 58 people dead over the past month. Or given that Mexico’s insanely violent drug cartels are arming themselves with high-powered assault weapons purchased at U.S. gun stores and later smuggled south of the border. Yet many past champions of stricter gun-control measures are silent. These include top Obama White House officials who have squelched any talk within the administration about pushing further gun-control measures."It’s weird," says Peter Hamm, the communications director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "When you see people like [Attorney General] Eric Holder or Hillary Clinton or [White House chief of staff] Rahm Emanuel become muted on this issue, you feel like you want to call up a friend and say, ‘What’s up?’ "

Running for president in last year’s Democratic primaries, Barack Obama promised to restore a federal ban on certain semiautomatic assault guns—a position that’s still on the White House Web site. The ban was originally passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress in 1994 and lapsed five years ago. In recent years the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has also lifted virtually all restrictions on imports of foreign-made assault weapons, permitting a flood of cheap Romanian, Bulgarian and other Eastern European AK-47s to enter the country, according to gun-control groups. "There’s been an absolute deluge of these weapons," says Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center.

But Obama and top White House aides have all but abandoned the issue.

2 Responses to Obama abandons assault weapons ban

  1. Scammer Smurf

    April 13, 2009 at 8:01 am

    curious. a right wing nut goes off the deep end having bought into the propaganda, kills a bunch of cops over urine, and justified it with his “government is evil” ideology.
    In rebuttal, the thread is filled by posters who agree, and post that same ideology to discredit gun regulations.
    Thank God Iraq didn’t have gun control, so that when foreign nations took over their government the peoples could form an insurgency, and fight back for their country against those who declared Marshal law. granted, the surge worked, and put down this well armed insurgency, but what the hell, that’s Iraq, us john wayne types would have defeated the American military, and coalition of the willing. right?
    <–slowly shakes head. the things that are pawned off as intellect these days.

    Recall Robert Bork? the one the leftist liberals “borked” his supreme court nomination because he was far too right wing conservative constitutionalist? You know, the staunch constitutionalist the conservatives said would restore DC to a constitutional government?
    ahem…Bork is well on record on the 2nd amendment. His conservative opinion is…you only have the right to own a fire arm IF you are part of a well regulated malitia, otherwise, you do not have the right to keep and bear arms personally. Funny, the NRA didn’t have a problem with that.

    Canada has more guns per capita than America, and yet doesn’t have any where near the violent crime this nation is subjected to daily. Guns are not the problem. Ideology is the problem, and on this the far left, and far right are in solidarity. though this issue is not limited to just this.
    several years ago Seattle was trashed when the WTO came to town. what MSM failed to cover is where all those anarchist came from.
    Back in the day, local leftist radicals used to use the city of Eugene Oregon for practice just before going national with a protest. this allowed them to see how police would react under different situations. Just before the Seattle event, the U of O invited the world anarchists to hold their yearly convention here. Gosh, downtown Eugene ended up being trashed in protest, no one saw that happening. Buses were than chartered here, and these anarachist from around the world were bused to Seattle just in time for the WTO. Seattle burns, news at 11. during this time 2 other issues arose that dovetails…a local car dealership was fire bombed, and over in felony flats a leftist liberal cabal was busted with a garage full of explosives, enough to blow up half the city. Ted kazinski had nothing on them.
    the point. what is this whacked leftist ideology that provokes them to stock pile bombs? government is evil, and gonna get us. look how they illegally wire tap our phones, and spy on us via the FBI, etc etc etc. golly, Bush is going to declare Marshal law, halliburton is building concentration camps in America!!!
    in other words, when you listen to the ideology of the far left, you start hearing almost verbatim Tim Mcveigh. The difference being, the left prefers bombs, the right loves their guns.

    Id say most of the deaths in this country at the hand of a gun, has more to do with a double standard of justice in America, and the dysfunctional tyranny thereof, than the 2nd amendment.
    as for regulation, back ground checks, etc? what did Reagan preach? trust, but verify.

  2. barak

    April 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Wow! All it takes is someone saying they plan to take your penis extensions away and all you gun crazies come running out of the woodwork like termites fleeing a fire.

    Why, if you love guns so much (and please don’t give me that second amendment bull about right to bear arms, if you read it it says something about a well-armed militia, and I don’t see you running to join up) why not take a ride to Afghanistan and shoot some Talibanners, maybe hunt Ossama bin Laden too?

    Go now, the Army needs more crazies with auto and sniper weapons. Park a Tank in your front yard so the little woman can defend hearth and home. The cops who went on that call were experienced, professionals, all with weapons and the knowledge of how to use them. It did them no good at all. Do you all really believe that having a gun or guns in your home will allow you more protection?

    If you do, I have a lovely bridge in NYC for y’all to buy and I will give you a hell of a discount.

    One of those liberal nanny state pricks

  3. JudyB

    April 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I despise the power of the NRA. However, I am smart enough to know that the NRA will never be beaten in obscurity by any party or group.
    I cannot understand the the mentality of “GUN NUTS” no matter how hard I try. There is no rational reason for anyone owning an unregistered arsonal period! Gun collectors (I do know a few) are proud of their collections… their collections are valuable and insured the same as an art collection. Those of you who take umbrage under the second amendment, using it as an excuse for ILLEGAL gun ownership will always bring to my mind the term “armed and dangerous”

  4. griff

    April 13, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    This isn’t about unregistered arsenals at all, but the constitutionally protected inalienable right for citizens to own guns. To protect ourselves and our families and our property not only from criminals, but from a tyrannical government.

    If you wish not to own firearms then that is your choice. But criminals, by definition, do not follow our laws, so simply outlawing guns for those that do follow our laws won’t do anything to stop gun crime.

    I have no problem with any Americans that have a desire to be victims, it’s just not my gig.

    In fact some of the cities with the strictest gun laws coincidentally have the highest crime rates. Go figure. It appears that the local gangbangers don’t have the patience to wait the three days.

    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson

    As for the NRA – I don’t belong and I wouldn’t even consider it. Actually, one should check out Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership. They may know a little something about what happens when a government disarms a population.

    I would also recommend checking out HR 17: Citizens’ Self Defense Act of 2009 and specifically some of the statistical examples in that bill.

    Such as…

    Section 2(b)”Of the 2,400,000 self-defense cases, more than 192,000 are by women defending themselves against sexual abuse.”

    Section 2(c)”Of the 2,400,000 times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, 92 percent merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8 percent of the time, does a citizen kill or wound his or her attacker.”

  5. woody188

    April 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Might as well ban assault box cutters. 19 of ‘em were able to take out nearly 3,000 people and resulted in another 100,000+ dead, 4 million displaced, 3,000 some odd tortured and an ongoing regional war in the Middle East.

    Talk about yer weapon of mass distraction, I mean destruction. Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.

  6. Carl Nemo

    April 14, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Hi barak,

    I believe one time you revealed you are Jewish. I’m 64, my wife is ten years older than myself, us being married 43 years this August.

    My wife is a German, many years an American citizen with half Jewish roots who as a child witnessed the banker, butcher and baker the dragged off behind either SS or Gestapo operatives. Some were dragged literally by a rope tied to their ankles behind a vehicle over cobblestone streets; many picked up in the dead of night; ie, under the policy of “Nacht und Nebel”…into the night and fog never to be seen again!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nacht_und_Nebel

    Other than shotguns and possibly a few hunting rifles and handguns here and there the German people had no defense against such government overreaching which is a gross understatement based on historical outcomes.

    So until you witness close family and friends affected directly by government enfranchised thugs many of which were liberated from German prisons in order to staff the SS and its’ various service branches one should not be all too eager to condemn our good citizens as being gun nuts. It might just take a bunch of well-armed “nuts” still with a vestige of patriotism in their spirits to stop such a push by our now criminally inspired government.

    She only survived because her father was a Colonel in the German Army performing as a dentist his specialty maxillo-facialary surgery with her as a child living with her gentile side of the family; ie., her father. Her Jewish mother died of cancer in 1941, she age 7.

    Based on the activities of Blackwater Security et. al. private security firms, along with my knowledge of how Delta Force is trained concerning the suppression of “urban unrest”, our government will be operating with a similar Gestapo/SS playbook. I’m not joking either…!

    Carl Nemo **==

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  8. almandine

    April 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Good reiteration, yet the base cause has not been identified in my view. Ever since we – our society – decided on political correctness as the measure of humanity, all “common sense” has evaporated. Anything that can now be thought of as distinguishing between right/wrong and success/failure – especially in schools – has become HATE SPEECH against some protected class or group. ALL God’s children (evolution aside) are equal – not just in their manifestation, but also what they do. That’s why scofflaws, tax cheats, other criminals and misfits can grab the reins of gov’t not just with immunity, but impunity, since people have been conditioned to look aside when such aberrant personages come into view. People shrink back for fear of being labeled as social pariahs for their more respectable views and ridiculed by those who really deserve to be called out for actions that dehumanize… in the name of liberalism, i.e., the doctrine that you can do or say anything you want, so long as I believe it too.

    Of course, from the evolutionary perspective, especially social evolution if your model includes that, this inappropriate homgenization will lead to greater vulnerability and propensity toward extinction – both as a society and a species.

    Collectivism is slavery…

  9. AustinRanter

    April 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Bryan,

    Im not a gun person, per se. During my tour in the military, early in my training I quailified as sharpshooter with an M-16 and later enhanced my skills to qualify as expert.

    I could shoot the eye out of George Washington on a quarter as far away as I could see the quarter. But, I don’t feel the need to get an AK-47, or the like, but if I did feel the need, to protect my property and family, I’d want that right.

    *********************

    I support everything that you stated in the most profound way humanly possible. I support it so much that I want to post your comments again.

    QUOTE: Bryan McClellan

    “Semi automatic weapons may look like assault weapon replicas but unless they are fully automatic they cannot be put in that classification truthfully. If I assault you with a knife then said knife becomes exactly that, an assault weapon.Give me a break you liberal nanny state pricks.

    Thousands upon thousands of law abiding gun owners are not responsible for the nuts and crackpots who will obtain weapons whether they are banned or not.

    The Dem strategist that referred to the majority of responsible hunters and collectors as gun nuts can kiss my ass. For these liberal doves to preach to the populace about crime is vulgar and insulting considering the ongoing assault they have perpetrated on the rights of the individuals self destiny.

    This guy is just the tip of the spear of undisciplined youth that our society has cranked out lately. When they neutered the schools of corporal punishment and instituted policies of fast track education and don’t hurt little Johnnies feelings they screwed us all.Kids are not held to account but are drugged into submission leading them later in life to develop Jekyll and Hyde personalities.Thanks Dr Spock, but no thanks.

    These dammed idiots would have us defending ourselves with elevator music and a fresh pot of tea ala the Brits and look what they are dealing with now.

    Lets just wave a Martha Stewart cookbook and talk in a soothing tone the next time some asshole breaks in and seeks to rob and destroy the sanctity of our home.Try that in your gated community when your pussy policies come back to haunt.HACK!”

    WHAT BRYAN SAYS…goes double for me.

    Especially about the kids in school. I know, I worked in a school system for years. There’s so many fears about hurting a child’s feelings rather than doing what failed parents should be doing…helping kids understand that the world is a beautiful place, but it requires being responsible, dependable, and accountable to keep it from becoming a global death trap at the hands of home grown bullies and community terrorist.

    People in the United States…will go to any length to place blame except where it needs to be places…because then they have to look at the root of the origin of the blame…and it begins with each and every individual.

    Yes, Bryan…we are a growing nation of pussies, social wimps, the “lets not avoid hurting our kids feelings rather than teach them ethics and moral responsibilty.

    If I weren’t an Evolutionist, I’d say…May the gods of humanity have mercy on our igorance and apathy.

    I’m ashamed of the total igornance and denial, and more than that…the sheer gulibility of our nations citizens who can’t come to grips that self-responsibility is a necessity for our nation’s survival.

    For every kind of sick, perverted human variation possible…they’ll raise their ugly heads sooner or later…and there’s not a fricking thing our nation can do about it…except get them off the streets, but nobody is willing to pay for that type of action. They just all can’t be stopped. It’s part of the human condition.

    THIS IS ABOUT COMMON SENSE…not liberal or conservative cents…yes, I spelled it right “cents”…and we all know what that means.

    Our government would sell any rights we have (or had) for enough money.

  10. bryan mcclellan

    April 13, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Sooner or later,
    we will have to negotiate a price,
    seems that their scrip is no good.
    Not in the now, not ever.

  11. gazelle1929

    April 12, 2009 at 8:26 am

    We has met the enemy, said Pogo.

  12. murof

    April 12, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Are these “gun nuts” like 2nd amendment nuts or constitutional crazies? Which parts of the Bill of Rights are acceptable and which ones are not? Is it time to play Bush? From here on, all reprints of the Bill of Rights should be redacted to fit the megalomania of each particular administration.

  13. bryan mcclellan

    April 13, 2009 at 1:00 am

    This is the topper..
    Right through the front door..
    POGO wasn’t a Crock..

  14. bryan mcclellan

    April 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Semi automatic weapons may look like assault weapon replicas but unless they are fully automatic they cannot be put in that classification truthfully. If I assault you with a knife then said knife becomes exactly that, an assault weapon.Give me a break you liberal nanny state pricks.

    Thousands upon thousands of law abiding gun owners are not responsible for the nuts and crackpots who will obtain weapons whether they are banned or not.

    The Dem strategist that referred to the majority of responsible hunters and collectors as gun nuts can kiss my ass. For these liberal doves to preach to the populace about crime is vulgar and insulting considering the ongoing assault they have perpetrated on the rights of the individuals self destiny.

    This guy is just the tip of the spear of undisciplined youth that our society has cranked out lately. When they neutered the schools of corporal punishment and instituted policies of fast track education and don’t hurt little Johnnies feelings they screwed us all.Kids are not held to account but are drugged into submission leading them later in life to develop Jekyll and Hyde personalities.Thanks Dr Spock, but no thanks.

    These dammed idiots would have us defending ourselves with elevator music and a fresh pot of tea ala the Brits and look what they are dealing with now.

    Lets just wave a Martha Stewart cookbook and talk in a soothing tone the next time some asshole breaks in and seeks to rob and destroy the sanctity of our home.Try that in your gated community when your pussy policies come back to haunt.HACK!

  15. almandine

    April 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Your best post ever, Bryan.

    Collectivism is slavery…

  16. griff

    April 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Great post. One can argue that the Congress itself is an assault weapon and should be banned in the interest of public safety. They’ve certainy assaulted me – both in the pocketbook and intellectually.

  17. CheckerboardStrangler

    April 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you Bryan, best post ever.
    Law abiding gun owners need to demonstrate better responsibility and stand tall above the gun control groups, and we need to work on enforcing laws already on the books instead of letting the Brady Bunch start with guns and end with removing the pointy part of plastic knives.

  18. Warren

    April 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Most folks don’t realize that the only difference between a so-called “assault rifle” and a garden-variety semi-automatic hunting rifle is a hole in the stock to put one’s thumb through. But, the “assault rifles” look wicked and menacing, especially when they’re painted black and are in the hands of the bad guys and on cop shows and action movies.

    —W—

  19. griff

    April 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I’m not sure from your comment as to what side of this issue you stand yourself, but I assure you that a thumbhole stock does not define an “assault weapon”.

    For instance, I own several semi-automatic “assault rifles”, none of which have a thumbhole stock. On the other hand, I haven’t seen many military-issue arms, be they M-16’s, M-4’s or the many AK-47/74 variants that have thumbhole stocks.

    The publicly available “assault weapons” are semi-automatic versions of their military-issue counterparts. Two positions on the selector – safe and single-shot fire, as compared to the military weapons that can have as many as four selector positions – safe, single shot fire, three round burst, and full automatic.

  20. Warren

    April 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    To be more exact:

    From Wikipedia:

    “Assault weapon refers to firearms that had been developed from earlier fully-automatic firearms into semi-automatic civilian-legal versions. Semi-automatic firearms, when fired, automatically extract the spent casing and load the next round into the chamber, ready to fire again; they do not fire automatically like a machine gun, rather, only 1 shot comes from each trigger pull.

    By former U.S. law the legal term assault weapon included certain specific semi-automatic firearm models by name (e.g., Colt AR-15, TEC-9, all non-automatic AK-47s, and Uzis) and other semi-automatic firearms because they possess a minimum set of features from the following list of features:
    Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
    * Folding or telescoping stock
    * Pistol grip
    * Bayonet mount
    * Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
    * Grenade launcher (more precisely, a muzzle device which enables the launching or firing of rifle grenades)

    I was earlier referring to the pistol grip which is the most usual visual identifier, followed by a folding stock. My point is that there’s little practical difference between a common semi-automatic hunting rifle and a so-called ‘assault rifle’.

    I’m a Libertarian and I am a member of the NRA. I own guns and will not elaborate more on that.

    —W—

  21. Carl Nemo

    April 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks Bryan for a well-written rebuttal to those that think draconian gun control is going to somehow stop such violence in America.

    ***

    “Lets just wave a Martha Stewart cookbook and talk in a soothing tone the next time [some asshole breaks in] and seeks to rob and destroy the sanctity of our home.”…extract from post

    ***

    With reference to your post, I’ve bracketed “some asshole breaks in”. This asshole just might be our U.S. government gone rogue with a declaration of martial law because “we the people” have had a bellyful of their taxation without representation and who now seemingly have a deaf ear to protecting us from such rapacious taxation that’s now become an unpayable lien against generations of Americans to come.

    I’m personally not fearful of some wacko breaching my home security, but that of our now seemingly out of control government that’s turned a deaf ear to us.

    Whatever the reason, I’m glad the spineless Dem weanies have backed off concerning their bogus claims that assault weapons are flooding Mexico from the North b.s. as in recent CNN coverage of violence down Mexico way.

    They won’t come out with the truth that that RPG’s, true automatic weapons, grenades of various types etc. plus other heavy ordnance comes in via the now Peoples Republic of China controlled Panama Canal zone and also from our not so dear allies in Israel who are premier world class arms dealers.

    The Swiss who represent the longest standing democracy on the planet; ie., over 700 years have a requirement that every Swiss household be armed with a military class rifle with every able-bodied male to be active in the reserves 24/7/365. Even the women know how to use such weapons. They also have a superb civil defense system. It seems only the U.S., the Eurozone and most despotic regimes lean towards absolute and total confiscation of guns from the populace. A few years back Australia sufferred a mass killing by a deranged gunman. The national legislature acted in a kneejerk fashion calling for the confiscation of guns. Crime jumped 22 percent nationwide in short order post confiscations. I surely wouldn’t want to be living in the outback without the aid of a gun; ie., a necessary tool for survival.

    To me a gun is no different than an axe, long handled shovel, a chainsaw, a nailgun or any other tool. Used properly in a safe manner and you’ll have no problems, but you can surely be dealt death via any of my aforementioned household tools in the hands of a scheming maniac.

    People in this country need to buck up to the harsh realities of existence. Instead they’ve tried to convert the U.S. into one big feelgood coast to coast shopping mall with a bunch of bovine intellects who evidently trust their goverment and local police agencies to be their friends and protectors…NOT! Sorry folks, but the order of our government and agency policing has changed in this country ever since the Federal government started gifting large amounts of money to virtually militarize America’s police agencies coast to coast. They no longer look on the good citizens as those that they are sworn to protect, but we are the enemy and they show so with their overly responsive actions on many emergency calls that quickly escalate to a SWAT level encounter.

    Thanks again for your great post Bryan… : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  22. almandine

    April 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    “This asshole just might be our U.S. government gone rogue with a declaration of martial law…”

    Certainly a possibility Carl – but maybe a big enough groundswell could get the rest of our “defenders and protectors” to sign on with the guardians of this org:

    http://oath-keepers.blogspot.com/

    Collectivism is slavery…

  23. woody188

    April 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    My father-in-law is certain they will just issue an executive order or go door to door in a declared emergency as they did in New Orleans after Katrina. Where was the NRA then?

    Not much protection from groups after the fact. Many that had their guns taken after Katrina never received them back. Even the police were looting, making your own gun your only source of protection.

    No sense in making them illegal when they can just declare martial law and make up any law they want. No sense in the hassles or in getting us proles more upset and burying our guns with our other survival supplies.

    Hopefully enough of us have plenty of unregistered weapons to fall back on when they come for the registered ones.

  24. RichardKanePA

    April 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Guns only get limited when Republicans are in control. Such as Reagan after he was shot Brady Bill. With Obama’s unity desires and dislike of political blood, I knew in advance there would be no increased gun control. Perhaps a determined Democrat would have fought tooth and nail for a bill, despite a filibuster.

    Charleton Heston I suspect, (if he was still in alive) would have been astute enough to realize that Obama would be no problem, but McCain born again on gun control, would have suddenly seen the light after another massacre, pushing something through.
    By the way my password, a catchy phrase, doesn’t work but in a site I never signed out of. And CapitolHillBlue is suddenly oversized, and I must scrawl quite widely to get more than on article.

    http://capitolhillblue.com/2419
    RichardKanePA

  25. woody188

    April 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    CHB’s layout has been screwed up for me since the blogs were first turned off. Many of the links aren’t right. Looks like it was made for screen sizes over 1024×768 which is too bad since a large majority use that resolution. I make all my sites use liquid, which means they resize automatically to any screen size so what looks good at 1024×768 looks good on a smaller screen like a Palm or iPhone and also larger screen sizes.

    I compensate for my nettop’s (MSI Wind) 1024×600 screen size by surfing CHB in full screen mode. Just tap F11 in IE or Firefox to go full screen. Esc or F11 again will take it back to normal size. That won’t fix the left to right scroll bar which is too bad. I use that nettop from the couch all the time. Really good deal for around $329 for the 10-inch screen.

    The laptop I’m on right now is 1280×800 and everything fits nicely. I use roughly 6 machines on a regular basis so I have lots of different ways to look at CHB. :)

    Doug probably set the width to 1024 forgetting the scroll bar on the side takes up pixels too. It’s a very common mistake and easily overlooked when you program at a high resolution and don’t double check your work in other resolutions.

  26. griff

    April 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Yep. That’s what happens when the laws and definitions are written by fools in Washington with very little – if any – practical knowledge of the subject matter, but only a firm grasp on which way the lobbyist money flows.

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  28. Carl Nemo

    April 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    For the life of me, I have no idea why everyone wets their undies when they hear the term assault rifle. Possibly it’s the word assault that has them quivering. Maybe its our crooked crimpols in DC that have the severest episodes of such unwarranted fear or is it?!

    This weapon has a venerable pedigree going back to 1949 and was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, considered a hero to the former Soviet Union and surely on into our times. It is the most licensed arm in the world being in the hands of many nations on earth. It’s ugly but with incredible functionality as a tool of war both for offense and defense; ie., it gets the job done! : )

    It resists jamming by sand, wet sand and mud and temperature extremes due to its intentionally designed looser tolerances than our M16 and even the venerable M14. You’ll even see our GI’s in Iraq toting AK’s in lieu of their issued M16 “Shootin’ Shell Mattels”. In fact they’ve been demanding a better firearm than the M16 for sometime feeling it’s inadequate in an urban warfare situation with so much rock, stone and stucco type buildings. You feel pretty inadequate standing behind a door frame that’s seemingly sturdy to witness fire from an AK cut the frame away from the concrete while your puny .223 round fragments or easily ricochets off such structures.

    What’s more it has a nice compliment of magazines holding an adequate amount of rounds to be discharged in either the semi-automatic or automatic modes.

    “30-round detachable box magazine, also compatible with 40-round box or 75-round drum magazines from the RPK”

    In a pinch, it’s more than adequate for hunting purposes at least by hunters that take pride in placing their shots well and aren’t into overly long range “risk” shots.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AK-47

    Rest assured when the balloon goes up and we have either our rogue military and police along with hundreds of gangs throughout this nation rampaging and terrorizing the cities and countryside, your AK will be your absolute best life-saving companion. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  29. CheckerboardStrangler

    April 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    The point is, Obama has not abandoned anything.
    He’s just not going to work on it right now.
    Personally I’d like to see gun control groups like the Brady Bunch back the hell off and let some reasonable dialogue take place.
    Maybe then we might see something reasonable in terms of training and registration, and perhaps some education and responsibility.

    Nothing can be done to take guns out of the hands of criminals, but a lot can be done to make better responsible law abiding owners.
    The reason this is important is because the better behaved and more responsible our law abiding owners are, the easier it is to spot the criminals.

    Let’s concentrate on better enforcement of existing gun laws and better penalties for use of guns in crime.
    Let’s work on incentives to get unregistered arms off the streets and out of the hands of criminal street gangs.

    AND LEAVE THE LAW ABIDING OWNERS ALONE.
    We might just need their help someday.

  30. griff

    April 13, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I see this as the onset of classic government incrementalism. Go for the extreme position right off the bat, gauge the public reaction, then back off and try a more circuitous route.

    Now they can say that they’re backing off the position to lull everyones back to sleep, and then begin to seek smaller incremental changes along those same lines.

  31. bryan mcclellan

    April 13, 2009 at 12:41 am

    If I am a potential mayhem artist,
    and I’ve no idea if you are armed,
    the logical course is to leave you alone.

    We are the govimint CATS…

    I wonder how many homeless had a spot of tea today?

  32. bryan mcclellan

    April 13, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Keep your hat in the ring please..