Winston County, Mississippi Medical Examiner (and radio DJ host) David Scott Gregory penned a little paean to armed self-protection on his Facebook page. His “shoot the idiots” post has now gone viral, spreading throughout the outraged mainstream media. “If more folks would handle their own business, I think we would stop getting these calls of houses being broken into,” he explained to clarionledger.com. Gun Hero of the Day? You tell me. Here’s his post, with paragraph breaks inserted for readability:
I am 100 percent against off-body carry. Gun owners who carry off-body run the risk of A) not having a gun when they need one, and B) losing their gun when someone nicks their briefcase, gym bag, handbag, etc. Worse still, a child could delve into their bag, get their gat and trigger a tragedy. Slightly less worse (but a lot worse for you) an off-body gun could get hung-up inside its container; you could fail to extract your gun in a timely manner when facing an imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm and . . . lose. While the market’s welcoming stylish, well-made, practical off-body carry solutions like the concealedcarrie.com bag above, and Colion Noir carries off-body, I say humbug. There’s more than enough on-body carry solutions for every possible outfit and circumstance, for women and men. Am I wrong? Is off-body carry one of those “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” deals? Give me one example where it’s the only and/or the preferred choice.
I love these to-and-’fro political ads. They remind me of the “answer songs” of the 50′s, when artists would “reply” to a hit record. That said, there’s more editorial content in Big Mama Thornton’s Hound Dog than either Alison Lundergan Grimes’ “I’m not Barack Obama” ad or Mitch McConell’s reply above. The fact of the matter: I can’t find any evidence that Grimes voted for gun control, other than supporting the Democratic platform which, as we pointed out before, calls for a new “assault weapons” ban and the usual common nonsense gun laws. Then again, back in 1991, the NRA-supported sitting Senator from Kentucky voted for the Joe Biden-sponsored Crime Bill S. 1241. That bill would have imposed a waiting period for handguns and a ban on 14 types of “assault style weapons.” McConnell has also refused to say whether or not he owns a gun. The ball’s in your court, Grimes.
I missed the notifications of this event at the People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Toledo Saturday. It seems that those notifications are coming closer and closer to the event date, almost as if those conducting the turn-ins don’t want anyone to do any pre-planning. Toledo has a checkered history of police bullying private buyers and sellers. Buckeyefirearms.org did a great job of exposing this last year, with four videos: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, and Video 4. Not that it mattered, as there were plenty of private buyers on hand this year . . .
I recently wrote about Mayor Sly James of Kansas City saying that Too much violence is committed by guns. I was skeptical that he had actually said that, because the mayor is a well-educated man and served on active duty as a Marine. Attributing violence to guns rather than those who use them is nonsensical. It transfers volition and responsibility to an inanimate object. But now that another mayor has said much the same thing, I begin to wonder . . .
I haven’t seen this episode of Have Gun Will Travel since, well, never. It’s a bit of an eye-opener. Larry Tate, I mean, Marshall Tom Kerry is a perfect stereotype of a bad cop: vain, overbearing, self-righteous, drunk with power and privilege, insensible to the individual rights protected by the United State Constitution. Spoiler alert! Tom gets it in the end. Well, the chest. Paladin restores the balance of power with a double dose of lead. Unfortunately, Paladin doesn’t make the dame the new Marshall. Wouldn’t that have been a kick in the pants! Not that women wore pants in them days. Just as today’s SWAT cops wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anything less than . . .
“’Get it or regret it!’ read the description for a “vintage,” one-of-a-kind Kent State sweatshirt that Urban Outfitters briefly offered for just $129,” washingtonpost.com reports. “However, the fact that there was just one available for purchase is far from the most regrettable part of the item: the shirt was decorated with a blood spatter-like pattern, reminiscent of the 1970 ‘Kent State Massacre.’” Not to mention bullet holes. Anyway, UO’s fashion statement didn’t go down well. Kent State, amongst others, vilified the sweatshirt as crass exploitation. Urban Outfitters, recently dinged for a yellow shirt with a star reminiscent of the those worn by Jews in concentration and slave labor camps, backpedalled on the Kent State sweatshirt so fast they almost fell over . . .
Lagging in the polls, Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is running a campaign ad knocking down clays as she distances herself from President Obama on “guns, coal and the EPA.” Strangely, Grimes’ stance on firearms freedom doesn’t appear on her campaign website’s issues page. I did find this at ontheissues.org: “As an NRA member, my strong support for the Second Amendment is unquestioned. I am proud of Kentucky’s long-held gun ownership, sporting and hunting traditions.” . . .
Wikipedia gives a little perspective on “homemade firearms” that’s sorely missing from msnbc’s report on 3D printed guns. “Author Harlan Ellison describes the zip guns used by gangs in 1950s New York City as being made from tubing used in coffee percolators or automobile radio antennas, strapped to a block of wood to serve as a handle. A rubber band provides the power for the firing pin, which is pulled back and released to fire.” Which is pretty far away from the “assault rifle” shown as a bearded New York Times egghead (complete with hipster glasses) assures viewers that yes, Virginia . . .
A reader who prefers to remain anonymous writes,
I’m a well-dressed man with a fabulous sense of style. I’m a patron of the arts and a philanthropist. I help those in need and perform volunteer work in some of my spare time. I’m in a committed partnership, but occasionally I go down to the club and let off some steam with some buddies. (My partner knows about it and is accepting of my fun as long as I always come home.) But the other day my partner and I were refused service because of something the store owner didn’t like about us. We were asked to leave and were unable to purchase what we needed . . .
President Obama is busy threatening to “degrade” Islamic terrorists – conveniently rebranded ISIL (thus avoiding the word ‘Islamic’). Meanwhile, the usual hell continues south of the border, as narco-terrorists and their government allies torture, extort, kidnap, rape and murder hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens. In the chaotic cauldron of criminality, where citizens are deprived of their natural, civil and [somewhat] Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, any concept of government-protected human rights disappears into the unimaginable horror of unbridled brutality. The U.S. media doesn’t care. So here’s a borderlandbeat.com story of six men scooped from the streets of Cuernevaca by the local police. Three were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, after they were tortured . . .
There has been much talk about how “progressives” don’t believe in individual responsibility. There’s the stereotype that liberals attribute volitional powers to firearms…that firearms cause violence. In anticipation of the Missouri legislature’s veto override of SB656, Kansas City Mayor Sly James tried to get out in front of the issue in an address to a gaggle of community organizers . . .