We’re Not Insurrectionists, Gabby

H/T JPFO.

Gabby Giffords is so full of crap it oozes out of her pores.

For American gun owners, one of the major problems with the legacy media controlling the national narrative is that their fellow leftists are never held accountable for what they say, regardless of how libelous, insulting and flat-out wrong their comments are.

If a falsehood – even a whopper of a lie – fits their personal political views, the media will never question what is said. They’ll even promulgate the lie by repeating it in news stories and social media, which results in the statement being regurgitated so often it becomes accepted as fact by the uninformed.

Case in point, a tweet from Gabby Gifford’s anti-gun group, Giffords, which was sent Sept. 10:

“The insurrectionists who attacked the US Capitol are the same ones pushing an extremist guns-everywhere agenda,” the tweet states. “For the safety and future of our country, lawmakers need to protect public safety and democracy from extremism and violence.”

To be clear, insurrection is a federal crime punishable by a hefty fine and up to 10 years in prison, although none of the Jan. 6 defendants Gabby references have been charged with it. What’s worse is that Gabby clearly says that gun owners and anyone else who supports our God-given constitutional rights are criminals capable of extremism and violence, who need to be specifically targeted and suppressed by new laws for the sake of our public safety and democracy.

On what planet does this make sense?

Gabby’s statement is so over-the-top I half hoped someone would hold her accountable, but of course no one did. She’s seen as an anti-gun icon by the left, and can get away with saying whatever she wants, even marginalizing American gun owners and insisting we’re all revolutionaries-in-waiting.

Take a look in the mirror if you want to see who Gabby is defaming. We are the fringe, she wants the public to believe, rather than the majority we truly are. We are the real mainstream, not violent extremists. We don’t need to be targeted by new laws, especially since we are the law enforcement officers who would enforce these laws. Besides, the true violent extremists – the real threats to our democracy – were recently gifted billions of dollars worth of advanced weaponry by the Biden-Harris regime.

Gabby and her ilk usually dismiss comments they disagree with as hate speech, which they then try to censor through their allies in the legacy media, but her comments are the real hate speech. I understand she is angry and lashing out, since we stopped her employee, David Chipman, from becoming ATF director, but there is no excuse for comments like this.

We will continue to call out hateful speech like this, regardless of who says it.

Biden Blames Republicans, Pledges Continued Gun Control Push, After Withdrawing Chipman

H/T Breitbart.

The 2022 midterms can not happen soon enough to stop Joe Pee Pads Biden’s anti gun jihad.

President Joe Biden released a statement Thursday in which he blamed Republicans for David Chipman’s failed nomination and pledged to continue working toward more gun control.

The statement began with Biden praising Chipman for his work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), then moved to blamed Republicans for the Chipman nomination failure:

Republicans in Congress have made clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it. That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation, and it’s why they side with gun manufacturers over the overwhelming majority of the American people in opposing commonsense measures like universal background checks.

Biden did not mention that the pivotal opposition to Chipman’s nomination came from Sen. Angus King (I-ME).

King caucuses with Senate Democrats, giving them the 50 votes that allow them to hold the majority over Republicans, counting VP Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote authority. Once King announced he would not support Chipman, it was evident that the nomination was going nowhere unless a Republican crossed the aisle to support the gun control nominee.

In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. (The Biden administration is expected to nominate Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

In this September 25, 2019, photo, Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden’s statement on the withdraw of Chipman concluded with a pledge to continue pursuing gun control:

We knew this wouldn’t be easy – there’s only been one Senate-confirmed ATF Director in the Bureau’s history – but I have spent my entire career working to combat the scourge of gun violence, and I remain deeply committed to that work. Since taking office, my Administration has taken numerous steps to combat gun violence, and we’ll continue to use every tool at our disposal to fight gun violence and keep Americans safe. I am grateful for Mr. Chipman’s service and for his work.

Gun control has been a staple among Biden’s presidential goals from day one.

For example, during a February 24, 2020, campaign speech in South Carolina, Biden referenced gun manufacturers then looked into the camera and said, “I’m going to take you down.”

4x Felon, Working As Security Guard, Executes Customer For Not Wearing Mask, Claims Self-Defense

H/T Concealed Nation.

This thug should have never been in possession of a firearm.

We would need a bigger blog, a faster server, and a lot more staff if TTAG detailed everything wrong with Murder City, USA. However, the story of a liquor store that hired a four-time convicted felon (and registered sex offender) to provide armed security surely is exceptional in more ways than one.

Chester Holmes, 42, got a gig working armed security for a liquor store in Chicago.  According the CPD, things went south when a maskless customer walked into the store.  Holmes reportedly ordered the man to mask up and the customer seems to have declined the directive from the vigilant guard.

Screencap from Illinois State Police website by Boch.

A quick search of Illinois’ sex offender database shows Mr. Holmes earned a conviction for sexually abusing a 16-year-old female when he was 24. He’s listed as a sexual predator.  Suffice it to say with four felonies to his credit, he didn’t have a valid FOID card, much less the wallet full of licenses needed to legitimately work an armed security job.

One thing led to another inside the store and cops say Mr. Holmes shot the non-compliant customer. Holmes then followed the wounded customer outside the shop and shot him until the customer was no longer at risk of spreading COVID. Or breathing.

At arraignment, through his public defender, Mr. Holmes claimed he shot the maskless customer in self-defense, claiming that the 28-year-old maskless man would infect everyone with COVID and leave them all to die of the flu-like disease. The public defender then noted that the sexual predator “has a big heart and is a kind-hearted man.”

The judge didn’t buy it. Even in Chicago’s famously forgiving criminal justice system. Mr. Holmes earned the rarity of being held without bail in Cook County Jail pending his trial.  That right there is a miracle in today’s Cook County court system.

CWB Chicago has some of the story:

“The victim fled the store, fell outside, followed by the defendant [who], according to the surveillance video, shot a second time. The defendant then paces back and forth and shot a third time,” Marubio said before ordering 42-year-old Chester Holmes held without bail.

Holmes, who is barred from possessing a weapon because he is a four-time convicted felon and registered child sex offender, was working as an armed security guard at the store on the 6000 block of South Racine when a 28-year-old man walked in without a COVID mask around 9:53 am. Monday, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Darryl Auguste.

Holmes and the victim argued about the mask policy and the victim eventually left. He then turned around and walked back in. When he did, Holmes met him with a drawn handgun and shot him, Auguste said.

The victim fell to the ground outside the store.

Holmes, who defense attorney Jonathan Feldman said “has a big heart and is a kind-hearted man,” shot the man again, then paced around and shot him a third time before running away, according to Auguste. The victim, who was shot in the stomach, arm, and leg, was taken to a hospital where surgeons removed part of his intestines, Auguste said.

The moral of the story: not all security guards are properly licensed and vetted. Act accordingly if you have to interact with one, especially in sketchy locations. Like the nation’s third largest city.

NRA Calls Attempts To Shut It Down “Unwarranted”

H/T Bearing Arms.

If  Letitia James is successful in shutting down the NRA no gun rights organization will be safe from such political vendettas.

The NRA describes itself as the nation’s oldest civil rights organization in the country, and that’s not an inaccurate claim. It’s been around for a long time, and though its history may have been marred by capitulation to the anti-Second Amendment forces in the nation at certain times, it still ended becoming the boogieman for every gun control fan in the country.

Unfortunately, its days may be numbered if New York Attorney General Letitia James has her way about it.

She’s currently trying to force the courts to shut down the group. The NRA, unsurprisingly, is saying that such an effort is uncalled for.

The National Rifle Association urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James, saying she hasn’t shown rampant misconduct by top executives. Even if she could prove her claims, they would mean the NRA was a victim and that James’ push to dissolve the guns-rights group is misguided, it argued in a court filing.

James is seeking the NRA’s “corporate death” over allegations that executives at the New York-chartered nonprofit misused millions of dollars of assets, the organization said Wednesday in a court filing. The attorney general sued in state court last year and amended her complaint after the NRA’s failed attempt to declare bankruptcy and move to Texas.

“Even if the disputed allegations against the individual defendants were true, the NRA itself, its Board, and its members were the victims of the wrongdoing, not the perpetrators,” the organization argued. “It would be a fundamental miscarriage of justice — and contrary to New York law — to punish the NRA’s 5 million members by dissolving the NRA.”

James has failed to provide evidence that the NRA, longtime leader Wayne LaPierre and three executives diverted millions of dollars in assets to themselves, the group said. The NRA also said the attorney general hasn’t provided support for her claims that LaPierre improperly controls the 76-member board of directors. The NRA repeated an earlier claim that James had a “political vendetta” against the group.

I mean, she called the NRA a terrorist organization, so yeah, I’d say she has a vendetta against them. If that doesn’t work against her, I don’t know what would.

As for the NRA’s claim, they make a fair point.

Now, I haven’t looked at what’s been happening in court in and of itself. I just know what the media has revealed, much of which I suspect was provided by a certain disgruntled former employee. How much of that is completely accurate remains to be seen and how much of that is the basis for the court case also remains to be seen.

However, what I can tell you, though, is that what the NRA’s attorneys are saying about the possibility of them being true is dead-on accurate. If there’s been mismanagement of funds within the NRA, then the group and its membership are victims. They’ve been stolen from and James is essentially trying to get the death penalty for an armed robbery victim.

This wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t for the fact that James loathes the NRA’s mission. She supports gun control and figures that if she gets the NRA out of the way, her party can successfully ram through whatever agenda they want, so she’s pouncing on the idea that she can kill the organization.

I’m sure the fact that it would put her on a sure path toward higher office isn’t hurting her motivation, either.

Regardless, the legal mechanisms James is trying to use exist for organizations that are little more than scams, not groups that have been effectively accomplishing their mission since 1871.

James doesn’t care about that, though. She’s only worried about settling that vendetta.

 

Defending Roommates from a Determined Intruder – Armed Citizen Stories

H/T AmmoLand.

The person with the gun did what they needed to do to keep everyone safe.

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U.S.A. –(AmmoLand.com)- We start with this local news story out of California, Maryland, and reported by TheBayNet.com.

It is almost midnight when you hear your roommates call out. Someone is trying to get into the house. They heard someone at the windows and at the back door. You get your gun. A few seconds later, a stranger kicks through the front door. He rushes in and you try to push him back outside. He fights you. You shoot your attacker until he stops.

 

You back up and call 911. You put your gun away. EMS tries to life-flight your attacker to the hospital, but bad weather keeps the aircraft on the ground. You and your roommates give a statement to the police. Your attacker is transported to the hospital where he dies.

You look in the news the next day. You notice that your attacker already had a mugshot.

Comments:

These roommates made themselves safer before they heard something strange outside. One of the roommates decided that they live in a dangerous world and they got a firearm. Like storing a fire extinguisher, they stored their firearm so it was both secure and immediately accessible when it was needed. They stored their gun in a condition so that it could be used as soon as they grabbed it.

Let’s stop here before we go on. We have millions of new gun owners who are trying to figure out how to live with a gun in their home. They bought a gun for personal protection. Many of them have roommates. What should they do now?

Learning to live with a gun is a process as much as it was to learn to own and drive a car. You didn’t learn everything from the car salesman.

Of course you want to talk to the clerk at the gun shop. Ask him about options for safe storage. Maybe there is a local gun club or shooting range. You probably know someone who owns a gun. Ask them for information. You need information that applies to you and your situation.

This attack took place in the state of Maryland where it is always difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get a “wear and carry” permit. You want to learn how you might carry at home and at work. It is good advice to shop for a holster as you shop for your firearm. You also want to learn how you must transport your firearm to be within the law. We also have to learn how to store our firearm when we’re not wearing it.

Welcome to the gun culture. There are many small things to learn. It is a series of small steps rather than one giant leap.

The news article doesn’t say how the gun was stored. We want it both safe and accessible. Many new gun owners imagine that they can store their gun unloaded so it is safe and yet have quick access to it because it is sitting on their top-shelf. They think that replaces a holster during the day, and replaces a rapid access gun-safe at night.  In a word, NO!

Yes, you want to store your gun when it is not on your body. No, the top shelf of your clothes closet is not safe storage. The dilemma is that either anyone who walks in can grab the gun, or the gun isn’t useful because the ammunition is stored separately and it takes time to assemble. If you think the top of the shelf really works for you, then load your magazine with snap caps and set an alarm. When the alarm goes off at 2 am see how long it takes you to have a “loaded” firearm in your hands..even though it is loaded with dummy rounds.

I suggest that new gun owners shop for a rapid-access firearm safe. They run about $100. I know that is another hundred dollars you could spend on training. It is another hundred you could spend on ammunition and practice. 

You bought a gun so that you and the people you live with would be safer; that includes safe storage of the firearm.

If you know a new gun owner who is undecided about safe storage, then send them this article.

What else did our defenders do correctly? We have to recognize that they locked their doors. That gave them warning when the intruder had to try every door and window. The defenders also sounded an alarm. There is a temptation, particularly in the middle of the night, to assume that everything is fine and to pretend that an unusual sound was meaningless and harmless. The defenders did the uncomfortable thing and raised an alarm. Next, our defender moved toward the sound rather than staying locked in his room and leaving the other roommates to fend for themselves.

We have to stop again to avoid misunderstanding. There are good reasons that a safety plan might be for every roommate to lock themselves in their room and call 911. What works for me might not work for you. What worked, in this case, might not be the best plan for your living situation. At least get-together and answer the who, what, when, where, and how of defense.

The best solution is to talk to the people you live with and build a safety plan together.

It also sounds like the defenders shouted for the intruder to stop and get out. They confronted the intruder and tried to push him back outside. That is dangerous, but critically important. The gun was their last resort. They only used a lethal tool after less lethal methods failed.

The defender shot because he was attacked in his home, a place he had every legal right to be. He stopped shooting when the offender stopped attacking him. When you go to a self-defense class someone will inevitably ask how many shots they should fire. The accurate answer is that you shoot until you can stop shooting. We have to justify every shot we fire.

Shoot when you face an immediate, unavoidable, and lethal threat. Stop shooting when the threat becomes delayed, avoidable, or non-lethal. 

The defenders stayed at the scene of the crime. This is where multiple defenders are an advantage. Someone should watch the attacker to make sure the scene remains safe. Someone should check to make sure the defenders are not hurt or to assess the degree of injury. Someone should call 911, and someone should guide the police to the scene. You’re going to run out of hands if you try to do all that by yourself.

If I didn’t mention that you should have a safety plan with your roommates, then let me mention that now. It is less important who does what job so long as you remember the tasks to be accomplished and keep working. If only one of you is trained with a gun, then the remaining roommates are unarmed when that roommate is away from home. You don’t know who will be where when the door is kicked in, and you don’t know whose phone will have a dead battery. Yes, some of you may be better with a phone but it would be best if each of you could perform any task.

The person on the phone should give warning before the police arrive. Be sure to put your gun away before the police enter your home. In general, it is a good idea to holster your firearm as soon as you can and the scene is safe. 

When they arrive, you will be separated from your roommates and questioned by the deputies. This is where you want to keep your statements simple and factual.

We were here in our home. He broke in. There is the broken door. We tried to push him back out. He fought with me. I had to defend myself and others. I’ll fill out a complaint and testify against the intruder. I’ll cooperate, but first I want to speak with my attorney.

If the deputy says you should seek medical treatment then do so. Besides getting treatment, the doctor’s report identifies the number and extent of your injuries. Let the full report come later after you’ve spoken to your lawyer. This approach is particularly important since you have roommates. In theory, each of you saw the same thing and said the same thing. In practice, any variation can be called a contradiction that calls your testimony into question.  

Have a lawyer and plan to use him. You covered that in your safety plan, didn’t you?

Paper: Most Firearm Offenses in Illinois are for Firearms Possession by Black Men

H/T AmmoLand.

The racist roots of gun control are showing.

 

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- In a paper published at Loyola University Chicago, describing the make-up of people convicted for firearms possession, few surprises are found. These are the major findings listed in the executive summary of the paper, published in July of 2021. From luc.edu:

1) The majority of felony firearm possession convictions in Illinois occur in Cook County, primarily involve Black men, and are disproportionately concentrated in specific Chicago neighborhoods;

2) The majority—52%–of felony firearm possession convictions in Illinois involved Class X, 2, or 3 felony offenses of a person with a prior felony conviction possessing a firearm; 34% involved a Class 4 felony offense;

3) For the least serious felony firearm possession offense (e.g., a Class 4 felony), one-third (33%) of the statewide convictions stemmed from arrests in 11 of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Of those convicted of a Class 4 felony firearm possession offense, 74% were 18-24 year-olds;

4) As a result of increased arrests, and mandatory prison sentences for most firearm possession offenses, prison admissions for these crimes increased 27% between 2014 and 2019, while admissions for all other crimes fell 38%;

5) Legislative changes in 2011 and 2018 to Class 4 felony firearm possession offenses primarily impacted sentencing practices in Cook County;

6) Of those firearm possession offenses where prison is not mandatory under all circumstances (i.e., the Class 4 felony offenses), those convicted in Cook County were more likely to be sentenced to prison than in the rest of Illinois;

7) The vast majority of those sentenced to prison for firearm possession offenses were not arrested for a violent crime within 3 years of release from prison. Having a prior conviction for a violent crime was a stronger predictor of a subsequent arrest for a violent crime, and the majority of those convicted and sentenced to prison for firearm possession offenses do not have prior convictions for violent crimes;

8) Those sentenced to probation or prison in Cook County for a Class 4 firearm possession offense had similar, and relatively low, rates of arrests for a violent crime within 3 years of sentencing after taking into account other characteristics correlated with recidivism, including age, sex, and prior criminal history.

Many young black men are being arrested for firearms possession. These men are mostly from the most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. Most of these men would rather take the chance of being arrested compared to the chance of being defenseless when attacked. Some of these cases are arrests when the firearm is being used in defense of self and others. We do not know the percentage.

 

Firearm Possession Sentencing in Illinois by AmmoLand Shooting Sports News on Scribd

From AmmoLand.com:

On Monday, 22 March, in Chicago, 15 people were recorded as being shot. Three of them were killed. One of those shot is recorded as acting in self-defense, on the South Side of Chicago.

In the gun culture, the phrase is: better tried by 12 than carried by 6.

Many of the arrests are for not having a Firearms Owner Identification card (FOID). The requirement to apply to the state to obtain permission to own a firearm is repugnant to the Second Amendment. From AmmoLand.com:

Judge T. Scott Webb, of White County, Illinois, Found the requirement to obtain a (FOID) before owning a firearm in Illinois, to be unconstitutional.

Gun Control in the United States has racist roots. The purpose of gun control was to disarm disfavored minorities, so the establishment could better control them. At first, this was mostly applied to black people. As time went on, it was applied to more and more people.

Black people have been severely discriminated against in their legal ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Once someone is convicted of felony gun possession, their chance of ever regaining their ability to legally exercise Second Amendment rights is almost non-existent.

This sets up a vicious feedback loop, where people in dysfunctional black communities do not trust the police. They do not get FOID cards or concealed carry licenses. They are arrested for carrying for self-defense. They are now felons. The distrust of the police and the system grows.

Shall issue permits only started gaining ground in the late 1980s. Constitutional Carry stated increasing in 2003.

The establishment in Chicago has done everything it can to perpetuate this cycle. There is not a single public range in Chicago, because of local government restrictions. Certified shooting instruction is required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Illinois. The wait time for concealed carry permits and FOID cards is measured in months, approaching years. For a young man of 18, who faces daily threats to his life in the worst of Chicago neighborhoods, carrying legally becomes an impossibility.

Because legal carry and training are exceedingly arduous in Chicago, maintaining a gun culture of responsibility and training becomes difficult, unlike much of the rest of the United States.

Training and legal exercise of Second Amendment rights could help reverse this cycle. From foxnews.com:

After last week’s appearance at CPAC, Toure told Politico that he began advocating for gun rights in the inner cities after seeing friends locked up for avoidable gun possession charges. He wants to continue the legacy of Malcolm X, the black nationalist who was assassinated in 1965, who expressed softer views on race following his pilgrimage to the holy Muslim city of Mecca.

“We go where there’s high violence, high crime, high gun control — high slave mentalities, to be perfectly honest — and inform urban America about their human right, as stated in the Second Amendment, to defend their life,” Toure told the magazine.

In spite of the barriers, some black people in the dysfunctional neighborhoods are legally arming themselves. They serve as examples of how people can protect themselves legally and have the police as allies instead of adversaries. Former Police Chief James Craig in Detroit, and Sheriff Clarke in Milwaukee County, earned much praise for championing concealed carry as a way to stop crime.

Trust in the police is paramount. Trust has to be earned. It is a feedback loop. Where there is trust in the police, crime drops too low levels. Where police are not trusted, crime rises astronomically.

The BLM and Antifa platforms seem calculated to destroy trust in the police. They appear designed to move the United States from a high trust nation to a low trust nation.

Examples of high trust nations would be Switzerland or Canada. Examples of low-trust nations would be Mexico or South Africa.

It is possible to have a high trust nation like the United States, with pockets of low trust communities, such as we exist today. Those who wish to see the United States in chaos or destroyed, are working hard to increase and spread distrust.

Hoplophobia: The Four Types of Gun Phobia

Common phobic responses including hoplophobia (a term Marine Col. Jeff Cooper said he first coined in1966), the morbid, irrational fear of weapons, firearms, guns, knives, military, police, legally armed law-abiding citizens, etc., are usually viewed as learned behavioral responses. Bad learning. Not useful. In extreme cases, a phobic response can seriously get in the way of a person’s life! In much milder forms, people can choose to just live with it. For example, a fear of flying could be seriously problematic, depending on one’s occupation or lifestyle. Fear of snakes and alligators, not so much, unless you live in Florida. But then again, you should have some fear of alligators. In other words, it all depends on who, what, where, your personal life, and the degree of the bad learning. Other causes exist too.

The bad news is: when irrational thoughts and seriously limiting beliefs get well-conditioned and reinforced regardless of causation, they will absolutely seem to get increasingly real and powerful to even otherwise moderately functional people. That’s the trap. It’s like quicksand. And some people may have much greater loss of functionality, depending on many factors. It can become enormously limiting by changing people’s thinking, their behaviors, their lives in many ways, always for the worse! It can even affect others. For example, a Second Amendment advocate would have a next to impossible time of it if married to a hoplophobe. Similarly, a person with hoplophobia should never be voted into a position where they can either set firearm policy laws or enforce them. That would be certain, absolute disaster!

The good news is: if and when a great flood of more useful, wiser dominant thoughts are backed up with more powerful motivations, emotions, new life-saving needs and skills, learnings and unconscious resources, with high desire and genuine willingness, old learnings can indeed get extinguished and replaced. Thus “change” can become much more irresistible than that older, bad learning. When that happens, the newer, stronger, more resourceful dominant thoughts will win the day. And a great day it will be! And when that happens with hoplophobia … voilà … we will have new, highly motivated gun owners! And smarter, more well-informed voters! At least, that’s the formula. It is my hope that more and more people, including Jews, will undergo this very transformation. Let’s face it, without a well-informed electorate, we will lose!

Now more bad news: While irrational bad learning like hoplophobia is not necessarily permanent, it easily can be, and sadly usually is. But where there is a sincere motivation, a powerful meaning and new learning, there is at least, hope.

Hoplophobia is most common with Leftists. With today’s American Marxists (as “The Great One” Mark Levin so accurately calls them), it is absolutely a mandatory, foundational, knee-jerk response! The political pressures are way too strong! They irrationally both hate and blame the gun itself (an inanimate object), not the crazies and criminals who use them. They believe that by taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens, all our problems will magically go away. In other words, the gun itself did it! Guns have evil intent! They will never understand that our right to defend ourselves comes from G-d, not man. The Second Amendment is meant to STOP the government, wayward politicians and law-makers, from taking our rights away. They have it all hopelessly backwards. For us, this is profoundly dangerous!

Hoplophobes aren’t necessarily bad people. They aren’t automatically sick people, though some are decidedly bad, sick, and even evil, as are those who head their Democrat party. They are wholly uninformed about the Second Amendment and guns. They are rigid, stuck, ideological people. It’s their false, bad learning about all things Second Amendment that gets deeply invested in them, in many ways. When this happens, beliefs get deeply rooted in cognitive concrete. And below that concrete is the bottomless quicksand of fiercely wanting to be right and demanding their way so they can have POWER and CONTROL over everyone else. It’s all for the greater good of the collective. Individual rights not only don’t matter, they must be stripped away don’t cha know. Death to the individual. Long live the collective.

More than knowing next to nothing about that which they seek to dominate and rule, hardcore hoplophobes will never learn by listening to reason or indisputable facts. They don’t know they don’t know, what they don’t know. And they profoundly don’t care! All that matters is POWER and CONTROL. And they want it all. That criminals will be emboldened and innocent lives will be lost because of their ignorance and selfishness, laws and policies, is most unfortunate. It’s called collateral damage. But that is not their prime directive. All that matters is POWER and CONTROL. And they want it all.

Hoplophobes very often become hysterical and present the worst symptoms as those with any hardcore phobic response. Trying to explain anything factual to a hardcore hoplophobe is all but guaranteed to be a hopeless battle, one that generates a recitation of false talking points escalating into yelling and screaming. In other words, it’s a complete waste of time. One will find greater company when discussing quantum mechanics with a brick wall.

Most importantly, hoplophobia is a totally FUNCTIONAL phobic response. It is highly PURPOSEFUL. From a political standpoint, the ever-present “gain” of it all, is POWER and CONTROL over those who are meant to sit down, shut up, and obey their rulers. Here’s why …

American Marxists not only hate the Second Amendment, they hate the Constitution, individual liberty, individual rights, our history, our traditions, capitalism, religion, the family unit … they hate America herself! They want to tear it down in its entirety and reimagine it their way. And what’s going to replace all our foundations? Why the American Marxist government, of course! That’s the way of the American Marxist!

If these people ever get absolute total control (and they are well on their way), they can and will cram their beliefs, demands, rules, regulations, their entire power trip of total domination, right down the throats and back up the other end of all Americans. Our rights, beliefs, traditions and liberties will be gone, as will the constitutional and historical foundations of our very country! Our America will be gone. The Second Amendment, like the First, will be among the very first to go.

The Cloward and Piven “overload, collapse and destroy the system from within” theory works, and they know it. The Second Amendment that protects our right to defend ourselves (that comes from G-d, not government), is but one piece of a much greater whole. The truth is, we are already in more than serious trouble and at more than tremendous risk. We have been for some time and it’s getting worse every single day. It’s happening right here, right now, right before our eyes. If one is awake and not woke, you can’t miss it. We are not looking into the abyss. We are tragically, already very much in the abyss!

I must quickly add, this transformational change I am rooting for is only for apolitical hoplophobes. American Marxists are automatically, by definition, foundational hoplophobes who detest from the innermost core of their secular beings, the very idea of G-d, much less a G-d given right, and the freedom and liberty of people to defend their very lives with a gun. This is all very much part of their default setting.

Foundational hoplophobes are all political hacks and beyond all hope. They can be exceptionally evil. They don’t deserve contemptuous pity as some have suggested. What does a person, for example, with an adverse phobic response to public speaking or being enclosed in an MRI deserve? I say, understanding, without judgment. Snark isn’t going to promote understanding and cool headed analysis of the situation. Snark may feel good in the moment, but it doesn’t do anything to help win the battle. And it is a battle! The only way to deal with American Marxists who hate the Second Amendment and want to take away our rights, is to defeat them at the ballot box. More conversations and debate will be useless. There is no middle ground nor reaching across the aisle. We are way too divided. We have nothing in common. And the Second Amendment is a very small part of our ever-escalating uncivil, Civil War.

REMEMBER: THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH AMERICAN MARXISTS AND FOUNDATIONAL HOPLOPHOBES IS TO DEFEAT THEM AT THE BALLOT BOX!

So as I see it, there are FOUR TYPES OF HOPLOPHOBES.

Type One – A severe case of hoplophobia with genuine, full-blown, recognizable mind-body symptoms, well-known in the literature. They hate guns and will do everything in their power to take away the G-d given Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding citizens, like you. They could seek professional help, but it is much more likely that they would never ever even consider it. They are firmly set in the concrete. Deep in the quicksand. They do not believe what you believe. They do not want what you want. And they most probably never will.

REMEMBER: HOPLOPHOBES MUST BE DEFEATED AT THE BALLOT BOX!

Type Two – A mild case of hoplophobia, but still unlikely to seek help. Fear of guns and all the rest, but they aren’t necessarily out to take away the rights of others. They might personally avoid certain situations, probably don’t watch COPS, are OK with others maintaining their right of self-defense, but probably will still insist that 2A rights come from the government, and not from G-d. They more than likely believe that Karl Marx was right when he wrote that “religion is the opium of the people.”

Type Three – This purely functional hoplophobe is a fake. They are like the song from the 1950’s: The Great Pretender. With them, it is 100% philosophical and political. So when they act out a symptom, it’s all a lie, a con. It’s a show meant to defeat you! They want their American Marxist party to prevail in ruling and regulating the hell out of all Second Amendment proponents. They want taxation, regulation, and confiscation (the big three), but they are just acting the part because they want that confiscation end game they dream of. It’s all virtue signaling, to the max!

Type Four – This is the mild case of hoplophobia where the person has come to a time and place in their life where they may and can truly decide, that they seriously want to make a significant change. They may seek initial help from their Primary Care Physician and get a quality referral. Or maybe, just maybe, strong, dynamic individuals can finally outgrow it all by themselves, by sensing and heeding a strong message from life, realize what it means, and then have the inner strength to finally outgrow the old Lefty lies and propaganda from the political hacks on PMSNBC and the like. Those talking heads don’t know their asses from the barrel of a gun. But they sure know how to recite their hateful, toxic talking points of pure poisoned propaganda, lying, lying, and lying, night, after night, after night. Why do they do it, besides to draw a salary? In order to keep their small audience hopelessly misinformed, devilishly lied to, and all ginned up!

So there you have it …

Types One, Two, and Four are genuinely conditioned, FULLY AUTOMATIC, ASSAULT BEHAVIOR. The assault behavior is against you, your 2A rights, and your personal liberty! The phobic response is automatic.

Type Three is the fake. It is a SEMI-AUTOMATIC, ASSAULT BEHAVIOR. The assault behavior is against you, your 2A rights, and your personal liberty! This fake phobic response is not automatic but consciously chosen, just as one would consciously choose to pull a revolver’s hammer back to cock it for single action.

Interestingly, we 2A people well understand the difference between automatic and semi-automatic. In this paper, I and we certainly do. If the theory fits … use it! Sadly, American Marxists never understand the difference of most anything, and somehow, a 5 shot, 38 Special magically becomes an “assault pistol,” and a basic hunting rifle, an “assault weapon” as used in the theater of war. Ignorance on parade!

Lastly, if a hoplophobe is robbed or worse, his own assault behavior could literally become a self-affliction! That’s exactly right. His own assault behavior could be self-afflicted and render him impotent against the criminals and crazies of the world! Tragically, without any self-defense options, the outcome could be deadly!

Type Five – After decades of research, I recently discovered that there actually is a fifth type of hoplophobia involving those who got fixated by watching too many TV reruns from the ’30’s, ’40’s, and ’50’s of the famous cowboy Hopalong Cassidy and his horse, Topper. It seems that these always functional hoplophobes got too close to Topper … and his droppings! They stepped right in it, slipped, fell, and rolled around good and long, before getting up. And for this reason, to this very day, if you look at the bottom of all functional hoplophobes’ shoes and their clothes, you will always see the clearest evidence of exactly what I mean. It is unmistakable! But as with the leaders of their Democrat party, there really is no need to visually inspect the bottom of their shoes or their clothes. There is instead one very simple test. One single, deep inhalation will more than confirm the matter. Now since I can not positively, 100% confirm that Hoplophobes all got their name by standing too close to Hopalong Cassidy’s horse, evidently rolling around with great zest and adventure while good old Topper was relieving himself, as a sincere researcher, I can not officially count it as a certified fifth type of hoplophobia. But nonetheless, it is true. There is absolutely no doubt about it. Don’t doubt me!

To seriously misquote John Keats and his good old, Ode on a Grecian Urn …

“Crap is crap, crap crap. Don’t step in it. Learn to walk around it.
That is all you know on earth cowboy, and all you need to know.”

REMEMBER: REGARDLESS OF TYPE, THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH BOTH FOUNDATIONAL HOPLOPHOBES AND AMERICAN MARXISTS IS TO DEFEAT THEM AT THE BALLOT BOX!

American Marxism is very much like a metastasizing cancer.
It is a terminal disease.
No country has ever survived any form of it.

Following my article proper, I will share a post by J. KB which will show that highly motivated Type Four hoplophobes indeed can change. Seeking a good therapist can often get seriously motivated people the good help they need if and when they seriously want to outgrow their bad learning. Psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis, medication, and other options are available. The point is, there is hope … even though I fully admit it is only for a small minority of people with this particular learned phobic response. Hoplophobia is just too well-rooted and supported by the American Marxist party (formerly the Democrat party), the media (a branch of the American Marxist party), most cable news stations (branches of the American Marxist party), network news stations (branches of the American Marxist party), Big Tech (a branch of the American Marxist party), the teachers union (a branch of the American Marxist party), etc. Yes, they are seriously in our educational system (to brainwash and ruin the kids when they’re young), our health care, our military, and most everywhere else.

We must take Mark Levin’s advice and be like modern-day
Thomas Paine pamphleteers to get the word out!
All our rights and liberties hang in the balance!

Things happen in life because of causes and conditions. We know this. The truth is and always is, when certain satisfactory causes and conditions are present and become ripe for change, great learning and transformation is always possible from within our shared human condition. And that’s a good thing. It’s a very good thing. It’s the best part of the very best to be found in man’s nature. Indeed, in life itself.

Is any of this possible transformation a certainty? … POSITIVELY NOT!
Will it be easy? … ABSOLUTELY NEVER!
The enemy is insidious.
It gets stronger and more harmful every day.

Freud was spot on about resistance and defense mechanisms. But if and when (and never one without the other) causes and conditions permit it, human change is most often at least a possibility, a hope, and if you like and dare to silently think it so the Thought Police don’t arrest you, jail you, fire you, cancel you, or otherwise try to ruin your life … it’s worth a prayer!

As the kids say, “now that’s the change I’m talking about!” Keep reading and we’ll see some evidence of great change in action!

The following article alluded to earlier, recently posted by J. KB on a blog called Gun Free Zone, speaks exactly to my point. The examples given should be an inspirational call to action for many. As I always say … one can hope.

Stay safe. Stay free.
Stay awake. Not woke.
And always at the ready!

© 2021 Copyright William Barclay Masterson

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Asian Community Responds to Violence by Buying Guns
by J. KB

Six months ago, Svetlana Kim was so scared of guns, she couldn’t even look at an image of one without feeling anxious.

If she was home watching a movie that suddenly depicted gun violence, the 47-year-old accountant would scramble to hit the fast-forward button on the remote. If she couldn’t skip the scene, she would shut her eyes, and her husband would gently put his hand over hers until the scene was over. Kim knew it was just a movie, but in those moments, she couldn’t help but feel like she was in the victim’s shoes, staring the shooter in the eye.

“My brain was always signaling danger. I just felt like, it’s here, it’s present,” says Kim, who blames empathy and imagination for her visceral reaction, since she has never personally experienced gun violence. “It was bad like that, and I couldn’t control it.”

That all changed when something scarier came along. Months into the pandemic, people who looked like Kim were being shoved and kicked to the ground, punched, stabbed and slashed, while doing everyday activities like walking around the neighborhood, shopping and riding buses and trains. One after another, unprovoked, racist attacks against Asian Americans being unfairly blamed for the COVID-19 virus started to increase in major U.S. cities. Kim wondered if she could be the next victim.

“It was a turning point when I saw that people just randomly got attacked based on their race,” says Kim, a Korean American, who lives in Downey, Calif.

On March 3, Kim went from being a “really anti-gun person” to the new owner of a Springfield Armory handgun.

After months of rising anti-Asian hatred, many others like Kim are having a change of heart about firearms. Tired of relying on bystanders for aid that sometimes never comes, more Asian Americans are bucking entrenched cultural perceptions of guns and overcoming language barriers to help fuel a spike in U.S. gun ownership. While there is no official data on firearm purchases by Asian Americans, a survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) indicated that Asian Americans bought 42% more firearms and ammunition in the first six months of 2020 than they did in the same timeframe the year before. At Jimmy’s Sportshop in Mineola, N.Y., where guns and pepper spray have been flying off the shelves since the pandemic, gun purchases by Asian buyers have surged 100% due to recent fears of attacks, according to Jimmy Gong and Jay Zeng, the shop’s Chinese-American owners.

Asians have been historically underrepresented among gun owners, so much so that major national demographic surveys conducted on gun ownership trends in the past have left out Asians as a category entirely. A 2013 NSSF report on diversity found some reasons why. About 35% said gun ownership negatively impacts their ethnic community, while 38% said owning a firearm is not desirable in their culture, according to the report, which was based on a national survey of 6,000 white, Black, Hispanic and Asian adults. That was true for Reduta, who waited a year to tell his family that he had bought a gun. Kim still has not shared the news with her two sisters.

“Asians never like guns,” says David Liu, another gun shop owner who has seen a spike in his Arcadia, Calif. business. “They only buy guns after they’ve become a victim.”

I suspect that the Asian community was never that into guns because in most Asian countries, legal civilian gun ownership is either extremely restricted or non-existent.

Asian immigrants, therefore, have very little in the way of native gun culture.

The last line “They only buy guns after they’ve become a victim” is a significant point. Even though the Asian community might not have a gun culture when they are threatened they adapt and arm themselves.

Good.

No community targeted for violence should be at the mercy of their attackers.

Meet force with force and defend yourself.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know where I am going to go next with this.

The Jewish community in America needs to take note of this. Like the Asian community, the Jewish community has little to no native gun culture, having been systematically disarmed in Europe and then concentrated in non-gun-friendly locations like New York City. And like the Asian community, we are also being targeted for hate crimes. It’s time the Jewish community arm itself as well, to be prepared to face violence with violence and end the attacks that threaten us.

Which Weapons Are Most Commonly Used for Homicides?

H/T JPFO.

I can not get the chart to copy use the link above to see it.

The above image (click on it then keyboard ‘F’ to reveal full size) is the start of a large detailed infographic compiled from 2019 FBI data, comparing figures for different weapons’ usage in homicides, including a “by state” analysis. It shows how the much condemned rifles feature very low compared with hand guns, but also shows significant figures for non-firearm homicide weapons, which are frequently overlooked. (Download the large image file for reference if required.)

Thanks to the Jocelyn Law Firm:—

With the renewed push by the federal government for an ‘assault weapons’ ban, we couldn’t help but wonder, just how often are ‘assault rifles’ really to blame for crimes? More specifically, how often are they used as murder weapons when compared to all of the other types of weapons available?

Using FBI homicide statistics from the 2019 Crime in the United States report, the insights team at the Joslyn Law Firm charted out how often different types of weapons were used in homicides in the U.S.

Of the 16,425 homicides that occurred in 2019, the FBI was able to collect supplemental data for 13,922 of them, which is what our data is based on. The weapon types are broken down into the different types of firearms: handguns, rifles, shotguns, and a category for homicides in which the type of firearm was unknown. It also compares the number of homicides that were committed by non-firearm weapons such as knives or cutting instruments as well as bodily weapons, which include people’s hands, fists, and feet. Non-firearm weapons were used for one-quarter of all homicides in the United States.

Would a ban on ‘assault rifles’ actually help to curb the violence? With rifles being a relatively uncommon type of weapon used in homicides in the United States, an ‘assault rifle’ ban may not make much difference when it comes to the number of murders that occur. Homicides are overwhelmingly committed using handguns; they were found to be the most common murder weapon for nearly half of all homicides in the United States in 2019. Even hands, fists, and feet are used to commit homicide almost twice as often as a rifle is.

An NIH study that investigated the levels of criminal activity committed with assault weapons or other high-capacity semiautomatics also found that these types of weapons are only being used in a small percentage of crimes: “Assault weapons (primarily assault-type rifles) account for 2-12% of guns used in crime in general (most estimates suggest less than 7%).” Wouldn’t all of the time, money, and resources being used to push for an assault rifle ban be better used elsewhere, such as creating a better mental health-care system that is accessible to those that need it most?

New Colorado Gun Control Law In Effect, But Don’t Expect Criminals To Notice

H/T Bearing Arms.

Gun laws only have an impact on law abiding citizens.

In 2013, Democrats in Colorado approved a package of gun control laws, including a ban on so-called large capacity magazines, universal background checks, and more. Since then the state has only gotten more restrictive when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms, but while the left is cracking down on legal gun owners, violent crime continues to climb. In fact, Denver is on pace to top last year’s homicide totals, which were already the highest in three decades.

Now Colorado’s newest gun control law is in effect; one that will supposedly cut down on the ability of thieves to steal firearms. In reality though, I don’t expect that criminals will notice the new law at all.

The Isabella Joy Thallas Act, a gun control measure requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within five days of realizing that they’re missing, goes into effect Tuesday.

SB21-078 was signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis in April, and through an amendment, the bill was renamed as the “Isabella Joy Thallas Act” in honor of the woman who was murdered on June 10, 2020 while she and her boyfriend were walking their dog outside of their apartment in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood.

The high-powered semi-automatic rifle used in the killing was stolen.

9Wants to Know confirmed earlier this year that an AK-47-style rifle belonging to former Denver police officer Sgt. Daniel Politica somehow ended up in the hands of the suspect accused of shooting and killing Thallas. Politica resigned from the Denver Police Department March 13.

Politica reported his rifle stolen when he discovered it was missing, but that wasn’t until nearly two weeks after the shooting took place. The former police officer is facing a civil suit filed by Thallas’ father and boyfriend, who both claim that Politica was negligent in not keeping his rifle locked up and secured in his home.

Thallas’ death is tragic, but the person responsible for her murder is the guy who allegedly stole Politica’s rifle and used it in the shooting. As for the new law that bears her name, I’m still not sure why supporters believe it will do anything at all to prevent future gun thefts.

A first offense for failure to make such a report is a civil infraction punishable by a $25 fine, and a second or subsequent offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

The bill requires a law enforcement agency that receives a report to enter information about the lost or stolen firearm into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and report the information to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Now, the vast majority of gun owners who discover that one or more of their guns has gone missing are going to inform police; not because of the prospect of a $25 fine but because they’ve been the victim of a crime. The Democrats who pushed bill through the statehouse in Colorado say that tens of thousands of guns have been stolen in Colorado in recent years, but to the best of my knowledge they’ve never said how many of those thefts were never reported to police.

This is another “soundbite solution” to Colorado’s crime problem; something that may sound good coming out of the mouths of lawmakers, but actually does little to no good at preventing crime or increasing public safety. Denver isn’t seeing a 30-year high in homicides because legal gun owners aren’t reporting burglaries or thefts to police. According to Denver police drugs, domestic violence, and gangs are sending crime rates soaring.

A review of police documents in cases with an arrest shows a wide array of alleged motives. Fights between couples that escalated to violence. A drive-by shooting allegedly committed with a baby in the backseat of the vehicle.

Denver police Cmdr. Matt Clark said 13 of the 39 homicide cases so far this year were linked to drugs, which is the same number of drug-related homicides recorded in all 2020. The cases include drug deals gone awry, planned robbery of drugs and disputes over narcotic use or purity, he said.

“We seeing these cases across all the hard narcotic drugs: methamphetamine, heroin, oxy, fentanyl,” he said.

Domestic violence, too, has spiked compared to last year. Eight people, including a 1-month-old baby, have been killed in domestic violence incidents so far this year, Pazen said. That’s already more than the five such homicides recorded in 2020.

Crime is a serious problem in Colorado, but once again the Democrats in charge of the state have offered up a decidedly unserious solution. How exactly would a lost or stolen gun law have prevented any of these homicides? I doubt that even the sponsors of the new law could offer an explanation that makes sense. No, this is just another attempt to pin the blame for violent crime on legal gun owners, and while that might make some Coloradans feel better, it won’t do a damn thing to make them any safer.

New Orleans 911 Operator Show Us Why Guns Matter

H/T Bearing Arms.

Depending on 911 to save you is a bad bet to make.

Critics of the Second Amendment argue a number of things, but one is in response to claims that we need guns to defend ourselves. They argue that instead of using a firearm, all we need to do is call the police.

 

Now, this argument has flaws. For one thing, if I knew five minutes out I’d need a police officer, that would be one thing, but that’s not really how it works. In the best of circumstances, help is minutes away when you only have a matter of seconds. Plus, hundreds of millions of Americans don’t have the best of circumstances.

Another flaw appears to be just what you’re supposed to do when the 911 operator hangs up on you.

The New Orleans Police Department has put out an arrest warrant for one of its own in a case with an unusual criminal charge. Precious Stephens, 25, is a police dispatcher who is accused of not recording information or simply hanging up on emergency 911 calls. After the pattern was discovered, she fled. She is now accused of criminal malfeasance in office and interfering with an emergency communication.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, Stephens deliberately brushed aside or ignored the emergency calls of citizens:

“Working as a 911 operator with the Orleans Parish Communications District at the time, she is wanted for allegedly disconnecting 911 calls deliberately without obtaining necessary emergency information or relaying such emergencies to the other dispatchers for aid,” the NOPD noted in a press release. “The report was taken on August 23, 2021.”

Stephens has been charged with malfeasance of office, which is kind of a rare charge.

However, I can’t help but wonder just how many people were hurt or possibly even killed because she just didn’t want to be bothered with doing her job.

Now, granted, this is a rare circumstance. Most emergency services operators are dedicated individuals who are proud of the role they play in helping keep people safe. I’ve known more than a few in my lifetime and they’ve all been that way.

But I somehow doubt Stephens is the only one.

Currently, she’s on the run trying to avoid the charges, which almost never works. However, I suspect many more are just simply fired for what they’ve done and we never really hear about it. How many times have we heard about people calling the police in what seems like an emergency situation and they never show up?

It kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

So why do I have guns? Because even if I do try to call the police, there’s no guarantee that the dispatcher will even record my information. That means I may well find myself on my own for more than a few minutes, and some people out there think I should be taking on violent, dangerous criminals with…what? A resounding round of sea chanties?

Yeah, I don’t think so.

Personally, I’ll keep my guns so I can make sure I can keep my family safe. If the police show up in time and no one gets hurt, so much the better, but I’d just as soon not have to take the chance. Especially if you have 911 operators hanging up on people.