Monthly Archives: July 2012
Seems that the talks to reach a consensus for the Arms Trade Treaty have ended without agreement.
From the United Nations web site…
Describing it as a “setback,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his disappointment over the failure by United Nations Member States to reach agreement on a treaty that would regulate the conventional arms trade.“I am disappointed that the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded its four-week-long session without agreement on a treaty text that would have set common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms,” Mr. Ban said.
The Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT, is the bill still in the draft phase that has many 2nd Amendment advocates in the states up in arms. It has been a point of unconfirmed rumor that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama had promised a signature. The rumor mill also states that a restriction or ban on firearms trade or ownership, as well as an international registration database would in effect nullify our 2nd Amendment rights.
Personally, I will not even pretend to know just what kind of impact this would have on this nation. But there was a landmark court case decided in 1957 that our Constitution supersedes all international treaties ratified by the Senate. This was the Reid v. Covert case.
In the text of the U.N. Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, in the section II titled Measures to prevent and combat terrorism, item #5 deals with the U.N.’s plan with regard to the small arms trade…
5. To strengthen coordination and cooperation among States in combating crimes that might be connected with terrorism, including drug trafficking in all its aspects, illicit arms trade, in particular of small arms and light weapons, including man-portable air defence systems , money laundering and smuggling of nuclear, chemical, biological, radiological and other potentially deadly materials.
Read the text and come to your own conclusion…
Check out the video in this post…
At least the case wasn’t taken to the Ninth Circuit…
The administration opposed the order, arguing, contrary to the U.S. Constitution, that people of faith forfeit their religious liberty once they engage in business.[…]
I have been spending most of my free time working on rebuilding the top half of my truck’s motor. Since I have never done this before, it has been going a lot slower than it would had I done this at least once before. This has been taking up a grand majority of my free time.
I started a new project last week called The Shepherd Diaries. I will be continuing this endeavor, but not as often as I like for the moment. But it will continue, as will other posts as I find the few free moments I have.
Blogging is an amazing and interesting thing. When used as a public diary, it basically says, “I want everyone to know about me. I have nothing to hide.” When used as it was originally intended, say for uploading updates on a trip for friends to see back home, it says, “Look at me… wish you were here.” Then there’s that other thing. The random thoughts and commentary on anything from current events to the heavyweight title match between the voices in one’s head. This is the way a blog is used in majority. This is what I’m doing. Continue reading
The media sure has been playing up the anti-gun rhetoric over the Aurora massacre. MSNBS tried to politicize it with the brother of one of the victims, who, would have none of that.
Then there was Ice T and his stance on the second amendment. I must say, I was impressed with how he handled the line of questioning. But what struck me the most was the point he made regarding someone’s desire to commit murder. If they want to, their going to, and guns being legal does not help a psycho do so. This is true as true can be. And this got me thinking…
In the conversations that have been taking shape over this as well as other recent past incidents, the left always seems to point back to gun control. Within this conversation, the pro-control movement always latches on to the only foothold they have, which is the assault weapons ban. This is the line of scrimmage, where the anti-gun team digs in their cleats and tries like hell to move the ball forward toward the goal. Unfortunately for them, they seem to be met with an effective blitz at every down.
What Ice T said plays well into this blitz. If someone wants to commit a murder, either of an individual or a mass of people, it will be done if they are determined enough. Whatever means used to commit such an atrocity can be classified as an assault weapon. If a man tries to kill another with a stone, he is committing an assault, and therefore the rock becomes an assault weapon. Let’s ban rocks. If a vehicle is used, the vehicle is then to be classified as an assault weapon. That takes cars off of the list of items we can own legally. Following this line of reasoning, just think if someone used their bare hands. Who is going to be responsible for removing the hands off of every person in the nation?
I believe that the only way to prevent such crimes from happening rests in the ability to own, carry, and train in the effective use of firearms. Proof of this ideology can be found in the law books and statistics of Kennesaw, Georgia.
From the pages of Wikipedia…
In 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21](a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.
(b)Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.
Gun rights activist David Kopel has claimed that there is evidence that this gun law has reduced the incident rate of home burglaries citing that in the first year, home burglaries dropped from 65 before the ordinance, down to 26 in 1983, and to 11 in 1984. Another report observed a noticeable reduction in burglary from 1981, the year before the ordinance was passed, to 1999.
Later research claims that there is no evidence that [the law] reduced the rate of home burglaries [in Kennesaw], even though the overall crime rate had decreased by more than 50% between 1982 and 2005.
The city’s website claims the city has the lowest crime rate in the county.
One could also look at the firearm ownership in Switzerland. Attempts at gun related assault, whether fulfilled or failed, stand a roughly 1:250,000 people.
This nation has some nasty habits. One of those neon boils on the flesh of our society is our negatively reactionary nature. One only needs to look at what Homeland Security has turned into to understand that every time a heinous crime is committed, the people who stand to lose the most are the law abiding citizens. We were attacked by men from the middle east, so rather than profiling at the airport, we will inappropriately search children, little old ladies, and people with prosthetic devices. And if we cry foul, they release the hounds and your life becomes a nightmare. Such is the case with the anti-gun lobby. If one obtains a gun by any means, legal or otherwise, and commits a crime, you, the law abiding gun owner, PTA member, and soccer mom, become the potential criminal. Welcome to the watch list.
I leave this with what I would call an anonymous quote…
You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.
Just a rambling of thought.
Update… as if to make my point...
I wasn’t aware that a pile of decorated dust mops were so damn socially aware. I mean, is anybody in this once great nation really so damn stupid that they actually care about what a glorified sock puppet manipulator says?
NEWS FLASH!!! It was revealed today that muppets aren’t real, and therefore do not eat chicken to begin with. No great loss to Chick-fil-a.