Here we go Again, And Again

DCIM100GOPROSo, I have returned because evil never dies and just like clockwork, the uninformed gun grabbers are taking the wrong lessons from a tragedy. 

Our newest shooter had everything going for him.  Access to federal buildings, a statewide firearms License, no criminal record, and peers and law enforcement to cowed by political correctness to step in.  But within hours of the tragedy, A Florida Congresswoman was already preaching about the evils of gun shows, the AR-15 and all the usual ramblings. Obama’s statement was more about guns that the victims. 

Then came the predictable media outcry of falsehoods and emotional calls to ban the one of the most popular firearms every made.  The true nature of the gun grabber, to call for measure that would have had no impact on the tragedy, was on full display. 

·    Ban the AR-15 even though the Shooter used a different type of rifle

·    Close the gun show loophole even though the criminal passed a background check at a retail store

·    People on the terror watch list shouldn’t be able to buy guns even though he came off the list 2 years ago

·    Ban Automatic weapons even though the rifle was a semi-automatic

The biggest issue that democrats must realize is that one of their favorite pet groups of the oppressed was brutally terrorized by another.  And rather than face to face with the fact that Islam is not and does not want to be compatible with or accepting of homosexuality, they chose to blame guns.

By now, everyone has ready about Gersh Kuntzman and his PTSD from going to the rifle range.  Everything you need to know about this article is summed up in its first two words, “It felt” (Kuntzman, 2016).  There are so many things wrong with the article.  First, the New York Daily News cataloged the article under “crime” instead of opinion.  Then his string of observances came out:

·    “The resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening” (Kuntzman, 2016). 

·    “The recoil bruised my shoulder” (Kuntzman, 2016). 

·    “The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face”

·    “The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick” (Kuntzman, 2016). 

·    “The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD” (Kuntzman, 2016). 

Not one of these observations is a fact.  They are all one person’s impressions of a situation they do not understand.  He notes that “even in semi-automatic mode” to characterize the rate of fire (Kuntzman, 2016).  This is disingenuous because it gives the impression that this weapon has an automatic mode.  I have no clue how an AR-15 firing a .223 round gave him a bruise.  I’ve you’ve ever been near a bomb, without ear protection, then you know it sounds nothing like a .223 from behind full earmuff sound protection. 

Then came Helen Ubiñas and her quest to show how easily it is to by an AR-15. She was utterly disgusted that someone who is a legal US Citizen, is not a fugitive from justice, not a felon, not convicted of domestic assault, can exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  She called it obscene and horrifying that an instant background check was, instant.  And that you could walk out the door with an AR-15 in “seven minutes” (Ubiñas. 2016). Again, this article is listed as news, but her impressions of the NICS process was only her opinion.  She then talks about her squeamish feelings and uncertainty on what to down with it before she drives to a Philadelphia police station to give it up, expecting the police to just be ready to receive a gun at a moment’s notice.  This is also a lie since she obviously had time to go to the photography studio and pose for a picture with her “newly purchased AR-15 semiautomatic rifle” (Ubiñas. 2016).  But it must be nice to have an extra $759.99 laying around to purchase a rifle on a whim so you can write an article on the background check process.  I’d hate to think that she was fronted the money by The Inquirer to buy it on their behalf.  Because, you know, straw purchasing is illegal.  I’ll give her credit, at lease she posed for her picture with her new weapon without her finger on the trigger.

This article has since been updated.  In the wake of the Orlando shooting, all the focus fell on the AR-15.  All the articles I’m going to talk about today talk about the AR-15.  The only problem was the shooter did not use an AR-15.  What is a “respected” newspaper to do to keep the narrative alive?  Well obviously come up with a incorrect corrections that makes no sense.  Per the update, it was “AR-15 type semiautomatic rifle, but not an AR-15” (Ubiñas. 2016).  I’m not sure what I just read except I think they are trying to say that it wasn’t the rifle we wanted to be, but close enough.

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That is just the Start.  Feminist blowhard Amanda Marcotte says that “the AR-15 must go” before going on a rant about another individual’s praise of the weapon, without then going back to support her premise of why the gun must be banned (Marcotte. 2016).  This was after her first article where she tried to link Christians to Muslims as both responsible for bigotry that caused the shooting.  But for once, she did not blame the patriarchy.  Ed Leefeldt at CBS News has renewed the debate about being able to sue gun manufacturer. And finally, Richard Cohen uses his status as a veteran and the public’s lack of ability to understand the differences between an AR-15 and an M16 to rail against civilian ownership.  He says that the civilian model is now an “even more lethal version of that weapon” than the fully automatic or burst fire version he qualified on in the Army (Cohen. 2016).

Every one of these pieces is the same really.  All are short on facts.  All play on public misperceptions. And each one pushed an emotional rather than a logic based argument.  It is why gun owners will always come out on top in these discussions.  We understand guns, how guns function, gun safety, and most importantly gun laws. 

So when Seth McFarlane tweets “Ban automatic weapons,” I say sure because they are already so highly restricted.  When Susan Sarandon blames the NRA, I laugh because once again, the shooter was not an NRA member.  And when they say weapons of war don’t belong in our streets, I ask them to define a weapon of war because the AR-15 does not fall into any of the descriptions they use.  In fact, I’m still waiting for them to identify one Army that uses an AR-15 as its standard infantry weapon. 

Fletch

References

Hawkins, Awr (2016) Omar Mateen Was Background Checked, Had ‘Statewide Firearms License’. Breitbart. Retrieved from http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/06/12/omar-mateen-orlando/

Kuntzman, Gersh (2016) Firing an AR-15 is horrifying, menacing and very very loud. New York Daily News. Retrieved from http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/firing-ar-15-horrifying-dangerous-loud-article-1.2673201

Ubiñas, Helen. (2016) I bought an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in Philly in 7 minutes. The Inquirer Daily News.  Retrieved from  http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/helen_ubinas/20160614_Ubinas__I_bought_an_AR-15_semi-automatic_rifle_in_Philly_in_7_minutes.html

Marcotte, Amanda. (2016) The AR-15 has to go: Sorry, Jon Stokes, but your toy isn’t more important than people’s lives. Salon.com. Retrieved from  http://www.salon.com/2016/06/17/the_ar_15_has_to_go_sorry_jon_stokes_but_your_toy_isnt_more_important_than_peoples_lives/

Leefeldt, Ed. (2016) Can Orlando victims’ families and survivors sue gunmaker Sig Sauer? CBS News. Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/orlando-nightclub-massacre-can-victims-sue-gun-maker-sig-sauer-and-employer-g4s/

Cohen, Richard (2016) The Absurd Availability of Assault Weapons. Real Clear Politics. Retrieved from  http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/06/14/the_absurd_availability_of_assault_weapons_130876.html

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Updated 05 November 2016 for grammar, structure, and to better cite material in the post.

 

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Apples, Oranges, and Bowling Shoes

The Hill is reporting on a sure to fail bill that 24 democrats are sponsoring. The Bill is called “The Equal Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act” and would allow the victims of gun violence to sue firearm manufacturers. For those familiar with this bill, the original version died in congress in 2013. It is unlikely that this bill would move through a Republican congress. I’m not certain what I want to call these bills. They are pretty much drafted with no hope of passage, and they take up time in the legislature, simply so a politician can either say they are doing something or to get PR points against the other side. Both parties do it. If you have an idea, please let me know.

Anyway, the bill seeks to confuse who is actually liable when someone is the victim of violent crime. From the article: “If you’re a carmaker and your airbags kill someone, you’re potentially liable,” continued (Rep Adam) Schiff (D-CA), one of the lawmakers behind the gun control bill. “If you’re a pharmaceutical company and sell faulty drugs, you can be held liable. If you’re a liquor store and sell alcohol to minors, you can be held liable.” (Devaney. 2016)

Take a look at these examples. If the airbag fails to perform its intended purpose, then the car manufacturer is potentially liable. But let’s say you sought to kill someone by having an airbag deploy when it wasn’t supposed to? Here you’ve taken an item and used it for a malicious purpose. Would you sue Ford?

The same is true with the pharmaceutical example. If I upped someone’s dosage with the intent to kill someone, would you sue the drug company?  And the final example, if you sell alcohol to minors, then you would go after the store or the clerk. When kids get ahold of alcohol, they don’t sue Jack Daniels. From the other Hill article:  “In some jurisdictions, if your dog bites me, you are strictly liable. No excuses, it’s your fault, you pay,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), one of the sponsors of the bill” (Devaney. 2016)

Again. Who controls the situation? In this example, you would seek justice by going after the breeder. But no one sues dog breeders, they sue dog owners.

These are very poor examples to use, but they do because most people do not understand liability. What it really comes down to is most guns are stolen or procured off the streets when used in crimes. So you can’t go after a retailer for selling the gun. And if the owner was dutiful and reported the gun stolen to the police, they can only be so liable for failing to secure their gun. Who do the families seek financial restitution from? There are no sources in this case because it is unlikely the criminal has assets that to go after.

Hence they want to go after the gun industry. But they don’t sue knife manufacturers for stabbings. They don’t sue drug companies for overdoses. They don’t sue car companies or breweries for drunk drivers.

It is just like the Sally Kohn article I talked about in a previous post.  They are intentionally confusing product default with criminal intent because it makes it look like the gun companies have some impenetrable shield. This is only false because of the myth surrounding the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which says you can’t sue a gun manufacturer or dealer if someone who legally purchased a firearm misuses it.

If I go to the bank, and get myself 14 rolls of quarters for use at a garage sale, but then drop them in a tube sock to beat the hell out of someone, will their family be able to sue the bank who gave me the quarters and the US Mint who manufactured them? Hmmmm….

Fletch

References:

Rep. Schiff, Adam (2013) H.R. 332 (113th): Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act. United States Congress. Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr332

Sen. Craig, Larry (2005) S. 397 (109th): Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.  United States Congress.  Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/s397

Devaney, Tim (2016) Dems push bill to let gun violence victims sue gun-makers.  The Hill.  Retrieved from http://thehill.com/regulation/266107-gunmakers-should-face-lawsuits-from-gun-violence-victims-dems-say

Devaney, Tim (2016) Dem bill would let shooting victims sue gun makers, dealers. The Hill.  Retrieved from http://thehill.com/regulation/267201-gun-dealers-could-be-sued-by-shooting-victims-under-new-bill

Updated 05 November 2016 for grammar, structure, and to properly cite references.

Again, all feeling, no research

So a Blogger over at Scary Mommy is my next blog post source. Again, like the first post, it is an emotional rant blown out of proportion.  Like, MDA, author Leslie Gaar envisions the “wild west” shootouts returning to Texas with the passage of Open Carry. The truth is shootouts were rare, and not a daily occurrence, even in Dodge City, Tombstone, or Leadville. “Gun control laws may have actually been stricter back in the 19th and early 20th century than they are now, especially in the West” (Wisniewski; Nakamura. 2013). This idea of a violent and lawless free-for-all has been largely drawn out of proportion because it makes for great stories and drama. Research has established that “violent crime was not the daily norm that popular entertainment would have us believe” (Hunsinger. 2007).

The most interesting thing about Gaar’s article is that she does not write in fear of being the victim of a shooting; her entire premise of fear is that her kids might see a gun. As she asks, “are my kids and I going to come face to face with a gun at the place we’re going” (Gaar. 2016).

It should be noted that she either does not or cannot cite any reference to open carry supports and those with custom fit holsters engaging in the mass shootings she fears. She does cite two other ScaryMommy Articles; one with no references, and another that cites Wikipedia. She does not acknowledge that before Texas, open carry of handguns was legal in 30 states and in another, legal with a permit. Places where it is not legal include California, site of the San Bernardino Shooting, and Illinois, home of our favorite gun control utopia, Chicago.

She also does not mention that until the passage of Open Carry in Texas, it has always been legal to open carry a long gun or rifle. This is where the famous “Little Man and Fat Boy” picture came from. I was not always a fan of those who carried their ARs and AKs into restaurants after an open carry protest. I felt it was over the top. But the premise of the protest was that to point out the absurdity that allowed open carry of impractical long guns for self-defense while denying the use of handguns.

Gaar then points out that she might come face to face with “a Colt 45 mere inches from my face as I lean over to pick out a ripe avocado in the produce section” (Gaar, 2016). First, if you bend so far down to examine produce that your head is at waist level, I recommend you find a more efficient way to check fruit. I tend to lift it up and bring it to me rather than bring my head to it. Second, Colt 45 is malt liquor. But I’m guessing, like most anti-gun writers, your searching for a term that sounds close to correct, so I’ll assume you mean an M1911 which regularly is chambered in .45 ACP, or a Colt 1873 SAA revolver, chambered in .45 Long Colt.

My final issue with her article is that she envisions what her “gun-toting friends” might say (Gaar. 2016). She doesn’t reference anyone who said it, and her use of the terms “overcompensating,” “beacons of machismo” and “cowboy complex” tells me that she has bought into stereotypes and biases rather seeking out facts and actual references to confirm her opinion.

Leslie Gaar, I understand that things you don’t understand scare you. I can tell you don’t understand guns by your language and reliance on emotional biases. I urge you to talk to your friends who own firearms. Do you trust them to be good guys with guns? I’m certain they would be open to a facts based conversation if you would give them the opportunity. If you could actually cite references that have not been disproven and show that you actually understand why many people support open carry, then you could potentially craft a stronger argument against what you believe is just paranoia.

Fletch

References:

Gaar, Leslie. (2016) Raising Kids In An Open Carry State Terrifies Me. ScaryMommy.Com. Retrieved 17 January 2016 from http://www.scarymommy.com/texas-open-carry-law-raising-kids/#

Wisniewski J.; Nakamura, Kevin. (2013) 5 Ridiculous Myths Everyone Believes About the Wild West. Cracked.com. Retrieved on 17 January 2016 from http://www.cracked.com/article_20372_5-ridiculous-myths-everyone-believes-about-wild-west_p2.html

Hunsinger, Earl. (2007) The Wild West of Myth and Reality. Buzzle.com. Retrieved on 17 January 2016 from http://www.buzzle.com/articles/the-wild-west-of-myth-and-reality.html

Updated 05 November 2016 for Grammar

End of 2015

It has been a long year for those of us that seek to defend our 2nd Amendment rights.

The most horrific events of the year happened in San Bernardino (Nagourney, Lovett, Pérez-Peña. 2015), twice in Paris (Urquhart. 2015) (Reuters, 2015), Charleston, and Umpqua Community College (Ford, Payne. 2015).  What is tragic is that this is a mere sliver of violence around the world and does not paint a true picture of the issues here in the United States.

Nothing should ever detract from the horror of these events.  They were executed by people who felt that their actions would future their cause. However, within hours, (or in the case of Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley, minutes) many who would seek to deny 2nd Amendment Rights were already taking to the internet and airwaves to push an agenda (Cantell, 2015) (Taylor 2015).

I will remember 2015 as they year Star Wars returned to the big screen, but it is the year the NRA and its members were blamed for the actions of people who were neither members or supporters. Why?  Because they are an easy target?  Somehow they spend fractions of the money Moms Demand action and Michal Bloomberg (yes, I know, one and the same) spend, yet they keep winning everywhere but the bluest of states.  In 2015, new gun laws were passed in Washington, California, and Virginia.  Rights previous allowed in DC were taken away on a technicality (the judge that struck down the DC policy did not have jurisdiction).

The result has been three attempts to deny second amendment rights.  The first was in July when the Obama administration pursued a failed publicity campaign that clearly illustrates the steps gun grabbers would take to deny the rights of its citizens.  President Obama sought to add those “who cannot own guns based on financial competence” to the NCIS rolls as those who could not own firearms (FoxNews. 2015).  What is interesting is that not one of the mass shootings in the US was committed by anyone who would fall into this category.  It sought to use the VA standard of those requiring a financial representative payee as also incompetent to own firearms.  This makes automatic assumption that those who cannot pay a bill are therefore a danger to themselves or others. This is a vague standard of denying one’s rights.

The second failed push was the democrat sponsored bill to deny the sale of firearms to those on the ‘no fly list.’  As the Washington Post, Time, ABC News, and even the ACLU concluded, this was a poor way to screen for gun violence.  This push came in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting.  However, those killers were not on the no fly list. Neither was the killers of every other mass shooting in recent memory (Jacoby. 2015).  As many other organizations point out, the criteria for adding someone to this list are not clearly defined, nor is the process for removing a name from this list.  So much so that former Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was on the list and required three weeks to be removed room it.  The Washington Free Beacon reported that 72 DHS employees were on the terror watch list.

Throughout the proceedings, the media, and bill sponsors routinely made references to both the terror watch list and the no-fly list as though they were the same thing.  But regardless, there is no due process for adding someone to this list.  Therefore, rights are abridged by fiat because a bureaucrat made a decision.  There is also no notification that someone’s name has been added to the list. What is scary is that rights that gun grabbers do not agree with could be abridged so easily under this law.

Finally, on 16 December 2015, Davie Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced the assault weapons ban.   This new bill would ban the manufacture of “Assault Weapons,” grandfather in the possession of all currently owned weapons but prevent their transfer after the passage of this bill.  This has little chance of passing and will only serve as campaign fodder about how those mean Republicans who are only in the NRA’s pocket are preventing common sense gun reform.

Gun grabbers will go to any lengths to deny the rights of Americans to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. It is telling that they would seek to remove due process as well to attain this goal.  Meanwhile, they have yet to show how their “common sense” reforms would have prevented any of the events that have occurred over the past year.

Fletch

References:

Nagourney, Adam; Lovett, Ian; Pérez-Peña, Richard (2015) San Bernardino Shooting Kills at Least 14; Two Suspects Are Dead.  NYTimes.com. Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/us/san-bernardino-shooting.html?_r=0

Urquhart, Conal. (2015) Paris Police Say 12 Dead After Shooting at Charlie Hebdo. Time.com. Retrieved on 31 December from http://time.com/3657246/paris-charlie-hebdo-shooting/

Reuters Staff (2015) Timeline of Paris Attacks According to Public Prosecutor. Reuters.com.  Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-shooting-timeline-idUSKCN0T31BS20151114#h8KRqimXftutLeR3.97

Ford, Dana; Payne, Ed. (2015) Oregon shooting: Gunman dead after college rampage.  CNN.com Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/01/us/oregon-college-shooting/index.html

Ellis, Ralph; Ford, Dana; Payne, Ed; Perez, Evan. (2015) Shooting suspect in custody after Charleston church massacre. CNN.com.  Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/18/us/charleston-south-carolina-shooting/index.html

Cantrell, Michael (2015) Hillary Clinton Politicizes San Bernardino Mass Shooting Before Suspects are Even Caught. YoungConservatives.com. Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://www.youngcons.com/hillary-clinton-politicizes-san-bernadino-mass-shooting-before-suspects-are-even-caught/

Taylor, Kristen. (2015) Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley Race to Politicize San Bernardino Mass Shooting. Politomix.com. Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://politomix.com/the-gateway-pundit/817649/hillary-clinton-martin-omalley-race-to-politicize-san-bernardino-mass-shooting/

FoxNews (2015) Obama admin looks to ban some Social Security recipients from owning guns. FoxNews.com. Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/20/obama-looks-to-ban-social-security-recipients-from-owning-guns.html

Zarembo, Alan. (2015) Obama goal: no guns for some on Social Security disability Seattletimes.com. Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/obama-goal-no-guns-for-some-on-social-security-disability/

Jacoby, Jeff (2015) Beware the ‘no-fly’ list and guns.  Boston Globe.com. Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/12/08/beware-transparency-due-process-fly-list/F4el4qJDvegPg8CpvM47TO/story.html

Hawkins, Awr. (2015) House Democrats Introduce Bill to Ban Manufacture of ‘Assault Weapons’. Breitbart.com. Retrieved on 31 December 2015 from http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/15/house-democrats-introduce-bill-ban-manufacture-assault-weapons/

Updated on 05 November 2016 for Grammar

Poor Comparisons

Sally Kohn has this great idea that since we regulate toys and kids’ furniture when children die, that we should be able to use the same logic to outlaw guns.  As she points out, “between 2000 and 2010, there were 32 infant deaths due to so-called “drop side” cribs. And so in 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs altogether” (Kohn, 2015).  She then goes on a rant about how many children are killed by guns each year and yet we fail to “pass even the most measly common sense safety laws” (Kohn, 2015).

What Sally fails to mention is that drop side cribs were designed to safely hold babies while they sleep.  She makes the same analogy about Toyota accelerators and Firestone tires.  All of these products were designed to perform a specific function and failed, which led to an accidental death.  This is a false comparison and she knows it.

She even tries to cover by drawing a roundabout argument that “For sure, there’s no Second Amendment right to Easy-Bake Ovens” (Kohn. 2015).  This of course brings out all the counter arguments that there is no right to toys but I have a right to my gun comments on the article.  The items she uses as a reference are because they failed to perform their intended purpose resulting in death or serious injury.  If the safety on my pistol failed because of a poor design, then it would be a similar comparison.  If the slide of my pistol broke because of poor gunsmithing and material, that would be a similar comparison.  But that would not further her agenda.

The phrase “we have to hand out guns like candy” is also interesting in how anti gunners view America’s “Gun Culture.”  She lumps all gun sellers, legal FFLs, and illegal street dealers into the same category.  She lumps all gun buyers, legal and illegal into the same group.  There is a clear distinction between legal gun owners and criminals, and how each procure firearms.  But like President Obama and his easier to get a gun than vegetables claim, it’s all a pure farce from those who have no idea about what legal gun owners go through to make a purchase.

Finally, she makes the dubious claim that “simple measures like requiring universal background checks and restricting semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines are supported not only by a majority of Americans but a majority of gun owners” (Kohn, 2015).  I have yet to see any reference that supports this claim but it seems that each time I see in in a gun control rant, it includes something else. It started with just “Gun Owners support Universal background checks.”  Now it is “Gun owners support bans on Semi-Automatic Weapons?”  Tell me Sally, what is a semi-automatic weapon?   And what restrictions do the majority of gun-owners support on them?

 – Fletch

Reference:

Kohn, Sally (2015) We regulate toys, so why not guns? Atlanta, Georgia. cnn.com. Cable News Network, Inc. Retrieved from: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/29/opinions/kohn-gun-safety/index.html 

Updated 05 November 2016 for Grammar

 

Next Gun

In 101 days, I will leave Korea and return to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.  Kind of. Before I move on to my next duty station in Alaska, I’m stopping in Washington, home of Universal Background checks and taxes that drive gun shops out of the city limits.  But anyway, it’s not like I could buy a gun in that state if I wanted too.  Here is my dilemma – I’ll be a resident of WA for tax purposes, with nothing that proves that other than my LES from the Army.  My driver’s license is from Tennessee, and My orders will say I am assigned to Alaska.  Needless to say, no new gun until I get to Alaska.

That said, There will also not be a new gun until I get a locker and a night stand lock box.   Last time we had guns in the house, my son was 9 months old.  Now he is two and a half, you get the idea.

So now the questions is what to acquire.  I’m looking at going two routes.  I love my Beretta Px4 Storm, so naturally I’m intrigued by a Cx4 Carbine.  It shoots pistol ammo so it would not have the same power as most MSRs, but I like the idea of having something my wife can use in the event she needed a rifle.  right now the only semi-auto rifle we own in my S&W15 and I’d like to change that.

The next firearm I am looking at is actually two.  I’m not about to start cowboy shooting, but I would love to have a revolver and lever gun in a .45 Colt.  Personally, I’d prefer a Colt SAA, but that is a little outside of what I’m willing to acquire.  The Ruger Vaquero is right up my alley.  For the Lever Gun, I’ve always been nostalgic for a Henry Rifle.

The final option is one that may come in handy in Alaska.  A friend of mine who was stationed there have told me to get a bear defense gun.  In that case, maybe I need something like the above listed combo in a .44 Magnum.  As much as I love the idea of a classic .45 Colt revolver, the round just doesn’t have the same stopping power.  Also, it is not available in a Vaquero.  Maybe the solution is another Lever Carbine in something like a .45-70.  Who knows.  The right solution is probably to ask the locals when I get there.

Fletch

UPDATE:  After arriving in Alaska, and moving into my residence, I decided on a Henry Big Boy Carbine in 44. Magnum.

Politicizing Tragedy

So a new shooting and a new call for more regulations, it’s getting old.

Only this time the president didn’t bother to wait the customary few days before making a push for more gun control.  He said it right away in his speech.  I wish I still had the article but if you watch his press conference, he is very plain and unassuming when he talks about the Oregon shooting.  He only gets emotional when he switched to gun control and politics.  It’s very telling about his personality.

I wonder where we are going to go next. Oregon only recently passed Universal Background checks.  But then again, just like so many other tragedies, the shooter passed a background check.  Even so, it is unlikely that all of those guns (12) were purchased since that legislation was passed.  I usually argue that the next step on the united control agenda is registration. But that also would not have made a difference.

There is this strange belief among some politicians that we can legislate the evil out of existence. But all we end up doing is trying to take away the tools.  In doing so, we also remove the few tools available for people to defend themselves from evil.

One other thing telling about the president and what he believes the solution to be, is what he references as examples to follow; Australia and Great Britain. Both the countries resorted to confiscation.  Australia at least offered to buy the guns from the owners. But as I’ve outlined previously, it did nothing to diminish violent crime. It just made criminals seek out other weapons while the general public was defenseless.

If you really want to see how well Australia’s “gun ban” is doing, check out the Yahoo video in the link below.

Gun control advocates know there agenda has no chance of passing.  And now it is beginning to show.  Both Obama and Hillary are now lying through their teeth.  Obama has stated that the majority of gun owners favor his reform.  I don’t have my own survey to back it up, but That’s probably the same majority that he claims wanted his health insurance reforms.  Hillary is just as bad, claiming that most Americans support her gun control platform.

My bet is that the next push will not be for more for Universal Background checks or even registration.  I’m betting the push will be to hold gun manufacturers and store liable.

Meanwhile, you won’t hear much that the gunman singled out Christians.

You also won’t here the truth about Umpqua Community College’s gun policy.  Oregon law allows some concealed carry on campus.  Naturally, the gun control crowd will jump on this as an example that this doesn’t stop crime.  But the will misleadingly leave out the part that allows schools to set their own regulations that can supersede state law.  Umpqua Community College had just such a regulation.  How many gun free zones must become shooting galleries before they realize that signs don’t stop criminals?

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Fletch

I really didn’t use anything worth citing in today’s post, but some information on the topics discussed is listed below.

References:

http://cowgernation.com/2015/10/01/obama-we-should-politicize-tragic-shootings-and-use-victims-to-push-anti-gun-agenda/

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2015/05/05/background-expansion-checks-okd/26908717/

http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/oregon-shooter-vs-obamas-universal-background-check/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/father-oregon-shooter-blames-gun-easy-article-1.2385380

https://screen.yahoo.com/popular/police-alarmed-gun-numbers-114756370.html?soc_src=default

Updated 30 October 2016 for grammar and added image.

Time to create another loophole

This week’s post is inspired by two sources: the New York Times subsidiary Women in the world and Al Jazeera.  Both deal with guns and domestic violence against women.

Last year, you may remember that Everytown for gun safety made a commercial that was meant to show how violent guns can be in the hands of abusive partners.  But the piece backfired and instead demonstrated what we already know. 1) that the police won’t get there in time, and 2) restraint Ning orders are just a piece of paper.  It was one of the worst commercials the anti-gun crowd ever used.

Now the representative from New Yorkers for Gun Safety, Leah Gunn Barrett, suggested that “Women are not physically powerful like men are.  A gun could easily be turned on the woman” (Garda, 2015). So, a woman less powerful than a man should not have a firearm to defend herself against a more powerful attacker.  Did I miss something?  If she can’t defend herself with a gun because she is not strong enough, how is she going to defend herself without one?

Let’s go back to that adage, “God made man, Samuel Colt made them equal.”

The second article creates the new concept of the “boyfriend” loophole.  I’m still a little confused on this because the author does not explain the concept until halfway through the article.  She starts her premise by citing that “women are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high income countries” (Maloney. 2015)  She does not cite what the total murder rates are for these murders regardless of the weapon of choice.   Even then, author Allison Maloney can’t help but reference the debunked gun show loophole myth.

If I understand the boyfriend loophole correctly, it argues that certain domestic abuse laws only apply to spouses instead of all intimate partners.  And even though men are more likely to assault women then the other way around, it is still fairly sexist that this is the “boyfriend” loophole.  What the author is concerned about is that initial orders, which are in place because of an unverified claim, do not imitate a confiscation or restriction on firearms for the accused individual.  Strange that we live in a country where guilt must be proven before you take away someone’s rights.

She then loses any credibility she might have when she cites Everytown three separate times in the article.  Maybe if she had cited academic research instead of activists, I might give her more credit.  But Everytown has always shown that their research is only useful if it supports their claims.

What is also amazing is that she sees that there are problems with NICS.  The system is only as good as the information the states submit.  Maybe she should petition states to be more active in providing criminal information to the system before she says the system itself is failing.

My guess is that they realize no one is drinking the gun show loophole Kool-Aid, so now they have moved onto the Boyfriend Loophole instead.  What it really boils down to is government confiscation of guns based on accusations.  So when an individual’s uses a gun that should have been removed, they will say how to new system failed as well because the individual had no requirement to register and the government had no way to track what guns the individual owned.  The next step will then be registration.  The playbook is so easy to read it’s sad.

Fletch

References:

Maloney, Alli (2015) The boyfriend loophole is costing women lives. New York Times. Retrieved from: http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/09/18/the-boyfriend-loophole-in-u-s-gun-laws-is-costing-womens-lives/

Everytown for Gun Safety (2015) Will your Stop this? YouTube video.  Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUAL6ie1ufc

Garda, Imran (2015) Third Rail Barrett interview Al Jazeera. Retrieved from: https://iqmediacorp.com/ClipPlayer/?ClipID=024485c2-0e39-4fcb-9519-1e4868d85e8b

Updated 30 October 2016 for grammar and to properly cite references.

No Details, but it Helps the Numbers.

So I’d like to visit this incident in Everett, Washington because it was not to0 far from where I grew up.

This is the second shooting that has occurred near an area that I frequented as a teenager. The first was the shooting last year at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. This one was at Discovery Elementary School, near Mariner High School.  I competed in competitions for wresting, cross country, and track at both locations.

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My reaction was actually sort of apathetic. As soon as I heard about it, my first thought was, bet it was near Mariner High School.  As you can see from the map, I was not that far off. This used to be such a nice neighborhood, and when it was built, Mariner was one of the three most modern high schools in the country. But the area has fallen on hard times, and now is overrun with gang violence.

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This event was a perfect example. We will probably chalk this one up as being due to the easy access of guns. Is anyone going to talk about the morality of a 20 year old who thinks that murder is justified because the other person’s shorts were the wrong color?

But this is Washington. Remember, it is illegal to sell guns to someone without a background check. So how did the 20 year old, who shot the 17 and 14 year olds, get his handgun? Why was he carrying it on his person? In Washington, there is no open carry, and you cannot get a CCW if you are under 21. You cannot even buy a pistol in Washington State if you are under 21. So how did he pass the mandatory background check that was going to prevent tragedies like this? This only proves that criminals don’t care about laws. Oh, and it was in the parking lot of an elementary school, a Gun Free Zone.

I suspect that due to the location of the shooting, Moms Demand Action and Everytown will soon add this to their list of school shootings.  It will not matter that neither of the victims, nor the shooter were students there. It also won’t matter that it was after school hours. This will soon be a number to inflate the gun grabber’s statistics. But what you won’t hear are the circumstances of the shooting because that would not support their claims of rampant school shootings.

Most likely, the same group that passed I-594 will now claim that the laws are ineffective (which they are) because they can’t track the sales of all firearms unless they know where all the firearms are. The next step, will be registration. And as poorly as they wrote the first resolution, this one would not be any better.

Fletch

References:

http://q13fox.com/2015/09/03/14-year-old-girl-17-year-old-boy-shot-in-south-everett/

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Two-teenagers-wounded-in-Everett-shooting-324280221.html

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20150905/NEWS01/150909488

http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.070

http://www.experts123.com/q/what-are-the-requirements-for-buying-a-firearm-in-washington-state.html

Updated 30 October 2016 for grammar.

What is the real problem?

Mayor Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore has her work cut out for her.  She must find a way to convince everyone that the violence in the city (which hit 211 murders for the year yesterday) is the fault of some outside force and not her failed leadership.  Or the failure of the gun control laws already on the books thanks to former governor and now long shot democrat presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley.  She cannot figure out that encouraging violence, blaming police, and simply removing tools will not solve the issue.  As she notes, “We’ve taken more illegal guns off the street this year than last year. With all of that activity, yet we’re still here with that surge in violence” (Page. 2015).  Maybe because it’s not the guns that make people violent.

So naturally, let’s blame guns.  And it’s the fault of other states who do not have draconian laws like Maryland that Baltimore murder rates are climbing. But this line of attack is just a smoke screen.  It requires you to believe that guns cause violence.  In reality, some people are evil and immoral and will use the tools available to achieve their goals.  It ignores the fact that many inner-city youths do not value an education, responsibilities, ethics, or other people.

What makes people believe that the best way to solve a dispute or get back at someone who has insulted you is to end their life?  Hell, even classic dueling had rules and a code of honor.  But we don’t have that anymore. We took responsibility of parents away and replaced it with government handouts.  Parents needs to take responsibility for their children.  And many do, but the child still goes astray.  But tighter gun laws won’t change that.  It won’t change the mindset of someone whose solution to being rejected for a date to the dance is to kill the girl and two of her friends.

The point is, evil exists.  Banning the tools, they might use does not make it go away.  If Mr. Roof had burned that church down with everyone in it, would it have somehow been more noble than simply opening fire like he did?  You can either confront evil or try and protect people from it, but to deny it exists is just lunacy.  A to think you can somehow legislate it out of existence is a fool’s errand.

Fletch

References:

Page, Susan (2015) Baltimore mayor on guns, gangs and homicides. USA Today.  Retrieved from: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/08/27/stephanie-rawlings-blake-baltimore-mayor-capital-download/32461517/

Updated 29 August 2016 for reference.

Updated 30 October 2016 for grammar.