What Our Vice-President said:
“The president is going to act. There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.” Vice President Joe Biden, January 8, 2013.
What Rush reported:
“All right, now, when a bunch of liberals get together and start talking about guns — and include the possibility of executive orders, executive action that can be taken — what are they talking about? (interruption) Well, of course not involving Congress, but they’re talking about taking guns away. What are they talking about here? Executive action to do what? Shore up the Second Amendment? I hardly think so. So that’s what Bite Me’s talking about. My only point is that.
What could a bunch of liberal Democrats worried about guns, talking about using executive orders…? What could it possibly be about? A gun grab.” Rush Limbaugh, January 9, 2012
How One “Patriot ” Responded:
Hi. This is Jim Yeager of Tactical Response. I’m pretty mad right now. I just got a news update, and today is the 9th of January, 2013. That Vice President Biden is asking the President to by pass congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles, to impose stricter gun control. Fuck that. I’m telling you if that happens it will spark a civil war and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I’m not putting up with it. You shouldn’t put up with it. I need all you Patriots to start thinking about what you’re going to do, load your damn mags, make sure your rifle is clean, pack a back pack with some food in it and get ready to fight. I am not fucking putting up with this. I am not letting my country being ruled by a dictator, I am not letting anybody take my guns. If it goes one inch further I’m going to start killing people.
Mr. Yeager is CEO of two companies (Tactical Response, and Tactical Response Gear Inc. of Camden Tennessee.) He was a patrolman, K-9 handler and, police chief, and deputy sheriff. You can see the one minute video and read the article at Southern Poverty Law Center web site.
UPDATE: 1/11/13 JIM YEAGER HAS HAD GUN PERMIT SUSPENDED! Read the Huffington Post Article.
It is easy to see what Rush Limbaugh is doing. Someone who listens to Rush, someone who believes Rush, heard him say that the Executive Orders that Vice President Biden was talking about means ‘Not Involving Congress‘, and, ‘Taking Away Guns‘ and, ‘A Gun Grab‘. His goal was to incite the paranoid. He succeeded.
I don’t know a lot about Executive Orders. I went searching the blogging world and found a right winged site AMTV that calls itself “is a grassroots media channel reporting controversial news and truth to the public.” The ‘Reporter’ was talking about Vice President Biden quote, and explained that the Executive Orders would create
“national data base to have universal background checks for fire arms buyers, national data base, strengthen mental heath checks, stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.”
Nothing about taking away your guns.
I also found Newt Gingrich, on CNN, saying that the Executive Orders would create data bases, information sharing among police departments, and between states, and mental health regulations. He, also, said nothing about taking away your guns.
Both examples above are very conservatives discussing the possible executive order. Neither didn’t go as far as Rush did. Given his past record, I am not surprised that Rush is standing by what he said. He will never admit that he is wrong. He is using lies and fear to incite his listeners.
He should thank the ACLU for protecting his First Amendment Rights. Don’t worry–it won’t happen.