Gun Rights

Anti-Gun Hysteria Illustrates How Monstrosities Like the 1994 Crime Bill and the War on Terror Come to Pass

You can take advantage of a culture of fear but so can your opponents

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SHARON M. STEINMAN/KRT/Newscom

The Senate voted down four separate gun control proposals earlier tonight, leading to much hand-wringing by liberals, who have ratcheted the rhetoric up to eleven in order to take advantage of the emotions surrounding the Orlando massacre to get the gun control measures they've always supported passed.

That tact requires certain dangerous misrepresentations of reality. Just this weekend, the Department of Justice said it would redact references to the Islamic State (ISIS) from 911 calls from the Orlando shooting, so as not to "further his propaganda." Tonight, to further their own propaganda, Democrats literally accused Senate Republicans of selling weapons to ISIS*. The Obama administration has mostly avoided overstating the threat ISIS poses in a way that would make it easier to push a more intense intervention in Iraq and Syria, but Democrats are happy to overstate the threat posed by ISIS to curtail Americans' rights.

The Fourth and Fifth Amendment have long been popular targets in such exercises, the addition of the Second to the mix by Democrats isn't particularly surprising. Yet, once people are riled up over a threat presented by the ruling class to push through one set of policies, there's nothing to prevent those in power from using the same emotions to push through different policies. If Republicans are arming ISIS, Democrats are importing them. Democrats' professed support for refugee-friendly immigration policies offers no guarantee that the fearmongering in which Democrats are engaging doesn't also make other arguments based off the same fear more potent.

More broadly, Democrats have been pushing the idea that the United States is a uniquely unsafe country, a primary justification for their anti-gun policies. Liberal pundit Touré, like many others, framed the issue as one between a powerful gun lobby and "the dire need to address our horrific gun violence epidemic." Yet, as David Harsanyi pointed out on Twitter, the homicide rate has been on a decline, and is the lowest it's been since 1963.

The hysteria on the left, troubling in the way it focuses on the systemic deprivation of constitutional rights, is illustrative of how such policies have passed in the past. It was only a few months ago that progressives were excoriating Bill Clinton (and Hillary) for his support of the 1994 crime bill, identified as a primary driver of increased incarceration rates in the 1990s and 2000s. Supporters of the 1994 bill, like then-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Kweisi Mfume, tried to whitewash their support of the bill. Hillary Clinton was lambasted for comments she made at the time about "super predators" that threatened safety in inner cities. Gun homicides are down 49 percent since their peak in 1993.

Crime rates were higher in the early 1990s, when the crime bill was being debated on and passed, then it is today. Yet despite the attention criminal justice reform received during the Democratic primary process, some of the same voices who faulted the Clintons for creating a climate of fear in order to implement policies that systematically violated the constitutional rights of marginalized communities are today creating a climate of fear in order to implement policies that systematically violated the constitutional rights of marginalized communities.

*This issue is swimming in so much hypocritical bullshit I almost forgot the rich relevance of this: "ISIS armed with U.S. weapons"

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  1. “Democrats literally accused Senate Republicans of selling weapons to ISIS [redacted].”

    1. I’m pretty damn sure that both Republicans and Democrats have sold weapons to ISIS, at least indirectly. I’m not saying that names should be called… Clin…. McCa… I’m not saying that… good rebels… never mind.

      1. No need to sell them, just pull all the troops out of Iraq (and Afghanistan) leaving the stores of equipment, arms, ammo, and supplies behind – totally abandoned.
        Helluvajob Barry.

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  2. I seriously just bought a specific brand of AR just for the extra fuck you bitch ass mammal factor. Although the extra evil hasn’t helped my iron sight shooting

    1. Norinco? Is it because you hate America?

    2. Spraying your bullets of hate all around with your scary black thing.

    3. They sell those at the bargain bin in toys R us next to Barbie, the rounds are dispensed in gumball machines.

    4. Specific Brand? Never heard of it

      1. That make me want to have a “generic AR-15”.

        White cerakote, barcode, says “GENERIC AR 15”.

    5. … hasn’t helped my iron sight shooting.

      Mr. Lizard,

      Have you researched Project Appleseed?

      I might not own a firearm nor yet have any intention to buy one (for lack of need), yet I think this website might be of use to you.

    6. You need the shoulder thing that goes up to improve your iron sight shooting.

  3. Umm, speaking of 1994 and the Clintons, does the words ‘Brady Bill’ ring a bell?

    The Clintons just happened to be in power when some of the worst freedom killing monstrosities to ever be imposed on the ‘land of the free’ happened. And now, they might get a 2nd turn. Yeah! Freedom! Libertarian moment!

    1. 3rd turn, you mean.

    2. Scary bayonet lugs! God help us!

  4. Loretta was completely brainwashed by her FBI handlers into the ‘hate speech’ doctrine: saying certain words can incite people to violence. Obama issued a huge rebuke to that last week, perhaps unintentionally, and now the administration had to back off. Humiliating for them, and pretty funny. Change is happening. Dump your defense and oil and private security stocks. Sorry boys.

    1. What about the lizards and the Nazis in the bunkers under the Amazon? I eagerly await your enlightening wisdom. Is this tinfoil hat more comfy if I turn it around backwards?

      1. What Trump didn’t realize is that you can’t ‘crack skulls’ over the internet. So hey, bully away, let me know how it works out for you:

        1. Really? You can’t do that? I haz a sad.

          1. Well, not until we implement the RFC for stabbing people in the face over IP.

    2. This is what happens when you run Agile’s posts through google translate.

      1. No, everything Agile has ever said makes way more sense than that.

  5. This is gonna sound retarded because fucking identity politics, but I wonder how the gay community feels about this. Are they still prone to leftist gun thing? Concerned about Islamic immigration?

    It sort of seemed to me a lot of gays (maybe because they’re men) didn’t really tow the lion of prog thought, or kind of voted that way a bit begrudgingly.

      1. I was thinking Grindr.

        1. Are you looking to poll some twinks then?

          1. Dunno what that means. Afraid to google.

    1. Gays are mostly pacifists. They see this guy as a self-hater. The incident only confirms their proggy gun-rights opinions and pro-immigration/tolerance/acceptance stance. Yes there are a few Trumpkins but support is disintegrating quickly now. Sorry to break it to you.

      1. Gays are mostly pacifists? Go on…

        1. By the way, thank you for the Doreamon twerk video.

          I laugh every time.

          1. I was just gonna repost that for you in case you missed it.

        2. “Turn the other cheek” and stuff.

      2. Omar was not much of a pacifist.

        1. Indeed – there are exceptions. Also I wonder if he was bi.

          1. I wonder if he was a rough lover.

            1. I wonder what color his bed sheets were?

      3. Straightsplain it, sister!

      4. Are you a parody? Because you really cannot be serious.

        1. Flemming Rose is a patsy and Jesus was gay. Sorry to break it to you. Do you haz another sadz?

          1. Are you ever going to be serious? I mean I am someone who can really appreciate sarcasm, but if you cannot occasionally counter that with a serious point, then it’s nothing more than trolling.

            *Preparing to block worthless derp*

          2. There’s no such thing as death, life is just a dream and we are just the imagination of ourselves?

            1. This is possible.

      5. Why did he buy a bunch of jewelry? To look FABULOUS!

        http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016…..tcmp=hpbt2

    2. Are they still prone to leftist gun thing? Concerned about Islamic immigration?

      The ones I’ve seen, “yes”, and “no”.

      But I also live in a deep-blue area, so naturally my gay acquaintances are … even more disproportionately Progressives than is usual.

      So, in other words, “which gay community?” – gay people aren’t one community any more then libertarians are*.

      (* “You can’t make me like those anarchists!” “You’re a minarchist? STATIST PIG!”)

    1. Here’s a solid reason for ya:

      “I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”

      1. I’m sure all the other young black men currently residing in Angola prison wish they were top athletes.

        1. Called Bama Privilege. Roll Tide Motherfuckers.

  6. “That tact requires certain dangerous misrepresentations of reality.”

    “Tack,” not “tact.”

    1. THIS

      So irritating, every time I see someone do that.

    2. No reason to attact him over a minor mistake.

  7. The way to take guns out of the hands of criminals is to make everyone a criminal who has a gun. And hands.

    1. Aww, good mastas, I see everything is going according to plans.

    1. Oh noes, it’s a trick, instead, we’re going to get the ‘STRAWBERRY MOON’! We’re doomed, again!

  8. Saw Judge Nap suggest that Mateen gave a shout out directly to al-Baghdadi not just ISIS. Any confirmed leaks on that?

    1. That’s weird -my chemo doc’s name is al Baghdadi. And he’s from Saudi, orig.

      Hmmmm….

      He’s one hell of a doc. Thank God he’s a doc and not a terrorist, cause he’s so smart, I bet he’d be REALLY good at it.

      1. “First, Do no harm”. A good way to live.

  9. the sheen of the bottle
    cast ghosts on the mottled skin of
    my friend as we slouched in the shadows
    of bent cans tossed by cracked hands
    and dim dreams. Micheal died in 2004 from
    an attack on his heart. Mike Presley was a
    tall strong boy and his mother and father
    smoked tons of cigarettes and did cocaine next
    to the Maumee river in Toledo and they loved
    bdsm in the late 70’s and I would walk Michael to
    school for over a decade and in 1987 i threw his math
    book across the street for no apparent reason.
    And I feel bad about this until today even tho Michael has passed into nowhere and nothing.

    Michael Presley’s ghost, I am sorry for throwing your entire math book across that entire Toledo Street
    in 1987. I am also sorry you are dead, my bro. You were awesome and very long suffering to hang with
    a bitch like agile.

    1. Ohhh – you’re gonna make me cry – for real.

      I was just having some regrets of a mean thing I did to another human person in approximately that time period. But it was a college professor, when I was in my senior year, and it wasn’t such a bad thing. I was just a little shitty in a newspaper column. But I still kind of regret not ever going to him and apologizing for what was a cheap shot, small though it was. I’m sure I’ll get my comeuppance for that and other sins when I hear the Mozart and see the bright, white hall….

      1. Almanian make rainbows with brain brook splashings!!

  10. I’ve asked this before…but do the progs really believe guns is a winner right before the election? They are batshit fucking insane to pursue this right now.

    1. They’ve painted themselves into a corner. Had no idea that radicals like to kill. Irony.

    2. Yeah, I was hoping that, but because they seem to have the most libertarian members of the GOP on their side this time, I’ve lost hope.

        1. Not my last words.

    3. They apparently listen to Samantha Bee, and Trevor Noah, and think their opinions influence enough people to matter.

      1. Something like 70% of Americans support gun rights. This will never be a winner in my lifetime.

        1. How firm is that support of 70%? Like support for lower taxes and less government?

          1. Like “votes strongly enough that the NRA just keeps winning no matter what the media does”, and that’s been going on for years now.

            Contra what Voxsplainers seem to think, the NRA doesn’t really achieve much with donations to politicians.

            It achieves results by reliably mobilizing voters in large quantities.

    4. I don’t think they care if it’s a winner or not. They’re throwing it at the wall every time in the hope that something will stick somewhere. Unfortunately they’re right. The political lines have shifted since 1994 and I think there’s fewer toss up districts with yellow dog Democrats.

  11. I bet Billy is gray in the hairs
    now but can still fucking identify shit
    like a human microscope.
    I knew several Billy’s.
    One Billy was mentally unstable and had tons
    of posters of naked women on his walls when he was nine.
    One Billy was a ninja trained by a ninja father and could fucking
    cut your neck with a shove chop.
    One Billy was tall and nasty and pushed me on a wall in front of the junior high
    school in Toledo and I fell down and his horrid bullshit ripped a hole on top of my
    left hand and I have been scarred for decades.
    I knew three Billy’s and they were all fucking weirdos but they all wore Billy capes and floated like Jesus above the concrete river dreams.

  12. Lost voices harmonize with flinches of modern step falls in front of the commercial windows
    their ghosts sing across your devices while your arms and legs merge with what it is to be human
    the shadows are dark here and their voices deflect the dust of modern disregard as the wings
    of their forever monuments carve and chip their ghost trips into my modern todays, bro.

  13. lost wings flap broken against the winds of parallel times
    wincing stars have lost their suns and suns can break off, bro
    the darkness is deep, man, and the stars have fathers
    many have no desire to know of.

  14. minds have cliffs
    i have screamed into
    minds have cliffs
    and that cliff held
    my minds

  15. Just have to add, from a previous thread.

    Yeah, the bud lite platinum bottles are blue. I used a steel file to confirm this. The bottles are really blue, they are not ‘hideously expensive’, $7.50 for a 6 in MD, and it is 6% alcohol, and like all AB products, it tastes bad.

    1. Baby, been around hundreds of Bud Plats from crap parties. Hellya, Pure Blue coverage and the booze is weak shit. Only light humans with goddamn zero social skills drink that shit.

  16. 1,800 people have been shot in Chicago this year. They should make their gun laws really restrictive.

    1. Well, what do you expect with all the teabaggers in Chicago?

    2. And so many of them were “children”!

      *** wrings hands ***

      1. This is “under 25” children, right?

  17. California’s reliably anti-gun Sen. Dianne “Concealed Carry” Feinstein (D)

    Whenever I see Feinstein or Pelosi talking it can not understand how they became so powerful. Just what *is* it about California?

    1. it = I

      I’s been a long day.

    2. People who put all their faith in government solving all their problems are incredibly ignorant, that’s all.

      1. They are also fucking emptied of their skills of rational perception.
        Jackboot buried in the brain.
        Bureaucratic knife to the throat of the brain.
        The search for knowledge ended on the will of the masses of social justice.
        Anti-society and anti-government philosophies and accompanying ruminations
        stood in front of the poet’s knife slice to the Muslim head chop or bullet.

        1. Thanks to you both. Have a pleasant rest of the evening!

          1. rich, the river of bears

          2. Boa noite, amigo.

    3. A lack of history and culture that has caused a lot of new cults to form.

  18. ancient chest sat on my arms
    and i could not move because
    of all the letters in the ancient
    chest killed my resolve to move
    the rocks on the edge came over
    and moved the ancient chest
    because the rocks were interested
    in the stories of the ancient chest
    and they fucking hated my bleatings
    -fuck rocks and ancient chests
    -but I will sit here in this dimension
    under the whirling galaxies to be injected
    with their odd wisdoms and shit

  19. So, review of the day: in the morning, it doesn’t matter who or what Omar Mateen swore allegiance to. Coulda been ISIS, coulda been Chik-fil-a. In the evening, Republicans have voted to give guns to terrorists like Omar Mateen.

    I have to lie down, I’m dizzy.

    1. You’re just soft on terrorism for your failure to include Omar Mateens homophobia as something which should have had him placed on the watch-list.

      Also = we can’t fight homophobia with islamophobia. yet we urgently need to pre-emptively strip muslims of gun rights; that’s not islamophobic because possession of guns strips other people of the right to feel safe.

  20. Most of Congress masturbates to Berlioz’s Les Francs-Juges, or to give the English title, “Judges of the Secret Court.”

    (well, supposedly just the overture, but the whole thing was never written)

  21. The final religion of the world is not being challenged. It is being touched with reflections from naive and unintelligent minds.

    The final religion of the world is Islam and the world is on the verge of being crucified by its massive cloud of adherents or being ruined into disaster by its massive cloud of adherents who are mostly fucking projections of puppets handled by superior lords who will never play to the same music they built into their armies. And armies they are. These armies will make the dark aged Catholics appear as amateurs.

  22. the eyes and mind can be deceived
    our reality is so short and brief it
    will be manipulated like tight visual
    alleys on stages and shoots when
    the mystical camera alights like a
    deer prancing in the utterance of
    demands as it staggers and stoops
    to called whim and demanded
    stops… the deer is our time and the
    production is our elected leaders
    and the title is the thick gruel of what it
    is to be managed by masters and
    those who pretend in verse to connect
    but in deed pervert that which is so necessary
    to be genuine and livened by the rich tapestry
    of that which consumes the living and loving

    1. AC is in the zone, you just need to reach another level of consciousness to get it. It’s all about liberty, and it’s a universal language no matter if the statist comprehend it, or not.

  23. I keep hearing how the rate of gun killings has “soared” since the expiration of the “assault weapons ban.” Anyone have numbers on this…

    1. Gun homicides are down 49 percent since their peak in 1993.

  24. Religion is a form of loving
    a connection to meaning
    an experience intrinsic to decisions
    and reactions.
    Religion is NOT an excuse
    offered by those in charge
    to dissect and ruin. Destroy and murder.
    Religions that dismay and jar are no longer
    religions because religion is deeply personal
    and deeply felt. like verses sung on the
    beatings of golden butterflies.
    Religion that kills is dead. It has been emptied of life.
    If those pastors and priests and leaders call for their
    psychotic whims of depraved armies that are restless in their
    ranks the search for death begins and god has left their murder festivals
    and then all the dances and vows melt into hells and nothing and fruitless
    bullshit splattered with broken killer minds.
    Keep in mind- that when you age and kill when time grows upon you- your
    killings will eventually harm your brain and rather than going into old life peacefully
    you will pass on tortured and horrified up until the light is extinguished. Nightmares
    will form your connection to the otherworld.

  25. Get off my lawn, statist punks.

    Get off my property

    1. Hey, that isn’t your property you Kulak! It’s our property, together! That’s why I can tell you what you can and cannot do on that property, and why you must pay a yearly tribute to the king to continue your use of said lands!

      Ah, yes! Property taxes. Proof that you don’t actually own that thing, when it can be seized if you refuse to pay.

  26. Anyone who thinks they are “liberal” and supports putting people on secret government lists to strip their rights is not.

    1. The only liberals today are libertarians. Progressives are statist authoritarians, there’s nothing liberal about that.

      1. There are still a few classical liberals, you just won’t come across one in the wild that often and most people apparently mistake them for Republicans these days. Go figure.

  27. You kneel to vapors, man
    you seek the fucking altars
    your arm hairs bleep to deep ancient verses
    penned by men and women connecting to the
    earth in ways unknown by modern times.

    Sure, angels and prophets might have
    trekked the oceans of our dreams but
    our disciples have penned tomes based on
    the trippy machinations of experience gatherers.

  28. lost in star vapors
    are my voyages
    of rock and wood and metals
    i have lived through many efforts
    to gain entrance to the stars
    one day my tears will
    water Mars
    and i will have already been
    lost in star vapors

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  32. Anti gun hysteria.

    10,000 dead each year. Each year brings a new record body count in massacres. 200 children killed

    And the lunatic gun cultists complain about “hysteria”

  33. America has too much gun violence. No one can dispute that.

    There are five ways to reduce gun violence without taking guns away from the public. These five partial solutions to gun violence are listed and discussed here: https://goo.gl/6ui8XL

    1. Makes a lot of sense

    2. “Ban guns”.

      Sure thing, Comrade.

      Gonna hand out unicorns, too?

      1. Where did he say ban guns? The gun cult thinks control means ban…part of their religious beliefs

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