Are Anti-Gunners Winning the Hearts and Minds of Americans?

It appears that anti-gun activism really is an "old white liberal" thing

A couple of months ago I was looking at the Facebook pages of the best known pro and anti 2nd amendment  groups and wondered how their growth trends compare. This is a meaningful measure, because FB is so ubiquitous that it can meaningfully reflect culture in general. And while it’s immediately apparent the NRA owns a 10:1 “like” advantage over the largest anti group, Bloomberg’s “Every Town”( and  considerably more over the rest, which are not really worthy of mention — only Moms Demand Action is over 100k), are the anti groups really gaining popular momentum?  As the Bloomberg financed “Moms” (the under 100k group) would have us believe? Not finding any public resources with the answer I did my own study, and the short answer is “No.” The longer answer is “Hell No.”

And to sum up:

1. Anti 2nd amendment FB groups are much smaller than pro 2nd amendment groups (like 10x) 2. Anti 2nd amdment FB groups are growing much slower than pro 2nd amendment groups (like 4x) 3. Anti 2nd amendment FB groups have an older following than pro 2nd amendment groups (like 25-44 for the NRA and 55+ for Bloomberg’s Everytown)

My data . . . → Read More: Are Anti-Gunners Winning the Hearts and Minds of Americans?

Why is the President exploiting the murder of children for a political goal that won’t protect children?

I’ve watched the President’s position “evolve” from “I’m going to  do something on gun control” to “Biden’s going to lead a blue ribbon commission on gun control” to (today) “it’s up to congress to act.” What this means is it is highly unlikely (but not impossible) there’s going to be an assault weapons ban.

But in any case … isn’t it kind of despicable the President and anti-gun groups are using this tragedy to try and ban a single class of weapons, which is not a solution to mass murder, but just one stop on their political goal of destroying the 2nd amendment? Will it make him feel better if the next shooter uses pistols like Cho at VT? Or a shotgun (and other guns) like the columbine killers? Or for that matter a bolt action rifle like Charles Whitman on a Texas tower?

If you want to argue gun control as a way to stop mass shootings you need to have the courage to fight for something that would actually make a difference, like a total ban on guns and a turn in of all existing guns. Which absolutely won’t happen without a change in the constitution and a . . . → Read More: Why is the President exploiting the murder of children for a political goal that won’t protect children?

Let’s cut the crap and talk about real solutions to keeping children safe — not just anti-gun laws

I keep seeing politicians and liberal media pundits pointing at the horrifying pictures from the Sandy Hook school massacre and calling for more gun control. But are they using the images of 20 murdered children to promote laws that would have affected that tragedy, or any recent mass murder? Hell no! They’re fighting for the standard pillars of gun control:

An assault weapons ban  (worthless, given that Cho at VT used a pistol) Background checks for all purchases (worthless, given that most of the recent shooting were either with stolen guns or the guy passed a background check) A ban on “large capacity” magazines (pretty much worthless — *click* *click* — as long as it takes to say that is as long as it takes to change out a lower capacity magazine).

Is this offensive to anyone else?

I listened to the President’s address on his Biden led “Gun Violence Panel” expecting an anti-gun diatribe, but what I got on the gun issue was a carefully worded (to lock him into as few positions as possible) speech basically saying  “an Assault Weapons Ban would be nice, but let’s just agree we all want to keep military style weapons out of . . . → Read More: Let’s cut the crap and talk about real solutions to keeping children safe — not just anti-gun laws

CU students interviewed about concealed weapons on campus

Frankly, I was shocked at how accepting the majority of these students interviewed were about the Colorado State Supreme Court ruling the prohibits CU from having its own rules about guns on campus (i.e. not allowing them0. The young lady isn’t crazy about the idea but accepts it as a right, and only one of those interviewed was actively against it.

This video is from a Boulder Daily newspaper which is definitely not known as being conservative, so it’s interesting these were the opinions they found. I’m guessing they would have preferred a lot more strictly negative responses, like the one at the end.

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So a person killed with a sword is better than a standoff with a gun?

As gun control has ceased to be a mainstream issue, gun control proponents have gotten more extreme to the point of becoming silly — not surprising for a movement who’s leadership has become people victimized by gunfire and know nothing about guns/the gun culture and don’t want to. And the fact that they just plain hate guns, hate them so much they don’t care if people die so long as no one can buy or carry a gun, becomes more clear. Here is an exchange on the Wisconsin Anti-Violent Effort Facebook page about a confrontation between a sword wielder and a (possible) CCW holder that ended peacefully, i.e. with no one getting hurt. And yet to anti-gunners it’s proof that horrible and violent people are getting their CCW’s.

Now … there are obviously some bizarre sides to this — brother’s fighting over cigarettes, etc. — but I’ve got to say that brandishing a firearm at someone brandishing a 5 foot long sword is not unreasonable. Whether or not you should be able to use deadly force against someone about to kill your dog just to be mean is more arguable, but jeez … he was going to kill the guy’s . . . → Read More: So a person killed with a sword is better than a standoff with a gun?

“Sons of Guns” show tonight on Discovery channel

I finally got around to watching Discovery channel’s Sons of Guns, which is on again tonight at 9 p.m. E/P time. I don’t know if they’ll have enough story lines to keep going indefinitely, but the first two shows were excellent. It is a little like American Chopper except with guns … but the people involved are more supportive than combative (which may be good or bad for the longevity of the show — either formula can work).

In the first episode they worked on developing a functional silencer for a shotgun (sweet — love to have one of those to take to the range) and checking out a civil war era cannon to see if it’s safe to fire. The second episode revolved around combining an M16 with a semi-auto 12 gauge for SWAT teams — but a pretty cool gun for anyone, and maybe I’ll be able to pick one up after I purchase my silenced shotgun.

And the best quote from the show, and a phrase/logic all we men can use when we just bought something our significant other finds unnecessary … such as a cool car, a new motorcycle, or a cool gun …

Stephanie: What . . . → Read More: “Sons of Guns” show tonight on Discovery channel

So it’s OK to carry a dagger to school for religious reasons?

The small dagger carried by Sikh males. No big deal … but then shouldn't all kids be able to carry a small pocket knife to school?

So Sikh students in this Michigan school district can carry their ceremonial daggers to their public school? I don’t really think it’s a big deal that they’re carrying 3 – 4″ knives, but it just so happens that my family are all Victorinoxian Presbyterians, and for us carrying a Swiss army knife is part of our dogma, as we must always have the proper tools to fix things evil has broken. So can my kids start carrying their Swiss army knives to school?

Could this be the crack that allows us to start rolling back really stupid “zero tolerance” school rules?

And as a note … I believe my faith also requires me to always carry my .38 when visiting my kids at school. Clearly it should be exempt as well.

How to approach gun owners who don’t understand the politics of gun control (the 2nd amendment “but heads”)

How many gun owners and politicians do you know who say they support the second amendment, then caveat that statement with …

… but I don’t think that means you should be able to own an assault rifle, I’ve never wanted one. … but that doesn’t mean you can carry a gun around with you. … but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have to register it. … but nobody needs more than one gun a month. … but it’s OK for big cities to restrict the right. … but National Parks should be strictly offlimits. … but {ad nauseum}

On this blog I’ve given arguments against gun registration, “Assault Weapon” bans, the anti-gun stance of some mainstream Christian churches, and other self-righteous but logically challenged anti-gun rhetoric. Honestly, the anti-gun groups have little but knee-jerk fear and paranoia to draw upon and their bogus studies and proposed laws are easily debated.

But the anti-gun groups have been successful anyway, because they’ve created so much background noise, eagerly picked up on by the Main Stream Media, that gun owners who don’t pay attention to gun politics — the average Joe/Joanne who owns a firearm for hunting or self defense but for . . . → Read More: How to approach gun owners who don’t understand the politics of gun control (the 2nd amendment “but heads”)

Shot Show … something to be proud of, or ashamed of?

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Amazing. It’s pretty clear that a full day at the Shot Show will not be enough to really take in a tenth of it. The three pics below are from the Sportsman Channel booth raised meeting area, and as you look at these shots, which just show one area of one floor, think on the scale of it. And almost all of it is stuff that you, as an American, can buy and own, as we live in the one country where we believe the citizens must be as powerful as the government (American firearms freedom not valid in California, Massachusetts, or many other Eastern states).

That’s a freedom I take pride in, and those on the other side shake their head in shame at. I just wish they could be here for a day, talking to the people, feeling the energy, picking up a few very cool guns … but alas, they neither revel in this freedom nor care about anything but shutting it down.

Here are a few pics from the Shot Show. Go ahead an drool, all you gun guys who would love to be here. And for the anti-gun out there … tighten up the belt . . . → Read More: Shot Show … something to be proud of, or ashamed of?

Conservatism 101: Gun rights and new conservatism/old conservatism

This whole post is going to be a flight of conjecture based on personal observation, because I don’t think this is really something you can do a study on. But as I posted earlier … being a modern conservative and comparing my beliefs with those of my WWII generation conservative father, I noticed a very basic difference: Dad and his generation trusted the government, whereas I believe governmental limits are more important than governmental power — in other words, I’m more afraid of what the government can do to me than interested in what it can do for me. And we also subtly, but significantly, differ on gun rights: while my Dad always believed in a right to gun ownership, he had no problem with government limitations on that right. And though my Dad absolutely did believe in a generic, undefined right to carry a non-concealed gun on his person, or to apply for a CCW if he felt a justifiable “need”, he never did either one (well, rarely — more on that). I believe that these differences are due to a combination of our differing views on government and our life experiences, which are closely tied together. And I . . . → Read More: Conservatism 101: Gun rights and new conservatism/old conservatism