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California Police Chiefs Back Off On Gun Control Measure

Posted by Bill Nance on January 13, 2010

Well, they did it. The California hoplophobes, a decades-long majority in the state legislature  has finally managed to come up with a gun control idea so stupid even the notoriously anti-gun California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) can’t support it: Microstamping.

In case you don’t know what microstamping is, here’s a good description along with California’s iteration of the process:

Firearms microstamping is the process by which firearms manufacturers would have to micro laser-engrave a gun’s make, model and serial number on two distinct parts of each gun, including the firing pin, so that in theory the information would be imprinted on the cartridge casing when the pistol is fired. Legislation mandating microstamping in California was signed into law in 2007 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and was slated to take effect this New Year’s Day (2010); however, since the technology remains encumbered by patents it cannot be certified by the California Department of Justice and therefore has not been implemented.

Other people have written about this incredibly bizarre idea California is trying to mandate, but I thought I’d add my 2¢, with the excuse of the letter the California Police Chiefs Association (Which has rarely met a people gun control idea it didn’t like) sent to the California AG saying essentially, “woops.

{From the letter: } Publicly available, peer-reviewed studies conducted by independent research organizations conclude that the technology does not function reliably and that criminals can remove the markings easily in mere seconds. We believe that these findings require examination prior to implementation.”

In other words, the technical flaws of the idea without any other argument needing to be made makes this a stupid idea. But the letter itself is a perfect example of the ignorance and hypocrisy inherent in the idea of requiring the microstamp in the first place, much less registering individual gun owners.    In it’s own words the CPCA references the fact that criminals can easily find a way to evade detection via a firearm registration scheme as one of it’s reasons for opposition to the bill.

“Criminals can remove the markings easily in mere seconds.”

The antis can’t manage to come up with even a remotely plausible scenario in which this stuff would solve many crimes, even if they got everything they wanted. But they want it anyway.

To many who don’t know or care much about guns, gun registration doesn’t sound like a big deal. And if you don’t know anything about microstamping, and much more importantly the assumptions that its supposed efectiveness rests upon, it might not sound like a bad thing. I mean, it’s supposed to help the cops solve crimes right?

The only problem is that this simply isn’t the case.

Microstamping guns and registering individual gun owners depends on a large number of things for them to make more than the very slightest difference in catching bad guys. And trust me, I was a crime reporter for years in an area with high gang violence and lots of shootings. I know whereof I speak.

First, and most easily shown to be false, is the required assumption that guns used by criminals are legally owned and obtained by said criminals. Otherwise having the murder weapon (or shell casing in the case of microstamping is useless.- There’s no connection to the shooter. Microstamping, or even posession of the weapon used will only provide a connection to the gun shop that originally sold the gun or if there is registration of guns as well, a connection in some cases to a previous owner of the firearm.

That won’t help.

We have actual numbers on this stuff. They are released by the FBI and most states every single year, and wide-ranging reports, even those submitted by Clinton Administration appointees and staff in the justice department have concluded that the vast majority of crimes are committed by people with previously existing criminal records, which bars any legal purchase of a firearm, people under age to posesss a firearm legally, and in a staggeringly large percentage of cases, where the gun is stolen or obtained from an illegal black market, so far removed from the original source that tracing is virtually impossible.

Essentially, their excuse for logic is that the thing they want to use for crime solving is the one thing they are absolutely certain to not have, even with the most stringent of registration/microstamping provisions.

First, there are a grand total of about 500-600 unsolved homicides in California each year. About 2/3 of those (following national statistics) are committed with a firearm. Many of these are caught the following year, so the real number of cases where absent more information on the gun could possibly help solve otherwise unsolved cases is already very small. Knowing who used to have the gun legally is of very little help in most cases.

Microstamping, even if it were trivial to do and worked every time rests upon the idea that there are lots of cases where:

  1. A registered gun is used in a crime by a legal gun owner or someone to whom he knowingly gave the gun
  2. Which isn’t a revolver
  3. The perpetrator doesn’t pick up his brass
  4. The perpetrator keeps the gun after committing a crime with it instead of reporting it lost/stolen
  5. The perpetrator is not otherwise tied to the crime
  6. The perpetrator hasn’t altered the gun to defeat registration/microstamping requirements

Is this true for more than a handful of cases? For this they want to spend millions, make ammunition AND firearms prohibitively expensive for all but the well-to-do and cost the state yet more jobs as anyone who is in the firearms business or cares about their human right of self defense, rapidly flees the Golden State.  Like the famous “assault weapon” ban, where the Justice department noted that fewer than .75% of gun crimes were committed by “assault weapons” and that hi-capacity magazines seemed to make no difference in terms of numbers of people injured or in rounds fired, this is another solution to a problem that doesn’t exist outside Sarah Brady’s fantasies.

I gave up on Democrat politicians showing any common sense on gun control a long time ago, but this is enough to make my jaded opinions sit back in awe.  This is beyond stupid. As a matter of fact:

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With “Friends” Like These…

Posted by Bill Nance on July 15, 2009

A blogger calling himself “Dr. Omed” has a post encouraging stricter gun control on his blog that is frankly so wrong-headed I won’t even try to give a blow-by-blow rebuttal. I will try, however, to give some answers to his questions and poke holes in some of his assumptions about human beings.

First, here’s a sample of how he views human beings:

In my humble opinion, people who buy guns for self defense want to shoot people, want an excuse to shoot people, and want a gun handy to shoot the people should the proper occasion arise and the excuse provided. As recent events have demonstrated, the excuse threshold is lower for some than others. Most gun owners under most circumstances are Walter Mitty shooters and only dream of shooting someone.

…I bear the Mark of Cain the same as the assorted wingers I accused in my previous post. My point is that every human being on Earth has murder in their hearts, myself included. We are complicated creatures and we have a lot of things in our hearts, but murder is part of the mix. Anyone who denies this darkness in their hearts I personally would not trust within grabbing distance of a firearm.

Omed says he’s a gun owner. All I can say is I kind of wish he weren’t. Not that I think he shouldn’t be able to be one, I just think anyone with that view of guns would be best served not having one.

First, having murder in our hearts is a nice rhetorical flourish, but it doesn’t equate with the will, desire or practice of actually committing murder. People who do this are in a tiny minority measured in hundredths or thousandths of one percent.

Secondly, the idea that people who have guns for self-defense are just looking for an excuse to kill someone legally is so far from reality I can hardly begin to imagine where Omed is getting his information.

I don’t know if Omed carries his gun or not. But as someone who’s carried for many years I can assure you that the last thing on earth I want to do is shoot someone. Of course something I want to do even less is be victimized by a criminal.

Now I have some experience about what it’s like to shoot someone. Granted it’s second hand, but let me give you the juice in a nutshell: I have yet to meet a police officer who’s shot someone in the line of duty who doesn’t second-guess the shooting and wish there had been some way- any way, to avoid it, for the rest of their lives. These were totally righteous shootings. And the consequences to the shooter were life-changing.

Thanks, I really don’t want to have to live with having killed someone. BUT…I’d rather live with that than not live at all. And I think that’s where Omed gets it wrong.

Personally I think he’s been spending too much time on gun forums. It’s the internet and like all places where people can anonymously post, you get a large number of internet tough-guys, most of whom know nothing and when asked in person are actually a lot more tame than their internet postings.

He poses this question:

Now, I’ve already confessed that I find the death-dealing beauty of firearms seductive. I admitted I have murder in my heart. I’ve as much as said I’d like to shoot someone, give the right set of circumstances. Did I mention that I’m a Manic Depressive who drinks a bit?

The question you want to ask yourself is, do you want a person like me to be able to buy, with untracable cash in hand, a military grade assault rifle and all the ammo I can carry–as easily as I can buy a Mars Bar and a six pack at the corner Quikie Mart? Well, do ya–Punk?

That is my personal argument for stricter gun control.

Omed is clearly calling for a ban on private sales of firearms. I think this idea is as wrongheaded as one can get.

We need better criminal control, not better gun-control.  I’d like to see violent felons locked up for a very long time. Similarly I think people with such serious mental illnesses they are dangerous should be locked up, possibly forever.

But once you’ve served your time, I don’t think you should be walking around with a scarlet letter for the rest of your life. If you’re walking around you have paid your debt. The fact that we let violent felons go with relative slaps on the wrist or let them out on parole is the problem here, not the firearm or the “murder in our hearts.”

I don’t want ANY checks on firearms. I DO want to see a serious re-thinking of our criminal justice system. The idea that someone convicted of drug possession will be denied the fundamental human right of self defense long after they’ve served their sentence is obscene.

As the title says: with “friends” like Omed, gun owners don’t need any more enemies.

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They Discourage Self Help…Except For Themselves

Posted by Bill Nance on May 29, 2009

Here in the National Socialist Republik of Massachusetts our esteemed Attorney General has stated: “all I’m saying is that, you know, we, we really try and discourage people from self help.” This was in response to a father being arrested when his four-year-old was groped in a public restroom for punching the assaulter.

As usual with gun-control advocates, when their own skin is on the line, all their ideals about waiting for the police to protect them go out the window.  Of course anyone who’s bothered to look at it knows that Senator Diane Feinstein, D-Calif has had a concealed weapons permit since the 70s. A privilege she would deny all the rest of us.

But now another prominent gun-control advocate has also been outed as a lying, cowardly hypocrite.

Don Perata, D-Oakland has been outed as the scumbag he is by applying for the very permit he would deny all law abiding citizens.  If this degenerate POS doesn’t illustrate the cowardice and hypocrisy of the gun-control movement, nothing does.

Tell me one more time about how only law enforcement can be trusted with guns…When the primary architects of this argument have private security protection or concealed weapons permits.

Color me disgusted.

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Gun Grabbers At It Again

Posted by Bill Nance on April 8, 2009

Well, sure enough, a few high-profile shootings have occurred and the gun-grabbers are out for new gun control, even though the “assault weapons ban” didn’t cover and won’t cover the pistols used by the shooter in Binghamton, even though the shooting in Oakland was committed by a felon, who was already prohibited from possessing a firearm of any type, and in spite of clear statistics from the U.S. Justice Department  which said in 2004:

Should it [The Assault Weapons Ban] be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWs [Assault Weapons defined by the AWB]were rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban. LCMs [Large Capacity Magazines] are involved in a more substantial share of gun crimes, but it is not clear how often the outcomes of gun attacks depend on the ability of offenders to fire more than ten shots (the current magazine capacity limit) without reloading.

Gun control laws are are based on the logically fallacious idea that if you make it more difficult or impossible for law abiding citizens to buy new arms of a certain description (usually based on how “scary” the gun looks) that you will deter criminals already bound and determined to break the law. –Say what?

A simple statistic just to put everything in perspective.  Mass shootings are rare.  They get lots of press coverage, whereas guns being used in self defense are very rarely reported in the media at all.  So as much as deaths from mass shootings shock and sadden all of us, they remain, in terms of the numbers, rare events.

The worst mass shooting recently is the one which occurred in Binghamton, New York just a few days ago.  In an exceptionally rare event, it appears someone technically able to own a firearm went on a spree. (The vast majority of these shooters are people already prohibited from owning firearms).  The death toll: 13.

On that same day, approximately 44 people died as a result of alcohol-related traffic accidents, about 11 people were murdered by knife, bludgeoning or other non-firearms methods and 1787 people died from eating too many Big Macs (heart disease).

What happened in Binhamton last week was a tragedy. But please folks, these events are rare.  And based on the numbers I mentioned above, even if this happened every single day, your chances of being involved in a massacre are 13 out of about 300,000,000.  Hardly a cause for a nation-wide assault on civil liberties.

Update: Another excellent article on this subject:

Money quote: (non-bolded fr0m Snowflakes in Hell

“Right now, we have the debate in Congress over the District of Columbia wanting a vote on the floor of the House, something we all want. That’s a civil rights issue,” she said, pledging to find “middle ground” on the issue. “And, yet, they want to put a gun…bill, attach that to that. I don’t — I don’t think that that should be the price to pay to have a vote on the floor of the House.” -House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The gun issue is a civil rights issue too, Madam Speaker, no matter how much you wish it weren’t so.  If you wish to remain Speaker, you’ll learn to accept that.  Your predecessor, Tom Foley, didn’t think it was a civil rights issue either, and I doubt very much he expected to pass the gavel to Newt Gingrich in short order.  Don’t make the same mistake he did.

Heh.

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American Sissyfication Watch: We eat meat.

Posted by Bill Nance on November 21, 2008

If you’ve been watching TV over the last 24 hours or reading the blogosphere, you can’t have missed the latest Sarah Palin bashing shown on MSNBC.

What’s the terrible crime today? Being filmed in front of turkey slaughtering.

As much as I’m in favor of anything showing Sarah “secessionist” Palin in a bad light, I would request that such attempts actually have some substance behind them. And this most certainly does not.

I really wish urbanites and other people who think meat comes from a package would be forced to tour a slaughterhouse at least once in their lives. The killing of animals to harvest flesh, something we as predator/scavenger animals are built to eat, is a bloody business. But then again so is childbirth. Given my druthers, I’d much rather watch someone slaughtering a pig than watch afterbirth slipping from the womb onto the floor or into a sanitized medical dish.

Both are kinda gross if you’re not used to it, and both are equally natural and necessary.

It’s indicative of the Sissyfication of this country that the mere sight of blood (and turkey slaughter is pretty tame compared to most meat processing) calls for blurring of an image. And it’s hypocritical in the extreme when the same network runs “Saving Private Ryan” uncut. I guess seeing vivid and horrifying bloody battle scenes is less horrible than seeing the animals 90% of us eat every year being prepared for our tables.

Color me disgusted. And not with Sarah Palin -for once.

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Affirmative action in history courses

Posted by Bill Nance on September 29, 2008

As you may or may not know, I’m somewhat of an historical enthusiast. One of the things I enjoy is finding out little details in great historical narratives which add color and depth to the greater story.

An excellent example of this was the story of Harriet Tubman, the heroic escaped slave who returned over and over again to lead other escaped slaves from slavery in the south to freedom in Canada. Learning about Tubman’s courageous actions (and that word courageous doesn’t do adequate justice to her actions) helped personalize for me the deprivations and horror of slavery. I get the same feeling when I read Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars, or the diary Joseph Plumb Martin.

So last night when I heard a re-broadcast of the Boston University’s World of Ideas I was excited by the prospect of hearing about Agrippa Hull, a black Revolutionary War soldier who was also an orderly to General John Patterson and to also Tadeusz Kosciuszko, an important but little known Polish General who was in charge of building fortifications at West Point.

I wasn’t terribly interested however, in a lecture on the need for affirmative action in history courses.

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The demonstrators

Posted by Bill Nance on September 5, 2008

In case you missed it, there were a couple of demonstrators who attempted to disrupt John McCain’s speech last night.

If I was Steve Schmidt, I’d be looking for these people so I could kiss them on the cheek and hand them a nice check for the free PR to help my candidate. (Or maybe that check was cut some time ago. I wouldn’t put it past Schmidt, who learned at the feet of his former boss Karl Rove.).

The only thing the demonstrators “demonstrated” was their own idiocy. I’ve written on this subject before and my opinion hasn’t changed.

These fools just want to get on TV and show Republicans people don’t like them. -As if the people at the speech weren’t aware the lunatic fringe of the left wasn’t in agreement with them.

It’s also bloody bad manners and only demonstrates the hypocrisy of of the far left, just as the lack of  condemnation about Bristol Palin by the Theocrat-Republicans demonstrates the hypocrisy of their position on “family values.” The lunatic fringe on the left talks about free speech, then tries to prevent it when it disagrees with them. The lunatic fringe on the right savages Democrats over “family values” and then acts as though Sarah Palin is some paragon of good motherhood BECAUSE her daughter is pregnant.

There is a middle in this country. That middle represents the vast majority of the population, and rejects both extremes of ideology if given an opportunity. Sadly, such opportunity is rarely given and the lunatic fringe of the left serves only as the far-right’s very best propaganda tool. You can’t buy a better argument to vote Republican than being able to run video of maniacs like Code Pink attempting to disrupt an acceptance speech by a Presidential candidate at his own party’s convention. Just tell lie to viewers that these people represent mainstream Democrats (“liberals” as a pejorative) and sure as anything, even Democrat-leaning independents will instantly switch to your side. The tactics of these demonstrators are so repugnant to 90% of the population that it’s an easy sell.

It’s time for the rest of us to stand up and decry the tactics of the “war is bad ummkay” crowd AND the kind of rhetoric that paints anyone in disagreement with the RNC as unamerican, surrender monkeys or cowards.

The polarization in this country reached the point of absurdity some years ago. The only ones who win with this nonsense are talk-radio hosts and political consultants.

The real losers are the American public, and we ALL deserve better.

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In defense of the Clintons

Posted by Bill Nance on August 31, 2008

There’s something I’ve been wanting to say ever since the Democratic primaries started, and I didn’t have a blog until fairly recently, so by the time I had somewhere besides nasty letters in which to say it, the race was over.

Things that have been rumbling around in my scattered mind for a while eventually just insist on coming out, and here I am, up at some ungodly hour of the night, er, morning and out it comes. I can’t help myself.

So here it is. It may not be pretty, but it’s certainly something I’ve had on my mind, and I’d like to say publicly what I’ve been screaming at my television and computer screens for months.

I’m well aware of the Clinton haters. I’ve been reading their babble and listening to their drone for a long time. Even people I otherwise have a lot of respect for are in this group, and I’ve never quite understood it.

Clinton Deragement Syndrome seems to consist of three groups:

1. The rabid conservatives who without cause had it in for them before they ever got to the White House. These people are insane and they’re so closed-minded they might as well have a padlock ’round their noggins. They weren’t rational in 1992 and they still aren’t. I’d try to argue with their position, but they don’t seem to have one other than “we hate them.” The rest is just whatever is handy to use as ammo.

2. The extreme left of the Democratic Party who were pissed-off that the Clintons didn’t try to impose some imaginary socialist paradise by fiat after 12 years of Republican presidents.

Clue for you people: the Clintons, who were core members of the DLC, spent years trying to convince the Democratic party that running to the left of Ted Kennedy doesn’t get you elected; and by the way, it produces lousy policy. They never promised to be knee-jerk radical leftists and Bill would have never been elected in the first place running a repeat of the pathetic campaigns of Mondale and Dukakis. Even in it’s “liberal” phases, America is a conservative country. The Clintons were smart enough to grasp this and stop trying to fight it. Instead they tried, succesfully, to moderate it in the middle of a conservative cycle. -You guys lost the argument. Deal with it. Jack Kennedy wasn’t your kind of progressive. Harry Truman wasn’t your kind of progressive. You think America is going to elect Abbie Hoffman?

3. The LGBT folks who felt betrayed by “Don’t ask Don’t Tell,” and DOMA.

They tried to do more. The fact is, Bill got creamed with the gays in the military issue. He took a lot of punishment trying to improve the situation. He lost more political capital in trying to support a position 75% of the American public didn’t want to hear than the issue was worth in terms of the progress he lost on on other issues. It cost him the loss of the Senate and House in ’94. So it’s not like he didin’t do anything, and it’s not like there was no reason there wasn’t more progress. He screwed up in the way DADT was implemented. It was a BAD screwup. But it wasn’t a plan, it was a mistake. It was intended to be an improvement.

When he signed DOMA he was looking at a veto-proof majority and Congress had threatened to pass a constitutional amendment if he didn’t sign it. (which would have passed in state elections in 1996, don’t kid yourselves)  You would have preferred having to undo the constitution to having to repeal a law? This is called making the best out of a bad situation. Grown-ups have to do this all the time. Deal with it. We are finally getting to the point where DOMA has a decent chance of getting repealed. If he’d not signed DOMA, we’d be stuck with the same law for the next 30 years.

The Clintons were a team, and Hillary was a big part of that team. She was the policy wonk, Bill was the master of the political organizing and leadership. They produced, overall, terrific policy improvements. They weren’t perfect, but after 12 years of Republican mismanagement and fundamental changes in the American political psyche, a lot of it was having to settle for what was possible, not necessarily what was preferred. This is called politics, where you don’t get everything you want. /END RANT

Well. Now that I’ve got that out of my system…I feel better.

-Nuff said

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You knew it was going to happen…

Posted by Bill Nance on August 26, 2008

Earlier today I posted about a possible plot to assassinate Barack Obama. At this time it’s still not clear whether there was actually a plot or simply a few meth heads blowing smoke.

But thats not what I’m writing about. It appears the fallout from this news has already started, and yep, you guessed it, the Villains in this possible plot to ASSASSINATE A CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY are not the criminal white-supremacists. Nope, it’s the NRA and guns. And, dear readers, if you value your constitutional rights, you too are an un-indicted co-conspirator. Go turn yourselves in.

I found this story while trying to get some updates for you, read it, then saw the comments…Deep breath…

After the obligatory screaming at my monitor, throwing something across the room and lighting a cigarette, I thought it might be useful to give everyone a sample of the thoughtful, well informed
and always rational members of our anti-constitution opponents:

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Anti-war wacko get his lumps

Posted by Bill Nance on August 22, 2008

It was joy to watch Christopher Hitchens, the looney left’s second favorite man to hate, absolutely savage  Justin Raimondo, Editorial Director of Anti-War.com yesterday on Al Jazeera. The segment was about the 20th Anniversary of Al Qaida, it’s implications and current level of threat. (The show was aired on Monday)

The video of the show can be seen here

Watch the video for yourself as Raimondo says that Al Qaida wouldn’t even exist except for America. By the end, this clown is reduced to sputtering. Truly priceless.

Hat tip to Oliver Kamm

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