Mar
16
2014
3

Harry Reid offers the NRA a scalp on controversial Surgeon General nomination.

Tell me again about how smart it was for Harry Reid to kill the filibuster over nominations. Because I’m pretty sure that it’s going to end up giving the NRA a public win:

A number of Senate Democrats have indicated that they might oppose President Barack Obama’s choice of Vivek Murthy for the post of U.S. Surgeon General, according to Senate aides, putting the nomination at risk over the issue of gun control.

Dr. Murthy’s nomination is opposed by the National Rifle Association, the country’s largest gun lobby, because he has expressed support for gun control, calling it a public-health issue.

(more…)

Feb
20
2014
5

Is there a better category than “Safe Republican?”

Because if so, Eric Cantor just hit it:

doofus

You don’t walk into a R+10 district and tell a bunch of lawful gun owners that they’re actually a bunch of illiterate bigoted losers who have to wear white sheets to cover up their failure*. Unless you’re an idiot, of course.

:cough cough: “Get over,” as opposed to “Get off.” :cough cough:

Moe Lane

*If you’re a member of a minority group and you’re curious about how the NRA feels about you being armed, go ask one. Just be warned: the average NRA member will do his or her best to turn that discussion into a shopping trip.

May
13
2013
5

Reminder: gun rights are *civil* rights.

I’m highlighting this for a somewhat tangential reason:

“When you have not one, not two, but dozens of women well over 70 come in here to buy a gun, something is going wrong out there,” he says. “It’s not just little old white women — it’s young people, white and black, affluent and struggling, who are worrying about the (government’s) overreach and the need to protect themselves.”

As if on cue, a middle-aged black man walks in and is greeted with a hearty handshake. The man says he came in to pick up a gun he ordered the week before.

The 65-year-old shopkeeper says everyone who walks through his door is concerned that the latest push for stricter gun laws will return to the congressional agenda, perhaps within weeks, despite his belief that Americans do not support the legislation as much as the Obama administration claims they do.

His newest customer nods in agreement.

(more…)

Apr
17
2013
5

Sic transit gloria Toomey-Manchin?

They apparently don’t have the votes for a ‘compromise’ amendment extending background checks for firearm purchases.

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell tweeted this morning “Sen. Joe Manchin tells me ‘ we will not get the votes today.'”

The Senate had been expected to vote Tuesday on the deal Manchin unveiled last week with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., but Democrats late Tuesday were still scrambling to find the 60 votes the amendment will need to pass.

…Which means that Chuck Schumer’s original, quite comprehensively bad, restrictive background check language will likely be in the final bill*. I certainly hope that every Democrat up for reelection in 2014 in a Red state enjoys voting for it, particularly since John Boehner and Bob Goodlatte are already patiently waiting for the legislation over at the House.  Complete with a brazier, a can of gasoline, and a match.

(more…)

Apr
17
2013
6

The NRA goofs on that goofy Bloomberg gun-grabbing ad.

For some reason, when that now-infamous Bloomberg ad of the quote-unquote ‘responsible gun owner who happens to think that Bloomberg’s right on the money, yes-siree, no fooling’ came out, I didn’t publish a post on the subject that thoroughly mocked the probably-actor with his finger maybe-on the trigger and the muzzle pointed far too close to his putative kids.  I mildly regret that; turns out my instincts were sound, but what’s the point of having sound instincts if you don’t hit the Publish button?

Ach, well.  It’s only a mild regret: everybody else ripped apart the ad.  Including, now, the NRA.

Via Powerline.

Apr
13
2013
4

So… *which* NASCAR car drivers don’t want to be associated with the NRA?

Because there’s a crucial bit missing from this report of anti-NRA shenanigans at the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS):

Sources confirmed Friday that two drivers were advised by their public relations directors not to do interviews in the TMS media center so they could avoid having the NRA logo behind them.

…which is to say, Who are they? – Because I’ll tell you this, right off the bat; there’s going to be a bunch of people keeping track of who is not going to be in the TMS media center.  And since we’re talking about potential PR problems: let’s just say that being visibly against a basic civil right, not to mention kowtowing to gun-grabbing fanatics, is not something that a NASCAR driver is going to want to have hanging around his* neck in the long term.

More details here: seriously, though, this is a huge demographic FAIL.  Which is, of course, why the drivers aren’t giving out their names.

Moe Lane

PS: Almost forgot: Sen. Chris Murphy seems to think that he could actually tell Fox to cancel coverage of the NASCAR race today and Fox would take him seriously.  Gotta love epistemic closure, huh?

*Or her.

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Apr
06
2013
--

Washington Post: Mark Begich (D) is terrified of the NRA.

The poltroon.

Well, that’s what the WaPo wanted to say:

Sen Mark Begich declared a “sea change” in the politics of gun control immediately after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., telling his local newspaper that he would not hesitate to buck the powerful National Rifle Association.

But in the months since, the gun rights group has made itself impossible for the Alaska Democrat, and many other lawmakers, to resist.

Begich has signed on as a co-sponsor of a bill, drafted in consultation with the NRA, that would change the way mental illness is reported in the background check system… [And it descends into agitprop at this point. - ML]

(more…)

Jan
11
2013
1

QotD, Start With Eric Holder, Joe Biden edition.

From the New York Times’ glum realization that no, the President has no stomach for a fight with pro-gun civil rights activists over the 2nd Amendment comes two sentences that really did deserve a directed lightning strike.

In addition to limits on high-capacity magazines and expanded background checks, Mr. Biden’s group is looking at ways of keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and cracking down on sales that are already illegal. One possibility is tougher laws against straw purchasing with longer prison terms for those who buy guns for others.

Unless they work for the Obama administration, of course.  In that case there’s apparently no need for prison terms at all.

Moe Lane

PS: It must be distressing, having a President from one’s party who is also a coward.  I wouldn’t know, of course: I’m a Republican.

Dec
23
2012
5

…This.

[UPDATE: Link fixed.]

Simply… this.  There are, in fact, ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, and they’re all in there for a reason. I despise gun-grabbers intensely; but neither am I particularly impressed by people who seem to labor under the mistaken belief that the First Amendment does not protect the Second as thoroughly as the Second Amendment protects the First.

And this isn’t the first time that this has happened, either.

Dec
16
2012
3

Buzzfeed: upset that the NRA not rushing to get shooting details wrong, like… Buzzfeed did.

Point:

Buzzfeed: How The NRA Twitter Handles A Mass Shooting: Silence

Counterpoint:

Huffington Post: Media Initially Identify Adam Lanza, Newtown Shooting Suspect, As Ryan Lanza, His Brother

Before these developments, a number of news sites — including The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Gawker, Mediaite, Slate and Fox News — linked to a Facebook profile of someone named Ryan Lanza, saying either that he was or that he appeared to be the gunman.

However, Lanza quickly scotched the speculation by taking to his Facebook page after people began attacking him from all sides. He responded to critics by saying that it was not him—that he was at work when the shooting occurred—but his picture and profile had already made its way around the web as the shooter. A Ryan Lanza on Twitter was also misidentified by fellow users. “So [apparently] im getting spammed bc someone with the same name as me killed some ppl… wtf?,” he wrote.

BuzzFeed removed its story, “First Possible Photo Of Suspected Sandy Hook Shooter” after it became clear the website identified the wrong person.

(more…)

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Jun
27
2012
6

Reminder: the NRA will score Holder contempt vote.

I’m not sure why I missed this at the time – the letter’s dated June 20th – but it’s official: “the NRA will consider this vote in [their] candidate evaluations.”  That doesn’t guarantee a contempt charge passing the House, but only because a contempt charge was already guaranteed.  For all the loose and charged rhetoric going around, if Speaker Boehner wasn’t going to let Oversight Chair Issa go forward with this it wouldn’t have gone forward, and Boehner wouldn’t have let this gone forward if the votes weren’t there in the first place.  What this does guarantee is that a lot of the House Democrats who bitterly cling to their high NRA scores like so many floatation devices are now going to have to choose what’s more important; the President, or their own careers.  Jim Matheson of Utah is merely the first to break under the strain (via Hot Air).  Seeing who else similarly back-stabs the President tomorrow should be entertaining. (more…)

Apr
28
2011
2

WHY WOULD NINJA AVOID THE NRA?

[UPDATE: CORRECTION! CORRECTION! CORRECTION! AN ALERT READER POINTS OUT THAT GLENN REYNOLDS HAD IN POINT OF FACT SPECIFIED "EVIL NINJAS!"  I THUS APOLOGIZE TO GLENN REYNOLDS FOR THE ERROR, AND WILL NOW EXPIATE MY SHAME BY GETTING THE COFFEEPOT* READY FOR TOMORROW. - ML]

 

Surely Glenn Reynolds knows that ninja have historically been familiar with firearms for centuries; so clearly any good, patriotic American ninja would see no problem in belonging to the National Rifle Association – particularly since doing so would also help a ninja guarantee his Second Amendment rights.  Not to mention Concealed Carry… and, honestly: if you can’t trust a ninja to be responsible and careful about the weapons that he bears, then who can you trust?

I will readily admit that evil ninja would be well-advised to avoid the NRA, but that’s a different story altogether.

Honestly, I don’t know what Glenn was thinking, there.

Moe Lane

*[Because I have none.]

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