Saturday, May 29, 2010

Richard Daley understands.

An 80 year old home owner shoots an armed invader with an unregistered handgun and Richard Daley "understands":

Mayor Daley said Thursday he "understands the frustration" that prompted an 80-year-old robbery victim to purchase a handgun that he used this week to kill a home intruder.

But there is always a "but":

But the mayor said that does not mean Chicago's strictest-in-the-nation handgun ban is a mistake or a widely-ignored charade.

Both the home owner and the invader were armed with "illegal" guns. Every week people are gunned down on Chicago streets with "illegal" guns. I think it's safe to say that Chicago's handgun ban is a widely-ignored charade. Luckily the homeowner won't be charged with illegal possession of a handgun (thanks to a law Barack Obama voted against).

If Richard Daley truly understands, why has he not scrapped this widely-ignored charade of a law? Both he and his handgun ban have become the laughing stock of the country and had the home owner complied with it, he'd be dead and yet another multiple repeat offender (a product of America's "catch and release" justice system) would still be walking the streets.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What the "Wild, Wild West" really looks like.

A classic gun control refrain is, "[insert something stupid about guns], because this isn't the Wild, Wild, West!" It's probably second in popularity to the "Blood in the Street" meme

For the moment, let's ignore the fact that the "Wild, Wild West" is nothing more than a creation of Hollywood. What would a modern day "Wild, Wild West" look like? It would probably look a lot like present day Jamaica:

Jamaica: Sarah Brady Paradise. No gun show loophole. No open carry. No concealed carry. No "assault weapons" and for what few guns are legally available, they must be registered. And for what few people who can own guns, they must be licensed.

Remember, for every Australia and England, there is a Mexico and a Jamaica. The government monopoly on force that the gun controllers so desperately desire does not always lead to peace.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Maybe the next NRA annual meeting should be held in Chicago.

Events last week attracted 85,000 visitors.

Visitors who descended on Charlotte's center city area for the National Rifle Association convention, UltraSwim and other events last weekend were the equivalent themselves of North Carolina's 10th-biggest city, officials said Tuesday.

Estimates from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are that 80,000 visitors were in the uptown area Friday and 85,000 Saturday.

What's more, crime was much lower than usual.

How much lower?

It also was very safe. Captain Jeff Estes, commander of CMPD's Central Division, said crime for the week was 45 percent lower than the same week a year ago. Overall this year, crime in the Central Division, which includes center city, is down 19 percent from the first 41/2 months of 2009, police say.

Maybe instead of protesting in front of annual meetings, these "violence prevention" groups should be begging the NRA to come their city next year.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oath keeping before Oath Keepers...

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Joshua L. May discusses how he and his unit refused to participate in the Katrina Gun Grab and the importance of armed citizens in times of disaster.

I found this series of videos via David Codrea, Gun Rights Examiner.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Paul Helmke doesn't like Sarah Palin telling the truth.

My reply to Paul Helmke's latest screed:

Every year at this event, we hear more of the same fear-mongering: "your guns are going to be outlawed; your guns are going to be confiscated;

And every year, I hear this from the Brady campaign: "Congress must pass strong, effective legislation to ban all military-style semi-automatic assault weapons along with high capacity ammunition magazines. "

And what good is a ban without confiscation of those already owned? It sounds like those two fears are fairly legitimate.

The politicians, celebrities, and NRA leaders say these same self-serving things every year because they ignore the facts - guns haven't been banned in this country and the Constitution, as well as politics, makes it clear that they won't be banned next year, or any year.

Yet that has done nothing to curb your begging for an "assault weapon" and .50 caliber ban. Nor has it done anything to stop you from supporting every standing gun ban in the country, like Chicago's handgun ban for example.

"Don't doubt for a minute that, if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns and ban ammunition and gut the Second Amendment."

Sarah didn't lie. Reinstating the "assault weapons" ban was part of Obama's Urban Policy. He also voted to ban "armor piercing" ammunition.

Seems like Sarah is pretty much on target.

Liars, damn liars, and Brad Henry.

In his second veto of the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act:

"What it does do is endanger citizens and law enforcement officers,” the governor said. "It abolishes common-sense regulations like background checks and gives criminals easy access to a wide array of weapons. This law would harm Oklahomans, not protect them.”

Nothing in the bill abolishes background checks. Nothing in the bill makes it legal for prohibited person to buy or possess a firearm. In the fact, the bill does nothing but ensure that if the federal government decides to ban shoulder things that go up, Oklahoma gun makers can still make guns with shoulder things that go up.

It's a rather toothless bill in comparison to other similar bills around the country. The provision for suppressors was taken out. There is nothing in the bill that will punish federal agents who try to enforce federal law over state law. And of course, it wouldn't allow you to build a machine gun. This was the weakest, most Milquetoast bill that could be written.

Another bad move by Brad Henry. He's just holding that door wide open for Randy Brogdon.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Think Regress: Stay Classy.

NRA Members Approve Of Concealed Carry Restriction At Annual Convention
Chickenbone Bill says:
I’d love to see someome lose at their convention and start blasting away, which in turn would lead everyone else to then start blasting away, till no one is left standing!
Or maybe LaPierre to take a snipers shot right above his glasses between his eyes!

evangenital says:
Male gun mania can be cathartic for guys that are impotent.

Here is a hard thing that will discharge whenever he wants, as many times as he wants.

Others will stand by, amazed, complimentary, impressed.

What’s not to like?

I imagine this is why no gun control organization could ever have an annual meeting. Aside from the fact that they don't have enough dedicated members to fill a McDonald's Playland, they are all a bunch of hyper-violent, penis-obsessed idiots with fantasies of cowboy-style shootouts. They are essentially all those things they claim the average NRA member is.

Projection is a mother.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Top 25 causes of death. Guns barely make it into the top 10.

For all the bleating that goes on about the dangers of owning firearms, they turn out to not be that dangerous. Assault by firearm ranks at #9 while discharge of a firearm ranks at #16. For comparison, these are the things more likely to kill you than guns:
  • Automobiles
  • Falls
  • Poisoning/drug overdosing
  • Suicide (all methods)
  • Land vehicle accidents
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
Even if you pretend that all suicides are committed with guns, the average position of guns as a cause of death moves from #12 to #10.

The Wild 100s.

Even when looking into the face of "the problem", some people will still blame law abiding gun owners.

When "the problem" is on TV remorselessly explaining how he perpetuates the cycle of gang violence, the gun controllers will be busy coming up with ways to abridge the rights of those who have been placed secret government lists.

When 13 year old kids are afraid to play outside, the gun controllers don't protest in front of the gang and drug houses. They protest in front of gun stores, Starbucks, and NRA meetings.

And that is why I will forever question the motives of the gun controllers. They claim to be working to prevent gun violence, but you never see them anywhere near those who are committing the violence. So I have to give credit to Roseland Ceasefire. They are doing the one thing you'll never see the Brady Campaign or VPC do: Confronting those responsible for gun violence as opposed to scapegoating some huge, mythical "gun lobby".

Friday, May 7, 2010

Typical Elitest Fudd Rant...

Long winded and predictable in content, Jim Coyne channels a bit of Zumbo and Darnell with just enough whining thrown in to make you pity the fool rather than be angry with him:

The pertinent parts:
For the past 24 years I've been a classic man in the middle, and I've seen close-up how effective the NRA is with its propaganda espousing "liberty" and "freedom." Since President Obama's election, the NRA response has been nearly hysterical, and obviously it has had a large role in the growth of the Tea Party movement. The gun dealers loved it, however; rifles, ammo, and every primer for reloading was swept off the dealers shelves within days of the election, and stayed off until late last year.

The NRA had little to nothing to do with the growth of the Tea Party movement. In reality, the Tea Parties have little to no NRA presence. As for rifles, ammo, and reloading equipment being sold out, it's only because people took Barack Obama for his word. He campaigned as a gun banner. Naturally, people will stock up on the guns he wants to ban and the ammo to feed them.

Astroturf can die.

I guess that's what happens when you're a gun controller turned faux-Second Amendment advocate. Perhaps Ray's wife should have donated more to his organization and less to the Brady Campaign.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Gun controllers looking to interfere in Oklahoma affairs.

For all their talk about letting state and local governments do what's best for their populations, they never do a good job of taking their own advice:

via Fort Smith Gun Rights Examiner - California anti-gun group attempts to derail Oklahoma open carry vote
The liberal anti-gun group, Legal Community Against Violence (as if gun rights groups are for violence) has stuck their nose into the current Oklahoma legislative session in an attempt to stop HB 3354, the open carry bill.

It's a good read that addresses many of the misconceptions of the Oklahoma Open Carry bill. Also be sure to read the other Gun Rights Examiners by clicking the widget in the sidebar.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Another sad chapter in the tale of the UK.

After banning handguns, the UK saw knife crime skyrocket to fill the void. To curb the knife crime, the UK has gone to ridiculous lengths to control knives. Well they've gone to a new length. Introducing the anti-knife chicken and chip box:

READ THIS: It could stop you going to prison.

In prison;

You CAN'T go to chicken shops whenever you want
You CAN'T hang out with your mates
You CAN'T see your family whenever you want
You CAN'T wear what you want

But right now;
You CAN choose not to carry a knife

That's right. Knife crime is apparently so much of a problem that they've resorted to printing nanny state propaganda on your food. Apparently, these have been around for a few months, but it's new to me. How much do you want to bet this idea will soon reach Chicago? I think the odds are pretty high. I can see it now, "You CAN choose not to buy a gun." That would be the perfect Richard Daley overreaction to the overturning of Chicago's handgun ban.