Obama’s taking all our guns away! Wait… what?

punt-gun-banned-1860sWhat Obama did:

  1. Strengthened background checks by requiring that all gun dealers are licensed and conduct background checks (apparently closing the gun show loophole). Added jobs for over 200 more FBI examiners to make the background check process faster.
  2. Proposed (yes, not actually real yet) 200 more ATF employees, and basically acknowledged a new ATF internet investigative unit to track and prevent illegal internet weapons trafficking. Also had the Attorney General send a memo “encouraging” US Attorneys to conduct more domestic violence outreach.
  3. Proposed (yes, not actually real yet) $500 million for better access to mental health care. Informed us that Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration are trying to make it easier in background checks to report specific mental health reasons an individual has that should prevent them from purchasing a firearm.
  4. Encouraged departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct research into gun safety technology.

So that’s like, one real thing and a bunch of not real things, or already existing things, or things that might help down the road if there is a Congress that will actually make them real things. That one real thing is a big deal, but it’s nothing that will prevent any law-abiding American citizen from purchasing a legal firearm.

Regardless…

What gun nuts think Obama did:

  1. Banned all guns forever and ever, amen.
  2. Ordered nationwide confiscation of all privately-owned guns.
  3. Named Bill Ayers new ATF Director and replaced all ATF agents with the Black Panthers.
  4. Directed the ATF to round up (mostly white) people with too many guns and put them and their families into FEMA camps. Wolverines!

I wonder, if we had smarter wingnuts, would that make them more dangerous, or would it make them less likely to be wingnuts? And I must say, blast it! Once again, Obama passes on his opportunity to subvert the Constitution, throw the nation into crisis, and begin his reign of tyranny!

I suppose there is still time.


Aren’t we a little beyond that point?

bors-comicThe Sheriff of Burns, OR, has a suggestion:

“I want to talk directly to the people at the wildlife refuge,” Harney County Sheriff David Ward told reporters assembled at a junior high school in Burns, Oregon. “You said you were here to help the citizens of Harney County. That help ended when a peaceful protest became an armed occupation.”

“It’s time for you to leave our community, go home to your families, and end this peacefully,” he added.

How nice for those white people! Disrupt an entire county for several days, conduct an armed takeover of a Federal building… No big deal! Just go on home when you feel like it. And just in case you didn’t know who was really causing the trouble here, let’s get a quote from another nice white person to clear things up:

But people near the wildlife refuge remain concerned about a potential standoff. Robert McKnight, 38, who was in the parking lot of the refuge headquarters, said on Sunday that he was “worried for these people, not law enforcement.”

“You got Ruby Ridge, Waco, all kinds of people that have tried to stand up, and they get slaughtered,” he added.

Yea, uh, white dude, just to remind you — Waco was led by a cultist who “tried to stand up” by brainwashing people and fucking their children. And Ruby Ridge was just another deluded, self-professed family of “patriots” like the Bundys that decided getting into a standoff with the government was a better alternative than due process.

Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo has it about right when he calls this, “white privilege performance art.” These people should have been put in jail in 2014 when they did this the first time. Black Lives Matter gets the National Guard, White Privilege Matters gets Andy Griffith.


We used to have Bundys that were funny

nra-hostageNow all we have are pathetic fucking cowards.

The Bundy family of Nevada joined with hard-core militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 30 miles southeast of Burns for years.

The occupation came shortly after an estimated 300 marchers — militia and local citizens both — paraded through Burns to protest the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are to report to prison on Monday.

Don’t forget, they call themselves “patriots”:

In phone interviews from inside the occupied building Saturday night, Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan Bundy, said they are not looking to hurt anyone. But they would not rule out violence if police tried to remove them, they said.

Lay siege to them and starve them out. Arrest them all for acts of treason. If they respond with violence, deem them as terrorists and deal with them appropriately.


Two Thousand and Sixteen

I’m borrowing an idea from my friend Robert Peckyno, that I should write things more here and then perhaps spread them further via social media if it seemed like doing that was going to make me more jolly. And I could most certainly go for being more jolly!

This year, the year that has presented itself as 2016, has so far been full of menial tasks. I’ve thought about what I should accomplish this year, and I could only come up with two things: Simplify, and be more healthy. And therefore, more jolly.