You’re Supposed to Say, “Good Morning, Mister Herman”.

Kenneth Herman tried to comply with State law and his kids’ school freaked out and ended up losing in court.  State law says he can carry his pistol into school.  Hoplophobes in the school said “nuh-uh, that’s scary” and denied him access.

“If I’m a principal and I’m sitting in my office and I see someone walking up to my building with a gun, what am I supposed to do?”

You’re supposed to say Good Morning to them, because these are the same parents carrying concealed and making you safer without you knowing.  You have vicious little anklebiters running around with sharpened pencils and nobody gets hurt, ALL the time!  Because a person has something dangerous, does not mean you are in danger.  Duh?

So: Good news for rights secured in the 2nd Amendment.  In good news from foreignerland, the Dutch have had their rights upheld as well: If you want to move there, they are recognized as being able to impose their language on you.   Yes, this is great news.  A nation comprises its borders, language, and culture.  This ruling is tremendous for the Netherlands and I congratulate the whole country on their success.

Illegal, No. Stupid, Yes. Never Do This:

A man is walking with a rifle, refuses to drop it when ordered to do so by police, and is shot Dead Right There.  His uncle claims the man ALWAYS listened to music in headphones, and would not have heard a cop tell him drop the rifle.

There are not too many guns on the street.  This is not a second amendment debate.  This was an AIR rifle.  Think “bb gun” and you’re on the right track now.  This looks like a fine illustration of a cop that is too ‘shooty’ and a citizen being a straight-up DUMB ASS.

Look, I’m all for policemen showing enough restraint to be sure they have someone’s attention before killing them, and yes there is too much of the “well I sure won’t be the one dying out there today” attitude in modern American police work.  But you know what?  Anyone who wears two headphones in public is an idiot.  Yes, I said it*.

If you are commanded to drop what looks like a weapon by Police, you will not hear it.  If you are being followed by a mugger you will not hear it.  If you are going to be run over by a car, truck, train, or airplane you will not hear it.  If you are being stalked by a pack of wild dogs or a mountain lion you will not hear it.  If a tree is falling on you in the woods, nobody still alive after will have heard it either.

Headphones: for privacy on the bus, and for politeness in the dorm room.  NOT for wearing out of the house where literally anything can happen that you might have heard coming if you hadn’t been jamming some tunes.

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*but only because I’m racist.  The dead guy, you see, is black.  Criticizing ethnicity-neutral activities of non-white people is racist so ipso facto I clearly must be a racist.

It’s The _______, Stupid!

Between the time Trayvon Martin was killed and the time George Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury of both Murder and Manslaughter, about 11,000 people were shot dead in the United States of America.  This could be spun as a problem of guns being too readily available, or as a problem of “stand your ground” laws unreasonably expanding the concept of self-defense – and the Obama administration are trying those angles*.

Hold on there.

93% of those shootings were young black males shooting other young black males.

A caller to a local radio show recounted the experience of coming from UK to USA and not being able to hang out with black people.  He described the universal sense of entitlement among the black culture here and the culture of violence as a “social disease”.

But banning horrible cultural elements (or trying to reduce them) is decried as racist.  So: is it better to tread lightly on black cultural sensitivities in America, or is it better to try to reform black culture even though it is racist and hurts feelings?  If your own demographic were the source and cause of statistically almost ALL shooting deaths in your country, would you consider it a gun problem or a culture problem?

It’s the culture, stupid.

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Gun control: it’s not about the gun.

This is Why You Listen to Talk Radio

…rather, this is why I listen to talk radio, and why you should also.  In the past week there have been some shockingly-big stories that you may have missed entirely if you only hear news during the breaks between songs or the evening TV news after you get home.

The President might not be the President right now if Mittens Romeney hadn’t gone soft on him about the attacks on our people in Benghazi.  For instance, if he had pressed, we might have heard before the election how the Secretary of State had some talking points written by the White House and went out and lied to the American media.  If you think the attack in Benghazi was because of a video, it’s because you were lied-to.  By the White house.

President Obama has joked about having the IRS audit his ideological opponents . . . and now it turns out the IRS really did give greater scrutiny to conservative groups.

One more reason to dislike any “comprehensive” immigration reform bill: this one includes a biometric database of YOU and all americans.  I ask you to consider: Is there a difference between submition of biometrics of yourself to allow you to do something, and asking permission of your government to do it?

How free a nation do you live in when the Department of Health and Human Services is leaning on you to “voluntarily contribute” to fund a health insurance program that will entirely wreck the best health care system in the world?

How much does the current national leadership like freedom at all, when they are telling colleges and universities they should adopt “speech codes” that prevent freedom of speech?

Possibly-legit: Defense Distributed pulled down the files from their website which allowed you to make your own gun in your living room by pressing a button on your computer.  Because distributing information is illegal international arms trading.

Did you know that, as more guns are sold in the USA, gun violence has been falling like a stone for the better part of two decades? And did you know the press is trying to convince you these stories are unrelated, and you don’t need guns to keep yourself safe?

Did you know we’ve stopped even trying to discourage Afghan farmers from growing poppies? Because heroin is not a domestic problem for us in the USA. or something.

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I knew most of this before I paid a quick visit to Instapundit.  Did you?

If not, you really should start listening to those hatefilledracistsexistbigothomophobe rightwingextremist radio talk show hosts.  Or at least skim Instapundit when you get home instead of watching the nightly news!  If you can’t get them on the radio, you can certainly get them on your work computer (radio stations stream their broadcasts online) and Rush Limbaugh even has an app so you can listen to him on your smartphone.

Nobody Needs Ten Bullets…

  • Nobody needs ten bullets when three thugs break down their door.  Surely you will be able to dispatch them all with only 3.33 bullets each.  They will stand there like ducks in a row; probably FOUR is more than you need!
  • Nobody needs ten bullets when a pack of a dozen feral dogs decides you and your kids in the stroller look like lunch.  Maybe they will line up for you, so a few bullets can hit multiple dogs?
  • Nobody needs ten bullets when one bad guy is ducking behind a wall and you keep barely-missing him
  • Nobody needs ten bullets when they are in the middle of a firefight with federal agents coming to take their guns away.  Oh, wait that’s what they don’t want you to be able to do!

 Make no mistake: the people who want to limit you to certain kinds of guns and certain numbers of bullets would like very, very much to remove your guns from you – for your own protection, of course.  If the Police and Military are the only ones with guns, then the benevolent State will protect us from harm!

Nevermind the 300 million-odd guns already out there.  Surely every felon would turn in his gun, if only the dear leaders required it of him!  The guns already in the hands of bad people will evaporate like magic when gun control laws are passed, everybody knows that!

If you think
Limiting the number
Of bullets in a gun
Does anything
to protect
Anyone worth protecting,

Then

You are a fool
and an Historical Illiterate.

She shouldn’t have been a jew.  Her fault, really.  The State will protect us from the Other!

Obama Can’t Do Doodly Squat. Yet.

The press has whipped people into such a frenzy that they are buying $900 AR pattern rifles for $2400 at guns shows, just so they can have one.  I will refrain from commentary on the timing and prices in this mess, but my continuing commentary is that this is ‘just a scare’ for the time being.

President Obama can’t change the law of the land by himself.  The supreme Court already said you have a constitutionally-protected right to have guns.  More importantly than either of those, the current Congress is against Obama on this subject.  Congressmen have one job: get re-elected.  After the 1994 ‘assault weapons ban’ went in, a whole BUNCH of them went OUT.  This must never be repeated, comerades!  In that vein, I present to you Borepatch’s well-said commentary on why gun control isn’t coming any time real soon.

Sipsey Street Irregulars is the first place I saw a list of the 23 ideas presented today by The Obama. In short, it is as I said: No BFD, no bans, no taking away your guns.  He can’t act unilaterally, because he’s not King of America, he’s President and subject to (at least most of) The Rules.  My commentary is the wider blocks of text between the numbered items.

From the Wall Street Journal.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

This should have happened already, what were they waiting for? After 9/11/11 we found out the intelligence community didn’t tell itself to be looking out for the guys we KNEW were bad guys, who flew the planes into the buildings. We were supposed to fix the interagency communication, already – weren’t we? Or was that just talk?

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

Translation: prevent crazy people from getting guns. Who disagrees with this? The standard disclaimer to “everybody should have guns” is “except for felons and the mentally deficient” so far so good. The only problem comes in when the State starts redefining who qualifies as crazy, but we’re not quite to Soviet standards on that one. Yet.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

Incentives? This sounds like “tie information mining access to federal transportation dollars” until further commentary is provided!

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

This reminds me that, as a veteran and someone outspoken in my opinions, I am already considered a potential terrorist by my government. I don’t like the sound of this, but only because of the people who will be implementing it, if any implementin’ gets done at all.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

This right here is onerous, but hard to argue with. If you don’t qualify to BUY a gun, should we really GIVE you one? Sure it’s your property. Compensation in return for seized assets needs to be at LEAST fair market value, but it is, again, not a horrible idea.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

They do it already, if you ask – and if you pay $15 to $60 depending on the FFL. This is wasted time/money right here. Speaking to Bunkum!

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

Eddie Eagle has been going for Decades. Give the NRA a few million dollars to promote it? Sure! Spend a few million to tell people not to have guns? No thanks! Again, the implementation will be the difference between this being a good or a bad idea.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

Because, of course, gun locks and safes keep criminals safe from homeowners with quick access to guns! But seriously, most quick-access gun safes can be defeated by dropping them on the floor . . . by a three year-old child. I’ve seen it. They suck, all of them. Not that it is any of Uncle Sam’s business.

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

As if they don’t already.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

This DOJ is pretty shady, but if we paid for the report, why not make it available to EVERYONE?

11. Nominate an ATF director.

Good luck with that. The BATFE is broken, and having a director (instead of an Acting Director) will not fix it. At least, not one that The Obama would appoint.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

Front sight, press!” is what they need to know, school officials included.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

Enforce existing law. Let’s see, who has been calling for this the whole time? Oh, that’s right, GUN RIGHTS advocates! I am guessing this does not extend to prosecution of feloniously showing a television camera what a 30-round AR magazine looks like.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Another case of “sounds good, but who’s going to do the research, and what’s their agenda?!”

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

The private sector does anything innovative they can, and you sticking your nose in won’t speed anything up, thanks.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

If a doctor asks about guns in your home, either get a new doctor or refuse to answer and ask them about guns in their own home. You never know you might just get a new shootin’ buddy!

17. Release a letter to health-care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law-enforcement authorities.

Duh? This is a question?

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

Okay, so our kids are as worthy of protection as his? Great! How much does it cost to hire a guard for a few tens of thousands of schools at $40k/year? And who pays?

19. Develop model emergency-response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

Once again, “front sight, press” is key.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental-health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

This should also already have been done, but thanks.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

Two years after the law was passed, the rules for Obamacare are not finalized?

22. Commit to finalizing mental-health-parity regulations.

See 21, above.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

SOME of us have been having this conversation already, thanks.

“The U.S. Will Have To Change.”

Well excuse the [deleted] out of me, I think I will stay just the way I am.  The only thing that needed to change right before that school shooting was the order of killings: goblin first, then the kids.  He got the order wrong but at least he took himself out at the end.  President Obama, being both a Democrat and a Leftist, likes to clump people together in groups instead of thinking of individuals.  Well guess what?

I’m not going to kill anybody, and neither are you, and neither is the guy who shot up that school last week.  In fact, that will never happen again because he’s dead as a door nail!

Well, then again, President Obama is still in campaign mode.  He got elected and re-elected as a blank slate. People projected what they wanted him to be onto the vague platitudes he spoke, and elected what they wanted!  In the spirit of bipartisanship, I will project what I want onto His Vagueness also.

The U.S. will have to change.  Yes.  The USA should become more like Israel and have the Card-Carrying Good Guys wear guns in the schoolhouses across our nation.  No, not the Police . . . the TEACHERS.  How many school shootings like this have you heard about in Israel?

Let’s take a guess as to whether CT’s strict gun control laws or the likely Gun-Free Zone nature of this school campus gave the shooter even a moment’s pause.  Yeah, they don’t stop any CRIMINALS from doing bad.  They stop GOOD PEOPLE from being able to do good.  You know what stops a school shooter?  Here’s a hint: it’s not laws forbidding private gun ownership . . .

THIS

PREVENTS THIS

LOGIC:

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU WISH FOR ARMED AMERICAN TEACHERS!

Not Only-Onesey Enough

Seriously? A local sherriff’s deputy* IN UNIFORM was not allowed to wear her duty weapon in the presence of the lightworker. I would have been p.i.s.s.e.d if that happened to one of my deputies.

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Or was it just that they didn’t trust a black woman with a gun, knowing Michelle’s temper? (rimshot)

*or some such, the article is not clear

Hat tip: Uncle

California Unexpectedly Begins Confiscating Guns!

. . . oh, wait, that’s the headline for a few years from now. The alternative headline is “california scraps long gun registry after it wastes billions of dollars, accomplishes bubkis” like they did in Canadanadia.

Registration of guns is only good for one thing: to make confiscation of guns (from people unwilling to use them) less of a logistical challenge. Just remember two key points, kiddos:

  1. Never, ever, ever, but never put your guns on a government registry. Lie, if necessary, to accomplish this. The alternative is walking into the zyklon-b showers.
  2. If someone shows up at your door and seriously demands your guns or your liberty, the time has come to give your guns up . . . to the last person alive and willing to demand them, after you demonstrate that the guns are functional. The expression is: “If you try to take our guns, we will kill you.”

California, you suck for electing governor Brown. You DOUBLE-DOG SUCK BIG TIME for RE-electing Governor Moonbeam. You get what you pay for. Oh, and good luck getting your next set of LED gloves, partygoers.

Hat tip: Instapundit