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Not a Gunfighter, but a Defender- the changing face of gun culture

December 14, 2017

I didn’t notice as gun-culture changed. We are immersed in our culture and I was too close to realize what happened.  A recent news story brought the change into sharp focus. Gun culture is wrapped in myth and fantasy. It always has been. Gun-culture changed from being a fantasy gunfighter to a realistic defender. We see that reality today.

When I grew up, gun culture was a rancher carrying a gun on his hip when he was at work. It was the cop on the street. I saw both. The myth of the gun culture was something else entirely. When I grew up, the myth was the wild west gunfighter. The myth was also the image of Chicago gangland criminals at war with the cops. That is what we saw in the movies. As a child, I saw many more gunshots on TV than were ever fired by gangsters on the street. Those myths weren’t real, but they left a real impression.

The myths changed over the years. With the women’s movement, it was acceptable to show strong women. As expected from the media, the myths went overboard. We had the fantasy images of Lara Croft and bikini-models holding big black guns. We also had gangster rap where violent men had guns. Those images were as fake as the earlier stories from Hollywood.

The real gun culture changed as well. Today we have tens of millions of ordinary people who carry every day. These legally armed individuals carry a firearm in public. There is no need to imagine what happens when honest citizens are armed. We already know. If you look at the data, we have over 50 million man-years of experience with concealed carry. That is a lot, and it is only counting our experience in the last decade.  That unremarkable reality overwrote a lot of the fantasy about guns owners. Unfortunately, the media never got the memo. They are stuck back with the fantasy of the wild west and cop dramas.

The reality of gun ownership isn’t about being a gunfighter, but about being a defender. This came into focus when I reported on a recent self-defense story. A family was eating in a restaurant when the place was held up by an armed robber. Everyone wanted to escape, and they got out of there when they could. The restaurant employees ran.  The customers ran. One customer had to stay because two of his children were in the bathroom.  He waited. When the robber threatened the man’s children, the man killed the robber.

 

This wasn’t two men in a test of wills having a gunfight. This wasn’t even a man fighting to hold on to his wallet. This was a man who shot and killed someone because the attacker threatened the lives of his children. I know a lot of people exactly like that. They are all over my facebook wall and on my phone. I’m sharing a few of them with you here.

They are defenders. This was always part of our culture, but today it is easier to see..even though it is concealed. Each of these defenders is a wonderful person. They have gone out of their way to help me many times in many ways. They would also defend their family with lethal force if that were necessary. It isn’t so much that gun culture changed, as that we now see it without the gauzy special-effects from Hollywood.

Now you know. Listen for the fake gunshots in the background as you hear journalists talk about honest gun owners in the US. Reality is very different.

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Socialists in the US are Silent on the Death of Democracy in Venezuala

December 13, 2017

Like Socialists dictators everywhere, the president of Venezuela eliminated his opposition. Listen for the outcry from the progressives and socialists here in the US in 3, 2, 1.. <crickets>.

Read more about it from the BBC ==> “Venezuela’s President, Nicolás Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election.”

 

Socialists Elites Play the Blame Game

December 11, 2017

The human condition is that we’re broken. We should plan on staying that way. The problem begins with human nature itself. We not only expect our ideas to work, we want our ideas to work. We are reluctant to face the facts when our ideas fail. Instead of embracing that failure as vital information, we see evidence of our failure as biased and unfair criticism. We, and I include myself, we go so far as to blame the messenger..or the victim. The solution is to think small since we are fallible.

This came to mind as I watched several of our social institutions fail this week. We learned that many prominent politicians and media elites are sexual abusers. What is shocking is that so many of these serial abusers claimed to be for women’s empowerment while they had abusive affairs outside their marriages. Many other politicians and business executives went along with hiding the evidence. These co-conspirators helped set up slush funds. They made cash payouts and silenced the victims with non-disclosure agreements. We also had prominent black politicians embezzle money from scholarship funds set up to help minority students. That politician blamed her prosecution on racism.

When pressed, the abusers issued carefully worded non-apology apologies. They said that what they did wasn’t really something bad. (Like drugging and sodomizing 14 year old girls is really OK. (sarcasm)) These elites, or their spokesmen, said it wasn’t really abuse or embezzlement. Instead, these abusers were really the victims of an unsympathetic public, persistent racism, or overly rigid social norms.

When giving their non-apology, the abusers reminded their Socialist tribe how united they were against their common enemy.  That enemy would be us out here in flyover country. They mean the red states where we still expect honesty, fidelity, and believe there is a difference between right and wrong.

The lesson is clear; don’t put your faith in politicians or media executives. That means we need smaller government. We need politicians and bureaucrats to do less. We also need a healthy skepticism about the “news” we get from the mainstream news.

Moving on from DC and Hollywood, I want to leap overseas for a moment because I want to talk about our academic elites here at home. We saw starvation accelerate in Venezuela. The corrupt socialists government of Venezuela is propped up by its army and by the Cuban military. What makes this so galling is that American Socialists look the other way and pretend the humanitarian catastrophe in Venezuela isn’t happening.

Another country ended up  on the socialists ash heap, but our Socialist elites pretend that big-government works..if only they are in charge. Rather than admit that Socialism fails, our socialist elites blame the Venezuelans. The country with the worlds largest oil reserves can’t make socialism work..but we can.

Sure you can.

There are two obvious lessons. The first is that our academic elites will lie to us. Second, I hope the United States Government throws open our immigration system and lets in Venezuelan immigrants.  That would produce a generation of non-socialists immigrants here in the US.

For your daily dose of irony, the mere prospect of a flood of conservative immigrants has US Socialists talking about closing our borders.

Back here in the US, we saw politicians use government as a political weapon. We saw Obama’s IRS target the tea party and other conservative groups. The government had to pay fines for the abuse. Note the date and time when the IRS had to pay fines rather than levying fines on taxpayers.

We also saw a Wisconsin state funded slush fund board use state funds to collect opposition research on Conservatives. I expect that corrupt behavior from the FBI, the CIA and the State Department. We can now expect it from our state governments as well. The members of the corrupt Wisconsin “government accountability board” were unapologetic because conservatives deserved it. The solution is to make government smaller.

We hear the same thing from crime in Chicago to wildfires in California. Government officials blame someone else for their failings.

I don’t need to pay a politician or government bureaucrat for excuses when I can get the excuses for free.

Government will be abused so the long term solution is to make government smaller. The evidence is in the news every week.

 

Repost- Texas stats prove that 1.2+ million concealed carry permit holders seldom murder anyone, by Richard Rider

December 11, 2017

Richard and I met when I lived in California. He has long been the voice of sanity, but even Richard doubts California progressives can hear the truth about concealed carry. That doesn’t stop him from presenting the facts. RM

“With the concealed weapon permit reciprocity agreement now approved by the House of Representatives, California liberals are apoplectic in their concerns about the consequences.  Again and again we hear the usual laments from such uninformed gun haters about concealed carry — how it would transform — DOES transform — a civilized society into the Wild West. You know the mantra — shootouts at fender-benders, bars ablaze with gunfights, etc.”

Read the rest here- http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/12/08/texas-stats-prove-that-1-2-million-concealed-carry-permit-holders-seldom-murder-anyone/

Repost from Eugene Volokh- Delaware Supreme Court strikes down broad restrictions on gun possession in state parks and forests

December 9, 2017

The right to bear arms is restored to Delaware parks and forests. A judicial opinion that says..’when all else fails try following the law.’ The decision runs some 143 pages so the legal arguments are not as straight forward as one might think..or as one might hope.

“..at its core, this case raises straightforward questions of Delaware constitutional and administrative law. We are asked whether unelected officials from the State’s parks and forest departments, whose power is expressly limited, can ban (except for a narrow exception for hunting) the possession of guns in state parks and forests in contravention of Delawareans’ rights under the State’s
constitution. Clearly they cannot. They lack such authority because they may not pass unconstitutional laws, and the regulations completely eviscerate a core right to keep and bear arms for defense of self and family outside the home — a right this Court has already recognized.”

You can read more of Volokh (and you should) here=> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/12/07/delaware-supreme-court-strikes-down-broad-restrictions-on-gun-possession-in-state-parks-and-forests/

I’m Fed Up with Bigotry Against Concealed Carriers

December 8, 2017

I am tired of being treated like a second-class citizen. Anti-gun Democrat politicians claim licensed concealed carry holders are dangerous. These bigoted politicians even say recognizing concealed carry permits will give criminals guns. These politicians said licensed gun owners should be put in prison for years.

The Democrat elites are wrong about us. Concealed carriers are the safest segment of society. People licensed to carry a concealed firearm in public are more law abiding than the very law enforcement officers that politicians and celebrities use as personal security.

People with a concealed carry license have passed an FBI background check. In contrast, you could fail that background check and still be a congressman, a Hollyweird celebrity, or a newscaster. Licensed concealed carry holders have not been convicted of domestic abuse.  I know I’d much rather have my daughter escorted by a concealed carry holder than have her behind closed doors with either a politician or movie mogul.

Sure, I understand why these political and social elitists want ordinary people like us disarmed..particularly when we consider how many of these elitists stand accused of sexual assault. Their guilty consciences are no reason to disarm the rest of us.

I’m tired of this bigotry. For me, this stopped being an intellectual disagreement and became personal the minute these politicians put friends of mine in jail. No, I’m not kidding or exaggerating. 

I realize that not everyone in anti-rights states is out to persecute us. But why take chances? I make it my policy to avoid vacationing in anti-rights states. I dodge these anti-rights states as I travel across the country. To the degree I can, I don’t take continuing education in anti-rights states. When given the option, I try not to buy from companies in anti-gun states. (For the record, the ten worst places for legal gun owners are Washington DC, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Delaware.)

I’m tired of anti-gun owner bigotry. I’ve become bigoted right back.

Sexual Abuse Even After Democrat Congressmen Leave Office

December 7, 2017

This is a three-fer. Harold Ford Jr. was both a politician, a news commentator, and a liberal academic. I’m noticing a pattern here. RM

“Former Democratic congressman and MSNBC mainstay Harold Ford Jr. was fired on Thursday by Morgan Stanley after he was accused of “harassment, intimidation, and forcibly” grabbing a woman several years ago, according to HuffPost.

“The accuser was “not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford in a professional capacity,” according to the report. The investment bank launched a human resources investigation after the woman accused Ford Jr. of harassment. The results, the bank said, led to his dismissal. Ford was a managing director at Morgan Stanley.

“Ford was also a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Policy.”

Read more here==> http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/07/harold-ford-jr-ex-congressman-and-frequent-msnbc-guest-fired-by-investment-bank-for-sex-misconduct.html

 

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