Having learned that Iran had captured one of our stealth drones, President Obama said, "We've asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond." Knowing that the President is more distracted these days by his irrational fear of law-abiding Americans buying AR-15s with large-capacity magazines, the Iranians probably haven't stopped laughing since he made his "request."
"What's he going to do?" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Mad Mullah Band must have chortled together just before turning the drone over to Russian technicians for them to pick apart. "Issue an executive order banning Iranian ownership of 'assault' drones?"
Indeed, the President is preoccupied. It isn't that he's unaware of the prospect that, with the aid of those Russian techs, the Iranians might find a way to attach a nuclear tipped missile to that stealth drone, send it on its mission to Tel Aviv, and ignite World War III. It's that he trusts in the humanity and self-restraint of the Iranians to hold them in check. Or he thinks that they're too stupid to figure it out. Well, no matter. Tomorrow is another day.
In the wake of recent mass shootings, including the murders of twenty children at Newtown, he's got bigger fish to fry. He can live with a nuclear-armed Iran. It's his fellow Americans whose humanity and self-restraint that he has no faith in and can't live with.
Though he can't come right out and say so, Mr. Obama would like very much to disarm "the enemy within," i.e. us, the 70-80 million law-abiding American gun owners. Since Day One of his first Presidential campaign, his stated aim has been to "fundamentally change" America. Away from the cameras, he quietly adds, "in my own image." The President who would be a god.
Standing in his way, however, is the formidable obstacle known as the U.S. Constititution, specifically, the 2nd Amendment enumerated in the Bill of Rights. It gives law-abiding Americans the right to keep and bear arms. So Mr. Obama smiles and tries to come across as earnest and "reasonable," willing to talk, maybe even open to suggestion. He shoots skeet and has his picture taken as he fires to demonstrate for all the world to see that he's "not against guns or the 2nd Amendment." Don't be fooled.
As Ted Nugent eloquently phrased it, "Yeah. And I'm a gay pirate."
When asked by Piers Morgan why he doesn't support the President's gun-control initiatives, such as mandatory registration of all firearms, straight up and in no uncertain terms, Mr. Nugent told him exactly why.
"Government doesn't have to know who has what," he said. "An armed society is a polite society," he added.
"99.99 percent of the gunowners of America are wonderful people that you are hanging around here with today. Perfectly safe, perfectly harmless, wonderful, loving, giving, generous, caring people. Would you leave us the hell alone? Go after the nut jobs. Go after the murderers, because I don't know any."
In an interview with the Associated Press, actor Bruce Willis also wondered how it's possible to "pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it's all going to become undone...If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn't they take all your rights away from you?" Adding that he doesn't see how additional gun-control legislation will stop future mass shooting sprees, Mr. Willis lamented that, "I really feel bad for those families. I'm a father and it's just a tragedy. But I don't know how you legislate insanity."
Chris Rock, on the other hand thinks that, "The President of the United States is...our boss..." Well no, actually he isn't, but we'll hold that one for another time. Funny, but back in 2007, Mr. Rock felt very different. He was asked if the country is "ready for an African-American president."
Referring to then-President George W. Bush, Mr. Rock answered, "It's ready for a retarded president." If someone, Rush Limbaugh for instance, were to say that about Mr. Obama...oh never mind. Chris Rock is "a comedian," not to mention a liberal/socialist/Democrat (LSD), so he gets a pass.
Mr. Rock's fellow useful idiot, LSD Jim Carrey, added his two cents to the debate as well. He tweeted, "Any1 who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting." Really? Has it escaped Mr. Carrey's notice that more than a few of those "Any1s" likely pay to see his more often than not far less than funny movies? That they buy the DVD even after having persevered through the far less than funny movie? Anyone see anything in Mr. Carrey's tweet about the creep who fired on those kids?
Coincidentally, convicted murderer Tex Watson popped up in the news. A follower of Charles Manson, Watson was convicted of the particularly gruesome murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others back in 1969. Manson, Watson, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkle were each sentenced to death for their parts in those murders. Their sentences were commuted to "life" when the State of California repealed the Death Penalty.
The reason that Watson's name came up is that the Los Angeles Police Department is trying to get possession of tapes of conversations between Watson and his late lawyer. The LAPD believes that the tapes could help to clear up more than a dozen unsolved murders. Watson has said that Manson and his followers are not responsible for any other murders.
Why does Watson fit in here? Because the President and his LSD followers are putting their faith in the wrong people. Because, like the President's apparent faith in Iranian/Russian humanity, Watson's victims appealed to his humanity, and like the criminal he is, he had none. None of the murderers did. No more than the Newtown shooter had. Teen-aged Steven Parent begged for his life before Watkins shot him to death. Abigail Folger was reading in bed. She looked up and saw Susan Atkins, smiled at her and waved. Atkins forced her into the living room.
In the living room, Watkins shot Jay Sebring to death. Miss Folger and her boyfriend, Wojciech Frykowski, tried to run, but there was nowhere to run to. They were overtaken in the yard. Each was stabbed at least 30 times. Frykowski was also shot and Watkins beat him with the butt of his pistol for good measure.
Sharon Tate, eight months pregnant, couldn't have hoped to outrun anyone. Like Mr. Parent, she begged in vain for her life and that of her unborn child. Before she killed her, Atkins told Miss Tate that she had no pity for her or her baby.
Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were tied up and butchered at their home the next night. Then the killers raided the refrigerator.
Surprise was so complete that there was no time for either Miss Tate or the LaBiancas to call the police even if 9-1-1 had existed. In those days, it was still "Operator? Give me the police." There was no dog to alert them to the danger. No alarm system or motion detectors. Maybe the victims would have had no time to retrieve a gun in order to defend themselves even if one had been available. It's possible that they didn't see a need for one.
On the other hand, let's say for example, Mr. Frykowski, who apparently fought hard for his life without a weapon of any kind, had been able to face the attackers armed with a nasty looking AR-15 loaded with a 30-round magazine backed up by the will to fight. Perhaps Watson and his squad of harpies would have fled the scene without his having to fire a shot. Maybe they'd have been so badly shaken that they'd have stayed home the following night, perhaps sparing the LaBiancas. Maybe they'd have found the good sense to change their ways, become productive citizens, and all concerned would have been a lot happier.
Or maybe, even when faced with armed resistance, the murderers insisted that they would still commit murder, it's possible that the police would have been led to the bodies of Charlie Manson's bloodthirsty maniacs lying dead on the floor.
Gun control laws do not stop the criminal. They enable him. Charlie Manson will be back.