Grab Bag 3

No real theme this week, but we have a lot of big stories. Yet another update to the thread started back in the Harassment update, the modern campus’ inability to acknowledge evil, and the NRA is blamed for the Ebola story. Plus, a year-in-review for gun rights.

1.) Harassment. Let us start off with yet another update to Midnight Run: Harassment. The Harassment update focused on SWATting; the practice of harassing/potentially killing innocent people by making them the focus of intense police force. Bearing Arms has a story out about Moms Demand Action supporters calling for the SWATting of people open carrying guns.

Pro-gunners advocate the use of force when being attacked.
Anti-gunners advocate the use of force when being disagreed with.

2.) Evil. There is an op-ed from Camille Paglia entitled “The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil.” The article is about how many people simply cannot acknowledge that some people would like nothing else but to harm others and how, arguably worse, many in academia try to shield people from this fact and explain it away somehow. It reads in part:

Too many young middleclass women, raised far from the urban streets, seem to expect adult life to be an extension of their comfortable, overprotected homes. But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense.

As Guns Save Life notes, however, “it’s not just young women who don’t understand just how thin the veneer of civilization is – it’s both sexes.”

3.) Ebola. We aren’t interested in trafficking in fear around here. I’m not interested in scaring you, writing articles like tabloid “bombshell” pieces or anything like that. That all being said, some organizations have decided to use Ebola for their own purposes. MSNBC has blamed the Ebola story in the US….on the NRA. They claim that, because of the NRA’s opposition to ONE surgeon general candidate, the Ebola “outbreak” is due to the NRA.

This is not to downplay the seriousness of the virus, but rather to illustrate the lengths to which some “news” organizations are taking the story.

My advice for actual, hard news on the subject would be to follow the CDC’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Their website is

Everyone else seems to be in it for the ratings.

4.) Recap.’s Mike Stollenwerk has a fantastic recap of the year in gun rights. He notes that, while pro-gunners have managed to take near-constant victories, anti-gunners have had to settle for conciliatory-yet-meaningless statements from various companies, bullying grocery stores, and the aforementioned calls for violence against their political opponents.

It’s not hard to see that contrast, is it? And it’s only going to get better in 2015. Moving on.

5.) Realtors. Last week, a woman named Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, was kidnapped and murdered. The suspect in the case, Arron Lewis, was supposedly targeted because she “worked alone”.

Realtors in Arkansas and elsewhere have taken the story as a wakeup call of sorts, and have begun to mull the concept of concealed carry. Bearing Arms writes:

Supporters of gun control have been quick to downplay the killing, pointing it out as an isolated incident… and to a point, they are correct.

Years can go by without a realtor being murdered while showing a home. There is, however enough danger in the profession that there areprofessioanl real estate agent security consultants to educate agents in the specific threats and threat mitigation strategies for the industry, and the consultant interviewed by CNN said that there have been at least six attacks on realtors this year prior to Carter’s murder, including a rape.

The fact that these attacks are isolated is irrelevant. The fact that they happen regardless isn’t.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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