After the recent school shooting, I figured that I’d see some sort of emphasis on gun control from at least one of the Kimberlin-related website. Something with a Donate button attached to help the cause. Something like this from four years ago.
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Cognitive Dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs. For example, …What goes on in the mind of someone who works with a leftwing outfit like NRA Watch sponsoring a gun control petition and, yet, who also plays with an AR15 like this?UPDATE—”A cleared rifle”? Nope. The magazine is still in place, and the selector lever is pointing upward to FIRE. I’d be willing to bet that the bolt was never locked to the rear either.
Rule One. All weapons are always handled as if they are loaded.
Rule Two. Never point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy.
Rule Three. Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are aligned with the target.
Rule Four. Be sure of your target.
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I put this post together while I was sitting with friends in the lobby bar at the venue for CPAC yesterday evening. One of guys at the table asked how long it had been since I’d done a Second Amendment post, and …
Of course, The
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin is now well known for his incompetence in court, but he’s been equally unsuccessful with his not-for-profits. This TKPOTD from four years ago today has an example—
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Brett Kimberlin runs a couple of spectacularly ineffective not-for-profits. He brags about the petitions he circulates, but he rarely talks about results. Here’s a worked example of why. (You can click on the image to embiggen it.) This petition is sponsored by NRA Watch which is one of the projects of The Dread Pirate Kimblerlin’s 501(c)4, Velvet Revolution US.This petition was put up in early May. It’s been up over six months and has only 16 signatures.
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The sharp-eyed among the Gentle Readers may have noticed that the petition was posted for VRUS by the Cabin Boy™, and interesting choice for a spokesman for a gun control effort.Heh.
One of the most offensive things that I’ve heard from certain quarters on the Left is that we Conservatives who say that we pray for the victims of mass shootings should “do something” instead. As someone who believes in the efficacy of prayer, I believe that praying is doing something.
Moreover, the Left also generally implies that we Conservative don’t want legislative action taken to make mass shootings or gun violence less likely, and that’s simply not true. The rejection of flawed proposals from the Left by thoughtful Conservatives is not a call to do nothing. Rather, we propose solutions which involve moving away from failed policies and repealing ineffective (or actually harmful) laws.
For example, the elimination of gun-free zones allows people to better defend themselves. A mass shooting was nipped in the bud at a church near Nashville a few days ago by a concealed carry permit holder who resisted the shooter.
So it is time to do something. Let those of us who pray do so, and let’s all of us demand that Congress repeal and replace federal laws and regulations that cannot be shown to have improved public safety and demand that Congress exercise its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment to preempt state laws which deprive citizens of their rights under the Second Amendment.
America’s largest manufacturer of shotguns, O. F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., is moving out of Connecticut and heading to Texas.
BTW, the Hoge household owns several of Mossberg’s fine products, three shotguns and a rifle.
A federal court has ordered the City of Chicago to pay the NRA a million dollars for legal fees related to a case challenging the city’s ban on gun sales and other laws infringing the Second Amendment.
A study done by the University of Chicago Crime Lab has determined that criminals usually do not buy their guns through legal channels.
Scott Adams has a post up that looks at the problems the two major parties have reaching any compromise on gun control. His analysis boils down to
But Democrats are unlikely to talk Republicans out of gun ownership because it comes off as “Put down your gun so I can shoot you.”
Read the whole thing.