From Their Cold Dead Hands

Emboldened by the public’s waning enthusiasm for tougher gun control measures, five Republican senators are now vowing to filibuster any of President Obama’s gun-control measures to block their enactment.

The sweet smell of statist defeat is in the air. Tired of being harangued by an authoritarian president, polls suggest Americans have largely returned to their senses after a fleeting flirtation with gun control proposals.

It’s quite a turnaround from the dark days of December when a madman gunned down innocent schoolchildren in New England. Even some conservative lawmakers cowered as the media relentlessly and viciously attacked law abiding Americans for owning guns.

But many people are incensed at Hollywood left-wingers’ constant condescension on gun issues, which has only grown more intense and obnoxious in recent months. Comedian Jim Carrey, a high-school dropout who opposes vaccinating babies, jumped the shark this week when he released an offensive, unfunny video mocking gun owners as stupid, clumsy hicks. Reaction to the Dumb and Dumber star’s video was swift and largely negative.

This all shows that in modern American politics, gun control legislation continues to be a sure political loser at the national level.

While it’s too early for Second Amendment supporters to start popping champagne corks, it appears that no substantial changes to the nation’s gun laws will be approved by Congress. If anything passes –and that seems increasingly unlikely– it may be symbolic legislation that has no teeth.

After Mitt Romney’s defeat in November, shell-shocked Republican lawmakers are finally beginning to emerge from their collective stupor and fight Barack Obama’s imperial presidency.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) accuses the president of continuing to “use the tragedy at Newtown as a backdrop for pushing legislation that would have done nothing to prevent that horrible crime.”

Restricting Americans’ fundamental constitutional rights ought to require more than a simple majority vote in the Senate, Lee argues.

In that vein, Sens. Lee, Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), notified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that they will “exercise our procedural right to require a 60-vote threshold in order to bring any of the president’s proposals to the floor.” Lee announced later that Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) also signed on to the filibuster pledge.

The debate “is about more than magazine clips and pistol grips. It is about the purpose of the Second Amendment and why our constitutionally protected right to self-defense is an essential part of self-government,” Lee said.

“Any legislation that would restrict our basic right to self-defense deserves robust and open debate. Requiring a 60-vote threshold helps ensure that we have that debate rather than skipping directly to the back room deals, horse trading, and business-as-usual politics that typifies the way Congress passes legislation today.”

Obama’s ongoing anti-gun jihad has been a veritable comedy of errors as leading Democrats, administration officials, and their lackeys in the media revealed their embarrassing ignorance of firearms basics.

World-class bumbler Vice President Joe Biden offered dangerous advice on home defense to his constituents last month.

Biden said women fearful of home invasions should get a “double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun” and fire “two blasts” outside to deter would-be home intruders. Perhaps inspired by gangster movies, Biden also told gun owners to “just fire the shotgun through the door.”

First Lady Michelle Obama said on ABC News that Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down January 29 by “automatic weapons.” The problem is that there are relatively few automatic weapons, which fire continuously while the trigger is pulled, in circulation among the public in America. They’ve been all but banned in the U.S. since 1934 and their use in crime is extremely rare. Getting federal permission to own one is very difficult and the weapons are tightly regulated. (Handguns, on the other hand, are plentiful, but for the most part they are not targeted in current proposals.)

Unfortunately, Americans never got to hear Mrs. Obama’s mega-gaffe. ABC News colluded with the Obama White House and edited out her ignorant claim. The network said the remarks were removed out of time concerns.

New York City’s know-it-all do-gooder of a mayor, Michael Bloomberg, shelled out $12 million for gun control ads that encourage Americans to handle firearms irresponsibly.

His pressure group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, created two televisions ads showing a man dressed as a hunter holding a shotgun. With a child swinging on a tire in the background, the man says, “I support comprehensive background checks so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t buy guns.”

In one ad titled “Responsibility,” the actor violates all three gun safety rules preached by the National Rifle Association.

Although there is a child nearby, the muzzle of the man’s pump-action shotgun is not pointed at the ground or in the air. While the man’s shotgun is improperly positioned, he keeps his finger on the trigger, as if prepared to fire. The NRA also recommends that weapons be kept unloaded until ready for immediate use, but in the ad the action, or bolt, of the shotgun shown is closed, making it impossible to see whether the firearm contains ammunition.

“A man who grew up hunting would know that by holding a shotgun straight horizontal, with the action closed and his finger on the trigger, he is committing all three cardinal sins of gun safety,” notes Emily Miller of the Washington Times.

After a loud start in December, the Left’s most recent war on gun ownership rights now appears to be on life-support.

A week ago Obama was forced to withdraw the nomination of Second Amendment enemy Caitlin J. Halligan to the critical District of Columbia Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Halligan was successfully filibustered twice by Republican senators largely because of her vehement opposition to gun ownership rights.

The Halligan implosion comes as a new poll indicates public support for stricter gun control laws, which climbed to 57 percent after the attack in Newtown, has since plummeted to just 47 percent.

The CBS News poll was released a week after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would remove language banning so-called assault weapons from pending gun control legislation. Even if anti-gun legislation clears the Senate, it is unlikely to survive the House of Representatives.

The lead proponent of the wholly arbitrary assault weapons ban, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), could offer the provision as an amendment to the legislation but at this point the prohibition seems almost certainly doomed. Feinstein authored the previous assault weapons ban, which was in effect from 1994 to 2004. It had no observable effect on crime rates.

Despite all this bad news, President Obama is still clinging to the hope that he can bring in sweeping new firearms restrictions through the sheer force of his personality.

Yesterday Obama desperately tried to keep alive the anti-gun hysteria that briefly swept parts of the nation after 20 first-graders were killed in the Newtown, Conn. massacre in December.

“We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure what we said wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it,” Obama said at a White House event on a national day of action by elitists who wish to disarm their fellow citizens.

“We’ve cried enough,” he said petulantly, in the presidential equivalent of a temper tantrum, as he exhorted Americans to apply pressure to their elected representatives.

Obama’s post-Newtown proposals would expand intrusive, privacy-violating background checks that make it difficult for people in danger to purchase the guns they need to protect themselves and their families. Critics say –with justification– that the expanded background checks amount to a de facto national gun registry.

Of course Obama continues lying, claiming he supports the Second Amendment.

“What we’re proposing is not radical. It’s not taking away anyone’s gun rights,” Obama said trying to bully legislators. He said they may be getting “squishy because time has passed and maybe it’s not on the news every day.”

Even a master manipulator of the mob has his limitations.

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  • EthanP

    They also seem to be about to go down on the UN Small Arms Treaty. It takes a unanimous vote to pass. Those bastions of freedom, namely Syria, Iran, and North Korea have seemingly killed it.

    • gee59

      No the treaty was changed to a majority vote only to pass it.

  • AdinaK

    Indeed, prying a citizen loose, from their Constitutional right to bear arms, will be more than an uphill struggle, as it should be!!

    Not only that, but the grabbing of legal guns is ALL about total control, and that is unacceptable. Un-American. As such,

    Due to the above push back, leftists are going postal –

    Let them!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Spider

    Obama is a statist petulant punk who needs a good spanking once in a while from "We The People" who really run this country.

  • pierce

    Spider, Obama needs to be put down period. He will end up being the ruination of this country with his radical agenda. It would be nice if "We the People" did stand up to this President, but I do not think that is possible.
    This country has turned out to be a bunch of takers with no kaunas.

  • gee59

    I believe that there are already more gun laws on the books than are legal, but they are not enforced.

    If the leftists want gun control – then they should stop with their unconstitutional efforts and do it legally. Amend the Constitution! If 2/3rds of Americans agree with them then they can do it, if not then they do not represent the will of the people

    • JacksonPearson

      "If the leftists want gun control – then they should stop with their unconstitutional efforts and do it legally. Amend the Constitution! If 2/3rds of Americans agree with them then they can do it, if not then they do not represent the will of the people"

      The leftist know that an amendment to Constitution stands no chance of passing. So they act like moths dancing around a flame. They temp the flame with crap legislation, but don't dare go through it!


      Let's hope they never get numbers that large on their side. When that much of the country votes explicitly for fascism, it's over.

  • Mach1Duck

    Obama's gun program is the first step to dictatorial power.

  • pagegl

    The leftists want gun control but, apparently, not gun law enforcement…

  • Winston

    Don't bet for a moment that the gun-grabbing is over. Obama and Hillary Clinton set it in motion to hand over America's rights and restricted freedom to the United Nations. A real "Red Dawn" is coming to America and the elites have planned it. We must stand firmly planted in our Rights and Liberty which the nation's Founders sacrificially created for us. We must push back agains the evil and leaderless government.

  • Ghostwriter

    It looks like gun control isn't going to go anywhere.

    • JacksonPearson

      "It looks like gun control isn't going to go anywhere."

      It shouldn't go anywhere. The four small but powerful words (shall not be infringed") in the 2nd Amendment knocks the crap out any proposed legislation.

  • cynthia curran

    I dislike rand Paul, the libertarin turd wants a lot of cheap labor. Many Rpeublicans opposed gun control not just the libertarin turd.

  • mitkanadam

    The gun grabbers still want "universal background checks" which require a SELLER to prove that he/she is the legal owner of the gun to be sold. How do I prove that the gun that my Grandfather gave me 50 years ago is legally mine? How do I prove that the gun that I bought legally when I was 21 [many, many years ago] is legally mine? What happens to the gun that I was given or purchased? Does the government claim that since I can't prove legal ownership it will be confiscated?
    Wake up, America. This is the start of CONFISCATION.

    • Defcon 4

      The plans of the corrupt left and their islamofascist masters won't end there. Freedom of speech is definitely in their sites as well.

  • cynthia curran

    Oytun Ayse Mihalik, 40, an Orange County pharmacist, admitted wiring $2,050 to Pakistan to be used to fund terrorist activities. Prosecutors had sought a 12-year prison sentence. This shows that Paul and Norquist are wrong about bringing in all immirgants.

  • retired

    to tell the truth I'm not really worried about Obama & his crew of amateurs in Washington grabbing my guns!
    My main concern is fear that the thieves in Washington will confiscate my bank account.As our economy becomes weaker Obama's wiz kids at the Treasury Department are busy little beavers devising clever ways to separate the tax paying public from it's money.They are working on plans to divert pension funds & annuities into government bonds.Take the retirement money we worked for all of these years & give it to their bankster friends.We will get back nearly worthless government bonds as I.O.U.'s ! Maybe Washington will try to do a Cyprus with our bank accounts?With the slimeballs in Washington anything is possible!
    Can they seize America's guns? Not a chance! Can they confiscate our wealth & send us into poverty? We will need to wait & see!

  • Capt_Z1

    The tyranical punk in the whitehouse lives to see dead children. Whether is is through abortion or a school shooting where he can dance on the graves of dead children in his effort to disarm America for his intention of becomming the first American dictator.
    He and his wife Michelle remind me of Nicolae and Lena Ceausescu who rulled over Romania and treated the people as persnal possessions. The ending of this rule by the people was outstanding..

  • Defcon 4

    RE: 'Perhaps inspired by gangster movies, Biden also told gun owners to “just fire the shotgun through the door.”' I know a guy who used to live in D.C. One day he came home to his apartment building and the police were all over the place because a man had been killed by a shotgun fired through his front door. 00 buckshot wouldn't have much trouble firing through a hollow frame door. It's always good to know the difference between cover and concealment.

  • Asher

    With the murders of Texas District Attorney McClellan, and Tom Clement Prison Director in Colorado, all tied in together, and releasing criminals and drug dealers in Arizona into the populace and everywhere else, the gangs in Chicago and other cities, the citizens are keeping their guns to defend themselves against murderers, it shall not be infringed upon, so get it through your thick skulls.

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