Remember Elian Gonzales

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 22 Apr 2003 12:00:00 GMT
Kim du Toit - 3 Years Ago Today - Elian Gonzales was kidnapped from his adopted family in Florida. Kim's Gratuitous Gun Pic for today features the Heckler and Koch HK MP5, the gun used by the jack-booted thug in the famous photo.

Mike Ruff at Liberty for All - Defending the Right to Bear Arms - Mr. Ruff relates some of his interactions with people who notice the handgun on his hip. [firearmnews]

I carry openly. I do this for political reasons-the same reason I make it a point to sit in the smoking section at restaurants when I go out to eat by myself, even though I don't smoke. But that's another story.

I carry openly, precisely because it invites comment (it shouldn't, but such is the sad state of our society). Some of the comments are good, a few are bad, and many more merely serve educational purposes.

Lisa Fitterman at - Breast-feeding in a time of war - the perils of feeding your baby in an airplane during this time of hieghtened sekurity. You can't make this stuff up. [whatreallyhappened]

Robyn E. Blumner at The St. Petersburg Times - Go directly to jail, crime or no - more on the detention of Mike Hawash, without trial or court review. He will finally get a hearing on April 29, but he will have been in jail for 5 weeks at that time. Thirty days for the crime of being of Palestinian descent. Seems to me like time for Herr Ashcroft to get a taste of his own medicine. Let's lock him up for a month and see how he likes it. [whatreallyhappened]

Steven McGeady, a former Intel vice president, is leading the effort on Hawash's behalf. McGeady said he had been a casual observer of the post-Sept. 11 terrorism detentions -- concerned but not engaged. His activism kicked in when his good friend was arrested. What happened to Hawash "is the classical definition of a police state," McGeady said. "Government can hold you in secret at any time and for any length of time. It violates, for me and everyone I know, the pre-existing trust we have in government." McGeady believes firmly that if Hawash were "not of Arabic descent" he would never have been treated in this pre-emptory manner: Instead of waiting in a prison cell, "he'd be home waking up with his wife and kids every morning."

Mary Lou Seymour at Rational Review - Sunset the assault weapons ban - a rant on the recent story of Bushnev's support for renewing the "assault" weapons ban, due to sunset in September of 2004. If you haven't done so, go to GOA's activism page, click on the link under "Bad News for Gun Owners", and send a letter to Herr Bush. [smith2004]

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