It appears that Eric Holder (remember how all us bloggers fretted over him?) is bound and determined to ensure President Obama will be a one-term President: he says the administration plans to bring back the Assault Weapons Ban. Cle-ver. And as subtle as a hammer.
Update: I note Mr. Holder makes sure to mention "hand grenades and automatic weapons," things which are not "assault weapons" as previously defined. As far as I am aware, hand grenades are a just plain old no-go under Federal law -- and full-auto weapons are severely restricted; no new ones have been available for civilian ownership since '86 and Uncle Sam keeps a loving eye on the ones still in private hands. Another AWB will not solve the non-existent problem of American machine guns and hand grenades going to Mexican druglords. If they're buyin' ordinary guns (through straw purchases), I know exactly how to stop that: better border control. I'm sure our dear friends in the Mexican government will rush to help.... /Update
...Speaking of "subtle as a hammer," I note with some irked amusement the lefty blogger who fell over FreeRepublic.com, read some of the Usual Blather, and decided any talk of "voting from the rooftops," the Second Amendment as a check on government overreaching, and "the soap box, ballot box, jury box and cartridge box" simply must be calls to take out the Chief Executive.*
Nope, not. Look, I don't like the guy's politics and I like his pals -- heavy-handed tools like Attorney General Holder, for example -- even less. But I wanna see 'em voted out, I wanna see 'em sent home to muse upon their errors and failure. While there will always be loonies out there, the Freepers are no more dangerous than their opposite numbers over at Democratic Underground -- possibly less so, as they're a bit more hard-headed in their grasp of the reality of jails and police pursuit.
And the reality is, 99.9999999% of Americans disapprove of shootin' politicians, especially Presidents. ...Not to mention that in our system of government, it makes very little change. Some ijit tries to take out the Prez and I get wind of it, I'll stop him by any means necessary; I don't have to approve of a man's politics to wanna preserve his life. And, lefties? --That's not an unusual sentiment.
(Okay, I still think pretty much all of Congress could be tried and convicted for conspiracy to violate the civil rights of citizens under color of law; and I admit to thinkin' that ought to be a capital offense. But they won't be, it isn't and that's what we're stuck with).
...I'll get back to the doings aboard the starship Lupine later on.
* I was also bemused by a commenter describing the NY Post "chimp" cartoon as racist -- yet somehow ignoring A) eight years of chimp cartoons lampooning President Bush and B) President Obama did not, in fact, write the stimulus bill. It's a contact sport, kiddo, get over it.
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