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Monday, May 6, 2013

New Tone: News Editor Wants NRA Members Sent to Guantanamo



Because we all know who the real terrorists are...

From The Aurora Sentinel piece by Dave Petty (h/t Instapundit and Tom Blumer at Bizzy Blog):

WE CAN ONLY SAVE OURSELVES FROM KIDNAPPERS AT THE NRA 
I’m talking about the real terrorist threat here in America: the National Rifle Association

I have seen the light. After all these years, I now agree that it’s fruitless to give the benefit of the doubt to people who are so obviously corrupt, so clearly malevolent, so bent on hurting innocent people for their own sick gain.

No more due process in the clear-cut case of insidious terrorism. When the facts are so clearly before all Americans, for the whole world to see, why bother with this country’s odious and cumbersome system of justice? Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in their own mental squalor.

No, no, no. Not the wannabe sick kid who blew up the Boston marathon [notice the wording. Not "terrorist" or "Muslim terrorist" but "sick" as though he's just mentally ill] or the freak that’s mailing ricin-laced letters to the president. I’m talking about the real terrorist threat here in America: the National Rifle Association.

I’m not laughing. What the NRA did last week was no laughing matter. Aurora is a community that knows only too well the downside of prolific guns, of military weapons in the hands of crazy people, of a nation that’s gone so far off base when it comes to firearm regulations that common sense is beyond our reach.

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Well some people estimate that 1 in 4 Americans now own a gun. That would be about 76 million people. How many “belong” to the NRA? About 4.5 million. [actually 5 million. Obama and the Dems have done a bang-up job of increasing membership as well as selling guns and ammunition.] You know how many Americans don’t answer to the NRA goons? 309 million Americans. You know who dropped his membership to the NRA? George W. Bush after NRA freaks bought paid ads calling the government “jack-booted thugs.” [I had no idea that Left-leaning newspaper editors loved George W. Bush's so much. Oh that's right, just when they can use him to attempt to reinforce their point, or to blame him for Obama's economic failures-- and anything else. Other than that he's the Devil incarnate.]

By using the weapon of choice for all terrorist organizations, extortion, the NRA has forced the action of about 45 ineffectual U.S. senators, a clear act of terrorism and treason [LOL]. And Wayne LaPierre and his arrogant cronies are laughing about it [LOL]. They’re laughing at 9 out of 10 [Once again, a number pulled out the database suspended in the thin air] of you and your insistence that Congress do something reasonable to stop the insanity in this country [This "insistence" doesn't seem to be backed up by the results of an April 2013 Gallup poll. Only 4% listed "Guns/Gun Control" as "the most important problem facing this country today." And that 4% isn't even necessarily pro gun control. A number of those people could feel that gun-grabbing is the most important problem, and thus answer that gun control is the problem facing America and not a solution. So I guess when Perry uses the phrase "you and your insistence that Congress do something" he's actually referring to other newspaper editors and members of the media. They're insistence is undeniable.].

It’s time for the majority of Americans to fight the battle cowards in the Senate are too gutless to handle. If you have a relationship with the terrorists at the NRA, end it. Insist your political heroes do the same and turn back NRA blood money from gun makers. If you really stand behind the spirit of the American Constitution [LOL. Except for the 2nd Amendment I guess. Oh, and that idea of not relying on government to solve all your problems and tell you what to believe and stuff. All that is outdated... And remember freedom of religion was designed to protect the government from religion not the other way around, and so on and so forth...], push back against the cancerous threat that seeks to undermine it for the sake of U.S. gun makers [Yup, U.S. gunmakers-- an industry that probably has the highest percentage of American military veterans owning and working within their ranks-- are trying to destroy the American Constitution for their own greedy blood money-- through their terrorist wing of the NRA no less. *sigh* I miss the good old days when people merely called me racist and ignorant for disagreeing with their views that Blacks are inferior and that generally people are responsible for their own actions. Now I'm a terrorist and murderer for believing that law-abiding citizens should be able to own guns.].
The skipped parts are mostly Perry listing various liberal newspapers (while claiming they're not liberal i.e. Leftist because they're in places like Dallas where liberal i.e. Leftist newspapers are outlawed under pain of death or something) while dabbing away the froth coming from the corners of his mouth.

Rather amusingly-- and in an unfortunate turn of events for newspaper editor Dave Perry-- according to Gallup, the NRA's popularity remains quite high.

From Gallup (my own write up here):
Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion. The public's ratings of the NRA have fluctuated since first measured by Gallup in 1993 -- from a low of 42% favorable in 1995 to a high of 60% in 2005.  
The NRA's positions on guns and gun control legislation have received significant attention from media and politicians during the last week after the association's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, held a press conference in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. LaPierre denounced the idea of additional gun control legislation and instead called for armed guards in the nation's schools. The press conference came midway through the field period of this Dec. 19-22 USA Today/Gallup poll.
This poll was done in December 2012 immediately after the media's concerted efforts to paint LaPierre as a buffoon and the NRA as evil.

At around the same time (Sept. 2012) Gallup polls showed America's distrust of the media-- and that includes you hyper-ventilating editor Dave Perry-- at an all-time high:
Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.
The record distrust in the media, based on a survey conducted Sept. 6-9, 2012, also means that negativity toward the media is at an all-time high for a presidential election year.
Huh. Distrust in the media?! America is distrusting of editors writing eliminationist rhetoric spiced with vitriol?! Shame and more shame shall be heaped upon you commoner America; shame for distrusting your betters that know what is important and best for you.

But all of Perry's sputtering rage aside, his rant and venom is absolutely typical of the anti-gun crowd. Shall we remember newspaper editor Donald Kaul in Des Moines who wished that the NRA to be declared a terrorist orginization, gun owners believing in rights granted by the Constitution to be summarily executed, and for key Republicans to be tortured? I quote: "Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. [...] Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that 'prying the guns from their cold, dead hands' thing works for me.[...] I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control."

These people are not uncommon. Their publicly-aired violent fantasies (oh, but they were just kidding or something...) for torturing political opponents, summary executions, and tyrannical decrees are everyday. They're countless. Want to scare yourself? Look on Twitter for some of the tweets regarding Wayne LaPierre, Sarah Palin, Stacy Dash (a Black woman and actress daring to support Romney in 2012), or just the NRA.

It's only fitting that I came across Barry Snell's opinion piece at Iowa State Daily (via Instapundit) today. Click on the above link and read it all, but some of the lines that struck me are below.

From Snell:

In the gun debate, I’ve discovered that one cannot be expert enough about guns. Indeed, when it comes to the gun issue, opinion rules. There doesn’t seem to be any opportunity for any genuine, honest debate on guns, and even liberals would agree with that. I’ve often wondered about this over the years. Is it because my side of the debate is actually loony? I don’t think so; at least, I think I’m pretty normal. Sure, we’ve got some oddballs we all wish would go away, just like any group does.
But all the pro-gun people I know are normal people too — people so normal that nobody knows they’re gun people until they’re told. In fact, there are so many gun owners that if we are all crazy like some suggest, the daily crime rate in America would look more like our crime rate for the entire decade combined, and CNN would actually have something to report on other than the latest gossip.
 
That is to say, there’s a hundred million of us, owning a few hundred million guns combined, and we contribute to society peacefully every day. Many of us even literally protect society for a living, or used to.
 
I’ve come to realize after the Sandy Hook shooting that the reason we can’t have a rational gun debate is because the anti-gun side pre-supposes that their pro-gun opponents must first accept that guns are bad in order to have a discussion about guns in the first place. Before we even start the conversation, we’re the bad guys and we have to admit it. Without accepting that guns are bad and supplicating themselves to the anti-gunner, the pro-gunner can’t get a word in edgewise, and is quickly reduced to being  called a murderer, or a low, immoral and horrible human being.
You might think that’s hyperbole too, but I’ve experienced it personally from people I considered friends until recently. And every day I see it on TV or in the newspapers, from Piers Morgan to the Des Moines Register’s own Donald Kaul, who among others have actually said people like me are stupid, crazy or should be killed ourselves. YouTube is full of examples, and any Google search will result in example after example of gun-owning Americans being lampooned, ridiculed and demonized by the media and citizens somewhere.   
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Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because anti-gunners always talk about 90 percent of Americans supporting this gun control measure, or 65 percent supporting that one, as if a majority opinion is what truly matters in America. We don’t trust anti-gun people because you think America is a democracy, when it’s actually a constitutional federal republic. In the American system, the rights of a single individual are what matters and are what our system is designed to protect. The emotional mob does not rule in America. 
Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they keep saying they “respect the Second Amendment” and go on about how they respect the hunting traditions of America. We don’t trust you because you have to be a complete idiot to think the Second Amendment is about hunting. I wish people weren’t so stupid that I have to say this: The Second Amendment is about checking government tyranny. Period. End of story. The founders probably couldn’t have cared less about hunting since, you know, they just got done with that little tiff with England called the Revolutionary War right before they wrote that “little book” called the Constitution.
Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they lie to us. President Obama directly says he won’t tamper with guns or the Second Amendment, then turns around and pushes Congress to do just that. We don’t trust anti-gunners because they appoint one of the most lying and rabidly (and moronically) anti-gun people in America, Vice President Biden, to head up a “task force” to “solve” the so-called “gun problem,” who in turn talks with anti-gun special interest groups instead of us to complete his task.
 
Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they tell us they don’t want to ban guns, only enact what they call “common sense gun laws.” But like a magician using misdirection, they tell everyone else they want to ban every gun everywhere. While some are busy trying to placate us with lies, another anti-gunner somewhere submits a gun ban proposal — proposals that often would automatically make us felons for possession. Felons, for no good reason. And you anti-gunners can roll up your grandfather clauses and stuff them where the sun don’t shine. If it ain’t good enough for our grandchildren in 60 years, it ain’t good enough for us right now.
 
Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they make horrifying predictions about how there will be blood in the streets, gunfights on every street corner and America will become the Wild West again if citizens are allowed to carry concealed firearms. We don’t trust anti-gun people because we know that despite the millions of Americans who have carry permits, those who carry guns commit crimes at a much lower rate than people who don’t. We know because we know ourselves and we’re not criminals. We know because concealed carry is now legal nearly everywhere, and guess what? Violent crime continues to go down. What a shocker.  
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Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they are purposely misleading to rile the emotions of the ignorant. We don’t trust anti-gunners because they say more than 30,000 people are killed each year by guns — a fact that is technically true, but the key piece of information withheld is that only a minor fraction of that number is murder; the majority is suicides and accidents. We don’t trust anti-gunners because we know accidents and suicides don’t count in the crime rate, but they’re held against us as if they do. 
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Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because not only is the violent crime rate approaching historic lows, but mass shootings are on the decline too. We don’t trust anti-gun people because they fail to recognize that mass shootings happen where guns are already banned — ridiculous “gun-free zones” which attract homicidal maniacs to perpetrate their mass shootings.   
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Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because anti-gun people put us down with dismissals like “just another dumb redneck with a gun.” We are told all over the Internet that we deserve to be in prison for being awful, heartless people; baby-killers and supporters of domestic terrorism, even. We don’t trust anti-gun people because even our own president says people like me are “bitter” and “cling to our guns and religion.” One need only go to any online comments section of any recent gun article in any of the major newspapers to see all this for themselves.  
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Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because when things like the Boston Marathon bombing happen, everyone correctly blames the bomber, not the bomb. Nobody is calling for bomb control because killing people with bombs is already illegal — just like killing people with guns is illegal too.

Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they’re fine with guns protecting the money in our banks, our politicians and our celebrities, but they’re against us using guns to protect ourselves, our families, or even our children in schools. Legislative trolls like Dianne Feinstein cry havoc about me protecting my life, while standing comfortably behind armed guards —and the .38 Special revolver she got a California carry permit for. We don’t trust anti-gunners because they tell us our lives aren’t important, or at least are less important than the life of some celebrity like Snooki, who can have all the armed guards her bank account can afford.
 
Bravo,  Mr. Snell. He has summed up, rather succinctly, many of my own feelings on the matter. And the experiences he describes are not unlike some my own experiences with anti-gun people both online and in person. Except he has described it better than I could, and I'm sure he has had to deal with this crud more than I have-- although I have had my fair share of run-ins. 

But what Barry Snell seems reluctant to admit is that people like Perry and Kaul do truly believe that our lives are less important than theirs. The Left's strategies often involve the dehumanizing of opponents and the elevating of themselves. And these strategies work first and foremost on themselves.

The Left is well convinced that all who publicly stand against their tyrannical crusades (whether for gun-grabbing, or health care, or green energy initiatives whose failure to implement threatens to end all life on earth) are ignorant and stupid. Obama truly believes us to be "bitter clingers" and is dumb-founded at our failure to embrace ObamaCare and his ruinous economic policies. And that's from a man in constant concern about his public persona blessed with a very friendly media helping to control his image.

One step passed that and the Left gives us the accusations of stupidity and ignorance, the Twitter and comments section death threats, the public fantasies of torture and dictatorial tyranny.

The gun debate and the emotions they stir just gives us all a less contrived and controlled glimpse into the Left's true nature. It should be remembered that the Left's basic doctrine-- whether it's known by those who follow it or not-- is that (1) regular people are stupid, ignorant and awful, and they must be controlled by their betters who know the "truth" as reflected in Marxism, and (2) that these people must be tyrannically controlled until some-- those not killed-- can "reeducated" to think like them, and then all will be well with this world.

With this in mind, is it really that surprising that people like Kaul and Perry give us their published violent and vitriolic fantasies?

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