In preparation for last night’s screening of Colin Coddard’s “documentary” Living for 32, he gave an interview to the Daily Tar Heel. In just my cursory scan of the interview, here’s the stuff that jumped out at me.
Nope. You can’t buy guns from licensed dealers (even internet ones) without a background check. My CHP in North Carolina is a MAJOR background check, so he can’t even claim that I got away with buying my 10/22 and my 22/45 without a background check
Umm, no. I spent $60, drove more than an hour each way, sat through about 6 hours of boring videos, got lectured, and shot a qualification course. If I could have done all that on the internet I would have. By comparison, my first “permit” was a Pennsylvania License To Carry Firearms (LTCF). For that all I had to do was show up at the Sheriff’s office, get my photo taken, fill out one side of a sheet of paper swearing I wasn’t some sort of criminal fugitive, and pay $36. The Sheriff did a background check and mailed me my LTCF in the mail 40 days later. No training required for a civil right. I haven’t noticed that Pennsylvania LTCF holders are any less responsible than North Carolinian CHP holders.
Did you catch that? Colin Goddard wants to violate your fundamental right to medical privacy. All because some deranged lunatic kept his mental health problems secret from him mommy and daddy. The real problem is that the Judge who ruled the shooter a danger to himself and others didn’t involuntarily commit him to a mental health hospital. That would have gotten the shooter the help he needed and would have put him on the banned list for buying guns. The VA State Troopers said that the shooter was not legally banned from owning guns because of the fact he was not committed. Now Colin wants to open up everyone’s medical records and search through them for reasons to ban you from owning guns. That time you went to the doctor having trouble sleeping due to stress? Banned. That time you were prescribed an anti-depressant to help stop smoking? Banned.
Many people, when thrust in a dangerous situation find God. Colin has discovered the State. Careful not to fall off your surfboard, Colin. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get blood out of a suit.
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.
Readers of this blog will know that I really like Brian Anse Patrick. I like his book, Rise of the Anti-Media, and quoted from it multiple times. Dr. Patrick decided to go and watch Colin Goddard’s “documentary” film Living for 32. Dr. Patrick, a professor at the University of Toledo, is an associate professor in their department of Communication, and he deconstructs Living for 32 as a piece of propaganda.
This transmutation of the lead of the bullets to the gold he gets paid is why St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hoffman calls Colin Goddard “The Alchemist.”
He also talks a bit about his theory that people who favor gun control actually favor a regime of administrative control of society, one where experts manage most aspects of life instead of accepting that individuals have choices.
Read the whole thing. As a Professor of Communication, he often uses big words, but the concepts are fairly easy to understand. He’s just using all those fancy words so that the opposition knows that he’s on to them. They can’t pretend that he’s too stupid to understand what they are doing if he uses their own language back at them.
As is usual, he shaded the truth enough to allow the uneducated (at least about firearms) radio hosts to make some idiotic statements. The male host didn’t know that there “is this subculture of unregulated gun shows.” He went on to totally misrepresent the judge’s ruling on the VA Tech shooter.
Go and listen to the show (at least minutes 10-32, the section Colin is on) and then leave them a comment. If enough people show up and let them know that they are totally wrong, they may listen. At least they will think twice before spouting off about things they don’t understand. Ask them when they plan on having a guest on who disagrees with Colin.
I left them a comment and I am waiting for it to emerge from moderation. They need to hear from us or they will continue to air only one side of the gun-rights debate.
John at No Lawyers- Only Guns and Money has a link up about a new Pro-rights bill that appears to specifically target those people who go to gun shows, lie about who and what they are, videotape the transaction, and then hold out their lies as proof that our gun laws aren’t strict enough.
*Furious Mike – Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of NYC
*The Alchemist – Colin Goddard, who has taken the lead of his attackers bullets and transmuted it into the gold of a Joyce Foundation anti-gun paycheck.
I spent my evening at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy watching Colin Goddard’s “documentary” Living for 32. I guess that if a movie is not a work of fiction, then it is a documentary. The showing, hosted by North Carolinians against Gun Violence, had approximately 50 people attending, but there was room for 75-100. Here are my thoughts,
Brady Campaign is learning. They didn’t lie on any matters of fact. There was a good explanation of what a hollow point was, and why police use them. There wasn’t much in the way of scare tactics, though I couldn’t understand why it got brought up. It was “Hollow points do a lot of damage to humans. I didn’t get shot with a hollow point, thank goodness.” They were also clear that the shooter (who I will not name so as to frustrate his desire for fame) was not a prohibited person. They offered the opinion that if he wasn’t legally prohibited, he should have been. They were very careful to say that the Virginia State Police said that because the shooter had not been committed against his will, he was not prohibited, despite the judge making the determination that the shooter was a danger to himself and others.
Colin is the last best hope that the gun grabbers have. He is tall and very photogenic. I can picture Whoopi Goldberg telling her compatriots on the View that Colin “rang her bell.” He didn’t come across as too big an attention whore. Naturally that is how we think of him, but most people will not believe that. Colin started VA Tech as an Army ROTC cadet in VT’s Corps of Cadets, but he dropped out of ROTC and changed his major after 2 years. Any military “experience” he has is limited to those 2 years as a cadet. His knowledge of firearms appears to be rather limited because his gun handling skills when he was looking at a Glock 19 were terrible. He held the pistol in the palms of both hands with his left hand cupped over the muzzle and his finger on the trigger. It made me twitch just seeing it. We can safely assume that he’s not a shooter and not part of the gun culture at all.
The NYPD officer that was showing the Glock 19 to Colin was a fairly good shot. It was impossible to see the distance that he was shooting at, but he was shooting rapidly and hitting the -0 circle on an IDPA target. I could have done the same at 3 and maybe 5 yards with my .45, but like I said, I couldn’t tell what range he was shooting at. The cop said that in his opinion, the Glock 19 was a military and police weapon, and there was no reason that a civilian should have one. It was the cop that explained that the police use hollow points in order to prevent over-penetration.
The film focused on two policy positions, background checks and concealed carry on campus. Why they focused so much on the “gun show loophole” so much when the VT shooter bought his two guns over the counter at gun stores I don’t know. Logic is not these people’s strong suit. Concealed Carry on Campus was dealt with by treating it as a fringe movement, and one that Colin thought was repulsive. It seemed that he was trying to minimize it and ignore it as much as possible because to debate it was to allow that they had a logical point. Marginalize and trivialize appeared to be the way they wanted to go.
The panel was completely anti-gun. There were 4 people, Dr. Kristen Goss, Dr. Phil Cook, Shannon Ritchie, and Effie Steele. Goss is the author of Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America. Both she and Phil Cook are professors, Goss is an Associate Professor, and Cook is a Senior Associate Dean, both at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Shannon Ritchie is a 1st year grad student at Sanford School, and Effie Steele’s daughter was murdered. When I asked after the Q&A why there was no countervailing viewpoints I was told that the purpose of the meeting was to get support for NCGV, not to have a debate.
Dr. Goss seemed very confused that her side appeared to be taking a beating politically. She seemed to be one of those who has made her mind up, and she’s just waiting for everyone else to catch up with her. She seemed to be utterly mystified as to why other people have made different policy choices. She said that she was forever getting calls by foreign correspondents asking her to explain American gun culture, but when she was asked by a Canadian audience member to explain it, she didn’t have anything helpful to say. I wanted to jump in and say that there were two basic reasons American liked guns. First, because we used them to kill the King’s soldiers to get our freedom, and second, because the USA never went through the WWI/Depression/WWII era fear of an impending communist revolution like the Europeans did. No one ever considers that fear and loathing of firearms in Europe is fairly new. It’s not that we are different, though we are, it’s that they changed and we didn’t.
Dr. Cook seemed like an honest man. He had ample opportunity to make statements that were unsupported by evidence, but didn’t. He was quite happy to tell us that the conclusion in John Lott’s book “More Guns, Less Crime” was not supported by his evidence. He was also happy enough to fail to mention that there was no evidence that any gun control schemes have ever brought down crime rates. But he did say that there was no evidence that Shall Issue laws made things worse. He could generally be counted on to do the sort of “on the one hand/on the other” sort of thing that made Harry Truman wish for a one handed economist. He was a poor choice as a panel member because what he was saying was not clearly in support of the mission. He was trying to be honest, but honesty will never work to push the gun control agenda. They don’t have the evidence to support the proposition that their positions will reduce crime.
Shannon Ritchie (5th one down) seemed a person who was personally invested in the issue of gun control. She’s on the board of directors at NCGV. I couldn’t figure out much about her except that she came across as one of those liberals for whom the solution to every problem is more government. Thus the fact that she is getting a Masters in Public Policy.
Effie Steele was there for her personal story. I spoke to her after the Q&A and she was very nice. Her daughter was murdered by that rare person who had no convictions before he murdered. She did tell me that the murderer had a lot of “visits downtown” for various reasons including domestic violence, but had never been convicted of anything. She was very clear that in her opinion, he had no business being allowed to have a gun. She agreed with me that somewhere, something in the legal system broke down. He should have been brought up on charges long before he got to murder, but wasn’t. The circumstances of the murder are sickening. The murderer was the father of her daughter’s best friend. The murderer had been molesting the victim for a long time and had gotten her pregnant. She was almost due, and he took her out into the woods and shot her 4 times. He may not have ever been convicted of anything previously, but he certainly was not a decent, honest, or law abiding human being. Effie was a big part of getting the Unborn Victims of Violence act passed through the House recently. I liked her very much.
Final thoughts. These guys are doomed. If this is all they can get, they’re going to get buried. With the kind of lead time they had, I could pull 250 people or more for a pro-gun event. Had I wanted to be a jerk and disrupt their event, I could have convinced 50 people to show up with me to this event. The audience was not left with a “let’s get engaged” feeling. They seemed to want the info, but they aren’t motivated like we are. There was no “call to action.” No list of “here’s what law we want passed,” or “Help us stop this law.” It was, “we’re on the defensive, and we can’t explain why.” They, and the people in the audience, couldn’t fathom why there wasn’t a groundswell of support for McCarthy’s “High” capacity magazine ban. They were at a loss as to explain it. They seemed like bystanders at a car wreck. Unable to assist, unable to get out of the way. I think that if we can get the Governor to sign the pro-rights bills we have up this year, they will be crushed emotionally.
Colin Goddard is running around whining that the government has not yet closed the “Gun Show Loophole.” This “loophole” in the law means that citizens may sell their firearms to other citizens without either a Brady NICS check or filling out a Form 4473.
In short, it means that if I want to sell my rifle to my next door neighbor, it’s legal. The Brady Campaign wants to make that illegal, because my next door neighbor might be a criminal. They like to call it the “Gun Show” loophole since calling it the “OMG, you might sell your gun to your neighbor who might be a criminal” loophole is pretty cumbersome, and focus groups full of hoplophobes said the Gun Shows were scary.
You may be aware that you can purchase basically every part of the standard AR-15 rifle online. Barrels, bolts, stocks, sights, whatever. Brownells has turned this into a business model.
Compare these two photos.
This is a photo of my lower receiver. I have not put it together yet because I don’t yet have enough money for the rest of the parts. (I take checks, cash, PayPal or money orders. Donations are not tax deductable)
This is a standard, generic AR-15 on the rack at any gun store. You can go online and buy every single part necessary to turn photo #1 into photo #2.
“Not a problem,” say the Bradys. (let’s take them at their word, even though we know they are lying) “You still have to get a background check to buy that lower receiver thingy, so we’re ok with that. “
Wait until they find out about the newest, latest, most extreme loophole imaginable. I call it the “Build it Yourself” loophole. Did you know that there is no law that prohibits you from building a firearm yourself, for your own personal use, without permission from any government? I’m not talking about assembling the parts of an AR, I’m talking about actually building the lower receiver yourself! It’s true. You actually only need a Federal Firearms license if you want to sell firearms. If you build guns to sell, or if you are engaged in the buying and selling of firearms as a business, then you need an FFL. If you are building only for yourself, no license needed. It’s like brewing beer for home consumption.
“But that’s got to be difficult and time consuming.” The Bradys might say.
For $185, anyone can buy a jig plus the slug of metal needed to machine yourself an AR-15 lower receiver. ANYONE. Even felons could buy this kit. If they completed the lower, they would be breaking the law, but since the 80% lower receiver is not a firearm, according to the ATF, there is no problem selling it to anyone. All you need is access to a standard bit of machine shop equipment and some time to figure things out, and you can turn this
with no laws broken. Don’t tell the Brady Campaign. They’d have a spazz attack if they found out how easy building an AR-15 receiver actually was.
The genie is out of the bottle. There’s no sense trying to stuff the cork back in. Gun bans and background checks, and basically every other gun control law ever created will only control those people who listen to and respect the law. The people who aren’t allowed to own guns have already demonstrated that they have no respect for the law.
UPDATE: I’d like to add, for more PSH from the gun grabbers, that if you make the gun yourself, there is no requirement in the law for you to put a serial number on it.