Saturday, March 12, 2011

Because Science and Medicine are Biased Against Guns

Medical doctors biased against gunloons.

Florida Medical Association:
This legislation criminalizes doctors who ask their patients about gun ownership to ascertain accurate and complete patient history as well as advise patients on gun safety. The bill also prohibits physicians from discharging a patient from his or her practice based on the patient’s refusal to answer a question. This is an inappropriate intrusion of government into the bond that exists between doctors and their patients. The FMA is adamantly opposed to these bills.

Gunloons often tell us they are opposed to any laws or regulations because they place "terrible, onerous burdens' on law-abiding citizens (who aren't really law-abiding). Yet, apparently, gunloons have no difficulty criminalizing prudent behavior of medical doctors.

The 'Give-A-Handgun-To-A-Schizophrenic Bill'

What they really think:
A snafu during a legislative debate where a microphone was turned on captured banter between two Iowa GOP leaders, who also joked about a “give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic bill.”
Republicans this week revived a proposal that would allow Iowans to carry weapons in public without permission from a sheriff, without background checks and without training requirements.

Gail Collins on Tucson

Hits it out of the park:
Actual responses to the Tucson shooting — that is, something that might actually stop similar tragedies in the future or reduce the carnage — seem to be limited to a proposal in Congress to ban the sale of the kind of ammunition clip that allowed the gunman to fire 31 shots in 15 seconds. That bill is stalled at the gate. Perhaps Congress has been too busy repeatedly voting on bills to repeal the health care law to think about anything else. But, so far, the gun-clip ban has zero Republican supporters, which is a problem given the matter of the Republicans being in the House majority

Schaeffer Cox, Pride of the NRA

So...we've written aboot this gunloon several times.  Here and here.

Schaeffer Cox, pride of the NRA and Alaska. 

Well, it seems Schaeff didn't just carry his gun where he shouldn't and he wasn't beating and choking Mrs. Cox which is his usual hobby.

Nope,  the pride of the NRA is in some serious kimchee:
Five Fairbanks-area residents involved in a loose-knit militia group have been arrested in connection with a plot to kidnap or kill Alaska state troopers and a local judge, federal and state authorities said on Friday.
The group includes Francis "Schaeffer" Cox, the 26-year-old leader of the so-called "citizen sovereignty" movement, which considers individuals to be sovereign nations not subject to any state or federal laws.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome to the Weekend

The True Purpose of Competitive Shooting Sports

In linking to a wonderful article about collegiate competitive shooting sports, Zorroy kindly informed us of their true prupose.

Granted, it's just sporting clays, but I suspect it can in many cases serve as a "gateway sport," leading many young shooters to endeavors that will help them learn shooting skills more useful for killing scumbag goblins, jackbooted thugs, and their statist masters (and any other subhumans I may have forgotten).

Great news for the U.S., and for Earth in general.
Do you think Zorroy's right? Haven't we mentioned before about the simulated killing which is inherent in all forms of shooting whether it be target or clay pigeons or just plinking in the woods? Isn't there built-in gun violence in all of it?

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Another Police Coverup

Ashley Cole - No Charges

When the story broke, it looked like this guy was in big trouble.

Here's what happened.

Chelsea claim Cole, 30, has been punished by the club internally but he has not been suspended from playing since the incident was first reported by a British newspaper at the turn of the month.

Cowan did not press charges and left-back Cole has escaped a police charge, according to reports in the British press.

Cole has been an ever-present for champions Chelsea this season and has continued to play every minute while the incident was being investigated.
What a guy! He hasn't missed a beat!

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

The Brandon Meriweather Shooting

Here's the story:

According to John Morgan, an attorney for the victims, a fight broke out at a house party in Apopka, Fla., on Feb. 27, following an incident earlier in the evening at the Blue Jeans Lounge. It was at the lounge where Meriweather's friend allegedly assaulted a woman.

Morgan explained to Deadspin that the woman's brother arrived to the party, where he "got the better of" Meriweather's friend in a fight, according to the report, which added: "That's when Meriweather allegedly pulled out his gun and fired at the brother, grazing the man's face and hitting the other victim in the head, according to Morgan."
And here's the funniest part. "No arrests have been made."

Do you think it's safe to assume Meriweather was a lawful gun owner, perhaps even a CCW permit holder? Do you think his actions are those of a responsible man?

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Jon Stewart on Obama's Broken Promise

In this video we're laughing at ourselves, but it's really not funny.

The Ascendancy of Gun Rights

via Norwegianity

Actual responses to the Tucson shooting — that is, something that might actually stop similar tragedies in the future or reduce the carnage — seem to be limited to a proposal in Congress to ban the sale of the kind of ammunition clip that allowed the gunman to fire 31 shots in 15 seconds. That bill is stalled at the gate. Perhaps Congress has been too busy repeatedly voting on bills to repeal the health care law to think about anything else. But, so far, the gun-clip ban has zero Republican supporters, which is a problem given the matter of the Republicans being in the House majority.

Meanwhile in the states, legislation to get more guns in more places (public libraries, college campuses) is getting a more enthusiastic reception.

The nation’s state legislators seem to be troubled by a shortage of things they can do to make the National Rifle Association happy. Once you’ve voted to allow people to carry guns into bars (Georgia), eliminated the need for getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon (Arizona) and designated your own official state gun (Utah — awaiting the governor’s signature), it gets hard to come up with new ideas.
I like the idea that the states are striving to make the NRA happy. But, I don't know if I agree with the last remark. I'm sure new ideas are coming up all the time. I've even heard some doozies around here.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Kevin William Harpham - MLK Parade Bomber

via Chris Brown

David Hothouse over at Media Matters wrote a wonderful article fleshing out the story of the Spokane white supremacist who was arrested the other day.  It turns out our own Jadegold was right on top of the story when it broke.  Here are some more details.

Harpham wrote about lone wolf violence in response to an August 2009 article in USA Today that reported, "Federal authorities have launched an effort to detect lone attackers who may be contemplating politically charged assaults." Harpham wrote: "A lone Wolf would be hard pressed to compete with the level of destruction the jew bankers are doing to the country right now."
What's your opinion? It seems there are quite a few of these "hate groups." I think it's safe to say their members all like guns and in some cases are heavily armed. When you total them up, you're probably going to have a much bigger number than all the gun bloggers who keep telling us how responsible and trustworthy gunowners are. What do you make of that? 

Please leave a comment.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fun With Maps

via Microdot

What other maps do you think we could consider?

Lead Recovery - Big Business

Oregon Live reports on a fascinating burgeoning business that may have an important environmental impact.

Marks says he and Harris dig 70 to 80 test holes and analyze the soil at 3-inch depth intervals to estimate the recoverable lead per square foot. Then they plot their work on a grid based on the location of shooting stations and the shot fall pattern.

They scoop layers of dirt and dump it into a pair of revolving metal tubes, one inside the other, that screen and wash the material. Tiny shotgun pellets, heavy enough that they aren't washed away with the dirt, emerge from the final screening. Pellets are loaded into 55-gallon drums and hauled away.

It's a business that's taken off nationally. Dan Pohle, of Butlerville, Ind., sells modified mining equipment to contractors who recover lead from ranges. One range owner estimated he had 750,000 pounds of lead sitting on his range -- potentially worth several hundred thousand dollars.
One time Sebastian told me the lead from bullets is stable and doesn't result in environmental poisoning. Is that true? These folks up in Oregon don't seem to think so.

Please leave a comment.

Montana's Sick Twisted Perverse Gun Culture

The Billings Gazette reports

A 10-year-old boy brought a loaded semiautomatic pistol to Central Elementary on Tuesday.

Police say the boy had the pistol in his backpack and was showing it to other children on the playground.

At about 1 p.m., the school’s principal called a school resource officer with the Helena Police Department saying she had confiscated a handgun from a student after hearing about the gun from other students.

“The student indicated he didn’t plan on hurting anyone with it,” Helena Police Chief Troy McGee said.

No other children reportedly had contact with the gun. The boy said he had taken the .25-caliber pistol from home, McGee said.

Police cited the boy for misdemeanor charges of bringing a loaded weapon to a school and carrying a loaded weapon within city limits, and referred him to juvenile probation.

The boy has been suspended from school while the incident is investigated, Superintendent of Helena Schools Bruce Messinger said.
What's the "Sick Twisted Perverse" part you ask?" The fact that the boy's father or mother or older brother were not immediately arrested for suspected child endangerment and locked up. The boy took the gun from home, which should be enough to strip that home and all its occupants of their gun rights. Obviously they are irresponsible to the point of recklessness.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Adam Tavss - Miami's Finest

It's not only in Oakland that they give cops the benefit of the doubt.

NBC Miami reports.

The former Miami Beach police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Virginia tourist outside a South Beach club in June 2009 was cleared by prosecutors Tuesday.

Officer Adam Tavss was justified in the shooting of 29-year-old Husien Shehada during a June 14, 2009, encounter outside Twist nightclub, Miami-Dade prosecutors said in a final report.
We discussed Officer Adam before, expressing the usual complaint about police brutality. This decision just makes it official.

The reason he's no longer a cop is not because he murders suspected criminals every once in a while, two in one week back in the summer of 2009, but because he's also a drug dealer and drug user.

Tavss was busted in May at his home on the 14000 block of Southwest 94th Circle Lane, where cops found 47 pot plants worth about $50,000 after they received a CrimeStoppers tip.

The three-year veteran resigned from the force last November after he failed a drug test that found pot in his system. It wasn't the first time that the troubled cop had been accused of dabbling in drugs. He was also reportedly investigated for cocaine use in 2007 after another officer accused him of using the drug.
What's your opinion? Is he one bad apple of a cop, or what?

Please leave a comment.

Support the Oakland Police

Just the other day we talked about how good it must be to be an Oakland Policeman. That's because they get extraordinary support from the County Prosecutor and the District Attorney.

Mercury News has the latest.

County prosecutors have found that the fatal shooting of an unarmed barber by Oakland police was justified because the two officers thought the man was reaching for a gun.

The Oakland Tribune reported Tuesday that the Alameda County District Attorney's Office found that 37-year-old Derrick Jones ignored officers' orders to show his hands.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Klemmer wrote in a report that officers Eriberto Perez-Angeles and Omar Daza-Quiroz reasonably believed they were about to be shot.

The findings mean the officers will not face criminal charges in the shooting.
The dead guy "ignored officers' orders to show his hands." That's what I call being executed for disobedience. What do you call it?

Please leave a comment.

Death Penalty Finished in Illinois

The Atlantic reports.

News today from Springfield, Ill., where Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that ends capital punishment in the Land of Lincoln. The governor also commuted 15 existing death sentences to life without parole. The move came roughly eight years after then-Governor Pat Ryan (now in prison himself) emptied the state's death row after declaring the state's death penalty scheme was "haunted by the demon of error."

Illinois thus becomes the fourth state in four years to purge its death penalty laws. New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York (via court order) also have dropped from their books capital punishment as a sentencing option. According to Richard Dieter, who tracks these things for the Death Penalty Information Center, Illinois is the 16th state to repeal its death penalty protocols -- and more may be on the way.
With the death penalty, we're moving in the right direction. What do you think?

Please leave a comment.

Connecting Dots

Let's see...

The alleged attempted bomber of the recent Martin Luther King Jr parade in Spokane, WA, is a member of the white supremacist group, the National Alliance.

The National Alliance was founded by William Pierce.

Pierce was the author of The Turner Diaries--the favorite book of NRA members like Timothy McVeigh.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Biblical Justification - Luke 11:21

dedicated to Bob S. and all the other biblical justifiers.

This is what happens when gun-rights people try to use the Bible to justify that which cannot be justified.
According the Bible the Lord Jesus Christ says “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace.”(Luke 11 verse 21) The second amendment states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the rights of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (The Constitution of the United States) This is a right to every American Citizen. Therefore, the gun control legislation that takes away some American Citizens right to bear arms is in violation of the second amendment.
That sounds like a pretty good correlation. I mean, Jesus himself said it, right.

Here's how John Gill interprets this verse.

By the strong man, is meant the devil; (See Gill on Matthew 12:29) and who may be said to be "armed", both with his own temptations, which are as fiery darts, and which are thrown by him thick and fast, suddenly and swiftly, privily, and with great art and cunning, and with great strength, and are very injurious; and also with the sins and lusts of men, which are armour of unrighteousness, and which Satan turns upon them, and makes use of against them, to their great detriment; and who
keepeth his palace:
which is the corrupt heart of an unregenerate man, where he dwells as a king, has his throne, keeps his court, and has his courtiers, and attendants, the lusts of the flesh, and the desires of the will, and the carnal affections; and which, as filthy a palace as it is, is perfectly agreeable to his nature; and this is kept by a guard of devils, and worldly lusts, till its strong holds are demolished by the Gospel, and Christ the King of glory enters in; till such time,
his goods are in peace:
there is no concern in such an heart about sin, no uneasiness on that account, no sense of danger, nor inquiry after salvation; no dread upon the mind at the curses of the law, nor fears of hell, and damnation; but such a man lives in entire security, crying Peace, Peace, to himself.
Now who would have thought it meant that? Certainly not the author of that silly 2nd Amendment apology. It takes a theologian to do that.

Even reading the Latin Vulgate which was THE Bible for over a 1000 years, you might not get it.

cum fortis armatus custodit atrium suum in pace sunt ea quae possidet
"fortis armatus" sure looks like "strong man, armed."

From the Greek, it's no easier.

ὅταν ὁ ἰσχυρὸς καθωπλισμένος φυλάσσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ αὐλήν, ἐν εἰρήνῃ ἐστὶ τὰ ὑπάρχοντα αὐτοῦ·

"ἰσχυρὸς καθωπλισμένος" also looks like "strong man, armed," except for the fact that this particular biblical use of "strong man" refers to "the devil."

What's your opinion?  Isn't it pretty silly when pro-gun guys get all pseudo-intellectual on us and try to quote the Bible?  Isn't it embarrassing when they get it so wrong?

Please leave a comment.

Road Rage in PA

It's not your usual road rage story.

Allegheny County police say two men were arguing over an earlier collision when one man shot the other several times in his legs. Witnesses told police the shooter then sped off.

Police in neighboring Wilkinsburg stopped 36-year-old David Bush's car, then took him into custody after a short foot chase. Police say Bush confessed, telling investigators he made sure not to kill the other man.

Bush is being held on $50,000 bail on charges including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. It was not clear if he had an attorney.
It was also not clear if he had a CCW permit and was one of the so-called lawful gun owners right up until the moment of the shooting. Maybe he had one of those Florida permits, or the Utah one. Is anybody checking on that?

Please leave a comment.

Minnesota Background Checks

via Dog Gone of Penigma and featuring Joan Peterson.

What's your opinion? Why would people oppose something like that which has a proven track record?

Please leave a comment.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

For the Serious Blogger

via LikeCOOL

I'm gonna get one of these babies and then I'll be able to keep up with Farago.

Russian Roulette Death - Murder Charges

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports.

The victim of the shooting has been identified in court documents as Michael McCloskey.

Police have charged a soldier with second-degree murder in the shooting death of another soldier at an Eagle River home early Sunday. The two men were playing Russian roulette with a loaded revolver, police said.

They were drinking.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Controversial Policeman Reinstated with Back Pay

Oakland, California must be one of the worst places in the country to be a criminal and one of the best to be a policeman.

The police department will have to rehire Officer Hector Jimenez, who was fired after a 2008 shooting in which he killed an unarmed man who was running away from him at the time, an attorney said Sunday.

Jimenez shot Mack "Jody" Woodfox, 27, in July 2008 after Woodfox led officers on a short vehicle chase in the Fruitvale neighborhood. When Woodfox pulled over, a witness said, he got out of the car with his hands up, but ran when officers "started shouting."

Jimenez was among the officers at the scene and said he fired at Woodfox -- hitting him three times in the back -- when he saw Woodfox reaching for his waistband as he ran in the direction of a second police officer.

Jimenez said he thought the other officer was in danger and that he fired to protect him.
The dead guy was always "reaching" or "lunging" or something. And too often the offending cops are given special treatment.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Guns in Bars - Kansas City Style

This is one of the issues with which the gun-rights folks lose credibility. How can anyone think guns in bars is a good idea?

Witness said the off-duty officer was intoxicated and had been belligerent to other customers and employees. He reportedly shot the bouncer twice in the abdomen while being escorted from the club.

Kansas City, Kan., police said the officer is on administrative leave pending an investigation.
One thing I think our pro-gun friends have right is the terrible double standard in the way criminal cops are treated. If this guy were a civilian, do you think he'd be on "administrative leave," which I suppose means full pay while he drinks at home?

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Intruder Calls Police on Homeowner

CNN reports.

A man who broke into a house in Portland, Oregon, called police -- afraid the homeowner may have a gun.

The suspect, Timothy James Chapek, was in the bathroom taking a shower when the homeowner returned to the house Monday night, Portland police said in a statement.

Accompanied by two German shepherds, the homeowner asked Chapek what he was doing in the house.
Chapek locked himself in the bathroom and made an emergency call, police said. He said he had broken into the house, the owner had come home, and that he was concerned the owner might have a gun.

The homeowner also called the police to report that he had found a man in the house.

Police with dogs took Chapek, 24, into custody "without incident," they said. He was booked for criminal trespass.

They did not say if the homeowner did in fact have a gun.
This proves one thing. When someone is climbing in your window at night, he may not intend you harm. He may be just looking for a shower or something to eat, or who know what else.

This silly story points out that killing people too quickly, as encouraged by the Castle Doctrine Mentality, is wrong.

Waht's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Proper Gun Handling

via The State We're In

This guy breaks fewer rules than some gun bloggers I know.

More on Regis Giles

Alex Lawson interviewing Regis Giles, a young shooter and hunter.
"so, fully funding the NICS background check system?"  

What's your opinion? What does that mean exactly, "fully funding the NICS background check system?"

Please leave a comment.

Home-Made Weapons

If gun control laws ever become too strict, that won't stop them. It's a natural, god-given, basic human right, after all. It has nothing to do with fantasy.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Cliff Explains Gunloon Thinking

Gun Owners and Racism

via The Immoral Minority

Clearly this poor young man is reading from a script provided by his NRA card carrying, Grand Wizard of the KKK father who is too cowardly to show his face on camera.

This is why a public school education is so incredibly important, because you just know this kid is home schooled by two of the most ignorant individuals who ever got drunk and accidentally made a little racist together.

By the way who wants to bet me that this kids parents are HUGE Sarah Palin fans?
This is perfect for our discussions about gun owners and racism.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Gun Owner Fantasy

Robert's title, I suppose inferring some kind of approval, was, It could have been worse.

My comment, clearly expressing disapproval, was:

It may be fun, but it’s totally irresponsible. The guy in the video is not much different from the young video gamers Joe described. In fact, those young men will become the guy in the video, who still obviously lives in a fantasy world.

I don’t see how this kind of shooting fits in with responsible training and preparation. Guns are suppose to be serious business, isn’t that what you guys say, not playthings.
What's your opinion? Is there room for fun and games and fantasy in the life of the responsible gun owner?

Please leave a comment.

The Battle of Alliteration

What some call Constitutional Carry, others call a Troublesome Trend.

Reuters reports:

Wyoming's Republican Governor Matt Mead on Wednesday signed the permit-free gun bill into law. Beginning July 1, residents who want to pack handguns will no longer have to undergo a criminal background check or show proficiency with a firearm.

"We feel it's a very troublesome trend," said Brian Malte, director of state legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The law brings to four the number of states, including Alaska, Arizona and Vermont, that don't require permits for concealed weapons.
To me this is one of the most asinine trends in the gun rights movement. It can only be justified by denying the fact that some gun owners are irresponsible and unfit. This is the great lie, or one of them anyway, of the gun rights folks. Every day in the news we read about people who were among the law-abiding right up until the moment they pulled the trigger.

Some gun owners, slightly more honest, admit these people exist but insist they're statistically inconsequential and we must accept their doings as a sort of collateral damage. I accuse those guys of simply not wanting to be inconvenienced.

Allowing people to carry guns, openly or concealed, should be severely controlled and regulated. Otherwise, they'll do more harm than good.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Obama and Calderone

"We believe that we can shape an enforcement strategy that slows the flow of guns into Mexico while at the same time preserving our Constitution."
It's not working now and it's never going to, not as long as Obama refuses to confront the gun lobby. Until the 2nd Amendment gun rights are restricted enough to impact on the gun flow, not just into Mexico but into our own criminal world, the progress, if any, will be minimal.

Jon Stewart on Teachers vs. Bankers

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Oh, Yes, Gunloons Could Defeat the US Military

NRA "Special" Forces
So...we have Dishonest Joe Huffman and Paranoid Winston Dorian suggesting a couple of hundred fat, white guys with guns can defeat the US military and Government.


Seriously, this kind of talk is no different than what you might hear from a drunk at the end of the bar.  I can whip Mike Tyson or I could bat .300 in the majors--switch-hitting.

What our gunloons--and the drunk at the end of the bar--know is that they'll never have the chance.  It's always easy to talk big when you fully understand you'll never get the opportunity.

California Man Arrested Before He Killed His Wife

Mercury News reports. With a decent lawyer, he could probably get it all reduced to misdemeanors and be back in the protect-your-family-with-guns-in-the-home business before you know it.

Authorities have arrested a Lake County man accused of assaulting his wife and terrorizing her and their three young children with a gun.

Officials told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that 41-year-old Raymond Brown Jr. held his wife captive at their home near Clearlake on Wednesday night and into the morning. They say he threatened to kill himself and the family, broke a window and fired a 20-gauge shotgun into the ceiling.

He was allegedly drunk and high on methamphetamine. His wife told authorities she escaped around 8 a.m. after he passed out.

While she was gone, Brown left with their children. Authorities pulled over his SUV hours later with the children, ages one month to 3 years, inside.

Brown is being held on suspicion of spousal battery, false imprisonment and making terrorizing threats.
What's your opinion? Are guys like this so rare among gun owners that we should just write these stories off as anecdotal? Or, do guys like this make up a high enough percentage, that something should be done about it?

Please leave a comment.

Los Angeles Police Commissioner Overrules Chief

The Los Angeles times reports on the rare event. Like any so-called defensive shooting, by cop or civilian, the possibility of making a trigger-happy mistake and then lying about it is great. Sometimes they don't get away with it.

The civilian commission that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department has taken the rare step of rejecting a recommendation from the department's chief, ruling that two police officers were wrong when they fatally shot an unarmed autistic man last year.

Police Chief Charlie Beck concluded after a lengthy internal investigation that the officers made serious tactical mistakes during the brief, late-night encounter, but ultimately were justified in using deadly force against Steven Eugene Washington, 27.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Paranoid Winston Dorian

via Winston Dorian
If Mayor Bloomberg and his cronies have their way the Federal Gov't will know who each and every gun owner in the country is and where they live. This flys in the FACE of what our Founding Fathers knew about governments. Having just fought an overpowering and tyranical gov't (The British & King George III) they knew that if the populace was armed then they would be safe against tyranny.
I hope I didn't give the wrong impression yesterday when I wrote about Paranoid Joe Huffman. I realize he's not alone.

The amazing thing is Winston and Joe, and many others like them, are intelligent and educated men. Yet, they seem to actually believe this crazy stuff they keep saying.

The reliance on 220-year-old examples in the "tyranny" story, to me is an indication of its foolishness, not unlike the 2nd Amendment itself. The relevance of these things in today's world is debatable, at best.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

The Darwin Awards

via Dog Gone of Penigma from The Darwin Awards.

(28 February 2000, Texas) A Houston man earned a succinct lesson in gun safety when he played Russian roulette with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Rashaad, nineteen, was visiting friends when he announced his intention to play the deadly game. He apparently did not realize that a semiautomatic pistol, unlike a revolver, automatically inserts a cartridge into the firing chamber when the gun is cocked. His chance of winning a round of Russian roulette was zero, as he quickly discovered.
Some of our commenters don't like it when I post stories like this. They feel my message is that all or most gun owners are like this. Nothing could be further from the truth, which I continually assert. So, why do they hate it so much?

I have a theory. They hate these stories because they know that what I keep saying is absolutely true. A small, but significant, percentage of them is comprised of folks who are not the responsible, squared-away, savvy gun owners they themselves are, at least according to them.

What's your opinion? Is the Russian Roulette story too far-fetched? Isn't it just a bit stupider than leaving a round in the chamber when you begin cleaning the weapon?

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

Remember the Alamo

via Notions Capital

(image credit Mike Licht,

Some hold that the “Freedom” the rebels died for was chiefly the freedom to own slaves, a practice illegal under Mexican law. Most Texans would rather remember the gallant fight put up that day by heroes like Jim Bowie, William Travis, and John Wayne.
What's your opinion? Isn't this a similar whitewashing as what they've done with the Confederate Flag? Aren't they both shameful symbols which should remind us of some of the worst of American history? Why do people in the North, North-East and California understand this and the others don't? (I know that's one sweeping generalization, but you know what I mean).

Please leave a comment.