GUNS: CA Sheriff Took The Fifth In Grand Jury Probe Over Carry Permits

Sheriff Smith is ultimately the sole person with the authority to approve concealed carry applications in Santa Clara County. It’s not unreasonable for the average person to wonder if Sheriff Smith had any involvement in the pay-to-carry scheme, given that third party committees supporting her re-election campaign were the primary beneficiaries of the bribes. Invoking the Fifth Amendment may have been sound legal advice in a court of law, but in the court of public opinion, it’s sure to raise even more questions than the ones she’s so far refused to answer.

Source: CA Sheriff Took The Fifth In Grand Jury Probe Over Carry Permits

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Sure seems like there are different rules for those “politically connected”?



Having not read The Weapon Shops of Isher in some years and unable to find my old paperback copy I ordered a replacement from Amazon. So there it was, on the first page, in the prologue:


People have understood this for generations, it took a lot of efforts (yes, I put that plural on purpose) by anti-immigrant bigots, people seeking favor with protection racketeers, racists, fascists, and fake liberals to reach the current level of hostility to the right to bear arms our so-called betters keep trying to keep stirred up

Source: Letters to the Editor

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Seems absolutely correct to me!

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn


GUNSTeens beat a 15-year-old girl before stealing her sneakers and phone

Authorities have released surveillance footage of several young boys attacking a 15-year-old girl in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. They also stole her shoes and phone.

Source: Teens beat a 15-year-old girl before stealing her sneakers and phone

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That’s why the Dead Old White Guys wanted folks to have guns.

Let’s imagine we are not in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, os as in this case the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerk, and this young woman was “packing heat”.   Say a “small 380” like a RUGER – LCP II with 7 in the magazine.  OK, rerun the incident.  The mob of 20 chase her, she stops, pulls out her gun, and takes a firing stance.  Who’s going to be first to rush her?  No one ever wants to be down range of a crazy woman with a gun; let alone one who’s in fear for her life!  True, she only has seven shots. But I assume she’ll have extra mags. I bet the “mob” will beat feet for safer targets.  And so what if she “puts down a few animals”?  I’m pro-choice and pro-life, but the RKBA means the right to be secure in your person.  Aggressors have no rights.

I’m firmly convince this would have be  another in yet a long list of DGUs (Defensive Gun Use) incidents where no shots are fires and the threat disappears.

Bernie Goetz all over again. Mugged once; armed the next time.

“God made men and women; Sam colt made them equal.” — Unknown

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GUNS: New Jersey State Constitution seems to permit “constitutional carry”

“All persons are by nature free and independent, and have certain natural and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.”

Source: New Jersey State Constitution

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Following the advice of Brion McClanahan (i.e.,  “Think Locally Act Locally”, I actually looked for an equivalent to the Second Amendment, but found some support for the RKBA.

Wonder why we don’t have Constitutional Carry?

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GUNS: The palladium right that will lead to secession

Gun Seizures Could Lead to Civil War
by James Bovard

February 3, 2020

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” declared “Beto” O’Rourke at a Democratic party presidential candidate debate in September. Compelling Americans to surrender their so-called assault weapons is “the newest purity test” for Democratic presidential candidates, according to the Washington Post. O’Rourke and other Democratic presidential candidates, including Cory Booker, Kristin Gillibrand, and Bill de Blasio (now withdrawn from the race, as are Gillibrand and O’Rourke) have all endorsed mandatory buy-backs of assault weapons. Though such proposals are momentarily politically profitable, they could start a cascade of public-policy dominoes that ends in civil war.

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As much as I deplore violence and, as a pro-lifer, the deaths that will come from another “civil war”, certain rights are worth fighting for.

The RIGHT to keep and bear arms, enshrined in the Constitution, is all that keeps the Gooferment in check.

Classic example is the trains loaded for the Nazi death camps were preceded by the disarming the sheep by the Weimar “republic”. “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

For all those, who say “We, The Sheeple” can not stand up to the Gooferment in an armed rebellion, I point to Afghanistan where the locals armed with 1900’s vintage rifles defeated the English, Russians, and the USA. When you’re fighting for the “homeland” and you can blend in with the local population, that represents a new generation of asymmetrical warfare. Conventional generals fighting the last war can’t possibly win.

While I pray for the peaceful separation of the USA, just like the USSR, I KNOW that any attempt to disarm “We, The Sheeple” will result in bloodshed.

“From my cold dead hands” is more than a bumpersticker. But it does summarize how gun owners and patriots feel. “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Remember Churchill’s quote: “…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.

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GUNS: The Meaning Behind Molon Labe, a Favored Gun Rights Slogan 

Molon Labe (or ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ) is a classical Greek phrase meaning “come and take [them],” attributed to King Leonidas of Sparta as a defiant response to the demand that his soldiers lay down their weapons. Gun-rights advocates have adopted the phrase as a challenge to perceived attempts by the government to confiscate firearms.

Source: The Meaning Behind Molon Labe, a Favored Gun Rights Slogan of Oregon Sheriff John Hanlin

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Μολὼν λαβέ

“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” — apocryphal unsourced quote attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

So too, when the Gooferment sends men to disarm the militia.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The politicians and bureaucrats, who think it can be done with the stoke of a pen, will find it can’t be done.

Look at New Zealand, gun owners just ignored the law.

The essence of any resistance is just non-cooperation.

If gun owners just refuse to cooperate with their own destruction, it will end quietly.

Can’t load the trains to the concentration camps if “We, The Sheeple” don’t comply.

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GUNS: A modest suggestion to DJT45 mailed this morning


President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re: A suggestion about “gun violence”

Dear Mr. President:

May I respectfully suggest one action that you can take immediately to cut down on crime and gun violence?

Ask the Attorney General to survey all the Deputy Attorney Generals each month and report how many “Felon In Possession” convictions each one has “concluded”. Every month, “invite” the lowest performer to personally come and explain to you why they are on the bottom of the list. If you don’t like what you hear or the same individual shows up again, then thank them for their service and accept their resignation. Very simple. Very efficient. And, I believe very effective. As a business executive, you know that no one will want to face the boss under those types of conditions.

Now I am just a retired IT executive, who’s an NRA and GOA member, and I believe that all responsible gun owners would cheer that someone is doing something about the “problem” that focus on the criminals. And, since those criminals are “street smart”, I believe they will suddenly pay attention to not to be “in possession”.

Yes, I voted for you in the last election on the hope you’d get the US out of Afghanistan. Next election, it looks to me that Tulsi Gabbard might be my choice to make peace. Maybe she should be your running mate?

Ferdinand J. Reinke

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GUNS: “Red Flag” — no due process AND no penalty for malicious use


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Look, the problem with red flag laws is simple to understand. One is that there’s no real due process involved. Someone says, “Bill is a threat to himself or others” and a judge simply says, “Alrighty, then,” signs a piece of paper, and now Bill loses his guns. He had no opportunity to respond. Bill didn’t get to tell the judge that Sally just said that because she thinks all gun owners are dangerous. He doesn’t get to reply that she misunderstood something he said. He doesn’t get to explain that she’s just angry at him because of political disagreements between the two.

Bill doesn’t get to say anything until after the fact.

Imagine someone proposing something similar that would prevent someone from accessing the internet or voting without due process? The howls would be everywhere and for good reason.

But as has been noted before, the Second Amendment is a second-class right in far too many people’s minds. They believe it shouldn’t be afforded the same level of protection that other rights enjoy.

Another issue is that there’s absolutely no real punishment for those who use red flag laws maliciously. At best, it’s a slap on the wrist, but let’s understand that what we’re talking about here is a measure that will provide legalized swatting. The police will show up to take people’s guns. Those who use these laws to punish others are depriving folks of their civil liberties. That calls for stiff penalties.

Unfortunately, no one seems willing to put that in a bill.

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A good summary what is wrong with this latest “great idea”!

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GUNS: Spartacus should stick to something he knows


Cory Booker Displays Profound Ignorance On Gun Laws In Town Hall
Posted at 8:30 am on March 29, 2019 by Tom Knighton

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Convicted criminals aren’t buying them even from face-to-face transfers from law-abiding citizens, either. Why? Because they don’t want a citizen to ID them. After all, what if the police find out that the gun was sold to Joe Smith, but Joe says he sold it to someone else? Joe is a law-abiding citizen, so the idea of the gun he sold being used in a crime is upsetting. Why yes, Officer, I can give you a description of the guy. In fact, I still have his cell phone number.

That’s bad news in Criminal Land.

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Three strikes and you’re out.

No one even pretended that “gun control” is anything but disarming the sheep so the wolves can run wild.

In, the editors didn’t dispute the statement: “Background checks, no problem. Gun registration is a big problem. Every genocide in modern history has started with a gun registration, followed by confiscation, followed by genocide.” All they did was gripe that it was “plagiarized”.  Argh!  Guess every idea they print is unique?

Remember: “Registration, confiscation, genocide”.  

With the new “red flag” laws popping up all over, we now into step #2.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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GUNS: The failure of gun control


In California, gun control fails once again
Erich Pratt, Opinion contributor
Published 5:37 p.m. ET Nov. 8, 2018 | Updated 9:38 p.m. ET Nov. 8, 2018

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Wednesday’s California bar shooting was in a gun-free zone, where good guys cannot legally carry firearms: Opposing view

Once again, we see the failure of gun control in preventing a horrible tragedy.

Wednesday’s California bar shooting was in a gun-free zone, where good guys cannot legally carry firearms.

Gun-free zones are magnets for killers. Consider that almost 98 percent of public mass shootings in this country occur in these mandatory victim zones.

But where citizens can protect themselves, the situation is much different. Within the past month, two potential mass shootings were averted by law-abiding citizens who used their concealed firearms.

But the anti-gun left fails to mention how these two citizens saved lives in those incidents. Why is that?

We will never rid ourselves of one basic problem: Bad guys with evil intent will always acquire some kind of “weapon” to commit violence.

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Sadly, once again, the Gooferment thinks it can defy “natural law”.  Criminals don’t obey laws and “gun restriction laws” are no different.  

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

Stop the insanity!

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GUNS: Cleveland To Help Crooks Dump Guns Used In Crimes

What buybacks do, with their no-questions-asked policy, is allow criminals to dump incriminating evidence in a way that won’t link back to them. It makes it more difficult for police to gather evidence to put these criminals behind bars.

Source: Cleveland To Help Crooks Dump Guns Used In Crimes

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Gun Buy Backs obstructs the investigation process?

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GUNS: Why did no one shoot back?


Assailant with shotgun invades newsroom, kills five. Why did no one shoot back? 
by Vin Suprynowicz 

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Why did no one in the building shoot back? Were they all disarmed? Why? Is the Annapolis newspaper one of many with signs on its entrance doors warning employees—not just visitors, mind you, but trusted EMPLOYEES—they can be suspended or fired if they bring onto the premises a self-defense handgun—even one for which they have a hard-to-acquire, government-issued “permit”?

I’ll betcha. I’ll betcha they do. And if that turns out to be the case, could it possibly be . . . the management of this oh-so-Far-Left and Politically Correct newspaper chain that has “blood on its hands”?

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Yet another “gun free zone”.


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GUNS: Failure to prosecute allowed “gun control” to fail


Accused newsroom shooter’s stalking victim: I warned cops
By Amanda Woods
June 29, 2018 | 9:37am | Updated

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A woman who claimed that the Capital Gazette shooting suspect had stalked, harassed and sued her warned a former police official that “he will be your next mass shooter,” according to a new report.

The woman, whose name was not released, also told local station WBAL 11that Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, the shotgun-toting man who allegedly burst into the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, killing five staffers, was “a f—ing nut job.”

Jayne Miller, an investigative reporter at WBAL, tweeted that the woman told her Ramos became “fixated” on her for no obvious reason — causing her to move three times, change her name and even sleep with a gun out of fear.

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Imagine if just one person in the newsroom was armed?

But the Gooferment want “We, The Sheeple” disarmed so this keeps happening.  

The newspaper didn’t want to prosecute for fear of making the situation worse.  Guess that tactic didn’t work.

So we have a double failure of “gun control”: (1) folks have to prosecute the evil people so that “gun control” has even a chance of working; and (2) “gun control” kept the victims from being able to defend themselves.

So sad and so avoidable.

Requiescat In Pacem, America!

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GUN: Will this be a constitutional challenge to NJ gun laws?

Rutgers Professor Charged With Illegally Owning Assault Weapon
A Rutgers professor and well-respected melanoma expert who lives in East Brunswick was charged with illegally owning an assault weapon.
By Carly Baldwin, Patch Staff | May 7, 2018 10:45 am ET | Updated May 7, 2018 11:02 am ET

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I hope that this case can be used to overturn the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL gun ban.

Anyone feel treated by this fellow?

Where’s the GOFUNDME page for him?


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GUNS: Without them, it’s all about size and strength

Horrific moment female worker is pinned to the floor by knife-wielding ‘rapist’ before a ‘guardian angel’ bursts in to save her

  • Man spotted a woman being attacked in a shop in Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • Seeing ‘an attempted rape’ by another man with a knife, he intervened
  • CCTV caught the moment  the attack took place, and when it was stopped

By Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline

PUBLISHED: 09:25 EDT, 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:49 EDT, 13 April 2018

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A Russian man has been hailed as a hero after saving a female shopworker from an armed man who was ‘attempting to rape her’. 

Alexander Vysotsky was walking past a shop in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, when he saw a young female clerk being attacked by a man, and dashed in to pull him off her, and held him down until police came.

The horrific attack was caught on CCTV and shows the woman, known only as Ekaterina, 28, suddenly attacked by a man with a knife in the shop.

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“God made men and women; Sam colt made them equal.” — Unknown

I think the RKBA is a “woman’s issue” or a “senior citizen’s issue” or a “gay right’s issue” or even a “bully’s victim’s issue”.

We need to “even the playing field” from the thugs and criminals. Make them guess. 

As wrote more than a decade ago:

“I particularly like unlimited concealed carry. If the criminal regards the general public as sheep to be shorn, then let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock.

Guess which gay to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Pink Pistol and you’re dead!

Guess which woman to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Paxton Quigly and you’re dead!

Guess which brown person to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Massad Ayoob and you’re dead!”
GUNS: Let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 at 20:26

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

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GUNS: Let’s DO what everyone already agrees on!

Support For Armed Teachers Comes From Unexpected Place: Science!
Posted at 10:00 am on April 7, 2018 by Tom Knighton

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Computer modeling shows what we already knew, that an armed response from a good guy saves lives in school shooting scenarios.

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Why can’t we start with everything that everyone agrees on. (1) fixing the broken background check system; (2) ending the “target rich environments” aka “gun free zones”; (3) “gun violence restraining orders” that require court hearing; and (4) strict enforcement of “felon in possession” laws. No argument from the NRA; no argument from the “anti-gun” folks! Why don’t we? Because the politicians, bureaucrats, and “talking heads” would lose their “talking points”. See they don’t really want to solve the problem; they just want to have something to say. Argh!

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GUNS: Looking at Parkland from the lens of the Texas tower shooting

March 15, 2018
The Grim Lessons of Charles Whitman
By Steve Campbell

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The era of mass public shootings began with Charles Whitman in 1966.  He taught us all we need to know to prevent or minimize such events.  We ignored his lessons.

On August first of that year,Whitman rode the elevator to the top of the Clock Tower at the University of Texas at Austin.  He rolled a hand truck along with him that carried a footlocker full of guns and ammunition.  Soon after ensued the first mass murder in a public place in America.

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I. There will be warnings.

II. There are reasons.

III. Help will not be in time to save you.

IV. Do not dwell on the tragedy.

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The current state of affairs: Paralysis

There have been more and more arms restrictions and regulation.  The role of defenders has been taken away from the people and deposited with SWAT teams.  Has it improved the situation?  Not at all! 

Perpetrators are being spotted in advance, but their actions and words are ignored by the very authorities charged with defending the public.  Schools are institutionally disarmed and advertised as such.  Crimes that would disqualify perpetrators from purchasing weapons under existing laws are not being prosecuted.  And some of these shooters seem to have been taking drugs with dangerous side-effects.

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I found this very persuasive.

We know that there were so many warning signs that the Gooferment, Gooferment Skrules, and society ignored.

We need to looking into the SSRI drugs as the proximate cause of these shooting rampages.

“We, The Sheeple” can’t allow themselves to be stampeded into disarming themselves. We know for a fact that genocide follows citizen disarmament.

We need to emulate Israel and allow ARMED teachers, school staff, and grandparents to protect Gooferment Skrules. “Gun free zones” are just stupid magical thinking.

And, we need to stop depending upon the police and Gooferment bureaucrats as the “first responders” — the People are the true “first responders”.

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GUN: Why trust the Gooferment AFTER you allow them to disarm you?


Josh LawlerMarch 2 at 3:13pm · 

“You’re not going to be able to fight against the government with your AR-15 anyway. They have helicopters and tanks. The 2nd amendment was written when everyone had muskets.”

Let me first kill this argument the easy way, before I get into the history, social commentary, and whatnot. The simple version is that you ain’t gonna find an infantryman, tanker, or pilot willing to open fire on his countrymen. And the cops outside of NY, NJ, and CA ain’t gonna be too keen on jackbooting, either. So good luck controlling an armed populace with a few thousand feds. Moreover, people who make this argument obviously don’t understand guerilla tactics/military strategy. Vietnam, Afghanistan (both against the USSR and US later), and Iraq are perfect examples of why superior firepower is not the deciding factor in a modern war.

“This isn’t a dystopian novel. The government’s not going to start rounding dissenters up just ’cause they outlawed ‘assault rifles’.”

Now then, on to history. Whenever you bring up how dangerous it is to set a precedent of disarming the populace, pro-gun control folks roll their eyes and go, “It’s the 21st century. Do you really think the government’s out to get you? Everything is broadcast worldwide now. Look at these other countries without guns. You’re paranoid.” Let’s examine this with some examples, some of which I’ve discussed prior.

It was just during the Clinton administration that the Serb death squads rounded up Bosnians and machine gunned them into open graves. The Serbs and Croats took turns raping women and children in public to screams so horrifying that one survivor wrote a book about the sound basically driving her to insanity.

In the 70s, Iranian women were wearing skirts, going to public universities, driving cars, and drinking wine. I’m sure plenty of people didn’t think it was realistic that Khomeni and the revolution would turn that nation into a giant human rights violation. I’m sure lots of people said, “Executions in the street? Rape parties? Take off the tinfoil hat, it’s the 70s, man!”

Plenty of Germans rightfully felt like they got hosed after WWI with the Treaty of Versailles. The Nazi party seeked to right those wrongs economically, and restore Germany’s industrial prominence and rights to self-defense. Plenty of Germans in the 30s would’ve surely looked at you like a madman if you’d said the chancellor of the party was going to go on to pull off a 6 million person genocide.

Actually, why am I moving backwards in time? Let’s focus on the now. Let’s keep it topical and relevant to the moment. In the Twitter and livestreaming era, North Korea is still locking people in prison cells too short for them to stand up in, and too narrow for them to lay out in. NBA star Enes Kanter can never see his family again, following Erdogan’s call for his life imprisonment back in Turkey for daring to speak out against him. There is currently an ethnic cleansing occurring in Mynamar – people are being tortured and murdered while you read this sipping your coffee. There are buildings being reduced to rubble over the buried bones of innocent victims in Yemen this very minute.

Despite this, gun control proponents are still incredulous of the idea that a militia formed independent of the government, meant to protect the citizenry is viable. Despite these atrocities that make my spine chill, and my stomach cramp just reading about them, gun control proponents still cannot believe that I’m not willing to submit to the government just because of the disgusting actions of a few maniacs.

I am not without empathy. I do care deeply about massacres like the ones in Parkland, Las Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, and Aurora. But no, I will not surrender to subservience because of those attacks. No government has ever existed in history without attacking its people at some point, and I refuse to be complicit or complacent in allowing it to happen again.

I’ll leave you with a question for the pro gun control side: why is it that the same government that you mistrust and want to restrict for things like racial profiling and corruption can now be trusted to not take advantage of you when you become less capable to fight back if necessary?

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As I posted before:


A picture is worth a thousand words!

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GUNS: Lawrence O’Donnell flubs on gun tactics


Anti-Gunners Think Bullets From Rifles Too Fast To Be Countered With Handguns
Posted at 4:00 pm on February 28, 2018 by Tom Knighton

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By now, we know that many of the people who will pontificate on matters of firearms tend to be clueless on actual firearms. They think they know all they need to know, so they opine on the topic and think people should just agree with them because they’re oh-so-very-smart.

However, these oh-so-very-smart people are usually kind of dumb. Or, at the very least, they say some really dumb stuff.

The latest example comes from the current gun debate, where many of us–myself included–are arguing that armed teachers could well counter mass shootings.

It seems that some think handguns simply aren’t enough to counter rifle-wielding madmen.

Every now and again I’m rendered speechless by the lengths the left will go to in order to scare people into compliance when it comes to their ideas about guns.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell took the cake when he suggested that anyone wielding a handgun is no match for someone with a rifle because the bullet from rifle travels faster.

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How stupid can you be? But you don’t know you’re being “dumb”, but you should be able to know that you don’t know a lot of stuff. No slam on anyone. No one could possible know everything, or even everything about one thing.

But when you’re a “leader in media” with a big megaphone, you have an obligation to be informed. With experts at their beck and call, why not let someone, who’s an expert on the topic, give their opinion.

It’s dogma that a mass shooter can be rushed when reloading. It’s not hard to envision that a “victim”, with a concealed carry weapon, can use that interval to put a few holes in mass shooter. Unless the mass shooter has trained reloading, there is a good chance it’ll take a few extra seconds and he may jam the weapon.

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GUNS: Gooferment wants “We, The Sheeple” unarmed

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Announces Multi-State Crackdown On Guns
“Until Congress and the president produce action on gun violence, we must do our best to keep our states safe,” Murphy announced on Thursday
By Tom Davis, Patch Staff | Feb 22, 2018 10:11 am ET | Updated Feb 22, 2018 11:07 am ET

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Additionally, participating states will share information about individuals who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm within each state. The current lack of information-sharing between the four states has prevented state law enforcement agencies from knowing if an individual has attempted to purchase or permit a weapon in a neighboring state, according to Murphy.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but if a disqualified person even attempts to buy a weapon, they are subject to arrest.

If the state Gooferments would just do their job, then there would be no need for “information sharing”.

I know Virginia had a very aggressive cooperative effort between gun dealers and the State Police having personally witnessed two arrests for attempted purchases by DQed individuals while I was at the gun range. The dealer’s employee said that they had cooperated with the State Police on numerous occasions. All that was required was that the Federal Instacheck system be operational; he didn’t have a high opinion on it’s reliability. That dealer had a policy of not making delivery of a gun if the system was down. If fact, when it was up, he called folks to come in and pick up their orders. I also say them refuse to sell a gun to individuals on numerous times for various reasons but mostly on “qualification” — one that I overheard was the individual tell the sales guy that the buyer had never held a gun before, the sales guy called the owner over,  and the dealership owner insisted he take a free NRA class before he would sell him a gun. I was very impressed with their policy and diligence. The disappointed owner left. Owner said to the clerk: “Accident waiting to happen but not on my conscience.”


I’ve stopped advocating for gun rights with folks who don’t know the issues. All I do now is share the meme:


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GUNS: Gun-violence restraining orders (GVROs) seem like a good idea

A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider
February 16, 2018 4:02 PM

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Gun-violence restraining orders (GVROs) make us all safer while empowering the individual and protecting liberty.To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice your religion. It’s a co-equal liberty in the Bill of Rights, grounded not just in the minds of the Founders but in natural law.

Against this backdrop, most forms of gun control proposed after each mass killing represent a collective punishment. The rights of the law-abiding are restricted with no real evidence that these alleged “common sense” reforms will prevent future tragedies in any meaningful way.

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While there are various versions of these laws working their way through the states (California passed a GVRO statute in 2014, and it went into effect in 2016), broadly speaking they permit a spouse, parent, sibling, or person living with a troubled individual to petition a court for an order enabling law enforcement to temporarily take that individual’s guns right away. A well-crafted GVRO should contain the following elements (“petitioners” are those who seek the order, “the respondent” is its subject):

  • It should limit those who have standing to seek the order to a narrowly defined class of people (close relatives, those living with the respondent);
  • It should require petitioners to come forward with clear, convincing, admissible evidence that the respondent is a significant danger to himself or others;
  • It should grant the respondent an opportunity to contest the claims against him;
  • In the event of an emergency, ex parte order (an order granted before the respondent can contest the claims), a full hearing should be scheduled quickly — preferably within 72 hours; and
  • The order should lapse after a defined period of time unless petitioners can come forward with clear and convincing evidence that it should remain in place.

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While I would open up the “narrowly defined class of people” to include neighbors and others with direct knowledge and / or concern.

A road rage victim, someone threatened on social media, someone who sees “something” on social media should all be permitted.

If they are willing to use their own time, money, and resources to make a case before a Judge, then they should be heard. 

Frivolous actions should be sanctioned for those who misuse the process; like the SLAP stuff for those who file frivolous lawsuits.

The judge should be able to be able to set the time period for the sanction to apply.

The  judgment should be quickly registered to prevent acquisition, a warrant issue, to search for the defendant’s weapons in “all the usual places”, and seize any found. To be returned when the order lapses.

Seems like a good idea to me.

It’s an adversarial process where defendant has rights.

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GUNS: Solutions for school and other shootings


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Classroom Massacre 

A South Florida high school became the latest scene of a deadly mass shooting in the U.S. after a gunman opened fire at the end of the school day, leaving 17 people dead and more than a dozen injured. The suspect, who is in custody, is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons, police said. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the suspect had “countless” gun magazines and one “AR-type rifle.” The victims include both students and teachers, the sheriff said. Twelve people were killed inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and three outside the school. Two others died at the hospital. The Florida school shooting is the deadliest since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed. It is the third-deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history, after Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech. One parent, who reached his daughter on the phone as the shooting unfolded, said: “She’s 14 years old and she had to see multiple dead bodies….It’s something that you hear about all the time, and you never think it will happen to you.”

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Now that a little time has past, here’s my “solutions”.

  • “Gun-free zones” are nothing more than “Target rich environments”. End them!
  • Arm any teacher, bureaucrat, or custodial person interested.
  • Screen the students for “wackos”.
  • Study the relationship between these events and the drugs given to young men.
  • Surveil “social media” sites for young men with weapons fetishes.
  • “Harden” the Gooferment Skrules.
  • Implement “Constitutional Carry” like in Vermont.
  • Pass “National Reciprocity”; just like “drivers’ licenses”.
  • Enforce the existing laws & enforce prison terms like “felon in possession”, “straw purchases”, and “attempted purchases by disqualified persons” with NO plea deals! (DJT45 should be leaning on the various Deputy Attorneys around the country for regular reports on their results.) 


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You can screen for wackos like your blog says, but then what do you do?  You can’t arrest or detain them….and that certainly would go against your libertarian civil liberties.  I’m not sure there is a defense for this stuff…at least on that vein.

[JR: You most certainly can “detain” them as “threat to themselves and others”. All States have a 72 hour hold. And, an adversarial court finding would bar them from purchasing firearms under the current laws.]

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GUNS: An “interesting definition” of “school shootings”

Fact Check: Pro-Gun Control Liberals Spread Misleading Claim of 18 School Shootings so Far in 2018
by AWR HAWKINS 14 Feb 2018

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In the wake of the heinous attack on Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, pro-gun control liberals spread the misleading claim that there have already been 18 school shootings in 2018.

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For example, in Everytown for Gun Safety’s breakdown of the alleged shootings, it is evident that eight of the 18 incidents did not result in any injuries or fatalities. Of the remaining 10 alleged shootings, Everytown lists two as an “attempted or completed suicide, with no intent to injure other person.” One of the suicides occurred in the bathroom of an Arizona school and the second in the parking lot of a Michigan school. No one else was injured in either incident.

Of the remaining eight incidents, Everytown lists one as a “gun fired unintentionally.” Of the remaining seven, where a gun was fired to harm others, at least one of the incidents was a single shot fired following an early morning fight at Wake Forest University. One shooting happened outside a Louisiana high school resulting in a 14-year-old receiving an “superficial” wound, and another resulted in a 15-year-old girl being wounded by a 16-year-old boy.

When suicides, accidental discharges, purposeful shootings without injuries, and purposeful shootings with only “superficial” wounds are counted as school shootings on par with the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School or Columbine, then we have reached a point when the phrase “school shootings” can connote anything.

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How can we have an honest discussion when “interesting definitions” are used?

It’s really counter-productive and does nothing to advance our understanding.


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GUNS: US Arms is as bad as the USAF; who’s next? The Navy?

NOVEMBER 16, 2017

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After an Air Force veteran with a criminal history was able to buy guns and kill 29 people in a Texas church, a Pentagon-wide investigation found that the Army is failing to alert the FBI about soldiers’ criminal histories in a “significant amount” of cases.

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No new “gun laws” until the Gooferment gets its act together. What use are the “laws” if the Gooferment fails to keep the rolls up to date.


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GUNS: Existing gun laws are ineffective due to bureaucrat error


A History of Violence 

The gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church on Sunday morning had a history of domestic abuse, animal abuse and trouble holding down a job, as well as a failed marriage. But 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley’s violent past didn’t prevent him from purchasing weapons. One reason is that the U.S. military failed to submit Kelley’s record to the FBI after a court-martial conviction, including for slamming his baby’s head. The military’s lapse apparently explains why Kelley passed an FBI background check and was allowed to purchase guns in recent years. Authorities are still piecing together his motive. Leading up to the shooting, Kelley sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law. The shooting left a community in Texas with unspeakable losses: The youngest victim was 1½ years old; the oldest, 77.

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It would seem that the politicians and bureaucrats should be reviewing their FAILURES in their systems.


Once again, “a good guy with a gun” stops the attack. 

So why DON’T we have universal concealed carry?

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