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Litigiousness

from Whipped Cream Difficulties…

Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant is suing Twin Peaks’ ownership company for damages related to the deadly biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 18 others wounded.

Also:

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton now says crime scene officers have made a new weapons count and come up with 318 “and still counting.” Swanton said he expected the count to continue to rise.
Of those weapons counted so far, 118 are handguns, one is an AK-47 assault-style rifle and 157 are knives. Swanton says weapons still uncounted are clubs, knives, brass knuckles, firearms and chains with padlocks attached.

Yes, 118 plus one plus 157 does not add up to 318.

Brady Working With The Government? Naw.

A Brady Campaign ‘Gun Owner Data Base’?

It’s been noted that the individual involved in suing various online retailers over the Colorado movie theatre shooting and who now owes $220K is a Brady employee (6 months after the event). Something interesting was noted on his Linkedin Profile:

Experience

Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Manager Organizing Department Brady Campaign

Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence

January 2013 – Present (2 years 4 months)San Antonio, Texas Area

* worked in the organizing department doing outreach to victim/survivors of gun violence* Led the department in adding names of gun owners to data base
* Worked closely with communications department to connect with national media to do television
interviews related to gun violence.
* Lobbied national and state congressional legislators to pass reasonable restrictions on gun
ownership.
*Designed and implemented training programs on gun basics and how to engage gun owners for
Brady chapters.
*Did inspirational talks to grass roots volunteers in Washington state in their efforts to pass
legislation for background checks on all gun sales.
*Spoke at fund raising events.

Led the department in adding names of gun owners to data base?  What?  So what exactly is this Brady ‘Data Base’ that they’re adding names to?  Why are they creating it? What is its purpose?

Inquiring minds want to know.

They aren’t the only ones.  Could The Brady Bunch (and their fellow travelers) be conspiring to circumvent federal law by obtaining data which they then share with the federal government?
NAW.  Not possible.

h/t Days of our Trailers

MOIDER Da Bums!

Maddened Fowl links to an essay with regard to media skewing of reportage.  (sorry Biff!)

In part:

“Research on the content of crime news has long shown that the news media misrepresent the social reality of crime.  Although news organizations are obligated to inform the public, they are also compelled to generate revenue, for they are businesses whose primary purpose is to create a profit….In an effort to make crime news more entertaining, and thus more appealing to consumers, the news media over represent violent interpersonal crimes because they are dramatic, tragic, and rare in occurrence.”– Grant Duwe

I recently finished Grant Duwe’s book Mass Murder in the United States.  The book is a decade-by-decade account of all of the mass murders occurring in America during the 20th century.  It is a fine review of the topic and belongs in the library of anyone concerned with mass murderers, spree killers, and active shooters.  As an account of the history of mass killing, the book has no equals.

One chapter, however, stood out above the others for me.  It was a chapter that analyzed how the media reports mass murders.  I’ve long known that the media is biased, but I had no idea how bad the problem really is.  Some findings detailed in the book:

– The number of murder victims strongly correlates with how often and how long a news story is reported.  While most murders in the USA have a single victim, those murders with a larger body count get a disproportionately high rate of news coverage.

– Most murders are NOT covered by the news media.  Depending on the study cited 40%-83% of the total mass homicides didn’t get a single minute of news coverage, either local or national.  What murders get reported?  Those murders having white offenders, white victims, female victims, and elderly victims.  Crimes committed by or against young black men weren’t as likely to be considered “newsworthy.”

– The New York Times reported on 59% of the 909 mass killings that occurred in the USA during the 20th century.  The number of stories devoted to each killing has been dramatically increasing.  In the early part of the century, each reported killing averaged 1.67 stories.  In the period from 1965-1999, each reported killing garnered an average of 6.36 stories per killing.  Coverage of mass murders is now 3x that of what was seen in the country before 1965.

– Mass murders are 3.38 times more likely to be reported if the offender used a gun as compared to other methods (fire, automobiles, knives, etc.)

– Murders where the killer knew his victims and murders during the commission of another felony crime make up the bulk of murders in the United States.  The New York Times was less likely to report these incidents than murders that occurred in more “exciting” circumstances.

– “Assault weapon” use dramatically increased the chances that a particular story about mass murder would be picked up by news wires and distributed nationally even though those weapons constitute a very small percentage of murder weapon overall.

– The most widely quoted “expert” sources in the news media are anti-gun criminologists Fox and Levin.  Interestingly, the research that they commonly cite does not include the use of fire as a method of mass killing.  Fire is used as a weapon in a surprisingly high number of mass murders.  Fox and Levin regularly state that firearms are used in a disproportionately high number of mass killings.  Interestingly, when mass killings caused by fires are added to their pool of data, the author found that mass killers are no more likely to use firearms as a method of killing than killers who only murdered a single victim

There are far more details in the book, but the bottom line is that the news media seriously distorts the reporting of mass murders.  If you were only to look at reported mass murders in the media, you would think that all of them were committed with firearms, in public places, by white offenders who were strangers to their victims.  That is a very inaccurate representation of reality.

Of course, you should visit the link, and read the whole thing.  Or the book – if you can stomach it.

SOME Say?

SOME?

Seriously?

NC: Some say concealed carry on campus would help curb assaults

“Thank goodness,” UNC senior Thomas Rees said. “But it’s there for protection.” 
Rees keeps a small Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and a large Mossberg 88 shotgun in his off-campus apartment in Chapel Hill. On Tuesday afternoon, before bringing his firearms outside, Rees went into a back room and — with a click that accompanies guns being cocked — removed the ammunition from the guns’ chambers.
Sensible people with concealed carry permits should be able to take their guns on campus, he said.
“The bad guys would catch on and realize they can’t just rape or mug or murder whoever they want,” he said. “They’d know a lot of people have firearms, and they’re going to fight back.”

A North Carolina law passed in 2013 allowing concealed carry permit owners to bring guns on public college campuses — as long as they were stored in closed compartments in locked cars. Nationwide, there has been a push to allow guns more liberally on campuses.

 And now there’s a new argument; they’ll help curb sexual violence.

The plan was to send my daughter off to college with all the tools necessary to survive and flourish.  Including the ability to balance a checkbook, cook, and use a defensive firearm.  Unfortunately, I never got the chance to implement it.
The mindset of the promoters of ubiquitous defenseless persons continues to amaze me.  I truly don’t know what else to say.
h/t Brock Townsend

Democrats Move To Ban ALL Centerfire Rifle Ammunition!

Democrats move to ban ALL Centerfire Rifle Ammunition

From Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned, we find out about two Democrat Bills to ban all Centerfire Rifle Ammunition on the basis that the soft body armor worn by police officers which is designed to defeat Handgun ammunition can be defeated by Rifle Ammunition.Bills H.R. 2566 and H.R. 1358, would redefine how bullets are described as “Armor Piercing”.  As most of us know, a ballistic bullet resistant vest, will not stop most rifle rounds.  Nor was it intended or designed to.So once again, please contact your Representatives and Senators and tell them they need to oppose both of these Bills and any Bills like them.If you don’t know who your Representative or Senator is or don’t know how to contact them, please use the following links to search for them and their contact information.

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Senators of the 114th Congress

Please make your voices heard in Congress.  Don’t let them try to slip another zinger past to hurt our Rights.

They keep trying.  And, either they are idiots who believe banning something will stop trade in it.  (See The War on Drugs).  OR, they are evil nazi/commie control freaks who know the criminals won’t obey the law (in fact, criminal enterprise make more money trading contraband), but the legal civilian firearm-owning populus who obey the law will be hampered by it.

You decide which. 

h/t The Gun Blog Black List, Mark.GreyLocke

Say WHAT?

aka ¿Que?

Federal Judge Says No Second Amendment Right To Own Firearms

Federal Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, an Obama appointee, said in a decision on Thursday that the Second Amendment does not apply to firearms.

You should really go and read the whole thing.  Bring your airsick bag.

The judge is an Obama appointee.

Quelle surprise.

Let’s see…The President of The United States, who was previously titled as a ‘Constitutional Law Professor’ (spits at the incredulity), appoints a like-minded sycophant to the bench, who doles out ridiculous tripe like this to further the progressive agenda of civilian disarmament.

I know The President’s school records are sealed.  (This from the most open administration, ever!)  Have any of his former students come forward to explain that while he was left-of-center, he taught about Separation of Powers, limitations on the Executive, and reverence for the U.S. Constitution?

Or was he so good that he produced 100% sycophancy?

I wonder how this judge ever made it through grade school, much less college and law school!

h/t  Maddened Fowl

Quid Pro Quo RE: Gun Rights/Migrants

Says an Oregon Democrat!   (in part)

Calling it the “civil rights battle” for millennials that will decide who controls the the country for the next three decades, Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon says immigration “will decide who is in charge of this country for the next 20 or 30 years,” the Portland Tribune reported Monday. Schraeder’s observation highlights a contention made by Gun Owners of America that amnesty is a threat to the right to keep and bear arms. That position has so far been avoided by other national gun rights groups which refuse to acknowledge the issue, or to score political ratings and endorsements accordingly.

That avoidance is in spite of the fact that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has stated illegal aliens have “earned the right to be citizens. It’s in spite of all credible polling showing the foreigners to be overwhelmingly Democrat and anti-gun in their sympathies.   (…)

Duh.

Potential new citizens being given the many gifts of citizenship, after having already being given gifts as illegal aliens migrants , it only stands to reason they would vote for the party that gave them all the free stuff.  And align themselves with the Democratic progressive agenda who provided it.

Not knowing part of doing so would further The Republic’s The Nation’s The Oligarchy’s ability to deny their rights!

Quid Pro Quo

(and what sort of name is Jeh, anyway?  Inquiring minds want to know.)

h/t David Codrea

Negative And Positive Spin On Pending National CCW Legislation

First a NEGATIVE, in part…

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

From time to time I read about proposals for a national law requiring reciprocity of concealed carry permits between the states. The most recent example is the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, introduced by Senator John Cornyn, R-TX.

Sadly, I have some bad news about this proposal, and about a national CCW reciprocity law in general: It would be unconstitutional under the Tenth Amendment.  (Fill Yer Hands)

Second, a POSITIVE response, in the comments…

14th Amendment.

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Simply declare that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental right, that denial of the right to carry a firearm for lawful self defense is denial of liberty, and that this law is passed under Congress’s 14th Amendment power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the liberties of our citizens.  (Sean D. Sorrentino)

I believe Sean with the Internets with this one!

Of course, I’m certain the federal government probably disagrees with both gentlemen’s assessments.

Especially, that constitutional law professor in The White House.

What Are YOU Prepared To Do?

In timor veritas. “Olympia disarms open carriers in hearings.”

Washington State House and Senate officials announced yesterday that the ban on open carry has been extended to include all public hearings in legislative office buildings, the Associated Press and Seattle Times reported.

The original edict is going to be tested on 7 February by the I Will Not Comply folks. It seems certain that someone will, at the least, be arrested this time. My intention, if I can raise the ticket and the expenses, is to go out, participate in this action and give them the chance at me. The fight in Washington state is more important than almost everybody understands and has national, even international, implications.

If things go really south, Bob Wright has offered to truck my bones around the country, Irish-like, to raise money for the cause. I have accepted, since at that point I will no longer have need of them. ;-)

I am not suicidal, but the willingness to trade life for liberty — your own and those that you love — is implicit in the oath we take. The collectivist media has been very successful in serving their masters by deliberately ignoring the armed civil disobedience movement. Even the pukes at CSGV have been holding their tongues, even though the various state campaigns “prove” their “government-needs-a-monopoly-of-force” position. The “authorities” in Olympia are frightened to death, it would seem, about citizens exercising their rights while in the vicinity of their Mandarin personages. To paraphrase the Romans, “In timor veritas” — in fear there is truth. The politicos have demonstrated their fear and an essential truth. The trick will be to give them the opportunity to overreact and demonstrate the bankruptcy of their tyranny where all will see and notice. THAT is a cause worth risking much for.  (Sipsey Street Irregulars)

Some folks are putting there money where their mouths are.
Americans Have Obeyed Their Last Gun Law, a pamphlet by L. Neil Smith
What are YOU prepared to do?
PS – Mike Vanderboegh (of Sipsey Street Irregulars) has been having major health problems, both before and after his Washington State appearance.  Please keep him in your thoughts. – Guffaw

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Needs Your Support!

It’s a problem as fresh as today’s headlines.

A Pennsylvania woman with a concealed carry license drives over the New Jersey line with a gun in her car.  In a routine traffic stop, she is arrested and charged for violating New Jersey’s unconstitutional gun laws. Only a national campaign saves her from a decade in prison.

And that’s just the point:  In an era where states like New York and California use draconian and labyrinthine gun laws in order to try to outlaw guns by fiat, a legal gun owner shouldn’t risk a life behind bars because he or she drives across a state line into a socialist-leaning state.

A Floridian shouldn’t live in fear of a move that takes him through New York, or a Virginian, of a trip through Maryland.

So it is good news that, after a campaign that has lasted for over a decade, we are now within striking range of passing reciprocity legislation that is friendly to citizens living in constitutional carry states.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) has told Gun Owners of America that he will be introducing this reciprocity bill within the next few weeks.  This bill will prohibit states like New York and California from cancelling the Second Amendment rights of Americans from other states. 

If you have a concealed carry permit — or if you come from a freedom-loving state that doesn’t require one — you can carry anywhere in the country without fear of losing your constitutional rights because of where you are.

With six constitutional carry states — and at least four other states which may pass those laws this year — the Stutzman bill is a particularly important contrast to competing bills which would require states like Vermont to change their pro-gun laws in order to benefit.

Now, we know that some of our members would argue:  “Why shouldn’t principles of federalism allow states to spit on the Second Amendment if they want to?”  We respect this view, but respectfully disagree.  Gun grabbers have no problem creating national rules to take away our Second Amendment rights, irrespective of what we do.  So it’s time they were hoisted on their own petard.

In addition, the Supreme Court (correctly) ruled in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) that the reach of the Second Amendment extends beyond just the federal government and applies to all 50 states.

In this landmark decision, the Court noted (approvingly) that anti-gun Justice Stephen Breyer was “correct that incorporation of the Second Amendment right will to some extent limit the legislative freedom of the States, but this is always true when a Bill of Rights provision is incorporated.” (p. 44)

Why are we so optimistic about Stutzman?  The answer is that we now have a filibuster-proof majority to pass it in the Senate — if we can get the new GOP leadership to give us the opportunity to offer it as an amendment to a must-pass bill. 

ACTIONContact your Representative.  Ask him or her to call Congressman Stutzman and sign up as an original cosponsor to the Stutzman “constitutional carry” friendly reciprocity bill.

Of course, in a perfect World, all freemen would be able to carry whatever they want anywhere, with impunity.  Riding their unicorns into the sunset.  –  Guffaw

h/t Gun Owners of America

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