Who Watches the Watchmen

I guess this perv assumed “nobody”:

As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images.

But DeFoggi—convicted today in Maryland on three child porn charges including conspiracy to solicit and distribute child porn—must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing network shielded him from federal investigators.

He’s the sixth suspect to make this mistake in Operation Torpedo, an FBI operation that targeted three Tor-based child porn sites and that used controversial methods to unmask anonymized users.

Also you bring in the level of morality of those who are allegedly watching out for us, and enforcing the law.

And you wonder why I’m such a fan of limited government.

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Not This Crap Again!

Another young child has an accident with an Uzi:

A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

…Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.

God, there are millions of these stories where somebody hands a young child an advanced firearm before they are ready to handle it. More common you hear of somebody giving a new shooter a 12 gauge shotgun with high-brass full-power loads, or a magnum revolver for their first gun. Thankfully these don’t end in serious injury. This is not the case with small machine guns.

Hell when I hand somebody their first gun to shoot its A) Small Caliber, .22 Preferably, but 9×19 or .38 Special in a full-size gun also work, and B) the gun is single-loaded so they can only fire once before we have chance to reflect on that first shot and decide what’s next. Sometimes I’ve loaded up a half-dozen .22s signally until they were ready for their first string of fire. I also like to load up the next size up signally just to make sure we aren’t advancing too fast.

Reminds me of this horrible case back in 2008. This case it was an 8-year-old with a Micro Uzi which is a wild animal of an SMG.

In no way am I saying young children can’t handle these guns, what I WILL say is most kids of this age are not skilled enough to control the recoil of full-auto fire on such a small gun.

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Hysterics and Ignorance

Now this is just a GEM of pants shitting hysterics!

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Many people know of the “gun show loophole” that allows individuals to purchase guns without background checks or any sort of paperwork at gun shows. Currently, most states do not require any sort of background check at gun shows – and I can attest to that fact as I purchased a .243 Savage through a cash transaction of $400 plus tax this past spring. No questions asked, no paperwork filled out, and we parted ways not even knowing each other’s names.

Didn’t even know each other’s name???? You may have just committed a felony, bub! You didn’t even exchange ID to make sure both parties were proper residents of the state where the transaction took place? That’s illegal interstate commerce of firearms! I’m willing to bet even if this idiot didn’t ask for ID, the other guy did. It’s possible both parties are THAT criminally stupid, and it’s possible the author will receive a visit from his local ATF agent to confirm no federal laws were broken. Not much of a “Loophole” is it, now?

Also before he gets into the fear-mongering, his “bolt action hunting rifle” could be described as a “High Powered, military assault weapon chambered for deadly cop killer bullets”, as there is likely little mechanical differences between what the snipers in Afghanistan are using and this gun, and certainly .243 Win will punch though a Level IIA Police ballistic vest like a fart through the seat of my jeans. Yeah, sniper rifles are different than your bargain deer guns, but the differences aren’t as great as say the difference between a AR-15 sporter and an M4 Carbine.

Moving on to the serious hysterics.

Now, I was only purchasing a small capacity, bolt action hunting rifle but I could have just as easily walked out with a semi-automatic AR-15 and high capacity magazines – and still not have gone through any more trouble than going to the ATM and pulling out some cash. I’m also a mentally stable individual with no criminal record, but not everyone purchasing weapons through gun shows is mentally stable or without a felony record.

And who fucking cares? There is a ton of fear put to AR-15s, but spree shooters seem to have done MORE damage if we’re counting bodies, with low-capacity pistols and pump shotguns. In the end we’re just talking rifles, and nothing more. If ARs were the dark scythe of Death antis make them out to be, I wouldn’t be typing this post, I’d be having dirt shoveled on my coffin lid.

Also you claim to be mentally stable, but I’ve read your article…just sayin’.

And then there’s the whole world of social media which makes buying a gun even easier, especially if you’re someone trying to avoid any sort of paper trail or background check. On Facebook, I belong to a number of gun groups for the purposes of keeping up with current prices, NRA talking points on assault rifles and checking out the really cool guns some people have. One of the disturbing things I’ve found is that while some of these individuals require that their sale be processed at a FFL (Federal Firearms License) dealer, many of them don’t. The upside to going through a FFL is that you’re ensuring you aren’t selling directly to a felon, and that you can also have a record of the sale should that firearm ever be involved with a crime.

Yep that is an upside to dealing with FFLs, and I’ve certainly bought guns from people online who insisted the transfer be through an FFL. He forgets to point out the advantages to buying guns face-to-face. First you can meet at a mutually convenient place, the transfer takes less time (even more so these days when you generally have to wait in line to do a NICS check at the dealer) and cost less because you aren’t demanding the time of a third party. When somebody insists a gun be sold at an FFL when I have a good feeling that everything is kosher, I demand they pay the transfer fee. If I’m selling a gun online, or buying one, I’m doing it because I want more for my sale, or to get a better deal.

Above are three semi-automatic, high velocity rifles which can accurately deliver multiple rounds out to 500 yards and beyond. In close quarters, like a school, they’re absolutely devastating. These aren’t rifles designed for hunting (although they can be used for such), these were designed for the military, for killing people. Not deer, not wild hogs, not bears – people. These are indeed the very definition of an “assault rifle.”

First up, while the effective range of an AR may be 500 yards (and that may be optimistic for many of these units), that’s a LOT of demand on the shooter. Something tells me this guy couldn’t hit a cow in the ass with a barn shovel, let alone make a decent grouping with any rifle at 300 yards, let alone 500. Second the AR-15 was indeed invented as a sporting rifle, and was later adopted by the military. Third, the definition of “assault rifle” is any rifle in an intermediate caliber that is select fire. Sorry, none of the guns listed meet that criteria, but BOY don’t you sound smart spouting that nonsense! Last, even if a gun is designed to rape, mangle, and immolate children, when does that intention get transferred to the end user? If somebody uses an AR-15 to shoot deer or woodchucks (which it is 100% fine for doing so given proper ammo) how is any of that “designed for killing people” crap factor in at all?

And one thing all antis don’t EVER want to talk about is self-defense. If somebody wants a gun to defend their life, isn’t that EXACTLY what you want? I certainly don’t want some sporting-goods gun designed for shooting deer at 100+ yards when I hear a window break at 1am! There is NOTHING wrong with killing people given the parameters of the law. The antis can’t get around that, so they simply ignore it.

Below we have two high-capacity pistols, both capable of unloading 30+ rounds of 9mm or .40S&W ammo in a very short period of time. Both of which are offered for sale, with no background check or any other precaution.

The two weapons above have zero usefulness when it comes to hunting. These are “street sweepers” which are guns designed to spray a large number of bullets as fast as you can pull the trigger, especially the Tec-9 Brandon is selling.

OK, well there you go again, the Tec-9 is likely a pistol, but the Kel-Tec is a carbine. So yeah, this guy has NO idea what he’s talking about. Second, “Steet Sweepers”? Yeah that’s exactly what those guns were designed for! Good luck with that! He also links World Guns talking about the criminal history of the Tec-9. That’s a great site, and true, but most of the criminal history of that gun came when they were sold as open-bolt Semi-auto pistols. I’m not a gunsmith or designer, so I don’t know how easy it would be to do, but the more nefarious uses were people converting the semi-auto open-bolt guns to full-auto. The ATF ruled that open-bolt guns were “Machine Guns” no matter how they functioned, so Intratec designed their guns to fire from a closed bolt, and all open-bolt civilian guns needed to be registered with the ATF as NFA items or destroyed.

They’re also cheap pieces of shit, so go right ahead and be afraid of them. The Sub2000 is cheap, but it isn’t a piece of shit. It is also a dandy little bedside gun or trunk gun if you ever need to defend yourself with a rifle…but again self defense is NOT something this prick wants to talk about. Remember George Washington crossed the Delaware to get to his duck blind in this guy’s book.

So here we have various high-capacity weapons, passed from one individual to another individual without a background check or other documentation via Facebook. On none of these offers was it noted that the buyer had to make the purchase via an FFL dealer (there’s tons of them here in the Lafayette, LA area in case you’re wondering) which means none of these sellers were really concerned about who might potentially get their hands on these weapons. This doesn’t even take into consideration the multiple shotguns, handguns and other rifles offered in just this one group. Let’s also not forget that Louisiana has one of the loosest sets of gun laws in the nation, and the highest gun death rate per capita.

Or maybe they want to make the most money for their trade and make best use of their time. Also do you think the gang members that make Louisiana such a dangerous state are documenting their illegal actions on open facebook walls? You don’t think the local cops are reading Ice Dogg and Ray-Ray’s facebook pages to get tips on what their next arrest might be?

I’m not saying that we need to ban these weapons, although I would certainly not have a problem with requiring special licensing and training like a hunter’s safety course for ownership, but shouldn’t these sellers at least make sure that they’re not selling to a felon? If you call yourself a “responsible gun owner” and want to avoid arming criminals, I’d think that’s the least you could do.

Why would I, as somebody who doesn’t hunt, need to take a hunter’s safety course to own a gun? Further, since he seems to be big on talking about how deadly his state is, care to show me how states that require training classes before people buy guns, or carry concealed are safer than states that don’t?

It’s all pearl clutching.

Also, yeah, I wouldn’t mind gaining access to the NICS system before I sell or buy a gun to make sure I won’t get a visit from Johnny Law ATF. I just don’t want to be mandated to do it during the business hours of an FFL, and pay for their time to run the check. Such laws have been proposed. How did the anti-gun people like this compromise for their idea of universal background checks? They HATED and opposed it!

Anti-gun people don’t want universal background checks, they want an off-switch for gun transfers in America. Once gun commerce is completely in the hands of FFLs it is now done at the pleasure and discretion of the ATF. Used to be America was FILLED with FFLs. A Few buddies would pool their money and take out an FFL so they could buy in bulk, avoid the various hassles of buying and selling guns, and sell what they don’t keep for themselves at gunshows for far less than the dude who has to pay rent and employees to run that brick-and-mortar store. They’re gone now from one executive order. Further other shops have been shut down for common paperwork errors, or shut down due to changes in the zoning laws. It isn’t unreasonable for a future where America looks a lot like Mexico where somebody might need to travel hundreds of miles just to sell or buy a gun, or family members wanting to keep a departed family member’s collection after their death.

Or in this case we have a person who sees the only reason for owning guns is to shoot deer, and not only shoot deer but shoot them with the PROPER type of gun, by his own ignorant standards.

Sorry man, this is America, you want that crap move someplace else!

Oh and check out his profile!

Manny Schewitz is a progressive from the Dirty South with an inclination to say it like it is. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and also maintains an active and lively presence on Facebook.

“Dirty South”? Man that is INSULTINGLY Elitist! Yep, anti-gun people are always about hate.

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“Gun Death” Another Drowning

This one seems sadly avoidable:

This is terrible scene when the parents of two-year-old Rushona Kurbonava look on in horror as their daughter’s body is recovered from a New York lake.

The toddler’s mother, Yulduz, is consoled by a NYPD sergeant as the youngster’s body is brought to the shore.

Rushona went wandered off during a family barbecue with her young cousin when she fell into the algae covered lake in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

You gotta keep an eye on your kids, because they can get in HUGE trouble faster than you could ever imagine!

Hey, but New York has really crazy gun laws, and this wasn’t a “Gun Death”, so what’s the big deal!

H/T Bob

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My Response to “Top Ten Guns To Shoot”

This is an interesting article from The firearms Blog.

I’ve been fortunate, and let’s face it, driven, to have shot everything on this list. Really so can you, it isn’t too hard if that’s what you want to do. I’m a guy who LOVES shooting guns I don’t have prior experience with. Still I must say I have my own feelings on each.

#10. Mauser 98 : I’ve shot a ton of variants on the Mauser K98, from the more basic Yugos, to German issue guns, to the 1908 Springfield. Yeah, they’re nice, but honestly when it comes to military surplus guns, the ones I’m more impressed with are the Enfields for the slick cock-on-closing design, and the general advanced nature of them. The Brits were one of the few major superpowers to hold onto their bolt-guns for the longest time because really the Enfield held up. They didn’t dump it until the Full-auto FAL came around, and even then they took out the auto-sear before issuing them.

Also I love the Mosin Nagant because it is SO crude, yet still works well enough. Shows that the Russians were really only for issuing guns “Just good enough” to their soldiers. Also Mosin Nagants are so dirt cheap, even with current prices, it’s so easy to own a piece of history for short money.

#9. M1 Garand: Yeah they’re cool, and really cool when you consider when these guns were state-of-the-art the other forces were still manually turning the bolts on their rifles. Still loading them is a dangerous proposition with M1 Thumb being something most have heard about, and many have felt first-hand. They need to use lower-power ammo or they’ll bend the op-rod, and they’re DAMN heavy. Still everybody SHOULD shoot one just to enjoy the great sights, the minor recoil and that great PING as the clip gets ejected.

#8. Self Loading Bullpup (Any): Or not! When I was just a non-gun owner who just READ about guns a lot I LOVED bullpups. Short rifle, long barrel, it was the real-life equivalent of the D&D Min/Maxing Munchkin. Then I shot one. Most have bad triggers, and horrible ergonomics. Many are dangerous to shoot left-handed or if you have a head separation with your ammo. Also there is just NO good way to stuff a magazine into your armpit!

#7. A Good 1911: OK, yeah awesome! Still unless you have shot a few BAD 1911s, and a bunch of decent ones, you might not understand what a masterfully fitted 1911 is. Also some really good builds are tight to the point of fault having them jam when they shouldn’t, and making operating them and dissembling them difficult. I will someday own a really tricked out super-expensive hand-fitted 1911, but until I get to that point in my life, I’m really happy with my decently made S&W guns that are mass-produced and filled with MIM parts.

#6. M16 Yeah, they’re pretty awesome. An M16 was the second full-auto gun I ever fired. More on that later.

#5. H&K MP5: I honestly don’t get the appeal of H&Ks. They’re overly complicated, crazy expensive, and really not THAT impressive in the end. How about you repeat the above and see if you can shoot an M16 SMG in 9mm. You’ll like it better, trust me!

#4. A Big Bore Revolver: Yeah, I love big bore revolvers, from what has become the pedestrian 629, to crazy guns like the Ruger Alaskan and the S&W X-Frame guns. Never shot a S&W329 which is the 629 but with a scandium frame. They kind of scare me. Also another one to add to this is any subcompact lightweight .357. You’ll know your form is awesome the moment the shot breaks!

#3. Something Belt-Fed: The first gun I ever shot was a 1919 in 7.62×51. It was cool, and if you think a mag-dump from a 30-round AR mag is awesome, try dumping a 50 or 100 round belt from one of these monsters. Still it kills your wallet, and unless its one of the interesting AR-15/M16 mods, most belt-feds are big clunky things, which don’t interest me as much. Awesome if you’re setting up a perimeter against enemy assault, but for fun-on-the-range, I prefer other things.

#2. A Select-Fire AK47: Meh. they’re REALLY heavy for what they are, and they kick a LOT more than say an M16. Ergonomics suck, sights suck, meh.

#1. A Suppressed Bolt-Action .22lr Rifle Most of the noise from shooting a suppressed sub-sonic gun is the action cycling. Sending lead down range from a gun with a manual action with your ears off is REALLY cool. You hear the birds chirping and all the sounds you normally hear when you’re not shooting. Then *Pop* the round exits the barrel, and you can hear the round impact the backstop downrange. If it’s a .22 or some other gun where you can also get super-sonic loadings, make sure to send a few of those down range too, the sonic boom traveling down range creates a Doppler effect.

I’m very pleased I’ve shot a variant of all of these, and while I don’t agree, it’s a fun article.

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And You Are Outraged Why?

Gotta love this anti-rights pearl-clutching:

The National Rifle Association went after a gun activist in the September issue of its American’s First Freedom magazine with an odd account of her professional background.

The writer, Dave Kopel, is shocked that the head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Shannon Watts, describes herself as a stay-at-home mom but has worked in the past and runs a public relations firm from her home. The NRA piece is complete with an image of Watts surrounded by household items

Kopel takes issue with Watts’ description of the group as a “grassroots” effort since she is an experienced public relations professional with former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg as a client. Moms Demand Action is now part of Bloomberg’s group of gun control organizations.

And Kopel is upset that Watts “purports to speak for all mothers” when she actually “speaks only for a relatively small group of highly gullible people, including some mothers.”

And what’s the issue? Watts claims she’s a Stay-at-home Mom, but as far as I can tell has ALWAYS been a full-time lobbyist. She claims to be an “Ordinary Mom”, but really is an uber-wealthy political operative willing to work for whoever will pay her six-figure salary. She also claims to lead a “Grass Roots Group started on an ordinary facebook page”, but she’s just a subordinate to Michael Bloomberg who orchestrated the whole thing as his “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” collapsed around him as countless members dropped out, wrote angry letters about being listed when they were never a member, or were sent to prison.

Why are they outraged? It’s all true, and even this leftist author can’t deny it.

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Again Anti-Freedom!

Remember this post?

It is not inconvenient to get a simple background check for a gun purchase. It takes mere minutes unless one is on the list of prohibited purchasers. Those folks should be inconvenienced. And, of course, the 5 day waiting period for gun purchases disappeared after 5 years of the Brady Law’s existence as a compromise in the original bill. One does need to ask what the hurry is when buying a gun. Sometimes my husband and I shop around for cars or mattresses or other furniture or desired items for days and weeks before we actually buy it. And then it may take a few days for delivery. A gun is designed to kill another human being. What’s the rush?

Well that sentiment has been ruled unconstitutional in California!

A federal judge in California has struck down a law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, but only for current gun owners who have already passed a background check and those who have a permit or certificate of eligibility to own a gun.

Eastern District of California Judge Anthony W. Ishii said Monday that the waiting period provision violates the Second Amendment rights of those who have already been approved to own a gun. This includes those who have previously undergone a background check and own a gun, people with concealed-carry permits and people who have a state certificate of eligibility to own a gun.

First-time gun buyers would still be subject to the waiting period, which Ishii emphasized in his ruling.

“Given the nature of the challenges made, the Court emphasizes that it is expressing no opinion on the constitutionality of the 10-day waiting period in general or as applied to first time California firearms purchasers,” he said.

It, at it’s core is a stupid law. If I own 5 guns already, and want to buy a new one, what exactly is the waiting period going to accomplish!

Of course the argument that first-time buyers need a few days to cool their heels is pretty dumb too. It wasn’t like the guy who stabbed three, and shot three in Santa Barbara was somehow deterred by the waiting period. According to his diary he went MONTHS while owning the guns and knives to execute his deadly plan.

Really there are few cases where somebody buys a gun in the spur of the moment to do something horrible. Generally a lot of planning goes into these things, and a 10 day waiting period is just another factor. Still when somebody is in a dangerous situation where they NEED a gun, but hadn’t thought about it before, those 10 days could be deadly for them.

But of course anti-gun people have NEVER been interested in public safety, otherwise they’d be pressuring states with restrictive carry laws to relax them, or go Constitutional carry, since it’s been working really well for Chicago!

Nope, they just want to restrict rights because they hate guns, and hate gun owners, and “Public Safety” is just a canard they can float to attempt to make them appear like they aren’t total ogres.

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“Gun Death” Drowning

This is a really sad one:

Authorities say an 8-year-old boy’s dad and his uncle are dead after they jumped into Idaho’s Snake River to rescue him after he fell in.

The Elmore County Sheriff’s office says the three were fishing Sunday afternoon in southwest Idaho when the men went in after the boy and were swept away by the current.

A 23-year-old man also jumped into the river and was able to rescue the boy.

But witnesses told deputies that the two men both disappeared under the surface before anyone could reach them.

I’ve taken a life-guard class and one lesson they teach you is that you don’t risk your life to save another life. It’s noble, but two are dead attempting to save one.

My heart goes out to the boy who will likely never forget the day he lost his Father and Uncle.

H/T Bob

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Play Me Out: Parliament

A Classic!

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Guns and Prohibition

Of course we know the anti-gun forces are for prohibiting guns, carry, and self defense in every way possible, but as I constantly say, they are Anti-Freedom, not just anti-gun.

Sean suggested for this week’s Gun Blog Variety Cast Sean wanted to discuss the anti-gun view on alcohol.

Let’s have a look. First is this bit of tripe:

Moms across the country were deeply disturbed to see photos of armed men inside a Chili’s restaurant in Texas. Chili’s serves alcohol, and as we all know, guns and alcohol are a lethal combination. A week after Moms Demand Action launched our #RibsNotRifles social media campaign, along with a petition calling for Chili’s to keep guns out of its restaurants, Brinker International, which owns both Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants, released this statement, “We recognize that the open carry of firearms in restaurants creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and is not permitted under many local liquor laws. So, we kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants and we will continue to follow state and local laws on this issue.”
We applaud Chili’s for taking a stand and choosing #gunsense!

Well except they didn’t take a stand, most of these “Victories” are nothing short of window dressing.

Still let’s look at the alcohol issue. OpenCarry.org has this great graphic

Gee, if guns and alcohol are such a “lethal combination” why is carrying in restaurants in all but Louisiana legal? Shouldn’t we be hearing about all the BLOOD IN THE STREETS from that “lethal combination”?

Yep another fake hysteria from anti-gun people. Now many states restrict if somebody carrying a firearm can drink ANY alcohol, and all of them restrict people who are legally drunk (ie can’t drive a car legally) from carrying a gun. Also having alcohol in your system in the event of a defensive shooting will NOT do you any favors.

Also being drunk and in control of a gun will likely give you a felony charge, and possibly forfeit the carried gun. This is no small deal, hence why there really aren’t issues with people carrying guns in establishments that serve alcohol.

Here’s another article:

A proposal to allow alcohol sales at guns shows in Texas got a mostly unfavorable reaction at a gun show in Houston on Saturday, with some in attendance calling it a bad idea. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Friday announced it is considering the proposal, provided that at such events live ammunition isn’t allowed or buyers can’t take possession of their weapons.

So not only does this follow the other rules of Texas, but any guns in the possession of the person having a beer must be unloaded!

Now quotes from the nay-sayers:

“You will find people in here who are going to say, `Oh yeah, that’s a great idea. Why can’t we have a beer at the gun show? Nobody’s got a loaded gun.’ But stupid things happen. It’s just like drinking and driving. Are you going to drink and drive?” said Jensen, 30, who works for a beer distributor.

This is NOT like drunk driving, this is more like the cases that have been happening recently where a person is charged with DUI for sleeping off their drunk in their car. They’re drunk, but they’re NOT driving, but I guess they COULD drive, so DUI!!! for that matter, what about people drinking who OWN a car! I have a rather well-stocked liquor cabinet, and I have a car and guns. Now the car is locked up when I’m having a few, and so are the guns, but I COULD unlock them all and go driving and shooting at children and puppies!

ARREST ME! I MUST BE STOPPED!

Again, anti-freedom! And From Mom’s Demand Action:

Of course she doesn’t! Being anti-gun means never having to know the issues at all!

Now while I may not be in favor of this ruling, the reactions are nothing short of hysteria.

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