L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 50, July 4, 1999
And Brady Makes Three
by L. Neil Smith
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
Close your eyes and imagine it for a moment ...
The Ku Klux Klan in full regalia holds a press conference on the
steps of the United States Supreme Court to announce that, on the
third anniversary of its passage, an unconstitutional election law
they rammed through Congress and down the country's throat, has so
far prevented more than 100,000 Negroes from voting.
The National Grand Dragon (in this politically-correct Age of
Entitlement, a grim, gaunt, middle-aged, inorgasmic,
alcoholic-looking female) raises her hood to make the proclamation
and the media faithfully pass the joyous tidings along to a public
that, for decades, they have enthusiastically helped to keep in
abysmal ignorance of the facts and the highest law of the land, the
Bill of Rights.
As repulsive as such a spectacle would be, the actual situation is
far worse. The gaggle of thugs on the steps of the Supreme Court this
week were, in fact, America's extensive and well-bankrolled victim
disarmament industry. What they were gloating over is the third
anniversary of passage of the Brady Bill.
It is important in this connection, to remind ourselves continually
that James and Sarah Brady still claim to be conservative
Republicans. Throw in Rudolph "National Registration" Giuliani,
Christine Todd "Semiauto Ban" Whitman, Kay Bailey "What Second
Amendment?" Hutchison, and hundreds of their ilk, and you'll have a
fair idea of how much the GOP can be counted on to repair this
The 100,000 "preventees" being bragged about are people who attempted
to exercise the unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and
human right of every man, woman, and responsible child to obtain,
own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon (rifle, shotgun,
handgun, machinegun, anything) any time, any place, without asking
anyone's permission -- and were illegally kept from doing so, not
because they were axe-murderers, but due to a government computer
error, or simply because they had an unpaid parking ticket on their
The only thing missing was a gigantic, burning European-style
The one bright spot is that the Brady 100,000, like every other
statistic generated by these malignant gangsters, is a lie. It's the
same 100,000 we hear about with regard to new cops put on the street
by Bill Clinton (where we have equal reason to be grateful for the
lie -- America needs more cops the way it needs another sexually-
transmitted disease). In the computer industry, I believe the
expression is "vaporware". Elsewhere, the term is more, well,
Interestingly, a related anniversary went by almost unnoticed. Ten
years ago, the Brady Bill was just another dimwitted experimentatal
scheme knocking around Washington with thousands just like it ("Wages
for Housework" comes to mind) until it came to the attention of
elderly male senators and congressmen that women had begun to acquire
handguns in unprecedented numbers, and where that was happening, the
volume of violent crimes committed against them was plummeting.
Obviously, something had to be done about that, just as something had
to be done a generation earlier about blacks acquiring handguns in
The 1968 Gun Control Act and the Brady Bill were both passed for the
same reason: to disarm and disenfranchise individuals -- blacks in
the 60s; women in the 90s -- who, increasingly, were refusing to be
manipulated by (or to be dependent for their physical security upon)
an utterly failed Democratic power establishment.
Ironically, James Brady, lolling helpless in his wheelchair (wife
Sarah's political marionette and poster boy for the victim
disarmament industry) is living proof that you can be totally
surrounded by the toughest, best-armed, most
technologically-sophisticated coterie of bodyguards in the world --
those charged with defending the person of the President of the
United States -- and still become a victim if you're unprepared --
and unequipped -- to defend yourself.
Which is precisely what the Brady Bill is intended to prevent.
Last year, Northwestern University published a study demonstrating
that, in jurisdictions where the right to own and carry weapons has
even minimally been restored to the civilian population, crimes rates
are falling steeply. Of perhaps even greater interest is their
estimate that permitting concealed carry in other jurisdictions would
have prevented thousands of injuries and deaths.
It is those injuries and deaths, deliberately inflicted upon an
innocent populace, that the "Brady Bunch", more directly culpable
than anybody else in today's America, were celebrating last week on
the steps of the Supreme Court. If they possessed the integrity of,
say, the Ku Klux Klan, they would admit it.
Congratulations, Sarah, and drink up! You're one of a select number,
the only creatures in this country who think that champagne and blood
taste good together.
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