Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gun Blogger's Lexicon

NOTE: Updates can now be seen on the page dedicated to the lexicon.

A new reader told me that they sometimes have problems following what is being talked about on DOOT and other gun blogs. They look up what they can but some of the inside jokes and terminology escapes them. I forget that sometimes. So I'm going to put up some of the most common and add others as I get them.

Ammo Serialization: Either serializing every round of ammunition of making firearms that stamp a serial number on expended casings.

'Assault Weapon': A semi-auto firearm that often looks like a military firearm. Term used to deliberately confuse the general public to think that they ARE military firearms.

'Authorized Journalists': Journalists who think they should have exclusive control over information dissemination. Usually are gun control advocates as well.

AWB: Assault Weapon Ban. Federal, state or local restrictions on 'Assault Weapons'.

Ballistic Fingerprinting: Technique where police use bullets fired by a gun to be able to allegedly trace it back to criminal activity. So far it hasn't worked where it's been tried in MD and CA but millions of dollars have been spent on it anyway. Creates a registry of legal firearm owners.

BC/VPC/CSGV/ISGV/MAIG/PEG: Acronyms for various gun control groups. They're all pretty much the same and often share 'leadership'.

'Blood in the Streets': Tired argument used by gun control advocates whenever a firearm law is relaxed and more people own and/or carry in the belief that this will cause increases in crime. Used since Florida passed Concealed Carry nearly 25 years ago and every time another state has followed suit.

Brady-Bot: Similar to a 'Joyce Puppet' except an individual, group or website created by the Brady Campaign (BC)

Castle Doctrine/Duty to retreat: Laws in relation to self defense. Putting the onus on the authorities to show that you were not defending yourself and that you can actively defend yourself w/o legal retribution by the criminal anywhere you're legally allowed to be.

CCW: Concealed Carry of a firearm. Can't see it.

Collective Right Model: The belief that the Second Amendment refers to the states forming citizens militias for defense and not of private ownership of firearms. Obsolete as of 2008 (DC v Heller and McDonald et al v Chicago)

'Common Sense': Term used by gun control advocates to try and control the debate. A logical fallacy as if you disagree w/ them, you're non-sensical

Constitutional Carry: CCW w/o a license. (ex. AK, VT, AZ, WY)

EBR: 'Evil Black Rifle'. Running joke that any dark colored firearm is inherently more dangerous . Normally an 'assault weapon'.

FFL (Dealer): Federal Firearm License: The guys that run the gun shops.

'For the Children': Attempt by gun control advocates to claim you want to see children dead because you don't support their ideas.

'Fudd': A firearm owner, often a hunter, that supports gun control measures as long as it doesn't affect them.

Full-Auto/Burst Fire: A firearm that shoots more than one bullet while the trigger is depressed.

Individual Rights Model: Stance that the Second Amendment refers to the Right of individuals to own firearms exclusive of membership/service in a militia. (DC v Heller and McDonald et al v Chicago)

Joyce Foundation: Charitable organization which funds the majority of gun control activities in the US including groups, studies, and conferences. Look at the financing and you'll usually find a link back. Pres. Obama is a former board member.

Joyce Puppet: Gun Control group, individual or online site funded by the Joyce Foundation. (ie Freedom States Alliance, VPC, etc. )

Goblin: Any criminal, thug, gang-banger, or other lowlife.

Gun Show Loophole: Attempts to force all firearm sales and transfers to go through licensed dealers while also trying to shut down as many dealers as possible.

May Issue: When a state can arbitrarily decide who gets a firearm or CCW license (ex. MA, CA, NY, MD, NJ).

'Only Ones': Derogatory term for police who feel they're the only ones qualified enough to handle firearms.

Open Carry: Carrying a firearm on your hip etc. so it can be seen.

Patrol Rifle: Journalistic phenomenon where an incredibly dangerous 'Assault Weapon' magically transforms into a highly accurate and useful firearm when in the hands of the police.

PEGheads: Members of Protest Easy Guns (PEG)

'Progressive' Firearm Laws: Anything but...

PSH: Pants Sh!tting Hysterics. Term for hysterical and nonsensical claims by gun control advocates (ex. the NRA wants to give guns to kindergartners or you can buy rocket launchers at gun shows)

PuSH'er: People who make hysterical and nonsensical claims to support gun control

'Reasonable': Term used by gun control advocates to try and control the debate. A logical fallacy as if you disagree w/ them, you're not reasonable.

'Reasoned Discourse': Term for when gun control advocates regularly censor comments on their message boards or blogs. Usually when their arguments and claims are easily refuted. Term comes from the last days of the old Brady Campaign blog where they ran a series called, of course 'Reasoned Discourse' where they highlighted alleged violent or disgusting comments they had received. This was shortly before they blocked all comments and later deleted them.

Semi-auto: A firearm that shoots one bullet w/ one pull of the trigger.

Shall Issue: CCW license issued to anyone who fulfills all the requirements (ex. TX, FL)

Shoulder Thing That Goes Up: Just outright legislative ignorance. Writing laws when you have no idea what you're talking about. Common for most gun control bills. Watch the video.

SHTF: Sh!t Hit The Fan: Any sort of emergency or crisis situation.

Wild West Shootouts: Tired argument used by gun control advocates whenever a firearm law is relaxed and more people own and/or carry in the belief that this will cause increases in crime. Used since Florida passed Concealed Carry nearly 25 years ago and every time another state has followed suit.

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JP said...

This is a good idea. I linked it.

kaveman said...

Probably should add "EBR" for evil black rifle.

gator said...


May I suggest adding "castle doctrine" and the sometimes-related "duty to retreat" (or the lack thereof).

Old Jarhead said...

Hell, Thirdpower, you forgot to mention all the genitalia the anti's seem to be obsessed with. Other than that, it's a pretty good list.

Anonymous said...

"Innocent School Children"

Automatic Cookie cutter label put on anyone shot within 30 miles of any school in a major city with the population above 10,000. Any criminal records of shooter and shootie are automatically ignored by the liberal press. Any past gang affiliation qualify's as being labeled "He was a Choir boy" label also.

Anonymous said...

You were somewhat kind to the Joyce Foundation. How come? The Joyce Foundation is little more than a fraud. They only pretend to be a charitable foundation. Their ultimate goal is to attain their own self-interests through deceit. They hate guns, they do not want ordinary citizens to own them, they try to fool the American people into believing their propaganda, and many politicians adhere to their beliefs as well. These people pose the real danger.

John Richardson said...

I would add two more.

Youth shootings - In Bradyspeak, that means any gangbanger under the age of 25 or 30.

Commonsense laws - Another term used by gun control groups when they are trying to put a pretty face on more restrictions. It never applies to either anything dealing with common sense or to the relaxation of onerous requirements.

TheMinuteman said...

I would add one as well from Joe Speak.

Puritan: Someone that is afraid someone, somewhere is having fun.

I might suggest adding an explanation of the Wookie suit as well.

A central lexicon is definitely a good thing. Especially when one of us coins a new phrase and it takes off, but some readers don't know the context. Not everyone reads every blog, I don't think there's enough time in the world to do so.

Steve said...

How could you possibly forget "barrel shroud" and "the shoulder thing that goes up"?!

Allen said...

I got into it with my congresscritter. she constantly referred to "assault rifles".

I told her that the definition of assault rifles was not the textbook one...and if she can call a semi-auto an assault rifle, I was going to call my Volvo station wagon an Armored Personnel Carrier.

zeeke42 said...

It's not directly gun related, but I'd add Wookiee Suit.

mikee said...

Happy Dance: Kim du Toit, on his retired blog, used to have a Happy Dance in his front yard whenever somebody emailed a story about a new shooter being introduced to firearms. I don't remember exactly what he supposedly wore as a Happy Dance costume, and blog is now gone from the internet. ;)

Armed Citizen: When citizens use a lawfully owned gun in a law abiding manner to defend themselves or others, as recorded in a monthly column of the NRA magazine American Rifleman. According to gun banners, Armed Citizens will either have their guns taken and used on them by criminals, will be unable to defend themselves successfully against a criminal even with a gun, or will shoot innocent bystanders whilst attempting to shoot the criminal, always in an unjustifiable manner. Yet the column appears without fail in the NRA magazine, month after month.

mikee said...

Unpossible: When there is a law in place forbidding the carrying of firearms, such as at a school or church or political rally, yet a violent criminal attacks someone there with a firearm in just such a prohibited place, it is unpossible that a firearm was used, because it is against the law. Usually, such actions drive anti-gunners to propose further restrictions on legal carry to stop such shenanigans from occurring ever again.

BornLib said...

How about:
Arsenal - what the media calls a collection of more than two guns

Stockpile - what the media calls a supply of more than 200 rounds of ammunition, even if it is just a single box of 22lr

Jim Hamilton said...

Don't forget the most popular one of all, "Illegal guns"
A term the media uses to brainwash people into thinking firearms are illegal. Even if the gun was stolen, It's not the firearm that's illegal, just like a stolen car the car isn't illegal, it's the POS that took it that is unlawful.