Gun cartoon of the day

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First off, there is no “epidemic of firearm mass murder”. Murder rates are at something like a 50 year low. The mass murder rate in the U.S. is in the same general range as the rest of the world. Unless you want to compare the U.S. with Europe in the 20th century. In that case the rate is far, far, lower. And you know why? Because the so much blood was spilled by governments murdering their own citizens. Closest the U.S. has had that might be compared is some of the Indian wars. And guess what, the North American natives were banned from owning firearms.

Genocide and firearm restrictions are closely related:

Which leads is the main point to be made about this cartoon. The cartoonist leaves no doubt what they think of the NRA, gun owners, and those who insist the specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms means what it says, “shall not be infringed”.

With such an attitude they are the same path to the murderous behavior of European governments in the 20th Century. If you give up your guns, or even register your guns, we are at a much higher than acceptable risk of a similar result here.

Quote of the day—Kevin Martingayle

Kate expressed to her husband concerns about this individual in particular, as well as one other person. In fact, they had a discussion the night before about whether or not she should take a pistol and hide it in her handbag — and decided not to, ultimately, because there’s a policy apparently against having any kind of weapons that are concealed in the building.

Kevin Martingayle
Kate Nixon family attorney
June 10, 2019
‘Gun free zone’ law disarmed Virginia Beach shooting victim, attorney says
[Any employer who has a policy which disallows people from defending themselves as a condition of employment should be held at least partially responsible for the death or injury of an employee who is a victim of a violent crime where appropriate defensive action could have stopped the crime. They are creating a hazardous working environment.

How is this different than a slick floor or heavy dust in a work environment then banning appropriate shoes and breathing masks? “Gun free zones” are OSHA for violent criminals. OSHA should be leveraged for innocent victims of violent criminals.—Joe]

Gun cartoon of the day

This is what they think of you and the specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms:

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If you are a NRA member you are most likely fat, creepy, and murder innocent people with no remorse.

As Lyle said yesterday:

It’s projection alright, combined with Nazi-style propaganda, promoting fear, loathing and hatred against a whole group of people (and by extension the rights of all people).

Anyone who thinks that might be an exaggeration; go ahead and dig up some of the old political cartoons out of Germany in the 1930s and ’40s, aimed at Jews, and you’ll see for yourself the blatant consistency of both theme and technique.

There’s a Soviet component in there too. If you disagree with what they refer to as “sane” gun laws, it can only be because you are insane. Presumably then, you belong in an asylum.

One can easily make the case anti-gun forces want gun owners to be thought of as subhuman and ultimately arrive at a “final solution to the gun question”. It is being implemented incrementally was in case with the “Jewish Question”:

Most historians agree there is no ‘big bang’ theory for the origins of the Final Solution, predicated on a single decision made at a single moment in time. It is generally accepted the decision-making process was prolonged and incremental.

This makes it extremely difficult to make certain decisions. When do you say they have gone too far and it is time to ignore the immoral and unconstitutional laws instead of giving them just a little bit more such that you don’t run the risk of being caught in noncompliance and risk the well being of your family, your finances, your freedom, and your life?

Gun sanctuary cities, counties, and to some extent even states exist now which may provide some protection. But how long will they last? Support them if you can. If you plan to retreat there make sure there is a place there for you and you are welcome.

We live in “interesting” times.

Quote of the day—Chris Murphy and Dianne Feinstein

Guns like the AR-15 aren’t used for hunting and they’re not viable for home protection. They have only one purpose, and that’s to fire as many rounds as possible, as quickly as possible.

Outlawing these weapons, an action supported by 60 percent of Americans, will bring down the number of mass shootings and reduce the number of casualties, just as it did when the ban first passed in 1994.

Chris Murphy and Dianne Feinstein
June 14, 2019
Our Republican Colleagues in the Senate Must Act to Break the Cycle of Gun Deaths
[I’m not certain about the 60% number. It’s going to depend on which poll you believe. The rest of the asserted data is composed entirely of lies.

This is to be expected. Anti-gun people lie habitually and have been doing that for decades. Just don’t let friends and family buy into those lies. And if someone is someone is lying to you about something as important as the Bill of Rights you have to know they are evil people and when in political power, such as Murphy and Feinstein, almost for certain have evil intent for the general population.—Joe]

Gun cartoon of the day

This is what they think of you.

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In addition to the gross distortion of the “in fear of imminent death or permanent injury” criteria to use deadly force into “I felt threatened” there is more to point out here. Can anyone point out a single instance in the last 30 years where a gun control advocate was murdered because of their anti-rights advocacy? How about comparing the mass shooting and violent crime rate of those on the political right versus the political left?

This is projection and “tell a big lie often enough” psychology on the part of the anti-gun people. Don’t let them get away with this.

Quote of the day—Daniel Easterday

Many thanks to Alan M Gottlieb, the Second Amendment Foundation, Illinois State Rifle Association, David Sigale, and all of the people that have supported me.

Daniel Easterday
June 13, 2019
SAF, ISRA WIN AS ILLINOIS APPEALS COURT DISMISSES DEERFIELD APPEAL
[It’s another win for the Second Amendment Foundation. This time it was an “assault weapon” ban they eliminated. Unfortunately it has essentially nothing to do with the Second Amendment or “assault weapons”. They got it overturned because the state has a preemption on gun laws by cities and counties. The city ignored this and SAF go the law thrown out on the basis of city didn’t the authority to pass such laws.

Still, a win is a win and the people of Deerfield are a little bit freer because of it.—Joe]

Gun cartoon of the day

This is what they think of people with guns:

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There are now several states that allow teachers and staff to carry guns in schools. Has something like this ever happened? No. It’s a lie. Lying is an essential part of their culture and we have known that for decades. If gun control comes up in conversations let them know gun control advocates lie about almost everything even when the facts are easily discovered and it does them no good to lie. It’s what they have always had to do to make “progress”.

Quote of the day—Brian Enos

Awareness in shooting comes from observation without thought. Awareness leads to action without thought. Awareness exists only in the present tense, along with shooting. Although awareness happens actively, it’s perceived passively.

Brian Enos
1990

Practical Shooting: Beyond Fundamentals Page 16.
[I know what Enos is saying. I sometimes experience this when shooting and am trying to get into “the zone” consistently. I think this is the major obstacle to my further improvement at this time.

I’m not certain this is the best way to say what Enos means.

I went looking for Yoda quotes to supplement Enos but I couldn’t find one that was a good match.

A year or so ago I read Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience to try and find out more about getting into this state of mind and body. It wasn’t as rewarding as I had hoped it would be.

Several decades ago, when I played a lot of tennis, I read The Inner Game of Tennis. This was when I first started understanding this state. I’m beginning to wonder if I should read it again and apply it to shooting.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Adam Baldwin @AdamBaldwin

Ghoulishly standing on a child’s grave does not grant you moral authority over citizens’ Amendment II rights.

Your displaced ire should instead be focused upon actual evildoers and the Scot Petersons, Scott Israels & the ‘Rethink Discipline’ policies of the world.

Go in peace.

Adam Baldwin @AdamBaldwin
Tweeted on June 10, 2019
[Good advice. But for many of people this is aimed at already know the graves of the children are just the excuse for their anti-rights stance. In a twisted sort of way school shootings are “just a price to pay” to get what they want.

Don’t believe that? Then why do almost all anti-gun people get so wound up over getting rid of the “gun free zones” and/or hardening the places where almost all mass shootings occur? They use mass shootings as their major justification for more restrictions on our specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms.

If mass shooting happened less frequently or involved few deaths of innocent people they would have less justification for infringement. Their agenda is not only more important to them that the loss of innocent life. To keep their agenda alive they desire the loss of innocent life.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Rescued Goddaughter‏ @XianCorleone

Americans, I’m watching the #GunControl protests from Italy. Take a European’s advice:

Last century our governments disarmed us. Now, in Germany & the UK they arrest you for Twitter & FB posts.

Lesson?

If the gov’t takes your 2nd Amendment, one day it’ll take your 1st.

Rescued Goddaughter‏ @XianCorleone
Tweeted on March 26, 2018
[My understanding is that term “Politically Correct” speech fully bloomed into usage during the Stalinist era in the USSR. You could be arrested and set to the gulag and/or executed if you were too careless in what you said. Read The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume One) for a taste of what went on there. They murdered millions of people because of “politically correctness” ran amok.

People are being arrested and prosecuted in Europe but we are not far behind. There are lots of people who have lost their jobs for not adhering to the politically correct rules of the day.

My model for what happens is that the power to punish people attracts a certain type of person. The type of person who should never be allowed to have such power. When groups of those people get together they convince themselves they are doing good and find more people to punish. They get themselves worked up into a feeding frenzy and justify their escalation of punishment and the decrease in the seriousness of the offense which satisfies their criteria for punishment. Left unchecked they will execute the majority of a town and a sizable percentage of an entire country.

Read The Gulag Archipelago to see how it happened in the USSR. Look in the news to see the beginnings of it happening all around us now.

Own firearms, get trained, and practice with them to nip genocide in the bud when it escalates to the lethal level.—Joe]

Overheard at work

I work in computer security. I write software to search for “interesting” data in billions of connections between millions of computers. Many times the “interesting” stuff I find turns out to be not quite as “interesting” as I initially thought. I always run it by others to do a “reality check” before investing too much time investigating or raising an alarm of some sort.

I showed my boss some “interesting” data recently:

Chris (my boss): Do you every feel like that guy in a movie sitting in front of radar screen saying, “I don’t think that is a flock of birds!”?

Me: All the time.

Chris: Yeah, well, I don’t think this is a flock of birds.

Quote of the day—Oculusprince2017 (@Oculusprince201)

Actually I do get to tell you because its my freedom. You have the freedom not to listen. And its not about self defense you have a tiny dick complex and need something to over compensate for it. Have you considered a 357 magnum with extended barrel to make up for it?

Oculusprince2017 (@Oculusprince201)
Tweeted on May 27, 2019
[It’s another Markley’s Law Monday!

I sometimes find it curious just how messed the brain wiring of an anti-gun person is (see also here). As Lyle often reminds us, they insist they have the “freedom” to do wrong. Also they believe that what we say is at total odds with they “know” what we are thinking. This whole “I know what you are really thinking” thing is a sign of certain personality disorders.

I wonder if these people can ever be cured or at least get the crazy under enough control such that they aren’t a threat to everyone around them. I understand that reality is sometimes difficult to discern but, wow, these people are really out of touch.—Joe]

USPSA firsts for me

Today I shot in an USPSA match at the Paul Bunyan Rifle and Sportsman’s Club (results are here). I’ve been shooting USPSA matches for over 20 years so one might expect there are very few, if any, things I have not seen and/or done or at least heard of in regards to stage designs. I certainly thought that before today. Sure, at the big matches they have fancy props and they do interesting things with platforms, carrying odd objects (I seem to remember a squirrel statue from many years back), and even a mining cart. But have you ever seen a stage which one only required one shot? A state which required a reload between each shot? Or a fixed time stage with no timer? Well, today I shot all of those oddities.

The stage called Quick or Slow was a single USPSA Popper at 35 yards. You started standing in a box with the gun loaded. Upon the signal you were to draw and knock down the Popper. If you missed you were required to reload between each shot until you knocked it down. I was the first shooter in our squad and I felt pretty good about dropping it on my first shot with a time of 2.21 seconds. Others did quite a bit better. The overall winning with a pistol caliber carbine dropped it in 1.17 seconds. The best pistol shooter (with an optic sight) dropped it in 1.38 seconds. I came in at 13th place in Limited class out of 26 shooters, 38th out of 97 overall, and got a whopping 2.647 points (in overall ranking) on that stage. One poor person took over 37 seconds to get 0.158 points (in overall ranking).

The stage called Murmaider had four disappearing targets which the shooter activated by stepping on a slightly raised platform. It was Virginia Count scoring so you had a maximum of eight shots. Your gun was loaded on a table directly downrange of the activator. Two targets were drop turners which presented themselves three times. The presentation time couldn’t have been more than a half second for each turn. There were two swinging targets that were pretty fast acting too. The “fixed” time was the total time the targets were visible. It was self actuated so there was no buzzer required. Hence, no timer. Here is how one shooter handled the problem:

Out of 40 points possible the overall winner got 31 (Limited class winner got 29). I got 22 points even after reflexively shooting at one of the drop turners three times when I realized I had a miss as I fired the shot. I knew I made an error and didn’t take one of the two shots I should have taken at one of the swinging targets which were much easier shots. This avoided the extra shot penalty but cost me the opportunity of another five points. The 22 points gave me a tie for 4th and 5th out of 28 shooters in Limited.

There was one other first for me today. I shot a Popper, got a clang from a hit, assumed it went down and continued with the rest of the stage without confirming that it went down. I didn’t realize it didn’t fall. I was totally surprised when the range officer asked me if I knew that I left it standing. We went over to look:

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There was nothing wrong with my shot. I was shooting 40 S&W with a Power Factor of 170 or greater so I asked for a calibration test. I’ve never done that before. I’ve shoot low plenty of times and figured it just wasn’t worth the effort to get a calibration test and took another shot (or two) to get it to fall.

This time the range master came over, shot it with the 9mm calibration ammo almost exactly dead center in the circle portion of the target, and it slowly fell forward as it was supposed to. I got a miss. Oh well, it was a bit of bad luck.

Quote of the day—Alan Gottlieb

This is an important case because it is testing state gun laws against Colorado’s strong right-to-keep-and-bear-arms state constitutional provision.

Our brief provides a historical examination of why the right was specifically protected by the state constitution, and applies that to today’s context.

Anti-gunners are constantly arguing that there is no historical support for protecting modern repeating firearms and our brief provides proof that repeating rifles capable of holding 15 or more cartridges were in existence long before Colorado became a state in 1876. The framers of Colorado’s constitution knew exactly what they were doing.

Alan Gottlieb
June 5, 2019
SAF JOINS IN AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING CHALLENGE TO COLORADO GUN CONTROL
[See also BREAKING: FPC, FPF Join Challenge to Colorado Gun Magazine Ban, File Colorado Supreme Court Brief.

SAF and friends don’t win them all but they win a lot of the lawsuits against the anti-gunners. And sometimes they get the antigun city and/or state to pay for the lawsuit.

I think this is the best bet, short of changing our culture, which I’m also working on, to reduce and perhaps eventually stop the infringement upon our rights. My employer and I donate thousands of dollars to SAF and FPF each year.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Robyn Thomas‏ @RobynGLC

Don’t be fooled: the so called “hearing Protection Act” does nothing to protect hearing. It makes it easier for active shooters to inflict serious harm on our communities without being detected by trained law enforcement professions.

SilencersDontWorkDoWork

Robyn Thomas‏ @RobynGLC
Executive Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Tweeted March 13, 2017
[It sometimes amazes me how brazen they are in their lies. In this case we see two obviously contradicting sentences immediately adjacent to one other.

One should not be surprised at their lies. Deception and outright lies are an institutionalized and essential part of the anti-gun culture. It has been that way for over 30 years.

They are at war with us and they know it. Many on our side don’t quite understand that.  Give our enemies the “respect” they deserve.—Joe]

No surprises here

New evidence confirms what gun rights advocates have said for a long time about crime:

In the study, led by epidemiologist Anthony Fabio of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, researchers partnered with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to trace the origins of all 893 firearms that police recovered from crime scenes in the year 2008.

They found that in approximately 8 out of 10 cases, the perpetrator was not a lawful gun owner but rather in illegal possession of a weapon that belonged to someone else. The researchers were primarily interested in how these guns made their way from a legal purchase — at a firearm dealer or via a private sale — to the scene of the crime.

More than 30 percent of the guns that ended up at crime scenes had been stolen, according to Fabio’s research.

We have a complete and nationwide ban on most recreational drugs. Yet, the average high school dropout can get whatever recreational drug they want 24×7 365 days a year. What sort of law do they imagine will prevent criminals from getting whatever gun they want?

If someone is of such poor character that they can’t be trusted to possess a gun then they can’t be trusted to be unsupervised in public.

Pencil control

Via a retweet by SAF (@2AFDN on Twitter) we have this from @SandraSentinel:

PencilBadGrades

It’s logically consistent. Therefore, if you are in support of banning guns to stop violent crime you must also be in support of banning pencils to stop people from getting bad grades. You may have already observed this but they do not follow this course of action.

One must therefore conclude that the reason for their desire for banning guns has nothing to do with the stated goal of reducing violent crime. It must be something else such as a desire to control people.

Another alternative which has legitimate application in many cases is that anti-gun people do not confine themselves to logical thought processes. One Marxist professor I talked with even express pride of being able to break free of such constraints.