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(15) How a Hacker Fired a Locked Smart Gun | WIRED – YouTube

July 24, 2017

Hackers are smarter than politicians. $15 of magnets hack the $1500 smart gun. Some states like New Jersey want to require “smart” guns.  Let’s make sure the New Jersey state police use these guns before we do. RM

Another Fantasy to Feel Better- July 2017

July 22, 2017

I remember watching Disney as a child. As an adult I find reality far more interesting and entertaining than fantasy.  Not everyone feels that way. Today, lots of us ask for 144 character solutions.  That is too bad.  These faux answers might sooth our conscience, but they seldom work out well.  For example, this week I read some crime reports where we disarmed the victims rather than the bad guys.

Look at these examples and put yourself in this situation.

You and your wife arrive home just before midnight. You park in your driveway and start to get out of your car. A man runs out of the darkness and says, “give it up.” Your attacker has a gun pointed at your wife. You’re on the driver’s side of the car and you reach for your gun. The attacker shoots you, and then grabs your wife’s purse. You shoot your attacker. He runs and you call the police. Your attacker was a convicted felon.

The problem with this story is that convicted felons cannot legally possess guns. In theory, that gun law stopped armed criminals. In practice, gun laws only disarmed law abiding citizens.  That is the difference between fantasy and reality.  Fortunately, this man had a gun to protect himself and his wife.

What would have happened if he lived in a state that disarmed law abiding citizens? I saw a different example last week that gives us a likely answer.

You’re making a Youtube video.  You and your crew, one man and three young women, stop for pizza in Oakland, California. It is 10 at night.  All of you get out of your car and start across the parking lot. Two men approach you.  They draw their weapons and point their pistols at your head.  They take your cameras, cellphones, and a laptop computer.

The director of the film said he wouldn’t work in Oakland again without private security.

How did it feel to hope for mercy from the merciless? Ask the residents of Oakland.  They live with violence every day, and they can’t take personal bodyguards as a tax deduction.  The honest citizens in California have to go through extraordinary lengths to buy a gun. The law abiding citizens in Oakland can’t get permits to legally carry a concealed firearm in public.  Do you think those firearm restrictions bother criminals at all?

If you wonder, here is your proof. Oakland was the 9th most violent city in the United States last year despite the labyrinth of strict California gun laws.

Did California’s gun laws protect these four people and the residents of Oakland, or did the laws disarm them and leave them vulnerable? It is an important distinction, yet most of us will never consider that question. We are in love with simplistic answers.

Ask a blue state politician and he’ll offer to pass another gun law for you. Ink on paper is cheap, and it makes everyone feel better.

‘This new regulation would do wonders if criminals obeyed the law!’

Shame on them..and shame on us for living in fantasy land.
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Rob

Stop Bigotry Against Armed America

July 20, 2017

We have a name for it when the majority of us blame an innocent minority.  It is called bigotry.  The non-gun owning majority of US adults blames legal gun owners for wrongs that armed america didn’t commit.  Armed america is blamed for social ills they didn’t cause, and for which they may, in fact, be part of the solution.  Recent polls show how bigoted the majority of us are.  I wrote about these differences and the source of the misperception between disarmed and armed america.  How should we stop this bigotry against legal gun owners?

We must first recognize that this is not an argument about facts and figures.  Licensed gun owners are the most law abiding and non-violent segment of our population. This argument is about how gun-owners are perceived by unarmed america.  The defense of armed america must start with those who create the false perception of gun owners.  We have to stop the stream of lies.

Zero tolerance in the news

The majority of unarmed urban americans don’t own guns and don’t have friends who do.  They get their impressions from the news. They see a series of crime reports and think legal gun ownership leads to criminal violence and mass murder.   Ask your local paper to run articles that accurately report some of the thousands of justified self-defense events that happen every day.

Zero tolerance in entertainment

There are a lot of cop shows and crime dramas.  They portray competent and attractive government agents using guns.  Armed citizens are usually shown as unattractive and incompetent. Write in to the shows and tell them they are promoting bigotry against armed america.  Repost your comment on social media.

Zero tolerance in the courts

We maliciously prosecute non-violent gun owners who have inadvertently and non-violently violated one of our 23 thousand gun laws.  Vote against judges and attorneys who prosecute these innocent gun owners.  Acquit these gun owners when you’re called onto a jury.  More than one-out-of-12 of us have a gun in the home.

Zero tolerance from our legislators

Eliminate the laws that treat gun owners as second class citizens.  Why do we have to pay a tax to exercise a human right?  This bigotry deliberately disarms the poor.  Ask your legislators why are we deliberately excluded from schools, churches, and some lunch counters?

Zero tolerance for commerce and culture

Avoid “gun-free” zones.  You wouldn’t do business with a store that excluded blacks, Catholics or Jews, so why are you doing business with someone who excludes armed Americans?  Go to another store, theater, or sports complex.  Also, find a new merchant if your bank, grocery store or credit card company donates to bigoted organizations.

There are a thousand ways to end this bigotry.

I’ve given you my ideas, but you are many and I am one.  What should we do to change hearts and minds?

Over 16.3 million concealed handgun permits last year, largest increase ever- Crime Prevention Research Center

July 20, 2017

“During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits soared to over 16.36 million – a 256% increase since 2007. Unlike surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer some personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have on gun ownership across the United States.”

Read the full report from the CPRC here.

Blaming Gun Owners- 2017

July 19, 2017

What do most of us think about legal gun owners? In theory, legally armed Americans are just like anyone else. In practice, unarmed america views firearms owners with fear and distrust.  The news and entertainment media built a false image of legal gun owners. These distortions leave honest gun owners as political scapegoats.

What does unarmed america think about guns?

Pew Research released recent reports describing the views of non-gun owners. Firearms owners are a minority of the US adult population.  Distilling their impression from dozens of reports, the unarmed majority are afraid of guns and gun owners.   The majority thinks armed america is dangerous.  This shows in their personal and their political preferences.

Unarmed America thinks firearms education is essential. They think gun owners should take firearm safety classes.  We never learn if unarmed america has actually studied gun safety themselves.  Non-gun owners are so afraid of firearms that about half of them say they need to be told when they’ve unknowingly entered a gun owner’s home.  They feel less safe if a gun in the home.

Unarmed america also has policy prescriptions for gun owners. People who don’t own guns think guns are easy to get and that criminals obey gun laws.  They think more gun laws would change how criminals behave and would make us safer.  Unarmed america thinks legal gun ownership actually enables violent crime and mass murder.  That is the underlying attitude of the american majority.

Who taught unarmed america about legal gun owners?

Based on the Pew reports, unarmed Americans who live in rural areas actually have friends who own guns. They know gun owners and have used firearms themselves. In contrast, urban unarmed Americans don’t have friends who own guns.  Despite the claim of a richer and more diverse social network in an urban setting, unarmed Americans in our cities have segregated themselves.  They don’t meet and socialize with their armed neighbors.

Without real world experience, where does unarmed america learn about firearms?  Their perception of armed america comes from the news and entertainment media. Consider what they see and hear.

The news shows them on a daily basis that gangs use guns for both intimidation and violence. Unarmed america is unaware that honest gun owners use a firearm in self-defense far more often than guns are used in criminal activity.  The majority never hears about the thousands of law abiding gun owners who defend themselves and their families every day.  In their perception, it never happens.

Unarmed Americans know that terrorists and mass rampage murderers use guns to hurt large numbers of people. These events are heavily covered in the news. Unarmed america doesn’t hear about the mass murders that were stopped by honest gun owners.

Going a step further, we’ve now demonized the police. This means that the majority of Americans never see legally owned firearms used to defend the innocent. These distorted news reports inform the majority view.

The entertainment media reads from the same script.  There are lots of police and crime shows on broadcast TV and cable channels. These dramas seldom show an honest and competent gun owner preventing a crime.  That plot line doesn’t make a compelling 40 minute drama. The recurring characters must have the spotlight and save the day. Reality simply doesn’t make good art. For dozens of hours every week, the majority of us sees criminals use guns, while honest gun owners are portrayed in a negative light if they are shown at all. We would call it propaganda if it were done deliberately.  The result is that legal gun owners and unarmed america live in different worlds.

What does this mean for legal gun owners?

The majority of US citizens see legally armed america as part of the violence problem. They think disarming legal gun owners is a solution to urban violence.

Armed america is demonized, deliberately alienated, and blamed for the violence in our cities despite the fact that licensed gun owners are the most law abiding and least violent segment of society. This bigotry comes from misperception, and perhaps from frustration with failed urban politics. The majority responds to what it sees, and what is sees is a deliberate manipulation of reality. This distortion plays into the hands of partisan politicians.

A minority of Democrats own guns. Hillary Clinton confirmed that segregation when she publicly identified the NRA as her political enemy.  The media bias from our liberal urban media centers promotes that viewpoint, both explicitly and tacitly.  A majority of US adults agree.

It is only a matter of time before a Democrat/Socialist/Progressive politician used his political position to exploit that bigotry against armed america.  In the mean time, what are honest firearms owners going to do to change that perception?

~_~_

The third part of the series is here.

The Rise of Concealed Carry | RealClearPolicy

July 19, 2017

Dr. John Lott describes the growing number of people carrying a concealed firearm and who benefits the most from armed self-defense.  Give Dr. Lott a read. RM

“..the people most likely to be victims of violent crime benefit the most from having a gun to protect themselves..

“I think police are the single most important factor, but if you look at interviews..you find that they understand themselves that they virtually always arrive on the crime scene after the crimes occurred, and that raises the question about what people should do when they have to confront a criminal by themselves. By far, the safest course of action is for people to have a gun.

“The second group of people who benefit the most from having a gun are people who are relatively weaker physically — women and the elderly.”

Source: The Rise of Concealed Carry | RealClearPolicy

Restaurant workers feeling the pinch in New York | New York Post

July 17, 2017

Yes, elections have consequences, but will politicians be blamed for destroying jobs in Seattle and New York City?  I predict the politicians will make more of us unemployed..and then call for more welfare.  That works for the politicians. RM

The New York restaurant industry is slowing down, adding fewer jobs and shedding eateries amidst recent hikes in the minimum wage.The Empire State lost 1,000 restaurants last year and the number of jobs as cooks, servers and dishwashers grew by an anemic 1.4 percent. That’s a far cry from the 4.4 percent annual growth the state’s eateries enjoyed from 2010 to 2015, according to the Employment Policies Institute, a nonprofit research group.The Big Apple accounts for the lion’s share of the state’s growth — and the slowdowns in the city are more dramatic.

Source: Restaurant workers feeling the pinch in New York | New York Post

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