NC COVID numbers 4-4-2020

Our daily numbers show the following changes from yesterday

  • 7,175 new tests
  • 309 new cases
  • 12 more hospitalizations
  • 5 more deaths

We are currently showing an approximate “death rate” (number of deaths divided by the total number of “confirmed cases”) of about 1%. This sounds wildly high for “just the flu,” but bear in mind that they are not testing anyone who doesn’t have symptoms or has “mild” symptoms. Quoting from Wake County (Raleigh, NC) guidance…

In general, patients who have mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 do not need testing for COVID-19 and should be instructed to stay and recover at home. Also, please do not test patients who are not sick or who have already recovered from a respiratory illness.

Clinicians should use their clinical judgment and prioritize testing of patients for whom clinical management would be different if they are infected with COVID-19 and patients in high risk categories (e.g., patients in long-term or congregate care settings, elderly and/or those with respiratory comorbidities, health care workers, and first responders).

Wake County is the largest county in NC by population, having just passed Mecklenburg County in the last few months.

Our hospital and ICU bed count continues to look good as does our count of free ventilators. More than 3/4ths of our ventilators statewide are currently idle.

As a State, we appear to be in good shape. Let’s hope that remains the case.

Again, here are some links if you need help.

NC COVID numbers 4-3-2020

Our topline numbers are 2,919 new tests, 236 more confirmed cases, 75 more hospitalizations, and 3 more deaths since yesterday. We have plenty of both regular and ICU beds, but the ICU total has jumped more than 200 people overnight. While this might seem a lot, it’s actually a jump of just 9 people from two days ago. That makes me wonder if maybe yesterday’s data was incorrect somehow. Perhaps they reported 635 when what they really meant was 835. In any case, we’re basically the exact same place we were two days ago in terms of ICU beds.

Our ventilator count is increasing. Two days ago they reported 2,519 ventilators. Yesterday 2,818. Today they’re reporting 3,014. That’s really good news. At the same time the total number of patients actually on respirators has dropped. Two days ago it was 670, then up to 691 yesterday, and now down to 652. That’s good news.

Let’s look today at the demographics of our deaths. We have 19 deaths. How are they distributed among the population

Out of 19 dead, 2 were between 25 and 49, 2 were between 50 and 64, and 15 were over 65. This tracks with what we’ve been told. This is killing older people, fairly standard for a virus of this type.

For a disease that appears not to discriminate among cases, it sure seems to discriminate in deaths. Only 6 of the 19 deaths were female vs 13 males. If you’re a man over 65, please do your best not to catch this. I’m talking to you, Dad. And you, too, Father in Law.

Looking at the deaths, it appears that the breakdown among deaths is not really that far off from the racial makeup of North Carolina as a whole. In NC about 69% are white, 22% or so are black, and the remainder are Asian, “Other,” mixed race, and Native American. Whites are very slightly overrepresented in the deaths, but with such a very small sample size it’s the literally just one extra in the “white” column and one less in the “other” column from being almost exactly the same as our statewide racial distribution. So at least the virus isn’t racist as well as sexist. I can’t comment on the racial distribution among the total number of confirmed cases as they are missing race data for 653 patients out of 2,093. We can’t honestly report on anything where they’re missing data on over 31% of the total cases.

I continue to be impressed with the data that NC DHHS is putting out. It places all the information I want to know into some sort of context so not only do I know the info, but I can understand it. That’s actually hard to do. Good on them for doing it.

Once again, I’ll reiterate what I said for the last two days. If you need income assistance and/or unemployment, go get it. I’m just going to copy/paste what I put yesterday…

NC DHHS has income assistance –
NC Dept of Employment Security has unemployment –

Do what you need to do to feed yourself and your family. No one will ever look down on you for needing assistance to ride out this god awful mess. I’m safe and sound, so the best thing I can be doing right now is contributing my tax dollars to seeing you get fed. Go get it. Make me happy.

And if you’re at the end of your rope,
1. Don’t be a dick. You’ve got work to do. People need you. Stick around and be useful. Seriously, people NEED you.
2. Get in touch with these guys. They’re our friends. They will help you out.

NC COVID Numbers 4-2-2020

Here’s today’s COVID numbers for April 2nd, 2020 here in North Carolina.

As you can see, they’ve changed how they display the data, but the essentials are still there. Since yesterday we have 2,436 more completed tests, 273 more confirmed cases, 7 more deaths, but 20 fewer COVID patients in hospital. Compared to yesterday we have 300 fewer empty hospital beds, but 221 more free ICU beds. I’m wondering if that means that quite a few formerly ICU patients were moved to regular beds. If so, good for them. ICU is a terrible place.

We are still seeing an approximate 6.5% rate of COVID tests coming back positive, which seems like a good thing to me. We’re likely only testing people who seem to have all the symptoms, so even when testing the actually sick, we’re seeing 93.5% of them come back negative for COVID. And when we compare the total number of positive tests to the number of people hospitalized, we see it’s now less than 10%. This number seemed significant to me yesterday, but the more I think about it, the less it seems important. What would be really useful is the total number of people EVER hospitalized due to COVID rather than the total number hospitalized RIGHT NOW. I’m sure quite a few of those 1,857 positive test patients have since recovered. It really doesn’t tell us much that they aren’t currently in the hospital.

Now for the Walmart Report: I walked through our local Walmart, which is the main grocery store in the area. The “good” grocery store is a bit over 15 miles away, so most of our groceries come from here.

Our Walmart is really well stocked, considering all the panic we went through about a week ago. There’s still not a sheet of toilet paper in the whole place. There are a few rolls of paper towels, but not much and not the brand name stuff.

Rice and beans are thin. Not gone, but if you’re brand picky, you might be out of luck. On the other hand, if you’re good with a very large bag, say 20 lbs, you have a couple choices. And there are lots of those “kit” rice things where you can make two to four servings of instant rice if you’re in to that sort of thing.

Ramen looked like it had been attacked by starving undergrads. Even so, there were quite a few “cup o noodles” style packs and about a dozen 12 packs of my favorite, Maruchan Ramen in Chicken flavor.

Cleaning supplies look like rationing was imposed. There was bleach, but not much. Still, if you weren’t super brand picky, you could get what you needed to clean your house.

Eggs and milk were not at normal levels, but you wouldn’t actually feel bad about taking two instead of the sign mandated one of each. There were significant holes in the prepared frozen foods section, but again, don’t be picky, there is plenty to choose from.

Big surprises for me were ice cream and those tubes of cinnamon rolls and biscuits. Apparently people are starting their days with cinnamon rolls and ending with ice cream. Honestly, that sounds pretty good for quarantine.

Beer and wine were slam full. You couldn’t carry out enough beer from the beer aisle to make a dent in what they had. Not without help, at least.

The fresh fruit and vegetables were plentiful and to my eye at least looked delicious. There is absolutely no shortage of that.

And finally, they had a giant wall of water in the front of the store. Around here we worry about hurricane caused loss of power, so people buy water. For people like me, on a community well that shuts down when the power goes out, that makes sense. For Raleigh city water customers it’s a silly waste of money as Raleigh’s water system is so overbuilt that it would take a nuclear blast to disrupt it.

Bottom line: You aren’t going to go hungry here. Walmart has done a damn fine job of reacting to the demand spikes. I’ll bet that there are some really smart guys somewhere working out what things people grab first in strange situations like these and we’ll see them push cinnamon rolls, ice cream, and toilet paper out first next time we have a disruption. Honestly, I’d rather have cinnamon rolls and ice cream than the standard bread and milk, so I’m going to let The Wife know to prioritize those items for next time!

I’m going to repeat some things I said yesterday. I am totally taken care of by my job. I’m not in need of anything. My pay continues as I work (sort of) from home. That means my tax dollars are still coming out and contributing in at least some measure to the relief aid that the various governments are handing out. If you’re out of work for this, go straight to your unemployment commission’s website and SIGN UP. Part of the relief package from the Feds is a “Unemployment on Steroids” program. Don’t be so proud that you can’t take some of my tax money to feed your family. If you’re getting screwed over by this, you should get paid. Go get it.

In NC:
NC DHHS has income assistance –
NC Dept of Employment Security has unemployment –

Also, if you’re at the end of your rope, don’t be an idiot. Get help. Get yourself well so we can count on you later when we start trying to put this all back together. Get in touch with these guys. They’re our friends. They will help you out.

Keep your chin up. It’s rough, but we’ll find a way through it no matter what.

NC COVID Numbers 4-1-2020

Update on the NC COVID numbers available HERE. (Note, this links to a page that is updated every day. When you link to it, it will be current for the day you get there, not necessarily for the day I linked it.)

The numbers continue to rise (slowly so far). We’re up one death from 8 yesterday to 9 today. We have 3,137 more tests with 86 more confirmed cases and 47 more people hospitalized. What’s really good news is that we’ve got 94% of hospitals currently reporting and we’re still showing 40% of hospital beds and 26.5% of ICU beds free. (I’m maintaining a day to day spreadsheet to track these numbers over time)

After finishing the blog post yesterday NC DHHS added what amounts to a “supplemental” page that gives a really good overview of the current situation, including where all the hospital patients are located, a graph of how many cases by what date they collected the sample, and, my favorite, a measurement of patients on ventilators to total number of available ventilators.

That is a reassuring number. We currently have more than 2,100 ventilators available to any incoming patients for any reason.

If you’re reading this in a different state, maybe contact the DHHS equivalent in your state and ask them why they’re not putting out the same information. We can’t expect one person in Washington DC to put this together, but we certainly can ask our states to put together the information for them.

On a personal note, due to the nature of my job (which will remain shrouded in mystery out of respect for my employer) I went out today. I went to two locations for my job and then stopped in at The Wife’s parents’ house to trade supplies. Roads are dead quiet. I stopped at the grocery store near their house and didn’t see too much in the way of sort supplies. There are definitely some shortfalls, but there are so many choices that I can’t imagine people couldn’t find something that they could eat. The frozen prepared foods are kind of thin. Lots of choices still, but much thinner than the usual “OMG HOW CAN I CHOOSE FROM SO MANY OPTIONS!” we are used to. Keep your chin up. If you’re having financial troubles (and anyone out of work will be) make sure to avail yourself of any and all options.

NC DHHS has income assistance –
NC Dept of Employment Security has unemployment –

Do what you need to do to feed yourself and your family. No one will ever look down on you for needing assistance to ride out this god awful mess. I’m safe and sound, so the best thing I can be doing right now is contributing my tax dollars to seeing you get fed. Go get it. Make me happy.

And if you’re at the end of your rope,
1. Don’t be a dick. You’ve got work to do. People need you. Stick around and be useful. Seriously, people NEED you.
2. Get in touch with these guys. They’re our friends. They will help you out.

NC COVID Numbers 3-31-2020

Coronavirus News & Updates | Homeland Security

Helpfully the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts the statewide COVID case numbers every day. I thought it might be helpful to monitor those numbers in one place.

This is really a good idea. Every state should be doing something similar.

The next question is, how does this track over time? Luckily I checked the numbers yesterday and I can compare.

Since yesterday we’ve had 2,242 more tests, 157 more confirmed cases, 20 more in hospital, and 2 more deaths. As for hospital beds, we’ve got nearly 40% of regular beds vacant and almost 25% of ICU beds vacant.

Currently there’s not a whole lot we can say about this situation. Here in NC we’re not being hit very hard by this, but we can’t say if it’s “not yet” or “not ever” until we see how it goes over the next 2-3 weeks. So don’t take this information and immediately leap to the conclusion that we’re blowing this way out of proportion.

On a side note, if you are from a different state and can track the numbers on your blog, please do. I can’t possibly track all 50 states plus territories, and the CDC is doing a terrible job of displaying the data in useable format. If you’ve got the time, please handle your state. If your state is not publishing the data, harass them until they do. Tell them to follow the basic format that NC is using and point them to our DHHS COVID website.

EDITED TO ADD: NC DHHS just added “expanded data” that’s a fantastic resource. A quick look through shows that statewide we have 670 patients on ventilators (for any reason) out of a total of 2,519 ventilators. That’s a great sign that we have plenty of capacity right now. Go check out the data HERE

OMG! Gun school in Virginia will be a FELONY!

Stop. Just stop. You’re being stupid.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§18.2-433.2. Paramilitary activity prohibited; penalty.

A person shall be is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:

1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

3. Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.

OMGWTFBBQ! It says ” Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, ” and that will make gun school a crime!

No it won’t. There’s a really good reason that it won’t. Because that part of the bill is already law. Here’s the actual law as it currently stands

§ 18.2-433.2. Paramilitary activity prohibited.

A person shall be guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:

1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder.

1987, c. 720.

In Virginia the agreed upon fashion for writing bills is to put anything you’re deleting from the current law you strikethrough and put anything you’re adding in italics. Reading the bill, aside from minor changes the only thing added is paragraph 3, the part that says “if you assemble and parade about trying to scare the shit out of people, that’s totally a crime, guys, and we’re going to arrest you. Oh, BTW, it’s a Class 5 felony.”

For Class 5 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.

There’s certainly a case to be made that this law could be misused to go after open carry groups and armed 2A marchers, but even that’s a bit of a stretch. In order to be guilty of a crime you have to intend to intimidate. No one cares if your average whiny Demanding Mommy acts like she’s being intimidated, you have to be “drilling, parading, or marching” with the express purpose of intimidating them. It’s Tam’s “Open Carrying” vs. “Open Carrying AT people.”

There’s another, perhaps less obvious, reason that gun training will not be considered “Paramilitary Training.” It’s how the law (the actual current law) is written. This part…

…knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder…

You can continue to teach people to defend themselves. What you can’t do is knowingly teach people how to use guns, bombs, firebombs, or “other technique” so that they can go out and murder a bunch of people.

And you know what? I’m totally OK with that.

Mobs Will Murder You

Mob action is ALWAYS extremely dangerous. This is why we have police officers who MUST enforce the law evenhandedly. We as citizens have made a deal with government that we will forgo our right to private revenge in exchange for the government providing public justice. But that’s a DEAL, not a surrender. When the government repeatedly and conspicuously fails to provide that public justice, they’ve broken the deal and they open the door to this mob scene.

A mob scene like this…

From the Daily Mail

Furious Londoners turned on Extinction Rebellion today with crowds of commuters dragging protesters down from the roofs of Tube carriages to rough them up on the station platform, while online the group was slammed for comparing its actions to those of civil rights legend Rosa Parks.

Now I like seeing an “extinction rebellion” douchebag getting an ass kicking just as much as the next guy. I WANT to see them bloody and beaten, tossed down the nearest flight of stairs. This knowledge of myself is exactly why I never want to see things like this happen. I want the police to politely advise the protesters that they must immediately cease their stupidity and allow the citizens to go about their day. And when they refuse, I want to see the police climbing up on the trains and taking these idiots into custody for prosecution.

Mobs will kick a man to death because they don’t know how or when to stop. They will exact revenge for every imagined slight on whoever they’ve gotten their hands on, guilty or innocent alike. As much pure joy as I get from seeing these dickheads getting their skulls kicked in, this represents a failure of our society. This represents the government repeatedly failing to provide the public justice they promised. This represents the frustration and anger of a public that has no recourse when the deal they made with their government was broken.

This will end one of two ways. Either the government will attempt to reestablish control of the protesters, or the public will start stringing up these people, along with a few innocent bystanders who somehow “looked guilty.” The punishment will not fit the crime. I predict that the government will, in typical fashion, attempt to reestablish control of the public and let the protesters continue, which will mean some of the innocents harmed will be the police.

Who are we to be? Will we be the mob? Or will we be this woman?

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In 1996, a black teenager protected a white man from an angry mob who thought he supported the racist Ku Klux Klan. It was an act of extraordinary courage and kindness – and is still inspiring people today.

Mobs will murder you. Never forget that.

Looks like I was right!

I told you a while back on Facebook

Well here’s the first real sign of that.

Republicans have ended negotiations on a bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases because of House Democrats’ push for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

A Senate staffer told Washington Free Beacon reporter Stephen Gutowski that “gun legislation is dead, at least for the time being, because of the impeachment inquiry” that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday. 

This is how you win on a contentious issue. You don’t stand on tables and scream “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!” You let the idiots punch themselves out and then you walk away blaming them for their own failure.

The ole rope a dope

That’s not to say that your howling on social media and directly to Republican Senators wasn’t useful, it was. It scared enough Senators that it made standing up to the Dems and their gun grab efforts an attractive political position. But look closely at how this was done. The President signalled willingness to sign gun control, causing two easily predictable things.

  1. Dems would overreach.
  2. Gun owners would freak out and start bombarding their Senators with pro gun messages.

Had Trump said “Screw that, we’re not doing anything,” the Dems might still have tried, but we gun owners would have remained quiet, which would have scared the Senators into believing that the other side might have the votes to put them out at the next election.

You’re being played. Why? Because we gun owners are terrible at politics. We get some of what we want and then we go away and mind our own business. We are so focused on finding heresy that when the President doesn’t immediately stand on the nearest table and scream “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!” we act like he’s a traitor. So the guy who is better at making deals than anyone else needs to win, he manipulates us in order to create the conditions where he gets the deal he wants.

This is the world the gun ban fans want us to live in

This might surprise you, but the UK Practical Shooting Association (UKPSA) is involved in… Practical Shooting.

I know, shocker!

What’s even more shocking is that the UKPSA has acquired five handguns plus the usual holsters and mag pouches in order for their members to practice IPSC shooting at a range in Northern Ireland.

A shooting organisation is facing questions over its charitable status after exploiting loopholes in firearms laws to obtain live-firing handguns of the type banned after the Dunblane massacre.

The UK Practical Shooting Association (UKPSA) announced the “awesome news” that it had “acquired” five 9mm handguns, which members can shoot at a gun club in Northern Ireland.

Handgun ownership was banned in England, Scotland and Wales after the 1996 massacre in which Thomas Hamilton, 43, who learnt to shoot at a gun club, murdered 16 children and a teacher before killing himself. The weapons are still legal to own and use in target shooting in Northern Ireland.

The charity refused to say who bought the weapons or whether charitable funds were used in the purchase.

So let me get this straight, the UKPSA bought (or were given) five pistols, put them in a gun club in Northern Ireland, and is now inviting their members to shoot these handguns in competition? And this is some sort of scandal?

From the UKPSA website…

The UKPSA have agreed a deal with NITSA Ranges in Northern Ireland and have acquired five handguns for the exclusive use of any and all UKPSA members!

These guns will be kept on the NITSA Club licence and so can be legally used for training, competitions and for you to undertake your Hand Gun Competency Test at NITSA (once you have completed a short gun safety course on Action Air or LBP)! These guns are free to use if you are a member of the UKPSA (you will have to pay a daily green fee of £25 for use of the range), all you have to do is make sure they are clean when you have finished!

YouTuber English Shooting made a video about this

This sounds pretty exciting. I want to play!

Callum responds to the idiotic anti gun story in this video about the reporter and how painfully clue free he is.

This is the world that the gun banners want you to live in. After they ban the guns, they want to ban anyone from renting a gun from a gun club, taking multiple training classes to get certified, and using that gun in organized pistol competition.

They hate you. Never forget that. They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

This is what winning looks like

One of the things Scott Adams says in his podcast is how the moments right before winning looks a lot like the moments right before losing. Let me explain how gun owners can seriously win on gun control while looking at all times like we gun owners are losing…

Privately, the White House has floated at least one particularly unorthodox idea: an app connected to the National Instant Criminal Background Checks system that could be used to conduct background checks on private gun sales, according to three senators and other officials familiar with the proposal who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the proposals have not been finalized. 

Now the gut reaction of most gun owners who are politically active will be “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!” But before you jump up on that table and do your best Patrick Henry impression, let me explain why this is a good idea.

Currently, only Federal Firearms Licensees (gun stores, basically) can access the NICS system in order to conduct background checks. Right after Sandy Hook, Republican lawmakers proposed a method that would allow private citizens to access NICS so they could conduct a background check before a private sale.

It was a simple plan.

A gun buyer would log in to a free federal web portal and enter some personal information. If the buyer passes the background check, he or she would get a multi-digit key code, good for 30 days, to print out and take to a seller. That seller would use the same portal to confirm the authenticity of the background check

The Dems (driven by the gun grabbers) rejected it out of hand.

Why would they do that? If they wanted gun sales to proceed only after a background check, why would they make it impossible to conduct those checks outside of an FFL? The answer is obvious. They don’t care about the background check. They only care about getting the transfer on paper. If they don’t get the transaction written down and permanently recorded, they can’t later take that information and create the firearms registry that they actually want.

There’s an agenda here. The gun haters want to change two things about firearms. First, they want to change firearm ownership from an ordinary liability into a strict liability. Basically we treat dangerous objects like guns just like dangerous objects like cars. If someone runs into your car and your car hits another car, they guy who hit you is responsible for all the damages. They want to change that into a strict liability like for explosives. If you’re transporting explosives and someone runs into you, YOU are liable for the damage from the resulting explosion even though the other guy hit you and caused it. That’s how they want guns treated under tort law.

More importantly for this discussion, they want to reverse the burden of proof on firearms possession law. Instead of the law forcing the government to prove that someone possesses a firearm unlawfully, they want the law to force anyone in possession of a firearm to prove the firearm is possessed lawfully. Instead “innocent until proven guilty,” they want firearms ownership to be “guilty until proven innocent.” They want specific licensing and ownership documentation for anyone permitted to own a firearm and strong punishment for anyone who hasn’t complied with every jot and tittle of their licensing system. When the cops see you have a gun, it’s up to you (and your expensive lawyer) to prove that you have complied with the law and are legally in possession of the firearm.

This is what people mean when they say “firearms are a right, not a privilege.” When something is yours by right, the government cannot take it away without proving that you fall into a special case where your rights have been taken. If it is only yours by privilege, then it is you who must prove that you fall into a special case where you are permitted.

This “background check app” is what’s called a Devil’s Fork.

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It’s a test. If you just wanted Background Checks, this is everything you’ve asked for. But if “Background Checks” are just a stalking horse for the universal firearms registration that you REALLY want, then this is the worst possible thing in the world.

Gun grabbers can’t possibly accept this.

But they can’t reject it either.

Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

They will reject it. They have to. Accepting it is an off ramp on the highway to gun banning. It throws a permanent roadblock between them and their fantasy of registering all guns, licensing all gun owners, and slowly reducing the numbers of both. It’s a stake in the heart of their long term plans.

But if they reject it, they get two things.
No Background Checks at all.
Their duplicity exposed for all to see.

Us: “OK, guys, you win. Here’s your background checks.”

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And then for ever after we get to beat them to death with “We offered you background checks and you refused. You don’t actually want background checks, what you really want is registration.”

Their argument will be “oh! People will just refuse to do the check!”

[C]ritics say Coburn’s plan relies too much on voluntary compliance by private sellers.

“It’s unworkable,” said Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, “and there would be no incentive for any private seller to do a background check under the legislation.”

Our response will be, “And people will refuse to go to the FFL.”

Their real problem with this plan is pretty obvious.

Another problem for gun control advocates: There would be no lasting record of the sale.

“When there’s a crime committed, a police agency can go to a manufacturer and ask, ‘Hey, where did this gun go?'” said Mark Kelly, who founded Americans for Responsible Solutions with his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords. The manufacturer can point to a federally licensed dealer, who would have a paper record of the sale, “and then they can help them solve some crimes,” Kelly said.

This was back when Starman was new to the gun control game. I doubt he would be stupid enough to give away the registration game so obviously.

The true goal here is registration of all firearms. The only way they will ever be able to prove transfers didn’t happen legally is to require all transfers to be registered with the government. That’s their end game. Registration, licensing, confiscation, enough red tape and bureaucratic nonsense to dissuade all but the most dedicated from becoming gun owners. Gun Culture dwindles down to just a few old guys clinging to their break action single shot shotguns (and maybe a Bible or two) and eventually just dies.

Robert Francis O’Rourke shot a giant freaking hole in their “No one wants to take your guns” argument, and this will shoot a giant hole in their “we just want background checks on all gun sales.” They never wanted just background checks. Background checks are just a stepping stone to their actual goals.

We need to put out weight behind this and push. Some simple app that allows us to conduct our own private, untraceable background checks before private sales. Something that doesn’t tell the FBI what guns got transferred. Something that doesn’t leave records of the check. Something like the Coburn plan.