The Same Old Story


I took the liberty of rendering the dialogue fairly generic. After all, I wouldn’t want our anti-Bill of Rights readers to miss the point.

The Day After:
Criminals and the Washington Gun-Grab.


A young man (GANGBANGER) wearing ill-fitting clothing sidles up to an equally shoddily dressed individual (BLACK-MARKETEER). The second man leans against an open-trunked 1988 Buick LeSabre with after-market rims the size of manhole covers.

Pardon me; but are you the fellow who operates a black-market gun shop out of his car?

Indeed, I am. Given your attire and demeanor, I presume you wish to purchase a gun but are precluded from doing so either because you are legally prohibited from possessing firearms, are conducting an illegal straw purchase or simply do not wish to have your possession of a firearm noted by law enforcement. Of course, as a black-marketeer, I eschew any sort of legal restrictions in favor of facilitating criminal weapons purchases.

As a criminal who routinely and deliberately breaks any laws I wish, I appreciate your services. Might you have any fully automatic weapons?

I can accommodate your request. And you are clearly aware such a purchase constitutes a further violation of the law, since possession of fully automatic firearms without proper Federal approval has been illegal for many years. However, since we are both criminals, violating pre-existing weapons laws is entirely inconsequential to us.

In fact, President Barack Obama and his accomplices’ attempts to further restrict the Bill of Rights benefit us both. By passing so-called “gun control” laws, they have not only rendered my potential victims even more vulnerable, they have also increased your sales. The war on the Bill of Rights very closely mirrors the disastrous Prohibition efforts of the early 20th century.

It has been a pleasure doing illegal business with you, fellow criminal. I look forward to further interactions with you and the rest of the violent criminal element as we all continue to flout the laws that burden our law-abiding brethren in the name of state control over the people.

Look what their ideological idols did to Russia: a murderous, behemoth government working hand in glove with a homicidal, monstrous criminal underworld. And the law-abiding citizens –helpless against those twin terrors –died by the tens of millions to benefit them both.

“When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” It might be clichéd, but it is indubitably a fact. By the way, I need you to sign this Federal form for your background check before I sell you any firearms; it’s the law.

I beg your pardon?

Just kidding.


–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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    • Robert Smith

      Actually if we take away the money motive from the banger there isn’t much of a reason for the violence.
      Make enough recreational drugs legal to make selling them on street corners not worth the effort.
      Make prostitution legal and regulated like it is at the Mustang Ranch so young women don’t have to be forced to participate. Some actually enjoy their work.
      Allow gambling that pays out the same as it does on the street so it moves off the street.
      IOW, RESTORE freedoms in America so criminals don’t have a reason to protect their turf.
      Oh, and put some of the banksters in jail to reduce the suicide rate as they steal from Americans.

      • Steve E

        I agree with all those freedoms, but the citizens are still going to have to guns in case the government tries to take away those freedoms.

        • vicki

          I also agree with all of those freedoms AND that citizens are still going to have to have guns to protect them from the criminals that will still rob banks, commit muggings, rape, murder etc.

      • rendarsmith

        Robert, are you basically saying to make money-making illegal activities legal and easier for criminals so they don’t have incentive to steal or protect their possessions? You think doing that is going to make criminals want to stop stealing? Really? REALLY?

        How are we going to regulate prostitution? It’s already illegal and happens anyway. How on earth are we going to regulate it? Do you think building mustang ranches is going to stop illegal prostitution elsewhere?

        “Allow gambling that pays out the same as it does on the street so it moves off the street.”

        I got news for you, most people LOSE money when gambling, it rarely pays out. That’s the whole point of casinos, to get you to spend away your money. You talk about big banksters, well you can compare them to casino owners. They’re stuffing their pockets too. Not only that, gambling can be an addiction. People who lose all their money will do anything to get more to continue gambling. I see this making the problem worse.

        • vicki

          rendarsmith writes to Robert Smith
          Robert, are you basically saying to make money-making illegal activities legal and easier for criminals so they don’t have incentive to steal or protect their possessions? You think doing that is going to make criminals want to stop stealing? Really? REALLY?”

          No. He is saying that just like Prohibition, making possession of things illegal reduces supply without affecting demand thus making a “black market” obscenely more profitable which is JUST what lazy criminal types want.

      • independent thinker

        RS you are deluded at best. The gangbanger “protects his turf” because it is his turf not because of drugs, prostitution, etc. The gangs were “protecting their turf” long before they became drug dealers, pimps, etc.

        • vicki

          Quite true which is why we will continue to need guns to protect ourselves. However if we take away the government power to control our possession of things it will not have the power to take away the possession of things that happen to be guns.

      • Ole SC

        Rob, that sounds all nice and fuzzy, but unless you continue to pay these jerks to sit on their butts and do nothing, furnish their drugs, booze, food, cars, clothing, feeding their many illegitimate children, etc. the will continue to rob, steal, and terrorize the communities as they always do. They are too damn sorry and lazy to work and support themselves and their families. That is just a part of their character, since they have never been taught to be civilized. The problem WILL NOT go away by making drugs and sex free. They’re not free, never have been and never will be! If it is a legalized, someone is still gonna charge for it!! Just at the point of legalization, the government will be charging (taxing) you for it. Just like the lottery ( gambling was illegal until the government got into it for profit) and now it’s all for the children’s education and people think it wonderful. Although, gambling is also additive and many have destroyed their lives with it. I do believe people should have the right to destroy themselves, as long as it don’t cost me a dime and don’t infringe on my rights to be safe and protect my family and property. Giving criminals everything that they want so they will leave us alone ain’t the answer. Owning guns and powerful guns at that is the only defense against thugs and criminals. Since they are cowards by nature, if they know everyone has one, they are less likely to bother you!!

        • vicki

          Robert didn’t say to give criminals what they want. He simply pointed out that if we give government the power to control our possession of things why are we upset when one of those things is guns?

          • Ole SC

            Robert said ( if we take away the money motive from the banger there isn’t much of a reason for the violence.) Vicki, what I was saying is that is not just the price of the drugs, etc that is causing the problem, it is the lack of honest ambition of that class of people that is the problem, They don’t work to support their basis needs much less their drug habits. It is the culture and not just the habits.

          • vicki

            Which is why we need to eliminate black market profits by the only possible way. Stop making the possession of things illegal.

            There will still be crime. There will still be criminals. They will still rob banks, commit muggings etc but the culture that grows from Prohibition will have been eliminated.

          • Ole SC

            That is what I was saying to begin with, if you make them legal, then the other criminals (politicians) will profit from them, All we would do is give them from one set of criminals to another set of criminals. That is OK with me and I don’t give a diddly damn what people do to themselves or how they spend their money. But I do give a Big diddly damn how my money is spent. And I really care if my rights are being trampled on because of the actions of others! Leave my God given (not government given) right to own and bare arms and acknowledged by the Second Amendment!!

          • vicki

            Politicians are not criminals just because they are politicians.

            Removing the power for government to control the possession of things does not allow government to “profit” thus politicians do not “profit”.

            When our representatives violate their oath by creating unconstitutional law attempting to control the possession of things (drugs, guns, whatever) then they are acting in a criminal manner.

            If you REALLY believe (as do I) that God gave us the right to keep the fruits of our labor then it follows that we must defend that right in others even if we don’t personally approve of what they choose to keep. You and I keep inanimate objects. Some liberals keep herbs. Defend ALL rights or do not be surprised when the government comes for yours.

          • Ole SC

            My comment was not a general statement is was specific. Politicians take an oath (Swear and affirm) to defend and protect the Constitution of the USA and when the take actions to violate that oath that is considered perjury and that is a crime, thus making them criminals. Listen, I believe that people have the right to don anything that they want to as long as it don’t infringe on the rights of others! Where are we differing here!!! This was not a part of the original discussion, we were talking about criminal thugs and their violent crimes. Gun control won’t stop them no matter what liberties you let them keep. They have a culture that is destructive by nature! That will not change no matter what!! Most of what you said is what I was saying!

          • vicki

            We seem to be mostly in agreement :)

            It just seemed like you were blaming drugs for the violence instead of criminal thugs. Sorry for the confusion.

          • Ole SC

            No problem, I was blaming the culture and trying to say that they will always be what they are! Don’t worry about the confusion, I stay confused it seems!! ;-)) Have a good evening!!

      • speedle24

        Congrats Robert Smith. So far you are the only lefty to have the nads to even comment on this post. That’s understandable because there really isn’t a whole lot of rational opposition to it (as illustrated by your non sequitur comments regarding drugs and prostitution).

      • vicki

        Robert Smith writes:
        “Oh, and put some of the banksters in jail to reduce the suicide rate as they steal from Americans.”

        And how precisely do they steal from Americans?

        • Lucky3511

          Would you say holding thousands of dollars in accounts and giving a dollar or two as interest. I would definitely call that stealing. In casinos occasionally someone wins. In banking, only the banker wins, getting huge bonuses despite the banks reputedly losing money. In my book this is stealing with a vengeance and worse it hits every one with limited fixed income, like the elderly.

  • R.F.

    Did I read the lead to this report correctly? Gun laws are making it impossible to purchase a gun? Really? Everything I hear is that gun sales are up, up, up.

    • chocopot

      Try reading it again.

    • Cole Johnson

      you read it but, evidently you did not understand it! or you are just being obtuse? the new gun laws will make it impossible to purchase a gun without government intrusion! work on your comprehension skills!

      • R.F.

        Fact is there are too many people getting their heads blown off thanks to heavy weaponry. Several reports just this week about little kids getting hold of guns. A 4 year old in Georgia picks up his dad’s pistol, goes outside and blows off the head of the 6 year old next door. Then in Tennessee another 4 year old picks up a gun that his Deputy Sheriff dad was showing to a family member at a cookout and the toddler shoots a woman to death. Fun and games. A Deputy Sheriff no less. Thousands getting blown away every week including the really big events like Newtown and the mall and theatre and college campus mass killings. Frankly Americans do not seem that capableto handle guns safely. Hopefully pending legislation will correct that and also make it more difficult for loonies to get hold of weapons that can mow down dozens of people in just seconds.

    • Ole SC

      That’s why there is a fight to stop the gun laws, so we can keep them!!!!

  • Blank Reg

    This should indeed be filmed and posted to Youtube…

  • Kratz Leatherman

    This is so true. Criminals don’t want to obey laws. That’s why they are called criminals. Duh! These laws only hurt the law abiding & make us more vulnerable to the criminal element. Oh yes, & turning more law abiding citizens into criminals.

    • R.F.

      Some drivers will always speed and endanger the safety of others. But that is no reason to eliminate speed limits.

      • vicki

        Irrelevant. We are discussing possession of (cars, guns) not use thereof.

    • ONTIME

      Criminals and lefties think Constitutional law is for sissies….libs are a special kind of stupid.

    • vicki

      Since gun possession control laws are unconstitutional it won’t really turn law abiding citizens into criminals. Unconstitutional law is null and void from it’s inception.

  • Darral

    Gun control is Treason, read Dr. Edwin Vieira Jr. Essay Dare call it Treason and let us call it what it is TREASON, Abolish this Destructive treasonous Democratic party.

  • dan

    hehehehee….indubitably ! Being a felon means never having to say ,”I surrender”

  • Peter Barney

    So true!


    The Obama “cyber-warriors-program”!

    What most people are not aware of, is that, shortly after Obama’s inauguration on January 23/08, something called “the Cyber-Warriors for Obama Project” was activated. This project is paid for through funds from Obama’s political corporation, called: the 501(c)4 Organizing for Obama. Instructions of the project are contained in a white, three-ring binder with Obama’s circular campaign logo imprinted on the outside of the binder with the name “Cyber-Warriors for Obama” printed in blue across the top. Inside this binder are the names and e-mail addresses of 3,575 “cyber assets,” or “warriors,” listed in alphabetical order under about a dozen or so “team leaders.” Most of these “assets” are being paid just over minimum wage, and most work from home and have no overhead. Supervisors make substantially more.

    The binder contains multiple tabs , among them, one section with the word “targets” has a list of religious web sites, web sites recognized as Christian. Another section has a listing of conservative Internet sites. There is another tab with the label “problem sites” that are quite extensive. That particular section is broken down further into “birther” sites, “pro-gun” sites, “anti-abortion” sites, just to name a few. There is also a section of the usual news sites, like CNN, ABC… Numerous e-mail addresses each corresponding to the appropriate news organization, which also includes Fox…

    The first page of the binder has bullet points labeled “objectives” and instructions for the cyber-assets. There is also a very detailed non-disclosure agreement with the word “DRAFT” typed in big, light grey letters across the body of the two-page agreement. The agreement and the instructions are typed on white paper with a warning, printed in red on each page, that the document was not to be copied or disseminated! The instructions are very specific; Infiltrate web forums, collect screen names, avatars, and posters’ tag lines, and attempt to resolve these to their actual identities. At times, the instruction to the “asset” is only to monitor but do not disrupt without authorization.

    There is another section titled “Divert, Disrupt and Destroy,” listing “how to’s” in certain cases.There is also a section on maintaining a social media presence, and another on the most effective use of Twitter.

    Lastly, there is a “reference section,” which included statistics, specific language to use to marginalize different posters, and effective methods to discredit people while maintaining a sense of legitimacy. The subheading is “And the truth shall set you free.”

    Truth? They are hired on their hacking abilities, or more precisely on their abilities to make postings through proxy servers and effectively use alternate identities and multiple e-mail addresses. Their purpose is to spread disinformation, not truth.

    There are also various pages that contain “motivational statements”, including one that referred to Obama as the “Pharaoh of the Internet,” an odd characterization.

    But what’s important is that suddenly, through the use of Internet aliases, multiple e-mail addresses, and screen names, a project that employs 3,575 people will have the appearance and effectiveness of maybe 10,000 or more different people.

    These people, “Cyber-warriors”, were hired through the campaign offices located throughout the country, and that training meetings were held at various locations. The binders were for instructional purposes, not to hand out, and contain a list of web sites.

    • momo

      So that’s where flashy gets his BS.

  • Feed up

    Did I understand this correctly the president flew down in Air Force One and picked up the parents of the Sandy Hook children? Then flew them back to Washington so they would have access to the Senate? Our tax dollars hard at work. (I truly am sorry for the loss of the children) .

  • Feed up

    2nd amendment Patriots we have been sold out 68 to 31the Senate should have went for the filibuster. Coburn and McCain need to stay on the porch they are worthless for hunting now.

    • vicki

      Look on the bright side. We will have a current vote record as to who is worthy of being our representatives when they vote on the actual bill(s)


    The old USSR was racked by economic problems and that was the reason Presisdent Reagan was able to exploit them, he did them a favor. They now are required to own firearms, this will help retain their new found freedoms, they are shrinking their underground economy and the tax structure is more accommodating than our own here in the US…My how things have changed. You almost want to hug RazzPutin..

  • Bob Belcher

    70 YEARS of gun laws against the constitution and not one gun taken away from the criminals .

    • R.F.

      Not one gun taken away from criminals in the last 70 years?!? You’re joking right?

      • Vash the Stampede

        only when they were arrested or killed. otherwise no.

        • R.F.

          Well yes their guns are taken away when they’re arrested. Isn’t that kind of when it WOULD happen?

          • Vash the Stampede

            when you hear them talking about taking guns away from criminals.They are talking about before they get them not after. In other words they want to prevent they from getting them in the first place.

  • Vash the Stampede

    Sorry but the fanatical antigun people don’t believe in logic or the truth. No matter how much the FBI statistics show other wise. They will believe what ever fear mongering media & politicians puts out.

    • R.F.

      Actually my views on the need to have gun controls does not come from “fear mongering”. My views are based on the all the mass shootings that happen in your country.

      • Vash the Stampede

        Sorry but gun control has not worked at all. It is also illegal for the government to pass any law that prohibits gun ownership in any way but they still do it. Social decay is the cause of the current problems facing the USA. I am sad to say. The people on top go higher, people on the bottom go lower. Why finish school or take a minimum wage job if they have to work years to get nowhere. When doing all sort of illegal activities and get some where. I know that the recent mass shootings were not done by career criminals. But the majority of people killed by (“Assault Weapons” false label) AR 15 type arms are. They don’t care about bans, background checks, waiting periods, or any other such restriction or law. If the prohibition of alcohol had not come about fully automatic firearms probably would have never been banned. The same goes for all other prohibitions we have now. A war that cost us money and social strife that we cannot afford. Look up prohibitions and see how many people it killed.

        • R.F.

          Do you support a dramatic rise in the minimum wage so that the folks at the bottom you mentioned would have a bit of hope that their hard work would, indeed, get them somewhere? You sound sad about folks not being able to get ahead in America and yet I bet you’re against any tax increase on the richest 1% who control most of all the wealth in the country.

          • Vash the Stampede

            Yes I would like to see the minimum wage increase. We have needed it for so long. Corporations should not be allowed to shuffle money around a pay nothing. When my dad paid over 30% while struggling to support a family of five.The rate they pay depends on where the income came from. People got upset that rich people who had only investment income paid less than 15%. If they had investment income they would pay the same on it.It was not exclusively for them the 1%. The 1% have enjoyed low taxes for a long time. Eliminating loopholes would have fixed this problem. Making them pay more. Yes the 1% & corporations should get a tax increase.

          • R.F.

            Then we are in agreement. Unfortunately the GOP fights to the death against even a penny increase in taxes to the mega rich and corporations. Is it not stupifying that the large oil companies that are earning billions actually get government tax breaks?!?!