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.


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.

27 responses to “A pro-gun blogger crashes MAIG’s press conference (*VIDEO*)

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  2. [stands]

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  3. 99 and 44/100ths Percent Pure Awesomeness!

    Way to get in their face, Sean!

  4. Thanks for being there! The overall news report left no doubt how anti that station is though. You being there at least gave a counterpoint that someone might hear.

  5. BRAVO!

  6. Excellent job Sean. I remember NC as a kid, when people had a lot more firearms freedoms. I still have family there, but I would never consider living there at this point. The ‘intelligentsia’ came down there to the universities, and now they have taken over the state. It is starting to remind me of the Massachusetts of the south.

  7. Wow, excellent work! Always good to make these guys squirm and maybe wake up a few people while you are at it 😉

  8. Bravo sir, well done. Epic trolling!

  9. Great job, Sean!

  10. robertsgunshop

    Excellent job. The only way we are going to win is to keep beating them over the head with facts. The only reason they want these background checks is to get a database of gun owners. There is nothing in this law that will slow a criminal down. Keep up the good fight.

  11. Excellent work! Just a little opposition changes the whole flavor.

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  13. They have edited that video down to take a big chunk of your quote out of it…

  14. Dean in AZ: Yeah, that happens. I suspect that as I get better at sticking to a script and hitting all my points at one shot, they’ll edit me less and less. It’s the nature of video media.

    I’m happy that they quoted so much in the print version.

  15. They certainly don’t like answering non-scripted questions, do they? Very nice.

  16. Well done, sir.

  17. Rodrigo Falcone

    Most of us would be OK with individuals with a specifically violent criminal history being excluded from exorcising Amendment 2. We just can’t trust them to leave it at that, and we can’t trust our justice system as it is, so this question is a no brainer for Libertarians or logical thinkers.

  18. Heh. They just weren’t ready for cracks in the echo chamber, eh?

    Sneer and deride and shame these fascists back into their warm safe burrows. Good show, sir.

  19. Bravo Zulu, Sean! That was awesome.

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  21. I tip my hat to you, Sean! Well done…!

  22. Bubblehead Les

    Heh,heh,heh. NOTHING like watching Politicians Squirming! Good Job!

  23. Well done sir

  24. Here’s what you need to tell them…This “Enhanced background checks” is nothing more than a USURPATION of powers, already Constitutionally delegated to the STATES. Private transfers between individuals have NO effect on Interstate Commerce…NONE. So, it is not, and NEVER WILL BE the purview of the Federal Government to inflict it’s unwanted and unnecessary “oversight” upon transfers of private property between otherwise lawful citizens. I will defy, resist and NOT COMPLY and further I will encourage any others to NOT COMPLY. Want to criminalize my Rights, because bugs can’t stop killing each other? Fine. I will be a criminal. Be careful what you wish for, you political whores.

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  26. Daniel in Brookline

    But Sean, don’t you realize? The law isn’t intended to keep bad guys from selling guns to each other. What if you or your wife or your friend Mike had had an ACCIDENT with that scary, military-style Ruger 22/10? We’re trying to protect you from ACCIDENTS, you see. That’s why you can’t have any supersized sodas either. And besides, it’s all for the children! What if a children had come across your scary awful Rouger, which probably had the shoulder thing that goes up and everything? She could have been traumatized for life!

    Okay, I think I’d better stop this before I make myself sick. Well done, sir! Congrats on taking the battle to them.