Quote of the Day: Don’t Give Me Any Lip Edition


Sunil Dutta (courtesy chds.us)
“If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.” – Sunil Dutta, I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me. [via washingtonpost.com]


Question of the Day: What’s the World’s Ugliest Gun?

The UTAS-15 12-gauge shotgun is no looker. In fact, if I had a dog with a face like that I’d shave its butt and make it walk backwards. OK, the UTAS doesn’t have a face. And I’d rather have one than not if I needed one. A practical point that raises that whole “beauty is as beauty does, who cares if a GLOCK is as sexy as a brick” deal. But with so many dead sexy heaters waiting for homes at your local gun store, why would you buy an ugly gun? And yet, people must. Otherwise none would be made, right? Anyway, what gun do you reckon is the world’s ugliest? Hi-Point 995TS 9mm carbine? Chiappa Rhino snubbie.


Question of the Day: Should There be a Limit to the Amount of Ammunition You Can Own?

ammo stash


This one comes straight from nj.com. “This question is being posed after a large amount of weapons were found in domestic dispute case in Saddle Brook. A man was stabbed by his wife, and she was charged. The police found the husband’s gun collection and confiscated it in accordance with protocol. He may be charged for the massive amount of gunpowder in his possession. Does the man’s large gun ammunition collection pose a threat to others? Some feel that his gun collection is no different than any other collection. As long as he isn’t using the guns or gunpowder to harm anyone, he should be allowed to have it. Others are concerned about the man’s intentions – what is the man’s reason for having such a huge amount of ammunition in the first place? Should there be a limit to how much ammunition a person can own?” Go get ‘em tiger!


Mainstream Media Reveal Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson’s Address

CNN report on Ferguson cop who shot Michael Brown (courtesy cnn.com)

“CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown,” thegatewaypundit.com reveals. “The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning. Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance. Yahoo News named the community Wilson where Wilson resides and published a photograph of the officer. The UK Daily Mail also named the community, posted photos of the officer and gave a description of the house. USA Today also named the community and reported a local police presence. The Washington Post named the street where Wilson lives.” Etc. Are these media outlets right to ID Wilson’s 10-40? What public interest is served here?


Question of the Day: Is “Immigration Reform” Bad for Gun Rights?

AK senatorial candidate Joe Milller's pro-2a mailer (courtesy adn.com)

“Alaska Republican Senatorial candidate Joe Miller said granting legal status to a large number of illegal immigrants would lead to more Democratic voters, who would in turn enact more gun restrictions and promote more anti-gun judges,” theblaze.com reports. “’If 20 million illegals vote, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye,’ a recent Miller campaign mailer [above] says. During a Republican debate, Miller also made the correlation between the two issues, the Alaska Dispatch News reported . . .

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Question of the Day: Does Armed Security Makes Things Worse?

Washington Navy Yard shooter (courtesy wikipedia.org)

“A disgruntled ex-cop carrying a loaded gun [not shown] bypassed metal detectors at a federal building in Philadelphia and entered the FBI’s office there this week after flashing a fake police badge and his inactive ID card, according to sources and court records obtained by ABC News. The FBI ultimately took the man’s gun after becoming suspicious, but ‘he could’ve shot up half the office by that point,’ as one law enforcement expert put it after reading the court records.” I reckon security checkpoints make people complacent. Strike that . . .

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Question of the Day: More Guns, Less Crime?

Back in 1998, the University of Chicago Press published economist John Lott’s book More Guns, Less Crime. A lot of people bought it. Not many read it. No surprise there. Saying MGLC is a stat-heavy tome is like saying that anyone who attempts to knock a pregnant woman unconscious for the sheer bloody hell of it deserves ballistic disincentive. Yes, there is that [as above]. But here’s the thing: not many Americans carry a gun. Percentage-wise, you can round it down to zero. What if more people packed heat? Would there be less violent crime? If that’s true, where’s the tipping point? Ten percent? Twenty percent? And given that inter-gang warfare accounts for a large chunk of “gun violence,” would legal carry have any effect on inner city violent crime? One more thing: would open carry be more effective at reducing/preventing violent crime than concealed?


Question of the Day: Do You Verbally Warn a Home Invader?

The legallyconcealed.com vlogger above is as unequivocal as he is taciturn: warn any home invaders that you’re armed and the cops are on their way. Makes sense to me. Especially if you’ve called 911 and put the phone down, so the service will record everything you say, for use in your defense. Only…is it possible that you’d want to ambush one more bad guys coming to rob, rape or kill you and/or your loved ones? What if you’re not in a defensible position? Do you really want to sacrifice the advantages of speed, surprise and violence of action? I say it depends on the situation; that you don’t want to commit to ANY default course of action. Have a plan but know that it probably won’t survive first contact with the enemy. What say you?


Question of the Day: Is Philly Mom Case a Gun Control Game Changer?

Shaneen Allen and sons (courtesy foxnews.com)

“Shaneen Allen faces 3½ years in prison because she made an honest mistake, followed by a mistake of honesty,” Jacob Sullum opines at nypost.com. Yes, that New York Post. The Murdoch-owned bird cage liner that constantly, hysterically, hyperbolically promotes civilian disarmament. In case you missed the backstory, “Allen, a 27-year-old phlebotomist who lives in Philadelphia, drove to Atlantic City with a gun in her purse, thinking her Pennsylvania carry permit would be respected in New Jersey. Then she told a state trooper about the gun when he pulled her over for a traffic violation . . . Her trial, scheduled for Oct. 6, will pit New Jersey’s draconian gun laws against compassion and common sense.” Is this The Big One? The case that will show-up NJ’s tyranny and signal a shift firearms freedom fence-sitters’ attitude towards lawful carry? [h/t DD]


Question of the Day: Has the NRA and NSSF Abandoned New York?


Whenever I give the National Rifle Association grief (e.g. an admonition for their recent decision to pull Dom Raso’s “guns for the blind” video) I try to remember that the NRA plays politics. That game requires long-term thinking, back-room dealing and, for us, unpalatable compromise. So when I read Gun lobby’s campaign donations drop in NY since passage of SAFE Act at nydailynews.com (excerpt after the jump) that the NRA and National Shooting Sports Foundation have cut contributions to New York’s pro-gun pols, I tried to think why they’d do such a thing. Lack of funds? Ha! No one worth supporting? That’s not hardball. A lost cause? That doesn’t seem possible but . . . what do you reckon? . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Know Any Fudds?

Elmer Fudd (right) (courtesy chronicle.com)

Last week, Gerald Patrick Marr shot and killed a 31-year-old mother and her daughter and then shot and killed himself. Within hours, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Facebook page waved the bloody shirt. The only [semi] interesting thing about their post: they didn’t bother to specifically state what new law would have prevented the tragedy (hint: none). There are gun owners who sympathize with MDA’s intentionally oblique crusade for “sensible” restrictions on gun ownership. Foremost amongst them, “Fudds” – hunters who can’t understand why people want to own modern sporting rifles. And, by extension, “high-capacity” handguns. [See: letter to the editor after the jump.]  Do you know anyone like that? . . .
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Quote of the Day: Benefit of the Doubt Edition


“This is not perceived as being furtherance of a domestic gun control agenda. It is trying to influence Russia’s aggressive stance toward Ukraine. No one is questioning imposition of sanctions.” – NSSF VP and general counsel Larry Keane quoted in Embargo prompts run on Russian-made guns in U.S. [via sfgate.com]


Question of the Day: Ready for Ebola?

Ebola suit (courtesy wunc.org)

“In truth, almost nobody is America is prepared for an Ebola outbreak — not the people, not the hospitals, not the grocery stores and certainly not the government,” naturalnews.com reports. “Even a small, local Ebola outbreak would result in a mandatory lock down of people in their own homes. The government’s phrase for this is ‘shelter in place,’ and it was invoked at gunpoint during the Boston Marathon bombings. The problem with all this is that the very minute the public gets word of Ebola spreading in America, people will launch into panic buying of everything you can imagine: gasoline and fuel, water, storable foods, chemical sanitizers, ammunition, firearms and so on. Think ‘zombie apocalypse’ and you’ll get the idea.” Thinking about guns and ammo here. Are you ready?


Question of the Day: Are Hollywood Celebs The Biggest Gun Hypocrites?

Anna Faris (courtesy usatoday.net)

Chris “Starlord” Pratt is on the cover of this month’s Esquire magazine. According to the mag, “Pratt talks about his thirty- or forty-gun arsenal. He bought Faris [actress Anna Faris, Pratt's wife, above] a gun in the event that crazy person comes to their house while he’s in Louisiana and necessitates her ‘blowing their f—— brains out.’ He tells me to print that, just in case Anna Faris’ and Esquire’s fan demographics overlap.” So, pro-gun? Not the way Esquire spins it . . .

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Question of the Day: Is There a Left-Wing Conspiracy Against Gun Rights?

Sally Kohn (courtesy youtube.com)

PetitionForRedress sent us a link to eagnews.org, which reveals that “A prominent CNN commentator [Sally Kohn, above], the top two political reporters for The Huffington Post, a Reuters reporter, the editor of The Nation magazine, a producer for Al Jazeera America television, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, and approximately two dozen Huffington Post contributors are among the more than 1,000 members of Gamechanger Salon. Founded by leftwing activist Billy Wimsatt, the group is a secretive digital gathering of writers, opinion leaders, activists and political hands who share information, ideas and strategy via a closed Google group.” And how many of them support individual, uninfringeable gun rights? I’m thinking . . . none. But does this prove that there is, indeed, a left-wing/Democratic/Progressive conspiracy against firearms freedom? Or is that something you knew anyway?