Don’t Waste My Time With Cat Video-Style Arguments On Guns

Credit: Tom Toles, via

An old friend of mine posted the Tom Toles comic above deriding the Second Amendment on Facebook, apparently in reference to the Umpqua Community College attack. I wrote a response to him that became a bit TL,DR for Facebook, but I thought I’d submit it for consideration by the TTAG readership. Here goes:

A similar scoreboard could be totaled up for almost all of our bill of rights. (Let’s forget, for the moment, the fact that the cartoonist is apparently ignorant of, among others, the Battle of Athens, Tennessee apparently doesn’t consider slaveholders to be tyrants or the fact that even passionate gun control advocate David Hemenway endorsed the suggestion that there are around 100,000 defensive gun uses in the country each year . . .

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Quote of the Day: Put Up Or Shut Up Edition

Australian gun confidscation (courtesy

“In citing Australia and Great Britain as examples, does Obama envision their gun laws as right for America? If so, he should put it on the table. He should have the courage to tell America exactly how Australia and Britain control guns, and make the case for emulating them. Draft those bills and send them to Congress.” – Nolan Finley, Obama just jawboning on guns [via]


Guns for Beginners: Castle Doctrine and The Duty to Retreat


“A witness called police saying that someone had just shot their wife in the middle of the street,” reports, “and that he was trying to get into the house across the street. The homeowner heard the shots and grabbed a firearm. As the man attempted to enter the home, he killed the suspect.” Given the totality of circumstances, the Oklahoma homeowner who terminated his wife-aversive neighbor will not face prosecution. Ah, but the antis would say, “Why didn’t he retreat into the house? He didn’t have to confront the man trying to break in.” No he didn’t. But neither was he obliged to retreat . . .

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Jim Atwood, Author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose [VIDEO]

Mr. Atwood is the author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose. In it, the long time ecumenical anti-gunner “documents how Americans have been deceived into believing that the tools of violence, whether they take the form of advanced military technology or a handgun in the bedside stand, will provide security.” Deceived eh? I’m not so sure. In the talk above, Atwood goes further . . .

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Roger Krahl of R Guns – Doing It His Way




By Bud Harton

In 1994, I was a senior Infantry NCO on active duty with the US Army and assigned to an Illinois Army National Guard infantry unit in Elgin, Illinois. Bill Clinton was the President and with the able assistance of the Democratic controlled 103rd Congress, the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was passed and signed into law. Along with many other Americans, I was desperate to get an AR before the ban went into effect and I rushed to a local gun shop, R Guns of Carpentersville, Illinois. I quickly selected and paid for a Colt A2 Sporter and was amazed that it was still listed at and sold at the same every day price without any price increase. That was when I first met Roger Krahl of R Guns . . .

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Dyspeptic Gunsmith: Arming Civilians Not Necessarily The Answer to the Loss of Liberty

TTAG commentator Dyspeptic Gunsmith writes:

From talking to a couple dozen combat vets of Iraq and Afghanistan, I think it is a highly dubious proposition that armed civilians in the Islamic world will fight off terrorists and thugs. In Central and South America, I don’t think that the people would maintain any sort of freedom if you could wave a magic wand and make the cartels disappear overnight. Look at what people vote for – just look at Venezuela for an example. Here’s an example of how mere guns don’t magically result in liberty . . .

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Housekeeping: Once Again, Why TTAG Publishes Spree Killers’ Names and Their Photo

Chris Mercer (courtes

When there’s a spree killing, The Truth About Guns publishes the name of the killer or killers, and his or her image. That’s our policy. For some reason, Chris Mercer’s homicidal attack at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College has triggered a particularly strong desire to refrain from naming the perpetrator and keep his picture out of the media, as both our commentariat and the LA Times story ‘Don’t say his name’: Oregon community wants to make shooter anonymous indicate. To quote a man who was anything but, I want to be perfectly clear . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Trust Anything A Politician Says on Guns? [VIDEO]

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says he’s pro-gun, but tells the world that gun control laws should be left to the states (where gun rights restrictions are OK). Presidential candidate and reality show star Donald Trump recently released a solidly pro-gun policy statement, but previously supported an “assault weapons” ban. New Jersey Governor Chris Christies says he’s pro-gun, but favored a ban on .50 rifles. While there are presidential aspirants who’ve been consistently pro-gun – Ted Cruz springs to mind – and you can certainly trust Democratic hopefuls to be anti-gun, do you trust any politician on gun rights?


The Truth About Anti-Campus Carry Educators


In today’s Sunday Review, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni rails against Texas’ move to campus carry. “Take a moment with that phrase. Get beyond its amiable alliteration. It’s an endorsement of guns in a haven for scholarship and theater of ideas where there’s an especially powerful case against them.” By people who don’t have a clue. Like Frank, frankly. Bruni’s anti-ballistic beat-down is boilerplate bile – professors will be muzzled by the possibility of being muzzled, drunken students will go off-half-cocked, suicide will stain dorm room walls, that sort of thing. More interesting: the top comment on the website, penned by a self-professed “university faculty member” . . .

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Rolling Stone’s Amanda Marcotte Brings a Gun to a Knife Fight


By Clay Aalders via The Truth About Knives

“Absolutely, a murderer can often kill one person or two with a knife before being stopped. But to really rack up those mind-blowing death counts – to make sure that many lives are destroyed and families ruined in the space of five or 10 minutes – you need a gun. If all you care about is apportioning blame and declaring that someone does or does not have murderous intent, then by all means, claim a knife and a gun are equivalent weapons.” Apparently Rolling Stone writer Amanda Marcotte hasn’t read about the Bath School  Massacre, the most deadly school massacre in U.S. history which was carried out with explosives . . .

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Umpqua Community College Shooter’s British Father Calls for Gun Control

Ian Mercer (courtesy

“The father of the gunman who killed nine people at a community college here called on the nation to change its gun laws on Saturday, saying the massacre ‘would not have happened’ if his son had not been able to buy so many handguns and rifles,” reports. As the Brits would say, he would say that wouldn’t he? That and more . . ..

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Quote of the Day: Poo-Flinging Primate Edition


“It doesn’t have to be this way. If you think America is a lost cause when it comes to guns, then the gunmakers have beaten you. Do you really want that? Do you really want those assholes sitting on a pile of money and hoping this shit goes on into eternity? They can be beaten. I’ll shit on their doorstep myself if I have to.” – Drew Magary in We Can Win the War on Guns [at]