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Ending Gun Violence Requires Commitment, Not All of It Voluntary

By Ann Coulter · Jan. 24, 2013

The good news is: Obama and the Senate Democrats have no intention of passing more idiotic gun legislation in response to the Newtown massacre. The bad news is that they also have no intention of passing any legislation about the mentally ill, which would actually do something to reduce these mass shootings.

Instead, the Democrats will jawbone about “assault weapons” and other meaningless gun laws for the sole purpose of scaring soccer moms into hating the National Rifle Association. Expect to hear a lot about Republicans preferring “the gun lobby” to “children.” (Which is evidently not at all like preferring the teachers lobby to children.)

Democrats are hoping to pick up another dozen congressional seats in 2014, so they need terrified women.

Just don't expect a vote. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid cannot afford a vote on any of these nonsense gun laws because he needs to protect the seats of Democrats who have to get re-elected in districts where voters know something about guns.

Even the stupidest politician has to know how utterly meaningless “assault weapon” bans are. (In fairness, New York's Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and Gov. Andrew Cuomo may not know.) But Democrats need to gin up the most easily fooled voters.

“Assault weapons” are defined as “whatever politicians say they are.” The guns that are banned and the ones that aren't are functionally identical. They're all semi-automatics.

Semi-automatics shoot one bullet per trigger pull – that's the definition. Any handgun manufactured since the Civil War is a “semi-automatic.” The most basic self-defense revolver for women is a “semi-automatic.”

An example of a gun that is not a semi-automatic is a musket. Also those guns where a “BANG!” flag pops out when the clown pulls the trigger.

An automatic firearm – what militaries and drug cartels have – continuously fires when the trigger is pulled. They have been subject to a near-total federal ban in this country since the 1930s, so they're irrelevant to the discussion.

The only differences in the semi-automatics the Democrats want to ban and the ones they don't are purely cosmetic details, such as bayonet mounts or pistol grips.

When is the last time anyone was killed with a bayonet in this country? Bayonets were rarely used even during the Civil War. Obama mocked the idea of bayonets during one of his debates with Romney. Now he's terrified of them!

Semi-automatics with bayonets are some of the guns Democrats call “assault weapons.” It would be like defining 12-inch hunting knives with camouflage-colored handles – but not those with black handles – as “assault knives.” Assault weapons are the semi-automatics that look scary to soccer moms.

An example of the intentional obfuscation about semi-automatics (or “guns”) is the “Violence Policy Center” webpage, which states: “Semiautomatic assault weapons are civilian versions of automatic military assault rifles (like the AK-47 and the M-16) and automatic military assault pistols (like the UZI).”

This would be like saying: “Little girls' pink bedrooms are civilian versions of military prisons (like Guantanamo) and terrorist rendition prisons (like CIA Black Sites).”

Yes, exactly alike, except the “prison” part.

Since not all Democrats get to run for office in New York, congressional Democrats can't risk taking votes on such silly laws. Your guns will be safe, but your children won't, because we'll still have the mentally ill showing up at movie theaters, subway stations, shopping malls and schools.

If soccer moms want to worry about something, they should worry more about schizophrenics than guns.

In the late 1980s, New York City Mayor Ed Koch tried to institutionalize Joyce Brown, a mentally ill heroin addict living on the street who went by the name “Billie Boggs” (after local television host Bill Boggs). Brown was defecating on herself, removing all her clothes, burning money, running into traffic and shouting obscenities at passers-by. In other words, she was a prototype for Occupy Wall Street.

Brown's family desperately wanted to have Brown committed to Bellevue Hospital. A Columbia psychiatrist argued for her institutionalization. The neighbors supported her commitment.

But the New York Civil Liberties Union wanted Brown back on the street. Her NYCLU attorney, Robert Levy, boasted that “Billie Boggs” was as sane as “a member of the board of the Civil Liberties Union.”

A New York judge, Robert Lippman, agreed –- but not the way I do. Instead of ordering the entire NYCLU board institutionalized, he ordered the release of this poor, mentally disturbed woman. She promptly spoke at Harvard. (Princeton already had Peter Singer.) Then she was back on the street, taking heroin and getting into fights with other homeless people.

Schizophrenics are generally incapable of knowing they need help. Without involuntary commitment, they are abandoned to the streets, getting beaten up, sexually abused, stolen from and set on fire. They also sometimes push people onto subway tracks, murder grandmothers, slaughter firemen and enter “gun-free zones” to commit mass murder.

But the Democrats won't do anything about it. Even if you do not hear voices that tell you to kill strangers, liberals say: “Either we are all mad or none of us is mad.” Then they get mouthy about banning guns with bayonets. On which they will not vote. Montana's Sen. Max Baucus has to get re-elected.



rab in jo,mo said:

You hit the nail on the head, Ann. Great article.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

d.w.hudson in Michigan said:

I cannot share your blinded optimism that democrats will not bring forth a vote on more gun control nor that the American public isn't so stupid and gullible as to believe the lies needed to pass it. One need look no further than what now sits in the White House to understand to the incredible ignorance of millions of American citizens. They got the president they deserve. The rest of us must await the president we and our nation needs.
Any tangible emerging republican leadership will manifest itself in those who vote against raising the debt limit and refuse to capitulate to democrat demands to "compromise".

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Orf in Pittsburgh replied:

Right on d.w.! Ann perhaps forgot that one of the first things all dictators do is try to confiscate firearms from the citizens. And the sheeple in America are stupid enough to believe libtard lies.

Ann also does not understand firearms well enough to know that revolvers are not considered semi-automatic weapons and that they are used just as often as semi-automatic pistols in self-defense.

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Honest Abe in North Carolina said:

When will we get rid of the weapon of mass destruction known as the ACLU? They are responsible for more murders than the NRA.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

GW in Kellogg, Iowa replied:

Abe , your elevator does'nt go all the way to the top. The NRA hasn't murdered anyone, they can take credit for saving millions of lives by providing training in safe handling and proper use of firearms. Obama is already on the road to cause more death's than any despot in the history of the world.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 5:53 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

The marxists don't want anyone institutionalized, because they would have to be inmates themselves.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Kevin in California said:

I believe that all this talk about helping the "mentally ill" is going to come back to haunt us Conservatives. How long before some liberal psychiatrist determines that "anyone who owns or wants to own a gun, has an unhealthy distrust of government and mental illness." I agree we need to help those who can't help themselves, but at some point the libs are going to start redefining the terms again.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Jim in Alabama said:

Whoever is pulling the propaganda levers must be having so much fun redefining reality.

Let's call all the crazy people sane and let them loose on America!

Let's change it to "American as Mom, Apple Pie and Queers."

Let's say Freedom is doing what you're told with an attitude of inner liberation.

Let's say Terrorists are really Freedom Fighters.

Let's say Women's Rights means getting married to the Government.

Let's say abortion is just so obviously a good thing all around.

And, all together now, let's define insanity as an advanced form of gun ownership.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Nancy Pelosi exposed!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri said:

Funny thing. The fact that the supposed "assault rifle" used in the Newton shooting was never even inside the school. It was in the shooters automobile the entire time. He actually used 4 handguns. He had tried to purchase a rifle earlier and had been denied due to a background check. He had resorted to murdering his mother and stealing her rifle, but had never used it. Where is the media on this? I guess the egg on their face would bed too obvious if they actually reported this fact.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

rab in jo,mo replied:


Can you point me to hard evidence of this? I heard the initial reports that morning and they also said that the long gun was found in the vehicle. As we know, the story changed as the day went on and suddenly the perp was storming the gates with an evil Bushmaster.

I know what I heard that morning, and heard the story changing by the time the 6oclock news was broadcast that night. There has been surprisingly little footage in the media to indicate exactly what happened. I would like to be able to point people to some reliable evidence.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

rab, I`m sorry I did not write down the article when I read it. Certainly an oversight on my part. Apparently the coroners report, just out within the last few days, came to that conclusion. I seriously doubt the mainstream media will ever report this. Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, or Mark Levin might be able to shed some light on this if one could get through on it. It may have been reported in an article in the Center for Western Journalism. I`ll keep my eyes open.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Art in Ct in Ct said:

Please stop passing incorrect/outdated information. Last week the Ct. DPS posted a list of the guns on it's website. They are:
Izhmash Canta 12 in trunk of car.
Bushmaster xm15-e2s (used for all murders in the school)
Sig-Sauer P226 9mm
Glock 10mm used for suicide

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Retired Sarge in Rockville, IN replied:

This is off the CT DPS site - dated 18 JAN 2013


In previous press conferences, the Connecticut State Police clearly identified all of the weapons seized from the crime scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

To eliminate any confusion or misinformation, we will again describe and identify the weapons seized at the school crime scene.

Seized inside the school:

#1. Bushmaster .223 caliber-- model XM15-E2S rifle with high capacity 30 round magazine

#2. Glock 10 mm handgun

#3. Sig-Sauer P226 9mm handgun

Seized from suspect’s car in parking lot:

#4. Izhmash Canta-12 12 gauge Shotgun (seized from car in parking lot)

This case remains under investigation.

Lt. J. Paul Vance

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM

BJ in St. Cloud, MN said:

"Semi Auto" refers to the ability to pull the trigger and the gun self loads the next cartridge so you can pull the trigger again. Handguns are both revolvers and pistols. Pistols are semi auto, revolvers revolve, and both are handguns.
Assault weapons are full auto meaning one trigger pull fires multiple rounds. AK's and AR's for civilian use are semi auto. Full auto licenses are available after extensive background checks and what amounts to a tax payment which is required when transferring the full auto to another "approved" full auto owner. Bazooka, rocket launchers, grenades, all unavailable except for rare occasions to "approved" military collections.
Sometimes when we hunt at night with spot lights in South Africa we also use silencers which are really not silencers but are more of a sound suppressor. Hollywood and the left, and some on the right that are ignorant of the facts-are a problem for all gun owners.


Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Lee James in Detroit MI replied:

@ Gun Guy
You've fallen into the trap the Brady Bunch and the lefties want you to believe. An assault weapon is anything that you can assault someone with from a firearm to a baseball bat to a shard of glass. If you assault someone with anything other than your hands, you've used an assault weapon. What you are refering to is an Assault Rifle. a firearm that is capable of full automatic operation.
Further proof that if a lie is repeated enough times it becomes the truth.

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

GW in Kellogg, Iowa said:

They might not vote on it at this time ,but I fully expect them to pass the UN gun control treaty and claim it takes precedence over the constitution. Back door gun confiscation- but its not our fault because we didn't know.. Or some rediculous registration scheme like Canada's which will only make criminals of decent people . They forget that there are vast areas of open country in these United (for know) States.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Drivers licenses cause drunk drivers, I think we need to ban Drivers Licenses to save the children.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Pushpa, in NJ said:

This country is going down the drain faster than we think. The woman who pushed the man in front of a sub-way train in NYC wants to plead insanity. And I just read about a man who wants his prison term to be reduced because he had 12 beers and lots of tequila before he stabbed someone!!! So even if the guns are banned there will be plenty of crazy people with knives and other ways of killing and get away with murder based on "insanity". How does banning guns help? Chicago where guns are illegal reported 500 people killed by gangs in one year which was much higher than before 2008. What a shame Obama cannot change his own hometown.

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM