Images of the Antis: Strawmen on Parade

So I’ve found a TON of anti-gun images recently, I’ve been really busy to write a post about each and every one, so I decided to combine a bunch of them in one.

All of these images have the same thing in common. They are straw men. They are factually incorrect and intellectually dishonest, but through those underhanded means the antis can ATTEMPT to make an argument.

First up is a classic:

Yep, the old “The 2nd Amendment is only about muskets” lie. First up, while the Brown Bess Musket was the primary infantry gun for both the British Empire and the American Colonists, it wasn’t the ONLY gun in existence at the time. There were large-capacity military weapons at the time, and rapid-fire weapons as well. They didn’t work as well in battlefield conditions and weren’t as cheap as the old Bess, but it’s hard to imagine that NONE of the framers (especially people like Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson who were both world travelers, futurists, and technology g33ks) were aware of guns like this, nor that any of them thought that the old front-stuffers were the apex of technology for the end of time.

Of course the irony extends that people will post this cartoon on the INTERNET and fail to see the irony. The Bill of Rights is not some interesting time capsule that freezes our rights in the 18th Century. There is no anti-freedom outrage that police need a warrant to search your car or cellphone, tho the carriages in the 18th Century were pretty wide open, and phones, let alone SMART phones didn’t exist at all.

No they just hate guns, and if they can get rid of all the MODERN ones, that’s at least a START for them.

Now this:

Now at the surface I kinda get this one. The Open Carry movement has been handing us some interesting setbacks. It’s fairly easy to imagine that we may have created a monster of unintended consequences. Still the idea that Open Carry people are somehow violent menacing golems is just ridiculous. Of course the antis NEED for them to be violent and dangerous for their arguments to work, because in the end the downside of open carry activists is they makes some people FEEL uncomfortable. That sucks, but it makes me FEEL uncomfortable with all these anti-freedom activists claiming I’m some sort of murderer on the edge of sanity because I own guns.

That doesn’t give me warrant to strip them of THEIR rights….but they don’t agree with the converse of that.

Now the last few are all on the NRA and anybody reasonable’s position that the school “Gun Free Zone” policy doesn’t do much to PREVENT crimes, and I would say is ENCOURAGES it!

Yep, we WANT kids carrying AR-15s to school! That gets said all the time! This is just as big a strawman argument as you can make.

This one at least has a grain of truth in it. I mean hiring private security, or police officers to guard schools is EXPENSIVE! Even if you have a big school that gets a lot of tax dollars, it doesn’t make the situation more affordable than rural schools. They have more money, but they have more students and areas to guard.

So the solution has been two major ideas. #1. Volunteers, and #2 Allowing Teachers and staff to carry.

Now none of these proposals have been as simple as lifting the ban from the books and turning the school into EVERY OTHER PLACE IN THE COMMUNITY. I’d be all for that, given that there isn’t “blood in the streets” outside the school, and sadly school shooters behave themselves UNTIL they get to school.

Still even THAT rather liberal proposal doesn’t HAND guns to unwilling and untrained parties.

Reality is that people carrying on school grounds have been asked to take additional and extensive training in order to make sure they are safe. I’m willing to accept this, still now we’re DAMN far from the image in the cartoon.

So yeah, reality isn’t friendly to anti-gun people, and much like them cooking up bogus studies to suit their needs, they cook up a bogus reality so that banning guns isn’t the worst idea ever!

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“Gun Death” Horse

Sports are dangerous, but some are more dangerous than others:

An exercise rider died after he was crushed by a thoroughbred at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The rider, Mourad Boudraa, 40, was riding about 6 a.m. when the horse went into an “unexplained wild gallop,” showing signs of medical distress, the police said. Boudraa was jammed into the track railing by the horse as it collapsed.

Jockeys are small people, and horses are very large. Physics can be a bitch sometimes. My heart goes out to the family of the rider.

Still, not a “Gun Death”

H/T Whipped Cream Difficulties

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Archer Fisks So I Don’t Have to!

Archer knocks one out of the park!

I had my sights on this one, but unfortunately the baby is cutting new teeth, we’re going to Maine for a family function this weekend, and I think the little disease vector has gotten me sick, so it was on the back burner. Go read his fisk, it covers all the points I wanted to get across.

There was one issue he touched upon I wanted to expand upon. Jason does a little link dump of incidents with guns in schools by trained officials as a way to say that changing schools from “gun free zones” to places where people can be as armed as they would be if they weren’t at school is a bad idea.

Let’s look at the stories. The first one is the most severe

According to KLTV, multiple sources identified the employee as Glenn Geddie, a maintenance worker for the district.

“At the conclusion of the CHL training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon,” Van Independent School District said in a statement. “With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg.”

No idea what the malfunction was, but there is enough information that suggests it was an actual ACCIDENTAL discharge. That is a malfunction of the gun that lead to the discharge not any negligence. This does rarely happen. In this case the maintenance worker was at a GUN RANGE (not a school) getting training, and the gun discharged and a bullet fragment hit the instructor in the leg.

Now this sucks, but it isn’t the end of the world. You shoot at hard stuff long enough and eventually you’ll catch a little lead. It isn’t fun, and it should be avoided, but I know several people who have been hit with ricochet fragments. None needed anything but a band-aid. To transpose this event to schools seems a bit silly.

Next we have two stories of officer guns in the bathroom.

The Chatfield School, a charter school that teaches K-8 students, hired a retired police weapons instructor to provide armed protection after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. The result wasn’t exactly what they intended:

The security officer “made a breach in security protocol” and left an unloaded weapon in a restroom “for a few moments,” said Chatfield School Director Matt Young.

Young said the school has been in contact with local authorities about the matter and wouldn’t discuss any possible repercussion for the officer, calling it “a personnel matter.” Young also declined to name the security officer.

He links the story TWICE to make it appear like it is two separate events. Then there’s this one:

Police Officer Sean McCutcheon for the town of Lloyd, N.Y., accidentally fired his gun at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday in Highland High School’s hallway, the district said. No one was injured, and no students or staff were nearby when the gun went off.

John Nelson, whose daughter is a sophomore at the high school about 65 miles north of New York City, asked Haab on Tuesday night what a loaded gun was doing at school.

“I’m just shocked,” Nelson said before the meeting. “I don’t understand how a gun could just go off.”

It probably didn’t, the officer likely was handling his gun inappropriately and NEGLIGENTLY discharged it.

Now these events aren’t rare, and aren’t isolated in schools. Cops, sadly, leave guns lying around all the time, I’m sure there are lots of cases where the incident doesn’t even get reported.

When it DOES get reported the officer gets reprimanded and goes BACK TO WORK! Get that? There really isn’t much as far as consequences for this act. Get caught speeding, you get a ticket, and move on. Park in a handicapped spot, you get a ticket and move on. Forget you had a pocket knife on your keychain when you go on a flight, you lose the knife and board the plane.

It really isn’t a big deal. Or is it?

Now meanwhile if this maintenance worker had put a round in the floor while he was at school he’d LOSE HIS JOB! When looking for new jobs he’d need to explain why he’s out of work. Employers will google his name, and call his former employers and they will likely hear the story about the man who way playing with a loaded gun on the job.

Now in all of these cases nobody was seriously hurt, and no school kids were hurt, and in the case of officers acting negligently, it wasn’t the best career move, but it was hardly career ending. Turn that to school staff carrying guns for protection, it becomes different. I know lots of people who carry guns in public, I don’t know anybody who has touched off a round negligently in public. I know this isn’t just people being silent, because we’d read about it in the news.

Seems when there is more at stake than just getting a nasty letter from the chief you get a lot safer gun handling.

More reason to end the foolish behavior of making schools “Gun Free”.

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“Gun Death” Sick Mom

This is a bad one!

A malnourished young disabled woman who weighed only 40 pounds has died and her mother has been charged for having a role in her condition.

…Local Memphis station WREG reports that authorities had been previously alerted to the alleged abuse that the mother inflicted on her daughter when Jennifer was ordered to stay away from Rebecca after the young woman was found in a hot car.

At the time of that August 2013 incident, Rebecca weighed 55 pounds and was five feet tall and was tested to have traces of methamphetamine in her system.

Police were called to the scene when there were reports that people- including Jennifer- were doing drugs in a nearby home. When police arrived, they found Rebecca in the car with the engine off and the windows rolled up all the way.

Jennifer’s brother then took Rebecca to his house after the incident and told the station that his mother, Rebecca’s grandmother, took care of the girl before her death.

This is just horrible abuse and neglect, as well as a mother who was purely negligent to her offspring. Hey, but not a “Gun Death”, so why I am getting so worked up about it?

H/T Mike W

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Another Great Shirt!

ENDO has a new shirt up. I REALLY like this one.

Review of the first shirt I got here.

BTW that post is almost 3 years old, and I’ve been wearing and washing this shirt ever since. Just wore it the other day, and it still looks just as good as it did that first day.

I was certainly concerned that the pre-distressed look, and the very soft fabric wouldn’t hold up. Meanwhile these shirts have outlived many other shirts that have been since retired to the armory bench for conversion to cleaning patches.

You get what you pay for!

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2nd Amendment in Boston

Note the following videos are about discretionary issuance of a Mass FID which only covers LOW CAPACITY long-guns. These are the typical hunting arms often noted as being “Safe” from onerous restrictions:

This is why we can NEVER give an inch to the anti-gun forces. The magic number is ZERO! No rifles, no shotguns, and certainly no handguns to law-abiding private citizens.

He laid it out clearly right there.

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Images of the Antis: Abstinence Only

This is a good one:

First let’s see the video

Ok step one, look at that disclaimer at the front-and-center. Now look at the image. Billy Johnson works for the NRA but speaks for himself. Now we can reflect that NRA is not horribly offended by his statements, as he has not be fired from his position. Still this is the FURTHEST thing from “NRA Policy”.

Still I don’t see what the big deal is. We’re one of the most heavily armed countries in the world. Guns are out there. We also have a ton of roads and cars, so we teach kids how to safely cross the street. We teach kids about the dangers of illegal drugs. We teach kids the ins-and-outs of sex, and the dangers of it.

That last one can be oped out of in most schools, but there are some schools where the sex ed class is mandatory. I’m fine with that, sex can indeed be dangerous, emotionally, and physically. My parents taught me about sex long before the teachers were talking about it. It was a smart move, it meant THEY were teaching those lessons, and anything my teachers had to add were simply supplemental, and given that I had a good understanding of the issue, I could easily ask questions.

But for folks not as proactive as mine, sex is still out there, and the desires are still there. Ignoring them won’t make them go away, and very well might make them worse. The same goes for guns. Guns exist, and even if you don’t like guns or have them, they are out there. I fail to see how basic firearms safety can in any way be a DETRIMENT to people.

Hell that’s why I shot my first gun. I was 19, I didn’t understand or like guns, but to burn an afternoon and learn how to use guns seemed like a no-brainer.

Turned out to have changed my life, but it doesn’t have that effect on everybody.

Of course the real reason why anti-rights people (who constantly crow about “safety”) wouldn’t want something like this taught to age-appropriate children is it puts guns in a light that shows them as ANYTHING but bad.

They can’t have that. They can’t show how FUN it is to shoot guns. They can’t show people saving lives with guns. They can’t show history with guns. They can’t show family connection with guns.

They can only show them as horrible lumps of pure evil, because ONLY THEN do their ravings look sane.

Also check out Sean touching on the same subject.

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“Gun Death” Real Winner

Thankfully he won’t be causing any problems to those of us outside prison:

A northwestern Ohio man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his mother has been sentenced to life prison.

…He says the addiction [to heroin] cost him his home and his job and that he began stealing from his mother.

Classy dude, huh? Hopefully he won’t be much bother to the other inmates and prison staff from now on.

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Quote of the Day: Joan Peterson

Sometimes I really scratch my head:

To prevent domestic shootings, guns should be taken from the abusers/stalkers/subjects of protective and restraining orders rather than providing guns to those who are abused. This is just not the kind of country we want. Arming more people will not solve the problem of gun violence.

Now the only reason why Joan is ANYBODY in the gun control world is because her sister was murdered by her husband in very prominent case.

Now Joan’s late Brother in law was subject to a restraining order which would have stripped him of his guns. A) He refused to give them up, laws be damned, and B) He was close friends with the local police chief who was the first person he called after the murders.

Now in Barbara Lund’s case, she was murdered at her estranged husband’s house at a time when concealed carry was illegal. Still the idea that LESS guns makes people MORE safe is proven factually incorrect in her own personal life.

Still banning guns is more important to her than human safety, so that’s where she stands.

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Almost Time for Squirrel!

So we’ll be talking about the TSA raising fees and other current events.

Also the call in is related to this: What “Old School” thing do you do (or wish you did) and why? (Shave with a straight razor, make your own bacon, grind your own coffee, etc.)

So call in 9pm EST 214-530-0036

Should be a great time! IT’S THE SQUIRREL REPORT!!!

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