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Joan Has a Post up called “Bad day for the corporate gun lobby”

The post starts on a victory lap on the Confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy. First one must note that having a young inexperienced Surgeon General that was nominated out of pure cronyism is all well and good so long as they are anti-gun. And of course there’s this bit:

At a Senate hearing in February, Murthy said he wouldn’t use the position of surgeon general to push gun control. He said his priorities include helping communities promote healthier living.

So a promise from and Obama hack is as worthless as tits on a turtle, still even if he’s lying and once the press dies down he pushes hard in direct concert with the anti-gun lobbies for full-repeal of the 2nd Amendment and door-to-door confiscation of all guns, the fact that he lied about his feelings on gun control and his position admits that it is wildly unpopular and inappropriate for his new position. Yeah, things are REALLY looking up for you, Joan!

Then she gives several examples Sandy Hook candlelight vigils, many with TENS of supporters. A good protest is always something, but let’s face it even after the MASSIVE and wide-spread protests against the Vietnam War the soldiers kept fighting for YEARS later. Protests are fun, but they accomplish NOTHING, be they anti-gun or pro-gun, anti-war, or pro-war. On a side note, Darfur is still isn’t free, and the protesters just gave up.

Then there are these bombshells!

Speaking of Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe introduced his proposals for new gun legislation. Virginia received a “D” grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in their new state report card released on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. They have work to do in Virginia.

All reports say that these proposals are going NOWHERE! Further one of his proposals is re-instate Virginia’s one-gun-a-month law that was recently repealed with a lot of popularity.

The Senate finally confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy as our country’s next Surgeon General over the objections of the NRA. Some members of Congress defied the gun lobby’s threats to “score” the vote and voted for common sense anyway. The petty hold-up over this confirmation was nonsensical and more of the ridiculous antics of the NRA in their attempt to hold our country hostage to their flawed “logic”.

As said above, he doesn’t want to dance with you antis! He just wants a nice paycheck for a no-show job!

10 families of Sandy Hook shooting victims filed a lawsuit against the Bushmaster gun manufacturer. This is important for many reasons but one important reason is that victims have not been able to sue gun manufacturers because of what is known as the Immunity law, passed in 2005 in a cynical move to stop law suits against the gun industry.

Nobody thinks this is going to be a win either. Don’t take my word for it, ask Dave Hardy!

Things are not as they once were for the NRA and the corporate gun lobby. The persistence of people who believe that changes must happen in our country is leading to small successes. And those small successes will build on bigger and more important ones. Common sense wins in the end over political wrong headedness.

“Wins”? Where are the victories? Really this is pure psychological projection! Joan works for the Joyce Foundation and the Brady Campaign. Both of those groups are shells of their former selves. They used to be huge groups with massive support and operating budgets, but now they are stuck pointing to 10 people standing on a sidewalk with signs, or a political hack saying he won’t hold their hand in public as “Victories”.

Gone are the carte blanche interviews on national TV, gone are the in-house bills that become national laws. Gone is the days when people just assumed that people own guns for shooting at ducks, deer, and pieces of paper.

But keep telling us how hard you’re winning, Joan! I’m listening!

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“Gun Death” Old Murder

They finally got her with DNA Evidence:

A woman arrested last year in Georgia for a 1987 Ohio stabbing has pleaded guilty to a murder charge and been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

…The Columbus Dispatch reports at the time of the murder, police said the suspect was a woman who knocked on Florence’s door, claiming she was soliciting money for a charity benefiting the elderly.

Glad they got her, too bad it took so long, but it sounds really brutal. Criminal knocks on the door with a solicitation, then stabs them and takes their stuff.

Not a “Gun Death”, but frankly I carry a gun when a stranger knocks on my door. Can you say this story would have ended worse if that was the case?

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Do Cops Have a Stamp on their Forehead?

Reader RD found an interesting article that expands on this post. Again the money quote was:

“The thing is, once everybody’s carrying guns, it kind of becomes hard to identify who the good guy is, who the bad guys is. It’s not like people are running around with a stamp on their forehead saying, ‘good guy,’ ‘bad guy,’” said Marshall, Texas, Police Chief Jesus Campa.

Now from the article:

The peculiar story of a Texas senior law enforcement official remains shrouded in mystery and intrigue after claims by federal, state and municipal law enforcement sources that the top cop was criminally indicted for embezzling millions of dollars in Homeland Security funds.

The bizarre tale involves Jesus “Eddie” Campa, the former chief deputy of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPCSO), a Texas agency responsible for patrolling more than 1,000 square miles with a population of about 700,000. Campa served in the department as a jailer and officer for two decades, according to public records. He left the agency earlier this year following the indictment allegations, supposedly for embezzling $5.6 million in Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) funds, sources tell JW. After an unusually short stint as police chief for the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, Campa was recently sworn in as police chief in Marshall, a town of about 24,000 residents in northeast Texas.

Now with this story there is no indictment or conviction so I will not presume guilt, but these serious allegations are not exactly common among CLEOs. Also while these are just allegations there are certainly MANY instances of police officers from beat officers to chief officers committing serious crimes against the people they have been sworn to protect.

Funny how Chief Campa is concerned about a citizen exercising their enumerated right to keep and bear arms, but doesn’t seem to have any empathy at all to those of us who might encounter officers in our daily life and be concerned that they may abuse their powers, plant evidence, or attempt to extort us for nefarious reasons. I mean it isn’t like police officers have “Good Cop” or “Bad Cop” stamped on their foreheads!

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Anti-Gun Stupidy

I have to wonder if this is REAL stupidity or just mock stupidity:

Governor elect Greg Abbott says he is ready to push for open carry in Texas.

Abbot says he will sign whichever of the at least six open carry bills the state’s legislature passes. But local law enforcement has its concerns.

“The thing is, once everybody’s carrying guns, it kind of becomes hard to identify who the good guy is, who the bad guys is. It’s not like people are running around with a stamp on their forehead saying, ‘good guy,’ ‘bad guy,’” said Marshall, Texas, Police Chief Jesus Campa.

Well given Chief Campa is in TEXAS where their gun laws are pretty stupid, but their KNIFE laws are fairly reasonable:

“The thing is, once everybody’s carrying knives, it kind of becomes hard to identify who the good guy is, who the bad guys is. It’s not like people are running around with a stamp on their forehead saying, ‘good guy,’ ‘bad guy,’”

Hey, idiot, everybody was carrying knives in Texas since before you were born. Maybe police work is a bit above your skill level!

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“Gun Death” Yeah

…Yeah

A 50-year-old British man died earlier this year after a vibrator became stuck in his rectum, a coroner’s inquest heard Tuesday. **DEPARTED**, who was unemployed and lived with his elderly mother, was rushed to Lewisham Hospital on Dec. 30, 2013 after the sex toy got stuck inside him for five days.

**DEPARTED**, who was diabetic, became progressively weaker, and was unable to move from his couch during that time. He only sought assistance after a friend learned of the problem and begged him to get help.

Perforated bowel….it wasn’t a gun…yeah

H/T Wallphone

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That Slate Article

This is an interesting article. I can’t count the number of ridiculously anti-gun Slate articles I’ve read, so while this one is hardly Wayne LaPierre’s column from the National Rifle Association it’s interesting.

Background checks are back. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden said that five U.S. senators—enough to change the outcome—have told him they’re looking for a way to switch their votes and pass legislation requiring a criminal background check for the purchase of a firearm. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who led the fight for the bill, is firing back at the National Rifle Association with a new TV ad. The White House, emboldened by polls that indicate damage to senators who voted against the bill, is pushing Congress to reconsider it.

This scares me a little bit given the recent confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy. Now I don’t like that he’s insanely anti-gun, but this confirmation really upsets me given that he is so young and has spent more time carrying water for President Obama than practicing medicine. Dr. Murthy is to medicine how Joe Biden and Barny Frank are to law. His doctoral degree was nothing more than a stepping stone into politics, and this makes him horribly unqualified for the position.

Still the likely shift in votes is likely from soon-to-be unemployed Democrats who no longer need to worry about an anti-gun vote upsetting their re-election campaign. Given that the recent election featured gun rights so prominently in most races with some work even a signing of this terrible bill could be quickly overturned before it take effect after the changing of the guard.

We’ll fight that battle when it’s time. Onto the points in the article:

1. The United States has an indisputable gun violence problem. According to the report, “the U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is higher than that of any other industrialized country: 19.5 times higher than the rates in other high-income countries.”

More anti-rights people focusing on “Gun Death”, we’ll revisit this later. Let’s just say for right now that guns are NOT the problem.

2. Most indices of crime and gun violence are getting better, not worse. “Overall crime rates have declined in the past decade, and violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past 5 years,” the report notes. “Between 2005 and 2010, the percentage of firearm-related violent victimizations remained generally stable.” Meanwhile, “firearm-related death rates for youth ages 15 to 19 declined from 1994 to 2009.”

Note that incidents have remained stable, but the population is growing, this means a DECLINE in the rate of firearms crimes. Add in the fact that firearms ownership is at an all-time high this again points that guns are NOT the issue.

3. We have 300 million firearms, but only 100 million are handguns.

…4. Handguns are the problem. Despite being outnumbered by long guns, “Handguns are used in more than 87 percent of violent crimes,” the report notes. In 2011, “handguns comprised 72.5 percent of the firearms used in murder and non-negligent manslaughter incidents.” Why do criminals prefer handguns? One reason, according to surveys of felons, is that they’re “easily concealable.”

Combined these two, and I’ll just skip ahead because he makes my rebuttal to his claims for me:

7. Guns are used for self-defense often and effectively. “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year … in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008,” says the report. The three million figure is probably high, “based on an extrapolation from a small number of responses taken from more than 19 national surveys.” But a much lower estimate of 108,000 also seems fishy, “because respondents were not asked specifically about defensive gun use.” Furthermore, “Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”

And what guns are the majority used for self defense? Handguns! For the same reason criminals prefer them. They small and compact and easy to carry. When you’re out and about you aren’t going to war, so a handgun makes for a light, portable defensive arm that won’t interfere with your day-to-day activities. Also they’re easily concealable if you are either required to do so by law, or simply do it by personal choice, or since winter is upon us, it’s physically impossible to open carry a handgun safely on a cold snowy day. Further as much as you all may love your carbine or shotgun for home defense, the handgun is the king of defending your castle. You aren’t slinging a rifle when you’re cooking dinner at home. Some people may have long guns tucked away in every room of their house, but that can get expensive, and potentially dangerous if you have young children, so the best solution for home defense is to always carry a gun. Even if you’re just slipping a pocket .22 in your pocket, if somebody kicks down your door, breaks a window, or even impersonates somebody to get you to open the door that little gun will give you something to fight back with, even if that is just laying down suppressing fire so you can get to your rifle. Also come bedtime a handgun is easily tucked in a night stand or locked in a quick-access safe for when you need it fast!

So while he claims “handguns are the problem”, they are also the solution.

5. Mass shootings aren’t the problem.

Yep, they’re amazingly rare, that’s why it makes national news whenever one happens, and often STAYS on the news for weeks. While people wring their hands about the specter of Mass Shootings, 100 times the amount of dead bodies will be made on the streets of a city near you.

6. Gun suicide is a bigger killer than gun homicide.

I talked about this in this week’s Gunblog Variety Cast, really lumping “Gun Suicides” into “Gun violence” is comparing apples to oranges because they are two completely different problems. Also singling out “Gun Suicide” is as foolish as focusing on “Gun Death” because it ignores the bulk of the real problem by fixating on the method rather than the motivation of the people who aren’t bound to a set tool for their deed.

8. Carrying guns for self-defense is an arms race. The prevalence of firearm violence near “drug markets … could be a consequence of drug dealers carrying guns for self-defense against thieves or other adversaries who are likely to be armed,” says the report. In these communities, “individuals not involved in the drug markets have similar incentives for possessing guns.”

Why are antis so quick to lump criminals engaging in criminal acts illegally carrying arms with lawful citizens lawfully carrying? Pure crap!

9. Denying guns to people under restraining orders saves lives.

This almost makes sense if you ignore point #7. I personally have mixed feelings about protection orders. On one hand I love them because when somebody is threatened it gives them a no-nonsense tool for legally telling somebody who is making their life a living hell in the most serious sense of the term to “Back Off”, and while the order will make buying, owning, or possessing a firearm illegal, it works just as well as that “Gun Free Zone” sign on the door. Still if the victim ends up killing the subject of the restraining order they have a damn good foundation for a legal defense, this goes double for if the attacker had a now-illegal gun.

Still they are so frequently abused. Of all the divorces I personally have seen go down all but a few of them had a protection order thrown around. I’ve also seen it in domestic partnerships that broke up. There was no violence, just angry people lashing out with any tool they could use. Again given point #7 which shows the prevalence of using a gun for self-defense, it would be hard to say the small percentage of lives saved through these orders is larger than the lives lost because suddenly the subject was unarmed.

Also let’s be honest here, even if the subject is an honest-to-god stalker and has been harassing somebody, this is bad, but we’re talking death penalty bad. Even a stalker killed by a mugger or a home invader is somebody who didn’t deserve to die. The numbers just aren’t that simple!

10. It isn’t true that most gun acquisitions by criminals can be blamed on a few bad dealers. The report concedes that in 1998, “1,020 of 83,272 federally licensed retailers (1.2 percent) accounted for 57.4 percent of all guns traced by the ATF.” However, “Gun sales are also relatively concentrated; approximately 15 percent of retailers request 80 percent of background checks on gun buyers conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.” Researchers have found that “the share of crime gun traces attributed to these few dealers only slightly exceeded their share of handgun sales, which are almost equally concentrated among a few dealers.” Volume, not laxity, drives the number of ill-fated sales.

This is by far the most transparent look at the “Bad Apple Dealers” claim, and even still the numbers are really lacking. Still it’s much better than what the less honest antis say.

So yeah there it is. Much of it is anti-gun boilerplate, but still it shows a shift in even the more “Progressive” views of guns in America.

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Here’s Looking at Texas!

Texas continues to move to Open Carry:

Long depicted as the rootin’-tootin’ capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.

By the anti-gun Media. Really New Hampshire and Vermont are the capitals of American Gun Culture. Texas didn’t even get concealed carry until 1996!

That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights.

“If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said the day after his election last month.

Sorry Governor Elect, while Open Carry is 100% legal in Massachusetts, it is ONLY legal by A) A May-issue permit that can be restricted at will by police. So even if you have a Mass “License To Carry” many towns still only issue “Target and Hunting Only” restricted LTCs to residents. Open carry is NOT “Target and Hunting”, and unless the person is on duty as a security guard, their “Employment Purposes Only” Restriction won’t allow open carry to the grocery store or walking the dog either. And B) These permits have been revoked on the grounds of “Showing Bad Judgement” for people who have ACCIDENTALLY exposed their 100% legally carried firearm. Still his point is that in Massachusetts you won’t face criminal charges for open carry, and in Texas you will.

Large urban areas have traditionally had the strictest controls on weapons in public because of concerns over guns in crowds and crime control, said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, author of “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” He said it’s “pretty surprising” that Texas still has an open carry ban that dates to the 1870s.

“We’ve been regulating guns in the interest of public safety, even in places like Texas, since the founding,” Winkler said. “The battle over open carry of guns in public remains one of the most heated in the gun debate today.”

Yep, and we’ve seen SO MANY problems with open carry in the states that allow it. Of course Winkler is an anti-freedom zealot, so it’s expected for him to misrepresent the truth.

Open carry opponents, such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America, say carrying guns on the street is less about gun rights than intimidation.

“There is no way to know … if that person is a threat to moms and our children,” said Claire Elizabeth, who heads the group’s Texas chapter.

More of the same. Also a bit of irony that the Bloomberg group that has taken ZERO action against known violent criminals illegally carrying weapons in any fashion, and concentrates all their efforts on turning people who are lawfully and safely owning and carrying guns into criminals, are claiming that all lawfully armed people are somehow nefarious. Who’s trying to intimidate who here?

Despite the early momentum, there are no guarantees open carry will pass. Bills to allow concealed handguns on college campus appeared to have widespread support in 2009, 2011 and 2013, but were derailed by objections from universities and law enforcement.

Most of the open carry bills already filed for the upcoming session would still require a license. One, by Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, would eliminate the licensing requirement for concealed or open carry.

“The idea is we’re going to return our Second Amendment rights,” Stickland said. “I can’t imagine what the citizens would do if they had to take a class or pay a fee to use their First Amendment rights.”

What a great take-away. Here’s to REAL common sense, Texas!

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Images of the Antis: Irony

This trope again:

Created by a digital image editor, published on Facebook, and found by me in Pinterest. Hey, assholes, if you want to be a “Constitutional Purist” maybe you should print all your anti-freedom propaganda using hand-set printing presses and hand-cut printing plates. Also if you want to distribute those images it should only be done by hand, and use no transportation other than horse-drawn vehicles.

OR you can admit that you don’t give a flying fuck what the US Constitution says, and quit trying to sound clever when you are anything but!

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“Gun Death” Industrial Accident

Yikes!

A fire department official says a 45-year-old man was killed after he was pulled into a machine while working at a northeast Ohio industrial company.

BAN THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION!!11!!! IF IT SAVES JUST ONE LIFE…..

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Goalpost Moving

Just watch, the antis are talking about how many “School Shootings” there were since the Newtown Incident. Of course we already know their definition of “School Shooting” isn’t ours. People committing suicide alone on what just happens to be school grounds, and criminals conducting illegal business on school property after hours isn’t what I consider a “School Shooting”.

Still on the other hand they seem to be terribly silent on the Terrorist Events in Sidney.

So yeah, ANYTHING involving a gun on school grounds will be compared directly to Newtown and Virginia Tech, while this little event will be ignored as they point out that there have been ZERO mass shootings in Australia since the massive confiscation of privately held guns.

Also like the shootings where the attacker was stopped by an armed good guy, it will be ignored that we won’t see such an attack on US Soil, because even in Massachusetts SOMEBODY is going to haul out a gun and get inside the jihadi’s OODA loop.

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