Category: Gun Control

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.

Sep 25 2019

Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Amy Swearer

Watch Amy Swearer of the Heritage Foundation establish beyond dispute that no government that would deprive law-abiding citizens of AR-15s is their friend:

On a tip from Lyle.

Sep 22 2019

Who Is Texas: Beto or Sara Gonzales?

Until progressives succeed at using demographic transformation to turn Texas blue, Sara Gonzales will continue to be much more representative of the state than authoritarian punk Robert Francis O’Rourke. Let’s see if she agrees with “Beto” that Texans are eager to let him confiscate their firearms:

I’ll take that as a no.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Sep 20 2019

Armed Woman Tops Criminal With Baseball Bat

The rules go like this: rock tops scissors, scissors tops paper, paper tops rock, criminal with baseball bat tops unarmed woman, armed woman tops criminal with baseball bat.

That last part was recently confirmed at the Showboat Drive-in theater in Hockley Texas:

[T]wo [female] managers were finishing up their shift when they spotted some motion inside the concession stand.

One of them checked out the noise and was confronted by two men.

One of the suspects pulled out a bat and started beating the manager, while the other suspect ran.

The second suspect may have been armed with a knife. Yet running away was a good move.

The manager reportedly pulled out a gun and shot and killed the man who was beating her.

Nice work, ma’am. Too bad a certain woman in Las Vegas was caught unprepared; a woman with a gun tops a criminal with a sledgehammer too.

Unfortunately, a criminal with the sympathy of the liberal establishment tops a law-abiding citizen who has been disarmed by Big Government.

On a tip from Kate P.

Sep 14 2019

Proof That American Citizens Can Be Trusted With Guns

The Democrat debate Thursday confirmed what we already knew, namely, that the Democrats will take away our guns the moment they have the political leverage. They pretend that American citizens cannot be trusted with guns. But I have proof that we can — and that liberals know it:

Note that the moonbats pulled this irritating stunt in Texas, where the economy is even more dependent than everywhere else on fossil fuels, and a high percentage of the populace is armed.

It took a lot of faith to present themselves as if for target practice. The faith was not misplaced.

On a tip from Varla.

Sep 09 2019

NASCAR Takes a Left Turn on Guns

Despite a largely Southern fan base, NASCAR has survived joining the mob out to eradicate symbols of the South while at the same time embracing racist sociopaths of politically preferred pigmentation. It will probably also survive siding with gun-grabbers. But you can expect its popularity to continue to decline.


K-Var, a retailer in outdoor and shooting sports products, reports that it was told it would need to edit/change an ad submitted earlier this year it had intended to be included in NASCAR’s official program. The problem, apparently, is that the K-Var ad included depictions of “assault-style rifles/sniper rifles.” Presumably, the offending firearm is an AK-variant manufactured by Arsenal.

“Assault-style” includes America’s Rifle, the AR-15 — an immensely popular model for sport and self-defense. “Sniper rifles” would include any rifles designed to be accurate over a long range — e.g., bolt-action hunting rifles.

NASCAR’s official media sales agent told K-Var (as well as other potential advertisers), that the racing organization is undergoing a “gradual shift in (its) position on guns,” …

Radicalized Democrats, who have signaled that they plan on a major gun grab if the 2020 elections go their way, will love the shift. NASCAR’s right-leaning fanbase will not.

NASCAR isn’t the first corporation to shoot itself in the foot by placing moonbattery ahead of its own customers.

We’ve seen Dick’s Sporting Goods, Levi Strauss & Co., and several banks decide they needed to offer their corporate support to the extremist anti-gun agenda. In the world of automotive entertainment, we’ve seen monster truck promoters determine that they don’t need to worry about offending law-abiding gun owners and supporters of the Second Amendment. And who can forget Yeti?

All of these businesses have made financially inadvisable decisions for the sake liberal “virtue” signaling. The foolishness in the case of NASCAR borders on suicidal. We aren’t talking about the NBA. The percentage of NASCAR fans who do not support the Second Amendment is likely to be miniscule.

On tips from Lyle.

Sep 09 2019

Feds Demand Gun Scope Data From Apple and Google

Apple and Google have mountains of data on those who use smart phones, including where we are at any given time, what we look at online, what we buy, et cetera. That means the feds have mountains of data — at least potentially. Anything Big Tech has, its BFF Big Government can acquire. Forbes has an example pertaining to the imperiled right to bear arms:

According to an application for a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, investigators want information on users of Obsidian 4, a tool used to control rifle scopes made by night-vision specialist American Technologies Network Corp. The app allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device. …

If the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned. … Apple and Google will be told to hand over not just the names of anyone who downloaded the scope app from August 1, 2017 to the current date, but their telephone numbers and IP addresses too, which could be used to determine the location of the user.

If this is happening under a Republican administration, imagine the data bureaucrats will acquire with power-mad Democrats in control.

Anti-American tyrants like Dianne Feinstein, Robert Francis O’Rourke, and Joe Biden have made it crystal clear that as soon as they have the leverage, they will begin confiscating firearms from law-abiding Americans. The progressive agenda can’t be inflicted on a populace able to defend itself.

People will ignore the mandatory “buybacks.” Then will come the knock at the door, because when Silicon Valley knows everything, the federal government will know everything.

On tips from Lyle and Stormfax.

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