Skip to comments.Anti-gun letter to editor reveals more than writer intended (MI)
Posted on 12/24/2009 6:03:48 AM PST by marktwain
Some of what I comment on involves responding to "straight news" stories that manifest bias against and ignorance about guns, or to anti-gun editorials that flat-out lie. I rarely spotlight letters to the editor. Today I'm making an exception.
From Sherri Masson of Milford, MI in the Detroit Free Press, commenting on the increase in gun sales:
What if we raised the tax on guns and ammo even more?
...[L]et's treat guns and ammo like cigarettes, making the taxes so high people might stop buying them. Now that would be a positive effect of higher taxes.
The idea is not new. Making guns unaffordable to the less prosperous among us is an old tactic, particularly as it applies to minorities, as author and attorney Dave Kopel explains in "The Klan's Favorite Law."
For example, the Tennessee legislature barred the sale of any handguns except the "Army and Navy model." The ex-Confederate soldiers already had their high quality "Army and Navy" guns. But cash-poor freedmen could barely afford lower-cost, simpler firearms not of the "Army and Navy" quality. Arkansas enacted a nearly identical law in 1881, and other Southern states followed suit, including Alabama (1893), Texas (1907), and Virginia (1925).
Besides, as we've seen time and again, higher taxes would only be paid by those inclined to obey the law. So once again, the people not doing the killings would be punished for the actions of those who do. Predators get their guns and ammo by other means. If anything, Masson's idiotic proposal would increase incentive for stealing more guns, and make underworld involvement even more lucrative.
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
“So the privileged outsider wants to make it harder for good residents of Detroit to defend themselves.”
This is standard scum behavior. That and tax and spend.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Whoa Dude...Slow Down
This story is just too good (we are going to quote it at length):
The victim said he was ordered into the front seat of the car with the driver while the others sat in the back.
“So we’re circling the block. They’re talking about going back to my house, getting my flat screen. . .I’m thinking this must be a dream, nothing like this has ever happened to me. I work a 9-to-5 job at an insurance company. I just want to come home and live my life,” he said.
He said the robbers drove him to Maggie’s Gyros at 349 E. 47th Street, where two of them went in with his wallet, ATM card and PIN. “I had to give them my PIN number because the driver told me if I was lying, they’d shoot me. And I believed them,” he said.
“We drove around the block, and then a third guy wants to know if I have a checking account or a savings account. So after I tell him, he gets out at the restaurant. So it’s me, the person in the back, and the driver who has a .38 pointed at me the whole time, even while he’s driving,” the victim said.
The car pulled into an alley near 47th and King. Halfway down, a woman in the back seat told the driver to toss her the gun because she didn’t want police to see it, he said.
“All of a sudden, by the grace of God, between these two fools, I hear boom, and then I hear her hollering and screaming, ‘I shot my finger off, I shot it off.’ The driver starts panicking and he goes right into a Dumpster,” the victim continued.
“That’s when I knew it was my moment. But me and the driver are strapped in tight by these automatic seatbelts, and that makes it harder.”
“My adrenaline was pumping. I reach over the seat and go to get the gun. I got the driver kicking at me, and I’m fighting for the gun with the woman. One arm is fending off his kicks, the other is trying to get this gun. I finally get it and point it at the driver, about six inches away from his abdomen. I pulled the trigger and nothing happened.
“So I’m thinking, oh man, I have to get out of here.”
He said he rolled out of the car and started running down the alley. The woman got out and chased him.
“I don’t know if she’s gonna kill me or not, so I fire a warning shot,” the man said. “Unfortunately it hit her. I never fired a gun in my life.”
The man, still holding the gun, said he then ran toward the gyros shop and started yelling that he needed a policeman.
“I’m waving this gun around because I talk with my hands,” he explained. “Well, all these people in the restaurant think I’m the bad guy and start ducking under their tables and screaming. So I gotta run out of there.”
He spotted a CTA truck on the street and “pleaded with the workers inside to call police.”
“They believed me. But they said, ‘You better get the hell out of here. You’re saying one thing, but your gun is saying another,’” he said.
The man said he ran down the street to the store where he had been headed to buy some snacks, but it was closed. At that moment, he saw a patrol car and waved it down.
“I put my hands on the hood, told them I had a gun in my pocket, and that (some) men tried to rob me. So they came out, cuffed me, took me back to the station so I could tell my story.”
The man said he feels badly the woman died, saying he only meant to warn her. “But my blood was pumping so fast and my adrenaline. . .”
This story has EVERYTHING! Drama, tension, humor, etc. The one idiot robber blows off her finger with a gun she’s holding the victim hostage with, loses the gun during the struggle, and finally gets blasted with her own gun? Then the would-be-victim ends up running around, waving the gun, trying to find help. We couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Literally!
The author is listed as Pat Curry at BreakingNews.com and this is as fine a piece of writing as any we’ve read lately. It perfectly captures what many coppers ride up on with the chaos and the wild story and the panic. And the laughter once the story comes out about how an armed robber came to an untimely end.
There is no way in hell the Closing Supp is going to live up to this article.
After 30+ years, the stimulus/schip taxes on cigarettes was my motivation to quit. The savings pays for a fair bit of ammo.
“She hasn’t a clue what it is like to have to live in a gang infested neighborhood where even a short walk to a grocery store can be fraught with danger.”
I guarantee you that she doesn’t give a fat rat’s ass, either. She’s backing a noble cause, and if some people have to suffer to reach utopia, oh well. As long as it isn’t her doing the suffering.
In the hands of Bent Minds.
I really think that many of the MMM’s have seen the error of their ways. I also know from talking with some of the women who were part of their march in DC that they didn’t have a clue why they were there. As one woman from California told me, she didn’t know nuthin’ about know guns, she came along because the MMM’s paid her way, and she might not ever get to DC otherwise.
The democrats that tried in the past, most went down like a ton of bricks due to the NRA coming out against them...The democrats decided about 6 years ago it was a losing proposition.......you hardly ever hear an agrugment against the 2nd ammendant coming from anyone that needs to be reelected..except in certain area’s of high liberal voters, than they still do it carefully......