Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
via Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops as ‘revenge’ for Garner | New York Post.
This isn’t “revenge.” This was the cold-blooded murder of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. There’s no justification for it. Regardless of how one feels about Garner, Brown, Rice, or anyone else, this is wrong and neither of these officers deserved this. No good can come of it and one can only hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.
An interesting post popped up on TheBlaze.com yesterday. It’s a post by a former NYPD officer who went from being a gun grabber to realizing the hypocrisy of the government for which he worked.
“Believing that ‘if you have a gun, the criminal will take it and use it on you,’ I was going to be a do-gooder. I was going to aggressively get those evil guns off the street. We were the cops. We were trained. We had guns, you didn’t need one. We were there to protect you.
How wrong I was.” – John Cardillo (NYPD Ret.) via I Used To Come For Your Guns – Now I Support Your Right to Defend Yourself | TheBlaze.com.
It’s worth a read. He’s a convert. May be there’s hope for New York City. We’ve long known that the state is largely held hostage by the likes of Bloomberg and the Cuomo family. But maybe, just maybe, the city itself isn’t quite as deserving of being wiped off the map like the crap stain it often seems to be.
“Not control, not banning, just regulation…”
via Bloomberg: NRA focused on creating fear on Hill | TheHill.
Michael Bloomberg has made it clear he does not believe in an individual right to self-protection or the right of private individuals keep and bear arms. However, he believes in his own right to hire private armed security and has kept the bulk of his armed security detail from his time a mayor of New York City. Bloomberg also recognizes the push back he’s getting with the quest for gun control.
The term doesn’t sit well among many fence sitters because it is associated with bans and government control. Contrary to many mainstream media assertions, public trust in the government keeps falling and bans of almost anything other than Christianity, are increasingly unpopular. So how do you “reframe” the debate and convince people you’re not really after what you’re really after? You lie. You try to “redefine” terms by splitting hairs and that’s what Bloomberg is doing right now.
Admitted a “socialist sympathizer, leftie, liberal New Yorker,” Anthony Bourdain had a few things to say about guns on Tumblr today. Folks I don’t pretend to know this many from a hill of beans but, I recognize him as a prominent face in popular culture. A person of influence on the minds of many whose opinions are formed based on what their favorite celebrity of the week is thinking. And while I usually don’t care what such people think, whenever the subject of guns comes up, I am keen to hear what they have to say because I cannot refute bullshit if I don’t know what’s been said. In this case, I was a little surprised. Somewhat pleasantly even.
Now, I’m not saying Bourdain is or will be a card carrying member of the NRA, GOA, or SOF anytime soon. I do not agree with his attempt to liken guns or the ability to own/operate them to the licensing or purchasing of a “sixteen wheeler.” (Figures a New Yorker wouldn’t know it’s 18-wheels but, that’s another story). But, I did find it refreshing to see that unlike so many lefties, he at least was not on the bandwagon of castigating all gun owners and claiming that the latest tragedy is the fault of gun owners and/or the NRA as so many lefties, especially in the news and entertainment industries, tend to do.
Listening to Bourdain, I am reminded of the kind of people who used to identify themselves a liberals and Democrats and yet are seldom seen anymore. Those aren’t hell bent on taking away other people’s rights. The man obviously still has some leftie ideas with respect to knowing more about me before “allowing” me to exercise my rights but, it seems he at least recognize the right exists and that’s more than I can say for our President or his lackeys.