Comment on Bearing Arms

I haven’t been blogging much for a long time, but I’m still active on the internet and tend to leave comments on sites where that is allowed. In fact, I rarely even bother to read sites where comments are not allowed, I enjoy speaking with someone, not being spoken at by someone.

At any rate, one of the sites I read regularly is Bearing Arms. An online gun magazine. Most of the time their articles are well written and I agree with them, occasionally, however, they tend to go a little overboard. I generally leave comments both when I find something particularly well written, or when I disagree with them.

The latter occurred a week or so ago when they wrote an article comparing two gun cases and drawing a conclusion from them. This irks me as it is a common tactic of the left: compare two different cases without considering all the involved factors and declaring that the difference in outcome is due solely to the social justice cause of the day rather than the underlying factors.

The interesting thing is that they even decried this practice themselves:

Now, it’s always difficult to look at two cases and see all the nuances between the two. What may look like a racial disparity may have more to do with other factors that don’t show up in brief news reports.

And then proceeded to ignore what they’d just said:

That means it’s up to us to call out situations like this, to raise the question of whether police view armed minorities differently than armed white folks, and if they do then oppose it as vehemently as possible.

I left a comment calling them out for this. 7 days later and my comment is still “pending”. Apparently they don’t like me pointing out the issues with their assumptions. For posterity sake, I’m going to re-post my comment here:

You say it’s up to us to call out situations like this, yet didn’t do even the barest research to find out if the differences in treatment may have been warranted.

I’d call that irresponsible. Your implication is that there was bias involved in the disparity of treatment when it is more plausibly explained by differences in circumstances that you could have found with a 10 second internet search.

1. The police had a “credible tip” that Trevan Young was armed and intended to do harm. Why do you think they stopped him? His gun was hidden away…do you think the cops have x-ray vision? He was charged not for carrying the gun, but for carrying it with the intent to do harm.

Kevin Leko, on the other hand, was never accused of threatening anyone, he was just spotted on the roof with the gun.

2. Young refused to stop, resisted arrest, and disobeyed officer’s orders. He was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Leko was drunk, but completely complied with police orders and was arrested without incident.

So your talking about one guy with three charges, one of which indicated he intended to do harm, and another guy with one charge and no indication that he was a threat. I would say that it’s completely plausible that this explains the disparity in bond amounts and I’m more than willing to give the judge the benefit of the doubt.

By the way: you do understand that the Police don’t set bond amounts right?

I completely support the gun rights of all Americans and will vehemently oppose any difference in treatment under identical circumstances, but taking two completely different cases and jumping to conclusions doesn’t help anyone…except maybe your click count, so I guess there’s that.

Conundrum

I really wish someone could explain to me how I can buy a complete upper including barrel on sale for $190.

https://midstatefirearms.com/SALE-16-Melonite-223-Wylde-Upper-with-Slim-Keymod-Rail-keymodsale.htm?categoryId=-1

But I can’t find a 15″ keymod handguard by itself for less than $120.

I’m tempted to buy one of those uppers, take off the handguard and then sell everything else. I bet I could ultimately make a profit.

Richmond 2A Lobby Day

I’ve been a Virginia Citizen’s Defense League member for a LONG time (15 years? 20? I don’t remember) I was an Executive Member for a couple of years before my job requirements made it too difficult. As a VCDL member I’ve attended lobby day on MLK day many times over those years.

This year I decided not to go. I’m ashamed to admit that I bought into the fake media’s hype and was afraid that leftist provocateurs were going to show up and try to make the whole thing something it was never intended to be: a riot.

After it’s all over, I wish I’d gone. I am EXTREMELY proud of my fellow gun owners, how they comported themselves and how the rally went. I’m embarrassed that I ever considered it could be otherwise.

The rally went off without a hitch, tens of thousands of gun rights supporters peaceably assembled and made their voices heard without a single incident. The only arrest was after the rally was over and was for a non-violent offense (wearing a mask in public after several warnings).

And, as has been my unfailing experience with right-wing “protests”…they cleaned up after themselves instead of leaving the place trashed like leftists invariably do.

At any rate, since I don’t have any pictures, I’ll link to a couple of twitter feeds with pictures and videos of the rally. It’s quite inspiring:

A couple of video interviews

lots of pics

Why Virginia is Toast

I pretty much stopped blogging about politics a while back because it got so depressing for me. The downward spiral I see our country in has only been slightly slowed by the Trump presidency and actually has been exacerbated by the Democrats complete abandonment of even the facade of believing in democratic government (and their sanity as well, but that’s another story).

The disgusting precedents they’ve set in resisting Trump and attempting to undo an election just because they didn’t like the outcome do not portend well for the peaceful transfer and exercise of power after future elections. Not only have they proven that they will not allow an administration they don’t approve of to function, but they’ve opened the door for Republicans to retaliate in kind.

I simply don’t see these developments as conducive to a stable, prosperous nation.

With that said, I reach the subject of this post. I’ve been saying for years that Virginia is on an unstoppable trajectory to become the next California with unassailable liberal majorities at all levels of government and no possible path for recovery.

I’m sure everyone is aware of the current controversy surrounding the Democrats finally wresting control of the state legislature from the Republicans, Governor Blackface’s immediate pledge to turn a good majority of the the rural population of the state into instant criminals, and the resulting “2nd Amendment Sanctuary” backlash.

If not, do some googling, I’ll wait…

…back? OK.

So, today I stumbled across this story and one particular thing in it really jumped out at me:

Virginia gun owners in just 43 days have pushed 90% of the state’s counties [containing 40% of the population] to become gun “sanctuaries,”

This is actually an excerpt from another article quoted from the Washington Examiner but the part in brackets was added by the author of the Bongino piece. It’s that part in brackets that really caught my eye:

90% of the area of the state contains only 40% of the population.

Here’s the map of 2nd Amendment Sanctuary status

(Image from and linked to GunrightsWatch.com)

All of that green makes up only 40% of the population. The remaining 60% lives in the urban sprawl of Northern Virginia, the Richmond area and some parts of Hampton Roads.

That’s why Virginia is toast.

The part of the population living in the most dense urban areas of the state can outvote the other 90% of the state every time. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the part of the population living in those urban areas were satisfied with living their own lives and leaving the rest of the state alone, but that’s not the way it is. Urban liberals not only accept the government micro-managing every aspect of their lives but actually want it to do so and simply can’t abide knowing that someone else, somewhere else, is not living by their standards…and now these are the people who get to make up the rules for the rest of the state.

And it’s only going to get worse. As the liberal government starts encouraging illegal immigrants to come to Virginia, starts raising taxes on the successful to fund their utopian redistribution schemes, clamps down on the freedoms of normal Americans two things are going to happen: the numbers of liberals are going to continue to increase, while at the same time conservatives and successful business owners are going to flee. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I believe at this point it’s inevitable. Virginia’s economy is going to begin a long, slow decline that may never end. Unfortunately, Virginia doesn’t have a Hollywood or Silicon Valley full of liberal billionaires to prop up the utopian liberal fantasies like California so the end is pretty much a foregone conclusion. I don’t believe the masses of drones in Northern Virginia who survive by sucking off the teat of the American Taxpayers is nearly enough to keep the economy afloat in the face of dedicated liberal economic destruction.

So the question just becomes: Will the decline be slow enough that I can bide my time and wait until retirement before evacuating? Or should I start looking for a job in Free America now?

I really like my job and the company I work for so I’m in “wait and see” mode right now. Maybe Governor Blackface and his merry crew of utopians will see the light and slow down enough for me to make a graceful exit a few years down the road rather than having to abandon ship before I’m really ready to.

As with all other things…time will tell.

It’s a good thing…

…Japan has such strict gun control. Because that makes mass murders impossible or something.

A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.

Bittersweet

I was seriously considering taking some vacation time for this, but I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately as it is so adding another trip to the schedule just didn’t seem feasible at the time.

It gratifies me to see that many others took up the baton and ran with it.

Thousands Show Up to Properly Send Off Texas Air Force Veteran

These are the people that Hillary and Barack and Michelle and Bernie and Joe disparage as “deplorables”.

These are the people that the media constantly accuse of being “literally hitler” and full of hate.

What I see are real people. People who work hard for what they have and don’t have the time to attend demonstrations and rallies over petty political squabbles…but when a true fellow American is in need, they’ll drop everything and rally to the call.

This is the America that I identify with…and it’s always *been* great.

Why we have so much plastic pollution:

This is something that just drives me nuts.

I’m using some medicine I just bought as an example, but this is true about lots and lots of goods that are packaged in quantity.

They sell this stuff in little bottles. They also sell bulk packages of three bottles and in this instance, they had them on sale, buy one get one half off.

I have to take this stuff daily so I’m always in the market to save a little money…three bottles in a pack for less than three separate bottles and on sale to boot…what could go wrong?

There are 14 pills in each bottle. This is what the contents of one bottle looks like.

Seriously?

They couldn’t have used a smaller bottle for that?

So…the first thing I did is consolidate to cut down on the number of stupid little pill bottles I had to store.

The contents of all those bottles filled a little over half of one bottle.

And resulted in this much plastic waste for no particular reason:

This is marketing…putting small quantities in big bottles so you’re willing to pay more because you feel like you’re getting more for your money.

It doesn’t make ME feel that way…when I get a package of something I’ve bought, open it up and find that it’s 90% full of air, I feel a bit ripped off and am a lot less likely to purchase that product again.

But I’m abnormal in a lot of ways so I guess that’s just one more.

But the thing I couldn’t help thinking was “they want to take away my plastic straws, but they don’t say a word about useless crap like this???

/rant

Laughing Out Loud in the airport

I was in the airport recently and was checking to see if they had free wifi.

The name of one of the local wifi access points (probably someone’s phone hotspot) caught my attention.

I laughed out loud after my initial double-take.

I wonder if that’s an effective way of keeping people from trying to hijack you’re internet connection.