Thursday, March 19, 2009

A sign, perhaps?

In spite of this bit of chicanery from the Houston Chronicle:
(all emphases mine -- ed.)

The Obama administration plans to deploy additional federal law enforcement agents to the U.S.-Mexico border to choke off southbound shipments of automatic weapons...
...we still get this bit of very heartening news:
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, 65 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR), expressed their opposition to the reinstatement of the failed 1994 ban on semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines. These congressmen cited numerous studies that proved the 1994 ban was ineffective, and they strongly urged Attorney General Holder to stop his effort and instead focus on the enforcement of existing gun laws.

If you go on to read the letter, you'll see those Democrats also mention the fact that most of the weaponry with which the cartels are causing their mayhem are not available on the civilian market in the United States. Amazing. Either these guys didn't get the memo that the truth didn't matter to the gun-grabbers in their party, or they completely disregarded it. Either way it really says something that that many House Democrats are willing to call out that "America fueling Mexican bloodshed with machine guns and grenades freely available on its civilian market" meme as the dishonest bullshit that it is. So much for that "mandate for common sense gun laws" the Bradys trumpeted right after Obama deceived his way into the White House. I do wish they'd have said something about the natural right of self-defense recognized by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the arms that amendment covers, and their utility in extreme situations such as the 1992 L.A. riots and post-Katrina New Orleans as opposed to resorting to an argument grounded in social utility...but in these times I'll take anything that'll help. As David Codrea put it, CUM ULLA SELLA IN PUGNO TABERNA. ;-)