Newsroom: May 2018 [Volume 2]

Managed to screw up my own scheduling and release Muscle in April, when it should have hit in May.

So we’ll get back on track in June.

This week, Parkland lawsuits, David Hogg gets Publix to stop making political contributions, and a lesson in how gun control types cover DGUs.

1.) Smith and Wesson. A lawsuit pending against the parent of firearms manufacturer Smith and Wesson has led to the stock of said company jumping 5%. The reason for the surge, according to, is a motion by the plaintiffs wanting “the presiding judge to shield them from financial ruin should the case get tossed out.”

In other words, if the lawsuit backfires, they want to be protected from financial consequences of bringing a clearly frivolous lawsuit to trial. This can only be read as a sign of weakness in the case.

2.) Publix. The so-called “die-in” is back. After Publix, a major grocery store chain, donated money to a Republican politician, Parkland survivor and borderline-ubiquitous gun control advocate David Hogg called for Publix to donate a million dollars to someone he supported.

Publix has responded by canning political contributions altogether.

This has an interesting side effect, however, as my friend and InSov colleague Catty Conservative noted. Namely, that Publix has a history of supporting left-wing candidates and is a major supporter of gun control.

3.) Propaganda. Finally Tonight found this absolute gem. We now have a decent idea of how anti-gunners will cover mass shootings stopped by armed citizens. They will take the reaction to the armed citizen, and claim it was about the situation as a whole. The DGU in Oklahoma City was celebrated as evidence that an armed citizenry can stop criminals. MDA’s Shannon Watts claims that the NRA sees the event itself (i.e. the shooting the armed citizen stopped), as a victory, while completely ignoring the context of that angle, and the armed citizen who brought down the shooter.

She goes even further, claiming that the shooter was the armed citizen people are referring to.

It is a remarkable, and clearly deliberate, dodging of facts that so clearly threaten a narrative that is already fragile.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

Newsroom: May 2018

Bad business timing from Vista Outdoor, worse business sense from Dick’s, candor on guns from a Democrat Congressman, and a mass shooting in Australia.

1.) Vista Outdoor. The company behind such brands as American Eagle, Federal Premium, and Savage Arms now admits that their announcement looking for people to buy Savage Arms had fairly awful timing. Despite being decided about a year ago, the announcement came shortly after the Parkland school shooting. The company reiterated that it wasn’t about the shooting, and the backlash it set off, but rather getting the company back to its core businesses.

2.) Military parade. Trump’s idea to hold a parade for the military, with the military, got support from Congressional Republicans. Not much more to say there, since the parade is still, at best, in planning stages.

3.) Dick’s Sporting Goods. Whereas the Vista announcement was just bad timing, Dick’s Sporting Goods has wholly committed to the gun control angle in the wake of the Parkland shooting. In addition to removing the sale of rifles from its Field and Stream stores, (which was so badly-received that the magazine distanced itself from Dick’s announcement, Dick’s has now hired three gun control lobbyists.

Gun companies have responded by severing ties with the retailer, in what has become the most-difficult headline to phrase tastefully in recent memory.

4.) Confiscation. Eric Swalwell is a California Congressman. His re-election campaign has an op-ed titled Ban Assault Weapons, Buy Them Back, Go After Resisters. It’s basically exactly what gun-rights people have been saying gun controllers want; a total gun ban, and going after people who refuse to hand in their firearms.

5.) Australia. There was a mass shooting in Australia. Seven people were killed. The event is being treated as a murder-suicide, not as a random massacre. It is noteworthy here, given that Australia comes up fairly regularly in discussions here as a model for gun control. This is the biggest mass shooting in the country since 1996.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.