We recently highlighted two stories claiming that concealed carry is a dangerous delusion: thenation.com‘s Tactical Experts Destroy the NRA’s Heroic Gunslinger Fantasy and rawstory.com‘s Combat veterans shoot down NRA ‘fantasy world’ of ‘good guys with guns’. Both stories rely on the opinion of one Stephen Benson, who claimed to be a Navy SEAL. Nope. Over on Facebook, a man named Don Shipley published a post revealing that Mr. Benson is guilty of stolen valor . . .
“North Charleston police are investigating an early morning robbery at a Waffle House restaurant in which the suspected robber was shot by a customer,” postandcourier.com reports. “’He saved us, that’s what he did’” a Waffle House employee said.” You can’t get any clearer than that can you? Actually, maybe you can. “[The robber is in critical condition at Medical University Hospital, police spokeswoman Angela Johnson told The Post and Courier. The customer who intervened had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Johnson said. ‘It’s says something about firearms,’ a uniformed officer said, ‘for good people with firearms being in the right hands.'” Yes. Yes it does. [h/t JP]
By Brandon at concealednation.org
The Arkansas State Fair kicked off this week and provides fun and entertainment to thousands for a 10-day stretch. And keeping fair-goers safe is a no weapons policy, says fair officials. “Open carry or concealed carry– there are no weapons allowed on the fairgrounds,” says General Manager Ralph Shoptaw. If a private property owner in Arkansas posts a ‘no weapons’ sign, you are obligated by law to respect that sign. “At the state fair if it is posted, like it is, you cannot bring a weapon in,” Little Rock Police Lt. Steven McClanahan said . . .
“Hundreds of students at the University of Texas at Austin will protest a new law [that] will allow more guns on campus not with signs or sit-ins, but by strapping gigantic swinging dildos to their backpacks,” chron.com reports. Hundreds? Gigantic? Swinging? That remains to be seen. Literally. I am so there. If “hundreds” of students wielding dildos gather on campus on August 24, 2016 to protest against campus carry, the resulting news coverage will reach new heights in anti-gun inanity. And that’s saying something. Even better, there’s a chance that . . .
Presidential candidate Ben Carson caught major flack for stating that German civilian disarmament enabled the Holocaust. Anti-gun commentators and Jewish organizations alike condemned the statement. To its eternal shame, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement saying “the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate . . . gun control did not cause the Holocaust; Nazism and anti-Semitism did.” See what they did there? Conflating cause and methodology. The truth is . . .
I think not. It’s extremely difficult to buy a gun. There are dozens upon dozens of excellent firearms deserving of a buyer’s hard-earned money. How do you choose? Do you address the challenge intellectually or surrender to your emotions? And then there are financial considerations (and related relationship concerns). Like life itself, buying a gun is a bitch. And then you marry one. But that’s me. Twice. What about you? Do you find buying a gun easy?
Reader Ian W. writes:
I’ve been going back and forth with a gun control advocate on Facebook in the aftermath of the Umpqua Community College shooting. She wants us to #DoSomething, I ask what exactly more gun control will accomplish. She calls for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and online ammo purchase limits. I point out the pointlessness of such things. I post cited facts, she ignores me. So goes the usual go-nowhere pro-gun/anti-gun “discussion.” But to prove that, contrary the chronic anti claim, gun owners aren’t unwilling to make compromises (just opposed to pointless and/or redundant laws and “compromise” that is nothing of the sort) I posted the following . . .
“I speak as someone who loves America and loves Americans. But having been brought up in a country where there are no guns, the one thing that you’re completely struck by when you come to America is the amount of paranoia and fear that infests daily life in almost every sphere of American society because of the presence of guns.” – Pier Morgan quoted in Piers Morgan on gun control: ‘To me, doing nothing is unconscionable’ [via pri.org]
Was an 85-year-old woman a victim of Disneyitis? She was born only two years after the release of the first Mickey Mouse cartoon. Much like Timothy Treadwell, she appears to be a victim of severe anthropomorphism (attributing human-like traits to animals). In this case, she was feeding several black bears. One of them eventually broke into her house and killed her . From missoulian.com . . .
To say that conservative Roseberg Oregon wasn’t receptive to President Obama’s post-Umpqua Community College mass shooting visit would be like saying that The Campaign to Stop Gun Violence isn’t very happy about open carry (which was in evidence in Roseburg this afternoon). And so both the White House and mainstream media downplayed his visit. The ever-faithful washingtonpost.com told readers . . .
Press release from The Texas Firearms Festival
Person or persons unknown have defaced an Austin-area billboard for the Texas Firearms Festival, scheduled for November 14 and 15. The vandals obscured some of the text on the sign on East 11th St. It now reads “Texas Fear Festival.” The show’s organizers are amused but not amazed at the transformation . . .