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Bloomberg, the quintessential limousine “do as I say, not as I do,” liberal …

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, by any account, is a liberal democrat who switched parties to avoid the competitive fray in the democrat party. He is a billionaire, and by all accounts,  a prime example of a limousine liberal who thinks he knows best how to run YOUR life. Insulated by wealth, power and position from the legislation he advocates and surrounded by armed guards to make him feel safe and secure.

Bloomberg does not like guns and apparently has little or no respect for the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution …

Even though he has sworn an oath to “uphold and protect” the Constitution, that does not stop Bloomberg from pursuing stringent gun control legislation in a venue which not only has the strictest gun control laws, but a high crime rate and institutionalized government-organized crime relationships. If the Mafia is said to have any headquarters outside of Sicily, it is in this mayor’s home town.

It’s crime control stupid!

What Bloomberg does not say and will not publicly admit is that New York’s finest cannot be everywhere they are needed when they are needed. Thus relegating New York’s citizens to the vagaries of street crime. He has pursued policies that confuse gun control with crime control. All of which denies the ordinary law-abiding citizen the right to an effective self-defense and a means to save their own lives and properties from those who care not one whit about gun control laws or, for that matter, any other local, state or federal laws. 

The democrat way – jumping on a crisis …

As reported in the Washington Post …

“Enabling the next Fort Hood? -- Congress's curbs on gun data hurt investigations”

“The news from Fort Hood shocked the nation: American soldiers shot on American soil. Thirteen dead and 38 injured. It was almost too terrible to believe. Almost.”

“Unfortunately, the Fort Hood rampage was not the first time that our military personnel have been murdered in the United States this year.”

Which points out a very troubling pattern of behavior by the democrats, many of which I believe do not wish the United States well and often act as if they are representatives of foreign ideologies. Case in point: former President Clinton disarmed soldiers at military bases across the nation, leaving the protection of soldier’s lives and base property to civilian protection services and the military police. Hardly surprising considering that Clinton apparently does not view the Military with favor and that he believes that war criminals should be tried in federal civil court as though war crimes were just another manifestation of plain old murder and mayhem. Clinton weakened the protection of our military bases and placed our soldiers, support staff and families at greater risk. And now Bloomberg attempts to do the very same thing with the civilian population.

In both cases, the loss of these young soldiers was compounded by a disturbing reality: The assailants had been under investigation by the FBI. In the more recent case, it would be easy enough to point fingers at the FBI. Its counterterrorism agents concluded that Maj. Nidal Hasan's communications with the radical cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi -- an al-Qaeda sympathizer who acted as a ‘spiritual adviser’ to two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers -- were for professional reasons.

Death by liberal democrat political correctness …

The problem with the FBI and all other agencies that are sworn to protect American citizens is that they have become hyper-politicized by liberal democrats and that rampant career-ending political correctness has made agency personnel “gun shy” when it comes to protecting the interests of the United States.

Heaven forbid that they, under the Obama Administration, call a slime-bucket terrorist a terrorist or refer to IslamoFascism. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano notwithstanding, acts of terror should be called terrorism, not a “man-made disaster” – a politically correct euphemism designed to spare the feelings of the Islamic community – many of whom, we are assured, are “moderate” when it comes to political matters. This is where I call bullshit. There are active radical Islamo-Fascist cells in America and there are a number of Saudi-supported Mosques preaching hatred for America if not outright Jihad.

Now comes more bullshit …

“A full investigation will reveal whether other red flags should have resulted in preventive action, but here is one thing we already know: A federal law repeatedly supported by Congress interfered with the FBI's ability to find out about Hasan's purchase of a handgun. Knowledge of that purchase might -- and should -- have triggered great scrutiny. And it could have saved lives.”

I cannot believe that the FBI or any other law enforcement agency would be so naive or stupid as to believe that any person associated with terror or criminal activities should not automatically be considered “armed and dangerous.” This is common sense and has nothing to do with knowing whether or not your suspect has purchased a weapon. The fact that most criminals steal weapons or purchase them on the black market – with little regard for the legalities of legitimate gun registration – marks Bloomberg and others as asinine fools when it comes to either crime control or making the nation safe from terrorists.

“During the Clinton administration, the FBI had access to records of gun background checks for up to 180 days. But in 2003, Congress began requiring that the records be destroyed within 24 hours. This requirement, one of the many restrictions on gun data sponsored by Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), meant that Hasan's investigators were blocked from searching records to determine whether he or other terrorist suspects had purchased guns. When Hasan walked out of Guns Galore in Killeen, Tex., the FBI had only 24 hours to recognize and flag the record -- and then it was gone, forever.”

There are many that believe that registration lists of gun owners is a precursor to de facto gun confiscation by imposing increasingly higher taxes upon gun owners. Similar to the idea that, if the government runs healthcare and continues to dictate rules and regulations to insurance companies, that law-abiding citizens would face increasingly greater premiums for the risk said to be associated with gun ownership. A risk which has not be statistically supported and, in fact, may be totally wrong in that armed communities experience less crime and violent attacks on its residents.

“As former FBI agent Brad Garrett has said, ‘The piece of information about the gun could have been critical. One of the problems is that the law sometimes restricts you in what you can do.’"

Hogwash!  Are we also going to force people to register before visiting a hardware or grocery store where one can find the materials to make deadly bombs? Will the purchasers of screws and ball bearings by the pound face similar registration. It is the person, not the weapon that is the problem. If the FBI were so concerned about Hassan, why did they not alert the military authorities about an American citizen with a security clearance who was talking to a hostile person in a foreign nation. Had the liberal democrats gotten their way, these conversations would have never been intercepted and the United States would have been placed under far greater risk.

“The Tiahrt amendments passed by Congress interfere with preserving, sharing and investigating data on gun purchases by terrorist suspects. If that weren't bad enough, Congress has also failed to close a gap in federal law that prevents the FBI from blocking a sale to an individual under investigation for terrorist activity.”

What world do these liberal democrats live in?

The reality is that the courts allow felony criminal activity involving weapons to be plea-bargained to lesser crimes to insure a high rate of convictions. Psychiatric facilities do not always report their patients to the authorities for purpose of denying them access to firearms. Yes, the system sometimes works, but the points of failure are growing increasingly large – especially in the days of liberal political correctness. The thought that registration procedures, be they for gun purchases, criminal activity or medical conditions which would preclude the ability to purchase a weapon are unrealistic and devoid of reason.

Liberal stupidity …

“The Bush administration asked Congress to authorize the FBI to block gun sales to terrorist suspects, to no avail. Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder reaffirmed the Obama administration's support for this legislation -- for good reason. A Government Accountability Office report published in June found that individuals on the terrorist watch list had purchased guns and explosives from licensed dealers in the United States on 865 occasions over the past five years. “

It makes little or no sense to spend multiple millions of dollars and inconvenience millions of law-abiding citizens to trap approximately 173 people per year who may be considers as terrorists and who have purchased weapons. Consider all terror suspects as being “armed and dangerous” and the problem is solved. Knowing that Hasan purchased a weapon does not make it more likely that the politically correct FBI would have notified the military in a timely matter. In fact, they probably would have ignored the threat and considered that Hasan, being exposed to potentially violent psychiatric patients, bought the weapon for home self-defense.

More liberal bullshit … 

The fatal lesson we learned on Sept. 11 was that, if we are going to protect innocent Americans from terrorists, we must break down the walls standing between federal agencies and effective investigative practices.”

Under Obama, our Justice Department seems more interested in conferring the rights of citizens on admitted terrorist and insuring that “their” civil rights are not breached. If anything, we have learned that the system apparently worked … the NSA (National Security Agency) provided the FBI with actionable intelligence. The fact that the FBI lacked the balls to escalate the threat and notify the military is a political issue. One not involving the access to more information, but acting on the intelligence they have developed.

A tragic reminder …

“The attack at Fort Hood was a tragic reminder that such walls still exist. Until Congress shows the political courage to tear them down, there will be more catastrophic breaches of national security and more tragic loss of life. If lawmakers fail to close gaps in the background check system and reform the Tiahrt amendments, the next terrorist shooting on American soil will be shocking, but it will not be surprising.”

No, this article serves as a tragic reminder that this government is hell-bent is disarming law-abiding citizens to remove their Constitutional right to own and bear arms – not for sporting purposes, not for hunting your own food, but as a protection against government tyranny. No wonder the liberal democrats are so eager to disarm Americans, especially when their policies involve the confiscation of land and wealth for redistribution to those who provide campaign financing or voter support to the politicians overseeing the process. The Fort Hood terrorist attack was totally placed at the feet of the FBI – people who had the intelligence but lacked the political will to take action. They were not stupid, they were complicit in allowing political correctness to destroy the effectiveness of their agency. Make no bones about it, the FBI agents and support staff are government bureaucrats, facing the same type of bureaucratic folderol and fear for their jobs as any other government worker. There are few heroes in government agencies when one must consider your personal welfare and the welfare of your family over actions to protect and defend the United States of America.

Bottom line …

We need to replace the corrupt and complacent politicians (mostly in the democrat party) who have brought us almost to the brink of disaster; the very same people who want to engage in wealth redistribution and other Marxist polices to ensure their political position in the years to come.

We need to move beyond thinking about more restrictive gun legislation and realize that crime control necessitates the enforcement of the laws already on the books. No more liberal mollycoddling of criminals or others who prey upon the citizens of the United States.

We need to encourage self-protection and self-defense. As a life member (Endowment Level) of the NRA, I suggest that everyone takes a gun course. For safety and as self-education about the rules and regulators for those who use or plan to purchase self-defense weapons.

And we need to get real:

there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim as long as their religion precludes the recognition and practice of other religions or demands that infidels (non-believers) submit or die.

that the death of the United States will come at the hands of political correctness, multi-cultureless and moral equivalency – viewing the United States as just another unexceptional member state of the United Nations.

and that the democrat party and “progressive” democrats have moved far beyond the party of John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to a malignant, activist group wanting to impose Marxist philosophies as they turn American towards European-style socialism.

We are at the crossroads, when we can see a clear and present danger from our self-serving, corrupt and complacent politicians. We need to vote all of them from office and replace them with our friends and neighbors who hold conservative values. If we don’t start in 2010 and complete the job in 2014 (for the remaining Senators), we may not recognize our homeland as it is taken over by foreign sovereign entitites. All welcomed by the politicians who seem to want to make the United States a non-nation.

-- steve

Reference sources …

Michael Bloomberg and Thomas Kean - FBI needs gun data to prevent terrorist attacks -

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