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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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MEMES v. TRUTH

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Mas | 12 Comments »

The meme from the news media: “Republicans Block Gun Reform”

The truth: The Republicans couldn’t stomach the loss of Constitutional due process the Democrats wanted to pass.

The meme from the Democrats: “Republicans Want to Give Guns to Terrorists.”

God almighty, how stupid do those people think we are?

The most rational take I’ve seen on this latest news is from our friend Dave Workman at Second Amendment Foundation.  In the spirit of total disclosure, I’ve been a member of the board of trustees of the Second Amendment Foundation for many years…and I’m proud of Dave’s cogent analysis.

Thanks to all of you who expressed your concerns to your representatives on Capitol Hill.

AMIDST THE B.S. STORM, SOME GUSTS OF LOGIC

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 by Mas | 44 Comments »

“No fly = no buy?” Sounds good and even logical on the surface, until we realize that there are profound due process issues which go far beyond firearms possession. See http://joshblackman.com.

Former President Bill Clinton, still kept safe by a phalanx of bodyguards carrying .357 SIGs with still more serious firepower readily available, tells us law-abiding citizens returning fire on a mass murderer would have just made things worse.  What exactly is Bill Clinton’s expertise on shooting? Would it be the time when he was pretending he supported the Second Amendment, which he apparently thought was about duck hunting, and he had some small and debatable part in the assassination of a duck? (I think “assassination” is the  word when something is killed for political reasons.)

A New York reporter tries an AR15 for the first time, and is so horrified he thinks he has PTSD. (Apparently, he knows as much about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as he does about semiautomatic firearms.) Hilarity ensues, with this from our friend Larry Correia doing the best send-up I’ve seen yet on that reporter’s work.

And this young woman brings us a refreshing breath of logic, too.

WHAT WE’RE FACING NOW

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Mas | 41 Comments »

Did anyone doubt that the Orlando atrocity would trigger a wave of gun-banning sentiment? Dancing in the blood of the innocent is what those people do.

We have some Democrats screaming for Prohibitionistic legislation already. And, according to Breitbart, some Republicans willing to negotiate away the rights of law-abiding citizens.

On the other hand, a few media sources are reaching out to both sides and doing some research.

The prohibitionists are gonna ride this thing at a gallop. Remember how they ramrodded the egregious SAFE Act through the NY State Legislature in a fevered over-reaction to the atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary School? Picture the same in much larger scope.  Might be a good time to remind your elected representatives where you stand.

THE ORLANDO ATROCITY

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 by Mas | 67 Comments »

Terrorism experts predicted it for a very long time. It happened in a nightclub in Orlando. 50 dead, more perhaps to expire.  The identified killer reportedly used an AR15 type rifle on the helpless victims in this gun-free zone hunting preserve for psychopathic murderers.  This one claimed he did it for ISIS, and ISIS has apparently confirmed that.

Naturally, our President and the presumptive Democrat nominee call for gun bans for law-abiding citizens and assiduously avoid mentioning radical Islamic terrorism.

There are many unanswered questions yet, and much information to come.  There will be calls for universal background checks, even though the monster in this case had been a licensed armed security guard and was checked out extensively by FBI, who found no reason to detain or disarm him, so UBCs could not possibly have changed things in this tragic matter.

Our hearts go out to victims, and our condolences go out to their bereaved next of kin.  We witness monumental stupidity among the talking heads.  One interviewer hears the plaintive, tearful words of a man looking desperately among the dead and wounded for his missing friend, and then asks him, “Has the reality of it hit you yet?”

Good Lord.

It is said that “gun control” is a 10-80-10 issue: Ten percent hard-line anti-gunners who will never change their views, ten percent of us pro-gun owners’ rights people who are unlikely to change ours either, and 80% of the voters in the middle. Perhaps the blatant superficiality of the gun-banners who ignore the giant, evil elephant in the room will finally become apparent to the Eighty Percent who are watching the aftermath unfold now.

An entity as powerful and wealthy as ISIS could not have funneled true assault rifles to a jihadi in America who couldn’t access weapons on his own? Did the strict gun control of France and India failed to prevent the similar atrocities recently in Paris, and in Mumbai before that? Hopefully, this is a reality the Eighty Percent will no longer be able to ignore.

Let us mourn for the innocent dead, donate blood for the innocent wounded, and console their grieving loved ones, and finally awaken our nation to the realities of stopping force with force, not empty symbolism and rhetoric.

Your opinions are welcome here, where I suspect we will be discussing this more for a while as the investigation reveals more information.

20,000

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Mas | 25 Comments »

This blog began on April 7, 2008.

It’s been a fun ride since.

At 9:14 AM Eastern today, the following entry came in from one of our regular contributors, Dennis, in response to Reflections On D-Day :

“TW, You’re right about the Marines in the South Pacific. Unlike the Army, in Europe, who handled all of their own logistics, the Navy handled the logistics for the Marines, who were basically the ground combat forces of the Navy. My Dad’s WW2 experiences were sort of unique. Even with bad knees, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps, right after Pearl Harbor. His first month was spent in the hospital for knee surgery, followed by abbreviated basic training while recovering. He was sent to an airbase on New Caledonia in the South Pacific where he served as an aircraft mechanic (was a mechanic prior to being drafted, aircraft skills learned OJT) for the duration, as he called it. As the saying goes, ‘all gave some, some gave all.’”

It was the 20,000th comment on this blog.  Dennis will be getting an autographed book as a small prize.

A blog with no commentary is simply one person’s thoughts.  Add in the commentary, and you have dialogue and a far more effective exercise in promoting thought and gathering knowledge.

I have all of you to thank for that.

A couple of blog entries here attracted so much useful commentary from readers that they grew into full-length articles, each commentator being quoted for what they contributed to the discussion.  Both pieces appeared in my “Ayoob on Firearms” column in Backwoods Home magazine, one on use of guns in extremely cold weather, and one on guns as protection of self and others from venomous snakes. I’m toying with doing the same with this one.

It’s gratifying that in the course of eight years, I’ve seldom had to delete a comment. When it happens, it’s usually someone trashing another individual who commented (I’m fair game, commentators are not), or who couldn’t accept their first warning not to make racist comments, drop F-Bombs, etc.  I can still count on the fingers of one hand those I’ve banned, and that was for stuff like death threats, or indications of stark lunacy.

As far as I’m concerned, you guys and gals who comment here MAKE this blog.  I humbly thank you all for your participation, and look forward to the next 20,000 comments.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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