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Monday, April 30 

Molon Labe

Here are a few gun control stories to spark some debate.

Sen. Jon Corzine (D., N.J.) and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D., R.I.) sponsor the " Firearms Safety and Consumer Protection Act". It gives the Attorney General the power to regulate, restrict the sale of, and confiscate most any firearm in America. Commentary here.

A lesson in how to disarm America. It includes such words of wisdom as..
Hunters would be able to deposit their hunting weapons in a centrally located arsenal, heavily guarded, from which they would be able to withdraw them each hunting season upon presentation of a valid hunting license. The weapons would be required to be redeposited at the end of the season on pain of arrest. When hunters submit a request for their weapons, federal, state, and local checks would be made to establish that they had not been convicted of a violent crime since the last time they withdrew their weapons. In the process, arsenal staff would take at least a quick look at each hunter to try to affirm that he was not obviously unhinged.
If that weren't enough, he goes on with this bit of wisdom.
The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm.
This sounds suspiciously like something that a dictator, terrified of an armed populace would try. Oh, that's right, Hitler disarmed the Jews and other dissident groups long before he started rounding them up. Because we can't have dissenters fighting back, now can we?

The demonization of the 9mm semi-automatic, and the subsequent fisking. I didn't find a single thing in the fisking with which I could argue. It's great stuff.

Mark Steyn hits a home run in his description of "Gun Free Zones".
I live in northern New England, which has a very low crime rate, in part because it has a high rate of gun ownership. We do have the occasional murder, however. A few years back, a couple of alienated loser teens from a small Vermont town decided they were going to kill somebody, steal his ATM cards, and go to Australia. So they went to a remote house in the woods a couple of towns away, knocked on the door, and said their car had broken down. The guy thought their story smelled funny so he picked up his Glock and told 'em to get lost. So they concocted a better story, and pretended to be students doing an environmental survey. Unfortunately, the next old coot in the woods was sick of environmentalists and chased 'em away. Eventually they figured they could spend months knocking on doors in rural Vermont and New Hampshire and seeing nothing for their pains but cranky guys in plaid leveling both barrels through the screen door. So even these idiots worked it out: Where's the nearest place around here where you're most likely to encounter gullible defenseless types who have foresworn all means of resistance? Answer: Dartmouth College. So they drove over the Connecticut River, rang the doorbell, and brutally murdered a couple of well-meaning liberal professors. Two depraved misfits of crushing stupidity (to judge from their diaries) had nevertheless identified precisely the easiest murder victims in the twin-state area. To promote vulnerability as a moral virtue is not merely foolish. Like the new Yale props department policy, it signals to everyone that you're not in the real world.
More on the two teens who committed this crime here. You will notice that they make reference to the teens attempting to rob four other homes in the 6 months previous to the murders, but make no mention of the fact that they were run off at gun point from most, if not all, of them.

And finally, Pike County Illinois has passed a resolution telling the state legislature it can kiss its collective ass when it comes to restricting firearms in Pike County.
"Now, Therefore, It Be And Is Hereby Resolved, that the people of Pike County, Illinois, do oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms, and deem such laws to be Unconstitutional and beyond lawful Legislative Authority."
Put that in your smoke and pipe it, Daley.


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