The Sunshine Civil Libertarian.

In my now forty years I have honestly never met a person left, right or in-between who did not claim to be a staunch defender of Civil Liberties.  With that said I have also never met a person who is honestly a true defender of Civil Liberties.  To those who are currently gasping in outrage please continue reading and you may understand my point… maybe, but probably not.  For those easily offended be warned, there is incredibly foul and offensive language in this blog posting… oddly enough something protected as free speech.  Printing foul language is something rare for me I know but you will understand why. Continue reading

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Assault Weapon vs. Assault Rifle

There is much confusion between the terms Assault Weapon and Assault Rifle and both the gun control advocates and 2nd Amendment advocates seem to be getting this wrong.  The two are very different and the two terms have very different usages.  The term Assault Weapon is a Progressive term created to scare people.  The term Assault Rifle is a military term used to identify a specific type of firearm.

Lets begin with the real gun… the Assault rifle.  The assault rifle most commonly recognized in our nation is the M-16.  It was created to provide greater firepower in a smaller/lighter package.  It once had full auto capability but is now limited to burst.  That is exactly what makes it an Assault Rifle, light, fairly small and burst or full auto.

The Assault Weapon is a leftist term created to confuse people.  It is a term applied to semi-automatic firearms which look like Assault Rifles, i.e. AR-15.  Leftists and some on the right think that AR means Assault Rifle but it doesn’t.  AR is short for Armalite.  It is the semi-automatic version of the M-16 designed by Eugene Stoner.  Unlike the M-16 which, depending on the year made, each time you pull the trigger you either empty the magazine or fire a burst of bullets with the AR you get one bullet per trigger pull.  The AR is, again, a semi-automatic civilian rifle that looks like an Assault Rifle.

This tactic is very effective because there are so many people in this country who do not know much about firearms and because the M-16 and AR-15 look virtually identical.

Can you tell the difference?

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TSA the alternate universe.

There are two recent stories involving the TSA which tell you everything you need to know about where our current Administration stands on terrorism.  First a United States Marine who had lost his legs in combat fighting terrorists was subjected to a thorough search which even went so far as to require him to remove his prosthetic legs for inspection.  Second the DHS/TSA are allowing Saudi Arabian airline passengers to “speed their way” through security.  Continue reading

Insurance for gun owners.

The state of New York would like to force it’s citizens to buy liability insurance in order to own a gun.  This is being push by some as “common sense” measures to save lives.  Not really sure why new regulations, more red tape, spending more money and making it more difficult to legally own a gun will somehow effect criminals in a positive manner.  How many people actually think that a crack dealer will run out and submit to a universal background check, take a gun class, pay for a permit and then buy insurance?  I’m sorry but if you believe that “here’s your sign”.

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No charges

According to a recent article on FoxNews.com there will be no charges filed against the father of the child who posted a photograph of his son holding a rifle.  Um… good!  The father committed no crime, the child committed no crime and if there were any crimes committed they were on the part of the person making the false report and the authorities who treated this family like criminals for doing absolutely nothing wrong. Continue reading

What is left or right?

The debate over what it means to be left or right has been made about as convoluted an argument as there is but it is actually quite simple and can be boiled down to a couple significant differences.  Left means collectivism and a strong central government while Right means individualism and a weak central government.  Straight forward, simple and to the point.  All issues can be approached from those two basic sets of beliefs.  The left believes in numerous strong gun regulations because they put their faith in the State the Right believes in the 2nd Amendment because they put theirs in the individual.  The left supports things like the Department of Education because they believe a central government can run things better than the local level while those on the right believe the complete opposite.  This is why partisanship is a good thing and bi-partisanship is a terrible idea on many issues.

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Bush the warmonger, Obama the war hero

You know I find it ironic how diametrically opposite the opinions of some individuals can be depending on who is in the White House.  Take for instance the liberal talking head on FoxNews earlier today who was bragging about how tough Obama has been because of all his drone strikes in Pakistan.  Compare that to how the left vilified Bush while he was in office for any drone strikes.  Now the fact that Obama has had many more drone strikes than Bush is considered something to brag about.  Consider also how incensed the left was during the Bush Administration because we were in 2, what they call, illegal wars.  Compare that to the absolute lack of any outrage over the fact that it is quietly reported Obama has sent troops into 75 sovereign nations.  So Bush entering 2 wars while involving Congress is warmongering and illegal while Obama lobbing drone based missiles into places who are supposedly our allies, against their permission and having combat troops in 75 countries is neither warmongering or illegal?  I’m sure the left can come up with a perfectly irrational explanation to justify this.  The reality is that it has to do only with the R or the D behind the name of the person in the office.