States Fights 3

4 major events in State legislatures. Let’s get to them…however briefly.

1.) Minnesota. A bill legalizing suppressors in Minnesota passed the Senate by a 40-23 vote. The bill now heads back to the House with some changes, although the House version passed its chamber by a 89-40 vote. With bipartisan support no less.

There’s just one issue. The Governor has threatened a veto.

2.) Missouri. Not that it matters, as Missouri has shown. Just today, the Missouri senate overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon. The new law expands open carry (and gives the state legislature sole authority over same, nullifying any municipal attempt at defying the law), lowers the permit age to 19, and allows schools to train employees to carry on the job.

3.) South Carolina. A bill to revamp concealed carry passed the SC House in a bipartisan 90-18 vote. An amendment establishing permitless carry (in other words, constitutional carry) also passed with an 80-21 vote. In short, the House of South Carolina is strongly in favor of gun rights, across both parties.

4.) Colorado. Finally, remember that expanded background check law in Colorado? The one that was part of a sweeping gun control package?

Turns out the Colorado Senate approved repealing that law.

Senate Dems were strongly against it, saying it would make it easier for felons to buy firearms. 2 things there. 1.) If they are too dangerous to have a gun, why are they out in the first place? 2.) What makes anyone think that a person hell-bent on committing crime will not do one particular action because that action would be illegal?

There’s probably an essay on felons and gun rights somewhere in there….

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Business and Bystanders

Moms Demand relaunches a boycott of Kroger, attempts to ban the sale of guns at Wal-Mart fail, and a story about the Bystander Effect and the oft-touted “civil” society many anti-self-defense types claim we live in.

1.) Kroger. Breitbart has an article out about Moms Demand Action launching a boycott against Kroger. I promise it’s recent. (Admittedly, the previous boycott was great for Kroger shareholders, so it’s not entirely a bad thing.) Moving on.

2.) Wal-Mart. Another publicly traded giant was sued in court by Trinity Church, which owns about 3,500 shares of the company, in an effort to ban the sale of firearms at stores owned by the company. This week, a Federal appeals court blocked the church’s efforts. Wal-Mart’s attorney in the case “said that allowing shareholders to micro-manage would inhibit growth,” according to guns.com.

By the way, Trinity owns 3,500 shares…out of the over 3 billion shares the company has outstanding. In other words, Trinity has about .00011663% of the total shares.

3.) Oregon. In other, not corporate news, an Oregon sheriff has already gone on-records saying he won’t enforce the universal background check law. His reasoning is simple; the law can’t be enforced.

Besides which, under the Brady Act, NICS can only be accessed by licensed FFLs. Unauthorized use of the system carries criminal prosecution and a baseline fine of $10,000. In other words, to follow this State law, you have to break Federal law. One would reasonably argue that a sane person wouldn’t want to dance with the Feds in that manner. How ironic it would be to have “broke into the background check system” come up on a background check……

4.) Bystander Effect. The Bystander Effect is the strange (seemingly modern) phenomenon of people gathering to witness a crime being committed while doing absolutely nothing to prevent it from either being done or getting worse. As People Magazine shows us, this has updated to where people would rather record a rape of a college student with their cell phones then intervene on behalf of the student.

I bring this up for multiple reasons. 1.) it infuriates me, 2.) It flies in the face of the narrative that we live in a “civilized” society. A “civilized” people wouldn’t stand by and watch (and most certainly would not record it for the sake of YouTube views), and 3.) it brings up a point that you can’t necessarily rely on the people around you for your own safety. As noted back in the Dirt and Blood update, many would much prefer to watch you get attacked and record it than actually do anything to help you.

If the recent “outrage” mob stories, which saw peoples’ lives ruined/threatened for “incorrect” opinions wasn’t enough, stories like that one should show you that our society is anything but civilized.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Convention 2015

The NRA Convention brings a few dozen protestors, CCW surges among American blacks, and a quick note from the archives about social justice.

1.) Protests at NRA Nashville. MDA Protest

Thank you to Guns.com for the image of the Moms Demand protest, click pic to embiggen, original link is here, let’s move on.

2.) Restrictions. Republicans are riding the 2014 wave and using it to roll back numerous restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. This ranges from Constitutional Carry, to allowing Open Carry, to expanding where a person is allowed to carry.

There hasn’t been much action in opposition, which considering the clearly visible strength of the anti-gun movement (as shown in that picture from Nashville) that isn’t entirely shocking, either.

3.) CCW in the Black Community. Gun control’s roots are traced back to keeping American slaves (i.e. blacks) in-line and taking out any chance they had at overthrowing their “owners.” There is a great article about that in TheBlaze and, if you want to sample some of the Deep South history on that vein, there’s a document by Georgia Carry exploring the racist roots of Georgia’s gun laws.

I bring all this up to illustrate one hell of an irony in that context. Namely, concealed carry among black people is surging.

4.) Social Justice. All That Remains frontman Philip Labonte posted CollegeHumor’s now-classic take on “social justice.” In the context of the recent outrage extravaganza regarding both the new Daily Show host and the pizza shop in Indiana, I felt it was worth sharing both because of its relevance and as a humorous aside to mock the Social Justice Warrior community. Only in America can we have a group of people who spend every waking minute actively looking for things to get offended about.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Grab Bag: April 2015

Gun news becomes a bit repetitive after a time. It’s a specific genre that, when slow, is borderline glacial.

Rather than trying to find a theme and stick to it, we’re going to focus on topics other than firearms, but not disregard it entirely.

This week, a look at manufactured outrage (and the new standard of “comedy”), a Constitutional Carry bill is signed into law, and a note on the old talking point of how the GOP is a supporter of low taxes.

1.) Outrage. Death threats, outrage, and misplaced anger. It’s the new standard of American debate, apparently. We saw that twice this week, first with the Tolerance Mob attacking a mom-and-pop store in Indiana to the point where the family that owns it is in hiding. The second is when Tweets of the man slated to take over The Daily Show resurfaced (read: were dug up for the sake of outrage) in the media.

There is a brilliant piece in Time Magazine by comedian Jim Norton about what he rightfully calls our addiction to outrage. It reads in part:

People say that Americans trends are transient, but the one activity we never seem to tire of is being outraged. Boy, do we love it! We simply can’t seem to get enough of that rush we feel when something offends us. It’s like the dopamine drip we get from that first drink or the first drag of a cigarette after getting off a cross-country flight. And what is our favorite thing to be outraged over? Well, it’s certainly nothing petty, like homelessness, or the fact that every single person we elect to public office is a manipulative, groveling, poll-obsessed liar. Nope. We’re not stupid enough to waste our energy on such nonsense. We save our collective outrage for the really important stuff, like things comedians say.

2.) Constitutional Carry. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed off on a bill law making Kansas a Constitutional Carry state. The law comes online July 1st of this year, plenty of time for the wild-west, blood-in-the-streets shootout we keep hearing will happen to not happen for the 28th straight year. Asked why training should not be required, Brownback said ““We’re saying that if you want to do that in this state, then you don’t have to get the permission slip from the government. It is a constitutional right and we’re removing a barrier to that right.”

3.) Sine Die! A disgrace of a Georgia General Assembly session closed this week, with the flagship disaster being a massive tax hike passed by both Republican-dominated chambers and with Gov. Deal (also a Republican) promising to sign the legislation. The bill brings a $0.26/gal tax ($0.29/gal for diesel), a $200-$300/year electric car fee, a $5/night hotel tax, among other gems.

I bring this up to demonstrate that party does not matter. The Democrats are almost non-factors in the Georgia legislature. This was created, passed, and therefore owned by the Republican Party of Georgia.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.