Posts Tagged ‘gun control’

Evacuations and Gun Bans

September 13, 2018

During the approach of Hurricane Florence, many millions of people evacuated their homes.

From a freedom standpoint, a mandatory evacuation is unconstitutional.  It is my life, property and liberty, and if I choose to stay (foolishly), that is my problem.  I do think that during a major evacuation, if you stay behind, you cannot expect to be rescued, either.  I will discuss the ethics of evacuations in another post.

One thing that I read about during these evacuations was the overreach of some small-minded busy-bodies in one town.  According to this article, the town of Leland, NC, attempted to say that people being evacuated were forbidden from taking their guns with them.

What?

Thankfully, there was enough of a backlash against this stupid policy that they altered the code to exclude legal gun owners.

The idea that I am forced to leave an heirloom firearm in my house to be destroyed by the hurricane, or looted by those who did not evacuate is absurd.  The idea that the police should be arresting people for legally transporting a firearm in their vehicle is also absurd.

The government should not be able to simply declare an emergency and then be allowed to violate rights.  Emergencies are not a moratorium on rights.  No emergency should be allowed to give the government power over my life, liberty or pursuit of happiness.

Good work, for all of you who spread this around social media and helped create the backlash.

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Eminem, the New Champion of Children

March 23, 2018

I finally got around to commenting on Eminem vs. the NRA.

Eminem has been commended by all manner of liberals for “standing up” to the NRA. He’s been featured in CNN Rolling Stone and virtually every other news outlet has reported on it.


“And the NRA is in our way/ They’re responsible for this whole production/ They hold the strings, they control the puppets / And they threaten to take away donor bucks so they know the government won’t do nothing / And nobody’s punching, gun owners clutching their loaded weapon / They love their guns more than our children.”

He’s standing up for the kids with his lyrics. What a swell guy, right? In fact, let’s check a few more of his lyrics to see what insight he has for us:

“Oh where’s mama? She’s takin a little nap in the trunk
Oh that smell (whew!) da-da musta runned over a skunk
Now I know what you’re thinkin – it’s kind of late to go swimmin
But you know your mama, she’s one of those type of women
that do crazy things, and if she don’t get her way, she’ll throw a fit
Don’t play with da-da’s toy knife, honey, let go of it (no!)
And don’t look so upset, why you actin bashful?
Don’t you wanna help da-da build a sand castle? (yeah!)
And mama said she wants to show how far she can float
And don’t worry about that little boo-boo on her throat
It’s just a little scratch – it don’t hurt, her was eatin
dinner while you were sweepin and spilled ketchup on her shirt
Mama’s messy isn’t she? We’ll let her wash off in the water
and me and you can pway by ourselves, can’t we?”
-’97 Bonnie and Clyde

A song about slitting his baby mama’s throat and throwing her in the water.
Eminem, always the family man. Hmmm, I wonder what else he has to say.

“I’m a psychopath, I’m never keepin’ it plain
Lyrical murder is somethin’ I’ve been about
Ever since I was a little kid, doodlin’ in the class
Drew a picture of my teacher, bullet in his head, ruler in his ass
With a toilet in front of him, throwin’ up, pissed off”
-Psychopath Killer

You mean a song about shooting a teacher?

The funny thing is that I don’t dislike Eminem. I just wonder when he became such a spokesperson for non-violence. I don’t take him seriously, and neither should you. He’s basically a foul-mouthed comedian, nothing more.

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Cutting Up Guns

March 16, 2018

Some people will do anything for 15 seconds of fame.  For example, there are quite a few “viral videos” (read:  pushed by the media) of people cutting up their AR-15s.  All of these videos have the same story: “I bought an AR-15, but after the school shooting, I don’t want it anymore.”

So, they take a saw and cut it up.

First: Many of them cut the barrel, making this a short-barreled rifle (SBR), which is against the ATF code. If I did this to my gun, I would be a felon, as it is considered a destructive device, and requires a special permit.

Second: If you look at the gun you bought, and you only worry that it will be used to shoot up a school, you probably don’t need a gun in the first place. I look at my ARs and see lots of things. I see the time I spent assembling them with family members, the money I invested in them, and the good times and memories I’ve had shooting them. I don’t school shootings. If you can only think of school shootings when you look at your gun, you probably are unstable.

Third: One of these women is running for office. She cut up an AR as a political piece. Nothing says “politician” like turning $800 of working machinery into $0.25 of scrap metal. Boy, I can’t wait for her to get my tax dollars.

Finally: These folks have already bought these guns. It is their property, and they can dispose of it how they choose. I just wonder what they think they’ve accomplished. They took one gun out of circulation; probably 100 more were stamped out at the various factories in the time it took them to turn on their saws.

These folks buy a gun, then destroy it to protest that they could buy it in the first place. It’s like protesting obesity by buying a Big Mac, then throwing it in the trash. It just shows you’re a wasteful ass.
 
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Not Playing

March 2, 2018

New gun laws are coming.  There’s probably no avoiding it.  I’m not surrendering anything.  But I also can’t fight.

The balance of power has shifted so far in favor of the government, there is no fighting.  Some people think that they will never come for our guns.  Some people think that if there is some gun confiscation scheme, there will be a big old fight, and maybe even a revolution.  Don’t count on it.   If you are foolish enough to fight, you’ll be killed quickly, and without any fanfare.  There will be no “shot heard ’round the world.”

Realistically, there is no fight.  There’s probably nothing we can do.

Well, except not play the game.  Gun confiscation is the seizing of property by the government.  Property you purchased, property you inherited.  Property they have no right to.

If we live in a society where it is considered acceptable and right for government to seize property, we have a society where we have no property rights at all.  Without property rights, there are no right at all.  We are merely serfs living on the king’s land.

Therefore, don’t help the king.  Don’t feed him.  Don’t work for him.  Don’t create anything for him.  Don’t think for him.  Don’t work any harder than absolutely necessary.

Whatever you could create, don’t.  Whatever you could write, don’t.  Whatever you could invent, don’t.

Don’t contribute to a society that expect you to accept random property confiscations as normal and just.

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School Shooting

February 23, 2018

I’m exhausted and emotionally drained.  This most recent school shooting, while extremely tragic, has whipped up a frenzy unlike any I have seen.    Sure, people have been outraged by school shootings in the past, but this one is somehow different.  I’m not sure how.

I have argued with long-time friends on social media, most of which started out their post with something like, “F*** the NRA” or “white men strike again” or other such drivel.  My mistake was to try to reason any of these people.

At work, the other professors complained about “easy access” to firearms but then asked if I knew who had a concealed carry permit, and who carried.  I told them, “Yes, I know…but no, I won’t say.”  I realized that even though these professors are generally good people (they are), that if I revealed this tidbit of information, it could be harder for them to get into grad school, get letters of recommendation, and so on.  When, in reality, whether they carry or not is none of the school’s business, once they are not on school grounds.

Instead, I go through my friends list and realize that I have none.  There are virtually no people who support my right to own the AR-15’s I already own.  Between the professors asking me that question, between the ad hominem attacks on my friends list, I realize that our right to own guns is almost over.  We are losing this battle.  In ten years, I bet there is a ban in place.  If there isn’t, we’ll run around like druggies, ostracized by society and struggling to find employment.

Yet, I will surrender none of my guns.  I don’t know if I have any will to fight, but I will try to vote every chance I can.  I will try and respond, when there is some shred of logic in the statements that are argued against me.  I don’t think it will do any good, but I’m not sure what there is left to do.

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Virginia Tech “Shooter”

February 16, 2018

 
My father sent me a link to this article:
 http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Virginia-Tech-student-arrested-after-illegally-possessing-assault-rifles-471815644.html

This kid’s life is over, and for what? He is not a school shooter, or at least has shot nobody at this time. His actual crime was that he shot from a 30 round magazine instead of a 20 round magazine. At a shooting range. Safely. A rifle he stored IN THE POLICE STATION.

After he checked his rifle out of the police station, he went to the shooting range. The police followed him there and watched to make sure he didn’t use a magazine that was two inches longer and held 10 extra rounds.

Why? Because as a kid on a student visa, he was allowed to have a rifle, but not an “assault” rifle, as defined by a 30 round magazine instead of a 20 round magazine.

The rest of the article is a sludge-fest. He drives an old police car. He did research on bullet-proof vests on his computer.

I look back on my life at Virginia Tech. I always wanted a police car (which I currently drive). If I had stayed, my graduate work would have been in ceramic armor plates. I would have done lots of research on armor.

THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ME.

Your stupid, antigun terminology is going to ruin this kid’s life, just like it could have been mine. I guess that’s the real problem will all of this. You are willing to sacrifice the rights of some for the pretend security of others. “You can’t make an omelet without cracking a few eggs,” some might say. Well, I say, screw your omelet. I’m not willing to be an egg you crack, and neither should you be willing.

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The NRA Disappoints Me Today

October 6, 2017

I am a lifetime member of the NRA.  I have been for a long time.  I have been a member in one form or another since I was about 12, and used to read Insights Magazine years ago.

Today, the NRA announced that they would support changing the legal status of “bump stocks” after the Las Vegas shooting.

I personally own no bump stocks. I haven’t the resources to feed a rifle with a bump stock, so I don’t have anything to lose by new legislation.

The problem I have is with the philosophy of the antigun crowd, as well as (apparently) the leadership in the NRA.

Guns are just devices.  They are metal, wood and plastic crafted into certain shapes with certain functionality.  They have no morality, they have no feelings or intentions.  They are neither good nor evil.  Because they are a physical item, they are property.

The governnment has no business telling folks what the shape of their property can be.  They have no business telling people that this pile of plastic is somehow allowed, as long as it is not like this other pile of plastic.  They have no business telling an existing business to stop creating, designing, and manufacturing a product.

Rather than stand up to the government, the NRA rushed to the government as fast as it could and begged, “Please sirs, take these away.  We won’t complain.  Just let us keep another hunk of metal and plastic instead.”

No, do not compromise my property rights because you think you are doing me a favor.  No, do not compromise because you are afraid of looking “too extreme.”

When a merchant and a consumer compromise, everyone wins.  The consumer gets the goods and the merchant gets the money, at the agreed rate of exchange.  When rights are compromised away, the individual loses.

So then, I’ve said that they handled it poorly.  How could they have handled it well?  They could have said nothing, for there is nothing to say.  Someone out there used guns to hurt people.  We, the average NRA member, did not.  There is nothing to say. I don’t expect a statement from Ford, UAW or NASCAR for every car accident.  Why would I expect it from the NRA after a shooting?

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Source:  https://www.nraila.org

 

 

 

Children and Guns

June 29, 2017

A few of my friends posted some cartoon about children and guns.  It showed a hearse with a series of tricycles and Little Tykes cars following behind, stating “1300 kids are killed each year by guns.”

First, guns kill zero people.  People kill people.

Second, if we are going to go that route, keep in mind, that according to the CDC, 705 children drown each year, most of which drown in swimming pools.  (This figure excluded boating-related deaths).

They also add:

“Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2014, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, one-third died from drowning.1,2 Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.2 Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).1 Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.”  (Their sources are available on the CDC homepage, listed below).

And, just to show another great example of “male privilege,”  80% of drowning deaths are male.

Another two children a day (730 a year) are poisoned unintentionally by household cleaners or prescription drugs that are left within reach.  (This figure does not include intentional overdoses:  suicides).

This document by the CDC shows the most common ways for children to die.  Guess what?  It’s your car.

Instead of worrying about what the gun collector down the street “does” with all of his guns, why not double-check your car seat, leave earlier, and drive safer?  That will actually protect your kids.
Source:  CDC.gov

The Problem with Lists

June 23, 2016

I had plenty of fodder to destroy on this blog, all related to the unfortunate shooting in Orlando.  Renewed calls for gun control are a favorite topic for me to disassemble.  This particular time, plenty of folks made complete fools of themselves attempting to push an anti-gun agenda:  from the reporter who complained of PTSD after firing an AR-15, to the inane sit-in, I could post once a day for months over just this content.

Instead, I’m going to briefly address the issue with the “No-Fly” List, and the “Terror Watch List.”

There was a piece of legislation that would block folks on these lists from passing background checks for purchasing firearms.  It sounds kinda like a good idea, on the surface.  Certainly, it is being billed as “preventing terrorists from buying guns,” which sounds like the type of thing that only a terrorist would not support.

I am not a terrorist and I don’t support it.

My issue is not with preventing terrorists from owning guns, but rather from skipping due process.  An individiual can be placed on these lists without fair trial, and in some cases, without their knowledge.  I could already be on it, and so could you.

A free society does not take away rights without a fair trial.  Furthermore, a person is innocent until proven guilt.  Associated with that statement is that a person does not need to prove that he or she is innocent; the accuser must prove their guilt.  These lists are the exact opposite of this process.

I’ve heard folks discuss adding a mechanism for contesting the terror watch list so that a person can be removed from this list.  This is guilt until proven innocence.  The police cannot arrest you and take you to jail until you can prove your innocence; they can only take you to court and then prove your guilt.

Some will say that, “well, nobody is going to jail, we are only talking about guns or boarding airplanes.”  It does not matter. I do not need to ask the government permission to travel or own a piece of metal, plastic, or wood, at least not in a free society.

Don’t fall for the trap.  If this legislation smells fishy, it is because it is.  As tempting as it would be to trust the FBI and Homeland Security to weed out the terrorists, and prevent them from buying firearms, think about what is possible with this type of  legislation.  Here is a short list of group memberships that qualify as terrorists,  according to Facebook:

Muslims, Jews, gun owners, atheists, Christians, Creationists, Chick Fil-A, homosexuals, people who wrote spoilers for the Star Wars movie, men, Yankee fans, Republicans, Democrats, cancer, residents of Chicago…

Once this system is in place, it WILL be abused.

Now, back to the crybabies sitting on the floor, all of your elected representatives, fighting to turn your rights over to this arbitary list.

Scared yet?

Reading – From Freedom to Slavery

January 15, 2016

I started reading Gerry Spence’s book, “From Freedom to Slavery.”  This book looks to be interesting, as Spence was the lawyer who defended Randy Weaver when he went on trial for murdering a federal officer during the Ruby Ridge standoff in Idaho in the 1990’s.

This event was a big deal to me, as I was a boy when this happened. A boy, growing up in the People’s Republic of Maryland, where we weren’t allowed to talk about guns.  Meanwhile, guns were my favorite thing in the world, and I went shooting whenever I could.

There were a lot of misconceptions and half-truths around this standoff, and it will be interesting to read what was presented at the trial, versus what we saw on the news a long ways away.

My understanding was that Randy Weaver had sold a shotgun with a barrel that was too short for Federal Law.  Due to a snow storm, his trial was moved and he was not notified.  When he didn’t show up for trial, FBI/ATF agents began staking out his place.  At some point, Randy’s son (14) was hunting with a dog and the dog was going to give away the federal officer’s positions, so they shot the dog.  Randy Weaver’s son shot back, and then was shot and killed. Over the course of a few more days, Randy’s wife was shot and killed while holding a baby, Randy was wounded, and a family friend was wounded as well.

It’s a big mess, and we’ll never know the full truth, but perhaps this will shed a little light on the subject.

Thank you for reading this post, and I’ll let you know what I learn.