Analysis Of The Brady Campaign’s Strategy Concerning The Private Sector And Guns

Herschel Smith · 20 May 2018 · 11 Comments

We've been addressing the issue of a new front in the war on guns, specifically as it relates both to gun manufacturers being squeezed by banks and shareholder actions concerning gun companies.  It's tempting to see this as a spurious set of events.  The anti-gun lobby sees something that happens to garner attention, and decides to do it again to see if it garners the same attention or effect. It's not spurious.  This is all part of a coordinated strategy within the gun controller…… [read more]

Comment Of The Week

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

Two of them, first from Frank Clarke, the second from Georgiaboy61.

Frank Clarke:

There are two kinds of Muslim: those who want to kill all the unbelievers, and those who want someone else to kill all the unbelievers.

Georgiaboy61:

President Erdogan of Turkey is a devout Muslim, doing as the Koran, the Hadiths and the Sira command the believers to do – spread Islam over the whole of the earth, if necessary by the sword.

[ … ]

Ethnic-cleansing was also one of the “duties” of ISIS, ridding the Sunni caliphate-to-be of undesirables, whether Christian or not. Muslims deemed not fanatical-enough were also put to the sword, for example the Yazidis of Syria. Only those whose Islamic beliefs were deemed pure-enough were permitted to remain alive.

ISIS was also created in part to conquer non-Muslim lands for the caliphate, in this case by immigration to Europe. The western NATO powers’ intervention in Syria and the subsequent upheaval – thereby created the perfect cover-story and pretext for the massive flow of “refugees” into the heart of old Europe.

While there were genuine refugees in that flow of people (all the better to sell the ruse de guerre) , most of the alleged “refugees” were young and aggressive men of military age, i.e., the soldiers of Allah engaged in the hegira – the Arabic term for conquest-by-immigration.”

[ … ]

It is well to remember that orthodox, mainstream Islam divides the world into two – and only two – spheres: Dar al-Islam (The House of Islam, also sometimes interpreted as the House of Peace or House of Submission) and Dar al-Harb (the House of War).

All Muslims, regardless of where they live, inhabit the former as members of the umma, or worldwide community of believers. All non-Muslims – the infidels and kafirs – regardless of where they reside, belong to the latter – and are subject to endless jihad until they are converted, killed or submit to the “one true faith.”

To restate, the non-Muslim is offered only a limited set of choices when he in under the control of Muslim rulers. He can be slain (killed), he can submit to Islamic rule and become a dhimmi (de facto slave) who pays the jizya tax, or he can convert to Islam. No other choices are offered; this is the rule of sharia (Islamic religious) law.

The only other avenue which lies open to the non-Muslim under threat from the soldiers of Allah is to resist, to fight, if necessary by force of arms – to remain free.

Polling indicates that at least a quarter of young American Muslims were willing to admit that they believe in bombings and other violence in order to “defend” Islam.  I suspect this number of extremely low compared to the real support, just as polls on gun ownership cannot be trusted because most smart gun owners won’t answer those kinds of questions.

Coyote Attacks Teenager In Massachusetts

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

Via reader Wynn, Foxnews:

A coyote attacked a teen in the woods of Massachusetts over the weekend, Boston 25 News and other local media reported.

The incident happened in Swampscott, northeast of Boston, on Saturday night and paramedics rushed the 17-year-old victim to a hospital, according to the station. The circumstances surrounding the attack were unclear.

The Swampscott Police Department took to Facebook on Saturday evening.

“This evening in a wooded area between Burpee Rd and the upper Jackson Field, there was an incident involving a coyote bite,” authorities said.

They went on, “We urge residents to use extreme caution in any wooded area in town.”

Swampscott police said that they and environmental police searched the area but didn’t find the animal.

They also listed several precautions people can take when dealing with an approaching coyote.

“Walk with a walking stick, carry a noise maker, walk with a buddy,” they said in part.

Probably not a Coyote – probably a Coywolf.

Yea, I carry a noisemaker.  A very loud one.  And I walk with a buddy too.  His name is 230-gr .45 ACP fat boy.  He doesn’t mind it when I call him fat boy.

Say, don’t they have all of that gun control in Massachusetts anyway?

Meanwhile, TCJ correspondent Fred has joined a union and is on strike for better wages.

A Traitor In Our Midst?

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

From reader Felix, this:

Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland survivor and so-called gun rights activist, called for the implementation of gun control in an Op-Ed published by Daily Wire on June 7th. FIX NICS, the piece of legislation supported by Kyle Kashuv and originally cosponsored by Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer, is a law that pressures every federal agency to submit thousands of more names of people to make them ineligable for gun ownership. FIX NICS is not in line with the 2nd Amendment; in fact, support for FIX NICS precludes you from being a serious gun rights advocate.

FIX NICS is so anti-gun, in fact, that having so much as a speeding ticket on your record gives the government the authority to deny you your right to self defense. While Kyle Kashuv likes to paint himself as the anti-David Hogg to rile up conservative bases, he is truly supporting the exact same legislation Hogg’s heroes sponsored. In this sense, Kyle Kashuv is no friend of gun rights. In fact, he is making the culture more anti-gun by endorsing this horrific law.

While Kyle Kashuv claims to be the hero of the 2nd Amendment, his anti-2nd Amendment beliefs are putting true gun rights activism at risk. The Overton Window is the window of acceptable discourse in mainstream society. Since Kyle Kashuv, who recently was hired by Turning Point USA as the Director of High School Outreach, uses social media to claim to be unapologetically and uncompromisingly pro-gun, he is affiliating pro-gun ideology with acceptance of FIX NICS, a law that will disarm more peaceful people.

It is indeed a horrific law.  There seems to be no end to traitors in our midst these days.  Well, this is the problem with the cult of personality and hero-worship.

A man had better meet a very high bar before you call or consider him a hero.  Giving his life for you or your family, or something of that nature, is an acceptable reason for celebrating heroism.

A kid who claims to support your world-view but who in fact works to undermine it is no hero.  Ignore personality.  Commit to ideas.

The Danger Of Appendix Carry

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

Via SOFREP.

The author suspect that a shirt got caught in the trigger well.

I’ve engaged in appendix carry before.  I don’t like it, having nothing to do with the danger of discharge.  I find it highly uncomfortable, and would rather [1] open carry, or [2] carry at 3:00, in that order.

On the other hand, regarding negligent discharge of the firearm (wherever it is being carried), I’ll say this.  I don’t run plastic guns (except for an FN5.7, which I will only open carry).

I run 1911s, and I love that safety.  With one motion as I achieve purchase on the grip I can swipe the safety off and be ready to go.  Round chambered, hammer back, safety on.

The thing I give up is weight.  Every choice is a compromise.

Erdogan Predicts “War Between The Cross And Crescent” Over Austria Mosque Closures

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

Breitbart:

“These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul covered by AFP.

Austria’s populist government made the announcement on Friday morning at a press conference as part of the governing coalition’s campaign against radical Islamic ideology and the influence of countries like Turkey in the Austrian Islamic community, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Media reports that between 40 and 60 imams, including their families, could be expelled in total. The imams all stand accused of receiving funding from abroad. Official investigations have been launched in 11 cases. Two of the imams had already been denied extensions to their residency permits.

[ … ]

Mr. Erdogan, speaking Saturday, said: “They say they’re going to kick our religious men out of Austria. Do you think we will not react if you do such a thing?”

“That means we’re going to have to do something,” he added without elaborating.

Clarity is a good thing.  I’m glad he brought this up and made his intentions known.  Austria, are you listening?

America, are you listening?  We’re next.  Prepare.

I’m not concerned about Erdogan or Islamists.  They would be easily handled with an understanding of the clarity he has given us.  My concern is the Chamberlain’s of the era, along with the FedGov who wants population replacement.

Masked Gunman Pictured Shooting Victim On Street In Yorkshire

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

News from lost land:

In one of the most appalling images yet as a wave of violent crime sweeps the country, the shooter can be seen taking aim at the victim who cowers on the ground. Police released the image from a neighbour’s security camera in a bid to track down the gunman. It’s believed he fired what appears to be a long-barrelled weapon into his victim’s leg, in Birkby, West Yorkshire.

A masked gunman shoots his victim at point-blank range in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. See Ross Parry copy RPYGUN: A masked gunman shoots his victim at point-blank range at dawn on a quiet residential street in the most shocking image yet from ‘Wild West Britain’. Seconds later the gunman had fled the scene in suburban Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in a van. Police believe the shooting was a ‘targeted attack’ and yesterday released shocking images from a resident’s CCTV camera as they hunted the gunman.

Impossible.  England has gun control.  It must be a mistake.  On the other hand, there is the undeniable picture, yes?

Prediction: they won’t find him.  He is wearing a Balaclava.  He is unidentifiable.  So his lawyer will argue in court if they ever do catch him.

Meanwhile, guns and knives are illegal for the peasants to have because the government fears the peasants, not the criminals.  Just like in America.

Lawsuit Filed Over FBI’s Willful Failure To Process NICS Denial Appeals

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

David Codrea:

“[T]he Defendants and FBI in particular, is improperly shifting their burden to the individual to follow up with various courts or jurisdictions,” the release explains. In other words, a government with comparatively unlimited resources is discouraging citizens from contesting its mistakes and from claiming their right to keep and bear arms.

Here is the gouge: [1] Have to apply for permission to exercise your God-given rights recognized in the constitution, [2] get denied, [3] appeal, [4] have FedGov ignore your appeal because they have the power and authority.

And to top it all off, the courts are the last appeal if in fact Stamboulieh Law is successful, meaning that your fate is in the hands of black-robed tyrants.

Per MBV’s phrase, the “mandate of heaven” was lost a very long time ago.  Here we are in the weeds, which is exactly where FedGov wants us to be.  You see that, right?  They want us lost in the weeds.  No offense to Stamboulieh Law and their clients.  This is good work.  But even if they are successful, FedGov has already won.

Brownells’ Channel Terminated By YouTube

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

TFB:

In a move that is both shocking and unsurprising at the same time, the video hosting powerhouse YouTube has terminated Brownells’ channel citing violations of their “community guidelines”. In the professional business of gunsmithing, tools, parts supply, accessories and more recently firearms sales, Brownells has been a pillar of the shooting community for nearly 100 years. While countless old-fashion catalog sales companies died off with the ecommerce revolution, Brownells adapted, embracing online sales and customers with an easy to navigate website and strong social media presence.

It is unclear at this point what part of the community guidelines YouTube alleges that Brownells violated to get terminated or if there is a possibility of being reinstated. However, as channels with a heavy following continue to receive strikes, warnings and terminations, the fate of user and corporate generated firearmscontent on YouTube are becoming bleaker by the week.

TFB closes with a wish that the channel would get reinstated.

I understand that YouTube is the 900 pound gorilla in the room, but I don’t wish that at all.  I wish that YouTube would get some good competition and gun owners wouldn’t have to go there for anything, begging for crumbs that fall from the master’s table.

Google is in bed with the CIA, and Google owns YouTube.  Thus, YouTube is essentially a FedGov entity.  As if you needed anything else, this is what FedGov thinks of your firearms.  Beg, peasant.  Beg.

Free Range Time With Jerry Miculek

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 5 days ago

Long but worth it.

Delaware Assault Weapons Ban Fails In Committee

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 1 day ago

Delaware Online:

Sen. Greg Lavelle, a northern Delaware Republican and key swing vote on a bill that would prohibit the sale of an array of semi-automatic rifles, said on Wednesday that he will not allow the legislation out of committee.

[ … ]

At Wednesday’s hearing, Francis Pileggi, a Wilmington attorney speaking on behalf of the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, said the appeals court ruling shouldn’t be considered for this debate because the Fourth Circuit does not oversee Delaware.

[ … ]

In a visible show of political might, participants spoke of a primacy of the U.S. Constitution and a need to campaign against lawmakers who vote for gun-control bills.

Their motto, according to organizer, Mitchell Denham, is “Not one inch.”

So far, so good.  I would argue that the Fourth Circuit’s opinion doesn’t apply to Delaware or any other state or city because it is unconstitutional, not because of the limits of the fourth circuit’s jurisdiction.  And I certainly concur with not one more inch of retreat.

Denham said Delaware Gun Rights has 24,000 members in the state.

Asked where a line should be drawn for allowable weapons, Denham said, “There’s a reason why there’s a National Firearms Act. There’s a law prohibiting certain explosives, fully automatic firearms, silencers, short-barrel shotguns, short-barrel rifles.”

Well, here we have a problem.  I always want to be cautious when addressing the fights that others are in, especially when they are allies.

But to accept prior infringements because we want to keep what we currently have is a losing proposition.  It’s been a short time since the giddy days post-election when we were actually discussing repeal of the NFA, SBRs and suppressors being removed, and national reciprocity.

Imagine.  A gun rights advocate is willing to give up on suppressors and acquiesce to the need for a permission slip from the tyrants in order to own a muffler which is nothing more than a tube with baffles threaded at the end.

Sad.  Where we are as a country is just sad.  That’s all I can think to say at the moment.



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