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Sarah Brady's ire at Gov. Haley's gun gift prompts Ghost of Christmas Past visit

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As National Conservative Examiner Anthony Martin reported last week, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) received a handgun for Christmas--and as Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman pointed out, the gun prohibitionist lobby is beside itself with inexplicable outrage.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is (surprise, surprise) among those deeply offended by Governor Haley's Christmas gift, referring to it as "South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's perverted version of 'Peace on Earth.'" And it's not just Governor Haley whose Christmas gift offends CSGV. They describe a series of photographs of happy recipients of the gift of life-saving, liberty-preserving firepower as "28 Homes Our Kids Will Not Be Playing In In a Million Years." A pre-Christmas post on the NRA's Facebook page, asking for comments about what firearms were on respondents' wish list, prompted CSGV to shriek, "NRA Apparently Thinks Santa Clause is a Gun-Runner." Finally, yesterday, CSGV gushed about this "wonderful" quote from Rabbi Menachem Creditor: "Receiving a gun for Christmas is like singing with joy about the power to erase God's Image from the world."

Governor Haley's gift has kept the Brady Campaign's Sarah Brady busy on her Twitter feed as well, although mostly "re-tweeting" other gun haters' outraged bleating about the gift. Don't think for a moment, though, that Brady's loss for words of her own on the subject indicates a lack of passion--retweeting an impressive 13 tweets calling Governor Haley "vile NRA owned scum," a "Complete Idiot" and a "poor example," and even casting aspersions on her religious faith.

This shrill righteous indignation from anti-gun circles over Gov. Haley's Christmas gift--especially that from Sarah Brady herself--is remarkably odd, though, given that Brady herself once gave her son a firearm for Christmas. As a New York Daily News article reported, she may even have violated gun trafficking laws for which she would want the rest of us to spend years in prison:

The book [Brady's "A Good Fight"] suggests that she did not have her son checked, as required by Delaware state law. "[W]hen the owner called in the checks, it seemed to me he spoke unnecessarily loudly, repeating and spelling my name over and over on the phone," Brady writes. Amy Stillwell, a spokeswoman for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said the federal Brady Law does not require background checks for intrafamily gun gifts. Stillwell said she did not know whether her son was checked under the state law. The Delaware Department of Justice says the state does not have an exemption for family gifts.

The rifle, by the way, was chambered for the .30-06 Springfield cartridge, a round "designed for the military" (the M1903 Springfield, M1 Garand, and the M1918 BAR and many others--all chambered for that round--all gave honorable service in some of the hardest fighting America's military has ever been in), and that is much more powerful than the 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington round so demonized by the Brady Campaign and their ideological allies for its "power." With that powerful round, and equipped with a scope, the rifle would seem to fall into the category of "intermediate sniper rifles," which the Violence Policy Center wants oppressively regulated.

Even if Brady did comply with Delaware state law (a law that this correspondent condemns, and has no objection to seeing violated), the point here is to illustrate the hypocrisy of Brady and her fellow zealots in wailing about Governor Haley's Christmas gift of a gun, despite Brady having given such a gift herself.

Oh, by the way, Brady did have something to say about the reminder that her outrage over Gov. Haley's gift reeks of hypocrisy--she told her Twitter followers not to listen to such blasphemy. Brady clearly did not enjoy this visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past. Our job is to make a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come even more traumatic for her.

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