February 20, 2013

The anti-gun propaganda push continues: Sami Rahamim, gun violence, and you

From my email just now comes this heart-wrenching, emotionally-drenched plea to do something to stop the gun violence:

Friend --

My dad, Reuven Rahamim, was killed this past September in a mass shooting.

I was 17 years old, one of 15 children who lost a parent that day.

I'm honoring his memory -- and those of many others who have fallen -- by doing something about gun violence.

Whether you've been personally affected by gun violence or not, you need to be part of this fight, too. Share your story: Why are you in this?

Since my dad's death, I've learned that my family's experience is not as uncommon as one might expect.

The statistics are horrifying: 12,000 Americans are murdered with guns every year. But the true toll of gun violence is borne by the tens of thousands of sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, and wounded survivors left behind.

When I think of the number of lives that could have been saved by universal background checks or better access to mental health services, I simply don't understand why Congress doesn't act right away.

So join me in speaking out. Our stories from all across the country will reaffirm the all-too-real consequences of this unending violence and the need for sensible solutions. Share why you support legislation to keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands [...]

I know my dad is watching right now as I fight alongside many other Americans for common-sense legislation.

He deserves a vote. We all deserve a vote.

Now is the time.

Thanks,

Sami

Sami Rahamim
Minneapolis, MN

P.S. -- You can see my story right here. Please add your own.

Now, naturally, being the giver that I am, I was prepared to answer Sami Rahamim, to offer my condolences for his loss, but at the same time to educate him on certain facts,  first and foremost being that “gun violence” is a neutral term, their being good gun violence — a police officer putting down a violent threat, a woman warding off a rapist (albeit not in Colorado, where a whistle and some complaints of having your period are going to have to do), a mother or father stopping an armed intruder before any harm comes to their children or property — and bad gun violence, expressed in that figure of 12000 murders each year, the overwhelming majority of which are committed by those who obtain guns illegally and will not be affected by any of the proposed gun control laws on offer by Obama or many left-leaning states. Not only that, but in the 20th century alone, countries that disarmed its citizens are responsible for 48.9 million deaths, meaning we’d need about 4075 years of US-gun death tallies, most of them committed by illegally-obtained firearms, to match what anti-gun governments were able to do to their own people in a single century.

That is, I’d hoped to educate the poor lad, to let him know that one can be saddened and upset about the murder of his father and yet still not wish to take away the great equalizing tool that we, by natural right, have at our disposal, as law abiding citizens, to help protect ourselves against the fate that befell Mr Rahamim.

Unfortunately, when I hit the reply button, I realized I wouldn’t be replying to Mr Sami Rahamim at all.  And that’s because the return email address was info@barackobama.com.

Rather repulsive misrepresenting the origins of an email like that, don’t you think?  Why, it’s almost as if there is an orchestrated effort to take advantage of the personal tragedy of some citizens in order to repeal the rights of other citizens who are in no way responsible.

But that would be gauche.  And this Administration is nothing if not classy and transparent and attuned to the hopes and dreams and fears of the working class and middle class.

So this was probably just some inadvertent oversight.

Too bad, too, because Mr Sami Rahamim deserves our sympathy — but he could really use our counsel, as well.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:13am
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Comments (24)

  1. my dad would kill me if I ever pimped out his corpse like that

    oh my god he would be pissed

  2. The referenced shooting took place here in Minneapolis, and it really was a tragic loss for the community. Mr. Rahamim was a successful businessman, an innovator, a manufacturer, and an active Jew. Sami needs to realize that he and his family are being used to manipulate his countrymen into turning over their defense to a Jew-hating Marxist and his corrupt Chicago thugs. In the new order, any agent promising to murder an innovative successful Jewish businessman is sure to get his permit fast-tracked by the Machine. Is that really the world Sami wants to live in (however briefly)?

  3. “Motor vehicle crashes in the United States result in more than 40,000 deaths per year,” says the Institute in the journal Injury Prevention. “That is, on each of the 6,209 consecutive days included in this study, an equivalent of a plane load or more of people died on the roads.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,146212,00.html#ixzz2LStrUL8G

    Do your part. Walk.

  4. I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating: the Left is all in now, and gun control is the Holy Grail. Ok, I’m mixing metaphors, but once that is accomplished, there is literally no stopping them. Sure wish our betters saw this as a hill to die on. Figuratively, of course.

  5. Why, it’s almost as if there is an orchestrated effort to take advantage of the personal tragedy of some citizens in order to repeal the rights of other citizens who are in no way responsible.

    WE ARE NOT STANDING ON THE BODIES OF THE DEAD, MR. GOLDSTEIN! GOOD DAY, SIR!

  6. The loss of this kids father is tragic, but this line pisses me off:

    “When I think of the number of lives that could have been saved by universal background checks or better access to mental health services, I simply don’t understand why Congress doesn’t act right away.”

    What is that number? I’m not sure it would make it into the double digits.

  7. gun control is the Holy Grail.

    You say this almost like this entirely surprising push to disarm the lawful came smack-dab between the end of the first of two Adminstrations and the inauguration of the second and last only two months later.

    DO YOU QUESTION THE TIMING? GOOD DAY, SIR!

  8. Colorado is high.

  9. Hey, hey – looks like your favorite folks over at PJM have instituted a new comment registration system.

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work. Old login no good, except that it apparently exists somewhere, preventing re-registration. And there’s no email addy I can find.

    Good job, guys. Top, TOP men!

  10. Glenn Beck, this morning, said something along the lines of: “Cass Sunstein has gone from nudge to shove and is working on shoot.”

  11. Mojo, I discovered that my only-used-once PJTV registration is still current and now also works at PJM.

    Stupid PJM registration form could have, you know, told me I already had a login with that email address, but nooooooo. All it was willing to say was, “There was an error with the form.”

    TRANSPARENCY!

  12. gun control is the Holy Grail.

    I’ve stopped calling it “gun control,” and instead refer to it as the War On (Some) Firearms. I wish our Benevolent Bureaucratic Overlords all the success in this war as they’ve enjoyed in their wars on poverty, (some) drugs, waste, fraud, and budget deficits.

  13. There’s no ‘(Some)’ about it, Squid.

  14. William James (1906): The Moral Equivalent of War

    Peace is our value.

  15. Oscar Pistorius’ gun was licensed, even if he does live in South Africa.

    Fat lot of good that did.

  16. McGeeHee: if you hover over the red box of rejection, the software gods will pop up an explanation. That’s how I got “screen name in use”.

  17. Oh heck, give the ol’ Overton Window a shove to right: email our dear leader back and give him the link to Paul Kersey’s SBPDL column about how blacks should be barred from owning guns, citing black crime statistics.

    At the very least, you won’t be getting any more email from little Sami again.

  18. William James (1906): The Moral Equivalent of War

    Peace is our value.

    You’re much better read than I am sdferr. I’d have gone with “Report from Iron Mountain.” [pdf]

  19. McGeehee: if you hover over the red box of rejection, the software gods will pop up an explanation.

    The software gods ask too much.

  20. Greetings:

    Last evening, in another effort to erase a bit of the Purgatory time I’m hoping to face, I watched one of the local Progressive (née Public) Broadcasting System station’s airing of “Guns in America”. The program covered a large spectrum of attitudes and experiences from those who have had guns in their lives.

    One category, however, was both missing and easily missed. No head did any talking about having used a firearm to protect himself or his family against a hostile attacker. Not a one.

    Such are the times in which we live.

  21. So why didn’t you send your response to the child that sent the email?

  22. I have little sympathy for people who allow themselves to be knowingly used as props by the Left. See Sheehan, Cindy.

  23. Personally, I think Sheehan snapped when her son was killed. It happens. Doesn’t make it right for others to take advantage of her, though.

    She’s probably still wondering where all her friends went.

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