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Monday, February 4, 2013

Obama Stumps to end Firearms - not Tobacco

(Fox News) President Obama spoke in Minnesota, in his first campaign-style stop as part of a second-term push for new firearms laws.

Ted Nugent spoke for Americans without a voice in government from his home in neighboring Michigan, saying, "Obama's a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun."
...He also went after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), suggesting she, too, might like to "suck on my machine gun." Nugent's tirade against California's other Democratic Senator, Diane Feinstein, is too garbled to transcribe, but one can hear Nugent call her a "whore." (Link)
The President pushed to save "just one life" but declined to comment on the single largest cause of death in America today - tobacco...because he smokes cigarettes.
(CDC)  Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 46.6 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes also have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers. 
The harmful effects of smoking do not end with the smoker. An estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans, including 54% of children aged 3–11 years, are exposed to secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can be dangerous because nonsmokers inhale many of the same poisons in cigarette smoke as smokers. 
Secondhand smoke exposure causes serious disease and death, including heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children. Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer, more than 46,000 die of heart disease, and about 150,000–300,000 children younger than 18 months have lower respiratory tract infections. 
Coupled with this enormous health toll is the significant economic burden of tobacco use—more than $96 billion a year in medical costs and another $97 billion a year from lost productivity.
I'm not a progressive so I personally am not proposing an end to the sales of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, cars or bathtubs, each of which ends more children's lives than firearms.  The ownership of cigarettes, automobiles, booze and bathtubs are not subjects addressed in the Bill of Rights, but the ownership of firearms is. 

Silver Screen Heroes & Practical Reality


JIM  CARREY

“Anyone who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown Massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting” 

-- Jim Carrey
Yes, there are endearing things about the progressive left and about Hollywood in general. They provide a sense of comic proportion to life. In no sense is this comic relief more profound than in the argument surrounding the Bill of Rights. Carrey, star of the slapstick comedy hit "Dumb and Dumber", which I personally found amusing, is confusing his on-screen roles and life...isn't he?

I personally don't hold Carrey's lack of understanding of the Bill of Rights against him because he's a Canadian.

SYLVESTER  STALLONE

Sylvester Stallone, known for violent, action-packed films, weighed in last week on the continuing national debate on guns on the occasion of the premier of his new film, "A Bullet to the Head", released nationwide this week. Stallone is doing his bit to curb senseless firearms violence. He said, “I know people get [upset] and go, ’They’re going to take away the assault weapon.’ [Who] needs an assault weapon?”

Apparently Sylvester Stallone does. I did some research and the famous Hollywood actor has an active concealed weapons permit, issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. I hate to brand Mr. Stallone as a hypocrite, but how else can you look at it?


THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Not to be outdone, DHS has created a training video for teachers, counseling on strategies those teachers can employ if they are confronted by an active shooter situation.
"If you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available," says the narrator. The video shows an office worker pulling scissors out of a desk drawer. 
No, you can't make this stuff up.

I'm going to run with the scissor defense. Even though I don't think that it's wise to bring a knife to a gunfight, I am an advocate of fighting with whatever you have at hand. 

BUT if we are to encourage teachers to use scissors, DHS should go one step further and TRAIN teachers in the use of scissors as their 'first line of defense'. A plump, soft, teacher needs to become a killing machine if she's to use them as advised by DHS.

Here's a YouTube example - not used by DHS.


The debate over private ownership of firearms entered the theater of the absurd with fools like Stallone and Quentin Tarrantino entering the fray. You can't make money from glorifying firearms violence and at the same time, profess your disgust at firearms violence and maintain credibility.

DHS is equally foolish and hypocritical. If you encourage people to defend the students under their charge, you should TRAIN THEM. The DHS video doesn't do this.