Bob Barr: Gun control crowd pushes radical goal

Posted by Donny Ferguson at blog. Reposted to IPR by Paulie.

In his weekly column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Congressman Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian presidential nominee, exposes how the Obama administration and Congress are violating the Second Amendmenr and quietly stripping Americans of their most basic of human rights.

You may read the entire article online at the Journal-Constitution.  Barr writes, in part:

"…Now, after enhancing their majorities in the House and Senate, and fresh from grabbing the brass ring at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Democratic leaders in Washington and their anti-gun counterparts in the Brady Campaign and elsewhere are energized and actively starting to push their anti-gun agenda.

"Apparently recognizing that Americans by a significant majority support the individual right to keep and bear arms —- as definitively recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Heller decision last summer —- a frontal assault on firearms ownership is not the Brady Campaign’s strategy. Instead, they and their compatriots have identified several more specific, easier-to-sell tactics to begin accomplishing their long-term objective to disarm America…

"…Never at a loss to find ways to deny the citizenry the ability to defend themselves, the Brady folks argued the Bush rule was invalid because the prior administration failed to study the environmental impact of such a minor rule change. The Brady campaign to “keep our parks safe” by playing the environmental card rather than attacking guns directly worked for now."

"The gun-control crowd is pushing its radical agenda on these and many other fronts; and law-abiding Americans had better open their eyes to the clever ways in which they are plying their trade in the courts, the Congress and international forums. Much is at stake."

You may read the entire article online at the Journal-Constitution.  Barr’s columns and commentary are also available at

6 thoughts on “Bob Barr: Gun control crowd pushes radical goal

  1. Nate

    Seems to me that Libertarians shouldn’t be using the word “radical” in a negative way. Libertarian views are also often quite radical, but that in and of itself doesn’t make them bad.

  2. Susan Hogarth

    Agree, Nate.

    “Let me remind you that extremism… is no vice.”

    Seems like I’ve heard those words somewhere before. Well, read them. I’m not that old! 😉

  3. Jeff

    re: paulie
    I feel like I’m in the twilight zone. Fox News is on at work most of the time and in the last 2 months I think I’ve heard and seen more libertarianism on Fox news than all other MSM sources combined.

    Hell, today alone, Glenn Beck called himself a Libertarian (again), Judge Napalitano was on Neil Cavuto (who, along with Glenn Beck are heavily advertising the Tea Parties) , and SEAN HANNITY of all people put forward the CATO reccomendations as the best solution to fix the healthcare system!

    What gives?

  4. paulie Post author


    Nothing too new in that. It has long been that

    Republicans out of power = quasi-libertarian
    Republicans in power = quasi-fascist

    Democrats are somewhat similar. While Bushling was in office, they were all about ending the war (except when it came to authorizing funding in Congress), stopping torture, being outraged over the use-a-patriot act, etc., etc…now that Obama holds the ring of power, not so much.

    I suggest their actions speak louder than their words.

  5. paulie Post author

    Moral of the story is, both Republicans and Democrats are best when they are out of power.

    Now if only we could figure out how to put both of them out of power at the same time, and keep them out…

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