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Gurning contest winner Maloney doesn't like the First Amendment any better than she does the Second.
Gurning contest winner Maloney doesn't like the First Amendment any better than she does the Second.
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Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York wants Capitol Police to investigate Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt for ... it’s not quite clear what laws she alleges he’s broken, or what authority either they or the House Sergeant at Arms would have for following up on her complaint.

The news of the latest baloney from Maloney comes from a Wednesday entry on Roll Call, where we learn she was reacting to yet another in a seemingly interminable line of transparently ridiculous anti-gun hit pieces in Rolling Stone.

Pratt’s “offense”?

He actually had the gall to claim “the Second Amendment is for “for restraining tyrannical tendencies in government … especially those in the liberal, tyrannical end of the spectrum.”

The nerve of the guy. Next thing you know, he’ll be quoting homegrown terrorists!

Yep, in addition to calling her complaint “foolish,” GOA had the audacity to throw in a couple quotations from the Federalist Papers in its rebuttal of Maloney’s statist meltdown. As well as to point out customary Prozi hypocrisy and double standards...

The funny (pathetic?) thing is, Maloney is evidently too thick to realize she basically just admitted as to which end of the spectrum she’s on.

This is hardly the first time we’ve seen “progressive” intolerance for speech that dares defy their control über alles demands.

We’ve seen U.S. News & World Report contributing editor and PBS host Bonnie Erbe demand that the government “round up all hate speech promoters,” with she and her fellow travelers being the arbiters of what’s hateful.

We’ve seen syndicated cartoonist Ted Rall recommend treating peaceable open carriers as “town hall terrorists [who] could be declared enemy combatants and bundled off to Bagram with the stroke of a pen. If ever there were a reason for suspending civil rights, this is it.” And naturally, we’ve seen -- uh, me, actually -- then lied about and condemned for paraphrasing poet Dylan Thomas and declaring some of us “will not go gentle into that good night.”

We’ve seen Aurora Sentinel editor Dave Perry put out the call to send NRA “monsters” to Guantanamo.

And take Piers Morgan. Please.

These people really don’t care for freedom very much, do they? No wonder they want our guns so badly it consumes them.

As if on cue, to show how ridiculous and downright obsessive-compulsive they are, Illinois freshman Democrat Robin Kelly “is proposing a ban on the use of cartoon characters to sell guns, and a ban [on] firearm branded merchandise for children such as hats, t-shirts and stuffed animals.”

It’s all for cartoon show. The GovTrack legislation-tracking website gives a prognosis that the bill has a four percent chance of making it out of committee and a one percent chance of being enacted. Kelly knows that, of course. She’s just doing this for the headlines, and to further impress anyone stupid enough to give her political power.

That saves me from making any immediate plans to defy any such offensive edict, but there’s still the matter of Maloney’s offensive complaint to attend to.

Remember the “I’m Spartacus!” scene from the Kubrick movie? In this case, I’m Larry Pratt.

If the Capitol Police are going to investigate him, they’re going to have to investigate me, too, because I agree with everything he said about the Second Amendment being a last-resort protection against tyranny.


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