“National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw,” dcgazette.com reports. “Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as ‘criminals,’ issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.” And that’s how the Revolutionary War began, apparently. [h/t WRW]
“It really does get to be difficult. We’re pulled in two directions. There are some Democrats that would be cheerful about taking the Second Amendment and repealing it and saying only police and military can have guns; there are Democrats that believe it. On the same token, there are Republicans who like guns generally and want to keep the Second Amendment and get rid of some limitations of it, but some of those Republicans would cheerfully watch us get stoned in the town square because we’re an abomination. Not every Republican believes that, and not every Democrat believes guns are evil, but it’s hard to find a balance between that.” – Gwen Patton in ‘The Gay Advocates of Gun Rights’ [at msn.com]
Joe Riggs out of UFN 51 after ‘unfortunate accident’ with gun, the headline at mmafighting.com proclaims. Setting aside the “unfortunate” descriptor, I’m not a big fan of the word “accident” when it comes to negligent discharges. I prefer “negligent discharge.” It’s a term that ascribes blame for an inadvertent ballistic event. “The UFC announced Tuesday that ‘Diesel’ injured his hand while cleaning his own pistol and won’t be able to recover in time for the UFC Fight Night 51 card in Brasilia, Brazil, on Oct. 13.” Yeah, about that cleaning thing. Are there really people stupid enough to shoot their hand before cleaning their gun? Shouldn’t that whole “accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun” thing be reserved for police suicides, protecting widows’ pensions? Anyway, the passive part . . .
“Outside of RamRodz gun cleaners, we are a full scale tool & equipment manufacturer,” TTAG reader Dan Engelsen writes. “As such I subscribe to a ton of industry newsletters. Saw this one today: School bus safety videos show responses to shooter. We recently had a bill [Senate Bill 229] that allows bus drivers to carry on a bus if they have a concealed carry permit and they’ve been authorized by the school or school district to possess a firearm. Click here [or on the image above] to see the Indiana.gov website video teaching bus drivers how to deal with an active shooter on a school bus. According the the video, the driver should abruptly apply the parking brake and/or swing the vehicle left and right, and then run or physically engage an armed individual. There’s no mention of a defensive firearm.”
The blowback from Everytown for Gun Safety’s public service announcement continues. And it’s not just The Truth About Guns who’ve pointed out that the ad sends a distinctly pro-gun message. The View episode above clearly indicates that many members of the mainstream media “get it.” And they’re selling it. The Everytown ad was timed to coincide with a civilian disarmament push in D.C. centered on protecting women by banning firearms from accused abusers. To say the ad took the wind from their sails would be an overstatement. To say that common sense is prevailing – that women are waking up to the realization that a gun in the hand is worth two restraining orders in the bush – would not. Sales of firearms to women, the increasing number of women with concealed carry permits and this type of TV all indicate a turning tide – amongst women – for guns. [h/t MM]
I’ve spent some time in Austin since RF moved down there and have come to love the place. Sure, the majority of its residents’ preening leftist moral narcissism can be exhausting, but by and large, the capitol makes up for it with an undercurrent of libertarianism combined with great music and a fantastic food scene. So all of that said, no one who’s had much experience with the town will really be surprised by the fact that some local MDAers did their best to keep Austin weird (not to mention a little nauseating) Saturday, with a topless protest of a Come And Take It march. And from the accounts, they were every bit as coherent and high minded as you’d expect from a brace of bare-breasted Shannon shills (possibly NSFW photos after the jump) . . .
“Improbably, the gun movement’s triumph has become a template for progressives, many of whom are appalled by the substance of the victories. The triumph of gun rights reminds us today: If you want to win in the court of law, first win in the court of public opinion.” – Michael Waldman, president of the NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice in ‘The Path to Safer Guns’ [at huffingtonpost.com]
I’m thinking yes. Yes, he is. Jerry Miculek is the coolest shooter in the history of the world ever. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve met some truly awesome shooters, from Mas Ayoob to FN’s Dave Sevigny to the late, great Tom Knapp. But Jerry is in another league. He’s fast, funny, dead nuts accurate and humble. He is, in short, the ultimate OFWG. Kirsten, you know I love you. You know I have nothing but respect for your mad shooting skillz, but . . . you have GOT to invite Mr. Miculek to the Texas International Firearms Festival. To see both of you shooting together would be amazing! Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. Meanwhile, I’ll ask you again: is Jerry The Man?
C’mon. No way. No way would former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg fly to the Jewish homeland and proudly trumpet his support for Israel’s “right to defend itself.” Because that would be so obviously hypocritical that even Bloomberg’s pro-gun control pimps in the mainstream media would see it. It’s OK for the Jewish State to defend itself by force of arms (TTAG hearts Tavor) but not Americans who wish to defend themselves against criminal predation or government tyranny? The jefe of Everytown for Gun Safety, the paterfamilias of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, believes in the right to [armed] self-defense – but only for governments. And yet people take him seriously. Seriously? Seriously. [h/t DS]
The more I do this work the more I realize that the antis ain’t got game. Not if you’re judging their arguments based on facts, logic and/or reason. Check out this quote from Niles, Illinois Trustee Rosemary Palicki via chicagotribune.com. (Rose was the only village official to vote no on Tuesday for a special use permit to allow firearms sales, firearms safety training and an indoor firing range at 6143 Howard St. – no more than a mile from five schools!) “The perception of danger on the part of these parents and community leaders remains very strong, and therefore, the very real issues of public health and welfare remain unresolved.” Not danger. The perception of danger. Oy. On the pro-gun side . . .
“A stray bullet hit [five-year-old] Davien Martinez during a drive by shooting last year in Manatee County,” myfoxtampabay.com reports. “‘This little piece is a piece of skull that is still logged in his brain,” [Diana] Lopez pointed out. The bullet entered his head and lodged in his jaw. It tore through Davien’s optic nerve and left him blind in his right eye. The scars of his injuries are still visible physically and emotionally. ‘Right now he gets impulses and he doesn’t have that safety filter,’ she said. Lopez said he suffers from PTSD, anxiety and mood issues.” The drive-by victim’s caregivers recommended a service dog. The family didn’t have the required $14k. Enter the ironically named (unless you work for the ATF) Tampa Bay Gun Runners club . . .
Deputy’s firearm discharges while serving a warrant, the headline at northwestgeorgianews.com reports. Damn inconvenient time for a firearm to decide to discharge wouldn’t you say? “At approximately 1315 hours this date, Deputies from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to serve a warrant at an address on Fortune Street in Rome, GA. During the course of interviewing individuals at the location, the [of course unnamed] Deputy’s service weapon discharged. At the time of the discharge the weapon was secured in the Deputy’s holster.” Now that is amazing! The gun discharged while holstered? Somebody call GLOCK, quick! Or the holster company! Or a demonic depossession specialist! “Once additional Supervisor’s arrived on the scene the incident was addressed and the scene cleared.” I wonder how arriving officers addressed the Deputy in question . . . [h/t Jeff]
The Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious has gone cold. This despite the fact that “on Thursday, June 28, 2012, [Attorney General Eric] Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for refusing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena.” Wikipedia’s entry for “ATF gunwalking scandal” tells the sad tale of the Obama administration’s coverup of the ATF’s extra-legal anti-gun-running gun-running program, that armed the Mexican rip crew who gunned down US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. That coverup continues. The reason for F&F remains shrouded in mystery. But TTAG’s original theory seems increasingly likely with news that . . .
The video above uses the 2013 shooting at LAX to lobby for more funding from the public purse for the City of Angels po-po. According to the union, “department cuts have created unsafe conditions for Angelenos. Because of budget cuts, the SWAT team that normally respond to dangerous shootings like this one were unavailable to respond to a situation where a gunman opened fire in a busy terminal at LAX.” No mention, then, of the police cluster-you-know-what that allowed the shooter to commit his heinous crime unimpeded (until he was). Just to remind you how lax LAX was in terms of “homeland security,” here’s Wikipedia’s report on the police response . . .
After a long battle with health issues, actor James Garner passed away last night at his Los Angeles home at the age of 86. Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner) was best known for his leading role in the TV series Maverick and The Rockford Files. Unlike his taciturn tough-guy colleague Clint Eastwood (above), the highly-decorated combat vet (two purple hearts) was known for his affability/amiability and quick wit. Garner did much to show that gun guys are also regular guys, and for that we thank him.