As a follow up to my story yesterday about Michele Bachmann, and her stance of just making things up, (http://suspiciouspackaging.blogspot.com/2010/05/idiot-of-day-michele-bachmann.html) comes the story of another favorite, Palin.
Palin told the NRA (in essence) that Obama Would Ban Guns If He Could.
Among her other comments to the NRA:
“You might be a redneck if…” Sarah Palin headlined at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, cracking jokes about being a "redneck" but defending the Tea Party movement. While the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate is “fine” with being labeled a redneck, she denies the conservative Tea Party movement is "violence or racist." Cracking a bunch of redneck jokes from what appeared to be her BlackBerry, Palin also called out the “lamestream media” for spreading propaganda that guns are dangerous. “Criminals, of course, are to blame for crime,” she said.
Guns are not damngerous in and of themselves. But do we want 10 year olds (or tea-baggers) having access to machine-guns or bazookas?
I am so tired of the argument that "guns don't kill, people do". Its a child's argument. By the same logic, atomic bombs don't kill people, so I guess Palin is in favor of allowing Iran to have them.
Sarah you give rednecks a bad name!
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that individuals on the federal terrorist watch list were able to purchase firearms and explosives from licensed U.S. dealers 1,119 times. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) told the Senate Homeland Security Committee this month that Congress should close this “terror gap” in the nation’s gun laws. “If society decides that these people are too dangerous to get on an airplane with other people, then it’s probably appropriate to look very hard before you let them buy a gun,” he said.
During the hearing, Bloomberg actually encountered some GOP opposition to this seemingly noncontroversial suggestion. Moreover, the NRA strongly objects to closing the “terror gap,” calling legislation dealing with the issue “21st Century McCarthyism.” Bloomberg is “abusing the word ‘terrorist’ to resurrect and pursue a gun-control agenda,” an NRA spokesperson said.
But it appears that rank-and-file NRA members disagree with their leadership. Today at the NRA’s annual conference in Charlotte, NC, ThinkProgress asked dozens of NRA members if those on the terrorist watch list should be able to purchase firearms and an overwhelming majority agreed with Bloomberg on the need to close the “terror gap.”
Notably, one NRA member found news of the “terror gap” so incredulous that he did not believe the fact that potential terrorists are allowed to purchase firearms.
Believe it or not, Fox News has in fact reported on the “terror gap.” Last December, Fox’s Andrew Napolitano, guest hosting for Glenn Beck, noted that individuals on the federal terrorist watch list are able to purchase firearms. Appearing as a guest on the program, Wayne LaPierre, Executive VP of the NRA, defended the loophole in the law and claimed that an “overwhelming majority of the public” agreed with his viewpoint.
A poll conducted late last year found that 82 percent of gun owners and NRA members support “prohibiting people on the terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns,” while 69 percent said they favor “requiring all gun sellers at gun shows to conduct criminal background checks of the people buying guns.”
As Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne noted at the time, the poll indicates that NRA members are “more reasonable than the organization’s leaders and supporters in Congress in understanding the urgency of keeping guns out of the wrong hands.”