Obama declares himself king of the gun grabbers

gunIn his usual theatrical style, on Wednesday on live television, President Barack Obama revealed his plans to implement his administration’s agenda for a new gun control policy that includes assault weapons bans, more thorough background checks of gun buyers, limited ammunition magazines, and government access to mental health records of potential gun buyers.

“In just one afternoon, the man who is suspected of okaying the smuggling of guns into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels — known as Fast and Furious — has ‘outed’ himself as the king of the gun grabbers. He’s also implementing the strategy of his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanual, by not allowing ‘a good crisis to go to waste,’” said police detective Jose Santos.

Obama’s proposal are allegedly the result of a rushed review process spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, that addressed law enforcement, dangerous firearms and ammunition, school and campus security, and keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.

Surrounded by children and their parents who support Obama’s gun-control agenda, the president recommended requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales; a tougher and more far-reaching assault weapons ban; limiting ammo magazines to 10-rounds; eliminating armor-piercing bullets, also known as cop-killer bullets; hiring more police officers; and instituting a federal gun trafficking statute.

The cost of the package, senior officials estimated, would be roughly $500 million, some of which could come from already budgeted funds.

“Ironically, the price tag for Obama’s gun crime agenda is the same amount lost in the Solyndra scandal by the Obama administration,” said Mike Baker, a political strategist.

“I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” said the president. “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”

The National Rifle Association, anticipating Obama’s overreach and disregard for the U.S. Constitution, released a television advertisement accusing the president of hypocrisy. In the commercial, viewers are reminded that Obama’s daughters are protected by a detail of armed bodyguards when they attend school, but Obama denies that same right to American parents and children by his opposition to arming individuals who work in government schools.

“It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems,” the NRA said after meeting with Biden last week. “We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.”

As part of its policy recommendations, the White House called on Congress to act on an old administration proposal to spend $4 billion to keep 15,000 cops on the streets. In addition, the president is proposing a new initiative that would incentivize police departments to hire more school resource officers and encourage schools to hire more mental health professionals. The president’s plan also calls on Congress to allocate resources to help schools, other educational institutions and houses of worship develop emergency management plans.

The White House proposals, even officials there admit, are not a cure-all for mass shootings. Among the suggested recommendations on the gun-policy front, only the ban on high-capacity magazines could have had a tangible impact on the shooting in Newtown, and it’s unclear what, exactly, the effect would have been.

Moreover, the administration claims it is pointedly not going after those weapons and ammunition clips that are currently and lawfully owned. The proposal would instead affect the future production and sale of military-style weapons or high-capacity magazines.

“We are not going to go after existing stock of weapons or magazines,” said a senior administration official. “We are going to limit it to the manufacturing of assault weapons and clips going forward.”

The White House nevertheless insists that its package of proposals has teeth. It would provide law enforcement with the mechanisms needed to go after the illegal transfer of weapons and help prevent those weapons from falling into the wrong hands. It would also stem the use of military-style weapons — the White House says its proposal would improve on the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which was riddled with loopholes — and give schools and communities resources to address violence when it occurs.

“Gun-grabbing media, political and business interests are bad news. They use murderous acts of a few to generate opposition to the rights of the many. They mislead public opinion against the civil right to keep and bear arms,” stated John Snyder, an advisory board member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

Congressman threatens impeachment if executive orders pass

484038_474118242625267_354489770_nFreshman Congressman and Republican Steve Stockman said on Monday that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if the White House follows through with its threat to use executive order to enact further gun control measures.

Citing an “existential threat” to this nation and the American people, Stockman said using executive orders to “strengthen” gun control in America stands as a direct violation to the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States and the people’s right to keep and bear arms.

“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman wrote in a statement.

“Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible,” he added. “Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person — much less without due process through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling of a court.”

In a press conference on Monday, President Obama spoke of the possibility of subverting the legislative process by issuing executive orders on gun control.  Vice President Joe Biden said the White House has identified as many as 19 different executive orders that are under consideration.

Dear voter: You are being scammed, conned and deceived

dyc-tax-protest-7_359154aIn a recent letter to the American people, the Libertarian Party wrote that the voting population in this country are being raked over the coals, drained of their hard-earned money and systematically dumbed down through big government political initiatives disguised as genuine assistance.

“By blending tax hikes with (alleged) government spending cuts, they try to convince you that they’re all part of one scary package. That both things are bad,” Libertarian Chair Geoffrey J. Neale wrote.  “To add injury to insult, their phony “fiscal cliff” doesn’t include a dime of actual government spending cuts. Just pretend reductions in future spending.”

Tax increases alone should raise awareness from the American people.  “On New Year’s Day, what did Big Government politicians actually vote for?  They voted to rip you off an average of $800 a year MORE — a 2 percent increase in your Social Security payroll tax. While they bragged that they were doing you a favor.  They raised a pile of other taxes as well, including taxes on estates, higher incomes, investment income, health care, and businesses.”

The letter cites new tax increases will amount to over $600 billion in new government revenue while doing little to curb spending and enact meaningful reform to account for our nation’s unemployment problem.

Read the entire letter: http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/fiscal-cliffhanger-a-study-in-government-fear-mongering.

Despite further gun control, Obama signs lifetime armed protection

Obama_s640x427President Obama signed into law Thursday a bill that allows presidents to enjoy armed Secret Service protection for the remainder of their lives, and their children up to the age of 16.  Previously, Secret Service protection ended 10-years after the president’s last term.

“The bill had sailed through Congress with bipartisan support—it cleared the House of Representatives by voice vote in early December, and then it zipped through the Senate unopposed,” wrote Yahoo News.

The irony runs thick in this one: as our government and president discuss ways to further disarm the American populace and restrict their 2nd amendment protection, the president signed into law a bill that gives HIM, and all future presidents, just that – for a lifetime.

The irony does not stop with the president.  California Senator Diane Feinstein, despite admitting in 1995 to owning carrying a concealed weapon to protect herself against terrorists, has introduced a bill in her state that would essentially gut the 2nd amendment and outlaw most guns, including hand guns with magazines that hold over 10 rounds (you do not need more than 10 rounds to kill a deer, right?).  Countless other political figures have called for restrictive gun control despite enjoying taxpayer-funded armed protection.

In recent days, the White House once again threatened to use executive order to implement gun restrictions on the American people rather than utilizing the legislative process to pass draining regulations on Americans.  Obama has already used this “presidential decree” earlier in his presidency with the passage of a so-called immigration reform bill.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the president promised to “use whatever power this office holds” to stop the next school massacre.  Evidently, the massacre that the president is more concerned about at the moment is one that would involve him.

Our government fights on a daily basis to disarm the American people while giving their leader lifelong armed protection.  The dangers associated with this precedent is truly frightening.  A disarmed society has no chance against a heavily armed and well-funded government.  We are quickly becoming sitting ducks.

Soon, pellet guns will be the approved level of protection afforded to the American people by your federal government.

Bank of America freezing gun manufacturer’s accounts

1357700211_8831_bank of americaYou might think that a professional outfit such as Bank of America operated based on stated policy and not caprice. But not according to owner of American Spirit Arms Joe Sirochman.

On his Facebook page, Sirochman tells of his adventures with the banking giant. Like other gun dealers and manufacturers, his business is booming currently — Internet orders are up 500 percent. This caused there to be an unusual number of deposits made to his business’ BoA account via his website’s e-commerce system, triggering an account freeze. This may not seem strange, as banks have security systems that temporarily freeze accounts when detecting anomalous activity. This happened to me once after using my debit card to make an unusual series of purchases; the freeze was irritating, but nothing a few minutes on the phone didn’t remedy. But this is where Sirochman’s story takes a bizarre turn. He writes (edited for style):

After countless hours on the phone with Bank of America, I finally got a manager in the right department who told me the reason that the deposits were on hold for further review. Her exact words were:

“We believe you should not be selling guns and parts on the Internet.”

Shocking.

Sirochman then told the manager that “they have no right to make up their own new rules and [regulations]” and that he is a licensed firearms manufacturer in conformity with all relevant laws. She said she understood and that the deposits would be released after they had a “[c]hance to review and clear them” (wink, nod?). Yet after two weeks of increased Internet business, reports Sirochman, only one third of the collected sales have been cleared. And this is a man who has been doing business with BoA for 10 years.

I support a company’s right to refuse to do business with whomever it pleases (freedom of association); although rejecting firearms manufacturers would make a bank boycott-worthy. But to accept someone’s business and then persecute him for political reasons — as appears the case here — is reprehensible. The funds will be released when the bank has a “chance to review and clear them”? As per my experience, your money is supposed to be cleared as soon as you inform the institution that anomalous charges aren’t the result of criminal activity.

And this isn’t the first time BoA has exhibited anti-Second Amendment tendencies. As CNSNews writes, “McMillan Group International was reportedly told that its business was no longer welcome after the company started manufacturing firearms — even after 12 years of doing business with the bank.”

Never fear, though, other types of business are still welcome. As an example, BoA is to some degree Sharia compliant, according to Sharia Finance Watch.

So gun manufacturers and owners aren’t BoA’s kind of people, but we know who is. Well, BoA, you’re not my kind of bank. I have gun and will travel with my funds to a different institution.

Your kids are not entitled to my money, job or quality of life

Let’s be frank: your kids are not entitled to a good job.  They are not entitled to a college education, a big house, a steady income or a stress-free life.  They also are not entitled to my money (or anyone else’s) or supposedly “free” healthcare, a free lunch or free car.  Your kids are not entitled to anything.

Well, except to one thing: the opportunity to work hard, stay motivated and build themselves a quality of life that they can be proud of.  This means tearing their faces away from their cell phones, computers and video game consoles long enough for them to observe and embrace reality as we know it.  For good or for bad, this is the world that we live in, and the sooner our children come to grips with that, the sooner they will become productive members of society.

According to a continuous yearly survey among our nation’s young people, our kids feel more entitled, more superior, more “great” than ever.  Why?  Perhaps because social media outlets provide kids with an area in which to build themselves up into something they aren’t.  The number of Facebook friends or Twitter followers is worn like a badge of honor, and the term “follow” alone makes it appear as if people are worth following.  What a wonderful sense of greatness that must create for our nation’s youngsters.  Heck, adults too.  People want to follow me!

Or, maybe it is due to the dumbing down of our nation’s education curriculum or teaching directly to statewide standardized tests.  Are our kids really learning, or is our nation simply pushing our youngsters through the educational process as fast as it can?

Although test scores are below what they once were, students feel they are superior to their classmates of yesteryear in subjects like math and writing.  Why?  What makes our kids feel they are superior to anyone?  The answer is simple: our entitlement culture.  Give a trophy to a little league team that came in last place, and there’s no wonder our nation’s kids feel they can do no wrong.  Rewards come in all shapes and sizes, and very rarely do those who receive those rewards actually pay for them.

“Producers must outnumber consumers or societies collapse. Eventually, the money runs out.”

Worse, we have an elite political class that spends their entire career convincing our population that they are entitled to something.  Lost a job?  No, problem, you’re entitled to taxpayer money until you find another one.  Living in “poverty”?  No problem, the taxpayers are here to help you through monthly welfare checks.  Retired?  Again, no problem, taxpayers will fund your Social Security payments long after you’ve already exhausted your lifelong contributions.  No problem, the taxpayers are here.

The truth of the matter is our society cannot function unless it maintains a large population of productive contributors to the economy, those who build businesses and employ people, those who research new medications to cure our ails and those who plan, build and maintain our city infrastructures so when you flush your toilet at home, it’s no longer your “business”.  Producers must outnumber consumers or societies collapse.  Eventually, the money runs out.

As our government continues to ask our country’s entrepreneurs to shoulder the majority of the burden of funding these entitlements, the incentive to do business shrinks.  Business creates wealth, not government.  If Washington D.C. creates a culture where businesses no longer flourish in this country, wealth creation slows, companies stop hiring and – yes – government revenue sinks.  The effect is felt everywhere.  California, for example, is experiencing an exodus of the state’s more wealthy residents because of excessive taxation.  As a Wall Street Journal article so aptly put it, if you soak the rich, you lose the rich.  And who creates jobs in this country?

Parents need to teach their children that our society only works when people make it work.  Societies fail when too many people believe they are entitled to the fruits of someone else’s labor.  Ask virtually any 3rd grader what they want to be when they grow up, and I bet none of them say a “deadbeat”.

Unfortunately, that desire is learned.

Glenn Beck to turn his media outlet into Libertarian source?

glenn-beckFormer Fox News anchor and commentator Glenn Beck has promised to turn his media operation, The Blaze, into a Libertarian-focused outlet that refuses to feature a bunch of Democrats and Republicans arguing with each other for 60 minutes, as plainly evident on most cable news channels.

Beck plans to open three foreign bureaus, relocate his New York staff to new offices and broadcast a nightly news program, called “For The Record”, that features stories that traditional media outlets “don’t have the balls” to cover.  Beck promises to spare no expense in producing the program.

Beck, who claims to be more like Libertarian Penn Jillette (from Penn and Teller) than Chuck Hagel, will use his network to produce documentaries that cover stories from a Libertarian’s point of view using his own team of investigative journalists.

Beck’s network originally began online, allowing viewers to watch videos on their computers.  Dish Network picked up his content and began airing it to its subscribers, and Beck is attempting to acquire another network to expand his viewing audience.

I, for one, will be keenly interested in just how “Libertarian” his news outlet stays.