Today, I got home and saw the following video from Rachel Maddow. I'll do my best to dissect this amalgamation of Bravo Sierra, piece by piece and point by point.
0:00-2:12 / A whole bunch of flag-waving jingoist statism, capped off by Obama talking about heaven.
2:13-2:53 / President Obama supports the "assault weapons ban". Like we didn't know this. He supports banning damned near everything more powerful than a water pistol.
2:54-2:57 / "A ban on semi-automatic assault weapons"...there's no such thing as a semi-automatic "assault weapon". By definition, an "assault weapon" is capable of firing full-auto or burst-auto, and these are already heavily restricted...even though they weren't even mentioned in the AWB of 1994-2004.
2:58-3:55 / George Walker Bush is the mentally-retarded half-chimp spawn of Satan himself, but Rachel Maddow is going to show you that even a retarded ape of a Republican supports "common sense gun laws" that disarm only those who are willing to follow the law.
3:56-4:05 / The National Rifle Association can be bought with the public support of old rich old white guys who claim to give a damn about your gun rights, and they'll throw their support behind the campaign of said old rich white guys, because it's a win-win situation for everyone except those who actually understand the Second Amendment and support its intended purpose.
4:06-4:25 / The NRA didn't protest GWB's support for the Assault Weapons Ban, because they are a political entity that doesn't give a damn about your right to keep and bear arms. They want to sell memberships to their club, licenses to use their logo on "special edition" hunting gear, et cetera.
4:26-4:46 / American politicians are either stupid, or they simply lack the balls to speak out about what the Second Amendment is for because they think it may cost a few votes, or they won't discuss it because they do so much shit to the American public that someone might actually WANT to bust a few in their general direction.
4:45-5:05 / Rachel Maddow apparently doesn't know a damned thing about magazine capacity...or the speed at which a practiced individual can change a magazine. After the first round or two were fired, the crowd was moving, period. It's generally easier and less time-consuming to change a magazine, than it is to acquire and accurately hit a moving target, if you've practiced it. Without practice, it would take roughly about the same amount of time...two or three seconds.
5:06-5:25 / Because George W. Bush and Barrack H. Obama, as well as the majority of non-shooting Americans "agree to common sense regulation" of an activity they honestly know nothing about, it is somehow "radical" to support the obvious intent of the Second Amendment.
5:26-5:45 / Thank God! Our politicians haven't started using a random act of violence involving a gun, to institute more asinine gun regulations!
5:46-6:09 / People like me are "gun radicals", because we don't think that an insane arsonist's actions should be responsible for us needing a note from the local sheriff before we buy some matches...and likewise, we don't think there needs to be any restrictions on our right to own guns, because someone killed six people for reasons we don't quite understand yet.
6:10-7:03 / Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia "gets" the Second Amendment.
7:04-7:35 / Yes, there's a reason why I voted (again) for Congressman Dr. Ron Paul to represent my home district, TX-14 US.
7:36-7:43 / Our founding fathers must have been "radical", because they understood what is necessary to uphold the security of a FREE state. That's the key word in the Second Amendment...FREE. I cannot stress this enough. A man with a rifle is a citizen, a man without one is a subject. Even non-violence advocates such as Gandhi and the Dalai Lama understood/understand this.
7:44-7:53 / Alex Jones actually said something that makes sense...which surprises me, considering most of the rambling he spews. If I wanted to slam the guy in the way Maddow is trying to, I'm sure I could have found a better clip!
7:54-8:45 / Maddow actually says some shit that is factual, and makes sense. You can sense the sarcasm in her tone, and tell that she really doesn't like the facts she's stating!
8:46-9:04 / Again, I'm proud to call myself a "radical", because I'm apparently just as "radical" as Benjamin Franklin!
9:05-9:12 / Maddow makes the assumption that our entire military would gladly shoot the very people they are charged to protect, for exercising the rights guaranteed to these people under the constitution our military is sworn to uphold. Perhaps when the "Don't ask, Don't tell" thing is finally settled once and for all, she can ask one of the residents in her Gayborhood for a clue as to what the Oath of Enlistment says?
9:13-9:42 / Again, Ms. Maddow is apparently not up to speed on the usage of thermonuclear weapons. For the same reason that you don't use a hand grenade to take out an enemy in the same room you happen to be standing in, you don't use nukes near your own shit.
9:43-10:03 / You're damned right, that's what they're for!
10:04-10:34 / Congratulations, Ms. Maddow...I think you've finally grown a brain!
10:35-10:49 / Nope, nevermind. You were just kidding...
10:50-10:56 / Don't screw up, Rep. Broun! You've put yourself in a very bad position to do so!
10:57-11:13 / Up until 1934, a six year old could buy a machine gun via mail-order catalog...provided he had enough money, and was able to read well enough to fill out the order form. Today, America lives under the most oppressive anti-gun laws it has ever seen. Which time period would you consider to be safer for a child to grow up in?
11:14-13:14 / The only half-way relevant thing E. J. Dionne said in this part of his diatribe was this: "If the guys down the street are now tyrants, then you have to go all the way!".
13:15-13:25 / "It's very likely, fewer people would have gotten shot in Tuscon..." Yeah. Fewer people would have gotten shot with the first magazine. Do you know what people like my grandfather did, if they needed to carry 120 rounds during the war? They carried 15 magazines of ammunition. Today, a soldier needs only to carry FOUR magazines. I own an M1Garand, identical to the one my grandfather carried through Europe, as well as a semi-automatic version of the rifles our troops are currently using. It takes me about the same amount of time to change magazines in either weapon...which ain't much at all. It takes far less time to load the weapon, than it does to accurately hit your target, if you've had any practice at all. The only advantage my AR15 has over the M1 is that it has never given me "Garand Thumb"!
13:26-13:45 / They didn't do it because they lacked the testicular fortitude.
13:46-14:15 / No, it's not. Six people were killed. A congressional representative ended a day with a pair of holes in her head that weren't there when she woke up in the morning. Shit happens. We don't ban cars when people use them as murder weapons, why would we do the same with guns?
14:15-14:30 / Charles Schumer, one of the most useless tax-feeding statists to have ever been on the US payroll, is smart enough to roll strapped. It's the smart thing to do. Homicide by conventional means, such as getting a serious case of lead poisoning, is an occupational hazard of being a professional politician. Don't believe me? Ask the Kennedy brothers! Oh, wait. Nevermind...
14:31-14:57 / Really? It damned sure wasn't a cop that stopped Jared Lee Laughner. Or the UT Observation Tower sniper. Or any of the hundreds of thousands of other people who have been stopped by private citizen gun owners while attempting to commit violent crimes.
14:58-15:29 / The anti-gun crowd exists only to stir the "right/left" crowd, amongst people who don't understand the reason for having a Second Amendment. There haven't been any test cases, because they simply don't hold up in court. The Brady Campaign (formerly "Handgun Control, Inc."), the Violence Policy Center, et cetera have no rational reasoning behind their stupidity...and they know their idiotic ideas only serve to disarm law-abiding citizens. They gather support from idealists, which is why they go after people who support socialist programs and whatnot, because these people think that if they can just get enough people to play the game, everything will be rosey. The rest of us live in the real world, and we're not going to give up our guns because a bunch of idiots got played by politicians who promise them a safer, better tomorrow.
On that note, thank God it's over. There's only so much Maddow I can handle in one sitting!