Quote of the day—Gideon Joubert

Claims that firearm regulation and gun control laws have any meaningful impact on public safety are dubious at best, and fraudulent at worst. It is simply beyond the scope of legislation to effect the required change in societal norms to have the advertised impact. If that were truly the case, then the prohibition of drugs and prostitution would have stopped the prevalence of those vices. Attempting to change behaviour through the regulation of objects is foolhardy – the causal factors of crime and violence are infinitely more complex than can be addressed by strict gun control. Instead gun control merely succeeds in creating more defenceless victims, and infringes on the civil rights of an entire population. If we can learn anything from Australia, it is that expensive and ever-stricter gun control is doomed to failure.

Gideon Joubert
October 9, 2018
Australia and the NFA – the Truth About Gun Control Down Under
[My experience is that such claims are almost always fraudulent. It’s part of their culture..—Joe]

Quote of the day—TriggerFinger

Democrats do it and Republicans do it. But they do it differently.

Democrats lie to hide their unpopular positions, like gun control (and more gun control). They lie to the people and then vote more towards their base once elected.

Republicans, on the other hand, lie in the opposite direction. They lie to their base, and then when elected, vote more like Democrats.

This tells us that the true “center” of political opinion lies to the right of how elected officials of both parties vote. They lie in the same direction.

TriggerFinger
October 19, 2018
Lying to get elected…
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Tirno

Why exactly would gun control implemented by progressives in this country not look like gun control implemented by progressives in Cambodia, USSR, China, etc? You don’t get to different destinations using the same beaten-up “treasure” map.

Tirno
October 19, 2018
Comment to Quote of the day—Ann
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Never give up your guns

Deserae Morin, a Vermont state house candidate, received the letter shown below:

RapeYouForDays

It says:

Cunt,

We are hunting you.

My comrades will kill you and the Constitution.

First, we will rape you for days.

You will scream and know that agonizing horror.

No equal rights for republicans.

Socialism is here.

Open season for Republican death in Vermont.

Fear our revolution.

AA. It’s time

See also here and related stuff here.

In preparation for the election I would like to suggest people have their concealed weapon license, have a good holster for concealed carry, long guns in good working order for home defense, and go to the range and practice.

And, never, never, give up your guns.

The Second Amendment is about protecting us from liberals (see also here).

Search rankings for #I1639

I checked to see where my blog posts rank when you do a search for #I1639. I found the results interesting:

  • DuckDuckGo puts one of my blog posts at 1.
  • Bing puts one of my blog posts at 1 (after an advertisement).
  • Google puts one of my blog posts at 11.
  • Twitter puts one of my tweets at 16.
  • Yahoo puts one my blogs posts at 87.
  • Facebook doesn’t list it or any of my Facebook posts (even from accounts other than mine).

Make of that whatever you want.

Quote of the day—Ann

I’ve always pictured a gun ban looking like this in the United States.

It would be so great. No more violence. Just peace and trees.

Ann
February 19, 2018
Comment of February 19, 2018 at 10:11 AM.
[Delusions are often functional. In this case, however, it’s just a delusion.—Joe]

League of Women Voters #I1639 event

Via email from Mike C. we have notice of another League of Women Voters event which includes I-1639. Here is what Mike sent me:

LeagueOfWomenVoters20181020

There is also the event notification on their website:

Saturday, October 20, 2018

10:00 am
Tacoma Public Library Downtown
1102 Tacoma Ave. S.

Tacoma, WA 98402
Ballot
Issue Forum.
This public forum features explanations and speakers pro and
con on the main ballot issues for the November ballot. This includes three
Pierce County Charter amendments, four statewide Initiatives, City of Tacoma
Proposition 1 and Pierce County Rural Libraries Proposition.

No charge.

I have a previous commitment and will not be attending.

Deception is the only way

I found this very interesting:

Gun control was supposed to be the issue of 2018.

Yet it has receded so far into the background of the midterm congressional elections that Everytown for Gun Safety, a major player in gun control, is spending its money on ads covering abortion, health care and the Republican tax bill — but nary a mention of assault rifles or bump stocks.

Apparently Everytown for Gun Safety recognizes that advocating for gun control is a losing strategy. So their response is to achieve their goals indirectly by helping politicians who hide their position on guns but will vote against gun owners when they get a chance.

When the only way people can get their way is through deception you know their intentions are evil.

Quote of the day—Stephen Paolini

The big thrust is making sure it is at least as hard to purchase a semi-automatic assault rifle as it already to purchase a handgun.

The reality is, initiative 1639 will not end gun violence. It will not stop all gun violence, but it will cut at some of the really big components of it.

Stephen Paolini
Campaign Manager of the ‘Yes on 1639’ campaign
October 17, 2018
Voters to decide fate of Washington’s gun control initiative this Nov.
[Read the article. Notice the complete lack of mention by Paolini for the right of the people to keep and bear arms? That is because he doesn’t care about your rights.

The “big thrust” is against “semi-automatic assault rifles”? Suppose this law were wildly successful and there were no more murders in Washington state committed with rifles of any type. How many lives would be saved compared to the murders committed with other weapons?

It turns out that in 2017 Washington had one murder attributed to the use of a rifle, 75 to the use of handguns, 36 to the use of a knife or cutting instrument, and 18 to hands, fists, feet, etc. This fact is from the 2017 FBI Uniform Crime Report.

So, how can Paolini believe restricting access to a subset of the rifles can “cut at some of the really big components” of “gun violence”? The only way this can be true is if he believes one is a “really big component” of 76. It is true that these type of people have serious problems with comprehending numbers, but is much more likely an alternate hypothesis is true.

Stephen Paolini is a liar and has complete disregard for the rights of others.

So, you have to ask yourself, what is his true motivation?

Do not trust anything to do with this scumbag.—Joe]

Trust your government

From Electronic Frontier Foundation Newly Released Surveillance Orders Show That Even with Individualized Court Oversight, Spying Powers Are Misused:

Rather than notifying the court that it had destroyed the communications it obtained without authorization, the NSA made an absurd argument in a bid to retain the communications: because the surveillance was unauthorized, the agency’s internal procedures that require officials to delete non-relevant communications should not apply. Essentially, because the surveillance was unlawful, the law shouldn’t apply and the NSA should get to keep what it had obtained.

And these are the people we supposedly should trust with our freedom?

Maybe someone else has some perspective on this…

TurnInYourGuns

I almost support the Brady Campaign

From ABC news:

…the families sought to hold the FBI accountable for its failed background check on Dylann Roof, which allowed Roof to legally buy the handgun used in the Emanuel shooting.

In Tuesday’s filing, the Brady Campaign says U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel incorrectly interpreted federal gun law when he dismissed the Emanuel families’ lawsuit in June 2018.

I’m firmly opposed to mandatory background checks so I am not in agreement with the basic premise of their position but I am fully in support of the Brady Campaign suing the FBI. This diverts both Brady and FBI resources from attacking gun owners.

If Brady wins it means the FBI will increase expenditures on NICS to decrease the likelihood of being successfully sued in the future. Increasing the costs of NICS checks means the value of these checks will be more likely to be examined. Does our society “get it’s money’s worth” from this expenditure or would those resources be better spent elsewhere. For example, should that money be spent on keeping violent criminals in prison rather than in a futile attempt to prevent them from acquiring guns in a free society? Or, should that money be spent in police efforts to put into finding and convicting criminals quickly before they can commit multiple crimes?

Thank you Brady Campaign.

Quote of the day—Rob Mills

She’s worked out stuff with Mom’s Demand Action to make sure that she can support their goals without supporting the organization openly.

Rob Mills
Deputy Regional Field Director, Claire McCaskill Campaign
[H/T to David Hardy.

Claire McCaskill is a U.S. Senator for Missouri.

Project Veritas bring us the video which conclusively shows this Democrat and her staff are being deliberately deceptive in an attempt to violate the rights of hundreds of millions of people.—Joe]

Why I-1639 Must Fail

Stolen from Don B:

 

If I-1639 Vote is No

 

If I-1639
Vote Is Yes

 

Bob Smails, a repeat felon, buys a semiautomatic
rifle and uses it to kill a clerk and a customer while robbing a convenience
store.

 

Bob Smails, a repeat felon, buys a semiautomatic
rifle and uses it to kill a clerk and a customer while robbing a convenience
store.

 

 

Nothing
changes here. Criminals do not obey gun laws.

 

 

Disabled 20 year old veteran Latisha Robbins lives
in an area with a significant crime problem due to persistent financial
difficulties. Too young to purchase a handgun, she purchases a light AR15, a
firearm with which she became familiar during her military
service.

 

 

When drug addict Jerry Randall breaks into her
home, he hurriedly flees when Latisha points the rifle at him and click off the
safety.

 

Disabled 20 year old veteran Latisha Robbins lives
in an area with a significant crime problem due to persistent financial
difficulties. Too young to purchase a handgun or an effective rifle for self
defense, she is forced to hope that police officers respond in time to her 911
call.

 

 

When drug addict Jerry Randall breaks into her
home, what he does to her causes the responding officer to cry in his wife’s
arms, after finding Latisha’s body.

 

 

Retired bookstore owner Jerry Rodriguez has been
planning for a hunting trip across the country for over a year. Two weeks
before departure, he is sighting it in at the range and accidentally drops it,
badly damaging the action.

 

 

Chagrined at this misfortune, he is still able to
purchase a used Browning BAR hunting rifle from a store that conducts a
background check before selling it to him. The rifle is sighted in and his
hunting trip is saved.

 

 

Retired bookstore owner Jerry Rodriguez has been
planning for a hunting trip across the country for over a year. Two weeks
before departure, he is sighting it in at the range and accidentally drops it,
badly damaging the action.

 

 

Chagrined at this misfortune, goes to his local gun
store and tries to purchase a used Browning BAR hunting rifle from a store.
Despite his clean background and possession of a Concealed Pistol License
(which would exempt him from a handgun waiting period, though not a redundant
background check), Jerry is unable to purchase the BAR. I-1639’s 10 BUSINESS
DAY waiting period does not exempt CPL holders. It also requires proof of
having completed a training course….without specifying the contents of that
course, who will offer it and requiring that it be reasonably prices an
accessible to all.

 

 

Law enforcement officers are also governed by this
completely undefined process.

 

 

Bob Kowalski loses his 70 year old mother to
cancer, just before Christmas. It has been a hard year for Bob, who is recently
divorced, and he finds it difficult to keep depression at bay. However, he
finds solace in competitive shooting and finds a good therapist who has Bob use
a mild dose of an anti-depression medication for a year. Fortunately, he
ultimately overcomes the depression.

 

 

Bob Kowalski loses his 70 year old mother to
cancer, just before Christmas. It has been a hard year for Bob, who is recently
divorced, and he finds it difficult to keep depression at bay. However, he
finds solace in competitive shooting and finds a good therapist who has Bob use
a mild dose of an anti-depression medication for a year. Fortunately, he
ultimately overcomes the depression.

 

 

Unfortunately, a couple years later the state
legislature adds every person who has ever used any amount of anti-depression
medication to the list of persons unable to legally own any firearms. Bob’s
purchase of a rifle under I-1639 gave the state the means to circumvent HIPAA’s
privacy protections and access his medical records at any point in the future.
As a result of his brief anti-depressant use, all of Bob’s firearms are
confiscated.

 

 

Another consequence of this is that a large number
of people battling depression avoid seeking help to deal with that depression
and even suicidal thoughts. Some end up taking their own
lives.

 

 

Anne Holms is a former single mom whose kids have
grown and moved away. She keeps a pistol for self protection and is
conscientious about keeping it locked when she is not using it. Unfortunately,
the locked container is stolen from her home during a break-in while she is
away.

 

Anne Holms is a former single mom whose kids have
grown and moved away. She keeps a pistol for self protection and is
conscientious about keeping it locked when she is not using it. Unfortunately,
the locked container is stolen from her home during a break-in while she is
away.

 

 

Under I-1639, Anne is guilty of community
endangerment and is prosecuted as a criminal when her gun is stolen and used in
a robbery where a clerk is shot.

 

 

Washington state continues a precarious financial
juggling act, not helped by an Attorney General and Governor repeatedly engaging
in spurious, contrived lawsuits against the Federal
government.

 

Washington state continues a precarious financial
juggling act, not helped by an Attorney General and Governor repeatedly engaging
in spurious, contrived lawsuits against the Federal government.
Making
matters worse the Attorney General and courts will be untangling this initiative
in the courts for decades. For example, the storage requirement is clearly
overruled by the storage findings of the landmark Heller case of 10 years ago.
It will cost the state millions….paid for by peeved
taxpayers.

 

Cabelas hires 10 additional seasonal employees from
early November until just after Christmas.

 

Cabelas hires less seasonal employees during the
holiday season and lays off 2 permanent employees due to the financial chaos
wrought by this overly broad and clumsy initiative.

 

 

The state legislature continues to occasionally
consider firearms laws. As has become virtually a tradition, gun control
activists are given prior notice of hearing dates and are bused in and issued
color-coordinated orange shirts by out of state financier Michael Bloomberg.

 

 

They are still outnumbered by gun rights activists
who manage to take off days from work on short notice. Little
changes.

 

 

The state legislature continues to occasionally
consider firearms laws. As has become virtually a tradition, gun control
activists are given prior notice of hearing dates and are bused in and issued
color-coordinated orange shirts by out of state financier Michael Bloomberg.

 

 

They are still outnumbered by gun rights activists
who manage to take off days from work on short
notice.

 

 

However, some things have
changed.

 

 

          Democrats have
decided that it is now open season on gun owners and begin constant efforts to
enact ever stricter gun laws, like California does. Washington state gun
owners, used to a fairly stable set of laws, are left uncertain from one year
to the next which of their guns will remain legal

 

          Some legislation is
passed without real feedback over a weekend, as was attempted in 2018.

 

          At the same time,
the gun owners who up to now have had a huge stake in obeying all laws conclude
that there is no point in doing so.

 

Of course, the creators of this initiative view nearly all of this as features and not bugs. An increase in crime and chaos paves the way for more government infringement of our rights.

Vote NO on I1639 and ask your friends, relatives, and neighbors to vote no. Get materials to help get the word out.

Donate your time and money to fund efforts (as I have also done) to defeat I-1639.

Huffman’s rule of social interaction

A civil society is dependent upon not having runaway hostile emotions. You might get angry with your spouse, a co-worker, a neighbor, a political party or, on a global scale, another nation. In most cases these are bursts of anger that, when put into the larger perspective its not worth severing the relationship or escalating the hostilities. Everyone is going to have a better life if the parties can freely interact to the mutual benefit of everyone. If there is no mutually beneficial interaction at the current time that doesn’t mean that there won’t be such need in the future.

For example, suppose your neighbor’s dog sometimes poops in your yard. If you escalate the situation and you end up not being on speaking terms it going to be tough to help each other when you need to cover your windows with plywood to protect against a hurricane.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put a stop to the neighbor’s kid torturing your cat or you finding a new job and telling your boss he is a jerk when you leave. There are times when you must take action to protect yourself.

I would like to express this philosophy more succinctly and refer to it in the future as Huffman’s rule of social interaction:

Never burn bridges.

Wait until your enemy is crossing it and then use explosives.