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Biting the hand that serves

Last week the military honored the best of the best, as the individual branches of the armed forces named their Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Marine/Coast Guardsman of the Year. And to my surprise (and my shame at being surprised), two of these distinguished five hail from Massachusetts.

Coast Guard Aviation Maintenance Technician Third Class Gregory Gibbons of Chelmsford, MA was honored for his role in saving six people in a storm off Alaska. The Coast Guard was rescuing people off a freighter when one of their own helicopters was driven into the sea by the storm.

And Marine Sergeant Daniel Cotnoir of Lawrence, MA, was singled out for his work in helping recover and identify the bodies of Americans killed in Iraq.

In the account at Cotnoir's home town paper (not available online), they mention that one of his more difficult assignments was the recovery of four civilian contractors who were killed in Fallujah and whose bodies were left hanging from a bridge. Readers may recall that incident lit up the blogosphere when prominent liberal blogger Markos "Kos" Zuniga called them mercenaries and said "screw them," then tried desperately to remove every trace of his saying it when he realized just how badly he'd stepped in it.

So, Massachusetts can be proud of its sons and daughters who are serving their nation, as emblemized by the two cited above. But does it truly honor them? How does it respect these people who are willing and able to take up arms to defend our nation?

By denying them the right to actually keep and bear arms when they're off duty.

David Bardfield (rank unknown) is an Army Reservist. As such, he's been trained in the safe use of several weapons, and carries a sidearm at the least when he's on duty. But when he went to the Brookline Police Department for permission to have a handgun in his home, he was denied.

Apparently, when he was a teenager, he was with a group of kids and one of them (not him) pointed a loaded BB gun at a car. The police took all the kids -- including Bardfield -- to the station and had their parents come and pick them up. No charges were filed and he only had his name mentioned in passing in a report, but in the People's Democratic Republic of Brookline (home of former governor and Democratic nominee for president Michael Stanley Dukakis), that grave offense against the public is enough to disqualify him from exercising his constitutional rights.

Way to Support The Troops, Massachusetts. You don't deserve the kind of men and women who call you home.


Comments (27)

Jay Tea,What an ob... (Below threshold)
JmaR:

Jay Tea,

What an obscure and ridiculous reach of a story. People like you give the fine state of NH a bad name. At least the New Hampshire had the sense to turn blue in the last election and elect a D governor, hehe. Unfortunately for you the Granite State is being infiltrated from the South by those heathen Communist Bay Staters. I love it!

JmaR,Do you have a... (Below threshold)
joe:

JmaR,

Do you have a comment on the STORY, or are you just preening?

joe, which part of "obscure... (Below threshold)
JmaR:

joe, which part of "obscure and ridiculous reach of a story" didn't come through?

So, you think no one should... (Below threshold)
joe:

So, you think no one should get to have a weapon, 2nd Amendment be damned?

I'm for strict gun c... (Below threshold)
JmaR:


I'm for strict gun control laws. This country has an epidemic problem with gun violence and if we got a handle on it it would go a long way toward making this country safer, especially for kids (reference Columbine and Red Lake, etc.). Law enforcement officials should have guns, period. Just my honest opinion.

Well, take a look at Britai... (Below threshold)
joe:

Well, take a look at Britain. That's what they do. And crime there is skyrocketing because criminals know that regular people can't defend themselves.

I was amazed by the number of arrests I saw in London a few years back. And I'm from Detroit.

Speaking of crime beginning... (Below threshold)
Inquiring:

Speaking of crime beginning to run rampant in Britain; AlphaPatriot has an ongoing series, lots of sources.

Quick synopses, or abstract if you prefer: Crime continues to rise in severity, including a sharp increase in crimes committed with firearms, despite strict laws.

From the National Education... (Below threshold)
JmaR:

From the National Education Association website:

America and Gun Violence

* Every day, more than 80 Americans die from gun violence. (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)
* The rate of firearm deaths among kids under age 15 is almost 12 times higher in the United States than in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
* American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control)

FRom the National Education... (Below threshold)
JmaR:

FRom the National Education Assoc. website:

America and Gun Violence

* Every day, more than 80 Americans die from gun violence. (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)
* The rate of firearm deaths among kids under age 15 is almost 12 times higher in the United States than in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
* American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control)

Sorry about the double dip.... (Below threshold)
JmaR:

Sorry about the double dip...latency is bad.

obscure and ridiculous</... (Below threshold)

obscure and ridiculous

Yep, JmaR, that's you to a "T."

McGhee, I checked out your ... (Below threshold)
JmaR:

McGhee, I checked out your website, very nice. Is that a family portrait at the top? Yipee-ki-yay indeed.

JmaR,Your sources ... (Below threshold)
Brass:

JmaR,

Your sources are the NEA, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the CDC, and not one of them has an anti-gun agenda do they? For some info on the other side take a scroll through gunfacts.info, it probably won't change your mind but at least you can see both sides of the argument.

JmaR:Yeah, seen th... (Below threshold)
Inquiring:

JmaR:

Yeah, seen those statistics posted alot before. Seen them debunked alot before too. Though, I will admit my favorite is this one:

"American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined."

It says absolutely nothing when you actually look at it. Ok, kids in the USA are more likely to be murdered, etc with a gun, unfortunately what are their chances to be murdered period compared to those other nations? That is a far more interesting statistic. Personally if a child is murdered it does not matter what was used to do it, that is nothing more than a cheap scare tactic.

Then there is the question whether the places where death by a firearm is high is in those states with more restrictive or less restrictive laws? This is a vital question when setting up a stastical probability on a national scale. Chicago and Washington DC have far higher murder rates, and presumably murders committed with a firearm, than, say, the entire state of Colorado.

Also, it is great to draw up number like that to scare people about accidental deaths then not compare them to, say, motor vehicles and swimming pools.

The only useful statistics for the gun rights/control debate by themselves are the ones that show increasing or decreasing trend, as in are such events decreasing or increasing. Just stating numbers about the liklihood of X happening without context is worthless.

So you folks don't think we... (Below threshold)
JmaR:

So you folks don't think we have a problem with gun crimes in this country? You don't believe that fewer guns on the street will equate to fewer gun crimes?

Nope. What I believe is tha... (Below threshold)
mcg:

Nope. What I believe is that fewer people attempt gun crimes when they have reason to fear that the innocent responsible citizens surrounding them might be packing heat as well.

And what I also know is that apparently, in Britian it's not enough to ban guns, doctors are calling for a ban on kitchen knives too! Hey man, knives don't kill people, people do!

Further restricting gun own... (Below threshold)
Mark:

Further restricting gun ownership by honest people doesn't lead to 'fewer guns on the street'; it leads to criminals with guns and honest people with none.

Which, as pointed out above, isn't exactly working out real well in Britain and Australia. Or a lot of other places.

But JmaR, look, I'm a belie... (Below threshold)
mcg:

But JmaR, look, I'm a believer in the democratic process, and if you can get a repeal of the second amendment through the approval process, more power to you.

Did you hear the next thing... (Below threshold)
joe:

Did you hear the next thing the Brits want to ban are kitchen knives with sharp points? I'm not kidding. (Wonder if cricket bats will have to be registered?)

Also, by LAW, you are not allowed to defend yourself. If your house is invaded, you are supposed to hide and call the police to let "professionals" handle it. If you do defend yourself, you will be charged with assault.

A glib quote from some auth... (Below threshold)
joe:

A glib quote from some author (don't remember offhand) is:

"An armed society is a polite society."

In America, burglaries with residents home are a low percentage of total burglaries. That's because the bad guys don't want to end up dead. In Britain, over 50% of burglaries happen when people are home.

Guns -- so dangerous!... (Below threshold)

Guns -- so dangerous!

Did you hear about the nutcase militia men up there in Massachusetts that got together a bunch of military-grade guns, even field artillery--the big boomers? It was too much for the locals to handle, so the governor arranged for some real help--they sent in a combined unit made up of regular infrantry and the marines. About 800 of them.

What a fight! These milita-maniacs had several spies in the govenment's midst, so they were really ready. They slaughtered the military regulars.

What? You didn't hear about that? Yes, you did.

One of the spies was named Paul Revere. Lexington & Concord. British troops trying to seize guns from Americans was the start of the revolution.

Guess what? It was a similar thing with the Texas revolution. Look at the "Come and Take It!" flag for a hint.

So -- sit down and shut up. Screw your "statistics" from freedom-hating organizations. IT'S A RIGHT!

The quote was from that gre... (Below threshold)

The quote was from that great, great American -- Robert A. Heinlein.

A child under the ag... (Below threshold)
B Moe:


A child under the age of 10 is 7 times more likely to drown than be killed with a firearm, yet anyone can buy a kiddie pool for under $10 at Wal-Mart.

Too bad drownings don't draw viewers.


Kos was not alone. Several ... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

Kos was not alone. Several members of the MSM/DNC said the same thing or words to that effect. I do remember! Ask Nancy Pelosi if she can remember what she said. My guess is it will have "skipped her mind".

Vehicle accidents account f... (Below threshold)
epador:

Vehicle accidents account for over three times as many deaths as firearms (and more firearm deaths are suicides, not homicides). I haven't heard any moonbat drives to ban cars entirely (except, of course, for law enforcement officers). Alcohol is a major factor in at least half of vehicle accidents, so I'd think the moon bats would also restrict its use to law enforcement officers too. As long as everyone can smoke pot...

JmaR u are a total moron! K... (Below threshold)
Liberal_Slayer:

JmaR u are a total moron! Keep believing the lies that the wacked out left tells u, since u are truely an American"SHEEPLE", BAAAAAAAAAA!!!

The marine of the year in y... (Below threshold)
Kyle:

The marine of the year in your story has just shot two people who were in the parking lot of a club by his home. He has been charged with attempted murder.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15718131.htm




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