Robert’s recent article, Self-Defense Tip: Go All-In. Unless You Don’t Have To brought back memories. I’m a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. I served as a Security Policeman (not pictured above) — the USAF equivalent of an actual policeman, not a rivet counter–during the Cold War. I was stationed in the United States at a northern base, a place most people considered hardship duty, but having been raised in that part of the world, it felt like home to me. In those days, SPs and pararescue troops were just about the only USAF personnel that were ever under arms or regularly trained with arms and tactics. As unlikely as it was that I might have to use deadly force in my duties, it was something I had to think about . . .
It’s called coulrophobia: fear of clowns. It’s a thing (so to speak). If you suffer from coulrophobia, you don’t want to Google Bozo the Clown, attend a Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College reunion or visit Bakersfield, California. “The latest in a series of  creepy clown sightings came shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday when Bakersfield police officers near Valhalla Drive and Belle Terrace responded to a report of a person in a clown suit holding a firearm,” bakersfieldcalifornian.com reports. “Officers checked the area but were unable to find the person. The incident came after a week with numerous calls to police from residents reporting seeing scary or mischievous clowns. ‘We’ve had multiple of these clown sightings all over town,’ said Bakersfield police Lt. Jason Matson. ‘He was gone by the time we arrived.’ On Thursday, Bakersfield police officers arrested a minor whom investigators said admitted to dressing as a clown and chasing and scaring younger juveniles.” What’s up with all the clowns? Turns out. . .
“IT’S ALL THAT MATTERS,” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Facebook page proclaims, referring to the favorite saying of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung. That’s the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Adam Lanza shot and killed on Dec. 14, 2012. MDA’s asking its Facebook followers to like, share and join their civilian disarmament jihad while honoring Ms. Hochsprung’s homily. Because all you need is love. Not those icky guns. C’mon, I hear you mutter. Really? Well now that you mention it . . .
The anti-gunners would have you – and everybody else – believe that theirs is a popular grassroots movement. Clearly, they are not. Even the billionaire Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America can’t physically assemble anything remotely resembling a large crowd of supporters. (Click here for their Facebook page profile photo from the last NRA convention, which shows less than three dozen supporters.) In the wishtv.com bloody shirt-waving anti-“gun violence” march above, I’m not seeing “more than a hundred people,” and I heard the reporter mention people who joined the march en route. Note: this group didn’t call for civilian disarmament. This group was made up of people who live in the community where the firearms-related crimes occurred. Which why it was at least as big as anything the Moms can muster, even their own backyard.
“My child interrupted us and said, ‘what is suicide? Mommy, daddy, what is suicide?'” Let no one say that the modern public school system isn’t educating its young charges on the important aspects of life. A Mobile Alabama girl (and her mother) got some valuable insights into the anti-gun indoctrination process last week. When E.R. Dickson Elementary’s principal was presented with the case of a particularly threatening 5-year-old girl who aimed a crayon and said, “pew, pew,” Katryna Kinn did what any good government functionary would do: she broke out the legal documentation . . .
Tannerite is legal in Virginia for use in exploding targets, as confirmed by Attorney General Mark Herring (the Sheriff of Hanover needs to take note of that ruling). Attorney General Mark Herring wrote a letter to the Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney earlier this month, reinforcing that; “possession or use of (exploding targets) for recreational purpose alone, in the absence of other circumstances, is not illegal.” Herring expressed no opinion about whether exploding targets “might comprise a misdemeanor violation of other statutes or ordinances, such as disturbing the peace or any applicable zoning or noise ordinances.” However, being a good neighbor and not overdoing it is always a good idea. A recent Tannerite shoot caused some Chesterfield residents to bring the issue up to their Board of Supervisors members.
Joel Mathis, writing in Philadelphia Magazine has his knickers in a serious twist over a new piece of NRA-supported legislation which just passed the Pennsylvania House and is awaiting action by the Senate Judiciary Committee. His article, The NRA Wants Your Submission spends 841 words excoriating the NRA and the legislature, explicating how when this bill passes the will of the peepul will be squashed and “little towns and boroughs” will be sued into oblivion. Unfortunately Joel is either incompetent or just flat out lying, because the bill in question will do nothing of the sort . . .
So the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) commissioned a poll to blunt the attack on Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Specifically, the antis’ attempt to brand “gun violence” a “public health issue.” The NSSF commissioned Harper Polling – a Republican-favoring research company – to ask the question above: “Is Criminal Misuse of Firearms a Public Health Issue or a Criminal Justice Issue”? The NSSF’s touting the 84 percent “Criminal Justice” response as proof “they [the American public] don’t buy it.” But I’m not buying the “good news” the poll supposedly reveals . . .
“A Castaic man fishing on the dam at Castaic Lake found a backpack that had been exposed as the water line has gone down 151 feet,” losangeles.cbslocal.com reports. “The bag contained a gun and a badge issued to an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.” So, how you ask, did an ATF agent lose his badge and gun in Castaic Lake, a 320k acre body of water formed by Castaic Dam on Castaic Creek, in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of northwestern Los Angeles County, California, near the town of Castaic? Oddly enough, the not-unexpectedly-unidentified ATF Agent in question has an explanation, of which I’ll share with you . . .
In internet terms, this video was posted in the late Jurassic period (January 25th). But TTAG reader Nic Mc sent it in today with an important message: “Homemade machine guns! Ban them! They might give you a really bad cut and if you’re a hemophiliac you may bleed out!” Who can argue with that? Certainly not Shannon Watts, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Blumenthal, Ladd Everitt, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Charles Schumer and the rest of the civilian disarmament industrial complex. Just sayin’ . . .
“Drill music was founded in the early 2000s by rapper, Pacman, from Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood of Dro City,” huffingtonpost.com columnist Tony Delerme informs. “For the most part, it could be considered gangsta rap 2.0 due to its strong subject matter on gangs, guns and drugs. In recent years, the highly aggressive lyrics in drill music have been the cause of great debate over whether or not they’re influencing the violence plaguing Chicago.” I must’ve missed that one. And even if it’s true, First Amendment and all that. So what else needs saying? Mr. Delerme reckons that drill music is more than a free speech thing. It’s a “gun violence” reducing thing . . .
Major League Baseball stadiums are “gun-free” zones. In fact, the league has started deploying metal detectors at the gates. Why? Because they don’t respect Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Their parks, their choice. Yes, well, to paraphrase the Prevaricator-in-Chief, gun control laws have consequences. For example . . .