Friday, October 25, 2013

Josh Sugarmann: "Disarm Blacks For Their Own Good"

How else can you interpret his continuing series of posts about how dangerous black people are that have guns? 
In 2011, the most recent year for which such data is available, black females were murdered by males at a rate of 2.61 per 100,000 in single victim/single offender incidents. 
Ninety-four percent of black women were murdered by someone they knew
93 percent of the homicides were intra-racial.
Josh also has some strange ideas about 'African Americans':
For African Americans as well as other women,
So either Josh believes ALL African Americans are women or else someone had to lay off their copy editor.

Either way.  Duh. 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mom's Demand Lovin' Astroturf In Action

The same two women that testified at the CCW hearings and claimed FB 'likes' as 'members' are back again pushing for a bill that doesn't exist.

What they prove is that they really have no idea what is in the CCW law and only repeat talking points given them by their superiors. They claim that schools will have to post 'No Guns' signs at every door. 

Uh, no. That is only for businesses that choose to disallow self-defense. Schools are verboten w/o question. Sign or no sign if you carry in a school, you're breaking the law.

But they don't know that nor do they really care.  Those are 'facts' you see and 'facts' don't fit into an anti-gun activists' world-view.  But they've got lots of money to keep saying the things they do.

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EIU Gun Forum: The Movie

EIU Gun Culture Forum Pt I

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

EIU Gun Control Forum

Yesterday as soon as I got home from work, I saw an alert on a gun control forum at the local university.
Det. Captain Franz Plueckthun, commander of Undercover Operations of the Bavarian State Police, and Michael Tentler, consultant for the German BKA (FBI), will lead the discussion, according to a press release from the university.
In addition, Hafeez Muhammad, long-time resident and community activist of Chicago, will address the problem of gun shootings in Chicago.
First thought "Oh yeah, this is going to be balanced".  I got there early to set up and one of the organizers stated "I was wondering if one of you would show up". I was wearing my NRA hat, hence the comment.  By the time the forum started, it was about half pro-gun activists and half students (who were required to be there).

The moderator was Prof. Kevin Anderson of the PoliSci dept.

Det. Captain Franz Plueckthun spoke first. He stated that the post war laws barring civilian firearm ownership were established by the occupying US forces and had been tightened even more since then. German citizens know little about firearms except from TV. It's not part of their culture. Munich, where he's from, had zero murders last year and he says the lack of firearms are a big part of it.

Michael Tentler was next. He covered German requirements to get a firearm.  You need a state approved reason and there are multiple examinations involved.  (Mostly only hardcore collectors or hunters even try to obtain the license. From what I understand, it can take several years. -ed) He stated that gay marriage is a right in Germany like firearm ownership is here and that one doesn't always need to choose to use a right. Guns make it easier to kill your wife.

Mr Hafeez Muhammed was the surprise of the evening. While he did start out talking about 'gun culture' and violence, using stories of him playing w/ cap guns in the '60's and many of those today are now using real guns,  he specifically stated numerous times he was not there to attack the NRA or any gun owners and that the solution is to break the violence through education and economic reform since the majority (he said 75%) of crime is committed by and against gang bangers over drugs.

They did balance out the forum by having a very pro-gun officer from the Charleston PD (Lt Brad Oyer) present. He's a lifelong firearm owner, hunter, sportsman and NRA member. In Coles cnty there are more guns than people and a low crime rate.We have the right to KABA but need to be responsible and accountable.

Then the questions.

First off was what you'ld expect. A pure Godwin. I'm not going to even give it any more time.

Next up was Don Huskey who runs local gun shows and firearm training. He stated back in '79 he was stopped by German police armed w/ sub-machine guns.  The response was that there was a terrorist threat/scare at the time.

Most of the questions were actually statements and along those lines.  The students started getting frustrated by it.

 One good question was what, if anything did the German police take from the US.  They stated the 'broken window' theory from NYC.  When asked to explain, it was the theory that a single broken down house can lead to neighborhood deterioration and the mindset that goes w/ it.

Other good ones were on the legalization of the drug trade, how to get jobs that pay more than drug dealing and whether the more homogenous nature of Germany is partly responsible for lower crime. The answer to the last one was that Germany is not homogenous, that there are many Turks and E. Europeans in the country and there is issues w/ integration.  (I remember my great aunt talking about having issues w/ the Turkish immigrants decades ago).

 A student brought out the meme that all guns started out legally and that we seemed to be blaming black people.  The black students here are more afraid of the locals than we are of them.  Why do we 'need' guns to protect ourselves.

Then came the boom.  Took awhile for the moderators to get control.  An older resident stated that he has watched Chicago gangs try and get holds here.  Chicago based students (who think of anything south of I-80 as 'Southern Illinois, I did for awhile) did not like that.

A point that one of the German officers made was the cultural differences. In Germany, residents expect the gov't to take care of them. 

Overall the forum was much better balanced than I anticipated. One of the German officers, however, was convinced you could go into a Wal-mart and buy an M-16 no questions asked, a belief apparently encouraged by German media.  I will add video to this later.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Illinois Gun Bills Up

From ISRA:
HB3646 – DANGEROUS BILL – Bans Concealed Carry in any restaurant that has alcoholic beverages on the menu. Drastically reduces your choices on when and how to protect yourself. This bill is a foot in the door to create a growing list of places where you will be prohibited from protecting yourself and your family from dangerous criminals.

HB3669 – DANGEROUS BILL - This bill eliminates “safe haven” provisions for areas near schools – meaning that you could not even have a firearm locked in your trunk if you drive on to ANY property controlled by a school district. Once again, this bill would severely limit your self defense options and would make you a felon for doing nothing more than possessing a firearm. Under this bill, you would have to leave your defensive firearms at home if your plans called for you to enter any lands controlled by a school district. The real purpose of this bill is to pave the way for sweeping prohibitions on concealed carry that would make self defense impractical and a serious legal risk for most Illinois citizens.

HB3675 – DANGEROUS BILL – This bill would severely increase penalties for persons found to be carrying firearms in restricted areas. This bill is designed solely to scare law-abiding citizens out of carrying defensive firearms. This bill in no way targets gang-bangers or other violent criminals.

SB2594 – DANGEROUS BILL – This is another bill that would prohibit carry in restaurants that have alcoholic beverages on the menu.

HB3651 – GOOD BILL – This bill lowers the burdensome 16-hour training rule to a more reasonable 8-hour requirement. This bill also eliminates the re-training requirements for carry permit renewals. In short, this bill undoes that anti-gunners’ attempts to discourage people from applying for carry permits by easing burdensome training requirements.

HB3650 – GOOD BILL – This bill provides for concealed carry reciprocity between Illinois and dozens of other states.

HB3649 – GOOD BILL – This bill reduces the exorbitant fees the State Police plan on charging people for permit applications. The state should not be allowed to price-gouge citizens who want to defend themselves. This bill would make fees more reasonable and thus allow greater access to self defense for Illinois citizens.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

NAC Heavy (and Sneaky) Armor

Last week I posted some PE forces done up in various patterns.  This week I went and picked them all up and added were a NAC OGRE Ninja and an OGRE Mk VI.

How do you make an armored vehicle the size of a school 'stealthy'?  LOTS of electronics.  Even w/ those a 'Ninja' motif was obligatory:
 It started out as all black but that just was too bland. My painter added a touch of color onto the 'conning tower' ( a dark grey), the missile tips (dark blue) and a hint of red to the exhaust vents in the back.  Much better.

Next up (but not last) is Bertha, The Mk VI:
The biggest OGRE ever built. Able to crush large buildings w/ a single push. Guns, missiles, armor, AI.  Camo pattern is ATACS-FG. Can you hide something this big w/ camo?  No, but it looks cool.

Next up will be a Mk IV in Multicam, a unit of Missile Tanks, Mobile Howitzers, and Infantry in Tiger Stripe and some supporting buildings.

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