Category: Gun Control

Dec 07 2019

Bloomberg Declares War on Gun Owners

Even with Kamala Harris slinking away, the Democrat field remains crowded with subpar candidates who have minimal national appeal. Michael Bloomberg needs something other than his massive pot of money to distinguish himself. It looks like he has settled on emphasizing his ferocious hostility toward our fundamental right of self-defense. After all, anti–Second Amendment fanaticism worked so well for failed fellow candidates Beto O’Rourke and Eric Swalwell

Exploitatively choosing Aurora, Colorado as the site, he revealed his Master Plan on Thursday. It consists of familiar 2A-infringing proposals. Here are a few that are listed at Summit News:

— Reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Who knows what someone like Bloomberg means by “assault weapons” or “high-capacity”?

— Require every gun buyer to obtain a permit before making a purchase.

The better to facilitate confiscation in the near future.

— Institute a new age limit of 21 for those wishing to buy handguns, semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

You could serve in the military for years and still be too young to enjoy the freedom you were allegedly defending.

— Require a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for all gun purchases.

The main point would be to harass gun dealers and their customers, making sales at gun shows particularly difficult.

— Institute a federal “red flag” law to deny permits to “troubled people who pose a danger to themselves or others.”

That could allow faceless bureaucrats to arbitrarily deny Americans a constitutional right without due process.

— Institute a temporary ban on gun possession for those convicted of assault or other violent misdemeanors.

Maybe Bloomberg will expand that to the First Amendment by instituting a “temporary” ban on free speech for anyone heard to use foul language.

— Ban all guns in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, except for law enforcement.

That would allow future school shooters to run up higher body counts without having to worry about victims shooting back.

— Reverse the law that gives gun makers and gun dealers immunity from lawsuits.

Imagine how few cars would be available if Big Government applied the same principle to the manufacturers of vehicles that are misused by drunk drivers.

— Create the position of White House gun coordinator “to mobilize the public to fight gun violence and launch an inter-agency hub to fight gun violence.”

“Gun violence” in this context is a euphemism for “gun rights.” Rather than preventing crime, the agencies involved would spend public resources enforcing Bloomberg’s unconstitutional decrees.

“My agenda is not some johnny-come-lately list of borrowed ideas,“ Bloomberg claimed…

True enough, Bloomberg has been attempting to his impose his borrowed ideas for years (e.g., here, here, here, here, here). His goal of disarming the American public is time-honored. The British tried it back in the 18th century.

How this guy became so rich is a mystery. Even Joy Behar is bright enough to understand that you don’t tell people in advance you plan to disarm them, or only complete idiots will vote for you — and the commies Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have cornered the complete idiot vote.

Maybe Bloomberg is trying to earn entrance into whatever corner of their nihilistic void constitutes liberals’ conception of heaven. He has asserted that he already qualifies for the other heaven, implying that he will overrule God’s judgment as necessary (as noted here and here).

On tips from Lyle and Stormfax.

Nov 12 2019

Supreme Court Sounds Death Knell for Gun Rights

Only witless thugs like Ralph Northam, Beto O’Rourke, and Greg Swalwell are crude enough to risk armed resistance by attempting to impose direct confiscation of firearms in flagrant violation of the US Constitution. The time to drop the mask that disguises raw despotism is after the American public has been disarmed, not before. Accomplishing this task will be done by devious rather than direct means. After the “mainstream” media, the second favorite tool of the soft tyrant is the lawsuit.

Via the Jerusalem Post:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to the firearms industry, rejecting Remington Arms Co’s bid to escape a lawsuit by families of victims aiming to hold the gun maker liable for its marketing of the assault-style rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre…

The emotions stirred by Sandy Hook guarantee a jackpot judgment that will put Remington out of operation.

The justices turned away Remington’s appeal of a ruling by Connecticut’s top court to let the lawsuit proceed despite a federal law that broadly shields firearms manufacturers from liability when their weapons are used in crimes.

Another advantage of looting gun manufacturers and retailers into oblivion rather than attempting to ban guns outright is that a large percentage of the money acquired by trial lawyers is funneled back into the Democrat Party to keep the skids greased.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Nov 09 2019

Powerful Gun Message From Relative of Americans Killed in Mexico

If you want to know how safe Democrats will make you by imposing gun restrictions, look to Mexico. There, the laws Democrats dream of are already in force, leaving law-abiding citizens defenseless against armed criminals.

Kendra Lee Miller is a family member of victims of the horrific cartel violence that recently killed nine Americans in Mexico. She has a powerful message for her fellow Americans regarding the increasingly obvious Democrat designs against the Second Amendment:

“I say, fight for those guns, because these things are happening here in Mexico because people can’t protect themselves, because by law they’re not allowed to own these guns and so since the government isn’t doing their job of protection in the way they should these cartels can just wreak havoc and the people are left defenseless and so I say, hold onto your guns, people.”

You don’t need guns because the government will protect you, according to Democrats. Only an idiot would believe it. The Democrat Party is avidly antipolice. It resolutely refuses to protect us or to let anyone else protect us from the violence spilling across the porous border from the failed state to our south. At every opportunity, Democrats pander to criminals, often by letting them out of prison.

Democrats would not protect us from criminals even if they could. They are the party of criminals. Otherwise, they would not want to disarm us, in contravention of the Constitution, which is the basis of all US law.

Via Vlad Tepes:

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Nov 07 2019

David Hogg: Make NRA Headquarters Into Monument to Gun Control

Losing to leftist bullies is not an option. They will destroy everything that true Americans hold sacred and then rub our faces in the ashes. The NRA, which exists to defend the Constitution, is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. Here’s how teenage totalitarian David Hogg reacted to the recent election indicating that politically, Virginia has become a satellite of the Debt Star:

“Gun violence prevention” is liberal euphemism-speak for gun control.

Via Breitbart:

Hogg’s tweet comes the morning after Democrats won control of both chambers of the Virginia legislature, and did so at a time when Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam is pushing myriad gun control proposals.

Northam began pushing universal background checks, a one-handgun-a-month purchase limit, and a ban on fire suppressors, following the May 31, 2019, Virginia Beach shooting.

None of these proposals would have hindered the Virginia Beach incident, but no matter; as with his war on Jefferson Davis, the point is to pander to the far left, so that it will forgive Northam for having worn blackface in a yearbook photo, a scandal that fittingly nearly destroyed him.

Here’s an idea Hogg will love. Once Democrats have imposed the single-part rule we see in Chicago and California on the whole country, why not convert Independence Hall in Philadelphia into a shrine to authoritarian statism?

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Nov 06 2019

Patriots Stand for Second Amendment

A pair of patriots explain why disarming the American population might not go as smoothly as liberal establishmentarians like Joy Behar seem to believe:

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, these patriots are not welcome in New York.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: 'Nox & Friends.

Nov 06 2019

Open Thread

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. - Mahatma Gandhi

On a tip from Bill589.

Nov 05 2019

Joy Behar: Don’t Give Warning Before Grabbing Guns

Joy Behar has learned a lesson from the collapse of Beto O’Rourke’s farcical yet alarming presidential campaign. Fortunately, she doesn’t have the smarts to apply it on behalf of the liberal establishment she personifies.

Robert Francis O’Rourke accidently did real Americans a service when he squeaked, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15” and openly advocated a mandatory “buyback,” which would boil down to door-to-door confiscation of firearms in stark violation of the US Constitution. Having been fool enough to announce his intentions validated the most extreme suspicions of the NRA, and proved him to be too witless to compete even in the party of Joe Biden.

Joy Behar has managed to follow this far, but it doesn’t occur to her that her own mouth is as large as Beto’s. Via Fox News:

Politicians seeking to confiscate guns from Americans shouldn’t share their plans with the public beforehand and should seek to maintain an element of surprise, Joy Behar said on “The View” Monday. …

“They should not tell everything they’re going to do. If you’re going to take people’s guns away, wait until you get elected — then take the guns away,” she said. “Don’t tell them ahead of time.”

That’s the plan, all right. As with Beto, her advance notice won’t help her party much. How are Democrat voters supposed to pretend they aren’t endorsing tyranny when you keep pulling their fingers out of their ears and shouting that they are?

Tim Pool explains what effect this will have on the dwindling appeal the Democrat Party has for moderates:

On tips from KirklesWorth, Dragon’s Lair, and Rapinhoe.

Nov 04 2019

Rescued by Pregnant Wife With AR-15

A woman 8 months pregnant could be a victim during a brutal home invasion. Or she could be a heroine who saves her family. The difference: owning an AR-15.

From Florida, where the Second Amendment is thankfully still respected:

“I’ve got a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches and three staples in my head,” said [Jeremy] King, outside his home on Old Welcome Road in Lithia. “I took a severe beating.”

Yet King is a lucky man. It could have been much worse.

He was at home last Wednesday evening when two masked strangers armed with handguns burst in demanding money. They started beating him and grabbed his 11-year-old daughter. When his wife poked her head out of the bedroom, they shot at her. She came back out again with an AR-15. From there, the story turns happy.

One of the intruders was shot dead; the other ran off.

An AR-15 used to defend a home from criminals with pistols is hardly unusual, even if the media usually avoids reporting on it. This rifle is ideal for home defense, easily managed even by heavily pregnant women, but too difficult to conceal to be useful to most criminals.

However, for some reason, Democrats want to impose an America where only criminals have AR-15s.

If infringements on the right to bear arms had prevented this family from owning their AR-15, the entire Democrat Party would be complicit in the horrific consequences.

On tips from Lyle and Max42.

Nov 03 2019

Walter Williams on Why They Want Our Rifles

Democrats have it in for America’s rifle, the AR-15, erroneously demonizing it as an “assault rifle” and sometimes openly advocating confiscation. This is justified in the name of public safety. However, disarming people does not make them safer, particularly when it comes to rifles, which are rarely used in crimes. As Walter Williams points out,

The FBI lists murder victims by weapon from 2014 to 2018 in their 2018 report on Crime in the United States. It turns out that slightly over 2% (297) out of a total of 14,123 homicides were committed with rifles.

For perspective, 1,515 homicides were committed with knives, 672 by hand (or foot), and 443 with a blunt instrument. Yet no Democrat presidential candidates have called for mandatory “buybacks” of knives and hammers or amputations of hands (yet).

The availability of rifles does not correlate with gun violence. For most of the country’s history, guns were far more readily available than they are in these more violent times.

Americans who call for stricter and stricter gun control know that getting rid of rifles will do little or nothing for the nation’s homicide rate. Their calls for more restrictive gun laws are part of a larger strategy to outlaw gun ownership altogether. You have to wonder what these people have in store for us when they’ve eliminated our means to defend ourselves.

In case you really are wondering, Williams offers a clue:

Venezuela dictator Nicolas Maduro banned private gun ownership in 2012.

AR-15s are too unwieldy to be used much for crime. But they are ideal for home defense. When government gets big enough, it doesn’t want you defending your home — because it is what you may have to defend your home against.

By definition, anyone who wants to render you defenseless is your enemy.

On a tip from Lyle.

Oct 28 2019

AR-15 Raffle Triggers College Newspaper

It doesn’t take much to trigger moonbats. College Republicans at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville announced they would raffle off 80% of an AR-15’s lower receiver. The aspiring propagandists at the student newspaper clutch their pearls in desperation:

It is unreasonably reckless to give away 80% of an AR-15 part , the same weapon used in recent, high-profile mass shootings like the one in a Parkland, Florida, high school that killed 17 people in February 2018.

AR-15s are used to defend homes vastly more often than they are misused by maniacs. Nonetheless, the moonbats at the Northwest Missourian are so incensed, they even denounce the design of the flyer announcing the raffle.

For just $10, the College Republicans’ poorly-designed, Student Affairs-approved flyer touts, anyone on campus or in the community can enter the raffle for a chance to win a part of the semi-automatic weapon, one more suitable for a battlefield than a deer stand, much less a college campus.

Any moonbats out there want to list the armies that issue their troops semiautomatic AR-15s?

The flyer tweaks leftists by replying to Robert Francis O’Rourke’s “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15” threat with “Hell, no, you Beto not!”

The reality is that giving away parts of a weapon of such magnitude does little to impede O’Rourke, who won’t be a serious candidate for the presidency by the time the primary races reach Missouri.

True enough, an AR-15 is of vast magnitude compared to the piddling campaign of the punk from El Paso. However, Beta O’Rourke and the likeminded Eric Swalwell are only the most foolishly forthright of a party of gun-grabbers.

Perhaps unintentionally, the College Republicans’ attention-grab has united every common-sense-having individual in the Northwest community through one collective train of thought that collides with the organization’s intended mission. That thought, of course, is, “What the hell were they thinking?”

Common-sense-having student journalists might want to see if the school offers any remedial writing classes. Developing some basic skills might prevent them from being reduced to inarticulate sputtering when others fail to climb aboard the one collective train of thought.

On a tip from Lyle.

Oct 15 2019

Red Flag Abuse: Stephen Nichols

You have to watch what you say in public in authoritarian countries — and in the USA, in light of the red flag concept. Even innocuous remarks, if misconstrued, can result in lost liberty. Eighty-four-year-old Korean War vet Stephen Nichols is a case in point.

From Taxachusetts:

A Tisbury School crossing guard has been relieved of duty and had his personal firearms confiscated for alleged threats to the Tisbury School overheard by a waitress at Linda Jean’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs.

After a career spanning 6 decades with the Tisbury Police, this is all it took to establish Nichols as a threat to society:

Nichols said he was unimpressed with the Tisbury School resource officer’s alleged trips to Xtra Mart to get coffee when children came to school in the morning. While dining at Linda Jean’s a couple of weeks ago, Nichols said he told a friend about this and suggested somebody could “shoot up the school” in that officer’s absence, which he described as “leaving his post.”

After the waitress ratted him out for these supposedly threatening comments, Nichols was relieved of his crossing guard duties while he was performing them. He was also relieved of his firearms and his license to carry. Authorities were nice though; they didn’t charge him with a felony, despite telling him they could.

His interlocutor at the restaurant confirms that he did not threaten anyone. Everyone except the waitress seems to agree that he is not the type who would. But it only takes one complaint to hoist the red flag.

Nichols lost his wife two years ago and values his crossing guard work as a connection to the outside world. “I just need something to do to get out of the house and I love the kids,” he said.

Fortunately, public pushback sometimes still works. A petition was circulated. Nichols has been reinstated as a crossing guard.

But what about his guns?

Lawyer Dan Larkosh represents Nichols. He…

…intends to file an appeal of the decision by Tisbury Police Chief Mark Saloio to seize guns owned by Nichols, as well as his license to carry.

Good luck to him. Whether Nichols will ever regain his constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms remains to be seen.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Oct 14 2019

Mass Shootings and the Mainstream Media

The media shrieks that mass shootings are the fault of the NRA for defending the Constitution. Actually, as sponsor explains, the media itself is far more to blame:

This might sound like an outlandish claim, but it’s supported by evidence from no less an authority than the National Institutes of Health. It’s related to a well-established phenomenon of copycat suicides known as the Werther Effect. Other countries’ medias have taken steps to minimize the Werther Effect through self-imposed industry standards on suicide reporting, and many of these standards have parallels with the coverage of mass shootings.

Mass shootings are hyped into the sky, totally dominating the news for days on end.

Strong evidence suggests that this both encourages and instructs potential mass shooters.

The hype leaves perspective by the wayside. Here’s something you won’t learn from ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN:

2017 was the deadliest year for mass shootings in America with a total of 117 people killed. For context, 102 people die from automobile accidents every day according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute.

The same tactics used to attack gun rights could be used to criminalize cars — and will be, when progressives get to that point. But for now, they are focused on negating the Second Amendment. That and the boost that sensationalism gives their ratings explain the reckless coverage of mass shootings by the mainstream media.

If the media wanted to reduce mass shootings instead of throwing gasoline on the fire, it would take the advice of forensic psychologist Park Dietz:

“I have repeatedly told CNN and our other media the following[:] if you don’t want to propagate more mass murders: Don’t start the story with sirens blaring. Don’t have photos of the killer. Don’t make it 24/7 coverage. Do everything you can not to make the body count the lead story. Localize the story to the affected community. And make it as boring as possible in every other market.”

However, the MSM is unlikely to take this approach when there is money to be made and an authoritarian agenda to be advanced.

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Oct 11 2019

12-Year-Old Girl Arrested for Finger Gun

To moonbats, nothing could be more terrifying than a gun in private hands. It is the concretization of liberty, a working symbol of the empowered individual, and therefore absolute anathema to progressives’ authoritarian collectivist goals. Maybe the hysterical terror they attempt to instill regarding guns is not merely a tactic for attacking the Second Amendment; maybe they really are that scared. In any case, their hoplophobia has escalated to the level of self-parody. In Overland Park, a 12-year-old girl was dragged out of school in handcuffs and charged with a felony for pointing a finger gun.

[A]ccording to Johnson County District Court documents, on Sept. 18, the girl “unlawfully and feloniously communicated a threat to commit violence, with the intent to place another, in fear, or with the intent to cause the evacuation, lock down or disruption in regular, ongoing activities …” or created just the risk of causing such fear.

At this point, a 7-year-old eating his Pop-Tart into a shape that vaguely resembles a gun creates the risk of causing such a fear.

The finger gun has always been a common gesture, especially among children. But then, the okay sign has always been a common gesture too; that doesn’t mean it won’t send liberal authorities into tyrannical paroxysms of terror.

We have reached this level of lunacy before:

In 2015, a Colorado first-grader was suspended from school after forming his fingers into the shape of a gun, pointing toward a classmate and saying, “You’re dead.” …

A year earlier, in Columbus, Ohio, a 10-year-old boy was suspended for three days for pretending his finger was a gun.

Back in Overland Park, the absurd felony charge could prevent the girl from getting into college or the military. Her grandfather, who confirms that she has no access to real guns and no intention of harming anyone, was told that she might face up to a year in juvenile detention, not a good start for her young life.

But the important thing for authorities is to instill a “zero tolerance” policy toward anything having to do with guns.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Oct 11 2019

Open Thread

My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime usually do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed only for those exceptionally rare circumstances when all other rights have failed. A free people can only afford to make this mistake once. - Alex Kozinski

Oct 07 2019

Get Woke, Go Broke: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods shot it self in the foot by righteously proclaiming that it would no longer sell politically incorrect semiautomatic rifles for sport and home defense. Springfield Armory and the National Shooting Sports Foundation washed their hands of Dick’s, as did many customers. Economically speaking, Dick’s ostentatious moonbattery had even more immediate negative effects:

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack told CBS News that his company destroyed $5 million worth of “assault-style rifles” to keep them out of private hands.

What a tragic waste. Those guns could have saved lives if used to protect homes from violent intruders.

Stack also admitted the Dick’s gun control stance has resulted in “a quarter of a billion [dollars]” in loses.

Rather than learn a lesson from this misadventure in moonbattery, Dick’s presses forward. Many Dick’s stores no longer sell any guns at all. Stack is considering expanding this to all stores.

Having already alienated regular Americans, Dick’s no longer has much to lose. Any floorspace that is opened up they can fill with racks of overpriced but politically correct Nike sneakers.

On tips from ABC of the ANC and Scott D.

Oct 06 2019

Gun Rights for Dummies

These days, our schools teach us so little about the US Constitution that we could stand to learn from a dummy. This dummy explains why the Third Amendment reinforces the intent of the Second:

Protection from having to quarter troops in our homes may seem irrelevant now. But it serves as an example of the extremes of abuse and intrusion Big Government will inflict if we are powerless to stop it. The level of oppression imposed by the British was downright libertarian compared to the authoritarian fantasies infusing the Democrat dream of a Green New Deal.

On a tip from Scott D.

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