Joan Peterson “Debates”

So we all know Joan Peterson of the Brady Campaign, and Protect Minnesota (tho she’s been set out to pasture in Minnesota, and the Brady Campaign is doing everything in its power to keep its collective head above water), she had a recent post about how anti-gun bills are stupid bills written by stupid people and because of that they fail and die.

They also fail and die for the same reason why we haven’t got National Reciprocity and Suppressors off the NFA, and why Obama never passed any gun bans….Status quo is ALWAYS more attractive to politicians.

So Sebastian talks about why the bill is going to die, and why Joan is Crazy, but for whatever reason Joan decided to approve a bunch of comments for that post.

Of course the comments are all pro-gun, because Gun control has almost zero support on the ground, and we have so MUCH support that we spill into the anti-gun playgrounds.

There is one consistent thing with the comments and Joan’s responses. She looks at the response, either skims it, or reads it with pure cognitive dissonance, and then responds only to minor minutia with her responses.

The comment that started it all was Joan Saying:

And I’m all in favor of intentionally limiting the lethality of any weapon designed to kill as many people as possible. After all, that is the only reason for those types of assault rifles. They are not necessary for hunting or self defense.

and by “limiting the lethality [sic]” she of course means Australia and UK style confiscation.

But the rest of the comments take issue with her statement that “Assault Rifles” are only for mass killing and not for hunting or self defense.

Joan Responds:

I have never read an article from a credible source that says that an AR-15 is the gun of choice for self defense. In fact I read the opposite in article after article. You are claiming something that is just not true. In the first place, a gun is rarely used for self defense in the home or in public. That is a fact. Check out this article among just one of many

Let’s have a look at the “Many” reasons why owning an AR-15 is stupid:

1. The AR-15 Was Designed For Military Use

Super scary until you realize that most things were designed for military use. Lots of things like GPS and Cellphones got their start with the military. Most guns got their start or were used by military forced as well.

Nothing but illogical scare tactics.

2. The AR-15 Wastes Ammunition

If you are going to use a gun as your first line of defense, do you want a gun that sprays bullets everywhere in rapid succession? The “assault” part of assault rifle describes the deadliness of the AR-15. In his piece for Slate, Peters noted the AR-15 can fire up to 45 rounds per minute. If you are attempting to use this gun for self-defense if someone is attacking you and your family, it’s not the best move; bullets are going to be flying everywhere, and the potential to hit a family member, a neighbor, a pet, or even yourself seems dangerously high.

Now first up, since this article is written by an anti-gun nut, no “acceptable alternative” is given for home defense. Of course all anti-gun nuts are anti self-defense, but they know that is an insane position so they have gotten away from suggesting victims of violent crime lie down and think of England.

Also the only people who talk about cyclic rate of guns are A) Machine gun people and B) Anti-gun Nuts. I remember a coworker asking what the cyclic rate of an AR-15 is. I have no idea because such a thing is relatively irrelevant, and I said as much.

Of course why antis go so nuts for cyclic rates is this exact fallacy. You’re going to be wasting ammo and spraying indiscriminately if you attempt to defend your life with a gun? Really?

No because you can make VERY rapid follow up shots does not mean you’re going to do it.

Also FYI ballistic tests with 5.56 ammo shows it performs better than pistols and shotguns with wallboard penetration. Just make sure you pick the right ammo for home defense.

3. The AR-15 Is A Vanity Rifle

One of the reasons that the AR-15 is popular is because it can be endlessly customized — never mind that the ease of customization can lead to owners unwittingly violating state laws. Holding a rifle that can fire 45 rounds per minute is certainly going to make a person feel powerful, but is it actually making them safer? No. The AR-15 is a weapon that gun owners can brag about owning, but its usefulness in self-protection is questionable at best.

No citation on what state law can be violated. I mean here in Mass you could put a folding stock with a pistol grip on your mini-14 or M1A and make an “Assault Weapon”. That’s more an example of how dumb the laws are, not a reason to hate on the AR-15.

Also no citation on why the AR-15 is not useful for home defense, and so far they’re totally full of shit, so I’m not going to just take their word.

Also the customizable nature of the AR-15 is one reason why it’s so popular. You don’t NEED a home defense carbine, and a separate varmint gun, and separate and a separate medium game gun, and a big game gun, and a target rifle ect. Depending on how serious you are about any of those things you might WANT a dedicated rifle in one of those niches, but if your rifle spends 90% of its time sleeping in a gun safe in case of a home invasion, or range trips, but once a year you feel the urge to shoot at deer or varmints, you can quickly and cheaply modify the gun to suit that. Heck with .50 Beowulf and .455 Bushmaster and similar rounds you could be hunting bear with the same gun that protect your house with little more than an upper swap!

Oh and BTW the AR-15 is so insanely popular it really isn’t a gun worth bragging about…everybody has one, it’s not that special unless you’ve done a really good custom job on it.

4. The Odds Of An AR-15 Or Any Gun Being Used For Home Defense Are Low

Their source, Violence Policy Center. Yep, lying liars “supporting” your bullshit. Good job!

5. The AR-15 Is Powerful Enough To Pierce Body Armor

Short Short answer: Well yeah, EVERY centerfire rifle round can penetrate police armor. That is assuming A) The officer is wearing armor at all, I still see a LOT of uniformed cops who are OBVIOUSLY not wearing a vest. and B) That we’re talking threat level 2A armor here.

Except that police do indeed sometimes wear higher-threat armor that can stop a 5.56 round. This is even more laughable when you see the image they used

Umm yeah, Riot cops will probably be wearing trauma plates, both for rifle protection but also soft armor doesn’t do much against blades, but hard-plate does.

Last we have one last line from Joan:

This is vastly different than the millions of DGUs claimed by the NRA and gun extremists. It may be closer to what GVA reports. Over a thousand per year. You do understand I assume that compared to 33,000 dead every year from gunshot injuries and 100,000 injured, that number is nothing. More people get killed and injured by those guns used for self defense by a long shot ( sorry for the pun) than are used to protect people.

Except Joan ignores the fact from the comment she’s responding to that the CDC’s lowest estimate (and note that there estimates as high as MILLIONS, that I’m equally skeptical on) is over 100,000 per year.

Its a tough number because most defensive gun uses no shots are fired meaning law enforcement might not record that a gun was even used by the victim, if they record the crime at all, and certainly law enforcement are NOT recording defensive gun uses as a statistic. Still even at the lowball, number, defensive gun uses, and CRIMINAL gun uses are about equal, and it is a VERY easy assumption that just as the 3 million DGU per year number is likely artificially high, the 100,000 number is very likely overly low, so it is more than likely that guns do more good than harm in society….and that’s actively.

But that’s not even the argument Joan is having, that statistic is swatting a fly with a nuclear bomb. All we NEED to prove Joan wrong is show that AR-15s ARE used for self defense, which a simple google search proves. AR-15s are used for hunting….equally as easily. That they aren’t weapons of mass murder…..hence why cops carry them, and use them…and not for mass murder. Oh she also claims that cops carry them for some fictitious arms race between cops with pistols, shotguns and billy clubs up against gangs with assault rifles.

That’s of course bullshit if cops encounter an armed criminal if it isn’t a knife or club, it’s a handgun. Long guns of any kind, be they AR-15, or hunting rifles or shotguns, are rarely used by criminals. Cops carry AR-15s for the same reason we do, they are light, handy, easy to shoot, and much more effective than pistols or shotguns across a VERY wide range of scenarios.

Pistols are still better when you’re just walking a foot beat or writing tickets, but if you need to fight, anybody who can should be going for the rifle.

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Handgun Radio Live

We’re about to drop the hammer on another fun-filled episode!


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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 165

Something a little different this week. Due to a number of circumstances Sean and I decided to do one giant This Week in Anti-Gun Nuttery.

I assume if you’re grabbing the show here, you won’t mind that.


Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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Handgun Radio Live

Here we go again!


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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 164

EP164 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Will the Junk in Sean’s Trunk Crush a Crowd in a Hurricane?

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk,

All that junk inside that trunk?

I’m a get get get get a TrunkCratePro!

Beth is on assignment and will return soon.
The Charlotte police and fire departments have no plans to search for a Dilworth, NC carjacking suspect who may have drowned. Given what Sean found out about the suspect that they did capture, it’s not surprising that no one seems to care.
Barron is on assignment and will return soon.
Why would anyone live in Florida when it has all those hurricanes? Miguel explains.
Erin is back from Gun Rights Policy Conference, and she’s ready to tell us all about what she learned, who she met, and how her presentation went.
Tiffany is on assignment and will return soon.
When you’re in a crowd of 20,000 people and someone starts shooting at you, bullets are probably the only thing you’re thinking about. Erin teaches us about another less-known killer: Crowd Crush.
After the mass murder in Nevada, Jimmy Kimmel leaped onto the stage to give an anti-gun monologue. Weer’d takes it apart in his unique fashion.
And our Plug of the Week is for the TrunkCratePro Collapsible Trunk Organizer.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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Handgun Radio Live

We’re going live in a little bit with Ryan Cross of Grey Ghost Precision.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 163

P163 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Magic Carpet Ride
On a cloud of sound we drift in the night

Any place it goes is right

What happens when more than 350 gun-toting ladies get together? Beth travels to Utah to attend a conference by The Well-Armed Woman to find out!
Man Shot By Police After Holding Pregnant Woman Hostage. Sean and Erin love a happy ending.
Barron is on assignment and will return soon.
Miguel is NOT on assignment this week! He wants everyone to know that he’s “playing Mad Scientist with things nature never intended to be played with.”
We look deeper in the SHARE Act for our Main Topic.
Tiffany is on assignment and will return soon.
Florida is hot. And not “Swedish Bikini Team” hot; it’s “Dropped into pan of boiling water inside an oven” hot. So how do you keep cool when the power is out and the AC is off? Erin has some tips.
Weer’d finishes his Audio Fisk sendoff of former Brady Campaign president, Dan Gross.
And our Plug of the Week is for Magic Carpet Cruise Control, AKA Toyota Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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Some LOLz from the Onion

I was watching some old videos from the Onion, and they’ve really cut production cost as well as writing.

Too bad, but sometimes stuff is still funny


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Interesting Biology: Higher Nerve Function?

Ok if you’re still a reader of this blog (I’m trying to post more non podcast content), you’ve probably seen this video before.

I’m a marine biologist with some training in animal medical research, so the whole neurology of this is probably about as clear to me as it is to you.

Still I was always amused how rodents and such will thrash around when shot in the head. Also FYI there is a euthanasia technique for mice where you dislocate the neck vertebrae. I consider it the best and fastest way to end a mouse’s life, but DAMN do they thrash about when you do it right, and I KNEW the mouse couldn’t be suffering (If you do it right it’s essentially an immediate decapitation with just the skin and neck muscles holding the head on the body) but why all the trashing?

Well the above video explains why that is.

Now comes how my brain works….does this happen in humans?

I’m not going to link any, but uncensored video hosts like liveleak have DOZENS of videos of people getting shot in the heads.

Almost all are security camera footage, most are robberies and what I suspect are gangland executions.
There are some battlefield footage.

No matter the circumstances, these are videos of instant death by severe brain trauma.

Every last one the person drops like a rag doll. Zero twitching or thrashing.

Again, neurology isn’t my field, so I can’t tell you why that is….but I just watched this video:

They’re shooting vervet monkeys and Baboons, and weather they’re hitting them with a centerfire rifle or an air gun, a head shot and the monkey does its best impersonation of a rag doll, with maybe a few involuntary tensing of muscles (which could be caused by hydro-static shock).

Could this be a function of higher brain function?

Can’t be size as these guys whack some ground squirrels that are close in size to the vervets, and the squirrels go acrobatic when their brains get scrambled.

Just interesting stuff.

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A Little Anti-Gun Inside Baseball

So Sebastian was the first on our side to report this:

Does this winning smart holster really put a bar through the trigger guard? Seriously? That’s not how retention should work. Leave this stuff to gun people!

And here’s the image, just in case you doubt it’s that dangerous.

Sebastian points out that the people designing this crap are electrical engineers/Computer nerds, not gun people with engineering backgrounds, so they might overlook a fundamental bit on gun safety….like rule #3.

But I think more embarrassing is that a very similar “Safety” Mechanism caused a negligent discharge in an airplane cockpit.

Here’s a video on how that went down:

Of course the people running the competition aren’t just anti-gun nuts who know nothing about guns.

Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser was one of the judges!

In the interests of full disclosure, as they say, Mike the Gun Guy was a member of the panel that chose the recipient student team which received the award. But it was a tough choice because all the submissions were serious, contained multiple technologies, and most of all indicated a great deal of thought and hard work.

Of course we know Mike is insanely anti-gun, and likely insane, and has some serious issues with his gun-knowledge, and some SERIOUS issues on gun safety.

My favorite carry gun. Glock 19. But only if I’m wearing a coat with a nice pocket or cargo pants with a large pocket because I never wear a holster. It’s such a great gun. Fits perfectly in my hand and lets off with much less snap than the sub-compact 26 which I have to carry when I’m wearing pants with smaller pockets.

Yep, this guy owns a gun shop, is an NRA instructor, and the king of the anti-gun “You aren’t qualified enough to own or carry a gun!” mode of attack.

Last I’d like to talk about this holster. Not only is the retention bar completely dangerous, but the holster technology is garbage too!

The winning design includes three security options.

First, the gun owner’s fingerprints must match before the weapon can be removed from the holster.

If that doesn’t happen a key card like sensor worn on the owner’s lapel can release the weapon.

Finally, a voice recognition device can also be used to match the authorized owner and free the gun.

So I can start with agreeing with Sebastian, making it a holster is a GREAT idea, as that doesn’t require you to put stuff in a gun that likely wasn’t designed to have room for this stuff. Battery life will always be an issue, as will simply not using it. Much like your carry permit will do you no good if you aren’t carrying, whatever your tamper-resistant solution is it isn’t worth crap if you just toss your gun in a desk drawer.

So let’s talk about these technologies.

Fingerprint reader: Great system IF, your hands are dry, clean. and you aren’t wearing gloves.

Really this is the least flawed technology here, but that’s a low bar to clear here. I’m sure this technology can improve….still if your hands are muddy,dirty, bloody, sandy, or wet this shit will likely not work no matter how good the technology gets. Further Gloves will 100% prevent this technology.

Now onto the voice recognition software. Let’s go back to the news:

Testifying for the defense during a pre-trial hearing Thursday, an FBI voice-recognition scientist said that he didn’t believe it was possible to identify who was screaming in the background of a 911 call placed the night George Zimmerman shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin….

…He said because the screaming voice was affected by distress or emotion, there was no way to compare it to “reasonable, natural speech and come up with correct answers.”

So in other words, you can program this holster to recognize your voice, and even if it is 100% accurate (it won’t be), that’s great if you’re going to the range, or running your police qualification.

But if your life is on the line, and adrenaline is in your system, your voice very likely won’t sound the same, and the computer probably won’t recognize your voice.

So when you’re under attack, and need your gun RIGHT NOW to defend your life. your gun will not leave the holster.

Also I suspect there might be some issues if you’re woken up at 3am to the sound of broken glass, and you have adrenaline, plus sleep on the old vocal cords.

But at least the retention bar might shoot you in the leg while you struggle with it.

But this gun has a final fallback: The RFID.

This is JUST a key that fits a lock. Hey but since it takes battery power it’s “SMART”.

This is the crux of my hatred of this “Smart Gun” hype. We already have guns that have integrated key locks. I don’t like them, and I have intentionally spent more money for guns that don’t have an internal lock.

But this technology is essentially identical, and has the same problems. Then key can be lost or stolen, you can do the simple and sloppy thing of leaving the key next to the locked gun which is almost as bad as doing nothing at all, and it likely complicates the draw stroke, or depending on where the person keeps the key, make it impossible to draw the gun if you only have one free hand.

I’ll close to say I’m not opposed to smart guns, but all “Smart Gun” action right now is being conducted by the anti-gunners, and everything being presented is total garbage that will get good people killed.

No thanks!

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