Archive for February, 2008

February 29, 2008

On Prince Harry

Meanwhile, no one is writing stories and showering accolades on troops who do not happen to be princes.

American Hunters and Shooters Association Screech

You see, they are the righteous pro-hunting, pro-conservation, pro-gun group! The NRA betrays hunters at every turn. At least, that’s what they tell us. Behold Ray Schoenke’s screed at The Daily Kos. It’s so disjointed I can’t really fathom the point other than tooting the AHSA’s horn. Which is amazing, since they have no significant accomplishments nor significant membership that I know of. Only a screed with zero actual evidence about why they’re good and NRA is bad. So, let’s look at the American Hunters and Shooters Association record on guns:

The NSSF has a fact sheet on them here:

Reported in an article by Bill Schneideri that the operating budget for AHSA is $500,000. Where did this money come from? With only a handful of members (paying $25 dues) Ė who is bankrolling their operation?

When you follow the money, they read like a who’s who of gun grabbers. They are a front for the anti-gun Democratic Leadership Council so that anti-gun politicos can say they belong to a group that sounds pro-gun.

Members (five of them that they disclose) of the AHSA are anti-gun lobbyists.

They’re basically a shill group set up so that anti-gun candidates can try to woo the hunting crowd. Note that their only endorsement victory (McCaskill) did not sign on to support Heller.

AHSA wrote a non-opposition opposition to Heller for it’s wording.

The president allegedley helped a reporter break the law by engaging in straw purchases.

They pay people to stand outside NRA meetings to protest. Can’t get any volunteers with all your members?

They support they anti-gun Mayors Against Guns.

Field and Stream (you know, real hunters and real shooters) don’t seem to be a fan.

They keep peddling the Zumbo myth.

They call gun owners extremists and whackos. That’s correct. The Executive Director of a supposedly pro-gun group is calling those who buy weapons for self-defense (i.e., the largest growing demographic of gun owners) whackos. So, who exactly are the shooters in American Hunters and Shooters?

They say any woman who buys a gun is a sign of law-breaking.

The VPC Blog says:

It takes a great person to turn on their previous employers, to form a small organization funded by shadowy sources and harangue the NRA for many years without any popular support.

It takes a man of principle to receive instructions from those same shadowy sources and carefully position oneself as a sensible, alternative voice to the NRA for no political gain whatsoever

It takes a true patriot to stand up and say that Americans do not have the right to own firearms save for a purpose determined by the government.

But remember, I’m just a shill for the NRA who is bad and not really pro-gun.

Update: Since someone’s already left a comment, I should point out that the VPC Blog is a parody.

Mmmm, SCAR

CNN reports special forces will be getting the FN SCAR!

Getting out the vote

The NRA reminds us to vote.

A victory celebration

Seems Paul Helmke is tooting the Brady Campaign’s horn over how the law that bears their name passed 14 years ago. He says:

On anniversaries like this, it is important to remember what the Brady Law has accomplished, how effective the law has been at helping reduce gun crime, and how bitterly the NRA fought to kill it – including their effort to have the Brady Law struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The NRA fought it due to the waiting period. And won. And parts of the law were struck down as unconstitutional. What has it accomplished? Well, Paul tells us:

Since 1994, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the “Brady Law”) has stopped an estimated 1.4 million criminals and other “prohibited purchasers” from buying guns from Federally licensed gun dealers.

1.4M? Sounds impressive. It’s 1.9% of all transactions. But how many were arrested? You know, for breaking the law because they were illegally purchasing guns? 1,400 were. And only 9,575 were even investigated. And only 135 were charged. 46% of rejections were due to felony convictions. 161K rejections were appealed and 57K of appeals were successful. (all data from the DOJ).

The Violence Policy Center (an anti-gun shill group) said of the law: In fact, there is little evidence that the Brady Law has had or is likely to have any significant effect in reducing the major causes of gun violence in America.

Paul then attempts to give credit to the law for the 1990s decline in gun crime. He doesn’t mention that also corresponded with the rise in states passing concealed carry laws. And advocates banning the private transfer of firearms. You know, the gun show loophole.

Personally, I don’t mind the background checks so long as they’re instant. But why aren’t more attempted illegal purchases investigated? You know, like that time someone straw-purchased a high-powered sniper rifle?

Thirdpower notes it’s their last accomplishment of any significance. Let’s keep it that way.

Hat tip jadejold.

More Obama on Guns

Question: Well, which is it?

Well, the answer is depends who he’s talking to.

Another

Remember the jailer who tossed the guy in the wheelchair in the floor? Well, allegations are it has happened before.

CavArms Update

David Codrea has the latest. And no need to read the 39 page ar15.com thread. It is summed up here.

Gun Porn

Sig 226

Cutting down a tree with a mini-gun.

A few videos from MagPul. I simply must have one of the fold up carbines.

On rape whistles

Ya know, they are a dumb idea. But the phrase Stop or I’ll Toot had me laughing.

Neat

There’s a couple of those in my neighborhood. I may have to try that.

February 28, 2008

Water wars continue

This time, Georgia has taken a prisoner of war.

What media bias against guns?

Good catch.

Remember, it’s us Southerners who are bigots

Glenn experiences the Democrats Southern Outreach Program.

I’m reminded of this post from SayUncle past.

40

That’s how many new shooters Greg has logged at his Competition for Gunbloggers: Taking Newbies to the Range

Whew, all better now

The TN GOP has removed Obama’s middle name (which is Hussein and we’d never have known that without the TN GOP) and the picture reportedly provided by a Hillary staffer of Obama in a turban from their press release. Well I, for one, can sleep better now.

Everything old is new

It’s 1993 all over again.

Chicks and guns

New shooter with pics!

So, that’s how you do it

Solve global warming, that is. I hear there are snowflakes in Hell.

More gun porn

Michael Bane has a video review of the new Ruger LCP.

Practice for the coming apocalypse

Zombie Targets.

More on Heller

Both Sebastian and David note that the Solicitor General and DC get 15 more minutes of time to argue over the good guys. Not sure there’s much that can be read into that, though.

Kettle, this is pot, come in

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership is having a tough time:

Two investigations against pro-gun rights groups that were initiated by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.

The FEC said that in both cases, one against the National Rifle Association and the other against the Gun Owners of America, it could find no evidence that either group had made illegal in-kind contributions to federal candidates.

Of course, the Brady’s suffer from projection (common among anti-gunners):

In 2003, the Brady Campaign’s PAC was fined $26,000 by the Federal Election Commission for failing to properly disclose $200,000 it spent on mailings in 2000 opposing two Republican House candidates, Reps. Ernest Fletcher (R-Ky.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

NRA, Blogs, and Press

The press is noticing the NRA’s outreach to bloggers.

In comments, KAG says: I believe smart PR firms/media relations specialists should be developing comprehensive blogging strategies. In fact, if I ran a PR firm, I’d have a blogging expert on staff

So, two university administrators are sitting around smoking weed

one says to the other: I have an idea.

The other one says: What’s that?

The first one says: Let’s have a drill where someone takes a classroom hostage.

The other one says: That’s cool

The first one says: Only, let’s not tell everyone that it’s a drill.

Quote of the day

Roberta:

Freedom dies one worried Mother at a time, for the most high-sounding of ideals.

That explains it

See, that’s why Obama references vague notions of change and hope and free puppies in speeches. Because when he opens his mouth about specifics, it’s clear he’s clueless:

GOP presidential candidate John McCain mocked Democrat Barack Obama today for saying he’d take action as president “if al-Qaida is forming a base in Iraq.”

McCain told a crowd in Tyler, Texas “I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq. It’s called ‘al-Qaida in Iraq.'”

That’s how you beat him. And you don’t have to show pictures of him wearing a burqa.

Unpossible

In the state that the Brady Campaign ranked as number one in gun control, there was a mass shooting. Recently, Brady ranked number 9 Illinois had one too.

Congrats

To Thirdpower on his new addition. No doubt, a future gunblobber.

They had to have done something

That’s a quote from a guy in the video about the ATF raid on Cavalry Arms. The guy owns a business nearby. Is it bad that my first thought is that the something probably consists of not crossing Ts or dotting an I or writing N instead of No on a form?

ColtCCO:

As with Redís, they can come by any time, and check whatever they want – time will tell if thereís any merit to the raid on Cavalry Arms. This one may be related to a past investor(no longer associated) in the company that was nabbed for fraud, Warren Mee of Ameetec, who didnít have the best rep to begin with. Again, may be unrelated, as the news people canít seem to figure out if the warrant is for paperwork violations(Fox), or for fraud and money laundering(ABC). May be a fishing expedition or budget justification. Maybe if they fuck up enough small manufacturers and businesses, in the name of the public safety, people will get discouraged about going into the firearm business.

Ryan: When did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives begin to start regulating fraud and money laundering?

Nicki: From what I’m reading on the Interwebz, it may have been the handiwork of a disgruntled former employee

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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