Saturday, April 25, 2009

Two Saturday Quickies...

...before heading to the range. The first is from MSNBC, part of their First 100 Day Coverage of Maximum Barry Reign, bemoaning the fact that the shiny new AWB appears to be dead in it's cradle: 
One-hundred days into his presidency, President Obama says it [a new AWB] remains a goal. But it is one the White House has been forced to abandon.

Voices of agreement
President Obama and Vice-President Biden, “support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent,” the White House website declares. Shortly after taking office, members of the Obama cabinet added their voices of agreement.

At his first news conference as attorney general, Eric Holder said, “there are just a few gun-related changes what we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed the idea during her trip to Mexico in late March. “These assault weapons, these military-style weapons, don’t belong on anyone’s street,” she said.

But the fire has gone out of President Obama’s goal of restricting the availability of firearms. “I don’t know of any plans,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, to seek an assault weapons ban from Congress.

Attorney General Holder admitted as much when asked, during a recent session with reporters, whether he expected any push for a ban this year to curb the flow of guns from the United States to Mexico.

His answer could have come straight from the National Rifle Association: “I think what we’re going to do is to try to, obviously, enforce the laws on the books.”
The second is a couple of media posts from Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell
What does it means when you have an editorial in the US News and World Report that says gun control is unconstitutional, period, and the Baltimore Sun runs an article about the ineffectiveness of the gun control movement?

It’s part of American legend that when Corwallis’ men surrendered to Washington and LaFayette after the Battle of Yorktown, effectively ending the American Revolution, the band played “The World Turned Upside Down.” Someone send Paul Helmke a fife. If the media abandoned them, all is lost. That’s not to say gun control is dead, but the current incarnation might be. Will there be a rebirth? Will Brady change their name again? Who knows. But pretty clearly what they are doing now isn’t working.
Let's stay vigilant and make sure it keeps on not working! I'm also trying to get ramped up to speed on the kerflunkle over Rush Limbaugh recording some audio spots for the Humane Society...El Rushbo apparently didn't get the memo that the Humane Society has morphed from a protector of abandoned pets to just another animal rights/antihunting organization.

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance is on this big time: 
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance has joined the nation’s leading conservation organizations in sending a letter to Rush Limbaugh urging the talk radio personality to cease his support of America’s number one opponent of sportsman traditions, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The groups who sent the letter are: the Archery Trade Association, Boone and Crockett Club, Catch a Dream Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Conservation Force, Dallas Safari Club, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Houston Safari Club, Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America, Mule Deer Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Trappers Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, North American Bear Foundation, North American Grouse Partnership, Pheasants Forever, Pope and Young Club, Quail Forever, Quality Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Texas Wildlife Association, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Whitetails Unlimited, Wildlife Forever, Wildlife Management Institute, and the Wild Sheep Foundation.

The letter clearly states the essential role played by hunters, fishermen, and trappers in conserving America’s wildlife. It reads:

“Every year, billions of dollars are pumped into conservation and local economies by American hunters, anglers, and trappers through the purchases of their licenses, equipment and clothing, and through their expenditures on hotels, travel, and dining.”

The letter also explains to Mr. Limbaugh the impact his endorsement will have on advancing the HSUS agenda:

“With America’s most prominent conservative spokesman on board, they have the opportunity to make in-roads in to a new cross section of our country.

You are helping them to mainstream their image in the minds of reasonable people. Your collaboration furthers the anti-hunting and anti-fishing agenda of HSUS, which will undermine the great success of conservation and threatens the economies of small towns and rural states across our nation.”

7 comments:

Clark Kent said...

They're treading pussycat lightly so as not to queer the midterm congressional elections next year. If they lose those, we win. If they win, watch out!!

Anonymous said...

If the "moderate" Dems continue to hold firm to their "no gun control" position we may just escape 8 years of BHO relatively unscathed. We will have to watch out for Exec orders and "regulations" from agencies tho. That's where I look for BHO to strike.

hazcat said...

I think Clark has it right. Whether it be actual laws or as the next poster says 'executive orders, regulations (watch the EPA and Health) or treaties (Mexico), I don't think they will try real hard until after the mid-term elections. If they win it will be 'damn the torpedos...".

Anonymous said...

“I don’t know of any plans,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, to seek an assault weapons ban from Congress.Yeah, I really believe that one.
The media hasn't whipped up enough of a phony frenzy - yet.
Wait till they bring out the BIG SMEAR CAMPAIGN. It will make the last couple weeks of disinformation from the MSM look like a picnic.

Like CK 'n Haz said, the midterms is what they want. They get that and they may not even bother with the MSM smear job.

Fuzdaddy said...

It's funny how, to Holder, a new AWB falls under just "a few gun related changes." I guess that's probably part of their strategy. Just treat it as if "it's no big thang, just a couple of little changes…".

Let's ban an entire class of firearms, mostly based on the fact that they look scary. Oh, but we'll let the government that's supposed to be in check by the second have them. NO THANKS! We'll just keep our right, or hand the government back to the other guys.

The Tarquin said...

Just one quick thing I'd like to point out, The Humane Society of the United States is a deceptively named organization. It, in fact, has no connection to the many local Humane Societies that run local shelters. Rather it's an "animal rights" group that intentionally picked the name to garner support from people based on the good works of local Humane Societies.

For more information, please see: http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/136 . From the link:

"Despite the words “humane society” on its letterhead, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with your local animal shelter. Despite the omnipresent dogs and cats in its fundraising materials, it’s not an organization that runs spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected, and abused pets. And despite the common image of animal protection agencies as cash-strapped organizations dedicated to animal welfare, HSUS has become the wealthiest animal rights organization on earth. "

The Tarquin said...

Sorry for the double post.

It just occurred to me that the following paragraph from the article would be a better quote:

"HSUS is big, rich, and powerful, a “humane society” in name only. And while most local animal shelters are under-funded and unsung, HSUS has accumulated $113 million in assets and built a recognizable brand by capitalizing on the confusion its very name provokes. This misdirection results in an irony of which most animal lovers are unaware: HSUS raises enough money to finance animal shelters in every single state, with money to spare, yet it doesn’t operate a single one anywhere."