Is Maine Spying on Gun Owners?: This Week in Gun Rights

This is TTAG’s weekly roundup of legal and legislative news affecting guns, the gun business and gun owners’ rights. For a deeper dive into the topics discussed here, check out this week in gun rights at FPC

Why are the Moms wearing orange next week?

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No doubt inspired by the color scheme of a home improvement superpower, Moms Demand members will be wearing hunter orange shirts next Friday for “Gun Violence Awareness Day.” What is Gun Violence Awareness Day, you ask?

Well, dear reader, it’s a day where a carburetion of suburban elites and other wayward, likely unemployed souls bring their children to crime-ridden, densely-populated urban centers like Newark, New Jersey, to walk up and down blocked off streets, unironically decrying a lack of gun control while being guarded by police who are carrying – you guessed it – firearms.

On the lead up to this event you’ll be seeing social media from organizations like Everytown, who are propagating lies like “firearms are the leading cause of death among American children and teens,” which is, according to the CDC, patently false, but consistent with their typical claims. It’s at the very least a good filtering mechanism. I know there’s one color next week that will make me steer far away from people at the check-out lines. If you happen to encounter a pack of these day-glow colored geniuses next week I can only hope you’ll happen to be wearing one of FPC’s awesome pro-gun shirts. I know I will.

Anti-Gun orgs can’t properly vet supporters or candidates

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Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay (courtesy Twitter)

In honor of the coming “Wear Orange” day, let’s talk about some people on the other side of our aisle. People have a right to defend themselves and their families, and that right includes the appropriate use of force in some, but not all instances. Apparently this theory wasn’t communicated to Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay, who said she would shoot unmasked people who attempt to walk within six feet of her.

With that in mind, Rager seems to be an appropriate name. Doctor Rager happens to be a school board member backed by the anti-Second Amendment organization Moms Demand Action, who apparently does little to no research on people before bringing them into the fold. Or perhaps they share in these machinations, and that’s why they think nobody ought have a gun. But I digress.

Dr. Rager-Kay isn’t the anti-gun organizations’ most recent mistake. That honor is owed to Peter Manfredonia, who killed two people prior to going on the lam in Pennsylvania and subsequently being captured by police in Maryland. Through 2019, Manfredonia raised money for organizations like Sandy Hook Promise and made multiple social media posts advocating for gun control, using hashtags like #PrayforElPaso and #PrayforGilroy. Of course, these are fairly isolated incidents, and are not data in any way.

The problem with anti-Second Amendment and pro-authoritarian organizations and political campaigns is that they seem to attract people willing to use the firearms they hate to commit violence. Of course Moms Demand, Everytown, and other anti-human rights groups are free to do what they please, but they may want to consider a touch more vetting. Or maybe these people are so anti-gun because they have invasive thoughts, and think everyone else does too? Who knows.

Rifleman stops potential mass shooting by protecting unarmed police

Good guys with guns are everywhere, but their good deeds rarely go reported. That isn’t the case in the village of Kwethluk, Alaska, where an armed citizen came to the aid of unarmed police officers who were being threatened by an armed man. I’m sure you’re wondering why the police were unarmed.

Kwethluk is one of the few police agencies in the country whose officers don’t carry firearms. After the suspect began firing, one of the villagers, armed with a rifle, stepped up to the plate. Not only did he courageously step forward, he ended the situation peacefully. The villager talked the assailant into surrendering without firing a shot.

Gun control laws don’t reduce the suicide rate

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One of the most prominent narratives pitched by the anti-gun crowd is that access to firearms leads to an increased rate of suicide. According to Dean Weingarten and backed by Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, that’s simply not true. In fact, while suicides in the United States were increasing, the rate of suicides by firearm were on the decline. But how could that be? Well it turns out that there’s no real correlation between the two.

So why the push for gun control? It’s a ruse. The majority of “gun deaths” (a category I detest as it presents no principled distinction between gun deaths and any other) are by suicide. So, seeking to seize on that statistic, gun controllers cling to it.

Of course, most of the gun control measures being advocated for would have zero impact on suicide. Mr. Weingarten provides three excellent examples of these nonsensical laws – magazine capacity limits, semi automatic firearms bans, and carry restrictions – none of which would affect the ability of an individual to commit suicide.

Who’s afraid of the Big Igloo? Apparently the ATF

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Hawaiian shirts. Igloos. Sidequest memes that include stealing Nancy Pelosi’s vodka and teaching a bear its rights as a sovereign citizen. These are among the many internet jokes within the gun and veteran communities.

The phrase “boogaloo” is itself a meme – referring to the oft-overlooked cult classic film Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. People who share these jokes with one another tend to have two things in common: they’re gun aficionados and they’re not fans of tyranny. But of course, when anti-authority movements begin spreading, even if they quite clearly pose no threat to the public, statists working in government start to get uncomfortable. As a result, we get things like this safety bulletin.

While working with Baltimore Police, ATF-Baltimore released the bulletin, explaining that the “movement consists of members that identify with extreme pro second amendment rights” and that their clothing “mirrors military style apparel, which can also closely resemble that of a law enforcement uniform.”

Well first of all, I didn’t realize that fully embracing a right was “extreme,” but I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised by such a pronouncement. Second, doesn’t it seem kind of inappropriate that the police are so militarized that they might appear to actually be soldiers? Maybe that’s something we need to fix as a country.

Either the ATF is clowning or they actually believe that sharing boog memes is an indication that someone is a member of a vast internet conspiracy to overthrow the government while wearing Hawaiian shirts and listening to trap music. Either way, it should bother you, because the statements in the safety bulletin indicate that they lack the capacity to competently function as a law enforcement agency, which is tragically common these days.

Did Maine spy on its gun owners? Whistleblower says yes

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Something is afoot in the Pine Tree State, and it doesn’t bode well for gun owners. In a lawsuit filed in federal court earlier this month, a former Maine state trooper indicated that the state police have been maintaining a database on the state’s residents using illegally obtained information.

The database, which is allegedly maintained by the Maine Intelligence Analysis Center, included information on individuals who were engaged in lawful protests, worked at a camp for Israeli and Palestinian children, and those who had filed applications to purchase firearms from dealers in the state. Not at all problematic, right?

Aside from the obviously racist and otherwise unconstitutional undertones of monitoring individuals based on their national origin and exercise of their First Amendment rights, the Intelligence Analysis Center’s collection of gun purchaser information violates state law, which requires destruction of applications after the sale to ensure that — you guessed it — the buyer’s information isn’t pumped into a clandestine gun owner registry.

While this situation slowly unfolds, keep in mind that there are a number of bills being pushed at the federal level which would create the exact same kind of database that’s involved in this case.

comments

  1. avatar Ralph says:

    Of course Maine is spying on gun owners. Government spies on everyone all the time. Especially the Feds, but states are just as culpable and just as dangerous.

    Oh, I know what the apologists are saying. “If you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.” Riiight. It’s not like the G would ever frame anyone. Nope. Never. Not the G that I know. No way.

    1. avatar Steve says:

      Ditto and I would like to add, debit card usage is constantly monitored

      1. avatar Jason says:

        An interesting point…California Unemployment Insurance administered through the EDD, now in high demand to do the .gov’s criminal shutdown of businesses now distributes payments through debit cards. They used to send checks, but now your spending is all traceable.

        1. avatar Jason says:

          errr…due to the .gov’s…

    2. avatar Random says:

      I wonder about all these people that get apps for their phones that track their shooting habits and other other info on their guns. Doesn’t anyone remember the NSA’s big data farms that were recording data off peoples phones. It made a real big stink a few years ago. Do you think that they stopped?

  2. avatar Dennis says:

    “We just want to protect you from yourself”! We’re all on someone’s data base, and every time they succeed in passing another unconstitutional law, it’s one step closer to the end game.

  3. avatar LifeSavor says:

    TTAGers,

    Monday, June 8, 10 AM: 2A rally on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA. Speakers from GOA and other organizations.

    You can wear orange if you want, but maybe bring your firearm, also…just to trip-out the walkers cited in the first piece, above.

  4. avatar Prndll says:

    That was a great deal of reading to end up not being told much of anything.

    If you are concerned about being tracked and monitored, the best thing you can do is just stay off social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. There are all kinds of things that can be done. But if your going to put yourself out there, don’t be surprised if your seen.

    1. avatar Dave says:

      I couldn’t disagree more. Not using social media is a nice first step, but even social media is ultimately far from necessary to dox someone. And governments are showing themselves to be quite unscrupulous in terms of surveillance. Say no to them now, while it still might be meaningful.

  5. avatar Shire-man says:

    I’ve family in Maine for a long time now and from I’ve heard, seen and read the Maine staties are shockingly tyrannical. Like to CT and NY levels of making up their own laws and extortion and all sorts of shit that would activate the A-Team if you knew where to find them.

    Doesn’t make any sense for a rural state so sparsely populated but I guess if they can get away with it they will do it. You’d think they’d be pretty laid back and get their kicks from harassing Massholes but apparently that’s not the case.

  6. avatar Green Mtn Boy says:

    Why are the Moms wearing orange next week?

    WGAF what Demanding Commie Mommy’s do or why.

    1. avatar Void says:

      Karens demand attention?

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      “Why are the Moms wearing orange next week?”

      ‘Cause orange is the new naked.

  7. avatar arc says:

    The databases already exist, they just want to legalize them.

    1. avatar Dave says:

      This. Those creating the databases need to be imprisoned.

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