Friday, April 10, 2009 Comrade Pelosi Despite logic and evidence overwhelmingly to the contrary, Überkommissar Nancy Pelosi this week called for universal firearm registration and prohibitions on interstate transport of guns by citizens: ROBERTS: Let's bring it back here at home for a moment. There's so many issues on people's minds. This past weekend, and the past week, we've seen a lot of mass shootings. PELOSI: Yes. ROBERTS: And the shooter in Pennsylvania, he was stated as saying that part of the reason why he purchased the AK-47, that he feared that under the Obama administration, that you would reinstate the assault weapon ban. And how do you reconcile that with the work that you have to do in trying to stem these types of surges in gun purchases? PELOSI: Clearly, this is a sick person. So, whatever excuse he uses for his behavior is about that sickness. But, it's important to note that since March 10th to April 5th, 53 people have been the victims of gun violence in our country. Four officers in Oakland, California. But the experience in New York more recent, and even many more people killed. We have to have answers to this. We have to find some level of compromise. Right now, we have the debate in Congress over the District of Columbia, wanting a vote on the floor of the House, something we all want. That's a civil rights issue. And yet, they want to put a gun- a draconian gun bill- attach that to that. I don't think that that should be the price is to pay to have a vote on the floor of the House. But we have to find some middle ground. ROBERTS: Under the Bush administration, you pretty much said the ball was in their court when it came to reinstating the ban. Now, it's a Democratic President, a Democratic House. So, is the ball in your court where this is concerned? PELOSI: Yes, it is. And we are just going to have to work together to come to some resolution because the court, in the meantime, in recent months, the Supreme Court has ruled in a very- in a direction that gives more opportunity for people to have guns. We never denied that right. We don't want to take their guns away. We want them registered. We don't want them crossing state lines as this legislation would do in the District of Columbia. We wouldn't tell any other state what to do. But Congress wants to tell the District of Columbia. So, in any event, there's tremendous work ahead on this. And we have to rid the debate of the misconceptions that people have about what gun safety means. The bill to effect such a scheme -- HR 45, as sponsored by Castro-buddy Bobby Rush of Illinois -- is already introduced in the House. So on the assumption that Pelosi will get her way as a 'compromise' in the wake of the current media-driven 'guns are scary' campaign, let's think a little about how an interstate-transport provision would be enforced. Can you say roadblocks, labeled as "gun safety checkpoints"? A bit of reconnaissance, ranging, and topo sketching at major interstate border crossings would seem to be in order, amigos. Enjoy the weekend.