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21 Feb 18

Today, even DJT was talking publically about “tougher” background checks for potential gun-buyers.

“Tougher?” How?

Of course, we are never told.

But, at least some of us ask:

Should NICS now have access to prescription drug records of any American who wants to buy a gun, a change that will effectively shred HIPPA?

In NYS, they already do! NY State Police stormed the home of a duly-licensed NYS CCW Permit holder last year and seized all his guns. He had a single prescription for lorazepam (Ativan). It was prescribed to briefly treat anxiety after his mother died. That State never revealed how they knew about the prescription.

His guns were eventually returned to him, but only after expensive and lengthy litigation. They never would have been returned otherwise!

So, will Second Amendment rights now be stripped from anyone who has ever had a prescription for any drug that can be called “psychotropic?” Does this include all pain medications, sleeping pills, diet pills, tranquilizers, blood-pressure medication?

How about “psychological counseling?” Will anyone who has ever seen a marriage councilor, or found it necessary to go to “confession” at a Catholic church, now be considered “mentally ill,” and thus barred from owning a gun?

Will Service-Service and State-Department bodyguards, who provide security for various politicians and dignitaries, be exempted? If not, half of them (probably most of them) will have to be disarmed!

I wonder if DJT is asking these inconvenient questions of the hoard of incoherent, gun-hating fanatics currently storming Washington DC!

For one, I have no tolerance for intellectual dishonesty, nor double-standards, nor “emotional reasoning.”

If this current generation of demoniac gun-haters displayed even a glimmer of intellectual honesty, we might be able to have a conversation. But as we see, they don’t!

“People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart, which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide reasoning that will defend it.”
Anthony de Mello

/John

Mental-Health Examination?

20 Feb 18

“And what do Democrats stand for, when they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as “the mob,” a word betraying a Marie-Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals?”

Camille Paglia

“Mental-Health Evaluation,” prior to legally obtaining a gun?

This is one of the proposals currently enjoying the light of day in the liberal press.

What other Constitutional Right requires you to undergo a “mental-health evaluation” before it can be exercised?

Must I pass a “mental-health evaluation” prior to publishing a newspaper?

Several days ago, a group of self-proclaimed elitists on “The View” TV program smugly declared our current Vice-President “mentally ill,” because of his professed Christian faith. You can see where this is going. Christian faith is now to be considered prima-facie evidence of “mental illness?”

It is proposals like the above, always made to unhesitant cheers of Democrats, that drive Second Amendments advocates into the trenches, with firm resolve never to give an inch. We are too familiar with world history, and the pitiful fate, suffered over and over again, by disarmed populations.

The inescapable fact is that governments, ours and everyone else’s, ever demonstrate that they are ineffective in protecting citizens, often even unwilling, as we see with the FBI’s, and various social agencies’ endlessly repeated failure to thwart the FL school murderer.

Supposedly responsible government agencies possessed abundant information that should have easily enabled them to prevent the massacre. But, they collectively dropped the ball!

In light of the foregoing, it makes no sense to enact still more fluffy “feel-good” laws that the cynical in government have no intention of enforcing, nor that even can be enforced!

The only purpose for enacting such laws, far from furthering public safety, is to provide totalitarians with additional tools that the “political class” can bring to bear against law-abiding citizens, in order to transform our nation into a feudal kingdom, and us into slaves.

That scenario is hardly unprecedented!

“People never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”

Edmund Burke

/John

Kings and Monsters!

19 Feb 18

What are they really saying?

What are they really proposing?

We are currently being treated to a whole new lexicon of “weasel words” and “weasel terms,” by leftists who just can’t seem to ever get to the point!

1) “Gun ‘safety’ legislation”

Exactly what do they mean by that? Specifically, what are they proposing? They never say. We only hear that “weapons of war” should never be in the hands of anyone- except of course, for their bodyguards!

2) “Improved background checks”

Improved how? Does this mean an unpaid parking ticket will now prevent Americans from owning guns? Just how “perfect” do I have to be in order to legally own a gun?

They won’t tell us!

We might recall Democrat-sponsored, and much-heralded, “diversion programs”, designed to prevent “youthful offenders” from acquiring criminal records that could prevent them from legally acquiring guns. This ill-conceived legislation actually aided the FL murderer!

Funny, but I don’t hear anyone, from either side of the aisle, proposing that we get rid of it!

The only thing I do hear is that I don’t “need” a gun.

Here in America, leftist politicians, and their media lackeys, aren’t really very good at anything, except telling the rest of us we have too much freedom.

We’re all told that we need to be “punished,” because we own guns. All of us who have never committed a crime, can’t be trusted.

When Democrats/liberals/leftists insist I can’t be trusted with my guns, why would I ever trust them with theirs?

We’re back to our ingenious Second Amendment!

Military small-arms are the one class of weapons most protected of all by our Second Amendment, because each of us is an involuntary member of the Militia. It’s our birthright, and our birth-obligation, like it or not!

Without the Second Amendment, the rest of our “inalienable rights” as Americans are just hollow promises, so much empty fluff, and will be gone with the wind. We’ll be back to a European feudal/caste system within a single generation.

“There is a darkness in you, in all of us, probably. Beasts we keep chained. Ordinary men have to keep these chains strong, for when we let the beast loose, society will turn upon us with fiery vengeance.

Kings though…well, who is there to turn upon them? So their ‘chains’ are made of straw.

It is the curse of kings that they can become monsters, and invariably do.”

David Gemmell

/John

Real Security!

17 Feb 18

“The search for truth takes us where evidence leads, even when we don’t want to go there.”

Bart Ehrman

Since the 1970s, Israelis have had to confront, and deal with, armed attacks on schools by Palestinian Islamic terrorists. Attacks were (and are) beastly and relentless.

The distasteful, but inescapable, conclusion to which they reluctantly came is that schools will have to protect themselves!

There will never be enough soldiers, nor police, so that an adequate number can be assigned, permanently, to each school, hospital, place of worship, gathering-places of all kinds.

Israelis have had to honestly confront the ugly fact that they will have to take individual, personal responsibility for protecting their own homes, schools, places of worship, et al.

In the case of schools, teachers and administrators have had to step-up to the plate, become armed and trained, and accept direct, personal responsibility for the safety of children in their charge.

The points are:

1) “Safety,” “security,” etc are words we’ve naively invented, and foolishly use to wistfully describe a non-existent condition.

2) Lethal threats are mostly unpreventable, unpredictable, inscrutable, and spasmodic, BUT NOT UNFORESEEABLE!

3) “Institutional security” is largely theater, mostly for the purpose of naive public consumption

4) The only real, tangible security, that has any chance of success, is personal!

It is point 4 that liberal politicians don’t want to acknowledge, because it involves personal freedom and liberty, which ever frightens them!

There’s more:

For decades, within our liberal-dominated educational system, children are indoctrinated with the dogma that any use of force, by anyone, under any circumstances, is always wrong. Self-defense is therefore unjust. Thus, being a “good victim” is everyone’s ultimate civic duty. You can run away, but you can never fight. Forceful resistance to evil is bad enough, but effective fighting (with guns) is unthinkable!

And yet, we see that reflexively choosing surrender as a response, when evil comes calling, is a recipe for certain death!

That dilemma has confounded Israel for decades, but they finally got past it!

We need to do the same thing!

We need to arm and train teachers and school officials, and assign them the solemn duty to effectively, personally protect their children.

We need to stop wasting time talking about utter nonsense like:

1) Herding all even suspected of “mental illness” into gulags

2) Kicking-in the door or every American household and confiscating guns

3) Assigning a contingent of National Guardsmen to every school

And, the foregoing is no exaggeration. I’ve heard it (and worse) continually from the lips of liberal commentators for the last two days!

“No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.”

James Burgh

/John

Oops!

16 Feb 18

Cor Bon is in Sturgis, SD, not MI!

/John

Ammunition Update

16 Feb 18

Cor Bon Update:

I just got off the phone with TA Perrine at Cor Bon in Sturgis, MI.

He indicated that Cor Bon is now shipping ammunition (including DPX) to Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Guide. It may not appear on retail shelves for a few more weeks, but you can order it now from Cabela’s Web Page.

TA assured me that all quality standards and performance specifications, including velocities, are unchanged, and that he is anxious for all of us to examine and test his ammunition for ourselves (which I’ll be doing).

Not all calibers, nor bullet weights and types, are available yet. Understandably, TA is currently concentrating on 9mm and 5.56×45, but plans on restoring, even expanding, the entire line, including 30 Carbine and 300Blk.

Like all ammunition manufacturers, TA is at the mercy of vendors! Cases, primers, propellant, and bullets are all manufactured by big companies in various parts of the country, and when these components all come together in one place, they are assembled into individual cartridges, inspected, tested, packaged, and subsequently shipped to various big distributors and big retailers (like Cabela’s) by Cor Bon, also Super Vel, Underwood, Speer, Hornady, Federal, Black Hills, Gorilla, et al.

Thus, “waiting on components” is a headache shared by all ammunition manufacturers!

I’ve always been attracted to Cor Bon’s long-time devotion to the highest terminal performance and consistent product quality. For those of us who carry guns for serious purposes, high and reproducible terminal performance, combined with unconditional reliability, are more important, by far, than all other specifications, including price!

All manufacturers mentioned above are competent and enjoy my recommendation. I’m using and testing their products as I can.

/John

Guns for Me but Not for Thee!

15 Feb 18

Hoi Polloi (AKA: “The Unwashed,” “Peons,” “Riffraff”)

In the wake of yesterday’s terrible event in FL, gun-prohibition advocates are predictably wasting no time in shrieking for additional “reasonable restrictions” on our Second Amendment rights. Like leftists everywhere, they never get into inconvenient details of course, but insist we have to “do something.”

Many are advocating for the forcible confiscation of all perpetually undefined “assault weapons,” of overturning our Second Amendment. As noted above, they ever fail to tell us exactly how all this could be done!

Curiously, among these shrill voices are many big-city mayors and police chiefs, often referred to as the “guns-for-me-but-not-for-thee” crowd!

Even more curiously, not a single one of these public officials is advocating for additional restrictions upon themselves, but they adamantly insist that the “hoi polloi” (a group of citizens which evidently doesn’t include them) don’t “need” guns.

Dreadful new gun restrictions they postulate are desperately needed (but that will apply only to the “hoi polloi”), will never apply to them personally. They will, of course, be exempted, just as they predictably exempt themselves from most other laws and “rules” they so piously, so self-righteously inflict upon the “Great Unwashed.”

I hope they understand that we wretched members of the “hoi polloi” are more than a little skeptical with regard to their true motives!

We fail to understand how ripping guns from the hands of everyone who hasn’t committed a crime will somehow prevent violent criminals from victimizing us newly unarmed, and we’re frankly unconvinced that “guns-for-me-but-not-for-thee” politicians even care!

“Roper: So, now you give the Devil himself the benefit of law?

Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law, to get after the Devil?

Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law is down, and the Devil turns around on you, where will you hide then, the laws all being flat?

This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And when you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that will blow then?

Yes, I’ll give the Devil himself benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!”

From the 1966 feature film, “A Man for all Seasons,” starring Paul Scofield

/John

We’re doing it for your own good!

13 Feb 18

“Praise from your critics is akin to the executioner commenting that you have a pretty neck!”

Eli Wallach

The heart of CBS’ 60-Minutes latest “report” on 2nd Amendment issues was not surprising to anyone familiar with the hopelessly liberal media.

The commentator (Steve Kroft), after assuring us all that he is so fair and in fact “hunted with his farther and grandfather,” (don’t they all!) proceeded to present the National CCW Reciprocity Bill, now making its way through Congress, as a war between the “Gun Lobby” and the police!

Police officials in NYC, who were simply handed the microphone, smugly commented that only they, and selected friends, should be able to even have guns, much less carry them. Kroft nodded in approval. What a surprise!

Many individual police officers and officials, including most sheriffs here in CO, favor this new legislation, but of course, we didn’t hear from any of them.

The NRA apparently declined to be interviewed. After being screwed by the media so many times, you really can’t blame them!

Others in favor of this bill were interviewed, or rather argued with, but Kroft assured them that shooting incidents would result “within a month or so,” when the bill becomes law. Dubious predictions like that are easy to make of course, when you don’t have to back them up!

Such “wild west” predictions always precede passage of CCW shall-issue laws. When the predicted “wild west” doesn’t happen (in fact, violent crime always goes down), vitiated liberals who made such careless predictions suddenly develop amnesia!

As always, CBS and their commentators, like all leftists, are utterly incapable of objectivity.

It is not surprising.

We believe individual “rights” are conferred upon us all, by none other than our Creator. Our Nation’s Founders rebelled against the European system which decrees there are no “rights,” only “privileges,” and that privileges attach to one’s status within society. It is a “caste system,” where one’s status can never change and that certain privileges are enjoyed only by the ruling elite (who are never questioned nor held accountable) and selected supporters. And unlike rights, privileges can be arbitrarily granted and withheld, at the casual whim of “the anointed.”

Our Second Amendment, wisely included in our Constitution by our Founders, understandably frightens and simultaneously confounds these modern-day royalists, who would return America to the European caste system.

They know all too well, as we do, what people with guns will do to people without guns! They thus want us to be forever without guns, but they soft-sell the idea to the gullible by insisting they’re “doing it for our own good,” masquerading as “benevolent despots”

The self-anointed, in and out of the media, are so predictable!

/John

Agendas

6 Feb 18

Political Agendas:

In late January, a Colorado teacher, while traveling in NY, was arrested by local authorities at the Airport in Albany, NY (ALB) as she declared her legally-owned and correctly packaged-for-travel pistol (in checked baggage) to SW Airlines for her trip home.

TSA enforces federal law, so they don’t care. But local authorities, enforcing state law (or at least their interpretation of it), made the arrest, after SW Airlines turned her in.

This is just the latest in a endless series of arrests by state authorities in NY, NJ, MD, CA, et al of hapless out-of-state gun-owners who made the mistake of trying to fly out of ALB, JFK, LGA, EWR, et al, or who voluntarily “reported” their guns to local police, naively thinking they were thus in compliance with local laws.

Even people in possession of empty magazines have been arrested!

In response, many writers have emphasized that, when traveling certain places, you must “know the law.”

Unfortunately, that provides scant protection!

As I’ve said before, “knowing the law” is probably impossible, because in reading the law, regulation, guideline, or rule, you will still not know how, where, by whom, or even if, “the law” is enforced.

What you really need to do is “know the agenda!”

Here it is.

In any state dominated by Democrats (like NY), gun-owners, local and out-of-state, will be mercilessly harassed, even thrown in jail, at every opportunity, and based on the most feeble of excuses. Cynical Democrats calculate that gun-owners don’t vote for them anyway, so they have nothing to lose in singling us out for punishment. That is their long-standing “agenda.”

Seeing innocent people rotting in jail doesn’t concern them, any more than it concerns Madura, down in Venezuela.

My advice is to stay out of NY and other states mentioned.

When you do travel out-of-state:

(1) Maintain a low profile

(2) Don’t talk about guns with anyone

(3) Don’t “volunteer” information about yourself, nor your business

(4) Don’t answer questions that weren’t asked

(5) Don’t approach police and ask about local gun laws

(6) Don’t fly-out of airports mentioned above

(7) Don’t enter any building, nor “attraction,” where they are “wanding” entrants

(8) Keep anything that could be identified as a “weapon” discreetly out of sight, out of conversation

(9) Stay away from crowds, particularly events with political overtones

(10) Don’t be “out” late at night. Conduct business during daylight hours

Remember, leftist politicians, including most Democrats, want all Americans forcibly disarmed.

When they get in positions of political power, they predictably use persecution and harassment to enforce that agenda, regardless of what “the law” supposedly says.

Don’t expect protection from our courts, nor our Constitution. Where Democrats rule (and they mean to rule), the fix is in!

/John

Leftist Koolaid is Thinning!

4 Feb 18

“In politics, all abstract terms conceal treachery!”

CLR James

Last Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously threw-out a Democrat-sponsored state law that “prohibits the possession of any firearm within 1,000 feet of a park.”

Justices said the law was impossible to even define, much less enforce. An otherwise innocent gun-owner could unknowingly violate this “law” by merely driving past a park, or even living near a park.

Dubious arguments by state bureaucrats that the law “protects children,” were deemed ridiculous, and utterly unsupported by any credible evidence, nor data. The state’s “argument” was based on nothing but empty emotion, the only way leftists ever argue for anything!

At least some judges still don’t drink leftist Koolaid!

In America, citizens, starting with elementary school, are taught that we cannot trust our senses, that there is a mysterious “layer” between reality and perception. That “layer” is controlled, of course, by plantation-owners!

Inductive reasoning is not only discouraged, it is banned outright as treasonous!

When we don’t consider our perceptions to be real, not much learning is possible. What is possible is blind, emotional indoctrination. This is where leftists live, and insist the rest of us live too!

“Induction” implies the ability to honestly look at events and objects and find similarities. We gradually create a working theory, and then look at our theory over a broader set of events, and see if it holds. Productive thinking thus requires an iterative process of induction and deduction.

At one time, this was called “common sense!”

With no inductive component in our thinking, we become vulnerable to unsupported, agenda-driven, propaganda, where “facts” are presented, absent any evidence (as was the case in IL, above). And of course, with leftists, their phoney “facts” can never be questioned. That would be “politically incorrect,” and make us guilty of “conspiracy theories!”

This non-factual, leftist propaganda, into which no inquiry is ever permitted, is served-up daily by our fraudulent “news media.”

Inductive/deductive reasoning, free from agendas, must be taught by example, because you’ll never see it in the media, nor among most politicians.

It’s the best gift we can pass-on to future generations, even though it is mostly “out of style” today!

Thank Heaven among men and women or honor, and at least a few judges, it is still revered!

“The parasite lusts after power. He wants to bind all men together in common action and common slavery. He claims that man is only a tool for the use of others, that he must think as they think, act as they act, and live is selfless, joyless servitude.

For one, I do not believe slavery is noble. Not in any form, nor for any purpose”

Howard Roark (played by Gary Cooper) in the 1949 feature film, “The Fountainhead”

/John

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