Sheer Thuggery

Believe it or not, I’m not a “gun nut.” I’m not a shill for the NRA (nor am I a member). I like guns, I enjoy shooting, but it isn’t a big part of my life anymore. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have strong feelings for the Second Amendment. In fact, I also have strong feelings for the First Amendment. So I find it ironic that after years of listening to folks on the other side of the political spectrum screaming about fascism and jack-booted thugs infringing their civil rights, the most concrete examples I can find are being perpetuated by the Democratic candidate for President.

The NRA has produced a series of four ads addressing Senator Obama’s record on the Second Amendment. Now, if the good Senator doesn’t agree, he’s free to rebut them in any forum he likes. Or just ignore them. Or move the conversation to another topic. But sending an army of lawyers to silence the ads by intimidating TV stations is hardly what I would call robust support for the First Amendment, the bedrock of our civil liberties. Is this the Change we have been waiting for?

And if that isn’t enough, now prosecutors and sherriffs in Missouri who support Obama are threatening to bring criminal libel charges against those who might criticize the junior Senator from Illinois. Is using the awesome power of the state to silence critics what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

All I can say is that if this is the new politics that Obama will bring to America, where is he importing them from? Venezuala or Russia?

H/T: Insty, with thanks to Patterico and Gateway Pundit

2 thoughts on “Sheer Thuggery”

  1. But they are doing this for you! Don’t you see? You don’t need guns, fast cars, money or freedom of speech….

    Groups on the left bemoaning democracy and fairness (in truth that was their main argument against talk radio and blogs) I fear for our country if this clown gets into office.

  2. I’m not the joining type, either. I never join professional organizations or political parties or whatever: The best I can claim is being a member of my church.

    But.

    The NRA convention is coming to town next year, and it’s worth $15 to me for a non-magazine membership to the NRA just to go to it. Plus the NRA has good rates on lawsuit liability insurance if I ever need to draw and shoot in defense of my life.

    But no way, no how am I putting one of their stickers on my car. Why advertise the fact that there may be a gun inside? I want the goblins to know I’m packing only when they see a muzzle flash.

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