More MLK Cynicism

From Stephen Crowder

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Another MLK Day

Every year I use this day to reflect how far we’ve come from Dr. King’s vision for American Race Relations.

I thought maybe I’d give it a rest, since it’s really depressing, as it is white folks like myself who talk about it, and the minorities who either ignore it, or actively work to make it worse.

Then I heard and interview on the Radio talking about Busing in Massachusetts. For those not familiar with the term, Massachusetts is an alarmingly segregated state, it isn’t even as granular as “Suburbs are mostly white, and Urban areas are mostly Minority”, it’s Lilly-white Suburbs (my town is WHITER than the State of Maine and Vermont COMBINED!) and heavily minority populated NEIGHBORHOODS of Urban areas, right beside Lilly White neighborhoods in the EXACT same city. In places like Boston you can cross a street and the color of the people out walking around changes RADICALLY. Now Busing is taking students from minority schools (which as a rule are crime-filled, and under-performing, despite massive school budgets) and having them ride the school bus to a mostly white school where they can actually get an education.

For those bussed out of their own neighborhoods, it’s generally been considered a success. Still in this interview the guest started talking about going further, and having suburban boarding schools where kids essentially left their neighborhoods for all but a few weeks out of the year (he said weeks, not Months, which makes me wonder if he also wants year-round schooling). He did tip his hat a little by talking about how wonderful Deval Patrick is, and claiming his success on him getting out of Chicago. I’m not impressed with Patrick, but I will concede that while I’m not a fan of his accolades he’s done a LOT better than most blacks from Chicago.

Still even tho some of this guy’s points made me uncomfortable, I don’t think we need more wards of the state, and I don’t like the idea of kids essentially growing up without their family in a school where most likely most of the other are similar students from poor neighborhoods who are isolated from their families. I can’t say that such a practice would be devastating to the students.

We live in a world where any street named after Dr. King will have more police calls than streets miles away, and any school that bears his name will have horrible academic performance, crime, and teen pregnancy. The solution this guy essentially had to help black kids in America is to take them away from their families and surround them with white kids and adults.

That really depresses me to write after listening to that great speech above….

Something NEEDS to be done, but who is going to do it? I’ll leave you with these two items:

A tongue-in-cheek rip at race-baiting politicians, and then this:

What a mess we have, Sorry Dr. King, you tried so hard.

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“Gun Death” Falling Tree

This is a sad one:

Longtime Chicago theater actress Molly Glynn died Saturday, a day after she was hit by a falling tree while biking on a north suburban forest preserve trail, officials and Glynn’s husband said.

…Glynn, 46, was riding her bike about 3 p.m. Friday with her husband, fellow theater actor Joe Foust, when the pair were caught in the fast-moving afternoon storm, Foust said in a Facebook message today. Heavy winds uprooted a tree onto the path where she was riding in Erickson Woods near Northfield, authorities said.

My heart goes out to the family, and those who loved her work. Still for the sake of this blog, I will note it was not a “Gun Death”, so I guess a success for Chicago gun control! I mean had this been in free-state America she would have been shot by a hunter or target shooter.

Of course in reality both of such scenarios are EXTREMELY rare.

H/T Whipped Cream Difficulties and Wallphone

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Another Great Show From the Gunblog Variety Cast!

Again I can’t do a whole show teaser just because there is SO MUCH content in a one hour podcast.

So just check out the show notes here, and download or listen to the podcast below!

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Paper Thin Hit-Piece

Man you have to be amazed by the level of ironic hypocrisy in this piece:

So a bunch of anti-freedom leftists had decided to treat gun makers different than any other company. Sue them for the misuse of their product. Smith and Wesson, knowing that even if they won in the courts they would be out MILLIONS in lawyer and court fees came crawling to the politicians to get a sweetheart deal to save their own necks.

Now compare this with Halliburton, with Bank of America, Amtrak, Wall Street trading firms, General Motors, or Oil Companies. Hell Amtrak gets a pass too, since “Progressives” love mass transit, but the others are often looked at as “Greedy Corporations” selling out the American people to line their own pockets. Yet a Gun company working to undermine the 2nd Amendment and the American people to line their own pockets is “Good”.

Then there’s the talk of the S&W Boycott. First up, we always hear about how the NRA is a “Paper Tiger” that makes a lot of noise but isn’t a REAL threat, and how damn near all NRA members support the type of crap S&W caved to.

Still while the NRA deserves real credit for getting the word out on Smith and Wesson’s backroom dealings with the anti-gun forces, honestly I can’t see the NRA as being the sole instrument of this highly successful boycott. If ONLY NRA members (hell even active and LAPSED members) all decided that S&W was persona-non-grata, but the rest of the nation kept on with their merry way, S&W would probably be HURT by this, but it wouldn’t be the near-fatal blow dealt to them.

Hell I’m a HUGE fan of their guns, and I own quite a few, still I have only bought ONE single S&W firearm new, all the others have been from the used market or private sales. If I decided Smiths were Junk tomorrow, they wouldn’t notice, hell they don’t notice now that I love and carry their guns!

This was a company doing an underhanded and dastardly thing for selfish reasons that hurt EVERY American. Further if S&W’s capitulation went off without an answer from the American people, this would have lead to further blackmails by anti-rights politicians and their teams of lawyers to demand MORE from both S&W AND every other gun company or importer in the United States.

Gives you a second thought on why gun makers are so supportive of the NRA, their actions did them a HUGE favor, why wouldn’t they want to make sure the NRA is robust, strong, and around for future years?

Also I gotta love that twinge of mock-sadness from Dennis Hennigan. Yeah in reality he’s BUMMED that S&W didn’t go the way of Harrington & Richardson. He was a vice-president for a group called “Handgun Control Inc” (later the Brady Campaign) what do you think his ideal plans for companies that make handguns would be?

Of course also it must be noted all the eerie music, and the oddly dubbed reading of Wayne LaPierre’s writing, there wasn’t a single person, even an anti-gun person playing the Devil’s Advocate, talking about why the NRA and the American People might have acted this way.

Still from what I hear about this entire show from anti-gunners who watched it was the bottom line of even this anti-gun show was “The NRA will crush you!” Heh always good to see that.

Plus we’ve seen similar boycotts from the anti-gun side….yeah they didn’t work out so well.

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“Gun Death” After Saving a Drowning Boy

This is both a story of heroics, and sadness:

A 40-year-old man drowned on Sunday night tying to rescue a six-year-old boy who fell into the Hudson River during a community cookout.

Several people, including Boyce Coleman, jumped into the river after spotting the boy, Stephan Jones, floundering in the water during a barbecue at JFK Marina in Yonkers shortly before 7pm.

Jones was quickly saved and brought to the shore, but Coleman struggled after helping the boy and was pulled under the surface.

Very brave of him, but pictures show he was a big man with little body fat. That sort of body sinks like a stone, and I’ve seen people in amazing shape get exhausted doing just basic swimming after a short period.

My heart goes out to the family, it was an amazing, and selfless act of bravery.

H/T Bob

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For You Pen and Paper Gamer G33ks

Found this series deeply amusing. Enjoy!

Yep the moment I stepped outside of D&D the more I never wanted to go back.

For those who like simplicity and have a group of good gamers, I’ve had GREAT results with this author.

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“Gun Death” Shark Attack

They are rare, but often deadly when it comes to Great Whites:

A Briton who was killed by a great white shark yesterday had joked about the danger just 24 hours earlier, his family said last night.

…A holidaymaker who spotted him in distress paddled frantically to his aid but Mr Wilcox bled to death in the water.

Super brave for the guy who brought him to shore. Still the trauma caused by even an exploratory bite (unfortunately the mouth of a shark is not only their biggest weapon, but their best sensory organ when encountering something interesting in the water) is often fatal.

Still not a “Gun Death”.

H/T Bob

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Farago Again Being an Asshole

So as you may or may not know, I’ve had a few run-ins with Robert Farago and his Clan of carpet-bagging fools. If you aren’t familiar with all of this, loot at the left hand bar of this blog for that little search-box and just type in Farago, and have at it. Overall after seeing friends of mine slighted, read articles that were both anti-gun, and contrary to other articles written by the same author, seen blog content blatantly stolen, had my own blog content blatantly stolen, been lied to about the methods in which he stole the content, seen him host anti-gun trolls on his blog simply for traffic, and given their anti-gun and abusive behavior preferential treatment over rational pro-gun rebuttals to his lunacy, and of course actually meeting the man, shaking his hand, and rubbing elbows with him at the NRA conference (where I might add he lied to my face and was generally a slime ball, and misogynist). I’ve finally decided they’re a faction that is best ignored. His readership is not the same gun community who reads the respectable blogs out there, and while many industry giants have figured out his deplorable behavior, the gun community is too large to be a monolith, so TTAG is going nowhere. So yeah I haven’t read his site for years, and when I last saw him and his crew in Houston, I gave them a wide berth.

Let’s just say Robert Farago and everybody who works for him are terrible people.

Well there’s a new example. From Jason “Baldr” Kilgore of Cease Fire Oregon:

Well, a pro-gun group called “The Truth About Guns” decided to test this scenario. They recreated a mock-up of the Charlie Hebdo offices and took turns playing the two shooters and the office staff, armed with paintball gun versions of the firearms, except that they armed members of the office staff with concealed handguns. Apparently, they wanted to demonstrate what all those FOX pundits were claiming.

But, try as they might, over and over (12 times, in fact), the result was always the same: NO lives were saved.

…Hmmm. Funny, that. That might explain why no mass shooting in America has ever been stopped by an armed citizen who wasn’t law enforcement or security.

The news story he’s citing is here.

Essentially the TTAG crew did a re-creation of the ABC 20/20 show that we talked about here.

Now from Farago’s own site…no link because that’s how he rolls, so fair is fair, plus I’m just sick of this drama.

Keep in mind that this isn’t the final word yet. Robert’s desire was to re-create the Charlie Hebdo environment exactly, but with an added armed defender. Given the extremely short time frame in which we had to throw this thing together (24 hours), Patriot Protection in Plano, Texas did not have sufficient time to re-create the offices exactly and instead re-used their existing setup which was adequate for the test. Their configuration in the training area consisted of a hallway with six small rooms on either side and a larger room at the end of the hallway.

Volunteers were collected from the local area. A total of 26 volunteers and some paid staff participated in the event, although not all of them were able to go through the scenarios.

The rooms in the training area were populated with volunteers, one or two people to a room down the sides and four people in the room at the end. For scenario #1, the armed defender was positioned in the room at the end of the hall. For scenario #2, the defender was positioned in one of the rooms on the side of the hall.

Each defender was told that there were people in the adjacent rooms, and to act as they would normally. They were given no specific instructions about how to react. The defenders were armed with a GLOCK 17 converted for UTM man marker rounds holstered in a non-retention holster and a single 18 round magazine.

The two attackers were armed with AR-15 rifles converted to fire UTM man marker rounds and a few 30 round magazines. The attackers in this instance were highly trained individuals who were employed as instructors at Patriot Protection, and were similarly instructed to attack the office area as they normally would given their training.

Now that’s essentially what the news reports are saying, minus the rush-job initiated by Farago in order to get the most media hype. It goes on:

The biggest problem reported by the volunteers was that their masks were constantly fogging up. Given the cold nights in north Texas and the lack of heating in the training area, the required safety equipment became more of a burden than expected. Many volunteers complained that they were unable to see the attackers at all when they finally entered the room, and were forced to simply shoot in their general direction. Obviously in a real world situation fogged up face masks would not be an issue, so this is a problem that we experience trying to re-create the scenarios only and detracts from the applicability of the testing to real world scenarios.

Another problem was the use of a flashlight by one of the attackers. A flashlight was not included in the testing protocol, but according to reports from the volunteers one of the attackers used a flashlight to blind the defender in one or two scenarios. These tests deviated from the methodology and will be excluded from the final results.

The use of UTM’s man marker rounds was another problem. While they give a good indication of whether someone is hit or not, they do not accurately model the ability to incapacitate or kill someone. People who were hit multiple times continued shooting, despite being instructed to simply stop shooting and get down once hit. This posed a huge problem when trying to analyze the results.

The final problem was time. Robert insisted that we perform this test within 24 hours of having the idea in order to capture media attention, and that unfortunately meant that the methodology was rushed, the volunteer pool was small, and we did not have sufficient time on the day of the event to even run all of the volunteers who did manage to make it to the location. Due to the small sample size, it will unfortunately be impossible to draw any hard and fast conclusions from the testing. However, we can identify some areas for further investigation in a larger scale test with more time allotted.

Funny, NONE of that crap showed up in ANY of the media reports given. Essentially this was an exercise skewed in a situation where the defenders were in a no-win situation. While it looks like the terrorists had Intel on the building, in this case the “Terrorists” BUILT the building and were more intimately familiar with it. Further the terrorists in this attack were not on a suicide mission, they got in, killed their targets, got out, and fled, I assume hoping they could escape the country, before people with guns showed up. Last of course, the “Terrorists” cheated, by further blinding the already blinded, due to fogging masks, defenders with tactical lights the real terrorists didn’t have.

And of course people play games different than real-life, and solid hits don’t have any pain, or instinctual dread of having your body damaged by gunfire.

Also not from any of the reports:

Despite that “no win scenario” description, there were some notable minor victories for the defenders. From the footage available to me at this time, it appears that in the majority of the scenarios the defender is able to successfully kill one of the terrorists before they themselves are killed (the definition of “killed” is a hit on the attacker in a vital location before the attacker can fire back). While it might seem like another “no win” scenario, the fact remains that a single armed defender — even one with very little training — is able to successfully kill and stop at least one terrorist. The problem in this scenario is that there are two terrorists as attackers, and a single armed defender does not appear to be able to stop both of them.

Even when confronted with heavily armed and well trained attackers, a single armed defender is capable of stopping at least one of the attackers.

So this was a hack-job. Even right now at the time of this writing, TTAG has not finished analyzing the data given….but the reporters whom they invited to witness the drill have already written and published their report, with no claims that conclusions shouldn’t have been drawn before all the factors were looked at.

So effectively this was a publicity stunt with zero interest in the truth, or unbiased evaluation. TTAG may later come up with some story where they give an honest look at this very flawed drill, but the damage is already done, it’s not like the reporters are going to care about a story they already published on a week ago, nor is any reporter interested in printing a retraction for a story they wrote in good faith consulting “experts” who had no idea what really went down.

Now of course I’m not saying this is a total farce, the #1 way to survive a gunfight is to NOT get in a gunfight, and no matter your preparation or training, when bullets fly things go crazy. Certainly a coordinated team with military hardware against average people (even people with the “home court advantage”, and not wearing obstructive protective gear) are at a disadvantage.

Still one thing can be said, I would be surprised if we don’t find out the terrorists knew EXACTLY who was armed in that building the day they struck. It does beg the question on why attacks like this happen in OTHER countries, but NOT in the United States, and even when it is lone-wolf spree killers they always choose areas where lawful citizens are barred form carrying arms.

So yeah, spread the word about this story, and about what a bunch of unscrupulous jerks the TTAG are, I doubt it will make them go away, but it can’t hurt.

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“Gun Death” Car Rolls Off A Cliff

In China:

A couple due to marry died when their car rolled off a cliff while they were looking for a romantic location to spend their honeymoon.

…Both survived the sheer 160-foot drop but died later of their injuries.

Terrible, heart breaking, tragic, but not a “Gun death”

H/T Bob

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