Month: June 2022

I am becoming the grumpy old man, at least reading.

I just posted this in Facebook:

Morris West. The Clowns of God.

There was an elegance to writing that I feel we are missing today. And I apologize to my writer friends, I mean nothing bad against your books which I enjoy. It is simply different styles or evolution in writing? No idea how else to say it.

My list of books to buy is about 5 pages long and comprising a lot of recent books, but the funny part is that the copyright of my actual stack of books to-read-next span 4 decades or more. Have we become less elegant and more direct? Probably, but I don’t think that is it either.

Maybe is just me reminiscing as I engage in old-farting.

And by the way, get off my lawn.


We live in a world where perceptions are more powerful than reality, more powerful than facts, more powerful than what we know to be true.

As an example, we have a perception of how the war in Ukraine is going. We have no idea of the reality. One authority I trust pointed out that while there were lots and lots of videos of Russian tanks being hit we had very few BDAs for those hits. And he pointed out that in some cases the tank just drove away, unharmed.

We just don’t know. What I do know is that Ukraine has won the perception war. I perceive them as winning most encounters and the Russians doing poorly. Ukraine won the social media war.

There was a time when everybody knew that guns were tools. You had them because you hunted. You had them because daddy brought it back from the war. You had them because you wanted protection.

Then the war on guns started. I don’t know if it was a bunch of goody-two-shoes doing what they thought was right. I don’t know if it was a couple of politicians that found a cause they could run on. I don’t know if it was nefarious groups, working in dark backrooms in the dead of night to destroy my country.

Maybe it was all of the above.

Regardless, the assault on guns began. We saw the open salvo in the 1930s. Prohibition created a huge blackmarket with no sectioned law enforcement. I.e. the cops would not pursue and punish criminals that robbed people, some themselves criminals, selling alcohol. This lead to vigilantism, order by private security forces. In other words, the gangs hired “enforcement” to retaliate or rob or destroy their competitors.

This is the way of the blackmarket. In some foreign blackmarkets the owners of the market place provide security in exchange for the vendors paying for the privilege to vend. Heck, we see that at things like Ren Faires. There will be security provided by the faire that makes sure that people aren’t robbing patrons, vendors or performers. Security will hold ne’er-do-wells until they can be turned over to actual law enforcement.

Prohibition brought huge amounts of money into the underground economy with a running battle between gangs, law enforcement, and citizens.

When it was the case that you could make 50 gallons of bathtub gin by soaking juniper berries with denatured (poisoned) alcohol. That 50 gals could be sold for more profit than doing a week of hard labor. And letting that alcohol, berries and water sit in a large jar for a few weeks isn’t really working.

This meant that the enforcement of the blackmarket became extremely violent. Some of it was behind the scenes. When rival gangs destroyed a warehouse or hijacked a load, the citizen buyer didn’t notice. Unless they didn’t get their booze. Unfortunately, some of that did spill out into the streets, into the papers.

When it spilled into the papers the bleeding lead. The stories were told, not of criminal gangs murdering each other, but of exciting and scary gun battles with Tommy Guns.

Nobody but bad guys ever used Tommy Guns. This was true only because most people with guns didn’t want to dump hundreds of rounds down range in a pray and spray method. Once it was obvious that Tommy Guns were scary, the assault weapon of their day, they started using Tommy Guns. Also used were BARs. Excessive fire power was the name of the game.

Out of this was born the perception that machine guns were to dangerous for normal people and so they should be limited to the elite/rich, the government, and criminals. The NFA of 1934 was born. Out of the NFA we had to other items that were demonized until they to were perceived as to evil for normal people. The sawed off shotgun and the silencer.

Originally the NFA was going to apply to pistols but not rifles. This brought into existence an entirely new classification of firearms, the short barreled rifle. This was to keep people from having a pistol with a stock added to it from claiming it was a rifle.

In the end pistols were not part of the NFA. But short barreled rifles stayed.

The perception was that the government had dones something about those evil evil criminals by making them double criminals for having NFA weapons. Perception was king.

The reality was that having an unregistered machine gun, SBS, SBR or suppressor was no big deal. If you were caught with an NFA item without the tax stamp you were told you had to register it and pay your tax. This was the state of the law for many many years.

This was the situation until 1963. The perception was that the government had solved the gun issue by the creation of the NFA. It didn’t matter that anybody could still buy NFA items, they just had to pay the transfer tax. In the meantime SCOTUS had heard the Miller case. Nobody testified on behalf of Miller, the government lied, and SCOTUS found the NFA to be constitutional, because shotguns were not used by the military or militia.

In 1963 JFK was assassinated. Guns were back in the news. While some communist asshole had shot the president, the media also played up how easy it was for him to get a gun.

The US Postal Service just delivered it to him.

Ad for surplus rifles from 1961

The papers played up how horrible it was that somebody was able to purchase a sniper rifle via mail order, the Internet of the day. Up in arms they demanded that the government “do something” about the evil guns.

The result was the 1964 GCA. This is the legislation that created Federal Firearm License(FFL). These were the only people that were allowed to buy, sell, import, or manufacture firearms. It was the law that mandated serial numbers and other markings. It brought an end to the mail order sales of firearms.

Well sort of… What happened was that those people that actually wanted to buy and sell guns without having pay a third party for a transfer just got their own FFL. It was relatively safe as it didn’t grant the same sort of right to inspect as today’s FFL does. With an FFL of your own you could still mail order directly. More importantly it created the first definition of prohibited person.

Perceptions were that the government had saved us from the evil gun. No longer would people be able to just mail order a gun and go shooting people and bad people couldn’t buy guns any more.

In 1974 Handgun Control, Inc came into existence. Their stated goal was to ban all handguns. They advocated for this, not making much headway at the federal level but getting more and more state gun control bans in place. They maintained their focus on handguns through this period of time.

In 1982 the abuses of the ATF had gotten the attention of congress and in particular the Senate subcommittee on the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner.

The_Right_to_Keep_and_Bear_Arms Report of the subcommittee on the constitution of the committee on the judiciary united states senate ninety-seventh congress second session.

The report went on to say that 75% of all ATF prosecutions “were aimed at ordinary citizens who had neither criminal intent nor knowledge, but were enticed by agents into unknowing technical violations.” The GCA plus NFA and malicious ATF agents meant that a person could be prosecuted for giving out information on how an NFA item was created. So answering an undercover ATF agents question about the difference(s) between an AR-15 and an M-16 could get you arrested and thrown in prison.

The bill as originally proposed did much to curb the ATF crap. It is where we got the ability to transport firearms through gun unfriendly states. There are states in the north east where you can’t travel to other parts of the country without passing through New York. Since New York has bans on certain classes of firearms you can be found in violation of state laws. The Firearm Owners Protection Act addressed these problems.

As always, Democrats have to cheat. Rep William Hughes, D-NJ tried to sink the bill by adding a “poison pill”. In this case the amendment would ban the sale of newly manufactured machine guns to normal people. The bill passed with the Hughes amendment. As of May of 1985 it became illegal to manufacture machine guns for your own use or to purchase a machine gun manufactured after May of 1985.

The perception was that the country as a whole was no safer, because no more evil machine guns were making their way into the hands of ordinary citizens. The Elites/rich, law enforcement, the government, and criminals continued to buy whatever machine guns they wanted.

Perception was that the government had done something, for the safety of the people.

In 1981 some asshole attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. This is part of the reason for the attention on gun rights in 1985.

During the assassination attempt, James Brady, the White House press secretary for Reagan was shot in the head. Up until he suffered traumatic brain injury Brady was a staunch Republican. Once he was no longer able to speak and do for himself his spouse turned him into a Democrat advocating for gun control.

Handgun Control, Inc. teamed up with the Brady people and pushed for the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

We now have that change in perception. It is no longer “violence” it is “handgun violence”, as if violence with a gun is somehow worse than other sorts of violence. Somehow getting beaten to death with a baseball bat is less violent than being murdered with a handgun.

The Brady Act changed the definition of a prohibited person and created the requirement of a background check prior to taking possession of a firearm. The infamous Form-4473. The original law was intended to create a defacto waiting period. The waiting period being defined as “when the government gets around to granting permission.” The NRA decided the bill was going to pass and changed their effort to get the “instant” in the background check. This resulted in limiting the amount of time that a person could be forced to wait.

Once the NICS system was up and running we got to the point where we can get approval, in most cases, while waiting at the FFL. If more research is required, the government only has three days to make their final decision. If it takes longer than that and they do decide to deny, the government has to go recover the firearm from the purchaser, it is not the FFL’s responsibility.

The Brady Bill went into effect in 1994.

The perception was that the government had done something and no more crazy people would get guns.

The media then pivoted to a new scary thing, the evil rifle. Well it turns out that there weren’t any evil rifles. So they made up a new term, “Assault Rifle.” An assault rifle, as a made up term, was perfect. It meant exactly what the person hearing or saying it meant it to mean, no more, no less. Even if nobody actually knew what it meant.

This helped push the Assault Weapons Ban. It banned a number of rifles by name and still more by feature. Thus my AR-15 pattern rifle of this time period does not have a flash hider. I didn’t even understand that when I originally purchased it.

In 1999, in the middle of the AWB, some assholes went on a murder spree at Columbine High School. Proving that no gun control law has ever stopped somebody with evil in their heart.

At this point the perception went into Black Gun Evil.

At a time when the number of deaths by rifle was and still is under 500/year, the AR-15 is now considered the deadliest of weapons. The media has continued to push this fiction. No matter how many times it is shown that this is not the case, the media continues to paint the AR-15 as the weapon of choice of mass murders.

Which leads us to the dumbest things said on the view in the last week.

Behar read the comments made by Huckabee Sanders while celebrating her win in the Arkansas primary, where she is running for governor. Sanders said, “We will make sure that when a kid is in the womb, they’re as safe as they are in a classroom.”

Whoopi Goldberg was left nearly speechless, simply saying, “That is really, you know…” and shaking her head while the hosts and audience were all shocked.
Sunny Hostin added, “I heard that and that was crazy.” Behar went even further blasting Sanders saying, “How stupid is she? Come on.”

The facts are that children in classrooms are extremely safe from shooters. We invest huge amounts of time and money into hardening schools. When there is a failure, it makes the news in big ways and the perception grows of how deadly the AR-15 is.

There seems to be an average of around 55 violent deaths at schools per year. That includes students, staff and other school-associated people. It includes violent deaths by any means. There are 49.4 million K-12 students in the US. Or 0.11 deaths per 100,000 students.

In 2020 the there were 930,160 reported abortions. Of every 1000 pregnancies ending in either an abortion or a live birth, 195 ended in abortion. ‘The View’ Says ‘How Stupid Is She?’ For Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Abortion Comments, Calls It ‘Dumbest Statement Of The Day’

UPDATED: Clean up language in last paragraph.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is f*cking evil

After the Parkland shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods made a big deal about a corporate decision to stop selling AR pattern rifles and destroying $5 million guns they had in inventory.

They were doing it for the children.

Well, after Dobbs, Dick’s Sporting Goods made another announcement.  They would give every employee up to $4,000 to have an abortion.

If they destroyed guns “for the children,” then what are they destroying children for?


Progressive values.


How many more children will be murdered, subsidized by Dick’s than would have ever been killed by an AR they sold to a law abiding citizen?

These moralizing companies are not good.  They are evil.

Any company that pays you to murder your own child in the womb is not your friend.  They are your enemy, destroying the root of love and fulfillment, having a family, to keep you as a low cost employee.

They are paying employees to murder their children for Progressive social credit and to reduce their employee costs.




Words Have Meaning: Gun Crime

From MarketWatch comes a story reporting on how the streets are going to run red with blood, now that Bruen says that just any old person can have a CCW.

Concealed-carry laws boost gun crime by a third, study finds

A new study finds concealed-carry laws lead to a boost in gun crime by between 29% and 32%, mostly by triggering a surge in gun theft.

The study comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling that struck down New York’s attempt to limit the ability to carry a gun outside their homes. That ruling was seen as particularly significant as other states have sought to restrict concealed-carry permits.

Oh, it isn’t people being shot. It is guns being stolen.

They study looked at 47 cities from 1979 through 2019. They then compare, via differential timing, crime.

It seems that the problem is that those CCW holders are having their guns taken. Opps, it doesn’t say that. It just says that more guns are stolen in states where CCW is allowed. Well in cities in states where CCW is allowed.

It is likely that what happened is that there were indeed more guns available to be stolen. This increases the number of times that guns are stolen. It is also likely that people were more willing to report stolen guns once it was legal for them to actually have them.

It is my opinion that part of it is the sensative places issue. If you are trying to follow the law and you are coming to a place where carry is prohibited, you have to do something with your firearm. It is unfortunately true that too many guns are left loose in locked cars. Waiting to be taken.

The article strongly suggests that the person that was just ripped off, having had hundreds of dollars worth of gun(s) taken from him should be sent to jail for “negligent gun practices” which includes leaving firearms in cars.

All in all it is an interesting read. Give them the click and read it yourself. Maybe you can parse it better than I.

Your uplifting story for the day.

When he was 13 years old, Arkansas state Rep. Dwight Tosh’s deteriorating health had been baffling doctors in Jonesboro for weeks. He had lost his ability to walk or stand on his own by the time he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and those taking care of him told his family to prepare for the worst. Then they heard about a newly opened facility in Memphis: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The year was 1962, and when Tosh was carried through the doors of St. Jude, he was the 17th patient to ever be admitted to the hospital. He was immediately started on an aggressive treatment plan.

While it has a high survival rate now, at the time, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was almost always fatal. Friday, Tosh was presented with a pin to mark a milestone for both him and the hospital: the first St. Jude patient to reach 60 years of survival post-treatment.

Arkansas state Rep. Dwayne Tosh first St. Jude kid to survive 60 years (

There are exceptions to the Dancing Monkey rule. Danny Thomas being one of them.

The other one would be Gary Sinise.

God bless them both and all who help with their good deeds.

California doxxes law abiding gun owners

Massive Trove of Gun Owners’ Private Information Leaked by California Attorney General

The California Department of Justice’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal went live on Monday with publicly-accessible files that include identifying information for those who have concealed carry permits. The leaked information includes the person’s full name, race, home address, date of birth, and date their permit was issued. The data also shows the type of permit issued, indicating if the permit holder is a member of law enforcement or a judge.

The Reload reviewed a copy of the Lost Angeles County database and found 244 judge permits listed in the database. The files included the home addresses, full names, and dates of birth for all of them. The same was true for seven custodial officers, 63 people with a place of employment permit, and 420 reserve officers.

2,891 people in Los Angeles County with standard licenses also had their information compromised by the leak, though the database appears to include some duplicate entries as well.

A video reviewed by The Reload shows the databases with detailed information were initially available for download via a button on the website’s mapping feature. They appeared to have been removed from public access by Tuesday afternoon and replaced with spreadsheets without the individualized identifying information.

Liberal California bureaucrats and politicians are pissed over the SCOTUS NY Rifle & Pistol decision.

Their precious system of corruption and influence peddling will come crashing down if California, along with other may issue states, becomes shall issue.

It seems that someone within the CA DOJ decided to vent their frustration by doxxing current permit holders.

The Reload is not publishing the leaked data in order to protect the privacy of those affected by the leaks. However, posts across social media indicate many others were able to obtain the documents during the time they were live on the state’s website. There are also several social media posts that indicate similar identifying information from the state’s dealer record of sales database and its “assault weapons” registry were part of the leak, though The Reload was unable to review copies of those databases.

Not just does this make these individuals a target of theft, as The Reload notes.  It makes these people a target for vindictive Liberal punishment.

We’ve seen the extent to which Leftists will go to destroy people online.

I suspect that these people should fear Leftists contacting their employers, children’s schools, etc. with this information.  E.g. “Dear [company], are you aware your employee [name] owns several assault rifles?  This makes him a danger, you need to fire him.”

Then there is the fear of Red Flag Law abuse.

Knowing who has guns and what types will allow these people to be targeted.

There is a myriad of ways this data could be used to harm law abiding citizens.

The leak comes just over a year after California moved to provide detailed personal information of all gun owners in the state to educational institutions across the country despite objections over concerns about data security and individual privacy. It also comes as a similar policy to California’s restrictive gun carry law was invalidated by the Supreme Court, which will likely result in many more Californians being added to the same database the state just leaked.

So the insecurity of the system is a feature not a bug.

This is absolutely intended to intimate and harass law abiding California gun owners.

I suspect that our two tier justice system will make sure the leaker is not found or punished because the assumption will be all the doxxed parties are Right-Wingers and they deserved it.