Friday, August 1, 2008


From the Brady Campaign:

If they think bankrolling someone to spy on gun violence victims who are trying to strengthen the tragically weak gun laws in the country is acceptable, what else might they be doing?
Well, they're not paying private investigators to try and entrap firearm dealers. They're not intentionally misleading the public on what constitutes an "assault weapon". Or telling people that the IL FOID card is the ONLY background check required for 10 years. Really guys, try looking into a mirror when you proclaim about "ethical boundaries". See if you can keep a straight face.

It should be noted that what the Brady Campaign considers "tragically weak" is anything below the DC handgun ban. You know. The law that was just ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

As much as they lie and say they don't support "bans" and only want "to save lives" , their actions say otherwise:

Jeanne Bishop, president of a Million Mom March chapter in northern Chicago, said members of that group were just "stunned" to hear that council members were considering repealing the city's handgun ban or amending it.

She expressed concern that someone could remove a handgun in similar fashion and then take the weapon "into Evanston Township High School and have a Columbine shooting."

And even uses Kellerman to defend it:

She quoted statistics from the organization, which maintains that for every legally justifiable shooting of a gun in a household, some 22 are criminal, unintentional or suicide-related.
So the BC/MMM continues to support gun bans because someone might shoot up another school and the NRA might be spying on you too.

"Windfall Profits Tax" plus $1000 'rebate' = $0 saved

As the energy companies just raise prices to compensate.

We are so f*cked.

Obama draws in quality support.

Multiple violent religious leaders, communists, murderers and now a racist rapper.

How many more of his supporters and advisors is he going to have to "quickly distance himself from"?

Brady Doublespeak

From the Brady site:

"What Would the State Gun Industry Immunity Legislation Do?

While there are differences between each of the state bills pushed by the NRA and the gun industry, the immunity bills would generally give special legal immunity to gun manufacturers and sellers so that they would not be liable for damages when injury or death results from their failure to use reasonable care in their design and sale of guns, including damages resulting from their failure to implement reasonable, life-saving safety devices.

From the Brady puppet site “GodnotGuns”

“When our Congressional representatives give the gun industry immunity from prosecution,

And yet:

Brady Center Files Suit Against Gun Seller Who Supplied Juneau Murderer

Chicago Tribune takes a stand against rights..

They can no longer claim in any way to be impartial in their news reporting on firearms.

We share Daley's anger at the 5-4 ruling of the Supreme Court. It was based on flawed legal reasoning, ignored precedent and will lead to years of litigation about the constitutionality of various firearms restrictions.

And yet even they say Daley should drop the ban.

Chicago not playing dumb...

They really are. From ChicagoHandgunCase comes the response to the City not bothering to look up records for their brief:

Applying the standard from the above cases to the instant situation, the Defendant
cannot claim ignorance about public records over which it has control. Presumably, the
Plaintiffs’ firearm applications and responses are in a computer, or file cabinet, or other storage
means in a City building, and the City simply decided not to look them up. That is not grounds
for claiming ignorance, and it was disingenuous of the Defendants to so claim.

Is anyone really surprised that Chicago is trying to stonewall, delay, and obfuscate as much as possible?

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Revised DC Bill introduced.

As Uncle and SIH mentioned earlier. According to the NRA, it will:

  • Repeal the District's ban on semi-automatic handguns. Semi-automatic pistols have been the most commonly purchased handguns in the United States over the last 20 years, and therefore a ban on those firearms is unconstitutional as decided by Heller;

  • Restore the right of self-defense by repealing the requirement that firearms be disassembled or secured with a trigger lock in the home;

  • Repeal the current D.C. registration system that requires multiple visits to police headquarters; ballistics testing; passing a written test on D.C. gun laws; fingerprinting; and limiting registration to one handgun per 90 days. The current system is unduly burdensome and serves as a vehicle for even more onerous restrictions; and

  • Create a limited exemption to the federal ban on interstate handgun sales by allowing D.C. residents to purchase handguns in Virginia and Maryland. Currently there are no firearms dealers in the District of Columbia, and the federal ban prohibits residents from purchasing handguns outside of the District; therefore, District residents have no means of purchasing handguns.
Link to the actual bill when I find it.

The Chicago Surge

In the midst of a 13% increase in murders primarily by out of control gangs and a dramatic increase in shooting by Chicago Police involved w/ an increased police presence to combat said crime wave, who are the citizens of one of the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago lashing out against?
Ten people were arrested Friday night during a disturbance in the Englewood neighborhood, where community activists were advocating violence toward police and inciting a riot, police said Saturday.
An interesting counterpoint is presented from the CPUSA paper "Revolution", stating :
On a large intersection in Englewood, a couple hundred people stood up to police intimidation, humiliation and terrorizing, called the police out as murderers, and by the end of the night an estimated ten people had been arrested and brutalized.

So we have police (over?) reacting to a dramatic increase in crime that some 'community leaders' are screaming that something be done about, other 'community leaders' attacking the police and blaming the system, while the self-proclaimed and elected leaders , including Jackson, Sharpton, and Meeks inflame racial tensions to keep themselves in the limelight.

I'm so glad I don't live there anymore.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ceasefire PA boardmembers.

Some new information has come to light on this organization.

She became a leader of Pennsylvanians Against Handgun Violence and later a board member of Ceasefire Pennsylvania.

So they had a mole, a bigot, and a UFO nut.

They really can pick 'em, can't they?

Bryan Miller says it's a dishonest tactic. I would put it in the same category as intentionally misleading the public on firearms, legislation, and statistics.

Paul's got his knickers in a twist and calls the NRA a bunch of meanies. At the same time he misleads the public on statistics. Go figure. He opines:
Reading the story, one imagines a group of executives over at NRA headquarters huddled around a copy of The Art of War with a flashlight in a dark basement office, hatching a new cloak-and-dagger plot.
That's not the image I have. Unlike the BC, VPC, and CF, the NRA has enough money to pay their electric bills and afford copies for everyone.

An interesting comparison:

would this be similar to outspoken anti-gun activist Josh Sugarman (President of the Violence Policy Center) having a Federal Firearms Dealer License? -Zen21Tao

Why does Josh have it? One reason is to have inside access to industry trade shows.

Putting them in the ring...

SailorCurt reports that the SAF and SCCC are hosting a debate between John Lott and Paul Helmke. Tomorrow.

Hopefully someone will be recording it. This oughta be good.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Increasing Chicago HS graduation rates..

By encouraging students to skip school and spending tax money to bus them to a publicity stunt.

That is the concept by State Sen. Meeks who also apparently thinks exacerbating racial tensions will help improve things.
"Today we are back to two-tiered schools — white and affluent on one side, and black, brown and poor on the other,"
The Township doesn't quite know what to do:

Officials at New Trier Township High School District 203 said it wasn't yet clear how they'll deal with so many Chicago students showing up at one time to attempt to enroll at the high school.
My suggestion, call the police and have Meeks arrested for enabling truancy. Chicago is 43rd in the nation for African American HS graduation rates and only has a 50% rate overall. I'm sure encouraging kids to ditch school at any opportunity is the way to fix this.

Praise the Lord and pass the talking points...

Another Huffpo Screed advocates the Brady position that if only we had banned "Assault Shotguns" and tell lots of fibs then the recent church shooting would never have happened.

In it he mentions VT and NIU, both Brady Endorsed "Gun Free Zones" and, surprisingly, New Life Church in Colorado Springs. He states that it was a "security guard" who stopped the shooter. Neglecting of course to mention that the "guard" was a private member of the congregation that had the position to stop exactly the kind of situation that occurred. 30,000 die/year, neglecting to mention half are suicides, too many guns, etc. You know. The usual.

Obviously he missed the part where the the resident "GodnotGun" preacher fabricated stories and regularly demeans firearm owners in her search for Jesus.

Disney not a separate nation...

Federal, State, and Local laws apply to them no matter how powerful the Mouse but the law needs to be better defined.

Mandatory Layoffs in Chicago.

Showing his fiscal competence, Chicago Mayor Daley admits that mandatory lay-offs are on the table for city employees even after making Chicago one of the most highly taxed areas in the US , spending thousands of dollars to bus students to anti-gun protests, building museums nobody wants, and pimping the IOC to get the 2016 Olympics.

So the net results will be employees having to work overtime to make up for lost work or (if they're not allowed to) less money being spent in the city as workers have less to spend on ever more expensive purchases.

Go Daley Go. Turn Chicago into an even bigger hole.

Brady Campaign lies

They claim a semi-auto shotgun can shoot 3 shells at a time.

Again, thanks to reporting from the Knoxville News-Sentinel, the Knoxville church shooter apparently used a Remington Model 48, 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun that fires up to three shells at a time.

To add to their dishonesty, they compare it to a split breach dbl barrel instead of a pump action.

Not like we actually expect anything like integrity from the Brady Campaign though.

Note: They read the sites and updated theirs:

12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun that fires up to three shells at a time, one after the other, without having to re-load. Apologies for the “confusion.”

Sailorcurt says: But the hunters just KNOW that the anti-gunners won't take THEIR guns, now don't they?

DC Wars: The Heller Strikes Back

Just as we expected, the District of Columbia decided to play games over handgun registration, requiring ballistics tests, written exams, mandating storage, banning semi-auto's as machineguns, and much more inanity.

Also just as expected, Heller swung his cajones over his shoulder again and is taking them back to court.

We've won the individual rights battle (for now). Now we need to get the definable limits so DC, Chicago, and San Fran can be put to rest.

Everone knows I'm not an absolutist but I have my red lines. The current IL FOID is not my ideal but realistically it's the best we'll get in this state for the time being. In fact, having it has prevented stricter laws from being enacted. I'll deal w/ it for now. I will, however, fight tooth and nail to prevent plans like Blago's wanting to raise the fee to $500. THAT is a blatant infringement.

Had Chicago and DC not shot themselves in the foot and enacted their bans by closing the registration offices, it (registration) also wouldn't be on the infringement radar except as a distant blip . Difficult but not impossible to own. But they did ban guns, others (like MA and CA) are trying to follow suit defacto by requiring non-existant features and outrageous fees, and it's looking like it's going to cost them.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Chicago Gun Buyback is working already...

Two women threw a caustic liquid into the face of another woman in the Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood and robbed her, police said.

Remember. Give them what they want and they won't hurt you. We should trust people who have proven they don't care about societal norms.

Two found shot on West Side

4 Shot In Back Of The Yards Neighborhood

Man fatally shot in Englewood neighborhood, Chicago police say

"Only" six seven people have been reported shot so far today. Think how bad it would have been.

Tracing guns

According to the 2007 UCR for Illinois, 6690 firearms were were recovered and traced in Chicago that year.

According to the city, 6700 firearms were "bought back" last year (2007).

So Chicago is not tracing all recovered firearms by a long-shot unless the majority of "guns" turned in were toys.

How accurate are trace data statistics again?

What more can Daley et al be doing to combat gun crime?

Paranoid Rural White People

Because you're more likely to be hit by a comet than face an armed psycho. Right? That's what the pundits keep saying.

I guess I'ld rather be paranoid.

You know what's 'stupid'? Linking to some heavily visited blogs, insulting the readers, and then not expecting a reaction.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Send me the Bill..

A poster by the name of Paul Warfield over on Bryan Miller's blog is quite the amusing character. He's diagnosed me w/ delusions of grandeur, megolomania, underachieving, and other serious psychological issues and recommends I get counseling to "save myself some real trouble later in my life."

He really hates the military, citing Full Metal Jacket as his source, yet allegedly works w/ PTSD patients. Scary thought.

He also thinks starting out by calling people "high", paranoid, and psychoanalyzing their screen handles is the way to start a "reasoned discussion to convince people".

Just like our buddy Alex Riley, he likes to throw out unnamed "credentials" and lists of papers to justify his bigotry.

The fields of strawmen he's beaten down is a sight to behold.

One would expect that someone who is allegedly educated in psychology would have taken a Logic and Critical Thinking course.

All I can really do is watch him dance and laugh .

Chicago Roundup..

Gun turn in nets less than half of what police hoped for. Still ran out of money any way. So much for planning.

Daley realizes he's going to lose the lawsuit and instead asks lots of really stupid questions. Armed and Safe has more on that.

Anti-Mathematics are proven again as Alderman Mell, the one who tried to pass legislation allowing only him to re-register his guns, is shown what his "thousands of people" really amounted to. Himself, a former Attorney General and about 2 dozen other people. Exactly like I said would happen.

Winston Smith apparently was involved in the counting:

Gun turn-in program brings in more than 6,800 weapons


The event, held at 25 churchces across the city, brought in close to 6,000 guns as of 9 p.m. Saturday, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

So it's either bad reporting, fudged numbers, or nearly 1000 were turned in after 9pm. I know what I'ld put my money on.