It has been noted that telephone surveys are probably a poor way of determining firearms ownership rates as gun owners are hesitant to tell random strangers what valuables they have in their homes, and — in the face of ongoing threats of more restrictive gun ownership laws — even less likely likely to tell the government.
Yet companies are marketing devices like smart televisions and electronic personal assistants that act as 24/7 audiovisual monitoring devices, and people appear to be snapping them up. Facebook is releasing “Portal,” a personal assistant optimized for social media and instantly communicating with family members like big brother.
All the data collected — potentially including imagery of personal possessions in your home, or discussions of such — by these devices is subject to scrutiny by the provider and “authorized” third parties, and to court subpoenas and warrants. As Internet-connected computers, they are also potentially vulnerable to third party hacking.
As a gun owner, would you buy and use one these devices?
When Donald Trump first started campaigning for President, many people were dubious of his new-found commitment to the right to keep and bear arms given his history on the subject: gun bans, preemptively prove your innocence, waiting periods, and more.
But once he hit the campaign trail he started talking a good game. The question was, could he walk as well as talk?
Assuming that the Trump administration is serious about draining the DC swamp (and we here at TZP disagree among ourselves on whether they’re serious or whether it’s even possible), at least some gun laws and regulations have got to change.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (of Aaron Zelman’s home state of Wisconsin) has introduced a bill to kill the ATF. But as TZP-friend Kit Perez points out, this poses extreme dangers from the ruthless, corrupt agency at the same time it creates hopes.
Others would like to focus on sending the NFA or GCA ’68 to well-deserved obscurity.
Still others are putting their best expectations and hard work into the increasingly popular (and brilliantly named) Hearing Protection Act, which would remove suppressors from NFA status.
But one of the very biggest changes a lot of gun owners would like to see is legislation ensuring national CCW permit reciprocity. New Jovian Thunderbolt, on his popular gunblog, says if there can only be one pro-gun law included in the vast job of swamp draining, let it be this one.
Even if a reciprocity law didn’t bring all the benefits NJT hopes, there’s no doubt it would affect millions of gun owners and reduce the outrages that have been committed against innocent people who crossed state lines believing that their carry permit, like their drivers license, was valid anywhere.
Others (like yours truly) are suspicious of national reciprocity legislation for various reasons.
But given that a reciprocity bill probably has a decent chance of being passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Trump, what do you think? Is it a good idea? A bad idea? And why?
Bloomberg’s Nevada ballot initiative eked out a win this November by less than one percentage point, and only because of the almost $20 million spent on it, amounting to an incredible $35.30 per vote. In Maine, the same initiative failed by eight percentage points despite equally unlimited spending.
The initiative, Question #1 on the ballot, was of course another of Bloomberg’s attempts to force gun purchasers to prove their innocence before possessing a firearm. It failed in every county of Nevada except Clark, home to Las Vegas, the state’s only major urban center. It looked as if the city people and the hoplophobic billionaire were going to force everyone else in the state to obey their will.
Then last week came much more cheerful news: the FBI refused to do the background checks and the state’s attorney general said he couldn’t implement the law.
The issue is that Nevada is designated as a Point-of-Contact (POC) state, meaning that … they have a state background check system that is designated by the FBI to conduct background checks under the Brady Act. Bloomberg’s new law states that the checks have to be conducted by the FBI’s National Instant Check System. Given that Nevada is a POC state, the FBI will not conduct checks on behalf of Nevada. The law cannot be complied with, and is therefore completely unworkable and unenforceable.
And isn’t that a whopping huge mistake for Bloomberg to have spent $20 million on? But isn’t that also typical anti-gun ignorance and arrogance? Us? Need to know the law? But laws are only for the little people!
So. Currently, Nevadans don’t have to obey Michael Bloomberg after all. But we’re wondering what comes next. What will ultimately happen to Nevada Question #1? Will the terrible law die or will someone connive a means of imposing it on the people after all?
We’re testing the zeitgeist of these strange times. This month’s poll is about your plans and thoughts now that Donald Trump is president-elect.
You can take the poll below or at the above link.
We’d also like to hear your comments (on this post) about how you believe this election is likely to change the country or culture as a whole. Or will it change anything? What are you personally going to do? How do you believe a Trump presidency will change politics in your state, region, or locality?
Both polls are below, or you can use the links above.
Each poll has similar questions, but with a few that are customized to the particular candidate. Please answer both polls no matter which candidate you support or if you support neither of them — and select as many answers as apply.
Well, it’s almost that time. We are less than a month away from Election 2016, and I’m wondering how our readers and members feel about this year’s election.
This is the most contentious election I’ve ever seen. Friendships have been threatened or downright destroyed. Bitter disagreements over politics have taken over civil conversations. It’s good to see people get passionate about the future of this country, but when the passion transforms into something toxic, ending camaraderie and civil discourse and understanding, one has to wonder why.
So today’s poll question is: do you care about this election, and if so, how much and why?
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