My mamma always says treason is as treason does

treason“I‘m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it any more!” shouted character Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network.  I can relate to that sentiment because that’s about how I feel when it comes to the gun issue, as you may have gathered elsewhere; it’s kinda why I started this blog afterall.  These days though, supporting the Second Amendment is enough to get you ridiculed and insulted.  In their ongoing efforts to restrict gun ownership, the ultimate goal being a complete gun ban, anti-gun liberals have co-opted a formerly conservative tactic: accuse the other side of treason.

This past Thursday, Christopher Swindell, a journalism professor (ha!) at Marshall University in West Virginia, accused the NRA and its members of treason, and suggested they ought to be shot by a firing squad.  Before we go any farther, let’s define “treason” so we’re all working from the same play book.  According to Webster’s Dictionary, “treason” is defined as:

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Gun Talk Radio with Tom Gresham

tom-greshamAbout two hours ago I was a guest on Gun Talk Radio with Tom Gresham.  After my final column at the Iowa State Daily went viral, Mr. Gresham’s manager, Sarah Franke, contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in doing an interview.  Of course I said yes.  But having never been interviewed on the radio before, naturally I was apprehensive.  Not nervous exactly, but possessed of the natural uncertainty one has when doing something for the first time.  Mostly, really, I was just looking forward to it.

The moment came: At 2:05 PM Central the phone rang.  A friendly guy named Eric was on the other end.  “Is this Barry?” he asked.  “Yes.”  Then he says, “I have you scheduled to be on the show soon.  Are you ready?”  “Yes, Sir” I answered.  “Okay, you’ll be on in a couple minutes, so can I put you on hold?”  So polite, even though I have no choice here.  “Yes, Sir” I repeated.  “Okay, good luck!”  *click*

Thanks Eric!  And the waiting began…

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Waking the dragon: How Feinstein fiddled while America burned

DSC_0084Note: This was originally published as a column in the Iowa State Daily on May 3, 2013. There’s a PDF version of the print edition, which is shorter, here.

Along with bombs and bombers, guns seem to be all the media wants to talk about these days. Death is sexy to our miscreant media, especially when people are killed on purpose. And when that happens, it’s all the newspapers and news stations will print and broadcast, in turn making these events appear worse than they are in reality.

To understand this, one need only look at the difference in coverage between the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, which killed at least 14 confirmed people and injured 200 more at the time of writing this, versus the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, which only killed three and injured a hundred others. Texas was on TV for a day, tops, while we’re still hearing about Boston and will for many weeks to come.

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