Question of the Day: Does Gun Ownership Make You Less Confrontational?

Ned (courtesy storycorps.org)

TTAG reader DH writes:

Depending on my mood in the mornings, I’ll either listen to XM radio for morning show idiot-free music or NPR. Yeah, I know. Anyway, as luck would have it this morning was a NPR day. They have a long-running a series called StoryCorps. It’s a collection of short three- to five-minute personal stories as filler between the local and national news. I was getting ready to hop out of the truck when the story titled “The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun” came on. I was compelled to stop and listen. . .

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Michael Bloomberg and Hollywood: A Love Story

As we’ve mention a couple of times now, Billy Johnson’s raising funds via Kickstarter to produce a film he’s calling ‘Protecting Liberty.’ As he puts it, “The right to keep and bear arms is preserved in the United States Constitution. The media-fed misperception that we are less safe, and that guns are the cause, has been used repeatedly to deny that constitutional right. To push our political leaders and our fellow citizens to demonize that right.” If you’ve seen any of his excellent AmidsTheNoise videos, you know the voodoo that he do so well . . .

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Larry King: Russian Anti-Gunner?

Larry King still has a television show? On Russian TV? Geddowdaheah! And yet somehow that makes perfect sense. Larry’s always been in perfect lockstep with the Russian propensity to crush liberty underneath its leaders’ jackboots. In fact,one wonders how long it will be before NBC sells MSNBC to RT and whether that would make any difference to their small, left-leaning anti-gun audience. Just sayin’ . . . [h/t DrVino]

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Head of Gun Control Org Kicks Single Mom to the Curb

Bryan Miller in 2008. Photo credit: USA Today.

The Philadelphia Inquirer will never be mistaken for a pro-gun publication, but even their editorial board found the travails of Shaneen Allen — a single mother of two who ran afoul of New Jersey’s Kafkaesque firearms laws — appalling. “Allen’s case illustrates the danger of relying on prosecutors for restraint, a consequence of any mandatory minimum sentence. Tough gun laws can save lives, but rigid penalties for sometimes minor crimes risk needlessly ruining lives, along with the rationale for those laws.” . . .

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Piss Off the Hollywood Anti-Gun Left: Fund Billy Johnson’s Kickstarter Project

As we noted earlier, Billy Johnson is raising money to produce a film, “Protecting Liberty,” via a Kickstarter campaign. Now, thanks to wikileaks.org’s release of emails (links after the jump) between between Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s head honcho among other Hollywood heavyweights, it’s clear that a project like the one Billy is trying to complete is needed now more than ever. If you have some spare change rattling around in your couch or found a $20 bill in the dryer last week, you might want to send it his way. How many chances do you get to personally help counter the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex’s media messaging machine?

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Jeremy Alcede Commands Our Attention Again…This Time From Jail

Jeremy-Alcede-courtesy-blog.seattlepi.com_

Jeremy Alcede has gotten himself into hot water once again. He originally popped up on TTAG’s radar when he came out in support of Frank Lautenberg’s and Carolyn McCarthy’s attempt to ban online ammo sales. This time the dispute is over…wait for it…his Facebook page. Alcede is the now former owner of Tactical Firearms in Katy, Texas. Alcede lost his business during bankruptcy proceedings back in December of 2014 and Boyert Shooting Center took over all of his remaining assets. Boyert asserts that Alcede’s Facebook page and followers are part of the business’s assets and sought court assistance to force Alcede to hand them over. Boyert claims the page’s followers are “valuable assets and should stay with the company.” The courts have so far agreed . . .

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Question of the Day: How’s the “Gun Violence” Where You Live?

“More than 70 percent of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods experienced gun-related crimes last month,” WCPO reports. “Westwood, East Price Hill, Walnut Hills, Bond Hill and Over-the-Rhine (in that order) topped the list of 37 neighborhoods impacted by 170 gun-related incidents reported in March, according to an analysis of data provided by the Cincinnati Police Department. Shots were not fired in every case.” Other than the headline’s use of the term “gun violence” . . .

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“American Guns” Star Richard Wyatt Arrested for Theft

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Maybe the producers of gun-related network TV shows should invest a little more time in vetting their “reality” stars. An alarming percentage of them seem to end up posing for portraits while wearing orange jumpsuits. First there was Will “Never Been Done Befo” Hayden’s sordid sexual proclivities. Now, “American Guns” star Richard Wyatt finds himself in a Colorado hoosegow after surrendering to authorities. We mentioned a few weeks ago that his store, Gunsmoke Guns, had been raided by the ATF (after an earlier visit from the IRS). Now, Wyatt’s been arrested for “theft from an at-risk adult” . . .

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OMG! Blind People! With GUNS! OMG!

(courtesy wspa.com)

We’ve been here before. Back in October 2013, TTAG reader MD Matt took Jimmy Kimmel to task for making fun of sight-impaired shooters in Blind People with Gun? Get Over it.)  Three days ago, it was Defensive Gun Use of the Day: 92-Year-Old Blind Woman Chases Off Burglars. But that didn’t stop South Carolina’s WSPA from launching a hysterical report headlined Investigation: Shooting in the Dark. Like this: “Johnny Horton, former Army gunner and card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, love his firearms and doesn’t go anywhere without his pistol. He says South Carolina’s concealed weapons permit law terrifies him . . .

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Out of the Mouth of Babes . . . Come Wayne LaPierre’s Words

“I was at work watching a Hickok45 video,” TTAG reader CR writes. “To my horror, this ad played. I’m sure hickok45 has no control over who YouTube lets advertise on his videos, I was just floored (though not surprised) they would stoop that low.” Hang on. Did NRA jefe Wayne LaPierre really say “We have nothing to fear but the absence of fear”? If so, oops. Also, it doesn’t make sense (the point on its inclusion?). So the video confuses viewers from the git-go. Otherwise, it all makes perfect sense. It signals Everytown for Civilian Disarmament’s appeal to Americans who would stick their fingers in their ears and say nanananana! to a range of deadly threats, hoping the government protects them from the list of lethal, credible threats. In other words, own goal.

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NJ Man Arrested With Silenced Machine Gun. Wait. Silenced Semi-Automatic. No. Semi-Automatic.

Not a silenced sub-machine gun (courtesy nj.com)

We’ve blogged many a nj.com anti-gun story, justly accusing the writers of hypocrisy, mendacity and an over-arching desire to serve up anti-gun agitprop to their readers. Needless to say, misinformation is a key part of that mix. When the website breathlessly reported that Trenton police had arrested a man with a silenced submachine gun and I saw the picture of a .22-caliber Walther Arms MP5-a5, I assumed they’d got it wrong accidentally on purpose. Not so. If the editor’s mea culpa is to be believed . . .

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