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.

I wasn’t gonna

but now I gotta.

My good friend, fellow VCDL member, and co-conspirator on the yet to be announced big project that I’ve been working on, Clint, tipped me off to the latest campus shooting yesterday. I probably could have scooped most of the other gunbloggers had I posted on it right away, but I was very disheartened by the news.

Upon reading the blogs this morning, I noted that it was being adequately covered, so I just didn’t mention it.

In an e-mail conversation with Clint this morning, I explained to him why I hadn’t posted on it…and then proceeded to write a post about it. Because the work is already done, I’m just going to reprint that email here to express my feelings on the subject:

I simply don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said a thousand times before.

Several bloggers are covering it and I’ve just decided to let them handle it. If I do comment on it, it will probably be in response to something someone says about it.

What makes me sick is that within a couple of days, the press will have identified the perpetrator and his name, history, personal details and picture will be plastered all over the papers, TV and internet…granting him exactly what he wanted: notoriety. That’s why it keeps happening: combine the narcissism of our current age with the reverence afforded celebrity, with the sensationalism of the news, with the never-ending abundance of “soft targets” and we’re going to continue to see these types of acts over and over again…probably with increasing frequency.

Oops. I think I just wrote a blog post about it. Maybe I’ll just post this reply later.

So there you have it. My feelings in a nutshell. The anti-gunners are going to have no shortage of blood in which to dance. These things are going to continue unabated and probably at an even greater pace in the future.

Well, he got his wish

Now that his face is plastered across every newspaper and on every TV station in the country.

The young shooter, who left a note predicting, “Now I’ll be famous,” wounded five others, two critically, then took his own life.

Which makes me wonder how long it will be before the copycats start. Next week? Next month?

Public safety bedamned, there’s a story here and ratings are just more important.

My first thoughts when I began to hear reports of this incident yesterday were sympathy for the victims and their families. My brother is in the process of moving to Omaha and my Sister in Law, niece and nephew already live there. Now that my prayers for them have been prayed, this morning’s sensationalistic news coverage evoked a different emotion:

I’m pissed.

These people simply DO NOT CARE how their coverage affects other people. It has been pointed out time and again that this type of coverage is exactly what the unbalanced people who commit these crimes are seeking. Other mentally disturbed people who desperately want attention see this coverage and they want this kind of notoriety for themselves. They see the perpetrators of these crimes as heros and people to be emulated…not as the monsters they are. This type of breathless, excited reporting is exactly why these types of attacks continue to occur so regularly…and yet the media persists. Ratings, not common sense, not a sense of duty or responsibility…ratings alone rule the world of the media. I have had no choice in the past several years but to come to the inescapable conclusion that “journalism” is, at its core, a dishonorable profession full of dishonorable people. I’m sure that there are some honorable journalists out there, but their chosen profession has been tainted and, so, they are tainted by proxy.

Several other things occurred to me during the few minutes that I could stomach watching the coverage: This was a mall, was it a “gun free zone?” I haven’t seen a definitive answer to that but I’d be willing to bet that it was.

UPDATE: It was:

In fact, although some chains such as Bag ‘N Save have posted signs and shopping malls such as Westroads Mall have added “no weapons” clauses to their posted codes of conduct, many small businesses haven’t seen the need.

Hat tip to Bruce

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Upon seeing the terrified victims who did nothing but cower, run and hide, I am disgusted by what America has become. I’ve said many times that I fear the vast majority of humanity is fit only for slavery and I’m proven correct day by day.

Far have we fallen from “Give me liberty or give me death”, “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country”, “Surrender? NUTS.”
There was not ONE courageous soul in that entire mall who would place themselves in harm’s way to save others? There was not one person who would take their responsibilities for the safety of themselves and their family seriously enough to be properly armed and prepared?

When are we, as a people, going to learn? It took police only SIX MINUTES to respond. But in that time, EIGHT people were killed and, by the time the police arrived, the perpetrator had already ended his own life…presumably when his supply of ammunition ran low.

Nothing more poignantly illustrates the old adage “when seconds count, the Police are only minutes away.”

Anyone who reads me regularly knows that I don’t engage in frivolous use of foul language but I simply cannot think of another word to adequately express my feelings right now: we have become a nation of pussies.

This simultaneously saddens, and infuriates me.

And, of course, now the inevitable calls for more gun control will begin. Those who delight in Saltatus Cruoris will begin their ancient rituals. Cries for restoration of the “assault weapons ban”, which, by the way, never banned the weapon used in this instance, will be deafening. Calls for “closing the gun show loophole” will increase in volume, even though the rifle was not obtained from a gun show. More and new creative ways to infringe upon our rights will be struck upon, regardless of their pertinence to this particular incident. It never ends.

In response to danger, we demand to be made more helpless. We demand that our master tighten our bonds lest we harm ourselves in our freedom. I weep for the future of my children and their children and the generations that follow them. We are on the path toward slavery and I see no fork in the road ahead. I weep.

Govornor Kain vows to trample Second Amendment

And simultaneously guarantee that he’ll never be elected to another political position in Virginia.

And if the facts of the story weren’t bad enough, the Pilot reporters felt it necessary to engage in a bit of PSH in reporting it:

The state’s rules do not require the checks on people who buy guns privately through unlicensed dealers at the shows. [emphasis added]

I’ve heard this canard so many times it is taking on a life of its own. Time to put this one to rest:

Title 18, US Code, Chapter 44, §921(a)(11): The term “dealer” means (A) any person engaged in the business of selling firearms at wholesale or retail…

Title 18, US Code, Chapter 44, §921(a)(21): The term “engaged in the business” means – …a person who devotes time, attention and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms, but such term shall not include a person who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or port of his personal collection of firearms [emphasis added].

Title 18, US Code, Chapter 44, §922: (a) It shall be unlawful- (1) for any person- (A) except a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms…

Title 18, US Code, Chapter 44, §923: (a) No person shall engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms…until he has filed an application with and received a license to do so from the Attorney General.

(Virginia’s “state rules”, as the reporters put it, mirror US Code in this respect)

In other words: an “unlicensed dealer” in firearms is, by definition, ALREADY BREAKING THE LAW.

Oh…What? You mean they aren’t talking about people “engaged in the business” of selling firearms? They’re only talking about private individuals who are selling or trading their own personal firearms as a hobby or to enhance their collection?

A private individual selling personal firearms from his own collection is, by definition, NOT a “dealer”. I guess that’s just too complicated a concept for journalists or politicians to grasp.

Do journalists regularly refer to private citizens selling their personally owned vehicles as “unlicensed dealers” in automobiles? No, because the term in inaccurate and misleading.

I repeat: by definition, private citizens are NOT dealers. Using that term is nothing more than propaganda and those who insist upon doing so are nothing more than liars.

The loophole gives felons and mentally ill people access to weapons they should not be allowed to buy, said Kaine, speaking at the annual AP Day at the Capital, a legislative forum sponsored by The Associated Press and the Society for Professional Journalists.

loop·hole (lōōp’hōl’)n.

1. A way of escaping a difficulty, especially an omission or ambiguity in the wording of a contract or law that provides a means of evading compliance.
“loophole.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 05 Dec. 2007.

The provision in the law that exempts private individuals from the requirements under which dealers operate is not an “omission” or “ambiguity”. This provision is very specifically and clearly spelled out; in that light, in no way can private citizens selling personal firearms be said to be “evading compliance” with the law in any way.

As a side-note: isn’t it interesting that Governor Kaine chose a conference of Journalists as his venue to make his big announcement? Don’t politicians generally address controversial topics in front of friendly audiences? Nope…no bias to see here, move along folks.

The reporters then happily embrace the time honored rite of Saltatus Cruoris as they callously invoke the victims of Virginia Tech as an emotional bludgeon to further their obvious agenda.

In as predictable a fashion as night following day, any horrific event involving guns is immediately followed by the anti-gunners proposing or endorsing laws that have no bearing on what happened and would not and could not have prevented the event. I must admit they are learning: this time they’re TRYING to rationalize their crass and utterly dishonorable attempt to politically profit from the misfortune of others. They do acknowledge that the perpetrator didn’t get his weapons this way, but they desperately and ineffectually attempt to make a tenuous connection by claiming “if he hadn’t been able to get his guns the way he got them, he MIGHT have gotten them from a private individual at a gun show”. Of course, he MIGHT have just used gasoline and matches to do the deed but you don’t see them trying to prevent private citizens from selling gas cans now do you?

And here is the most telling quote in the whole article:

“Cho could not buy that weapon today,” from a licensed dealer, Massengill indicated. “So the question we have to ask is, where would he get it? Because he would still get it. And likely get it at a gun show.”

The anti-gun chairman of the anti-gun panel that “reviewed” the Virginia Tech incident ADMITS that “he would still get [a gun].”

The fact is, no matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many restrictions are put in place, they will never be enough. Because the bad guys will “still get [guns]” and the anti-gunners will just move on to the next “loophole” that they want to close until the Second Amendment is nothing more than a historical footnote and we are all nothing more than defenseless wards of the state.

That is the agenda. And THAT is why we must fight them tooth and nail. We cannot let the camel get his nose any further into the tent than it already is because gun control is one camel that I do not want to sleep with.

With regard to the Pilot and its reporters: I could give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they are either too incompetent or lack the intelligence to even realize that they are just fomenting propaganda…but I don’t believe that. They don’t practice journalism; they practice evangelism. Their goal is not to inform, it is to convert; and they have demonstrated repeatedly that they will resort to any tactics…even to the level of blatant lies…to ply their trade.

I’m going to e-mail the authors of this gun-control support solicitation masquerading as news (Matthew Bowers and Richard Quinn)and give them a link to this post. If anything I’ve said is inaccurate or any conclusion I’ve drawn flawed, I’d be happy to hear their comments.

Let the Saltatus Cruoris Begin

Hat tip to Wasted Electrons for This story hot off the presses from last night.

My sympathies to the families of the victims. My prayers will be with you.

How long do you think it will be before the group formerly known as Handgun Control Inc. and other minions of the Dark Side gleefully begin the ritual of Saltatus Cruoris?

How long do you think it will be before they begin using this incident to advocate banning “assault weapons”, “saturday night specials”, “high powered sniper rifles”? How long before they reference this incident in advocating closure of the imaginary “gun show loophole”? How long before this is used as evidence that law abiding citizens just can’t be trusted with firearms?

Not long I bet.

Update: After reading the comment thread for the story linked above I am heartened by the reaction of many Salt Lake City residents. There were many “I’m going to get a firearms permit” type comments. The few anti-gun comments were soundly and convincingly debunked by the forces of freedom and personal responsibility.

Update2: It didn’t take long.

Update3: It is official: The mall in question prohibited firearms. Were I a victim of this event, I’d already have my lawsuit filed. The Mall forcibly assumed responsibility for it’s patron’s safety and then abjectly failed to provide for it. The victims of this crime should flat out own that place inside 3 months. If we had enough lawsuits of this nature, perhaps anti-gun businesses wouldn’t be so quick to force their agenda onto their patrons.