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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Making The News Fit Your Views

Never let a good slaughter go to waste.

The folks at ABC News sure won't.

That tragedy that unfolded in Tucson a week ago?  It cries out for more gun control.  And gun registration.

Really?  Why?

So that government authorities can better track the insane among us who might try to buy guns.

Say what?

ABC News reader (and former Democratic Party operative under Bill Clinton) George Stephanopoulos in an exchange with fellow leftie Dianne Sawyer, Monday, January 17:
DIANE SAWYER: Also tonight, a first look at our new ABC News poll taken in the wake of the Tucson shootings. For all the talk about political division, some headlines tonight in this poll from George Stephanopoulos ... Any changes on the issue of gun control, so much debated?

STEPHANOPOULOS: Actually, the support for stricter gun control has dropped over the last few years.

SAWYER: Stricter has dropped?

STEPHANOPOULOS: With a couple of exceptions. A majority now support, 57 percent, support banning those high-capacity clips like Loughner used and a full 83 percent, 83 percent want more funding for these gun registries to make sure that we can track people with mental illness so they can't buy guns. [link] [emphasis mine]
What exactly are "these gun registries" that Stephanopoulos is talking about?  I haven't the first clue.

And my guess is, even he doesn't know what he's talking about.

Maybe he thinks he lives in Canada where guns are indeed registered with the government at time of sale (registered by a national government that has found its registry to be a complete and utter failure).

Or maybe he thinks he lives in Manhattan where an alternate universe truly does exist.

But if Stephanopoulos thinks he lives in the USA, where gun registries are prohibited by law, he's seriously delusional (which would require that his name be entered on that mythical registry of the insane of his).

But more to my point, what does any gun registry - any in existence on the entire planet - do in the way of tracking "people with mental illness so they can't buy guns"?

They don't. None.

The closest we come here in this country to addressing the issue in which a mentally ill person might try to obtain a firearm is when he or she goes to purchase one from a retailer (or dealer - even at gun shows, ahem) and a federal gun form - or "firearms transaction record" - is completed, requiring the applicant's signature. The applicant is asked a number of questions on the form, including (laughably):
11f.  Have you ever been adjucated mentally defective (which includes having been adjudicated incompetent to manage your own affairs) or have been committed to a mental institution?
The "mentally defective" are expected to answer truthfully.

Just before they are sold the weapons they seek, having checked the box that reads NO.

Nowhere do we "register" the "mentally defective" until they commit a crime (or are formally committed to a mental institution).  It's only then that they enter a registry.

And what happens to that 4473 form once it's completed?

It's filed by the licensed dealer, never to see the light of day again.  Unless, as in the case of Jared Lee Loughner, a crime has been committed and a specific firearm or perpetrator is thought to have been involved.

So George Stephanopoulos thinks we have "these registries" that capture information about the deranged.

Wishful thinking?

I wouldn't put it past him.

Transcript courtesy of NewsBusters.

Roanoke Times, A Hotbed Of Racism

From its op/ed page today:

"One last thought: Perhaps I should say straight out that the ugly word [Mark] Twain puts in [Huck] Finn's mouth is 'nigger.'"

What?  You can't print that word, you racist bastards!

* Note: Thought I'd get in on the fun.  Feels kinda fulfilling actually.  I'll have to join in more often with the paranoia that grips the "open-minded" left in this country.

Headline of the Day

No Problem, Dude

He asks:

Sen. Brown [Classic RINO, Massachusetts]: Forget ‘itty-bitty’ R at end of name

Conservatives in the Bay State did months ago, big guy.

Good luck on getting reelected.

The EPA Is Not About The Environment

It is about Marxism.

Remember a number of years ago when the word "ecology" had an aspiring connotation?  With its symbol representing the hope of millions of people worldwide that humankind would get its ecological house in order?

That symbol, as time went on, was replaced by this one:

And Earth Day celebrations in which balloons were released into the sky and children were taught to conserve the earth's resoures gave way to May Day rallies in which class warfare is preached and corporations - the evil polluters of the planet - are denounced.  And efforts moved away from cleaning up littered creek beds to foisting new taxes on the rich.  To protect against greenhouse gases.  To protect against a mythical "global warming."

So what happened?

Patrick Moore, one of the founding members of Greenpeace, writing in the Vancouver Sun, Jan. 7, 2011:
The collapse of world communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall . . . added to the trend toward extremism. The Cold War was over and the peace movement was largely disbanded. The peace movement had been mainly Western-based and anti-American in its leanings. Many of its members moved into the environmental movement, bringing with them their neo-Marxist, far-left agendas. To a considerable extent the environmental movement was hijacked by political and social activists who learned to use green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalization than with science or ecology. I remember visiting our Toronto office in 1985 and being surprised at how many of the new recruits were sporting army fatigues and red berets in support of the Sandinistas.
They are not the "ecologists" of your daddy's day. The environmentalists of today are Marxists, hellbent on seizing property, power, and wealth in order to achieve their "green" utopia. One that George Orwell was so frightened of so long ago.

Will they succeed?  Perhaps.  They have a powerful leftist elite with deep pockets backing them.

But God help us if they do.

The world they envision, the world of 1984, is frightening in its proposition.

Quote courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.

Quote of the Day

From Sarah Palin:

"They’re Not Going to Shut Me Up."

You go, girl.