Grab Bag 4

UK gun owners face warrantless searches of their homes, a bizarre trend of criminals being made as victims, and young girls leading the charge for the next generation of gun owners. Plus, Forbes on how gun control is impacting this year’s election.

I try to look for themes for these things; running narratives that connect all of the stories. That hasn’t been working lately.

1.) Nothing to hide. Picture if you will, that your government had the ability to search your guns without warrant or warning. The government claims that it is to ensure safe storage of firearms, that the firearms are “legal”, and that they don’t fall into the hands of terrorists. “Where it is judged necessary,” the government claims, and “based on specific intelligence in light of a particular threat, or risk of harm, the police may undertake an unannounced home visit to check the security of a certificate holder’s firearms and shotguns.”

In the United Kingdom, that is happening right now. In fact, the quote above is not something I made up, but rather something the British Home Office wrote.

2.) Kroger. Moms Demand Action is getting nowhere in their fight to get Kroger to ban firearms. With Kroger’s annual meeting coming up, the gun/citizen control group is going to “protest” outside of the company’s corporate HQ. Given that protests by anti-gun organizations have tended to be 80% baffled media, 10% actual activists and 10% random passerby who don’t get involved, there doesn’t seem to be too much to be concerned with here.

3.) Australia. No, we’re not going to rail on Australia’s gun laws. Far from it. There is a story this week in the Courier Mail about how young girls are getting involved in the shooting sports at record rates. The response from Gun Control Australia (at least they’re honest) has been to urge the Senate to lift the legal age of firearms ownership to 18.

Women leading the charge for guns here, and leading the charge for the next generation of gun owners in Australia.

Moral of the story: Don’t screw with women. Ever.

4.) Victimization. In what Bearing Arms later termed as blaming a shooting on the scapegoat artist “Dindu Nuffin”, there has been a strange trend in where the families of people killed in legitimate self-defense shootings make the case that the suspect would never do exactly what he just did.

There’s not much room to move on this subject, but it is worth noting that the media is giving these people a lot more attention.

5.) Outrage. The action in Ferguson has become a circus. People threatening violence if Officer Wilson is not convicted, social justice warriors on Twitter doing the same, and generally we have seen a complete disregard for facts in exchange for a focus on “righteous outrage.” Bearing Arms has a report out on the “terrorists” of Ferguson that is very much worth reading.

Whether it’s Gamergate or Ferguson, the signal coming from both is clear: rational debate is dead, facts are irrelevant, and having an opinion is dangerous.

Yet people wonder why one would need to carry a firearm when people are that reactionary.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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