Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mayors Against Honest Conversation

Stop me if you've heard this one before. Boston Mayor Tom Menino went in front of a room full of TV cameras yesterday and continued his campaign of lies and misinformation about our nation's gun laws.

I know.

I'm shocked too.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino urged the Bush administration yesterday to tighten gun control laws and stand up to the National Rifle Association in the aftermath of the massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech.

"The federal government could take action ... by getting the NRA to back off these issues," Menino said in a telephone interview.

Yeah, the NRA should back off the issue of protecting America's right to self-defense, just like NARAL should back off the issue of protecting a woman's right to choose.

"...but some rights are more equal than others."

"Young kids have guns today. ... How is this being perpetrated throughout the country? It's not just a Boston problem. It's a national problem."

The mayor made his comments as he returned to Boston from New Jersey, where he attended a meeting yesterday of a coalition of mayors united against illegal guns. Menino and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York started the coalition with 15 mayors in April 2006, and it grew to 214 with the addition of 27 mayors from New Jersey yesterday.

Like Menino, Bloomberg said yesterday that he will wait for the investigation to be completed before offering extensive comments on the massacre, though he did say that an average of about 30 Americans are slain by gunfire daily.

I guess it depends on one's definition of "extensive".

Menino pointed out that the guns Seung-Hui Cho used to kill 32 people and then himself were bought legally in Virginia. He said looser gun laws in Southern states such as Virginia cause the streets of Boston to be flooded with illegal guns.

Like many cities, Boston is confronting a surge in homicides. This year, the city is well ahead of the pace of last year's total of 74 homicides, just one shy of the 10-year high of 75 set in 2005.

"A young person goes to one of those Southern states with liberal gun laws and brings them to Massachusetts and sells them out of trucks," Menino said. "Why isn't the president doing something about it?"

What do you say we start aggressively enforcing the laws already on the books that make it a felony to sell firearms, in any of the 50 states, to persons from out-of-state?

This whole "Anyone can buy guns in Virginia!" bullshit talking point is really starting to annoy me. Of course, it doesn't help that all of his slobbering, ass-kissing cohorts in the media refuse to call him on it.

The mayors' coalition will begin airing television ads on network political talk shows Sunday to push for the repeal of a law that prevents the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives from sharing gun trace information with local law enforcement.

That's bullshit, Mr. Mayor, and you know it.

Menino and Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis say the law makes it more difficult for police to apprehend criminals who use guns to kill and maim people.




The gun tracing legislation you're talking about does nothing to restrict access to gun trace data by LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES tracking the origins of firearms USED IN CRIMES.

Despite what you would like the public to believe, Mayors Against Illegal Guns is not a law enforcement agency. Your group is what we in the reality-based universe call a "gun control advocacy organization".

The website of the NRA says the group supports the legislation because it protects the privacy of gun owners, whose weapons could be traced even when they are not used in crimes.

Exactly. The law was written for the purpose of keep meddling, little, gun-grabbing fascists like yourself and Bloomberg out of my gun safe and away from my lawfully-possessed firearms, and to protect the nation's law-abiding firearms dealers from your law-breaking goon squad, set out to harass the innocent, in order to further your liberal anti-liberty agenda.

Stick a cork in it, asshole.

And, oh yeah....come get 'em.