Yup, PEOPLE magazine, the precursor to the photo-heavy celebrity mags that stole its readership, has come out of the anti-gun closet. PEOPLE’s Call to Action on Gun Violence: Here’s How to Contact All 535 Members of Congress tells the tale. The PEOPLE exclusive follows Editorial Director Jess Cagle Editor’s Letter which “addresses the frequency of mass shootings in America.” Specifically . . .
A few days ago I posted a story about the ShootingTracker.com website, which uses incidents involving minor injuries from airsoft pellet guns to pad their “mass shooting” statistics. One of our eagle-eyed readers noticed that the person in charge of that website — Reddit user Gnome_Chompsky — was recently appointed as the moderator of an area of the website that deals specifically with propaganda. In his acceptance speech he points to his prized website as an example of the fine propaganda work that he’s been engaged in . . .
Word is the President’s call to politicize the Umpqua Community College shooting was heard loud and clear by many of the usual suspects in Congress. And that they’re readying a (doomed) piece of legislation to #DoSomething featuring, according to the Washington Post, “closing background check loopholes for Internet and gun show sales, expanding the background check database and cracking down on the illegal gun market.” Reader Danny Griffin had some thoughts on the topic in the comments yesterday which seem apropos . . .
A few days ago, Nick chronicled the various gun control proposals that Hillary Clinton released as part of her presidential campaign, explaining very thoroughly why whoever ghost-wrote these proposals needed to extract their heads from their nether regions, metaphorically-speaking. (You should go read it, if you haven’t yet.) As it turns out, even the Obama Administration had to conceded that Hillary’s proposals won’t fly . . .
“We proposed sensible measures such as […] a ban on illegal trafficking and straw purchases…” — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) in an NPR interview aired on 10/04/2015.
Yes, if we rally together we can ban already-illegal activities! Note that his talking points on new gun control suggestions are identical to. . .
Across the country news media both new and old are talking about a study recently published in the Journal of Criminology (which, according to their ‘About Us’ page is “a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of criminology”). Authored by Charles D. Phillips of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Texas A&M University, Concealed Handgun Licensing and Crime in Four States is not the sort of study we usually see from academics in the health policy field. Don’t get me wrong, it contains much of the junk science we have come to expect from such researchers; assumptions presented as facts, cherry-picked data and data sets, ignoring inconvenient data, etc. . . .
First New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi demanded that the U.S. State Department list the National Rifle Association as a terrorist organization. Now Salon continues the bloody-minded assault by targeting Wayne LaPierre, calling the NRA veep a murderer. “Although 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer pulled the trigger on the gun that killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday, Wayne LaPierre, the fanatic executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, also has blood on his hands . . .
On Friday, Dara Lind (Vox job description: “Jetpack Comandante“) wrote on Donald Trump’s recent interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe in which he said this about the attack on Umpqua Community College last Thursday: “…oftentimes this happens…you know, we sort of saw that about him, it really looked like he could be a problem but it’s often hard to put someone in an institution for the rest of their lives based on the fact that he looks like he could be a problem” . . .
Many news sources (including Reuters) have been trying to figure out exactly how many “mass shootings” and other events take place in the United States. Too lazy to do their own research, they have begun relying on advocacy websites like ShootingTracker.com. That site is maintained by a small group of rabid anti-gun activists who reside in the /r/GunsAreCool area of Reddit and are known for ignoring facts that don’t fit their agenda. If you thought /r/FatPeopleHate was bad, this is worse. Being the aggressive hoplophobes they are, rather than sticking with the facts and reporting the truth, they decided to artificially inflate the number of shooting events in their database by including incidents that even Shannon Watts would reject as irrelevant. Like what, exactly? Well, like this . . .
An FFL friend noticed something new on the ATF’s NICS portal. Under the Purpose ID section, there are now a variety of classifications for private sales of firearms. And when he signs into the portal he gets the following message regarding transfers between “unlicensed individuals”: . . .
There’s a LOT of preamble in this video. I find it entertaining, but then I’m easily amused after seven hours of straight (non-impaired and non-iterrupted) gun blogging. So you might want to skip to 7:00 in, where anti-gunner Eyers declares that he is “unsure that the American public is mentally healthy or mature enough to have unfettered access to firearms . . . I don’t think the American public can be safely trusted to operate a firearm because the American public cannot be safely trusted to operate a f-ing toilet.” Same old ignorant elitism, of course, but it’s a good warning against firearms safety complacency.
We’ve been hearing about Hillary Clinton’s proposals for new laws in the wake of the school shooting in Oregon, but once again it looks like the mad rush to “do something” about guns has generated the same old proposals that we keep hearing time and again. The common refrain from gun control activists: “why do you keep fighting these common sense proposals?” There’s a damn good reason, namely that the new laws would do exactly nothing to stop the “gun violence epidemic” that the Democrats are using as cover for their proposals. Here’s why.