A email I received.
You cannot imagine how hard it has been to avoid launching off on some sort of political tirade every time I sit down at the computer to write Thinking Out Loud. Like everyone else on the planet (at least those watching the real world), my daily life and conversations are overloaded with political BS. It is becoming oppressive. More important, most of that BS is misdirected.
When I say “misdirected” I mean that almost every time I see the Big “O” on TV these days he’s talking about gun control. You flip from news show to news snow and it’s all about gun control. The politicians especially, have gotten sickening with the way they’re draping themselves in the Newtown tragedy and focusing on this one subject, as if the future of the American universe will be decided on whether we ban all firearms or not. This is NUTS!
Hey, folks, look around! The American Ship is in the process of sinking in a morass of far more important problems than guns. We should be focusing on what’s important, the survival of our nation as a functioning entity, not a mechanical device that in the hands of idiots and the insane can cause very narrow instances of incredible personal pain. Yes, we have to get our heads around the root cause of gun violence (more on that later) but what the hell happened to worrying about our debt crisis? What about our budgets (or lack thereof)? So far during this Administration’s reign we’ve not had a single budget approved and are sailing along without a rudder or direction of any kind. And, thanks to the gun destractions, Fast and Furious and Benghazi are now distant memories.
As far as I’m concerned, politicians have jumped on gun control not because they think that it is absolutely necessary but because they know it is so charged with emotion by so many, that it nicely diverts our attention from some of the really serious stuff. Our credit rating is down and not about to return. Unemployment is 7.9% and the experts say the only reason it’s even that low is because so many more people have simply stopped looking for work that they are no longer part of the calculations. If they were included, it is said that the rate would be closer to 14%. Everywhere you look are really serious issues that need to be addressed but a relatively small group of politicians are grabbing the headlines by screaming gun control. Dammit! There are much better ways they could be serving their country (assuming that’s what they want to do) than campaigning on this one issue.
Then on top of all of that there’s some really strange stuff popping up on mainstream news sources. For instance, we have unannounced military maneuvers happening in major cities. Helicopters are flying down main streets with tanks and simulated gunfire mixing in with commuter traffic. What the hell??!! Photos are circulating throughout the net of HUGE containers of Homeland Security ammo scattered around the country and government-owned armored vehicles being given to local law enforcement agencies. The list goes on and on. No wonder recent surveys say that 53% of the country no longer comes even close to trusting the government.
While this is all making our heads spin there are tons of insidious movements around us in which the US is not-so-slowly being sold to foreign interests. For instance, New York is reported to be considering the sale of their parking meters to outside investors (NYC Meters) the same way Chicago did in 2010 when they leased theirs for 75 years (who leases ANYTHING out for 75 years?) to an investment group consisting primarily of Arab investors (Chicago Meters). As the Rolling Stone says, “…you know something is definitely sideways with the body politic, when you can’t shut off the parking meters for Abe Lincoln’s birthday because some prince in Abu Dabai doesn’t want to lose the revenue.” That, in a single line, says it all about where we’re headed.
And then there’s China’s very careful, bloodless takeover of America in which they are simply buying huge portions of us. We’re not talking about just buying businesses like Continental Teledyne (this gave them half of the total production of light aircraft piston engines) or Cirrus (the single most popular four-place aircraft of the last several decades). We’re talking about ocean port operations and huge tracts of land they’ve purchased on which they appear to be ready to establish Chinese cities that will be populated by Chinese workers to produce Chinese products on our land. China is an entity with so much cash that it is like a drug cartel, in our inability to adequately control it. Besides, it’s hard to control someone to whom you owe so much money. The long-range effect of these “economic zones” will be millions of Chinese/American voters (born here, vote here) that will influence our future forever. Read the following: it’ll amaze you. Chinese Economic Zones
Okay, now I’ll talk about gun control and I’ll try to keep it brief. Besides the obvious facts that prove that the lawless don’t really care about laws so gun control has NEVER been proven to reduce crime, the statistics attached to guns are wildly skewed by their make up. See the lopsided statistics that are causing the entire country to be punished because of the behavior in a surprisingly small number of cities. This is a really well thought out essay with lots of information, America Doesn’t Have a Gun Problem, It Has a Gang Problem.
Also, it’s depressing to see so much energy being put into bills like that put forward by Senator Diane Feinstein and is providing most of the Administration's talking points. It appears to outlaw 120+ so-called “assault rifles” but what it really does is outlaw all semi-automatics of any kind: rifle or handgun regardless of caliber (.22’s included).
To quote Alan Korwin on Gunlaws.com (everyone should be getting his commonsense newsletter), “According to the bill, any semiautomatic firearm that uses a magazine -- handgun, rifle or shotgun -- equipped with a "pistol grip," would be banned. That sounds like a limitation, but it is not.
“A pistol grip (on page 2) is defined (on page 13) as ‘…a grip, a thumb-hole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.’ In other words, the gun list does not matter. It is a smokescreen designed to distract people from the true meaning of the bill. And it has done a magnificent job. It worked!
“Any semi-automatic firearm that exists, with anything on it you can grip, is banned. (There is a grandfather clause for old stuff.) The list is meaningless tripe. It is camouflage for the real purpose of the bill. When the president said he is not going to take away your guns, well, Feinstein's bill puts the lie to that.
“Magazine size does not matter. Brand name does not matter. It doesn't matter if it's black. If you can grip it, it's banned under this bill.”
So, there you have it. While our country slides slowly into the slime of oblivion, our leaders are consumed with the cosmetics of a machine that, when poorly used by outlaws or the insane, makes headlines though unspeakable tragedy. It’s hard to believe that so many leaders can be that stupid. Or devious. Or both. bdO