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Frustrated Liberal Concludes Gun Control Policies Don’t Work

Posted by V the K at 7:48 am - October 5, 2017.
Filed under: Gun Control

In a rare moment of honesty on the left, a left-wing statistician went through the evidence scientifically and without bias and came to the conclusion that none of the left-wing’s favored policies would put a dent in gun deaths.

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.

It’s like us Right-Wing Nut Jobs were saying all along. The policies of the left will fail, and may perhaps even be designed to fail so that their failure will make the case for ever increasing levels of gun control leading ultimately to what the left actually wants: to outlaw the private ownership of firearms.

By the way, the correlation between gun ownership and homicides is actually inverse.

There are actually two policies that would make a difference, but they are politically unpalatable to the Progressive Left.

The majority of gun deaths in the USA are suicides – about two-thirds of all of them, in fact. However, current left-wing Dogma is that people who want to commit suicide should not be only allowed to, but the State should actively assist them.

The great majority of the gun homicides in the USA are committed by young male criminals in urban areas. The Democrats who run these urban areas are loathe to crack down on this violence for fear of riling “community activists” who claim that stopping young urban males from committing crimes is a conspiracy to re-enact slavery via the “Prison Industrial Complex.”

So, for whatever reason, the only “politically palatable” solutions involve restricting the rights of non-criminal people to possess lawful means of self-defense. They don’t work, but they make leftists feel empowered.

Never Trust Leftists. They Lie.

Posted by V the K at 8:17 am - October 3, 2017.
Filed under: Gun Control

The left has, predictably, turned on the NRA and blamed them for the mass murder in Las Vegas, throwing around words like “terrorist organization” that they never apply to organizations like CAIR or #Antifa that actually support terrorism. More specifically, they are using attacks on the NRA to raise funds from the naïve dupes that support leftist Democrat groups.

I’m thankful there is an NRA; the wealth and electoral clout of the NRA is the only reason the Republican Party didn’t knuckle under to Obama’s Gun Control agenda the way they knuckled under on everything else Obama wanted.

My thing is, I don’t trust the gun control groups who claim they only want to tighten restrictions a little bit, because they lie. They are lying about suppressors (claiming they will make guns silent and unpossible to detect.) They lie in their statistics about “children” being killed by guns by counting gang bangers in their late teens/early twenties as “children.” They lie when they claim you can easily and legally buy automatic weapons without a background check.

Since they lie about all this stuff, I can only assume they are lying about their agenda. I think they ultimately want to outlaw the private ownership of firearms; incrementally, or in one swoop if they get control of the Supreme Court. Besides which, we already have pretty strict background checks and other limits already in place. Besides which, we’ve already seen in New York, California, New Jersey, and DC the types of restrictions they really want to put in place; and we know those are just down-payment until they can get the Supreme Court and negate the Second Amendment. Some of them are open about their agenda, those ones, I believe because expressing their intent openly is not helpful to the cause. 

And let’s be honest, the real reason the left hates the NRA is because the NRA helps get Republicans elected. It’s not about “saving lives,” it’s about saving Democrat senate and house seats.

The Guns of Europe

The last few years, amidst Europe’s ongoing terrorist attacks and Muslim-influx crisis, European gun sales have surged. Article from January 2016:

Gun sales have jumped 350 per cent in Austria amid ‘unease’ over increasing numbers of migrants following the Paris terror attacks…

The final months of 2015 showed increases in gun permit applications, while dealers reported huge demand for self defence weapons such as tasers, pepper spray and blank firing-guns.

It comes just months after shotguns were reported to have sold out across the country as residents became increasingly paranoid about refugee numbers.

Article from August 2016:

Applications for gun permits have gone up significantly in Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. In places with stricter gun laws, such as Germany, non-lethal guns and pepper spray have become alternatives.

“There’s no official explanation for the rise, but in general we see a connection to Europe’s terrorist attacks,” Hanspeter Kruesi, a police spokesman in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen, told Reuters.

Czech Republic’s President saw the light:

President Milos Zeman used to advocate gun control, but called for easier access to guns in July [2016] following the terror attack in Nice.

“Earlier I spoke against possession of large amounts of weapons [in the hands of the people],” Zeman said in a July interview with newspaper Blesk. “After those attacks, I do not think so any more.”

And last week, the Czech Republic began to create their own version of our 2nd Amendment:

Czech lawmakers have passed legislation in the lower parliament that would see the right to bear firearms enshrined in the country’s constitution…

The legislation was passed with 139 deputies agreeing to the amendment to the constitution with only nine deputies voting against. The amendment will now be considered by the Czech Senate where it will require a supermajority of three-fifths…

…the Czech legislation reads: “Citizens of the Czech Republic have the right to acquire, retain and bear arms and ammunition.”

It’s rare to have that right in a country’s Constitution. Hopefully, it’s about to become less rare.

Unfortunately, Germany is busy turning its guns against its own People’s free speech:

German lawmakers approved a bill on Friday aimed at cracking down on hate speech on social networks…

Among other things, it would fine social networking sites up to 50 million euros ($56 million) if they persistently fail to remove illegal content within a week, including defamatory “fake news.”

“Freedom of speech ends where the criminal law begins,” said Justice Minister Heiko Maas, who was the driving force behind the bill…

Social networks also have to publish a report every six months detailing how many complaints they received and how they dealt with them.

This is fascism: the merger of Business and State, in which the State commandeers Business to achieve the State’s aims – such as, in this case, the enforcement of political purity and consensus. Looks like Mark Zuckerberg has no problem with it.

Are the Germans going to target ordinary citizens’ protests against Germany’s insane Muslim refugee policy? Sadly, yes:

By “right wing extremist” what German authorities really mean is anyone who questions the immigration policies of the Europe, or thinks differently than the general population.

The article cites the relevant sections of Germany’s criminal speech code – that sound good on paper, except they are so subjective that the authorities can, will and do use them to punish any speech they don’t like.

I’m not sure – my German is quite rusty – but I think that in this clip, Germany’s Vice Chancellor is saying that Muslim refugees are more German than the Germans who would object to their presence, and who should therefore be locked up.

It takes awhile

…but sometimes there’s justice.

Remember that UVa “campus rape culture” hoax that bubbled up in 2014? Recent news is that Rolling Stone will pay settlement damages to the fraternity they accused.

A source involved at the national level with the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, tells TheDC that Rolling Stone will pay $1.65 million to settle the defamation suit…

In the piece, “A Rape on Campus,” Erdely relayed the story of Jackie Coakley, a Virginia woman who claimed she was brutally raped by a group of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members during a party in Sept. 2012.

Separately, a UVa dean also got damages:

The magazine’s decision follows a settlement in April with Nicole Eramo, a University of Virginia associate dean who was also smeared in the article, which was written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely…

Erdely portrayed Eramo as dismissive of Coakley’s case. But it was later revealed that Coakley not only fabricated the attack by the fraternity members but that Eramo took her allegations seriously at the time she made them.

A jury in Virginia awarded Eramo $3 million in damages — $2 million from Erdely and $1 million from Rolling Stone.

I don’t know what has happened to the original accuser, Jackie Coakley?

While I’m at it:

A Lesson in Gun Control

Posted by V the K at 5:53 am - April 21, 2017.
Filed under: Gun Control

A few years ago, the Socialist Government of Venezuela succeeded in what the Democrat Left has aspired to do in the USA: they outlawed the private ownership of firearms. Of course, this was done to “fight an epidemic of gun violence.” And, of course, “for the children.”

And now the Socialist Government of Venezuela is providing firearms to its supporters to use against opponents of the regime.

“A gun for every militiaman!” Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said to uniformed militia members outside the presidential palace, Fox News reported on Tuesday. The Bolivarian militias, created by Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, already number in the hundreds of thousands and are being used to supplement the regime’s armed forces. Maduro is boosting the number of armed supporters in hopes of keeping control over the country from what he labels “imperialist aggression.”

Now, you know, why we fight so hard to keep the Second Amendment alive.

Oh Noes! Moar Gun Violences!

Posted by V the K at 12:15 pm - March 28, 2017.
Filed under: Gun Control

Just curious, is it the actual position of liberal anti-gun types that we would be better off as a society if these three thugs were still alive after successfully burglarizing this residence? Just asking.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Nick Mahoney said the suspects entered the home through a glass back door with the intent to burglarize it. It was not immediately clear why they picked that home.

Mahoney said the suspects encountered the homeowner’s 19-year-old son, who opened fire (with an AR-15) after an exchange of words. Two of the suspects died in the home’s kitchen while a third was found in the driveway.

This home was defended with the exact weapons liberals want to ban. (And would have succeeded in banning if Hillary were in the White House and Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court). And in states like Maryland, you can be prosecuted for defending your home against home invaders.

Follow up. Will the three dead thugs be counted as “Gun deaths” when the liberals are rounding up their anti-gun talking points.

Update: How the BBC is covering it: Three teenagers who broke into a home in Oklahoma were killed by the homeowner’s son firing an assault-style AR-15. They describe the dead thugs as “teens” or “teenagers” six eight times, and “intruders” once. They also bring up “stand your ground laws” even though they have no relevance to this case (but they are another things liberals oppose because they side with the thugs).

“Common Sense Gun Laws”

Posted by V the K at 9:59 pm - March 5, 2017.
Filed under: Gun Control

Here’s what some left-wing anti-gun legislators are trying to pass in Alabama, all the while claiming that aren’t against the Second Amendment, and all of these infringements are perfectly reasonable.

  • Mandatory gun registration- owner has registration card that lists all weapons
  • No transfers unless done through a registration office
  • New purchases must be picked up at registration office
  • Mandatory gun safes; only registered owner will have combination
  • Mandatory gun safety classes
  • Open carry and concealed carry policies abolished
  • Waiting period for gun purchase extended to three months to allow all paperwork to pass
  • People under 21 prohibited from owning guns
  • Extensive mental evaluation
  • Mandatory liability insurance for firearms
  • Required reporting of stolen firearms within four hours of discovery
  • Ammo purchases made only for the caliber gun specified on registration

Thank Ra Hillary lost.

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Gays for Omar Mateen

Posted by V the K at 9:21 am - November 21, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control,Unhinged Liberals

Commenter Steve tips off this stupid group of stupid gay leftists: Gays Against Self-Defense Guns. (Known by it’s so-appropriate acronym, GAG.)

In the past four months, GAG activists performed several acts of civil disobedience. Demonstrators targeted the headquarters of BlackRock, one of the largest corporate shareholders of gun companies’ stock; the Reebok-sponsored CrossFit Games, which awarded their top athletes with Glock handguns; and the firearms manufacturer Sig Sauer in New Hampshire (a Sig Sauer semi-automatic rifle and a Glock semi-automatic pistol were the weapons used by the shooter at Pulse). During these protests, GAG activists distributed fact sheets containing information about gun deaths in America and occupied designated locations by chanting and holding “die-ins.” Others participated as “human beings”: haunting white-veiled walkers who held posters with photos and names of victims.

Thank the Goddess that Orlando Pulse was a “Gun-Free Safe Space.” It could have really gotten ugly if anyone had been allowed to shoot back at Omar Mateen.

It’s funny that the words “human beings” are in scare quotes. The phrase “fact sheet” should also be in scare quotes since the “facts” the anti-2nd Amendment left cites are almost entirely inaccurate or hysterically misleading.

But you know what this stupid group of stupid gay leftists supports wholeheartedly? Hate Crime Hoaxes.

So, basically, the response of gay left-wing idiots to a real hate crime — a mass murder committed by a Muslim Democrat — is to ban the weapons that could have stopped the attack because they’re mad at a liberal, pro-gay New Yorker who was elected president.

Makes total sense, doesn’t it?

Working About as well as All Other Liberal Programs Ever

Posted by V the K at 9:50 am - September 1, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

During a “Gun Buyback” program in Minnesota, the police paid $100 for a pipe lashed to a piece of wood. I am not making this up.

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Massachusetts AG Enacts Unilateral Gun Control by Decree

Posted by V the K at 9:40 am - July 22, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

Here is what happened. Massachusetts passed a law that made it illegal to sell guns with certain features. Manufacturers complied with the law by making guns without those features. The Massachusetts AG calls that “exploiting a loophole” and issued a decree that says the state can outlaw any type of gun that has any common feature with any gun on the ban list.  Her decree is so broad, it acts as an effective gun ban, and leftists are cheering about it.

When a leftist says, “We respect the Second Amendment; we’re not going to outlaw your guns,” she’s lying.  The ultimate goal has always been to outlaw the private ownership of firearms. Massachusetts and California are just leading the curve.

Update: Since Germany won this week’s Terror Attack Lottery, I thought it might be worth noting that all of the “Common Sense Gun Laws” Democrats favor are already on the books and rigorously enforced in Deutschland.

“The German system of gun control is among the most stringent in Europe. It restricts the acquisition, possession, and carrying of firearms to those with a creditable need for a weapon.
It bans fully automatic weapons and severely restricts the acquisition of other types of weapons. COMPULSORY LIABILITY INSURANCE is REQUIRED for anyone who is licensed to carry firearms”

Gun Ownership Helps Make Americans Safer

Posted by V the K at 1:21 am - July 5, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

[Note: Original post greatly expanded.]

In 1993, about three-fourths of Americans lived in states where it was impossible or nearly impossible to get a concealed carry permit. As of 2016, most states had adopted ‘Shall Issue’ concealed carry laws, meaning the state could only deny you a permit to carry a concealed weapon if it could demonstrate a legal reason. Only California, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, and New Jersey still limited concealed carry to a state-selected individuals. Ten states had done away with state regulation of concealed carry altogether. And in that period, the private ownership of firearms has soared to nearly 300 million nationwide.

Whenever the right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves comes up for an expansion, the left shrieks that the result will be violent anarchy. Gunfights will break out in university lecture halls if, for example, students disagree on the proper interpretation of Proust. Democrats politicians histrionically claim that expanded ownership of firearms will lead to shootouts over parking spaces and incorrect coffee orders.

As with everything on the left, these are appeals to emotion and hysteria in order to expand state power and diminish individual liberty. In fact, violence has diminished considerably as Americans’ right of self-defense has been shown more legislative respect and firearm ownership has soared.

The figures are indisputable .

In 1993, there were seven homicides by firearm for every 100,000 Americans, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2013, that figure had fallen by nearly half, to 3.6 — a total of 11,208 firearm homicides. The number of victims of crimes involving guns that did not result in death (such as robberies) declined even more precipitously, from 725 per 100,000 people in 1993 to 175 in 2013.

The places were violent homicide rates remain stubbornly high are deep blue, Democrat-run large cities like Baltimore, Oakland, Philadelphia, and especially Chicago. Chicago has the worst violence and the most restrictive gun laws in the country. However, even as left wing politicians in Chicago and other areas demand more restrictions on lawful gun owners, they refuse to enforce laws against criminals that are already on the books.

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More Gheys Choosing Self-Defense Over Dancing

Posted by V the K at 7:28 pm - June 30, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

Even as Democrats promoted the Narrative that the Orlando Disco Massacre had nothing to do with Mohammedanism (despite being the latest in a string of terror attacks undertaken by Mohammedans in the name of Islam) and the Narrative that guns are evil and only evil people want to own guns, and even as over 100 congressional Democrats threw a temper tantrum on the House Floor demanding that the Government be allowed to use a secret, unconstitutional list to strip Americans of their right to self-defense… Gheys have been buying guns in record numbers.

Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. But this time, many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians.

Mike Smith, a firearms instructor in Colorado Springs, is one of many closely tracking the sudden surge in gays and lesbians buying weapons.

The Pink Pistols is a national gun club for gays and lesbians. It saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.

Dozens of new chapters are springing up, including one Smith is creating in Colorado Springs. He said it’s something he feels compelled to do, even though he’s heterosexual.

“I look at it as a disenfranchised minority that needs someone who’s willing to say I’m a resource who’s here and willing to help,” he said.

In other words, they are not trusting Obama’s Department of Homeland Security, Obama’s FBI, or Obama’s vetting of Mohammedan colonists to protect them.

Wise choice.

Update:  Speaking of Islamist colonists, three of them were convicted in Minneapolis yesterday of conspiring to join ISIS and commit terrorist acts. The Democrat Media Complex has pretty much ignored the trial, but Powerline’s Scott Johnson has been reporting on it.

The evidence at trial was chilling, but in one respect the case was refreshing. It lacked the mind-numbing euphemisms imposed by the Obama administration on such matters. At trial there was no doubt about what was at issue: Islam, jihad, “martyrdom” and murder.

Contra the Twink-Who-Just-Wants-to-Dance

Posted by V the K at 7:47 am - June 30, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

Concealed Carry permit holder stops would be multiple-murderer outside a nightclub in South Carolina.

A man with a concealed carry license stopped a shooter after the latter opened fire on a crowd of people at a nightclub in South Carolina early Sunday morning

These kind of stories never get nearly the mass media coverage of those where the mass murderer manages to rack up a double-digit body count before the Police arrive at the Gun Free Victim Zone.

Meanwhile, back in an urban Democrat-run Gun Free Zone

Cunning Stunt Journalism FAIL

Posted by V the K at 7:16 am - June 21, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

A liberal Chicago newspaper writer Democrat Media Operative tried to jump on the “reporter buys a gun to show how easy and scary it is” bandwagon. The gun shop refused to sell to him because of his history of alcoholism and domestic violence.

Also, Obamacrats in the Senate yesterday failed to pass four gun laws that would have done absolutely nothing to prevent the Orlando Disco Massacre. A Democrat senator is reduced to babbling incoherence trying to explain why they are wasting everybody’s time on this.

The left is not even hiding it any more, they are openly calling for denying American Citizens of the right of self-defense. After the jump, a Vox operative wants Obama to unilaterally outlaw guns, like right now.  Because he doesn’t like guns, so no one should be allowed to have them. That’s how the left rolls. If they don’t like something, they want it outlawed. If they do like something, they want it to be mandatory.

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Another Pink Pistol Is Born

Posted by V the K at 9:07 am - June 17, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

Last night, my Significant Other decided he wants a concealed carry license.

He said it’s because he doesn’t believe Hillary is going to do anything to protect us from “violent extremism.”

And because his gay friends on Facebook are twisting the Orlando Gay Disco Massacre into Democrat-friendly narratives. “It weren’t Islamism, it were the guns! Bad, bad guns! Also it were the fault of Conservative Christians, somehow.”

He has come to realize that leftists are insane and self-destructive and wants no part of it.

Last month, he wouldn’t even go to the range with me. He thought the only reason I owned guns was because I have a streak of defying authority.

But after Orlando, he sees things differently.

So, he asked me to sign him up for a concealed carry course.

I can’t wait to take him gun shopping.

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Cunning Stunt Journalism

Posted by V the K at 8:04 am - June 17, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control,Media Bias

Obama wants him some gun control and to distract the public from the fact that his PC-obsessed Government is not just failing to protect Americans from terrorists but actually adding to our peril, so the Democrat Media Operatives of the American Press are doing whatever they can to put Democrat propaganda out in the guise of “journalism.”

  • A CBS News Democrat Media Operative reports that buying an AR-15 is as easy as buying a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Or it would be, if Starbucks required multiple forms of ID, passing a Federal background check, and filling out multiple federal forms.
  • A Democrat Media Operative pulled the same cunning stunt in Philadelphia, again, succeeding only in proving that you can’t buy an AR-15 without multiple forms of ID, a lot of paperwork, and a criminal background check. Once she jumped through the hoops and received her weapon, the poor silly bint didn’t even know what to do with it.
  • Gersh Kuntzman (which is apparently his real name) a Democrat Media Operative for the dying New York Daily News performed his cunning stunt by going to a range and firing an AR-15, and then reported on the experience using these exact words.

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People who actually know something about guns are skeptical of his account, especially since even little girls can fire off AR-15’s with no problem:

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The Left Wants to Disarm Gays; the Right Supports Gay Gun Rights

On issues of personal safety and the basic human right of gay people to defend themselves, the left is not on the side of gay people.

As The Federalist reported, openly gay individuals have been on the forefront of the gun-rights cause in Washington DC. The last three major gun-rights victories in the nation’s capitol have been fought and won by gay people.

A gay man who carries a gun for protection penned an editorial for the New York Daily News urging other gay people to arm themselves.

“Legally designated gun-free zones are invitations to killers,” wrote Tom G. Palmer, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, in the editorial published on Monday. “They get to rack up kills among defenseless victims without any effective opposition. There is a reason that they seek out such places: Everyone has been disarmed and rendered defenseless by the gun-control movement.”

It’s not the Right that wants gays to die cowering in bathrooms with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” ringing in their ears, it’s the American Left. (“It’s a good thing that bar was a gun free zone; it could have gotten messy if people could shoot back.”)

Also, an article explaining why using the Terror Watch List to deny citizens their Constitutional Rights is such a no good, very bad, completely unconstitutional violation of human rights that none of the anti-gun leftist lickspittles like George Takei will bother to read.

“Dangerous Assault Weapons” A Primer

Posted by V the K at 12:09 pm - June 14, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

Perhaps this will clear up some confusion.

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Democrat Senator Wants to Deny Self-Defense Rights to the Politically Incorrect

Posted by V the K at 10:50 am - June 14, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced he will introduce legislation to keep guns out of the hands of those who commit criminal acts based on hate. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act would prohibit the purchase, possession or shipment of a firearm by anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime or who received a hate crime sentence enhancement, according to a statement from Casey’s office on Monday. It would also prohibit the sale of firearms to anyone reasonably suspected to be guilty of a misdemeanor hate crime.

So, if the Government *suspects* that you might be guilty of a “hate crime” (such as chalking “Trump 2016” on a college sidewalk), you will be denied your human right of self-defense.

From the same group of idiots who think an AR-15 is identical to an M-4.

Why Isn’t Everybody Asking This?

Posted by V the K at 8:34 am - June 14, 2016.
Filed under: Gun Control

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The Pink Pistols wish to remind gay folk that you cannot count on the same Government that screened Omar Mateen and Tashfin Malik to protect you.

Also, a dingbat reporter in Philadelphia is shocked to find out that law-abiding citizens can legally purchase guns for self-protection.