Open carry laws work (updated)

[Update] When I initially posted this, I missed a closing tag which prevented everything after the blockquote from showing up. I fixed it so now there’s more content, it’s not that I added the additional content later, I just fixed the tag so that what was there is now visible. My bad [/update]

It’s rare that an anti-freedom advocate so clearly articulates why they oppose free people being properly equipped to defend themselves, but a “Code Pink” organizer in Cleveland this week accidentally did so:

McCracken says she’s not sure why relatively few people showed up to protest in Cleveland, but she believes many were scared off by Ohio’s open carry laws, which allow people to carry firearms

You see…they know that if we commoners are “allowed” to defend ourselves against assault and injury, they have no power to bully people, harangue people and shut down free speech. In other words, laws that liberalize the ability of free people to be properly equipped to defend themselves against tyranny (governmental or non-governmental) ensure that freedom reigns supreme and prevents those tyrants from employing their oppressive tactics.

This is, of course, related to a couple of other points I and other gun rights activists have raised from time to time:

1. If gun owners were really as dangerous and prone to violence as anti-gunners accuse us of, there wouldn’t be any anti-gunners left by now.

2. Every time I’ve ever been involved in a public demonstration, meeting or other event that pitted pro-gun activists against anti-gun activists, it was ALWAYS the anti-gunners who acted angry, tried to shout down opponents, got in people’s faces and just acted violent in general. The pro-gun activists were always respectful of the oppositions speakers, calm, level headed and polite.

3. Which raises one of the possibilities as to why anti-gunners are so virulently anti-gun: they know good and well that they are not personally emotionally stable enough to even trust themselves with the tools of self-defense. They project that untrustworthiness and instability onto everyone else; thus assuming that no one should be afforded those rights.

4. And finally, it’s not about the guns, it’s about the control.

It’s a good thing…

That Germans aren’t allowed to carry concealed handguns.

Someone might have gotten hurt.

ISIS has released a chilling video of the Afghan refugee who went on an axe rampage on a German train where he says he will attack the country in revenge for airstrikes against the terror group.

The attacker, who is named in the footage as Muhammad Riyad, was gunned down by armed police after fleeing the scene

In other words, he was free to commit mayhem the entire time the train was moving and could only be confronted by anyone properly equipped to handle a deadly threat after he finished rampaging and was trying to escape.

In other news: Why are you opposed to bringing refugees here? Are you afraid of widows and children?

The attacker…is believed to be 17 years old

Common Sense Truck Violence Laws

In light of the recent attack in Nice France, when is western culture going to have a serious discussion about the proliferation of dangerous assault trucks in civilian hands?

These high powered death machines are made for nothing more than mowing down as many people as possible in the shortest time.

No one needs such dangerous things and you can’t even use them to hunt.

So I’m calling for a serious and frank discussion on strong measures to get these dangerous killing tools out of the hands of the public.

In order to facilitate that discussion, any comments that disagree with me or in any way challenge my ignorant and uninformed opinion will be promptly deleted, the authors will be blocked and I’ll spend the next week whining about people threatening me and scaring my cat.

Attack in Dallas

I’ve got a couple of thoughts about the Dallas attack…fair warning, none of them are particularly “politically correct”.

I do feel sad for the families of the slain officers and hope for the rapid recovery of those wounded. There’s a good chance that those cops were good, hard working and diligent public servants.

But they were a part of a larger community and that leads me to my first thought:

You reap what you sow.

The Police, as a community, has been fostering an “us vs them” mentality for many years. They openly consider themselves “warriors” and place more value on “getting home safe” at the end of the shift than protecting the public or doing their jobs.

When you treat the general public as the enemy and publicly declare that occasionally killing innocents is an acceptable outcome when compared with officer safety, you are no longer a police force, you are an occupying military.

It should come as no surprise when some of the people you view as the enemy decides to view you in the same way.

“You reap what you sow” also applies to the Black Lives Matter people.

Details are still sketchy and we have no inkling of the motivations of the attackers, but considering that they killed none of the protesters and only cops, I’d have to say it’s a safe assumption that they were at minimum ambivalent toward the movement and were likely supporters of it.

Many of the BLM people, who have been actively calling for attacks on police and shouting down, harassing and intimidating anyone who had the audacity to counter with “all lives matter”, are now decrying the attacks and claiming that they never really MEANT all those times they chanted about killing cops.

Sorry, but this is what you’ve been begging for for over a year, acting all surprised now when you get it seems a bit disingenuous to me (to put it lightly).

And, of course, the inevitable blood dancing has already begun. Those who eagerly await any bloodshed they can use as a rationalization for advancing their agenda of control have already started doing so. We don’t even know who the attackers were yet, let alone how they got their guns, and Obama is already blaming the shooting on “easy access to guns”.

My sincere belief about this is that it’s been a long time coming and it’s going to get A LOT worse. The government has been abusing the people for way too long and way too many are seriously pissed off about it. With the Hillary fiasco demonstrating unequivocally that the laws are only for “little people” and that only we will be held accountable for our actions, while the “elite” can pretty much do whatever the heck they want with impunity, it’s only going to get worse.

And, in the face of rising unrest and discontent, they want to relieve us of the most effective tools we have available to defend ourselves against the coming mayhem?

I think not. In fact, that would be the quickest and most sure way of adding more recruits to the ranks of those ready to strike out against those who would try to control us.

Unless that’s the plan. I’m no conspiracy nut, but it sure would be convenient for Obama for things to go to hell in a handbasket over the next few months, thereby “requiring” him to declare martial law and “temporarily postpone” the upcoming elections…you know…for the public’s safety and all that.

At any rate, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to foresee what’s coming. Gun rights activists and patriots had better be prepared because the onslaught against our rights is about to reach a whole new level.

HEAR HEAR!!!

Ode to Dick the Butcher

What we are seeing is not just the slow erosion of civil liberties by the state. This is a new an horrifying, full-throated attack on our civil liberties by politicians, bureaucrats, and the media where we are being told that the civil liberties that have protected the citizens of this nation for eleven score and ten years are in fact what is killing us. This a detestable perversion of the principles of American jurisprudence.

All things which have a beginning, also have an end.

I know I’ve said this before but our society (American society specifically, but western society in general as well) is in its death throes. I’m not saying it’s all going to come crashing down tomorrow, or next year or even in within my lifetime, but within the next few generations, unless something fundamental changes, put a fork in us, we’re done.

Our politicians and media are openly advocating the elimination of one of the foundational protections of the people against government abuse…due process…and almost half the population thinks this is a Grand Idea.

It makes me laugh out loud whenever some internet genius tries to tell me that “our government would never fall into tyranny”.

HA!

Almost half the population is DEMANDING for it to do so. Some would say we’re there already.

The Executive branch flat out bypasses the legislative branch and issues laws by proclamation, as a result the legislative branch shrugs and says “what can we do?” and the judicial branch winks “yea, it’s technically unconstitutional, but we LIKE what he’s doing so…”

In the meantime, the watchdogs of our society, those who are charged with courageously casting a stark light on the shadowy realm of the government, who pride themselves on “speaking truth to power” and exposing the seedy underbelly of politics, breathlessly report…on who won the latest round of “Surviving with the Stars of Beverly Hills Bachelorettes”.

And the people? Most don’t know what’s going on at all past the latest “trending” 140 character Pidgin English pearl of wisdom from their favorite vacuous celebrity.

Our society is doomed.

But that’s just the way it works. Circle of life and all that.

Grandstanding Democrats

As you’ve probably heard, the house democrats are holding a “sit-in” to protest the fact that Republicans won’t allow them to violate US citizens rights without the due process promised by the Constitution.

I get that most people who would visit this blog realize this already, but just in case I get any liberal readers stumbling across my humble scribblings, let me explain something that you won’t read in the liberal media.

What’s missing from the CNN report linked above (and pretty much any other main stream media report on the situation) is that the Senate Republicans offered a compromise bill (you know…compromise…that thing that anti-gunners always accuse our side of refusing to do).

That compromise bill would have blocked sales of firearms to people on the terrorist watch list, but would require the government to then “put up or shut up” by conducting an investigation and then proving to a judge that they have sufficient evidence of terrorist activity to warrant the block.

So, “terrorists” on the watch lists would be prevented from walking into a gun store and buying a gun, but the rights of people who may be on the watch list without justification (like, say, Ted Kennedy, or people with common names like Gary Smith, Robert Johnson, and John Williams) would have been protected.

The Democrats, eager to protect the lives of Americans by making it harder for terrorist to obtain firearms, jumped all over this bill and it passed the Senate right?

Um…no.

The Democrats filibustered the bill, killing it.

And now they’re complaining because the Republicans won’t bring gun control bills up for a vote in the house?

It’s a sham. They don’t want this problem “solved”. If legislation is passed, they don’t have the issue to harp on all the way up until the election in November. Any bill that comes up for a vote will have poison pill amendment after poison pill amendment attached to it to ensure that it could never pass.

To Democrats, as with poverty, the “wealth gap”, unemployment, etc, if the problem is solved, they lose a large part of their reason for being. They don’t want solutions, they want crises to exploit. They want anger to direct toward their enemies. They want us at each other’s throats because then we’re not at THEIR throats.

And they’re laughing all the way to the bank.

It’s not about the guns

Re another hack writing in the NY Daily News (something in the water there?)

Let’s See:

This time it was just amendments on the floor of the U.S. Senate, one simply asking that no one on a no-fly list be allowed to purchase a gun in this country.

OK, it “Simply” asked that Americans be denied a constitutionally protected right based on a secret list, with no due process, means of redress or even ability to know one is ON the list until denied access to basic rights. Yeah, that’s simple and reasonable.

Strangely, nowhere does this hack mention that the Republicans, supported by the NRA, had an alternative available, but it failed, not because it couldn’t get a majority vote, but because the DEMOCRATS filibustered it, preventing any vote at all.

What was this Republican bill? Well, it basically said that if someone on a terrorist watchlist tried to buy a gun, the sale would be delayed while an investigation was conducted. If the investigation determined the attempted purchaser was involved in terrorism, they would be ARRESTED and PROSECUTED…you know…that whole due process thing. Otherwise, the sale would be allowed…you know…exercising rights and all that.

Seems like a pretty straightforward compromise to me. The Democrats get a little of what they want, while due process and constitutional rights are protected. Win-win right? Not for the Democrats, who love to compromise as long as compromise is defined as “Democrats get everything they want and Republicans get nothing”.

Apparently, Democrats don’t want terrorists off the streets, only to be denied the ability to buy a gun from a dealer. As long as they only kill people with pressure cooker bombs and not with guns, the dems are OK with it.

Oh…and by the way…no mention of the FACT that none of the proposed amendments would have had any affect whatsoever on the attack in Orlando, or on any of the other recent “sudden Jihad syndrome” attacks.

There’s a reason for that. This really doesn’t have anything to do with Orlando; it has nothing to do with terrorism in general; it really has nothing to do with guns. It has to do with “never letting a crisis go to waste”. It is a pure case of “saltatus cruoris”…dancing in the blood of innocents. The Democrats are doing nothing less than exploiting the victims of tragedy to try to advance their longstanding agenda…and in my humble opinion, it’s disgusting.

And the beat goes on…

Why do so many people who are so blissfully and intentionally ignorant about the uses, purposes and capabilities of guns insist upon trying to tell us what kinds of guns we “need” and what kinds are just “too much gun”?

First, she damns with faint praise “The NRA’s terror watch list suggestion” without ever mentioning what it actually is.

She links to an NRA-ILA release that basically reiterates the stand the NRA has taken on terror watch lists for quite a long time and then tries to imply that it’s a new policy in response to the Orlando shooting.

Basically, the NRA’s position is that using terror watch lists to TEMPORARILY halt a sale of a firearm would be OK, as long as there is due process…meaning there is an investigation and if the accused turns out to actually BE a terrorist, they should be prosecuted. On the other hand, if the investigation turns up nothing, the gun sale should be processed.

Of course this is not enough for the anti-gunners…it “doesn’t go far enough”. Why? Because the anti-gunners support violating the rights of US citizens wholesale. Damn due process, damn the constitution, damn the consequences, they want our guns.

Then the author proceeds to the obligatory stage of her post and demonstrates unequivocally that she knows nothing about the subject upon which she feels she should have the final say.

The AR-15 — the common name for similar, Colt-produced M16s for civilians, or the Sig Sauer MCX rifle, which was the actual weapon used in the Orlando shooting — can shoot about 40 rounds per second. Hunters can take out grizzly bears with two rounds.

40 rounds per second: hmm…basic math is HARD…let’s see…40 rounds per second times 60 seconds per minute: that’s 2400 rounds per minute. Here’s a video of an MG-42, which fires at a rate of 1200 to 1500 rounds per minute…which, by the way, is considered a high rate of fire for a single barreled machine gun:

What do you think? Can you pull a trigger twice that fast? (MG-42 is fully automatic…keeps shooting repeatedly as long as you hold the trigger down, an AR-15 is semi-automatic…fires once for each trigger pull).

The link she provides to demonstrate that, using an AR-15, “hunters can take out grizzly bears with two rounds” demonstrates no such thing.

It’s a field and stream forum thread where someone asks how many shots it takes to take down a bear. No mention of the AR-15 or .223…although one responder pointed out that it only takes a single .22 round to avoid a bear attack…just shoot your companion in the ankle and run…but I digress.

Of course, toward the end of her ignorant nonsensical post, she makes the inevitable plea: “It seems at least worth talking about”…but no comments are allowed on the site the article is posted to.

Apparently her idea of “talking about” means she gets to spout whatever vacuous nonsense pops into her silly head, but no one else is allowed to respond.

As usual.

Philadelphia reporter discovers she lives in a free country…is appalled.

A Philadelphia reporter yesterday decried the fact that she was able to purchase a self-loading rifle and that the requisite background check only took 7 minutes

Seven minutes. From the moment I handed the salesperson my driver’s license to the moment I passed my background check.

It’s obscene.

Makes one wonder: what is it that this reporter knows about herself that causes her to think she should have been delayed in exercising a fundamental right? Based on the tenor of the entire story, the author makes it clear she doesn’t believe she should have been “allowed” to purchase a gun at all…or at the least should have had to articulate a reason for doing so.

Why is that? Why, in a country that used to be known as the “Land of the free and the home of the brave” would someone EXPECT to have to justify the exercise of a right explicitly spelled out in the Constitution?

What does she know about herself that we don’t know…what does she know about herself that makes her believe so strongly that she shouldn’t be allowed to own a self-loading rifle?

Maybe we SHOULD enact some common sense gun control: Perhaps journalists, Muslims and liberals should all be added to the list of “prohibited persons”.

Response to Orlando Shooting

I’ve had a long standing offer to take new shooters to the range and teach them basic gun safety and marksmanship. I used to have the offer in the sidebar on the right, but when I abandoned blogspot and started hosting my own blog, I neglected to restore the sidebar widget with the offer…an oversight I’ll have to rectify.

Even so, I’ve taken many dozens of new shooters to the range over the years and introduced them to the shooting sports.

In response to the Orlando shooting, a fellow Gun rights activists requested info for anyone interested in teaching LGBT people to shoot.

I added my name to the list. I don’t discriminate about who I’ll teach, I just enjoy spreading my enthusiasm for the shooting sports and believe that the best sort of activism is to get as many people involved in shooting as possible.

To that end, I’ll re-iterate my offer. If anyone unfamiliar with gun safety and shooting wants to learn about it (you don’t have to be strictly a newbie, I won’t turn you down if you’ve shot before, you just have to consider yourself to be a beginner and be willing to learn more), I’m happy to take you to the range and show you the ropes. The offer is open to anyone, but I want to specifically extend the offer to members of the LGBT community in light of the recent attack in Orlando.

I am an NRA certified rifle, pistol and shotgun instructor and 4-H shotgun instructor. If you are a resident of Virginia and are interested in obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit, my training will satisfy the experience requirements for the permit application.

I will provide the guns, the ammo, the safety equipment the targets and the range time. All you need to bring is yourself. If you have a gun you’d like to get some training on and practice with, you are welcome to bring it (with ammo), but it is not necessary.

This offer is open to anyone willing to travel to the Southeastern Virginia area (I live in the Hampton Roads area and the range is outside of Wakefield, VA).

If you’re interested, click the “Contact” link in the header above and shoot me an e-mail (pun intended).