YouTube Bans Firearms Videos.

YouTube, a popular media site for firearms enthusiasts, this week quietly introduced tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, becoming the latest battleground in the U.S. gun-control debate.
YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to websites selling firearms and accessories, including bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire faster. Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms. The video site, owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, has faced intense criticism for hosting videos about guns, bombs and other deadly weapons.

YouTube Bans Firearms Demo Videos, Entering the Gun Control Debate

And they can afford it since they are global. Pissing off measly 80 million gun owners is not going to do anything but create malcontents that will backfire in the future if they are ever run foul of .Gov and need support here in the US.

But here is the kicker: They are too big. I don’t care how many and how complicated the alogarithm they design, it simply can’t watch, hear or analyze  the video proper, just the keywords and titles.

Ebay stopped selling Magazines of Unusual Size and other accessories. In fact, if your auction mentions AR 15, you can eventually kiss it goodbye. Do you know how much shit is being sold for AR 15 in Ebay? Let’s say I spent a coupe of nights way too long once I figured out the search string.

Another company with a long-time tradition is Paypal:

 We don’t allow PayPal members to buy or sell any kind of firearm, whether it’s in working order or not. The same goes for certain firearm parts and ammunition.

For example, using PayPal, you can’t buy or sell:
Any firearm, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, whether they’re for sport and recreation, collectibles, or curio or relic firearms.
Firearm parts, including but not limited to receivers and frames, silencers, and kits designed to modify guns so that they fire automatically. High capacity magazines, multi-burst trigger activators, and camouflaging firearm containers are other items in this category.
Ammunition, including propellants like gunpowder or blank ammunition; ammunition or cartridge cases; and primers, bullets, or propellant powder designed for any firearm.

What is PayPal’s policy on transactions that involve firearms?

Stop laughing. I can hear you all the way here. You guys have no shame.

It is simple: 80 million Gun Owners are not going to be shamed into hiding. Those 80 million who are being dumped, are suddenly music to the ears of some other company that wants viewership.

Sorry, we are not going anywhere. We are like the old Gay Pride movement but with less fashion taste and many more guns than the government by a factor of hundreds.



Biasing Towards The Normal. – Misfires And Light Strikes

What will change America’s attitude on guns: Open carry marches and rants about “Freedom’s clenched fist,” or taking your friends, family and co-workers out to a shooting range?
Some people are activists to make themselves feel good. Some do it to change the world.
Take someone shooting. The world you change may be your own.

Biasing Towards The Normal.

Yes, yes and 100 times yes.

Combat arms and teachers

I’m coming back to the armed teacher thing because I was recently flooded with articles by combat veterans on why arming teachers is a bad idea.

I said it before, I hate the phrase “arming teachers.”  I do not want to put a gun in the hands of someone who doesn’t want it.  I am not drafting people into an army.  This may be a semantic argument but my feeling is that any teacher or principal who wants to be armed in school should be allowed to.

I think the semantics are important because the “arming teachers” language has led to a series of articles with a common thesis “I served in combat and Iraq/Afghanistan and teachers shouldn’t have guns because they are not soldiers.”

From Buzzfeed:

Some of the loudest voices opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm “highly trained” teachers to protect students belong to the group that knows best what it’s like to confront someone with a gun: military combat veterans.

“There is a gulf between being taught how to handle a weapon, and learning to fight. Those are two distinct things,” Brandon Friedman, a former Army captain who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and later served in the Obama administration, told BuzzFeed News. “And learning how to fight, how to stand your ground when an aggressor is trying to kill you, that’s not something that comes naturally to people.”

Learning how to fight takes training — military training.

“So in order to teach, now you have to be a soldier? That’s insane,” he said.

“They have this Hollywood view of what a gunfight is like,” Friedman said. “Veterans know first hand (that) until you’ve been shot at, and seen how people react in these situations, you can’t wrap your mind around it.”

This was the same guy who posted this on Twitter.

So my ability to own an AR is forfeit because I have degenerate disc disease?  What other civil rights should people with physical limitations give up?

From Esquire:

“While soldiers/security are trained to run to the sound of the guns…not all do for a variety of psychological reasons. It happens more often than most would think, and it’s part of human nature,” he said.

As veterans who’ve experienced combat will tell you, no one ever really knows how he or she will perform in a situation like this until they get there. Acting like a swaggering action hero is not something many people can do, no matter how much they fantasize about it.

A school is not a combat zone. Somebody who is a sheriff’s deputy at a high school, a security officer, are they running ranges every day? Is he proficient with a firearm? There is a difference between being proficient with a firearm and someone who is in the mindset in which they are ready to engage at all times. Which takes us right to the heart of this idiocy of this proposal to arm teachers.

Beyond the training one is doing physically, I think it’s always important to remember the training and the great lengths the military goes to to get someone in a mental position to engage someone. We talk all the time about how teachers are dealing with things on a day-to-day basis that require extra levels of empathy. You know what requires no empathy? Shooting another human being. We’d be forcing teachers to go to great lengths to dehumanize their own students.

From Charlotte Five:

Defending children is a must, but putting a firearm in the hands of even the most trained teacher isn’t the answer. Anyone suggesting this solution has clearly never experienced a situation like the one seen in Parkland because it oversimplifies the complexity of an active shooter situation, especially in close-quarters. It is not as easy as a “good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun.”

I ask that you take a few minutes to understand my perspective and why I feel strongly about this matter. Before recently moving to Charlotte, I served for three and half years as an Army infantryman, stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, and I deployed to Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province in 2011. By the time my tour was over, I left a place that claimed two members from my company, cost six others at least one limb, wounded over 25 percent of our total force, and left me with shrapnel in my face and a bullet hole in my left thigh. When I saw the news flash of another school shooting I couldn’t help but think of the firefights I had been involved in and how these students and teachers just encountered their own version of Afghanistan.

Regardless of training, you don’t know how people will respond in life and death situations until the moment comes. You don’t know how people will react when they hear gunshots. You don’t know how people will react when the person next to them is shot. You don’t know how a person will respond when their task is shooting someone they know or taught. You just don’t know.

And now we are expecting teachers, even with training, to perfectly handle this situation. I say perfectly because anything less could mean even more tragedy and death. This isn’t a movie where bullets always miss the hero. These teachers aren’t action stars. These are average people, who more likely than not, have never come close to experiencing anything like this.

From Business Insider:

“Shooting under stress is extremely difficult. Even for the most well-trained shooters,” Jay Kirell, an Afghanistan veteran who has written about difficulties veterans face in civilian life, tweeted. “A teacher is not going to be able to do this. Cops & soldiers literally get paid to do this & most of them can’t shoot accurately under stress.”

“Not because they suck, but because it’s nearly impossible to hit a target in one shot when pumped full of adrenaline,” Kirell added. “And if you’re in a school with a shooter and dozens of children, if you’re not shooting accurately you’re just creating crossfire.”

Data compiled by the New York City Police Department underscores the difficulty of firing accurately in challenging situations.

In 2005, NYPD officers intentionally fired their guns at someone 472 times, hitting their mark 82 times. In 2006, New York police fired under the same circumstances 364 times, hitting their target 103 times. That same year, Los Angeles police fired 67 times, recording 27 hits.

Honestly, I think that says more about how shitty the NYPD is than anything else.  I wouldn’t hold them up as the paragon of urban defensive tactics when they are encouraged not to practice shooting with guns modified to be more difficult to shoot to prevent accidental discharges because teaching trigger discipline is hard.

From Task and Purpose:

(Forgive me, but Task and Purpose seems like a really Lefty magazine for the military.  It may be just a semantic thing, but I have a problem with a military magazine that has a column titled “The Long March” knowing what the significance of that phrase has in Marxist Communism.)

Instead of would-be Rambos, Trump’s logic goes, perhaps it’s those Americans who fully understand and respect the power of firearms who are worthy of safeguarding our schoolchildren. To which a lot of veterans on Twitter responded: Fuck that noise.

So there you go, multiple veterans from multiple sources telling us why arming teachers would be a disaster.

I am not a combat veteran.  I mean no disrespect to the majority of people who have served, but fuck that and fuck these veterans.

This falls in the same family of arguments that I’ve seen made by police against concealed carry and by police and members of the military against owning AR-15’s.

It all boils down to an appeal to authority: “you’re just a shitty civilian, you don’t know how to use that gun under stress, you’ll only make things worse, leave the guns to us.”

It’s an obnoxious as hell argument.

Especially because what I am advocating for isn’t to turn teachers into SWAT teams or infantry units.  I don’t expect teachers to engage in combined arms squad tactics.

What  I do want is for people who want to be able to defend themselves to be able to to that.

At Virginia Tech, Seung-Hui Cho killed students when he was able to get through an insufficiently barricaded door.  Police call a breach like the the fatal funnel.  It doesn’t take combined arms training to know to take a defensive position and aim at the door in case the shooter comes in.

Hell, there is little evidence that a teacher has to hit the shooter to be effective.  As per the last news I read on the recent Maryland school shooting, it is unclear if the cop or the shooter fired the fatal shot (it may have been a suicide once engaged).

It’s not about bounding overwatch or slicing the pie.  Those are great to learn.  At the end of the day it’s about self defense.

One of my favorite books, and movies is We Were Soldiers… (Once, and Young).  Joseph L. Galloway was a reporter and conscientious objector.  When his position was overrun he put down his camera, picked up an M-16 and defended himself.

I will at this point deffer to one of the greatest soldiers of 20th century American History, Command Sargent Major, Basil L. Plumley, giving one of the simplest orders ever given in combat.

(Note that it was Joe Galloway, played by Barry Pepper that the camera cuts to next – just to prove my point.)

That’s the point, this is about the simplicity of self defense.  That is a right that shouldn’t be stripped from people.

It’s hard to find a video worthy of following the great Sam Elliot playing CSM Plumley, but if there is any, it’s got to be Clint Smith.

I’ll let him have the final word on this.




When reddit calls you a criminal.

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And reddit was one of the loudest voices screaming to “defend” Net Neutrality and the need to keep the internet free.

Political Fashion always end up ugly.

Dick’s Sporting goods getting reamed “Deeper than Expected.”

Just weeks after halting sales of all firearms to customers under the age of 21 and banning AR-type rifles in its Field and Stream stores, retail giant Dick’s Sporting Goods announced a “deeper-than-expected” sales drop as their stock sank the most in four months, according to Fortune.

“There’s going to be some pushback and we expected that,” said CEO Edward Stack, in an earnings call with Wall Street analysts, CNN reports. “There are going to be the people who don’t shop us anymore for anything.”

Dick’s Posts ‘Deeper than Expected’ Losses Weeks After Taking Anti-Gun Stance

One of the great things of staying out of politics altogether is that you do not piss off any significant amount of customers. It intrigues me that any company would follow that advice or cave to boycott threats of Left Wing people and politicians who happen to hate Capitalism and therefore the making of a profit.

Fortune is careful to tell its readers not to blame the company’s struggles on its anti-gun stance. Dick’s has struggled with “excessive inventory and deep discounting,” and it’s been unable to compete with Amazon and Nike, who have both been pushing customers to make online purchases.

If you are already hurting business-wise, who was the effing genius who convinced the rest of the board morons of losing more clients? Because it makes all the Harvard School of Business’ sense to dismiss the Gun Owner who will drop $1K buying guns, ammo and accessories in order to try to get the business of a Moms Demand follower who may spend only $70 on a sports bra and a pair of yoga pants.

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission stops Gun Control Amendments.

Via McThag:


The Constitution Revision Commission, a panel that meets every 20 years and can propose changes to the state constitution, rejected several proposed restrictions Wednesday.

A majority of the members voted that the measures were out of order and couldn’t be considered under the panel’s rules.

Two of the proposals that were rejected asked voters whether they would ban a type of semiautomatic rifle.

A former federal prosecutor wanted Florida voters a chance to decide to add the same restrictions passed recently by the Florida Legislature, including raising the minimum age to buy a gun to 21.

Push to let Florida voters decide gun restrictions fails.

I wonder how much crap they got to suddenly see religion. Do I go as far as assume the Florida GOP has realized the magnitude of the fuck up they committed with SB 7026 and how close they are to lose power that they want to make amends?


“Traffic Ticket Gun Ban” Seriously, quit with this crap.

Yet somebody else has dropped in the comments to bitch about Fix NICS bills and how it really is Gun Control in disguise and the fucking traitors of the NRA and you if you support it and blah-blah.

As far as I have been able to track, the main pusher of this exotic collection of twisted thoughts was Gun Owners of America in press release back in December last year.

There is a reason for me marking the date. You will see this again later.

Let’s start with the basics. If you get a ticket for speeding or unsafe lane change or license plate light gone or whatever little indiscretion you may have committed, your guns will be safe and you can actually go buy some more, no problem.

Now, if you are the forgetful type or IDGAF type and forget of ignore pay the tickets and go to court, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest. And that kiddies is what is called being “fugitive from justice.” Silly and stupid just because you were caught doing 40 mph in a 25 mph zone? Agree, but still is the law till you change it. Understand that the person who got the tickets and had to take care of them was you and you did not creating a turd sandwich which you are now forced to chew without ketchup.

Now, I refer to our old friend ATF form 4473 and the question:

The answer is a rotund yes. Correction, it was a yes till November of 2017.  In fact, on November 27 of 2017, the Washington Post publishes an article in which explaind that the DOJ has dumped a bunch of people from their computers because the definition of “fugitive from justice” had been changed.

 Tens of thousands of people wanted by law enforcement officials have been removed this year from the FBI criminal background check database that prohibits fugitives from justice from buying guns.
The FBI purged the names from the database after the Justice Department changed its legal interpretation of “fugitive from justice” to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines.

Tens of thousands with outstanding warrants purged from background check database for gun purchases

Did you compare the date of GOA’s press release with the date of the article?  GOA was factually wrong by the time of publishing. But I have seen no correction from them (I might be wrong) and people keep popping everywhere screaming about the frigging “Traffic Ticket Gun Ban.”

Oh wait, I almost forgot. If this thing was not stupid and convoluted enough, I give you the kicker from the same WaPo article:

For more than 15 years, the FBI and ATF disagreed about who exactly was a fugitive from justice.
The FBI, which runs the criminal background check database, had a broad definition and said that anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant was prohibited from buying a gun. But ATF argued that, under the law, a person is considered a fugitive from justice only if they have an outstanding warrant and have also traveled to another state.
In a 2016 report, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz urged the Justice Department to address the disagreement “as soon as possible.” Late last year, before President Trump took office, the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel sided with ATF and narrowed the definition of fugitives, according to law enforcement officials. The office said that gun purchases could be denied only to fugitives who cross state lines.

Probably is the first time since sometime before 1934 that the ATF did something that benefited gun owner, although probably by accident.

Now, can we please quit with the Traffic Ticket Gun Ban?