State of Play (Intro to Blowback)

Before we begin, I must thank Deputy Matt And Others Who Serve on Facebook. The popular Facebook page featured last week’s Midnight Run: Newtownian. I am always honored when a Run is featured on another page.

This week, I have elected to break from the usual news stories, and speak directly as we prepare for next week’s massive 4th of July Blowback update. The recent discussion about the Confederate flag brings forth quite a few things I simply need to get off my chest both for my own sanity and to lay the groundwork for Blowback.

1.) Distraction. I spent all of the last Run discussing why the church shooter did what he did, what his motives are, and how to prevent mitigate the next attack. Apparently security is a lot less sexy than attacking an unrelated flag and attempting to tie it into the debate through the most twisted logic possible. I find the idea of erasing history because it offends to be extremely concerning. History is, by its nature, offensive. It is a running record of mistakes, victories, scientific breakthroughs, philosophical debates. and much more. None of which is or ever was obligated to be sensitive to the incredibly fragile emotions of the “modern” culture. Blowback will address this, starting with classic literature that has been deemed “too offensive” or, and it kills me to use this term, too “triggering.”

The current frenzy over the Confederate flag has become insane. Strategy games have been pulled from the Apple App Store for merely containing the flag. That many were doing so in a historical context was incidental and ignored in the mob-fueled outrage frenzy. Additionally, the 1939 classic “Gone With The Wind” has become a similar target. (Incidentally, that film was responsible for making Hattie McDaniel the first black person to win an Academy Award.)

We are erasing or attempting to erase our own history. It is dangerous, it is based purely on emotion, and it simply must be stopped.

2.) Writer’s Block. It is the frenzy that has made this year’s Blowback probably the hardest one to write, much less plan out. This year, I will present a Blowback entitled “Backbone” that will try to both showcase the country’s rather obvious lack thereof as well as what small efforts I can find to return this country to a slightly more sane level. It is troubling to me that the former has been blisteringly easy to find, while the latter extremely difficult. Blowback has always attempted to have a positive, motivating tone to it; never presenting its central problem without demonstrating solutions. It has been a true challenge to find more old-school, less easily-outraged segments of American culture.

Additionally, I have had numerous discussions with military friends, men for whom I have a deep respect, either ask me or directly answer whether the country is even worth defending at this point. Put bluntly, it rocks you when some of the most aggressive patriots you know start actively questioning whether there is any worth in fighting the current culture.

3.) Determination. None of this is to suggest that Blowback will be almost non-stop complaints about how horrid the state of the country is. To do so would be both redundant (look around, you don’t need me to tell you), and unproductive. From the growing self-defense movement, to the re-introduction of so-called “free range” parenting (loosely defined as “how you and I grew up” and more bluntly defined as “not being a helicopter parent”), there is a backlash to the desperate need to be as safe, politically correct, and overprotective as possible. Blowback will present this side, as well as what makes resisting all of it; the erasure of history, being ridiculously overprotective of children, and the need to be completely inoffensive; vital to the country’s survival.

Blowback drops at 12:01 AM July 4th.

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Tactical Review: Newtonian

Self-defense is a matter of physics. Force in one direction can only be stopped by equal or (preferably) greater force in the other. In other words, the ONLY ways to respond to someone shooting are by shooting back or fleeing (if that’s even possible to start with).

Mass shootings generally involve a LOT of force on the attacker’s part and a complete absence of force on the target’s part.

Yet again we see this fact play out in an area where defense of any sort was outlawed, and no security was in place to counter the acts of a man hell-bent on homicide and, in this case, starting a race war.

Truth be told, I don’t have much that you haven’t seen. Nonetheless, let’s get into the tactics of it. In order to do so, we must strip any and all emotion from the events of the last week and look at motives, actions, and target value. We’re keeping it brief, but keeping it blunt.

1.) Prevention. Let’s be clear, there is no way to prevent violence legally. It is not physical security, it has no bearing on a person determined to kill. Force, on the other hand, can at least prevent a shooting from getting worse. Additionally, as we have discussed numerous times, the possibility of death is either the ultimate deterrent to a criminal or the ultimate price he could pay if he goes through with it anyway.

There are renewed efforts for gun control, but it has also been proven time and again that gun control simply does not work. Laws cannot stop the violent. They can only punish the perps if they survive.

2.) Target value. Additionally, killers such as the church shooter pick targets that are either defenseless, have some form of social significance, or both. Areas that present no defense, as John Lott points out, are easy targets by definition.

In this case, the shooter wanted to start a race war, so attacking a place that was defenseless, sacred and predominantly black seemed like the best way to achieve this. Thankfully, it didn’t work, but nonetheless there is a straightforward, albeit twisted, logic to his actions.

It is also worth noting that he planned this six months in advance. This was not random.

Churches, and really any place of worship, have a significant value in terms of their place in society. They are seen as sanctuaries. 

Put bluntly, mass killers look to achieve the most amount of damage with the least amount of effort. Present even a modicum of force, and they collapse. 

Security is not exactly the first thing people think about in a church. It is therefore worth considering that sanctuaries need security. The days where places of worship were respected by all are over.

3.) Resistance. Jeanne Assam, Aaron Guyton. Concealed carriers can stop church shootings, because they HAVE stopped church shootings.

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Grab Bag: June 2015

The notebook of the Newtown shooter, a Gallup poll suggest people like being next to armed Americans, and Texas gets its open and campus carry laws.

1.) Notebook. The Marhsall Project has an article about the notebook of the Newtown shooter. It turns out he was troubled, homicidal, but not insane.

It’s worth noting at this point that murderous and insane aren’t the same things. An insane man isn’t rational, he is fully incapable of thinking in a logical order. His actions have no basis in fact, nor is there anything suggesting they have any connection to each other.

In other words Hitler was murderous, but he wasn’t insane. He knew what he was doing, and even wrote a book laying out his reasoning.

The article from the Marshall Project ends with this:

His chief complaint and reason for seeking help at the university health center was related to interpersonal issues and anxiety. He does not reveal what would be considered psychotic symptoms. The major issues are his alienation, disaffection, isolation, fear and anger. No mental disorder is clearly apparent.

[emphasis added.]

Mental health checks would not stop him.

2.) Texas. Against the now-mechanical promises of anti-gun groups and some anti-armed citizen police chiefs, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed both open and campus carry into law this week. Not much to say there, as Abbott had promised as much in Februrary.

3.) Mass shootings. The authors of an FBI study that claimed mass shootings were “on the rise” in America are backtracking, saying they “got it wrong” and that the study is flawed. They even admitted to creating data where none actually existed.

4.) Legislation. Finally, two major pieces of legislation, one looking good and the other a lost cause. First, a bill in Ohio looking to keep CCW records private. In other words, making it illegal to publicize whether someone has a permit.

The other? A now-cliche effort by Democrats at expanding background checks.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.


Giving up on trying to figure out where the NRA stands on carry, a few updates from the states, and an op-ed on firearms “insurance” (a nice word for “registry”). It should come as no surprise that, after last week’s amazing action in Texas, there is not much to discuss now. Keeping it short this week.

Let’s get this out of the way, campus carry passed in Texas and will also be signed into law by the governor. Great couple of weeks for CJ Grisham, OCT, and Texans in general.

1.) NRA. I give up. If you asked me, I wouldn’t be able to tell you if the NRA was for or against concealed, open, OR constitutional carry. Based on their actions in Texas, I at least have a vague notion that they support CAMPUS carry, but beyond that I’m lost.

There is a long article on the NRA-ILA website asking “why can’t we just carry,” which at least gives the idea that the organization fully backs the constitutional carry angle. The article tackles the almost regular calls of anarchy from anti-gun groups (who basically see any lack of faith in a particular law as being an anarchist), as well as providing updates on where the constitutional carry debate stands in terms of state legislatures…..

2.) Maine. One such state is Maine. Both chambers of the legislature have passed a bill allowing permitless carry. Interestingly, the article almost immediately brings up “public safety concerns” that have been disproven for coming on 30 years now. (Put bluntly, nobody is waiting to be “legally” allowed to carry a gun to commit murder. Nobody is waiting to be “half-legal” before doing something patently illegal.)

It should be noted that the bill enjoys wide bipartisan support, including leadership in both parties.

3.) North Carolina. Meanwhile, North Carolina has a bill that narrowly passed a House committee which would repeal the state’s permit system altogether. It would also repeal the ban from getting permits on those convicted of misdemeanors.

4.) Gun insurance. The newest cute idea from anti-gun groups has been to demand people get insurance on their guns just like they do on cars. The tone-deafness here is amazing, as the Schumer/Manchin/Toomey bill that failed so spectacularly after Newtown had both supporters and its authors desperate to say the bill was not a registry. The rationale is, of course, that “we insure cars” so we should insure guns. (Keeping in mind that cars need to be insured individually

As points out, the actual law stands only to make carrying more expensive and will be ignored by most criminals, anyway.

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