November 23, 2015

TWC News Spins North Carolina City’s Gun Turn-in Which Collected a Single ‘Gun’ As Positive

Time Warner Cable is trying to be in the news business, and is currently engaging in such efforts in 22 locations in five states.

Unless it wants to be yet another unreliable, hopelessly biased news source, it needs to try harder. Take this November 14 report from north-central North Carolina’s Triad area on the city of Greensboro’s effort to get residents to turn in unwanted guns. Keep in mind, the reference is to multiple “firearms” (HT Hot Air; presented in full because of its brevity, and for fair use and discussion purposes):


November 18, 2015

Illinois Congresswoman: Paris Attacks Show That U.S. Needs Stricter Gun Laws

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:40 pm

Over two years ago, even the Secretary General at Interpol, an outfit one might expect to be unreceptive to individiuals’ right to self-defense, said that one approach to the problem that terrorist groups are more frequently choosing to attack any place that people may congregate is “to say we want an armed citizenry.”

By contrast, Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky clearly isn’t interested in giving potential terrorist victims a chance to defend themselves. She’s more interested in using the Paris attacks as a springboard for advocating stricter gun laws. The press is failing to report what opportunists like Schakowsky are saying, likely because they realize that most of the American people are strongly opposed to such efforts.


October 17, 2015

Press Mostly Ignores Hillary’s Praise of Australia’s De Facto Gun Confiscation

The establishment press is mostly ignoring what Hillary Clinton said about gun control at a New Hampshire town hall meeting on Friday morning. Searches on “Clinton Australia” (not in quotes), attempting to find her statement that a massive, coercive gun “buyback” such as that seen in the Land Down Under almost 20 years ago “would be worth considering doing it on the national level,” indicate that the Associated Press has nothing, and that the New York Times web site has nothing. Related Google News results are overwhelmingly from center-right blogs and outlets.

Of the two exceptions I could find as of 10 p.m., one came from CNN. The other was a syndicated story from the New York Times which hadn’t yet appeared at the Times’s web site. Predictably, both are “conservatives attack” pieces which cherry-picked the NRA’s criticism of Mrs. Clinton’s remarks.


Salon Writer: To Get a Gun, You Should Have to Take a Bullet

D. Watkins has written at for about 1-1/2 years.

In his previous columns, he has shown that he fits right in with the “white privilege and oppression of blacks explains everything” crowd. Friday (HT Twitchy), he went into uncharted territory, seriously suggesting that no American should be able to own a gun until they “know the pain of getting hit” (bolds are mine):


October 12, 2015

Carson Is Right: An Armed Populace Deters Tyrants; An Unarmed Populace Emboldens Them

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:19 am

That’s why they want to take citizens’ guns away.

Ben Carson is of course right when he says that an armed Jewish population would have made Hitler’s attempts to wipe them out more difficult.

What isn’t sufficiently appreciated is that “good intentions” made it easier for Hitler to first consolidate his power and then to undertake the Holocaust, as Stephen P. Halborrk wrote at National Review in December 2013 (bolds are mine):

How the Nazis Used Gun Control

… In 1931, Weimar (Republic) authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the registration of all firearms and the confiscation thereof, if required for “public safety.” The interior minister warned that the records must not fall into the hands of any extremist group.

In 1933, the ultimate extremist group, led by Adolf Hitler, seized power and used the records to identify, disarm, and attack political opponents and Jews. Constitutional rights were suspended, and mass searches for and seizures of guns and dissident publications ensued. Police revoked gun licenses of Social Democrats and others who were not “politically reliable.”

During the five years of repression that followed, society was “cleansed” by the National Socialist regime. Undesirables were placed in camps where labor made them “free,” and normal rights of citizenship were taken from Jews. The Gestapo banned independent gun clubs and arrested their leaders. Gestapo counsel Werner Best issued a directive to the police forbidding issuance of firearm permits to Jews.

In 1938, Hitler signed a new Gun Control Act. Now that many “enemies of the state” had been removed from society, some restrictions could be slightly liberalized, especially for Nazi Party members. But Jews were prohibited from working in the firearms industry, and .22 caliber hollow-point ammunition was banned.

The time had come to launch a decisive blow to the Jewish community, to render it defenseless so that its “ill-gotten” property could be redistributed as an entitlement to the German “Volk.” The German Jews were ordered to surrender all their weapons, and the police had the records on all who had registered them. Even those who gave up their weapons voluntarily were turned over to the Gestapo.

This took place in the weeks before what became known as the Night of the Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht, occurred in November 1938. That the Jews were disarmed before it, minimizing any risk of resistance, is the strongest evidence that the pogrom was planned in advance.

The other infamous tyrants of the 20th century also confiscated guns.

October 8, 2015

Cass Sunstein’s ‘Just Embarrassing’ Revisionist Second Amendment History

Did you know that the “The Gun Lobby Rewrote the Second Amendment”?

No, really. Even though not a single word contained in that amendment has changed in over 220 years, you should believe it because former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein said so at Bloomberg View on Wednesday.


October 7, 2015

Positivity: Roseburg grandma’s gun shop gives all profits to homeless charity

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Roseburg, Oregon:

10:17 a.m. PDT October 5, 2015

While the killing power of firearms is inevitably the focus in the wake of tragedies such as the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, 86-year-old Carolyn Kellim is living proof that, in the right hands, guns also can contribute to acts of kindness.

Kellim is a white-haired grandmother who runs KC’s Exchange gun shop out of her home in a quiet residential neighborhood in Roseburg, Oregon.

But she donates all the profits from her business to Casa de Belen, a local charity that provides transitional housing for homeless families with adolescents and homeless teens.

“I’m doing the best I can to make as much money as I can to give to a charity that works with kids and families,” Kellim told NBC News, standing behind the counter in her one-room shop crammed with rifles, handguns, ammunition and hunting accessories.

“That’s so important in today’s world. We have to take care of people that have had a bad luck stroke.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 5, 2015

Not News: Obama’s Planned Visit to Roseburg, Ore. ‘Not Welcome’ There

Items found at the Associated Press, the New York Times and the Washington Post, in reporting that President Obama plans to visit Roseburg, Oregon later this week, have all failed to report that community leaders have said that his visit is not welcome.

The 4:10 p.m. PT (7:10 PM ET) entry at a running timeline at AP announced that “Barack Obama will travel to Oregon this week to visit privately with families of the victims of last week’s shooting at a community college.” None of the four previous items in the timeline as of 9:00 PM ET tonight (saved here for future reference) mentions that town leaders, who believe they are appropriately expressing the community’s sentiments, would prefer that he stay away.


Salon Writer Calls Michelle Malkin a ‘Right-Wing Rage Monkey’

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:57 pm

Poor Gary Legum at How dare supporters of the right to keep and bear arms as clearly defined in the Constitution’s Second Amendment push back against the gun control movement’s cynical exploitation of Thursday’s Roseburg, Oregon massacre?

Legum is outraged that “The right tells us (again) to ignore the elephant in the room.” He must mean the fact that the area in question at Umpqua Community College was a “posted” gun-free zone with only unarmed security guards, right? Of course not. Legum is upset over Americans’ “irrational attachment … to weaponry” — so upset that he descended into profanity and name-calling that would likely end his career forever if he were a right-wing commentator.


September 23, 2015

Positivity: Customer shoots bank robber in Warren

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Warren, Michigan (video at link; HT The Blaze):

Published On: Sep 21 2015 04:16:51 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 21 2015 05:20:13 PM EDT

A man who was robbing a Citizens Bank near 9 Mile and Van Dyke roads on Monday was shot by a customer at the bank.

Police found two guns at the scene. The bank is at the corner of Van Dyke Road and Timken Avenue, which is a few blocks north of 9 Mile Road.

The robber initially fled the bank on foot but was found lying on the ground bleeding. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

No other injuries have been reported.

Local 4 has learned the robber walked into the bank and announced a hold-up. He received money from a teller and then pointed the gun at the customer, who shot him. He shot him in both arms and the leg.

… The customer is cooperating with police. He has a concealed pistol license, police said.

The suspect was soon apprehended.

Go here for the full story.

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):


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.


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):


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.


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.