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Brain Dead Broke | C.D. Michel Who knew that when she claimed to be “dead broke” Hillary Clinton was talking about her moral and intellectual disabilities.During a CNN sponsored campaign advertisement cloaked as a “town hall meeting”, Hillary Clinton – an obvious Democrat candidate for President in 2016 – had a few nasty things to say about gun owners. Clinton opined that gun owners, and those who take constitutional mandates seriously, are terrorizing the rest of the nation. And that they (i.e., “we”) nee
Glazed-Over | C.D. Michel When the gun control movement’s spokesperson admits that their policies don’t offer working solutions to the criminal misuse of firearms, will the core of the gun control movement soon crumble?If only.In one of his last interviews before he stepped down as the head of Everytown for Gun Safety – billionaire social engineer Michael Bloomberg’s AstroTurf organization – Mark Glaze confessed to the Wall Street Journal that “Because people perceive a mismatch in the policy solution
VPC = Very Petty Con | C.D. Michel Analysis performed by gun control groups is about as thoughtful and deep as Miley Cyrus’s song lyrics. The Violence Policy Center, one of America’s oldest and most conniving Joyce Foundation funded institutions, is this week’s example.Keep in mind that the VPC has called for the banning of all handguns, declared that confusing the public about “assault weapons” is good policy, and even insinuated that the average concealed carry licensee is a murderer waiting to happen. In their my
New Study Confirms: Criminals Prefer Handguns, Not Semi-Automatic Rifles | C.D. Michel Thugs prefer handguns over any type of rifle, shotgun or other “long gun.”Go figure.According to a study published on June 16, 2014, the vast majority of guns seized from gang members, felons and drug traffickers were handguns, not fully-automatic rifles, nor even the semi-automatic modern sporting rifles deliberately mislabeled as “assault weapons” by the gun ban lobby.Why? For decades criminologists have known the answer. They found that street crime is best performed wit
The Social Utility of Firearms | C.D. Michel Looking down the wrong end of a telescope gives you an entirely mistaken perspective on the universe. The Los Angeles Daily News allowed Tim Rutten to publish an opinion piece (The dangerous illusion of Americans and their guns, May 30, 2014) that displayed just such an inverted perspective on the topic of the social utility of guns in American society.Rutten correctly noted that nearly two thirds of all gun deaths are suicides. But Rutten’s political bias inverted the cause and effect per
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Oops… | Tony Canales Hot on the heals of concerns over whether America the Beautiful is now America the Police State, comes this story from Mediaite about a traffic stop straight out of a Keystone Cops silent epic.It seems while Miami Officer Marcel Jackson was out doing his job, trying to make his ticket quota, and otherwise "Working For The Man", he ended up with the Traffic Stop From Hell as seen in the video link above.Suffice it to say that things can go south quickly when a patrol officer pulls over a
Everyone Into The Pool, The Water’s Fine… | Tony Canales Image by Wikipedia
A recent article at Rolling Stone highlights the problem that Michael Bloomberg and other gungrabbers have in pushing their disarmament agenda.
Writer Christopher Ketcham essentially comes out of the gun-ban closet and admits, openly, that as a Way-Lefty he and a number of his friends still like their guns. Furthermore, the reasons to have firearms essentially parallel the very rationale of the Founding Fathers, that being of the need for the average citizen to oppose gov
Gun News Items of Interest- July 9, 2014 | Tony Canales 1) A War By Any Other Name...
If there is any doubt that war is being waged by the Hamas government on the State of Israel, the above social media video file should clarify things nicely.It is not surprising that the ensconced American Monarchy has not used every means at it's disposal to convince the Gazans to follow internationally-mandated rules of war. After all, this is the same government that allows foreign military forces to shoot at Border Patrol agents with nary a word in protes
About A Million Reasons Not To Do Gun Control…. | Tony Canales "Obama-Buck" Image from Wikipedia
The Washington Times is reporting that a Federal Court judge has awarded the National Rifle Association almost $ 1 MILLION dollars for legal fees incurred while taking Rahm Emmanuel's Chicago to the wood shed over illegal gun control ordinances.The Times reports this after a recent court decision noting that it was illegal for the Blow-Hard City to ban firearms retail operations within city limits.Given how broke Rahmbo and Company are while running thi
The Idea Whose Time Has Come | Tony Canales NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre- Wikipedia Image
Remember back just after the Sandy Hook tragedy when anti-gun Leftists and the Media Elite raged about the "tone-deafness" of NRA's Wayne LaPierre and the NRA about the arming of school personnel to defend against school shootings?
Well, it seems yet another school district has thought about it thoroughly and is proceeding with allowing armed school staff on premises after a thorough vetting and training process.
The Yakima Herald Republic is reportin
Handguns As Prime Weapons of Self-Defense | CGL Admin The primary reason Americans own handguns is for self-defense; all other reasons being secondary. Likewise the primary reason Americans own long guns is sport, self-defense being secondary. If you want to review the evidence see Gary Kleck, TARGETING GUNS (1997), the definitive work on the criminology of gun control.[as to the technical viability issues I insert here a memo I prepared for the other counsel in Heller:RHETORICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DEFICIENCY OF LONG GUNS COMPARED TO HANDGUNS
[the following was written for my granddaughters] | CGL Admin My darlings:None of you girls are old enough to remember Calvin Coolidge, though at least Bobbie may remember that he was Warren Harding’s vice president and succeeded to the presidency on Harding’s death, serving until 1928
when Herbert Hoover succeeded him. Coolidge was famed for his verbal reticence, sometimes being referred to
as “Silent Cal.” I think it was Dorothy Parker who on his death quipped “how could they tell?”Probably the most important and enduring story to come ou
HOSTILITY IMPUGNS ANTI-GUN “SCHOLARSHIP” | CGL Admin Indicative of the irrational bias to which gun ownership is subject are a series of articles in which Prof. Leonard Berkowitz asserted that guns arouse hostile and aggressive impulses in their owners. To prove this he conducted laboratory tests supposedly showing subjects' hostility levels rose particularly when others who annoyed them were associated with guns in various ways.1. Evidence of this "weapons effect" is limited and erratic. Other psychologists have been unable to replicate Berkowi
Penis Theory Of Gun Ownership | CGL Admin Reviewing unsubstantiated, mostly "derogatory... speculative literature
on the personality characteristics of gun owners", the NIJ Evaluation
(p. 120) mentions "the psychoanalytic" view that "weapons are phallic
symbols representing male dominance and masculine power." The idea of gun ownership as sexual aberration has been casually espoused by such anti-gun luminaries as Arthur Schlessinger, Jr., Harlan Ellison, Mike
Royko and Joyce Brothers.The only serious study endorsing this view is by ps
Policing v. Self-Defense | CGL Admin ARMED SELF-DEFENSEAnalysts Linda Gorman and David Kopel summarize the value of defensive firearms:Reliable, durable, and easy to operate, modern firearms are the most effective means of self-defense ever devised. They require minimal maintenance and, unlike knives and other weapons, do not depend on an individual’s physical strength for their effectiveness. Only a gun can allow a 110 pound woman to defend herself against a 200 pound man.1Multiple studies of thousands of defense inc
Self-defense lanyard One of these just came over the transom. It’s an interesting invention for those who live in or visit cities that essentially forbid you to carry anything like a weapon (Boston, as I recall, forbids e …
As expected…. DC moves for a stay of the injunction. It asks either for a stay pending appeal (which would last until any appeal is decided) or for one of 180 days, to give it time to draft a permit system. I guess …
DC's reaction to Palmer Alan Gura’s blog post links to a pdf of a DC Police memo giving its reaction. Essentially: 1. DC residents who carry an unregistered gun can be charged with failure to register it, but not for carryin …