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.

 

As Evidence Mounts That Boston Massacre Was The Work Of Jihadis, Leftists Point Fingers at the Tea Party

This is the country we live in now. We shouldn’t act surprised that every time something horrible happens, instead of jumping to the obvious conclusion (Islamic terrorists, deranged nut-job) – leftists will point fingers at the peaceful tea party. And this is coming from the top, down. We have a Homeland Security, that seems to be being run by the SPLC, which labels mainstream Christian organizations as “extremist”.

According David Axelrod, the first thing that went through Obama’s mind, was “tax day” – with it’s strong association with (entirely peaceful) tea party protests.

Via RCP:

DAVID AXELROD: … I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this. It was tax day. Is it someone who was pro-[unintelligible]? You just don’t know. And so, I think, his attitude is let’s not put any inference into this. Let’s just make clear that we’re going to get the people responsible.

Watch the video at RCP or, here.

This comes after Chris Matthews’ attempt to link tax day to the terrorist attack.

What’s the left trying to do, here? “Never let a crisis go to waste” is their governing philosophy. Do they see this atrocity in Boston as an opportunity to further demonize the tea party?

Meanwhile, it’s being reported this morning that Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula Urged Muslims In America To Bomb Sporting Events…

 Writing in the online magazine of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Inspire, the terrorist known as Abu Musab al-Suri listed what he called “the most important enemy targets.”
Al-Suri contended that civilians should be targeted “when responding to a brutal practice carried out by America and her allied forces.”

“This is done by targeting human crowds in order to inflict maximum human losses,” he wrote. “This is very easy since there are numerous such targets such as crowded sports arenas, annual social events, large international exhibitions, crowded market-places, skyscrapers, crowded buildings … etc.”

And…

Expert: Boston Terror Attack “Not The Work Of An Amateur”…

“The list of suspects is long; any number of people have an axe to grind against the United States,” said Ken James Ryan, a terrorism expert at Cal State University, Fresno. “It could be any number of people: Al-Qaeda and North Korea, or any other wannabee organizations. Who knows? At this point someone will take credit for it.”

And…

Mass State Police Search Apartment Of Saudi Man Questioned In Connection With Boston Bombing…

 (CBS News) —  Law enforcement officers investigating the Boston marathon bombings searched the suburban apartment of a man being questioned in connection with the attack late Monday into early Tuesday, CBS Boston station WBZ-TV reports.

And…

Jihadists Cheer Boston Terror Attack, Hope It Was Carried Out By Muslims…

 Amidst ongoing media reports of two explosions in the American city of Boston, Massachusetts, near the finish line of the marathon race on April 15, 2013, jihadists expressed their joy and hoped the blasts are acts of jihadi terrorism.

Yet they keep pointing the finger at tax day tea partiers.