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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 173

EP173 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Too Many Acronyms
GOA and NAGR tried to make HR38 DOA with FUD.

Self Defense with Kids and Dogs! No, not using your kids as shields or throwing dogs at intruders. Instead, Beth discusses the self-defense options that are available when you have small children and/or dogs.
In a story that hits a little too close to home, Sean knew the victim (but not the son) in “Friends, family grieve after Franklinton man killed, allegedly by his son.”
Barron is back with us this week to talk about why you should keep your cell phone number secure, safe, and private.
Miguel has a temper. The guy in that truck you just accidentally cut off has a temper. You have a temper. In this “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Miguel offers some tips for how to avoid having the worst part of you make the worst decisions possible.
In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin discuss the “Fix NICS” half of HR38, and why you shouldn’t let the freakout by GOA and NAGR over NICS frighten you away from supporting this important bill.
Tiffany is attending a week-long Deadly Force Instructor course in Live Oak, FL. She has just enough time on a break to record her thoughts on why you should attend… and stay tuned for a surprise cameo!
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for you to buy stocking stuffers for the preppers in your life. Erin makes a list, and you should check it twice.
There was so much anti-gun nuttery on the “Professor Puppet” video Weer’d did last week, he had to come back for more.
And our Plug of the Week is Contact Your Senators and ask them to support HR38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

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

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Saw this ad, and let’s just say it struck home:

We already own a swiffer….but when it comes to a glitter problem, I reach for my Dyson.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 172

EP172 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Vacuums Suck

But in a good way!

Beth has never done yoga because she’s not flexible. But that’s the whole point of yoga! Similarly, some people don’t get involved with firearms training because they aren’t proficient with firearms.
It’s a story with a happy ending, then a sad one: a robbery suspect is beaten with bat by Raleigh store clerk. Sean explains.
Barron is on assignment
Talk is cheap, and talk without the skills and knowledge to back it up is even cheaper. Miguel is tired of the fake outrage at those who didn’t help a woman and child shot by a gunman.
In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin talk about HR38, the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which just passed the House Judiciary Committee.
Tiffany is on assignment.
Just because something sucks doesn’t mean it’s bad. Erin talks about vacuum sealers.
All through life, one must seek intellectual guidance on complicated issues. Who better to seek knowledge from than a puppet, especially a puppet that’s an anti-gun nut! Yes, Weer’d is about to Fisk a puppet.
And our Plug of the Week is the TOPOKO 25 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle.

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

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California, Do You Have ANY Idea What You Are Doing?

So the Illegal Alien Five-going-on-Six-Times-Deported was acquitted of the murder of Kate Steinle.

The killer is a straight-up drug dealer who keeps getting sent back to his legal home of Mexico, and keeps coming back, often in rapid succession. There’s some talk that he might serve some time here for parole violations, but no matter what he’s going to be sent back…and he’ll be here again, and likely be committing other crimes.

California, do you want Trump’s Border wall? Because this is how we get Trump’s Border Wall.

I’m not one of these open-border Libertarians/Anarchists. I think Border Security is EXTREMELY important, because if you can’t differentiate what is INSIDE your country vs Outside your country you no longer have a country.

That being said, Trump and his Wall is a half-backed red-meat-for-the-masses plot for election, and if it works (which I’m dubious) I highly doubt it will be cost effective.

But when you have a straight-up degenerate HABITUALLY violating our border law, using assumed names (likely obtained through identity theft) is selling the drug that is the wide-spread buzzword drug in our current national drug problem, AND he ends up killing an innocent woman, not just one of his fellow drug-dealing degenerates, this is a story that pulls on the heartstrings of most Americans, and it’s going to piss them off when he goes free.

Not good.

Also just like the complete prohibition on Heroin, California’s war on guns is as effective as their war on drugs.

He was acquitted because the Jury actually believes that loaded SIG pistols are just things you find in one of the most gun banning cities in one of the most gun banning states.

And the antis come back “But while California has heavy restrictions, Nevada next door has almost none”….well except the gun was stolen from a Cop who left it unsecured in his car.

Guess what, California, your state is fucking Broken, and that’s why I’m all for the Calexit, because I don’t think you’d ever learn anyway….so at least succession will cause your state to die a swift death.

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An Interesting Juxtaposition

Ok this is just neat. First up, Disgraced leftists “Journalist” Keith Olbermann who recently came out of total obscurity to somewhat obscurity doing leftist political rant to magazine GQ….because when you want politics you obviously turn to “Cosmo for Boys”.

Pretty Hilarious, Keith declares imminent victory and quits prematurely. Uh huh…more on that in a bit.

Still taking him at face value (no I don’t think you’re that stupid) the highest probability in his calculation of Trump’s “imminent” removal from office is the alleged “Russian Collusion”.

Now two days later (Coincidence?) James O’Keefe releases this Project Veritas Video:

Well isn’t that awkward. If you go to his channel you’ll see other videos where members of the Washington Post admit that Trump Coverage is based on hatred and rank speculation, rather than any news or evidence.

Really that’s just it, I wanted to write a blog post putting those two videos side-by-side. That being said, I have to talk about this peculiar final episode. Certainly if you’re a leftist, this is the best way to end a show…at least in the idea of having cotton candy for dinner is the best meal plan.

Since I’m a 2nd Amendment activist, I’ll go ahead and point out that, Like Olbermann’s statements, I think that the universal recognition of the Right to Keep and Bear arms as it is viewed in the vast majority of the country, and likely beyond certain restrictions we take for granted today, is inevitable. I think before I die, Carry permits will be a thing of the past, and things like Assault Weapons Bans, and Magazine bans, and Safety Rosters will be looked at the same way Sodomy laws are looked at, bygone crap from another age that some people took seriously for a while, and finally they were all repealed. And things like registration, may-issue, and FFL-only background checks will be looked at like the Jim Crow bathrooms. Plus I can’t imagine the way things are going people aren’t going to take a serious look at the pure stupidity of the NFA, not only suppressors being on them, but the foolishness of SBR, SBS, and AOW registration in a world that has arm-brace pistols, Shockwave “Shotguns”, and pistols like the S&W .500 Magnum.

Still you don’t see me stepping back on my work, Hell I’m charging forward. You might note you don’t see my words up here on the blog very often….I’m working on that, but really its because I feel I can reach so many more though podcasts, so the extra effort is going into that field.

The tide has been turning since the 1994 Assault Weapons ban woke up the American Gun Owner, and the victory was sealed with Heller and McDonald….but that’s not a reason to quit! We can always fall back, we didn’t get all these restrictions over night, and nothing was changed about the 2nd Amendment hasn’t been changed since the 18th Century. But violations were done, and we allowed it to happen.

And even more so, if Trump is going to resign soon, wouldn’t Olbermann want a platform to comment on it? Plus he references several times Nixon’s resignation….but he seems to recall Nixon’s presidency very clearly, but seems to forget the presidency of Gerald Ford. Think what you will about the Late President Ford, he’s the only man to serve as president having NEVER been elected, either as President or Vice President.

So in other words, not buying it….but that’s not a brilliant prediction. I think GQ just got sick of paying him.

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Gunblog Varieity Cast Ep 171

EP171 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Talking Turkey

We recorded this on Thanksgiving, between Erin’s lunch and Sean’s dinner. We apologize if listening makes you hungry.

Beth is on assignment.
A burglar is shot and captured. But what did he do just before that? And who were they, really? Sean takes a look.
Risk vs. Reward is as important a consideration in the Tech world as in real life. Barron is back to talk about doing a proper risk assessment.
Miguel is still on assignment.
In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin the tackles the “Giffords! Courage to Fight Gun Violence!” new position paper “Legal and Lethal: 9 Products That Could be the Next Bump Stock.”
Tiffany recently appeared on the Polite Society Podcast with fellow Rangemaster-certified instructor Aqil Qadir. She was so intrigued by his story that she asked if he would sit for an interview.
Erin spent the week shooting a gun in her back yard. Don’t worry, it was an air gun. She’s going to tell you about it and the heavy duty bullet trap she needed to make sure everything was safe.
Anti-Gun Researcher Tom Gabor is back, and he’s not any more factual than last week. Weer’d issues the appropriate corrective.
And our Plug of the Week is Silver Spoon, a really awesome Russian cop drama on Netflix.

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

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Cotton Candy BY HAND!

OK I may have to try this. I HATE cotton candy, it doesn’t taste good, it’s sticky, it’s messy, I don’t like it one bit.

My daughter desperately wants some cotton candy. Here is the dilemma, I’ve had the store-bought stuff, and it is GARBAGE! The stuff at the fair is good, but A) You need a fair, and B) I know it’s just sugar, so I’m paying a HUGE price for food that is gross and not good for you.

Still who am I to declare a standard food item as verboten to my girl. Let her decide for herself.

Well this seems to accomplish everything AND seems like it might be fun!

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Gun Ownership Down to Record Levels: But Could it be True?

Anti-gun Gunshop Owner and overall useful idiot to Michael Bloomberg Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser linked this article in “Support” of his latest anti-gun ramblings.

Here’s the Graph from the article:

Look at the undulations on that graph!

Looks like there was a slow decline from 1999 (Which is a sharp peak) and then a spike in 2010, with a more rapid decline all the way to 2016 which is the last data point.

What I find most interesting in this graph is what we call the Delta Values. Delta represents change, and in this case RATE of change.

Now let’s look at the spikes. The first big spike is in January of 1994. Hmmm what happened in 1994, Why in September the Federal Assault Weapons Ban came into effect. The signing of this law really amounts to the Normandy Invasion in the fight for the 2nd Amendment. It was the moment when the tide turned from the anti-gun side winning battles and the pro-gun side just mitigating losses, and also it really marked the end of the “Elmer Fudd” gun owners. Of course Fudd’s aren’t gone, I just mentioned Mike “The Gun Guy”, who thinks carry and modern rifles should be banned….but he should keep his guns for shooting at deer.

But overall the insanity that was the features list of the 1994 AWB, and how emboldened the anti-gun lobby became by what a massive victory it was, the American gun owner woke up, and realized the “Gun Nuts” might be right with all their talk of bans and confiscations.

So the restrictions placed on what is now known as the Modern Sporting Rifle lead people to curiously, and possibly as an investment to buy rifles and handguns in the face of the bans.

And as we can tell today, it turns out some of those people might have been pleasantly surprised.

The next peak is in 1999, which was the year where George W Bush narrowly lost to Albert Gore, the man who was Vice President under the guy who signed that Assault Weapons ban.

Another peak at 2010 which is really just the recent explosion of gun culture 2.0 and all the wonderful women, minorities, and people from Urban and Suburban communities who have all started buying guns and taking their personal protection very seriously.

So as I said, these are all PEAKS, not plateaus on the graph. The number rises rapidly and then falls just as quick.

The brilliant people at CBS are claiming that the households in those peaks now no longer own firearms.

If so, where did they go? It’s not like guns evaporate, burn to ash, or rust to dust. Further it’s illegal to simply pitch a gun in the trash, and I think THOUSANDS of operable firearms just mouldering in the landfills of America would be the biggest news story of the century, and we wouldn’t be able to turn on the TVs or radio without hearing PSAs about how to PROPERLY dispose of your guns. Hell there would be gun drop-off bins at every police station, just like they have bins for prescription drugs.

I wouldn’t be much of a scientist if I didn’t consider that the peaks themselves might be totally bogus.

So yeah, maybe a ton of people are saying “Oh yeah, baby, I own SO many guns” to the surveyor on the phone.

Well except that NICS data points (plus the social data for those of us who follow the industry) support this, those were HUGE years for background checks, and while a NICS Check might mean the sale of one gun, it could be many as well, so while the numbers from NICS can be artificially low, they are NOT artificially high.

So the guns weren’t being dumped in the trash, so where did they go? Well they needed to have changed hands. Did they go to Gun Shops?

Did you see huge gluts of used guns after any of these peaks? Me neither, the used gun market is pretty steady.

Gun buybacks never amount to much, and overall they’re pretty uncommon. These days most places have abandoned the idea entirely, and the few places so indoctrinated with anti-gun rhetoric that you can still find a buy-back have them MAYBE twice a year.

That just doesn’t add up as a sink for all the guns we’re seeing vanish from the graph.

Of course the anti-gunners CONSTANTLY say “Less people own guns, but the people who do own guns own LOTS”.

Well that would mean that there would be a TON of private transfers. There is no data to support that either.

Of course you all know the reality. If somebody calls you on the phone and starts asking you personal questions, you either lie, or hang up.

But why the peaks? Where are those coming from. I have a hypothesis, and let me know in the comments what you think of this.

Those peaks are NEW gun owners. I remember when I bought my first 1911, I wanted to tell EVERYBODY and show it to ANYBODY who could stand to look at it.

I actually got reprimanded at work shortly after this time because a co-worker was so sick of hearing me talk about guns, range-time, and the 2nd Amendment that they complained to HR.

Several family members recently bought their first guns and boy there is LOTS of gun talk at family gatherings now.

I think there is a natural progression to new gun owners, specifically these new gun owners unique to Gun Culture 2.0. What I mean is people who didn’t grow up hunting and shooting, who don’t come from a gun-owning family background.

I think these people reach a breaking point where they go from being disinterested, to aware of guns, to curious, to finally deciding to take the plunge and buy their first gun. And while I disagree that the average gun owner in America owns a massive armory of guns like the antis claim, I do think these people often buy several guns within their first few years of gun ownership just to fill the various needs they have, like a concealed carry gun, a home defense gun, and .22 guns for training.

These people are excited about the hardware, and if somebody asks them about guns, they’re probably more than willing to tell them anything they want to know, and probably some stuff they didn’t.

But the hardware phase is fleeting, and quickly they get into the software side, taking classes, and learning about self defense, reading books, and ….following politics.

Once you dip into the waters of 2nd Amendment Politics you don’t have to go very deep before you start hearing about gun confiscations….and that isn’t wrong, just listen to the antis, they’ll tell you!

When they get there, suddenly being the chatty Cathy about all the guns you have becomes a bit unwise.

Hell look at me, I don’t shut up about guns and what I own, but I also blog and podcast under a pseudonym, and don’t publish my address.

So it’s my hypothesis that it isn’t the GUNS that are disheartening, it’s the Greenhorn gun owners who are willing to answer phone surveys talking about their guns that ARE “disappearing”. And of course I mean “Disappear” as in “Growing into smart and seasoned gun owners”.

So if this is true, that not only means the antis are WRONG, but those numbers vanishing from the graph represent people who will DIRECTLY oppose anti-gun laws.

Certainly the data available to me supports this hypothesis.

What do you think?

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