Posts Tagged ‘faux conservatives’

Bill O’Reilly a whackjob fake conservative…

February 20, 2010

Anyone that has followed the antics of Bill O’Reilly for any appreciable amount of time knows that at best he is a Neo Con, not a true Conservative. I won’t bother going into all the various positions he has held over time that convinces me of that.

What real Conservative would advocate taking away, by government force no less, any persons ability to properly and effectively defend themselves and what is theirs than during times of extreme upheaval?

I’ll give the man kudos for his work on crimes against children, but other than that? He is yet another example of broken clock politics…

As we have often reported, in the wake of the illegal gun confiscations in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, NRA focused its attention on legislation to amend existing emergency-powers statutes to guarantee that local authorities never again attempt the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during states of emergency.

As you know, following Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents legally armed themselves to protect their lives and property from civil disorder. With no way to call for help, and police unable to respond, lawful citizens were able to defend themselves and their neighbors against looters, arsonists and other criminals.

However, just when these people needed their guns for self-protection the most, New Orleans’s Police Superintendent ordered the confiscation of firearms, allegedly under a state emergency-powers law.  Fortunately, an NRA lawsuit brought an end to the seizures, and subsequent NRA-backed legislation ensured the gun confiscation travesty would not repeat itself.

Unfortunately, many states have “emergency powers” laws that give the government permission to suspend or limit gun sales, and to prohibit or restrict citizens from transporting or carrying firearms. In some states, authorities are authorized to seize guns outright from citizens who’ve committed no crime, and who would then be defenseless against disorder.

Within the past few weeks, a state of emergency was declared in King, North Carolina following a relatively heavy snowstorm.  As a result of the emergency declaration, local residents were banned from carrying firearms in their vehicles.

Entering into the fray this week was Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, on Fox News.

In a February 18, interview that discussed, in part, the confiscation of legally-owned guns during a declared state of emergency (as was the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina), O’Reilly affirmed his support of such confiscations.

When it was explained to O’Reilly that whether or not there’s a state of emergency, it’s still unconstitutional to confiscate lawfully-owned guns from honest citizens wanting to defend themselves, the Fox talking head retorts, “That’s a pretty extreme position.”

Perhaps in your opinion, Bill.  But for most law-abiding Americans, the notion that the government can suspend the Constitution and leave citizens without the most effective means of self-defense just because of a snowstorm or hurricane — well, that would qualify as an extreme position.

Of course, no one condones the mindless violence of those who would loot a helpless city, or shoot at rescue workers.  But one reason for the citizens to retain a legal right to arms, is precisely because the government has no legal duty to protect them.  Legislative bodies can, and should, act to protect the self-defense rights of citizens at the times when those rights are most important.

NRA-ILA was instrumental in passing H.R. 5013–the “Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act,”–federal legislation to protect gun owners’ rights during emergencies.  And we continue to fight for state legislation to do the same.  NRA-ILA has successfully passed Emergency Powers legislation in 28 states since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and we will not rest until we reform all emergency powers laws to prohibit these types of arbitrary attacks on Second Amendment rights.


And yes, regular readers know that I think pretty much the same thing about the NRA…

Watch out for GOP wooden nickels

February 6, 2010

“Watch out for wooden nickels,” is something my Grandpa used to tell me when I was a kid.  The sentiment couldn’t be more apt now though.

I’ve watched with some skepticism as Establishment Republicans have been swept into office on a tide of genuine political discontent.   As the GOP claims “great” victories in states like Massachusetts and Virginia, gun owners should be hesitant to jump on the GOP bandwagon.

On Tuesday evening, GOP pundits were championing Congressman Mark Kirk’s victory in the Illinois Republican U.S. Senate primary.  Many of those same talking heads are enthusiastically trumpeting Representative Kirk’s chances to win the Senate seat formerly occupied by President Barack Obama.

Is this Republican success reason for gun owners to be optimistic?  Hardly.

Congressman Kirk has long been an enemy of gun owners, supporting legislation to close the so-called “gun-show loop-hole”, ban certain types of semi-automatic rifles and require background checks to purchase ammunition.

Kirk is not the only anti-gun Republican looking for a promotion.  His gun-hating compadre Congressman Mike Castle of Delaware is preparing to make a run for the Senate as well.

What does this mean for gun owners?

We cannot allow ourselves to be sucked into the hallow victories being celebrated by the Republican Party.  Gun owners must be able to discern between the pro-liberty, pro-gun candidates and the anti-gun wolves hiding in Republican clothing.

That’s why your involvement with the National Association for Gun Rights is so important.  We are here to help you cut through the election year lies, through the political propaganda and expose the anti-gunners from BOTH parties.

Right now the staff at the National Association for Gun Rights is assembling data on candidates from across the country. We’re beginning to target House and Senate races, and we’re preparing our candidate surveys.

Gun rights surveys are an important part of holding politicians accountable and finding out their views on the Second Amendment.   If you’d like to read our survey, you can click here.

Please take a moment to forward this e-mail to your freedom and gun loving friends and family members, remind them that just because a politician has an “R” after their name doesn’t mean they’re pro-liberty or pro-gun.

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Dudley Brown
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National Association for Gun Rights

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