Notes From HPS

BY Herschel Smith
4 years, 1 month ago

David Codrea:

The paid staffer who heads anti-gun billionaire and outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns revealed the strategy the group will use to advance its demands across the nation, a report by the Associated Press documented Wednesday.

David goes on to discuss the statist threat that Bloomberg is, and what 2014 might portend for gun owners and our rights.  Bloomberg is a threat indeed, but this only heightens the diligence we must bring to bear on opposing every piece of his agenda, even when (and perhaps especially when) it comes under the rubric of cooperative efforts with the gun community (here for example, think NSSF).

Kurt Hofmann:

Dr. Ben Carson, considered by some a potential “conservative” candidate for President in 2016, stumbled badly back in March, at least among gun rights advocates, when he blithely told Glenn Beck on Beck’s The Blaze radio show that the right to own semi-automatic firearms is contingent on where one lives.

This is a very good article by Kurt.  Go read the rest of it to find out what Dr. Carson believes concerning the fountain of our rights.  I’ve said it here and here in great detail, but I’ll sum it up again.  God grants our rights.  The states (formerly colonies) recognizes them, and to the degree to which they infringe upon them, those administrations deserve to be overthrown.  The second amendment stipulates that the federal government has no right whatsoever in the making or enforcement of any gun law of any kind at any time.  All federal gun laws are unconstitutional.  And to remind you of what you already know, Dr. Carson is no conservative and won’t protect your rights.  I like it best when candidates talk before their handlers get hold of them.  The truth generally comes out then.

A Grand Bargain On Guns?

A year ago, in the days after 20 schoolchildren and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it seemed for a moment that something had changed in America’s long-running cultural debate on guns. A new kind of national conversation — even some consensus — seemed possible. But that was then. Today the voices on both sides of the gun policy debate are back to being as shrill as ever.

Still, behind the heated rhetoric, there are areas of agreement. While polls show Americans almost evenly divided on the question of whether they want more gun control or stricter laws, they overwhelmingly support expanded gun-buyer background checks and overwhelmingly oppose bans on handguns.

Those two strongly held positions suggest potential for crafting a grander bargain on guns …

Gun rights advocates point out that most retail firearm dealers are mom-and-pop businesses and that, on some occasions, they have been shut down by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for mere paperwork errors. That’s also true.

Why does the ATF shut down these small dealers? Because doing so is the only civil tool it has to encourage compliance with its rules.

Oh horse crap.  Anyone who personally knows FFLs can attest to the fact that slight errors when thousands of guns are moved is unavoidable even under the best QA program.  Friends of FFLs can also attest to the fact that the ATF acts like hoodlums, thugs and bullies to FFLs.  The ATF shuts down FFLs because they can.  It’s that simple.

And by the way, these authors perpetrate the lie one more time that the majority of America wants universal background checks.  It isn’t true.  And there is no grand bargain on guns.  There is no compromise.  There is no cooperation.  There is only war between us as long as the collectivists want to enforce their will upon us.  There will never be peace.  That’s a promise.

Charles C. W. Cooke:

As in the various columns of the same bent, Bloomberg’s purpose here was obvious: To suggest that, by failing to crack down on the private sales of firearms, the federal government has dishonored the memory of the victims at Newtown. Something that abhorrent happened, this argument goes, and we did nothing.

To wish to prevent another Sandy Hook is an admirable and human instinct. But to chase placebos? That is infinitely less commendable. Typically, when government inaction is the complaint, it is beneficial to eschew emotion in favor of a couple of hard questions. The first is “What is it that you want the state to do?”; the second, “How would the state’s doing this affect the problem?” In this case, the “what” was the Toomey-Manchin bill, which would have forced all the states to run background checks on all private transfers and sales of firearms. And the answer to “What would it have done?”: Nothing.

As a few of the more honest advocates of gun control acknowledged at the time, it is just about possible to argue with a straight face that universal background checks could help to prevent or diminish the general rate of gun crime. But it is certainly not possible to claim that they would prevent or even diminish the number of mass shootings.

I’m uncomfortable with this presentation.  I do not in the slightest acknowledge anything like universal background checks having any impact at all on crime.  Furthermore, eschewing emotion has nothing to do with my reaction.  It is vestiges of collectivism that forces one to ask the question, “What is it that you want the state to do?”  Rather, one must question whether doing something about some given state of affairs is within the province or purview of government to begin with?

In most cases in life, the answer is no.  This difference distinguishes the Northern “conservatives” (like those who write for NRO) from true conservatives.  That makes the answer to the question of “what” immaterial.

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  1. On December 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm, Jim Scrummy said:

    I caught an interview of Mr. Cooke with Cam Edwards at the NRA Range. Mr. Cooke has stated that he is a believer in Constitutional Carry (I believe it was in this interview). He also put some lead down range at the NRA Range with Cam, and enjoyed it. There are a few NRO CINO writers (cough Avik Roy cough), I wouldn’t put Mr. Cooke in that category, yet. I believe he has an understanding of stupid gun laws, since he is from the UK (violent crime via a knife is soaring in the UK. Had a Krav Maga Instructor from the UK talk how knife crime has increased since the banning of most guns in the UK. This instructor was teaching my class some advanced concepts of dealing with knives, in case you can’t conceal carry.) and they’ve banned most guns in Ol’ Blighty. Winston’s ashes have been spinning ever since.

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