What does an illegitimate lobby thwarting the will of the people look like?

It looks like this.

We know who supports the NRA. You can see NRA stickers on car windows even in the bluest cities in the country. But who really supports the anti-gun political network? You’ll need to spend hours sorting through paperwork, following the trail, comparing addresses and researching names, to even get a hint.

That’s what an illegitimate lobby thwarting the will of the people really looks like.

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy:

You know your state sucks when…

…the souvenir shops in the largest airport in your state…

…only sell souvenirs from a city in a different state.

I was in both Terminals A and C of the Newark International airport and there was not a New Jersey or Newark hat, t-shirt or coffee mug to be found.

Not that I would have wanted one had I found one…the absence was just striking to me. It’s the only airport I’ve ever been in (and I’ve been in a LOT of airports) that didn’t have some sort of memorabilia from…well…the location of the airport.

Prime example of Media Malfeasance

Headline:

Man charged after Heights party-goer shot to death while wearing bulletproof vest

Really? BulletPROOF?

A Rosenberg man has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of another man wearing a bulletproof vest at a party in the Heights, Houston police said.

Officers were dispatched early Sunday to a garage apartment in the 300 block of West 23rd, where a man had been shot in the chest. Paramedics pronounced the man him(sic) dead at the scene.

Um…not so much.

Gee, I wonder where [media] the idiot [hollywood] could have gotten the idea [media] that a bullet resistant [hollywood] vest is actually bulletproof?

By the way…the trigger puller was arrested for felon in possession as well as for, well, shooting someone…but it’s obviously the NRA’s fault because if we pass one more law and make it even more illegaler than the 3 felonies (minimum) they were already committing, that would have prevented this tragedy, or something.

Fake Gun Interviews

From VCDL President Phillip Van Cleave, via e-mail
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February 20, 2018

Last weekend, while doing what seemed to be a regular interview, I discovered that a movie is being made with the intent to discredit gun-rights leaders across the country.

No, this is not a joke, it is real and we need to get the word out to other gun-rights organizations, gun-rights leaders, and prominent firearms trainers across the country and we need to do this FAST.

Back in 2014, alleged Hollywood sexual predator Harvey Weinstein said he was going to make a movie “that would make the NRA wish they weren’t alive.” (All gun organizations are the NRA in his mind.) And he was dead serious. Michael Moore has been attempting to discredit gun owners and leaders for years by tricking people and using creative editing techniques to make them look foolish or idiotic.

Who’s behind this effort isn’t clear, but they are EXTREMELY WELL FUNDED PROFESSIONALS. For example, to reel me in and to try to make me feel beholden to them, they laid out the red carpet, by providing luxury accommodations, limousine service, and providing a generous monetary allowance to cover meals and other expenses for two days.

They use psychological manipulation, as well as lies and tricks to put their victim into comedic situations that subject them to public shame, embarrassment, and ridicule. I believe the intent is to destroy reputations and even lives.

I did some detective work in the days immediately following the “interview,” and I managed to find out they had targeted at least one nationally known firearms trainer and I know there are more. They appear to be setting up near gun shows. I also found out they covered their tracks carefully to avoid revealing their true identity.

It started when VCDL received an email last week from a company called “First Freedom Television” to do an interview with an “Israeli security expert” on the “shared security interests of like-minded countries, such as the U.S. and Israel.” It went on, “Unlike the misguided position of American liberals, who aim to eradicate guns altogether, Israel has proven that universal gun training and widespread gun ownership actually leads to a safer society.”

I do interviews all the time, and this one didn’t seem to be all that much out of the ordinary.

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, I did the interview in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. About 5 minutes into the interview, my radar turned on big time when the interviewer was making claims about Israeli schools training selected children to use firearms from age 17 down to age 4 (!) as a last ditch effort in stopping a terrorist attack on a school if the teachers and security staff had been killed. The children would have codes to unlock secured firearms in such a case.

When I balked at 4-year-olds being able to do that, he showed me an alleged newscast video on his iPad. The text was in Hebrew, but with an English-speaking narration, talking about how a 4-year-old boy had indeed stopped a terrorist attack at his school. The newscast said that he killed two terrorists using his dad’s gun, which he had brought to school in his backpack to show a friend, in violation of school rules. Israeli Premier Netanyahu was touting him as a hero in the video.

While I’ve never been to Israel, I do know they have some serious terrorism concerns, especially at schools and other public gatherings. The way they handle some of their security can be very different from what we have in the U.S. But that news story just didn’t look right, and 4-year-olds can hold a gun and fire it with supervision, but not take on terrorists, and especially manage to shoot and kill two of them.

Because of this and various other odd things I noticed during the interview, I was now convinced that something wasn’t right. This wasn’t real and probably some sort of a set up.

I could only think of Hollywood’s threat. At a minimum, it could be a comedy which would play only in Israel, but it could be a more damaging attempt to make a “mocumentary,” by someone like Michael Moore, or, even worse, a Sacha Baron Cohen-esq “Borat”-type of shock comedy meant to be devastatingly embarrassing and humiliating to the victim in the crosshairs.

As the 15-minute interview terminated, the interviewer asked me if I, as an English-speaking firearms trainer, would help him make a “gun safety” training video for children of various ages. This had to be the “kicker,” I thought.

For better or for worse, I decided that I would play along with the scheme so I could find out who was behind this and where this was going. I figured if I was right about this being a set up, I could blow the whistle and get a warning out to the gun-rights community across the country to protect as many people as possible and maybe derail this attack. If it turned out to be nothing, then no harm, no foul.

We recorded for almost 3 hours using Airsoft guns as props. They even had a teleprompter!

I was right – it was a set up – and it was much worse than I could have imagined. If you’ve seen the 70’s movie, “The Sting,” it was much like that. It was a well-orchestrated, well-choreographed, psychological manipulation, with a production cast of at least 10 people, to slowly lead a person down the primrose path.

We went step-by-step with a ready, and seemingly logical, answer every time I balked at some crazy part of the training. They seemed to have thought of every thing that a person might question. All I can say is that these people were extremely good at deception and manipulation. And no matter how stupid the things the interviewer and I were doing (we were side-by-side the whole time), no one else cracked a smile or laughed once, and I was watching. The professional actors were keeping up the appearance that this was a serious project.

The end goal was to get the victim to make a “training film” teaching 3 and 4-year-olds how to shoot guns hidden in toy animals at “bad” people, to sing little songs and make gun noises during the training to make it “fun for children,” and even teach little kids how to shoot a rocket-propelled-grenade or a squad automatic weapon at an approaching suicide bomber vehicle!

It all sounds unbelievable. But everything was elaborately and expensively staged; every contingency planned for, with explanations that make unbelievable things seem plausible (fake documents and videos about how Israel handles security in their schools, for example). The interview moved along at a pace, designed not to give the “mark” time to reflect on where things are going. The craziness factor very gradually got more extreme, like cooking a frog by slowly heating up the water so he doesn’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late. It’s a con game, a sting, plain and simple.

I don’t know if they have other scenarios or they will use other company names to continue concealing their identity, but anyone doing an interview dealing with gun rights where they sense something odd should terminate that interview. Or, better, bring a recorder and tell the other party you are going to make your own recording of the interview. If they say “no,” then walk out. I am going to make that my own policy going forward to protect against any future fake interviews. BTW, they had me leave my cellphone in an office “because it might interfere with the recording devices,” but I think it was so I couldn’t take any photos of them or make any video or audio recordings on that phone.

In the end we played each other and I confirmed what I feared this was all about. Sadly for me, I’m sure I’m going to be in whatever crazy film finally comes out, looking really stupid and, just as sadly, I’ll probably be in good company. A few of us will no doubt get hammered, but if we can get the word out IMMEDIATELY, we might be able to save the reputations of many other good people.

Finally, looking at the possibilities and what I saw while making the “training film,” I’m betting this is going to end up being a “Borat”-style film and it’s going to be vicious on the victims.

Please share this alert far and wide.

Philip Van Cleave
President
Virginia Citizens Defense League

BOLO

I’m sad to report that while My wife and I were on vacation, on Monday, our house was broken into. My gun locker was broken into and many of my guns were stolen.

The real issue is that they stole several antique guns that were family heirlooms and cannot be replaced. The frustrating thing is that those guns aren’t useful to criminals and aren’t worth much money, but are of infinite sentimental value to me.

Of course I have the “It’ll never happen to ME” syndrome and I don’t have serial numbers or pictures of all the guns, but I’m going to post a list of the guns and the serial numbers and pictures I have. During your travels at gun shows, flea markets and gun shops, please keep a lookout for any of these guns and if you see any of them, please let me know, or contact the Norfolk Police Department. The case number is 160815000129.

1. Make/Model: Springfield Model 67
Type: Pump Shotgun
Caliber: 12 Ga
Serial: Unk
Description/Notes: Blued barrel and receiver, blond (light colored) stocks. Inoperable: action does not cycle correctly causing shells to hang as they enter the chamber, also firing pin is worn and rarely hits the primer hard enough to fire shells.

No Picture

2. Make: Ball & Williams Carbine
Type: Single Shot Ballard Drop Block Carbine rifle
Caliber: .54 Rim Fire
Serial: 324
Description/Notes: Civil War era carbine, ballard drop block (lever) action, blued barrel and receiver with some rust and pitting, dark wood stocks with a crack from the rear of the receiver into the buttstock. Inoperable

No picture

3. Make: Marlin Model 60
Type: Semi-auto rifle, fixed tube magazine
Caliber: .22 LR
Serial: Unk
Description/Notes: blued barrel and receiver, dark wood stocks, many scratches and dings, well-used rifle.

Marlin Model 60

4. Make: Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine
Type: Bolt Action Rifle
Caliber: 7.62x54R
Serial: KH5462
Description/Notes: WWII era Russian rifle. Blued barrel and receiver, dark wood stocks, folding bayonet.

Mosin Nagant M44

5. Make: Ruger KP-97D
Type: Semi-auto Pistol
Caliber: .45 ACP
Serial: 663-30922
Description/Notes: Stainless steel slide and barrel, black composite frame. Operates but has a distinctive “hitch” when pulling the trigger.

No Picture

6. Make: Navy Arms Remingon 1858
Type: Black Powder Cap and Ball revolver
Caliber: .44
Serial: Unk
Description/Notes: This is a replica of a Remington 1858 Black Powder percussion cap revolver. Blued barrel and frame, dark wood stocks.

No Picture

7. Make: Lancia Razzi Model 1900
Type: Starter Pistol
Caliber: .22 Blanks
Serial: Unk
Description/Notes: This is a blank firing starter pistol, not an actual firearm, but has the appearance of a firearm.

Lancia Razzi Starter Pistol

8. Make: Colt Double Action Frontier Model
Type: 6 Shot revolver
Caliber: .45 Long Colt
Serial: 41025
Description/Notes: This is a late 1800’s era revolver with a loading gate and shell ejection rod. It accepts black powder cartridges. Blued barrel and frame, dark wood stocks. Inoperable: The cylinder does not lock up so it has not been fired in over 20 years and would be unsafe to fire.

Colt DA Frontier

9. Make: Smith and Wesson Model 3
Type: Break top revolver
Caliber: .32 Smith and Wesson
Serial: Unk
Description/Notes: This is an early 1900’s era top break revolver that accepts black powder cartridges. The original finish is virtually gone and the gun is very rusty and pitted. Black plastic stocks. POSSIBLY Inoperable. Due to the condition, this gun hasn’t been fired in over 20 years. It would be difficult to find ammunition for, but may still fire.

s&w Model 3

10. Make: Springfield M1 Garand
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Serial: 3029993
Description/Notes: WWII era military rifle. Internal fixed magazine fed with 8 round clips. Parkerized (dark gray) barrel and receiver with dark wood stocks and leather sling.

M1 Garand

11. Make: Inland M1 Carbine
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Serial: 6250195
Description/Notes: WWII era military rifle. Removable box magazine, parkerized (dark gray) barrel and receiver with dark wood stocks and canvas sling.

M1 Carbine 3

M1 Carbine 2

12. Make: SKS M59/66
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Caliber: 7.62x39mm
Serial: S-677703
Description/Notes: Highly modified Yugoslavian SKS. Removable box magazine, blued barrel and receiver, black composite stocks. Folding vertical front grip, Bipod, Scope, flashlight, nylon 3 point sling.

sks

SKS 2

13. Make: Ruger American Rimfire Rifle
Type: Bolt Action rifle
Caliber: .22 LR
Serial: Unk
Description/Notes: Less than 2 years old, pristine condition. Stainless barrel and action, gray composite stocks. Variable power scope. Removable “rotary” box magazine.

Ruger American Rimfire

14. Make: CMMG National Match AR-15
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Caliber: .223 Remington
Serial: SA15919
Description/Notes: A2 style National match Rifle. DPMS upper receiver, Stainless Steel heavy barrel, Anodized (black) aluminum upper and lower receiver with fixed carry handle, black stocks, Jewell brand match trigger, fixed buttstock with “US Navy Marksmanship Team” sticker on the side. Free float forestock, national match (1/4moa) rear sights, National match leather sling. Lead weights in buttstock for balance.

NM AR-15

15. Make: CMMG M4 style AR-15
Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle
Caliber: 5.56x45mm
Serial: SA15918
Description/Notes: M4 style rifle. Del-Ton upper receiver, blued 16” barrel, anodized (black) aluminum receivers, flat-top upper receiver with Aim-Point red dot sight attached to rail, Adjustable rear stock, canvas sling.

M-4 AR15

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.

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.

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).

The Trump Craze

This is not a well researched or studied thesis or anything. I’m not going to do a google search and make arbitrary judgments about what I find to “verify” my theory “scientifically”…but it’s a thought I had this morning.

I have to wonder about the mania of Trump supporters who are willing to ignore all evidence that Trump is:

1. Not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination.
2. A fully grown child who throws tantrums and pouts when he doesn’t get his way.
3. A narcissist who cares only about his own well being and couldn’t give a rip about the country or its inhabitants except to the degree that caring about them advances his own interests.
4. A snake oil salesman who will say whatever he thinks you want to hear to bamboozle you into buying what he’s selling.

I could go on.

All of these things are blindingly obvious to anyone who hasn’t drunk the Trump Koolaid (heck, a couple of them he’s flat admitted to), but based on his vote totals, an astonishing number of Republicans (and democrat crossovers) have imbibed in the aforementioned cordial.

My thought was:

How much of this is due to the basic human fact that the majority of humankind is suited for and desirous of only slavery?

I know that sounds extreme, and I’m not trying to say Trump is a slaveowner…it’s metaphorical.

I could replace that with “most people are suited for and desirous of only perpetual childhood” and mean the same thing.

What I’m saying is that the majority of people want nothing more than to be cared for. They want to be protected, provided for, and dictated to by someone or something else.

They don’t want to have to make the hard decisions (or even easy decisions for that matter) or to take responsibility for their own lives and decisions.

This penchant is demonstrated by several common aspects of human nature: The weird obsession with superheros comes to mind immediately. Why are superhero movies and comics so popular? Because a large part of humankind loves the idea of having some “superhuman” being to swoop to the rescue and save them when they’re in trouble.

In the real world, the superhero is replaced by authority figures and the government. I think The Donald is playing the role of superhero at the moment. The people who’ve fully bought into his dog and pony show view him as some sort of savior and redeemer. They’ve been disappointed in the current “superhero” government so they’re grasping for another, stronger, faster, more blustery one to take its place.

I don’t know…this isn’t a fully fleshed out theory, just a thought I had this morning.

The overall theory that most people want nothing more than to be taken care of and told what to do has been in my mind for years and nothing humankind has done in my lifetime has dispelled it…I’m kind of wondering out loud if the irrational cheerleading for Trump is a manifestation of that more basic trait.

Thoughts?