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Good guns

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Several people are alive and one goblin is dead because of an "assault rifle". From the New York Post:

Pregnant Florida mom uses AR-15 to kill home intruder
A pregnant woman is credited with saving the lives of her husband and daughter after she used an AR-15 to fatally gun down a home intruder, a report said.

The hero mom sprung into action when two intruders entered the family’s Lithia, Fla. home last week and pistol whipped her husband while violently grabbing their daughter, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The numbers simply do not  lie - more guns = less crime.

An interesting link - guns and lead

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Not the link you are thinking of. From Science Direct:

Association of childhood blood lead levels with firearm violence perpetration and victimization in Milwaukee

Highlights

    • Blood lead linked to subsequent firearm violence perpetration and victimization.
    • Increasing risks for firearm violence found in each higher category of blood lead.
    • 56% of perpetration (51% victimization) may be attributable to blood lead ≥ 5 μg/dL.

Abstract
Childhood lead exposure impairs future decision-making and may influence criminal behavior, but its role in future firearm violence is unclear. Using public health, education, and criminal justice datasets linked at the individual level, we studied a population-based cohort of all persons born between June 1, 1986 and December 31, 2003 with a valid blood lead test before age 6 years and stable Milwaukee residency (n = 89,129). We estimated associations with firearm violence perpetration (n = 553) and victimization (n = 983) using logistic regression, adjusting for temporal trends, child sex, race, and neighborhood socioeconomic status. Increasing risks for firearm violence perpetration and victimization were found in each higher category of blood lead compared to the lowest, after adjusting for confounding...

...In Milwaukee, during a period of high lead exposures, childhood levels may have substantially contributed to adult firearm violence. While we cannot definitively conclude causality, the possibility that over half of firearm violence among this sample might be due to lead exposure suggests the potential importance of lead exposure reduction in firearm violence prevention efforts.

Very interesting and very plausible. Tip of the hat to Peter Grant at Bayou Renaissance Man for the link.

Those evil guns

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Gun violence? How about knives, hammers, etc... Some pesky numbers from Law Enforcement Today:

FBI: More people killed with knives, hammers, clubs and even feet than rifles in 2018
It’s the data that the mainstream media tends to bury when it doesn’t fit their agenda.

According to the FBI, more than five times as many people were killed in 2018 by knives, clubs and other cutting instruments than with rifles.

The metrics show that there were a total of 1,515 deaths by knives or other cutting instruments last year. Compare that against 297 people killed by rifles.

It’s a gap that widened significantly over 2017. In that year, the FBI said nearly four times as many people were stabbed to death as killed with rifles. During that year, the number of murders with rifles was around 400.

The article nails it in the first sentence: "fit their agenda"

This is all about taking away people's legitimate Constitutionally protected ability to defend themselves. Tyrants do not want an armed population. Robert A. Heinlein said it best: "An armed society is a polite society."

Get woke, go broke - Colt Firearms

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Sorry to see such a venerable business whack their own pee-pee's so harshly. From ABC News:

Colt will stop manufacturing AR-15 assault rifle for consumer market
Venerable gun manufacturer Colt says it will stop producing the AR-15, among other rifles, for the consumer market in the wake of many recent mass shootings in which suspects used the weapon.

"At the end of the day, we believe it is good sense to follow consumer demand and to adjust as market dynamics change," Dennis Veilleux, president and CEO of Colt, said in a statement. "Colt has been a stout supporter of the Second Amendment for over 180 years, remains so, and will continue to provide its customers with the finest quality firearms in the world."

Colt is a privately-held corporation (actually an LLC - interesting...) so we can not track their numbers. They did file for bankruptcy in June 2015. I see this bit of pandering as a really stupid move so I am betting that Mr. Veilleux will be looking for work in 3... 2... 1...

Eugene Stoner's design is absolutely wonderful. He and John Moses Browning are in my pantheon. Superb engineering and superb craftsmanship. There are a few other people that are as just as good but these two names are legend.

Fake news - PolitiFact

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Much loved "independent" "debunking" site proves itself to be just another purveyor of the progressive narrative.
From The Washington Times:

Ted Cruz reminds PolitiFact of prior 'False' ruling on 'Beto wants to take our guns' claim
Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t about to let PolitiFact forget an old “false” ruling in the wake of Beto O’Rourke’s gun control comments Thursday evening.

The Texas Republican reminded the nonprofit group that it rated his claim that Mr. O’Rourke wanted to “take” guns as “false” in March 2018.

“We saw no language authorizing or directing officials to take existing guns,” Politifact wrote at the time.

The Democrat, then vying for the Senate seat held by Mr. Cruz, told the nonprofit that his “intent is for AR-15s not to be sold to the public.”

That changed during this week’s Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC and Univision.

“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said when asked about his endgame regarding gun control laws. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

Silly humans, the internet is forever. We remember.

Gun laws - Maine

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A perfect article on why guns lower crime. From American Thinker:

Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime
Since 2015, residents of the state of Maine have been allowed to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit, and now the results are in: crime has fallen to the point where the state is now rated the safest in the nation from the threat of crime. The Maine Examiner reports:

When Maine passed a “Constitutional Carry” law allowing Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit in 2015, opponents of the law forecast a dangerous future for the state. They said the new law would hurt public safety and put Maine kids at risk.

One state representative who opposed the bill went so far as to say it would give Mainers a reason to be afraid every time they went out in public or to work.

Another state representative suggested the law would lead to violent criminals with recent arrests and convictions legally carrying handguns.

Well, there is the narrative and then there are the facts - let's look at them:

The US News &World Report rankings of the safest states has named Maine as the safest state in the nation.

Public safety makes up 50 percent of the Best States for crime & corrections ranking. This subcategory evaluates both the violent crime rate and the property crime rate in each state, as measured by the FBI in 2017. Though some major cities, such as Chicago and Baltimore, have seen drastic increases in homicides in recent years, overall violent crime and property crime rates remain near historic lows.

A higher state ranking indicates a lower crime rate for these metrics. Maine ranks first in the nation for public safety. Fellow New England state Vermont places second in this subcategory, followed by New Hampshire, New Jersey and Idaho.

It keeps bearing out - more guns, less crime.

Selling guns

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From Justin Maloney's Twitter feed:

So true...

Get woke, go broke - Walmart

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It is not like Walmart will actually go broke (shop there regularly myself) but their decision today is nothing but pandering to the vocal minority of gun grabbers. From CNBC:

Walmart plans to dramatically step back from ammunition sales after ‘horrific’ shootings
Walmart said Tuesday it will discontinue all sales of handgun ammunition and sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used with military-style weapons, following two “horrific” shootings at Walmart stores this summer.

Excuse me but the one horrific shooting in El Paso happened at a Walmart located in a mall managed by the Simon corporation. Simon's published Code of Conduct specifically states:

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In other words, a gun-free zone. How did that work out for them. Had one or two people there been armed, the toll from this mentally ill a**hole would have been substantially less than what transpired.

And then, there is this (from the same report):

The biggest retailer in the world also is asking customers at Walmart and Sam’s Club to no longer openly carry firearms in stores, in states where “open carry” is allowed, unless they are authorized law enforcement officers. Open carry legislation is currently on the books in more than 26 states, Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs, said during a call with members of the media.

Walmart said it won’t be changing its policy for customers who have permits for concealed carry. And it will be adding signage to stores in the coming weeks to communicate the updates.

Thank heaven for small favors - they are still allowing permitted concealed carry. What a dumb move. Pandering to a minority while making their stores less safe for us "normals".

More guns, less crime - Beto

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Presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke uncovered a bit of truth and then put the wrong spin on it.
From Breitbart:

Beto O’Rourke: ‘America Has More Guns than Human Beings’
As part of his ongoing push for a forced buyback of certain firearms, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke lamented that “America has more guns than human beings.”

Hey Beto you big dummy. Your numbers are absolutely right - there are more guns in private ownership in the US than US citizens. If guns were the problem, we would all know it. The problem is mental illness but it is not "cool" to institutionalize someone for that so we let them self-medicate and walk around.

A bit of history

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Something to keep in mind:

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The author needs to distinguish between its and it is but the facts are still the same...

Great news - guns

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Guns and mental health. From One America News:

Potential Mass Shooting Thwarted In Fla.
Just weeks after two back to back mass shootings rocked the U.S., authorities in Florida stopped a man who bragged about his plans to carry out a horrific attack of his own.

25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix was arrested Friday in the parking lot of a Daytona Beach grocery store. His ex-girlfriend contacted authorities after Wix allegedly sent her alarming text messages, saying he wanted to open fire on a large crowd. He also claimed to already have a target in mind.

After his arrest, Wix told detectives he didn’t have any weapons, but the Volusia County sheriff said that wasn’t the case:

“It was a 22 caliber hunting rifle, and he had 400 rounds of ammunition. So, the mall is right across the street from us. Saturday afternoon walking through the mall with 400 rounds of ammunition just sniping people, by the time police get there, you’re going to have a pretty high body count.”
— Sheriff Mike Chitwood, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

Good that the police actually listened and followed through. Another mentally ill person off the streets. Time to reopen the institutions.

Gun violence - some analysis

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Willis Eschenbach is a favorite blogger of mine. He is a great storyteller as well as the owner of a very keen mind with a penchant for mathmatics and anaysis. Here is his take on gun violence in the USA

What’s Behind Gun Murders?
Well, I did this analysis about a year ago, but I hadn’t posted it because I knew that people would call me “RACIST!!” … but what I’m posting are simple facts. Plus at this point I’ve been falsely called a RACIST!! so many times it doesn’t even register any more.

Let me start with a much less contentious bit of analysis. This is the correlation between the rates of gun ownership and the gun murder rate. The short answer is … no relationship.

Just go and read the whole thing.

Chuck the Schmuck - body armor

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From guns.com:

BILL TO REQUIRE THOSE WANTING BODY ARMOR TO GET FBI PERMISSION
Legislation promised in the U.S. Senate would make the legal sale of body armor a “may issue” process signed off on by federal law enforcement.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, announced his legislation on Sunday to require FBI permission before anyone except law enforcement could buy what he termed “sophisticated body armor,” setting a bar that would require a clear purpose, such as an occupational requirement, for the buyer to seek the safety equipment.

“The bottom line here is that the ease by which one can acquire wares of war demands the FBI sets reasonable regulations on who can get it,” said Schumer, who plans to introduce his bill after the current Senate recess.

And, of course, Schumer is just virtue signalling. There are already laws on the books to cover this:

Even if Schumer’s proposal does not make it into law, it is already against the law for criminals to add body armor to their toolkit. Since 2002, it has been illegal under federal law for convicted felons to possess body armor of any sort. This has been prosecuted in U.S. courts even in states that do not criminalize the possession of body armor.

Why don't you start doing your job for your constituents instead of pandering to the progressive elites. How is that wall coming Chuck?

Public shootings - the aftermath

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Actions have consequences - from Reuters:

Targeted in Walmart attack, Hispanics in El Paso flock to firearms classes
More El Paso residents than ever before crowded into a class over the weekend to become certified to carry a concealed gun in public in Texas after this month’s mass shooting at a Walmart store that killed 22 people.

Guadalupe Segovia, 35, was at the class with her two children. She said her military husband had long been pushing for her to get a concealed-carry license, which allows the holder to wear a gun hidden under their clothes or carry it in a purse when they are in public.

Some more:

The vast majority of people at the classes were Hispanic; El Paso is a predominantly Latino city. Police say the accused gunman deliberately attacked Hispanics in the Walmart.

Michael McIntyre, general manager of Gun Central, one of the largest gun shops in El Paso and the host of the class, on Friday said his store tallied double the usual number of sales in the week following the attack, something that did not happen after previous mass shootings in Texas.

Most of the sales were for handguns, which can be strapped to an ankle or shoulder under clothing.

“I have over 50 for this Saturday class and approximately the same amount for the Sunday class, and I normally have approximately seven,” McIntyre said.

“We actually had two people buy guns here who were actually in the Walmart on the day of the shooting. The other people are just saying, ‘Hey, you know I want to be able to protect myself in the event of something going on.’,” he said.

And, it should be remembered that that particular Walmart was in a mall managed by the Simon company and their general policy (for "safety" 'ya know) is that they are all gun free zones. How did that work out for you? Hmmm?

Knife control - London, England

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Talk about stupidity - from USA Today:

After murder rate passes NYC, London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for sharper knife control
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a crackdown on knives Sunday in response to the rising levels of violence in London, which recently surpassed New York City's homicide rate for the first time.

"No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife," Khan tweeted. "Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law."

There have been more than 50 homicides in London so far in 2018, and much of the violence is tied to gangs.

Guns are strictly regulated in the United Kingdom and the rising homicide rate in London is directly attributable to a rise in knife-related crimes, with stabbings claiming at least 31 lives to date in 2018. By contrast, New York — which has a population roughly the same size as London — has seen a steady decline in violent crime.

Sheer lunacy and out of touch. I carry a knife all the time and use it several times/day. I am not armed, I am dressed. What is he going to come after next - cricket bats? Will fists become illegal? There is no end.

Heinlein said it best: "An armed society is a polite society." And it is not just England, from Norway:

Norway Mayor Calls for Ban on Machetes Following Brutal Attacks
The mayor of Oslo, Norway is calling for a ban on machetes following a series of brutal attacks in the city using the deadly weapon.

Mayor Raymond Johansen argues that Oslo doesn't have a need for the huge knives because the city doesn't have a jungle, which is where machetes are designed to be used.

Sheesh...

We the people speak - gun violence

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A lot of crazy people out there - might be nice to have some backup in case one of them goes "off" around you.
From the Washington Examiner:

Gun sales surge fueled by first-timers, mostly for ‘concealed’ pistols
Gun sales are surging after the weekend mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, fueled by first-time buyers seeking pistols they can carry with them for protection.

The latest jump validated a big increase in purchases and background checks recorded by the FBI that show the four most recent months higher than the same months in 2018.

What’s more, the trend in the “National Instant Criminal Background Check System,” or NICS, is on a path to make 2018 the second biggest year since 2016, when gun owners and prospective gun owners filled stores before the presidential election that was expected to elect gun control advocate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Heh - this is not in line with the progressive narrative but screw them - they live in a bubble, not reality.

From Paul Mirengoff writing at Powerline:

MENTAL ILLNESS AND MASS MURDER
The left wants to discount the role of mental disturbance in mass shootings. By doing so, it can keep all of the focus on guns and “white supremacy.”

In addition, allowing mental disturbance to enter the conversation might lead to a discussion of family breakdown and loss of religious faith. The left wants to steer clear of that discussion at all costs.

Paul cites a very biased story at The Washington Post and then continues with some facts:

E. Fuller Torrey, writing in the Wall Street Journal, points to two studies, totally ignored by the Post, that demonstrate the importance of mental disturbance as a contributing factor in mass shootings. Dr. Torrey is the founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center and author of American Psychosis. He says:

In 2018 the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report titled “A Study of the Pre-Attack Behavior of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2008 and 2013.” It reported that 40% of the shooters had received a psychiatric diagnosis, and 70% had “mental health stressors” or “mental health concerning behaviors” before the attack.

(Emphasis added)

In addition:

In July 2019, the U.S. Secret Service released its report “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces—2018.” The report covered 27 attacks that resulted in 91 deaths and 107 injuries. The investigators found that 67% of the suspects displayed symptoms of mental illness or emotional disturbance. In 93% of the incidents, the authorities found that the suspects had a history of threats or other troubling communications.

The results were similar to those of another study published by the Secret Service on 28 such attacks in 2017.

Clearly, then, untreated mental illness is playing a significant role in the rising incidence of mass killings. The Washington Post’s effort to deny this is a pathetic piece of agenda-driven journalism.

Speaking truth to power. It is not guns. Seriously. There are more guns in private ownership in the United States than there are United States citizens. If guns were the problem, we would know about it by now. The problem is mental illness and the signs and symptoms are frequently visible before the shooter goes live.

A voice of reason - Oprah

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Great statement - from Breitbart:

Oprah on Mass Shootings: We’ll Be Lost Until America Finds the ‘Moral Center’ Churches Used to Provide
Entertainment mogul and part-time political activist Oprah Winfrey says the spat of mass shootings occurring in America are a result of the country’s disconnect with faith and church, which once provided people with “values about a way of living and being in the world.”

Speaking with Extra host Renee Bargh about the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio that left more than 30 people dead and dozens more injured, Oprah said “I think what people are missing is a core moral center.”

“Churches used to do that,” the OWN boss continued. “It was a central place you could come to and there was a core center of values about a way of living and being in the world. Until we can return to that, however that is, in whatever form, we will continue to be lost.”

So true - Lyndon Johnson's Great Society was the start of this problem - broken families, kids growing up with no fathers for role models, free government shit to keep people on the Democrat plantation. Here and here for some reading.

Good news - public shootings

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One good thing to come out of these tragedies is this - from the Sacramento, CA CBS affiliate:

Inquiries Into License To Carry Classes Up After Mass Shootings
The number of mass shootings in the last week has prompted many to purchase guns and sign up for classes to earn their license to carry concealed weapons, according to the people who are doing training.

And:

Wingert, a former police officer, has taught concealed carry classes for 40 years all across California. He teaches up to 300 classes a year, and when a mass shooting happens, inquiries go up 10-15%.

The classes are 16 hours - a decent start for training. Training is an ongoing thing though, you should take a course once/year and spend time at the range practicing. A lot of fun and you can get quite good at it. I enjoy shooting.

More public shootings - Chicago

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How come these murders do not get as much media exposure as the recent shootings? From Chicago's CBS affiliate:

59 shot, 7 fatally in Chicago weekend shootings
Shootings across the city of Chicago this past weekend have left seven people dead and another 52 people wounded.

One of the most recent shootings occurred in the city's Englewood neighborhood.

Cornelius Jordan, 21, was driving along 6900 block of South Wentworth Avenue around 10 p.m. Sunday when someone in a sliver sedan pulled up to his vehicle, shooting both him and his 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Chicago police said.

Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the left arm, police said.

Jordan was not only a son, a brother and the father of a little boy, he was everything to the people that are grieving his loss.

"Yesterday when he left my house I told him, 'be careful.' He told me 'Ma, I'll be back.' Those were the last words I had with my son," said Wanda Jordan, Cornelius' mother.

These are the real tragedies - the drugs, gangs, black on black violence. The Dayton and El Paso shootings were just mentally ill losers.

Great grandmother in Texas

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From the US Department of Justice, Northern District of Texas:

Lubbock Man Allegedly Plotting Mass Shooting Charged With Making False Statements to Firearms Dealer
A Lubbock man allegedly contemplating a mass shooting has been charged by criminal complaint with making false statements to a federally-licensed firearms dealer, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

The potential shooting has been averted.

William Patrick Williams, 19, was arrested by special agents of ATF and FBI Thursday, following a brief hospitalization. He made his initial appearance in court Friday morning.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed this afternoon, on July 13, Mr. Williams allegedly told his grandmother he had recently purchased an AK-47 rifle and planned to “shoot up” a local hotel and then commit suicide by cop. Sensing he was both homicidal and suicidal, she convinced him to allow her to bring him to a local hospital instead.

Mr. Williams later gave officers consent to search the room he’d rented at the hotel, where officers found an AK-47 rifle, seventeen magazines loaded with ammunition, multiple knives, a black trench coat, black tactical pants, a black t-shirt that read “Let ‘Em Come,” and black tactical gloves with the fingers cut off. Mr. Williams told officers he had laid out his weapons on the bed so that law enforcement could take custody of them.

Eight days later, ATF received the firearms transaction form (form 4473) that Williams had completed on July 11, when purchasing the AK-47. On the form, Mr. Williams listed his relatives’ address, where he no longer resided. Agents discovered that although Mr. William’s driver’s license showed the family members’ address, Mr. Williams was actually living with a roommate at a different address, following eviction by his relatives. He had allegedly misrepresented his current address on the firearms transaction form.

“This was a tragedy averted,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “I want to praise the defendant’s grandmother, who saved lives by interrupting this plot, as well as the Lubbock police officers and federal agents who investigated his unlawful acquisition of a deadly weapon. If you suspect a friend or loved one is planning violence against themselves or others, do not hesitate to seek help immediately by calling law enforcement.”

Thank God that the Grandmother was listening and had the sense to talk her grandchild into visiting the hospital. Perfect response.

Concealed carry in public places

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Larry wrote this essay in 2012 after the Sandy Hook shootings and he voices some things that need to be remembered today - some excerpts from his website:

Armed Teachers
So now that there is a new tragedy the president wants to have a “national conversation on guns”. Here’s the thing. Until this national conversation is willing to entertain allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons, then it isn’t a conversation at all, it is a lecture.

Now when I say teachers carrying concealed weapons on Facebook I immediately get a bunch of emotional freak out responses. You can’t mandate teachers be armed! Guns in every classroom! Emotional response! Blood in the streets!

No. Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.

Some more:

Gun Free Zones
Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period.

Think about it. You are a violent, homicidal madman, looking to make a statement and hoping to go from disaffected loser to most famous person in the world. The best way to accomplish your goals is to kill a whole bunch of people. So where’s the best place to go shoot all these people? Obviously, it is someplace where nobody can shoot back.

In all honesty I have no respect for anybody who believes Gun Free Zones actually work. You are going to commit several hundred felonies, up to and including mass murder, and you are going to refrain because there is a sign? That No Guns Allowed sign is not a cross that wards off vampires. It is wishful thinking, and really pathetic wishful thinking at that.

The only people who obey No Guns signs are people who obey the law. People who obey the law aren’t going on rampages.

More on gun free zones:

There were four mass killing attempts this week. Only one made the news because it helped the agreed upon media narrative.

    • Oregon. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter confronted by permit holder. Shooter commits suicide. Only a few casualties.
    • Texas. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter killed immediately by off duty cop. Only a few casualties.
    • Connecticut. GUN FREE ZONE. Shooters kills until the police arrive. Suicide. 26 dead.
    • China. GUN FREE COUNTRY. A guy with a KNIFE stabs 22 children.

And here is the nail in the coffin for Gun Free Zones. Over the last fifty years, with only one single exception (Gabby Giffords), every single mass shooting event with more than four casualties has taken place in a place where guns were supposedly not allowed.

This is a long essay but a really good one and one that everyone should read - pro and anti gun.

Arm yourself with the facts first and then form your opinions. Do not operate the other way around or people will start confusing you with a Democrat.

And Neil caves to the SJWs

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Never cave to the Social Justice Warriors - this gives them their strength. From The Daily Caller:

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Apologizes For ‘Unhelpful’ Tweet Following Weekend Shootings
Famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson apologized Monday morning for an “unhelpful” and “miscalculated” tweet.

More:

Tyson denounced his prior assertions, saying, “My tweet in particular — can be true but unhelpful, especially at a time when many people are either still in shock, or trying to heal — or both.” He continued, “So if you are one of those people, I apologize for not knowing in advance what effect my Tweet could have on you.”

Neil should have thanked them for their opinion (which it was - they were not disputing the facts, they could not) and told them that his tweet stands as written. Here is a screen-cap in the event that he takes it down:

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Some perspective

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Neil deGrasse Tyson offers this observation in light of the two public shootings:

True words - doesn't fit the narrative but still, the truth. Kudos for his courage to speak it.

Fscking copycat - another shooting

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Ohio this time. From FOX News:

Dayton, Ohio, shooting that left 9 dead, 27 hurt halted 'in under a minute' by cops who shot suspect: mayor
Nine people were killed and dozens were hurt when a suspect wearing body armor opened fire outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday before responding officers shot the armed assailant to death less than a minute into the rampage, according to officials.

It was the nation's second mass shooting in less than 24 hours after at least 20 people were slain in El Paso, Texas.

The Dayton Police Department said on Twitter the incident unfolded at 1 a.m. in the city's Oregon District near downtown, but officers were nearby and "were able to respond and put an end to it quickly."

Words fail. Mentally ill.

Of course there is a manifesto

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Reports are that the Walmart shooter left a manifesto. There are no credible links to it yet but yeah. A fscking manifesto.

These pathetic drones are all the same - live with their parents, write a manifesto and go murder a bunch of innocent citizens to make a statement. They are not socially aware, they are not heros, they are not that smart actually. They are just mentally ill.

A really good commentary about the Kyoto killings and the lack of media coverage from USA Today:

Kyoto Anime arson killings didn't get much attention because we couldn't demonize guns
While obsessing over President Donald Trump’s racist rants and his supporters’ hateful chants, Americans could easily have missed the awful news from thousands of miles away in Kyoto, Japan. Last Thursday, as Trump was facing a firestorm over his raucous campaign rally, a 41-year-old man aired his grievance against Kyoto Animation by means of a literal firestorm

Shouting “You die,” the enraged assailant doused the three-story anime studio with gasoline and then set it ablaze. By the time the smoke had cleared, 34 employees — mostly young women — were dead and nearly three dozen others were injured. 

In terms of the death toll, this was Japan’s worst mass killing in nearly two decades, sending shock waves throughout the island nation. Globally, the impact was deeply felt within the anime community, including those attending an international anime convention held in San Diego. Beyond that, the reaction was hardly commensurate with the horrific nature of the crime. 

And the thesis of this post:

Guns get more attention
It would be hard to find adults anywhere in this country who do not remember when 12 victims were gunned down at an Aurora, Colorado cinema in 2012. It would be equally difficult to find folks outside of Nevada who do recall when 12 victims succumbed to smoke inhalation at a Reno hotel in 2006 when an irate resident set fire to a stack of old mattress, causing the building to become engulfed in flames.

Few outside of New York City likely recall the 87 killed at the Happy Land Social Club in a fire deliberately set by a the ex-boyfriend of an employee. The death toll was nearly twice as high as Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub massacre, a crime which remains fresh in our collective memories.

True - a section of this nation wants to remove our legal access to guns and is using any propaganda tool to do this. Believe me, as a nation, there are over 350 million guns in private hands. If guns were a problem, you would know.

Wonderful news - Fast and Furious

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F&F was a really stupid idea from the Obama administration - let Mexican cartel members and criminals buy guns from US sources and then track the guns to see where they go. This was stopped when Border Agent Brian Terry was brutally murdered with one of these guns. Obama stonewalled but justice is prevailing - from The New York Post:

The scandal in Washington no one is talking about
The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance. But newly uncovered emails have reopened the case, exposing the anatomy of a coverup by an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history.

A federal judge has forced the release of more than 20,000 pages of emails and memos previously locked up under President Obama’s phony executive-privilege claim. A preliminary review shows top Obama officials deliberately obstructing congressional probes into the border gun-running operation.

Fast and Furious was a Justice Department program that allowed assault weapons — including .50-caliber rifles powerful enough to take down a helicopter — to be sold to Mexican drug cartels allegedly as a way to track them. But internal documents later revealed the real goal was to gin up a crisis requiring a crackdown on guns in America. Fast and Furious was merely a pretext for imposing stricter gun laws.

Only the scheme backfired when Justice agents lost track of the nearly 2,000 guns sold through the program and they started turning up at murder scenes on both sides of the border — including one that claimed the life of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

While then-Attorney General Eric Holder was focused on politics, people were dying. At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.

Great news - let the sunlight in, find out who was responsible and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. The majority of those guns are still out there. People will die.

Just sayin' - guns

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Great little list at Grouchy Old Cripple:

Is Logic the same thing as common sense?
1 – Eleven teens die each day because of texting while driving.
Maybe it’s time to raise the age of Smart Phone ownership to 21.

2 – If gun control laws actually worked, Chicago would be Mayberry, USA.

3 – The Second Amendment makes more women equal than the entire feminist movement.

4 – Legal gun owners have 300 million guns and probably a trillion rounds of ammo. Seriously, folks, if we were the problem, you’d know it.

5 – When JFK was killed, nobody blamed the rifle.

6 – The NRA murders 0 people and receives $0 in government funds.
Planned Parenthood kills 350,000 babies every year and receives $500,000,000 in tax dollars annually.

7 – I have no problem with vigorous background checks when it comes to firearms.
While we’re at it, let’s do the same when it comes to immigration, Voter I.D and Candidates running for office.

8 – You don’t need a smoke detector; that’s what the fire department is for.
Now…if you think that sounds stupid, you know how I feel when you say I don’t need a gun.

9 – Folks keep talking about another Civil War. One side knows how to shoot and probably has a trillion rounds. The other side has crying closets and is confused about which bathroom to use.

Now tell me, how do you think that’s going to end?

From Associated Press:

Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings
Nancy Miramontes had 30 seconds to find the gunman.

The Utah school psychologist weaved through a maze of dusty halls before spotting him in the corner of a classroom, holding a gun to a student’s head. She took a deep breath and fired three shots, the first time she’s ever used a gun. One bullet pierced the shooter’s forehead.

“Nice work,” a police officer told her as they exchanged high-fives in front of cardboard props representing the gunman and student.

Miramontes recently joined 30 other Utah teachers at a series of trainings where police instructed them on how to respond to an active shooter. Teachers went through the shooting drill inside a warehouse set up to look like a school, then moved outside to a shooting range.

Something that most anti-gun people fail to recognize is that shooting is not just buying a gun and pulling a trigger. If you want to take this sport seriously and not be a danger to your fellow man, you need training. Lots of regular training. I have probably a hundred hours under my belt (over ten years) and consider this to be bare minimum. I also shot regularly by myself at the farm - at least once/month until I started spending my time on Camano and am planning to visit some of the ranges down here.

The a**holes who get their pathetic kicks from murdering civilians are, at heart, cowards. They carefully choose places that have the most "shock value" but are also gun-free zones. The a**hole who shot up the Colorado movie theater avoided a theater closer to his home because the theater's policy was to allow people with guns to watch a movie. That theater was larger, showing the same film and was closer to his house. He avoided it because there was the chance that someone would defend themselves. Instead, he chose a theater further away that was a posted "Gun Free Zone".

We do not need all teachers to be armed. Those that are uncomfortable with carrying a gun can bow out. What this sort of training is doing is sending a message to some screwed up poindexter that, you do not know, there may be someone just inside the door that will stop you. A shot to the gut will not kill you but it will incapacitate you and keep you on the ground until the police arrive. Then you can have a trial and spend the rest of your worthless life in prison.

Glad to see Utah waking up to reality.

Gun control - a perfect example

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An example of the stupidity of any gun control laws:

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From Sal the Agorist

Good news - guns

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Good news from CBS News:

Female gun ownership and the rise of fashionable "carrywear"
When former NRATV host Amy Robbins started training for a marathon four years ago, she felt nervous, she said, after a passing car slowed and followed her jogging down the rural backroads outside a Texas suburb.

Nothing happened, and Robbins called the episode "anticlimactic," although she soon realized she wasn't the only woman concerned about her safety when running outside by herself. When she started searching for clothes to help carry her gun, she said she couldn't find anything as cute as her Lululemons. "There's no functional clothing to help women carry around self-defense tools," Robbins told CBS MoneyWatch.

So Robbins founded Alexo Athletica in 2017, billing it as an athletic "carrywear" company for women who want to conceal guns on their person. While the brand's "Signature Pant" retails for about the same as your Lululemon or Athleta leggings, it also has nine pockets designed for your gun, knife and pepper spray — along with your keys and smartphone.

It's a controversial line of business, but a profitable one, according to Robbins, who won't share specific numbers but said last year's inventory was sold out for five months and sales so far this year are nearly triple last year's rate. Alexo's chic messaging to "carry with confidence," blending "carrywear" with female empowerment, has helped the brand connect with some millennial women who take to Instagram to show off their purchases.

A lot more at the site. Here is an excerpt from this 2007 essay by Marko Kloos:

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

And of course, the great Robert Anson Heinlein:

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

And there is always Dr. John R. Lott's book (Amazon link): More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics)

Kind of hard to argue the numbers. Not suggesting that people just go out and get whatever catches their eye - you need to visit a gun range, sign up for an introductory pistol class and take it from there. The class will teach you basic handling, the four laws*, and you will get the chance to fire many different kinds of guns so you can figure out what ones you like (me? all of them!)

*Four Laws are from Jeff Cooper:

    1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
    2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
    3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
    4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

Gun-fearing wussies

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The school kids are more mature than the administrators - from Reason:

High School Suspends 2 Students for Posting Gun Range Photos on Snapchat, ACLU Files Suit
Two male students at Lacey Township High School in New Jersey posted photos of guns on Snapchat. One of the boys captioned his photo with "hot stuff" and "if there's ever a zombie apocalypse, you know where to go."

The photos were not taken at school. They were not taken during school hours. They did not reference a school. They auto-deleted after 24 hours, which was well before the school became aware of them. And yet, administrators at Lacey Township High School suspended the boys for three days, and also gave them weekend detention.

This was a clear violation of the students' First Amendment rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union has now filed suit.

"Young people have the right to express themselves, and, with rare exceptions, they shouldn't face punishment by school administrators for it," said C.J. Griiffin, a partner at the law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, who is representing the students along with the ACLU.

I love that the ACLU is getting involved. What the kids did was perfectly legal. None of the photos they posted were threatening, and none of them referenced their school.

From Reuters:

Britain's Asda supermarkets to stop selling single kitchen knives
Walmart-owned British supermarket chain Asda said it will remove single kitchen knives from sale in all its stores by the end of April.

Britain’s knife-crime rate is soaring and, following a wave of fatal stabbings in recent weeks, many involving teenagers, Prime Minister Theresa May has convened a meeting of ministers and community leaders to discuss ways of tackling the problem.

“We know single knives are the most common knife products to be stolen and that is why we have chosen to remove these items from our stores,” Asda Senior Vice President Nick Jones said in a statement.

It is not the gun, it is the person.

Heh - Dick's Sporting Goods

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They virtue signaled and promptly lost revenue - from Bloomberg:

Restricting Gun Sales Cost Dick's $150 Million Last Year
Last February, when Dick’s Sporting Goods boss Ed Stack announced he was restricting gun sales at the country’s largest sports retailer, he knew it’d be costly.

At the time, Dick’s was a major seller of firearms. Guns also drove the sale of soft goods—boots, hats, jackets. What’s more, Stack, the retailer's chief executive officer, suspected the position could drive off some of his customers on political principle.

Get woke - go broke. Actions have consequences.

Gun grabbing in New Zealand

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The New Zealand government's response to the Mosque shooting was to outlaw a number of very common guns. Not well thought out at all. From The Truth About Guns:

NZ Confiscations Begin: Police Going to Gun Owners’ Homes, Jobs…One Gun Owner Dead
According to members of New Zealand’s largest firearm forum, Kiwi police are starting to go to gun owners’ places of employment, homes, and even visiting gun ranges in an attempt to gather information and get gun owners to relinquish their firearms.

This is not going to end well - I had written a few days ago about how pro-gun politicians are getting elected to office in Australia. The truth is More Guns = Less Crime

Our prayers go out to New Zealand

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A major public shooting - again, it is not the gun, it is the mental health of the shooters. Had they not had a gun, they would have used something else - a bomb, gas, a vehicle. This is not the action of a mentally healthy person.

From Associated Press:

Mosque shootings kill 49; white racist claims responsibility
At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live video by an immigrant-hating white nationalist wielding at least two rifles.

One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role they played.

“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.

No, all of the victims are immigrants. NZ has no indigenous Muslim population. There is a very very interesting bit buried way at the bottom of this report from the New Zealand Herald:

A second shooting happened at a mosque in the Linwood area of the city.

One Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots around 1.45pm.

A well known Muslim local chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off.

He was heard telling police officers he was firing in "self defence".

"They were in a silver Subaru," he told police.

Mark Nichols, manager of Premium Tyres and Auto in Linwood, said he a gunman ran past his shop around 45 minutes ago.

He heard five gunshots, and he believed the activity was centred around the nearby Linwood Masjid mosque.

The article is multiple pages long and the story of the armed defense stopping another massacre does not show up until very close to the end.

A total of five shots and the armed defender fired twice. This means that the shooter was only able to fire three times before a legal gun owner was able to put a stop to their plans. A legal gun owner, attending the services at the mosque was able to stop a planned massacre. This is in stark comparison to the other mosque where nobody had any means of self defense and 49 of their congregants were brutally murdered by a madman.

I am reminded of this passage from Ecclesiastes 9:3

This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

I agree with John Lott - "More guns, Less crime". This is proven statistically. Situations with a public shooting will show that these always happen in gun-free zones.

Moron - gun control

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Talk about stupid - from Newsweek:

WOMAN CAUGHT TEXTING THREAT TO NRA AND REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER GETS THROWN OUT OF GUN HEARING
A woman was removed from a Connecticut gun hearing Monday after another attendee noticed her sending text messages threatening to shoot National Rifle Association (NRA) members and a state lawmaker.

The Monday Hartford meeting on gun control proposals intended to discuss safe storage laws, open-carry permits and plans to regulate "ghost" 3D-printed guns in the state of Connecticut. But an unidentified woman was spotted texting with someone what appeared to be a threat.

"If I had a gun, I'd blow away Sampson and a large group of NRA..." reads the woman's text, according to a photo. The previous text message the woman is responding to in the surreptitious picture also makes reference to Republican state Senator Rob Sampson, of Wolcott.

Which, once again, shows that gun control is actually a national mental health problem. It is not the guns, it is the people. Owning a spoon does not guarantee that I will become fat.

Stupid criminal - guns

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Looks like someone may be up for a Darwin Award. From the Everett, WA Police Department:

Everett Police investigate shooting at 112th and Evergreen
Everett Police are investigating a shooting that occurred late Thursday evening, March 7, at 112th and Evergreen.

Police were dispatched around 10:30 p.m. Thursday to reports of shots fired outside a BECU at 112th and Evergreen. Responding officers found an adult male with multiple gunshot wounds. They also contacted the alleged shooter, an adult male, on scene.

Initial reports indicate that the two men had arranged to meet so that one could sell the other an iPhone. During the interaction, the intended buyer allegedly pulled a fake gun and attempted to rob the seller. The seller responded by pulling a real gun and shooting the other man several times.

The man who was shot was transported to a local hospital with severe, life-threatening injuries.

Pull a fake gun, get shot with a real gun. Life sucks when you are stupid.

Gun control

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An interesting look at the problem:

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And of course, rather than do effective crime management, they turn around and do stupid stuff like this.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Cook County board votes to permanently dismantle gang database
The Cook County Board voted to destroy the county’s gang database Thursday, setting legal steps and guidelines to make sure the database can’t be restarted.

The vote was the death knell for the contentious database, also called the Regional Gang Intelligence Database. Last month, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced it had “terminated” the database, a decision that came after no other law enforcement agency agreed to host it.

The ordinance, which takes effect immediately, prohibits the Cook County Sheriff’s Office from maintaining, re-creating or sharing information on the database. It also mandates the sheriff’s office to “enact the final destruction” of the tool.

And of course, not mentioned in the article is the reason why they wanted this deleted. 95% of the more than 25,000 entries were black or hispanic. Can't be racist now can we...

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