Sorry Folks, but Alan is all embroiled in some work stuff, so No Squirrel Report tonight!
See you Next Week!
Sorry Folks, but Alan is all embroiled in some work stuff, so No Squirrel Report tonight!
See you Next Week!
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg learned that lesson the hard way last year when he spent $12 million on political ads in 13 states in hopes of pressuring senators to vote for gun safety legislation. Now he’s opening his checkbook again, but with a smarter strategy, announcing a $50-million investment this year to develop a nationwide network of “gun sense”-minded voters and lawmakers, focusing on 15 states across the political spectrum.
Even gun safety advocates have expressed some skepticism, which is understandable. It’s been a demoralizing year since President Obama spoke in the Rose Garden on “a pretty shameful day for Washington” when the Senate failed to pass even moderate gun safety legislation. If a shooting that leaves 20 elementary school students and six adults dead can’t spur consensus around gun policy, what’s it going to take?
Yet if you were disappointed by the lack of federal action, consider that in the year after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, 70 state laws loosened gun restrictions while only 39 tightened them. That’s why Bloomberg is hoping to turn the tide by using some of the NRA’s own tactics in a field it has traditionally dominated: state politics.
“This is not a battle of dollars,” Bloomberg said during an appearance on the “Today” show this week. “This is a battle for the hearts and minds of America, so that we can protect our children, protect innocent people.”
Bloomberg knows as well as anyone that winning hearts and minds costs money, and he’s betting that he’ll get more bang for his buck at the state-level. By strategically investing in the gun safety ground game, he could force the NRA and other groups to spread their resources and engage where they haven’t needed to before. It’s not an overnight solution, but it’s better than counting on the Senate to get anything done.
Except the NRA is such a powerhouse because it has MILLIONS of Members who are at least amenable to what they do (and probably a bulk strongly support it) who give money to the cause.
There are lots of gun control groups…hell Bloomberg owns about 5 of them that I know of, and plus groups like The Brady Campaign, and the “Ceasefire” groups, ect. None of them have real vetted members. You could donate $5 to one, and be considered a “Member” for eternity, or even just “like” them on Facebook, or subscribe to an email newsletter, and suddenly you’re a “Member” in good standing. Even the false-flag anti-gun groups like American Hunters and Shooters didn’t have any membership.
See what the antis miss is that the pro-gun groups are grassroots. Regular individuals with regular jobs and regular lives band together and hire lobbyists to represent their wishes in government…but the anti-gun groups are top-down, generally one, or a small committee of wealthy people who demand the world bend to their wishes.
Americans don’t like that, and they don’t like Bloomberg. If you had any doubt of that, he’s the sole leader of ALL of his anti-gun groups. He’s the monolith, he’s the dictator. I’m sure some people donate, but even the bulk of the money is his own personal coffers….yet how many of his groups carry his name? How many of his groups even openly say that Bloomberg is CONNECTED to them, let alone RUNNING them.
Sorry, Mike, but you can SAY all you want that you are the Anti-Gun NRA…but that doesn’t make it true.
Here’s just a crush of crap I found:
Both a Straw man, and the argument of an idiot. So first up nobody said that guns project a force field that deflect bullets. This is an identical argument that would say “If police stop crime, why do we have crime? BAN POLICE!!!” Also who stopped Hinkley after the shooting? GOOD MEN WITH GUNS, IDIOT!!
Succinctly put: FALSE!
Now besides slaves (who as a country we have rectified with the 14th Amendment…unless you are Black and live in a May-issue state controlled by Democrats) who did the founders NOT allow to have guns? There were no “Gun Free Zones” in early America, and not only did the vast majority of Men have rifles, muskets, shotguns, and pistols (not to mention Cannons…and the largest military in the world was owned by a Private Company) but Women and children had guns too!
So essentially that is COMPLETE fiction….but it’s a CONTINENT lie!
Sorry assholes, but the people have spoken! I know you keep saying you are “The Majority”, but you can’t seem to get any serious contingency to vote for a measure, show up for a rally, call their political representative, or even just mail you five bucks!
You know why? Because the US Government DOES represent the people, and the bulk of us know how full of shit the anti-gunners are!
I’m just amazed at the irony of this image:
So not only is this in the wake of the Oregon shooting where all the antis have been taking victory laps because THEY DEFEATED THE EVIL GUN LOBBY!!!11! But we also had a recent spree killing in California, and we all know that California is the spoiled rich kid that gets ANYTHING it wants for Christmas when it comes to gun control.
For your stupid laws to “Prevent Massacres” you need to actually PREVENT A MASSACRE!
I forget how this started, but at lunch a coworker and I were discussing people who many THOUGHT were dead, but in fact were alive, plus music genre definitions.
We landed on Jerry Lee Lewis, and discussed his career. I had thought he had just vanished from the scene, but it turns out last year he put out a new album, and I must say he still has it!
Just AMAZING how twisted the Anti-Gun Democrats are.
Hillary Clinton grew emotional on the campaign trail Monday while introducing a mother whose child was killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
…Hockley went on to tell the story of losing her son in the shooting and her efforts to push gun control legislation.
Clinton unveiled new proposals to rein in gun violence in details released overnight, which included closing the background check loophole for gun shows.
So Hillary is dragging out the Mom of a Sandy Hook victim to push legislation that had NOTHING to do with Sandy Hook….Sounds pretty classy to me!
More than 47 years before last week’s shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, Senator Robert F. Kennedy passed through the town on a presidential campaign stop and spoke about the need for stricter gun control measures.
…The bill in question prohibited these three groups from receiving guns via mail order. His brother, President John F. Kennedy, was killed with a gun purchased through the mail. Robert Kennedy was also shot and killed, less than two weeks after his appearance in Roseburg.
What he’s talking about is the Gun Control Act of 1968 which is still in effect today…and wouldn’t have slowed down President Kennedy’s Assassin for a moment.
Also let’s note that the antis weren’t happy with GCA 68, they decided it was too weak and easily defeated. They demanded we take it a step further and get a Brady Background Check to verify that they are who they claim to be. Now today they again demand more power to this law, and demand Universal Background Checks…like the law on the books in Oregon, which they are leading with to tug on your heart strings.
How many fuck-ups do they think they can stack before we get something that works? Two wrongs don’t make a right….but do 6 wrongs?
Are they that stupid, or just think WE are?
n Thursday, around the time a mass shooting was unfolding at a small community college in Oregon, Lisa Moore, an English professor at the University of Texas, was leading a protest against guns on campus. She’s one of the founders of Gun Free UT, a group that sprang up in response to a controversial campus-carry bill that narrowly passed in the state legislature in May.
Funny how they state that
Utah Texas Campus carry “Narrowly Passed”, but they don’t seem to want to point out that Bloomberg’s own Background Check law in Oregon (again the law that didn’t prevent ANY violence) also narrowly passed.
So a professor is protesting in the Aftermath of a shooting on a campus that forbid guns….to protest a law that allows guns on campus in a state that has NEVER seen a school shooting???
She have any logic to this?
Shortly afterward, Gun Free UT — which consists of faculty, students, staff, parents, and alumni — put together a petition on change.org, with the hope of sparking a mass movement against the law. So far, nearly 2,500 people have signed the petition, and the group has acquired almost 1,000 Facebook followers. About 200 UT faculty members have pledged to refuse guns in their classrooms. UT chancellor William McCraven, a former Navy Seal, had earlier spoken out against the measure, saying, “I want to make sure that we make our campuses as safe as possible. And the addition of concealed weapons on campus just [doesn’t] seem like a good idea to me.”
Good luck repealing the law, especially in the wake of these school shootings, and in a super gun-friendly state as
Utah Texas. Also notice how they mentioned the Chancellor is a Former SEAL (BTW idiots, SEAL is an Acronym, so it’s spelled with all CAPS), but this is from the same website that said that no matter how well trained a combat vet is, they’re too fucking stupid to carry a pistol concealed! Pick one, are the military members experts in weapons and tactics, or are they essentially special-needs students who can ONLY preform tasks they have VERY SPECIFICALLY been taught to do?
I teach gay and lesbian studies. When I first got here in the early ’90s, I had an office on the ground floor of the English building, and I had a lot of posters up advocating for gay rights. One day, someone broke into the office, burned my gay rights posters, and then wrote “depravity kills” all over the windows. It was scary enough for me to know someone was willing to commit a serious act of vandalism. Were it the case that someone could have brought a gun into my office, during office hours, I think I wouldn’t have been able to do my job.
More recently, during the semester after the Virginia Tech shootings in 2008, I was teaching an LGBT literature class. Sometimes the class riles up students, and I had a student that semester who believed, among other things, that gay people were going to hell. After a while, I guess as a kind of protest, he started coming to class and lying on the floor. He also started posting things online about not doing the reading and said that he would stop other students from doing the reading. I got nervous and went to my supervisor, and it turned out this student had problems with mental illness and had, in the past, been taken out of other classes. Subsequently, he was removed from my class, and I wound up teaching the rest of the semester in an undisclosed location, with an armed guard stationed nearby.
So 20 years ago some activists painted some shit on your classroom, and in 2008 a nutty student disrupted a class, and you CALLED IN ARMED GUARDS!
So some student acted like a jerk and YOU brought in the guns….but you don’t want lawful citizens who carry EVERYPLACE ELSE carry in your classroom?
The classroom is a safe space, and we need security there. We need to be able to provide an atmosphere in which young people can become uncomfortable with certain ideas, and we don’t want someone who will, when they’re uncomfortable, be able to shoot off a firearm. These students are at an age when they’re still not fully in control of their impulses, and they’re away from home for the first time. They’re very vulnerable.
This is a PROFESSOR! WOW! Man those two events sure could have turned violent, but thanks to your “Gun Free Campus” rules that stopped them! Just like it stopped him, and Him, and him, and him, and Him, and him, not to mention the Oregon shooting she’s using for leverage!
Yep a student who’s willing to MURDER YOU over a difference of opinion will be stopped by a simple law that prohibits carry. You know, the same way that Illinois prohibition of firearm carry kept the gang bangers from going heeled in Chicago!
All the antis have to present is laws that are PROVEN failures!
Hey, but their feet are wet with blood, so give them what they want!!!
I got two of the three right!
I love it when the Internet Makes a video just for me!
Super fun to finally talk to Grant, as I’m a huge fan of his Podcast.
I need to go hunting!!
That’s funny stuff!