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Never Again

I posted a column on my personal blog yesterday. While it was about “gun control,” I thought the tone and expletives made it inappropriate for The Zelman Partisans blog, where I’m a guest. I was angry when I wrote it.

But overnight, a comment on it was posted that makes it germane to the mission of TZP.

In the past, I have posted here about gun people controllers’ screeching for vague or redundant “new” laws to violate human/civil rights. I ask these 18 U.S. Code § 241 lawsuit candidates to be specific as to what solutions they want imposed, instead of whining, “We need common since laws.”

Someone  got specific.

So, there’s the first solution. Universal healthcare. Make healthy choice the norm rather than being a country that waits until a sickness is unbearable before seeking treatment.

OK, that’s still a bit general, and it doesn’t seem to have worked particularly well in other countries.

There’s something to the shooters being straight white men. Hellooooo, elephant in the room.

Beg pardon? And what does this person suggest doing about those “straight white men”?

So, an actual second solution. Do away with the old guard. People over the age of 55, for the most part, are only looking out for #1.

Genocide. Ethnic cleansing. Eliminating everyone over the age of fifty-five.

Getting rid of everyone over 55yo? That’s roughly 75,000,000 people. Sheesh, Hitler and Stalin were pikers compared to Little Miss Genocide here. But that might make her “universal healthcare” workable; Dr. Zeke Emmanuel thought well of it; when advising on Obamacare, he proposed limiting and cutting off care when people got too old.

Personally, I’m strongly opposed to genocide, hence my affillation with The Zelman Partisans. But if that’s your thing, maybe you should consider other target demographics than “straight white men,” or everyone over 55. Take a look at the UCR data on killer age and race. If you’re into ethnic cleansing, you could start with the 5% of US counties that account for nearly all murders.

Pro Tip: If you want people to give up their guns, don’t tell them you want them dead.

Pro Tip 2: So long as evil like that exists, so will groups like The Zelman Partisans who work to make sure it can’t, that everyone can choose defense.

Never Again.


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Parkland, FL HS School Shooting

Now that the victim disarming gun people controllers are dancing in the blood of innocents, screeching for “common sense gun laws,” let’s see what we know about the alleged asshole.

  • He committed his crime in a “gun-free” zone.
  • He was too young to be licensed to carry, so toting that gun around, even before reaching the school, was a crime.
  • He reportedly bought his rifle legally, passing a background check.

That last point is important, because it sounds like he shouldn’t have… except someone may not have been doing their jobs.

The school district is pretty quiet beyond saying the asshole was expelled for “disciplinary reasons,” but students — and others — have a lot more to say

Despite the complaints, violence, destruction, peeping tom activities, harassment, threats, and numerous police responses, apparently no one ever bothered arresting him. Much of this appears to have occurred while he was a minor, but serious actions also occurred — before this shooting — while he was an adult.

He could have been arrested. And based on the sheer number of witnesses coming forward, I think he could have been convicted of a crime making him a prohibited person.

He could have been taken into custody and presented to a judge who could have ordered him into involuntary mental health treatment. That’s a two-fer: he would have become a prohibited person, and just maybe they could have helped him.

Yes, I’m playing “Monday morning quarterback;” ‘hindsight’s 20/20,’ and all that. But with a years-long history of mental health issues, threats, harassment, violence, destruction, weapons violations, expulsion, and police complaints, are my after-action observations unreasonable?

The victim disarming gun people controllers will say, “Yes.” They’ll blame the gun. They’ll blame the millions of gun owners who didn’t do it. They’ll screech for new laws that already exist (yes, someone already called for background checks). They’ll ignore the fact that several laws of the sort they promised would end violence forever… didn’t work.

Which just means they’ll demand still more laws. That still won’t work, when blatant threats like this guy go uncontrolled, and when the laws never really apply to the people committing the crimes.

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Taking their word for it

I’ve been writing for The Zelman Partisans, and editing the weekly newsletter, for almost two and a half years. It involves reading a lot of news, commentary, and… BS. Every freaking day.

A lot of the same BS. Every freaking day. The same lies, the same false claims; over and over and over and…

Yeah. I’m burning out a little.

Lately, it’s been “bump-fire stocks turn guns into automatic weapons” and “OMG! Untraceable ‘ghost guns’.”

Case in point: Last week, I caught the Atlanta JournalConstitution in a claim that a producer built an assault rifle. Most likely, Josh Wade built a semiautomatic AR-pattern rifle, which is perfectly legal in Georgia (and most of America), but…

The article very specifically called it an assault rifle. “Assault rifle” has a specific meaning, and happens to be a machinegun under the National Firearms Act of 1934. Building one requires a license. Building one for personal use is now illegal, and has been since 1986 under the misnamed Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. Private possession of a newly manufactured machinegun is illegal. AJC.com’s Ken Foskett made a very specific claim that Wade had committed multiple federal felonies good for an extended Club Fed vacation.

I pointed that out. It being the notoriously anti-RKBA AJC, I assumed that they were deliberately conflating “assault rifle” with “assault weapon,” and by extension any semiautomatic rifle they don’t like. Thus, I also mentioned that “assault weapon” is a term with no legal meaning in Georgia.

Partial victory: They changed the story to expunge any mention of the legally troublesome term “assault rifle.”

What they did not do was publish an acknowledgement of the “error.”

Think about that. A reader told them that building an assault rifle as described is unlawful. Foskett said in email that a fellow journalist told him the same thing. You’d think he’d publish an ass-covering note like so:

“This article originally referred to the rifle as an “assault rifle.” We discovered that, through our ignorance, we used the wrong term. An “assault rifle” is a specific, highly regulated, and taxed firearm, and is not what producer Josh Wade built and had tested. We apologize for the error.”

Nope.

Rather than admit an error that might draw attention to their first claim, they decided to scrub the article — text, graphics, and URL — of any mention of “assault rifle.” But again — and oddly — no correction they didn’t build an assault rifle.

Is that what Wade really constructed? And they just want the report to go away before authorities notice?

I’ve been making a hobby of contacting such writers to correct their less-than-accurate claims. I’m tired of that. I get ignored, or lied to. What I will now do is take their claims at face value.

Foskett said Wade unlawfully built an assault rifle. He hasn’t actually denied it; he hid the claim. I’ll believe him.

And I’ll believe it every other time some dumbass “journalist” makes a similar claim, like this guy who says he built an unserialized Glock-type pistol. In California.

What’s the big deal? In California, one is lawfully required to serialize any homebuilt firearm. You do not yet have to register it with the state, but you have to apply an ATF-compliant serial number.

“If you do finish your 80% lower before the July 1, 2018 deadline, you’ll still have to engrave it with a valid serial number (one which meets the ATF’s requirements) but you won’t have to report the receiver or the serial number to the California DOJ or the ATF.”

Some people believe that once you know about an unlawful activity, you have a civic obligation to report it. It wouldn’t really be “malicious compliance”. Just… helpful.

CBS’ Carter Evans, in creating his “ghost glock,” made a point of saying nothing is serialized; even claims it isn’t required. Ignorantia juris non excusat.

One may contact the California Office of the Attorney General here. If you don’t want to use the web contact form:

Telephone Number

General Information
Phone: (916) 227-7527
Fax: (916) 227-7480

Bureau of Firearms Addresses

Mail may be sent to the Bureau of Firearms at the following address:

Bureau of Firearms
P.O. Box 820200
Sacramento, CA 94203-0200

If you’re in need of a little cash, Los Angeles has a convenient snitch system, and is offering a “1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of an illegal firearm>.”

In the case of Foskett and Wade’s assault rifle, that’s a federal matter. The ATF conveniently provides contact information, too.

ATF Hotlines:

Report Illegal Firearms Activity
1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867)

ATFTips@atf.gov

ReportIt® mobile app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store.

www.reportit.com

Depending on the situation, you might want to consider disposable pre-paid phones, anonymous email, and/or free VPNs.

If nothing else, Carter, Wade, and Foskett might learn which lies to leave out of their stories, as they enjoy their law enforcement scrutiny.


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NH State Sen. Jeff Woodburn: Idiot, or pro-RKBA Mole?

Suddenly, I’m not sure.

Woodburn penned a column “explaining” his bump-fire stock ban bill, which was riddled with enough errors to prompt me to write to him. It was the usual tripe you see from the gun <i”people controlling victim disarmers: bump-fire stocks turn rifles into automatic weapons, Mandalaly Bay the deadliest shooting in history, the NFA banned machineguns…

It also prompted me to read the text of his bill, SB 492.

Oh. My.

Bump Stocks

159:27 Definition. As used in this subdivision, “multiburst trigger activator” means either of the following:

I. A device designed or redesigned to be attached to a semiautomatic firearm, which allows the firearm to discharge 2 or more shots in a burst by activating the device.

II. A manual or power-driven trigger activating device constructed and designed so that when attached to a semiautomatic firearm it increases the rate of fire of that firearm.

First off, you’ll note that nothing in that definition evens applies to bump-fire stocks, which simply use recoil to bring the rifle into battery and engage to trigger finger for each shot. Oopsie; that’s what happens when folks who know zip about guns try to.. well, I’m not sure now what he’s trying. Look at II.

when attached to a semiautomatic firearm it increases the rate of fire of that firearm.

I think that was supposed to address trigger cranks. But, as written, it doesn’t. Because it can’t increase the rate of fire of the firearm. I hate to give them ideas, but if they wanted to ban cranks, it should have read activates the firearm’s trigger multiple times per manual cyclic operation of the device.” So if you’ve got three little teeth on your crank, turning it through one full cycle hits the trigger three times. Of course, you need only remove two teeth and crank faster. But then, I figure if you just want to waste ammunition, you can always pull the trigger real fast.*

Woodburn has submitted a bill to ban stuff that only bans stuff that doesn’t exist. Is he an idiot?

Or is he a closeted freedomista, an RKBA mole, merely diverting the real victim disarmers and wasting their time?

Judging by the other bills he’s submitted, I have to go with “idiot.” And reading further down in SB 492…

159:29 Exceptions. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to:

III. The sale to, possession of, or purchase of a multiburst trigger activator by any federal, state, or political subdivision of the state agency that is charged with the enforcement of any law for use in the discharge of its official duties.

IV. The possession of a multiburst trigger activator by any law enforcement officer of any federal, state, or political subdivision of the state or state agency that is charged with the enforcement of any law, when the officer is on duty and the use is authorized by the agency and is within the course and scope of the officer’s duties.

Oh. My. Imagine, if you will:
Police in a standoff with an alleged perp in a house. Tired of waiting, the officers break out the bump-fire stocks and trigger cranks and hose down the house.

And the neighborhood.

Passing traffic.

Likely each other.

Did Woodburn ask any cops if they want to use “multiburst trigger activators” on the job? Did any say, “Yes”? Do those still have LE certification?


* Disclosure: Around 25 years ago, I bought one of those “Hell-Fire” trigger adapters just to see what the fuss was. Took it to a range one  day and tried it out. Not impressed. The guy with me tried it. Not impressed.

“That was stupid.” Took it off, and tossed in a box. Haven’t even seen it in at least 14 years; I figure it got lost in a move, and I haven’t missed it a bit.

I will admit to liking the gun show display of the trigger crank tripod with dual Ruger 10/22 actions. “You kids! Get offa my lawn!”


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Huh. I thought assaulting anyone was already a crime

…including reporters.

H.R _____ Journalist Protection Act
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a penalty for assault against journalists, and for other purposes.

But I guess I was wrong. So unless/until this passes, I’ve got this little list…

But seriously: This makes so-called “journalists” a special protected class, somehow more important than the little serfs being educated informed by their betters.

How special? Read § 120 (d)(2) for the oh-so-carefully crafted definition of “journalists.” Bloggers need not apply.

I could’ve sworn I’d once read something about “equal protection of the laws”. Guess I was mistaken; my bad.

Feel free to tell Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA-15] (yeah, you knew it had to be a Dim… and from the PRK, right) what you think.

Email webform here
(Zip code required: 94505 should work)

Phone:
For Washington, DC, please call 202-225-5065.
For the district office in Castro Valley, please call 510-370-3322.


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Thank you for that demonstration

So DemDimocratic state Rep. Charles Young Jr. wanted to protest pro-RKBA legislation.

Miss. lawmaker displays pistol to protest gun legislation
He told House Speaker Philip Gunn that he and others are violating a joint legislative rule that says no one but sworn law enforcement officers can carry a gun in the Capitol or House and Senate chambers.

So anti-gun rules and laws… don’t work, Rep. Young?

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Astro-Turf Alert

A media/advertising group is trying to start a new astro-turf group to violate rights.

United Rifle Association:

The Brief: Help Stop Gun Violence
This may be one of the world’s most difficult briefs: Tackle the gun-fatality epidemic in a way that could help lead to a solution.
[…]
Creating a counter-balance to the NRA’s political power and influence is no small task. We will start by chipping away at it bit by bit. Our strategy will be to attract moderate and progressive gun owners, with a more reasonable approach to gun rights and ownership. The result will be uniting disgruntled NRA members, moderate gun owners and disenfranchised public representatives in a place where it is safe to vote their conscience.

Speaking personally as “disgruntled” former NRA member, let me tell you that I’m not in the market for more freaking gun people-controlling human/civil rights violations.

Got ideas? Submit them to Creativity Editor Ann-Christine Diaz at adiaz@adage.com.

Oh, yes. Do.

Possible talking points:

  • The anti-gun VPC admits several hundred thousand defensive firearms uses per year. Won’t that be difficult if the defensive tools are locked up?
  • Roughly two-thirds of firearms-related deaths are suicides. Won’t the suicidally inclined simply unlock the implements, or use something else?
  • The vast majority of murders are committed by prior felons with stolen guns. How do you propose to get them to “safely secure” their weapons?
  • Accidental firearms-related deaths are at a decades (possibly all-time) low. Maybe we’re already fixing the problem.
  • Guns and honest gun owners don’t seem to be the problem. Have you considered incarceration, education, and self-defense?
  • We already have a pro-gun people-control group. It’s called the National Rifle Association.

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[UPDATE] Oops: “Authorized Urinalists”

I originally posted this on my personal blog, Random Acts of Gibberish, but it’s too funny not to share with a wider audience.


Oopsie, someone has a little explaining to do

…to the ATF.

AJC.com, the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation just published a story claiming a reporter built an assault rifle.

I helpfully emailed authorized urinalist, Ken Foskett to explain that if that’s true, someone is going to prison.

Interestingly, it took some searching to find Foskett’s email address. AJC killed the link to the reporter staff directory. I guess they got tired of getting negative feedback from people who know they’re full of shit. Fortunately, they left the actual directory online; you should bookmark it.

Nice try, Foskett.

Yeah, you edited the article from this

to this

but you forgot to change the graphic.

I just had to send Foskett one more email.

Nice try.

But you forgot to change the graphic.

Fortunately, I kept screen shots of everything in case the ATF should ask.

I expect that graphic will disappear from the AJC site in 3… 2… 1…

UPDATE, 2/8/2018: They finally realized they still had the “assault rifle” image loading. It’s now gone. Further, they’ve set the original URL…

http://investigations.blog.ajc.com/2018/02/06/home-diy-project-build-your-own-ar-15-semi-automatic-assault-rifle/

..to redirect to this one, so “assault rifle” no longer appears in the address bar.

https://www.myajc.com/blog/investigations/home-diy-project-build-your-own-untraceable/GP69yaLThpUXrLeCLYYxKN/

But no mention that they edited the original story for content.

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Math for Dummies

Mathematics is a logical discipline which some gun people controlling victim disarmers find difficult to master. To aid them in understanding, I’m providing a few simplified examples of how math works in the real world.

1.
Number of firearms homicides in 1993: 17,075
Number of firearms homicides in 2015: 12,979

12,979 is 4,096 lower than 17,075

2.
Rate of firearms homicides per 100K in 1993 6.56
Rate of firearms homicides per 100K in 2015: 4.13

4.13 is 2.43 lower than 6.56

3.
Number of accidental firearms-related deaths in 1999: 824
Number of accidental firearms-related deaths in 2015: 489

489 is 335 lower than 824

4.
Rate of accidental firearms-related deaths per 100K in 1999: 0.29
Rate of accidental firearms-related deaths per 100K in 2015: 0.15

.15 is .14 lower than .29

5.
Number of counties in US: 3,007
Number of counties responsible for recent jump in firearms-related deaths: 150 (5%)

150 is 2857 less than 3,007

6.
Estimated number of firearms in US in 1993: 150,000,000 to 211,000,000 (very vague estimate based on production/sales estimates)
Estimated number of firearms in US in 2015: 265-750,000,000 (basically, no one knows at all)

750,000,000 is 539,000,000 more than 211,000,000

7.
Estimated percentage of non-murderous firarms owners: 99.9978%
Estimated percentage of estimated number of murderous firearms owners: 0.0022%

99.9978 is 99.9956 more than .0022

Those suffering the disability of mathematical competence might think this demonstrates a reduction in homicides and accidental deaths at the same time that the numbers of firearms are increasing.

As I’ve said, math is hard for gun people controlling victim disarmers. As a result, they tend to rely upon Common Core “math” principles. To aid pro-human/civil rights advocates in understanding of their opposition, I’m also providing examples of how those people reach conclusions which seem to have little resemblance to reality.

1.
Number of homicides in 1993
Number of homicides in 2015
Not needed.

State unsupported claim. Show a minimum of three pages of emotive wishful thinking to illustrate your thought processes. When challenged, refer to contrarian claims as unsourced “alternative facts” because links weren’t given to US Code and other sources. When links are provided, state your disinterest in wasting time with documentation.

2.
Rate of homicides per 100K in 1993
Rate of homicides per 100K in 2015
Not needed.

State unsupported claim. Show a minimum of three pages of emotive wishful thinking to illustate your thought processes. When challenged, refer to contrarian claims as unsourced “alternative facts” because links weren’t given to US Code and other sources. When links are provided, state your disinterest in wasting time with documentation.

3.
Number of accidental firearms-related deaths in 1999
Number of accidental firearms-related deaths in 2015
Not needed.

State unsupported claim. Show a minimum of three pages of emotive wishful thinking to illustrate your thought processes. When challenged, refer to contrarian claims as unsourced “alternative facts” because links weren’t given to US Code and other sources. When links are provided, state your disinterest in wasting time with documentation.

4.
Rate of accidental firearms-related deaths per 100K in 1999
Rate of accidental firearms-related deaths per 100K in 2015
Not needed.

State unsupported claim. Show a minimum of three pages of emotive wishful thinking to illustrate your thought processes. When challenged, refer to contrarian claims as unsourced “alternative facts” because links weren’t given to US Code and other sources. When links are provided, state your disinterest in wasting time with documentation.

5.
Number of counties in US
Number of counties responsible for recent jump in firearms-related deaths

State unsupported claim. Show a minimum of three pages of emotive wishful thinking to illustrate your thought processes. When challenged, refer to contrarian claims as unsourced “alternative facts” because links weren’t given to US Code and other sources. When links are provided, state your disinterest in wasting time with documentation.

6.
Estimated number of firearm in US in 1993
Estimated number of firearms in US in 2015
Not needed.

7.
Estimated percentage of non-murderous firarms owners
Estimated percentage of estimated number of murderous firearms owners
Not needed.

Shriek “We haven’t covered patriarchal percentages in college, therefore it has no meaning!”

Bonus Points for newspaper editors:
Editorial claiming machineguns used in shooting minus 404 Page Not Found when you get caught equals Zero Embarrassment.

+5 points for deletion
-10 points for doing real math; this was Common Core for Tyrants Dummies gun people controlling victim disarmers, damn it.


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[UPDATE] School Shootings

So Shannon TWatts was mouthing off about school shootings again, after the LA middle school shooting. She claimed:

This is the 14th American school shooting in 2018

Someone replied, asking for a list of those shootings, And TWatts told her to Google “Everytown school shootings”. She couldn’t be bothered to provide a link.

So I searched it and found that “Everytown” list. It lists “school shootings” but doesn’t provide links. Per Everytown,

Consistent with expert advice and common sense, Everytown uses a straightforward, fair, and comprehensive definition for a school shooting: any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement or school officials.

I checked on the shootings they list.

Two suicides (one only coincidentally on school grounds), one negligent discharge by a cop, two shots from off campus that hit buildings with no injuries, two drive-bys from off campus with no injuries, one drive-by off campus with no injuries, one shot at 1AM at an “event venue” on an extended college campus, four under-age students shooting students, and one guy killed “near” a school.

So 29% of Everytown’s “school shootings” don’t even meet their own definition of “school shooting.” Some clearly had nothing to do with “school” other than happening on campus well after hours, typically by non-students entering the grounds. One was a freaking cop authorized to have that gun. They had to include a shooting that didn’t involve students, faculty, or school grounds; “near.” Of the shootings that met Everytown’s own definition, most shooters were breaking existing laws in even possessing firearms. Virtually all broke existing laws in bringing the gun on campus.

Real school shootings are a bad thing. They should be addressed, fixed, ended. But inflating the numbers with other incidents is panic-mongering, and shrouds and distorts the facts of real school shootings.

Added, 2/7/2018: They have a couple more! Let’s see what there is to see…

Maybe schools should be cop-free zones. That’s twice in a month.


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