Quote of the day—Dean Weingarten

Purchasing or legally making a firearms silencer is one of the most effective steps a Second Amendment support can take to undermine the National Firearms Act and incrementally restore Second Amendment rights. Second Amendment supporters are well on the way to removing the NFA through an unusual tool: Overwhelming compliance.

Dean Weingarten
October 16, 2020
80% Silencers, the Political Ramifications
[Make silencers “in common use” then SAF and SCOTUS will do the rest.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Angelo Codevilla

Race (and sex, etc.) is yet another set of excuses for transferring power to the ruling class. The oligarchy is no more concerned about race than it is about education, or environmentalism, or sex, or anything else. It is about yet more discretionary power in the hands of its members, for whom not all blacks (or women, or whatevers) are to be advantaged—only the ones who serve ruling class purposes. In education, employment, and personnel management, co-opting compatible, non-threatening colleagues is the objective. As Joseph Biden put it succinctly: if you don’t vote for him, “you ain’t black.” A ruling class of ever-decreasing quality is a result.

Angelo Codevilla
September 23, 2020
Revolution 2020
[Via Kevin.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Sam Jacobs

The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia was, in every meaningful sense, a Marxist revolution. A parallel state based on participatory workers’ organizations was led by a self-consciously revolutionary party to topple the existing state and erect a new one in its place. Indeed, Lenin acted on clear definitions from Marx about what constituted “the state”: “armed bodies of men,” that is to say, police, courts, prisons and the military. The Bolsheviks did not simply take the existing “armed bodies of men” and use them for their own purposes. Nor did the Communists of Eastern Europe. They destroyed existing institutions and replaced them with their own.

Sam Jacobs
October 2020
Cultural Marxism’s Origins: How the Disciples of an Obscure Italian Linguist Subverted America.
[“They destroyed existing institutions and replaced them with their own.”

Nazi Germany also developed their parallel “armed bodies of men”, the SS. The SS had several components:

The defunding of the police doesn’t look so incredibly stupid now, does it?

Respond appropriately.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Greg Banks

Even after we flush Trump, we have a difficult job to cleanse society of their diseased thinking.

Greg Banks
Island Country (Washington) prosecutor
Posted on Facebook September 30, 2020
[He has turned off his Facebook account, as he has several times in the past. At some time it probably will be turned back on.

More context is here.

Can you imagine being a Trump supporter in his county and your legally concealed firearm is briefly visible while reaching for an item on the top shelf at the grocery store and a Karen spots it?

I shudder to think about it. This is how we get reeducation camps and gulags.

And I was in his county for a few hours last Saturday.

Prepare appropriately.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Robert Reich @RBReich

When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.

Robert Reich @RBReich
Tweeted on October 17, 2020
[This is where our country sits. It is on the precipice of a Stalinist and/or 1984 dystopia.

Reich is not some random troll or bot. This is a Berkeley professor (no surprise), who served in the administrations of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. He is a former Secretary of Labor and was a member of President Obama’s economic transition advisory board. He has a million Twitter followers.

Via Adam Baldwin who gives us these as the “chaser”:

Stalin
MinistryOfTruth

Coincidently, Windy Wilson has relevant commentary on our present situation as well.

Prepare appropriately.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Piper Smith

… the vast majority of the American liberals quickly reverted to their prior anti2a positions and cheered on the proposed confiscation plans and helped ram anti2a legislation through every state they could as fast as they could.

They failed to realize that there were over 500 million firearms in the US and those they wished to disarm were those who were the most willing to have molon labe be their last words on this planet.

Piper Smith
Posted on Facebook October 17, 2020
[Interesting introduction to a short story or novel.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Amazon

Since reading this novel, I have read tens of thousands of pages of political thought, historical record and legal documents and have come to understand just where continued gun control is taking us…it is a place I do not wish to go. In the last four years, I have become a champion for the second amendment rights community, a holder of a federal firearms license , a collector with over 60 firearms, a hobby gunsmith and a lobbyist for the firearms community. All this from a person who voted for Clinton his first term! Get John Ross’ book, it will open your eyes.

Amazon
Unintended Consequences
[It is a very good book. I remember when it first came out some people on the Microsoft Gun Club email list referred to it as “The Bible”. That’s overstating it, but it is inspiring and prophetic.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Washington State Supreme Court

We hold that that I-976 violates article II, section 19 because it contains multiple subjects.

Washington State Supreme Court
October 15, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY ) TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY; ) KING COUNTY; CITY OF ) SEATTLE; WASHINGTON STATE ) TRANSIT ASSOCIATION; ) ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON ) CITIES; PORT OF SEATTLE; ) INTERCITY TRANSIT; ) AMALGAMATED TRANSIT ) UNION LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ) OF WASHIINGTON; and ) MICHAEL ROGERS v. STATE OF WASHINGTON
[I-976 is primarily about reducing car license fees. It also required “Sound Transit’s bonds had to be retired early or refinanced”. The Washington State constitution specifically requires that all initiatives be limited to a single subject. That I-976 violated the constitutional requirement of a single subject resulted in a 9-0 ruling against it.

At first glance the average reader might wonder why this blog would have a particular interest in this case. Let me assure you this is EXTREMELY interesting to gun owners of this state.

I-1639 has so many different subjects that I won’t both to list them all. But here is a sample:

  • Enhanced background checks (page 3)
  • Training requirements (page 4)
  • Additional license fees for “semiauto assault rifle” (page 8)
  • Waiting period of 10 days for “semiauto assault rifles” (page 10)
  • Secure gun storage required in the home (page 10)
  • Gun dealers must post warnings about unsecured gun storage (page 12)
  • Out of state residents are prohibited from purchasing “semiautomatic assault rifles” (interesting loophole pointed out to me recently is that it is apparently legal give or loan such a rifle to an out of state resident) (page 21)
  • Persons under 21 may not purchase a “semiauto assault rifle” (page 22)
  • Provides for the department of licensing to develop a process to frequently verify, “that persons who acquired pistols or semiautomatic assault rifles pursuant to this chapter remain eligible to possess a firearm under state and federal law” (page 23)

Wouldn’t a reasonable person conclude the above subjects constitute more than one subject? Or would the Washington Supreme Court, which probably has never seen a gun law it didn’t approve of, conclude, “It’s all about guns. This is is a single subject. Case closed.” I give it about a 75% chance the court would claim it’s a single subject.

In addition to the consistent hostility of the court toward gun owners there is another reason why civil rights groups may avoid this approach.

There is already a Federal lawsuit working it’s way through the courts challenging I-1639 on numerous other issues. If the Federal lawsuit succeeds then it has nationwide impact. If a lawsuit in state court succeeds before the Federal lawsuit is concluded then the Federal lawsuit would likely be declared moot and the impact of a victory over I-1639 would be limited to the State of Washington.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Larry Correia

We need to wrap this shit up. I’m hoping for a Trump victory mostly so that ammo prices will go back down.

Larry Correia
Facebook post on October 12, 2020
[Fair enough.

I would have said you should have stocked up when the prices were reasonable but who would have thought the prices would go this high for this long?—Joe]

Quote of the day—Bookworm

Because of the American resistance to class warfare, beginning in the 1960s, American leftists started to substitute race, sex, and sexual orientation for class. That is, instead of dividing America along economic lines, they divided it along immutable characteristics lines. By doing so, they created permanent fissures in society. The point, always, was to destroy constitutional government, the free market, and a liberty-oriented mindset, and replace it with pure statism: Rule by the iron hand of the so-called “expert.”

Bookworm
October 10, 2020
This election reflects America’s peculiar, and very dangerous class war
[Excellent observation!—Joe]

Quote of the day—Sarah Hoyt

Before you go abooging, remember, Madame Guillotine is always hungry. And indiscriminate with it.

Sarah Hoyt
October 10, 2020
ACTUALLY THAT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. IN THE END BOTH SIDES LOST
[And if you decline the confrontation when the revolution comes to you it is guaranteed the win and you the loss.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Ron Judd

Washington, it was. And is.

AND EVER SHALL BE?

We are a questioning people; questions will be asked. To wit: Is the name simply settled history, a historical bridge too far to even discuss? Is it a tad troublesome, but not enough to skip lunch over? Or is it a betrayal, wholly unjustified, a historical wrong deserving of righting?

Ron Judd
October 11, 2020
Washington is named for a president who owned slaves. Should it be?
[I have questions:

  • Aren’t there far more important issues for the legislature and the people of the state of Washington to address?
  • Aren’t those demanding we address the subjection of people 200+ years ago the same people demanding we give up our arms today?

I don’t believe these people have benign intent. I believe they intend to agitate and divide the people of the state and the country to make us weak.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Donald Trump

Sleepy Joe Biden, he’s betrayed Black and Latino Americans, if you think he can run this country you’re wrong. For half a century. We’ve got to vote these people into oblivion, got to get rid of them, so bad for our country. Black and Latino Americans are rejecting the radical socialist left and embracing our pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-police—we have to have law and order—and pro-American agenda.

Donald Trump
President of the United States
October 10, 2020
Trump Makes ‘Law and Order’ Pitch to Black, Latino Voters in ‘Blexit’ White House Speech
[From a policy standpoint this is the major reason why I believe Trump is most likely to be reelected. The Democrats have become aligned with socialism and violent crime. Those on the lower economic tiers, primarily minorities, will be the most adversely affected by a socialist agenda and they know this.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Adam Smith

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an exemplary beacon of justice.

Adam Smith
U.S. Representative, 9th District, WA-D
Press Release September 18, 2020
[This tells you everything you need to know about this public servant.

He is incredibly ignorant and/or evil.

Why? Contrast Smith’s words to these:

In a constitutional democracy the moral content of law must be given by the morality of the framer or legislator, never by the morality of the judge.

Robert Bork
Speech
American Enterprise Institute, 1984

At the SCOTUS level a judge’s job is not to deliver “justice”. It is to interpret and apply the law. If the judge is ruling in terms of what is “just” then they are little more than another legislative branch elected, for life, by the President and the Senate.

Leftists see SCOTUS as needing to be politically “balanced”. At least as long as they can’t have the court entirely filled with those who administer “justice” from the left. This is wrong.

There is no “balance” when reading the law of the legislative and the founders. There are only various degrees, including zero, of error in interpreting and applying it to the case under consideration.

Smith has demonstrated his ignorance and/or distain for our form of government. He needs to be replaced with someone who passed their government class in high school and will honor their oath of office.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Angelo Codevilla

The revolution that created the American oligarchy—illiterate contemporary Marxists notwithstanding—has nothing in common with Karl Marx’s original democratic (in the Aristotelian sense) conception “from below” (e.g. his 1875 Critique of the Gotha Programme) other than “overthrowing the pillars of the house.” Ours is the Party-centered oligarchic revolution from above that Lenin outlined in What Is to Be Done? (1902). This Leninism is the template of the Soviet and every other Communist regime, bar none. In our revolution, too, everything—always and everywhere—is about the Party.

Angelo Codevilla
September 23, 2020
Revolution 2020
[Via Kevin.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Sam Jacobs

Marcuse is perhaps the most influential of the Frankfurt School thinkers in the United States. Anytime you hear a leftist explain why tolerance actually means intolerance, they’re channeling Marcuse.

Sam Jacobs
October 2020
Cultural Marxism’s Origins: How the Disciples of an Obscure Italian Linguist Subverted America.
[Jacobs is referring to a concept advocated in Herbert Marcuse’s A Critique of Pure Tolerance in 1969 which can be summarized as:

Tolerance should only be applied to left-wing groups and ideas, while right-wing groups and ideas should be mercilessly suppressed.

That idea has certainly taken root.—Joe]

Quote of the day—J. Miles Coleman

It looks like they’ve made the calculation that emphasizing health care, as opposed to gun control, is a better way to get Democrats elected to those seats.

J. Miles Coleman
Associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics
September 28, 2020
Gun-Control Group Dodges Guns in Swing State Attack Ads — Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund ignores guns to press health care in key states
[As is usual, the anti gun groups require deception to advance their agenda.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Hope Thacker

Race matters most to those who want to use it as a weapon. Social justice comes from a Marxist ideology. Kids are taught to be victims then claim they are victimized if they are punished in any way.

It is a recipe for unraveling. The entire country. AOC is a full fledged, all in Marxist. They may be charming at times but they are dangerous to a free society.

Hope Thacker
October 4, 2020
Comment to I was wrong about the Democratic Party #walkaway
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]