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Weapons of Mass Distraction

By Burt Prelutsky · Jan. 24, 2013

We all know that whenever liberal politicians start insisting that guns are evil, it's for the same reason that stage magicians employ patter, top hats and silk capes. It's done in order to distract us. At present, Obama would like us to ignore the fact that thanks to the end of the payroll tax holiday and ObamaCare everyone's taxes have shot up. That's not to say the liberals wouldn't love to disarm us and make the Second Amendment null and void. But even they know that's not going to happen. If they were serious about reducing gun violence, they'd quit yapping about guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, and go after the people who use them not for hunting or for defending their homes and families, but to murder.

I'm referring to the black and Hispanic gangs that terrorize inner cities. Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, the city in which 506 murders were committed in 2012 – only a handful as the result of assault weapons – doesn't declare war on the punks responsible for spilling most of that blood. Instead, he demands that the city divest itself of any investments it might have in gun manufacturing firms. Displaying the wisdom for which big city mayors are renowned, he not only does nothing to diminish violent crime in his locale, but he makes certain that the city fails to profit financially from the only growth industry that exists in Obama's America.

In fact, I think it's fair to suggest that Benghazi was Obama's and Mrs. Clinton's idea of a gun-free zone.

When every massacre from Columbine to Newtown has taken place where firearms are banned, you would think that even liberals could get their pointy heads around the fact that just as outlawing guns guarantees that only outlaws will be armed, gun-free zones promise would-be killers that they have nothing to fear. They might as well post signs for the convenience of armed psychos that read: “You are now entering the Happy Hunting Grounds. Be a responsible killer and pick up your spent shells before you leave the park.”

Inasmuch as cars and booze are responsible for far more deaths than guns, why don't the various municipalities initiate buy-back programs offering cash and concert tickets for '94 Chevys and unopened six-packs? I happen to have a half bottle of Manischewitz Concord Grape I'd be willing to trade in for a pair of argyle socks.

As you've probably heard, a New York rag called the Journal News published a list with the names and addresses of registered gun owners in the area. The reaction of decent, law-abiding people was so overwhelming that the newspaper hired people with guns to protect its offices.

When someone suggested that the names and addresses of the self-righteous loons who own or work for the Journal should be circulated, Bill O'Reilly, who occasionally mistakes himself for an archbishop, sermonized against it, on the grounds that two wrongs don't make a right. What unmitigated crapola! The members of the mainstream media, like the left-wing politicians they adore, assume that they can act with impunity, putting the lives and safety of others in jeopardy, while wrapping the First Amendment around themselves whenever it suits their fancy. Although they never think twice about defaming conservatives, they feel themselves impervious to the consequences of their words and actions.

If it were up to me, I'd not only print their names and addresses, I'd run their photos to increase the chances of their being vilified whenever they appeared in public. In my circle, we call it giving them a taste of their own medicine.

Some people, in attempting to show how wrong the Journal News was, suggested that what they did was akin to printing the names and addresses of those collecting food stamps. Well, frankly, I think that's a swell idea. I'd love to know if I'm helping to put food on my neighbor's table. It's one thing, after all, if people want to pay for their own guns and ammo, and quite another if I have to pay through the nose for someone else's dinner. Especially if I happen to notice that he's driving a newer and nicer car than I am.

What's more, I think welfare recipients should have to write thank-you notes. Not to me, you understand, but to society at large. Once people think they are actually entitled to live off the labor of others and not even have to express gratitude, we're telling grown-ups that it's quite okay to behave like spoiled teenagers.

Getting back to O'Reilly, I'm getting a little tired of hearing how he hosts the number one show on Fox. If that's really the case, it's because he has the number one time slot on the number one network. It so happens that I record everything I plan to watch on TV. When it comes to “The Factor,” it allows me to not only fast-forward through those commercials with Fred Thompson, but through any segment featuring left-wing half-wits. In fact, I only pause if I spot Brit Hume, Carl Cameron, James Rosen, Charles Krauthammer or Bernie Goldberg.

To me, the notion of tuning in to watch and listen to O'Reilly is as absurd as it would have been to tune in to watch the “Ed Sullivan Show” in order to see Ed Sullivan. Come to think of it, what O'Reilly could use would be more Senor Wences, Jackie Mason and the HarmoniCats, and less Alan Colmes, Bob Beckel, Geraldo Rivera and Juan Williams. In fact, I'd never have any of those twits on unless they first learned to juggle.

Speaking of twits, Colin Powell, who owes nearly as much to Affirmative Action as the Obamas do, claims that the GOP is having an identity problem. He also says that elements of the Party are racist and that it has shifted significantly to the Right, which has led to its losing the last two presidential elections.

For reasons of his own, Mr. Powell has chosen to overlook the fact that George W. Bush appointed two black Secretaries of State, he being one of them, whereas Barack Obama appointed a pair of Caucasians named Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. What's more, only a nincompoop with an agenda would insist that John McCain and Mitt Romney are living proof that the GOP has been shifting to the far right.

Besides, if there's anyone who has an identity problem, I'd say it's a guy who keeps insisting that he's a Republican, but has twice endorsed the most radical left-winger who has ever put his feet on the desk in the Oval Office.

Finally, although through his rhetoric and arrogant posturing, Obama seems to be suggesting that he received an overwhelming mandate from the American people, I have news for him. Starting with the election of 1860, every president who's won two terms has garnered more votes the second time around. In 1864, Lincoln received 350,000 more votes than in his first election. In 1872, Grant received nearly 600,000 more votes than in 1868. Although Grover Cleveland lost his re-election in 1888, he got roughly 675,000 more votes in 1892 than he had in 1884.

McKinley received an additional 110,000 votes the second time around. Wilson jumped an astonishing 2,800,000 votes in 1916 by promising to keep us out of WWI. FDR picked up nearly five million votes in 1936. Eisenhower received an additional 1,600,000 votes against Stevenson the second time he clobbered him. Nixon went from 31,785,000 to a mind-boggling 46,740,000. But, then, I'd have probably done as well running against George McGovern.

Reagan added more than 10 million votes in '84. Even Clinton picked up an extra 2,500,000 in 1996, and George W. Bush soared from 50,455,000 in 2000 to 61,837,000 in '04.

You may notice a pattern. All 11 presidents increased their vote total by anywhere from approximately 100,000 to over 15,000,000. However, in 2012, Obama saw his numbers tumble from 69,498,000 to 62,611,000.

As mandates go, Obama's is only slightly better than the one George Custer received at the Little Big Horn.

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48 Comments

MikeEcko in Orting, WA. said:

Very funny...Bill O'Reilly. You can't take anyone seriously who sells his own brand of shirts and pants. I only watch him when Ann Coulter is on.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, please don't use the term "Assault Weapons" when referring to guns used by the wackos and low lifes. The AR-15 and it's variants are semi-autos. An assault rifle by definition has to have full auto capability. Therefore a semi-auto assault weapon is an oxymoron. BTW, if i smack you over the head with a 2 X 4 isn't that an assault weapon. And it doesn't make any difference if I hate you, or like you or am totally indifferent.

Right now there is a bill in the Wyoming Legislature to allow ordinary citizens to carry firearms on school grounds. Several other states are also looking at this option for protection of innocents.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Ragweed in West Virginia replied:

Why even watch him when Ann Coulter is on???????

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 1:46 PM

DaneChile in Unknown said:

Excellent, Burt.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2:50 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Thanks, Dane.

Burt

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Burt, I have stopped watching O'Reilly because he is slowly but surely turning more and more to the left. I would get so frustrated and shout at the TV whenever he had Geraldo or Colmes on. He should never give these idiots a chance to spout their liberal crap. If your going to call yourself a Conservative then have only Conservatives on your show. Screw fair and balanced, you won't find it on any other channel.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Wayne: Frankly, I think O'Reilly has become far more openly critical of Obama than he ever was in the past. He's still not a very good reason to watch his show, but he is far less a leftist than he was.

Burt

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Paul Couch in N.C. said:

Burt, the thing that all of the recent shootings, at least the high profile ones, have in common, is not rampant NRA members, nor tea party members. They were all registered democrats. Except the kids at Columbine who were too young to vote. But their parents were active progressives democrats.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Paul: That all stands to reason, which is why the libs won't acknowledge the facts.

Burt

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

"At present, Obama would like us to ignore the fact that thanks to the end of the payroll tax holiday and ObamaCare everyone's taxes have shot up."

Also thanks to O-Care, many part time workers have seen their hours cut to under 30. End result, more deductions, less wages.

"...quite another if I have to pay through the nose for someone else's dinner. Especially if I happen to notice that he's driving a newer and nicer car than I am."

I see this every first of the month. Folks come in with EBT cards, (and I don't mean lil ol' men and ladies, but HEALTHY folks) and through various ways of scamming the system, an entire "family" purchases some 300-500 dollars worth of groceries. Meanwhile, my menu for the week includes, sloppy Joe's, Hamburger helper, and various creative ways of making pasta. I don't deny that there are folks that are indeed truly in need, but as of late, all I see are folks coming in with a new twist on how they can get something more with no effort on their part.

As a side note look for cries of cost of living increases to those on welfare as the cost of EVERYTHING starts to increase dramatically. I mean to say, they'll be seeing less for their welfare bucks, and we cannot have that, can we? It wouldn't be fair.....

"He also says that elements of the Party are racist and that it has shifted significantly to the Right, which has led to its losing the last two presidential elections."

Burt; I cite below a comment by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.

"As the chair of the Black Caucus, I've got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticize the President. With 14 percent (black) unemployment, if we had a white president, we'd be marching around the White House. ... The President knows we are going to act in deference to him in a way we wouldn't to someone white."

Yup racism is alive and well, only it resides in a house that nobody seems to see as in need of demolishing.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Alex in NJ said:

Burt-
Great piece.
Obama garnered 7 million fewer votes? Poor Romney must still be thinking "I can't believe I lost to this guy".
Sigh...how disturbing is that?

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Alex: Extremely troubling for me because it either means that a lot of Republicans are collecting food stamps or are religious bigots...or both.

Burt

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

fred in oregon said:

OREILLY-----------buffoon. he is so impressed with himself, he is now deaf,dumb and blind. i doubt he cares about anything, other than the bottom line.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

O'Reilly should get rid of all the liberal pundits on his show and replace them with the "Banana Man" from the Ed Sullivan show. If so, I might tune in more frequently.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Vicki G in California said:

Burt, your commentaries are always witty. But the bit about the Manischewitz and the socks made me laugh out loud. Not only that, but I was in my least favorite place when I read it - on the Metro Blue Line to downtown L.A. at 5:45 a.m.!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Vicki G in California said:

Burt, your commentaries are always witty. But the bit about the Manischewitz and the socks made me laugh out loud. Not only that, but I was in my least favorite place when I read it - on the Metro Blue Line to downtown L.A. at 5:45 a.m.!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

G Dub45 in Lee's Summit, MO said:

Thanks Burt - anyway you could pick up the pace a bit? Only three articles a week leave me in 'Prelutsky withdrawal' four days a week. Always look for you first on the Patriot Post.
I find agreement with you re Fox. I used to enjoy when O'Reilly would cut up the likes of Barney Frank, Richard Blumenthal, etc.. But, lately he is giving a pass to the 'Occupier-in Chief" on too many issues.
Also, I have written e-mail after e-mail asking Fox to dump the likes of Alan Colmes, Bob Beckel, Geraldo Rivera and Juan Williams.
Each a national menace in his own right.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Ct-Tom in NC replied:

I agree, Dub, but I think that Fox may be more wily that you think. Could they possibly have found more ridiculous spokesmen for the Left so that they can be fair-and-balanced? These bozos do a great job of making our side look good.

Also, as Burt says, just fast forward. I have not actually heard a full sentence from these guys in years. The DVR is the greatest invention ever!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Dave in Columbus, Ohio said:

Burt, as usual, an excellent article. Interestingly while I was reading the comments I received an email (with picture) divulging the the following information:

Meet Gracia C. Martore
Pres and CEO of Gannet that publishes the Journal News that published the list of names and addresses of pistol/handgun holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.
Compensation for 2011
Salary $848,077
Bonus $1,200,000
All other compensation $118,405
Option awards $1,444,400
Other compensation earnings $1,082,927
Total Compensation $4,693,8009
Husband is Joe Martorre CEO of CALIBRE which was named "2012 Contractor of the Year" in the $75M-$300M category at the 10th Anniversary Greater Washington GOVERNMENT Contractor Awards.
Address: 728 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
Phone Numbers: 703-759-5954, 703-7599245
Drop by and say HI! But be sure to call first!
I mean, what good is visiting a $1.42M, 5,000 sq. ft. house if no one is there?

The disclaimer at the bottom of the email states the data was obtained through the freedom of information act. Suppose this is the same method the Journal used to obtain the information about the gun owners?

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Alex in NJ replied:

Dave -
At least they don't claim to nonprofit companies!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Dick from Chicagoland in Illinois replied:

Interesting info. If I were they, I would also want to disarm the ruled. They know, come the dislocation, that they will be targeted, along with the rest of the ruling elite.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe,GA replied:

CALIBRE, oh, the irony.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Ct-Tom in NC said:

Burt, Conservatives are accused these days of living in an echo chamber, looking only for ideas from like-minded folks. On the other hand we have to look for such people because the mainstream insists that they do not exist, at least among the civilized.

I look forward to every one of your screeds and am never disappointed. Nor do I ever disagree. I would love to see the imbecile Alan Colmes go through one of your columns and present an argument against each point. I believe it would be hilarious. Wait, I take it back, I really don't want to look at him that much, or at all.

Anyhow, I don't think we look so much for voices that agree with us, as for voices that speak for us. I know you do that better that anyone for the regular readers of your column. Many thanks!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Patrick in Houston replied:

Bingo Ct-Tom! The Left pontificating on Conservatives wanting only an "echo-chamber" to discuss ideas is like the "Stepford Wives" lecturing us about conformity.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Robert in NEW Mexico said:

I disagree that gun control is a distraction. I think that the libs are seriously concerned about what the population will do when welfare, food stamps, and unemployment checks inevitably get cut, or when the consequences of Obamacare start showing its uglier than Reid, Feinstein, Pelosi, Schumer et a- heads.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

DaneChile in someplace other than the U.S., thanks to prior planning replied:

I imagine half of the people on welfare already have illegal firearms and will not give them up. The chickens come home to peck the farmer to death.

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:10 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

Burt,
I only watch the second half of the Factor on Wednesday evening to catch Dennis Miller, maybe I'm slightly warped, but he is hilarious. As for Custer, if Chairman Obamao continues his assault on America and the Constituion, he may meet a similar end from the natives. I would be satisfied with a life term at Guantanimo with his jihadi friends.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Kathy in WTexas replied:

I'm with you on all three! Miller, Custer and Gitmo!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Your column caused some nostalgia....the only alcohol my staunch Baptist mother ever tried was Manischewitz Concord Grape. Makes me smile to think how mellow she got that night 30 some years ago. As to O'Reilly, he gets on my last nerve with his sanctimonious flapping. He is not much more conservative than the latest chief RINO, Powell. My estimation of him has fallen mightily because he is too blind to lead troops, people, or think tanks. Keep telling the truth.....I so relate to your ideas.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

DaneChile in someplace other than the U.S., thanks to prior planning replied:

Another product of Affirmative Action.

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM