Hillary Clinton Tamara Dietrich of the Newport News Daily Press pokes fun at gun owners who think Barack Obama is not a friend of gun owners.
A black man gets elected president and half the country dives for the panic room, buying up guns and squirreling away supplies like fatalists awaiting the End of Days. That’s an exaggeration, of course. Barack Obama is biracial, not black.
Lovely of Ms. Dietrich to bring up race in an article on guns, or for that matter, any other topic except … um … race. I know plenty of gun owners who fear new restrictions on their right to own or carry guns. I also know plenty of gunophobes who think guns are icky, can’t imagine why an sane person would want to own one, and would be delighted to see government take everyone else’s guns away. I do not know a single individual, however, who is in favor of having his guns taken away from a white guy, but opposed to having them taken away from a black guy. Do you? Does Dietrich? If not, what the hell point is there in bringing race up?
Further, even if race were a legitimate topic of discussion in this context, the notion that Obama’s white mother precludes him from being “black” is evidence that the infamous “one drop rule” never really went away, it just came full circle. In the days of Jim Crow, one drop of black blood meant you were black. Now, per Ms. Dietrich, one drop of white blood apparently means you can’t be. Query how many American blacks meet Ms. Dietrich’s definition of “black.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know why the average African-American has a lighter complexion than the average African-African. But I digress.
“Hee hee heeeee …” chortles “HG Robinson” in the very first post to reporter Peter Dujardin’s story last week on the local run on weaponry. “Clearly President Obama is looking to ban handguns and close loopholes in the law first chance he can. … You gun nuts better stock up now.”
First, Obama hasn’t said he wants to ban handguns.
His former colleague John Lott begs to differ on that, but just for grits and shins, let’s go Lambert on the guy and assume he’s lying. For all you or I know, maybe Obama never really did say he wanted to ban handguns. He did, however, write that he did, nodded when asked if he did, voted against the law stripping his home town and a few suburbs of their “right” to p
erosecute homeowners who use otherwise lawfully owned handguns in otherwise lawful self defense, refused to sign the Heller brief supporting a common-senes reading of the Second Amendment (or even the wishy-washy brief offered by the Bush Administration) and appointed Eric Holder, who had signed a different Heller brief advocating the “collective” (read: no) rights interpretation, a view too extreme even for the four dissenting Justices in that case. So pardon me when I refuse to take an ounce of solace from the fact that Obama supposedly never came out and said “I hereby want to ban handguns.” To the extent that actions speak louder than words, he screamed it.
And second, my own theory is that HG is a so-called gun nut, himself or herself, just priming the pump.
And mine is “nanny nanny boo boo, everything you say bounces off me and sticks to you.” Seriously, what the hell kind of argument was that supposed to be? Whether HG himself is or isn’t a “gun nut” is irrelevant to whether or not his statement is factually accurate.
I have similar suspicions about a poster who signs off as “Tyrone” (really? Not Denzel or Tyrell or Sambo?) and taunts that he will “break into your house and rape you” and “Nobody should have guns but us thugs!”
Sure enough, some dupe bites.
Either that, or one obvious Moby responds to another, and the real dupe is the author of this article and any reader who believes her:
“Bring it on Tyrone,” growls a “mr white,” “and you will be one DEAD African!!!!!”
“Mr white,” eh? Would that be this Mr. White? Obviously this is a staged argument between mobies, or possibly between a single Moby and himself, but sure enough, some dupe bites.
“People are concerned that they might not have the right to buy them later,” York County gun shop manager Bill Winfree said in Friday’s paper. “It’s an unknown, but they don’t want to get caught without it.”
His customers’ rationale is Obama’s position on guns, which Winfree defines as “he doesn’t want us to own any.”
Pardon my French, but au contraire. Obama has said he supports the Second Amendment
He also said he supports handgun bans, as long as they are disingenuously described as “gun-safety” laws.
(which specifies a “well-regulated” militia, by the way)
Which means what, exactly, by-the-way? And far from “specifying” what a well-regulated militia is, it merely mentions that one is necessary.
as well as “common sense” gun laws.
Well, then. Either he won’t try to take away our guns, or he will, but if he does, he promises to invoke “common sense” first. I feel better now.
He says he doesn’t approve of taking shotguns, rifles or handguns from law-abiding citizens.
Pardon my French, but vous êtes une idiote if you actually believe that.
He likely will, however, oppose military-style assault weapons and concealed weapons. I don’t happen to agree with his position on concealed weapons, but I’m not about to rush out and buy a Bushmaster because of it.
Let’s see. You have a guy who hails from a city that prohibits handgun ownership outright, lives in a city that until recently prohibited not only handgun ownership but possession of rifles or shotguns in any manner that could conceivably enable the homeowner to defend himself, and who has spoken out vociferously in favor of both cities’ “right” to pass such laws, while declining to drop so much as a hint that these laws are bad policy. From this we’re supposed to deduce that left to his own devices, Obama will ban ugly guns that look as though they were suited toward military use, and will also try to make it illegal for any American to use any weapon to protect himself outside the home, but won’t try to ban anything else. And we’re supposed to be OK with a law prohibiting us from protecting ourselves outside the home because what the hey, we weren’t supposed to leave home anyway.
No, it smells like something else is fueling the buying frenzy that happy gun shop owners say is bigger than Y2K. Bigger than 9/11. Bigger than Christmas.
And it smells a lot like oh-my-god-there’s-a-black-man-in-the-White-House.
Right, ‘cuz no one ever had a problem with a white guy who committed himself in writing to “the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns,” or who inspired his own state’s top gun lobbyist to say that “in all my years in the Capitol I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama.” Nope, couldn’t have anything to do with that, so let’s play the race card instead.
Simplistic? Pot calling the kettle.
Simplistic is beside the point. Try “completely and totally off-base.”
A reader named “CAT” posits the same — perhaps subconscious — motive:
“You folks fear that with a black (muslim, terrorist, socialist, whatever) guy in the White House, somehow, crime will increase and, more specifically, black criminals will become more emboldened.”
Now there’s a way to find evidence to support one’s position; ignore the facts, and find some other unnamed commenter who spews the same baseless crap that you do, and cite him/her/it as some kind of authority. There’s not a shred of evidence that any of the recent run on gun stores is inspired by Obama’s race, his chummy relationship with domestic terrorist (let alone equally baseless claims that he is one himself), his generally socialist outlook (not all socialists want to take away your guns), or “whatever” (whatever the hell that is supposed to refer to anyway).
So the wagons circle on slander and innuendo,
Help me out here. Is accusing Obama of wanting to ban handguns just because he said he doesn’t believe that people should be able to own guns and wrote that he supports banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns a slander, an innuendo, or both?
and gun shops across the country report record sales. One shop owner in Georgia, the AP says, even put up an “Obama sale” sign — then took it down after complaints that it looked more like incitement than enticement.
Either that, or because it was too little and too late. I much prefer the gun stores that ran pre- election signs above the garbage can reading “Voting for Obama? Save time. Deposit your guns here.”
For, don’t forget — Obama isn’t just a “black guy.” He’s a secret Muslim. An Arab. A pal of terrorists.
He isn’t a Muslim or an Arab, and is (or at least was) a pal of at least one non-Muslim, non-Arab terrorist, but WTF has any of this to do with his long history of antipathy toward gun owners?
So readers brim with helpful advice to buy “one gun a month … in Virginia, it’s the law!”
Well, FWIW it is the law. Virginia’s gun laws are pretty good overall, but their “gun of the month club” law could use some work. The good news is that if you hold a CHP the law doesn’t apply to you. In that case, don’t limit yourself to one a month; walk into your favorite gun store and walk out with as many guns as you can afford / convince your wife/husband/etc. to let you buy.
FYIs on a “decent sale on ammo” and mail-in rebates for gun purchases. Boasts about an elephant gun and threats to shoot whatever part of burglars “the Rottis don’t eat.”
Ah, yes, overheated rhetoric that never existed until a black guy (albeit one not black enough for Ms. Dietrich’s taste) came on the scene. All that “cold, dead hands” rhetoric you thought you remembered from years past? Never happened. In fact, there wasn’t even an NRA until about two years ago, in response to Obama’s candidacy. Prior to that, no black guy had a chance of becoming President, so why would anyone care about protecting their gun rights?
Good God, can just anybody get a job writing for a newspaper these days?
And nobody’s stocking up for a war, Ms. Dietrich, it’s more of a “get ’em while you can” thing. For instance, if a candidate with a track record of voting to ban bad hairstyles had just been elected, wouldn’t you be in line at Sally’s, filling the cart with mousse right now?