Obama, ironing

From December 14, world media was saturated with images and comment on the latest mass slaying by a young American male armed with cheap, easily and legally available firearms. These arms increasingly include high powered infantry war-theatre weapons such as US-made M16 and Russian AK47 Kalashnikovs, Heckler & Koch HK416 and 417 assault rifles, the Iraq-made Tabuk sniper rifle, Israeli Uzi submachine guns, and a large range of similar 5.56mm and 7.62mm calibre weapons with a killer firing range of 1 kilometre or more. In the US, sales of these arms always leap after each designer killing but Barack Obama shed a couple of tears on primetime TV concerning the Newtown outrage.

Overseas however, the USA’s dirty drone war grinds on, killing every day – with child deaths a prime “collateral damage”. Obama does not weep about this on primetime. TV talking heads are not too loquacious about these “extrajudicial killings”.

Members of the US Congress convened in Washington on Thursday 13 December to discuss the United States’ ongoing extrajudicial slayings of Americans and foreigners overseas using drones. On Capitol Hill, Republican Dennis Kucinich led a House Judiciary Committee panel discussion that demanded more transparency from president Obama on how his administration decides and carries out the targeted killing of suspected terrorists using drone aircraft, an increasing tactic in America’s war on terror. The death toll is of course secret, but estimates are of hundreds, possibly thousands of persons including large numbers of civilians, including women, children, and US civilians abroard, dying in these extrajudicial killings…

video drones……

Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.

Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

“Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

President Obama “strongly” supports the renewal of the assault weapons ban and would back new gun legislation, the White House said Tuesday, as the president spoke to a pro-gun senator who has shifted his position since Friday’s mass shooting in Connecticut.

“He is actively supportive of, for example, Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein’s stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said during his daily briefing. On Monday, Carney would only say that the president supports the return of the ban and did not weigh in on the bill Feinstein said she plans to introduce on the first day of the new Senate.

Carney also offered some other gun laws Obama would back. “He supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole, and there are other elements of gun legislation that he could support … high capacity ammunition clips, for example. That is certainly something he would be interested in looking at,” he said…

21 Comments!

  1. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm |

    Fast and Furious

  2. apotheosis
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm |

    So, “assault weapon”…that’s any long gun with black furniture, right?

    gun racists.

  3. rickn8or
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm |

    Tear ducts are on the other side of the eye there Barry…

  4. apotheosis
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm |

    This here’s Black Betty, my ruger high-capacity assault 10/22.

    I’m savin’ her for when the commie hordes come ridin’ over the hill mounted on raccoons.

  5. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm |

    On Capitol Hill, Republican Dennis Kucinich led a House Judiciary Committee panel discussion that demanded more transparency from president Obama on how his administration decides and carries out the targeted killing of suspected terrorists using drone aircraft, an increasing tactic in America’s war on terror.

    How come I am the only one to notice KUCINICH the DENNIS listed here as a Republican? Is there a Kuchinich I don`t know about?

  6. Merovign
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm |

    It’s just the MFM and their vaunted layers of fact-checking, Colonel.

    PS “Assault Weapons,” per military designation (which is a little vague and not often used), are weapons used to assault a position or structure. You know, grenade launchers or flamethrowers.

    But as we know, there’s no place in a civilized society for guns. Civilized societies like the UK use knives and fists and broken bottles. Oh, and guns, but only the criminals have those!

  7. Ron
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm |

    Pretty blatent with the crocodile tears, I stopped listening after that.

  8. Caged Insanity
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm |

    I like the words on a comic I saw the other day. “All of this would stop if we just banned guns completely. Just like drugs.”

  9. apotheosis
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm |

    Looks like O is slippin’, he forgot to use his middle finger this time.

  10. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm |

    … not to mention slaughtering the innocent in the womb.

    Don’t suppose his anti-ugly/scawy-gun law will apply to bodyguards.
    (What? Hey, some people are, like, wayy more important than peasants.)

  11. geezerette
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm |

    Yup boo hoo wipe my tears— his tear ducts are on the outside edge of his eyes. After that I couldn’t watch this lying SOB anymore. Poor guy was visibly shaken. (**)–
    What’s it going to take? Will there be a straw on the camels back? Or is he/they going to get their way while we sit and take it? They think we’re so complacent we don’t give a shit about Hillary falling on her head and having a concussion so she doesn’t have to testify. I would think this gun control would have done it.

  12. Justin Credible
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm |

    Yeah, more gun control is what we need, since it keeps kids in Chicago so safe!

  13. mojo
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm |

    Not “dead” dead…

  14. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm |

    Did some digging, posted this over Rodger’s place, comparing South Africa gun issues to the USA:
    Now in South Africa, legal gun ownership is not easy – owning a gun is conditional on a competency test, background checking of the applicant, inspection of an owner’s premises, and licensing of the weapon by the police. Minimum waiting period frequently exceeds 2 years from date of application.
    Yet their gun death statistics are pretty grim:
    Population ~50 million
    % blacks ~75-80% = 35-40 million
    total annual gun deaths ~42,000
    Gun deaths/100,000 – 59

    In ‘gun crazy’ USA
    Population ~310 million
    % blacks ~12% = 35-40 million
    total annual gun deaths ~10,728
    Gun deaths/100,000 among black males ~28
    Gun deaths/100,000 overall ~3.5

    See one correlation in the data?

    Back to our southern paradise, South Africa
    The incidence of rape in South Africa has led to the country being referred to as the “rape capital of the world”. One in three of the 4,000 women questioned by the Community of Information, Empowerment and Transparency said they had been raped in the past year. More than 25% of South African men questioned in a survey published by the Medical Research Council (MRC) in June 2009 admitted to rape; of those, nearly half said they had raped more than one person. Three out of four of those who had admitted rape indicated that they had attacked for the first time during their teens.

    South Africa also has a high record of car hijackings when compared with other industrialized countries. A South African insurance company, Hollard Insurance, stated in 2007 that they would no longer insure Volkswagen Citi Golfs manufactured in the previous two years as they were one of the most frequently hijacked vehicles in South Africa.
    Certain high-risk areas are marked with road signs indicating a high incidence of car hijackings within the locality.

    Guess where the problem is.
    Hint: It ain’t the guns.

  15. Justin Credible
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm |

    DougM (10)

    I dunno – That stupid sack o’ suet Mikey Moore’s bodyguard the the dumb, and the law appears to apply to him…

  16. rickn8or
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm |

    Justin, it appears NY doesn’t honor any permit but its’ own, just like Kommiefornia.

    Seems like a really professional bodyguard would have checked that first. I can’t tell from the article if the bodyguard was actually carrying the weapon or trying to declare it in his checked luggage. There’s been more than one surprised traveler in NY or NJ when their plane got diverted due to weather, etc., claimed their luggage and promptly get hammered for unlawful possession of a weapon in their bags.

    Hope this costs Mikey a metric fuckton of money to learn exactly what that Real Gun Control he wants so badly for the rest of us is like. Not that he wouldn’t cut the bodyguard loose in a heartbeat if he could get away with it.

  17. Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm |

    justin (#12): Somebody pointed out that there are about as many murders every week in Chicago as in Newhope. For some unexplained reason, nobody gets all up in arms (ooops) about that.

    But here’s a simple exercize: go back and look at all the shooters who were involved in mass killings (here, in Norway, in Scotland, in China) and see if we can find any common traits. Let’s also include people who leave bombs laying around (like Obama’s friend Bill Ayers). I do think we can.

    If so, let’s focus on treating that syndrome.

  18. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm |

    It’s not the TOOL.
    [and when I point something out, DO NOT look at the FINGER]

    Fast & F’n FURIOUS — whyn’tcha start there, a-hole?

    [guess I'm a little burnt up by this shiite, eh?]

  19. rickn8or
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm |

    ZZMike, you mean common traits like teen-aged boys taking SSRI’s for depression?

  20. PeggyU
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm |

    Q: What’s the difference between a tragedy and a cow?
    A: Obama doesn’t know how to milk a cow.

    (Stolen from my husband.)

  21. PeggyU
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm |

    ^ Must cite appropriate sources, since I don’t want to engage in plagiarism. My husband says he got that from a comment by Sandy G. at the Grouchy Old Cripple site.