American Elephants


Messages for the Department of Peace! by The Elephant's Child

Feinstein Tries To Ban 150 Types of Guns; Public Rushes to Buy Them! by The Elephant's Child

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced a bill to ban more than 150 types of weapons; they are calling it the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013,”so of course members of the public are rushing to gun dealers to purchase weapons. Investors suggests a better name for the bill would be “Second Amendment Violation of the Century.”

Included in the exhaustive list are all types of AR-15s. It was, as everyone knows, an AR-15 that was used in the Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO shootings.  The AR-15 is a scary-looking semi-automatic hunting rifle that is no different than a more conventional rifle except that it has some military-looking cosmetic styling.

The number of homicides caused by rifles is falling. Only 323 Americans were killed by rifles in 2011. The number of homicides caused by knives, blunt instruments and the human body itself is Nine Times as many. AR-15s have been used to save lives several times since the Sandy Hook shooting. There is nothing in Feinstein’s bill that would have prevented the tragedy of Sandy Hook or Aurora. .(click to enlarge)

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Some have suggested that Sen. Feinstein is simply trying to improve her’ legacy.’ She tried an Assault Weapons ban once before, and it was a colossal failure, changing nothing, nothing at all. It isn’t the guns fault, nor is it the bullets fault. Limiting magazines suggests that one would just need carry more magazines, for it only takes seconds to change one. She is, of course, attempting to play on public emotion, and all who are infected with the “do-something disease.” Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech gunman used two sidearms, a .22 caliber Walther P22 and a 9mm Glock to kill 32 of his fellow classmates. Neither of these weapons are on Feinstein’s list.

Real Assault weapons are already illegal.

The popularity of the AR-15 has exploded in recent decades. The AR-15 has become mainstream among shooters. Millions of Americans are using ARs for hunting, target shooting, competition, and home defense. It is light and easy to use. And most Americans have no plans for mass shootings, now or ever.

Obama proclaimed “If it saves the life of just one child” — the worst kind of pompous pandering. Obama’s campaign organization, now “Organizing for Action” a 501(c) 4 lobbying group, fired off emails immediately following the inaugural speech demanding calls made to Congress to ban guns, which produced no interest at all.

Michael Ramirez explained accurately the instruments used in violent assaults. Pay attention to the numbers. It is a different picture than the gun-grabbers would have you believe.

ADDENDUM: Do take the time to watch this video from the Australians, recounting their Government’s gun ban. Their results:Armed Robberies up 69%. Assaults with Guns up 28%. Gun Murders up 19%. Home Invasions up 21%. People cannot defend themselves or their homes, the police cannot protect them.



Charlton Heston, Much More Than a Great Actor by American Elephant

As you’ve probably seen or heard, Oscar-winning legend Charlton Heston died in his Beverly Hills home Saturday. He was 84.

I’m a big fan of grand epics and sci-fi, so, like many, I know and love Heston best for his work in The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur (which at 11 Oscars held the record for most Academy Awards for one film until it was recently tied by Titanic and Lord of the Rings), and The Planet of the Apes. And as a conservative I admire his passionate activism in support of gun rights and individual liberty.

But there’s a great deal I didnt know about Heston, and much I had forgotten…

  • In addition to playing Moses in The Ten Commandments, Heston also played the voice of God, and his 3 month old son played the baby Moses floating down the Nile.
  • Heston was a civil rights activist early in the 60′s, long before it became fashionable, picketing a segregated Oklahoma theater showing one of his own films, and later accompanying Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1963 march in Washington and other marches.
  • Long before he became the president of the NRA, he joined Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas and Jimmy Stewart in supporting President Johnson’s Gun Control Act of 1968.
  • Contrary to almost every article that I’ve seen that has tried to portray his conservatism and active support for gun rights as a great departure from his civil-rights activism, Heston knew there was no contradiction. Heston said of his support for conservative causes that he was promoting freedom, “in the truest sense.”
  • In addition to his long, legendary acting career which spanned more than 60 years and included more than 120 performances in Film, Television, Radio and on Broadway, Heston also wrote and directed Antony and Cleopatra,
  • He served in the Air Force in WWII as a B-52 radio operator and gunner and was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
  • He not only served famously as the outspoken and unapologetic president of the NRA, but also as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • Heston was named, “Commandor in the Arts and Letters Order” by French minister of culture in 1997, and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 2003.
  • His favorite performance on screen was as the aging cowboy Will Penny, in the 1968 film of the same name.
  • Heston has said one of his proudest moments was when he used his status as a stock-holder in Time Warner to march into a stockholders meeting where he read aloud the lyrics from the song Cop Killer by Ice-T and shamed the conglomerate into firing the rapper and dropping the album for which Ice T threatened to kill him. Heston’s response was reportedly, “let him try.”

Charlton Heston was much more than a legendary actor. As his family said, he was, “an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor.” He was also a great American. When he died Saturday, it was with his loving wife Lydia at his side. They had been married for sixty-four years.

Rest in peace Mr. Heston. God bless and comfort your family and many loved ones.




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