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RUSH: Lisa Sylvester, correspondent at CNN, last night was on The Situation Room. Listen to this…

SYLVESTER: Until last Friday, Holmes was known as an outstanding student enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Colorado. He received a $26,000 research grant by the National Institutes of Health, funded by taxpayer money. That worked out to a monthly check of about $2,166. While receiving that grant funding over the last several months, Holmes also received a high volume of expensive deliveries to his home and work. This receipt dated July 2nd shows he purchased a tactical assault vest, a pistol magazine, M-16 magazine pouch, and knife for $306.

RUSH: So the guy couldn’t get into a gun club but the federal government (and all the brightest minds in academia) didn’t see any red flags with this guy. I mean, look here: “Until Friday, [he] was known as an outstanding student enrolled in a PhD program…” Federal government grant. Hey, maybe Obama’s right. Even the Aurora shooter got a government grant. He didn’t buy all those weapons without government help. (impression) “You didn’t do that! He didn’t do that that by himself. You didn’t make that happen. Government made that purchase possible. Government bought you those guns.”

Well, folks, what are we to conclude here?

The guy didn’t have any money. He gets a $26,000 grant and starts receiving all this stuff in the mail. All these academics think he’s a brilliant guy, but the gun club guy didn’t want any part of him. And who is being portrayed as the idiot in this story? The gun club guy! I have seen those stories. I’ve seen stories portraying the gun club guy as sort of a backwards guy, a little bit of a hick. And the only reason they think that is because the guy runs a gun club, and these people sneer, “Who would want a gun club?”

These liberals, I’m telling you, they can’t comprehend it.

“A gun club? Target practice? Who does this?” they ask.

Here’s James Carville on the same show, The Situation Room. Wolf Blitzer says to Carville, “Should the president and Mitt Romney heed the advice of the New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and start talking about serious gun control, James?”

CARVILLE: The reality of American politics is the NRA has a very dominating presence in Washington, and somewhat around the country. And, uh, I don’t think that, uh, between now and Election Day there’s gonna be a lot of discussion about gun control. In places like Ohio and Pennsylvania, Virginia — you know, to some extent even Colorado — this issue is not a decided issue. The people that advocate gun control have not been as effective as the people who fight these laws and it tends to play out in elections. That’s the reality of American politics. That’s just what it is.

RUSH: Yeah. And, you know, it’s been that way now for 12 years. I’ll never forget one of the debates between Algore and George W. Bush. In that debate, Algore came out against gun control. He started talking about how he believed in the right to own weapons. I was watching this, and I was stunned, and I said, “What have I missed?” His supporters were probably shocked and stunned as well. “What is he talking about?”

Well, he knew. And then in 2004 we had John Kerry dressed up like a hunter, in camo gear, walking into some bait shop in Ohio and asking, “Is this where I get me a huntin’ license?” So Carville’s right. He’s warning Democrats and Obama (summarized): “Don’t go to gun control. It doesn’t matter what happened here. It’s not a winning issue for you. The American people don’t blame the Constitution for what happened.”


RUSH: Mayor Doomberg in New York, by the way, is now saying he doesn’t understand why cops just don’t go on strike and walk off the job until the government forces everybody to turn in their guns. Mayor Doomberg, you govern a city with the tightest gun laws in the country, maybe second only to Washington. The Sullivan Act! The tightest gun laws in the country are in New York. Here’s a mayor telling his own police force to go on strike ’til everybody turns in their guns.


Do you think this guy in Colorado would’ve turned in his guns or the explosives in his apartment? I tell you, we’re surrounded by fools. We are surrounded by (and we are governed by) fools, literal idiots. (snorts) Anything over 16 ounces can’t be sold because of the sugar content? I’ve got a great story in the Stack about that. Some guy has written a piece in the Wall Street Journal about how it is impossible to run a business with these kinds of regulations.

Look, I want to play a sound bite from Ice-T, the well-known actor. (chuckles) You know one of the funniest things I ever saw? It was Ice-T, back in his radical days. This is during the Rodney King era. Ted Koppel was hosting Nightline and Ice-T was the guest. I don’t know what the issue was. They were talking about some racial strife. And Koppel didn’t know what to call him so he just kept calling him “Mr. T.” Ice-T was a rapper, right? He started out as a rapper and Koppel was calling him Mr. T!

“Mr. T, what do you think of this?”

And, of course, Ice-T is in character on this show, and he’s in his rapper character, and he’s doing the down-low. And Koppel here, you know, is being Mr. Sophisticated, “Tell me, Mr. T,” and Ice-T had that angry, ticked-off look on his face. He was angry at the world, angry at everyone. “I’m telling you that I’m down with it, bro!” Koppel says, “Well, Mr. T, would you…?” It was like I saw William F. Buckley interview Jesse Jackson one time. (impression)

“Uh, uh, REV’rnd Jacks’nnn, uh, could — could — could you explain to me in salient terms what — what exactly it is you’re talking about when — when you, uh, say that one of the big problems the American people face is ongoing racial discrimination and — in society as indicated by…?” Jackson is listening to this and he says, “Whoa! What the hell is he talking about? What is he saying?”

So he comes out with his Jesse Jackson in character answer. Ice-T in character with Ted Koppel on Nightline was hilarious. Anyway, Ice-T was on the UK Channel 4 news last Friday, and the host, Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Krishnan Guru-Murthy was interviewing the rapper Ice-T. He’s now one of the stars of Law & Order SVU. “So, do you carry guns routinely? You have a gun at home,” Mr. Ice?

ICE-T: Yeah, it’s legal in the United States. It’s part of our Constitution. You know, the right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny, not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the police. The United States is based on guns, y’know?

RUSH: (laughing) So here’s this sophisticate from the UK’s Eyeball News Channel 4, and there’s Ice-T saying the only reason we got guns in America is “to protect yourself from the police.” (laughing) Well, we’re told, “Hey, it’s cultural. We gotta understand it from the cultural standpoint. That’s where Mr. T’s coming from.” (interruption) Yeah, he did. He knew the word “tyranny.” He knew the word “tyranny,” and he knows that tyranny comes from government representatives. Double impressive. Tyranny doesn’t come from media figures, or actors.

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