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Guns & Goons

By Burt Prelutsky · Jan. 13, 2013

One way you can usually tell that liberals are merely grandstanding is when you find Joe Biden heading up a task force to look into the issue. That doesn't mean that the self-righteous pinheads on the Left don't wish that Obama could use his magic wand and make all the guns, along with the Second Amendment, simply disappear. That is to say, all the guns except those in the hands of men whose job it is to protect politicians and Hollywood pinheads.

In case you missed it, Obama is so opposed to guns that he recently signed a bill that nullifies earlier legislation that offered an ex-president and his family Secret Service protection for only 10 years after vacating the White House. The Obamas, along with George and Laura Bush, will now be protected for life. I'm sure the Bushes were only included so that Obama could claim he was being bi-partisan. I suppose you'd really have to be a politician, one of those hypocrites who are forever referring to themselves as “public servants,” to imagine that your life is more deserving of protection than the folks whom you've sworn to serve.

My friend Mark Alexander, publisher of PatriotPost.US, one of the most widely subscribed grassroots journals in the nation, not only saw red, but red, white and blue, when Joe Biden suggested that Obama could employ a presidential fiat to implement gun control measures. Mr. Alexander threw down the gauntlet by stating in terms reminiscent of those uttered so often by our Founding Fathers: “In keeping with the oath I have taken in the service of my country, I will 'support and defend' Liberty as 'endowed by our Creator' and enshrined in our Constitution, 'against all enemies, foreign and domestic.' Accordingly, I will not comply with any defensive weapons ban instituted by executive order, legislative action or judicial dictate, which violates the innate human right to defend self and Liberty, as empowered by 'the right of the People to keep and bear arms'.”

He went on: “What does this mean? It means I will neither register with, nor surrender to the government, any weapon in my possession, to include lawfully acquired weapons for the lawful purposes of defending myself and family, my home and property, and most importantly, for defense of Liberty as empowered by the Second Amendment.”

That's the way Americans used to speak, as those of us who grew up reading American history books before the PC crowd revamped textbooks so that they demeaned the likes of Jefferson, Adams and Patrick Henry and denied that the foundation of our country was built on Judeo-Christian values. Instead, the dunderheads running public education today prefer promoting alternate life styles, pretending that the First Amendment calls for “separation of church and state” and playing up the nonexistent role that Muslims had in the creation of America.

Although I believe that there are enough patriots in this country who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Mr. Alexander to prevent this administration from confiscating constitutionally-protected weapons, I must hasten to add that I was also sure that Mitt Romney was going to defeat Obama.

The trouble with Obama and his stooges in Congress, in the media and on college campuses, is that, as Thomas Sowell said of intellectuals, “The more I study them, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit, replacing what works with what sounds good.”

Well, of course, that's really only one of the troubles with Obama. But if you listen to the corn dogs on the Left, his cover-up of the Benghazi massacre, his ruination of America's economy and his dividing the nation along class, race and gender lines, are mere trifles; what really galls them is that he wants to appoint a bunch of white guys to his Cabinet. At times, I swear, places like Afghanistan and Pakistan seem less like backward tribal nations than our own. Does anyone actually think that John Kerry will be worse than Hillary Clinton or that Chuck Hagel would be a better Secretary of Defense if he were black, Jewish or named Charlene?

The real problem is that the Vice President is the only person who should serve as an echo chamber for the Commander-in-Chief, no matter who's residing in the Oval Office. All Cabinet members should be independent in their thinking so that the President has the benefit of their honest analysis. Unfortunately, it's obvious that Obama is only comfortable being surrounded by “Yes” men and, for that matter, by “Yes” women, although not in the sense that Bill Clinton was.

One of my readers, who had grown as weary as I have of listening to the left-wing weasels who are always insisting that law-abiding citizens don't need to own guns in order to protect their homes and families because that's what the police are for, sent me this pungent observation: “When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.”

Finally, someone else sent me a photo of a strange-looking instrument and asked me if I could identify it. I couldn't. It turned out to be a combination of a bellows and a tube that was widely used in the 18th century. The purpose of the contraption was to help in the resuscitation of drowning victims by forcing tobacco fumes into their rectums.

The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration, but doubts about the smoke enemas ultimately led to the popular phrase “blow smoke up someone's ass.”

Although it fell out of favor two centuries ago, it has not only been rediscovered by the Democrats in Washington, D.C., but Pelosi and Reid are insisting that it be mass-produced as an essential part of ObamaCare.

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JerryEl in NW FL said:

"The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration, but doubts about the smoke enemas ultimately led to the popular phrase "blow smoke up someone's ass.""

These commie socialists need something stronger than cigarette smoke. They already have a double barrel shot of DoubleMint up there and that's why they are so full of it. Like many, I'm at a loss of what to do over our predicament which has worsened every day since the election. My friends and neighbors are in a daze not knowing what the future holds and yes, scared to death.

I think all we can do for the time being is to follow the rule of law and put on mass assemblies protesting the actions of these leftists. Large protestations in Washington, D.C. do make a difference but if they are held locally at the same time the message would be clear...The working middle class will not put up with this economic burden and leftist programs which steal our money, our future, our liberty, and the future of our children. We must send this message ASAP and national and local groups need to get on the ball planning such demonstrations.

Only the masses can shut down this nonsense in D.C., in fact we can cripple the country with massive demonstration and sick days, the truckers and the transportation workers will go along with that (I hope).

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jerry: The sad fact of the matter is that your state went for Obama in the last election. Not by the same margin as my own, but how the heck could a state that elected a Republican governor and Marco Rubio in 2010 slide back so quickly?

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Burt, You have to understand that Jerry lives in a part of Florida that has the last of the native Floridians. Anything south of the Panhandle consists of retirees from the New England area, Cubans and Haitians in South Florida, and God knows what is in between. We rednecks here in Georgia refer to South and Central Florida as Liberal Land South. The liberals bought into Odumbo's rheotoric and went back to drinking the Kool-aid in 2012.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Old Sarge: I understand that no state, aside from possibly Hawaii, is all one thing or another. But Republicans won statewide elections in 2010 in spite of all those transplanted pinheads. So how is it that Romney couldn't defeat Obama?

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Kris in FL replied:

Hi Burt. I don't know if I can add anything to what Old Sarge said, but I will give it try. The counties in Florida that voted overwhelmingly Democrat in the election happen to be the more densely populated metro areas. These would include Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward, Miami-Dade, Volusia, Orange, and Leon (the seat of our state capitol). My own county of Alachua is a bit of an anomaly, as it sits smack dab in the middle of mostly rural North Central FL. For as long as I can remember, Alachua's votes have always gone overwhelmingly to the Democrats. I suspect this is mostly due to the presence of the university and the way that the city commission of Gainesville (the largest city in the county) tends to run things. But even considering all this, I am still baffled as to how Rick Scott managed to win the governorship, although I don't disparage it. As for Marco Rubio, I can only presume that his Cuban descendance won strong favor with the Latin population, which, as you may well guess, seems to grow larger every year.

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

JerryEl in NW FL replied:

Burt, Obama only got 25% of the vote in the county I live and even lower numbers in surrounding counties. That's one of the reasons we are still in daze around these parts. I find it hard to believe we are so far out of the mainstream when our local and state leadors also get 70-90% of the vote and Republicans control the legislature by an extremely wide margin.

All I can figure is the large non-working folks down south (the gimme crowd) along with the liberal retirees through the center of the state was enough to put O over the top. What I do know is that people here are getting more angry at our government daily. Angry enough for violence? Maybe, if conditions don't change. It's hard to understand the mindset of the socialist in charge. It truly seems he makes statements and does things just to irritate the conservatives. There is no way he wants to "get along" and compromise is a word he's never used. It doesn't bode well for the future one way or the other.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Where is the outrage over the voter fraud that put that puke et al back in the white house?

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

It is no longer a question of will put up with, as it is can put with...

As more and more money is drained from the private sector via onerous taxation, creative accounting, and out and out fleeing the country, there will be little left to spend, and, as the saying goes, share the wealth. In the past it has been suggested by others including myself, that we start a tax rebellion. This is say, not one single 1040 be filed. I am not sure if it would practical, or even workable, considering the parasites would definitely be looking for their "fair share" of a pie that none of them help bake.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

Herr Doktor, would you not say the only sharing of wealth the current despot proposes is the lack of wealth, or in plain English, poverty?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Patriot in Peru in Peru, Indiana replied:

As an independent trucker, I would most definitely be willing to shut down as part of a massive and ongoing demonstration! I already boycott cities like New York City and Chicago by refusing to accept freight to or from those cities, nor will I purchase fuel or goods in the states of New York and Illinois. I also avoid driving through those states so as not to be forced to pay the exhorbitant road taxes and tolls imposed on my semi.

It's time to "draw the line in the sand," folks, so either put up --- or shut up!

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

BlueShadowII in Texas replied:

Good for you, Bruce. Boycotting Illinois for a Hoosier trucker is a serious boycott.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

L.L. Smith in Savannah, Tn. said:

Burt: I saw on MSNBC with Al Dullton( he's certainly not Sharp) where Obama's face was placed on Mount Rushmore beside real presidents. I might be persuaded if they would turn him around, stand him on his head and let the world see the real Obama's face. No smoke please. I occasionally check MSNBC when the Three Stooges are not on other channels. About the same mentality. Average liberal.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

L.L. I, too, have tuned in MSNBC, but not recently. I realized that if I watched Fox, I would see more than enough half-wits (Juan Williams, Leslie Marshall, Alan Colmes, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Beckel) to know what the other side was parroting on any given day, but at least the liberal swill would be diluted by the likes of Steve Hayes, Charles Krauthammer, Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, Brit Hume and Bernard Goldberg.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Alex in NJ replied:

Burt,
Wasn't one of Geraldo Riveras big stories that made him famous, how the sanitariums in NY were not taking adequate care of their charges, and were shut down as a result of the public outcry he fueled, ultimately putting the poor crazy folk on the streets?
Does that make him partially responsible for the recent mass murders committed by the crazies?

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Alex: I wasn't aware of Rivera doing an expose of sanitariums. I know there were a couple of documentaries done on the subject. The few times I was even aware of Geraldo until he started popping up on Fox far too often was when he did an over-hyped piece on Al Capone's vault, when he gave away our military positions during Desert Storm and when he got hit with a chair while hosting some stupid Jerry Springer-type TV show.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Alex in NJ replied:

Iirc, he cut his teeth on it, and it launched him into the big time. He has a radio show, and paints himself as a centrist republican.
He's a typical self centered left wing douche, thinking way too highly his charm and wit.

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:50 AM

WTD in AZ said:

Adding insult to injury, the Pelosi-Reid "smoker" will cost more because of the Obamacare medical device tax.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: Good point.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Jim in Western NC said:

Burt, it is stunning that the world I grew up in has changed so much! In just the past thirty years we have turned everything on its head. Good is evil and evil is good. Common sense is gone. If one promotes reason and facts over emotion, he is accused of having no heart. Shame is unthinkable. The only rules to follow are "tolerance" for just about anything under the sun (as long as it has no relation to God's explicit commands or the U.S. Constitution), carefully crafted "equality" in outcomes, and to get all that one can by any means, no matter who is stepped on. Forget civility, unity, or honesty--all outmoded expressions of an unenlightened past. It's a brave new world and I'm on the outside looking in, trying to make sense of it. The only "good" thing is that I'm 55 and my days on this earth are dwindling. I might miss the complete collapse of what I once knew. I do feel very sad for my children and future grandchildren. The amoral socialists and their fellow travelers that brought us to this place will eventually turn on each other when the rest of us are gone. There's a little bit of satisfaction in knowing that the lunatic collective, with its never-ending planning and need for absolute control will ultimately eat its own. Forward Comrades!

I probably shouldn't comment when I'm tired and not feeling well.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim: Of course you should comment when you're tired and not feeling well. How could you feel otherwise these days? Heck, I write entire articles on a regular basis feeling that way.

But if your days are dwindling and you're only 55, mine must be swirling down the drain, having turned 73 a week ago. Now I really feel lousy!

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Jim in Western NC replied:

Burt, I didn't want to get theological, but I do have biblical hope. However, life here does pass quickly. I guess for too many years I just assumed that what our forefathers bequeathed us would continue long after I was gone. Now, it looks like I get to watch it disintegrate and maybe even pay some sort of direct cost (lost freedoms, currency collapse, societal upheaval, etc.). Perhaps 73 is better!
PS- Happy (Belated) Birthday!

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim: Thank you.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

60 here, and feeling sorry, and yes ashamed that my generation is foisting a burden on my children, grandchildren, and probably great-grandchildren. We here at PP, so often see cartoons portraying young ones asking a gray haired elder, what it was like when there was freedom in the USA. I have often hoped to live to be 100 years old, now, I'm not sure, it'd be worth it, or even possible with O-care.....

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Doktor, 68 for me and I worry what is going to happen to my children and grandchildren too. Surely won't know the freedoms we had unless something changes.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Doktor: I feel sorry for some of the grandkids, but not all of them. If they're over 18, they probably voted for Obama. Never too soon to learn that actions have consequences.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

To the best of my knowledge none of mine voted for the Usurper. I only have one more baby at home, she's going on 15, and already sees herself as a conservative on most issues. Her goal; forensics, so not likely going to go after a liberal arts degree.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

El Rexbo in Amarillo replied:

Burt, Dok, Jim et. al., At 78 I sincerely wanted to live long enough to see the despot deposed November 6th. Still have hopes that I can be around in 2016, when surely the American electorate will have awakened, that is if we still have elections by then. Best situation that I can imagine is that he can impeached, indicted, convicted and have his sorry a-- evicted from our White House. Is this fantasy land, or a possibility?

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Nice thing about being 59 is i can still move around and run, shoot and fight. I care more about our Freedom and rights at this pont than I do about reaching 60 as I would love to know that my grandchildren will not be fodder for a rulling tyrannical elite.
We are very close to the straw and a camels back!

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

point

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

BlueShadowII in Texas replied:

Jim, Burt, et al: We seasoned citizens might all feel a little better if we recall a famous position of my 80+ brother-in-law. He says that, so far, his plan to live forever is working just fine.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

My father used to say, "I will live forever--or die trying!" He tried and lost.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

Jim, I, also am in my 50's. I've seen this country go from something noble and just (with JFK) to having a fraudulent Socialist POTUS. Everything good and meaningful is now passe while the worst is now the rule. Everything from abortion to gay marriage. These unamerican leftist con-men have refused to enforce laws they don't agree with (like DOMA), to making up new laws without the need for Congess (like Obama's 'executive orders' prohibiting law enforcement from enforcing laws on illegal immigration). If the rank and file American citizens don't start standing up and demanding the rule of law and ensuring our private property rights, this administration will have federal government control over every facet of human existence in our country. They openly ignore our First, Fourth, and Tenth amendment rights, while allowing their "Attorney General" to lie to Congress with impunity. ALL of their children are protected at school by armed guards, but regular Americans aren't important enough, in their eyes, to deserve the same security. Every American citizen should be writing, emailing, calling and faxing their Congressmen and Senators demanding that our laws be enforced, and that our Constitutional rights be left alone. Otherwise, those rights will cease to exist.

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM

USMC4X4 in Newport News, VA said:

Burt,
I read your column through the Patriot Post and have been enjoying Mr. Alexander's and the rest of his staff's writings for a number of years, so you can imagine my delight when you quoted him in this piece.
On the days it is published, your column is generally the first thing I read in the morning (you're in competition with two others for my favorite columnist.)
Keep up the great work!

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Thank you, Marine. I appreciate the kind words. But who are those other two columnists? I just might have to do away with them.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

USMC4X4 in Newport News, VA replied:

In no particular order....Michelle Malkin - She's smart and does impeccable research. Ann Coulter - I don't always agree with her, but I really enjoy her caustic style. I think you've got the edge in that you're far more prolific than the ladies.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

USMC4X4 in Newport News, VA replied:

In no particular order....Michelle Malkin - She's smart and does impeccable research. Ann Coulter - I don't always agree with her, but I really enjoy her caustic style. I think you've got the edge in that you're far more prolific than the ladies.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Marine: So long as you give me the edge, I'll leave the ladies alone.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

PSU in CT said:

"Does anyone actually think that John Kerry will be worse than Hillary Clinton or that Chuck Hagel would be a better Secretary of Defense if he were black, Jewish or named Charlene?"

Chuck Hagel would be a better Secretary of Defense if he were a bowl of chocolate pudding.

And thanks for explaining "blowing smoke". I'm going to be really obnoxious the next time I hear that expression, even if I have to introduce it into the conversation myself.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

PSU: I'd like to be a fly on the wall the day you find a subtle way of working that into a conversation at a church social.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

septuagenarian in Canada said:

Hi Burt...happy belated Birthday! We are the same age but that will change in 10 days when I will add another number to mine. Something else we have in comon...I was born in Santa Monica, Ca and lived in So. Cal. until my early thirties. Moved to Canada (supposedly temporarily) in '78 to experience a different lifestyle and have had a long writing career here. You are the first writer I look for on the opinion pages published by the Patriot Post and I find it would be very rare indeed for me to disagree with you about much of anything. It might be worth pointing out that there was a long-gun registry put in place here in Canada several years ago (by a liberal government of course), but it has now been repealed by the current conservative government because it had absolutely no effect on gun crime and was just an intrusive bureaucracy that took money out of the pockets of hard working citizens. I never thought I would see the day when Canada was a freer nation than the US, but thanks to Obama, and Bush before him, that day has come. So sorry to see it happen. Like some of the posters on this forum, I am glad I am at an advanced age now because the world has become unrecognizable. I grew up in a world where I never heard the "F" word, never heard of illegal drugs of any kind, had no idea such a thing as homosexuality existed, and never knew anyone in high school getting pregnant. Guess I really lived a sheltered life. I like watching Fox News...especially when some of those idiots you mention are on...because I love sitting there in my easy chair, telling them what warped minds they have with no sense of logic whatever. I do the same with all those global warming nuts. None of that, of course, does the slightest bit of good when it comes to solving any of the issues, but it is immensely satisfying to vent in that way, plus my dog and cat find it entertaining. I'm betting that you do a fair amount of verbalizing back at the TV screen too!

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Carol, I don't know about Burt, but I get so irritated at the leftwing idiots sometime I find myself talking to them even though I know they can't hear me. Of course, I'm not exactly saying complementary things about the idiots. Some of the milder things I say are, idiot, fool, Koolaid drinker, insane liberal, mindless sheep, and some I can't say here. My wife just nods her head and continues with whatever she is doing at the time.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

My favorite derogatory term for them is "dumba$$es"

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Although morons run a close second

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Carol: Thank you for the birthday wishes. I live in the San Fernando Valley, but I did live in the People's Republic of Santa Monica from 1984 until 1992. Unlike you, I don't talk back to the liberal idiots on TV Mainly because I'm too busy taking notes. Besides, I'm afraid that if I started talking to an inanimate object, my dog would start giving me funny looks and my wife would take the opportunity to ship me off to a loony bin.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

L.L. Smith in Savannah, Tn. replied:

Burt: You are already in a loney bin. I feel like the baseball game with men on base. The baseball was hit to an infielder who threw to the wrong base. The ball was thrown around the field in confusion. When all runners were stopped there were two men on third. The third baseman tagged both runners and the third base coach then said, "Somebody is out". I'm confused too.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

I too appreciate the mention of Mark Alexander's piece on the Patriot Post Newsletter. I also encourage all patriots to sign the related pledge. There is power in numbers.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: All too true, as we discovered on Election Day!

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

The Wyoming Legislature is in session as of last week. One bill that has wide support tells Barry and company what to do with their anti-gun crap.

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/01/12/wyoming-introduces-bill-to-nullify-any-federal-gun-control-measures-jail-federal-agents/

The Wyoming Legislature can only meet for 40 day every other year for a regular session. The other years they meet for a budget session of 20 days. The individual legislators have no staff. The legislators have regular jobs or own businesses when not in session. If you call a legislator you will probably reach him on his home phone. We have a true "Citizen Legislature". Isn't this what James Madison, Samuel Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, etc. had in mind?

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

have to long of a legislative session and those elected pukes will have too much time on their hands to screw everything up as is evidence by the rest of the country

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

I believe Wyoming has the shortest legislative sessions of any state.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: It does make me envious. On the other hand, it is easier to do a lot of things when a state's population is a mere 500,000 and your biggest cities top off at about 50,000.

Burt

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, the less they do the better. Wasn't it Webster who said, "the only time the republic is safe is when Congress is not in session." As for having a small population it is not unusual to run into a state senator, state representative, U.S. senator or our one congressman while shopping, in a restaurant, at a Boy Scout meeting,etc.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Not only will Reid and Pelosi run the "new Smoke Bellow, Inc." they will tax it as a medical implement.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

William in Florida said:

After Obama gets out he would have this country so screwed up no one would forget it ! Obama knows it and obviously feels lifelong protection would be needed! When are the blind Obama supporters ever going to realize the danger they put us in and impeach the mistake made before its too late!

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Norge in Ohio said:

Burt,

The saying about the police being minutes away is certainly true in my experience. About 2 years ago, I caught a burglar early on a Saturday morning. My wife called the police and, being impatient with such things, I chased him up the street in my underwear with an ax handle. When the officer arrived 40 MINUTES LATER they suggested that I shouldn't have taken action to protect my property. (???) I'm sure if I were within 35 years of the punk's age and had caught him, I'd be in prison yet.

But the point is the second amendment isn't about us protecting ourselves from thieves, rapists, and Mongol hoards. (Yes, that's part of it) But primarily about us protecting ourselves from our central government, those who are currently so anxious to disarm us. I get that I don't need an AR-15 to hunt squirrels, but I just might need it to help overthrow a tyrannical government run amok. Our founders understood that weapons technology would evolve, so they offered no restrictions on the right to bear arms. My government has assault rifles, I'd rather not the next generation of Minutemen show up with muskets. Or ax handles.

Incidently, once the word was out about the crazy half-naked Norwegian with the big stick, we have had no more such activity on this street. Funny how that works.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

The Gent 1957 in Arizona said:

Just how far will the spineless jellyfish in Congress allow this President to go before stepping up with a copy of the Constitution and hollering "Whoa, fella!"?? Does Obama really think he can sweep away the Constitution of the United States with an Executive Order? Exactly what does he imagine will happen when he signs his order banning guns and requiring all firearms to be turned in at the nearest Gestapo... uh... police headquarters? Does he really think that people will just lay down and let him run over us? Will the Congress? We need men like Patrick Henry, who declared "Give Me Liberty... or give me death!" The current Tea Party is populated by a few fools but most are serious about taking back our country... Obama would be well advised to remember what the first tea party started!!

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Holmes Simons in Tampa said:

Burt, again we have missed the boat. The Blaze is reporting that a ROCK, aka "The Caveman's Weapon" has garnered a bid of $4,050 on eBay. Maybe we should try to reproduce David's slingshot, with ancient pebble, of course, for Home Shopping Network next "Holiday" season. Goliath stands no chance against one. So how do you think the burglar will feel, Mr. Homeowner, when you brandish the slingshot that killed a giant?

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

Thanks for another great column, Burt! I am another of the "getting olderite" folks who look forward to your commentaries and to those of many of your responders,I.E,: "Mac"; "Old Sarge"; "Doctor RVZ", etc.. Thank you ALL for helping me realize that I am not alone in either my love for this country, or my disgust at what we're seeing being done to it out of ignorance, apathy, or evil design. I'm a 67 year old father of 4 & grandfather of 7 who has never before felt the fear for my country's future that I do today. In the mid-60's I served with the U.S. Army Special Forces, whose motto is "De Oppresso Liber".....To liberate (free) from oppression. I remain to this day committed to that principle, though at my age action on that principle requires action within the realm of my particular age & infirmities. I believe that making all of our collective voices heard, as loudly and constitutionally principled as possible, gives us a power that cannot be denied or ignored. That fact, and being exercised by columnists such as you, Burt, along with those such as Arnold Ahlert, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, and others, give me continued hope for the eventual renewal of our nation as the unique constitutional republic God led it to become.
Thank you, Burt, and to all of the responders here who care enough to speak up against tyranny, and toward that renewal!

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM