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Slow clap for “Citizens for a REALLY Safe Ashland” (*Video*)

Citizens for a REALLY Safe Ashland has a message for you

That deserves a slow clap

 

I’m a man and I’m not “failing” you

Some idiot woman in Philly thinks that when criminals rob and murder women in Philly, it’s the fault of all the men who aren’t robbing and murdering.

Women across the city are having similar conversations with themselves lately, as Philadelphia reels from yet another senseless purse snatching/homicide. The latest happened early Sunday as two women left the Tropical Heat nightclub at 53rd and Market streets following a night of karaoke. Two men in hooded sweatshirts confronted the women about 2:35 a.m., took their handbags, then opened fire, killing Melissa Thomas, 29, and injuring her friend.

All because of a damn handbag.

“She gave it up and she still was killed,” said Sanchez, 40, an administrative assistant. “It’s 2:40 in the morning. She’s just coming out of the bar. At 2-something in the morning, they probably didn’t have that much cash on them.

“Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?” Sanchez continued, her voice full of frustration. “Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected.”

Note how it isn’t the “men” robbers and murderers who are “failing” her. It’s you and me. The ones who are not robbing and murdering. Here’s a newsflash for Miss Where’s My White Knight. Do it yourself. It’s your life, and you are responsible to protect it. You don’t get to tell me that my life should be dedicated to serving you.

Then there is the “political consultant” who is “advising her.”

“This should be about women saying enough is enough,” said Mannwell Glenn, a political consultant advising Sanchez on Saturday’s event. “When women get pissed, they get things done.”

He pointed out that the old code of the streets, that thieves don’t hurt women and children, is no longer honored.

The “Code of the Street?!?!?” What kind of talk is that? Does this moron pretend that there exists some sort of social contract between robber/murderers and their victims? “Your money or your life” is a threat, not an offer of a legally binding contract.

These people make my brain hurt. The woman is so stupid that instead of protecting herself, she complains that men aren’t protecting her. And the male political consultant is stupid enough that he seems to think that we should be able to trust criminals to be just a little bit criminal, acceptably criminal, and not the violent murderous thugs that they actually are.

I’ll bet that both of them would tell me I am paranoid and dangerous for carrying a gun.

Where are all these guns coming from?

New Jersey has outrageously strict gun control laws. Since they’ve done so much to make it as difficult as possible to purchase guns legally, they naturally wonder where their “crime guns” are coming from.

Gun violence in New Jersey’s cities sent the state’s homicide rate to a seven-year high in 2013. Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie signed more than a dozen gun control measures into law, driven not only by violence at home but also by a larger national debate over firearms.

Yet like many places in the northeast, most of the guns involved in crimes here in Jersey come from out of state. So exactly where do New Jersey criminals get their weapons?

• The largest single source for crime guns in the Garden State was New Jersey itself, which accounted for 425 guns. But that’s only one-fifth of all the guns traced back to their sources, meaning that New Jersey is a net importer of crime guns. Jersey sent 196 traceable weapons out of state, mostly to Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.

• The majority of out-of-state crime guns came from Pennsylvania and five southern states known for their loose requirements for gun purchasing: North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, which accounted for 1,084 guns. Those states represent tributaries of what law enforcement officials call the “iron pipeline,” through which guns flow up Interstate 95 and into New Jersey, New York and other states where buying firearms is more difficult.

Well, it’s nice (and unusual) that they point out that “crime guns” are coming from NJ is much higher numbers than from out of state.  The reason they do is because the ATF makes it so obvious that even they can’t ignore it.

NJ2012source

What’s even more revealing is this

NJ2012timetocrime

And here’s something that they don’t address at all in the story. Look at the bottom right hand corner. The “time to crime,”  which is the time between last legal retail sale and recovery by the police is 13.83 years. Also, over 80% of all guns recovered and traced took longer than 3 years to be used in a crime. One which planet does an “iron pipeline” take almost 14 years on average to go from market to criminal use?

Final question. Does this trace list include all firearms recovered in New Jersey? Or just all firearms that NJ submitted to the ATF for tracing? Were there more firearms traced by the NJ police using their own firearm registration system? I’d be interested to know the answers.

The important thing to note is that the idea that guns are being bought in large numbers in PA, NC, VA, GA, and FL and then being raced up highway to be used by gang bangers in NJ is just so much BS. With an average time from legal purchase to criminal use of almost 14 years, the “Iron Pipeline” is just another attempt to demonize law abiding gun owners in free states for the crimes committed in New Jersey.

All ATF Data for New Jersey used in this post is located HERE.

For 2012 trace data for the other 49 states, go HERE

“Shocked?” What was he shocked about? That we read the bill?

The Gateway Pundit reports that David Remnick says Obama was “shocked” that he couldn’t pass gun control in the wake of Newtown.

David Remnick, author of the new nearly 17,000 word profile of President Barack Obama in the New Yorker, revealed in a podcast interview this week that a dispirited Obama told him that he misread the “moment in political history” and was shocked he could not get gun control measures passed in the wake of the December 2012 Newtown, Ct., Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which a lone gunman killed twenty children and six adults.

Yeah, that’s the Left right there. They wait until a gruesome crime, try to pass laws that will infringe the rights of the people who didn’t do it, and are “shocked” when we tell them to get stuffed.

What the hell has Obama got to be “shocked” about? Is he shocked that we actually read the bill? That we didn’t pass it so we could find out what was in it? That Senators are actually more worried about getting re-elected than infringing on our rights?

This is why we need to stay engaged. This is why we need to continue to read the bill and carefully explain to other Americans, gun owners or not, how these bills do nothing to stop crime and everything to attack our rights. It’s not even a question any more that gun control is designed as an attack on our rights instead of an attack on criminal behavior. Our job is just to explain each new attempt.

But it was just a little bit of popcorn!

I am getting really tired of this story. Not the story of the retired cop in Florida shooting the popcorn throwing text messaging theater jerk. No, the story I’m getting tired of is the recurring self-defense narrative.

  1. Someone not an obvious criminals pulls out his gun in circumstances poorly described by news sources who are completely ignorant not only of firearms, but of the laws surrounding self-defense.
  2. Anti-gunners, sensing that they have a chance to blacken the name of all concealed carrying gun owners everywhere leap to call him a racist, sexist, homophobic gun-toting murderer.
  3. Gun owners on the internet come out of the woodwork to throw the shooter under the bus, describing in lurid detail all the things that the shooter did wrong, referencing the newspaper stories written by idiots ignorant of firearms and self-defense law.

Can a man get a trial before we lynch him? Can you people stop trying to surrender to the anti-gunners just long enough for the trial? Please?

“But,” you say, “It was just a bit of popcorn!”

Stop being stupid. We don’t know. We don’t know a damn thing about what happened. We have news stories written by people who don’t know the difference between the holding end and the flamey death end of a handgun. These people wouldn’t know the difference between Castle Doctrine and the Monroe Doctrine. They don’t know the difference between Stand Your Ground and Stand and Deliver. Relying on them for good information about self-defense is like expecting a politician to keep his promises.

The shooter will be convicted or acquitted based upon one thing. Was his fear of death or serious bodily injury REASONABLE. He claims it was self-defense. He says that he feared death or serious bodily injury at the hands of the person he shot. Now he has to convince a judge or jury that his fear was reasonable. How could he do that?

Ability, Opportunity, Jeopardy.

Ability means that the other person has the power to kill or to cripple you.

The text messaging “victim” (for lack of a more neutral term) was in his 40s and was a fairly tall man. Here’s the photo of him and his family they’ve been circulating.

Chad OulsonThe shooter is 71. He’s not frail looking, but he’s still a senior citizen compared to the 43-year-old victim. There is every reason to believe that an enraged victim could have beaten the shooter badly enough to lead to serious bodily injury or death.

Opportunity means that the circumstances are such that the other person would be able to use his ability against you.

They were each on the other side of a set of set of theater seats, well within reach of each other. It is clear that he had opportunity.

Jeopardy means that the other person’s actions or words provide you with a reasonably perceived belief that he intends to kill you or cripple you.

This is where we lack information. Did the victim stay seated, get mad, and toss the popcorn? Or did he surge to his feet, tower over the victim, and shove a box of popcorn in his face while giving the impression that a further beating was about to happen? We just don’t know. We are told that the victim’s wife had put a restraining hand on the victim’s chest, which is how she came to be shot with the same bullet that killed her husband. Does this mean that she was trying to pull her husband off the shooter? Or was she just placing her hand there in that loving way wives do when they are trying to get you to remember your manners? We don’t know.

It is certainly possible that the shooter was justified. It doesn’t seem all that likely, mostly because we are relying on the news reports of people who don’t know anything at all about guns or laws. We can reasonably assume that police forces in Florida are going to arrest in any self-defense case they get so that they don’t get the same treatment that the Sanford Police Department got after the Martin/Zimmerman shooting. But we can’t take the arrest and the media stories and spin that into a conviction in the court of public opinion.

So when some anti-gunner gets all up in your face about one more “concealed carry killer,” instead of throwing the guy under the bus, say “He’s been arrested and is awaiting trial. Perhaps we should let the justice system determine his guilt or innocence instead of trying to lynch him.” You don’t have to defend him. You also don’t have to condemn him. And if anyone tries to force you to make the false choice between those two possibilities, change the subject from the shooting to the behavior of the anti-gunners. Just ask them why they are so eager to lynch a retired police officer.

The Gun as Rorschach Test

You’ve heard the joke before,

A guy goes into a psychologist’s office and says “Dr, I have a problem.”

The doctor draws two small x’s on a piece of paper.”I’m going to draw some pictures and I’m going to ask what you see. What are these.”

His patient replies, “Two ants having sex.”

The doctor draws two slightly larger x’s on the paper. “And now?”

“That’s two dogs having sex.”

The doctor draws two big X’s on the paper. “What about now?”

“That’s two people having sex.”

“Ah,” says the doctor. “You’re obsessed with sex!”

“What are you talking about?” says the patient. “I’m not the one obsessed with sex! You’re the one drawing the dirty pictures!”

We’re gun owners. We’ve all had this discussion before. Gun haters absolutely fear and loathe us because we carry guns. They are so terrified of their neighbors carrying guns that they try to pass laws banning the practice. They get so angry that restaurants don’t ban law abiding concealed carriers that they print up their own “no guns” signs and post them without consulting the owners. And then they turn around and accuse us of being cowards, living in fear.

Firearms are like a Rorschach test. Show an Anti a gun and he’ll tell you how bad a mass murderer you are. Case in point.

It’s been 18 months since I stood in line behind the guy at the Safeway a mile from my house. He was older — in his 70s, I guessed. He wore jeans, yellow and red running shoes, a ball cap and a green lightweight jacket, the hood bunched up behind his head. Oh, and he also wore a gun.

It rested inside a tanned leather holster on his left hip, the rain jacket intentionally tucked behind the holster, it seemed, so everyone could see it. The gun had a black grip and a glistening silver steel back.

People were staring and moving slowly to other lines and no one even whispered, just shuffling away in silence, two women and a man, pushing their carts to nearby queues. There was, no doubt, a sense of fear.

I stayed there behind the man with the cat food and dog food and two kinds of cheese, a box of cereal and the black and silver weapon.

Then he turned and caught me staring at the gun. I felt awkward, scared maybe, and he said, “What’s up?” in a pleasant-enough voice, the way you would when seeing a friend.

“Just looking at your gun,” I babbled, having decided a split second earlier not to lie to him because, well, he had a gun.

And I did not — definitely did not — want to say what I was really thinking, which was: “Who carries a handgun to buy cheese?”

He never replied to my “Just looking at your gun” blurt and seconds later he had bags in his hands and off he went, to wherever guys go with handguns on their trousers on a Saturday morning in Colorado.

Oh, and I also remember quite vividly having this thought: He must be a nut.

Yeah, he’s the nut all right. You see a gun on the hip of a 70-year-old man in the Safeway. He addresses you very politely. You “babble” in fear. But he’s the nut.

I’m really losing patience with these crazy people. They can’t be bothered to deal with their irrational fear of their law-abiding neighbors. They immediately assume that all handguns are pointed at them. It’s like they have a guilty conscience. They know that I’m not going to shoot them unless they try to harm me, yet they fear and loathe me just the same. What were they planning on doing to me?

The more I consider it, the more I agree that it’s just a manifestation of their own cowardice. They fear, and they are ashamed of that fear. They can’t deal with the shame of that fear so they hate anyone who has learned to deal with their fear. Because as people who have dealt with our fear and have taken reasonable precautions against danger, our mere existence is a rebuke to them for letting their fear rule their lives. And as soon as they see or hear of a gun, that fear, loathing, and hatred spills out.

But we’re the ones drawing the dirty pictures.

HT: Captains Journal

I’m one of the #GunBullies. Why aren’t you?

Want to join the #GunBullies list? Tweet this by clicking and you’re a shoe in!

Why won’t @Guitars4Guns add me and @Instapundit to the #GunBullies list?

UPDATE 3: Answer to Glenn Reynolds. Only if the rest of us get to hold him while you do.

Via Miguel at GunFreeZone.net:

Did you know that fiercely defending your rights to keep and bear arms made you a bully? Did you know that your proper place was to shut your piehole and accept whatever new infringements came your way?

Gun hater @Guitars4Guns tries to couch it in terms of us “doing more damage to the pro-gun side,” but the reality is that he just doesn’t want to hear what we are saying. Most importantly, he doesn’t want anyone else to hear what we are saying.

UPDATE: He’s “password protected” his list! Now we’re all on Double Secret Probation!
UPDATE 2: Now he’s stripped the list down to only two people. Because? Well, who knows. I don’t think he’s exactly sane.

 

Behold, the list! -

  1. @11b2p
  2. @2ANow
  3. @51Hitman51
  4. @AE68W
  5. @AmmoLand
  6. @anothergunblog
  7. @AnonyPunkZ
  8. @ANYAGV2
  9. @BadBlueGuns
  10. @BigFatDave
  11. @bitterclingerpa
  12. @bob_owens
  13. @CalmGunowner
  14. @cjgrisham
  15. @cemeterygunblob
  16. @Cmf68Kevin
  17. @chronovarience
  18. @DanielESmall
  19. @DixieSportsman
  20. @dmbatten
  21. @Dr_2A
  22. @dthurston
  23. @DVCMAC
  24. @FirearmsPDX
  25. @GlomarResponder
  26. @GunFreeZone
  27. @GunsnCoasters
  28. @gunsafetyblog
  29. @GunSenseUSA
  30. @GunzAreBad
  31. @hazmatpat
  32. @HomeGunTraining
  33. @HowardW56
  34. @HASOGCA
  35. @InfidelMonster
  36. @JamesViser
  37. @JasonSlusher
  38. @JBurt73
  39. @JerryMcClellan2
  40. @JillJillthePill
  41. @Jim____Johnson
  42. @JonEMTP
  43. @JPFOAlert
  44. @k0diak314
  45. @KentAtwater
  46. @KentAtwater2
  47. @KoryDWatkins
  48. @LawSelfDefense
  49. @lee10011
  50. @LibertyArmsMN
  51. @linoge_wotc
  52. @MarineReconDad
  53. @Marsellus666
  54. @MDGunsBen
  55. @MicekJosh23
  56. @MickyBaker1
  57. @MolonLabeNJ
  58. @MomsNeedHobbies
  59. @MonsantoBadGuns
  60. @muddman97
  61. @MuttonChopsRock
  62. @notplainjoe
  63. @OpenCarryTexas
  64. @PRoseish
  65. @PRoseish_2
  66. @quixxdraw
  67. @reaper11b81
  68. @ReviveLiberty
  69. @RobAlexandr
  70. @robdoar
  71. @rolloutside
  72. @RonPaul2012FTW
  73. @sdsorrentino (ME!!! Definitely follow me!!!)
  74. @ShantBe
  75. @SmartGunLaw (Originally I mistook this for another group. Fixed!)
  76. @soderstromk
  77. @Sparticus33W
  78. @State_Control
  79. @StrippedLower
  80. @TacticoolRonald
  81. @TCguns_carry
  82. @toyotahater
  83. @TyreByter
  84. @WildBillBaldwin

Thanks @Guitars4Guns, I’m honored to be counted among these patriots. I pledge to redouble my efforts so that I’m worthy to remain in their company.

Can you believe that he didn’t even make the list hyperlinked so you could follow your allies? I’ve fixed that. If you’re on Twitter, click the link and follow each and every one. The more followers each of us has, the harder it is for the haters to exploit the SpamBlock feature to get us kicked off Twitter. And make no mistake. If this guy could do it, he would get us all thrown off Twitter in a heartbeat.

Moms Demand goes RED QUEEN!

Oh, those wacky Moms running about Demanding things. Like this, for example.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Pennsylvania Chapter is shocked and devastated to learn of the death of a two-month-old Lancaster County girl who was shot and killed by a family member who was negligently handling a handgun on Christmas Eve. No charges have yet been filed against the adult who shot and killed an infant.

Moms Demand Action is urging District Attorney Craig Stedman and local authorities to press charges immediately in this case. Mothers across the country are heartbroken about the loss of yet another child to preventable gun violence, and we expect an adult to be held accountable for such a negligent act.

No investigation. No discussion of whether or not it makes any sense to punish a person for what may have been a complete accident. Remind you of anyone?

‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first — verdict afterwards.’

‘Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. ‘The idea of having the sentence first!’

‘Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.

‘I won’t!’ said Alice.

‘Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice.

Yep, those Moms are Demanding their own version of “Justice” which in their tiny minds means

In addition, we call on media reporting on this incident to use the words “criminally negligent” instead of “accidental.” Shooting and killing a human being due to an unsecured firearm should and must be considered more severe than an “accident.”

The gun haters at Moms Demand Action, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc, want to transform gun ownership into a strict liability issue. The mere fact that you own a firearm means you are liable for ANYTHING that happens with the gun. Kid gets it and shoots himself? You go to jail. Someone steals it and commits a crime? You go to jail. And if we disagree with them in any way, off with our heads.

You see, they don’t want you to have a gun. If they can make it as legally dangerous as possible, you will choose to comply.

HT: Sipsey Street for reminding me of the concept.

A Mom comes to my blog and Demands

Let’s review the case of Susan K Browder’s daughter, Sara Browder Harris,

Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes announced Thursday a Greensboro woman who was hospitalized earlier this week after being shot by her husband in Advance has died.

According to Stokes, Sara Browder Harris, 29, passed away Thursday morning at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

Sara Harris was shot around 5:30 a.m. Sunday by her husband, 26-year-old (Murder’s name redacted. No fame for killers) of Jacksonville, outside his parents’ home at 628 Riverbend Drive in Advance.

(Murderer) was an active-duty Marine based at Camp Lejeune who had recently returned from Afghanistan.

“He was on leave and visiting with his wife at his parents’ house,” Stokes said.

Newspaper delivery workers called 911 around 6:30 a.m. after finding Sara Harris outside a neighbor’s home across the street. She had been shot in the neck and shoulder.

Deputies said (Murderer) took his own life after shooting his wife. His body was found in the driveway of his parents’ home.

A disgusting crime that would have been punished with life imprisonment had he not took the coward’s way out.

Yesterday I posted about (Ex) mayor Bloomberg’s idiotic cry for more infringements on that which shall not be infringed. He couldn’t even give us Christmas as a day of rest. This morning I received this comment from the murder victim’s mother.

Susan K Browder | December 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM |

My daughter was murdered by a man whose only prior convictions were misdemeanors, numbers 1 and 3, per Mr. Bloomberg’s criteria. I am sure that hers would not have been the only life saved if these criteria had been available as preventative tools. The right to life should preempt the right of a nut case to have easy access to a murder weapon. Why is that concept not easy to grasp?

I responded with

Susan: Your daughter was murdered by an active duty Marine, with access to weapons far beyond what he could have purchased at the store.

http://myfox8.com/2012/09/27/sheriff-woman-hospitalized-in-davie-county-shooting-dies/

I reiterate what I said. If his crimes were serious enough that they warranted the loss of his civil rights, he should have been charged with and convicted of a felony. Until that time, he was a free man living in a free country.

Your pain and loss does not give you the power to take our rights away. None of us was involved in murdering your daughter, so please do us the courtesy of leaving us alone.

Why do people believe that their pain and loss means I should lose my rights? Why do they believe that they have some sort of supreme moral authority to order us to abandon our rights?

Most of all, why do they believe that when they invoke their “authority” as associated victims of violent crime that we will meekly stand and refuse to tell them that they overstep the bounds of decency? They will, of course, scream that I am a terrible person for not immediately bowing to the demands of a woman whose daughter was murdered.

Comments are open on the other post if you have your own questions to ask Ms. Browder. Unlike the anti-gunners, I won’t censor their answers.

 

I get kicked out of a “Memorial Service” at a Catholic Church (*Video*)

I ended up visiting the anti-gun Moms Demand Action, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc’s “Memorial Service” and fundraising event in Durham. I visited for about 30 seconds. Here’s how the News and Observer puts it.

Just before the event started, Haldeman was chatting in the church vestibule when her eyes narrowed. She dashed in front of a dark haired, clean-cut man.

“Sean, you are not welcome here,” she said. “Please leave the premises.”

The man, Sean Sorrentino, left quietly. A gun-rights activist, Sorrentino recently posted on his blog a picture of Mothers Demand Action members gathered in front of a church.

The caption: “Congratulations, you’ve had a child. How does having sex without birth control qualify you to infringe on our rights?”

Here’s the photo they are referring to

Moms Demand

I didn’t make any sort of a disturbance, nor would I have made one, especially inside of a house of worship. I think it’s projection. The Left enjoys disrupting events, so they probably can’t imagine that we wouldn’t return the favor.

ABC11 WTVD actually made me their headline.

Protester thrown out of Durham Sandy Hook vigil

A service was held Saturday in Durham honoring the Newtown school shooting victims and demanding gun reform. Others made their voices heard in favor of gun rights.

Not everyone at the service was in favor of gun restrictions. A man standing across the street called himself a protester and said he was thrown out.

“I am a fairly well known local activist for gun rights. So the organizer recognized me at the door and kicked me out,” protester Sean Sorrentino said. “Why do they want to take away my rights in order to feel better about something some crazy person did?”

Here’s the video

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NewsCarolina 14 also stopped to chat.

But there’s also the other side. Sean Sorrentino said he was banned from the ceremony because he’s a vocal second amendment supporter. He says gun control shouldn’t limit his rights.

“Take a look at these people who are committing this crime and what’s actually happening is that these people have a criminal history. Put them in jail, leave them in jail,” he said.

I should point out that we were talking about violent crime in general, not Sandy Hook in particular when I pointed out the most violent crimes are committed by people with previous convictions.

Here’s the video.

Moms Demand Action, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc, is calling their current fundraiser/blood dancing effort “No More Silence,” but they don’t want to hear from anyone with a differing opinion.