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Kerry picks up assault weapon, shoots self in foot -- Purple Heart to follow

I just heard John Kerry on the news denouncing President Bush for the lapsing assault weapons law.

I'm not going to get into the merits of that debate -- I'm no expert. But I do know a little about laws.

The law as originally passed was MEANT to go away at this time. It would take an act of Congress to keep it. President Bush has no power to file legislation; presidents always act through surrogates in Congress. He chose not to, but that didn't keep any single one of the 435 Representatives and 100 Senators from filing an extension on their own.

Including either Senator from Massachusetts.

Had John Kerry really wanted to keep the assault weapon ban, he could have filed the appropriate legislation himself and fought for it. But looking back on his record, I see very little evidence that Kerry knows how to file a bill.

I thought about sending Senator Kerry a copy of "Legislating for Dummies," but I ran into an obstacle -- I don't know where to send it. He's never in his office on Capitol Hill, he has five different houses, and every time I turn on the TV he's somewhere new. Maybe I should just send it to Dan Rather and let him pass it along.

J.


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Comments (21)

Good post, Jay Tea. You mus... (Below threshold)

Good post, Jay Tea. You must wear silk pajamas. I love the way Kerry attempted to tie the ban on this ridiculous gun law with fighting terrorism. It's a reminder of where he's at as far as the war on terrorism. He was the same way during the cold war. Like many of his Liberal comrades, when faced with the evil of communism, he was more concerned with how many nuclear weapons and missles WE had.

I posted this on a BBS & ju... (Below threshold)
Branna:

I posted this on a BBS & just wanted to share a few thoughts.

The weapons ban was a liberal feel good bill that did nothing to make our streets safer. Democrats as well as republicans let that bill expire for that reason alone. I guess Zel Miller isn't the only conservative democrat elected. Yu think?

I also think this is a security issue. Considering that we are facing terrorism, the right to bear arms is a right that shouldn't be infringed upon by any American who wants to protect or defend against. I think many Americans do feel that way as well. Gun control does not lessen the crime rate, putting criminals in jail does.

GWB has the right idea in using the patriot act as a preventative tool in stopping possible terrorist attacks BEFORE they happen. That doesn't infringe on our rights & as far as the terrorist - I could care less about their rights. I care about what it takes to protect us.

I have to laugh at the protesters in NYC who were arrested. Where they meant harm they were outsmarted by the NYPD & no harm WAS done during the GOP convention. Think about it for a minute. If they didn't have such an irrational hatred of GWB or the GOP there would have been no need for such tactics. However, since they are so violently in your face there WAS a need. I say the NYPD tactics saved these dumb protesters from themselves. Do I care about their protection? No, but I do care about those they intended to harm. THAT'S THE POINT!

I want a safer Nation & that why Bush will win!

BUSH/CHENEY 2004!

I see little evidence that ... (Below threshold)

I see little evidence that Bush knows how to file election papers. He failed to file in Florida before the deadline. Let's compare Apples here.

Do we really need assault w... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Do we really need assault weapons to protect ourselves from terrorists?

On September 11, 2001, 2700+ people died at the hands of terrorists in the U.S.

In the same year, 2001, there were 11,000+ firearms homicides in this country. When you look back on the number from the previous decade, that was a good year.

Face it, we are the terrorists, we are armed to the teeth, and we will defend our right to keep our weapons, and kill you if you steal our parking space.

The president, wanting to have it both ways, promised to sign the bill if it passed, but wouldn't call up his party's leadership down the street and tell them to bring it to a vote. He either didn't want to see it passed, or doesn't think he has the clout to even get a vote on it.


Rance,Your comment... (Below threshold)
Branna:

Rance,

Your comment - Face it, we are the terrorists, we are armed to the teeth, and we will defend our right to keep our weapons, and kill you if you steal our parking space.

This is a ridulous accusation. You are assuming that any American who owns a gun is irresponsible. Maybe in the hands of liberals but libs don't represent or speak for everyone. That's an outrageous accusation.

BTW, the terrorists use bombs. Their MO is to kill as many as they can. DUH!

BTW, democrats as well as republicans allowed that weapons ban to expire. I guess there are more conservative democrats around than Zel Miller. Yu think?

Rance, your attempt to equa... (Below threshold)
David:

Rance, your attempt to equate Americans who support the second amendment as terrorists is vile. The 11k murders that you cite were committed by ...wait for it... murderers. Not ordinary law abiding citizens. It's contemptible to say that Joe Average is out to gun you down every time his newspaper gets wet on the driveway.

And, once again, if John Kerry was so concerned about renewing this ban, he could've brought it up in the Senate. That is, if he was ever actually in the Senate to present legislation. The people of Taxachussets are getting ripped off by this French-looking cretin who by the way served in Vietnam.

Branna,You suffer fr... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Branna,
You suffer from the America distorted point of view -- you are overly impressed by large individual spectacular events, and ignore the relentless attack of the seemingly mundane. Fact: In you are much more likely to die in an auto crash than an airplane crash, yet people are much more afraid of the latter. Fact: In 2001, as an American, you were 4 times as likely to be shot and killed by a fellow American as you were to be killed by a terrorist act.

Fact: In the 2nd amendment, the right to bear arms is premised on the need for a well regulated militia, i.e. the National Guard. Yet of the millions of gun owners in this country, how many actually signed up for the Guard to fight the terrorists? Not enough, otherwise we wouldn't be extending tours of duty in Iraq way past what our troops expected to serve.

By the way, I didn't say that any American with a gun is irresponsible, I said we are killing ourselves at a much higher rate than the terrorist ever can, and our leaders don't seem to be worried about it.

Rance, I have never, ever u... (Below threshold)

Rance, I have never, ever used one of my shotguns to seek vengeance against someone who has attemped to steal a parking space from me.

My regular automobile for day to day use (as opposed to "going visiting," when I break out the respectable four door sedan), an old Chevy Blazer, has a railroad tie as it's front bumper. Someone trying to steal my spot has to have faith in their insurance policy, because mine costs almost as much as my mortgage from the previous fools who have tried such a tactic.

Rance...And 2001 the... (Below threshold)
Pete:

Rance...
And 2001 there were nearly 1.5 MILLION abortions in the United States. In case you do fuzzy math, that's the equivalent of 500 World Trade Center style terrorist attacks, or 10 per state. There are lots of issues that make other issues pale, it's the criteria one uses to make the case which does so.

The 2nd Ammendment was not created by the founding fathers with the idea of protecting hunters' rights in mind. Nobody wants to say it, but the right to bear arms was created precisely for Americans to be able to protect themselves from each other, and from the government which rules them if necessary.

God willing, that will never happen. But to be naive enough to think that a 200 year old country could never have an attack from within is ridiculous. And I for one would rather have some serious weaponry in that instance.

The Senate did vote on it i... (Below threshold)
R.G.:

The Senate did vote on it in March, but it was defeated by the Republicans. There were bills in the House, it is a matter of the majority party moving them.

No, Bush could not have done it himself, but he could have asked for it if he wanted it - like he said he did when he campaigned in 2000. But as we know, Bush will say anything to get elected, regardless of the facts.

Branna - terrorists only use bombs?

Quoth Rance: "Fact: In the ... (Below threshold)

Quoth Rance: "Fact: In the 2nd amendment, the right to bear arms is premised on the need for a well regulated militia, i.e. the National Guard."

Fact: The National Guard was created in 1903.

That being said, let me say that the particular criticism of Kerry in this case is unfair. There IS a bill for the renewal of the AWB in both the House and the Senate. There's nothing Kerry can do to make it come to a vote. The President, however, as a practical matter, could likely make this bill come to a vote tomorrow if he asked for it.

This much of the liberals' criticism is true: the President is dishonestly trying to be on both sides of this issue by saying that he'd sign a renewal, but by hoping that it doesn't come up. In fact, I'd be shocked if there weren't conversations between the White House and Congressional majority leaders making it clear that this bill is NOT to come up for a vote.

Spoons,Maybe Bush ju... (Below threshold)
Pete:

Spoons,
Maybe Bush just realizes that the "assault-weapons ban" is, to quote a famous commercial, "B.O.L.O.G.N.A". Any weapon can be used as an assault weapon, it's the intent that makes it so, not the model or type of weapon.

Take the DC sniper Muhammad....I believe the AWB was in effect then and that didn't stop him from getting nor using one to murder 10 people.

Criminals are like terrorists, they only understand force.

Rance: You need to bone up ... (Below threshold)

Rance: You need to bone up on your constitution. The second ammendment makes a clear distinction between an armed militia, and citizens bearing arms.

The right to bear arms is important, because the founders realized that it is the only means by which a citizen population can remove an abusive, tyrant government.

Also remember a couple of simple truths:

1) Guns don't kill people. People kill people.

2) Those who would terrorize and murder don't give a rat's butt about weapons laws. They'll buy whatever they want however they can. Gun restrictions only restrict guns from law-abiding citizens, disproportionately arming those who would seek to hurt their fellow man.

3)The constitution doesn't give rights. It merely affirms that we have them, and seeks to protcet them. Your twisted take on bearing arms in no way changes the the fact that I have the right to own, and present arms when necessary.

And Rance, if you really think you're fellow man is that violent and twisted, better buy a gun for yourself, and learn how to use it.

Sigh...First, as I... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Sigh...

First, as I said, I did NOT want this to degenerate into a gun control/gun rights argument. My sole point was that IF John Kerry really believed in the assault weapons ban, he was OBLIGATED to file an extension and FIGHT for it, instead of skipping town and missing almost every single vote in the Senate in the last year.

Second, I think it may be time to carry out a threat I made to Paul in a private e-mail. I feel another fairy tale coming on, this one "The Cautionary Tale of the Resolutely Clueless Moron." It's a sad tale of a poor pathetic wretch who has one single notion jammed in his woefully small brain and can't find any way to keep blurting it out, over and over, regardless of its relevance.

And, as always, any resemblance between this R.C.M. and any others of similar initials is purely coincidental.

J.

Rance,Your comment... (Below threshold)
Branna:

Rance,

Your comment: Fact: In you are much more likely to die in an auto crash than an airplane crash, yet people are much more afraid of the latter. Fact: In 2001, as an American, you were 4 times as likely to be shot and killed by a fellow American as you were to be killed by a terrorist act.

My POV is I'll die of old age too. What's your point? Gun ownership is a guaranteed right.

Your next comment: Fact: In the 2nd amendment, the right to bear arms is premised on the need for a well regulated militia, i.e. the National Guard. Yet of the millions of gun owners in this country, how many actually signed up for the Guard to fight the terrorists? Not enough, otherwise we wouldn't be extending tours of duty in Iraq way past what our troops expected to serve.

My POV is No, it's not premised only on the need for a well reg militia, but that is also an individual right as well.

Your last comment: By the way, I didn't say that any American with a gun is irresponsible, I said we are killing ourselves at a much higher rate than the terrorist ever can, and our leaders don't seem to be worried about it.

My POV says that terrorism is an uneccessary evil we can all do without. Since you raised the issue of vehicular deaths & plane crashes surely you aren't insignuating banning cars & planes as well? Are you? That's my point.

R.G.Your comment: ... (Below threshold)
Branna:

R.G.

Your comment: Branna - terrorists only use bombs?

Yes, and against innocent life.... as in Chechnya. You know? Like women & children? Ask Israeli's about that too. They are also on a killing spree in Iraq with their car bombs et al. They just bombed near a market killing many innocent people. Iraqis are getting mighty tired of it too. I hope they turn in these thugs whatever rock they are hiding under.

Jay, I was talking to mysel... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

Jay, I was talking to myself yesterday every time I heard anything about this. I kept saying "LAWS are made my Congress!! You stupid idiot, it's up to you guys to make sure the law gets extended or becomes permanent, not the President, you idiot!" And even if the President wanted the extend the ban, right now, he wouldn't get the support from the others in Congress - especially Senators from Massachusetts. Do they think everyone is stupid??? Obviously so.
~C

Nonetheless, Jay, I'm with ... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

Nonetheless, Jay, I'm with it. It's kinda scary how much we think alike. I knew when you wrote this article, you were trying to make a point. I also tried to make the same point. Since Kerry has missed more than 90% of the discussions and voting, you think he really cared to make the time to file for an extension? No and he thinks the rest of us are so stupid we won't realize it's HIS fault, not the President's. Thus, he shoots himself in foot; the unfortunately thing is, people hear him, listen to him, believe him and I wonder where their brains went........
~Cindy

From the Washington Post:</... (Below threshold)
BJ:

From the Washington Post:

Rep. Mark Edward Souder (R-Ind.) said House Republican leaders have promised him a vote before the Nov. 2 election on his proposed D.C. Personal Protection Act, which would end a ban on handguns in the nation's capital; remove a prohibition against semiautomatic weapons; lift registration requirements for ammunition and other firearms; and cancel criminal penalties for possessing unregistered firearms and carrying a handgun in one's home or workplace.

Does"workplace" include the floor of the Senate?
Maybe next time Cheney can react a little stronger than "F**k Yourself".

Branna -I am not s... (Below threshold)

Branna -

I am not saying they don't use bombs. But they use other things as well. And it is not just Islamic terrorists I worry about, but the terrorist selling drugs down the street, the terrorist gang members in the suburbs, the terrorist who loses his job and wants to take out his old employer.

I don't think they are members of the local militia.

Yes, and against innocent life.... as in Chechnya. You know? Like women & children? Ask Israeli's about that too. They are also on a killing spree in Iraq with their car bombs et al. They just bombed near a market killing many innocent people. Iraqis are getting mighty tired of it too. I hope they turn in these thugs whatever rock they are hiding under.

To qoute Rance "you are ov... (Below threshold)
wilky:

To qoute Rance "you are overly impressed by large individual spectacular events, and ignore the relentless attack of the seemingly mundane. Fact: In you are much more likely to die in an auto crash than an airplane crash, yet people are much more afraid of the latter."

Sorry Rance , it has nothing to do with large individual spectacular events, rather in an plane you give all control to someone else. Humans tend to fear what they cannot control. Liberals also tend to think they can pass a law and trump human nature.

Also, please quit talking like Kerry. you may be a terrorist, but I most certianly am not!!




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