Ted Kennedy and his fellow anti-Second Amendment friends have now introduced their latest anti-gun bill in the
Congress. This particular bill is designed to "close the gun show loophole."
As usual, these anti-gun zealots are using distortions, half-truths and outright lies to promote their cause and
this bill. In short, the bill is not about gun shows. It's about taking your guns.
Here are a couple of little factoids you can use.
There are more than enough studies to back this claim up.
Go back to the mid-1980s. The National Institute of
Justice (NIJ) studied some convicted felons. It was determined that these criminals bought guns at gun shows
so infrequently that it just wasn't worth the NIJ's time to report these sales as a separate category.
Control Inc. knows that purchases at gun shows are not a big problem. An HCI report says that only two of 48 big
city police chiefs thought that gun show sales were a problem.
And one more: A 1997 study from the U.S.
Bureau of Justice Statistics on firearms purchases showed that only 1.7 percent of crime guns were acquired at
This one is great! Here you get a good object lesson in just how liberals absolutely must lie and distort the truth
in order to promote their agenda.
Here's an often-repeated statement from the anti-gun crowd: "From 25 percent to
50 percent of all vendors at most gun shows are unlicensed gun dealers."
Know what? They're right! That sentence,
as it stands, might well be absolutely right.
Now, do this. Add just one word – the word "firearms" – to that
sentence in just the right spot and it becomes a total lie. Here's your new sentence: "From 25 percent to 50 percent of all
That sentence is a lie. Here's what the
anti-gun crowd did to reach their "25 percent to 50 percent" figure. They included all vendors who buy space at the gun
shows. This includes vendors for t-shirts, jackets, hot dogs and cokes, gun safes, jewelry cleaning solutions,
books, accessories, hardware – all manner of things besides guns. These people don't, in fact, have federal
firearms licenses. Know why? Because they don't sell firearms!
Now, here's another little fact that Kennedy and the other anti-Second Amendment zealots won't tell you. If you
don't believe it, I challenge you to prove me wrong. The same laws that apply to gun sales and purchases everywhere else in this country apply at gun shows. There are NO exemptions.
Don't some of you wonder why the anti-gun lobby has to rely so much on distortions and outright lies to promote
its cause? Why can't they use the truth?
Simple. The truth just isn't on their side.
Colin Powell has now weighed in on the drug war. All of that cocaine down there in Colombia and other Latin
American countries? You know whose fault that is? Blame it all on rich drug users, that's who! Yeah, Colin
Powell says it's all Robert Downey Jr.'s fault.
Wrong, Colin. Colombia wouldn't be ravaged by drugs and drug warlords if it were not for the drug prohibition in
this country. Blame the war on drugs, not Robert Downey Jr.
The Lone Liberal is upset. He's upset because Talk Radio is dominated by conservatives and libertarians.
Well, there's a reason for that. Simply stated, unlike a commentator or a columnist, a talk show host can't hide from
his audience. Once the talk host spews forth his views he faces those telephones. A conservative or libertarian
can stand up to the challenge. Liberals can't. Truth and logic will derail liberal rhetoric every time.
Well, the Lone Liberal isn't giving up that easy. He's featured in this month's issue of Talkers magazine. Not only
that, he has his own Web site! Here's your link: http://www.loneliberal.com/. You can even read "The Lone
Liberal's Manifesto." I hope this guy doesn't try to send me any packages through the mail.
By the way, I think I know who this guy is, and if I'm right – I'm glad he's wearing a mask.
I'm a regular contributor to Talkers. I'll give you a link for the magazine, too: http://www.talkers.com. Enjoy.
Border Patrol agents have become trash collectors.
In addition to their primary mission – which is to prevent illegal aliens from entering the United States – Border
Patrol agents have been assigned another task: Pick up after them. Apparently illegals coming from Mexico
tend to drop stuff on their way to the border.
That's not all. Agents are no longer allowed to walk or drive on land with sensitive plants. The powers that be
are afraid they'll disturb endangered species like the desert tortoise.
What does this mean for illegal immigrants? It tells them they're home free if they can make their border
crossing on protected land – because they know the Border Patrol won't be able to follow them! Bob
Goldsborough of American Immigration Control told Fox News, "If there's a bank robber and the police are
called in, you don't tell the police to stay off the flower beds. This is the same thing. It is simply a misdirection of
their time and energy."
And it makes for a less efficient, more expensive Border Patrol. One agent told Fox News that "what took
maybe one agent to work a group before maybe takes two or three now."
Now, I'm all for protecting the environment ... but does this sound like a good use of your tax dollars? Do you
really want them to be armed trash collectors? Do you want the Border Patrol to allow illegal aliens into this
country because some environmentalist official said they couldn't give chase over protected land?
What's more important: protecting the desert tortoise or preventing thousands of illegal aliens from crossing
into the United States, applying for government assistance, and creating an additional burden on taxpayers?
So, you're the mayor of a major Midwestern city, and you're looking to mend some fences after a recent spate
of race riots. What do you do? You give the rioters a handout!
That's what the city of Cincinnati wants to do this summer. On Tuesday, the city's business and political leaders
presented their $2.2 million plan to create 3,000 summer jobs for teenagers. Called the Summer Youth
Employment Initiative, the plan will give low-income teens a chance to link up with employers. The effort begins
with a massive job fair on May 19. $1.5 million in funding for the program will come from Hamilton County's
welfare-reform budget; Cincinnati will throw in $300,000, and the empowerment zone board will kick in
Meanwhile, according to City Councilman Phil Heimlich, the city is about $750,000 short on helping businesses
that sustained property damage during the riots. He wants to know why the city is paying $300,000 to keep kids
off the streets instead of using that money to help these businesses.
What kind of harebrained scheme is this? I'll bet the owners of those riot-damaged businesses are feeling a
little betrayed right now. They pump hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tax dollars into the city's economy
every year. Three thousand low-income kids with summer jobs won't do that.
And what does it say about the city's leadership when they fund a job program for Cincinnati's low-income
Teens – some of whom were probably involved in the race riots – instead of helping businesses get back on their
This is just another "feel good" program that puts a little Band-Aid on a gaping wound.
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