Images of the Antis: “Gun Death”

From Bloomberg’s new Anti-Gun Group Everytown:

Note Murdered WITH A GUN! This is a little trick done by gun-banners to mislead. It is not saying that Americans are more likely to be murdered than citizens of other countries, just more likely to be murdered WITH A GUN! We all have seen the “Gun Death?” Files here at Weer’d World and we know that if you aren’t murdered with a gun, that doesn’t mean you aren’t murdered.

Heck I just found this great article that looks at homicide rates (just “Murder” is often counted wildly different in other nations, Homicide is a better metric, but note it too has its flaws) in other nations.

Turns out that while America DOES have a violent crime problem, we’re hardly the most dangerous nation in the world, even if you factor in that mushy definition of “Developed Nations”. We do indeed have a lot of “Gun Death” here in America, and more than most other nations (but still hardly the highest) but we don’t have the most people who were violently killed.

Does it make much of a difference to you HOW somebody was killed, or is it important to you just to have less killing overall? Bloomberg doesn’t care, as he noted while Mayor “Gun Death” had dropped, and trumpeted this as a success. It would have been too, if A) Murder rates had fallen, they hadn’t, and B) The numbers were real (NYPD had padded numbers to change the bottom line). BTW I can’t seem to find that article as it was a few years old, if anybody has a link to that article post it in the comments so I can add it here.

The goal here is to make gun control APPEAR to increase public safety. It is NOT to improve public safety, because that is NOT what gun control does.

Oh and in amusing news I found this twitter feed that has already hijacked Bloomberg’s silly new group. If you tweet, give them a follow! Lots of people are working hard to make sure this new movement doesn’t get off the ground! $50 Million well spent, Bloomy!

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“Gun Death” Another Dad

Ungh….

A man stabbed his 3-year-old daughter to death Friday in Woodridge and then took his own life, police said.

Yeah, again no comment…

H/T DS

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Killer Sponges

Man, I remember studying sea sponges in invertebrate biology. They were boring as hell! They’re super-simple colonial animals that are little more than single-cell animals that form complex structures. Under a microscope they look like a pile of dirty fiberglass!

Still sponges like THESE would have made the unit a little more interesting:

Most sponges filter particles of food from water by moving water through their bodies using tiny hairs known as choanocytes, but a few look for larger prey, explained MBARI marine biologist Lonny Lundsten.

“To keep beating the whip-like tails of the choanocytes takes a lot of energy. And food is hard to come by in the deep sea. So these sponges trap larger, more nutrient-dense organisms, like crustaceans, using beautiful and intricate microscopic hooks,” he said.

There are seven species of carnivorous sponge in the northern Pacific that we know about, but now four new types have been described – and some of them could have been around since the time of the dinosaurs.

Watch the video to see them putting the hurt to some arthropods. Still a little dull compared to more advanced animals, but on the sponge scale of excitement, these guys are friggin’ action heroes!

H/T C-90

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Hey Hey, The Gang’s All Here!!

Its Thursday Night! Time for another SQUIRREL REPORT!

Tonight in honor of our 100th Episode we have JayG, Former host and now illustrious Editor of Shooting Illustrated on!

So yeah the Gang’s all here! Tonight we’ll be talking about the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada, The follies of the commemoration of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and whatever else comes to mind!

Call in Topic is “Do you Obey an unjust law, or avoid the consequences?”

So at 9pm EST call in at 214-530-0036 and join in on another action-packed episode of THE SQUIRREL REPORT!

And because we’ll be talking Boston, Jay formerly lived in Mass, and the Gang’s all here:

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More Desperation from the Anti-Gun side

Looks like Bloomberg is starting a new AstroTurf group!

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year to build a grass-roots network to reduce gun violence.

…Two gun-control groups Bloomberg currently supports, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, will join a new group named Everytown for Gun Safety, the paper reported. Women will be the focus of the outreach effort.

Organizers say they hope to attract 2.5 million supporters.

That’s a lot of hope, Bloomy! Really the only difference between Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action, and this new Everytown group is the name and the web address. I suspect a majority of the members are identical, and its MAYBE 10% of that 2.5 million, but given that they won’t allow paid membership, or hold a convention or public board meeting and such, its impossible for them to actually PROVE how much support they have.

Hell just look at the pro-gun side, we really don’t have many NEW groups, and the newest groups like Campus Carry and Open Carry groups are covering relatively new issues. Meanwhile groups like the NRA have been around for damn near 200 years, the Second Amendment foundation has been around for almost 40 years. Meanwhile the Brady Campaign was founded as “Handgun Control International” but changed its name in the 90s. The Joyce Foundation never openly declares its involvement in anti-gun groups, tho many of their groups have been unchanged in name since their founding. There is something to be said about this behavior. It’s almost more of a shell-game rather than AstroTurf.

Let’s have a look at their opening fear-mongering:

Yep a kid from a stereotypical white middle-class family finds a hidden, but unlocked and loaded gun in a closet, and she, out of curiosity ends up likely shooting herself. The video urges you to stop the pending disaster. How? By signing up for a mailing list!

Umm how will that stop this? Well from their website they give vague statistics, and give a LOT of hate to the NRA. Well except the NRA is working HARD to stop this by offering the most recognized safety training in the nation.

Hell look at the NRA’s own website
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1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

This girl repeatedly sweeps herself with this gun and in the end has it pointed at her (or maybe her brother due to editing) in the end.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

Yep, her finger is on the trigger too!

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

The gun was left loaded unsecured in a closet! Just don’t friggin do this! Even if you live alone, you might choose to keep a gun unlocked in a place where you can quickly grab it (better be like me while I type this by having it on your person as I’m in COMPLETE control of this gun at all times and it is RIGHT at hand if I need it), but don’t leave it loaded. Keep a magazine near it, or a speed loader if its a revolver, but the time it will take a trained person to put that gun to use is trivial compared to the risk of somebody untrained getting a loaded gun to fire. Further Its my personal opinion that anybody who can effectively load and ready a gun to fire is old enough to know better than to be playing with a gun.

The site goes on, but the NRA teaches people how to properly use a gun and how to RESPECT (not fear) them. For as much as I interact with guns for fun, I never PLAY with them. They are serious implements and should always be respected.

Further don’t HIDE guns from kids because they very well may find them even when they aren’t looking for them, and that can lead to disaster! For a better approach have a read how firearms trainer, gun writer, and generally awesome lady Kathy Jackson handles her kids and guns.

Anti-gun groups talk about “Safety” but really they want to scare people away from owning guns, and banning guns from the good people.

Meanwhile the groups they hate actually DO care about gun safety and work hard to spread the message.

Is there any wonder why gun control is a political third rail?

Democratic worries about this November’s elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama’s effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

So spend away, Bloomberg, the sooner you run out of money the sooner we’ll be rid of you. Meanwhile you will NEVER see the end of the NRA. The NRA may change in focus, it has before, but it will never go away because we have MEMBERS! The anti-gun groups are top-down monoliths dictating from on-high and demanding allegiance, while true grass-roots groups simply focus the energy and ideals of its members from the bottom up.

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“Gun Death” Dad of the Year

Ye been warned!

A man who tossed his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was still strapped into her car seat was convicted Thursday of her murder and smirked as he was led out of court in handcuffs to spend what will probably be the rest of his life behind bars.

Yeah…what else can I say?

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I Hate When I’m Right

I thought I might be wrong as the days went by.

Nope, I told everybody we’d have snow in April after this winter. Still the scary thing is I generally consider MARCH 16th the first day of spring as in New England the weather really starts to turn around in the back-half of March. But snow on APRIL 16th!!!!????

This just sucks! Thankfully there is no forecast for bitter-cold so I will NOT be shoveling, I’m just going to let what we have run down the storm drain in the next few days.

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“Gun Death” Guitar String

Not just for Tom Waits Songs!

A Kansas man accused of beheading another man with a guitar string three years ago and keeping his head has pleaded not guilty to premeditated first-degree murder.

The song?

Yeah he once killed a man with a guitar string….much more brutal in real life! But is isn’t a “Gun Death”!

H/t Miguel and Whipped Cream Difficulties

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OK This is AWESOME!

Yeah, how we used to listen to music SUCKED!

BTW even tho I grew up with a record player in my bedroom, several years ago when my Father-in-law left Maine for Florida he gave us all his LPs. I found one I really wanted to hear and dropped it on our turntable and started the record, and started doing chores…for just a little bit before that vinyl needed to be flipped. Yeah, records suck!

Also for Magnetic tape nostalgia, I actually owned a VHS rewinder because rewinding VHS Tapes SUCKED. Yeah, DVD and Blu-Ray rule…yet my wife streams movies we have in DVDs because its easier…

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“Gun Death” High Heel Death

High Heels: Why do we allow them?

A Houston woman attacked her boyfriend in a fit of rage, sat on him after knocking him down and then stabbed him to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

They’re uncomfortable to wear, don’t make women look better….AND MURDER!

Yeah, ban them!

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