The Rome, NY Daily Sentinel published an editorial on President Obama’s comment that ninety percent of the firearms recovered in Mexico are traced back to The United States.
A link to the editorial can be found HERE.
“More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States”
Those 15 words from President Obama are not true. But it doesn’t matter. Fake but accurate is good enough. Although debunked, the meme was repeatedly repeated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, NBC, the Chicago Tribune and others.
Factcheck.org says, “What Obama should have said is that 90 percent of the guns submitted by Mexican authorities and traced by the U.S. come from the U.S.” The number of guns used in drug-related crimes is unknown and probably countable. Where the guns are manufactured is not significant; it’s a serial number that would assist traceability. Most AK-47 assault rifles, for instance, don’t have serial numbers and would not be submitted to American authorities to trace. As the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms clarified for Factcheck.org, the 90 percent figure represents only guns that were submitted and could be traced.
But, gosh, don’t let accuracy get in the way of a good story. NPR certainly didn’t. They followed up concerns about the accuracy of the 90 percent figure with Polifact.org. Polifact concluded that the 90 percent number was wrong, but “We think the ATF number, presented in its proper context, provides legitimate and useful information to weigh when considering U.S. policy.” Huh? Give Polifact a Dan Rather Bobblehead Doll since they believe that for a good cause, fake but accurate is good enough. NPR, having checked its brains at the door, was greatly relieved to have its prejudices assuaged with verbal legerdemain.
It is useful to know that guns are being transported illegally into Mexico. It is not useful to lie about it. It cheapens the discussion and leads us to discount anything the speaker says.
Obama’s 15 words remind us that George Bush’s famous 16 words regarding Saddam’s pursuit of WMD toasted the brain cells the mainstream media, too. Whether Obama’s 15 words or Bush’s 16 words, mainstream media apparently consists of hounds that can’t hunt.
In Nordyke v. King the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the Second Amendment is incorporated against the states and local governments. The ruling was written by Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain with a concurring opinion from Judge Ronald M. Gould. The suit was originally brought about in an attempt to stop Alameda County from passing an ordnance that prohibits firearm possession on county property in order to prohibit gun shows at the county fairgrounds. The decision references Heller v. DC by saying that it abrogated Hickman v. Block (1996) which declared the Second Amendment only a collective right and not an individual one. However, the courts decision says that the Heller v. DC ruling centered on the ability of individuals to defend themselves in their homes but the ordnance enacted by Alameda County did not directly impede or limit armed self-defense in the home and not all laws that make exercising a right more difficult are automatically an infringement of that right.
How is this important to us here in New York State? The ruling applies to the states in the Ninth Circuit’s district which are AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR and WA. Although New York is not in their district, this ruling can be cited in other circuits. Even if cited by another circuit, the decision is not binding.
This decision comes after a previous decision by the Fifth Circuit Court decision to uphold the individual right to bear arms. That district includes TX, LA and MS.
This is another positive step forward for individuals who wish to legally own firearms.
The senate passed the Wicker Amendment to the federal budget which ensures that law abiding Amtrak passengers are allowed to securely transport firearms in their checked baggage. The way the amendment works is by forcing Amtrak to allow firearms in checked bagage if they use federal funding. Although the bill was passed by a vote of 63-35, the voting record shows that Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer both voted ‘no’. Schumer’s vote was no surprise but there was hope that Gillibrand would continue to support the rights of law abiding gun owners as she did in the house. After voting against allowing the residents of Washington DC to own common defensive handguns I guess it was safe to say that her vote of ‘no’ was expected. Based on her voting record since taking office in the Senate it’s safe to say that Gillibrand is no longer a supporter of second amendment rights.
In his state of the city address, David R. Roefaro, the mayor of Utica, NY declared war on illegal guns. Although the intent is noble, the method will likely trample the right of law abiding gun owners. Some quotes to note from his address include saying that guns are a “gateway to drugs and a recipe for murder.” He also bragged about being part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, saying that he joined the group of over 350 mayors to repeal the Tihart amendments which protect the privacy of gun owners claiming that it will aid in the city’s “access and studying the patterns of illegal guns” and prevent inhibition of the “success of National Criminal Background Checks.” The Utica Observer Dispatch published an article on the address which is posted on their website.