Gun Ownership Down to Record Levels: But Could it be True?

Anti-gun Gunshop Owner and overall useful idiot to Michael Bloomberg Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser linked this article in “Support” of his latest anti-gun ramblings.

Here’s the Graph from the article:

Look at the undulations on that graph!

Looks like there was a slow decline from 1999 (Which is a sharp peak) and then a spike in 2010, with a more rapid decline all the way to 2016 which is the last data point.

What I find most interesting in this graph is what we call the Delta Values. Delta represents change, and in this case RATE of change.

Now let’s look at the spikes. The first big spike is in January of 1994. Hmmm what happened in 1994, Why in September the Federal Assault Weapons Ban came into effect. The signing of this law really amounts to the Normandy Invasion in the fight for the 2nd Amendment. It was the moment when the tide turned from the anti-gun side winning battles and the pro-gun side just mitigating losses, and also it really marked the end of the “Elmer Fudd” gun owners. Of course Fudd’s aren’t gone, I just mentioned Mike “The Gun Guy”, who thinks carry and modern rifles should be banned….but he should keep his guns for shooting at deer.

But overall the insanity that was the features list of the 1994 AWB, and how emboldened the anti-gun lobby became by what a massive victory it was, the American gun owner woke up, and realized the “Gun Nuts” might be right with all their talk of bans and confiscations.

So the restrictions placed on what is now known as the Modern Sporting Rifle lead people to curiously, and possibly as an investment to buy rifles and handguns in the face of the bans.

And as we can tell today, it turns out some of those people might have been pleasantly surprised.

The next peak is in 1999, which was the year where George W Bush narrowly lost to Albert Gore, the man who was Vice President under the guy who signed that Assault Weapons ban.

Another peak at 2010 which is really just the recent explosion of gun culture 2.0 and all the wonderful women, minorities, and people from Urban and Suburban communities who have all started buying guns and taking their personal protection very seriously.

So as I said, these are all PEAKS, not plateaus on the graph. The number rises rapidly and then falls just as quick.

The brilliant people at CBS are claiming that the households in those peaks now no longer own firearms.

If so, where did they go? It’s not like guns evaporate, burn to ash, or rust to dust. Further it’s illegal to simply pitch a gun in the trash, and I think THOUSANDS of operable firearms just mouldering in the landfills of America would be the biggest news story of the century, and we wouldn’t be able to turn on the TVs or radio without hearing PSAs about how to PROPERLY dispose of your guns. Hell there would be gun drop-off bins at every police station, just like they have bins for prescription drugs.

I wouldn’t be much of a scientist if I didn’t consider that the peaks themselves might be totally bogus.

So yeah, maybe a ton of people are saying “Oh yeah, baby, I own SO many guns” to the surveyor on the phone.

Well except that NICS data points (plus the social data for those of us who follow the industry) support this, those were HUGE years for background checks, and while a NICS Check might mean the sale of one gun, it could be many as well, so while the numbers from NICS can be artificially low, they are NOT artificially high.

So the guns weren’t being dumped in the trash, so where did they go? Well they needed to have changed hands. Did they go to Gun Shops?

Did you see huge gluts of used guns after any of these peaks? Me neither, the used gun market is pretty steady.

Gun buybacks never amount to much, and overall they’re pretty uncommon. These days most places have abandoned the idea entirely, and the few places so indoctrinated with anti-gun rhetoric that you can still find a buy-back have them MAYBE twice a year.

That just doesn’t add up as a sink for all the guns we’re seeing vanish from the graph.

Of course the anti-gunners CONSTANTLY say “Less people own guns, but the people who do own guns own LOTS”.

Well that would mean that there would be a TON of private transfers. There is no data to support that either.

Of course you all know the reality. If somebody calls you on the phone and starts asking you personal questions, you either lie, or hang up.

But why the peaks? Where are those coming from. I have a hypothesis, and let me know in the comments what you think of this.

Those peaks are NEW gun owners. I remember when I bought my first 1911, I wanted to tell EVERYBODY and show it to ANYBODY who could stand to look at it.

I actually got reprimanded at work shortly after this time because a co-worker was so sick of hearing me talk about guns, range-time, and the 2nd Amendment that they complained to HR.

Several family members recently bought their first guns and boy there is LOTS of gun talk at family gatherings now.

I think there is a natural progression to new gun owners, specifically these new gun owners unique to Gun Culture 2.0. What I mean is people who didn’t grow up hunting and shooting, who don’t come from a gun-owning family background.

I think these people reach a breaking point where they go from being disinterested, to aware of guns, to curious, to finally deciding to take the plunge and buy their first gun. And while I disagree that the average gun owner in America owns a massive armory of guns like the antis claim, I do think these people often buy several guns within their first few years of gun ownership just to fill the various needs they have, like a concealed carry gun, a home defense gun, and .22 guns for training.

These people are excited about the hardware, and if somebody asks them about guns, they’re probably more than willing to tell them anything they want to know, and probably some stuff they didn’t.

But the hardware phase is fleeting, and quickly they get into the software side, taking classes, and learning about self defense, reading books, and ….following politics.

Once you dip into the waters of 2nd Amendment Politics you don’t have to go very deep before you start hearing about gun confiscations….and that isn’t wrong, just listen to the antis, they’ll tell you!

When they get there, suddenly being the chatty Cathy about all the guns you have becomes a bit unwise.

Hell look at me, I don’t shut up about guns and what I own, but I also blog and podcast under a pseudonym, and don’t publish my address.

So it’s my hypothesis that it isn’t the GUNS that are disheartening, it’s the Greenhorn gun owners who are willing to answer phone surveys talking about their guns that ARE “disappearing”. And of course I mean “Disappear” as in “Growing into smart and seasoned gun owners”.

So if this is true, that not only means the antis are WRONG, but those numbers vanishing from the graph represent people who will DIRECTLY oppose anti-gun laws.

Certainly the data available to me supports this hypothesis.

What do you think?

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Handgun Radio Live

Tonight we talk with Nick Lynch from We Like Shooting about polymer 80 handgun builds

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 170

EP170 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – Weer’d Underpants
Erin wanted to call this the “Zombie Miguel Episode” but figured that would just confuse people.

Beth feels that RSO’s — Range Safety Officers — are basically the black belts of the gun world. She and her husband explain why.
Homeless guy beats another man to death in a trailer. Sean looks at his permanent record.
Barron is on assignment.
Miguel is not so much on assignment as “wandering about Southern Florida, looking for his brain.” His words, not ours.
In this week’s Main Topic, Sean and Erin discuss the dumbest GQ article ever: “Inside the Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns”.
Pro-gun votes are good, but integrity is better. Tiffany weighs in with her opinion on the matter of Roy Moore.
Erin finally noticed that in 169 episodes, she’s never once talked about sharpening your knives.
Anti-Gun Researcher Tom Gabor speaks out against Stand Your Ground and whatever else comes to mind. Weer’d brings the facts.
And our Plug of the Week is the “Captain Underpants” series of books. Weer’d’s daughter LaWeer’da tells us more.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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Seriously Hollywood???

Ok so when watching a youtube video this movie trailer popped up.

Ok Dwayne Johnson, I love him, and Jeffery Dean Morgan, I’m not hitting this skip button.

They keep mentioning the Gorilla’s name being “George”, like that’s supposed to mean something to me, and certainly I’m not catching the names of anybody else here. It’s not a Curious George thing.

Enter the big wolf…..is this some sort of Kaiju movie?

Ok if you’re still reading, and you haven’t seen the trailer, finish it then come back.

OK ready?

Yes it’s a Rampage film! Hollywood is OBSESSED with cashing in on the money that video games bring in that they write screenplays and bring us video games for the big screen. From Super Mario Brothers to Resident Evil to Street Fighter II to Assassin’s Creed, to Final Fantasy and with maybe the exception of Tomb Raider they have ALL been total turds.

OK I really love the Super Mario Brother’s movie, but that’s the sport of watching a train wreck, it is the most fucked-up screenplay, with an OUTSTANDING cast, and of all the video game tie-ins, this might be the most tenuously written script EVER….I was actually surprised to find out that this wasn’t an orphaned script. See SOME movies start out life as a totally different premise, and the studios aren’t excited about producing it….until somebody decided to re-write it into an existing franchise. One example you might have seen in the 4th Die Hard Movie. It was supposed to be a stand-alone cyber-thriller, but was re-written to star John McClain. Hence why a New York cop can fly a Helicopter. It’s also happened a few times in Video Games, most notably (and amusingly both have screen-tie-ins) Super Mario Brother’s 2 and Street Fighter 2010. Both Games were released in Japan as stand-alone titles, but were re-written to loosly tie them into an existing series for marketing.

But no, Super Mario Brothers was written entirely for the Nintendo tie-in! So it might be the most tenuous movie tie-in….until maybe this Rampage film!

So yeah for those too young to remember the old 80s Arcade game.

This was my FAVORITE arcade game of the era. Seriously I bought the Wii Rampage JUST because it has an emulation of the original Arcade game bundled with it. The Wii game is cool, but I mostly just play the old-school game.

So yeah, I may have to go see this even tho I’m going to be shocked if it’s even remotely watchable.

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Another Drink Butchered on Youtube

Thought I’d share! This is how to fuck up a drink!

Ok well first up he’s using Bombay Sapphire, which is a well made product, but IMHO a vastly overrated gin, but if you like it, you aren’t wrong.

So his first mistake is using GARBAGE ice. It’s small irregular ice, and it’s obviously half melted in that ice bucket. Maybe the studio lights make it hard to keep the ice frozen, but if that’s the case use your studio magic to conceal the shit ice.

You will water down every drink you chill with ice, it’s a scientific fact, but if ice is ROCK SOLID it means it’s BELOW freezing, and this means it will do the maximum amount of chilling before it melts. When your ice is a slushy mess, you might as well pour cool tap water in your gin.

Mistake #2 adding….then discarding the vermouth!

NO NO NO! This is not a martini. This is chilling gin with dirty ice! Not only is it not a martini, but it’s a gross glass of gin.

Mistake #3 Shaking the drink. Ok we can argue that there is nothing wrong with a shaken martini, and certainly if you got started on that form you might find it your preference, they are VERY different preparations of the drink.

Mistake #4: He cuts and twists his lemon away from the finished drink. When you cut citrus peels is releases essential oils. When you twist or squeeze that peel it expresses even more. When you do what he’s doing you’re ensuring your bar top is lemony fresh and your drink has a piece of garbage floating in it.

And last a little more pedant. Why does EVERYBODY make their martinis with lemon these days? I’ve had them, they are very good. Certainly I can see some people having a preference for them. That being said I LOVE my martinis with olives. So many cocktails have citrus in them, they have some angle of bright acidic notes. Not the martini, with an olive it’s crisp, savory, and with a hint of brine. With lemon it’s yet another cocktail, with the olive, it’s something exceptional.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 169

EP169 GunBlog VarietyCast Radio – The Personification of the Firearm

“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” ― Col. Jeff Cooper, “Art of the Rifle”

Beth detests the phrase “gun violence”. She’s talked about that before, so if she brings it up again, it must mean it’s important! She has more examples and details.
A cop walks into a gas station just in time to interrupt an armed robbery. Sean tells us how this story ends.
Barron is on assignment.
In this week’s Mental Flea Market, Miguel reminds us that some SOB won’t try to murder you just because you’re worshiping God.
David Yamane, sociologist and new member of the Gun Culture, has been saying it for a while now, but it bears repeating: the laser focus of gun control advocates on the criminal use of firearms ignores the REAL gun culture, which is the average gun-owning citizen.
Tiffany is on assignment.
Avoid that sedative! Erin explains how sleeping too soon after trauma can negatively affect your ability to recover from it.
A lone anti-gun crusader has proposed a “national gun buyback day”. Weer’d looks at the lies and delusions of grandeur as this nut promotes his little pipe dream.
And our Plug of the Week is MAG-20 / Classroom – Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement.

Thanks to LuckyGunner and Remington for their sponsorship. And a special thanks to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support.

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For McThag

Ol Angus has a character he plays that’s a naga. Plus this series on fantasy weaponry on different fantasy races is REALLY fun!

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Sending Out an SOS

So I have a confession to make. I LOVE creamed chipped beef, AKA SOS for “Shit on a Shingle” but one thing I don’t like about it is that the dried chipped beef used in the recipe is kinda scary mystery meat and it’s not inexpensive either. if I’m going to be paying $5 for a can of this stuff, can I do better with REAL meat from the butcher’s shop?

I can! So first up, this recipe is for the Instant Pot, as it seems to do the job perfectly.

So first I started out with a couple of pounds of chuck steak. It’s inexpensive, and just about the perfect cut for this aplication.
1 Cup of Water (you can also substitute broth, stock, or beer….I used some pot liquor from making the collard greens you see in the below photo)
Salt and pepper to taste
A few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
Bay leaf
A few dashes of liquid smoke.
1 small onion chopped

Let that go on high pressure for 6mins and you can choose to quick release if you want.
Then take out the meat and slice it thinly against the grain and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and place it under the broiler. Watch it so it doesn’t burn, you just want a little bit of browning to happen.

Then add 1/3 cup of butter, and 1 small diced onion to a sauce pan on medium heat. Cook onion until it starts to brown
Add 1/3 Cup of flour and cook for about 2 mins
Strain out the liquid from the bottom of your Instant pot, it should amount to about 2 cups, if not add some water.
Add 2 cups of your freshly made beef stock to the sauce pot
add 2/3 cups of milk.
Stir this until think, it’ll take 5-10 mins on medium heat

At some point your meat should be JUST starting to brown on the edges, remove it from the oven and stir it into the thickened sauce.

Serve over toast or maybe biscuits. Enjoy!

Oh and because I laugh at my own jokes

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The Layers of Gun Control Failure in Southern SpringsTexas

So I must first lead this post with an apology, I’m going to be treading very close to the line of the blood dancing the anti-rights activists do. That is not my intention, and I hope the thoughtful way I lay this post out will clearly show this.

So after the horrible events at the Baptist Church in Southern Springs Texas it has overall been radio-silent for the anti-gunners.

Sure Shannon Watts, Joan Peterson, and Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser have all written anti-gun pieces talking about the shooting….but I’ll add that Joan Peterson is really a semi-retired anti-gun lobbyist, and she mentioned the shooting as an update in a post about the Truck terror attack in New York, and Weisser is at best a C-list actor in the anti-gun world, and likely crazy.

Watts is the only key player in these three responses, and she’s really sticking to the anti-gun style book with this one.

#3:DON’T ASSUME THE FACTS – AND DON’T WAIT FOR THEM.

Experience tells us that the specific facts of a high-profile gun incident are revealed over time. If we jump
to conclusions about those details, we could find ourselves at odds with reality as events unfold.
So, the smartest thing to do is avoid linking our message and arguments to any one set of partially-revealed facts. We shouldn’t assume the facts.
But, we also shouldn’t argue ourselves into inaction while we await clarity about details.

If you haven’t, now is the time to read Watts article. The article is centered around the shooting, but she spends almost no time talking about it, instead just diving back to her steadfast, and stale talking points that she marches out EVERY TIME somebody catches a bullet.

This is blood dancing, and not what I’m about to do.

I want to talk about why the anti-gunners, who’s own style book tells them to dive into political action while the blood is still wet, emotions are high, and facts are still unknown, haven’t been touching this horrible mass-murder.

I think its because along with the 26 people murdered while they worshiped, the Anti-Gun sacred cows were killed as well.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room. “Assault Weapons”, the anti-gunners have distanced themselves from this issue recently. Note “Distance” meaning they aren’t TALKING about banning certain rifles and magazines they feel are scary, the banning of them (and let’s be honest ALL Privately held guns) is and has always been on the table.

Yes the killer used an AR-pattern rifle among other guns, but so did the man who stopped him, and he openly says that if he had grabbed a handgun rather than a rifle, he might not have had the same success. Likely the responding police officers also all deployed their own department ARs for any violent encounter.

Also inextricable from talk on “Assault Weapons” is magazine capacity. Again in that interview Stephen Willeford, the man who stopped the killer, he didn’t keep a loaded magazine with his rifle, and he was shoving loose cartridges into the mag as he ran out the door. Because of this the encounter ended with Willeford having one round left in his mag and one round in the chamber of his rifle. It turns out however many shells he grabbed was enough, but I think we can all agree that had his luck been not as good, it might not have been enough. There’s a reason why people elect to carry larger magazines, they’re just good policy.

Two other sacred cows. #1 “Assault Weapons” are only for mass-murder, and #2. The average citizen won’t be able to deal with an attacking criminal.

Some sacred cows with the police. Cops didn’t get on scene until after the shooter was dead. The same can be said about most spree killers, once the cops arrive either the killer chooses to end his life then (like with Las Vegas and many others) or the killing is already over. Also one of the rallying cries of the antis against personal self defense is “IF A PRIVATE CITIZENS DRAWS A GUN AGAINST A CRIMINAL THE COPS WON’T KNOW THE GOOD GUY FROM THE BAD GUY AND SHOOT THE GOOD GUY!!!” Well not only did the man who drove the pursuit van and give 911 the information the likely brought the police to the killer’s mortal remains figure out really quick that the total stranger biker with an AR-15 and no shoes was the good guy, so did the responding police, who actually commanded Willeford to get back to his rifle and cover the killer while the first officer waited for backup.

Also the killer had armor on, I haven’t heard what KIND of armor, but in many spree killings the press is quick to report a load-bearing or tactical vest as a “Bullet proof vest”, in this case the killer was wearing some level of ballistic armor. Let’s tell some dirty truth, just like you can’t ban guns 100% because people will simply build new ones, sometimes with surprisingly primitive means, ballistic armor isn’t difficult to make. Yes Level IIIA concealable armor is very high tech stuff, making steel trauma plates and a plate carrier can be done with technology you can buy at Harbor Freight. Having a firearm and ammo that can defeat armor is not just for “Cop Killing”, it can be an invaluable tool.

I suspect the Church wasn’t an official Gun Free Zone, nor have I heard any reports or accounts of what went down inside the sanctuary, I find it hard to picture a scenario where a parishioner with even a .380 stuffed in the pocket of his dress pants, or her purse would have done any harm in this event, and for just about every spree killer, the moment fire gets returned is when they move to the next phase of their plan. In this case driving away to wherever he was planning to go after the first church. We of course don’t know where he was going because the moment he stepped outside the church he began taking fire from Willeford, and likely was fatally wounded.

**UPDATE** As I type this I found this report sounds like the gunman was taking his time killing the people in the church. His evil is the cause of this, I will not blame the victims, but I do deeply wish one or many of them had been armed that day.

Now onto the killer first we know that the killer bought at least some of his guns legally through an FFL with a background check, (**UPDATE** This isn’t completely correct, he was convicted of a domestic abuse charge, and if the Military Court is anything like civilian court, when the conviction is read, the penalties of that conviction are also read, including forfeiture of 2nd Amendment rights. So it is expected that he knew he was lying when he filled out the 4473. So while it wasn’t LEGAL for him to buy the guns, the shops broke no laws, and the law did not force him to follow the law) but he shouldn’t have been able to, as he was convicted of domestic abuse. Of course the Air Force failed to report that conviction to the FBI.

The government program that was designed to protect us from this failed due to government incompetence. Of course that NICS system isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

All this being said, likely the military won’t be so lax about reporting its disqualifying crimes to the FBI anymore, and maybe even other jurisdictions that are sloppy now will wise-the-fuck up about it…it’s an easy fix, and can be done with zero legislative action.

Still the government failed us further. First the Killer was also confined to, and escaped from a mental hospital, not a lot of information there, but something tells me that the actions around that confinement could have easily turned to an involuntary commitment which would have ALSO banned him from owning guns. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen crap like this. The Killer at Virginia Tech was committed for mental health evaluations, and deemed a danger to himself and others, but was never sentenced to a mental health facility which would have barred him from buying guns.

We know the domestic abuse conviction was a misdemeanor, but one of his offenses was fracturing the skull of an infant. How on earth is that a misdemeanor? Another gap in the system that this jerk fell through….but it gets worse. He was a monster all through life as far as we can tell, lots of stalking and violet outbursts, but some borderline pedophilia.

So when it comes to the killer and how he managed to get to this church with a rifle in his hand, the answer is the Government and the Justice System are completely incompetent at dealing with monsters. Nobody wants to take charge of a monster until after things have gone too far.

Police are great, but they aren’t very good at saving the day, they are good at catching criminals, but they aren’t your bodyguard.

The anti-gunners want us to surrender our lives to the government. They don’t want us owning guns or defending our lives or the lives around us, and instead defer protection to the police, and allow the justice system to dispose of the monsters!

That doesn’t work, and no matter what we’re going to do, it isn’t EVER going to work. Is anybody in the Air Force going to face Court Martial for the failure to report their rulings to the FBI? Is the Judge that ruled that fracturing a baby’s skull is a “minor offense”? Same with the parties who kicked the can down the road when it turned out he was a complete nut-job?

No, when the government does something stupid and people die nothing happens.

I’ve said multiple times I suspect the police did great in this event….but they saved no lives. The one person you can depend on is yourself, and you need to be armed. Also, what I don’t talk about often here, pistols suck and rifles are awesome. If you reach for a weapon to defend your life or the lives of others it SHOULD be a rifle, that being said, rifles suck when you aren’t fighting, so when you’re not running out your door shoeless to the sound of gunfire, carry a pistol!

I suspect the antis have come to the same conclusion, but their agenda is more important then your life.

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Interview With the Man Who Took out the Texas Church Shooter

Just amazing, he’s just a regular guy who saw SHTF and took action.

Some of my thoughts on this.
#1 the time to load your magazines is NOT when you find out an active shooter is on your street. He ended this confrontation with one round in the magazine and one in the gun, that’s too close for comfort, especially when you note he immediately recognized the ballistic armor. Had the vest been under a shirt or jacket, he might have spent several of those much-needed rounds into the vest (assuming it was threat level III or better). Have at least a few magazines ready to go when the balloon goes up. Had he done this he probably wouldn’t have gone quite as dry in his first mag, and he could have done a tactical reload in the pursuit.

Of course none of these would have changed the outcome, as it went as well as anybody could have hoped, but I don’t think anybody likes how light on ammo he was at the very end.

#2. The killer had a Bad Conduct Discharge for domestic violence. That’s TWO strikes against him, and he still passed a NICS Check when he bought his guns. Knowing what I know about the story, the police didn’t arrive until after this bastard had died.

Government did NOTHING that day, it fucked up or couldn’t respond when needed.

The killer used an AR, and the man who took him out used an AR. The gun is a tool, and tools can be used for good or for evil.

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