Sure sounds motivating.
2016 is only a little ways down the road. Testing the waters, it would seem.
Sure sounds motivating.
2016 is only a little ways down the road. Testing the waters, it would seem.
Remember Fearless Distributing, the ATF’s plan to create crime in Milwaukee? Or the score of other crime-creating ATF programs in the last year or so? Apparently just like the ATF’s Gunwalker Operations like Fast and Furious and Castaway, they’re just going to go ahead and never answer any congressional inquiries and simply expect to never be held accountable.
Rep. Darrell Issa has subpoenaed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for information about what he calls a “dangerously mismanaged” program, which originally was launched to get crime guns off the street.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Issa chairs, has been looking into complaints about the program for months. Under the operation, ATF agents set up storefronts in multiple cities to try and entice criminals to sell their crime guns, unwittingly, to the government so they could be traced. But their tactics and missteps, including using mentally disabled people, drew criticism.
Issa, R-Calif., claimed this week that the ATF has stonewalled him by withholding documents and shown a “complete lack of cooperation.”
“I have no choice today but to issue the enclosed subpoena,” he wrote to ATF Director B. Todd Jones. “… The time for hollow promises is over.”
Yup, now is the time for coverup and the media to carry the Obama administration’s water. For those who say FOX is a conservative news outlet, it’s worth reading how this story is written when it comes to the ATF’s actions.
Under the operation, ATF agents set up storefronts in multiple cities to try and entice criminals to sell their crime guns, unwittingly, to the government so they could be traced. But their tactics and missteps, including using mentally disabled people, drew criticism.
If you’re not familiar with it, read the Journal-Sentinel article. There aren’t “missteps” that drew criticism. The entire operation is based around the premise of creating crime in order to say they fought crime.
Details on problems with the program first emerged last January, when The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on missteps in Milwaukee under the program known as Operation Fearless. In that operation, thousands of dollars in merchandise, as well as several guns, were reportedly stolen from ATF agents.
Again, “missteps”, like this was Chevrolet launching a car with wipers that didn’t work.
Details of other similar operations in other cities later emerged, including claims that one operation was located across the street from a middle school. House committees are now investigating, on the heels of the controversy over the botched anti-gun trafficking Operation Fast and Furious.
And here we get to a big one, and a whopper that somehow exists across the media. Operation Fast and Furious was not botched. It did just what it set out to do. It armed the cartels, got guns to the cartels, blamed American gun stores, and got people killed… and when F&F guns were found at murder scenes, ATF supervisers were practically “giddy” (in the words of whistleblower John Dodson).
There was no “botched” about it. Fast and Furious worked as intended – just the intentions are so insane that people refuse to accept it for what it was.
When congress began questioning whodunnit, the local ATF guys like Bill Newell gave non-answers, the higher-ups gave no answers, and the paper trail consisted of the DOJ issuing redacted blacked-out non-documents to congress while shredding the real thing:
The FOX story continues, but with watered-down treatment again:
ATF agents, though, have defended the storefront program, saying lawmakers overstate the problem.
“Putting this into context, there were deficiencies with the storefront operations, but there have been many successes and it still remains a viable technique when managed well,” ATF Deputy Director Tom Brandon told lawmakers recently.
The operation in Milwaukee, despite its flaws, resulted in dozens of arrests.
“There were deficiencies?” The ATF defends it, despite it being a crime-creating program, because people will report it without asking why, and without simply restating what it did and how it did it.
Dozens of arrests are meaningless as a statistic against crime, and dozens of arrests when a fedgov agency is off creating crime being used as a defense is horrible.
It’d be like if the Army said of the My Lai Massacre, “Putting this into context, there were missteps, but we got a body count of 347 probable enemy, so it still remains a viable technique”.
Again, keep in mind this is FOX that’s writing the bland media line about what the ATF did. Other outlets simply don’t report it at all.
The only reason this stuff has continued is because the press refuses to do their job. And the few hard-nosed real reporters left are left hung out to dry for doing their jobs.
Keep in mind as you read this that New Jersey already has laws mandating computer-controlled guns be the only thing on the market in three years, even though everything about the concept of a “smart” gun is faulty.
Now there’s a tech firm called Global Digital Solutions, Inc. that’s come out of nowhere to try to buy all the American gun industry up in order to control it and force RFID chipped, RFID controlled gun control on the US. They’re starting with an unsolicited bid on Remington Outdoors/Freedom Group, which comprises numerous individual firearms manufacturers beyond just Remington.
Update 4: The Outdoor Wire reports that Remington thinks of this as a big PR stunt:
Remington Acquisition Announcement: Giant PR Stunt?
Executives with Remington Outdoor Company have described yesterday’s late afternoon announcement of plans by by Global Digital Solutions, Inc (OTC-QB:GDSI) to acquire Remington as “attention seeking in it’s worst form”. Officials at Remington say they will be addressing Global’s PR NewsWire announcement of their planned all-cash acquisition of Remington of nearly $1.1 Billion. The Outdoor Wire Digital Network will have the full story as it develops.
Whether it’s a big PR stunt to generate interest and capital from anti-gun-rights proponents who favor and have discussed this sort of thing before, or whether it’s just a cheap pump & dump of the stock, either way Remington doesn’t seem to take it seriously. Unless there’s an announcement from Remington that they’re going sell this afternoon once all their big investors cash out.
But on the other hand, it looks like GDSI did buy Airtronic a year or so ago, who makes M203s for the US military.
If/when Remington puts out an official announcement, I might be adding a tin foil tag to this story. Anyhow, the rest of the original story as follows:
The announcement on the acquisition attempt, written in corporatese, from CNN Money:
PALM BEACH, Fla., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (OTC-QB: GDSI), a company that is positioning itself as a leader in providing cyber arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas, today filed a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) providing information regarding three proposed transactions, including an unsolicited letter of intent to acquire Remington Outdoor Company, Inc., also known as Freedom Group, Inc. (“Freedom”). GDSI has made an unsolicited offer to purchase freedom for $1.082 billion in cash. Freedom has estimated that its net sales for 2013 will be in the range of $1.250 billion to $1.275 billion and that its adjusted EBITDA will be in the range of $235 million to $240 million. The Form 8-K may be accessed at www.sec.gov or on GDSI’s website at www.gdsi.co.
Richard J. Sullivan, GDSI’s Chairman and CEO, offered several reasons for optimism regarding the proposed acquisitions discussed in the Form 8-K filing and the company’s overall strategy for profitable growth going forward:
“The GDSI team is extremely excited and confident about all three of these proposed acquisitions. There are powerful synergies between Freedom and the two other companies that will fuel our future growth along with the transformation of the cyber arms industry. Cyber-based technologies, coupled with enhanced digital product development and distribution, will be key factors in achieving results that could match – and probably even exceed – what we were able to produce at Digital Angel Corp and Applied Digital Solutions (“Applied”). At Applied, we saw our market capitalization reach $2.5 billion, roughly five times revenue and nearly 25 times EBITDA.
What’s that gibberish actually mean? It means somebody with a lot of money and influence is going to try to buy out major manufacturers and force so-called “smart guns” on the American public – that is guns that are activated or deactivated by digital control, whether you want them or not. Read on…
From GDSI’s website:
They’re just going to buy things up – starting with Remington/Freedom Group, put RFID and control chips in guns, have them mandated by politicians, and then achieve gun control their way. There is no customer demand for this. The gun community does not want this.
A radio-controlled gun that is only enabled by an implated RFID chip, and one that can be disabled by someone with a jammer, is not something that anyone in the gun community wants.
The only people who want this are anti-gun politicians and anti-gun activists. And in this case, anti-gun businessmen willing to play crony to anti-gun, anti-citizen, anti-rights forces.
From GDSI’s own website:
Personalized Gun Control –
Global Digital Solutions Announces GDSI Gatekeeper, A Revolutionary Suite of Technology-Enhanced Services That Offer Digital, Web-Based, Small Arms Safety and Security Solutions for Commercial and Military-Related Markets
PALM BEACH, Fla., January 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -
- Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (GDSI), a company that is positioning itself as a leader in providing cyber arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas, today announced GDSI Gatekeeper, a revolutionary suite of technology-enhanced services that offer personalized, digital small arms safety and security solutions in commercial and military-related markets.
GDSI Gatekeeper, which combines advanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology with web-based wireless capabilities, will provide commercial and military customers with three essential safety and security benefits:
• Encrypted, password-protected, digital, trigger-locking capability;
• Secure, real-time online tracking; and
• Encrypted, cloud-enabled databases.
“We’re extremely excited about the potential for GDSI Gatekeeper,” said GDSI’s President and CEO Richard J. Sullivan. “This revolutionary suite of services represents a real breakthrough by leveraging the power of web-based, digital technology to enhance safety and security in the small arms arena, both in the commercial and military sectors. We think of it as personalized gun control and we believe the accessible worldwide market represents a multibillion dollar opportunity for GDSI.”
What’s all that mean? Again, it means RFID-chipped “smart guns” controlled by (or overridden by) computers. Control is their market.
According to recent reports from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), an annual average of nearly 3.5 million firearms were manufactured in the United States over the past eight years. GDSI Gatekeeper’s encrypted digital locking device could be easily retrofitted into existing firearms or it could be included in the manufacturing process itself.
And why would existing firearms need a system that’s ultimately one more piece of technology that could go wrong? They wouldn’t. But with such “smart” guns on the market, like New Jersey’s law already shows, they could be mandated. And the process could be mandated for every existing company, especially if one major company controls enough of the market to say “it’s common”. It wouldn’t take much to say it’s a “safety feature” that has to be implemented.
“Results like these truly represent the baseline of our expectations going forward. As discussed previously, we plan to follow a similar acquisition strategy to the one we successfully pursued at Applied. Under my leadership at Applied, the GDSI team successfully executed a private-to-public company roll-up totaling some 42 acquisitions and growing annual revenue from $1 million to $350 million over five years.
“This model, which takes advantage of market trends, technological advances and industry consolidations to fuel profitable growth, presents a value proposition that is perfectly suited to the military armament industry, an industry that is heavily fragmented and evolving rapidly toward a RFID/WiFi-enabled technology platform. In this dynamic environment, we see enormous opportunity to consolidate this market with a program of targeted acquisitions, including the proposed Freedom transaction. Technological convergence is the future in the cyber/smart arms arena and we’re eager to leverage our proven history of success by helping Freedom and others navigate the transition from analog to digital.
Translation: They’re buying Freedom Group and Remington in order to change the marketplace.
They’re going to force “smart” guns on you whether you like it or not. “Technological convergence is the future” means they are going to try to make RFID-chipped guns and gun control happen.
That’s some impressive lip service in the middle of a company advertising human-implanted RFID chips and gun control as their main product and goal. They’ll just make it so to be law-abiding, you have to buy their product.
And this is no small part of both the plan and goal:
The company is confident that its Gatekeeper suite of advanced technology solutions will be successful because the team behind its development has a proven track record of impressive results while leading Applied Digital Solutions and Digital Angel Corporation, including:
- The first-ever FDA-approved, human-Implantable RFID tags that continue to be used by several foreign militaries;
- The first proof-of-concept implanted GPS-wireless tracking device which was successfully implanted in a sheep in 2002;
- The first-of-their-kind GPS-wireless tracking devices still sold to and used by probation and corrections offices around the country.
- In addition, Applied Digital Solutions was the subject of two Harvard Business School case studies that are still being used in the curriculum. The first followed the company’s efforts to build a marketing plan for its Digital Angel GPS/wireless personal security device. The second study followed the successful merger of Digital Angel Corporation and Outerlink Corporation.
About Global Digital Solutions, Inc.
Global Digital Solutions is positioning itself as a leader in providing cyber arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas.
You want to use your gun? Enjoy putting an RFID chip in yourself. And guess what – your gun and your movements will be tracked.
Another question – where’s a company with a stock that’s trading under a dollar coming up with the capital to buy Freedom Group and the dozen other gun companies they have as new targets on their website?
Update: One more question for anyone who can decipher it. I can read a lot of legalese and corporatese, and I’ve got my suspicions, but what the heck is: “culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas”? The way I read that is “company can give lip service to rural populations”.
Update 2: Keep in mind once again that New Jersey has already implemented a law that demands computer-controlled firearms. Keep in mind as well that the same kind of mandates NJ already pushed and that GDSI wishes to foster in the market is the same kind of simultaneous gun control & corporate scam as mandating magazine disconnects and microstamping.
Update 3: The Firearm Blog just picked this story up, complete with non-political commentary, as they are a site about guns, not politics.
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It’s a reverse of the Pushkin poem.
«Всё моё», — сказало злато;
«Всё моё», — сказал булат.
«Всё куплю», — сказало злато;
«Всё возьму», — сказал булат.
“All is mine,” said gold.
“All is mine,” said sword.
“I’ll buy everything,” said gold.
“I’ll take everything,” said sword.
This time gold is buying the swords and taking everything.
The last few weeks and months have been rough in Ukraine, to make a gross understatement.
But one thing it has shown the world is that an unresponsive government doesn’t have to care about citizens who can bring no force to bear on that government. Ultimately, an armed populace is one that governments have to respect; and in a nation where the people are armed, governments are more responsive as they can be changed by force… and by having mutual respect, are much less likely to have to be changed by force.
From Katie Pavlich:
The Ukrainian Gun Owners Association has released a statement saying, “Today every citizen of Ukraine understands why our country has hundreds of thousands of policemen. Last illusions were crushed when riot police used rubber batons and boots at the Independence Square on peaceful citizens. After such actions we realize that it is not enough to only adopt the Gun Law. As of today Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms. People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in written into the Constitution. Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people! Armed people are treated with respect“
And they’re correct.
The proposed Ukrainian gun rights amendment is thus:
Amend Article 27, paragraph four as follows:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of owning a firearm to protect their life and health, housing and property, life and health of other people’s constitutional rights and freedoms in the case of usurpation of power , the encroachments on the constitutional order , sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine . Exercising the right to free possession of firearms is governed by applicable law and may be limited only by the court on the individual. “
Frankly, I think that’s still worded as to be very, very restrictive, but it’s still an improvement, and shows an understanding that governments are a threat. Given Ukraine’s history and the Holodomor, one would think they’d already understand that free, armed men aren’t oppressed as much.
To quote fellow USSR oppression victim Solzhenitsyn:
What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, polkers, or whatever else was at hand?
And what would it be like if the men being arrested were armed, if it didn’t take a half dozen people with axes and hammers, but the one victim with a firearm? And if every single victim of the state were armed?
HotAir has this post today on the Armatix iP1, a pistol which is wholly unsuitable for defense against anything other than paraplegic squirrels. It’s another twist on the idea of the so-called “smart gun” that only allows a user wearing an RFID-chipped watch to fire it. I’ll elaborate on its uselessness later, but first, I’d like to discuss the magazine disconnect.
The magazine disconnect is a
bug feature, primarily in handguns, that disables a firearm when the magazine is removed. It will also disable a firearm if the magazine isn’t properly seated and the mechanism isn’t engaged.
The supposed benefit to this is that if a police officer is fighting a suspect, the officer can take the magazine out, rendering the gun inert. That it renders the officer’s gun inert for the officer is never considered… or that simply jarring the magazine slightly loose will also disable it is never considered. For the citizen, the supposed benefit is… for the children or something.
For a citizen carrying a pistol for self-defense (or for law enforcement), there is a need for a firearm to work the first time every time. And it simply adds one more thing to go wrong that wasn’t there before. If a magazine doesn’t seat right, rather than have one round fired and the need for immediate action to “tap rack bang” and get the gun working, it simply means there is no first shot. That lack of a first shot means the immediate threat that’s caused the defender to draw is going to overwhelm them.
I can’t think of any law enforcement agencies that carry pistols with a magazine disconnect, though examples where the magazine disconnect is rejected are quite frequent.
It makes a tactical reload more dangerous, because rather than changing one magazine for another with a pistol still carrying one round… it means reloads are changing one magazine for another with a pistol that’s been turned into a brick for the time being. And if you don’t seat that reload properly, your pistol is still bricked. If for whatever reason your pistol magazine well (the place the magazine goes, for you non-gun folks), has become dirty, whether because you’re rolling across the ground of a Christmas tree lot or if it’s just filled with pocket lint, you’ve rendered your gun inert.
Magazine disconnects objectively make guns more dangerous by making them less reliable. The push for “smart” guns is like saying knives should be made safer by making them dull – folks who work with knives know it’s a dull knife that’s unreliable that causes injuries. To the uninformed or to a vapid idiot, a dull knife seems less dangerous. Magazine disconnects also make guns more dangerous by allowing casual users to rely on the disconnect, thinking that a firearm with no magazine is “safe” without checking the actual chamber.
Magazine disconnects, however, are not called magazine disconnects by the state of California. They’re called magazine “safeties” and are mandatory.
Which brings us to the Armatix iP1, as introduced in the Washington Post as the “iPhone of guns”.
One of California’s largest firearm stores recently added a peculiar new gun to its shelves. It requires an accessory: a black waterproof watch.
The watch’s primary purpose is not to provide accurate time, though it does. The watch makes the gun think. Electronic chips inside the gun and the watch communicate with each other. If the watch is within close reach of the gun, a light on the grip turns green. Fire away. No watch means no green light. The gun becomes a paperweight.
A dream of gun-control advocates for decades, the Armatix iP1 is the country’s first smart gun. Its introduction is seen as a landmark in efforts to reduce gun violence, suicides and accidental shootings. Proponents compare smart guns to automobile air bags — a transformative add-on that gun owners will demand. But gun rights advocates are already balking, wondering what happens if the technology fails just as an intruder breaks in.
A bug has been added in the name of “safety”. Magazine not in? Gun won’t work. Not wearing your magic watch? Gun won’t work. Magic watch battery dies? Gun won’t work.
Criminal identifies your magic watch arm and knows how to disarm you? Gun can’t help. Don’t wear your magic watch because it looks stupid and has to go on the wrong wrist? Gun won’t work. Get hassled by police who see you with a gun-watch? Gun brings you problems.
If your kid can find your magic gun, he can also find the magic watch. If you’re going to off yourself with your own gun, you can find your magic watch.
James Mitchell, the “extremely pro-gun” owner of the Oak Tree Gun Club, north of Los Angeles, isn’t one of the skeptics. His club’s firearms shop is the only outlet in the country selling the iP1. “It could revolutionize the gun industry,” Mitchell declared.
When someone has to go out and say they’re “extremely pro-gun”, and yet they’re introducing a product that makes lawmakers salivate at rights they can now legislate away… I suspect this guy’s another Jeremy Alcede.
Lawmakers around the country have been intrigued by the possibilities. New Jersey passed a hotly contested law in 2002 requiring that only smart guns be sold in the state within three years of a smart gun being sold anywhere in the country. A similar measure made it through the California Senate last year, and at the federal level, Rep. John F. Tierney(D-Mass.) also has introduced a mandate.
Looks like James Mitchell’s “extremely pro-gun” stance has just led to New Jersey laws activating in 2017 that will ban all gun sales except for a glitchy .22 pistol.
Smart guns, advocates say, will have huge appeal to buyers. “If you have two cars, and one has an air bag and one doesn’t, are you going to buy the one without the air bag?” said Belinda Padilla, president of Armatix’s U.S. operation. “It’s your choice, but why would you do that?”
Belinda Padilla is an opportunist and clearly an idiot when it comes to both gun rights and self-defense, but she sure knows how to be a crony and make something that will appeal to government, who will mandate her product.
A better example would be “if you have two cars, and one has a starter that requires a digital signature from the powered-RFID key where if the battery goes dead in the key, you’ll be left stranded and unable to drive; and you have a car that runs on a mechanical key, are you going to drive the one with the glitchy system that will fail you and leave you stranded?”
I’ve only been stranded by a mechanical key… never. But I’ve been stranded a handful of times due to dying batteries on RFID-only keys. If I’d needed the car to start right then and there… or even needed the doors to unlock right then and there, I’d’ve been screwed.
It’s one thing to have something go wrong with a machine, it’s another to have failure specifically engineered into the machine.
Teret and others point to now-commonplace safety enhancements that Americans were skeptical about at first: air bags and smoke detectors. “They thought the air bag would kill them,” said Teret, who did early work on air-bag technology. “They thought it would shove them out the back window, that it would explode. It takes awhile to dispel these mythologies.”
Comparing it to airbags actually may be more accurate than they think. Airbags deploy violently and injure people in minor accidents, and occasionally deploy because of damaged or faultly sensors, or due to jarring on rough roads. Airbags require holding steering wheels differently in order to avoid being crippled by them. I’ve personally been injured by an airbag, and have had a handful of coworkers injured by airbags that deployed spontaneously due to any number of electrical glitches or faulty sensors.
For people who drive on rough roads in rural areas, an airbag can be a huge liability, because cars may not know the difference between a bounce on a rock or an impact.
And also, Airbags Kill More Kids Than School Shootings:
Life with airbags has turned out very differently from the one promised by Joan Claybrook back in 1977. That’s when she told Congress that those friendly balloons in every car would pillow away 40 percent of crash deaths each year.
Last year, Dwight Childs, 29, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, screwed up. He ran a red light, resulting in a 10-mph crash. It was exactly the sort of mistake airbag supporters have always said, “you shouldn’t have to die for.” Childs’s two-month-old son, Jacob Andrew, strapped into a rear-facing child seat on the passenger side of a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup, was killed by the airbag, and Childs himself was charged with vehicular homicide.
The man’s crime? He didn’t switch off the airbag.
Judge Kenneth Spanagel piled on the punishment: 180 days in jail, suspended except for two cruel and unusual days; Childs must check in to jail on Jacob’s first birthday and on the first anniversary of the crash. Childs was ordered to make radio and TV ads about airbag safety for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. He was also placed on probation for three years, his license was suspended, and he had to pay $500 in fines and court costs.
I’ll boil it down for you. First, government forced this man to buy airbags, because bureaucrats in Washington know better than he what’s needed for his well-being. Then, when he failed to deactivate the safety feature he was compelled to buy, it sent him to jail. Airbags have turned America’s sense of justice on its head.
That government force is a big part of this story. From the Silicon Valley elitist do-gooder who came up with the prize for bringing a “smart” gun to the market:
Conway, out in Silicon Valley, said: “You let the free enterprise system take over. Just like everyone opted into the iPhone and abandoned the flip phone and BlackBerry, consumers will vote with their feet. We want gun owners to feel like they are dinosaurs if they aren’t using smart guns.”
Except New Jersey already passed a mandate. Other legislatures will follow. Gun ban groups have been pushing this nonsense for years, as more guns can be banned because they can point to the bug-as-a-feature Armatix as a “success” that means everything else can go away. The same has already been done with magazine disconnects. The same has also been done with loaded-chamber indicators (which don’t interfere with function as much, but do make for a false sense of security, and do establish new banning criteria on all guns that don’t have them).
The objective is the same as the microstamping scam – ban guns by mandating technology that’s onerous, dangerous, and eliminates most of the market.
The same style of government force objectives are pushed in the automotive world through CAFE standards. Statist knows-what’s-best-for-you government doesn’t like certain cars, so they require automakers to not make them by putting restrictions on them that can’t be met. Same government force used to mandate the use of nonexistent fuels.
One final note – police and law enforcement won’t have these in their guns. Ever.
Car thieves disable and manipulate RFID systems with computers in order to steal cars. Any criminal with forethought could disable police firearms.
Or, in another scary thought, any government with a broadcaster could be disabling citizen firearms. Makes confiscation needless if a gov agency can just brick a gun with the click of a mouse.
Ashland, Oregon was working on some local firearms ordinances, and a concerned citizen from Citizens For A Really Safe Ashland had this modest proposal to add:
Audio’s a bit choppy, but it’s worth it.
Very sharp, from Kim Strassel at WSJ:
And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.
God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, and then go to Washington and claim that this particular type of hard work is somehow unique in America and ought to be underwritten by the rest of the nation. I need a willing audience for that plea—a group clever enough and self-serving enough to see the electoral profit of standing for Carhartts, wheat fields and John Deere tractors.” So God made a Congress.
He said, “I need somebody in that Congress savvy enough to realize that farming means food, and food means nutrition, and nutrition means good things to voters, so farming means food stamps. Somebody to call to make that assistance bigger and forever, tame howls over soaring deficits, and plant the seeds of perpetual votes. Somebody to threaten to label anybody pushing for reform as rich, cruel and downright hateful of happy, cornfed children playing in hay lofts—and mean it.” So God made a Democratic Party.
God said, “I need somebody willing to spend five long years complaining about overspending, big government and special-interest giveaways. And get up and vote for $1 trillion in overspending, bigger government and special-interest giveaways—in the name of farmers. Then—when reminded of his reform promises—dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody to fret about drought, wax about food security, and muse (in private) that heedless government shutdowns really do have consequences. Including pressuring parties to prove they can accomplish something by voting for 949-page spending extravaganzas that nobody has bothered to read. Somebody willing to put in 40 hours spinning excuses for abandoning his principles and then, pained from the camera lights, put in 70 hours more.” So God made Republicans.
God had to have Democrats and Republicans willing to cast aside their differences in the name of handouts, and bale a legislative vehicle together with the strong bonds of self-interest. A vehicle that would combine food stamps and farm pork and thereby guarantee a coalition so powerful that it could mow over procedural ruts, race ahead of political rain and hogtie pesky opponents. A vehicle so unstoppable that its creators would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when the reformers vowed change: “Good luck, suckers.” So God made a farm bill.
God said: “I need somebody mighty enough to divert money to those who need it least, yet sneaky enough to do it behind closed doors. I need somebody to wheedle, deal, logroll, beg, trade, and cajole subsidy checks for corporate agribusiness, sushi rice, catfish, Christmas-tree promotion boards, biorefineries and at least 15 sitting members of Congress. Somebody to make sure there are no caps on subsidies and no asset tests for food stamps. Somebody in a nice suit. Somebody who has never been on a farm.” So God made lobbyists.
He said, “I need somebody or something to help patriotic Americans forget that 80% of that ‘farm’ bill is going to welfare, and most of the rest to sugar barons and cotton kings who vacation in Mallorca. Somebody or something to ensure people don’t get to wondering why it is we have a ‘farm’ bill when we don’t have a ‘laptop’ bill, or a ‘vampire-novel’ bill or a ‘swing-set’ bill in this free-market economy that Americans supposedly prize. Somebody or something who will so inspire the public with homespun images of clapboard churches and cows, leathery men holding rope, sheepdogs, plaid shirts, cowboy hats, and American flags that folks will entirely fail to realize that the people pictured—the hardworking souls tilling the back 40—are these days the last to see a dime of farm-bill money.” So God made Ram pickup trucks and Super Bowl commercials.
Finally, God looked down on all he’d created and He said: “Now I need somebody who really will work hard. Somebody who’ll get up day in and day out to plow through traffic to work, come home to help the kids and make the dinner and do the laundry, and struggle with the bills, and get up to do it all over again.
“Somebody who will limit himself to dreaming about that Ram pickup truck he can’t afford—because the IRS bill is due, and because the government-inflated cost of groceries and gas sure do make things tight, and because his own small business, which he built with his own sweat, doesn’t qualify for any handouts. I need somebody to spend his life paying for this week’s farm extravaganza, somebody who Congress made sure had no damn choice in the matter.”
So God made a taxpayer.
Well, I wanted to post just a couple paragraphs and say “read it all here” (and with comments), but linking to it from WordPress sends you to WSJ’s paywall, when this one’s a free-view article meant to pull in subscribers, and is free-view when found from other locations.
It’s already circled around various places, but was written by Kim Strassel at WSJ, as noted here and above.