Something Feral

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Something is rotten in the state of Beltway

Double-speak, or infighting? Pelosi contravenes Holder's assertions:
Q: "Madam Speaker, Attorney General Holder yesterday said that the Administration wants to reinstitute the assault weapons ban. Have you talked with Administration officials about that, and how quickly can you bring it to the floor?"

Speaker Pelosi: No, but I think on that score, one good place to start would be to enforce the laws that are on the books right now. And I think the evidence points this out, that the Bush Administration was not enforcing law. So let's start with enforcing the law that we have now."
Does Holder have "foot-in-mouth" disease, or did he let the cat out of the bag?

How was the Bush Administration not enforcing the law regarding those nasty "assault weapons"? If anything, the BATFE seems to enforce laws not on the books right now, and encourages interpretations that favor arbitrary enforcement of said "laws".

I can't bring myself to believe that Pelosi has suddenly developed a new-found respect for the Second Amendment, as we poor proletariat in the Peoples' Republik of Kalifornia have steaming heaps of evidence to the contrary; hence, I must surmise that either there is a measure of infighting between the Princess Pelosi Power-Puff Party and the Hope-Change Kool-Aid Korps, or Pelosi believes that their political position is not yet sufficiently entrenched to weather the political backlash from such a ban.

Either way, I predict that firearms sales will continue on a strong upward trend.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will join Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in opposing any effort to revive the 1994 assault weapons ban, putting them on the opposite side of the Obama administration...

It was not immediately clear whether Reid would block the bill from the Senate, but his opposition casts serious doubt on its chances. Also, Manley noted that Reid voted against the ban in 1994 and again when it expired in 2004.
This doesn't surprise me, as Pelosi seems to have Reid's tackle firmly in her skeletal grip. I suspect that Pelosi is adopting a realistic view regarding the maintenance of a Democratic majority in the House, and that the lofty throne of the Speaker of the House soothes the voices too sweetly for her to give it up without a grotesque level of carnage.


Elusive Wapiti said...

I've noted that handgun ammo is scarce 'round my parts. Particularly in the larger, more useful calibers such as .357, .45, 10mm, and .40.

How's it out there?

Something Feral said...

Walmart's empty, except for a few boxes of .357, if I recall correctly. The local gun-shops have inventory, though. I'll start buying ammo when I decide which sidearm I'm after. I'm leaning towards a Springfield XD, but I'm trying to find a Steyr M40-A1 before I commit to a purchase (unfortunately, even though they are on the CA DOJ-approved list, they are rare as hen's teeth out here).

The production wait-time on my rifle has been moved up (for new orders) to six months... This is week twenty. Ugh.

I went to the "big" gun-show here in town this last weekend, and except for a few booths, everyone had sold everything in a few hours on the first day. The rest of the ammo was selling just a tad too high to bother with, evidently.

MikeT said...

She's smart. She's realized that if left to his own devices, Obama has all of the makings of the same sort of presidency that caused the rioting in the Republican base and the discrediting of the Republicans.