Monday, April 01, 2013

Hunting-- At Least For Animals-- Has Exactly Nothing To Do With The Gun Safety Debate


Can you even call it a debate? All the NRA cares about is protecting the interests of the gun and ammo manufacturers who finance the organization and the comfy lifestyles of the people who work for it. That's not part of the debate. Theoretical debate. There is no debate. Why can't Obama get on TV with one of the extreme right-wing filibusterers-- Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio-- or even Miss McConnell if the other three are beneath his dignity-- and have it out? That's easy, the Republicans have no real leg to stand on.

The extremists who are fueling the anti-gun safety jihad are all afraid to talk about what's at the heart of their mania: paranoia that the government will have to be fought. That's the real ugly heart of the GOP side of the debate. It's why hunters and sportsmen all scratch their heads wondering why someone needs assault weapons and magazines that can kill dozens of men. It's what extremists like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are talking about-- and what idiots like Marco Rubio and Miss McConnell have blundered into. And it's why law enforcement officials-- not to mention most Americans-- are siding with Obama and not the lunatic fringe. The KKK and the Aryan Brotherhood, on the other hand, stand behind sociopaths like Cruz, Paul and, most of all-- now that Helen Chenoweth is at that great shooting range in the sky-- domestic terrorist Steve Stockman (R-TX), the Republican congressman who was involved with the Oklahoma City bombing.

Yesterday the headlines in the Dallas Morning News were about the brutal shooting deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, in the heart of gun nut Jeb Hensarling's district (TX-05). They were murdered in their home, apparently as part of a vendetta by right-wing extremists against law enforcement in Ted Cruz's land of liberty. On January 31, right-wing lunatics had stalked and gunned down Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse and they are likely the same extremist gang responsible for the March 19 murder of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, who was gunned down after answering the doorbell at his home. Evan Spencer Ebel, a former Colorado inmate and a member of the right-wing 211 prison gang and white supremacist who killed Clements died in a March 21 shootout with Texas police about 100 miles from Kaufman. Texas law enforcement officials are in a state of shock over the murders.
A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity described the scene at the McLellands’ home as an awful scene.

“There are shell casings everywhere,” the official said. “This is unprecedented. This is unbelievable. This is huge.”

...In December, the Texas Department of Public Safety had issued a statewide bulletin warning that authorities had received “credible information” that the Aryan Brotherhood was “actively planning retaliation against law enforcement officials” who helped secure indictments in Houston against dozens of members, including the gang’s leadership.

“High ranking members … are involved in issuing orders to inflict ‘mass casualties or death’ to law enforcement officials who were involved in cases where Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are facing life sentences or the death penalty,” the bulletin stated.
Ted Cruz, apparently, is siding with the right-wing extremists and white supremacists against law enforcement.

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At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anthony Scorsone said...

While it is true that people would like to keep their guns should the need arise, on an even bigger level it's about freedom. This country was founded after a war, we already needed guns to protect ourselves against tyranny.

At 6:29 PM, Blogger gcwall said...

It is a sign of the times when ambitious people are willing to peddle superstition, unreasonable arguments and false solutions to problems to manipulate the least informed among us. And, they have the gall to label all that "earning a living."


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