Bloomberg: Be Careful What You Wish For!

This piece from The Trace just seems a bit vapid:

t how much do mass shootings actually ignite discussion beyond politicians, pundits, and activists — how much appetite for the issue exists among the public at large? And what subsequently shifts focus away from the conversations that do happen? Cutting-edge techniques in social-media data analysis offer insight into this process. Research provided to The Trace by Crimson Hexagon, a Massachusetts-based social-media analytics firm, reveals two things. First, despite some claims to the contrary, there was indeed a robust interest in talking about gun violence and gun rights in the days immediately after the Charleston shooting. Second, by the start of the following week’s news cycle, that conversation had been supplanted by something else: debate over the Confederate battle flag.

So all this story says is people were talking about guns heavily on twitter up until the topic of the Confederate Battle Flag came up, then people focused on that.

Still what they omit is what SIDE people were on when they were talking. The usual suspects have been pushing for their favorite hobby horses that would have had nothing to do with this crime…but they ALWAYS are calling for pet-gun-control laws, and they just double their effort when there is blood under their shoes.

Also like always, nobody listens, because gun control laws are insane and pointless and people know it.

So yeah, Bloomberg is whining that they missed the window for a Debate….yet they never wanted to debate in the first place….well because they would lose if they did!

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One More!

And it has some tie-in to the Super Mario Brothers Movie, which I love in a messed up sort of way!

Also check out the pitch-bend Keyboard solo at 2:14! How badass is that! Once I get a little bit better at Piano I’m getting me a board with a pitch bend!

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The Antis and Air BNB

Ah The Trace! LOVE this site as a crossroads of anti-gun nuttery! Not only is it a quick and easy way to track down nutty articles about banning guns, but every one has Michael Bloomberg’s seal of approval on it!
Check out this one!

Uber announced a new policy earlier this month banning its drivers and passengers from possessing guns, two months after an Uber driver carrying a concealed weapon shot another man who had fired into a crowd in Chicago. The incident raised questions about the popular ridesharing company’s stance on guns. And then came Charleston. Hence, the firearms ban.

Well there she just went out an said it! THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF THIS SPREE SHOOTER WAS ALLOWED TO CARRY OUT HIS ATTACK TO COMPLETION!!!

Am I right here? Did she just say that? Sure sounds like it! Moving on:

It also got The Trace wondering about the gun policies of another giant of the so-called “sharing economy,” Airbnb.

Oh you wonderful saints, lead the way!!

Airbnb’s terms and conditions say hosts are responsible for following local laws, and that the company “disclaims all liability.” In other words, if hosts don’t want firearms in their homes, it’s up to them to state that in their listing. If guests want to know whether guns are kept in the house where they’ll be staying, they have to ask. But Airbnb hosts do not have to disclose the presence of guns in their home before renting it out, since the premises are their private property. Airbnb asks that hosts ensure their homes are safe for children and recommend they notify guests of “potential hazards,” but does not elaborate on what those hazards might include. (Airbnb did not return repeated calls for comment.)

Well first up, as rabidly pro-gun as I am, I do not have pro-gun signs on my house or my car. I don’t want to tempt fate, because guns are valuable street commodities. If you were to keep a gun at your home AND rent it to Air BNB the last thing you’d want to do is let the renters know that if they look hard enough they could find a gun. Same with prescription medicine, or jewelry, or large sums of cash.

And like those other valuable items, it would be in your best interest to secure them, or relocate them while renters are on site.

Oh, and let’s just gloat for a second that Air BNB didn’t feel it necessary to return a call to the almighty Bloomberg! HAH!

The bottom line is that same gun rules apply in an Airbnb rental as they would in a local hotel room or a rental apartment under state laws and city ordinances. In Texas, for instance, an out-of-state resident with the proper permits is allowed to carry a concealed weapon in most places, including into the home of the stranger whose home you have rented.

In New York, which has much stricter gun laws than Texas, gun owners need a New York permit to carry a concealed weapon. But if an in-state Airbnb guest has that permit, they are allowed to bring their concealed weapon along on their weekend getaway without informing the host, a New York law enforcement official tells The Trace.

Well of course they’re full of shit. Yeah New York is 100% hostile to gun owners, but is most states (including Texas) you only need a permit to carry the gun in public. You can arm up your hotel room or Air BNB room like the Lobby Scene from the Matrix every night with no legal issues.

Or really any issues…. again, they seem desperate to be looking for a problem.

Searching through Airbnb listings, we found a few hosts who do specify their policies toward guns on their listing. One couple from Bend, Oregon, advertises their home as being “firearm friendly,” but requested that guests notify them if they bring them on the property. A listing for a property in Nashville, Tennessee, on the other hand, expressly forbids guns on the property at any time, even if the guest has a concealed-carry permit.

And such policies mean exactly NOTHING! Concealed means concealed.

But there’s little motivation for Airbnb to enact a no-guns policy like Uber’s.

And doesn’t that just PISS YOU OFF!

Good!

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Evening Music: Beebs and Her Money Makers

I frankly prefer my Ska with a nice healthy dose of punk in it. Still Beeb’s oily voice and the fact that they’re actively putting out music in a time when Ska is dead, I’m glad to have it!

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Images of the Antis: WTF???

So often for this segment I’ll just link to a hosted image, but this one I needed to do a full screen cap:

CSGV Outlaw Background Checks

Maybe you would believe me, but that CSGV would put up this image, and Joan Peterson would retweet it.

Um, Antis? Who the hell is talking about OUTLAWING background checks?????? Right now the only things the pro-gun lobby is talking about is not making background checks ILLEGAL. The antis are the ones talking about OUTLAWING private sale of firearms.

Hell even a hard-liner like me simply wants to get rid of the Brady Background Check system because it’s essentially worthless, but even then I’d be getting rid of the MANDATORY background system. If you wanted to PAY for a background check…for any reason, you could.

Just so obtuse! Seriously the anti-gun camp is being run by lunatics!

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Gunblog Variety Cast .45!

Ok, no, it’s not a .45 Caliber episode, it’s the 45th high-caliber episode we’ve done!

Listen in! Notes here, show below!

GBVC Sink

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Another REALLY cool drink

Man, this sounds and LOOKS awesome!

I don’t think my wife would be happy with all the flame play in the kitchen, tho alcohol flames are fairly cool.

Still did you notice he kept his gin in an ice well? I thought for sure there might be enough thermal shock in that long pour to crack the mixing glass!

Of course I use a Cobbler shaker, which is all metal, so no worries there so long as I don’t burn my house down!

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Oops, Baldr Tells the Truth!

You gotta love it when the antis go off the reservation and tell the truth:

In the end, **REDATED** final choice of target may have been driven in part by his racism, since any church could have worked for his target and he, instead, chose an historically black church and victims. But I suspect that convenience and lack of security were also deciding factors. I shudder to think what other sites he may have scoped out, dressed in black, without the police stopping him. Did he case out a grade school, for instance? Did he case out Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church before the attack?

And for all those pro-gun folks who think that the congregants should have carried guns, let me also make something clear: **REDATED** wanted to commit the crime then kill himself. Fear of death from the hands of citizens likely wasn’t a factor for him. But good security, in the form of police or security guards, would have kept him from getting to the victims in the first place, and may have been factors in preventing him from shooting up the other places he considered first.

Note than in the past he’s stuck with the rhetoric of sneering at Wayne LaPierre’s very true statement that “The only thing that Stops a bad guy with a gun is a Good Guy with a gun!”

Of course sneering at that statement is just insanely stupid, as all but a few mass shootings have been stopped when a good guy, be it an armed private citizen, or a member of the police or military began returning fire (or simply got prepared to).

Like all spree killers, this guy’s #1 concern was targets, and a close #2 was that he would be the ONLY gun on the scene. Go figure, no good guys with guns, nobody to stop the killer.

Of course I will note the Gabriel Giffords attempted assassination was stopped when the unarmed victims charged the shooter. Yep, it works, but it’s not as effective as returning fire, preferably from cover.

Unfortunately the anti-gun lobby is so fragmented, I doubt Jason will even have this post read by any of his superiors, let alone, get reprimanded by admitting the “Enemy” talking points are indeed true.

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Images of the Antis: Obfuscation

This one is really interesting:

I will frequently talk about anti-gun boilerplate. You know the “We need Universal Background Checks” after a spree killer passes a background check, then breaks the law taking his legally owned gun into a Gun Free Zone and commits mass murder, or “If it Saves Just One Life”, or “The United States has the highest ‘Gun death’ of any civilized, english-speaking, high-income, developed nation!”, or “We should register and license guns like we do cars!”

Honestly there are too damn many for me to rattle off. Still I will sometimes dismiss an article FULL of boilerplate because I’ve addressed each point made several times before, and just because THEY repeat themselves incessantly, doesn’t mean I have to join in!

Still how many of the spots on the bingo card are taken up by pro-gun talking points that are damn valid observations that are NEVER really addressed by the antis.

-John Lott is frequently attacked for various mistakes and oversights he’s made, but that’s all political nit-picking to attempt to dismiss wholesale the bulk of his work.

– The “Criminal Don’t Obey the laws” point is frequently addressed by the antis, but it’s almost always a Straw Man argument that this statement in an appeal to total anarchy. Ie: “Bad Drivers also ignore stop signs and traffic lights, so we should get rid of those too!”, when really what we are directly addressing is the redundancy of gun control laws. ie: It is illegal in all 50 states for criminals or adjudicated mentally ill to buy or own guns….but since criminals disobey the law and acquire guns on the black market, we should pass universal background checks that make all private sales black market deals. A non-gun argument would be the Interstate 95 around Boston’s speed limit is 55mph, but unless there is a traffic jam, the average speed is around 70 MPH…the solution to this is to make the posted speed limit 35!

-The (alleged) “Victim Blaming” by noting that the location of a shooting was a gun free zones, so the victims were KNOWN to be disarmed: The antis generally address this with the brush-off that we are dancing in the blood of the victims…which actually would be valid if the antis didn’t immediately propose hobbyhorse gun laws that were completely irrelevant to the crime committed even before the bodies have cooled. They also often trot out “Studies” or just blanket statements that somehow spree killers DON’T exclusivity target gun free zones, or they make some speculation that if somebody HAD been armed it would have somehow resulted in MORE carnage than what had happened, despite there being several cases where spree killers were stopped by armed citizens, and countless defensive gun use stories where even somebody with minimal training and sub-par marksmanship still managed to successfully defend innocent lives with no major drawbacks.

Honestly that’s about the only squares on that card that I’ve seen directly addressed by antis, some are indeed just chest-beating ejaculations. I understand the whole “God Given Right” bit, but it’s pissing into the wind when you’re talking to somebody who A) Doesn’t believe in God, and B) Doesn’t really believe in rights. I mean if they don’t think you have the right to speak your mind if it offends them, or that the only people who should have guns are cops and soldiers….but see killing their unborn babies as a “Right”, and believe they have a right to Free Health care/ housing/ food/ a job ect, you can see how pointless that statement is. Same with “Cold Dead Hands” and “Shall Not Be Infringed”.

Still when seconds count, aren’t the cops minutes away? I mean it’s not like we don’t have lots of spree killers who’s victims called 911 on them while they were shooting? Isn’t it honestly too early to talk about gun control when you don’t know anything about the criminal, the crime, and the weapon used? I mean most of those squares are REALLY good points, but by simply calling them “Boiler Plate” they can pretend like they already addressed them…but they really haven’t.

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The Squirrel Rides Tonight!

Tonight on the Squirrel Report we’ll be talking the whole “Confederate flag thing”, as well the Pope being a goofy Marxist.

Since Amazon and several other retailers are banning products that bear the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, but not products that have communist symbols, or Nazi crests, our call-inn topic will be ” tell us what popular thing you’d like to see banned because it personally offends you”

Call in at 9pm EST 214-530-0036 and Join us for THE SQUIRREL REPORT!!!

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