August 27, 2015

Vox Comic Relief: Web Site Uses New Deal-Era National Recovery Administration Photo

Two weeks ago, cable and broadcast giant Comcast announced that its NBCUniversal unit would invest $200 million in Vox Communications, thereby “creating a partnership to help the television giant better connect with younger audiences.”

Based on what follows and far more examples than one could hope to cite in a single post, Comcast should consider asking for their money back. Apparently trying to capitalize on the anti-Second Amendment hysteria the Obama administration and the left have attempted to foster after Vester Lee Flanagan II shot and killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Virginia, Vox posted the following breathtakingly ignorant tweet (since taken down; HT Twitchy):

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July 15, 2015

On Guns, John Kasich is on Common Ground With … Bernie Sanders

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:36 pm

When they were in Congress, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Ohio’s John Kasich voted “yea” on HR 4296 – “Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons.”

It was “a bill that bans certain semiautomatic assault weapons.”

The bill passed by a margin of 216-214.

If either man had changed his vote to a “nay,” the bill would not have passed.

Just sayin’.

Fortunately, the bill had a built-in ten-year expiration, and was not renewed in 2004.

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UPDATE: Yes, I know the term “assault weapons” is a myth and a made-up term. You’ll note that it’s in quotes above both times.

July 11, 2015

NY Times Blames Dylann Roof’s Gun Purchase on ‘System’ Loophole, Then ‘Law’ Loophole — Not Government Incompetence

Apparently nothing is ever the government’s fault during the Obama era — even a clear failure by authorities to prevent an alleged mass-murderer from acquiring a gun, and their failure to retrieve it once he obtained it.

Earlier today, before it went down the paper’s frequently used memory hole, reporter Michael S. Schmidt wrote in his second paragraph (evidence here and here) that alleged mass murderer Dylann Roof got a gun despite having a disqualifying drug-possession arrest because of “A loophole in the (national background check) system and an error by the F.B.I.” After apparently pushback from some readers, Schmidt revised his report, moving his “loophole” language to a much later paragraph, and characterized it as a problem with “the law,” which is still completely wrong.

I will show that Roof’s continued possession of a gun he should not have been allowed to keep is completely the fault of the people at the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

First, here are excerpts from Schmidt’s writeup (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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June 14, 2015

WashPost Hypes Study’s ‘Synthetic’ Claim That 1994 Connecticut Gun Law Saved Lives

On Friday, the Washington Post’s Jeff Guo hyped a study published in the American Journal of Public Health by four people with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study (abstract here) contends that “Connecticut’s handgun permit-to-purchase law (passed in 1994) was associated with a subsequent reduction in homicide rates” involving firearms.

Readers wondering if there is a connection to that Bloomberg, i.e., Michael, and his fierce anti-Second Amendment agenda need not wonder. There is. Two of the four authors are with the school’s Center for Gun Policy and Research — very weak research which left the Post’s Guo incomprehensively claiming that the state’s “permit to purchase” law regulating private firearms transactions seems to have saved “a lot” of lives.

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June 13, 2015

Preelection FBI ‘Active Shooter’ Study Team Admits Media Misinterpreted It — Six Months Later

In late September 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States, 2000-2013.”

To say the least, the report’s issuance, timed six weeks before the midterm elections, and its topic (“a specific type of shooting situation law enforcement and the public may face”) were curious. Given the press’s inclination to sensationalize and politicize any report on gun violence, its findings were especially vulnerable to misinterpretation. When that quite predictably happened, the FBI and the study’s authors appear to have done nothing to correct errant media reports. It also appears that they would have remained silent about those media distortions if longtime gun rights advocate John Lott Jr. hadn’t called them out in a professional criminal justice journal.

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April 11, 2015

NY Times Editorial Botches NRA Convention Gun Rules, Fails to Properly Correct

A Friday editorial at the Second Amendment-despising New York Times thought it had caught blatant hypocrisy at the NRA relating to gun-carrying rules at its national convention in Nashville, Tennessee. What was really blatant was the editorial’s ignorance and the writers’ failure to fact-check.

After getting caught, the Times should have decided to retract the editorial. Of course, that didn’t happen. Then, in a pathetic “correction,” the Times threw yet another error into the pile.

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February 26, 2015

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: I Hope Trayvon ‘Whooped the Sh**’ Out of Zimmerman

While it’s performing a long overdue housecleaning, MSNBC should point its broom in Melissa Harris-Perry’s direction and sweep her off the network for her anti-democratic, violence-advocating rant earlier this week at Cornell University.

Among other things, Harris-Perry told her audience that George Zimmerman deserved whatever injuries he received at the hands of Trayvon Martin in the violent February 2012 confrontation which began with Martin pommeling Zimmerman and ended in Martin’s death.

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February 18, 2015

AP: Indicted North Carolina Shooter’s ‘Creed’ Is the Second Amendment

Several outlets have looked over the Facebook posts of Craig Hicks, who was indicted Monday for the February 10 murders of three Muslims in North Carolina.

Hicks’s alleged murderous motivation appears to have had nothing directly to do with religion, but instead is said to have involved “a dispute over parking spaces at the condo community where Hicks and two of the victims lived.” Whether we need to know anything else about the guy is an open question, but since it was inevitable that people would go there, it’s worth noting that most outlets (examples here, here, and here) have focused on Hicks’s Facebook-expressed atheism and an accompanying hostility towards all forms of religion. As will be seen, that take wasn’t satisfactory to Associated Press reporters Allen G. Breed and Michael Biesecker.

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December 24, 2014

Anti-Gun ‘PSA’ Tells Kids to Turn in Their Parents’ Guns

When I first read about this, I thought that it had to be some kind of weird spoof. But it’s not.

Over the course of almost two excruciatingly tedious minutes completel with ominous piano-dominated background music, a recently created video intended to become a public service announcement (PSA) shows a teenage boy taking a gun out of a drawer in his parents’ bedroom and bringing it to school. At the end of a class period, he puts it on the desk of his shocked teacher and asks her, “Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.”

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December 6, 2014

Sorry, Matt Stroud at AP: Non-Timely Gun Background Checks Don’t ‘Beat the System’

In the runup to the Black Friday shopping weekend, the Associated Press’s Matt Stroud hysterically claimed that “more gun sales are effectively beating the system” of background checks. Tim Graham at NewsBusters caught how Stroud described the situation as “a ‘perfect storm,’ like the disastrous ship-sinking movie.”

Stroud’s report gave readers the clear impression that there are no potential repercussions if a gun buyer who should not have been allowed to purchase a gun based on a completed background check is sold one before such a check is completed when the three-day waiting period expires. Yesterday, the NRA’s Institute for Leglislative Action added important information Stroud should have included in his report.

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October 26, 2014

Why ‘It Matters’: Threats to the Bill of Rights

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:16 pm

I’ve had a bit (emphasis: only a bit) of pushback against the “It Matters” video’s characterization of where we are with the Bill of Rights in this country, particularly this slide:

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The argument that I am overreacting took a big hit on Friday:

Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.

The Bill of Rights says that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

What about “shall make no law” (or, obviously impose any regulations pursuant to laws) do these clowns not understand?

Yes, this particular item is a partisan matter and an example of fascism coming from the left. But those of us who have seen the conduct of the Republican establishments at the state level know damned well that thuggish behavior is not the exclusive province of the left — and if they could figure out how to shut out their opposition without getting a lot of notice, they’d do it in a heartbeat.

Want more? Look at the Second Amendment. Connecticut, clearly violating the Second Amendment, has made tens of thousands of people — perhaps hundreds of thousands — who have refused to register their guns into felons.

Then there’s the Fourth Amendment and the NSA’s illegal searches of private financial and phone records.

I could go on, but readers certainly should have gotten my point by now. The video’s slide predicts what we’ll be seeing on a de facto basis in a not-to-distant future if the statists’ momentum isn’t halted — and reversed.

That’s why “It Matters“:

UPDATE: The words sung over the slide in question are “We may not have another chance like this again” — and we may not.

September 16, 2014

MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee Laments Missouri’s ‘Rapid Rightward Shift’

On Saturday, Trymaine Lee at MSNBC.com, who fancies himself as an “expert” on “race, poverty, and guns,” was aghast at the current “current social and political mess” in Missouri.

He wasn’t talking about glass-strewn streets of Ferguson or Show-Me State Governor Jay Nixon’s feckless, irresponsible handling of that situation. No, the real problem is the state’s “rapid rightward shift.” A cursory review of Lee’s “logic” reveals that what has really happened is that Democrats have long since left the center.

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August 22, 2014

CNN’s Don Lemon: An ‘Automatic’ Weapon Is What I Say It Is

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:40 pm

Don Lemon at CNN isn’t interested in being told what an “automatic” rifle is. He’s decided what it is, and the truth doesn’t matter. Even after recognizing after the fact that the person correcting him was right, he has no remorse for his demonstrated ignorance.

On Wednesday, as Charles C. W. Cooke noted at National Review’s The Corner blog the next day, Lemon claimed that “most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon,” because he was able to do so “within 20 minutes” in Colorado two years ago. Radio host, CNN political commentator, and author Ben Ferguson corrected him. It didn’t matter, because as Lemon lamely explained, “For me, an automatic weapon is anything that … can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly.” Video is after the jump, followed by Lemon’s vain attempt to recover the next day.

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July 31, 2014

WaPo’s Kucinich Covers Bloomberg Ad, Misses How Having a Gun Would Have Prevented Domestic Violence

On Tuesday, Jackie Kucinich at the Washington Post wrote up a brief item about an ad released Monday by Everytown For Gun Safety, deep-pocketed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing group.

Kucinich reports that the ad “will air on cable television in Washington, D.C., and on network stations in New Hampshire, Arizona and Nevada, according to a release,” in an attempt to affect U.S. Senate races in those states. If Kucinich had actually watched the ad, it’s hard to imagine why she wouldn’t have noticed that the victim of domestic violence portrayed would have been far better off if she herself had been armed:

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July 27, 2014

Federal Court Strikes Down ‘Nation’s Last Explicit’ Gun Ban; Press Mostly Ignores

On Saturday, District of Columbia Circuit Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. finally ruled that the city of Washington’s ban on residents carrying firearms outside their homes is unconstitutional.

Emily Miller at Fox News calls it a decision which “leaves no gray area in gun-carrying rights.” But a Google News search on “Washington DC gun case” (not in quotes, sorted by date), returned only 16 items, only one of which — a terse five-paragraph Reuters dispatch carried at the New York Times and appearing in Sunday’s paper on Page A16 — is from a U.S. establishment press outlet.

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