In the last year, there have been several tragic shootings involving police officers and more recently, a security guard, in the city of St. Petersburg.
The mayor and police chief were speaking of their anguish over these events and feelings of frustration in their ability to prevent the tragedies. Allowing as how this is a common response to such shocking events, I'm inclined to give them a pass on the foolish notion that everything bad can be prevented.
But as usual, they have decided to make a knee-jerk reaction. The mayor spoke of the need to do something, at least symbolic, to show they were concerned over these events. The symbolic action he chose is to re-enact the expired ban on assault weapons in the city of St. Petersburg.
The ban focuses on the AR-15 and AK-47, both semi-automatic rifles of military design that are constantly and wrongly portrayed as more dangerous than a normal firearm, due primarily to their aggressive appearance, use in movies, and ability to accept large capacity magazines.
Bear in mind -- in none of the tragic shootings mentioned by the mayor and chief were these weapons used. In fact, in each case a handgun was used, and that handgun was illegally obtained by the criminal who used it.
So get your head around this situation -- several tragic shootings occur, and the solution of the mayor and chief of police is to ban weapons that were not used in the crimes! As is always the case with these things, the only people affected are law abiding citizens! Criminals by definition to not obey the law, so why do this?!
Defenders of the Second Amendment are always demagoged by the liberal press over their struggles to retain their constitutional rights. We are called hysterics. But here is what is happening and it is exactly what we are always complaining about! And let's trot out the slippery slope argument -- once we start banning these weapons, ones that aren't even involved in crimes, what comes next? And where does it stop?
And while all this is going on, King Obama is in talks to put forward gun control via executive fiat. And I'm not joking about the "King" bit. This president is ruling by executive order -- bypassing the pesky Congress and that troublesome Constitution, to do what he wants without constraint.
How's that kinetic military operation going? We are at war without Congress' approval. The President has created, via the czars, an entire shadow government that operates without any Congressional oversight or citizen input via the voting process. One would think that even the most ardent, cool aide drinking, blindly adherent democratic fanboy would be having second thoughts about the unconstrained power structure growing in the nation's capital.
As always, it's up to us bitter clingers to fight for a government that adheres to the principles of the Constitution.
The press calls us racist haters. I say I'm a loyal American. What are you?