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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Obama is Back to Being Obama: Pandering on Guns

He couldn't resist the opportunity. The President had to weigh in on the gun control debate in his usual fashion. In a July 25 address in New Orleans he put his ideology, political opportunism, and ignorance on display as he addressed the issue of "gun violence."

According to CNN,

"While the president said he stands by the Second Amendment and recognizes the traditions of hunting and gun ownership in the country, he told a crowd at a gathering for the National Urban League in New Orleans that there is work left to be done in tackling the problem.

'I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals," Obama said. "That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.'"

Lots of problems here. That deranged creep in Aurora did not use an AK-47. He did not even use an assault rifle. He used a semi-automatic AR-15, a shotgun, and a handgun--all of which he transported in violation of Aurora city ordinances and used in a "gun free" zone.

 It is virtually impossible to buy an "assault rifle" in the United States, be it an AK-47 or any other type, and has been since FDR's first term in office. The liberal media bandy about the term "assault rifle" because it sounds cool and menacing. I remember having to deal with U.S. human rights activists in Central America who always liked to throw in the phrase "large caliber rifle" when they wanted to attribute a killing to the local military. I used to tell them again and again, that if the killing had been done by a "large caliber rifle" then the military didn't do it as they used "small caliber rifles." That did no good; it just sounds a lot cooler to say AK-47, "large caliber," or "assault rifle."

Despite the Hollywood nonsense, criminals and urban gangs in the United States are not equipped with AK-47s or any other type of "assault rifle" or automatic weapon, be it Uzis, or M-16s.

No army uses the AK-47. The commander-in-chief should know that. 

We might also want to point out that it is this President who has committed the most egregious act of gun violence in the past several years. His administration deliberately sold thousands of weapons to Mexican drug gangs in an effort to "prove" that somebody could sell thousands of guns to Mexican drug gangs . . .  if that somebody had the support of the Department of Justice and the ATF in doing so. Nice experiment, Mr. President. You killed hundreds of Mexican citizens and possibly two US federal agents. 

We might also want to point out that this last weekend saw three people fatally shot and twenty-six others wounded by gunfire in Chicago.  During the 2010-2011 school year, 24 Chicago students were killed by gunfire and another 319 wounded.  This is happening in one of the most ferociously anti-gun cities in the country, and one run by Mr. Obama's closest political allies. In 2011, "gun-free" Chicago (population 2.7 million) had 441 homicides. With almost the exact same population numbers, "gun crazy" Utah had 39 homicides in 2011.  

Mr. President? Hello?


  1. What he favors is not gun control, it's people control. He wants to control people so they will not have access to guns.

  2. Thank you for pointing the Fast and Furious finger where it belongs but few are willing to do. This administration has done a lot of things wrong, but its Mexican massacres rank as the worst scandal in US history. The perps should do hard time in Mexican jails.

    Minor note: Armies throughout Africa use AKs. But so do militias, gangs, terrorists and ordinary thugs.

    1. There are modern AK models. The Ak-47 is a very old one.

  3. Actually, your comment regarding the non-use of AK-47's by other armies stunned me. They are used by armies all over the world and in fact, I go as far as to say, they're used by most armies outside of the US army. Could you please explain your comment?

    Thank you.

    1. No. There are modern AKs. The AK-47 is a very old model.

  4. This is unheard of but I actually agree with The Dear Golfer! AKs should not be in the hands of CRIMINALS but what does that have to do with my right as a LAW-ABIDING citizen to own firearms? Criminals should not have access to any firearms but why would criminals care about the laws anyway?

    1. Yes, by definition criminals should not have access to any firearms. They should be limited to the Democratic Party in Illinois

  5. Mr Diplomad: I am using "anonymous" since I don't know how to id myself in any other way. I am clueless regarding the options following "comment as" below this comment box. Is there a link which would explain how to make a comment using a real name or a pseudonym? Thanks.

    1. Mr. Herp DerpisonJuly 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      1. Select Name/URL in the 'Reply as' drop-down
      2. Type in whatever name
      3. URL appears to be optional
      4. Post away.

    2. If I could help email me at 49erdweet at gmail dot com but substitute the actual punctuation marks for their words and delete the blank spaces. Or others might help.

  6. We need to keep Chicagoans' feet to the fire concerning the vile homicide rate from handguns in their gun free city. An update every month should make the point in about ten years.

  7. Thanks for the info.

  8. Just want to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I appreciate learning from your experiences with the chattering class, your informed knowledge and clever humor. Cheers

  9. It's not the gun laws that make the difference between the gun death rates in Utah and Chicago, but the culture. Most crimes, including homicides, are perpetrated within the same race, ie whites kill whites, blacks kill blacks. The homicide rate for white people in America is about 3.5 per 100,000, which is under the overall average of 5.7. By contrast, black males between 18 and 24 commit murder at a rate of over 200 per 100,000. That's fifty times the rate of white murderers.

    Utah is a white state. Chicago is a mixed city, with most murders perpetrated on the black side of town.

    Gun crimes do not follow gun laws, but culture. Indians who immigrate to America commit few gun crimes, nor do Swiss. Mexicans commit quite a few gun crimes both in Mexico and the US. Africans commit quite a few gun crimes both in Africa and the US.

  10. For those who might care:
    The AK-47 was superseded by the AKM (M~modernized) in the 1950's.
    The AKM was superseded by the AK-74.
    The AK-74 was superseded by the AK-100 'series' AK-101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 107, 108) I have neither seen nor handled any of these weapons.
    The Ak-100 series is being / has been superseded by the AK-12 series. Haven't seen them either.
    There is a rather broad family of weapons based on Kalashnikov's designs.
    I may have missed some. I skipped all of the shotgun and machine gun relatives intentionally.

  11. Oh. As far as I know, the transition from AK-47 to AKM was driven by cost of manufacture. The original AK-47's had machined (milled from a block of steel) receivers (think of it as the torso of the weapon, enclosing all the 'guts'). While nice, it was expensive to manufacture. The AKM introduced (mainly) a sheet metal stamped, folded and riveted receiver. Same overall reliable function and looks, much lower cost. Think commie cost reduction/manufacturability efforts.

  12. Diplomad, I'm glad to see you blogging again. I'd almost given up.

    Good point about Chicago and Utah.

    While I'm all for private ownership of firearms, I think that the Obama administration is even more challenged on a bigger Constitutional Issue: the First Amendment.

    Hi promoting judges who would uphold "hate speech" laws and refusal to take a "teaching moment" during the Qur'an burning kerfuffle to explain the importance of the First Amendment in American politics and government seem to be part of a pattern.

  13. Yes, I heard Obama say AK-47 and I pictured a campaign ad with a clip of Obama's quote on the AK-47 followed by a clip of Clint Eastwood from Heartbreak Ridge, spraying AK rounds and telling his recon platoon that it was an AK-47, the preferred weapon of their enemies and they should be familiar with the sound.