” Four months after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a USA TODAY Poll finds support for a new gun-control law ebbing as prospects for passage on Capitol Hill seem to fade.
Americans are more narrowly divided on the issue than in recent months, and backing for a bill has slipped below 50%, the poll finds. By 49%-45%, those surveyed favor Congress passing a new gun-control law. In an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll in early April, 55% had backed a stricter gun law, which was down from 61% in February.”
Tugging at the heartstrings and attempting to “never let a crisis go to waste” failed this time around .
“So much of the support for gun control is emotional, following the Newtown tragedy,” says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisanRothenberg Political Report. The December shooting at the Connecticut school left 20 children and six adults dead. “The longer you get away from there, people start thinking of other issues. They start thinking about terrorism or jobs or immigration, and not surprisingly, then some of the momentum behind gun control starts to fade.”
The Boston Marathon bombings last Monday also may have had an effect, he speculates. “It wouldn’t be shocking if people sitting in their homes in Massachusetts cities and towns thought to themselves, ‘Boy, I wish I had something to protect myself with if a terrorist came through the door now.’”
Odd isn’t it , that nowhere in this article do we find mention of the astronomical ” 90% support” for new gun laws claim so recently trumpeted from on high by our lord and savior Barack and his minions in the MSM ? More pie in the sky BS , more lies …
HT/Guns Save Lives
Of course any thinking person can decode Idiot Joe’s words . By ” critically important ” he is referring to the leftist belief in never letting a “crisis go to waste “* . In other words , ” here’s our opportunity to shove something entirely unsalable down the people’s throats while emotions run high ” .
It’s all politics all the time and is in no way to be construed as having the remotest to do with actual public safety . They think that as long as they strike while the iron is hot that they can ram through yet another high profile policy plank of the democratic party that they know is not only publicly unpalatable but also blatantly unconstitutional .
Recall that the above young lady’s death was at the hands of a man that the democrats referred to as ” the Lion of the Senate”
What , you say ? They wouldn’t do that ? Think Teddy “the swimmer” Kennedy and Obamacare … They’ll do anything to win . Think ” nuclear option” , think recess appointments with congress still in session , think about their present talk of changing the filibuster rules . Need more ? , How about rule changes in NJ when Robert Torricelli dropped out of his senate race and similar shenanigans in Massachusetts for Teddy’s seat .
” The Obama administration is seeking to institute a far more sweeping gun-control agenda than simply reinstating the failed Clinton bans on “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines.
While the administration seeks to ban whole classes of firearms, a working group led by longtime gun control supporter Vice-President Joe Biden is also seriously considering proposals for a national registration database to track the movement and sale of all firearms, and much more. (Please see related story on congressional proposals below.)
After meeting with gun ban activists on Wednesday, Biden said, “This is a problem that requires immediate attention. I want to make clear that we’re not going to get caught up in the notion that, unless we can do everything, we’re going to do nothing. It’s critically important that we act.”
Biden went on to open the door to the option of imposing restrictions unilaterally.
“The president is going to act,” said Biden. “There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help [of] the attorney general and all the rest of the Cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required.”
When it comes to attacking our Second Amendment rights, this administration will pull out all the stops. “
As a final thought for our readers we must consider the fact of who exactly is in charge of these proceedings and speaks of the need for “critical action” , yes we refer to none other than Joe ” plagiarist” Biden . Who is dumber or more incompetent than crazy ” Uncle Joe ” ?
* -“You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid.”
– Rahm Emanuel
… to Buy Flat-Screen TVs, Segways, Training From Disney
” Ever wonder exactly what local law enforcement agencies do with all the money they seize under federal and local asset forfeiture laws? TheMilwaukee Journal Sentinelreports that the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office has used it to buy:
…workout equipment for Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.’s command staff, customer training for 50 employees through a Disney program and a mounted patrol unit, a county audit released Friday shows.
The tab for the workout gear came to $11,400; the Disney Destinations training cost $24,900; and more than $77,000 went for horse rental, boarding and transport for the sheriff’s mounted patrol. A $43,000 Dodge Ram pickup bought in 2008 to haul the horses was the largest portion of the mounted patrol spending from the fund, the report says.”
‘ With 500-some pages of text, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) covers a lot more than just section 1021(b), but the majority of the debates over the bill involve the very reason the four letters N-D-A-A have become shorthand for fears of government power finally crossing a Rubicon. Whether or not that’s really true, the caginess of the government in respect to who it can indefinitely detain[pdf] is disturbing and demands a clarification that is not being offered.
Section 1021(b) reads that someone who can be indefinitely detained is:
A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.”
If a republican president signed this the outrage would be phenomenal . Now the silence is deafening .
“According to an Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll, 36 percent of Americans are “opposed” or “strongly opposed” to police use of unmanned drones in their law enforcement kit.Privacy concerns contribute:
When asked if they were concerned that police departments’ use of drones for surveillance might cause them to lose privacy, 35 percent of respondents said they were “extremely concerned” or “very concerned.” An almost identical share, 36 percent, said they were “not too concerned” or “not concerned at all.” “
Here is the more concerning issue :
“Unfortunately, the opponents are still in the minority. A good 44 percent are okay with police using drones, but then anybody who has had to deal with somebody whose fear of being a crime victim is drastically greater than the statistical likelihood probably won’t be surprised:”
Have we really become so brainwashed into thinking that the authorities only have our well-being at heart that we are willing to abandon our freedoms in the name of the ever-elusive ”safety” ?
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” B. Franklin
” On its face, the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment sounds like a fairly solid barrier against government overreach. If private property is “taken for public use,” the clause declares, the government must pay “just compensation” to the owners. So not only is the state forbidden from taking property under most circumstances, it must pay its way in those specific cases where a taking is allowed.”
“Forget for a moment the flap over Mitt Romney‘s 47 percenters and answer this question: Should we be concerned that 49 percent of households get government money?”
“Islamic protesters? Nope. Try the U.S. Senate—and the American public, too.
The furor in the Mideast over an obscure video mocking the Prophet Muhammad has prompted many Americans to pat themselves on the back for their devotion to free speech. Some of them have gotten a charge out of lecturing the Arab world about the value of it.
Others, such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have done so out of duty. “To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible,” she said Thursday. But: “We do not stop individual citizens from expressing their views, no matter how distasteful they may be.”
Sure we do. Just ask – oh, Senator Hillary Clinton, D-NY.”
There is a choice
“With the additions of Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Rhode Island, the Gary Johnson and Jim Gray ticket is now on more ballots than the 2008 Libertarian ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root. Johnson is certified in 47 states plus the District of Columbia while the Barr campaign only managed 45 states, minus D.C. The campaign is fighting legal battles in Oklahoma, Michigan, andPennsylvania in hopes of obtaining its goal of nationwide ballot access.”
“Update: Read this story about how the 45,000 kids in Chicago’s charter schoolsare still going to school even as their counterparts in traditional public schools are cooling their heels as teachers strike.
As Reason 24/7 notes, Chicago’s teachers are on strike. This, despite what seems like a pretty plum offer from city officials:”
“How ‘Pro-Choice’ Are Democrats?”
“Answer: Not very, when it comes to schools, unions, food, beverages,
Video at the link
“The country’s political class frets that Americans don’t understand how good this president has been.”
“Something interesting happened to political journalism on the night of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP National Convention. After months and even years of grumbling that, as Grist‘s David Roberts tidily put it this summer, “The left’s gone left but the right’s gone nuts,” mainstream journalists and self-described “fact-checkers” declared that Ryan had crossed over some brand new threshold for un-truthiness, and that they were no longer going to stand idly by and pretend that both major parties were equally prone to telling lies.”
“Shot Four Times by Undercover Deputy and Allegedly Left to Die, Seth Adams Fit the Description, Shooting Ruled Justified“
On May 19, twenty-four-year-old Seth Adams was shot four times by an undercover deputy, Michael Custer, who said in an interview with an investigator two days later that he felt his life was threatened, according to transcripts provided to the Palm Beach Post (some of the audio is available here), part of hundreds of pages of documents from the state attorney and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which investigated the shooting. That investigation cleared Custer of any wrongdoing in the shooting, naturally.
” I’m a libertarian in part because I see a false choice offered by the political left and right: government control of the economy—or government control of our personal lives.
People on both sides think of themselves as freedom lovers. The left thinks government can lessen income inequality. The right thinks government can make Americans more virtuous. I say we’re best off if neither side attempts to advance its agenda via government.
Let both argue about things like drug use and poverty, but let no one be coerced by government unless he steals or attacks someone. Beyond the small amount needed to fund a highly limited government, let no one forcibly take other people’s money. When in doubt, leave it out—or rather, leave it to the market and other voluntary institutions.
But this is not how most people think. Most people see a world full of problems that can be solved by laws. They assume it’s just the laziness, stupidity or indifference of politicians that keeps them from solving our problems. But government is force—and inefficient.”
” Top 10 Libertarian Supreme Court Decisions ”
” It’s no secret the U.S. Supreme Court has often been a disappointment to libertarians. Whether the justices are giving the green light to eminent domain abuse , securing absolute immunity for dissolute prosecutors, or rubber-stamping the latest power grab from Washington, the Court
routinely fails to live up to James Madison’s famous description of the judicial branch as “an
impenetrable bulwark against every assumption of power in the legislative or executive.” But that doesn’t mean the High Court always
gets it wrong. Here, in no particular order, are 10 Supreme Court decisions still standing where
the Court put individual liberty and limited government first. “
Reason has an update on the police killing of Andrew Scott by the Lake City Sheriffs Department and it does nothing to make the police look any better. Quite the contrary
“The fatal shooting of Andrew Scott by Lake County, Florida police provoked a flurry of outrage on the Internet and in Scott’s own neighborhood. The anger is because Scott died in his own doorway, because he was not the suspect for whom police were searching; nor did police identify themselves when they came to his door.
As I noted last week, Scott answered the door while holding his gun at 1:30 a.m. on July 15.According to WFTV 9, deputies saw the muzzle of the gun and nothing else (implying that Scott did not open his door very wide) and quickly, without identifying himself, K-9 Deputy Richard Sylvester shot and killed Scott. His girlfriend was present in the apartment and was heard screaming. After an hour and a half, deputies realized they had shot the wrong man. They were actually searching for suspect Jonathan Brown, whom they had trailed to Scott’s apartment complex. Turns out hisapartment was next door.”