August 30, 2009

A Tribute to Ted Kennedy

As GunReports.com readers probably know, Senator Edward Moore "Teddy" Kennedy died last week, and the government-licensed media's lionization of him filled airwaves all weekend.

We here at GunReports.com send our heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.

However, Teddy Kennedy was no friend to gun owners, and we will not overlook the damage he did to our civil liberties. Of the many counter-testimonies to Ted Kennedy's "greatness" that are available, here are a few views of the deceased senator that sum up what some 2nd Amendment commentators thought of him:

Sen. Ted Kennedy


Sen. Ted Kennedy

Michael Todd on The Classic Liberal blog:

Not having the opportunity to say farewell to Senator Ted Kennedy yesterday, I thought a tribute was in order today.

Ted was an über-wealthy, alcoholic, playboy who lived a life of hedonistic debauchery as he coasted through life thanks to his father's fortunes.

He eventually went on to buy himself a seat in the Senate, and went to work doing everything he could to destroy the principles and values, that made America the beacon of hope for the entire world.

Not once, did Ted Kennedy ever hesitate, when the opportunity arose to destroy individual liberty! Being the true-blue socialist he was, Kennedy believed that "we the people" were meant to be ruled (in sharp contrast to our Founding Fathers, who feared a ruling elite).

While Kennedy made this abundantly clear on a countless number of occasions, it was during the nomination hearings for Attorney General John Ashcroft, that Kennedy truly defined his elitist views.

During the first day of his hearings, Ashcroft was asked about the purpose of the 2nd Amendment, so he went about giving the Senate an important history lesson. As Ashcroft explained, the purpose of our constitutional protection of "the right of the people to keep and bear arms," is as a measure of protection against the tyranny of government.

This, of course, threw the statist Ted Kennedy into an absolute hissy-fit! Demonstrating his purposeful ignorance of the founding of our nation, he demanded that Ashcroft "apologize" (for speaking the truth?), crying "Our government? Tyrannical?"

Yes, but more specifically Ted... The 2nd Amendment is a measure of protection against you!

In Federalist 46, James Madison (the principle author of the Constitution) said gun ownership was another element of protection if the "checks and balances" of our republican system of government went astray. In other words, individuals should own guns because the government owns guns.

Click here to read "A tribute to Ted Kennedy" by Michael Todd in full.

Dudley Brown, Executive Director National Association for Gun Rights:

We will have the Ted Kennedy Memorial Health Care Bill. And now we will get the Ted Kennedy Memorail gun grab.

Things are going to get even harder for gun owners.

After four decades in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy's life ended, as all lives do, in death. In his time in the Senate, he sponsored or pushed to make law virtually every piece of anti-gun legislation possible. Anti-gunners have already started to seize upon his death and demand that various pieces of anti-gun, anti-freedom legislation be passed to "honor Ted Kennedy." I expect a major anti-gun legislative push as soon as Congress reconvenes in September.

Gun owners must not fall victim to a nostalgia surrounding a celebrity's death that glosses over the harm done to the values we hold dear, and that our opponents ghoulishly seize upon to promote their agenda. We must guard against the normal tendency to overdose on compassion when our enemies die; to search for the silver lining around a cloud of acid rain.

He was no friend to gun owners, the Constitution or American Liberty. I anticipate that in the coming months, Sarah Brady’s gun control wish list will be repackaged and christened with Kennedy’s name -- much to the welcome of clamorous applause and stirring speeches in the halls of Congress.

From ammunition micro-stamping to Dangerous ID, the different guises of gun control will invoke the liberal blessing of Ted Kennedy’s name -- and weak-kneed RINOs afraid of taking a stand against the tyranny of a dead man's name will find themselves going along for the ride. You and I must not allow the dead to continue to harm the living.

Click here to read Dudley Brown's full editorial.

Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director:

Let’s take a quick look at the shameful anti-gun record of Obama’s good friend and benefactor Ted Kennedy. Obama was still in elementary school when Kennedy proposed his ‘Personal Safety Firearms Act of 1973.’

Taking to the Senate floor, Kennedy claimed: ‘Gun control laws in the United States are woefully inadequate. In our vast society guns should have no reasonable role.’ (Emphasis added.) This was Kennedy’s voice 30, 40 years ago.

That same voice contemptuously dismissed the right that the Founding Fathers recognized and sought to protect for future generations of Americans the right to own and possess arms for self-defense, for hunting, for simple personal enjoyment.

‘For the American family in 1973, fear, apprehension, mistrust, anguish and pain are the dreaded products of our firearms history,’ Kennedy claimed.

Summarizing his bill for his colleagues, Kennedy said it would require:

‘First, the registration of every civilian-owned gun in this country. Second, it will require all gun owners to pass stringent qualifying procedures to legally possess a gun and, third, it bans the domestic output of all hand-held firearms that are not designed for sporting purposes.’

Kennedy’s fellow senators understood differently, however, and soundly rejected his legislation on a 78-11 vote.

Undaunted, Kennedy continued to charge full steam ahead. In 1979, his constant efforts to abolish our Right to Keep and Bear Arms brought him to the attention of the Senate Ethics Committee. The committee unanimously rebuked Kennedy for improperly using Senate stationery to write fund-raising letters for gun-ban groups that included the National Coalition to Ban Handguns.

It’s safe to say that there is not a single outrageous anti-gun position Ted Kennedy has failed to support in his long career. He has voted to ban semi-automatic rifles, pistols and shotguns. He has attempted to make it a federal crime to purchase more than two handguns in a year. He has proposed 21-day waiting periods on all gun purchases. He has made several attempts to ban centerfire hunting ammunition.

When his gun and ammunition bans failed, Sen. Kennedy fought tooth and nail to protect the gun control lobby’s schemes to bankrupt the American firearm industry. And don’t think that the gun confiscations from law-abiding citizens in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina troubled Kennedy in the least. He was one of only 16 senators to vote against the NRA-backed ‘Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act’ that became federal law on Oct. 9, 2006.

Click here to read Chris Cox's full editorial.

W. James Antle, III, the American Spectator, "The Face of Liberalism":

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, dead of brain cancer at age 77, personified liberalism at its most decent and its most decadent. In his personal life, "degenerate" might often have been a better word. He took the Kennedy name from the glory of Camelot to the disgrace of Chappaquiddick, vacillating between the two from his famous Democratic National Convention address in 1980 to the William Kennedy Smith rape trial in 1991.

The man who would become a beloved father figure to the sons and daughters of his slain brothers, left another family's daughter to die in an incident that would have ended virtually any other politician's career -- and should have ended his. Yet Kennedy paid less of a price for behavior that led to the death of a human being than did professional football player Michael Vick for cruelty to animals."

Click here to read W. James Antle's editorial at the American Spectator.











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Comments (23)

Hello- anyone home?

Posted by: offthefence+++ | September 21, 2009 8:29 AM    Report this comment

I just found out how many guns Obama owns. My sources asked how many secret service personnel were deployed to the White House?. That's how many guns Obama owns at this point in time.Does this answer your question "off the fence"? Semper Fi

Posted by: Sharps | September 17, 2009 1:21 PM    Report this comment

oops- sorry for posting twice. Sometimes I stutter. Have a great week!

Posted by: offthefence+++ | September 15, 2009 9:13 AM    Report this comment

why do the criminals {FELONS} have the right to protect themselves, and the rest of us do not? The real threat to the "American" people is not the criminals- it's our government.

Posted by: offthefence+++ | September 15, 2009 9:07 AM    Report this comment

why do the criminals {FELONS} have the right to protect themselves, and the rest of us do not? The real threat to the "American" people is not the criminals- it's our government.

Posted by: offthefence+++ | September 15, 2009 9:04 AM    Report this comment

I am sorry anyone has to die. I will not pine for Mr. Kennedy. He has done more harm than good against freemen in this country and I shall remember him so.

Posted by: Tim C | September 14, 2009 2:32 PM    Report this comment

Thanks for the laugh RackEmPunk.

Posted by: JWallace | September 11, 2009 10:33 PM    Report this comment

Fat Head Ted was one of Obama's idols. Many called Obama the most liberal Senator in Congress. That would have been true had Ted Kennedy died sooner. Long live the 2nd amendment, I'll keep it locked and loaded regardless of the Kennedy's of the world. They are ooooooh so liberal until it comes to GUNS!
Semper Fi

Posted by: Sharps | September 10, 2009 10:33 PM    Report this comment

That is priceless! A well deserved tribute.

Posted by: Robert J | September 10, 2009 10:27 AM    Report this comment

I've been moved to create my own "tribute" to both Fat Head Ted and the pathetic Gun Reports poster known as "Steven G."

If you wish to view it, you'll have to look inside my septic tank in about an hour or so.

Posted by: RackEmPunk | September 9, 2009 1:14 PM    Report this comment

Hey sharps,He killed a lady and ran away and didn't report it for 10 hours!!HE GOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST!!Great american?NOT!!The great americans are all the veterans,PAST,PRESENT AND FUTURE!!!

Posted by: spx shooter | September 9, 2009 5:25 AM    Report this comment

Chuck S, I think the saying here would be better served: You should "refuse a battle of wits with an unarmed assailant".

Posted by: Sharps | September 7, 2009 10:49 AM    Report this comment

lest we not get carried away, as stated above, this is a GUN FORUM .Since Ted Kennedy was an enemy of the 2nd amendment, reasonable folks cannot expect us to think of Ted Kennedy as a hero ,or a "lion of the senate". He was the "cowardly lion" in a surrealistic Senate that has yet to discover the truth in the REAL outside world.Better Ted took Nancy Pelosi with him than Mary Jo Kapechne. Semper Fi

Posted by: Sharps | September 5, 2009 9:21 PM    Report this comment

Gun ownership a privilege? I guess that depends on which State you live in. I always considered it a right, not a privilege. I guess that would depend on State of Mind. Considering it a privilege makes me think of approaching some bald, obese guy behind a desk and begging for permission to protect myself.

Posted by: JWallace | September 4, 2009 10:00 PM    Report this comment

I'm sure these same liberals on these forums who don't think you should say anything bad about Ted Kennedy were the same ones out there saying vile things about President Bush the last 8 years. Hypocrisy runs deep in the liberal ranks. It has been said that a lot of liberal anti-gunners try and get in these forums and stir things up. Sometimes you run into Dems who own guns and fail to realize there own party wants to take them away. That reminds me of a quote my Sgt. used to say to us "Life is hard, life is harder if your stupid"

Posted by: Robert J | September 4, 2009 9:57 AM    Report this comment

Most of the forums I've been on have liberals screaming for us to lose our second amendment rights, they accuse gun owners of being criminals, they say that if we were no longer allowed to have guns the crime rate would drop, there would be no more killing of innocent people. Because these people live their lives at the government trough feeding on everything the liberals "give" them, I CAN SEE A FLURREY OF ANTI-GUN LEGISLATION COMING AT US. Sorry about the caps. Liberals are in this thing for everything they can get their hands on and they have no scruples about how they get what they want. Obama, the yes man, will sign anything they can get in front of him, but, how long after they get everything they want, do you think he will be around? remember John Kennedy? I still think it was his own party that did him in.

Posted by: Vernon R | September 4, 2009 8:44 AM    Report this comment

Steven G: Why are you posting here? Did you have any new information for us? Did you have any new ideas for us? Did you think you were going to win hearts and minds? NO. You came to do a drive-by ambush, to insult and abuse people you don't even know. Chances are you will never even return to read this.

We don't need your puerile insults. We don't need your gross conceptual errors, we don't need your unfocused and unsupported assertions, or your fawning sycophantism for a vile dead senator.

When you have something serious to say, preferably something civil, intelligent, and wise, come back and post for us.

Gaviota

Posted by: Lee W | September 3, 2009 8:18 PM    Report this comment

Most of the commentary is important as it is not being presented by the mass media. Senator Reid has said that Senator Kennedy's death is an opportunity to pass legislation that the majority of the American public do not support. It is important to emphasize to our elected officials that a bad bill is not made better by naming it after a deceased Senator, no matter what side of the street he was on.

Posted by: David M | September 3, 2009 5:24 PM    Report this comment

Regardless of the man's actions regarding the 2nd amendment, could you at least let the body get cold? What the hell is wrong with you? You aren't bringing new info to light, this is all stuff that all of us gun-rights guys already know, so what's the point in rehashing a man's history before he's in the ground?

Posted by: KCSHOOTER | September 3, 2009 3:27 PM    Report this comment

Steven G.,I think that if Ted was not a Kennedy he would not have got the Senate seat, got to keep it after he killed a woman, and ran virtually unopposed every term. Its easy to be a Lion of the Senate without fear of being voted out of office. With that being said, these advantages favored the accomplishments. Contrary to popular belief, being dead does not elevate you to Saint status. Hitler had a lot of accomplishments also, however I do not think you would be banging the drum for him, or would you? Now the comment on all we think about is guns, THIS IS A FREAKING GUN FORUM. We talk about politics and how it effects gun issues. Ted Kennedy was not a friend to the gun owner, so why should these negative comments on this site surprise you? Sorry Mr. Liberal if you have been offended by our diligence in protecting our second amendment rights.

Posted by: Robert J | September 3, 2009 12:52 PM    Report this comment

All you guys care about are your guns. Kennedy's record in the Senate is astounding. He reached out to Republicans and successfully passed bill after bill. Despite his personal failings and the press and opponents hounding him almost daily, his record surpasses any other Senator of the last 50 years. There is a reason he was known as The Lion of the Senate. If a Carpenter, or a Gun Smith, or an Accountant drank and was a womanizer, does that make them, ipso facto, bad carpenters, Gun Smiths, and Accountants? I think not. You guys need to get your heads out of your collective butts. There is more to life than your guns. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Condolences indeed! You aren't fit to stand in Kennedy's shadow let alone opine about him and his accomplishments. Give me a break. Reading crap like this just motivates me to work hard to keep gun ownership a priviledge.

Posted by: Steve189 | September 3, 2009 12:05 PM    Report this comment

Ted Kennedy couldn't even get his own brother's physical fitness program right. I am sure that Jack and Ted Kennedy came from different worlds. Ted Kennedy was an overweight drunk that had no moral scruples and wore the banner of "Liberal" as if he was actually helping Americans while his life's fight was for Immigrants. This soldier will NOT miss the man and his fight against the 2nd Amendment or his bleeding heart catastrophic Immigration agenda. Semper Fi

Posted by: Sharps | September 3, 2009 10:57 AM    Report this comment

I read the whole thing, plus a lot of the other posts on the blogs.

Michael Todd: I don't like Todd or his posters. Can't stick with facts, ideas, values, principles, or philosophy. Has to abuse and denigrate other people personally, cannot engage in civil and courteous disagreement. Ad hominem and caustic, snotty sarcasm is his game. The guy is an Attack Chihuahua.

Dudley Brown: Good information, thoughtful commentary, usual call for hardheaded gun owners to unite (like that'll ever happen). Worthwhile reading.

Chris Cox: The date on this editorial is 4/3/08, nearly a year and a half ago. Most of the other articles are just as stale. Doesn't the NRA have website maintenance people? Sheesh.

W. James Antle, III: Good grief. This obituary is just what you'd expect from someone who wears a name like "W. James Antle, III." It's eloquent, erudite, educated, and staunchly conservative. The best thing about it, though, was this comment left by a poster talking about the history of the Republican party: "...They stopped opposing Liberalism and started opposing Democrats. They ceased promoting Conservatism and instead promoted Republicans. They replaced Principle with Party, and now we are here on the verge of the abyss, with no party opposed to Big Government Liberalism at all." S.L. Toddard| 8.26.09 @ 3:51PM.

All I could think was "Damn! That guy sounds like ME!"

Gaviota

Posted by: Lee W | August 30, 2009 7:58 PM    Report this comment

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