Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 023: Unscripted

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In This Episode:

None of our regular ACP contributors had anything this week, so Erin and Weer’d called an audible and just had an unscripted episode. It’s like a mini-Mag Dump, only with less swearing by Erin. Enjoy!

We Discuss:

  • Frozen pad thai
  • Erin’s Cooking Escapades
  • Talk Boxes, and how sometimes Peter Frampton doesn’t use them
  • Michael Moore brings David Hogg to Canada
  • Paying too much for guns or knives
  • Weer’d talks about Handgun Radio
  • And we both talk about where we were and what we were doing on September 11th 2001

Show Notes:

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More Anti-Gun Laws that Target the Law-Abiding

In California

Sold from vending machines in Pennsylvania, feed depots in Nevada, pharmacies in Georgia and jewelry stores in Texas, ammunition is in many states easier to buy than cold medicine. But in California, which already enforces some of the nation’s most restrictive gun laws, there is a movement underway against the unfettered sale of bullets.

So first up, yes, in most of the United States it is easier to buy a box of ammo than a box of Nasal Decongestant. In Massachusetts, where I need to show my permit when I score a box of ammo, it’s really the same, technically there’s some sort of database that records how often I get a stuffy nose, so maybe it’s still harder here.

What isn’t mentioned is that is that restriction on pseudoephedrine done us any good? Nope, its a pain in the ass (especially when you have a splitting sinus headache and the 24 Hour Drug store is open, but the pharmacy counter is closed!) and has had ZERO benefit to society. Actually it can be argued that it actually made things worse, because people were cooking the medicine into Meth, not that they can’t bulk buy their ingredients, the small home-labs shut down….but people still wanted Meth, so now the Mexican Cartels aren’t competing with American Drug Dealers, so they just buy the raw chemicals by the truckload and cook it up in FACTORIES.

End result, more Meth, and more crime! Yayyy!!!

But back to the stupid ammo law.

Gun control advocates here have pushed to limit internet sales, ban large-capacity magazines, require sellers to have licenses, raise taxes on bullets, and mandate serial numbers or other traceable markings on ammunition so that the police can more easily track them.

Such regulations, several of which have been enacted and take effect this year and next, are inspired by the view that the best way to limit gun violence is to approach it as a “bullet control” problem. As Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat from New York, told the Senate 25 years ago, when he introduced legislation that would have imposed a 10,000-percent tax on hollow-tip ammunition, “guns don’t kill people; bullets do.”

All crap that is PROVEN not to work, but the point I want to make also includes this.

Beginning next year, ammunition dealers across the state will be required to maintain logs of all sales — one of many steps California has taken to limit access to bullets. The efforts come as federal lawmakers fail to break the stalemate that for decades has blocked any new major gun control measures, despite a nationwide groundswell from students pushing for more restrictions in the wake of multiple massacres on high school and college campuses.

Under federal law, those who are not legally allowed to buy firearms are also forbidden from purchasing bullets, but there is no effective system in place for enforcing that rule. There are minimum ages for buying ammunition, but many sellers do not check identification. So cities and states are leading the way instead, with California at the forefront, said Ari Freilich, a lawyer with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

So essentially the anti-gunners, having run roughshod over the gun market in their “Progressive” Crime-Sanctuary, and finding that crime is still a major problem in the Gang-Infested streets, so the solution is to restrict AMMO!

Except let’s talk a little about ammo. The other day I hit the range, and it was 90 degrees and humid, and I was SOAKED in sweat by the time I was heading home. Really I just wanted to log a little trigger time and work on improving my skills, this was NOT a pleasure trip. I had fun, but man I was happy to go home. In this trip I used up two 50-round boxes of .22, one 50-round box of .45 ACP, and a few magazines of old carry ammo that had been cycled into a chamber more than I was comfortable with. So it was about 160 rounds, and I wasn’t shooting fast, I was working on my sight picture, my grip and stance, and my trigger pull. I was also downloading my magazines so I could practice more reloads. Either way, it was about an hour.

I think we all know that 160 rounds is a pretty light day for the average gun nut. I know there are days when I’ve burned more than 1,000 rounds without the aid of full-auto. And then there are the full-auto days….

Now let’s look at the other side of the fence to the criminal world. They have guns, but they’re generally prohibited people long before they get the taste for blood, so they don’t want to draw a lot of attention to their gun collection. They might go to a public range, but honestly there are enough cops that are shooters that do they REALLY want to show up at the range and be unpacking their gun and have a cop recognize their mug shot? Really how often does a criminal fire a gun in practice? For some, like drug dealers or robbers, who just want a gun and really aren’t interested in killing another person, they might NEVER shoot their gun. For a gang enforcer who might be asked to carry out a hit, they might want to know more of how their gun shoots, but maybe that’s just popping a few rounds into the dirt or a dumpster to make sure the gun works.

Really I bet most of the repeat offenders in jail probably haven’t shot more than 50 rounds of ammo, and from my readings, they aren’t terribly concerned with quality of the ammo, they don’t have a preferred hollow point, maybe they would PREFER to get HP ammo, but if all they have is ball, they wouldn’t be as concerned about that as you or I would be.

Also where do criminals get their guns? There was a study conducted on that they mostly get them from friends, family, and criminal associates. So one might assume the person selling, lending, or trading the gun might also have ammo for it. When it comes to theft, couldn’t the robber also cop some ammo boxes? Same with people who legally have guns, but also have an ILLEGAL problem with substance abuse, how often do drug dealers get a gun in trade for drugs? Couldn’t they also request ammo?

At WORST, this law would put a premium on ammo in the underworld, meaning that criminals will seek it out to meet the demand, and the “Demand” isn’t going to be very high.

But it’s going to make us lawful gunnies who actually shoot up ammo, so frequently need to hit the gun shop between range trips….and the added infrastructure will cost money that EVERYBODY pays for….well not the criminals, they don’t pay taxes either!

And the end result will be more of the same on the streets of California! They will never learn because they don’t WANT to learn.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 022: Don’t Mess With Floridians, Goofball

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the NPR Report that shows that the majority of school shootings actually didn’t happen;
  • they also share a video of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd who details what happens in Florida when you threaten an armed Uber driver;
  • Weer’d fisks the alleged leadership of March For Our Lives Boston in a PBS puff piece on their protest march on Smith & Wesson;
  • in Gun Lovers and Other Strangers, David explains how the gun market responds to gun bans;
  • and in Tales From The Trunk, the House Dick has had a rough week and he shares it with us.

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Show Notes

Main Topic:


Weer’d Audio Fisk:

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 021: Blackmail and Lies

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the March For Our Lives Boston Protest of Smith & Wesson and the shooting at the Jacksonville GLHF Game Bar;
  • the General Purpose Egghead discusses some basic firearms physics as well as some interesting movie firearm tropes;
  • Weer’d continues his series on 3D printed guns by fisking a former ATF agent and current anti-gun lobbyist on the issue;
  • and David brings us an in-depth look of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and how his governance of New York might apply to his future Presidential aspirations in Gun Lovers and Other Strangers.

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Show Notes

Main Topic:

Weer’d Audio Fisk

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 020: Ensure Insurance

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d banter about all the new content we have for our Patreon subscribers, as well as the fate of the Loaded Conversations Podcast;
  • They also discuss the Florida Parking Lot shooting and why it is imperative that you have self defense insurance if you carry a gun;
  • Weer’d concludes his audio fisking of David Hogg bloviating about 3D printed guns;
  • General Purpose Egghead talks about some portable solar cells and how to best use them;
  • David shares some of his positive experiences of being a gun owner in New York;
  • and in Tales from the Trunk, the ACP House Dick talks about the gadgets of a private detective.

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New Term for Debate Avoidance

So one thing I’ve been noticing is that Authoritarians have have an ever increasing war against civil and open discourse and debates.

On the larger scale there are politicians holding “Town Hall Meetings” that are closed to the public. We also now have the new “Safe Space” culture that wants to ban words and honestly points of view, and is quick to blanket ANYTHING they don’t like with “Racist” or “Nazi”. And of course that cultural movement has the whole Antifa and Black Lives Matter who outright riot, so rather than debate they beat you to a pulp and burn your business down.

But on the individual level we have the long-standing abuse of Godwin’s Law. Godwin is actually an amusing observation that if an argument goes on long enough SOMEBODY is going to bring up Nazis. Funny, and really sort of irrelevant. But the abuse is that if in a debate if somebody brings up the Third Reich as an observation, rather than form a rebuttal a coward will say “Godwin’s Law, this debate is over!!!”.

I made this observation a number of years ago, that if a “Progressive” trolling a Conservative/Libertarian blog or discussion group, when they get any reasonable response they VANISH as to never need to concede a loss.

The new term in the title I hadn’t heard is called “Sealioning”. From Wikipedia

Sealioning (also spelled sea-lioning and sea lioning) is a type of trolling or harassment which consists of pursuing people with persistent requests for evidence or repeated questions. The harasser who uses this tactic also uses fake civility so as to discredit their target. The term arises from a 2014 edition of the webcomic Wondermark, where a character expresses a dislike of sea lions and a passing sea lion repeatedly asks the character to explain.

Now here’s the comic in question (decided not to grab the image because I need to display the whole comic and that’s pressing fair use) Go have a look.

Notice something? A person states that they don’t have an issue with marine mammals, but they don’t like sea lions. Then a sea lion shows up, and rightly takes offense, and continues to ask for an explanation of her hatred. At NO POINT does the women who admits to disliking sea lions actually give a reason for their dislike.

back to Wikipedia:

According to Claire Hardaker, a researcher and senior lecturer in linguistics at Lancaster University; the best way to deal with a suspected sea-lioning attack is not to engage them in the first place; but if you must, then to direct them towards third-party sources. If they are seriously curious individuals, they will be able to learn more without taking up time and resources.

So the 3rd party bit is actually a great tactic for any real-world debate, because #1 it keeps the division of labor clear, you can argue with some asshole for 2 hours only to have them say “Fuck you, you’re wrong!!!” and you’ve wasted a lot of efforts. I’ve had lots of debates where I suggested to somebody with an anti-gun view to seek out some 3rd party sources…the ignorant zealots NEVER do it, and the people who have sought out the data I’m going to cite, no matter how critical they are, they almost always convert because when facts are on your side, the open minded will quickly fall to your side.

But note the LEAD is “Not Engage”, but in this story she openly said she hated sea lions, and a sea lion wanted to know why….and NEVER got a response. Since this is a gun blog, and it’s what I do, I can’t help but think about the people who lead with “I’m fine with SPORTING guns, but those evil semi-autos need to be banned!!!”

I would of course ask what made them evil, and needing to be banned. And if you follow this blog, you know they generally delete my comments and ban me.

Now I’ve had discussions with people who just refuse to hear my rebuttals or talk past me, and if THAT was Sealioning, I get it, there are times when you just need to pull anchor and sail away, but every reference to this I’ve read really just boils down to “Never answer questions you don’t want to”.

If they’re on the right side, why do they avoid debate and discussion so much?

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 19: 3D Print ALL the Guns

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d banter about sinus irrigation, and then for the main topic discuss how some people are losing their minds over 3D printed guns and why that’s dumb;
  • the General Purpose Egghead talks about the management and storage of charged batteries;
  • David shares his experiences in taking to the range new shooters who didn’t run in pro-gun circles;
  • Weer’d begins a series of fisks on 3D printed gun freak-outs, starting with David Hogg’s appearance on Full Circle with Anderson Cooper;
  • and we close with a segment by Sean Sorrentino, host emeritus of ACP’s parent podcast The GunBlog VarietyCast, about being a witness in a criminal case and how that might relate to those of us who carry firearms for self-defense.

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