A Modest Proposal for Gun Control Advocates

(courtesy fbi.gov)

TTAG reader JK has a modest proposal for gun control advocates:

“The antis should have a way to demonstrate how deeply they are committed to their cause. Let’s introduce legislation that would allow anyone to voluntarily add themselves to NICS as a prohibited person, and receive a ‘diploma’ confirming the fact. The details could include expiration of such a commitment (e.g. after 5 years), and a way for third parties to check if a magic number quoted on the ‘diploma’ is valid (I’m sure Mr. Bloomberg would like to offer, say, $1000 to each volunteer). Let’s see how many antis are really willing to give up their rights for the ‘greater good.’”


Gabby Giffords’ Americans For Responsible Solutions Reneges on Book Offer


Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, the political fundraising group created to turn Gabby Giffords’ tragedy into a fundraising vehicle to disarm Americans, made what I thought was a very reasonable offer. In short, Giffords’ and Kelly’s group says that they will send you their latest propaganda book, Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence, for a donation of any amount. I was alerted to the offer by a member of the Arizona Citizen Defense League (AZCDL). Great deal, right?

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“Apparently they are smoking crack again over at Mother Jones”

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Brooklyn Bridge march (courtesy motherjones.com)

TTAG reader TT provided our headline. It’s his take on Mother Jones’ celebratory article These Women Are the NRA’s Worst Nightmare. There’s a lot of amusement to be had therein, but check out the artfully crafted (to make a small group look large) photo above. It’s a pic of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Ever heard the expression “selling the Brooklyn Bridge“? It’s common parlance for scamming the public. So right away we know Mother Jones doesn’t “do” irony. Hagiography? That they do . . .

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Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Targets “Bad Apple” Gun Dealers

(courtesy bradycampaign.org)

“The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, joined by community leaders, launched a national initiative utilizing protests, petitions, a code of conduct and lawsuits to ‘Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers’ that turn a blind eye to gun traffickers, straw purchasers and criminals, and flood our nation’s streets with guns used in crimes,” kansasfirstnews.com reports. “An astonishing 60 percent of crime guns come from just one percent of gun dealers.” Whoa, that’s a lot of fail in a little space. But there is some win, too. The campaign (which began Saturday at Chuck’s Guns in Chicago) is a tacit admission by anti-gunners that there are “good” gun dealers. OK, back to the usual gun control-flavored epic mischaracterization and misrepresentation . . .

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Hometown Paper Fed-Up with MDA

Open Carry Kroger (courtesy fishgame.com)

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Shannon Watts lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. Despite the fact that the Gannett-owned Indianapolis Star is Ms. Watts’ hometown paper, despite Gannett’s long-standing love of gun control, the paper’s had it up to here with the anti’s antics. A gun ban at Kroger? Let’s get realthe headline proclaims. Underneath, editorialist Tim Swaren addresses MDA’s campaign to convince the Kroger supermarket chain to ban open carry. Swaren, a journalist who desires the mythical and misguided “sensible conversation” on gun control, a writer who shows no love for the NRA, takes Shannon’s strategy to pieces . . .

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BREAKING: Panera Asks Customers To Leave Their Guns At Home

“On Monday, Panera Bread became the latest U.S. company to ask customers to leave their guns at home,” huffingtonpost.com reports. “The bakery-cafe chain joins Starbucks, Chipotle, Target and a handful of other restaurants and retailers in making such a request, which comes amid an increasingly heated debate over the role of guns in public places.” Note: just like the aforementioned companies, Panera is not banning legally carried firearms from its stores (as they have a legal right to do). They’re asking customers not to carry in their stores. The statement says . . .

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The Brady Campaign’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Saturday


The Brady Campaign – the also-ran of gun control groups these days – tried to revitalize their name, reputation and fundraising ability with a nationally-publicized rally Saturday right here in Illinois. It was billed as a rally against America’s gun stores, and they singled out Chuck’s, a gun store and indoor range located just outside of Chicago in Riverdale, IL. It didn’t go so well for them . . .

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Proof Why You Need a Gun to Shop at Kroger

Late at night this past Saturday, a large group of angry and violent teenagers descended upon a Kroger in Tennessee intent on inflicting a world of hurt on whoever they found. The group assaulted store employees, and even beat an elderly woman in the parking lot. According to Shannon Watts and the Moms Demand Action crowd (employees of Michael Bloomberg) Kroger is a perfectly safe environment where nothing bad ever happens, and the only people who bring guns to the store are psychopaths — they have even launched a multi-million dollar campaign to brainwash others into thinking the same thing. However, as this video and the multiple injuries and near fatal assaults definitely show, while Shannon Watts may feel safe at her local grocery store surrounded by her armed guards the average citizen might need a little protection.

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Anti-Gun Hypocrite of the Day: Father Michael Pfleger (And His Three Armed Guards)


Chicago’s activist Catholic Priest, Father Michael Pfleger was on hand at Saturday’s Brady Campaign rally against Chuck’s Guns in Riverdale, Illinois. Pfleger is to firearms civil rights what Bull Connor was to racial civil rights in the 1960s. It wasn’t that many years ago that the man of the cloth called on the owner of Chuck’s Guns, John Riggio, to be “snuffed out” – using the lingo of his parishioners. Pfleger had used the same thinly veiled call for violence against Illinois legislators who voted against gun control. Pfleger didn’t call for anyone to be snuffed out yesterday, but he did enjoy the protection of three armed bodyguards . . .

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SAF Files Lawsuit Against Gun Ban in Northern Mariana Islands


With the 9th Circuit ruling in Peruta, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands can no longer sustain heavy restrictions on the ownership and carry of handguns. Guam has already reformed its law.  Hawaii now has a ruling against it and is waiting to see what happens with the Peruta decision. Now the Northern Mariana Islands have had a lawsuit filed against them to repeal the total ban there on the ownership and carry of handguns. It’s hard to see how such a ban can stand, given the decisions in Heller, McDonald, and Peruta . . .

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OC CA Sheriff Ordering CCW Applicants to Undergo Psych Evaluations

Orange County CCW psych eval letter

Not exactly news but . . . DrVino sent us a copy of this letter from Lt. Matthew Stiverson of the Orange County, California Sheriff’s Office, Professional Standards Division. A little Google searching reveals that Lt. Stiverson gets a $140,584 annual salary (plus benefits and pension) to tell [selected] concealed carry weapons permits applicants they must have police psychologist Doctor Susan Saxe-Clifford (no conflict of interest there) judge whether or not they should be able to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. A decision that will cost the applicant $150 on top of all the other fees and rigamarole. How great is that? Applicants would do well to read Dr. Saxe-Clifford’s essay on fitness for duty and detecting lies. Just sayin’  . . .


Quote of the Day: Uncle Pennybags Edition


“Those on the left say they abhor big money’s corrupting influence in politics — until a leftist billionaire starts trying to sway public opinion. That’s okay with them, because, you know, old George Soros really isn’t creepy at all — he’s just a grandfatherly figure who gives like Santa Claus. And the same goes for Warren Buffett and Michael Bloomberg — their billions are okay, too. All Bloomberg wants is for the rest of us to give up tobacco, big gulps, and guns.” – Frank Miniter in The Anti-Gun Billionaires [at nationalreview.com]