Skip to comments.‘Gun Fanatics’ Strike Again, Frighten Abortion Fanatics
Posted on 09/05/2013 8:26:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
September 5, 2013
Even by the standards of the Daily Beast/Newsweek/Whatever, there’s a remarkably silly and poorly argued piece of emotionalism masquerading as journalism by one Jamelle Bouie, in which our intrepid reporter sees a bunch of guns and freaks out:
For years, police officers in North Carolina had a choice when it came to confiscated guns. They could use them for law enforcement purposestraining, testing, examiningor they could destroy them.
But a new law passed by Republican lawmakers in the state changes that. Police officers can still use confiscated guns, but as of this week, they cant destroy them. Instead, if a department wants to get rid of a gun, it has to sell it or auction it. Effectively, men and women who once worked to keep guns off of the streets must now moonlight as gun dealers.
The headline says it all: Gun Fanatics Score Big Victory in North Carolina. Here’s the gist of the argument:
Its a fanaticism that hints at something elemental. Its one thing to support and defend gun rights, which through the years have become an integral part of American identity. Its something else entirely to oppose the destruction of guns used to commit violence and harm innocent people.
You read that right: the guns themselves committed violence and harmed innocent people, and therefore need to be destroyed before they can wound and kill again.
Even by the standards of leftist argument, this is remarkably stupid, except that in the world of magical thinking they inhabit, inanimate objects either have minds of their own, or they can exercise strange mind-control over helpless liberals and make them do crazy things. Like this guy:
But let’s take Bouie’s argument one step farther — and apply it to the left’s fervently held belief about the sacrament of abortion. Which is to say that slightest infringement of the abortion “rights” invented by the Supreme Court during one of its periodic brain farts is the slippery slope leading to no abortion at all:
While nongun advocates may strain to see the link between prohibiting the destruction of guns and defending the Second Amendment, it makes sense when you consider the attitude of the NRA and its supporters: any encroachment on gun rightsdefined as the right to own any firearm, at any timeis a threat to all gun rights.
So what’s the difference? Well, one might be that the Second Amendment is actually part of the Constitution — and “shall not be infringed” seems fairly clear enough — and Roe v. Wade is a 1973 decision that — like Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson – eventually will be overturned, most likely on Tenth Amendment grounds. Despite the fear-mongering from the absolutist Left, this would mean that abortion would still be legal nationwide, but would return the contentious and destructive issue to the states for individual legislative solutions.
The larger question for me, though, remains: what’s it to the “non-gun advocates” — who by self-definition don’t know and don’t want to know a thing about firearms, except that they frighten them — what happens to confiscated firearms in North Carolina or anywhere else? I thought the Left was in favor of recycling. But, then, a skittish busybody’s work is never done, is it?
By the way, here’s the super-scary picture from the Beast story that vividly illustrates the threat from confiscated but still-functioning firearms. Might be some bargains here, once you tame their murderous impulses:
The anti-freedom article leaves out one compelling point.
What is the purpose of destroying valuable property?
Guns, especially pistols, are constitutionally protected. So the only thing you do by destroying valuable property is make everyone a bit poorer and increase the demand for new guns.
This is complete insanity, but the left continually confuses symbolism with reality.
They love the symbolism of destroying guns, even if it accomplishes no useful purpose, in fact, accomplishes an evil purpose of destruction of valuable assets and to send a false message that a citizen owning a gun is bad.
Is that a old model 10 Smith, front and center?
I don’t think it is a S&W because it doesn’t have the locking pin on the front of the extractor rod. It might be a Spanish copy. The chromed pistol below it looks like a S&W J frame.
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“Yup. Probably right.”
The revolver in the forward center of the image is a Colt Police Positive Special.
The PP Special boasted the longest production run in the history of Colt’s DA revolvers: 1908 to the late 1990s. Calibers were 38 Special, 32 Colt New Police (same as 32 S&W Long), 32-20, 22 WRF, and 22 LR. The Detective Special was a short-barreled offshoot deliberately named in the 1920s, and accounted for an ever-increasing share of production after 1945, spawning its own offshoots.
Colt cylinders of the period turn clockwise, opposite that of Smith & Wesson revolvers, but this cannot be easily seen from the image. Other clues: the rounded top margin of the grip panels; the exposed tip of the ejector rod (S&W revolvers from circa 1900 on all came equipped with a locking stud at the rod tip). Like many Colt revolvers of the day, the rod head on the one in the image appears to be missing.