Thursday, March 02, 2006

Shining the Shit Shovels

It seems the good folks at Stop Handgun Ownership Violence have their knickers in a twist over Mitt Romney's absence from their latest panty-wringing session.

Gun foes take shot at Mitt'’s absence

A regular on the Republican rubber-chicken circuit, Gov. Mitt Romney couldn'’t find time yesterday to join a high-profile call to crack down on gun laws that officials say are letting firearms flood into Boston and other cities.

Neither Romney nor anyone from his administration joined Mayor Thomas M. Menino, police and activists at an event yesterday targeting gun laws in other states that allow firearms to be bought without criminal background checks.

"Nothing. No response,"” said Stop Handgun Violence'’s John Rosenthal, about the invitation he e-mailed last Wednesday to Romney scheduler Erin Brenner.

Maybe, John, it had something to do with the fact that you're a total fraud with nothing valuable to add to the discussion of the increase in violent crime in the cities of Massachusetts.

And, gee, I can't for the life of me figure out why Romney chose not to let himself be associated with such a bunch of clueless assclowns as this. Let's be real - in the grand scheme of things, there's no shortage of clueless assclowns on either side of the political fence. Why would the governor want to get involved with any more than are politically necessary?

A massive new billboard was unveiled alongside the Massachusetts Turnpike aimed at the states that are some of the biggest sources of guns used in crimes in Massachusetts: New Hampshire, Maine, Georgia and Vermont.

"SOME of the BIGGEST sources of guns used in Massachusetts"?

Flashback: mAss Backwards - January 19, 2006

From the Boston Globe:

Although most illegal guns found in Boston in 2004 came from Massachusetts, police have traced more firearms to other New England states, including Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, and Southern states such as Alabama, Florida, and Maryland.

Are you beginning to see how this works? Take the facts in the case, throw in a few modifiers with the sole purpose of clouding reality, stretch the truth to suit your needs, and VOILA!, the people will bow in fear and reverence to your omniscient revelations.

Try this one:

The halibut ranks among some of the largest species of marine life to live in the Atlantic Ocean.

Is that a lie? Not exactly. The halibut might rank #2,977 on that list, but it made the list. And it's substantially larger than krill. That is a fact.

Is it an honest representation of the facts? Not exactly.

How about this one?

BOSTON - 2 BR condominium for sale in beautiful Back Bay neighborhood. Walking distance to the region's best ski resorts.

Get it?

If these people had half a leg to stand on in their attempts to get the people to accept their political agenda, these blatant distortions of the truth that they use so well to pitch their fear-laden buckets of hyperbole would hardly be necessary. When you have to lie, cheat, and deceive to get folks to listen to your message, your message sucks ass.

Case in point #2, from the same article:

Those states do not require criminal background checks for gun buyers at flea markets and gun shows.

OK, that one is just a good old-fashioned lie.

Back in December, when I bought my shotgun at a gun show in New Hampshire, I had to show positive ID (and my MA Firearms License) and wait while the seller of the gun called in for the FEDERALLY-MANDATED criminal background check.

What these assferrets are referring to (though they won't come out and say it, as it softens the impact of their anti-gun message) is the transfer of firearms between private citizens. In other words, in New Hampshire, you can sell a gun to a friend, or buy a gun from a private citizen without first being required to ask for the government's blessing.

The other part they conveniently leave out is that it's against the law in New Hampshire (and presumably in other states as well, I just haven't looked it up yet) to sell a firearm to a convicted felon (i.e. someone who wouldn't make it past the background check that gun dealers are required to run).

So, if there are people in New Hampshire buying handguns legally, and selling them on the black market to out-of-state buyers...


That's illegal too!

Anyway, if that is happening on as grand a scale as Rosenthal's PR flunkies would have us all believe, how are more laws going to deter these individuals from carrying on with their already-illegal activities?

It all comes back to the irreversible state of denial that these people live in. They honestly believe that more legislation will eventually eliminate the black market demand for firearms. All we need are just a few more gun laws, like a 30-day waiting period, or stricter safe storage requirements, and the criminals will come to their senses and lay down their arms.

These people are simply morons of epic proportion, and Governor Romney did the right thing by staying as far away from them as possible. Their shit might smell like roses here in the Progressive People's Republic, but outside the razorwire, it just smells like shit.