Well Beans has never sold anything as “Modern” as an AR-15 (designed in 1959, but I guess that’s “Modern”), and really they make their bones selling Woman’s Clothing, so ANY action to their gun department, even up to axing the whole thing, won’t make a dent in business.
I’m not sure about Wal-Mart, but they too started stocking ARs, and then dumped them. I do know that when buying ammo Wal-Mart asks you if you are buying for a Pistol or a Rifle, and if that box of .22 is for a revolver, and not a carbine, suddenly you need to be 21. Either way this doesn’t change much, but I bet they feel GREAT about it.
And likely once the dust settles they’ll bring the guns back quietly, and pretend nothing happened.
I won’t know because I hate all of them, and have since long before any of that shit started. Circa 2000 I was in the Maine Mall doing other things, but I knew I would be going shooting in the next few days with a buddy who owned guns (I didn’t own a single gun at the time) and I thought I’d buy a few boxes of .45 at Dicks so I could get my 1911 on in a sand pit.
I went to the gun counter and found it deserted. I looked around a little bit, and waited, and waited….and finally I left. They didn’t want my business, So I didn’t give it to them. Wal-Mart is similar, generally you get to the gun counter and everything is locked up, and you need to wait for a sales associate who knows that selling guns isn’t the same as selling a folding camp chair, or even a Six-pack of cold beer, but he doesn’t know HOW it’s different, and he’ll make you regret buying that box of 9mm the WHOLE time.
LL Bean, I’ve been to their gun counter….and found it is NOT for me, no plinking ammo, no handguns, no modern rifles. No issue, just I’m not your base.
So yeah, good on them, they’re big fucking heroes.
DERRY — A store that fixes Apple products in Derry says it will not serve Republicans.
The Used Apple Store posted to its Facebook page on Monday that the company will refuse services to those affiliated with the Republican party.
While Derry is in Southern New Hampshire, it’s still a area that has quite a few Republicans. Honestly I could care less that he wants to do this. I’m not a Republican, but it’s a really stupid move, and somebody who is that stupid will likely do something stupid things, so I would withhold my business.
That being said there’s this:
If you affiliate with the Republican Party you are not welcome into our store. We will not offer you service. If you come in anyway, I suppose you could sneak in but we will probably know. In fact, we can point out a Republican just from the way you look in person or in a photo. Once I tried doing this and realized I could. We put to a test and told 30 random people that we were guessing Republican or not and all 30 I was correct. You have an uptight, closed energy, negative aura to you… almost evil, and to be honest, usually evil. You also lack a psychic gateway to technology.
That sounds like straight up psychosis, and a psychosis that is applying “Evil” to approximately half of this country. I try to avoid people who are having a psychotic episode, and certainly one that might confuse me with somebody who is “evil” and out to do him harm is not a recipe for safety.
So thanks for warning us, bucky….oh and Southern New Hampshire Democrats, beware because you never know when you might be mistaken for a Republican Pod Person trying to steal his precious bodily fluids. Stay away!
In 2012, a former schoolmate said he reported **REDACTED** to Winchester school administrators as a possible “threat to student safety.” In September, **REDACTED** told police he was hearing voices in his head and thought about hurting himself, court records show.
On Saturday, authorities say the 23-year-old brought a 10-inch knife to his local library and slashed a young woman to death in a seemingly random attack.
He probably could have also bought a gun, even here in Massachusetts, but the cool thing is he didn’t NEED to, he just got a knife…..BTW a knife that is illegal to carry in Massachusetts!
So yeah, ban all the guns!
The antis might note that he only killed one woman and injured another man, but I will point out that Parkland was so rare that it has been NATIONAL news for weeks, meanwhile this story is big news here in Massachusetts, but small potatoes on the national scene, why, because some nut murdered somebody with a knife in your state too. Hell it’s only such a big story here because it was a random attack, if this had been a domestic assault, or a a “Drug deal gone bad” it wouldn’t even be news!
Deval Patrick was the previous governor of Massachusetts, he grew up in Chicago, he’s insanly liberal and corrupt, and was friends with Barack Obama, so much that the “Yes We Can” mantra synonymous with the Obama Campaign was actually a Deval Patrick campaign mantra.
I had some hopes when Charlie Baker, a Republican, was elected. The reality is, like Mitt Romney before him “Massachusetts Republican” is an entirely different term than “Republican”. He’s done nothing on Maura Healey’s openly illegal re-interpretation of the Massachusetts (and Federal, by proxy) Assault Weapons Ban, and he stood by as a rush order was put in to ban Bumpstocks.
Charlie Baker is joining a chorus of voices rejecting President Trump’s proposal to arm teachers in the wake of last week’s deadly Florida school massacre.
“With respect to teachers, I don’t think more guns is the answer, in classrooms, to this problem,”
It might not be, but interestingly enough several states have added provisions to allow teachers and staff to carry on campus, and many more states have simply removed restrictions on campus on how guns may be legally carried. There have been ZERO shootings in any of these schools. Now this isn’t conclusive data, as spree shootings in general are exceedingly rare, and spree shootings in schools are a subset of those, so while the number of spree shootings in campus carry, or armed teacher schools is Zero, the number of all other shootings is approximately zero, statistically speaking.
But we do have lots of data on spree killers seeking OUT gun free zones, and also them stopping, and often killing themselves the moment somebody starts shooting back….so maybe it isn’t an answer, but it sure seems like a better plan than what anybody else is proposing.
“I think we should be doing a better job with many of the things we do here in Massachusetts to ensure that people who purchase guns have to pursue a process to get licensed to do so. It’s far more refined and restricted than it is in many other places.
It’s also likely illegal, but we’re going to have to send that up to the Supreme Courts. Interestingly Baker has opposed any Voter ID law, as have the “Progressives” in Massachusetts, because it is “Oppression”, but meanwhile paying $100 and having to take classes, do an interview, and get fingerprinted and photographed so you can exercise your 2nd Amendment rights is A-OK here. Wrap your mind around that one!
Oh and speaking of the “Vetting Process” for Massachusetts licenses. There isn’t one. No town denies licenses for anything outside of what would be a denial in a shall-issue state. But they WILL blanket restrict EVERY permit in the whole town (unless you are politically connected, of course), or will simply behave as a may-issue system.
BTW we’re talking about vetting from the police, as in the same people who let the Parkland shooter roam free despite every warning sign in the book being brought to their direct attention. Oh and here in Massachusetts we have a state trooper on paid leave because she was an active drug dealer….both before and during her tenure on the force!
But trust the government, they won’t fuck it up THIS TIME!
And the other thing I would say is that there are a number of school districts in Massachusetts, including the one where my kids went to school, where you have resource officers who are police officers in many of your schools at various times during the day, sometimes the whole day. Police officers are one thing, but teachers should be teachers.”
I can call the officer’s actions “Cowardly” or I could say he was just following human nature. Certainly if I’m in a spree shooting situation, my plan is to get to safety. That being said, if the aggressor is between me and safety, I will engage them, and unlike this brave man, I have a gun. Wouldn’t it have been BETTER if the people rushing towards the attacker could actually DO something?
So I’ll start by saying, as a person who’s been a regular contributor to several podcasts, and a guest on many more, I will say that interpersonal conflicts and creative differences happen at some level on every show.
Without getting into specifics the difficulties that cropped up within the Squirrel Report were no different than any other show with one exception, these issues were NOT resolving in off-air discussions.
That’s as specific as I’m going to get, please respect that, and I will delete any speculation or insinuation in the comments section in the unlikely event it should arise.
Because these conflicts were ongoing it was effecting how I felt about doing what was always my favorite show to do every week. It just so happened that my recent trip to Florida was a VERY well-needed week off for me and the Squirrel Report. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I should do, and my personal resolution was that I was going to quit the show at the next major conflict.
My hopes were that MAYBE this time the issue would be resolved…but that was a naive hope and in reality I knew that I would not be on the Squirrel Report for 2019, and likely early 2018 would be my last show.
All that being said, I did not quit The Squirrel Report, I was asked to leave. So while I cannot say “We Parted Ways Mutually”, in reality my departing the show was the closest thing to that.
Now that I’ve had some time to contemplate things, while I’m saddened and disappointed it has come to this, I’m actually very pleased with this outcome. Besides my very naive hopes that issues would simply resolve and the wheels of creation would simply move freely and joyfully as they had in the past, the only other scenario is the show coming to a close much the same way the Vicious Circle did.
I’m glad for what happened, as this show is bigger than me. The show, for me, has always been about the fans. So if you were a listener to The Squirrel Report, DO NOT STOP! I was not on every week, and those weeks when I was unavailable to record, I listened to the show like everybody else, and take it from me, the show is good!
So keep listening, and keep enjoying, that’s what podcasting is about!
As for me, well it does make 2018 a rough year in Podcasts for me, with Gunblog Variety Cast shuttering its doors on December 31st, and now this. But as I said before, I’m working on a new show, and we’re making great progress, I should have some new news to give you all hopefully within a month (right now I’m dealing with some very frustrating hardware issues, but they could resolve themselves at any moment), so stay tuned here for updates on the new Weer’d Beard Produced show.
I owe a lot to the cast of the Squirrel Report. Jay really helped grow by blog and my public persona. Breda was the driving force to me creating this Blog, as well as giving me my first guest-spot on a podcast on her first show. Alan created the aforementioned Vicious Circle, which was my first regular gig, and the cause of my podcast addiction.
The Squirrel Report was the first show where I was a creator, and because of that it was indeed the most fun I had every week….but the fun had ended, so while sad, this is truly the best outcome.
So continue to listen and enjoy, and you will soon hear more from my new show.
Thomas Gabor: Gun Licensing Could Have Prevented Parkland Shooting
Pretty bold title, Tommy! Hey, I hate dead kids as much as the next guy, so you have my attention:
Tragically, fellow Americans, this time in Parkland, Florida, have once again been slaughtered ruthlessly by a young man wielding a weapon of war.
Adorable, you gotta get in those bullshit talking points right off, otherwise we might mistake you for being objective. There is no military on the planet that issues AR-15s. They are indeed rifles used for hunting, they were used by the police protecting the innocents in Parkland:
Again, if their side was right why do they need to lie so?
Aside from banning these weapons, we need to do much better in screening individuals for their fitness to possess, own, or carry firearms. In a January 8th post, I laid out some preliminary ideas for a national gun licensing system, although such a system could also be established at the state level.
Antis just love their “assault weapons bans”, at least until they get one, then all they do is bitch about how gun owners follow the letter of their stupidly written laws, and still continue to own guns. How many times has California revamped their AWB? (Oh and how many spree killings have they had?) Hell Massachusetts anti-gunners got so pissed that the AWB was followed they simply decided to break the law!
Oh and if you haven’t read my fisk of the article he mentions, you should...it’s also crap!
Also when they’re openly calling for gun bans, can we now call them “Gun Banners” rather than their laughable “Gun Violence Prevention Activists” euphemism?
People operating a variety of forms of machinery and in many occupations require a license to ensure they meet certain requirements and maintain their qualifications to continue to engage in those activities. In Florida, for example, licenses are required of motor vehicle operators, barbers and cosmetologists, mold remediation services, contractors in the construction industry, and many others. If those operating cars and construction machinery need a license, it stands to reason that those owning and operating lethal weapons also ought to be licensed.
This is just the mindset of a Statist. They see the Government getting involved in every minutia of our life, and rather than questioning if that is valid, they use it as a justification for MORE Government. Hint, the answer to them is ALWAYS more government. We’ll be touching on that in a bit. This is also a total fallacy. Yes you need a license to drive on the state roadways in Florida, but you don’t need one to drive on private property. Oddly you DO need a license to carry in public in Florida….but Tom doesn’t car. And yeah, you need a license to be a barber, but not one to cut your own hair, or the hair of your family. So yeah unless you’re running a private security firm and doing public contract work, Tom’s committing a logical fallacy.
I mentioned in the previous post that expanding background checks to all gun sales and tinkering with our current system of checks is the low-hanging fruit with regard to reform as 95% of Americans support such actions.
Except when its put to an actual vote, then it tends to be 30-40% of Americans support it.
Unfortunately, the obsession of gun safety advocates with this system has led us to lose sight of fundamental flaws in the way we screen prospective gun buyers. Searching FBI electronic databases is not sufficient as, aside from clerical errors (seen in the lead-up to the Charleston church shooting) and the failure to forward data to the FBI (seen in the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting), every criminologist knows that official criminal records represent just the tip of the iceberg with regard to someone’s criminality and will miss troubling warning signs.
This is going to be the last he talks about this. We have a system, and it simply doesn’t work because the Government that runs it is never held accountable, so they do a shitty job.
This list could go on, of the last few years, every spree shooter had some sort of contact with law enforcement, mental health professionals, or the legal system, and those systems screwed the pooch and let them slip through the cracks. But since Tom’s a Statist when you find problems with the Government implementation of the law, you throw more laws on top of the cracked foundation!
I therefore propose a comprehensive screening process including:
-An in-person interview with law enforcement;
-Where applicable, notifying a current or former domestic partner of a license application;
-Successful completion of gun safety and skills training provided by law enforcement or security firms;
-Certificate of mental aptitude for applicants under 26 years of age; and,
-A waiting period of 10 business days.
This is the same shit he talked about in his last article, and it isn’t any less crap.
In person interview with Law Enforcement? Hey there were dozens of those. The killer was crazy, violent, and anti-social….but they didn’t see any harm in not arresting him.
Reference Checks? Like from the police, or the school, or his parents? Again, all this was done, and NOBODY took any action.
He wasn’t married, but he did have a girlfriend who didn’t think much of him, and his interactions with her, and her new boyfriend got his ass kicked out of school. And his Mom called the cops on him constantly.
What would the safety training have done? Hell he’s one of the few spree shooters who DIDN’T shoot himself.
Mental Aptitude? He didn’t have any, and nobody did anything.
10 Day waiting period? That’s the biggest piece of crap out there. It’s a vestigial practice from the days when background checks were conducted by mail, and have this false claim of a “cooling off period” slapped on to pretend that the anti-gunners are forward thinking, not resisting modern laws. Plus, do you need to “Cool Off” when buying your fourth gun? And do you think this Jerk would have changed his mind having to wait a week?
But this is Tom’s solution! He goes deep into fantasy land where magically with the passage of his anti-gun Government goes from the Keystone Kops, to brilliant and efficient systems! (It makes me wonder what Tom’s Mental Aptitude is)
The in-person interview may have uncovered some troubling attitudes on the part of the shooter in relation to guns. He may have even been deterred from pursuing a license due to the need for an interview. With the private sale loophole closed, he may have either given up the idea of purchasing a gun or been forced into the illegal market. With an accompanying assault weapons ban, the supply will eventually be reduced dramatically, substantially elevating the price of an illegal AR-15, which can cost $1,500 with all the accessories when purchased legally. An illegal purchase might cost several times that amount, making it inaccessible to most young persons.
Boy oh Boy Tom is full of himself. Again he was in the back of a cop car tons of time, and every time he slept in his bed that night and never saw a day in court until the other day…if he was afraid of law enforcement, he was stupid.
Also for the “Supply” of “Assault Weapons” to be reduced, this would imply no grandfathering, and no means to make a gun compliant. Yeah we’re “Paranoid” when we talk about door-to-door confiscations of arms.
Again all the systems failed in this, and frankly every other case. I’m not just talking about spree killers, the REAL killers, the gang enforcers in our cities are also being ignored by the system, and THEY do vastly more killing than these head cases, and they don’t use “assault weapons”, they use stolen guns, and knives.
Hey but we should give up all our freedoms and money because Tom “Weapons of War” Gabor has our best interests in mind….so much that he can’t even be honest when talking to us.