Well, Rosie O'Donnell was on the Today show this morning and once
again we're treating a load of Rosie O'Donnell bullshit that we've all
come to know and love. You just have to ask yourself, does she actually
believe all the nonsense that spews out of her mouth like a fractured
sewage pipe, or does she deliberately lie through her teeth?
The whole issue began, apparently, when it was discovered that her
child's bodyguard had applied for a permit to carry a handgun. People
accused her of being a hypocrite and it seems the Connecticut police
searched her bodyguard outside of the child's daycare center, looking for
a gun but not finding one. Of course she blamed this on the gun lobby,
because we all know that the NRA is a shadowy front for the government
(especially in gun-loving New England... heh).
She then launched right into the usual anti-gun rhetoric. "Guns are
completely unregulated," she exclaims, and yet here I sit, staring at a
330 page book that covers only Federal gun laws, not state, city or
local ordinances. Unregulated? I don't think so! She then says that
guns can hold as many clips as the makers want. She actually said that!
What the hell does that mean? How many guns do you know of that hold more
than one magazine?
From there, we enter her licensing and registration schemes. "We
don't want to take anyone's guns away," she promises. This, keep in mind,
is the same woman who said on her show, "I honestly think - and I am
not an expert on the amendments - I think the only people in this nation
who should be allowed to own guns are police officers. I don't care if you
want to hunt, I don't care if you think it's your right. I say 'sorry'. It
is 1999, we have had enough as a nation. You are not allowed to own a gun
and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison."
Don't want to take them away, huh? Don't buy it. Rosie still wants
to disarm America, but she's been taken aside by Sarah Brady, Hillary
Clinton, and the organizers of the Million Mom March and had it
explained to her that you can catch more flies with honey than with
vinegar. They all have the exact same rhetoric of "13 children killed
each day" (notice how it went up from their often repeated number of 12
even though murder rates are falling?), they don't want to take guns
away, and licenses and registration will promote "safety". Safety?
Barely over 1,000 people each year are killed in firearm accidents.
Less than 150 of them are age 14 or younger. Over 95% of gun deaths
are caused by deliberate and intentional actions. Why in the world
would anyone believe for an instant that licenses and registration will
make even a dent in the numbers of gun murders and suicides? What
criminal is going to register his illegal gun? How are licenses going
to prevent black market gun purchases? Do you think anyone willing to
commit murder is going to worry about a pesky law requiring gun
Rosie O'Donnell, do you know why cars are registered? So the
government can levy property tax against them. Do you know why drivers
are licensed? Because even with all that licensing and driver's
education, over 40,000 people are killed each year (43,649 in 1996) in
motor vehicle accidents. Compare that to the 1,134 killed in firearm
accidents in the same year... that's a ratio of 38.5 to 1. Car accidents
kill almost 40 times as many people as gun accidents. While I strongly
support gun education, those numbers aren't even on the same page. Any
comparisons between them are ludicrous.
What does it all mean? This has nothing to do with the prevention of
accidents. Do we honestly expect Rosie and her compatriots to simply
stop their crusade after registration and licensing accomplish nothing at
all? The "13 children a day" aren't killed in accidents... I can't
even tell where that number comes from. The CDC's National Center for
Health Statistics groups their numbers in the age ranges of "5-14" (605
gun deaths a year) and "15-24" (6,766 gun deaths a year). How old are the
children included in this "13 a day"? Why aren't we hearing about them
on the evening news? Every time a child is shot they plaster it all
over the 6 and 11 o'clock news. I don't hear 13 child-murder stories a
night. And mind you, these are the same news agencies that just love to
give press to Handgun Control Inc. and lob softball questions at Bill
Clinton while vilifying anyone who every touched a gun in their life.
Maybe because if they were reported, we'd discover that these "children"
are in reality 18, 19, and 20 years old, as well as being violent
criminals and gang members themselves.
And, of course, Rosie can't end the interview without spreading the
biggest and favorite myth of her and her friends: "The Supreme Court has
continually upheld that the Second Amendment applies to a well-regulated
militia, not individuals". Well, if it's continually, then you
shouldn't have any trouble telling us the exact court cases involved,
should you, Rosie? I'd sure love to hear what they were and the
decisions that were made. Because I've looked, Rosie, and those decisions
that you quote don't exist. I mean, come on, it's not a hard thing to
point to case and read the decision. These cases are part of public
record. If they say what Rosie claims, why haven't we heard them? Why
aren't they plastered all over Handgun Control Inc.'s website? Why isn't
Rosie O'Donnell quoting them in her television interviews? Maybe it's
because they don't exist? Maybe it's because the militia is in
fact comprised of private citizens, as defined in U.S. Code Title 10
The whole reason I write these long articles is not to win an
argument, but to inform and educate anyone who happens to read them.
While gun control advocates throw out numbers, I probe into the
actual government provided statistics. While they "summarize" laws and
court decisions, I read the exact texts of both. What I'm saying is that
the truth is not hidden. Any person willing to do their own research on
the subject will find out on their own that gun control is made palatable
to public consumption by a swirl of lies and misleading statements.
Unfortunately, most people would rather listen to a 10 second soundbite
than investigate the truth.