In the heartland — ‘weapons of war’

December 19, 2012

(Illustration of  ‘Hello Kitty AR-15,’ found here).

Some incredulous shit from the above link:

So called “Assault Weapons Bans” such as the now expired 1994 Clinton ban and the one still in place in states such as California seek to ban rifles that our misguided legislators feel have no purpose in civilian hands.
They identify “evil features” they can use to generically classify these “military style” weapons in sweeping terms.
Of course these features, such as plastic pistol grips, barrel shrouds, and bayonet lugs have absolutely nothing to do with the firearms potential lethality in the real world and are merely cosmetic features.
After all, it really doesn’t matter what color the firearm is if it fires the same ammunition right?
Well, in the “spirit” of the California Assault Weapon Ban I decided to do my best to alleviate the fears of my fellow citizens and gun-banning legislators when I put together a new AR-15 for my wife.
Below is the result of my painstaking work to transform an Evil Black Rifle (EBR) into a Cute Pink RIfle (CPR).
Introducing the Hello Kitty AR-15!

Cute as a 6-year-old getting shot multiple times, huh?

Despite all kinds of other news happening the last few days, I can’t get my head around any of it — in the aftermath of Sandy Hook nothing seems as important as getting those crazy-ass guns off the market, out of sight and gone forever.
Blowing apart 6-and-7-year-old kids, most of them girls, blows all other bullshit down the toilet.
And since President Obama has apparently fucked the mass of Americans via the dumb-ass ‘fiscal cliff’ chaos, we can’t really see him doing much about nothing on the gun issue.
The US is becoming one big armed camp — a horrific war like in Mexico could be in the offering.

And even with 20 kids and seven grown-ups shot to pieces, gun sales surge, increasing profit for weapons makers: The gun industry’s direct economic impact grew by over 100 percent, to $13.6 billion, from 2008 to 2011, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group.
People want that AR-15, and that ‘Hello Kitty‘ version above could go like hotcakes — the killing business is booming:

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says it set a new record for single-day background check submittals this past weekend.
In San Diego, Northwest Armory gun store owner Karl Durkheimer said Saturday “was the biggest day we’ve seen in 20 years. Sunday will probably eclipse that.”
In southwest Ohio, from dawn to dusk a Cincinnati gun show had a line of 400 waiting to get in, said Joe Eaton of the Buckeye Firearms Association.
“Sales were through the roof on Saturday,” said Eaton.
“People were buying everything they could out of fear the president would try to ban certain guns and high-capacity magazines.”

And guns are like those most-wonderful things that just keep on taking away, like yesterday in Colorado where a guy created his very-own mini-slaughter, killing three people before committing suicide: Officers found the bodies of two females and two males, and recovered a handgun at the scene, Schwartz said. Three of the dead were adults, he said, adding that one of the females may have been a teenager.

Here on the Left Coast, guns are already fairly-well restricted, but in the wake of Sandy Hook, an even stronger tie-down.
In a survey of state power-holders in Sacramento by the Los Angeles News Group and Bay Area News Group revealed a hard-case, deep divide between Democrats and Republicans — Demos want way-more restrictions, while the GOP is like its head-ass honcho, the NRA, is in “near-total silence” on the killing fields of Americana.
Via the the LA Daily News:

No California Democrat said Americans have a constitutional right to a weapon such as the AR-15 nor extended magazines.
“Weapons of war are not intended for hunting or protecting your family,” Rep.-elect Gloria Negrete-McLeod said in an emailed statement.
“This ban prevents extremely deadly guns used for war to be sold or distributed within the civilian population.”

The NRA broke its silence yesterday, claiming the organization was “shocked, saddened and heartbroken” and at a press conference scheduled for Friday, the gun-nuts propose “…to offer meaningful contributions…” to the state of the weapons of war.
Based on the recent past, HuffPost offers this a possible preview off NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre bullshit shortly after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting in early 2011: “It shouldn’t be a dialogue about guns; it really should be a dialogue about dangerous people.”
Clueless turd: You’re one of them ‘dangerous people,’ motherfucker!

Here in California, despite the law, ‘weapons of war’ continue to flow into the state — laws are made to be either broken, or stretched.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Despite the ban, law enforcement officials say the firearms are illegally imported into the state.
Assault weapons stream into the state via gun shows in Reno, from where some purchased weapons are brought to Northern California, and Phoenix, with weapons going to Southern California, said Blake Graham, special agent supervisor within the Bureau of Firearms of the California Department of Justice.
He said the expiration of a federal ban on assault weapons in 2004 has been felt on the state’s streets.
“When (the federal ban) was coupled with California’s assault weapons laws, things were … a lot more scarce,” he said.
Since the federal ban lapsed, he said local law enforcement officials have seen gun incidents with many more rounds fired.

And yesterday, there was fear and a lock-down at San Jose City College when a call came into police of a gunman on campus, and although neither man nor gun was found, people got excited — City College basketball coach Percy Carr revealed everyone’s feelings afterwards:

“In light of all the events that happened (recently), nobody was at ease about what was going on here,” he said.
“We heard all the helicopters and saw all the red lights.”
But after a 30 minutes or so in lock-down, people started to relax, he said.
“We felt safe,” he said.

Of course, we’ll never, ever feel safe when everybody is armed to the teeth and pissed off.

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