Proposals by lawmakers following the shooting of a Congresswoman in Tucson reveal a broad legislative intent to clamp down on personal liberties and ratchet up on state controls. Foremost in these efforts are self-styled “progressives,” who, in true Orwellian style, have advocated stepping up the freedom regression on several fronts.
As we noted in this column on Monday, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and her ilk are planning to introduce new citizen disarmament edicts, and Rep. Robert Brady wants to ban sending representative’s symbols they might perceive as threatening. (Yo, Bob: Wet yourself.)
Now we learn Rep. Louise Slaughter wants the FCC to dictate acceptable political speech on radio and television (and if you read her statements carefully, she’s making the case that what opposition candidates can say should be restricted). Never mind that to even give credence to her “reasoning” means we must also accept the unhinged among us are primed to go off, like an avalanche, at the slightest tremor, and thus control all our actions and expressions as if walking on eggshells so as not to trigger their rage.
If this is so, then shouldn’t we demand all ability to communicate with the masses be regulated for the common good? Why not require (“force” is such an ugly word, don’t you think?) newspapers and magazines to toe the line of government-mandated acceptability standards, along with Internet sites? And why not include books? Or music—anybody read any rap lyrics lately? Or how about movies, many of which include depictions of demonic, murderous gore—increasingly in 3-D…? How can Sarah Palin set a delusional psycho off on a rampage, but Jigsaw or Leatherface can, at most, only startle them into spilling some popcorn? Surely, if the (“Are you serious?”) claim can be made that health care or gun manufacturing, or a host of other power-grabbing federal usurpations can be justified, a strong case can be made that these all are part of interstate commerce.
We know what Mr. Franklin said about liberty and safety, don’t we? And it’s not surprising that every one of the examples of liberty-encroachment mentioned above has been proposed by Democrats.
Except one of the most insulting, chilling and abusive assaults on freedom proposed after the Tucson shootings comes from this guy, per The Huffington Post:
Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official… King’s legislation to make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within 1,000 feet of the president, vice president, members of Congress or judges of the Federal Judiciary, would offer government officials the same protection.
Using the same logic, why not enact similar legislation at state, county and municipal levels? Why not extend the ban to citizen interactions with all government employees, including law enforcement, regulatory agents, auditors…?
How about school board members…?
What if I just go to the store, don’t know some pol is planning a parking lot rally, don’t really care, see that an event is in progress and just mind my own business and carry on? While…uh…carrying on?
Like Joe Zamudio? (Watching his soft-spoken truths shut down that gasbag Ed Schultz is priceless.)
I see the appropriately-named King’s absurd moving bubble, and it’s incumbent on me to yield and withdraw until Master and his entourage passes?
It’s no surprise this nonsense would come from that elitist. He, along with fellow anti-Second Amendment RINO oath-breakers Mark Kirk, Dan Coates and others should provide all the evidence gun owners need to NEVER donate to the GOP, which will then turn around and use those resources to give aid and comfort to the enemies within. Donate ONLY to individual candidates who have earned your support.
But didn’t the title to this article say something about galvanizing gun owners? How do I figure, particularly with The New York Times telling its readers “Poll Finds Growing Support for Stronger Gun Control”?
While it’s no surprise that gun-owning poll respondents, that is, the ones who actually know what they’re talking about, ”were…more likely than those without to say stricter gun laws would not have prevented the shootings,” another more representative poll shows us how public sentiment is translated into real-world action:
Glock Pistol Sales Surge After Arizona Shootings Amid Fear of Gun Limits
I also know the concerns that have been expressed to me from readers, fellow activists and friends. Add to this information related to me last night in a phone call from a friend and former NRA director, a sentiment stated directly to him some years back by a former executive staffer, and independently offered to a colleague by another (current) director and politician: They expressed the opinion that they need another Brady Bill. Nothing would swell their ranks more quickly with frightened, angry gun owners than the threat of a new significant federal legislation attempt.
Maybe instead of warning against all these new fascist wish list infringements from both parties, we gun owners should be encouraging the antis and their ridiculous media cheerleaders to bring ‘em on.
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- Safer Streets 2011: Conservatives now reaching for gun control?
- Rep. Peter King would surround himself with 72-acre Constitution-free zone
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