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Posted: 9/10/2004 6:48:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 6:50:32 AM EDT by LoginName]
Just a few I found via Google news (some of the headlines are so over the top that they're actually funny).

Note: most are from gun grabbing rags in Kali.


Bracing for real disaster

MAYBE WE are imagining things. Maybe the slaughters at Columbine High school, on the Stockton schoolyard, inside the high-rise offices at 101 California St. in San Francisco and all of those other high-powered gun massacres never happened. Otherwise, it's hard to explain how President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress can let the ban on assault weapons simply dissolve -- or how the rest of us can just sit idly by.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the landmark gun-control law of 1994, expires Monday unless lawmakers miraculously rally to extend it.


Homeland security begins at home

The federal assault-weapons ban will expire Monday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., deserves great credit for successfully leading the charge to pass and renew the ban. But President Bush refuses to restore it. Just days from now, gun companies will be free once again to manufacture these weapons of war for civilian use, and we will all pay the price.

Tragically, ours is a city that knows gun violence all too well. Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were gunned down in San Francisco City Hall in 1978. On a hot summer day in 1993, Gian Luigi Ferri walked into 101 California St. armed with two high-capacity assault weapons. He murdered eight people and wounded six others. Just last April, in another tragic loss for our city, San Francisco Police Officer Isaac Espinoza was killed with an assault weapon. In total, there have been 66 homicides in San Francisco this year; 48 of those people were killed with guns.


Better keep your head down

Because American politicians of both major parties are scared to death of the National Rifle Association, it probably will legal Monday to buy what you might call rifles of mass destruction.

You could get one for your collection. Someone else might get one to mow down a lot of people in a few seconds.


Rearming wrongdoers

THE UNITED States will become less safe on Monday if, as expected, President Bush and Congress allow the ban on assault weapons to expire. Opponents of the ban think they have politics on their side, but voters need to make it clear in November that they oppose increased lethality in a society already awash with guns.




WHEN IT comes to fighting terrorists, President Bush has plenty of tough words. But when it's time to fight the terrorists that live among us - gang bangers and drug dealers - Bush is AWOL.


Curb's end splits cops, gun buffs

It's almost certain that a federal ban of 19 kinds of semiautomatic firearms will end after Monday.

What's not certain is the effect it will have on the nation once these firearms - such as Uzis and AK-47 rifles - are again legal to purchase.

Police officers who support an extension of the ban say the streets will become more dangerous, with criminals having easier access to high-powered firearms.

Not true, say some gun enthusiasts, who called the 10-year-old ban a "feel good" piece of legislation. A leader of the National Rifle Association says the law did nothing to lower the nation's crime rate.


Poll: Texans split on gun control

September 10, 2004 — Eighty percent of Texans — including 78 percent with guns in their homes — want Congress to renew the assault weapons ban that is set to expire Monday, according to the Scripps Howard Texas Poll.

Fifteen percent of Texans oppose renewing the ban.

“Americans will die if the assault ban sunsets," said Eric Howard, spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control advocacy group.

Texans support the ban because they don’t understand the weapons being restricted, said Kelly Hobbs, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, which opposes extending the ban.


Murder guns To be legal Monday

REPUBLICAN leaders of Congress acted this week to ensure that rapid-fire, mass-killing weapons will begin flooding America’s streets Monday.

They refused to let either the Senate or House vote on extending America’s decade-old ban on 19 types of military-style assault weapons with big magazines. Their decision means the ban will expire Monday, and stores will resume selling the guns designed to mow down large numbers of people.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, both announced that no vote on the ban would be allowed — thus wiping out the protection that had safeguarded Americans for 10 years.


Can another 'Columbine' be far off?

The assault weapons ban expires next week. Gun shops are gleefully stocking up. President Bush says he favors extension of the ban, but will he push Congress to reaffirm the ban?


Drawing Line of Duty at Line of Fire

On the eve of another Sept. 11, it is worth noting that terror comes in many guises, not just as monsters who turn airplanes into missiles. Terror can also come calling as a lone madman with a gun.

Ask survivors if they were not terrorized in December 1993 when Colin Ferguson walked through a Long Island Rail Road commuter train out of Pennsylvania Station, firing at anyone in sight with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic. In a three-minute rampage, he killed 6 people and wounded 25.


Expired ban on assault weapons will leave us vulnerable

Chalk up another one for the National Rifle Association. Because of the organization's enormous political influence, Congress and President Bush are poised to allow the 10-year-old federal assault-weapons ban to expire after midnight Monday. As a result, military-style firearms like semi- automatic AK-47s and Uzis will be legal again nationwide, unless banned by state or local laws.

And a few more headlines (subscription required for full article)

Looming Presence: Semiautomatic Weapons for Sale
Los Angeles Times

More terror on the streets
Providence Journal

Gun Profits for Votes: It's Enough to Make You Sick
Los Angeles Times
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:51:07 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:52:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 6:52:56 AM EDT by taptap]
All the attention this late in the game has nothing to do with the current ban sunsetting. Thats a done deal and everyone knows it.

The whoopla is about Politicizing the issue during an election year in the hopes of gaining seats which will allow passage of AWB II - with all the little loop holes closed.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:53:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:53:51 AM EDT

Notice they are all communist/socialist areas.

They can kiss my

Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:54:33 AM EDT
This reminds me of the Charge of the light brigade. Feinswine charges in with her gun grabbing crew then gets cut down in their tracks. I love it
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:54:58 AM EDT
It's expected, let it blow over... Happily, the media will be all about this forgery story for a while. It's perfectly timed for the sunset!
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:56:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
It's expected, let it blow over... Happily, the media will be all about this forgery story for a while. It's perfectly timed for the sunset!

Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:56:26 AM EDT
Yep. Their having a conniption fit alright.

And taptap has it pegged.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:56:39 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:56:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By LoginName:
Just a few I found via Google news (some of the headlines are so over the top that they're actually funny).

Note: most are from gun grabbing rags in Kali.

Kalifornia? Where the AWB will never sunsets?

Why can't they have their little socialist uthopia, and let the rest of us be free?
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:57:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 6:58:47 AM EDT by imposter]
Let them howl.

A year from now, it will be obvious to everyone that all the horror stories about banning what have been labeled "assault weapons" were wrong.

Eliminating the ban will not produce an upward surge in crime. There will be no upward surge in police killings. Gun controllers have a problem: It will be much harder for legislators and the press to take gun-control groups' apocalyptic claims seriously after they fail to materialize on such a high-profile issue.

From A Weapon Surrendered (NRO) by John R. Lott Jr.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:58:40 AM EDT
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[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 7:02:39 AM EDT by NYPatriot]
Just the expected wringing of hands & gnashing of teeth by the freedom-hating Leftists of this nation.

Crack open a beer, light up a cigar & enjoy the moment... they lost & we WON!!!
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:58:50 AM EDT
The street is going to be red with blood, and our society will flooded with Uzis and AK47s.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:59:06 AM EDT
I learned it from someone here--"A pig don't squeal till he's stuck?" Something like that.

I'm enjoying it.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:59:28 AM EDT
Some of those are so slanted they are just funny.
Not to mention the many factual errors (or lies) in the articles.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:00:30 AM EDT
The sheer ignorance and fearmongering is staggering... It's truly dizzying.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:00:35 AM EDT
"I'm scared of da big bad black rifle!"

Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:00:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By motown_steve:

and more BLAH
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:01:34 AM EDT
Keep in mind that many of these stores are editorials. The same that often equate Iraq to Vietnam.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:07:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By drache:
Some of those are so slanted they are just funny.
Not to mention the many factual errors (or lies) in the articles.

I didn't even bother reading any of the bile; just the headline and first paragraph or two... just enough to start my day off with a good laugh.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:07:53 AM EDT

I had to tell a co-worker today that FA was restricted in 1934 and that the weapons banned are still available today with cosmetic changes only.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:15:08 AM EDT
These people really are morons aren't they....
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:22:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By motown_steve:

Originally Posted By LoginName:
Just a few I found via Google news (some of the headlines are so over the top that they're actually funny).

Note: most are from gun grabbing rags in Kali.

Kalifornia? Where the AWB will never sunsets?

Why can't they have their little socialist uthopia, and let the rest of us be free?

Originally Posted by lippo:
Notice they are all communist/socialist areas.

It is funny how stupid some people can be with their knee jerk reactions of hating California.
Look at the sources of the links:
MassachusettsNew York
North Carolina
West Virginia

Interesting commentary in the L.A. Times of all places:

Assault Weapons Ban Was Useless Anyway
By John R. Lott Jr.
With the federal assault weapons ban sunsetting on Monday at midnight, the gun-control movement has a lot to fear, but not what most people think. Despite claims that letting the 10-year-old ban on some semiautomatic weapons expire will result in a surge in gun crimes and police killings, the fact is that letting the law expire will probably just show the uselessness of gun-control regulations. A year from now it will be obvious to everyone that all the horror stories about the ban — a cornerstone of the gun-control movement — were wrong.

Life without the ban is being painted as a frightening state of affairs. Sarah Brady, one of the nation's leading gun-control advocates, warns that "our streets are going to be filled with AK-47s and Uzis."

Ratcheting up the fear factor to an entirely new level, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) claims the ban is one of "the most effective measures against terrorism that we have."

Yet, despite the rhetoric, there is not a single published academic study showing that the ban has reduced any type of violent crime. Even research funded by the Justice Department under the Clinton administration concluded only that the ban's effect on gun violence "has been uncertain." When those same authors released their updated report in August looking at crime data up through 2000 — the first six full years of the law — they stated, "We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation's recent drop in gun violence."

The reason for these findings is simple: There is nothing unique about the guns that are banned under the law. Though the phrase "assault weapon" conjures up images of the rapid-fire machine guns used by the military, in fact the weapons covered by the ban function the same as any semiautomatic hunting rifle; they fire the exact same bullets with the exact same rapidity and produce the exact same damage as hunting rifles.

The firing mechanisms in semiautomatic and machine guns are completely different. The entire firing mechanism of a semiautomatic gun has to be gutted and replaced to turn it into a machine gun. This law had nothing to do with machine guns.

In recent weeks, at least one gun-control group has begun to change its tune. A spokesperson for the Violence Policy Center said, "If the existing assault weapons ban expires, I personally do not believe it will make one whit of difference one way or another in terms of our objective, which is reducing death and injury and getting a particularly lethal class of firearms off the streets. So if it doesn't pass, it doesn't pass." The center argues that the law involved only "minor changes in appearance."

Why the sudden conversion? Probably because the group knows its credibility is on the line.

A year from now, when it becomes obvious to everyone that all the hype about a resurgence of "assault weapons" was wrong, gun-control advocates want to be able to claim that they never thought the law really mattered.

Too bad they didn't admit this a decade ago.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:24:51 AM EDT
Oh my God! We're all doomed. If this ban sunsets, kids will get massacred in schools, terrorists will gun down crowds of people in malls and at sporting events. Violent felons will be able to walk into gun stores and buy whatever they want. Gang members will be able to get full auto Uzis with 200-round mags.

Oh, wait. The assault weapons ban didn't prevent anything like that from happening before. There are already laws against Murder, Assault, and possesion of firearms by children. The demand for guns will never go away. It seems to me that if legal gun ownership went away, it would open the demand for illegal guns. They could buy them from the same place all the cocaine comes from. The Colombians. Then, instead of a Tec-9 that barely works and has never been maintained, criminals could get a well maintained Galil that was taken off a dead Colombian soldier. Or maybe a genuine Russian AKM from the FARC.

Are these people really stupid enough to believe that criminals can't get guns?
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:27:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 7:29:09 AM EDT by limaxray]
[Deliverance]"Squeal like a pig! C'mon, boy, squeal like a pig!" [/Deliverance]

This ad appeared in the Washington Post this morning:

Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:28:43 AM EDT
Kind of reminds me of all the same crap and lies the media circulate just before each of the 37 States legalized Concealed Carry. Hopefully, the citizens will realize this propaganda for what it is after they see the next day that the sky didn't fall!
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:47:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 7:49:51 AM EDT by Airwolf]
taptap has it right.

This is to get all the "We KNEW this was going to be BAD" on the record before the sunset. Mark my words that you will begin to see totally bullshit, made up stats about increases in crime starting shortly after Sep 13.

The people that want to take our firearms away lie with the same ease that you and I breath. To them their goals are to be reached by any means necessary. Notice that the pols behind the ban have stood on the floor of the Senate and told outright LIES and when corrected by our allies they admit NOTHING and speak more lies in their next breath. TRUTH is irrelevant, you WILL be assimilated into the Sheeple Collective, it's for the good of the Whole!

The NRA, all other Gun Rights groups and we as individuals are going to have to be ready to call BULLSHIT! loudly and immediately starting in the very near future for we have only begun to see what this assault on our RIGHTS is going to look like.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:51:13 AM EDT
"rifles of mass destruction"
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 7:53:19 AM EDT
Tough shit! We won...they lost.

Remember this when you step into the voting booth on November 2.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:04:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:15:43 AM EDT
Damn, with all the publicity and explications on how amazing at killing and available these weapons are for use they might as well just put together a commercial for criminals..."Get Your AK-47 Now!! Awesome for Murder, Robbery, Gang Banging and Whatever Other Creative Criminal Use you can Find!!"
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:20:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 8:34:28 AM EDT by warlord]

Originally Posted By shotar:
Actually, our local media is surprisingly fairly reporting the change.

Here's a couple letters to the editor and yesterdays article.



Yeah, most of the liberal rags print pro-gun letter stuff like this just give a facade of "balance and equal reporting." What would be a shocker and surprise would be when the newspaper itself , says the NRA is the good-guy organization, and not the NRA is the enemy of the USA.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:24:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:33:39 AM EDT
I'm not coming into work (in Philly) on Tuesday morning.
I'm gonna stay inside where I'll be safe. Maybe I'll go out on my balcony and watch the smoke rise from the eastern horizon, where Philly is, thirty-five miles away and try not to think too hard about all the blood and carnage.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:36:05 AM EDT
They have NO IDEA what the ban actually covered -- the propaganda and lies actually worked on them: they probably think AR-15s and AK semi clones are illegal to sell right now. Many of them may even think that machineguns will be legal again come monday (couldn't I only dream)
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:50:04 AM EDT
Fuk em, feed em fish heads.
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