Grab Bag 2

Spare a thought for the portion of civilization that called law enforcement when Facebook shut down last week.

This is the world we live in, where Facebook outages require Law Enforcement, and tornado coverage is not as important as a soccer game.

Anyway, for those of you still with me (and able to see the absurdity in both), welcome and let’s get started. This week, we have a piece on why “smart guns” simply don’t have a market, a couple of grandmothers start a firearms training class after being robbed, and a “right to bear arms” amendment to Missouri’s Constitution is overwhelmingly approved by voters.

There is honestly no central theme to tonight’s Run, if my digression into Facebook wasn’t enough to give that away.

1.) Smart Guns. A failure-prone, $1,800 handgun that doesn’t work when held only in the off-hand. While that should be enough to make the point, there is an article on Bearing Arms about how there really is no market for smart guns. Law Enforcement doesn’t trust it, many average people can’t afford it, and those trained in self-defense know its litany of weaknesses (like being more likely to NOT shoot when held exclusively in your off-hand) to the point where the idea of having one is ludicrous.

Add to that the potential of hacking, jamming the radio frequencies used to unlock the gun, and the idea of the guns being linked into a central network and shutting them down altogether and it isn’t hard to see why most people have major problems with relying on the tech in life-or-death scenarios.

The only people supporting it…are the ones legislating to mandate it. In other words, the anti-gun movement is so desperate, they need to push something nobody wants….and make it the only type of firearm available.

Besides which, if Law Enforcement doesn’t trust it, why should we?

2.) Branding. Also from Bearing Arms is an article on the NRA’s slow-motion rebranding to appeal to a younger, more diverse demographic. Specifically, how NRANews’ incredibly diverse cast of commentators is punching holes (so to speak) in the far-left’s almost regular stereotype of the NRA consisting only of old, white men.

Considering that the stereotype is one of the few cards the anti-gun movement still has, it stands to reason that this sudden shift, and the apparent success it has been met with, has terrified those who rely on the stereotype in their “arguments.”

3.) Why I Carry: Baseline. I have always held the belief that, if you attack somebody, you deal with whatever your victim makes you deal with. (Even if “what they make you deal with” involves lethal force.) An attacker should look at a potential attack as a lethal gamble, not an easy target. (A friend on Twitter, Ken Soderstrom, put it much more bluntly, saying “I think more assaultees should kill assaulters. This solves the problem permanently.”)

This is not contradictory with anything said back in Debt. In fact, the restoration of gun rights for felons/misdemeanors (another topic that came up recently on Twitter) would be based both on whether the attacker survived to start with and that those released from prison would face an armed populace if they attempted a second round. The system would, in effect, become self-regulating.

If we’re honest, the Second Amendment does not exclude criminals, just as the First Amendment does not exclude racists.

4.) Why I Carry: Case Study. Here in Atlanta, there was woman severely beaten on a popular trail to the point of being almost unrecognizable. On the Facebook page of WAGA FOX5 here in Atlanta, many are seeing this as a reason to carry.

Which is why I’m bringing it up. Way back in the “Reality” update we discussed two stories from NOLATAC that had a similar theme. On a story of a disabled man beaten and robbed, NOLATAC wrote:

Watch it. This is the world we live in. These are the kinds of “people” who walk among us. Let it sink in. Watch it twice. Imagine the kind of person it takes to victimize someone like this. It literally turns my stomach. You can close your eyes and say “this is a shame” or “this doesn’t happen here”, but that does not change the reality that it in fact DOES happen everywhere to varying degrees. The world is constantly changing, and you either adapt to account for that change or you become a victim of that change. You cannot pick the moment when violence choses to make you a victim. All you can control is how prepared you are to deal with it.

The Silver Comet story is just another reminder of why people should carry a gun.

5.) Council of the Perpetually Outraged. A restaurant in North Carolina is taking heat after a receipt showing they gave a customer a discount for praying in public went viral.

Apparently it offended a few atheists with the Freedom From Religion Foundation who say “it is illegal for Mary’s Gourmet Diner to discriminate, or show favoritism, on the basis of religion.”

The locals (and everyone with a trace of logical thought) have been supportive of the restaurant.

Speaking as someone who is at best agnostic (I don’t believe in God, but will fight for the rights of those who do), I see this as a return to what some would call “old-school” America. Being rewarded for such actions is, to me, completely acceptable and should be encouraged.

6.) Missouri. Finally this week, an amendment to the Missouri Constitution reinforcing the Right to Keep and Bear Arms was overwhelmingly approved by voters this week. The amendment, which states that the right is “unalienable” passed with over 64% of voters supporting the measure.

The group Moms Demand Action said it “could” undermine public safety….which is exactly what us Georgians heard when HB60 was signed. We’re still waiting on the sky to fall there, frankly.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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