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Friday Funny

For some reason, with the No More Names (a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc.) bus coming to Raleigh tomorrow, Moby Dick came to mind.

…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.

—Moby-Dick, Chapter 135. “The Chase.—Third Day

Doesn’t that sound just like a gun grabber screaming his/her hatred towards guns and gun owners?

BloombergAhab

Hmm…

The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung. That intangible malignity which has been from the beginning; to whose dominion even the modern Christians ascribe one-half of the worlds; which the ancient Ophites of the east reverenced in their statue devil;—Ahab did not fall down and worship it like them; but deliriously transferring its idea to the abhorred white whale, he pitted himself, all mutilated, against it. All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.

—Moby-Dick, Chapter 41. “Moby Dick” 

 Sounds like the mind of a gun grabber to me.

Time for the next phase in the Leftist attack on America

Because America is always and forever wrong, the Left will have to execute a big pivot on the Boston bombers. Frustrated in their hope that the killers would turn out to be fat, middle aged white Christianist hatriots, the Left will have to find something new to blame us for.

Chicago Muslims on Friday condemned the Boston attacks and said they hope anti-Muslim sentiment doesn’t rear its ugly head.

Yeah, because that’s how we Hatriots roll. We see two Muslim killers and we start burning down mosques and running wild in the streets hitting hijab wearing women with bats.

For once, I wish the story wasn’t about me and people like me. For once I’d like to be left alone. They should at least have the decency to accept that it wasn’t a white militia member waving a Gadsden flag without blaming me for some mythical backlash too.

But as surely as night follows day, now that the last bomber is caught, tomorrow the airwaves will be filled with Leftists “hoping” that we unwashed racists can hold in our prejudices long enough for the oppressed Muslims in our society to get to safety.

Me? I just want to know if they worked alone or had help.

UPDATE: Right on schedule

 

Frank Lautenburg never lets a crisis go to waste

Frank Lautenburg has never been shy about tap dancing through rivers of blood if he thought it would move him one inch closer to his goal of taking our rights.

“It is outrageous that anyone, even a known terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosives without any questions asked,” Lautenberg said in a statement earlier today. “If we are serious about public safety, we must put these common-sense safeguards in place. While the police have not revealed what specific explosive materials were used in Boston, what we do know is that explosive powder is too easy to anonymously purchase across the country.”

No word on whether he means to include pressure cookers, and look alike military style crock-pots in his background check bill. It’s a sad country that lets ordinary citizens wander up to any cash register, plunk down cash, and buy any legal product.

Rather than background check everyone, wouldn’t it be easier to just make a list of all the dangerous people and put them in jail or the mental ward? Or is that too easy?

Gunblogger and friends counterprotest the Raleigh MAIG vigil

After the Durham MAIG press conference yesterday, there was a “candlelight” vigil in Raleigh.

Rallies were held around the country and here in North Carolina Thursday for a National Day to Demand Action following the Newtown tragedy.

A candlelight vigil was held in Raleigh. More than 100 candles were used to represent how many days it has been since the school massacre where so many young children died.

Here’s some video

 

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 The weepy woman profiled, Kim Erickson Yaman is not, strictly speaking, a gun violence survivor. Here she is in her own words.

I want to point out that although we had no way of knowing at the time, my children and I weren’t necessarily in danger. My children had a Turkish folk dance practice that day in the offices of a faculty member one floor up from the conference room where most of the shootings took place. The children were fine, I was fine, we weren’t in the conference room when Lu Gang came to “solve a problem” he had with losing a dissertation award to a fellow doctoral student.

She laid on the floor and hid in another building and now, 20 years later she’s attacking my rights to own a firearm. In any other case, we’d be doing whatever we could to help a poor woman get over her PTSD. Instead the media and the Left (but I repeat myself) is celebrating it and encouraging her to wallow in it.

The three protesters were me, Josette from GRNC, and Bob Murdock, a retired police officer who I first met at the Durham press conference.

“I think what they’re asking for is ridiculous,” said Garner resident Sean Sorrentino.

It is ridiculous. They want to criminalize me handing a gun to a friend when they know full well that this law will not affect criminals in any way.

A pro-gun blogger crashes MAIG’s press conference (*VIDEO*)

UPDATE: Want to “Punch Back Twice as Hard?” Check out this post with email addresses and twitter link to call the mayors out for their deceit.

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Today was awesome. I had to be in Durham today, and just this morning I found out that the Durham Mayor, a (Illegal) Mayors Against Illegal Guns was holding a press conference to push for passage of Harry Reid’s anti-gun bill. There’s something really cool about seeing the faces of three Mayors when they realize that they’ve invited a question at a press conference from a political opponent.

Harry Reid’s bill, S649 includes an almost carbon copy of Senator Shumer’s “Fix Gun Checks Act.” That bill would have criminalized something I did last year. My wife wanted to learn to shoot my Ruger 10/22. I took my rifle to a friend’s farm and gave it to him. My wife went up to his farm and he taught her to shoot it safely out on the “back forty.” Then he put it in her truck and she brought it home. He had the rifle for about 4 months. S649 would put all three of us in Federal prison for 5 years each, minimum. I asked the mayors, “How would making me, my wife, and our friend Mike into federal felons keep criminals from selling guns to each other on the streets of Durham, Morrisville, or Chapel Hill?” Here’s the video that they played at 6pm.

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 I wish you could see how it went down. It was incredibly fun to mess up their set piece press conference. They had children from a local school, a bunch of the sort of women you’d expect for something like this, and some dorky looking fool in a cheap suit and a bad haircut who claimed to be working for MAIG.

The story that went with this video quoted me pretty extensively.

Not everyone at the Durham event, however, agreed with stricter background checks.

Sean Sorrentino, who runs the site NC Gun Blog, said universal checks won’t work because criminals will still figure out ways to get guns.

“I don’t’ think background checks are anything but one more way to trap citizens and send them to jail when all they want to do is exercise their constitutional rights,” he said.

Sorrentino said he believes much of the proposed federal legislation just hurts law-abiding citizens and that there is a lot of detail that people haven’t considered.

For example, he said, it would be illegal for him to loan a gun to a friend to practice shooting – a felony crime that could land him in federal prison for five years.

“If you can’t be trusted with a firearm, you can’t be trusted without a custodian,” Sorrentino said. “If I can’t hand you a firearm and feel safe, then maybe we ought to consider putting you in a place where you can be taken care of.”

I’m particularly proud of dropping David Codrea’s custodian line on them.

If I see other versions of this video, either on WRAL or on NBC17, who also interviewed me, then I’ll post them.

UPDATE: Check out this post with email addresses and twitter link to call out the mayors for their deceit.

Some questions for Bloomberg and Schumer

I have some questions from that pair of rich elitist New Yorkers, Bloomberg and Shumer about their “comprehensive background checks.”

 

This pretend Fudd is saying we need “comprehensive background checks.” to “stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns.”

After reviewing the info on PAGunBlog, I have some questions. Could either Chuck Shumer or Mikey Bloomberg please answer the following?

  1. How will slapping me and my wife with felony charges for leaving my guns in the house and going on an 8 day business trip prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
  2. How will criminalizing me borrowing my friend’s gun to go hunting stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
  3. How will criminalizing gay partners and unrelated roommates every time one leaves a gun in the home for 8 days and leaves stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
  4. How will criminalizing my borrowing my friend’s rifle to go shoot a weekend Appleseed stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
  5. How will criminalizing me teaching someone to shoot on their own land stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
  6. I once loaned my rifle to a friend so he could teach my wife, who is afraid of guns, how to shoot. I drove it to his farm and handed it to him. That week, when my wife went up there, they went out on his back 40 and shot holes in a cardboard box. He kept the rifle for a few months, and my wife went up there several times. Then he put the rifle in her truck and she drove it home. I pulled it out of the truck and put it back in my closet. Let’s count the felonies. One for me giving it to him. One for him putting it in her truck (unlawfully transfering it to her). One for me taking it out of her truck (unlawfully transfering it from her to me). And too many to count each time they handed the rifle back and forth to each other when they were shooting. How will each of us getting a mandatory 5 years for each felony stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?

These are the questions that I expect my Senator will ask about Chuck Shumer’s bill.

UPDATE: If you’re new here, check out my list of gun companies who are boycotting New York.

UPDATE 2: In comments, Roland McDonald asks a pertinant question.

Exactly where in the constitution is the Federal Govt granted the power to in any way regulate legal exchanges between individuals.

The Feds are given exclusive power to regulate “interstate trade.” How is me selling a gun to my friend, or loaning it to him to teach my wife to shoot, considered “interstate trade?”

Fourth Circuit gets it right on Open Carry

Does Open Carry, in an Open Carry state, give police a reasonable articulable suspicion that a crime is occurring?

Cops can’t just stop you, frisk you, or demand identification from you. Terry v. Ohio decided that a police officer must have “reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime and has a reasonable belief that the person “may be armed and presently dangerous” before he can detain you. But does that change if you’re hanging out with a person who openly carries a firearm?

Nathaniel Black was part of a group of men in Charlotte, North Carolina who local police officers suspected might be engaged in criminal activity. In particular, Officers suspected that after seeing one of the men openly carrying a firearm – which was legal in North Carolina – that there was most likely another firearm present. When police began frisking the men one by one, Mr. Black wished to leave, but was told he was not free to leave. Officers chased Mr. Black and discovered that he possessed a firearm; it was later discovered that he was a previously convicted felon. Mr. Black was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Before the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Mr. Black moved to suppress the evidence against him. His suppression motion was denied, he entered a guilty plea preserving a right to appeal the denial of the suppression motion, and he was sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, however, determined that the officers had improperly seized Mr. Black, suppressed the evidence against him, and vacated his sentence.

Read the whole thing.

The long and short of it is that doing something legal, like openly carrying a firearm, can’t be used to justify a detention and a search. We can agree that Black was breaking the law. But we can’t allow the police to decide that my carrying a gun permits him to search all my friends.

Great decision by the Fourth Circuit.

Takeaway from this? Insist on your rights. When the cops try to detain you, say that you want to leave. Try to leave. Force them to prevent your departure. I wouldn’t go so far as to run and make them tackle me, but by trying to leave he was able to prove in court that his stop wasn’t a consensual encounter.

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature

Information Week seems to be unclear on the concept. They are bemoaning the fact that the ATF gun trace system is antiquated and relies of microfiche and manual searching rather than a nice, efficient computerized database.

If you’re wondering why the ATF doesn’t replace its kludge of a system with a state-of-the-art database management system that could locate documents in minutes instead of days, it’s because there are laws against it. The agency is restricted by the Firearms Owners Protection Act from creating a national database of gun registrations, sales or owners. The influential National Rifle Association gets fidgety at the mere mention of a centralized firearms database. So ATF must concentrate on accessing, integrating and managing the records that are available under current law.

Yep. And I’ll bet that if they announced an intention to build an illegal database they would lose all their records in a suspicious fire. I could not condone the unlawful destruction of government documents by a mob wielding torches and pitchforks, but I would certainly understand it.

Something to think about. The form you fill out when you purchase a gun is called a Form 4473. The dealer who sold the gun to you is required to keep the paperwork for a minimum of 20 years. If he goes out of business, he has to ship all the 4473s he has to ATF, who put them in their microfiche records.

Do you think that the ATF destroys any records older than 20 years? They should. Maybe we can pass a law mandating that they do.

Now we know what Organizing For “Action” is doing in Raleigh

We laughed at the Organizing For America Action protests on their “Day of Action.” Now we know what they are really doing.

One morning last month, 15 people, mostly retirees from the Wake County suburbs, leaned across a table in a Cary café to make their points politely but emphatically to Betty Jo Shepheard, a constituent services staffer for Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.

What they had to say was: Gun violence has to stop. Bullets should be controlled like prescriptions. It’s easier to get a gun than it is to volunteer in a middle-school library. High-volume magazines have no place in the civilian world.

“The deaths of 20 innocent children – what’s it going to take?” Margaret Peeples of Raleigh asked Shepheard, who dutifully took notes as the discussion swirled around her.

Calling itself the Kitchen Table Group, the gun-control advocates began with a circle of like-minded people, mostly who live near each other in Cary, many of whom met while working to elect Obama in 2008. They kept running into each other working on political causes in the ensuing years. 

The slaughter of the schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 gave the group a new focus. They began meeting in January, gathering around kitchen tables and setting up a Facebook page and an email list of more than 300 to share information and circulate petitions.

Bullets need to be controlled like “prescriptions?” I’ve got to go to a doctor to get a prescription for more bullets? Are they insane?

Don’t answer that. We both know that they are insane.

This is Obama’s group, Organizing For America Action. See if you can find them in your area. Do what you can to counter their activities. They want to push gun control. Make sure that your voice is heard by the people they are targeting. We have facts, logic, and the Constitution on our side.

Hey little lady, don’t get an AR-15, buy a shotgun!

Joe Biden vs. The Internets

 

 The Internets win