Saturday, 01 November

02:41

There will be raids. "Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!" Connecticut on the knife edge of civil war (and nobody has a clue). Dr. Bettelheim's advice to Red Mike Lawlor's intended victims. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I spent Friday largely in frustration, receiving advice about my trip to Connecticut that I did not want to hear, trying to get the attention of people who did not want to hear me and chasing down rumors I did not want to believe were true.
As for the advice, medical, political and otherwise, it can be summed up by this email I received from a long-time friend:
Mike, Being the mule-headed person I am. . . I have found out through bitter experience that God first whispers. When we don't listen, He shouts. When we still don't listen He reaches for a 2x4 to clunk us in order to gain our attention (just like like having to smack a mule to get it's attention). Consider not going and staying home. . .
At the risk of boring those who have been paying attention, let me sum up briefly the events in Connecticut of the past two years.
On 14 December 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The blood-dancers of the citizen disarmament lobby came out in full gyrations and by April Fool's Day 2013 it was announced that a deal had been reached in Hartford amongst House of Representatives politicians, some of whom should have known better, to produce what they bragged was the "toughest gun law in the country." This Intolerable Act included a ban on standard capacity magazines, mandating further that existing mags must be registered with the state. It also mandated registry of semi-automatic rifles of military utility and demanded background checks for private firearm sales. On 3 April the State Senate passed this "deal," followed shortly thereafter at midnight on 4 April by the House. It was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on 4 April. The blood dancers were ecstatic at their victory.
Reaction among Connecticut firearm owners was immediate and outraged. On 20 April 2013, the Connecticut Citizen's Defense League held a large rally on the State House steps. I was privileged to speak at that rally and I urged Connecticut citizens to defy, resist, evade and smuggle in opposition to it. My speech was well received.
I pointed out during that speech that an unconstitutional law was null and void. It is evident that either some folks were paying attention or that great minds think alike, for it rapidly became clear that the law was going to be met by massive resistance and non-compliance. By the time the law kicked into effect on 1 January 2014 this became perfectly obvious. Something between 100,00 and 300,000 Connecticut firearm owners are now Class D felons. Having won their great victory, the blood dancers were flummoxed. They'd prevailed over the "gun queers," why wouldn't they just submit?
In frustration, the politicians who passed the law, the citizen disarmament blood-dancers and their media toadies have demanded that their diktat be enforced. In the middle of this, the CT state police mouthpiece declared that the state minions like him were the masters of the people.
Governor Malloy, against the urging of his own "gun control czar," Red Mike Lawlor, decided to issue whispered, unofficial orders to the state authorities to hold off on raids until he was re-elected. Rumors, since confirmed, came out of the governor's office that promises have been made to the anti-gunners that the law, still working its way through the federal courts, will be "vigorously enforced" after Malloy's re-election. Since 1 January of this year then, the non-compliant firearm owners of Connecticut and their state government have been eying each other nervously, waiting for the other shoe to drop.
As for me, in the meantime I made myself a nuisance by smuggling magazines and ammunition into the state in defiance of the law, writing open letters to the governor, state legislators and state police and -- my worst sin in their eyes -- publishing the names, home addresses and phone numbers of the tyrants who passed the bill. It turns out that such people like to put others on lists but get all hot and bothered if they get put on a list. Go figure.
In my open letter to the governor, I suggested that he merely take the pressure off by declaring publicly that the state would not enforce the law until the Supreme Court ruled on it. That would buy us a year or a year and a half, before the raids, and the shooting, started. Others have demanded that the law be repealed, as it should be. But the suspension of enforcement was, I thought, more immediately achievable. My sources, and other political analysts familiar with Connecticut politics, tell me that I was not the only one who suggested this. It is significant that even in the middle of a political campaign with his future on the line, Malloy has refused to do this simple, reasonable compromise. Even in the face of massive non-compliance, he wants to retain the ability to send in the raid parties to enforce the new diktat despite the risk to his political career and to the lives of innocents.
I even outed Red Mike Lawlor as a Russophile who had come to the attention of the KGB during his stay in the Soviet Union and other East Bloc countries at the height of the Cold War, reporting that my sources confirmed that he had files at both the FBI and the CIA after being investigated as a possible KGB mole.
Since that time, I have been trying to find a "mainstream" journalist to pursue that story, but my last hope of that apparently failed today. I am certain of my sources, for they are some of the same people who guided me through the Fast and Furious scandal with unerring accuracy. No one else, it seems, is interested in the possibility that the governor's designated "gun czar" may have been a Soviet agent of influence (or, at least, was once investigated as such).
Which brings me to the latest rumor straight from Lawlor's office. The governor and his minions, it seems, are genuinely frightened that they may lose this one, despite the best efforts of Joe Visconti to split the anti-Malloy vote. This week, the water-cooler rumor at the Connecticut State Police barracks around the state is that Red Mike Lawlor has promised that if the governor IS defeated that the raids will not wait for next year, but that he will, in the words of one source, "punish the gun nuts" by starting the raids within days of Malloy's defeat.
On Friday, I heard from another source I trust that they, too, had heard this and believed it to be true.
Thus, if the rumor IS true and Lawlor has his way, it doesn't matter if Malloy wins or loses -- there will be raids. Innocents will be killed, and the two-way shooting range of civil war will begin. If this guy isn't an anti-American agent of influence in somebody's pocket, we'll have to redefine the term.
So, what can Connecticut firearms owners do in the face of this breathtaking arrogance, of this clear and present danger to themselves and their families? To quote Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumley, "Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!"
I wish I could find a Connecticut "journalist" interested in asking Malloy and Lawlor what they intend, but I cannot. So we are left, dear friends, at the end of a very frustrating string of days, weeks, months and now years, with the Second Amendment remedy and Connecticut on the knife-edge edge of civil war: "Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!"
Addendum: In the wee hours of the morning, struggling against the competing forces of illness and insomnia, I pulled down a random paperback and found a quote from Dr. Bruno Bettelheim that, frankly (and somewhat surprisingly), I had never read before. Bettelheim's observations are very appropriate today in Connecticut, albeit to two different audiences. Both of these audiences, the self-declared tyrants and their intended victims, could benefit by considering them now, before the first shots are fired in Red Mike Lawlor's bloody plans.
The quote:
But this was only a last step in giving up living one's own life, in no longer defying the death instinct, which, in more scientific terms, has been called the principle of inertia. The first step was taken long before anyone entered the death camps. It was inertia that led millions of Jews into the ghettos that the SS created for them. It was inertia that made hundreds of thousands of Jews sit home, waiting for their executioners, when they were restricted to their homes. Those who did not allow inertia to take over used the imposing of such restrictions as a warning that it was high time to go underground, join resistance movements, provide themselves with forged papers, etc., if they had not done so long ago. Most of them survived. . .
I have met many Jews, as well as gentile anti-Nazis, who survived in Germany and in the occupied countries. But they were all people who realized that when a world goes to pieces, when inhumanity reigns supreme, man cannot go on with business as usual. One then has to radically re-evaluate all of what one has done, believed in, stood for. In short, one has to take a stand on the new reality, a firm stand, and not one of retirement into even greater privatization. . .
The Jews of Europe could equally have marched as free men against the SS, rather than to first grovel, then wait to be rounded up for their own extermination, and finally walk themselves to the gas chambers. It was their passive waiting for the SS to knock at their door without first securing a gun to shoot down at least one SS before being shot down themselves, that was the first step in a voluntary walk into the Reich's crematoria. . .
This book then is most of all a cautionary tale, as old as mankind. Those who seek to protect the body at all cost die many times over. Those who risk the body to survive as men have a good chance to live on.
-- Dr. Bruno Bettelheim, writing in the forward to Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account by Miklós Nyiszli, 1960. (Dr, Bettelheim was arrested by the Nazis at the time of the Austrian Anschluss in 1938 and was held at the concentration camps at Dachau and Buchenwald. He was very lucky to have been released in a propaganda ploy of the Nazis in 1939 and to flee Germany before the Holocaust really got into high gear.)
As for what lessons Connecticut firearm owners may take from the above, they can draw their own conclusions. A word to the wise, it is said, is sufficient. On the other side of the street, if Malloy truly understood how the potential strategies of Fourth Generation Warfare are targeted in the context of a future American civil war, he would not let Red Mike Lawlor pressure him down this bloody road. Not unless, that is, he has suicidal thoughts for himself and the corrupt proto-tyranny he temporarily heads. Compared to the universally dangerous probabilities that such tyrannical bad behavior risks, a brief stay of the enforcement of the Intolerable Act while awaiting a Supreme Court ruling doesn't look so unreasonable, does it? Unfortunately, like the story of Cassandra, the inertia is too powerful, no one of importance to the outcome is listening, and the potential of a disastrous tragedy awaits the entire country.
"Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!"

01:40

News media does what it can to help out Jeanne Shaheen in her Senate against Scott Brown [John Lott's Website]


Hopefully the damage to Scott won't make the difference in this close race, but even a discussion on MSNBC noted that people will remember the charge more than they will remember the reporter's apology.  Hot Air has a discussion describing what happened as a failed "gotcha moment."

Friday, 31 October

23:52

Fire Your Gun at the 'Shot Heard Round NY' Protest this Saturday Nov 1st 2014 [Gun News]

At noon Saturday November 1st 2014, people will once again gather and fire their guns at Gun Clubs across the state for the protest called Shot Heard Round NY . They once again will fire shots in unison with gun owners around the state on a symbolic gesture of protest to Governor Andrew Cuomo and his ruling party.

23:07

Media Matters' systematic removal of my responses from their website, also most of my responses to their attacks in one place [John Lott's Website]

I was going to post this in June this year when I thought that the Washington Post's Eric Wemple was going to run a story on this, but I put it off as I waited for him to run something.  In any case, here is the information that I was going to post:

ORIGINAL POST:

Media Matters' practices what I call hit-and-run journalism, where they make an attack and ignore any response that is provided.  I have tried over about seven years to put up comments on their website responding to these claims (often quotes out of context or deliberately misread data).  It appears to me that Media Matters wants to leave their readers with the impression that the other side never provides a response to their claims.  

Media Matters has removed all sorts of comments that I have placed on their website (indeed, I never kept count, but it is a lot), even ones that involve me explaining to people why my eyebrows are deformed because of surgery that I had as a kid.  Here is one case recently where they made the mistake of removing my comments, but not the comments that responded to my original post.




After Erik Wemple from the Washington Post contacted them about their removal of my comments, some recent ones reappeared.  In this screen shot you can see Media Matters putting back the links to my response to one of their attacks (in this case see the second comment from the bottom).




Media Matters apparently told Wemple that my comments were removed because their readers had tagged them as offensive.  But Media Matters only very recently changed their system for putting up comments.  Prior to that they would have to approve someone twelve times before their comments would automatically be posted on their website.  The problem is that their screeners would virtually never let any of my comments through (surely not enough that I ever got close to the magic number of twelve).  This problem over many years had absolutely nothing to do with their readers supposed complaints.  In addition, Media Matters confirmed to Wemple that I had previously complained to them multiple times over the last seven years about them refusing to publish my comments.


More information will be provided soon.  But you can see that I have long complained about Media Matters sanitizing its comment section.  Indeed, I have complained in person several times to people from David Brock on down at least 2008.  I have also made notes about this attempt to shield their readers from my responses on my website (see links below) as well as on Twitter.  A couple of my many responses to Media Matters posts on Twitter can be seen here.







When Media Matters has attacked me, I would write up a response and post a link to the comment on their website.  Here are 23 times that I wrote up and posted, though I haven't gone through everything that I have written and I am sure that there were more responses.  Below I first show Media Matters' title and then a link to their claims and then my response.






-- The NRA Encourages Its Members To Lie To Their Families At Thanksgiving







My response and a Washington Post Fact Checker article available here.



-- "Mother Jones and Media Matters bungle study on Mass Public Shootings" 







Other responses to Media Matters by me:
Media Matters, 'Stand Your Ground' and me 
David Brock, Media Matters and gun control hypocrisy
MEDIA MATTERS' POTENTIALLY LETHAL DISTORTIONS ON GUNS

"Media Matter's dishonest attacks on Fox News" -- discussion here.



Media Matters has also done everything from doctoring pictures of me (see here) to .

Here is a response that I didn't post on Media Matters website.


-- Fox's Bolling Inadvertently Advocates For Gun-Free Zones

Here is a response that I tried posting about seven weeks after I sent Erik Wemple the original story.




Finally, let me point to a column that Ann Coulter has on this general topic, where she takes on the claims that keep on calling me "Discredited." See Ann's column available here.

19:42

'Innocent' Shooting Range Targets a Reminder of Deadly Gun Culture [Gun News]

Gun ownership is an issue that splits people down the middle, but it's impossible to ignore the facts. 87 American are killed every day by gun violence, while 68% of all murders in the U.S. are committed with a firearm.

15:30

Minnesota DNR Grants Give Trap Shooting Ranges A Boost [Gun News]

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has approved nearly $400,000 in expedited small range trap shooting grants to expand, improve or upgrade trap shooting ranges across the state. The grants are the result of a $2.16 million legislative appropriation earlier this year that aims to increase shooting range capacity for youth trap shooters by providing matching funds to recreational shooting clubs open for public use.

13:49

Well, I'll be a freakin' son of a gun -- maybe I really do need to get a "real job" [The Liberty Sphere]

I made all of $1.25 yesterday for my Examiner article. Just over 200 people read it.

Now, through the years trolls have told me that I need to get a real job and stop with this notion of writing, that I can't write anyway, and even if I could the nation would be much better off without my point of view.

Maybe they're right. As a free market capitalist I do believe in the basic premise that if your skills or the goods you offer cannot compete in the marketplace, then you go under. Maybe that is true about me. Maybe I'm not good enough to compete in the marketplace of ideas. Maybe people are not interested in what I'm offering.

As far as getting a "real job" goes, writing is a real job, and a hard one at that. It is very hard work as any writer will tell you. But if I cannot make it by writing, what am I supposed to do? There are just a few things I can still do at this point in life. I am not physically able to do most of them.

So, I dunno. To heck with it. If I can do no better than this, then what's the use? A pox on all of it!

11:00

Oklahoma: Show Your Support for Hunting in Lexington [NRA-ILA News]

The Lexington City Council will meet next Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  After discussion of a hunting ban at its last two meetings, as reported here, the City Council proposed to vote on a hunting ban within the Lexington city limits on November 4.  At this time, this issue is not on the agenda for November 4.

Oklahoma: Show Your Support for Hunting in Lexington [NRA-ILA News]

The Lexington City Council will meet next Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  After discussion of a hunting ban at its last two meetings, as reported here, the City Council proposed to vote on a hunting ban within the Lexington city limits on November 4.  At this time, this issue is not on the agenda for November 4.

09:39

The Viscount of Connecticut helpfully suggests banning standard capacity magazines while Malloy lets slip why they really want them banned. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

David Codrea has this interesting post at War on Guns, along with video: Malloy v Visconti.
Visonti @4:27 -- "If they wanted to do something, they could have looked at the 30-round magazine that Adam Lanza used, and just targeted that."
Well, that sure sounds "no-compromise." How helpful.
And Malloy lets slip why they want to ban standard capacity magazines:
Malloy @6:22 -- "The reality of large capacity magazines is they do allow a madman, or a disturbed individual, or someone with malice, or for that matter, someone who wants to fight against the federal government for whatever reason..."
Also, David has some comments about the Tiger Talkers.
He quotes me here and rightly sneers:
Not to mention the inconvenience!
No matter, People who won't send an email, forward a link or even install Adblock will endure indeterminately-extended real world hardships and sacrifices to save us!
And they'll do it smugly, too, with an air of amused Que sera, sera superiority, although I would be curious to know what practical and moral leadership such people have shown at averting literal hell on earth, up close and personal. Cede the entire political arena to those who would rule all, without lifting a finger? Ingenious!
Meantime, I was forwarded this story from May of this year by a reader about Dave Ragozzine, who wrote "Anyone can have a blog, who cares what the dude says(?)"
Mr. Ragozzine, it seems, scared the politicos of Connecticut for saying this on-line:
“If you really want to save your state and country, you will become disobedient and do God’s work to save this nation,” Ragozzine allegedly wrote. “We need violence, we need to take out the scumbags. Locally, Malloy needs to be taken out. He must pay in blood for the crimes he has committed against this country, this state, and the constitution. Our founders and the first 111% wouldn’t have let him last one day in office.”
These were judged to be injudicious statements by the Connecticut State Police, the story continues:
Ragozzine, of 17 Mountain View Terrace, Apt. 3, in Winchester, was arraigned Friday in Superior Court on charges of inciting injury to a person or property, a Class C felony, and second-degree threatening.
Now, as the CSP is also investigating me for the quadruple sins of making a seditious speech, smuggling forbidden magazines, writing open letters, and posting the home addresses and phone numbers of the tyrants who passed the Intolerable Act, I am sympathetic to Mr. Ragozzine's situation. I will say that my own words and actions were chosen a bit more carefully than his, but that hasn't prevented the authorities from trying to figure out how to nail my ass to Red Mike "KGB" Lawlor's barn door. Thus, as I have skin in this Connecticut game, I would be curious to know what the disposition of Mr. Ragozzine's case was.

07:44

Alabama: Protect Our Hunting Heritage -- Vote YES on Amendment 5 on Tuesday [NRA-ILA News]

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA is encouraging all Alabamians to vote YES on Amendment 5, the state constitutional amendment declaring and protecting an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  By enshrining this state constitutional right, Alabama would keep the existing fishing and hunting structure in place while protecting future generations of sportsmen from attacks initiated by well-funded anti-hunting extremists.

Alabama: Protect Our Hunting Heritage -- Vote YES on Amendment 5 on Tuesday [NRA-ILA News]

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA is encouraging all Alabamians to vote YES on Amendment 5, the state constitutional amendment declaring and protecting an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  By enshrining this state constitutional right, Alabama would keep the existing fishing and hunting structure in place while protecting future generations of sportsmen from attacks initiated by well-funded anti-hunting extremists.

06:26

Dubious achievers: Dirtiest, lowest, funniest moments of election 2014 [Gun News]

"Politics ain't beanbag," goes a famous axiom, but in this era of secretive "SuperPACS," concealed contributors, hit mailings and all-limits-are-off spending, politics has become beanball. With no real rules anymore - thanks to the infamous 2010 Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court - fouls get committed.

04:19

Troubles on the road to Connecticut. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

It was another very rough night. I should already be on the ground in Connecticut but I'm headed to the doctor this morning. Plans have shifted, folks on the ground I counted on cannot, it seems, be counted on (in some cases due to circumstances beyond their control). Resources are thin, but thanks to some of you (and God bless Westchester NY in addition to the indomitable regulars!) it is still possible to get there but the window of time to do what I intended is collapsing. Rosey thinks God is trying to tell me something but that's just because she is, and has earned the right to be, a little selfish.
To those who expected me today, I can only apologize and attempt to salvage what I can. It has always been my intention to confront Red Mike "KGB" Lawlor on his own ground. I WILL get there. I just can't say when at this point. I'll have more later.

04:02

Of timid trolls and tiger talkers. "Anyone can have a blog, who cares what the dude says?" Enter the "Joebots." Reaction to my piece from yesterday. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Check out the comments to my post here and to David's here.
My favorite comment is from Dave Ragozzine, who writes: "Anyone can have a blog, who cares what the dude says(?)" Truer words were never spoken. Of course, most typical is this reaction to David's piece from Bob Richardson: "I no longer go to the Examiner website because of all the intrusive and vocal ads." I wonder how all those folks like Richardson really expect us to believe that they will be there at muzzle-point shouting "Molon Labe" opposing the evil machine when they, a. lack the intelligence and/or gumption to obtain a free ad-blocker so they can read David's work without further bother and, b., are so easily deflected from the search for truth by mere momentary inconvenience. And we are expected to think of such people as serious allies?
The only thing more ridiculous are the chest-thumpers who say they want to "get it on" now before they grow too old for the fight. Really? Are they ready for a civil war? Have they made all the preparations they need to? Have they trained, networked, worked the intelligence problem, or any of a million things necessary to prepare for such an eventuality? Do they even understand what that means, what the human cost would be? Recently, I walked with Bob Wright through the national cemetery at Shiloh battlefield park in Tennessee. We talked about what he called "the tiger talkers" and how he wished that he could drag all of them through the cemetery to get some idea of the reality of civil war, of the cost in blood and tears and irretrievable human potential.
In clinging to the competing notions that this is some form of political game without future cost, or, to the equally naive idea that "we can whip 'em easy," both sides demonstrate an unthinking ignorance that they will be swiftly and violently disabused of come the awful dawn of real civil war. In these illusions they are the doppelgangers of the collectivists who believe that just because they win an election that cloaks them in the color of law, the rest of us will meekly fall in line for their tyranny when they say so.
But the paradigm, as they say, is about to shift and there is a rough beast slouching toward Bethlehem, Connecticut to be born.
We have the promise, whispered in the halls of power in Connecticut, that the gun raids begin after Malloy's re-election. It is past time to seriously consider what will ensue when that happens. When the first innocents are dead in their living rooms, what then will the timid trolls and the tiger talkers DO? They should give some consideration to that eventuality now, for if Malloy is re-elected it is coming. Believe me, it WILL come.

02:37

Accidental shooting in DHS highlights importance of gun safety [Gun News]

A son accidentally shot by his father at this Desert Hot Springs home. Police say the man didn't know his shotgun was loaded, and accidentally fired the weapon at the floor.

01:17

Illegal aliens being encouraged to vote in North Carolina [John Lott's Website]


After watching this video does anyone doubt that there is significant levels of vote fraud occurring because of illegal aliens?

Thursday, 30 October

22:52

Second Amendment, guns [Gun News]

The candidates for U.S. Senate discuss the Second Amendment and gunowners' rights in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. HE SUPPORTED OVER $20 BILLION IN SUBSIDIES FOR THE OIL COMPANIES.

22:52

Sacramento deputies murdered by illegal alien [Gun News]

Hardworking police officers being murdered by thugs infuriates anyone who is a true American, but when they are murdered by an illegal alien who should have never been here to begin with it sparks outrage that is hard to control. Marcelo Marquez, a twice-deported illegal alien living in the US allegedly shot and killed two Northern California sheriff's deputies, Michael Davis Jr. and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver.

18:58

With Ominous Midterms Looming, Rachel Maddow Smears Joni Ernst as Trigger-Happy Extremist [Gun News]

In yet another sign that liberals view next Tuesday's midterms with fully warranted fear and loathing, Rachel Maddow gamely tried last night to depict GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst as only a few bullets short of official status as a heavily-armed and barricaded survivalist. Since few people beyond the low-rated, leftist fever swamp that is MSNBC's core audience are likely to have heard Maddow's harangue, its impact on the Senate race in Iowa can safely be described as negligible.

17:00

Maine: Protect Our Hunting Heritage—Vote NO on Question 1 on Tuesday [NRA-ILA News]

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA Political Victory Fund is encouraging all Mainers to vote NO on Question 1, the anti-hunting ballot initiative that would outlaw three traditional methods of bear hunting in Maine: hunting with dogs, baiting and trapping.

Maine: Protect Our Hunting Heritage—Vote NO on Question 1 on Tuesday [NRA-ILA News]

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA Political Victory Fund is encouraging all Mainers to vote NO on Question 1, the anti-hunting ballot initiative that would outlaw three traditional methods of bear hunting in Maine: hunting with dogs, baiting and trapping.

Washington: State senator to reintroduce gun control bill in Olympia [NRA-ILA News]

State Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, whose district includes parts of south Snohomish County, for two years has sponsored a bill that would require that guns be safely stored, making it a crime if a person stores or leaves a loaded firearm in a place where a child under 16 could get it.It didn’t get out of committee in 2013 and didn’t get a hearing in 2014. She said Wednesday she’ll try again in 2015. The Legislature convenes in January.

Massachusetts: Struggle to regain gun license in Worcester becomes local man’s fight for Constitutional rights [NRA-ILA News]

Nine years after they were first stripped from him after his arrest for assault and battery, Raymond Holden is still fighting to get his guns and gun permit back. The journey has been paved with wins and losses in court, and while he does not say how much, the price tag has grown quite steep. He remains locked in a battle with the city and Police Chief Gary Gemme, who first suspended Holden's license in 2005, and revoked it in 2006.

3 robbed at gunpoint after N.C. state fair declares gun-free zone [NRA-ILA News]

Three people were reportedly robbed at gunpoint Saturday leaving the North Carolina State Fair after a judge ruled earlier this month that concealed weapons would not be permitted at the event.

South Africa: Stricter gun laws on the cards [NRA-ILA News]

The government wants to tighten the country’s gun laws, and amendments to the 2000 Firearms Control Act are expected to go before Parliament early next year. And the ANC is calling for the elimination of illegal guns.

Message from NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox [NRA-ILA News]

Friends, the future of our Second Amendment rights comes down to one day— Election Day—Tuesday, November 4. Tuesday’s elections are the most important of our lifetime. Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms has never been in greater jeopardy. This election cycle, we face the best organized and most well-funded attack on our freedom since our forefathers put pen to paper to ensure our Second Amendment rights.

Halloween Horror: Desperate, Angry Activists Hope to Shame Pro-Gun Voters into Inaction [NRA-ILA News]

With Halloween upon us, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) decided to ratchet up the gore (and poor taste) in their latest series of anti-gun ads.  Mischaracterized by CSGV as public service announcements, the only service these grisly ads provide to the public is alerting the electorate to the gun control community’s increasingly angry, inflammatory, and judgmental tactics.

Must See Video! Vote, or Let Others Determine the Scope of Your "Rights" [NRA-ILA News]

As part of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gun control-promotion tour, a cross-section of anti-gun activists, politicians, Obama administration representatives, and others of like mind gathered in Oregon recently to discuss “what we can do in the legislature next year.”  Topics discussed included “universal” background checks, gun registration, and a plan to sell “universal” checks with fake gun sportsmen in flannel shirts, in the style of John Kerry.

You're Going to Vote; What More Can You Do? [NRA-ILA News]

In addition to casting your ballot on Tuesday, here are some additional steps you can take to help ensure the future preservation of our liberty:

14:47

Feds: 30 pistols stolen from Lakewood gun store [Gun News]

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking for whoever is responsible for stealing 30 pistols from a Lakewood gun store earlier this week. Quantico Tactical at 12314 Pacific Highway S.W. was burglarized at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

14:45

Felonies abound among political activists and illegals [The Liberty Sphere]

It is now a mere four days until the 2014 midterm elections. Longtime observers of elections have noted that the political landscape seems to indicate a general shift away from Democrats. This would spell trouble for Barack Obama and his legislative allies such as Harry Reid. But many elections are so close that even a slight shift of a few hundred votes or less would be enough to tip the election to the Democrat. The reason? Widespread fraud.
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12:31

Students face expulsion over pic of airsoft guns [Of Arms and the Law]

Yet another case of academic BS. The pic was posted to his Facebook page, not on any school (electronic) property or site. The sanction is supposedly because he "caused disruption."

Instapundit is right: it's getting to where sending your kids to public school is a form of child abuse. In this case, I'd think the academic supervisors need training course in the First Amendment.

11:58

Newest piece at Fox News: "‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We're sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense" [John Lott's Website]

John Lott's newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. 
Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to defend. 
So what can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more citizens carry guns. 
Just look at the alleged lone wolf attacks in the last few months. A clear pattern seems to be developing: from the beheading a month ago in Oklahoma to last week’s car attack in Quebec, the shooting at the National War Memorialin Ottawa, and the hatchet assault in New York City. 
Jerusalem last week also experienced a similar Jihadist attack, with a terrorist driving his car onto a crowded sidewalk. 
The announcement Wednesday that the federal government is beefing up security at federal buildings misses the real problem: as we’ve already seen in the last month, there are an uncountable number of targets. Publicly announcing beefed up security at federal building simply makes it more likely that other targets will be hit. 
After the attack on Parliament, Canada rushed to give more detention and surveillance power to security agencies. Not only is such a move more costly, . . .
The piece is continued here.

10:39

Campaign to reduce firearm suicide wins support among firearm retailers in New Hampshire [Gun News]

Nearly half of firearm retailers in New Hampshire displayed materials from a firearm suicide prevention campaign generated by a coalition of gun owners and public health professionals, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. It is the first collaboration between firearm retailers and public health professionals around suicide prevention.

06:42

Group of Bay County Realtors obtaining concealed carry permits following slaying of... [Gun News]

With her hair pulled back under a hat, Shelley Gottschling fires several rounds from 9mm and .45 caliber handguns at a target inside Duncan's Outdoor Shop in Bay City. At 5-feet-3-inches tall, the Bay County Realtor is small, but accurate.

05:00

Arizona Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Colorado-Like Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Former Clinton White House Deputy Director Fred DuVal (D) is running for governor of Arizona, and if he wins, he will put his support behind the implementation of Colorado-like gun control.

04:25

Mississippi: NRA-ILA and State Legislative Leaders Urge Passage of Amendment 1 on November 4 to Establish a Constitutional Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife [NRA-ILA News]

Today at the State Capitol in Jackson, the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, led by House Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Committee Chairman, Scott Bounds (R-Philadelphia) hosted a press conference to urge support for passage of NRA-backed Amendment 1 on November 4 -- a state constitutional amendment establishing an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.

04:18

Connecticut Carry says "Joe Must Go." What I know is that what starts in Connecticut under the anti-American, Soviet-loving Mike Lawlor will not stay in Connecticut. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

"I'll either get traction, and take this race in a three- or four-way, or I'll be irrelevant." -- Joe Visconti.
A long-time fighter for firearm rights in Connecticut commented to me:
I will tell you that right now we have a pretty large problem with a third party candidate (Joe Visconti) who is seeking to torpedo the election because he is upset that he didn't get a GOP nod.
For some reason, we have a contingent of people in Connecticut that think this guy is 'pro-gun' (we are not 'pro-gun', we are pro-rights, but I digress), when he openly advocates for mandating unloaded carry (condition 3) because of one person having a negligent discharge in a bagel shop, and openly states that our 2013 Gun Ban went 'too far' and would repeal the 'magazine portion' of the bill (but not the rest of the 130+ page monstrosity).
He is running under 9% in the polls at the moment. Just enough to act as a spoiler, but with no chance to win. . .
There is quite a bit of speculation of whether he is really this stupid/insane or whether he is a Malloy plant. I think there is a lot more evidence for the former than the latter, but neither seem to be off the table when you consider his behavior.
In support of this, I received the October issue of Connecticut Carry's October newsletter, and among the articles is this op-ed. I reprint it in its entirety, as well as the analysis piece that follows it, because it describes where we are in Connecticut, a state that is only awaiting the re-election Malloy and his anti-firearm commissar Red Mike "KGB" Lawlor for the gun raids -- and the subsequent civil war -- to begin.
Joe Must Go
by Bob Margolis.
It’s time for you to go, Joe. You’ve probably worked harder than anyone else in the race for governor, but in your heart you know you can’t win.
You’ve campaigned on valiantly as the “other guy” and while there’s merit to that, at some point you’re only going to hurt the chances for the state of Connecticut to elect someone that is not Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
You told me face to face several times that your objective was to get Malloy out of office. You now have the best opportunity of any one in the state to do that. While you have gathered support from some independents, some Republicans and a few Democrats, we all know that as the election gets closer people will cast their vote for someone that they think can win. That candidate is not you, Joe.
You have few funds and little name recognition outside of a small circle of influence and what worries me most is that Malloy is now saying good things about you. Our governor is playing you like a fine fiddle Joe. Gov. Malloy knows that his only threat in this election is Tom Foley, not Joe Visconti. Nearly every vote cast for you will be a vote taken away from Tom Foley. The closer the election, the more dangerous your participation becomes.
Why do you think that the attack ads only go after Mr. Foley and not you? Because their side wants you to get votes Joe, as many as it takes to swing the numbers their way. The governor and his team are not stupid, they’re playing you for a fool, and I know you’re not a fool.
Joe, you have the chance to be “Rudy” for Connecticut. You have the chance to be carried off the field held high on the shoulders of the winning team. You also have the chance to be the spoiler, to be the one that hands the election to the incumbent. I’m asking you to be Rudy. Joe, be Rudy for us, be Rudy for everyone in Connecticut. By doing that, you can come back some day and run for office again, next time as a hero, not a spoiler. Withdraw from the election Joe, get out of the race and ask your supporters to vote for Tom Foley. Campaign with Tom and campaign for Tom. He’s the best chance we have of taking back our state.
In addition to this op-ed is this analysis by Rick Burgess, "Are We Going To Lose This Election?":
No one wants to be the one to say it. Connecticut Carry sure doesn’t want to have to be the ones to have to say it. But we are in serious risk of losing this election. We have Malloy on the run with poll numbers from Malloy-friendly polling institutes that cannot hide the fact that Connecticut residents hate Governor Dannel Malloy and his policies and favor Republican challenger Tom Foley.
So how can we lose?
We have a contingent of people who have decided that ‘principle’ and ‘rights’ mean more to them than the basic common sense of voting the worst anti-rights governor in the nation out. Now, let’s be clear here: We support and stand on principles and rights more than any organization in Connecticut. We opposed bills that other organizations were actively supporting because the bills were against individual rights and therefore unacceptable to us, and we are proud of that. We support the absolute right to bear arms, and do not advocate for laws that prohibit anyone from buying, owning or carrying a self-defense tool in whatever manner that they see fit. But what some have decided is standing on principles and rights is, in fact, guaranteeing a loss to Governor Malloy by splitting the vote with a candidate who cannot win, and who would not fulfill the promises he has made anyway.
The center of this problem is candidate Joe Visconti, who is supposedly, the ‘pro-gun’ pick for governor despite there not being a single pro-rights organization endorsing him, and for good reason. When we look into his background and public statements, we do not need to look very far to see that he is completely incompatible with a belief in principles and individual rights. In a recorded video that he made, he stated unequivocally that he believes that since a Bridgeport officer negligently discharged a round through the glass window of the bagel shop, where he was sitting, the solution should be that officers state-wide be mandated to carry unloaded firearms. He went on to say that, if he were governor, he would make that policy happen. What would then happen if/when there were a mass shooting under his administration? His thought pattern, about penalizing every innocent person for the stupid actions of one person, does not bode well for the law-abiding citizens of Connecticut. Visconti's logic is the same logic used by anti-rights politicians like Governor Malloy.
Unfortunately, Visconti's most adamant supporters have decided to hold this election hostage, with many of them openly stating their belief that if Visconti does not win then we all deserve Malloy and the consequences that will come from Malloy's re-election. This hostage-election situation makes Visconti's campaign nothing less than a torpedo aimed, under false colors, trying to sink Foley, instead of sinking the anti-Rights regime of Malloy. It is almost as if Visconti is deliberately trying to help Malloy win and float away unscathed. Visconti claims to want citizen Rights restored, yet he continues to allow Malloy to flatter him and encourage him, knowing all the while that he, Visconti, cannot win this race for Governor. How can Visconti claim to have the interests of citizen Rights at heart, when he continues to play into the hands of anti-Rights Malloy? Visconti's intemperate ego and illogical stubbornness has caused many people to wonder whether the Visconti campaign might actually be run by the Malloy campaign. While that is only idle speculation, without any evidence, one thing is for certain, the Visconti campaign is not about ‘gun rights’ or the right to bear arms, it is about him as an individual candidate who does not have the best interests of Connecticut residents in mind. From where we view this, Visconti, for his own personal gain, is exploiting his supporters who yearn for the uninfringed right to self-defense.
Normally, such a third person campaign would not be great concern. However, Visconti’s support has been variously polled at 9%. Despite the ridiculously low number that 9% represents, in most elections; in the context of THIS election, that 9% may be more than enough to hand the election to Governor Malloy. In the last election, Tom Foley only lost by 6%. According to the various polls, this race is shaping up to be an even closer one. Worse still, Visconti has somehow convinced himself and his supporters that, although he is polling at 9% (or less), they think and believe that he is not just capable of winning the election, but they insist that he is likely to win the election. Wishful thinking is nothing new in politics, but in this case, the wishful thinking of Visconti and his supporters may well cause the sounding of the death knell for our constitutional Rights in this state.
For months Connecticut Carry has been discussing the likely ramifications of Malloy’s re-election. If Malloy is re-elected, there will be nothing that anyone can do to slow the collectivist march of the anti-rights organizations and politicians. IF Malloy is re-elected, we may well expect that he will try to push for the complete denial and excision of the Right to carry a firearm, even going so far as to try to have our Constitution re-written to remove Section 15. So, if we can't, won't, or don't oust Malloy in this election, do NOT be surprised at his next drastic anti-Rights, anti-gun policy focus. Losing the Right to carry a firearm is the area where we have the most to lose.
For pro-Rights citizens, the simple truth of this election is the question of, how can we remove Governor Dannel Malloy from office? For pro-Rights people, this is an absolute must. We are already burdened by unconstitutional and grievous gun laws. IF we endure the Visconti-made schism among pro-Rights voters, we also must face the distinct possibility of a Malloy win. A Malloy win would certainly bring about a most horrible flood of gun laws that would even more drastically hurt our way of life, worse than any of us have imagined, until now.
Although most of us now recognize the need for Visconti to drop out of the race and to support Foley, there is, still, a small contingent of people who persist in asking questions like ‘What do we know about Tom Foley’? Most importantly, we KNOW that Foley is NOT Governor Malloy. We KNOW that Foley has not gone out of his way to infringe upon the Rights of citizens, as Malloy has done. We also KNOW that the STRONGEST message we can send to politicians, and the anti-gun crowd, is to remove Governor Malloy from office. And, we KNOW that Tom Foley is polling at 50+%, with Dannel Malloy teetering at about the same level. Therefore, we KNOW that Tom Foley is the only candidate who stands ANY CHANCE of being elected to oust Malloy, if we do NOT want Malloy to get back in. But, Foley can ONLY beat Malloy IF we all stick together. Vote for Foley, against Malloy. We KNOW that we can ONLY get Malloy out IF we vote for Foley and do NOT vote for that third candidate.
Is all lost? Should we just give up? NO! But, this needs your absolute attention. Pro-Rights citizens have a LOT of work to do, yet, to get every pro-Rights, anti-Malloy voter to the polls on Election Day, and to get those voters to vote for Foley. You need to talk to everyone that you can and let them know that there is only box to check, this election: VOTE FOLEY to unseat Malloy. It is going to require every single one of us getting out there and doing it. We hate that there is no other reasonable choice, but this is how these battles are won. It is time to do the right thing and just get Malloy out. Once Malloy is out of office, THEN we get to play the long game and work on getting better candidates to run for office. Voting for Visconti will accomplish none of these goals.
Rally everyone you can and vote Malloy out of office. We only get one chance at this.
Rich Burgess
President, Connecticut Carry
Burgess is right to point out that more firearm restrictions will happen under a second Malloy regime, but that is beside the main point. We won't have to worry about future legislation since the shooting will have already begun before that happens. Malloy and Lawlor are merely waiting for the re-election to be over to begin the gun raids. Gentlemen and ladies, I predict to you that if Malloy is re-elected there will be dead innocents at the hands of the Connecticut State Police by January, thus beginning the next American civil war. Viscounti must have heard the same rumors wafting out of the Governor's office that I have. He must know what portends.
Was Viscounti screwed over by the CT GOP elite in the primary process? His supporters say that he was and I have no reason to doubt it. Is he the "better" candidate on firearm rights than Foley? Connecticut Carry, CCDL (who still seems to have lost my address and phone number -- rumor has it that I make them nervous) and other people in CT I trust seem to doubt it. But let's say for the sake of argument that he is. We are not playing for ideological debating points here, or even political principle. What hangs over this election more than any other in this election cycle or in any since 1860 is nothing less than civil war -- butchery of innocents on a vast scale. For what starts in Connecticut under the anti-American, Soviet-loving Mike Lawlor will not stay in Connecticut. This is not hypothetical. Based on the promises of the antis in the Malloy regime this is as real as it gets.
So one must ask, is this what Joe Viscounti had in mind when he decided to assuage his case of bruised ego and chapped ass at the way he has been treated?
Viscounti has been quoted as saying, "I'll either get traction, and take this race in a three- or four-way, or I'll be irrelevant." I disagree. If the fears expressed above by firearm owners and activists in his state of Viscounti's effect on the Connecticut election come to pass, history will NOT record him as "irrelevant." It may record instead the first known case of a civil war being attributable directly to a bruised ego and a chapped ass.

04:00

New York Times Mocks NRA Ad in Which Rape Victim Advocates Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

The New York Times mocked an NRA ad that shows a rape victim speaking up for her right to bear arms for self-defense.

03:01

Candidates spar over Islamic State, gun control [Gun News]

U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., and Republican congressional nominee John Chapman took off the kid gloves Wednesday during a debate at Monomoy Regional High School, trading blows in a spirited face-to-face that occasionally required the teenage moderator to remind them to heed time limits and not interrupt one another.

02:13

Penn Gov. Tom Corbett signs a pro-gun law barring local restrictions [John Lott's Website]

Tom Corbett has consistently been one of the best governors in the country on gun control issues.  His signing the new law that ends the patchwork quilt of local gun regulations is just one example of that.  It is interesting that gun-control advocates who keep pushing state and Federal gun control laws support letting local gun control laws when it gets them what they want.  Unfortunately, Corbett has been unjustly beaten up over other issues, such as privatizing state liquor stores or introducing some competition to public schools.  Unions are taking a big stand against him.

From The Blaze:
The bill specifically would prevent local governments from passing gun laws that are more restrictive than the state gun laws and basically erases existing local gun laws. 
The bill signing could rally support from gun owners for Corbett in the final stretch of his campaign where he trails Democratic candidate Tom Wolf by double digits in most recent polls
The National Rifle Association called the bill, “the strongest firearms preemption statute in the country.” . . .

01:04

Testimony today on gun control before the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee [John Lott's Website]

A notice of the public hearing before the Australian Senate later today (5:30 PM EDT US) is available here.

A copy of my testimony is available here.

Wednesday, 29 October

23:19

G&A 2014 Handgun of the Year: Heckler & Koch VP9 [Gun News]

Guns & Ammo received its first two samples of the HK VP9 during the third week of June. We're still shooting them.

19:29

Showbiz Figures Try to Focus Voters on Gun Laws [Gun News]

While entertainment figures like Martin Sheen and Barbra Streisand have lent their names to support midterm campaigns, there also has been a showbiz focus on specific issues, like gun violence. The latest are two spots directed by Mark Pellington, whose credits include "Arlington Road" and "Mothman Prophecies," for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

18:35

KFC employee uses gun to stop armed robbery: Police say "employee's quick action could have meant the difference between life and death" [John Lott's Website]

From Alabama's WVTM TV in Birmingham:
. . . Around 6:30 Sunday night, two men walked into KFC in Ensley and they were armed. At the time, there were no customers inside the fast food restaurant but it was filled with employees.  One of those employees was forced into action.  
"He wanted to flee for cover. So in the process of fleeing he was shot and after he was shot he grabbed his weapon and returned fire,” Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department described.  
That employee shot one of the suspects in the stomach before both suspects fled the scene. 
The injured suspect eventually turned up at a local hospital for his injuries. The second suspect is still on the loose.  . . . 
What happened at KFC is unusual and the response is not something law enforcement recommends.  But in this situation, Birmingham police say this employee's quick action could have meant the difference between life and death. . . . .
Thanks to Michael Wahl for this link. 

17:21

Well, despite my best efforts it's simply not coming together for tonight [The Liberty Sphere]

Earlier I had promised a new Examiner article this evening. But it is not to be.

I had the best of intentions, but I realized a few minutes ago that it just won't be coming together for tonight. I ran out of steam. The thing about having this kind of severe flair up is that one's energy level drops to near zero. But today I felt somewhat better. I had planned to do a Bible study for a church tonight, and I was determined to fulfill that commitment. This I did, but doing that plus an article tonight was just too much and did not take into consideration my energy level, which is running on low.

I hope you understand. I will post an article tomorrow, for sure.

17:00

Joni Ernst is right on guns [NRA-ILA News]

There is a new argument against Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. To wit, that she should be excluded from the United States Senate because she just might shoot the parliamentarian the first time a procedural ruling goes against her.In a recently unearthed video from a 2012 National Rifle Association meeting in Iowa, Ernst explained her devotion to her Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter in particular, and to her gun rights in general. “I believe,” she said, “in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

D.C. Attorney General to appeal concealed carry permits [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. is has been accepting applications for concealed handgun permits for about a week but that could soon end.News4's Mark Segraves is reporting D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan will appeal a judge’s ruling requiring the city to issue concealed carry permits. If successful, the District could take away any permits originally granted.

NRA demands Georgia county’s elections board reverse ban on pro-gun clothing [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association has written a letter demanding the board of elections in Douglas County, Georgia, reverse an informal ban on pro-gun clothing at the voting booth.

Alabama: Gun rights and hunting a major focus in upcoming general election [NRA-ILA News]

We are now just a week away from Alabama's general election.On the ballot are five amendments, two of which are related to guns, one for hunting and another for gun ownership.

New York: SAFE Act, part II a possibility [NRA-ILA News]

Potential changes to the state SAFE Act had residents and gun owners outspoken about its provisions at the Frewsburg American Legion on Monday night.The event was sponsored by the Shooters Committee On Political Education and featured presentations by Mike Benard of the Wayne County SCOPE chapter and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R,C,I-Jamestown.

‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We're sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense [NRA-ILA News]

The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks.Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to defend.So what can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more citizens carry guns.

16:01

A death spiral for Obamacare: Some numbers that point to big Obamacare insurance premium increases [John Lott's Website]

The difference in price between Obamacare plans and these alternative ones provides strong evidence that Obamacare increased insurance costs and that the higher premiums are due to all the new regulations.  In any case, this death spiral implies even greater increases in insurance premiums.  From Fox News:
A fast-growing, short-term alternative to ObamaCare that allows customers to get cheap, one-year policies could put the government-subsidized plan into a death spiral. 
The plans, the only ones allowed for sale outside of ObamaCare exchanges, generally cost less than half of what similar ObamaCare policies cost, and are increasing in popularity as uninsured Americans learn they are required to get health coverage. The catch -- that the policies only last for a year -- is not much of a deterrent, given that customers can always sign up for ObamaCare if their short-term coverage is not renewed. 
“Applications rose 30 percent compared to last year,” eHealthInsurance.com Enrollment Specialist Carrie McLean told FoxNews.com. 
Other providers said they also see rapid growth in the plans, which have a typical monthly premium of just over $100, compared to traditional plans that cost an average of $271. 
“It’s because the product is typically half the cost of ACA plans, and you can chose any doctor or hospital,” Health Insurance Innovations CEO Mike Kosloske told FoxNews.com. . . .
This article was written by my son, Maxim. 

15:33

Guns Were Banned at the North Carolina State Fair. What Happened Next Is Painfully Ironic. [Gun News]

Two people leaving the North Carolina State Fair on Saturday were robbed at gunpoint, after a legal battle had enabled the the fair to be declared a "gun-free" zone, WATE-TV reported . It would be "unwise and imprudent" to allow concealed weapons at the state fair, Wake County Superior Court judge Donald Stephens said earlier this month as he ruled against allowing concealed firearms at the event .

15:33

Another rally for gun control, another Wash. sheriff against it [Gun News]

While backers of billionaire-funded Initiative 594 are planning one more rally this Saturday - using the Marysville-Pilchuck school shooting as something of a campaign prop - another county sheriff has joined 26 of his colleagues to oppose the measure, making the count more than two-thirds of the elected sheriffs against the measure. Reports from several readers to Examiner late yesterday indicated that many, if not all, of these lawmen have apparently been targeted by "robo-calls" from I-594 supporters, claiming the sheriffs are out of touch with their constituents, and have been co-opted by the "gun lobby."

15:33

Greg Abbott campaigns with Chuck Norris in Texas governor's race [Gun News]

Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott campaigned with movie and television star Chuck Norris in the closing days of the race for the governor's mansion in Austin, according to Abbott's campaign. One of the Wichita Falls native's advisers Avidel Huerta said, "Chuck Norris doesn't campaign with Greg Abbott .

13:09

Back up and running [The Liberty Sphere]

As you can tell from last evening's Examiner article -- Trouble Brewing on at least Two Fronts -- apparently the techies worked out most if not all of the bugs.

But during my down time I lost hundreds of dollars. UGH!

Anyway, give a tired, sick gentleman who is quickly growing old a helping hand by passing along the link above to anyone you can think of. It will help greatly.

This evening I will have a new article ready, but I don't know the time or how late it will be posted. Heck, I'm just happy to be back up and running.

And thank you, dear readers, for all you do. Many of you visit this blog on a daily basis whether I have anything to say or not. I am truly thankful for your loyalty, and I value each of you as friends.

12:07

More voting machines in Illinois changing Republican votes to Democratic ones [John Lott's Website]


This video is from the Quad City Times about voting at the Moline Public Library.

Similar problems have also been discovered yet again in Maryland (see here for a story by the Baltimore CBS affiliate).

04:47

Tuesday, 28 October

17:00

Intruder twice thwarted by armed citizens, WFIE, Evansville, Ind. 10/24/14 [NRA-ILA News]

Brian Hiner was at home in Butler County, Ohio when his dog alerted him to an intruder. Hiner retrieved a gun, went to investigate, and apprehended the home invader. When police arrived, they detained the intruder in a cruiser. However, the criminal managed to escape the vehicle, ran into a cornfield, and eventually invaded another house. 15-year-old Justin Kugler was at home at the time, and responded to the intrusion by retrieving a gun. When Kugler encountered the home invader he told him, “get out of the house or I'm going to shoot you.” Police recaptured the intruder outside the Kugler residence. When interviewed by a local media outlet, Kugler stated, “I feel pretty good about it that I could have saved other people's houses and their property.”

Bloomberg PAC highlights gun control in Connecticut, Maryland [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control supporting candidates facing tight races for governor in Connecticut and Maryland are the beneficiaries of a last-minute ad buy from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Ohio: More than a dozen gun bills await lawmakers after election [NRA-ILA News]

A variety of gun bills are being shot out at the statehouse, all of them ready to be debated by lawmakers after the election next Tuesday.

16:22

Trouble brewing on at least two fronts [The Liberty Sphere]

The 2014 midterm elections are now only one week away. Sources indicate that trouble is brewing on at least two fronts that go directly to the heart of those elections. On Monday reports surfaced from trusted sources concerning Obama's plans to grant citizenship to multimillions of illegal aliens after the election. And elections officials in several key states, such as Maryland, reported that tests on voting machines show that votes that are cast for Republicans are automatically funneled to Democrats. One group called Young Conservatives report that a Republican candidate in Illinois attempted to vote for a Republican (himself) but got a shock when his vote was actually tabulated.
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16:17

So Democrats claim that Obamacare isn't pushing us to a part-time labor force?: 122 colleges force faculty and students to be part-time [John Lott's Website]

From EducationViews.org:
Since the launch of Obamacareat least 122 colleges and universities across the nation have cut student and faculty work hours to skirt the federal law’s mandate requiring employers to provide healthcare for people who work 30 hours or more per week.
Those who have seen their paychecks shrink as a result of the Affordable Care Act include students who work on campus at restaurants, bookstores or gyms, teaching assistants, Residence Advisers, officer workers, student journalists, and a variety of other workers, such as part-time maintenance crews and groundskeepers. Educators’ work hours have also been cut due to the mandate, including part-time instructors and adjunct professors.
A long and growing list of 450 companies, school districts, colleges and institutions that have slashed and capped work hours to comply with the employer mandate – which goes into effect next year – has been compiled by Jed Graham of Investor’s Business Daily, whose tally chronicles employers both public and private. . . . .

14:10

Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Corbett Signs Firearms Preemption Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law House Bill 80, the strongest firearms preemption statute in the country, at a public signing ceremony.  This critical pro-gun legislation strengthens the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania and allows citizens to seek legal remedies against localities whose gun control ordinances exceed state law.

05:00

Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594 [NRA-ILA News]

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.

Former NY City mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending millions in an attempt to save faltering gubernatorial candidates in CT and MD [NRA-ILA News]

Former NY City mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending millions in an attempt to save faltering gubernatorial candidates in CT and MD who might not otherwise be in tight races but for their extremist anti-gun positions.

04:00

Washington State Sheriff Steve Mansfield says Initiative 594 will "chip away at our Constitutional Rights" [NRA-ILA News]

As your sheriff, I can assure you my position in the past and today remains firm in the” law of the land” and support of our constitution.

Monday, 27 October

20:41

Howard U Law symposium on firearm laws [Of Arms and the Law]

It's to be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, at their law school (2900 Van Ness Street, NW, Washington DC 20008 -- the law school is not part of their main campus). Dave Kopel and I will speak, against an Orkish horde. Webpage here.

20:13

LIBERTY ALERT! Something brewing... [The Liberty Sphere]

This is a special Liberty Alert.

Something is brewing in the vast American heartland in response to threats by Obama and a lame duck Democrat Congress to unleash the full force of lawlessness after the Nov. election and prior to the new Congress in Jan. of 2015.

Sources have stated that Obama intends to take full control over immigration by using the Executive Order to automatically naturalize multimillions of illegal aliens, unilaterally granting full citizenship to all who are in the country illegally. The action is designed to change the face of America from top to bottom, creating a permanent underclass that will make sure that for at least another 50 years and more Democrats will control all three branches of government.

But some are hinting at chatter being heard in various sectors indicating that any more shenanigans that remotely resembles such an action by Obama will result in open violence in the streets. The "civil unrest" would then become a full scale war.

While many patriots shudder to think of anyone on our side initiating such a war by firing the first shot, which most of us have condemned, the Stealth War would certainly take full advantage of the situation underground. None of those on our side would be interested in harming human life but in using stealth methods to thwart the plans of the leviathans. This can be done without taking to the streets to perpetrate violence. We are against violence. The Stealth War has always been about beating the statist leviathan by outsmarting him. There are ways to do this with regard to illegal aliens...with a little help from silent and secretive partners in government who detest working for this regime.

More about this tomorrow. But remember one thing, my friends. A vote for a Democrat in November is a vote for Harry Reid and Barack Obama. No matter who they are or what they claim to be, you cannot believe them. Even if they go to the same church you do. That means nothing in this day and age. If they vote for people who support illegal alien citizenship, abortion on demand, Obamacare, and a host of other illegal laws, then I don't care who they are. They are not one of us, and they do not believe in the ideals of the United States of America.

17:00

Virginia: Expanded Hunting Opportunities in Draft Plan for James River National Wildlife Refuge [NRA-ILA News]

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft plan to guide management of the James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the next 15 years.  The 4,325-acre Refuge is located in Prince George County, Virginia, and is administered by staff at Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex.

Virginia: Expanded Hunting Opportunities in Draft Plan for James River National Wildlife Refuge [NRA-ILA News]

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft plan to guide management of the James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the next 15 years.  The 4,325-acre Refuge is located in Prince George County, Virginia, and is administered by staff at Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex.

Virginia: Expanded Hunting Opportunities in Draft Plan for James River National Wildlife Refuge [NRA-ILA News]

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft plan to guide management of the James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the next 15 years.  The 4,325-acre Refuge is located in Prince George County, Virginia, and is administered by staff at Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex.

Connecticut: Gun control opponents vow week of effort to defeat Malloy [NRA-ILA News]

Connecticut has no provision in its Constitution to recall elected officials, but critics of gun control say their chance to oust Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other political opponents will come on Election Day.

New York gun grabbing massive overreach [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control supporters scoff when Second Amendment defenders accuse them of advocating the confiscation of firearms. The pro-restrictions crowd claims that our elected officials aren’t really trying to do what the gun-control set would actually love them to do.Well, it’s happening. New York state is ground zero for gun grabbing, validating the worries of gun owners everywhere.

New York: Will SAFE Act affect DA races? [NRA-ILA News]

Republicans believe opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's SAFE Act could increase voter turnout and make local Democratic candidates for district attorney vulnerable in November.

Australia: Tasmanian firearm registry causing concern [NRA-ILA News]

The state’s peak farming body has warned that personal details on the state’s firearm registry, which Tasmania Police has consistently denied has been breached, could potentially be sighted by people with sinister motives.

15:53

12:30

Pennsylvania: Governor to Sign Firearms Preemption Bill Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, October 28, Governor Tom Corbett (R) will sign House Bill 80 into law, strengthening Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption statute.  This bill takes effect in sixty days.  After four years of hard work, your NRA looks forward to this momentous event in a culmination of all the efforts that NRA members, Second Amendment supporters and Pennsylvania legislators finally accomplished.

05:00

References to Knives, Guns, Hunting — Even Fishing — Getting Chopped From Best-Selling Author’s Book on ‘Cooking Like a Pro.’ [NRA-ILA News]

Best-selling author Tim Ferriss has what you might call a bone to pick. The matter involves one of his popular titles, “The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life.”

Sunday, 26 October

18:33

And now a word from our friendly local insane asylum... [The Liberty Sphere]

Insanity. Pure and simple. There are no other words adequate enough to describe it.

First, word came late today that the New York Times will have a front page story tomorrow proclaiming that Obamacare is a great success. Who or what in their right mind would make such an outlandish comment? Well, the NYT, that's who...proving again that the old gray lady is nothing but a left wing rag fit for the garbage can. It is the height of insanity, insensitivity, and outright cruelty to make such a claim when so many have endured hardship under the new healthcare plan implemented by worthless socialists. Obama said average families would save $2,500 on the plan. Instead, they are spending $2,500 MORE than before, PLUS copays that have skyrocketed through the roof. Some of our best doctors are hanging it up as well, either retiring or refusing to accept patients who have insurance or Medicare.

The NYT has but one reason for doing this. It is a mere week before the midterm elections, and they know that enough dumbed down collectivists and other Democrats will believe this bilge, spurring them on to get to the polls to vote.

I have ZERO respect for the Times or anyone who "thinks" like they do.

Second, Jeb Bush is apparently committed to running for president in 2016. Now, I know some of you believe this is wonderful news. Not me. We need another Bush in the White House like we need another Clinton. Neither would be acceptable at a time such as this. Jeb is no conservative. He will continue to throw open wide the floodgates to more illegal aliens than the country can handle. He has other major troubles that conservatives will complain to high heaven about as well. The GOP had best steer away from Jeb. Fair warning.

17:00

New York: With gun act, Cuomo alienates upstate New York constituency [NRA-ILA News]

In large stretches of upstate New York, it is the reason Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is deeply unpopular. To many voters in New York City and its suburbs, it is one of his crowning achievements.Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, made New York the first state to pass a broad package of new gun laws after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Seizing a singular political moment, he called it the Safe Act, and he implored Congress to follow his lead.

Ex-CBS reporter on Fast and Furious media coverage [NRA-ILA News]

Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about reinforcements sent to the Benghazi compound during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.”Another White House flack, Eric Schultz, didn’t like being pressed for answers about the Fast and Furious scandal in which American agents directed guns into the arms of Mexican drug lords. “Goddammit, Sharyl!” he screamed at her. “The Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable. You’re the only one who’s not reasonable!”

Cooke: Do black people have equal gun rights? [NRA-ILA News]

Conventional wisdom holds that firearms are the preserve of conservative white men. You would never know this at my local shooting range, which happens to be in a majority African-American area, and has a clientele that reflects that fact. There, as a white man, I’m often in the minority; just one more guy who likes to fire weapons — another person to chat to and share stories with. It is, I’d venture, how things should be.

Hunters spend more than they get credit for [NRA-ILA News]

Hey, hunters — you might not realize this, but you’re business tycoons!That’s right. If hunting were a corporation, it would occupy the 73rd spot on the Fortune 500 list of top U.S. businesses.According to a report compiled recently by the National Shooting Sports Association, hunters spent $38.3 billion on their favorite pastime in 2011, the last year for which complete figures were available.

00:43

More concealed handgun permit data [John Lott's Website]

Following the CPRC study showing that there were about 11.1 million concealed handgun permits by the beginning of the year, I then showed that the number of concealed handgun permits in just seven states had increased by over 400,000 from the end of 2013 to July 2014.  Since then Florida's permits have increased by another 40,000, Utah's by 31,000, Minnesota's by about 2,800, and Illinois by about 50,000.  That adds another over 120,000 permits from just four states.  Taken together all this adds up to close to well over 11.6 million permits.  There is no doubt that other states have also seen a significant increase over the same period of time.  Again, these numbers do not include the six states where people can carry without a permit.

00:16

Unfortunately, last week's attack on the Canadian Parliament seems to have doomed some simple long needed reform of gun control [John Lott's Website]

The Huffington Post is quite happy about this:
The Conservative government appears to be quietly shelving its controversial “Common Sense” gun bill in light of Wednesday’s shooting.  
Government House Leader Peter Van Loan’s office was silent Friday about the future of Bill C-42. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office refused to comment, directing inquiries to Van Loan. The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act was scheduled to be debated for the first time on the day of the shootings, with three days set aside for discussion. It no longer figures on the government’s stated agenda. 
But NDP Public Safety critic Randall Garrison told The Huffington Post Canada on Friday that he understands why the government might want to shelve this bill for the time being. 
“I think it’s obvious that the climate where firearms were used to murder a member of the Canadian Forces and to bring an attack into the House of Commons means that the climate for a discussion on a bill that would loosen, in any way, restrictions over the licensing of firearms is unlikely to be something the government wants to do right now,” he said. . . .
Unfortunately, these restrictions are the exact opposite of what they should be doing. 

00:09

At what point do people have the right to defend themselves: Paul Begala misquotes Joni Ernst and bizarrely misinterprets the rest of her quote [John Lott's Website]



Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst made this statement in 2012:
"I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family -- whether it's from an intruder, or whether it's from a government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important."
Paul Begala, always one to misinterpret what someone says when it serves the right political cause, has this comment:

This notion -- that the Second Amendment gives citizens the right to fire upon federal officials, or their local police, or sheriffs or even U.S. military personnel -- is common among right wingers. But it's one thing to hear, say, goofball Ted Nugent honk off that way. (The Nuge, by the way, has boasted about how he avoided taking up arms in defense of his country during Vietnam.) It is another to know that someone with those loopy views is one step away from the United States Senate.
The Washington Monthly blogger Ed Kilgore has asked the right question -- the one any Iowa voter should be putting to Ms. Ernst: "Since you brought it up, exactly what circumstances would justify you shooting a police officer or a soldier in the head?" 
Good question, Ed. Is it OK to do so if, say, the Supreme Court stops the counting of votes so as to give the presidency to the candidate who got fewer votes? I don't think so. 
How about segregation? If ever American citizens were oppressed by their government it was African-Americans under Jim Crow. Thank God we had Dr. King and not Ms. Ernst leading the civil rights movement. . . .
Clearly, with just over a week to go before the election, we have officially entered the political silly season.  First, I should note that Begala misquotes Ernst in a small but very significant way.  Ernst talks about "a government" taking away her rights, not "the government" as Begala claims.  Begala’s misquote makes it appear as if she is referring specifically to our government, when she is obviously referring broadly to governments (including a foreign power).

In any case, Ernst isn't just talking about one right or even some rights that people have, but all rights.    She didn't say if the government takes away "one of our rights" or "some of our rights," but clearly "my rights."  Presumably, Begala would be upset if Americans tried to fight back against a foreign or domestic totalitarian government that would tried to take away all their rights.  But others would think that it is reasonable.  Begala asks bizarre questions of whether it is OK for us to shot federal officials if they take away segregation.  Seriously? Is this what Begala thinks anyone would define as all their rights?

Begala responded as shown in these Tweets (click on them to enlarge).
Again, the fact that she was referring to "a government," not "the government," seems important here.  In addition, she was not referring to losing just one right, but her rights, is also important.  Begala's misquoting her creates the wrong impression as referring to "a government" can obviously involve a foreign government taking over and taking away all her rights.  Begala did finally acknowledge that he had misquoted her.

UPDATE: Begala later acknowledged that Ernst had been misquoted and CNN changed the text of her quote.


Saturday, 25 October

16:30

More on anti-NRA ebola nonsense [Of Arms and the Law]

A while back I posted on MSNBC's poppycock claim that NRA was somehow responsible for Ebola's menace, since NRA had blocked the nomination of an anti-gun Surgeon General and that somehow impaired our response.

When an agency has no top dog, an "acting" head is appointed, often the deputy top dog. Yep, there is an acting Surgeon General. It gets better. Many small agencies are organized along these lines: (1) the chief is a political appointee, given the post as a political payback; his or her job consists of traveling around the country and giving speeches. (2) The deputy chief is a careerist who knows the agency, and actually runs the place. Some checking showed the Surgeon General's Office appears to be organized on these lines.

The result is that the deputy Surgeon General, now acting Surgeon General, is Boris Lushniak, MD. He started his medical career 31 years ago as a med student with the Public Health Service, and rose through the ranks. He's served with the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service, and with the FDA, as Chief Medical Officer of the Office of Counterterrorism. It doesn't look like the absence of a confirmed Surgeon General is hurting us.

14:53

Hildabeast strikes again with her made up "facts" [The Liberty Sphere]

The Hildabeast actually had the gall to tell a campaign rally for Martha Coakley in Massachusetts that businesses do not create jobs.

Hillary has never shied away from making up "facts" out of thin air, but what in the name of heaven could she have been thinking here? Everyone knows that the overwhelming number of jobs in the United States is created by small business, corporations, industry, and the like.

But the Hildabeast has an agenda she is trying to fulfill. She will say anything to fulfill it. Read this:

Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs,” Clinton said.
“You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” she continued. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”
“You know, one of the things my husband says when people say ‘Well, what did you bring to Washington,’ he said, ‘Well, I brought arithmetic,’” Clinton said, which elicited loud laughs from the crowd.
Sure thing, Hildabeast. Jobs are only created by magical manipulation of government. Money is nothing more than paper printed by government. And you never run out of it, never. After all, as long as government has that printing press, we are always as rich as government wants us to be.

Clintonian arithmetic, you know. And some citizens actually want to put this vermin into the White House....

14:38

Study shows proof positive that large numbers of illegal aliens vote! [The Liberty Sphere]

I have often charged that elections in the United States are skewed due to voter fraud and election tampering. We now have a major study proving this is true.

The reason Democrats want open borders, amnesty, and the like, and the reason Democrats want no requirements for Voter I.D. is that they know fraud is taking place that tips the balance in their direction.

NRO reports the facts concerning this ground breaking study conducted by Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

Most who have reported voter fraud in the past have contended that illegal aliens have voted in such small numbers that only those races decided by a few hundred votes may have been effected.

Not so fast. This comprehensive study claims that over 700,000 illegal aliens vote in our elections, a number so large that the results of countless elections could have been skewed and decided fraudulently.

A free society based on Constitutional principles cannot survive if its elections cannot be secured any better than that.

14:21

Bumped over here [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, Examiner is being awfully slow about fixing the latest technical issue, this one making it impossible to write and post, and then read, the writers' material. So, I have bumped my commentary over here, at The Liberty Sphere, where it will remain until Examiner decides that its writers are importance enough to fix major problems expeditiously.

The major bombshell of a news story, which no one is reporting in the MSM or on conservative outlets, is that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) wishes to regulate The Drudge Report and other conservative bloggers and sites. Or I should say the DEMOCRATS on the FEC want to do so.

This amounts to an all out assault on free speech and freedom of the press. Here is the full story.

The modus operandi of Democrats, progressives, and other neo-Marxists is to control and dominate the reporting of the news in order to give it a slant against detractors. Thus, here they are only proving that we conservatives have been right about them all along.

A second story appeared on Drudge about this issue here.

As always, when major crises occur in the country that dominate the airwaves, newspapers, etc., it is vitally important that the right hand know what the left hand is doing. In that hidden left hand is the real story. And while the MSM focuses its microscope on Ebola, school shootings, terrorism in Canada, the Obama Administration and their mouthpieces in the Democratic Party are doing their dirty work to attack and undermine the rights of the people.

Freedom of expression is in deep trouble in America. Under this regime we have seen countless attempts to shut us up, that is, the citizenry, conservatives, libertarians, conservative evangelical Christians, and Tea Party patriots.

Watch them carefully, folks. The collectivist leviathan is on the march. They ARE coming after your rights and liberties. And that includes Hagan in North Carolina, Nunn who running in Georgia, Udall in Colorado, Landrieu in Louisiana, and countless others.

There is no such thing as a conservative Democrat anymore. If they sound that way, it is deliberate, a scheme to get elected by fooling their constituents into thinking they are "one of the people," Well, unless a majority of your congressional district is made up of Communists, and unless the majority of your state is populated by neo-Marxist freedom-robbers, that only proves that your Democratic candidate is a big liar.

04:52

One of the Canadian shooters, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, recent convert to Islam, long criminal record [John Lott's Website]

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's name was apparently previously known as Michael Joseph Hall prior to converting to Islam.  He had been designated a high-risk traveler and that his passport had recently been confiscated.  Zehaf-Bibeau had a long criminal history with arrests for robbery, making threats, and various drug offenses.  He served time in prison on at least a couple of occasions (67 days for the uttering the threat), but he was still able to obtain a gun.  Apparently, he wasn't on the government's watch list of about 90 high-risk individuals and few under the radar.

This attack comes on the heels of another recent muslim convert who used his car to run over two soldiers in Canada, killing one of them.
Terrorist ideology inspired a recent convert to Islam to drive his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one, before he was shot dead by police, authorities said on Tuesday.
Quebec police spokesman Guy Lapointe said the act was deliberate and that one of the two soldiers was in uniform. There were no other suspects. 
Public safety minister Steven Blaney called it a “terrible act of violence against our country, against our military and against our values” that was “clearly linked to terrorist ideology”. 
Police identified the dead military member as Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53.
The suspect, Martin Couture Rouleau, 25, was known to authorities and recently had his passport seized, police commissioner Bob Paulson said. . . . 
Martin Couture Rouleau staked out the parking lot for 2 hours waiting for the soldiers.  He was apparently arrested in July, but was let go because he hadn't committed a crime and they did not view him as a threat to others.

Sadly, but not surprisingly given these two attacks on soldiers, the Canadian government is urging members of the military not to wear their uniforms when they are off duty.  In the attack today, the ceremonial guard who was in uniform was definitely targeted.

Possibly the weapon used in the attack was a shotgun.  Reports from the Chicago Tribune to the CBC indicate:
"He was wearing blue pants and a black jacket and he had a double barrelled shotgun and he ran up the side of this building here and hijacked a car at gunpoint," construction worker Scott Walsh told Reuters. . . .
In Jerusalem, an Arab terrorist rammed his car into a crowd, killing an infant and wounded several others.
A three-month-old girl, identified by her grandfather as Chaya Zissel, was killed and several US citizens and Israelis were wounded Wednesday evening when a convicted Palestinian terrorist from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan rammed his vehicle into a crowd of people in the capital. . . .  

Friday, 24 October

23:52

Hillary Clinton: "Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs." [John Lott's Website]


Hillary Clinton: Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.
You know that old theory, "trickle-down" economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.
You know, one of the things my husband says when people say "Well, what did you bring to Washington," he said, "Well, I brought arithmetic.”
So incentives don't matter?  In the Clinton world, the government creates jobs.

18:59

Trouble, oh trouble...yeah, I got trouble, it follows me around, haunts my mind, and plays havoc with every move I make [The Liberty Sphere]

Evening, friends. I got troubles....again.

This time the source is Examiner. The page won't load right. All of my data is pushed to the far left side of the page, some of it being unreadable. Examiner says they have heard from a significant number of writers complaining about the same thing today. But others have had no trouble at all.

But if something bad is out there lurking, you can bet the bottom dollar in your wallet it's gonna lodge with me sooner or later. I attract troubles like bees to honey.

This is just foul. Mega foul. Horse ca ca. And, of course this is going to happen on a weekend just when most of the staff is off for the weekend.

So, if I am not publishing, you'll know that's the reason why. And if I'm not posting on this blog you'll know I am mad as fire, ill as a hornet, and mean as a rattlesnake, and had just as soon go back to my cave and my cot and hide. But, I will try to muster enough politeness to give you a report each day, if I can.

18:51

Tina Fey has problems correctly using a credit card (twice) [John Lott's Website]

For someone who has made a career of getting people to think that conservatives like Sarah Palin are dumb, it is clear from these pictures that Ms. Fey has trouble knowing how to correctly swipe a credit card.  (Click on screen shots to enlarge.)  The first picture shows her swiping the card and the second is a close up of how she apparently believes the card should be swiped.  Indeed. Ms. Fey appears to a slow learner as the American Express ad shows her twice swiping the credit card the same way.


Now I realize that Tina Fey was possibly just swiping the card the way that the producer wanted her to swipe it, but for someone who convinced Americans that Palin had actually said that she could see Russia from her house, there is some justice in this.

Thursday, 23 October

23:54

Victoria (Australia) Police: Banning semi-automatic handguns won't take such guns off the street [John Lott's Website]

This news article misses the point that even to the extent that a ban takes some guns from criminals, that is offset by the fact that victims are easier targets.  From The Age newspaper:
Banning semi-automatic handguns won't take such guns off the street, Victoria Police has told a federal inquiry into gun violence. 
Victoria Police told the submission such a ban "would most likely have little effect on the number of illegally held firearms in Australia". 
"The majority of semi-automatic handguns seized are from criminals who are prohibited persons," the submission says. "It is unclear whether a ban on semi-automatic weapons will diminish their ability to obtain such weapons." 
It also warns that a ban could make it more profitable to import such weapons illegally, potentially pushing the market even further underground. . . . 
"It is likely that 3D printing of firearms will increase, posing a significant risk to community safety and law enforcement agencies," the submission says. . . .
By the way, there has just been an attack where three people were killed in a shooting attack in Australia.  Again from The Age newspaper:
Two men and a woman are dead and a man has been arrested following a shooting and siege north-west of Melbourne that police say was triggered by a neighbourhood dispute.  
Police were called to the property, near Wedderburn and about 210km from Melbourne, about 8.30pm on Wednesday after reports of a minor dispute between neighbours. 
Fairfax Media can confirm that Peter Lockhart, president of the Wedderburn Historical Engine and Machinery Society, his wife Mary Lockhart, and Mrs Lockhart's son Greg Holmes died on Wednesday night. . . . 

21:20

Frankly, after having considered all of my options today, the one that makes the most sense is to barf [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, folks, last night and today I had another bout with nausea as I normally do about once a week or so. I think it is due to the meds I have to take since they haven't found any underlying physical cause except for the inflammation with which I live constantly.

I contemplated writing an article, but that fell flat. I thought about putting some thoughts together on this blog concerning the upcoming midterms, but that, too fell flat when I realized on second thought that I didn't really feel like doing that either. Then, I thought I would pontificate on the terrorist attack in Canada, but I quickly laid that idea to rest as well.

So, having looked at all of my options, the one that makes the most sense is to barf and go to bed.

If I start to feel better I may do an Examiner article this evening. But sometimes I ask myself "what's the use?" when readership is as fickle as an angry mob. Every once in a while I get attention for an article, get plenty of readers, and make a decent amount of money to keep food on the table. But then before I know it my readership has dropped like a lead balloon, and I get nervous once again wondering how on earth I will pay my bills and eat if I make no more money than that.

So, to heck with it. Blah, blah, blah, BARF! At least with physical nausea I can barf and feel better. But with the emotional nausea that comes from worrying about those unimportant matters, you know, like having a roof over my head, having enough food to stay alive, and paying for the meds I need each day, one cannot deal with that through the process of the barf. But that is still what I wish I could do with it all.

As I said, to heck with it. BARF!

17:00

Members of Congress Ask Inspectors General of DOJ, FDIC to Investigate Operation Chokepoint [NRA-ILA News]

Coalitions of congressional representatives have issued letters over the past two Thursdays requesting internal investigators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to examine Operation Choke Point (OPC) and any officials and staff involved in the program.

Obama claims executive privilege over 15,000 Fast and Furious docs [NRA-ILA News]

The Obama administration is claiming executive privilege over more than 15,000 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, including correspondence between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, according to records received Wednesday night by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

New York: Controversy surrounds pistol permit application asking for Facebook information [NRA-ILA News]

There's a reason we create private passwords for our social media accounts: the information contained therein is private.We're often warned not to give out these passwords — but how do we react if the police ask for them? That's what appeared to have happened in Watervliet recently, where a form included in the city's pistol permit application included a blank line for applicants to fill-in "Facebook & Password."

Anti-NRA Ebola Theme Infects Media, Spreads Rapidly [NRA-ILA News]

In the weeks since we last reported on media attempts to tie NRA to the Ebola crisis because of our opposition to the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general, the anti-gun echo chamber has continued to promote this absurd line of argument.

Woman Posts Yard Sign to “Out” Neighbor as Concealed Carry Licensee [NRA-ILA News]

Few of the anti-gun movement’s positions are as self-defeating and mean-spirited as the impulse to “out” others for the choices they make about their Second Amendment rights.

Outgoing AG Eric Holder Cites as “Personal Failure” Lack of Additional Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

As Eric Holder's disastrous reign as attorney general comes to a close, he counts among his and his anti-gun administration's biggest failures the inability to further restrict American's Second Amendment rights.

12:40

SAF files against Illinois yet again.... [Of Arms and the Law]

SAF, Illinois Carry, and Illinois State Rifle and Pistol have filed Culp v. Madigan (C. D. Ill.), challenging a feature of the new handgun carry permit system, adopted in the wake of prior legal challenges. The new system, for reasons that seem hard to understand, says that nonresidents can only apply for a carry permit if their own State has a handgun carry permit system substantially identical to that of Illinois. Attorney is David Sigale.

The suit should be a winner. It's hard even to understand how that limitation got in there. I can only guess that someone knew that carry permit systems often have reciprocity and that these provisions commonly limit recognition to permits issued by States with similar standards, or standards at least as strict as those of the State being asked to recognize them. But the provision here isn't a matter of reciprocity, but of which nonresidents can get an Illinois permit.

12:11

Extraordinary [Of Arms and the Law]

Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Info lawsuit regarding ATF's operation "Fast and Furious," which ran guns to Mexican drug cartels.

The DoJ just asserted executive privilege as a reason for withholding communications to and from Mrs. Eric Holder.

Extraordinary. The spouse of a government employee is not a member of the executive branch, she's a member of the general public.

11:40

Shootout in Ottawa [Of Arms and the Law]

Gunman storms the Canadian Parliament building -- and finds the Master at Arms is indeed armed. Nice shooting. The only thing that stopped a bad guy with a gun was a good guy with a gun.

01:20

Watch White House make an embarrassing attempt to explain away why them ordering paper for 9 million green cards tell us nothing about Obama's forthcoming executive action on immigration [John Lott's Website]


A couple of days ago, news reports came out saying that the Obama administration is buying enough special paper to make 34 million green cards.  Here is an amazing video of Ed Henry and Major Garrett nailing WH Press Secretary Earnest on his unwillingness to answer a simple question.  This should be on every evening news broadcast. 

Wednesday, 22 October

21:53

This is just too funny: Communists don't want to let people vote because popular vote would give poor too much power [John Lott's Website]

From the WSJ:
Speaking in an interview with foreign media, Mr. Leung reiterated that the student demand for direct input from the public on candidates for the city’s top post was impossible. He said using a nominating committee as required by Beijing gives representation to a wide range of groups.
He warned that if candidates were nominated by the public, the population that earns less than the median monthly salary of $1,800 could dominate the process.
“If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you’d be talking to the half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month,” Mr. Leung said.
Hong Kong has one of the world’s biggest wealth gaps and some of the world’s highest property prices, factors that have increased the frustration of young people. . . .

19:14

My newest piece at Fox News: "The truth about young black men and police shootings" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Tensions are still high in Ferguson, Mo., after the Aug. 8 police shooting of Michael Brown. On Friday, it was reported forensics showed Brown’s blood was on both the inside of police officer Darren Wilson’s car as well as Wilson’s gun. The gun had also been fired twice within the car. This evidence hardly squares with early witness accounts that Brown was shot with his hands in the air while he was surrendering.
With forensic evidence finally coming in, Officer Wilson’s shooting Brown is looking as if it were justifiable self-defense.  But that hasn’t stopped people from making it a racial issue. 
Over the weekend, the New York Times noted some black leaders, such as Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, “often invoke voting rights and the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black man shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as a way to mobilize black voters.” 
About a week ago journalists at ProPublica and Slate further fueled the anger many blacks felt about the shooting. Slate’s headline read: “Black Teens Vastly More Likely to Be Killed by Police Than Whites Even After Adjusting for Crime Rates.” 
The incendiary finding got massive uncritical news coverage . . . .
Top of the page at Fox News.

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17:53

Dad shoots, kills armed intruder who broke into Sarasota home at 5:40 AM [John Lott's Website]

From My Fox Tampa Bay:
. . . Deputies said the homeowner, Chris Bane, heard glass breaking at about 5:40 a.m. He grabbed his gun and went into the hallway, where he came face to face with Calvin Yoder. 
"The burglar fired a shot and the homeowner returned fire, striking and killing the intruder," said Wendy Rose, a spokesperson for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. "Apparently the homeowner has been the victim of burglary recently so he was on alert, he was on edge, and as soon as he heard glass breaking he armed himself to protect himself and his 11-year-old child who was in the home." 
Rose said Bane's home had been broken into as recently as Sunday, but deputies aren't sure if Yoder was involved. 
Yoder, 22, has had several run-ins with the law; he'd been arrested at least five times and spent several months in prison. . . . 
"[Bane and his son] were both uninjured," Rose said. "Clearly they're shaken up and speaking to investigators." . . .

17:35

Serious voting problems in this election, fraud, illegal aliens registered, and errors favoring Democrats [John Lott's Website]

Regarding Colorado:
James O’Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group. . . .
From Illinois:
Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.
Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.
“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race . . . . .
Illegals registered to vote in North Carolina:
The voter rolls kept by the State Board of Elections contain 145 names that belong to a certain category of ineligible voter – immigrants in the U.S. under a federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, according to elections officials.
Josh Lawson, an SBOE spokesman, said that election officials found out about the number Tuesday night, after the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles ran a specific search for drivers with DACA licenses.
Letters from the SBOE will be sent to the 145 people asking for documentation that they are U.S. citizens, Lawson said.
More people who are ineligible because they are not U.S. citizens may be on the voter rolls.  Nearly 10,000 names on the rolls are tagged by the DMV as "legally present," according to elections and transportation officials. But that doesn’t mean that all 10,000 are ineligible to vote at this time. . . .

17:00

Backdoor gun control: D.C. sets impossible hurdles for carry permits [NRA-ILA News]

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.

Washington: Ex-official may be charged with stealing gun-measure yard signs [NRA-ILA News]

A former Bellevue City Council member once called the city’s “last liberal” could be charged with stealing yard signs in a duel over competing gun-background-check initiatives.Police said Margot Blacker, who served on the Bellevue City Council from 1990 through 1997, told them she took signs advocating I-591, which is supported by gun-rights supporters, as retaliation for the theft of signs promoting I-594, a measure that would expand background checks.

13:00

Pennsylvania passes preemption [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Sounds like the statute allows for recovery of attorney's fees, which would be an important addition.

Tuesday, 21 October

23:11

Eric Holder says failure to pass gun control is his biggest failure [John Lott's Website]


Eric Holder: “I think the inability to pass reasonable gun safety laws after the Newtown massacre is, for me, something that I take personally as a failure, and something that I think we as a society should take as a failure.”
Given that passing legislation isn't supposed to me Holder's job, possibly this tells up part of the problem with this administration.

17:00

Clerk defends himself from armed robbers, KBOB, Albuquerque, N.M. 10/21/14 [NRA-ILA News]

A pair of armed robbers entered the Pajarito Corner Store in Albuquerque, N.M., and demanded cash. As the pair were leaving, the clerk went to lock the store’s door, at which point one of the criminals leveled a gun at him. The clerk responded by firing at the robbers, striking one and causing both to flee. The thieves fled in a vehicle, but were involved in an accident. Police caught up with the criminals, finding one dead and arranging for the other to be taken to a hospital. The surviving robber will be charged with murder in the death of his accomplice.

Judge says Maine wildlife officials allowed to oppose bear-hunt restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

A judge on Wednesday refused to issue an emergency injunction aimed at stopping the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from using its resources to campaign against a ban on baiting, trapping and using dogs to hunt bears.

Pennsylvania: Officials irked about state bill that could eliminate local gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

The Pennsylvania House's passage Monday of a controversial bill granting legal standing to the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws has put dozens of municipalities on notice.

Gun-control battle swings to Washington state [NRA-ILA News]

The center of the national debate over firearm background checks has, for the moment, moved to Washington state.Next month, residents of Washington state will get to vote on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.

Va. Beach OK's gun agenda item, triggering dissent [NRA-ILA News]

The city's legislative agenda isn't normally all that controversial for residents. But an item about guns this year has gotten people talking.The proposal asks the General Assembly to consider requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Failure to do so within two days of realizing a gun has disappeared would result in a civil fine.

Tennessee: Residents petition for Farragut guns in parks ban to be lifted [NRA-ILA News]

Another effort to repeal Farragut's ban on guns in parks is underway. A change in state law in 2009 allowed handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into parks, but local governments could opt out. That's what Farragut decided to do and they've stuck with it when the issue came up again last year.

14:33

Obama's Ebola czar has disturbing history [The Liberty Sphere]

...Barack Obama told the public that he would need an "Ebola czar" to coordinate the effort to stop the disease from spreading. It turns out that the person chosen for the job, Ron Klain, has a most disturbing history that not only makes him an odd choice for the position but confirms the charges of conservatives that his role is purely political.
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12:10

Hello my dear readers, saints and sinners, patriots and vermin alike... [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, hi. I hope you caught the humor in that title. That's the only reason I did it. I have no intention of addressing political vermin or sinners, at least not in this post. :)

I am writing to give my dear faithful readers and supporters an update on...well, me. I'm still here, hanging in, keeping up with the news and politics each day even though I am not writing about them at present. But today, I am compelled to come out of my cave for a bit.

There are somethings going on at the national level and the local level that need at least my small spotlight shining on them. I may not have any breaking news or anything new to report, but I am able to see patterns. I connect dots. Some would refer to me as a "political analyst," although I will be quick to say I never got a degree in political analysis (if there is such a thing). My insight comes by instinct and observation, having started early in life -- like at age 5 or 6 -- being tutored by family and friends of my family that loved the political debate. It wasn't long until I could hold my own with people much older than me. This was due solely to the time I put into reading, studying, and watching carefully the actions of politicians on TV, as well as listening to them on the radio.

So, having said that, I am sure some of the "progressive" elitists would debunk anything I have to say, which most do already, claiming that I am not an "authorized political analyst." But, considering that those who are "authorized" tend to be some of the most extremist neo-Marxists in America who engage in "advocacy journalism" on behalf of Obama, Clinton, and scores of other elitists who hate the Constitution, I have concluded that I did not miss anything by passing up majoring in political science or journalism. My majors were in different fields, but I have observed that anyone with a solid, well-rounded classic education can do the work of a journalist and political analyst with no problem. Walter Cronkite, for example, was a history major.

All of this is leading up to telling you that I will probably have a new article for Examiner to post later this evening. It all depends. But at least I am working on it. But I am going to need your help in spreading it. The Examiner still adheres to the old, tired, worn out, obsolete method of paying its writers on the basis of how many read it. This is not a "per click" method. You can only be counted once per day. That cuts down on the worthless clicking and encourages visitors to the site to actually read the article in question. I appreciate your help in this matter.

I will return later when the writing is done.

09:50

Pennsylvania: 2014 Legislative Session Ends With Victory [NRA-ILA News]

After four years of effort, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally passed critical firearms preemption legislation.  Yesterday, the state House voted to concur on the Senate amendments to House Bill 80 by an overwhelming 138 to 56 vote.  HB 80, when signed into law, will strengthen the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania.

07:30

Washington: Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594 [NRA-ILA News]

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  Instead, I-594 would vastly expand the state’s handgun registry and force law-abiding gun owners to pay fees and get the government’s permission to sell or even loan a firearm to a friend or family member.

01:00

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it [NRA-ILA News]

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.

Monday, 20 October

17:00

How gun-control legislation is affecting this election [NRA-ILA News]

Many sheriffs in states that recently passed gun-control laws have signed letters saying they are opposed to the laws, saying the gun bans won’t make America safer. Some even say they won’t enforce these new laws. This has gotten some press. What hasn’t been reported is the very governors in New York, Connecticut and Maryland who signed those gun and magazine bans are also reluctant to enforce these laws. It seems they don’t want a political backlash. They don’t want journalists making martyrs out of otherwise law-abiding citizens who might be charged with felonies for doing what they’ve done all their lives. This is where politics runs into reality. It’s a collision voters need to hear more about.

Eric Holder: ‘I take personally as a failure’ the inability to pass gun control [NRA-ILA News]

If there’s one thing that Eric Holder regrets during his time as attorney general for the United States, it’s his failure to press through a Second Amendment crackdown on the heels of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, he said.

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it [NRA-ILA News]

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.

Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh [NRA-ILA News]

Pittsburgh and other communities with firearms regulations could soon face lawsuits from the National Rifle Association and other groups.

Washington voters face rival measures on gun-sale background checks [NRA-ILA News]

Residents of Washington state will get to vote next month on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online. In fact, they’ll be able to vote on the issue twice.

12:51

Supreme Court takes a gun forfeiture case [Of Arms and the Law]

The Court just granted cert. in Henderson v. U.S.. The issue: can a person who is convicted of a felony, and has firearms seized (because of his status as a felon, not because the guns were used in an offense), deal with it by selling them to another party, who does not have a felony record?

There's a recent law review article on just that topic.

Sunday, 19 October

17:00

Mental health issues put 34,500 on New York’s no-guns list [NRA-ILA News]

A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous.

New D.C. rules on carrying gun in public will be put to legal test next month [NRA-ILA News]

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. was quick Friday to dismiss a last-ditch request for reconsideration of his July ruling to legalize carrying a gun in public in the District.

Gun-grabbers unite! [NRA-ILA News]

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, initially avoided then signed by the Obama administration (but not ratified by the Senate), has received the necessary 50 ratifications needed to advance to its next stage — a conference of signers.

Illinois: Threat of legal action prompts repeal of thumbprint rule for handgun purchases [NRA-ILA News]

An ordinance requiring a thumbprint to purchase a handgun within city limits has been repealed in the wake of possible legal action from the Illinois State Rifle Association.The Peoria City Council on Tuesday approved a measure that vacated portions of the deadly weapons ordinance without discussion.

Friday, 17 October

17:02

Is it time for my swan song? [The Liberty Sphere]

I am certain that there is better than a 50-50 chance that all of what I am about to say is a product of having been bitten by the 'black dog.' In a previous post I wrote about this, providing a description of being beset with depression arising from the circumstances of life. One possible manifestation of such a state is the tendency to think that life is nearing its end, that one is getting ready to kick the proverbial bucket.

But let me emphasize I am NOT suicidal or homicidal. I have never wished to harm another human being in any way. And I believe that only God gets to decide when this life is over, not me. Thus, such a thing is not even remotely a part of my thinking.

My problem is more of a feeling, an internal thought process that has led me to believe that my time on this earth is nearing its end.

Now, don't start to panic or to become alarmed. All of this, as I said, is probably more of a product of my emotional state than anything else. Nonetheless, the feeling is there, and I have been forced by circumstances to at least consider the fact that I may be nearing the end -- this year or next year. My Mother, God rest her soul, died at roughly the same age I am now. So did my beloved maternal grandmother.

When I think of the losses I have encountered throughout my life, sometimes I wonder how on earth I lived this long. I don't see how I survived it. Despite outward appearance, I am a deeply feeling person, deeply empathetic to the suffering of others. I have usually been able to cover that up in order to avoid disclosing to others what I am truly feeling internally. And it has seemed to me that with each loss I experienced, with each disappointment, with each failure to reach what to me was an important goal, I felt each blow deeply within my body, with each organ and each cell taking a hit that gradually depleted me of energy, fight, and motivation, the life beaten right out of me.

There are aspects of my life that I never write about. Privacy has prevented it. But needless to say there is much going on behind the scenes that make this existence painful, physically and emotionally. Often I wake up wondering how on earth I am going to make it another day. And then at night I wonder how on earth I am going to recoup my internal resources to face the next day. Sleep is difficult under these circumstances, not to mention the physical pain I encounter that makes sleep impossible.

I told you about some of my losses -- my Mother and my Grandmother -- but this is far from the gist of it. I lost others in my family that meant the world to me. I was very close to all of them, and I miss them terribly. And then, there was my beloved dog. Some people hear or read my account of my special bond with Bo, a Lhasa Apso who seemed to know me in a way one would not associate with a dog, and they find the whole thing amusing. But Bo was special in every way. He was like the child I never had. He WAS my child. And when he died (I had him for 15 years), it was a blow that I had never experienced except for my Mother's death. The fact that he is gone has left a major gap in my heart, a gaping hole in which there is nothing but emptiness. I have had many other dogs all of my life, being a "dog person." I have a good little dog now. But none of them are like Bo. That is not their fault. It is just that Bo was that unique and special. To this day I wish he would appear out of nowhere to lick my hand as he always did, and then find himself a place to lay at my feet, giving me last brief lick on my foot to let me know he was there just before going to sleep.

Of course the physical malady I have does not help matters at all. I get tired of constant pain, inflammation, eye problems, and a dozen other aspects of this disease.

Looking ahead to the future of our nation, frankly I don't see any way out of the current predicament peacefully. It will take an all out war to reclaim and restore the authority of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. And I am not jumping for joy over the midterm elections next month. The people we are fighting are experts at fighting dirty. They lie at the drop of the hat. They throw people in jail to silence them. They undermine the Constitution and our rights by using their like-minded vermin in Congress, the vast bureaucracy, state governments, and the courts. If they can't get the people to approve of their tyranny at the ballot box, then they get one of their blacked robed scoundrel judges to "rule" on it on their behalf. And let's not forget these people wrote the book on voter fraud and election tampering.

Frankly, I don't know for sure that our fellow citizens will help us in getting rid of the Senate Majority. There is simply too much corruption in the system. Too many payoffs in exchange for votes. This means we get another term in which Harry Reid leads the Senate, he and his Democrat vermin who are actually nothing more than "progressive" Marxists.

I don't trust the electorate anymore. Right next door to me, North Carolina on one side and Georgia on the other, the brain dead vermin are getting ready to vote Kay Hagan right back into the Senate, where she votes 96 percent of the time in favor of Obama's Fascist-Marxist programs. And down in Georgia is yet another Obama-Clinton worshipper waiting in the wings, Michelle Nunn. If they do this in North Carolina and Georgia, then I will no longer be able to hold out any hope for the salvation of this nation as a Constitutional Republic based on human liberty.

Don't even try to come out with your rank stench of horse ca ca by claiming you hate Obama but enthusiastically support Nunn, Hagan, Joni Ernst in Iowa, or Greg Orman of Kansas, who claims he is an "independent" but is actually being pushed by Harry Reid and the Democratic Party. Your actions speak louder than words, and your votes for these persons only prove you are one of the Obama vermin who are actually destroying this country as we know it.

Why would I want to live in such a society? What am I fighting for? The populace acts as though it does not care. Another group cares but wants the hope and change horse ca ca of Obama. Those who truly want to restore the Republic are few and far between.

Huh? You protest that last statement? Then PROVE IT. Get out there and refuse to vote for any Democrat in any race. And get your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same thing. By all means VOTE! But don't cast your vote for a single Democrat if you want to help your country survive.

I get very tired of having to do this. But as long as I am breathing I can't help it. To me, to live is Christ first and foremost, and then to seek to restore the Founders' vision for a free society based on maximum individual liberty. The thing is, I get worn out fighting for these things. And this is one of the reasons I feel that my time may be short on this earth.

If this is true, am I scared? Not one bit. I used to be afraid of death. Not anymore. One day I noticed it went away, and I had the clearest message from Christ saying that death is no big deal, only a door that leads straight to His arms. So, I am not afraid at all. When my time comes, I will be excited to look up and see the face of Jesus.

In the meantime, I will fight even if it is limited to this computer. And if one day you awaken and find the news that I am no more, well, I will be safe in the arms of Christ in a place far, far away from wicked human beings who make life miserable for the rest of us.

15:00

Connecticut Law Review is online [Of Arms and the Law]

Symposium issue here. Very interesting articles. George Mocsary on requiring insurance as a condition of gun ownership, Clayton Cramer on mental illness and the 2A, Michael O'Shea on slippery slope and background checks, myself on standard of review Josh Blackman and Shelby Baird on the "Shooting cycle" -- mass killings and media coverage lead to support for gun restrictions, but the support soon fades away.

Also of course some antis.

10:29

Inept bungling of Ebola by Feds part of a pattern [The Liberty Sphere]

One thing that can be said about the Obama Administration's handling of the Ebola outbreak in the United States is that from the very beginning it has been a comedy of errors. But the comedy inherent to the Administration's handling of the crisis has been anything but funny. It's reactionary stance to a deadly disease has been a tragic, deadly, and lackadaisical response that has caused millions of Americans to have even more distrust of their government than ever before.
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05:10

Pennsylvania: Senate Passes Firearms Preemption Legislation, Also Votes to Ban Pigeon Shoots [NRA-ILA News]

After four years in the making, yesterday the Pennsylvania Senate finally voted to pass firearms preemption legislation in the form of an amendment to House Bill 80.  HB 80 passed by an overwhelming 34-14 vote.  This critical firearms preemption bill is not out of the woods yet, though.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your immediate action could make the difference to achieve this long-overdue measure.  The state House is expected to vote on HB 80 on Monday, October 20, and we need you to contact your state Representative today!

Thursday, 16 October

17:00

Hawaii: Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter! [NRA-ILA News]

Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter!  Please join the Hawaii Republican Assembly as they proudly present "An Evening with NRA President Jim Porter" in honor of our veterans and our Second Amendment rights.

D.C. Council Moves Forward with Backward Concealed Carry Law [NRA-ILA News]

This week, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced that the District would soon begin accepting applications for licenses to carry a concealed pistol.  It’s questionable if many applicants will actually receive a license because of the nearly unfettered discretion given to the chief under the temporary law that is currently in effect.  That law has numerousproblems, yet the D.C. City Council appears to be intent on making the temporary law permanent.

D.C. to begin accepting first applications in decades for concealed-firearm permits [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier on Thursday said her department will begin accepting applications next week for the first public permits to carry concealed firearms in the nation’s capital in more than four decades.

D.C. police chief doesn’t want to release names of gun permit recipients [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday she does not support a proposal to publicly identify gun owners who are granted concealed carry permits, undercutting a nascent effort by some lawmakers to make the names available upon request.

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities [NRA-ILA News]

The state Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- standing in court to sue municipalities that enact their own gun laws.

Documents Reveal Additional Victims of Fast and Furious in the U.S., Continued DOJ Cover-Up [NRA-ILA News]

Eric Holder may have announced his resignation as U.S. attorney general, but his legacy of mismanagement, incompetence, and the politicization of federal law enforcement will continue to plague Americans for some time to come.  That became even more evident this week with further revelations about Operation Fast and Furious based on information of which the Justice Department was presumably aware but withheld from the American people.

Crayon "Gun" Subjects 5-year-old to Suicide/Homicide Screening and Non-Violence "Contract" [NRA-ILA News]

E.R. Dickson Elementary School in Mobile, Ala., has introduced two new vocabulary words into their kindergarten curriculum:  homicide and suicide. Local media outlets report that a 5-year-old was forced to fill out a bizarre safety agreement and risk assessment questionnaire containing those words after making an innocent gesture with a crayon.

London Calling: UK Gun Owners Now Subject to Surprise Warrantless Firearm Storage "Inspections" [NRA-ILA News]

A new firearm policy from the United Kingdom Home Office, put in force on October 15, has accelerated the once-proud nation's devolution into a police state.  The Home Office's October 2014 "Guide on Firearms Licensing Law" adds a new rule allowing for police to conduct warrantless surprise inspections of a gun owner's firearm storage practices.  As bad as that is, what's far worse is that the President of the United States cites England's gun control policies as a model for America to follow.

Corps' Regulation Violates Core Right of Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

A federal regulation that banned the use of firearms by law-abiding citizens for self-defense purposes on property administered by, or subject to, the control of the Army Corps of Engineers violates the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional, according to a ruling this week by Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.  This decision, granting the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and granting a permanent injunction, follows an earlier ruling in January issuing a preliminary injunction.

16:18

Flap between Houston mayor and pastors confirm suspicions [The Liberty Sphere]

The city of Houston, Texas elected an openly gay mayor in 2010, Annise Parker. The mayor, a Democrat and a lesbian who is apparently afflicted with a very thin skin, decided this month to go after Houston pastors who sometimes preach against homosexuality. She then apparently initiated a program of intimidation and bullying by using the power of the court and the local city attorney, David Feldman, to threaten the pastors.
Thus, subpoenas were issued by the city attorney to at least five Houston pastors, demanding that they turn over to the mayor's office their sermons so that city officials could scrutinize the sermons for any negative mention of homosexuality.
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10:33

Robbery in AZ has its risks [Of Arms and the Law]

Robbers hit credit union, are departing with a sack of cash when an incoming customer opens fire and kills one. This is Arizona. When it comes to concealed carry, we don' need no steenking permits.

Wednesday, 15 October

17:00

UN gun grab enters new and dangerous phase [NRA-ILA News]

Those wild and crazy bureaucrats on the banks of the East River are at it again. The United Nations – a bureaucracy so bloated and byzantine that it makes the United States Senate appear efficient by comparison – is poised to begin tossing legal monkey wrenches into international firearms transactions; and indirectly affecting firearms policies in the United States.

D.C. police chief to testify on concealed-carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is scheduled to testify at a hearing on a bill that would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors to get concealed handgun permits for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Idaho Woman Wins: U.S. Army Corps Gun Ban Unconstitutional [NRA-ILA News]

An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense when she visits federal recreational facilities prevailed today with the ruling of an Idaho federal district court that the federal government ban on firearms violates the Second Amendment.  Elizabeth E. Morris of Nez Perce County is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, regularly carries a concealed weapon, and often seeks to recreate on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Because Corps of Engineers regulations ban functional firearms, even while camped in tents, Ms. Morris is subject to criminal prosecution if she attempts to exercise her Second Amendment rights.  Alan C. Baker, a firearms instructor and a resident of Idaho’s Latah County, is a co-plaintiff in the suit, which was filed in August 2013 in Idaho federal district court.  The Corps of Engineers did not respond to requests from attorneys for Ms. Morris and Mr. Baker, Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), seeking an exemption from its firearm ban, a ban that has not changed since the landmark Heller ruling.

07:25

District of Columbia: City Council to Consider “License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014” Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, October 16, at 10:30 a.m., the DC City Council will hold a public hearing to consider Bill 20-930, the “License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014.”  Despite sounding like a step in the right direction, this act’s name is deceptive.  Its language is rife with bureaucratic hurdles, including long mandatory training requirements, as well as requiring applicants to undergo the already restrictive and burdensome process of registering a firearm in the District.

06:00

Charles C. W. Cooke: Another Brazen Lie from Moms Demand Action [NRA-ILA News]

Once again, Mom's Demand Action was caught in a lie. A recent Facebook post from the group shows a blatantly false meme intended to increase support for background checks.

05:10

Pennsylvania: In the Final Hours of the 2014 Legislative Session, the Fight for Firearms Preemption Legislation Continues [NRA-ILA News]

Unfortunately last night, a vote on state Senator Rich Alloway’s (R-33) preemption amendment was derailed on the Senate floor.  Attempts will be made again today to amend critical firearms preemption legislation into House Bill 1796, and it is critical that you continue to contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your action now could make the difference in achieving what the NRA has been seeking to pass for the past four years!

Tuesday, 14 October

17:00

Washington measure to increase gun background checks bleeds support [NRA-ILA News]

A ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm purchases in Washington state, including sales at gun shows and online, has support from a majority of voters — but that majority is shrinking.

Washington: NRA donates $150K more in fight against I-594 [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association has donated an additional $150,000 to its political action committee in Washington to fight a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to advocate for semi-auto ban [NRA-ILA News]

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is drawing on the support of families of mass-shooting victims to highlight the issue of gun control and assault weapons in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

16:06

Democrats to lose Senate? Not so fast... [The Liberty Sphere]

Sometime, somewhere years ago the following quote, tucked away in a book long forgotten, was discovered that packed more unvarnished truth into one simple sentence than that which is contained in most lengthy treatises. "During times of great evil and political corruption," it said, "Never underestimate the willingness or the ability of unscrupulous politicians to gain the upper hand and retain power, with the full consent of most unsuspecting citizens."
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15:53

"ThinkProgress" has second thoughts on no-retreat [Of Arms and the Law]

"South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn't Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence." Sounds like the argument is a variant of "the statute on its face says this, but we can't believe the legislature meant this to happen." Amusing to see prosecutors arguing that. It's usually argued by defense counsel, when the prosecutor comes up with a theory that the statute, if applied very literally, would turn a jaywalking charge into a ten year felony sentence.

UPDATE in light of comment: thanks for the citation. It looks to me as if §16-11-400 breaks down:

A. Presumption of reasonable fear if home is illegally entered.

B. Exceptions: (A) does not apply if other person is a lawful resident, etc.

C. A person who is in a place where he has a lawful right to be has no duty to retreat if attacked.

The article may have gotten it wrong (lots of reporters think (A), which is castle doctrine, is no-retreat. But if the defense is based on (C), that subsection has no exemption for the attacker being a co-resident. And I could see why the Legislature might want to create an exemption for A but not for C.

14:23

Zero tolerance = zero brains, part 2,356 [Of Arms and the Law]

An entirely nice female student, who has to travel though rough areas of Detroit, gets suspended from school for an entire year after she is found with a pocketknife that was a quarter inch longer than the school rules allowed.

I can't help but wonder if what we are seeing is "cracking down on the aggressive thugs in school might be difficult or dangerous, so let's crack down on the decent students."

10:10

Pennsylvania: Senate Could Vote on Firearms Preemption as Early as Tonight [NRA-ILA News]

Your NRA-ILA has just learned that this evening, an amendment is going to be offered by state Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) to House Bill 1796 on the Senate floor.  This amendment would achieve what the NRA has been seeking to pass for four years, and would amend critical firearms preemption legislation into HB 1796.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.

Monday, 13 October

23:22

Putrid vermin [The Liberty Sphere]

Just a heads up, folks. Unless conservatives double and triple their efforts, the putrid vermin of the Democratic (Marxist-Fascist) Party will retain control of the Senate. Believe it or not, your fellow citizens who are brain dead are ready to vote the vermin right back in.

Some of the following have sufficiently fooled their constituencies into supporting them, although they are as dangerous and moronic as Barack Obama himself. Others don't have much of a chance at winning, but they deserve the dunce cap honorable mention just for the heck of it. And that goes double for the citizens who vote for them.

Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas. This "lady" is one of the most despicable human beings I have ever encountered in all my years following politics. She just sank to a new low in a TV ad that attacks her Republican opponent, who is in a wheelchair and partially paralyzed due to the fact that a large tree limb fell on him while he was out jogging years ago. This worthless piece of human excrement (Davis) had better be watching the sky and the trees constantly. One day she may find that Divine retribution for her words will mean she herself will be paralyzed. Karma can sometimes be quite a bitch, even much worse of a bitch than Davis herself. YES, I SAID IT AND I MEANT IT!!

Kay Hagan, the Democrat running for reelection to the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, could aptly be described as "liar extraordinaire." She claims she is the most "moderate member of the Senate." But the record shows she voted with the Obama agenda to destroy America 96 percent of the time. Does North Carolina really want to send back to Washington a Senator who is such a slave to her lord and master Barry Soetoro, alias Barack Obama?

Mark Pryor, the Democrat running for reelection to the U.S. Senate from Arkansas -- another wolf in sheep's clothes who can put on a Oscar performance that rivals anything Peter O'Toole did as an actor. "But he's so nice, and such a fine upstanding Christian," some poor misled little old ladies in Arkansas have been heard to say. Oh really now? With Pryor, we have yet another Obama slave. He votes with the occupant of the Oval Office the vast majority of the time while fooling his constituents into believing he is a "conservative Democrat," which is an oxymoron. Pryor, like Hagan, will probably go right back in this November. Thank your brain dead fellow citizens if that happens. There is no excuse anymore for people being that uninformed.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., one of the tyrannical opportunists who took a tragedy in order to push a political agenda that would rob citizens of their gun rights, faces Tom Foley, the Republican who refuted Malloy's charges that he would repeal the oppressive new gun laws. Foley responded by saying he never promised to repeal but that the law that was passed does not make Connecticut safer. OK, so here we may have two birds of a feather. This IS Connecticut, after all, and we will not get a governor out of there -- or Senators either -- who support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But I sure would like for Malloy to get whacked, BAD, at the polls. That worthless piece of stench.

Mass voter fraud is said to be afoot in Colorado as U.S. Sen. Mark Udall faces challenger, Republican Cory Gardner. Dozens of elections officials say that the new voter laws in the state create a ripe scenario for widespread election fraud -- all of which will help Democrats. This is one state where partisanship is a must. Colorado needs to oust its Governor and most of the Democrats in the legislature. They shoved outrageous gun control laws down the throats of citizens in spite of massive citizen protests and polls that showed the public did not want these laws.

Did I mention that Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana needs to be sent packing too? Well, she does whether I said it or not. She has been a blight on the state and needs to be put out to pasture for good.

There are others that need highlighting, but I swear, I get sick and tired of dealing with it sometimes. To hell with 'em all. And to hell with the voters who put them in office!

17:00

Shooting the foot in Biden’s mouth [NRA-ILA News]

Joe Biden’s ability to say, unfiltered, whatever thought pops into his head is his charm. He’s everybody’s favorite crazy uncle. Barack Obama didn’t even mind when ol’ Joe once described him as “the first mainstream African-American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean.”

Judge upholds concealed-gun ban at N.C. State Fair [NRA-ILA News]

Concealed-carry permit holders will not be able to bring their handguns into the N.C. State Fair when it opens Thursday, a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

14:57

Speaking of being bitten by the 'black dog',,, [The Liberty Sphere]

Mike Vanderboegh has written several times on his blog of late that he is being hounded by "the black dog." The term is an old expression that is used to denote depression or being in an emotional funk. I know the feeling. I have struggled with it greatly of late but never said anything about it.

Most of the time people struggle with the black dog for good reason. Mike, for example, has struggled with severe health issues over the last two years, including cancer, life threatening surgery, and treatments. That is enough to put anyone in an emotional funk.

In my case, I have tried as best I could to describe to you my travails concerning my eyes. Although we finally got rid of this last bout with inflammation, the struggle with the underlying disease process is ongoing and has not subsided one bit. This means that from time to time I will be hit with eye inflammation, since the inflammatory condition that besets me is ongoing. The struggle with my eyes has been going on, on and off, for six years. Imagine yourself having to undergo extensive eye exams and procedures for six years, sometimes two or three times per year. And then imagine being told by your eye specialist that it was a good thing you got intense treatment when you did, because if you had ignored it you would probably be blind by now.

That in itself is enough to plunge a person into some significant depression.

And then I look ahead to the future, and what do I see? If the eyes finally become immune to the inflammatory process after years of treatments and surgery, that in no way addresses the rest of it. This stuff could set up shop in any organ it chooses -- lungs, heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs, and the like. Is this what I have to look forward to next?

I am also discouraged that the eye specialist told me last week that he thinks we ought to wait for the surgery until late next year, IF the inflammation stays out of my eyes. Well, I was ready to go ahead and get the surgery behind me. But now we are on a holding pattern yet again.

And then I look at what once was a great nation, and I see nothing on the horizon but pain, woe, oppression, and slavery to the centralized government leviathan. My fellow citizens as a whole seem to want to head in this direction in spite of their anger and protests. Why would I say that? Because they keep sending back to Congress the likes of Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Gerold Nadler, Corine Brown, Sheila Jackson Lee, Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, and a ton of other collectivist Marxists who believe in government sanctioned theft. They want to reach into my pockets and take my money against my will in order to give to people that I don't want to have it. I don't want to pay for your healthcare. I don't want to make my hard earned money so government can take it and give it to you, enabling you to get an abortion at Planned Parenthood. If you want an abortion, YOU pay for it. And if Planned Parenthood wants to do abortions, let them use their own money instead of taking mine in the form of subsidies. I don't want my taxes subsidizing Planned Parenthood.

But this is not even the half of it. Criminals now run the prison that is known as the federal government. I don't want a single nickel of my money going to them. I don't want to subsidize the IRS that turns around and retaliates against me because I am a conservative. I don't want a dime of my money going to the ATF that sent our guns to cartel drug criminals in Mexico but opposes the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms. I don't want a government that is so sensitive to criticism going after my free speech rights because I call them vermin, roaches, thugs, liars, and pieces of human garbage. They ARE all of these things. So live with it. And live with my forcing you to hear the truth about yourselves. After all, I pay your salaries, and you work for ME.

Sure, we can keep on trying to change things through the ballot box. But do you honestly think that is going to change anything? Your fellow citizens in Frisco are going to keep sending Vermin Pelosi back to Congress, year after year. California is going to continue to make a bee line toward Communism. So is New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and Colorado. And most of the citizens in those areas leap with glee over it.

So no, I do not have much to celebrate. I am grumpy, grouchy, and difficult. I don't have much hope for the country outside an all out civil war to TAKE back what the "progressives" stole from us. And even then I am not sure it would work. So yes, I am held in the grip of the black dog. And from this vantage point at present, I have good reason to be.

06:00

I-594 Unenforceable [NRA-ILA News]

I am Scott Brennan. I have been with your Sheriff’s Department for over 26 years. As the person who will have to enforce I-594 I have read it very carefully. Here is what it will mean to you. If passed I-594 covers ALL gun SALES and TRANSFERS (more on this later).

03:00

Money Pours Into Maine for Bear Hunting Vote [NRA-ILA News]

A ballot question that could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting in Maine has outside groups pouring money into the state on both sides of the issue.

Sunday, 12 October

23:55

Australian criminals adapt to the times [Of Arms and the Law]

Prices of black market semiautos rise into the thousands, so criminals turn to sharing or leasing out their guns. They even do so on a contingency basis: the user only pays if he actually commits a crime with it.

22:08

Levin: 'The Constitutional Republic is gone' [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

But as time has passed since the early 1900s, the violations of the spirit and letter of the Constitution have only intensified. Gun rights have been targeted with a vengeance. So have private property rights. The freedom of religious expression has been restricted. The press is now nothing more than the mouthpiece of the Administration, failing to do the most elementary tasks of the media in a free society. Freedom of speech has been rolled back with the "politically correct" movement that has muzzled the free and plain exchange of ideas. And freedom of assembly is now a joke as police departments enforce illegal "free speech zones"...
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17:00

Lott: The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings [NRA-ILA News]

It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.

Joe Biden: ‘What we need is another Jim Brady’ to push gun-control measures [NRA-ILA News]

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Friday the nation needs another high-profile, respected spokesman for gun control who is able to convince fearful members of Congress to buck the National Rifle Association and other organizations and vote for firearms restrictions.

D.C. mayor signs into law emergency legislation on new gun carry permits [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) on Friday signed into law emergency legislation allowing residents who are properly registered to seek permits to carry concealed firearms in the District.

Saturday, 11 October

15:27

Zelman Partisans [The Liberty Sphere]

The aftermath and consequence of the financial woes of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), which led to its being absorbed by the Gottlieb conglomerate, has also led to a new website called Zelman Partisans. You will notice that The Liberty Sphere has added the new site to our preferred links in the left column, under the heading "Websites."

We will still list Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership as always, as long as it remains true to its founder's views and objectives, the late great Aaron Zelman. But we also support the new site, Zelman Partisans, as a remnant of JPFO under Zelman.

We welcome Zelman Partisans to The Liberty Sphere.

Friday, 10 October

17:09

Reese case an example of citizens targeted on political grounds [The Liberty Sphere]

When the Examiner reported on Wednesday that citizens are being jailed on trumped up charges, critics debunked the story as a fabrication. Their reason? No names were given. Sources were anonymous for various reasons. The claim was made that a legitimate news story, reported in accordance with "authorized journalists" with journalism degrees, would not rely on anonymous sources. Such a claim is false...
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08:53

Pssst. It's me! [The Liberty Sphere]

I'm back. Got good news from the eye specialist. The inflammation has cleared up in both eyes. I am thankful to the Lord for this news.

This bout was the worst yet. The inflammation was stubborn and did not want to cooperate with steroidal eyedrops and injections. Over the past five or six years or so, these bouts have been bad enough, but none have been as stubborn as this recent bout. This only goes to show me how inflammation can be sometimes. It is very unpleasant and slow to respond. Other times it clears right up in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, as of yesterday, we are all clear. Now, the real problem here is the underlying cause of the inflammation. That is another story in and of itself. Suffice it to say it is a systemic condition that can effect multiple bodily systems. So far only two, one of which is my eyes, have been effected. But due diligence is always necessary.

Thank you for your prayers and kind words during these past few months. Right now I got a reprieve, but there is a lot going on internally that has nothing to do with the eyes. As for the eye surgery I will need, we are going to put that off for a bit longer until we see how all of this goes. I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, 08 October

00:26

Citizens jailed on trumped up charges a foretaste of coming woes [The Liberty Sphere]

Several trusted friends with significant contacts in the federal government have reported that they personally know of many citizens who are sitting in jail on trumped up charges, all the result of retaliatory actions on the part of the federal government. The reason? The only reasonable explanation is that the current administration and its enablers in Congress seem determined to punish those who run afoul of what the Washington elitists deem to be the politically correct manner of speaking and behaving in the new world order.  
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Wednesday, 20 August

00:40

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