Sunday, January 13, 2008


At least we now know where the Republican Party stands on the "gun issue" — behind us, with knives!

This from the morning's LA Times:
Bush administration backs gun regulation

A D.C. ban on home handguns may not be constitutional, the solicitor general tells the Supreme Court, but rights are limited and federal firearm restrictions should be upheld.
By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 13, 2008

WASHINGTON -- In their legal battle over gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment, gun- control advocates never expected to get a boost from the Bush administration.

But that's just what happened when U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement urged the Supreme Court in a brief Friday to say that gun rights are limited and subject to "reasonable regulation" by the government and that all federal restrictions on firearms should be upheld.

Reasonable regulations include the federal ban on machine guns and other "particularly dangerous types of firearms," he said in the brief. Moreover, the government forbids gun possession by felons, drug users, "mental defectives" and people subject to restraining orders, he said.

"Given the unquestionable threat to public safety that unrestricted private firearm possession would entail, various categories of firearm-related regulation are permitted by the 2nd Amendment," Clement said. He filed the brief in a closely watched case involving Washington, D.C.'s ban on keeping handguns at home for self-defense.

The head of a gun-control group said he was pleasantly surprised by the solicitor general's stand.

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence, said he saluted the administration for recognizing a need for limits on gun rights.


Anonymous said...

There's nothing like a chunk of cold sharp steel in the back to let you know who your friends are.

The anti-freedom media is going to have a field day with this.

Gun owners get Zum-boned again.

Anonymous said...

It seems like they don't understand "Unintended Consequences" .

Anonymous said...

I've been watching the History Channel program on the 18 month crime wave in 1933-1935, with the likes of Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, George "Baby Face" Nelson, and others. At that time, the Feds were powerless to do anything, and it resulted in the growth of the FBI.

And we all know how politicians hate to appear powerless. So it is no wonder they filed on DC's behalf. And it still sucks Big Time!

What's the best recourse here? The deal is done, but the SG can recall the brief. How do we compel unelected people to do our bidding? (I seem to recall having this discussion re' the UN, but that's another blog)

Turn up the heat on the elected people - NOW. March is coming fast.

Sevesteen said...

I am not going to blame the entire party. I'll blame the current administration and anyone willingly associating with them.

Anonymous said...

I can guarantee you that no one other than Ron Paul will say anything bad about this either..even my man Fred will be silent on it.

Anonymous said...

W pledged to sign a renewed AWB if enacted, remember? So W has never been 100% progun.

Still, I want to know if this brief was filed with the knowledge and consent of the White House or is this a product of the "independent AG" demanded by Dem senators?

Anonymous said...

Geoff, I'd recommend calling or faxing the White House. Don't bother with a letter, it won't get there in time. And specifically stat that you don't just want this want an amicus brief in support of Heller.

Anonymous said...

"particularly dangerous type" .. ???
Is a .22 single shot not "dangerous" in the wrong hands? Can a Hummer, in the wrong hands, not be more "dangerous" than a machine gun?
Complete morons !!!
They only "dangerous" part is the will of individual human beings, and they can't legislate us out - YET.

Doug said...

Bush being praised by HCI.

If that's not grounds for impeachment of any President, what is?

Anonymous said...

Ummm.. yea. Let's impeach the president over this.

Get a grip on reality. You're a gunowner after all.

Doug said...

For how much longer will we Americans be gun owners if we continue to be RAPED by so-called conservatives who turn the defense of our nation over to a bloated, overpaid bureaucracy, and the enemies of American citizens are further empowered by more abrogation of our national right to defend ourselves. ANY ADVOCACY OF GUN CONTROL LAWS LEADS TO CONTINUED MURDER OF LAW ABIDING CITIZENS BY CRIMINALS WHO DO NOT ABIDE BY THE VERY LAWS THESE SCUM PROPOSE! Enabling the continued murder of American citizens by enabling gun control freaks is a far worse treason than what we've hanged lesser criminals for, mister anonymous coward, hiding behind your sniveling silicon teat. What the hell does it matter to you if violent predators rape, murder or mutilate more citizens of any city, right? It's not you, mister "Zumbo-I have MY approved gun!"