Decades ago, I was the only non-pot-smoker machinist on the crew of a high-precision machine shop that made aerospace parts, including pieces for the new project that would become the Space Shuttle. When I was moved to the big Brown and Sharpe vertical mill, I encountered a cartoon taped inside the lid of the day shift man’s tool box. It depicted two policemen on the beat, with one speaking: “I tried marijuana once. It made me want to rape and kill.”
I was wryly amused at the time, because I knew from the evidence of the smokers around me that it did not make people want to measure and cut accurate jet engine components. The cartoon, illustrated, however, that a person’s basic tendencies are brought into their future experiences. I was reminded of this recently, seeing two articles from people about their experience carrying a handgun. One of them, published in New Yorker Magazine, showed a man clearly frightened and more than a little intoxicated by the gun he was given. Some excerpts:
What, exactly, does the Left mean by “assault weapons”? Evidence is abundant that this expression means to them “anything that could hurt someone” (i.e., anything capable of self defense).
Senator Feinstein’s bill clearly denotes a raft of guns to be banned based upon their scary appearance, furthering the silly notion that a bullet fired from a black gun is inherently different from a bullet fired from a brown one. Or that a bullet fired from a rifle with a pistol grip will do something different from the same bullet coming from a gun with no such grip. Stupid, isn’t it? (Especially since they admit that it won’t likely help.)
It is just military style that seems to bother them. “Who needs military weapons?” she says. Of course, a gun styled to look like one made for the military, painted black or camouflage, is still s civilian weapon, and is not of course an “automatic” weapon or machine gun. It’s just emotions. But…
I’m not one for conspiracy theories. I’m not much fun for those folks sending around the latest breathless email with “did you know that …?” nonsense. Most of it, at least, is nonsense, and I enjoy hunting down the answers when time permits. But this business of the CNN footage of Sandy Hook is odd, and I must grant that the conspiracists have a point. (DigitalJournal seems to be the original source for this info. Now that I’ve seen the DigitalJournal piece, I recognize that I’m simply confirming their story.)
Incidentally, this is my first experiment with Facebook and Twitter integration. Let’s see how it works, at least on the DeHavelle site.
Two tidbits relating to the arms rights attacks by the Left:
- Wayne Pierre of the NRA suggested that schools should have arms guards, a notion that was instantly vilified and ridiculed by the Left.
- Obama adopts the NRA proposal for increased armed guards in schools, in a speech which was portrayed as “one of his greatest” by the same Left.
The language of double standards
Those two aspects seem a bit dissonant, but aren’t in their minds. It is a simple application of double standard. Obama, to make it less obvious that he was adopting the NRA guards proposal, used this language:
A celebration gone wrong
One odd incident from the New Year celebrations: A woman in Phoenix, AZ poses for a picture with a handgun against the head of her brother. She pulls the trigger. Of course, the gun was loaded, otherwise the incident would not be in the news. But there is a bigger story here, I think:
Myth 1. “VERY FEW PEOPLE IN CANADA OWN FIREARMS”
Exactly the opposite is true: twenty-nine per cent of Canadian homes possess an estimated total of nine million firearms. Other authorities insist that even this figure is too low, and that there [are] at least twenty million firearms in Canada.
For reference: As of 2009, the US’s 309 million people owned about 300 million firearms according to this interesting source. The number has boomed since then, of course. Back to the Canadian site:
Wayne La Pierre, Executive Vice President and the long-time major force at the National Rifle Association, gave the presentation to the United Nations yesterday. He spoke before a committee that has made pretty nakedly obvious their desire to remove handguns from the possession of all government subjects, so that only governments have guns.
Operation Fast and Furious is now being joined by “Operation Castaway,” a project allegedly run from the Tampa, Florida ATF office and which arranged for large amounts of weapons to be delivered to MS13 gang members in Honduras. This article suggests that this was different from the Phoenix operation, and that “most” or “several” gun shipments were intercepted.