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.
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.
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.
You see, I’m that “gun blogger” in Raleigh who “turned out two-dozen people shaking green signs that read: Guns Save Lives.” Of course, it wasn’t because all my blog readers turned up, it was because I was leading the Grass Roots North Carolina protest. It was GRNC who emailed all their members in Wake and Durham counties asking them to show up at an unknown (at the time) location with about 24 hours notice. We didn’t know where we were going to set up until 10 hours before the event where it was even going to be! Their secrecy was deliberate, because they didn’t want us to show up. Sadly (for them!) they failed. From my blog wrapup of that event…
(Read the whole thing for photos and even some news video coverage.)
And now, months later, NBC is citing us and one of a number of reasons that the Astroturf anti-gun movement is failing.
If you ever wonder, “What can I do to make a difference,” think about me and those 25-30 people standing on a sidewalk in July, sweating, and doing TV interviews. We made a difference. Just by showing up, we made a difference. We showed the world the difference between Astroturf anti-gun and grassroots gun rights. We taught them all a lesson that no matter how much money you have and no matter how nice the private jet you flit about the country on, we have the numbers, intensity, and votes to beat you.
I’ve asked the author for a correction, noting that the protest was a GRNC event More importantly, I’ve emailed all my fellow protestors to let them know that NBC is pointing to them as one of the reasons that Astroturf anti-gunners have failed. They won a great victory for us that day.
I received an email today asking some questions about H937 and its effect on the everyday lives of CHP holders in NC. Rather than answer him, and the next guy, and the next, I thought it would make a good subject for a post.
As a valid NC CCW holder, and someone who carries his handgun wherever possible, when will this bill become law now that it has passed both the house and senate? Also, even after reading it, I still have some questions that you may be able to answer:
does this make it legal for me to carry ANYWHERE alcohol is served, ie resturants and bars?
Since it states gatherings where admission is charged, does that cover movie theatres, regardless of the no handgun signs?
Does this also cover gatherings such as parades or festivals/fairs?
Let’s take them in order.
When will this bill become law – So long as the governor signs H937 it becomes law on Oct 1, 2013.
Does it make it legal to carry ANYWHERE alcohol is served, ie. restaurants and bars - There are no “bars” in North Carolina. There are “Restaurants” and “Eating Establishments.” These places MAY have alcohol licenses. The difference between a Restaurant and an “Eating Establishment” is size. Restaurants have seating for 36 people. The short answer is Yes, you can, if you have a CHP. As always, these locations are private property and may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Gatherings where admission is charged – You may, under this law, carry in theaters (both live action and movie). Again, you have to have a CHP, and you are still prohibited from carrying if the owner posts a No Guns sign.
Does this cover gatherings such as parades or festivals/fairs – It was never illegal to carry in a festival or fair, only Parades, Funeral processions, and demonstrations. It will still be illegal to carry at a demonstration, but if you have a CHP it will no longer be illegal to carry at a parade or funeral procession.
There you go! If you have more questions for me, use the contact form above and I will answer to the best of my ability.
EDITED TO ADD: One of the stated aims of the Giffords/Kelly tour was to visit states where vulnerable Senators voted for or against the Toomey/Manchin gun control bill. Senator Kay Hagan, (D-NC) voted for T/M and is one of the most vulnerable Senators in the 2014 election. I saw no evidence at all that Hagan made any attempt to meet with Giffords or Kelly during this visit. This matches what happened in North Dakota where Democrats distanced themselves from her politically as well as physically.
North Carolina is shedding its reputation as The Massachusetts of Dixie when it comes to gun laws. We are poised to end a bunch of stupid prohibitions with House Bill 937. And if there’s one thing that North Carolinians can’t stand it’s outsiders coming here to tell us how to run our lives. Strange how a kid from California can move here and go all native, huh? All you Yankee Carpetbaggers, GO HOME!
Today was the last day of Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly’s whirlwind tour of the USA. Seven states in seven days.
Anyone know what this is?
That is a photo of the private jet Gabby and Mark flew around in. It’s a $25,000,000 Candair Challenger CL-600. It’s owned by Montfort Aviation, which is owned by the Montfort brothers. Charlie Montfort owns the Colorado Rockies baseball team. It must be nice to have such generous friends to fly you all across the USA to push for further infringements on our rights.
Dubbed the “Rights and Responsibilities Tour” (and hilariously hash tagged #RandRTour, yeah, that plane looks like Rest and Relaxation to me!) Giffords and Kelly seemed to be pushing the Spiderman theory of gun ownership. “With great power comes great responsibility.” The reality is that their organization, “Americans for Responsible Solutions” has four goals.
So however they spin themselves, they are just another garden variety gun grabber group. We met them on those terms.
It took a lot of doing to find out where the R&R Tour was going to show up. So much so that I actually went to the airport to meet the plane in hopes of getting info on their planned stops for today. The cops kicked me out.
Luckily, the media told us what was happening. We heard several variations, but the basics were that they would shoot sporting clays, have a round table discussion with gun owners, and meet with their supporters. The general consensus was that their round table discussion with gun owners would happen at “The Pit Authentic Barbecue” in downtown Raleigh at around 11AM. Paul Valone of Grass Roots North Carolina couldn’t make it, so he put me in charge and asked me to make it happen. With less than 10 hours notice, we wrangled a crowd of about 25-30 people. Here we are at the beginning when the media showed up
Photo Credit: Eric S, Raleigh
Immediately the media descended. I gave 4 on camera interviews and one print interview. Our main message was, not surprisingly, “Why is Gabby Giffords trying so hard to avoid the group she claims to represent?” That message set the tone for a lot of the coverage.
Here’s the video. I don’t speak on camera, but I spent quite a bit of time explaining to the reporter how they billed this as a “Round table with gun owners,” but we gun owners were excluded. I guess he listened. Listen for the bomb he drops on them for excluding us. You can see me in the crowd scene rocking the purple shirt.
UPDATE: The WRAL video has been pulled from the WRAL website. We’re trying to get another copy.
Note also how many people they have in the “round table.” Fourteen. We had double that on the street outside.
Our mission was to deny them the chance to claim to be the middle ground. They are trying to play the “We’re moderate” card. Note how every reporter titled their story except N&O. “Gun Control.” There’s no euphemisms like “Gun Safety.” No “Common Sense Gun Laws.” It’s straight up “Gun Control.” That is pure win for our side.
I am really pleased with how the protest went. GRNC looked pretty good and Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly were variously tarred as lying about the round table and as plain old gun controllers.
If they were hoping to sweep in and change anything, they’ve failed. They’ve only managed to get my face on 3 of the 4 major news channels and GRNC’s repudiation of them in every single story printed. Having failed in their mission, they got in their jet and flew to Asheville so Gabby can continue her rehab.
I hope that Gabby gets better. There’s no reason a would be assassin should destroy her life. There’s also no reason she and her husband should try to use that assasination attempt to take away our rights.
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.
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.
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.
See that little red circle? That’s “murderous” USA compared to everyone else. We barely beat out Turkmenistan for 108th place.
That graph is hard to see, so here’s all the graphs.
Countries with homicide rates 20 or above per 100K
Countries with homicide rates 10 to <20 per 100K
Countries with homicide rates 5 to <10 per 100K
Countries with homicide rates 2 to <5 per 100K
Countries with homicide rates 1 to <2 per 100K
Countries with homicide rates <1 per 100K
I’ve helpfully colored in the USA at 4.2 murders per 100K. You should also bear in mind that our rate of 4.2 is not just murder, but murder and non-negligent homicide. It’s an entirely different discussion when we start comparing how different countries report their data. (TL/DR version: Japan lies as a matter of police procedure)
Piers Morgan is being disingenuous when he points solely to “gun murder” and “gun crime.” We as Americans don’t care if a murder is committed with a gun or a knife, or with “personal weapons.” Dead is dead. I’ll be happy to accept 4.2 per 100K rather than worse in 107 other countries.
Piers Morgan is also a racist when he says that any country with worse murder rates is not civilized. Like Miguel says, perhaps Piers longs for the days of British Imperialism, where Englishmen went abroad to force other “uncivilized” nations to be more like (Formerly Great) Britain.
Let’s take Piers Morgan EXACTLY at his word. He only wants to talk about GUN murder. Here’s a graph of the Wiki data from “List of Countries by Firearm Death Rates.” I’ve organized it by firearm homicide rate, highest to lowest.
For those of you who can’t read tiny print, let me make a list of all the “Uncivilized” countries that Piers Morgan dismisses.
Hell, some of those places are so civilized that rich white folks go there on vacation.
Near as I can tell, the majority of these countries they are modern representative democracies.There are a few hell holes on the list, but taken as a whole, the only difference between most of these countries and the USA is the fact that the USA is majority white. So when he says we have the worst “Gun Murder” and worst “Gun Crime” rates of any “Civilized” nation, what he’s really saying is that we’re the worst in that category for “white” nations. He sees civilization strictly in terms of race. If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is.
I dare Piers Morgan to go to each of these countries embassies and tell them that he thinks that they are “uncivilized.” If he’d film it, his network would be able to make Super Bowl level advertising rates on his program. Everyone would tune in to watch an annoying racist prick get his ass kicked.
Back about two years ago I wrote about murderers and their relationship to their victim. The discussion was about the common refrain heard from anti-gunners “the killer was known to the victim.” Anti-gunners like to pretend that by saying that killers and victims usually know each other that this somehow translates into “people kill their family members.”
This is total hogwash, but there is a reason that the anti-gunners try this. They know that, on average, women are more likely to be anti-gun than men. They hope that by lying by omission that they can convince women that they are in terrible danger by living with a man who owns a gun.
This is a handy chart of the relationship of homicide victims age 16 and up in England and Wales in the 2009/2010 data series. This is one year, not two years, apparently the Home Office doesn’t use January 1 as the start date for crime data. The above chart is based upon this data.
So here we can see the underlying data. You can see that the data on Under 16 (U16) is pretty clear. By a three to one margin, children under 16 are killed by family/friends, mostly by parents. I felt that the U16 numbers skew our data, so I factored them out. We aren’t interested (at least in this discussion) in child abuse. We are talking about murder and homicide among adults.
What we see is that while family/partner homicide is almost 29% of the total, those numbers are smaller than BOTH non-family acquaintance homicide and stranger killings. Even in England and Wales, you’re more likely to be killed by someone you know than you are to be killed by someone you know well enough to be sleeping with.
One caution. The England and Wales data, unlike the US data, lumps “unknown relationship” in with “Stranger.” I think this makes sense as if you can’t determine a relationship, then they are strangers, but the FBI disagrees. Keep this in mind if you wish to compare data across countries.
Hate crimes in general are quite rare in the US. There are over 300 million people in the US, and in the last 14 the total number of hate crimes has never exceeded 10,000. Of those, hate crimes motivated by the religion of the victim have never exceeded 20% of the total for the year.
Here’s a graph of total hate crimes vs. religiously motivated hate crimes.
Religiously motivated hate crimes compared to total hate crimes
You can see that as hate crimes go, religiously motivated hate crimes are not a large percentage of the total.
This is meaningless if all the religious hate crimes in the US are against Muslims, so let’s look at two main religious groups who suffer hate crimes.
There was that one spike in reported anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2001, but even then, the level has never even approached the levels of anti-Jewish hate crimes.
There are very few “Hate Crimes” in the US. Of that very small number, less than 20% are religiously motivated. Of that even tinier percentage, anti-Jewish hate crimes dominate the statistics. That tells me that, media hysteria aside, there is no reason to attack Americans as being generally hostile to Muslims.
I contacted the NC Department of Justice again and asked a few more questions. One of the questions was, “could you send me the data from before 1986?” They were kind enough to send me what they had, which was the computed murder rates since 1973.
I took that rate data and plotted it. Here is the murder rate per 100,000 people in North Carolina since 1973.
I have included a murder rate trend line.
Would anyone like to hazard a guess about what happened in North Carolina between 1988 and 1994?
I’ll give you a hint. It was not the easy availability of guns. Nor was it “Assault Weapons™” nor concealed carry, and not even a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
What is VERY surprising to me is the very high murder rate pre-1980. I knew that the rate was high in the late ’80s and early ’90s. I just assumed that it was lower back in the early ’70s