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Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 19 Aug 2014 04:47 am

They did so in a letter, stating that they simply follow or allow what local and state law allows. I really do believe that concealed carry is the way to go. Not everyone agrees with me, and for them:

So far, Kroger seems to being doing right by its customers. They have yet to cave to Bloomy’s intimidation tactics. Kroger has done exactly what a non-partisan business should do: They told a bunch of activist liberals that if guns are that big of a problem, the appropriate action should be taken with the city council, state legislature, or federal lawmakers. Not their local purveyor of milk and produce.

The key there is, “so far,” since we’ve seen other large chains cave after a time.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 19 Aug 2014 04:33 am

From the Register Guard:

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $500,000 to a campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales in Washington state.

His Aug. 11 donation to Initiative 594 was made public when it was posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. Campaign manager Zach Silk said the campaign is grateful for Allen’s support.

Other big names have made large donations to the campaign, including former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, who have given $580,000, and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, who has given nearly $400,000 and has pledged an additional $530,000.

Initiative 594 would require an NICS instant background check be performed for any sale or transfer of a firearm except between family members.

I’m not against requiring background checks per se, but there needs to be some other exceptions to laws such as this. For instance, if friends are at the range, or are hunting, and one wants to tryout another’s gun, it’s ludicrous to require that they stop by a gun store or police station and (besides paying money) undergo a background check. Further, there ought to be a “known to me” exemption for sales between friends. I guess it all depends on how these proposed laws define the word, “transfer.”

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 18 Aug 2014 05:02 am

From a surprisingly even-handed piece from NBC News, the jury is still out:

With new groups, a revamped strategy, more money and unprecedented collaboration, the gun control movement has made headway. Organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety, the group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, say they are moving the needle.

“Now, for the first time in our country’s history, there is a well-financed and formidable force positioned to take on the Washington gun lobby,” said Shannon Watts, founder of gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, speaking at an Everytown event on Capitol Hill in May.

Whether that is possible remains to be seen.

In 2012, according to the article, pro-gun groups raised $285 million dollars more than anti-gun groups. Now, with cash infusions from the likes of former NYC Mayor Michael Blowhard, as well as Gabby Gifford’s PAC, that disparity is shrinking.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 15 Aug 2014 02:32 am

From Vermont Watchdog:

A gun-control group committed to universal background checks was the third-largest spender on lobbyists at the Vermont statehouse this quarter, outspending many of the biggest corporate interests in the Green Mountain State.

Gun Sense Vermont, a recently formed group that bills itself as an “independent, grass-roots organization started by Vermonters,” spent $39,000 for lobbyists for the quarter ending July 25, according to records kept by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Not bad for a group claiming only 200 or so members. Obviously the money is coming from Bloomberg or someone like him. Oh, and — of course — Gun Sense Vermont is headed by a flatlander from Connecticut.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 10 Aug 2014 02:15 am

The Second Amendment: A Biography, by Michael Waldman, will no doubt be received with great favor by the liberal media. A reviewer, in this Providence Journal article, makes clear that he himself favors gun control. Nonetheless, he does point out:

Waldman’s case for gun regulation, then, is well-presented, but would have been much stronger had he avoided reducing gun supporters to sloppy stereotypes, and, worse, not giving their viewpoint the slightest credence. While rightfully deriding the National Rifle Association for abandoning its traditional moderation to become the dystopia-mongering jingo troupe of today, he largely stops there, likely deliberately. If his point that gun rights must be refracted through the problems of this century, not the 18th, is well-taken, that will entail looking beneath his simplified “boys with toys” summation of gun-rights advocates to acknowledge that beneath the “From-My-Cold-Dead-Hands” charades their side has a sound logic of its own. The two sides’ positions may be mutually exclusive, but such are the quandaries of democracy.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 10 Aug 2014 02:06 am

Recently, a Vermont woman was released from a psychiatric facility following a voluntary commitment. The next day she purchased a handgun and the day after that, she killed herself. Naturally, some gun control groups are trying to capitalize on the incident:

Although Vermont lawmakers say they’re willing to talk about waiting periods, the issue doesn’t appear to be a high priority. More attention, they said, appears to be going toward background checks.

Most acts of violence, especially suicide, are associated with impulsiveness, said Lindsey Zwicker, a staff attorney for the [Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence]. A waiting period is meant to curb those acts.

However, Zwicker said, she is not aware of any hard evidence that waiting periods actually reduce violence or suicides.

“With a mandated waiting period, it would at least provide a cooling-off period, provide an opportunity for someone to seek help, allow them to reconsider, but we can’t say for sure what effect it would have,” Zwicker said.

So, there’s no hard evidence, but let’s pass a law anyway. In the meantime, someone who might fear for their life — from an abusive ex-spouse for instance — would not be able to obtain the ready means to protect themselves during that same waiting period.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 06 Aug 2014 12:22 pm

A student being stalked by a madman is refused permission to CCW. From Fox News:

Woolrich says she inquired about obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon in California and learned that the minimum age to get one is 21, though exceptions can be made under special circumstances. She says the Sheriff’s Licensing Division told her she could qualify, and she learned the same exception can be granted in New Hampshire, where Dartmouth is located.

But Dartmouth administrators told her she was “absolutely not” allowed to carry a weapon on campus. She says she tried to plead her case and was told to speak with several campus officials, all of whom provided little to no help.

“There’s no option. There’s no one to go to. They don’t want to hear my case,” she said.

Many more details at the link.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 03 Aug 2014 12:08 pm

From Real Clear Politics:

Gun-control advocates are learning the downside of getting their way. Recently, a federal judge struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on the carrying of concealed handguns. Anti-gun forces have been losing in legislatures for a long time. Now they are finding that even where they win, they lose.

Read the whole thing.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 18 Jul 2014 05:40 am

From the Burlington Free Press:

Guns accounted for more deaths in Vermont in 2011 than motor vehicle accidents, a first-time occurrence that national gun control groups say is proof stricter laws regulating gun purchase and ownership are needed.

According to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center in Washington D.C., Vermont had 78 gun deaths in 2011, compared to 54 fatal car accidents as reported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Except that all but four of those deaths were suicides. Now, I’m not “pro-suicide” by any means, but it’s a conscious decision by someone to take their own life — not an engagement in a criminal enterprise. Further, what kinds of gun control could prevent using them to kill themselves? Background checks? Limits on magazine capacity? An “assault weapons” ban? Even a “safe storage law” would be useless if it’s the gun owner shooting himself.

The real question to ask is, why are there so many suicides? Death by suicide is rising in almost all states. It could be the recession the country has experienced. So many people have simply given up looking for work. They lose their homes. That can cause family pressures or divorce, which leads to other mental stress issues. Drug use (both legal and illegal) is way up. There is, indeed, ample evidence that many prescription anti-depressants have the opposite effect, or cause psychosis. Banning guns won’t keep people from finding easy ways to kill themselves, nor will it solve the real problem, which is depression in so many people.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 18 Jul 2014 05:13 am

…But that doesn’t stop them from being against them.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:43 am

Because the look of the thing is everything:

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is once again calling for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

[ . . . ]

Quinn is specifically pushing for the passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act.

Under that proposed act, holders of Firearms Owners Identification Cards who now own assault weapons would be able to keep them. But they wouldn’t be allowed to transfer or sell them – except to a family member.

And, by implication, this would require registering them.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:39 am

It’s just as simple as that:

As I see it, the only solution is outlawing guns. When will we see the elephant in the room? Oh yes, there’ll be a hue and cry from the gun industry about the need to make guns so civilians can exercise their “right” to buy and own a gun.

But what about the right of the citizen to feel safe in her home, in other buildings, on the street, at work? All our levels of government seems unable to protect this right.

The guns out there now should be melted down and remade into bicycles, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, shovels, rakes, hoes, and other manual tools.

You forgot plowshares.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 11 Jul 2014 02:23 am

From the Colorado Observer:

In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads.

Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was “sorry” about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature’s gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so “rural” that, “I don’t think there’s roads.”

Hey, Mike? They even have indoor plumbing these days.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 06 Jul 2014 10:55 pm

Well, he did promise to spend $50 million dollars to try to defeat pro-Constitution candidates. From the Washington Post:

The gun-control group founded by former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will begin surveying all federal candidates in the 2014 midterm elections on gun issues Monday as it tries to become a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association.

This is the first big step by Bloomberg — who has committed to spending $50 million of his personal fortune this year to build a national grass-roots movement that will pressure lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws — to devise a political strategy heading into the November elections.

Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is asking all Senate and House incumbents and candidates to complete a 10-part questionnaire stating publicly where they stand on issues such as expanding background checks for gun buyers, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and toughening gun-trafficking statutes.

You can find the survey here though it’s a “slide show” so you have to answer each question to see the next one.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 28 Jun 2014 04:20 am

As if you needed yet another reason to switch search engines. From Breitbart:

Beginning in September, Google plans to block firearm, ammunition, and gun accessory ads.

[ . . . ]

Included in the dangerous products for which ads will be blocked are “Guns & Parts.” This covers “functional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense, or combat.”

Also included is a ban on ads for “any part or component that’s necessary to the function of a gun or intended for attachment to a gun.” This covers “gun scopes, ammunition, ammunition clips or belts.”

They’re also blocking ads for tobacco products, pot, illegal drugs, etc. You can see the whole list here.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 26 Jun 2014 07:07 am

From a letter to the Asbury Park Press:

There should be a law requiring every household with a gun (no matter what kind) to post a sign in a window or on the front lawn warning that there are firearms in that home. We post signs for security, letting thieves know there is an alarm and cameras there if they attempt a break-in.

The biggest reason for this advertisement is to let a neighbor know there are guns next door. If a neighbor knows this, then they wouldn’t let a 6-year-old play with a 4-year-old, who can take an unattended gun by mistake and kill another child.

I can think of several reasons why this is wrong, including some that would backfire on the neighbor.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 20 Jun 2014 02:48 am

Somehow, I missed this admission in the Wall Street Journal the other day:

Now Mr. Glaze, 43 years old, has stepped away from the fight. Friday marked his last day working for Mr. Bloomberg’s organization, now called Everytown for Gun Safety, after three and a half years as executive director.

[ . . . ]

And Mr. Glaze said the movement hasn’t solved one of its signature problems: Many mass shootings wouldn’t have been stopped by tighter regulations proposed by gun-control advocates, even if they might have prevented other gun crimes.

Much more at the link. Of course, it’s the (rarer than the MSM makes it out to be) “mass shootings” that the media and pandering politicians focus on, rather than where the real high-death-toll numbers are coming from: The street gangs. And, no gun control law is going to prevent that. The public has no stomach for criminal control.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 16 Jun 2014 10:15 pm

These anti-gun groups always claim that all they want are “reasonable” or “Sensible” gun laws. They lie:

In an article published Sunday in the Sacramento Bee, Josh Sugarmann, a/k/a the Violence Policy Center (VPC), essentially proposed banning all semi-automatic firearms that use detachable magazines, regardless of their external features or the capacity of their magazines. Hoping to alarm gullible readers, Sugarmann claimed that detachable-magazine semi-automatics are “unprecedented” in America, despite the fact that they have been popular in our country for more than a century.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 16 Jun 2014 03:51 am

From a local letter to the editor:

I certainly hope that the Legislature is more receptive this year to some changes in Vermont’s lax gun laws. It seems that almost every day we read of some atrocity with weapons. It is just a matter of time until it happens in Vermont, and I, for one, would like to be proactive and stop it before it starts. In the 16 states where background checks are required on all handgun sales, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by an intimate partner, firearm suicides drop by 49 percent, gun trafficking is 48 percent lower, and 39 percent fewer law enforcement officers are shot to death.

No source is given for the clearly bogus statistics, but I’m willing to bet they come from an anti-gun group’s fundraising letter.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 13 Jun 2014 03:32 am

A rally for gun control … in New York City:

Two groups funded in part by billionaire ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg are set to rally for gun-law reforms outside City Hall on Saturday.

In the wake of a series of high-profile shootings, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and its umbrella organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, will cross the Brooklyn Bridge during a second annual march to end gun violence.

Talk about playing to a tough audience!

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