February 3, 2016

Snitchbook: Facebook Enforcing Gun-Sale Ban by Relying on ‘Network of Users’

A great deal was made of Facebook’s announcement last week that it would ban private gun sales on both its flagship website and Instagram.

Readers who only followed establishment press accounts can be forgiven if they came away from most reports thinking that the firm has some kind of algorithm or recognition system for enforcing the ban. That’s not so.


January 25, 2016

Baltimore Sun Writer Advocating Gunowner Database Thinks She’s in the Majority

Tricia Bishop is back.

The Baltimore Sun deputy editorial page editor and columnist, who on January 7 advocated “a gun owner registry available to the public online — something like those for sex offenders,” posted a follow-up on Friday, claiming that “Gun control advocates (are) the silent majority.” Bishop is clearly put off by the ferocity of the blowback she received for advocating that the whole wide world — which she somehow forgets includes stalkers, leftist intimidators, criminals who would like to steal guns, and other criminals who would like to target the unarmed — should be able to know who does and doesn’t own a gun in the U.S. Well, ma’am, you really didn’t think that everyone you would like to expose for exercising their Second Amendment rights using a “model” similar to that employed for sex offenders would just sit there and take it, did you?


January 13, 2016

Positivity: Missouri Woman Credits Second Amendment for Saving Her Family

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Springfield, Missouri (video at link; HT Gateway Pundit):

POSTED 4:51 PM, JANUARY 5, 2016

A Missouri woman says the right to carry a gun saved her family’s life last Sunday night. They were filling up their vehicle at a gas station when a man, armed with a knife, opened the door to get inside.

The family of four stopped at the Rapid Roberts on Sunshine Street just west of Highway 65 at about 8pm. A man approached their car acting strange.

Katie Claxton describes the tense moments in a Facebook post:

He opened the door and pulled put a knife about the size of a machete and pointed it at me while starting to get in the van. I screamed, “Matt get your gun!!!!” And the guy stopped getting in the car and said, “You’re lucky he has a gun” and then shut the door and started walking away.”

Claxton says she told her husband Matt to shoot the stranger. Instead, he fired off a call to 911. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 8, 2016

Baltimore Sun Editor Wants Searchable Database of Gun Owners — For the Children

Tricia Bishop, the deputy editorial page editor at Baltimore Sun, also writes a biweekly column. Bishop was impressed three years ago when the White Plains, New York-based Journal News published an interactive online map showing “the addresses (and names) of all pistol permit holders” in two Empire State counties.

Very few others were. Though the outrage over the paper’s move was (excuse the expression) fast and furious, the Journal News kept the database up for almost a month before removing it, and “somehow” allowed its raw data to be leaked. It hardly seems a coincidence that the paper laid off 26 employees, including the editor responsible for publishing the map, just eight months later. Bishop, apparently oblivious to the blowback and other consequences, wants to extend the idea to all gun owners nationwide.


January 6, 2016

Despicable New York Daily News Headline Screams: GOP Is the ‘Party of Pro-Death’

In November and December, the New York Daily News characterized the NRA and its CEO Wayne LaPierre as a jihadists and terrorists. Now it has set its sights on Republican Party presidential candidates and leaders who are defending the plain, Supreme Court-upheld wording of the Constitution’s Second Amendment and Congress’s power to make laws over lawless presidential actions.

Wednesday’s NYDN headline: “GOP: The Party of Pro-Death”:


December 25, 2015

AP Ignores Minn. Terror Suspect’s Involvement With Airport De-Icing

In a year-end interview with National Public Radio, President Barack Obama largely blamed “a saturation of news” coming from a media which “is pursuing ratings” for growing concerns in America over the ability of ISIS and other terrorists to conduct attacks on U.S. soil, and indicated that “it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”

It’s reasonable to believe that Obama was telling the press corps, which already works furiously to prop him up, that they need to cut back on their reporting of domestic terrorist activities, arrests and court proceedings. It seems fair to say that the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, quickly took that advice to heart in its selective coverage of the saga of Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, and that its selectivity has kept a noteworthy story very quiet.


December 21, 2015

Told Ya: Ted Strickland Is (and Always Has Been) a Gun-Grabber

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:09 am

No one should be surprised, or even disappointed, that Ted Strickland has changed his position on the right to keep and bear arms.

Two weeks ago, Strickland quietly began the transition (HT Washington Free Beacon):

Strickland says he supports the same thing as Democrats already in the Senate: a law to expand background checks to people buying guns from private sellers at gun shows and on the Internet, and a requirement to stop people on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms legally.

That means he has changed his mind.

The former Ohio governor had NRA ratings of A or A+ for years. He voted against the assault-weapons ban when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1990s.

When did he change his position, and why?

Strickland has not addressed that in any level of detail.

A story today at the Columbus Dispatch has finally made it explicit:

Strickland switches on gun rights

… Fast-forward to today, and the same Ted Strickland, who faces a contested U.S. Senate Democratic primary race in March against Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, has become an advocate of the type of gun restrictions he once opposed.

It is one of the most-dramatic reversals in Ohio politics since 1990, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony J. Celebrezze jettisoned his lifelong opposition to abortion rights, a move that hurt him in the general election when he lost to Republican George V. Voinovich.

And even as Strickland’s aides insist that he became an advocate of new gun restrictions in the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in 2012 at a Connecticut elementary school, some analysts suggest the former governor realizes that opposition to gun restrictions could hurt him among Democratic primary voters who tend to back tougher gun laws.

Let’s recap the history:

  • Ted Strickland began his years-long efforts at becoming a Congressman in the 1980s as a staunch gun-control advocate.
  • He changed his public stance when he realized he could never win otherwise in relatively conservative Southeastern Ohio.
  • He barely won election to Congress in 1992 because voters were turned off by the House Bank-related corruption of incumbent Republican Bob McEwen.
  • As a congressperson, he consistently voted to support Second Amendment rights — but I challenge anyone to show me where Strickland’s vote alone was the difference between gun-related legislation passing or failing.
  • Along the way, organizations which should know better looked only at Strickland’s votes while ignoring the rabid anti-Second Amendment politicians he reliably endorsed for almost two decades. He even went on a staged hunting trip with Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (NRA grade – “F”) in 2004.

Strickland reached the point of no return in 2008 when he endorsed Barack Obama for President; yet the NRA and other gun-rights organizations continued to support him. Less than two years later, Barack Obama, who as a candidate lied when he said that he couldn’t and wouldn’t do such things, began using executive actions to curb the Constitution’s plainly stated right to keep and bear arms.

As I wrote just before the 2010 elections:

Ohio’s Democratic Governor Ted Strickland is running for reelection. He claims to be a staunch supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. He can correctly claim to have a strong record in this area when he was a congressman, and to have taken several actions as governor that are consistent with that alleged belief. But … that’s irrelevant, because Ted Strickland supported Barack Obama for president in 2008, and has not backed away.

While Obama remains president and Democrats retain control of the Senate, we are one deadly Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia, or Kennedy heart attack away from losing the Second Amendment. Any conceivable doubt that this is the case disappeared when Obama-nominated Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, contradicting her confirmation hearing testimony, voted with the minority in the recent 5-4 McDonald decisionThus, no one, including Ted Strickland, can claim to be pro-Second Amendment and continue to support Barack Obama. Sadly, organizations like the NRA and Ohio’s Buckeye Firearms Association, who have both endorsed Strickland over Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich, don’t understand that.

The NRA and the Buckeye Firearms Association still endorsed Strickland over incumbent Governor John Kasich in 2010. If Kasich’s assault-weapons vote in the 1990s was really a deal-killer, the groups should have not have endorsed anyone.

Ted Strickland’s long-running gun-rights advocacy was never a sincerely held position. It was a position of convenience which got him into Congress and shielded him from some of Ohio voters’ wrath while he ran for and acted as governor.

But now, Ted has found that publicly supporting the Second Amendment is no longer convenient. In fact, with far-left Democratic primary voters, it could be somewhat problematic.

So Strickland has “changed his mind.”

No one looking at the history objectively can possibly believe that Ted Strickland has ever been sincere in his support for the right to keep and bear arms.

December 8, 2015

LA Times Editorial Opposes ‘No Fly List’ Gun Purchase Ban As ACLU Waffles

In the debate over whether persons whose names are on the “no-fly list” should be denied their constitutional right to purchase a gun, one quite predictable thing has happened. Now that President Barack Obama has come out in favor of such a move in a nationally televised speech — to the point of wondering “What could possibly be the argument?” for opposing him — The ACLU, which 5 years ago strongly opposed it in official congressional testimony, is now trying to appear noncommittal while paying lip service to due-process rights.

That was to be expected, as the ACLU is largely funded by wealthy leftist donors who strongly support curtailing Second Amendment rights, due process be damned. What has literally come out of far-left field as a pigs-must-be-flying surprise is an editorial in the Los Angeles Times which opposes Obama on this issue.


December 5, 2015

Press Redefines ‘Mass Shootings’ and Claims 355 So Far This Year; It’s Really 4

At the Washington Post’s Wonkblog on Wednesday, Christopher Ingraham claimed that the San Bernardino massacre, which we now know was an act of Islamic terrorism, was “355th mass shooting this year.” A Google search on “355th” mass shooting “this year” (not in quotes) indicates that the stat has become a media meme, repeated at places like the Today Show, PBS, NPR, NBCnews.com, and too many others to mention.

In a New York Times op-ed on Thursday — one which appears not to have made the paper’s print edition — Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, of all places, wrote that Ingraham and others in the media, including the Times itself, are wrong — by a factor of 89. As consistently defined until very recently, there have been four mass shootings in the U.S. year, and 73 since 1982.


December 3, 2015

Day After San Bernardino Massacre, Barbara Boxer Says ‘We’ve Proven’ Gun Control Works in California

Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California today cited how her home state’s “important gun safety laws” demonstrate that “Sensible gun laws work, we’ve proven it in California, and we’re not going to give up.” She apparently means that she and others who won’t respect the Second Amendment are “not going to give up” on passing or imposing similar legislation or mandates nationally.

Ms. Boxer apparently failed to notice that San Bernardino, the site of yesterday’s massacre of 14 at a San Bernardino County holiday party — with 21 others injured, many critically — is in her home state. A Republican or conservative making a similar observation about an event demonstrating an obviously contradictory point as Boxer did would be an object of relentless establishment press criticism and ridicule. But Boxer is a gun-grabbing leftist, so she’ll likely get a near-complete pass. Video follows the jump.


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 Salon.com 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.