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Why are anti-gun activists so violent?

Barack Walking Tall Obama was given a fine quality walking stick while in Tennessee. Upon receiving said stick, this exchange occurred:

“It’s beautiful,” Obama told Edwards. “And, if members of Congress don’t pass my health care bill, I’m ready,” Obama said wielding the stick as supporters laughed and cheered.

“I’ll whup ’em,” he joked. “They better not mess with me. I’ll have that stick.”

First of all, Sparky, I’m no political science expert nor was I ever a constitutional law professor but I seem to recall that you’re a senator. And, again not an expert, but can’t senators do something along the lines of writing bills, proposing legislation, and voting on it? I mean, if I had this plan that’s going to save us all and it was part of my campaign, I might start working on it now. You know, to show folks I was serious.

And while we’re at it, threats of violence for not bending to your will? Not qualities I look for in the leader of the free world. It’s ironic, of course, since you are one of the most anti-gun politicians in existence and were even the head of the Joyce Foundation (who funds all the anti-gun astroturf groups) that you would seek to deal with disagreement through violence.

Yeah, I know he was kidding about whuping people. But I don’t know that he’s aware he can introduce legislation. You know, since no one can name a time he did.

Update: For our visitors from instapundit:

Why are anti-gun activists so violent? is a recurring theme here at SayUncle.

32 Responses to “Why are anti-gun activists so violent?”

  1. Nomen Nescio Says:

    a presidential candidate who never introduces new laws? why, i’d think you’d be all for that.

  2. SayUncle Says:

    well, i would be.

    you’re right, why would obama start then? 😉

  3. Weer'd Beard Says:

    “youre right, why would obama start then?”

    When we got Deval Patrick here (who essentially ran the same campaign and platform as Obama is now) I thought we were DOOMED to crazy liberal laws from the guy. But he’s so incompetent he’s gotten NOTHING done, besides a bill giving a tax break to Mass Biotech companies (savor the irony of an uber-liberal giving tax cut to the Evil Big-Pharma).

    If I thought there was a good chance that Barry would just cock-up everything and give us 4 years of gridlock I’d vote for him over McCain in a heartbeat.

    Of course the risk of that is altogether too high for my likes.

  4. guy Says:

    Yes We Can!

    That guy is REALLY starting to remind me of a taller, skinnier Hugo Chavez.

  5. JKB Says:

    From Outsidethebeltway today,

    “Obamas natural instinct is to be a consensus builder, to be sure, but his idea of consensus is using his charm and force of personality to get others to do what he wants, not listening to others and crafting a majority view.”

    I guess Obama is looking for ways to continue to get what he wants when he can’t get by on good looks alone. He said it jokingly, of course…for now.

  6. retro Says:

    It’s a good thing it was just a walking stick. If someone handed him a gun he’d probably behave like that other liberal dipstick, Mayor Nagant, and point it at everyone within sweeping range.


  7. Tam Says:

    Who does he think he is? Andrew Jackson?

  8. Justthisguy Says:

    No. Preston Brooks? (snicker)

  9. Rabbit Says:

    I’d prefer Foster Brooks.


  10. Joe Says:

    Psychological “projection” again, pure and simple.

    If he has a stick, he’ll whup people.

    If he had a gun, he’d shoot people. So he figures if anyone had a gun, they’d just shoot people too. Therefore, he want to restrict gun ownerhsip as much as he can (get away with).

  11. Justthisguy Says:

    Who’s Foster Brooks? I confess that I know little and care less about popular “culture”, if that’s what you’re writing about.

  12. Rabbit Says:

    Likely before your time.


  13. JorgXMcKie Says:

    Foster Brooks wouldn’t have a career today. The best bit of his that I remember is as a drunken pilot on an airliner. “Thish, . . . thish ish your captain sshpeaking.” Not so funny today.

  14. TmjUtah Says:

    Got stick?

  15. Bill Brown Says:

    Candidate of change? Sounds to me like a return to the congressional and senatorial confrontations of the early 19th century.

  16. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: All
    RE: Just Kidding

    “Ill whup em, he joked. They better not mess with me. Ill have that stick.” — Senator Obama, as cited in article cited by Say Uncle

    I’m sure Armed Liberal and a number of others would say, “He’s just kidding.” But as I commented to AL some years ago on that sort of thought, it’s not ‘just kidding’, it’s more like wishful thinking.

    Furthermore, as others here have commented, he sounds more like Hugo Chavez ever more frequently these days. And Hugo HAS been ‘whupping up’ on HIS ‘legislative’ branch.


    [Government has come to be a trade, and is managed solely on commercial principles. A man plunges into politics to make his fortune, and only cares that the world should last his days. — Ralph Waldo Emerson]

  17. Person of Choler Says:


    Good point about Preston Brooks. (For the benefit of those who finished high school after 1968) Brooks was a pro-slavery US Representative from South Carolina who brought a cane into the Senate chamber and severely beat Senator Charles Sumner with it. Sumner was a powerful anti-slavery advocate.

    Funny, had a white politician in this election cycle made a wisecrack about thumping someone with a cane we would be hearing, seeing, and reading “racist gaffe” until our eyes and ears bled from fatigue.

  18. TennDon Says:

    It’s simple…

    Hell hath no fury like a pacifist.

  19. Paul M Hupf Says:

    Senator Obama is not joking in saying that he expects members to pass “my health care bill”. He does not see the Congress as an independent branch of the federal government, whose support he must gain on the merits of the legislation, not on what he wants. That he is a Marxist becomes more apparent every day.

  20. Dr. Kranky Says:

    Doesn’t anyone else find it amusing that Obammessiah uses a decidely ebonic term like “whup?” I’m sure he couldn’t have picked it up from the white grandmother who raised him. After all, a “typical white person” like that wouldn’t have been inclined to use such figures of speech.

  21. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: TennDon
    RE: Interesting Point

    “Hell hath no fury like a pacifist.” — TennDon

    I’m reminded of the behavior of ‘reformed smokers’ and the occasional defrocked priest who is ‘facilitating’ Diversity Training.


    [Mandatory Diversity Training in the conference room, tomorrow at 9 am. Body armor, extra thick skin or a muzzle recommended.]

  22. Californio Says:

    I say suh! You should give those scallywags the stick!

  23. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Californio
    RE: There IS a Precedence

    “I say suh! You should give those scallywags the stick!” — Californio

    Just before the Civil War, on Congressman nearly beat a Senator to death with HIS ‘walking stick’.

    1856 Congressman Preston Brooks from South Carolina attacks staunch abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner (from Massachusetts) on the floor of the Senate, beating him senseless with a gold-headed cane. The beating is so severe that Senator Sumner requires more than two years to recover. Congressman Brooks resigns but is immediately reelected by his constituents and receives dozens of canes from people all over the south to replace the one he broke over Senator Sumner’s head.

    Maybe Obama could stop with the wishful thinking and get to ‘work’.


    P.S. I don’t think that any legal action was taken against Congressman Brooks for his blatant attack.

  24. Chuck Pelto Says:

    P.P.S. I believe that Congressman Brooks was a Democrat. Looks like the ‘fighting spirit’ hasn’t left the Party yet.

  25. nichevo Says:

    Apparently you have immunity on the Senate floor. But you’d think someone could have challenged him afterward, or interfered at the time – shades of Kitty Genovese. Maybe that’s why the South thought they could win, because nobody had the guts to stop ’em.

  26. Jim Says:

    Charles Sumner, who has a tunnel in Boston named after him, got his revenge after the Civil War, when he beat the defeated Confederacy to a pulp by overseeing the passage of the laws that governed Reconstruction.

  27. George Clarke Says:

    Obama is not talking about beating Congressmen and women as a fellow Congressman. He’s talking about beating them as President. Didn’t the Philippine madrassah he went to teach about the Separation of Fricking Powers? Didn’t Harvard? Well, I am sorry. The answer of course is no on both counts.

  28. TSOL Says:

    Political violence: it’s a Democratic Party tradition!!!

  29. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: TSOL
    RE: That….

    “Political violence: its a Democratic Party tradition!!!” — TSOL

    ….and slavery.

    It’s just different these days. Instead of chains and whips, it’s shoddy education and welfare.


    [Republican….because not everyone can live on welfare.]

  30. Phillep Says:

    Clinton was a lazy incompetent, and he did his best to cover for his supporters from the White House.

    Obama, like Kerry and Gore, is a lazy incompetent who has introduced no bills. Will he also attempt to cover for his supporters?

    (It just hit me, four candidates in a row? Who is the puppet master?)

  31. davod Says:

    I suppose Lieberman should be thankfull Obama did not have that cane when he got bailed up in a cornerby Obama in the senate the other day.

  32. 01 Says:

    Preston Brooks: a man who should have been thrown in jail, and a Congressman. But, like Mark Twain, I repeat myself.

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