Tolerant, open-minded gun-control fans wish for murder against NRA head and members

**Posted by Phineas

Because, of course, the NRA, which was founded to promote marksmanship and responsible firearms practice, is somehow to blame for the actions of a madman:

And that’s not the only one, believe me.

Like Jonah Goldberg, I’d suggest “Angry Democrat” and anyone sharing his fantasy think twice about attacking NRA headquarters. Unlike the “gun-free zones” liberals think will magically keep people safe, I can guarantee there are no defenseless victims waiting for an avenging angel there.

PS: Just to clarify, before someone accuses me of being a gun-nut. I do not own a firearm, nor do I have the desire to own one. I do however, believe in a natural right to self-defense and I believe the authors of the 2nd amendment were wise in recognizing that right. (Note: “recognizing,” not “granting.”) I therefore have no problem with responsible adults owning firearms for self-defense, sport, or hunting. And I have no problem with responsible, law-abiding adults carrying weapons, whether concealed or open. Society might well be safer if more people did. I do, however, have a huge problem with people who encourage the denial of those rights to millions of responsible, law-abiding adults –a form of collective punishment– because of the horrific actions of a few individuals.

RELATED: Fellow Californian Kurt Schlichter says “Sure, let’s have that conversation about guns.” It is must-reading. Contrary to popular gun-control fantasies, research shows mass shootings are not on the rise. And there is some evidence that both violence and gun ownership are on the decline in the US. Dana Loesch looks at Sandy Hook and other recent mass-killings and argues why gun-control is not the answer. Australia’s Tim Blair argues that more guns means fewer deaths. Finally, Glenn Reynolds has a series of excellent questions for gun-control advocates. My two favorites:

If you’re a media member or politician, do you have armed security? Do you have a permit for a gun yourself? (I’m asking you Dianne Feinstein!) If so, what makes your life more valuable than other people’s?

…and…

Have you talked about “Fast and Furious?” Do you even know what it is? Do you care less when brown people die?

Can’t wait for the answers.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

In the aftermath of #CTshooting, a word about autism

With all the misinformation that continues to flow freely from the mainstream media and (mostly) Democrats in the aftermath of the Friday’s horrific events in Newton, CT – and as discussions of the murderer and his alleged state of mind ramp up – I thought it would be a good idea to link to this piece to help clear up some misconceptions about autism:

(CNN) — Since news first broke about the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, people began wondering how something so horrible could happen.

Within a few hours, before the magnitude of the tragedy was fully known, reports began to surface that the shooter, Adam Lanza, was autistic or had Asperger’s syndrome in addition to a possible personality or anxiety disorder such as obessive-compulsive disorder.

A relative told investigators that Lanza had a form of autism, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation. CNN has not been able to confirm independently whether Lanza was diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, a higher-functioning form of autism.

Russ Hanoman, a friend of Lanza’s mother, told CNN that Lanza had Asperger’s syndrome and that he was “very withdrawn emotionally.”

However, national autism organizations cautioned against speculation about a link between violence and autism or Asperger’s.

While the motive for this crime is still unknown and may never be fully understood, what is clear, according to experts, is that autism cannot be blamed.

There is absolutely no evidence or any reliable research that suggests a linkage between autism and planned violence,” the Autism Society said in a statement. “To imply or suggest that some linkage exists is wrong and is harmful to more than 1.5 million law-abiding, nonviolent and wonderful individuals who live with autism each day.”

Peter Bell of Autism Speaks said, “Autism did not cause this horror.” Bell, executive vice president for programs and services for the advocacy and research group, is also the father of a son with autism.

Bell said it’s not unusual to want to figure out why someone would commit such a heinous crime, but he also cautioned people to do so responsibly.

And by definition, he said, people with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s are not inclined to commit an act of violence. The likelihood of this happening would be no different than the rest of the population, he added.

Make sure to read the whole thing.  And please continue to keep the devastated families in your thoughts and prayers.  The first of the funerals started today.

Newton, CT shooting victims.

Remember.

Officials: Rep. Tim Scott to be named as Jim DeMint’s Senate replacement

YES!! Via the NYT:

9:47 a.m. | Updated Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has chosen Representative Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the United States Senate, according to Republican officials. The move will make Mr. Scott the first black senator from the state since the late 19th century. Ms. Haley is expected to make her announcement at noon in South Carolina, according to officials.

For Republicans, Mr. Scott, who lives in Charleston, offers a unique story and background, one that is in scant supply in their party right now. Raised by a single mother, he was, by his account, a lost child who struggled with school and with life until he a Chick-fil-A franchise owner who took him on as a protégé, schooling him in conservative principles.

“Coming from a single-parent household and almost flunking out of high school,” Mr. Scott said in 2010, during his bid for the House, “my hope is I will take that experience and help people bring out the best that they can be.”

Just last week Mr. Scott, who has served in a freshman leadership role in the House, packed up his freshman-size office for bigger digs.

I freaking love it. Can’t wait for the liberal freak out to commence! Grab the popcorn, folks. ;-)

Congrats, Rep. Scott! I know you will represent South Carolina honorably in the US Senate.

Phineas Butts In: And it turns out ST didn’t have to wait long at all for the “freak out” to start. Tolerant, open-minded leftists were already crying  “Uncle Tom,” “token,” and “house negro” before the news had even time to cool a bit. I guess “judging by the content of their character” only applies if the character is liberal.

Meanwhile, congratulations to Senator-designate Scott. I know you’ll do a great job for South Carolina and the nation. And congratulations to Governor Haley, too, for making a fine choice.