Courtesy of Jeffery @ The Feral Irishman
hoplophobia (n.) an irrational fear of weapons (or this from Col. Jeff Cooper) instrumentalities.
from TFB (in part)
National Firearm Survey 2015: Are you a “Hardcore Super Owner”?
(whatever the hell THAT means! – Guffaw)
There’s a new word out there. I’m sure T-shirts, stickers and morale patches are being produced as you read this.
The word is Hardcore Super Owner and apparently we – I am one(!) – are on the rise.
To join the club, you have to own 17 or more guns.
The survey results from the study made by public health researchers at the Harvard and Northeastern universities are still unpublished, but through the Guardian(!?) we get a preview into some of the results.
I’m far from being an expert in statistics, but I’ll begin with saying that I don’t think a survey done on less than 4 000 people (Americans) conducted online by a market research company can tell the truth.
There is also a national panel being paid (or “compensated”) represented in the statistics. There might be “indications” in the survey, but we’ll never get the truth.
The market research company that conducted the tests was: GfK http://www.gfk.com/
According to the numbers in the Guardian, the estimation is that America’s gun stock has increased by 70 million guns since 1994, to a total of around 265 million guns.
Surprisingly – if we trust the figures – the amount of owners has decreased from 25% to 22%.
More guns in fewer hands, according to the study. I have a feeling that gun ownership is on the rise, not decline, and spreading to more individuals.
According to the estimates, 133 million of the 265 million guns (about 50%) are owned by only 3% of the Americans.
The survey also states that about 400 000 guns are stolen each year.
So if you own 17 or more guns, you are classified as a Hardcore Super Owner!
Some more “facts” from the study:
The average American gun owner owns 3 guns.
Almost 8 million Americans own between 8 and 140 guns.
Here’s the entire article, with graphs and everything! :-)I’ve known many folks with one or two guns. Some with NO guns. Some with hundreds. Before my collection was added to the 400,000 stolen, I had 53. :-(One of the more interesting things about this article, are the attached photographs of firearms as displayed in a gun store. In Switzerland!
Many of which may not be owned in The United States! (think there’s an agenda here?)
I now own TWO handguns. And two pellet pistols. Of course, my roommate owns some, as well. How many is her business.
Personally, I think hardcore means mindset!
PS – How many BOOKS do you own? (Just thinking about another amendment…)
Mr. B (In the Middle of the Right)
posted the following…
That the Gun Massacres were few and far between until the Gun Control folks began their push?
(Even CNN has noted this ) (via Tam)
And there are so many things that make the Conspiracy folks go crazy in every story. Sometimes I wonder if they are right.
Ferinstance, this guy’s story has a lot of holes in it (starting about 2:40) (“The bullet was as big as my finger and it was sticking out of his leg (shows 6 inches)”)…. Makes one wonder. (Plus admitting that you might have trapped others to die?)
It would seem that the incident of gun massacres are increasing. I am beginning to wonder if they are all real whackjobs (as opposed to staged things) especially when I see “witnesses” like the above…It is odd that we had so few until a few years ago….Almost as if the farther behind the gun grabbers get, the harder they try the murderous gun whackos grow bolder….
I used to know a psychologist (NOT as a patient) with whom I was discussing the PROGRAMMING OF HUMAN BEINGS. The discussion came about not because of the excellent film The Manchurian Candidate (the original, not the poor remake), but because of accusations Sirhan Sirhan (the poor bastard who was convicted of shooting Robert Kennedy from behind, even though he was never behind him!) had been programmed by folks wanting Kennedy dead for his pro-Israeli stance. (Of course, Sirhan DID shoot many around Kennedy).
I had been reading a sketchy book regarding the assassination, and had questions, thinking I would be laughed at for bringing programming up.
The shrink told me we had been involved in programming since the 50’s, and had picked up much of it from the Soviets (this conversation was in the 80’s), who had begun research in the 40’s!!
YES. There are lone nut-jobs out there. And YES, conspiracy theories abound.
But it IS interesting that while any kind of mass shooting now gets increased media attention, that more seem to happen when there is an election looming. And, of course, The Left is there at-the-ready with numerous, poorly-written screeds in an effort to pass more anti-rights legislation (also pre-prepared, well in advance).
Directed against the law-abiding citizen.
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”
– Rahm Emanuel (now Chicago Mayor)
(And, now for something completely different – as promised)
22 VETERANS COMMIT SUICIDE DAILY
Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #21 of 22)
Nancy Pelosi’s daughter: “Should we protect police by ending Open Carry?”
T-Bolt: “No. Next question.”
Aw, c’mon T-Bolt! Elaborate.
Well, have a lot of Open Carry types aired out cops? No. The threat to cops is not from them. At worst, a subset of OC folks have been douchenozzles. But those folks are a subject of ridicule, and not a threat vector for law enforcement. And folks do, indeed have the right to, among other things, be a douchenozzle.
And trying to connect OC with the Tamir Rice thing, Ms. Pelosi Jr.? Please…
“Did you call me a douchenozzle? I’m OFFENDED!”
Being an over-the-top, obnoxious idiot when carrying a firearm, whether concealed or openly, is not recommended. Doing so tends to bring the attention of the constabulary and hoplophobes, everywhere.
In a libertarian, constitutional world, law-abiding citizens should be able to carry in any manner. Any kind of weapon.
Has ANYONE ever made the observation that uniformed police open carry with impunity?
Should we be offended by THAT? And in so doing, are they less safe?
Of course not, and in the sense of parity and civil liberties, they should not be offended by lawful civilians open-carrying.
(Having said that, there is something to be said for being discrete. 🙂 )
As of Friday a new California law took effect that will allow the police to seize private, legally-owned weapons for up to three weeks without charges or allowing the citizen to contest the seizure. With one state down is your state next?
Are we surprised?
Between the IRS seizing assets making you prove you don’t owe, and they are rightfully yours, and the wealth of asset forfeitures, NO, I am NOT surprised.
Worried and angry? YES!
Soon coming to a State near you?
From Oath Keepers (David Codrea)…
An email threat resulting in the closure of all Los Angeles Unified School District schools was apparently a hoax,The Los Angeles Times is reporting. Even had it not been, the incident illustrates how government infringing on rights does nothing but deprive Americans of freedom, and that the promised security in exchange for forced sacrifice is the most damaging fraud of all.
“The email mentioned explosive devices, assault rifles and pistols and was traced to an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany, according to law enforcement sources,” the report elaborates. That gives us some clues at least.
We know it wasn’t by any of the hated “homegrown extremists” (like Oath Keepers!) the government would like everyone to believe poses the real terror threat. And noting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s affinity for culturally terraforming her homeland in a way Allied and Soviet bombing, invasion and occupation could not, there’s a chance the perp was one of those jihadists government “leaders” in the West all seem determined to welcome in and then lose track of.
Still, say the threat had been domestic and real – what then? How does forcing Americans to surrender their right to due process and their right to keep and bear arms to a secret ‘terror watchlist” make anyone any safer? If the government knows they’re a danger, charge them and hold a trial, with a presumption of innocence and the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt on the state. And if they’re foreign terror suspects, how does allowing them to remain here and move freely among us help “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”?
In fact, there’s good reason to believe the whole point of that move is simply to provide another inroad for citizen disarmament, with those whose goal is to uphold fidelity to the Constitution and restore adherence to the chains of delegated powers libeled as “anti-government extremists.” The point is to disarm patriots, and not just by creating a “no buy” list, but by following that up with confiscations.
A truism I use regularly is that with “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day. Orwell described it as “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength,” and such lies are the foundation of every totalitarian regime. Maintaining the lies requires demonizing and thus dehumanizing those who are deemed an inconvenience to the planned order of things, those who must be eliminated. So naturally, the “solution” of importing millions from cultures inimical and even fanatically hostile to ours, ramping up the police state and maintaining increased levels of citizen disarmament along with more “gun free zones” is the mandate imposed. And anyone who objects is derided as a throwback, a racist, a coward who needs guns to make up for masculine shortcomings, a lunatic and a threat.
What was the solution offered by the Founders? Government limited to delegated powers. All exercise of those powers must advance the very reasons those powers were delegated in the first place: “[T]o form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
And as for what was needed when the Republic came under attack, they were pretty specific there, too.
How would that stop a hostile phone call coming in from Germany?
No system devised by man will ever be perfect. But security and freedom need not be mutually exclusive. Were the Founders’ vision the norm, schools and all places in the U.S. would be safer. It would be a freer place, with attendant accountability of those who make it less so, the criminals both in and out of government.
And as for the rest of the world? Freedom produces a powerful example to emulate, and powerful incentives to do so. And again the wisdom of the Founders proves timeless and true.
“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world”: George Washington proclaimed in his Farewell Address.
“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations-entangling alliances with none,” Thomas Jefferson echoed in his inaugural address.
We can see the miserable, freedom-destroying results of our “leaders” doing the opposite. Anybody feel safer as a result?
I remember being in junior high school in the mid-60’s. Seventh and Eighth Grades. And maybe two, three times a year, some yahoo would either call in a bomb threat, or pull the fire alarm. Because he’d a test scheduled that day he didn’t study for.
And we would dutifully file out of classes to the playground. The teachers would take roll, and keep us more-or-less orderly, and when the ‘threat’ had been dealt with, we were allowed to return to the classrooms.
EVERYONE understood the nature of these ‘threats’, and there were never any fires or bombs found.
But, the world has changed. There are now real threats. In the past month (in my area) suspicious packages were found and dealt with. One was a suitcase on the light rail platform, another a bright, yellow backpack on the freeway.
NOTHING came of either, because they were composed of lost luggage and a missing backpack!
If the point of terrorism is to destabilize society through death and destruction, and the threat of potential death and destruction (or even the appearance of same), then the terrorists have won.
I accompanied my roommate while she ran a couple of bureaucratic errands the other day.
For company and moral support. Lots of taking numbers, sitting and waiting to be called, then more sitting. In the traditionally uncomfortable office stack chairs.
And I’d not visited governmental facilities is many years, in fact, since I’d been a private investigator. And this day I visited two, one federal, one State.
I’d forgotten, having been acclimated to the intrusion of airport searches, sobriety checkpoints et al, of the government building rights intrusions.
The federal facility was a low-key satellite facility. An armed security guard looking into women’s purses and asking all visitors if they had guns, knives, etc. Didn’t seem concerned with flashlights. Did want my roomie’s kubaton teargas projector to not go into the facility – I took it out the the car, and locked it up with the guns and knives.
The State court facility was not the main courthouse. I expected it to be more Mayberry-esque.
Armed guards. I had to empty my pockets into a tray for x-ray, AND walk through a scanner. AND remove my belt!
After I successfully walked through, as I was re-dressing, I announced, “Fourth Amendment, Schmorth Amendment!” to no one in particular.
I’d considered asking to see their warrant prior to the process, but I really wanted to go inside and thought that might be thought of as
argumentative combative confrontational.
I’ve not had a significant other (wife, girlfriend, etc.) for many years. 😦 I’ve been fortunate that the last couple were interested in firearms and I was able to further educate them.
And both carried.
But, I saw a blog post on the Alien Gear Holsters Blog that caught my interest. And reminded me of some others I’ve known with less-than-interested significant others…
HOW TO CONVINCE YOUR WIFE TO LET YOU CARRY CONCEALED
With regard to how informed the significant others should be, I’ve two tales of woe:
A student of mine who worked at TMCCC with me had a wife who was vehemently anti-gun. Before we met, he had talked her into allowing him to have a Glock 19 in their home. (unloaded and locked away, of course!) We were able to go out shooting a couple of times, and I was able to markedly improve his speed and groupings. Part of this involved what he referred to as his front sight epiphany! (finally understanding how focusing on the front sight versus the target was the correct method to shoot). He loved shooting, and became enamored with one of my AR-15 rifles.
You can see where this is going, can’t you? 🙂
Another one of my students had become proficient in assembling AR-15s for a local rifle manufacturer (as a side job). He had also begun his own business to do the same.
And my student really wanted an AR-15!
Well, I connected the two of them, and a deal was made. The rifle was made and passed to my student in the TMCCC parking lot (carried under disguise of a blanket). Had we been discovered, both of us would have been undoubtedly fired, due to having a firearm on the premises. (This was a few years ago). But the exchange went fine.
Unfortunately, my student had been dishonest, as he neglected to tell his wife of the purchase!!
I disagreed with him, but, Hell, I wasn’t married to her.
He even kept the rifle bivouacked at a friend’s house (not mine), lest she fine out…
The morals and ethics in a marriage is for another blog post.
Ultimately, he was promoted, and had to move to Chicagoland, get a FOIA card (to get to keep his Glock), and was unable to take the rifle! My understanding is he visits her (the rifle) when he comes out to the Phoenix TMCCC office.
The other story is of another TMCCC student. We were good friends and coworkers, and again, his wife hated firearms. But, he started with a .357 Ruger revolver. Obtained his CCW permit and bought a 1911. And carried often, much to the consternation of his wife. But, he did obtain her permission.
Then, suddenly and unexpectedly, he died. In going through his things, his wife discovered a 12 gauge pump shotgun (of which she was unaware). She gave the revolver, the semiautomatic, and the shotgun to her son-in-law, who was a shooter.
Just to get them out of her house.
She received a call from a local gun store. A gun which he had ordered had just come in, all paid for. She called me, asking what she should do. I suggested as it was all paid for, she should pick it up and give it, too, to her son-in-law.
That she did.
It was a custom Coonan .357 semiautomatic!
Too bad she just couldn’t stand firearms – she would have had quite a little collection.
I suggested to her, if she ever changed her mind (now living alone, and all) I’d be happy to educate and train her in firearm safety and self-defense.
No call to date.
(FTC – Alien Gear, Glock, Ruger and Coonan gave me nothing! GO AWAY!)
(remembering, this is opinion, not news – Guffaw)
The idea that law-abiding concealed carry permit holders could potentially stop mass shooters is nothing more than a “myth,” the New York Times editorial board proclaimed on Monday.
Citing a study from the anti-gun Violence Policy Center, the editorial board claimed “at least 763” concealed carry permit holders “have been killed in 579 shootings that did not involve self-defense” since 2007.
More from the opinion column:
amazes fascinates confounds makes me physically ill when a (formerly great) ‘news’ organization makes up statistics to push an anti-rights agenda. Of course, as people as like-minded as The President do the same thing, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
Fortunately for us, as the New York Times readership is approaching that of Newsweek (6 or 7 illiterates?), we shan’t be concerned about rank dissemination of false data.