I previously wrote about a relatively new (since September) right wing talker on local radio on Sundays, Lores Rizkalla. When her bit gets cut short, I’ve switched over to KTRH’s sister station, KPRCfor nationally sindicated Gun Talk.
Today Rizkalla only had an hour to talk about how she’s proud that the country elected a black president (her words), but that she still has problems with his policies and his associates (bringing up the right wing bogey men several times). She eventually agreed with her callers that Obamagot elected because people wanted to votefor a black man (her words). I am actually looking forward to following her. She’s wing nut lite and doesn’t have any original ideas, but even still, she has potential to come out with some doozies.
The Gun Talkshow may get a little tiresome, but the website may have some interesting information. The first thing I heard when switching stations was about Obama’stransition website. The host, Tom Gresham, gave out a URL with a cached page from the site. The information there, according to Gresham, is scandalous:
Address Gun Violence in Cities: As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve guncrimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn’t have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.
So, why is it a cached and not live? I don’t know, but Gresham thinks it’s because he started talking about it around 1:00 CST this afternoon.
What’s to oppose in the policy statement? Well, first off, Gresham agreed with his guest (didn’t catch the name, sorry) that local law enforcement already has access to all the information they need to trace guns and giving them any more access would just allow them to go fishing around in gun owners’ information. Really? That sound awfully paranoid to me. Of course Gresham, as a part of the gun industry and stating that he has just returned from a gun show, doesn’t think there is a gun show loophole. That just doesn’t comport with reality. Gresham even mocked the idea of making guns childproof.
Here at the end of his show, Gresham is talking in ‘fighting’ terms about defeating elected officials at the ballot box, like 1994!!!!!11111!!! WOLVERINES.
I can’t find a podcast yet, but I’ll keep looking. Meanwhile, here’s a tidbit from the “Truth Squad”section of Gresham’s website:
School shootings in Virginia and Mississippi were stopped by students and a vice principal who ran to their cars and got guns. The shooters gave up when faced with someone who had a gun. At the Trolley Square shooting (in a mall) in Salt Lake City, Utah, an off-duty police officer had a gun in a “gun free” mall (I guess it wasn’t so gun-free after all). He distracted and delayed the shooter, saving lives.
There is a difference between feeling safe and being safe. You will hear people talk about wanting to feel safe. Offer the idea that it’s more important to actually be safe. The police are good, but they can’t be everywhere. Victims are everywhere, so they are the “first responders” to a crime.
“Gun Free” zones stop only honest people from having guns, making them less safe. If the idea is to get rid of all guns to make an area “safe,” then prohibit the police from carrying guns there. No? Because we know that a trained person with a gun can stop a murderer. Doesn’t matter if that person is wearing a uniform.
The school shooting in Virginia is not the one you probably first thought of, but rather this one. Whether or not the armed students stopped any further deaths is disputed. In the Mississippi shooting, the vice principal kept the shooter from leaving. If Gresham can’t be honest in how he advocates his positions, why should he be taken seriously?