Good Guys - 1, Gun-Banning Bigots - 0
From Menino's press release dated 4/18/07:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and Jerramiah Healy of Jersey City for a meeting of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The coalition announced that 27 new mayors from New Jersey, led by founding member Mayor Healy of Jersey City, have joined the group, bringing membership to 214 mayors nationwide. The bi-partisan coalition also unveiled a new, targeted television advertising campaign aimed at the repeal of the “Tiahrt Amendment.”
The new television advertising campaign is the latest component of the coalition’s ProtectPolice.org media campaign and seeks the repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, a piece of legislation that restricts the access of cities [read: meddling politicians - ed.] and law enforcement to gun trace data, an essential crime fighting tool.
And, from The Barrios Blog (4/2/07):
At the federal level, we have moved in the wrong direction.
That depends entirely on one's definition of "wrong".
COPS monies have been slashed...
I don't understand. Massachusetts has the "most effective gun laws in the nation". What do you need with all that federal money, Jarrett? Wouldn't it be put to better use in a state with lax gun laws, where the rate of violent gun crime must surely be skyrocketing out of control?
...and the NRA has successfully protected gun manufacturers...
Because, if some strung-out junkie shoots a liquor store clerk in the head with a 30-year-old Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, for the $32.89 in the till, it's crystal clear who's really at fault there.
But, that's another lie for another post.
...and killed the assault weapon ban.
Because a Ruger 10/22 with a folding stock is immeasurably more dangerous in the hands of a gangbanging drug dealer than a sawn-off, pump-action shotgun with five rounds of 00 buckshot at the ready.
But, I digress. Here's the money quote.
Unbelievably, the NRA successfully inserted an amendment in the 2004 federal budget, through Congressman Todd Tiehrt [sic] (R-KS) that actually prevents the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from providing gun tracing data to any local or state law enforcement agency.
Excellent choice of words, Jarrett. I couldn't have said it better myself, seeing how what you just wrote there is a complete lie. A deceptive statement. A prevarication. An obfuscation of fact. An outright fabrication, self-extracted from the speaker's backside, if you will.
From Michael J. Sullivan, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives:
"Let me be clear: neither the congressional language nor ATF rules prohibit the sharing of trace data with law enforcement conducting criminal investigations, or place any restrictions on the sharing of trace data with other jurisdictions once it is in the hands of state or local law enforcement. In fact, multi-jurisdictional trace data is also utilized by ATF and shared with fellow law-enforcement agencies to identify firearm-trafficking trends and leads. Additionally, nothing prohibits ATF from releasing our own reports that analyze trace-data trends that could be used by law enforcement."
Senator Barrios is lying through his fucking teeth.
But, then again, we know that already.
And, so does he.
He may be a totalitarian bigot, hellbent on depriving every citizen in Massachusetts of their God-given right to defend themselves from harm, and bringing his dream of turning Massachusetts into a 1930's-Germany police state into fruition, but one thing Senator Barrios is not is uneducated. Nor, is he ignorant of the law.
He knows full-well that the best way to advance his anti-gun agenda is to team up with fellow fact-fuckers, Mayors Bloomberg and Menino and their allies in the leadership of the Democratic Party, and maintain this constant barrage of lies and misinformation, designed solely to misinform the public and persuade as many sheep-minded people as possible into abandoning their civil rights for what is nothing more than a dangerous illusion of security.
From Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation:
"Mayor Bloomberg has been disingenuous at best and deliberately deceitful at worst," Gottlieb stated. "We're glad that Mr. Sullivan took the time to set the record straight. We've known Bloomberg wasn't telling the truth since he invented this trace data controversy, and Sullivan's explanation should close this matter for good."
Yes, it should, seeing how it's rooted in reality, and is based entirely on factual information.
But, when it comes time to attack the rights of responsible gun owners, such things as facts and reality are but inconvenient technicalities to be ignored and swept under the rug, as far as Barrios and his friends in the "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in!" movement are concerned.
Oh, and speaking of gun-grabbing scumbag politicians form "south of the border", here's Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's latest wet dream of a gun law.
In a nutshell, if you go through all the steps necessary to obtain a Class A License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts, and buy a handgun capable of accepting a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, you have to wait a month before you can purchase said magazine.
And, if you're in the gun shop purchasing your extra-deadly 12-round "cop-killer" magazine 31 days later, and see a rare, collectible firearm that you'd like to purchase, you'd better hope the shop has layaway. You couldn't take possession of that gun for another 30 days.
Also, let's say you buy yourself a new hunting rifle (or any new firearm, for that matter) and a buddy invites you to go turkey hunting with him three weeks later, but you don't own a shotgun appropriate for turkey hunting. If this bill were to become law, you'd be prohibited from buying a shotgun for more than a week after that hunting trip. Unless, of course, you wanted to trade in your now-used rifle to a licensed gun dealer, taking a loss on your original purchase price, in order to buy it.
Can't you just feel the drug-fueled, inner-city gang violence plummeting?
I'm sure all the "armed career criminals" roaming the streets of Dorchester this morning are just shaking in their shoes over this one, wondering how on earth they'll be able to arm themselves with such a "common sense" gun law on the books.
Meanwhile, up in scenic Brentwood, New Hamsphire, the sun is shining and there's a light breeze blowing the fresh air of freedom through the open screen door. I'll be outside working on my deck if anyone's looking for me.
Later on, I think I'll put the .45 on my hip and go out for groceries.
Because, I can.
(House Bill 3978 link via The Hobbesian Father)