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Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 05:18 am

At Guns.com, his five strategical blunders.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 01:21 am

From the NY Daily News:

Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million of his vast fortune to bankroll grass-roots efforts to build a national network dedicated to passing stricter gun-control laws in America, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Bloomberg said the game plan calls for absorbing the gun control groups that he has funded — Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — into an umbrella group known as Everytown for Gun Safety. They will focus enrollment efforts in 15 states, including such pro-gun strongholds as Texas, and seek to land a million new backers this year.

The strategy takes a long view of how to produce change on gun reform, and is designed to beat the National Rifle Association at its own game: developing the political clout needed to get lawmakers to back the group’s agenda — and to punish those who don’t.

Yeah, good luck in Texas….

Gun Control Crowd and Media BiasJeff Soyer on 13 Apr 2014 04:45 am

It must be a slow news day because the Washington Post has reprinted ex-justice Paul Steven’s recommendation that the 2nd Amendment needs to be repaired.

I already dealt with this last February.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 10 Apr 2014 04:14 am

From Fox News:

According to The Washington Beacon, Obama’s $1.1 billion “[includes] $182 million to support the president’s ‘Now is the Time’ gun safety initiative.”

“Now is the Time” includes the following:

1. Require background checks for all gun sales.

2. Strengthen the background check system for gun sales.

3. Pass a new, stronger ban on assault weapons.

4. Limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

5. Finish the job of getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets

Yeah, there’s more at the link. In the meantime, the elections in November are looming importantly for the gun rights community. I hate to sound like an NRA fund-raising letter, but it’s true.

Related: House Democrats’ letter to Obama:

House Democrats want President Obama to use his executive power to renew enforcement of a ban on imported military-style guns like AK-47s.

The 82 Dems said in a letter that the ban would cut drug violence in Mexico, where AK-type guns imported to the U.S. are often smuggled.

“Restoring the import ban is a no-brainer that would require no legislative action,” said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), who spearheaded the letter with Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)

So, it isn’t even about crime here in the U.S. , but rather Mexico.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 10 Apr 2014 04:06 am

Uh-huh. How convenient:

As he seeks the Republican nomination for governor, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has ended his association with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, saying he no longer agrees with its agenda.

In a campaign release Wednesday, Boughton said the organization founded and funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now advocating for gun laws that he cannot support.

He was for it before he was against it. And, how vocal was he about all the gun control laws Gov. Malloy and the state legislature shoved down everyone’s throats?

From CT News Junkie, last August:

Guns: Would Boughton have signed the bipartisan gun legislation that was a response to the Sandy Hook School shooting?

“I believe and have believed that those people deserved a legislative response,” Boughton said. “I don’t know if the legislature got it right. I think in many, many ways they didn’t get it right. Particularly when it relates to school safety. To only put $15 million to harden our school sites in the entire state of Connecticut is absolutely bizarre.”

But would he have signed it?

“I would have to think long and hard about that and probably have to make a decision about what I think is best for the residents of Connecticut, but also the response for the parents of Sandy Hook,” he said.

Boy, that’s taking a bold stand. So, he has no principled position at all; whichever way the polls are pointing, that’s where he’ll follow. By last December, he met with the CT Tea Party and found a lizard-sized backbone and said, “I have a strong record of supporting 2A rights, look it up.” Actually, there’s nothing to look up. I know; I tried. And, it wasn’t until just a couple days ago that he “quit” Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

His primary opponent (or at least the most prominent one), Tom Foley, isn’t much better:

Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley told the state’s largest gun group Tuesday night that he would block further gun-control legislation if elected, but he has no plans to seek repeal of the sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws approved last year in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“I will promise you this, if I am governor, any further attempts at restrictions on law-abiding residents by our legislature will stop at the governor’s office,” Foley told members of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, who packed the Elks Lodge for their monthly meeting.

Hey Tom? Don’t bother with the barn door; the horses are all gone.

I feel for my Connecticut readers.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 23 Mar 2014 11:00 am

Here’s how one was treated at a gun control rally:

More here.

Here’s something I read the other day:

“Arguing with liberals…it’s like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it’s victorious.” — Anonymous


Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 21 Mar 2014 02:26 am

She wants Obama to reinterpret existing law through executive action:

Citing the Gun Control Act of 1968, Feinstein states, “In recent years… importers of firearms have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of the ‘sporting purposes’ test to evade the import ban.”

The phrase contained in The Gun Control Act of 1968 Feinstein is referencing prohibits the importation of firearms that are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” She claims that in recent years firearms importers have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of “sporting purposes” to circumvent the ban.

More at the link, including her letter to the President.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 20 Mar 2014 02:46 am

From the Washington Times:

Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization funded by billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg, is falsely claiming a victory for forcing a billboard company to take down a Slide Fire advertisement in Chicago.

The truth is that the manufacturer contracted for the billboard to stay up for only two months.

More at the link. Really, lies and distortions are all they’ve got . . . Kinda’ like the Democratic Party as a whole.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 19 Mar 2014 02:58 am

From the Washington Times:

A firestorm of backlash has been mounting against a South Carolina pub that put a derogatory sign in its store window telling gun owners to keep out.

Backstreets Pub & Deli in Clemson has a one-star rating out of five on Yelp, with pages upon pages of negative comments and reviews by Second Amendment supporters.

“NO CONCEALED WEAPONS ALLOWED,” the sign warns. “If you are such a loser that you feel a need to carry a gun with you when you go out, I do not want your business. Douchebag.”

Naturally, I had to check it out on Yelp. You know, a business owner has the right to put up a simple sign saying “No Guns” if that is what they want. Adding the gratuitous insults afterwards is totally uncalled for and I’m glad for the blow-back by the gun owning community. Some of it is pretty funny:

After eating here I got violent diarrhea. I also was vomiting uncontrollably. It was coming out both ends, it was so horrible. And all I ordered was a glass of water. On the way the bathroom when I saw the kitchen and I saw cockroaches climbing on the walls, I took a picture and posted it. I was also surprised to see a glory hole in the men’s bathroom. Not really into the gay thing but if you’re looking for a good time this may be the place for you. [Followed by a photo of a swarm of cockroaches -ed.]

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I ate here last night, and now I’m violently Ill. I haven’t been able to leave the bathroom, and on top of that, I ordered beer seeing as it was St. Pattys day and they decided to make it festive with Green Dye, I’m sure the beer consisted of a 60/40 mix and now my vomit is dark green.

the atmosphere was horrible, with a tacky sign on the door calling people with CCW permits douchbags.

the service was appalling, should have taken the sign on the door as a warning. Over weight, grease stained tank top servers. Food came cold and kind of off tasting, and the beer (as stated earlier) was dyed green, and were flat, they may have just given me a pint of green dye with water and charged me for beer, idk.

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All these gun guys have it all wrong.

Notice the period after “I do not want your business.” Meaning he signed it as “Douchebag.”

He isn’t calling gun owners douchebags, he is calling himself a douchebag.

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As for the food Backstreets Pub & Grill, you would expect something decent, and what you get instead is the gluey texture and bland flavor of a wartime MRE. The flavor of their wings are akin to that of overcooked McDonald’s chicken nuggets at 4x the price. They delivered fried chicken to me that still had feathers attached to it. Their pizza has a texture and astringent flavor that brought paint primer to mind. The cooks end up looking like demons stoking the fires of hell. The food makes you think you’ve arrived there.

To make things worse, the overall dining experience was rendered tortuous by the intensely stupid service.

I would rather pay $5 to chew on an old lady’s chin mole than eat this ever again. Just kneeling on the sidewalk outside and licking it will give you the same experience as eating there. Well, ok, to be fair, the sidewalk will probably make you less sick.

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No guns = no $$
Is this really SC?! I could understand if in NY, NJ, CT, MD etc.
Plenty of other places that want my $$.

Now, we all know that some of those reviews are fake — the authors never really visited the restaurant and are just venting (as it were) over the rude sign in the window. The point is, the owner of the place made a really stupid decision to insult gun owners and now he’s paying the price.

Incidentally, the owner of the establishment in question told the Washington Times that, “he’s a big supporter of gun rights and has had a concealed weapons permit since 2001, but doesn’t feel guns have any place in a college town.” So, he’s a hypocrite. If he has a CCW, I guess he’s a “loser” and a “douche bag” too.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 19 Mar 2014 02:22 am

From the New American:

Another anti-gun bill mandating (this time) the registration of every firearm in the state of Illinois (plus permission slips to purchase ammunition) was introduced last month by self-proclaimed LGBT activist and progressive Democrat Kelly Cassidy. Representing state district 14, Cassidy’s bill is called simply: “Firearms Registration Act.” Cassidy’s goal is simple: She wants the Illinois State Police to know where every firearm in the state is, what its registration number is, who owns it, and where they live.

Details at the link. Interesting that an “LGBT activist” who — we presume — demands rights for her ilk is the first to deny natural and constitutional rights of others. Isn’t that always how it works with “Progressives?”

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 15 Mar 2014 11:17 pm

And that was despite compelling testimony by a 9-year-old competition shooter.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 28 Feb 2014 03:01 am

From Reuters:

California’s attorney general on Thursday waded into a court fight over the state’s strict gun laws, asking an appeals court to reverse itself and restore the leeway local governments had to decide who can carry a concealed firearm.

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a lawsuit by gun owners, earlier this month struck down as unconstitutional a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm.

[ . . . ]

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has since said that he would not pursue further appeals in the case. But on Thursday, Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition asking the full 9th Circuit court to overturn the panel.

Update: Naturally, the appeal was granted:

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Friday granted a request by California Attorney General Kamala Harris and a gun control group to put on hold a 2-1 decision by three of its judges that some of the state’s permitting requirements infringed on the right to bear arms under the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

“If allowed to take effect, it could require officials throughout the state to treat a bare assertion that an applicant seeks to carry a gun for purposes of self-defense as good cause for issuing concealed-carry permits,” Harris said in a court filing.

Related: From Fox News:

Gun owners are flooding the sheriff’s offices in two California counties with applications for concealed weapon permits following a bombshell ruling two weeks ago by a federal appeals court that citizens need not justify their requests.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 21 Feb 2014 03:15 am

From Breitbart:

On February 20, gun control proponents gathered outside Visa’s Washington offices to pressure the credit card giant to cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

According to The Hill, various members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence “claimed purchases made with the NRA Visa” actually raise money to help the NRA fight against gun control.

Well duh. Otherwise, what would be the point? VISA officials made no statements or promises.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 20 Feb 2014 07:24 am

In a new book advocating re-writing the Bill of Rights, He offers his liberal fantasy:

Since Stevens believes that the authors of the Second Amendment were primarily concerned about the threat that a national standing army posed to the sovereignty of the states—as opposed to homeowners’ anxiety about violent felons—he thinks the best way to fix the situation is to amend the Second Amendment. He’d do that by adding five words as follows:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.

To support the change, he argues: “Emotional claims that the right to possess deadly weapons is so important that it is protected by the federal Constitution distort intelligent debate about the wisdom of particular aspects of proposed legislation designed to minimize the slaughter caused by the prevalence of guns in private hands.”

Thank God he’s no longer on the court.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 20 Feb 2014 07:15 am

It failed last year, but Progressives never give up:

Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns be “personalized” with special features, such as fingerprint-reading technology, so they can only be fired by their owners or other authorized users.

The Massachusetts Democrat the bill will make it harder for stolen guns to be used in crimes and will reduce accidental firearm deaths by making it impossible for children to fire guns they find Markey said technology already exists to make guns inoperable for unauthorized users.

So if you’re at work and your spouse is home and thugs break in, she can’t use your gun to protect herself. And, if the batteries fail, or you cut your finger and have a Band Aid on it . . .

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 19 Feb 2014 01:38 am

MN cops and their union are suing the NFL, claiming that their off-duty members aren’t allowed to bring their off-duty guns to Vikings games, which is, according to the suit, illegal under state law. From the Pioneer Press:

But the National Football League disagrees, saying the law doesn’t apply to it. Although an NFL spokesman declined to comment on the suit, when police officials complained about the policy last fall, the league’s security chief said a ticket to a game is a license that teams can revoke at will — and being an armed off-duty cop is reason enough.

The NFL said that between on-duty officers assigned to games and rent-a-cops, there are enough guns inside NFL stadiums, and the league worries about “blue-on-blue” shootings.

Personally, I side with the NFL. Why should off-duty cops have any extra rights than other citizens?

Update 2/20: Texas refuses to play along with the NFL:

The National Football League passed a new rule that bans off-duty police officers from bringing guns inside stadiums – but Texas has chosen to adhere to the policy in its own way.

Texas state law states that so long as off-duty law enforcement officers check in at specific gates and let stadium employees know where they’ll be sitting, they will be allowed to carry a firearm, according to KTXA-TV.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 19 Feb 2014 01:30 am

From the Miami Herald:

A group of Miami-Dade mayors — some of them gun owners, all taking a politically risky stance — launched an effort Tuesday to try and sidestep state firearms laws by forcing gun distributors and manufacturers to disclose training techniques and methods used to keep firearms out of the hands of indicted traffickers.

The group pledged support to a nonprofit called Arms With Ethics, which is pushing for laws in cities throughout Miami-Dade that would force gun sellers to disclose if they train their staff to out straw buyers, and admit if indicted traffickers buy their weapons.

More at the link. This obviously conflicts with Florida’s preemption law.

And just who is Arms With Ethics? The slogan on their rather feeble (and I suspect brand new) website is: “Keeping Guns Out of Criminal Hands.” They claim they are a grassroots initiative to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. There are no contact names given, nothing to indicate source of funding, etc. Is this some sock-puppet of Mayors Against Illegal Guns? Sure seems that way.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 19 Feb 2014 01:03 am

Once again, the expert weighs in:

Civil rights activist and Baptist minister Jesse Jackson claimed Sunday on Fox News that semi-automatic “assault weapons” are capable of shooting airplanes out of the sky and are powerful enough to blow up railroads, The Blaze reports.

“… Semi-automatic weapons are not just about gun control, they’re about national security,” Jackson said. “You know these weapons can shoot down airplanes, they can blow up railroads . This is really a whole national security issue.”

Video at the link.

Gun Control Crowd and Media BiasJeff Soyer on 15 Feb 2014 10:11 am

It’s all about how you manipulate the numbers:

Like Mark Twain, attributing it to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, said, “there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Especially those told by gun control supporters.

Read the whole thing (it’s short) and view the graphics.

The numbers might be down from where they were at this time last year — when Obama was urging firearm restrictions following the Sandyhook shooting — but they are still way up over a few years ago.

Further, January (for most of the country, as this February is turning out to be) has been brutal — weather wise — which depresses any sort of shopping. Heck, I don’t even want to leave my house when I look at the several feet of snow outside.

Gun Control Crowd and Local NewsJeff Soyer on 12 Feb 2014 03:40 am

Taxpayer funded NPR has found a new reason why states such as Vermont should enact gun control: Drugs. From NPR:

Vermont’s loose gun laws and a high demand for drugs make a lucrative market for drug dealers who accept guns in return for the drugs they sell.

Because no law enforcement agency keeps track of guns specifically traded for drugs, no one knows exactly how many guns are involved in trades like this nationwide. But the Vermont field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), whose caseload mostly involves interstate or international gun trafficking, has seen it happen over and over.

Well, nobody is actually keeping track of these transactions, but it must be a lot. NPR laments:

The state is largely Democratic but has a strong tradition of shooting sports, so the politics of gun control are complicated. An assault weapons ban proposed after the Newtown killings, for example, was withdrawn after an outpouring of grass-roots and legislative opposition.

But they don’t provide an example of “assault weapons” being traded for drugs. Instead, the only instance they cite is of a woman who traded two handguns for $400 dollars of heroin. And those handguns must either have been stolen, or really crappy, to go for only $400. So, they weren’t purchased by that woman legally. So, Vermont’s gun laws have nothing to do with any of it.

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