Quote of the day—bitterb @bitterb

It seems that “Holy Shit March” is a phrase we can just use for everything in life at this point.

bitterb @bitterb
Tweeted on April 2, 2020
[This was in response to this tweet by Tamara K. @TamSlick which I was seriously considering for a QOTD in it’s own right until bitter topped it:

Almost four million NICS checks in March. That’s a lotta guns.

It’s interesting to see the normalcy bias in action. Six months ago I, in my rational mind, knew something like this was possible but it didn’t feel possible in any reality I might experience. Today, working from home, seldom going to stores, wearing a mask when you do, and wiping down everything that has had recent contact with another human before it comes in the house feels ordinary.—Joe]

14 thoughts on “Quote of the day—bitterb @bitterb

  1. It wouldn’t surprise me that some homes, probably upscale ones at first, start including “quarantine airlock” spaces, probably in the form of an expanded mud room with an interior door and table space just for that. I’d bet a lot of us now have small tables in our garages for the purpose.

    And, airlocks aren’t foreign to architects; it’s common for houses in cold climates to have them, and mud rooms are common, but rarely able to be isolated from the rest of the house.

    • I’ve long considered such a thing as being ideal for a house. In the “expanded mudroom” you have a combine shower and dog-washing sink/station, so when dirty kids and mutts come in you can hose everyone down before they get into the main house. It would also double great as a hose-down station for a biohazard station, especially if you included a good UV lighting system and tiled or fiberglassed the whole thing for super-easy sterilization. Practical for ordinary use, but really useful in unexpectedly dangerous times, too.

      • Clean rooms traditonally use coated wall surfaces, usually fiberglas, melamine, etc. that are waterproof and don’t outgas. No idea the cost, but we’re talking – probably – not more than about 90-120 sq ft. of floor space to make the whole entry room a giant shower, or at least with a curbed shower in one corner. An air shower (std clean room stuff, but mucho spendy) just inside the outer door to blow off particles, but it’ll require a floor to match (that dislodged stuff has to go somewhere, and the high airflow also has to be exhausted somewhere).

        Coats, boots, etc. could go in a closet off the “entry room” if it were designed to block water penetration from hosing off kids, dogs, etc. or in a connected “clean” mud room. The entry room would also be a good place to put a second washer to keep dirty clothes out of the house, the dryer could go someplace else. The outfits who build commercial kitchens can build everything out of stainless from scratch, including sooper-large sinks, and that stuff, while not cheap, isn’t as expensive as one would first think.

        Sounds like a lot of work and additional expense, but I’d bet if done right it would eliminate a LOT of house cleaning by keeping dirt out of the house proper.

        • A friend of mine made a nice custom walk-in shower out of Corian. That stuff glues/welds together nicely to make an effectively seamless structure, and it comes in large sheets. Looks pretty, too.

  2. What a difference a week makes.

    Last Sunday shopping had 1 or 2 people wearing masks. This week had more than 50% in some kind of mask and gloves. The big issue with the home made PPE is they were poorly made or not able to make a correct fit. Sorry Clem, but if you want to wear a face mask the facial hair must go.

    This in a population that has had 12 cases in 100K + population. One fatality with an 80+ woman with multiple factors working against her.

    Gun club is open but no matches till May. The board will wait to see what Beshear the Younger proclaims at that time.

    • These may not all be new guns. But the nice thing is you can put multiple guns on one NICS check. I have done transfers of over twenty firearms on one 4473. So, more than 4 millions guns. Which is great! More guns=less crime! Suck it, Bloomberg!

      • No way to know but I’d be surprised if more than 10% were used guns. My impression is the sales surge is less sophisticated buyers who I doubt would buy used.

    • And more dependency on a supply chain that we are actively disrupting (destroying). Of course, that applies to most things we buy. Even manufacturers themselves depend upon a supply chain.

      Hopefully, we will be able to restore the supply chain quickly, but there are no guarantees. I now expect our near future to be one of cash chasing what remains in the supply chain.

    • And, don’t forget some states don’t run NICS if the purchaser has a valid CWP.

    • NSSF has an adjustment protocol that factors some of this out. I forget the details but I am sure it is on their web page.

  3. Actually it’s 3.1 million. Illinois runs NICS checks on FOID and CCW holders every day. Sometimes twice a day. So you have to automatically subtract at least 600,000 from that number.

    • Not sure if that’s actually in the total, but if it is, then it happens every month, and reduces both numerator and denomination by an equal amount, making the percentage increase even larger. 15/10 is smaller than 11/6, for example. either way, it’s considerably more than a standard deviation above the mean.

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