Friday, February 19, 2010

The Language of Losing.

"The Brady Campaign says it is going forward with "common sense measures that are helping to protect Americans from this threat".


What? That wasn't the Brady Campaign that said that this time? It was the EPA?

Sorry for the confusion. I guess that 'settles' that.



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Why do they continue to lie?

In the latest e-mail alert from the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership, they are ready to mess themselves over a CCW (HB6249) bill being heard in committee. Their link shows that lots of other Joyce Foundation funded 'research' shows CCW is bad. But here's where they continue to blatantly lie about firearm laws in order to get more restrictions passed(SB 3632.):
Right now in Illinois, anyone - including gang members, people with severe mental illness, and domestic violence offenders - can buy a gun from a private seller with no questions asked.
It is already a crime in Illinois to sell a firearm to an individual w/o a FOID card. So why do groups like this need to make false statements like this? Are they ignorant, lying or both? There are no other options.

Here's the handy dandy list they were good enough to provide of House Committee members. Be sure to give them a call and ask them (politely) to support CCW in Illinois.

  • Chair - Rep Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) | (217) 782-5131 | bphelps@yourclearwave.com
  • Vice Chair - Rep Patrick Verschoore (D-Rock Island) | (217) 782-5970
  • Rep Jim Scacia (R-Freeport) | (217) 782-8186 | JimSacia@aeroinc.net
  • Rep John Cavaletto (R-Salem) | (217) 782-0066
  • Rep Shane Cultra (R-Onarga) | (217) 558-1039
  • Rep Lisa Dugan (D-Kankakee) | (217) 782-5981
  • Rep Robert Flider (D-Decatur) | (217) 782-8398
  • Rep Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) | (217) 782-4207 | flowersme@ilga.gov
  • Rep Julie Hamos (D-Evanston) | (217) 782-8052 | julie@staterephamos.org
  • Rep Donald Moffitt (R-Galesburg) | (217) 782-8032 | moffitt@grics.net
  • Rep Richard Myers (R-Macomb) | (217) 782-0416
  • Rep David Reis (R-Olney) | (217) 782-2087
  • Rep Dan Reitz (D-Sparta) | (217) 782-1018 | repreitz@egyptian.net



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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Stuff it O'reilly

Bill thinks it's perfectly OK to confiscate firearms whenever the Gov't declares an 'emergency. To think otherwise is an 'extreme position'.




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Illinois Needs to Improve its Gun Laws

Via SIH, the Brady Campaign released its annual 'scorecard' of gun laws across the US. All but CA and NJ failed (by their standards) with the majority of states losing points in comparison to last year.

I am highly disappointed that Illinois retained its score of 28. We can do much better than this. And be more like Utah.



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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Still Going

It's a good thing Illinois has its primary early as the ballet counting for Brady/Dillard is going to take awhile.

Unlike other counts we could name, this one's going amicably.
Brady said he is not pushing Dillard to concede.

"He's a friend and colleague. He'll have to make a decision on what he thinks is appropriate," Brady said.

"The Republican Party is moving forward. Senator Brady and I are singing off the same hymnal. We're tagging teaming Pat Quinn. So, the party's not losing any steam here," Dillard said.


Can't you just feel the excitement?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Not Just Bigots but Ignorant Bigots...

Following the series of posts by Sebastian of SIH and Joe Huffman on gun control groups blatantly showing their bigotry, it reminded me of a post I did awhile back discussing a study claiming that most opposition to groups like the NRA was based on stereotypes and ignorance.

Statements like this were typical from respondents:
The NRA stands for greed and power. The fact that they promote the availability of automatic firearms to the general public. They talk about it in the context of hunting. What are you gonna hunt with an automatic weapon? It just blows my mind that people can be so greedy and so self-centered and so power hungry . . . they really make their members look bad . . . I think a lot of those folks have really gotten far away from what it means to be human.
The study continues:
...our data indicate that although many of them reported a "strong" familiarity with the NRA, most NRA disidentifiers in our focus groups had little personal exposure to the organizations with which they disidentified
(e.g., none had ever met an NRA member), and gained most of their information from media reports portraying the organization in a negative light. As one informant noted: "I don't know them, and I don't want to. I don't want to legitimate their existence by even acknowledging them. We are so far apart, we probably can't even communicate."


Bigotry and ignorance do seem to go hand in hand, don't they?

As we've become more adept at communication through alternative media and other sources, we've managed to get our message across to a wider audience that no longer relies on 'traditional' or 'mainstream' media making them less likely to volunteer their time or advocate in support of gun control.

This correlates to the steady and continued drop in support for gun control organizations such as the Brady Campaign. Most have been reduced to shells of their former selves, relying on grants from politically motivated foundations and benefactors instead of 'grassroots'.

During the same period, pro-gun groups like the NRA have either maintained their membership levels or increased while the number of firearm owners/firearms in the general population has increased.

The VPC openly admits to using deception to push their agenda while the Brady Campaign blatantly distorts facts to try and get more ineffective laws passed.

With this as our opposition, as long as we stay the course, there is no other possibility but to continue to win the battle for hearts and minds.


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Brady Endorsements Free Violent Criminals

Via David Codrea's Nat'l Gun Rights Examiners comes an expose on the relationship between the Brady Campaign and the Alabama Professor who shot her peers after being denied tenure.

Short story. She had a history of anger management issues, murdering her brother w/ a shotgun and threatening others according to eye witnesses and police. The DA at the time, William Delahunt forced the authorities to release her and did not press any charges.

Delahunt is now a Congressman for the 10th district in MA and has been touted and endorsed by the Brady Campaign for his efforts to reduce gun violence ownership.

It's noted on Tam's blog that the day after the shooting, Delahunt announced he would probably retire.

No. There's no connection. None at all.


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