This Pub Owner’s Next Sign Will Say, “Out Of Business”

In the wake of the Newtown school shooting in December 2012, gun control advocates were successful in pushing through restrictions on the Second Amendment in eight states.

Gun-rights activists in South Carolina saw  the pendulum swing back in their direction,  last month when  Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill, passed the General Assembly that allowed for concealed carry in bars and restaurants.

Governor Haley spoke at length during today’s signing ceremony about the importance of removing the restriction on CWP holders carrying for personal protection in restaurants where alcohol is served.  She also clarified much of the misinformation anti-gun extremists and the media had been claiming regarding this critical personal protection reform.

Via Twitchy, one pub owner, apparently still bitter about the pro-gun legislation, posted this on his establishment’s door:

Leftists aren’t known for having business acumen, but it’s hard to believe someone could be so unhinged about a political issue that they would antagonize a large portion of his potential customers with such an offensive sign.

CNN: Another Fast and Furious Gun Shows Up at Murder Scene in Mexico (Video)

One of the more disgraceful legacies of Eric Holder’s tenure as Obama’s Attorney General, is the increased bloodshed we will be dealing with in the years to come on both sides of the Southern border because of his  criminally stupid false flag Operation Fast and Furious..

Mediaite reported:

A CNN report broadcast on Tuesday revealed that guns released to Mexican gangs as part of the Fast and Furious “gun-walking” operation are continuing to show up at scenes of violence sound of the American border. According to the CNN report, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives acknowledged that more weapons released into Mexico are likely to continue surfacing in the coming years.

 

During an interview in October of 2011, an inscensed Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu blasted Atty General Holder for engaging in what he called a cover-up and outright conspiracy which has “risen to the level of criminal.” He claimed that his deputies and American citizens in general will be facing the barrels of the Fast and Furious guns well into the future. “We couldn’t make this stuff up in our wildest nightmares,” he said.

“2000 semi automatic, fully automatic AK 47s, 50 caliber rifles, my deputies don’t even have this firepower in AZ and we’ve given it to these people we’re fighting, and now the Atty General of Mexico has been attacking the US publicly, demanding accountability, demanding criminal charges against the government. And President Obama who’s gone on this worldwide tour to apologize for America (which I’ve always disagreed with, and been embarrassed by) – the one apology he should be making is to Mexico. 200+ people according to their attorney general have been murdered – have been killed by these very weapons that Holder and his group of accomplices have handed to them. And now, Brian Terry a hero in our border patrol, who served as a police officer, who served in the US Marine Corps, was murdered on American soil, in my state, and you’re about to hear the Sheriffs out here unleash upon Eric Holder. We asked for help to fight against the cartels, to fight illegal immigration, secure the border, and what we got back was a lawsuit, to sue our state, to fight us for  enforcing the law – the very job that we’re sworn to do – put up billboard signs in my county warning American citizens that it’s not safe to travel because of drug cartels, and now they’ve armed the very enemy we’re fighting…This for us is more than personal — our deputies, our citizens are going to be facing in the future the barrels of guns that our own government has given to criminals. We couldn’t make this stuff up in our wildest nightmares.”

He went on, “this clearly was a plot by our government (I’ve never been one to buy into conspiracies – but this is as clear as day to me) It’s as clear as day to me this was an effort by Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano to make an aggressive assault against 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms…”

Total Recall! Colorado State Senators Morse and Giron Voted Out

Colorado Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs  Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo conceded their seats Tuesday night in the state’s first ever recall election.
He and  Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo faced recall elections because of their support for the stricter gun laws passed last spring.

Via The Denver Post, here are the results:

Ballot Issue State Senate 3 – Recall Giron

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Yes 56.0% (19,355)
No 43.9% (15,201)

Ballot Issue State Senate 11 – Recall Morse

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Yes 50.9% (9,094)
No 49.0% (8,751)

The Democrat anti-recall camp outspent the recallers by at least  8 to 1 analysts estimated.

Via The Washington Times:

 Two billionaires — New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Eli Broad of Los Angeles — gave a combined $600,000 to fight the recalls, while labor unions, Planned Parenthood Votes and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee have also pitched in.

Michelle Malkin wrote that “the significance of this historic and unprecedented battle cannot be overstated.”

As I’ve reported over the past several months, the effort was an astonishing grass-roots effort in which ordinary citizens gathered more than 16,000 signatures for a recall petition in Colorado Springs over a matter of weeks. The role of women (Coloradans Laura Carno, Kelly Maher, Kim Weeks were among the leading lights) in pushing back against false gun-grabbing narratives and smears was invaluable. The birth control fear-mongering failed. The use of social media to organize echoes other successful Tea Party efforts.

Via Katie Pavlich of Townhall, a statement from the NRA:

 he National Rifle Association, which helped fund the recall effort, has issued a statement.

A historic grassroots effort by voters in Colorado’s Senate District 11 has resulted in the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse (D). The people of Colorado Springs sent a clear message to the Senate leader that his primary job was to defend their rights and freedoms and that he is ultimately accountable to them – his constituents, and not to the dollars or social engineering agendas of anti-gun billionaires.

Recall proceedings began earlier this year after Sen. Morse pushed through anti-gun legislation that restricted the ability of law-abiding residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights, including their inherent right to self-defense. This effort was driven by concerned citizens, who made phone calls, knocked on doors, and worked diligently to turn voters out in this historic effort.

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to have stood with the men and women in Colorado who sent a clear message that their Second Amendment rights are not for sale. We look forward to working with NRA-PVF “A” rated and endorsed Bernie Herpin (R) from Colorado Springs.

 

Hat tip: Charles B.

Video: “Something Very Fishy” Going On With The CO Recall Votes

COLORADO SPRINGS RECALL ELECTION OF DEMOCRAT JOHN MORSE GETS UNDER WAY WITH EARLY VOTING STARTING

The Colorado  vote to recall two state Democrats who angered voters earlier this year when they helped pass draconian gun control bills, is in full swing with long lines and what elections officials called “surprisingly high turnouts”.

Yesterday marked the first day of voting in the recall election of Democrat State Senator John Morse as more than 3,500 voters from his El Paso County Senate district headed to the polls. Polls in Pueblo Democrat Senator Angela Giron’s recall opened, last week.

The Denver Post reports:

Funded in part by the National Rifle Association and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose group Mayors Against Illegal Guns played a pivotal role in the gun legislation that passed in the past session, both sides of the recalls have been furiously working these final days to get supporters to the polls.

If Morse and Giron are recalled, two Republican candidates, Bernie Herpin of El Paso County and George Rivera of Pueblo, will take their place in the state Senate.

Conservative blog, Revealing Politics has been on the ground with cameras everywhere. If there is voter fraud going on in Colorado – they are capturing it.

Just before the end of the first day of early voting in the Colorado recall election of Senate President John Morse, some college age students showed up with 10 ballots in hand, each.

Our team hit the field running for the first day of our “Recall Transparency Project” and although there were lots of highlights (check our feed here) there are a few notable moments:

Two dudes just walking down the street taking pro-recall signs.

Our awesome field guy Jim got the cops called on him.

Two REALLY EXCITED recall voters were so excited to be at the polls they backed into each other.

 

Saturday Movie Matinee: Highlights From The NRA Leadership Forum

Gun rights supporters are gathered in Houston, Friday and Saturday for the NRA’s first meeting since successfully fending off the Obama administration’s push to enforce stricter gun laws.

Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Amazing Speech at NRA-ILA Leadership Forum:

It’s a doozy, folks:

2013 NRA Annual Meetings: Rick Perry:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, an event of the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas. Perry argues that gun control sells the false premise that it is solving a problem, when all it does is make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.

The Blaze: ‘LET THEM BE DAMNED!’: WAYNE LAPIERRE SAVAGES ANTI-GUN ‘ELITES’:

“The media and the political elites, they denigrate us and they cringe at the sight of long lines at gun shows around this country. They mock Americans buying firearms at a record pace…they don’t get it because they don’t get America,” LaPierre said.

After President Barack Obama said the NRA “willfully lied” to the American people about defeated gun legislation last month, LaPierre noted how Obama had tried to reassure gun owners during his re-election campaign.

“Liars? Really?” LaPierre said. “This from a man who spent his entire re-election campaign saying he supported our Second Amendment rights and would never try to take anyone’s gun away. And he calls us liars?”

Have a box of tissues nearby for this one.

SEAL Chris Kyle’s wife Taya Emotional Speech at NRA-ILA Leadership Forum:

Via The Blaze: 

Before Taya Kyle, the wife of slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, even said a word, the crowd at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum was on their feet giving her the longest standing ovation of the day. Just before she took the stage, a video honoring Kyle was shown at the Houston event.

“I challenge anyone to tell me there isn’t evil in this world,” Kyle said, her voice drenched in emotion. “From the days of Cain and Abel, we know all too well there will always be evil. But that evil shouldn’t take away our freedoms. In fact, the only way to defeat evil is by taking advantage of our freedoms.

Kyle went on to talk about the side of her husband that people never knew.

“First, promise me that you won’t think of Chris solely as a hero. He wouldn’t want that. Instead, I ask you to see him the way he would’ve wanted you to see him. As just an everyday boy who did his best at what he loved, growing into an everyday man, loving his God, loving his country…and loving his family,” she said, wiping a tear from her eye as the audience interrupted her with applause.

2013 NRA Annual Meetings: Rick Santorum:

Via Mediaite: Sarah Palin NRA Full Speech 2013, Quotes Shakespeare, Threatens To Chew Tobacco:

 Taking the stage in a t-shirt that read “Women Hunt” in pink lettering, Sarah Palin riled up the crowd at today’s NRA convention in Houston, Texas. Palin spoke for more than 12 minutes about her strong defense of the Second Amendment and other conservative principles. She even attempted to recreate her popular “Big Gulp” moment from her CPAC speech earlier this year by pulling out a tin of chewing tobacco and threatening to “dip” on stage.

 

 The Conversation: Video: Ted Cruz Challenges Joe Biden to a Gun Debate at NRA Convention in Houston:

Cruz, noting Joe Biden’s pledge to revive the fight for gun control, challenged him to a debate about the best way to end violent gun crimes.

“If he believes the answer to violent crime is not prosecuting felons and fugitives, not prosecuting  gun crimes, but going after the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, I would like to invite the Vice President to engage in an hour long conversation and debate: How do we stop crime?

2013 NRA Annual Meetings: Wayne LaPierre:

Bill Whittle Virtual Presidency: Uncommon Sense for the Next Generation – Bill Whittle on Gun Control:

InstaVision: Michael Barone: Obama and the Democrats Could Not Beat the NRA:

Glenn Reynolds talks to Michael Barone about President Obama’s failure to push gun control legislation through the Senate. Has Obama lost his persuasive abilities, or is he asking too much from congress and the American people? Could the real problem be that President Obama has never encountered true dissent in his political life?

Now from a state that is quickly becoming a basket case via Revealing Politics: (NSFW) Sen. Owen Hill finds the right words:

Colorado Senator Owen Hill found the best words to describe a complete overhaul of Colorado’s election scheme. If signed into law, the bill would allow for the same lax standards of registration and voting as is currently written into CO law but extended to election day. For registration it’s merely the last 4 digits of a Social Security number if the registrant claims they don’t have a Colorado ID. For casting a ballot the standard is as low as an unspecified utility bill, a pay stub, or a bank statement. In theory a person could walk into a vote center give any four unverifiable digits, a “utility” bill and cast a ballot,

PJTV: ZoNation: Left-Wing Media Ignore the Gosnell House of Horrors:

The MSM is still keeping quiet on the Kermit Gosnell abortion trial. So why is the left keeping mum on a story tailor made for prime time coverage? Zo thinks the media is in denial to protect their pro-choice agenda

TRIFECTA: Marco Rubio, Republican Star, or Pod Person From Outer Space?:

Something about Marco Rubio and his immigration bill reminds the Trifecta gang of the classic science fiction film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”?

Fast and Furious President Blames U.S. For Gun Violence In Mexico

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Image via The Washington Post

Two and a half years after one of his administration’s Fast and Furious guns killed border patrol agent, Brian Terry, and even as the guns continue to kill Mexican citizens, Obama used his trip to Mexico as a pretext to push for gun control, blaming our lax gun laws for gun violence in Mexico.

No one ever accused him of lacking in audacity.

“Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.”

“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” Obama added.

Watch the video at RCP.

Are we all supposed to have forgotten about his crooked administration’s Fast and Furious gun running scheme, already? Really?

Well, I haven’t forgotten, and if this president is going to be brazen enough to go to Mexico and blame the US for their gun violence, I’m happy to remind people.

Sharyl Attkisson of CBS reported in December on one of the latest Fast and Furious gun seizures.

Another weapon from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency’s controversial Operation Fast and Furious was recently recovered at a Mexican crime scene, CBS News has learned. Congressional investigators say the crime scene was likely where a recent shootout took place between reported Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military, in which Sinaloa beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were killed.

According to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Justice Department did not notify Congress of the Fast and Furious firearm recovery in November, even though Grassley has requested an accounting of weapons that surface from the case. During Fast and Furious, ATF allowed more than 2,000 weapons, including giant .50-caliber guns, to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels and other criminals. Other so-called “gunwalking” operations by ATF let hundreds more guns hit the street. Most of them have never been recovered.

  Brian Terry family sues ATF officials in Fast and Furious

Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout

The latest known recovery is a Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle. It was picked up at a crime scene Nov. 23 in Ciudad Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. That’s the same area and weekend of the shootout involving Flores Gamez’s death. A trace report shows the rifle was purchased by Uriel Patino, the Fast and Furious suspect who allegedly bought more than 700 weapons while under ATF’s watch.

Here’s a common sense reform that I think could go a long way toward keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.

Fire Atty General Eric Holder.

Middle School Boy Arrested For Wearing NRA Shirt Returns to School in Same Shirt (Video)

After serving his one-day suspension, the West Virginia eighth grader was back in school, yesterday, wearing the very same NRA tee-shirt that got him in trouble.

Kid’s got pluck.

In a move The Daily Caller can only characterize as courageous, 14-year-old Jared Marcum returned to Logan Middle School in Logan County, West Va., wearing exactly the same shirt, which depicts a hunting rifle with the statement “protect your right.”

According to Fox News, other students across the rural county showed their support for Marcum by wearing similar shirts to school.

“There’s a lot of people wearing this same exact shirt, showing great, great support and I really appreciate it,” Marcum said in the morning outside the schoolhouse door, according to local NCB affiliate WBOY-TV.

Jared’s outraged father told 13 News, “I don’t see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a T-shirt, especially when policy doesn’t forbid it.”

The school district’s dress code prohibits profanity, violence, discriminatory messages, but as noted in this report, gun images are not on the list.

ANGRY Obama Lashes Out at “Willful Liars” Republicans and NRA (Video)

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Hell hath no fury like a woman  Obama scorned.

Surrounding himself with human shields family members of victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting and  former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, the petulant president, who chose to forego Margaret Thatcher’s funeral in order to stay in Washington and demagogue fight for gun control, lashed out at Republicans and the NRA as the bill went down in flames, today.

The Washington Times reported:

President Obama angrily blamed the defeat Wednesday of his centerpiece gun-control proposal on lies spread by the National Rifle Association, calling it “a pretty shameful day for Washington.”

“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Mr. Obama said in the White House rose garden about 90 minutes after the vote. “It came down to politics.”

As he spoke, Mr. Obama was surrounded by family members of victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Also with him was former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, wounded in an assassination attempt.

Senators voted 54-46 late Wednesday to expand background checks of gun purchases, six votes shy of the 60 needed for passage of the amendment.

Obama continued to rail that the amendment had been the bipartisan effort of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) “a Democrat and a Republican, both gun owners, both fierce defenders of our Second Amendment with ‘A’ grades from the NRA.”

“Instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill…[they] claimed it would create a ‘big brother’ gun registry,” Obama said. He said the “pattern of spreading untruths” about the legislation served a purpose: to enrage a vocal minority of gun owners.

Can you say “projection”, kids? Have we ever heard a POTUS talk like this about fellow Americans?

We haven’t. Obama has been historic in oh so many ways.

You know what I think  happened? Other than the fact that too many of us don’t and will never trust a thing this corrupt, far left, radical president says? Obama’s increasingly hysterical and obnoxious demagoguery just plain turned people off. As Rep Steve Stockman noted on Twitter, earlier, today.

And as Charles C.W. Cooke noted at NRO:

In countless appearances, the president has suggested that the interests of “our children” and “the gun lobby” are diametrically opposed, he has brazenly maligned the intentions of those who have the temerity to disagree with him, and he has made catharsis for the families of the Newtown massacre a national priority. It has been shameless. There is, it appears, no emotional pornography that the administration will refuse to distribute in the pursuit of its agenda.

But the approach betrays a certain desperation. As Kathleen Parkerobserved bluntly in the Washington Post last week, “nothing proposed in the gun-control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and everybody knows it.”

Everybody does — which explains the mawkishness. The sole purpose of wheeling in innocent children, of pointing incessantly to the grief of victims of gun violence, and of relating tales of family suicide (as Harry Reid recently did on the Senate floor) is to dare your opponents to be hard-hearted enough to oppose your agenda. Instead of engaging his critics on substance, the president has done his level best to circumvent the debate by transmuting a dispute over the wisdom of new laws into an up or down vote on whether or not one is sad about gun violence.

But the emotional pornography continues, as a cringing America turns away.

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Joel Pollak, Big Government: Obama: Gun Lobby ‘Willfully Lied’:

President Barack Obama lashed out defiantly and viciously at political opponents who defeated his efforts to expand federal gun regulations today. Standing with families of victims of the Newtown school shooting at the White House, the president claimed that opponents of expanded federal background checks had “no coherent arguments” for their position, and that the “gun lobby” had “willfully lied” in the course of the debate.
Ironically, while accusing others of lying, President Obama resorted to false claims and statistics about current laws, including the repeatedly debunked argument that 40% of gun sales are private, and that guns can be bought over the Internet without background checks. It was partly the dishonesty of those very arguments that had led potential supporters of new bipartisan legislation to doubt the administration’s motives in supporting the bill.

Keith Koffler, WHD: Senate Hands Obama Striking Gun Bill Defeat:

And don’t let the White House fool you that the bill wasn’t allowed an “up or down vote” – anything that moves in the Senate, except for a few budget bills, needs 60 votes. That goes for legislation backed by Republicans and Democrats. It’s standard operating procedure in the Senate, which operates more on a basis of consensus than the House.

Protein Wisdom: Contrite, embarrassed, duped CCRKBA withdraws support of Manchin Toomey bill:

Which won’t be trumpeted near as much as their earlier support for the measure, something the groups’ leadership assured everyone was a real boon for gun wonders — and in fact, was a huge ass-kicking moment for Mr Toomey.

Turns out Schumer was laying in wait and stripped out the pro-gun provisions at the last moment. Whoops!

To paraphrase Eric Stratton, you f*cked up. You trusted them!

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has withdrawn its support for the Manchin-Toomey alternative background check measure because a key amendment for restoration of firearms rights is not being considered.

Our support for this measure was contingent on several key provisions, the cornerstone of which was a rights restoration provision that is not on the schedule for consideration. This is not a reflection against Senators Joe Manchin or Pat Toomey, who are staunch Second Amendment advocates.Maybe. But that just means they are political useful idiots, as was the CCRKBA.

Congrats.

And good luck scrambling at the last moment to take back your support. Once you gave it, that’s all the press needed to hear. They sold that far and wide.

Video: Active Duty Soldier Arrested, Guns Confiscated For Hiking With His AR-15 – In TEXAS

We can thank Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Bloomberg, Piers Morgan, and most of the virulently anti-gun MSM for creating an environment where an active duty soldier can be harassed and arrested for the mere act of taking a hike with his son carrying his legally owned firearm. Why should a law-abiding conceal carry permit holder out for a walk with his son be seen as a threat to anybody? In Obama’s America, even Texas isn’t safe from the gun grabbers.

Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review Online interviewed  Army Master Sergeant. C. J. Grisham, a serving American soldier and veteran of the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, whose video, taken by his son has gone viral on YouTube.

“We live out in the country in Texas, near Temple,” he told me. “My son and I were on a ten-mile hike so that he could earn his hiking merit badge – it’s the last badge he needs to become an Eagle Scout.” But half way into the hike, Grisham said, “a police officer pulled up.” Initially, he was “cordial” and he “asked what we were doing.” Grisham told him. “Then he looked at my rifle. I carry a rifle any time I walk around because there are feral hogs and cougars and things like that.”

From here, things took a turn for the worse.

“‘Where you going with that rifle?’ he asked me. I said, ‘does it matter? Am I breaking any laws?’” Then, he says, the officer “grabbed the rifle without telling me – but it was attached to me. My immediate reaction as a combat veteran was to grab it back and then take a step back. I asked him what he was doing. So he pulled his gun on me. Then I thought about my son, so I put my hands off my gun and he told me to move over to the car. Luckily my son had the video camera to document the hike for his merit badge. I told him to turn it on.”

The video starts at the moment:

Cooke found it “particularly chilling” that the officer told Grisham that he (the officer) is “allowed to” carry a weapon, but that Grisham is not — despite Grisham’s having a permit.

“We’re exempt from the law” is not a phrase you want to hear from law enforcement in a constitutional republic.

Grisham told Cooke this sort of thing happens to soldiers a lot.

I have a pretrial hearing on May 29. The police are dragging their feet, not releasing the video. They’re waiting as long as they can — playing hard to get. . . . The reason I’m aggressive on this is that, in the military, if this happens, they initiate a flag that halts your career. You can’t take leave, you can’t be promoted, can’t receive awards or decorations. I am supposed to move to new base in July. I can’t do that. I’ve been on active duty for 18 and a half years and it’s got my career on a hold.”

 

Short 2 Votes, Manchin Appoints Gabby Giffords Whip on Gun Bill

Via Elizabeth Sheld at The Conversation, this could be for no other reason than to “shame” Senators into voting for the bill.:

The Senate could vote as early as tomorrow on the Toomey-Manchin gun control bill. Reports indicate the Democrats do not have the 60 votes they need to pass the bill.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was on the Hill today along with her husband Mark Kelly.

“She’s our whip,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who along with Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) crafted the deal to extend background checks on commercial gun sales and close the so-called “gun show loophole.”

Ace reports that Republicans are balking at voting for the Amendment that is to be added to the shell bill.

Here’s what I believe the procedural backstory to be: The bill that passed is a shell bill of some kind, which wouldn’t pass itself, but was to serve as the vehicle for the finished bill. The finished bill would be supplemented by the Toomey-Manchin “compromise” — without this supposedly “centrist” compromise, the shell bill would not pass.

And now Republicans are balking about adding that amendment to the shell bill. If that amendment is filibustered, it can’t be added to the shell bill, and the whole bill will fail (as it won’t have enough Republicans in its favor).

Today, the same day that Reid said “we have the wind at out backs”, the Politico reported that the gun control bill  “has little if any, chance of passing this Congress – it’s struggling in the Senate and facing outright rejection in the House.”

John Nolte crowed a little at Big Journalism: 

In the immediate aftermath of the tragic Newtown murders, Obama and His Media joined forces to exploit the deaths of innocent children for all it was worth — with a series of laws that would have done absolutely nothing to stop the very crime they were exploiting. This naked political move to leverage the murder of innocents as an excuse to attack the National Rifle Association and gun owners, who live predominantly in red states, is about as cynical and craven as it gets.

According to Politico, though, all this soul selling is likely to come to nothing. Politico reports on Tuesday that the gun control bill Obama, liberal Democrats, Piers MorganChuck Todd, and all of CNN want so desperately to pass “has little if any, chance of passing this Congress – it’s struggling in the Senate and facing outright rejection in the House.”

Obama and His Media kept moving the goal posts for victory until they reached a point where assault weapons and the size of magazine clips were completely off the table. All that remains today is a small tightening of background checks. That doesn’t mean, though, that victory wouldn’t still be declared and Obama celebrated as Caesar back from the wars. But even that piece of practically-nothing looks unlikely to pass — in part, because of three Senate Democrats who, as of now, are unwilling to support it.

The latest, via Ace: Heller Abandons Toomey-Manchin; Will Vote “No”.

Looking, real good, there, Dingy.

Taking nothing for granted, Senator Ted Cruz, today, released the second in a series of “Freedom Minute” segments discussing the fight to defend the Second Amendment.

Hi, I’m Ted Cruz and this is a Freedom Minute.

When it comes to violent gun crime, the government should use every tool to punish and deter violent criminals.

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed to make this a priority. In 2010, more than 15,000 fugitives and felons tried to illegally purchase a firearm. The Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44. Fourty-four out of over 15,000. That’s completely unacceptable.

Instead of going after criminals, politicians in Washington are working to try to take away the constitutional rights for law-abiding Americans.

Our rights as citizens matter most in times of crisis.

That’s why I believe under no circumstance should Congress be allowed to undermine our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  The Bill of Rights is too important.

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Oh brother, they’re pulling out all the stops.

BARACK, MICHELLE, BIDEN ALL TO SKIP THATCHER FUNERAL TO PUSH GUN CONTROL:

A U.S. Embassy spokesman explained that Obama is unable to attend the funeral of our Britain’s Iron Lady and staunch U.S. ally during the Cold War because “this is a hugely significant week in terms of U.S. politics.”

The spokesman elaborated, saying that because the First Lady and Vice President Biden “are the president’s point people on gun control,” their attendance at Thatcher’s funeral is not possible either.

“This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun issues,” the spokesman said.

Because this is such an important issue to the American people…..

Or Not: Gallup Poll: Only 4% Of Americans Think Gun Control Most Important Issue…

MORE:

Biden opened his mouth again: Biden: Al-Qaeda Telling Jihadists To Exploit “Guns Show Loophole,” Lies About It Being Fresh Intelligence…

We just caught Biden in a lie, he’s saying this information was given to Obama last Thursday in the daily intelligence briefing, but it’s clear he’s talking about what al-Qaeda leader Adam Gadahn said in 2011 but was dredged up last Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Either way it’s bunk because Gadahn made several claims about U.S. gun laws that are patently false.

There’s no “gun show loophole.” That’s a Regime lie.

 

Video: Harry Reid Thanks the 16 RINOs (Especially John McCain!) Who Voted for Cloture on Gun Control Bill

“Sickmaking” or “gag-inducing” as commenters on Twitter have noted, Dingy’s speech is especially repulsive at the part where he exploits “the people from Connecticut who lived through this tragedy” as if the proposals in this bill would have done anything to have prevented it.

They must be so proud.

Hey you 16 Republicans - “the word is out” - If a lying, conniving, socialist, dirtbag like Dingy Harry is praising you – you done something wrong.

UPDATE:

Bob Owens asks: is a trap being set?

…The list of ways to turn this empty shell of a bill into the “Gun Freedom Act of 2013″ is only limited by the minds of the Senate’s Bill authors. Let’s hope they have the good sense to use this bill to force the Democrats to show their constituents what they really think about liberty. If they can use the amendment process in such a way as to expand freedom instead of contract it, that is even better.

But I really think it is as Roll Call surmised: “With polls showing that as many as 90 percent of Americans want to see enhanced background checks for firearms, many GOP senators were wary of filibustering the motion to proceed to the bill even if they eventually vote against it.”

In DC, you follow the money or you follow the polls (even bogus ones.) In this case, probably both apply.

SEE ALSO:

John Nolte, Big Journalism: PRO-GUN CONTROL SENATOR TO CNN ANCHOR: ‘WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT’

The Conversation: The 16 Republicans Who Voted Against The Filibuster

Sipsey Street Irregulars:  The Anatomy of Pat Toomey’s Calculated Treason (and how the NRA with a wink and a nod is going to help him get away with it.)

Market Ticker: Boycott Connecticut. Period.

Western Rifle Shooters Association: Sandy Hook Promise: Follow The Money  Western Rifle Shooters Association

WHAM.com: Lawyer: Client’s Gun Permit Suspended Over Medication – Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events 

Bob Owens:  Biden asserts non-hunters aren’t “real” gun owners in sad attempt to divide and conquer all

David Codrea, Gun Rights Examiner: Obama mobilizing ‘gun control’ advocates via social media

Mark Levin: “There Are No Up-or-Down Votes on the Constitution!” (Video)

Mark Levin spent a good portion of his show, Tuesday combatting the notion that  the Second Amendment is not under attack as Senators prepare to vote on the Democrat’s (as yet unseen) gun control package on Thursday.

He argued that the federal government does not have the power to propose any law that abridges or constricts the Second Amendment of the United States.

“The 2nd Amendment like the rest of the bill of rights is part of the constitution”, he explained. “It exists as protection against usurpation by against the very congress that is now debating its very existence! The 2nd Amendment belongs to you and me! ….Like the rest of the Constitution. It’s not up for grabs! Is the Senate holding a Constitutional Convention?!”

He went on to say, “it’s important to realize that this Thursday, the Senate intends to vote on changing the 2nd Amendment without any pretense of going through the constitutional Amendment processes. The Senate is meeting as if its a Constitutional Convention and it can do whatever it damn well wants to do!”

An up or down vote on 2nd Amendment is unconstitutional,” Levin fumed. “There are no up or down votes on the Constitution!”

“On top of that, we have no idea what specific law is even being proposed”, he continued. “It’s Tuesday evening. We have no idea what they’re going to debate on Thursday. And yet, you have Democrats of course, and Republicans as well, insisting that we pass this law or that law without the benefit of a single hearing. Without the benefit of public notice of any kind. This is not ‘little r republicanism!’ He thundered,  “this is Democratic tyranny!”

Ted Cruz was a guest on the show, yesterday. He said “we should stand together and defend the Bill of Rights.”

UPDATE:

Market Ticker: Go To Hell Harry Reid and Dianne Feinswine:

This bill goes far further and effectively bans lawful gun retailing!

I wondered why they were talking about “Straw Purchasers” in their news releases when straw purchasing is already illegal and exposes the person who does so to severe criminal penalties.

The reason is that now they intend to steal all property involved in the straw purchase even for an unaware participant — such as a gun store where a straw purchase takes place!

‘(a)(1) Any person convicted of a violation of section 932 or 933 shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of State law–
‘(A) any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, as the result of such violation; and
‘(B) any of the person’s property used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the commission of, such violation.

Note the language. Not only will this be construed to steal the house, vehicle and other property of both the straw purchaser and the ultimate recipient as-written it can and probably will also be construed to attack a retailer who has an employee that is involved in such a transaction. 

If you didn’t understand Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell’s filibuster intent (along with others) you should now understand it quite-clearly.  Not only is there an attempt to define the victims of a crime as federal felons in this piece of blatantly unconstitutional trash but in addition there is a thinly-veiled attack upon lawful firearms retailers in the form of forfeiture provisions that can be (and presumably will be) easily abused to seize property upon the flimsiest of pretext.

Cruz: UN Small Arms Treaty Represents Threats to 2nd Amendment Rights and US Sovereignty (Audio)

“The UN Small Arms Treaty must be defeated”, TX Senator Ted Cruz declared in a radio interview, today with Ben Ferguson of WBAP. He said the treaty combines two things that are very dangerous -  a direct threat to our right to keep and bear arms, and an ongoing threat to our sovereignty which is part of a pattern that he said the Obama administration has accelerated.

When asked if there was any chance the Democrats will be able to pass a sweeping gun control law,  Cruz replied, “if the Democrats had their way, they would readily pass laws that would restrict our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Reason TV Rebuttal: Jim Carrey’s Cold Dead Hand (Video)

Actor Jim Carrey’s obnoxious  anti-gun parody video “Cold Dead Hands” which made fun of rural gun owners and the late Charlton Heston, offended gun owners all across the nation. But never fear – it has been by rebutted by Reason TV with their own clever and much funnier parody. The video takes some jabs at Carrey for his own hypocrisy on guns, and his opposition to vaccines, among other thing.

Mild profanity alert as Reason TV’s Remy accuses Carrey of  “talking out your ass” complete with  visuals from one of his movies.

Funny stuff:

Lyrics:

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Video: Rand Paul Draws Huge College Crowd At UK Campus

WHAS 11 in Lexington Ky reported:

If Republicans were worried about tapping into a younger voter base, Kentucky’s Rand Paul pulled a huge crowd on the campus of the University of Kentucky on Wednesday, March 27.

Take a look at the crowds lined up to see Senator Rand Paul waiting in the cold and students wrapped around the building.

The students applauded Paul for sticking to his guns on gun rights. He and two other Tea Party senators plan to filibuster a democratic gun control measure in April.

The students applauded Paul for sticking to his guns on gun rights? Really – because the MSM keeps telling me that the Democrats’ gun control agenda has wide public appeal.

The Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, which held poorly attended press conferences and rallies all across the nation, today, can only wish their message had as much widespread appeal as Paul’s.

Paul also spoke about his 13-hour filibuster to block the nomination of John Brennan to be head of the CIA over the Regime’s  drone policy.

“This was about the limitation of power,” Paul said. “To me the question is, do you believe you have the power to drone someone in the U.S.?

“This to me is an amazingly important battle and something we should stand up for, and we’re united on the left and the right.”

From drones, Paul moved through a litany of his beliefs and plans, all part of a breezy, informal 20-minute talk sponsored by BB&T and the Gatton School of Business and Economics.

■ On entitlement reform: Maybe young people should be allowed to opt out of Social Security.

■ On immigration: The U.S. needs a system that provides workers with visas, but no welfare, and no right to vote.

■ On his economic plans: America needs a 17 percent flat tax for both business and income that would create “an economic boom like you’ve never seen.”

■ On gun control: “The only thing that could have prevented that shooting (the Newtown tragedy) was if the principal had a gun in their desk,” he said. He plans to block new gun-control efforts when he returns to Washington.

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