A top Republican has rejected the notion that Congress should re-examine the nation’s gun laws after al Qaeda urged Muslims to attack America by exploiting loose firearm rules.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said tightening gun laws to address the threat would be to surrender to terrorists at the expense of Americans’ rights.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen time and again that terrorists will use anything, including our own rights and freedoms, to plot attacks against innocent Americans,â€ Smith said in an email. â€œBut simply because terrorists abuse our liberties doesnâ€™t mean that we should limit the rights of law-abiding Americans. On the contrary, to limit our rights is to give in to terrorists and the fear they try to spread.â€
Such a beautiful statement. But this is the same Lamar Smith who has repeatedly said that we need all of the provisions of the Patriot Act in order to protect ourselves from the terrorists. (He’s also a major drug warrior.)
You know, I think I’ve figured out a way for us to legalize drugs…
OK, it’s a little far-fetched….
All we have to do is to convince the public that not legalizing drugs will lead to the outlawing of abortion and gun possession, and we’ll have legalized drugs tomorrow.
Clearly it’s not important that lax gun laws have helped kill tens of thousands in Mexico; or that terrorists are fond of the status quo. No, what’s important is freedom and nothing trumps that.
Err… except all those other freedoms we’re not so fond of? Staggering hyprocrisy.
Lax gun laws had nothing to do with the deaths in Mexico, especially since most of those guns were sent there by our own government agency, the BATFE. But you are correct about the hypocrisy of our government officials.
â€˜â€˜The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non [“something essential” lit. “without which not”] for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or police.â€™â€™
— Adolph Hitler, Edict of March 18, 1938
It’s a moot point to have lax gun laws, or a second amendment, If the very rights you have are never enforced, especially against the very beings the “rights” were invoked to protect against. Having the right to bare arms apparently doesn’t insure the right to actually use the arms. As for another Texican Moneyslut. Neocons say the words people want to hear. It has nothing to do with communication or reality. They raise hell about the budget and not a mumbling word about the waste of money spent on the drug war. Hypocrites say the opposite of what they do. I think Neocons say exactly what they mean, it’s just opposite of reality. Not so much hypocrites as they are retarded.
Moving Toward Another Police State
Don’t resist. Not only might police pump you full of lead, but also many states have now made it a crime for citizens to resist police home invasions, even when the police have the wrong address.
U.S. Can’t Justify Its Drug War Spending, Reports Say
Government reports say the Obama administration is unable to show that billions of dollars spent in the anti-drug efforts in Latin America have made a significant difference.
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
~ Joseph Stalin
Not only are we here to protect the public from vicious criminals in the street but also to protect the public from harmful ideas.
— Robert Ingersoll,
then Director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs,
in a column by Jack Anderson in the Washington Post, June 24, 1972,
p. 31 (Ingersoll became the first director of the DEA in 1974)
Just a tiny nitpick:
Bare = to uncover
Bear = to carry
We must give up more rights to be kept safe. Keep me safe mommygov, I’m too lazy, stupid and lame to do it myself.
Moving toward another police, we have been there for years.The list of why is endless. and each party accuses the other of police state behavior yet they both indulge in it.
Yet some Dems at least talk way more for Drug Freedoms just want really act on it shame.
Utah did not used to boot cars, but they lost thousands in downtown Salt Lake, from regular ticketing due to construction,and other things, now they are hard up, now radar for speed is not enough,they are giving out tickets if you tailgate to close electronics pics it up better than ever,
its just money, Like some recent comments on other blogs,they don’t want to give up monies, for swat stuff,larger raises, fancier building, asset forfeiture income its a damn racket. Power and Money they are freaked losing any soon we will all be ticked to death and then what too many ticket prison time even for simple traffic laws its out of control and that’s not even drug arrests.
Oh here’s Link to my above comments to camera for tailgating.
Also another funny only Utah I think it will ban new show about playboy bunnies on its NBC affiliate cause it happens to be owned by LDS church.
Yeah trust me maybe a little talk from that Attorney general recently here about Legalizing Medical pot but no action this is state we live in they have banned shows before they see has corrupt Saturday night Live plays on another channel I believe it was an NBC show also.Maybe another affiliate channel will pick up this show.
We need to stop prohibition before it escalates into a full blown civil war.
Here’s just one of the dozens of such-like comments in response to the police cover-up of the murder of that Marine in AZ
For me, too many procedural errors, too many unanswered questions, and yet another use of excessive force to serve a “warrant.” Now I understand why a person I know, in his split-level home, has a reinforced bedroom — and all entrances to the house are set to deal lethal force to *ANYONE* that attempts a forced entry. I’d love to see a SWAT team hit that house — they’d never find enough to bury.
That being said, I’m hopeful that, at the very least, the multiple civil lawsuits coming will bring financial ruin upon the members of the GESTAPO, as well as his Furher, Sheriff Dipstick.
Barring that, perhaps the large Hispanic community in S. Arizona can band together and administer some direct “justice” to all the GESTAPO thugs involved.
“The greater the number of laws, the more corrupt the republic.” Tacitus
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Wow, there’s been so much attention paid to this fiasco the past few days. I’ve been posting my stuff solid for the last 8 hours and still haven’t come close to covering them all; I sure won’t complain again about lack of media attention. Time for breakfast, I think!
As usual the right wing is only concerned with 1 freedom. The right to bear arms. All the rest …… meh.
Sociopaths are excellent conduits of pure unadulterated bullshit as Lamar Smith and a seemingly infinite amount of others proves over and over again.