TTAG Daily Digest: Learning Gun Basics, Pushing Back From Texas and Gun Control Is the Wrong Direction

If You’re Trying To Ban Guns, The Least You Can Do Is Learn The Basics – Why bother? If it’s a gun, it’s bad. Period.

How dare Second Amendment advocates expect that those passionately arguing to limit their constitutional rights might have some rudimentary knowledge of the devices they want to ban? To point out the constant glaring technical and policy “faux pas” of gun controllers is to engage in “gunsplaining,” a bad-faith argument akin to intimidation.

“If you don’t know what the ‘AR’ in AR-15 stands for, you don’t get to talk” explains the sarcastic subhead. If you don’t know what the “AR” in AR-15 stands (for) you still get to talk. But if you want to ban or confiscate AR-15s and you haven’t taken the time to learn what the AR stands for, then gun owners have every right to call you out.

Canon, Kennesaw, Georgia (courtesy

In this American town, guns are required by law – Freedom to keep and bear arms but no freedom not to keep and bear arms? Go figure . . .

“The first thing that most people say when they meet us, you know as a community is ‘oh, it’s not what I expected,'” said Mayor Easterling. “I don’t know what they expect of people who arm themselves with guns at home, or what they’re looking for, but really we’re not that.”

“People kind of get the image that it’s the Wild West, where everybody walks around with a firearm strapped to their side, and it’s not like that,” Arnold said. “It’s strictly a home defense system type of deal. There’s no shootouts down the street.”

Ted Cruz, John Cornyn push back against calls for gun control — If not in Texas, where?

Amid a growing clamor for action to address a rash of mass shootings, Sen. Ted Cruz pushed back hard Tuesday against demands for restrictions on assault weapons, calling instead for a fresh look at a bill aimed at keeping guns away from criminals.

“If the objective is to stop violent crime, we should focus on stopping the violent criminals and rapists and murderers,” he said in a call with reporters as Texans go to the polls on primary day. “Texans want to stop the criminals. Texans do not want Washington politicians disarming law-abiding citizens.”

Father who lost child in Parkland massacre: Survivors’ gun control efforts go ‘in the wrong direction’ – Gee, we haven’t seen Andrew Pollack featured in the media nearly as much as David Hogg. For some reason.

The father, who gained notoriety of his own when he told President Donald Trump he is “pissed” that school shootings continue to happen and has since expressed support for Trump’s suggestion that teachers be armed, then gave the students some advice.

“I want them to focus their energy on something that’s achievable right now. Be productive in the country. Work with us. Let’s make these schools safe and once every school is safe in America, do what you have to with the gun laws,” he said.

Gov. Bevin Responds to Alleged Hypocrisy – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin on the cultural roots of America’s “gun violence” problem.

Want Gun Control Laws? Forget Congress. – The states are where the bump fire stock bans, gun violence restraining orders, age restrictions, magazine limits and “assault weapons” bans will happen. Author Cody Jacobs thinks ballot initiatives are the way to push the gun control ball forward.

Here’s why ballot initiatives are the way to go: On some political issues, conventional wisdom about what is possible is particularly slow to catch up to changes in public opinion. A good example is marijuana policy. Majorities, or at least large minorities, of the American public have favored recreational marijuana legalization for a decade, but only recently have mainstream politicians finally begun to get behind legalization. How did marijuana legalization go from being a fringe position to one backed by ambitious national politicians? Marijuana proved it could win at the ballot box.

By bypassing the legislative process and taking the case directly to the people through statewide ballot initiatives, marijuana legalization advocates won major victories. Those victories had both a huge policy impact—one-fifth of Americans now live in states in which recreational marijuana use is legal—and a major political impact in driving cautious politicians to realize that marijuana could be a winning issue.

Steven Crowder went back to UT-Dallas. And it’s everything you’d expect it to be.




  1. avatar surlycmd says:

    Ballot initiatives on a civil right. I would like to think Mr. Jacobs’ 8th grade Civics teacher regrets giving him a passing grade.

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Luckily the men who founded this country had the foresight to establish a constitutional republic instead of a democracy. The fact that ‘conventional wisdom about what is possible is particularly slow to catch up to changes in public opinion’ is a feature, not a bug.

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        Nothing F’s that sh_t and buries it ass up woth a flag pole in it, like a woke populace ready to clean house of some Fv<K heads claiming they know better, shitting on the ways things really work and survives without them.

        1. avatar patrulje68 says:

          I must not be (a)”woke” enough because I don’t have a clue what you just said nor which side of the issue you support.

      2. avatar Ed Schrade says:

        We ceased being a true republic after the uncivil war.

  2. avatar Rick the Bear says:

    Kennesaw passed that law years ago. Suddenly it’s news??

    They did write in an exemption for religious or conscientious objectors.

    1. avatar Patrick says:

      Yeah, I’ve heard people get worked up about the Party “forcing” people to do something. However, like you said there are quite liberal exemptions, and there is no penalty enforced for not owning guns. The ordinance has been called essentially a political statement, but I like to think of it as a societal law that is voluntarily self enforced.

      On the other hand, gun-grabbers like to reference the above and act like it wasn’t a law and that therefore the reduction in violence afterward had nothing to do with it. On the contrary, whether it was enforced or not, I think that the ordinance certainly encouraged and publicized gun ownership for home defense, and likely resulted in a number of gun purchases and guns in the safe cleaned, looked over, prepared for use, etc.

    2. avatar Zeke says:

      Stories about Kennesaw get puked back up every. single. time. some yahoo with a gun does something bad, and the lefties want an illustration of how “out of control” the American Gun Culture(TM) is. You can set your watch by it: Bang bang, hysteria, look-how-crazy-they-are-in-K’saw.

      Just another no-news day for the MSM.

  3. avatar wrench says:

    Didn’t you know that a AR15 is the same as a M16?

  4. avatar Hannibal says:

    Thanks for posting a well-written response to that moronic article yesterday. I wanted to write one myself but kept being interrupted because of a need to slap my forehead… plus I didn’t want to link to the original and give it any page views.

  5. avatar Kendahl says:

    I don’t understand why the antis would want a ballot initiative. They always lose even in California.

    1. avatar Excedrine says:

      Except that they don’t, especially in The People’s RepubliKKK of KKKommiefornia.

    2. avatar Stereodude says:

      That’s what judges are for. To overturn the will of the people.

    3. avatar Mark N. says:

      Prop 63, the California internet ammo ban (etc.), was a voter initiative.

  6. avatar former water walker says:

    I love Ted Cruz…pretty sure he wouldn’t do a “Trump”. Donnie lost whatever mind he had😡😡😡

  7. avatar J says:

    I made a petition on that has made them upset. I posted a pro-2nd Amendment petition on their site. Please go to link and endorse it if you fell like it after you read it. They want to take it down as they state at the top of it, but that would infringe on our 1st Amendment rights. Copy the link and send to friends also if you feel like it.

    Are there any other online petitions we could start to help us out with pro-2nd Amendment.

  8. avatar Bloving says:

    Watched as much of Gov.Bevin I could before this damn phone locked up on me… we need him in Washington but I reckon his state might be reluctant to let him go.

  9. avatar J says:

    The petition web site has a lot of pro-2nd Amendment petitions that need people to view and sign if possible. Please help save our 2nd Amendment rights. Look at these and decide which to sign. There are too many to link here.

    A lot of anti-2nd Amendment petitions are post there also.

    1. avatar Patrick says:

      I went there to find “Repeal the NFA”. It was second on the list, but has expired.

    2. avatar Scoutino says:

      Signed as no. 43. Also voted for getting it promoted on Move.on.

  10. avatar Sprocket says:

    The states are where the NRA’s lack of a ground game is going to hurt us.

  11. avatar Keith says:

    Armalite Rifle 16

  12. avatar CLarson says:

    RE: Parkland: So while Broward County deputies had a stand down order, other police who went in on their own initiative are being punished. It would be nice to have a list of officers who actually went in, what departments they were from, and the order they went in. Why do I think Broward county was first on the scene and last to enter?

  13. avatar Anymouse says:

    You get to talk if you don’t know what “AR” stands for. You don’t get to shut up once you make it obvious that you have no idea what you’re talking about and start calling them “weapons of war,” “machine guns,” etc.

  14. avatar raptor jesus says:

    A very compelling argument can be made that there’s a first amendment right to be free from being FORCED to exercise your second amendment rights. It’s a cornerstone of conscientious objectors.

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