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How lame has NCGV become?

We’ve discussed North Carolinians against Gun Violence’s new “Minutes Matter” campaign to prevent teen gun suicide force you to lock up your gun. Now comes their Fall Fundraising Reception.
(Via email)
NCGV will hold a Fall Fundraising Reception the evening of Thursday, November 17 at the Busy Bee Café in Raleigh, NC.  This event will be held to help prevent adolescent suicide in North Carolina.  All proceeds will support our recently launched Minutes Matter program. For more information on this program, please visit http://www.everyminutematters.org
A formal invitation will be mailed later this month.  Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us November 17. Your support will help us to continue our fight against gun violence. 
For more information, please contact Jamie Hahn at [email protected] or call our office at 919.403.7665.
Here’s a little analysis. First off, Sky Blue Strategies appears to be some sort of fundraising/promotion company for the Democrat party. (Blue, get it?) How lame is it that NCGV doesn’t even have the manpower to do their own fundraising?
The location that they have selected for the fundraiser has two rooms, one that holds 40 and another that holds 120. Clearly not big enough should the NRA or GRNC wish to hold a fundraiser. But at least there is beer. They are going to need it to drown their sorrows.
One wonders if anyone will bother to ask them if they actually care about suicide in general or if they are just dedicated to finding one more way to infringe on our rights. If they actually cared about suicide in general, they could target those groups that are most at risk for suicide.  Instead, they target the gun.

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Wildekarrde brings the smart: Suicide in North Carolina by the numbers

A couple of days ago I wrote a post critical of NCGV and their “Minutes Matter” campaign. Once again, the gun grabbers were trying to use the blood of the dead to push their anti-gun agenda. The very next day I posted an old New York Times graphic that points out how suicide appears to be far more a problem of older men than teens. Blogger “karrde” of the blog “Wildekarrde” has wrangled up the CDC data and has drawn some clear conclusions.
Read the whole thing. Seriously, read it. Arm yourself with the facts so that when another idiot gun grabber tries to pretend that “Safe Storage” laws are a good idea, you can smack them upside the head with the truth.
The sad and sorry truth is that when you are talking about suicide by gun, you are talking about older white men. The gun grabbers don’t care about these men. They are not interested in why they kill themselves. They are not interested in reducing the numbers of suicides in older white men. Just like with crime, they are not interested in the causes and cures of criminal behavior, they are focused on the tool. To them, one more dead old white guy is just another statistic that they can use to pretend that guns are a public health menace. Why would they work to reduce these deaths?
We know why older men commit suicide. They kill themselves after divorce, after long illnesses, or because their poor health has robbed them of the ability to be the men they want to be. If you haven’t called up your dad or grandfather and told him how important he is to you, do it now. Unlike us exhibitionist bloggers, they probably won’t write a post explaining the embarrassment of buying Depends, or the anger they feel about the doctor denying them Viagra because their heart “isn’t healthy enough for sex.”
And if you’re an older guy reading this, put the gun down and buy the damn diapers. You still have useful work to do in this world. Go and find it, even if you have to chase it down the hall with your walker, or your wheelchair, or that damn Hoveround thing. We aren’t done with you yet.

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Did you know I’m a member of North Carolinians against Gun Violence?

I had no idea that I was a “member” of NCGV. I am on their mailing list. In the NRA, when my year ran out without me renewing my membership I ceased to be a member. I’ve since renewed, but for that time, I was not a member. I guess all you have to do to be a “member” of NCGV is to sign up for their free email alerts. For me, it only makes good sense to keep tabs on what our enemies are doing. Here’s their latest foolishness. (Via Email)
As a NCGV member, you know something can be done to prevent gun violence. That’s how we make a difference – refusing to believe that gun deaths are inevitable. Which is why, when current research found that safely storing firearms could prevent adolescent suicide, we responded swiftly.
We created Minutes Matter, a statewide program reaching families across the state with the information they need to protect their loved ones. Through Minutes Matter we can do something; we can save our state’s youth by preventing firearm suicide attempts.
What NCGV is pushing is a revamp of our “Child Access Prevention” law in North Carolina. Currently the law says that you can’t leave a gun where a child could get to it. For the gun grabbers, this isn’t enough. They want us to be required by law to lock all guns up.
I guess I am a cold hearted bastard. I think that if you can’t trust your kids with your gun, you are responsible to lock it up. If they use it, then it’s your problem, not mine. I grew up in a home with loaded, unlocked guns. We knew where they were in case we needed to shoot someone. And rest assured, if anyone needed shooting, we would have shot them. My (little) brother would have made short work of any intruder. I’d probably have been dumb enough to fight, but my brother would have gotten the guns and taken care of business.
I think that anyone who is so anti-gun that they need to stick themselves into the decisions of parents needs to get his nose punched. My parents made the conscious decision to leave the guns where we could get to them if we needed to. Assuming I had kids, I’d have to make a decision on that subject as well. NCGV wants to tell you that you are irresponsible if you make any decision other than the one they want you to make. I think that they are ideologues who would rather your children be murdered than have access to a gun that they could use to fight back.

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NCGV is ignorant of their own state laws

North Carolinians against Gun Violence is at it again. They are tweeting up a storm about the supposed dangers of HR822, National Concealed Carry Reciprocity.
My mocking response
And a very serious question.

Who are these idiots? HB650 rewrites the law of North Carolina so that ANY valid carry permit from ANY state in the Union is valid in North Carolina. So in NC, the net effect of HR822 is NONE AT ALL.
The real question is, who is running the NCGV Twitter feed? Are they running it themselves? Are they really that stupid? Or have they turned the keys to the Twitter feed over to CSGV, their national parent organization, who post essentially the same thing on each of their puppet group’s Twitter feed?

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Huge increase in NC Concealed Handgun Permits

Each year the State Bureau of Investigation releases their Concealed Handgun Permit data. They recently released the info for the year. Unfortunately the SBI doesn’t have previous year data, they just post the updated info on the same web page. Luckily I have referred to the numbers before and I wrote down a few of them.
As of 6-30-2010, the SBI reported 195,553 active permits statewide. The latest data, 6-30-2011, shows a total of 228,072 active CHPs statewide, an increase of 32,519. This is more than a 16.6% increase in Concealed Handgun Permits statewide in only one year. Wake County had 12,826 CHPs, and now has 15,372, or 2,546 more than last year, a staggering 19.85% increase.
 North Carolinians against Gun Violence would have you believe that all those new concealed carriers running around with guns would lead to an increase in violence. Somehow I haven’t noticed it.

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So who wants to go see Living for 32, complete with the Brady Campaign’s Colin Goddard?

On September 14th, North Carolinians against Gun Violence is hosting another screening of Colin Goddard’s “documentary” about the Virginia Tech shooting.
I went to the last screening of that video in Durham. Colin wasn’t present there, but I’d like to ask him a few questions. Starting with, “Colin, why are you afraid of me?” Considering he is working hard to make sure that I will never get permission from the State to carry on a college campus, I think that it is fair to say that he’s scared of me. Considering that he is teaming up with an organization that is trying to make sure that I will not be able to carry my pistol into a restaurant that serves alcohol, he must be scared of me. If he wasn’t scared of me then he wouldn’t care if I carried a gun.

Anyone from the RDU area want to come with me? We will be polite, but we will make our position known.

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Private citizen with background in product safety/regulation says No to guns in restaurants

Dr. Art thinks we shouldn’t “force” restaurants that serve alcohol to allow patrons to carry concealed weapons. More specifically, he thinks that instead of forcing restaurants to post “No Guns Allowed” signs if they wish to ban law abiding concealed carriers, restaurants should be forced to “Opt In” and post “Guns are allowed” signs.
We live in a regional and global economy and as such must look beyond our borders when enacting certain laws.  In North Carolina, as in other states, there are numerous out-of-state visitors (including from abroad) coming here for business and/or pleasure.  And these individuals are important to us as they support job creation and place money into state coffers.  HB111, should it find its way into law, is currently only ‘Opt-Out’, i.e., an owner of an establishment is permitted to post a sign stating that guns are prohibited.  Although an argument might be made for state residents that ignorance of law is no excuse, such an argument should not be applied to those who are not state residents and who would therefore not be expected to be familiar with our laws.  As such, without signage being posted at eating and drinking establishments (and perhaps even public parks) that allow concealed handguns on site, visitors to our state might enter places that they otherwise might not.  As an example, a few years ago Rotary International hosted in our area an exchange group from Australia, a country that enacted strict gun laws following the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre. It was quite clear from discussions with this group that some of them would not have entered an alcohol-serving establishment that permitted loaded concealed weapons on site.  
Get that? Dr. Art thinks that we should consider the feelings of a bunch of anti-gun visitors when we structure the laws of our state. He thinks that we will suffer from reduced tourism and business travel if the scared foreigners decide to forgo coming to North Carolina because they don’t want to be seated next to a guy like me at the local Lone Star Steakhouse.
I have a better idea. If the fearful Aussies are too scared to share a room with me, a guy who has a concealed carry license from 4 different states, then they are free to go to Chicago. In Chicago, the only people who carry guns in restaurant are criminals. That should make them much more comfortable.
I don’t plan on making my state more like a foreign country just to make foreign tourists feel more at home. My family didn’t come to America so that they could turn America into Italy or Scotland. Maybe instead of catering to the anti-rights globalists, we should hand out a brochure when visitors arrive detailing all the things that US Citizens and permanent residents may do in America that are strictly forbidden in other countries. Then we could tell them what they have to do to get permission to stay. It’d be a win-win. The gun-fearing-weenies would tuck tail and run, and the freedom loving foreigners would try to figure out a way to stay permanently.
Have you noticed that in America, we have more guns than people, streets with half a dozen different houses of worship, and people with every different skin color under the sun, but none of the sectarian violence we see in so many other places in the world? Did you think that was an accident?

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NCGV, only relevant because someone keeps calling them

A gun bill that I pretty much ignored was House Bill 271.
I dislike special rules for law enforcement officers. I think that law enforcement officers should have to follow all the same laws we do. If it’s illegal to carry a gun without a permit, then off duty law enforcement officers should have to get a permit. In practice, however, this is a losing argument. For some reason police officers get upset if you make them follow the same rules as the rest of us, and no one wants to publicly oppose something that the police want.
What’s interesting about this story is how they bothered to take a statement from Roxane Kolar.
Ahh, that mythical “extensive” firearms training that the cops get. When most police officers qualify once or twice a year, and rarely practice in between, “extensive” actually means “almost none.” I’ll never understand why they keep pretending that guns are all that complicated to operate. And since we aren’t expected to use our firearms except in self-defense, we don’t really need all that much training on use of force laws like the police do.
Except that they didn’t “fight” so much as whine and give up.
Um, well, yes NCGV is opposed to people like you and me having a CHP. Roxane told me directly that she wanted to reduce the permit to a 2 year renewal, while eliminating “Shall Issue” from the law. She wants to return the state to the days when the Sheriff could arbitrarily decide to grant or deny a permit with no oversight.
Here’s where she really runs off the rails. Enforcement is an Executive Branch function. It’s the Governor’s, Attorney General’s, and Police force’s job to enforce the law. It’s the Legislature’s job to write the law. Anyone with just a few days of basic high school Civics would know that. I think that what she actually means is that she wants new laws to further infringe on our Second Amendment rights. With the fact that we currently have a veto proof majority in the Senate and we are within 5 votes of a veto proof majority in the House, and the fact that the Republicans are in charge of redistricting, she’s living in a dream world if she thinks that new gun control laws are ever going to see the light of day.
Since NCGV is powerless to move its agenda forward, why did they even bother calling her to get a quote? No one calls the KKK to get an opinion on mixed race marriage. Why do they ask anti-gun bigots about our gun rights?

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NCGV pulls a Reverse Wimpy

North Carolinians against Gun Violence has given up on blocking HB650. From the Raleigh News and Observer,
Awww. How sad for them. They saw that they were going to get their political backsides kicked, so they “Decided to focus on other bills” “pending next year.” This is the “Reverse-Wimpy” maneuver. Wimpy always said “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” NCGV is saying “We’ll gladly oppose pro-rights bills next year for political donations now.”

NCGV surrenders on HB650?

I’m guessing that North Carolinians against Gun Violence (NCGV) has given up any chance of stopping HB650.
Note that they said “now that we HAVE the Castle Doctrine.” Either they missed the fact that the Governor hasn’t signed it yet, or they’ve realized that they are losing so badly that they may as well make peace with the idea.
Oh yeah. In answer to their question, no. Shooting a kid in the back after they play “ding-dong-ditch” isn’t legal anywhere. Here’s a PDF of the relevant Kentucky law. Note that the shooter is in custody charged with attempted murder. Doesn’t sound like the Castle law in Kentucky is going to help him much.