Archive for the 'Moderates' Category

NM family whose members were killed with an AR-15 refuse to endorse gun control

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

… To be clear, our family has differing views on gun rights and gun control. What we do agree on is that those who wish to score political points should not use a confused, misguided, 15-year old boy to make their case.

We ask those in the media and those who would use the media to make their political case, to not use Nehemiah as a pawn for ratings or to score political points. He is a troubled young man who made a terrible decision that will haunt him and his family forever. …

These are the words of New Mexico State Senator Eric Griego, speaking on behalf of his family. The senator’s nephew, Nehemiah Griego, “is accused of killing his parents Greg and Sarah Griego, along with 9-year-old Zephania, 5-year-old Jael and 2-year-old Angelina. The weapons used in the killings – a .22 rifle and an AR-15 rifle – belonged to his parents and were in the home legally… .” Despite the horrific nature of Nehemiah’s crime, despite the fact that the murders occurred just days ago, and despite the fact that an inaccurately labelled “assault rifle” was used, Senator Griego refuses to take up the panicked and simple-minded cause of “gun control.”

Guns don’t jump into people’s hands. Guns don’t have the power to control people’s minds. Gun control has no effect on reducing crime. For example, “the homicide rate in England and Wales has averaged 52% higher since the outset of the 1968 gun control law and 15% higher since the outset of the 1997 handgun ban.” Disarming citizens, forcing gun owners to get finger-printed and/or be put on lists, and banning semi-automatic weapons won’t do anything to stop violent crime. The crazies and thugs of our society will never register their guns nor will they be deprived from obtaining guns as they will just continue to get their weapons on the black market.

Those who advocate “gun control” are: 1) looking for quick fixes to complex problems, and/or 2) trying to seize/maintain political power by disarming good citizens. TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT GUN RIGHTS.

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Talking Turkey

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

The menu for meals on my Turkish Airlines flight earlier this month assured passengers that food selections “do not contain pork.” The menu also offered a serious selection of alcoholic drinks, including champagne, whiskey, gin, vodka, rakı, wine, beer, liqueur, and cognac. This oddity of simultaneously adhering to and ignoring Islamic law, the Shari’a, symbolizes the uniquely complex public role of Islam in today’s Turkey, as well as the challenge of understanding the Justice and Development Party (known by its Turkish abbreviation, AKP) which has dominated the country’s national government since 2002.

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“Whoever Fights Us, Fights Islam”

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

In the ongoing conflict between those Egyptians who strongly oppose a Sharia-based constitution—moderates, secularists, non-Muslim minorities—and those who are strongly pushing for it, Islamists are currently evoking the one argument that has always, from the very beginnings of Islam, empowered Islamists over moderates in the Muslim world.

Examples are many. According to a December 1 report from El Fagr, Gamal Sabr, former campaign coordinator for the anti-freedom Salafi presidential candidate Abu Ismail, made the division clear during an Al Jazeera interview, where he said that “whoever disagrees with him, disagrees with Islam itself,” and that many Egyptians “are fighting Islam in the picture of President Muhammad Morsi and in the picture of the Islamists,” clearly implying that the latter are one with Islam, and to fight them is to fight Islam.

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