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|04-02-2009, 05:44 AM||#1|
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HOT ISSUE ON GUN CONTROL...
A Gun Ban Gets Shot Down
By Michael Isikoff | NEWSWEEK
Published Mar 28, 2009
From the magazine issue dated Apr 6, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the second member of President Obama's cabinet to get shot down by the White House over the politically sensitive issue of assault weapons. After meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Clinton said that reinstating the U.S. ban on assault weapons—which was passed in 1994 and expired in 2004—is one step this country could take to curb the flow of guns to Mexico's drug cartels. "These military-style weapons don't belong on anybody's street," Clinton told NBC. Within hours, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that he was unaware of "any plans" to push for such a ban—even though Obama had backed one during last year's campaign.
Attorney General Eric Holder had a similar experience a few weeks earlier. After he endorsed a ban at a Feb. 25 press conference, Justice officials were instructed by White House aides to drop the issue, according to administration and congressional aides who asked not to be named due to political sensitivities. What's behind the shift? A budding relationship between the gun lobby and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill. After Holder mentioned the ban, the National Rifle Association sent out action alerts to its members and bombarded Hill offices with calls. Sixty-five House Dems dashed off a letter to Holder opposing such a ban, while Speaker Nancy Pelosi—echoing the NRA's mantra on all gun-control issues—said she backed "enforcing the laws we have now."
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre told NEWSWEEK that Hill Democrats have "learned their lesson" from 1994, when they enacted the ban and subsequently lost control of Congress. They've also learned that cozying up to the NRA can pay big dividends. Last year Democrats received 20 percent of the nearly $1.2 million that the NRA pumped into congressional campaign coffers—more than twice what it gave to Dems just six years earlier. The way things are going, this could be more than a shotgun wedding.
|04-02-2009, 06:31 AM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: HOT ISSUE ON GUN CONTROL...
I’m glad the ban isn’t moving forward. I suspect that it will be pushed after the first week of November 2010. If you think the self-styled journalist, Isikoff, is upset at the lack of an absolute gun ban you’re right. He is one of the HuffingtonPost’s paid bloggers where he writes the typical anti-American garbage that they feed on over there. This is the same guy that saw the beltway sniper murders as an opportunity to make a buck for himself and make baseless attacks on all gun owners.
Let’s see if I can score his liberal bias points:
“shot down” pun = 20 pts
Incorrect use of “assault weapons” = 100 pts
Vague sources that cannot be verified “administration and congressional aides who asked not to be named” = 50 pts
Using “gun lobby” instead of civil rights advocates or some more accurate term = 150 pts
“bombarded Hill offices with calls” instead of “grassroots opposition” = 100 pts
Using “NRA's mantra” to demean "enforcing the laws we have now." = 100 pts
“big dividends” to describe $1.2 million when that is a drop in the bucket compared to the trial lawyers lobby’s contributions to anti-American politicians = 50 pts
Awkward insertion of “shotgun wedding.” pun when that would describe the ceremony and not the marriage = 50 pts
620 liberal bias points for the same guy who wrote the lie-packed book supporting Saddam Hussein and attacking GWB!
Oh and let's not forget this is the very same anti-American that made up the story about Korans being flushed down toilets at GITMO to inspire our enemies and weaken our resolve.
Last edited by 94z07; 04-02-2009 at 06:35 AM..