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Can you imagine a current-day Republican expressing sentiments like these?

Found this on the Conelrad blog (an excellent compendium of Cold War information).
Some background: After leaving office, Dwight Eisenhower moved to Indian Wells, California and joined
the Eldorado Country Club. He got a letter from a future neighbor, and after reading said letter Eisenhower wrote a friend for advice.

I found what he said in that letter to be completely antithetical to what the GOP has stood for recently:



It was in late September of 1961 that President Eisenhower received the aforementioned letter from his future neighbor, Mary Florsheim Jones, proposing her idea of a community shelter for the new residents of Eldorado. Mrs. Jones was the wife of celebrity Allan Jones (father of Love Boat crooner, Jack Jones) and an heiress to the Chicago footwear fortune. Mr. Jones, a singer and actor, had performed as part of Eisenhower’s inaugural festivities which might be why the former president was giving the letter his attention.[4]

My dear General Eisenhower:

I am taking the liberty of writing to you to ask you to help my husband and I to start a group of fellow Americans joining together to build a Bomb Shelter at Eldorado Country Club. I know you are building there this summer and so are we. Our home is on the second green and we had originally thought we would build a shelter for ourselves. This seems selfish and I thought perhaps we could ban [sic] together and ask for a piece of land and make this a community project that might also set a good example.

A letter from you endorsing this idea if you think it a good plan is all we would need to start the idea into a reality.

My husband asked me to remember him to you; he sang at both your inaugurations.

Thank you for your consideration of our idea.

Very Sincerely yours,

Mrs. Allan Jones.

September 19, 1961

President Eisenhower’s letter to Gosden is fascinating because it reveals his own conflicted attitudes about survival as well as his concern for the service workers at the country club – many of whom may have been black Democrats. The note begins with some friendly pleasantries before moving on to the former president’s community shelter quandary:

... I enclose a letter from Mrs. Allan Jones, who proposes that all of us at Eldorado join together to build a bomb shelter, apparently on the theory that this would be a good example for others as well as a possible refuge for those of us who might be living there during a catastrophe. So far as I am personally concerned, I am not sure whether I would really want to be living in this country of ours should [we] ever be subjected to a nuclear bath. But even if I were persuaded that the building of a shelter would be good, I would most certainly insist that it would have to be ample to take care of all of the caddies, the workmen on the golf course, together with everybody that works in the clubhouse, including waitresses, maids, janitors and all the rest. Certainly, I do not want to offend the lady, but I wonder whether you could give me your opinion of how to answer her.

Eisenhower to Freeman Gosden RE: Country Club Fallout Shelter by Bill Geerhart

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:51 AM (2 replies)

Westford (Massachusetts) Selectmen Withdraw Proposal To Ban Assault Weapons


Westford Selectmen Withdraw Proposal To Ban Assault Weapons

WESTFORD (CBS) – A thunderous round of applause and a standing ovation greeted the news Wednesday night that a proposed town bylaw to restrict some assault weapons was going to be officially withdrawn.

The overwhelming majority of the close to 400 people who packed a special meeting of the Westford Board of Selectmen opposed the idea.

The man who originally proposed it told the crowd the debate had not gone as he had hoped...

...“I thought there would be a [negative] reaction,” Jeffries said. “But I also thought maybe some other towns in Massachusetts might have also tried something similar and none of them did. So it left us isolated as the only ones.”

Gun Prohibitionists are getting repeatedly dope-slapped by the false consensus effect lately...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:48 PM (10 replies)

Dammit, I hate when Jeff Jacoby is correct...

Read the following in the Sunday Boston Globe:


Crime soared with Mass. gun law
By Jeff Jacoby
| Globe Columnist

February 17, 2013

IN 1998, Massachusetts passed what was hailed as the toughest gun-control legislation in the country. Among other stringencies, it banned semiautomatic “assault” weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked.

“Today, Massachusetts leads the way in cracking down on gun violence,” said Republican Governor Paul Cellucci as he signed the bill into law. “It will save lives and help fight crime in our communities.” Scott Harshbarger, the state’s Democratic attorney general, agreed: “This vote is a victory for common sense and for the protection of our children and our neighborhoods.” One of the state’s leading anti-gun activists, John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence, joined the applause. “The new gun law,” he predicted, “will certainly prevent future gun violence and countless grief.”...

...The 1998 legislation did cut down, quite sharply, on the legal use of guns in Massachusetts. Within four years, the number of active gun licenses in the state had plummeted. “There were nearly 1.5 million active gun licenses in Massachusetts in 1998,” the AP reported. “In June [2002], that number was down to just 200,000.” The author of the law, state Senator Cheryl Jacques, was pleased that the Bay State’s stiff new restrictions had made it possible to “weed out the clutter.”...

...Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Globe reported this month — “a striking increase from the 65 in 1998.” Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent. Aggravated assaults jumped 26.7 percent...

Not being subject to the delusion that the validity of a claim depends upon who is making the claim, I followed James Thurber's advice and looked it up on the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports website...



...and it looks like the Globe's pet libertarian got that one right-the murder rate in Massachusetts for 1998
was 2.0 per 100,000 inhabitants, went to 3.2 in 2010 and subsided to 2.8 in 2011, a 40% increase over

The robbery rate rose as well, albeit not at nearly the same rate as murders: 96.6 in 1998 to 105.0
in 2010 and 102.7 in 2011.

One wonders what happened in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, where gun laws have essentially been
the same for decades.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:30 PM (30 replies)

Massachusetts police chiefs sued over gun license limits


Mass. police chiefs sued over gun license limits

AP Legal Affairs Writer / February 12, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Six Massachusetts residents, backed by a gun-rights group, are suing four police chiefs, claiming restrictions they place on gun licenses violate their Second Amendment rights.

A state law allows police to issue licenses to carry guns with restrictions limiting their use for sporting reasons, hunting or target practice. The federal lawsuit filed by Commonwealth Second Amendment Inc. claims those restrictions prevent gun owners from using or carrying handguns for protection.

The suit says policies on when to issue restrictions vary widely from town to town. Some communities refuse to issue licenses to carry guns without restrictions, while others issue some license without restrictions, but only if the applicants establish that they have a pronounced need to carry a gun, the lawsuit says. Still other towns issue licenses without restrictions.

‘‘Massachusetts’ (license to carry) scheme results in otherwise-qualified, law-abiding citizens of Massachusetts being denied the right to carry a firearm for self-defense, while other, similarly situated residents of Massachusetts are permitted to exercise their right to bear arms to protect themselves,’’ the lawsuit states...

Finally, someone is taking on the unConstitutional "may-issue" laws!

Since these laws fly directly in the face of the Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald,
expect them to be overturned (and the taxpayers of these various towns on the hook for the legal bills...)
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:02 PM (1 replies)
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