Quotes of the day

posted at 10:25 pm on January 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a vocal proponent of tighter gun laws, confirmed Monday he was advising Vice President Joe Biden’s task force to help curb gun violence…

Bloomberg detailed his recommendations, saying he’s pushing for criminal background checks on all gun sales, not just at gun dealers. He’s also calling for better enforcement of current checks and criticized the system for being too simplistic…

He further urged the renewal of a federal assault weapons ban, similar to the one enacted in 1994 but expired in 2004. Bloomberg pointed out that Biden was a lead senator on the bill.

“I think all of us know that Joe Biden is not a shrinking violet, particularly when it comes to crime and the gun problem in this country and the number of murders,” Bloomberg said.

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News flash: most gun owners support common-sense gun-safety laws. I should know; I’m one of them. I own so many shotguns and rifles it’s a veritable arsenal. I used to hunt with my father and grandfather as a boy, and now I love taking my sons hunting with their grandfather and uncle. When I hear the words “gun culture,” the first image that comes to mind is not a crazed loner. I think of cold, crisp mornings riding a horse out into a Georgia field, feeling the thrill as an English Pointer snaps to attention at the scent of a bird. Or long hours sitting in a Texas deer stand with one of my sons, waiting, wondering if a big buck will arrive before the dying of the light. I taught each of my boys about the birds and the bees in a deer stand. Taught them how to respect God’s creation, honor the wild things we harvest, and thank the Creator humbly for our place in the food chain and the ultimate free-range, organic meal…

My gun culture emphasizes tolerance. As a pro-Obama, pro-gay-rights progressive whose boys share the same political views, we are frequently in the field with ultra-conservative Republicans—and yet we hunt together, swap lies around a campfire, and depart with mutual respect. I ask the same of folks who do not appreciate gun culture. I know lots of liberals who would never pass judgment on someone’s sexual habits or faith choices or cultural preferences but who sneer at the thought of armed, ignorant rednecks tromping through the woods to murder Bambi. The left should not turn common-sense gun safety into a gratuitous attack on a culture they don’t understand.

As strongly as I support gun safety—a term I prefer to “gun control” since it is both more accurate and less threatening—restricting access to guns alone will not solve the problem. Which is why President Obama was wise to charge Vice President Joe Biden with looking at the entire toxic, tragic stew that allows mass killings to occur—not just guns, but also the inadequacies of our mental-health system and the celebration of killing in our culture. The media could do its part as well: given the evidence that some mass killers seek fame, would it be so hard for journalists to refuse to publish the names or images of mass murderers going forward?

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Have a super day Ken!
hug***
See you around.

bazil9 on January 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Great thoughts Ken & b9. :)

Have a great Tuesday!

22044 on January 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Same to you both!

KCB on January 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

MarkT on January 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Say what you will about Jones’s emotionalism but if our representatives showed half as much passion about ANYTHING we care about, the Left might think twice about taking guns or any other violations of the Constitution.

Personally, I’ll take a dozen Alex Joneses over the feckless crowd we have in there now.

Cleombrotus on January 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

I often find myself in the same situation as Paul Begala, but in reverse. I’m active in several conservation organizations that are heavily dominated by liberals (a/k/a progressives, a/k/a statists) and sometimes feel like the proverbial fish out of water given my conservative political views. I just sent a letter to the president of the National Audubon Society in response to his monthly column about global warming trying to explain my skepticism, and that I’m not funded by oil companies, not contrarian just for the heck of it, and not some “abolish all government” member of the lunatic fringe. Wonder if I’ll get a reply?

Fafhrd on January 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Wonder if I’ll get a reply?

Fafhrd on January 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Why would you? They don’t want you to exist. :) You don’t reinforce any of their chosen types.

I don’t know. Maybe that’s too cynical.

Anyway, good job. Keep up the fight!

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Which is why President Obama was wise to charge Vice President Joe Biden with looking at the entire toxic, tragic stew that allows mass killings to occur—not just guns, but also the inadequacies of our mental-health system and the celebration of killing in our culture.

Well, I’ll have to admit that putting Joe Biden in charge of complex and sensitive issues is typical of Obama’s wisdom.

But that’s not really meant as a compliment.

tom on January 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Begala, alas, is a liar. The proper term is Gun Control. Gun Safety is something that is not taught by government or through law, but in a classsroom over which an experienced instructor presides. If So called Conservative Republicans are leaving a hunting camp respecting Begala, they are not conservatives.

Quartermaster on January 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

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