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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for the ‘Firearm Owner’s Civil Rights’ Category

Massad Ayoob


Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

As we celebrate Independence Day, we need to remember among other things not to take liberties with our liberties.

Open carry – that is, carrying or wearing a visible firearm out and about in public – has become a hot topic on both sides of the gun debate. On our side, there are some who claim “a right not exercised is a right that will wither away.” In recent years, it has turned out otherwise. Ostentatious open carry led to it being banned by the state legislature in California. More recently, a series of store and restaurant chains, most recently Target, have come out and asked customers not to come there armed with firearms. These have been direct results of AR15s, AK47 clones, etc. being carried in their premises for no reason other than “because I can.”

My own position is middle of the road. I would like to see the open carry of a handgun made legal in all fifty states without a permit, with the practice prohibited to convicted felons, those adjudicated mentally ill, and the like. First, legal open carry prevents arrest of concealed carry permit holders whose gun becomes visible when the wind blows their coat open. Second, when someone becomes a stalking victim or the target of death threats overnight, they don’t have time to wait for the bureaucracy to take weeks or months to process a concealed carry permit.

However, a growing majority of gun owners – including me – are fed up with clowns who sling a rifle over one shoulder, a camcorder over the other, and go out to show off and maybe taunt a policeman or two. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these people weren’t false-flag plants from the other side. Not all of them are, though.

It’s self-delusional to think that you’ll spread a positive Second Amendment image by frightening people already made leery of armed people in public by news reports of atrocities like Sandy Hook. The gay rights movement didn’t make the strides it did by having its members have sex with each other in Starbucks, and wandering into a coffee shop or department store with a loaded military style rifle won’t make positive strides for gun owners’ civil rights. A small handful of attention whores have done huge damage to the vast majority of responsible gun owners.

Enjoy the Fourth. I intend to be setting off some fireworks myself, but on the range. Hope you get some fun time for the holiday weekend as well.

Massad Ayoob


Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Hillary Clinton’s ill-concealed campaign for nomination as President continues, with her accusing us NRA types of promoting views which “terrorize” the general public. Is she sure that concussion didn’t cause some brain damage?
Although the NRA annual meeting was discussed here in the blog, an expanded version can be found here:
The next big conclave for gun owners civil rights activists will be in September, the GRPC (Gun Rights Policy Conference). Info here:
Hope to see you there!

Massad Ayoob


Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Evil Princess and I took a pleasant spring day walk from the NRA meeting at the convention center in Indianapolis to the Veterans Park, where the Bloomberg-financed Everytown crew was holding forth.  How ironic that they would speak for diminution of gun owners’ civil rights in the shadow of a monument to those who died fighting for those rights…

We couldn’t help but notice the guys straight out of central casting, burly fellas with black suits, Oakley style black glasses, and most with obligatory shaven heads.  One confirmed to me that they were “private security,” and “three or four” in number.  Didn’t look quite like the 300 protesters they claimed.  Photos and commentary can be found at Gun Free Zone.


Reportedly, several of those folks had to be bused in, courtesy of the Bloomberg money.  Meanwhile, some 18,000 women came on their own to the NRA meeting, according to the Indianapolis Star, which seems to be giving fair and balanced coverage.

The whole anti-gun group in the park wouldn’t have filled one aisle in the nine acres of gun displays at the NRA meeting.  Yet they claim to represent the majority.  Clearly, New York City chutzpah was imported to Hoosier country along with the New York City dollars.


Editorial cartoon, Indianapolis Star, last Friday


Massad Ayoob


Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg reinvents himself as the face of the “gun control” movement.  Unhappy with the weak results of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action, he tries to create a “grassroots movement” from the top down.

Hilarity ensues.

Gun owners’ civil rights advocate Miguel Gonzalez is an émigré from Latin America. He has seen first-hand how registration flows into confiscation and then into tyranny,  citing Cuba and Venezuela. His commentary on Bloomberg and the anti-gun movement in general can be found here:

My friend Dave Workman at Second Amendment Foundation has well chronicled how American gun owners – being sufficiently technically oriented to qualify as a nerd stronghold – took a quick step ahead of the antis and usurped Bloomberg’s “Everytown” theme.  Find one such chronicle here:

Backwoods Home’s own Clair Wolfe blogs Bloomberg here: Be sure to follow the link to her timely essay on the topic for our friends at Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

I expect the hilarity to continue.  Miggy Gonzales put it best, I think, when he explained that even fifty million dollars worth of fake Astroturf still ain’t gonna qualify as “grassroots.”

Massad Ayoob


Friday, April 4th, 2014

I sadly learned of the death today of Otis McDonald.  He passed at 79 after a valiant battle against cancer. It was the first long battle he didn’t win.

As a black man in America, he fought his way up from economic disadvantage to earning a good living for his family.  He fought against violent crime in his adopted city of Chicago, and in so doing came to his most famous battle as the lead named plaintiff in McDonald, et. al. v. City of Chicago. In the plaintiffs’ landmark victory in that case in 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that neither the Windy City nor any other city could ban law-abiding citizens from owning handguns for defense of self and family.  The McDonald decision helped pave the way for the concealed carry permits now being issued throughout Illinois.

You can listen to my interview with Otis McDonald and co-plaintiffs Colleen Lawson, David Lawson, and Adam Orloff.  Not long before his death, Colleen and David and I were able to gather some students to create a video postcard of thanks and well-wishes to Otis.

He was a fighter for civil rights and human rights in every respect, and Otis McDonald will never be forgotten.

Godspeed, brother.

Edited 4/8/14 to add: Brother Dave Workman at Second Amendment Foundation, which sponsored Otis’ historic lawsuit, has announced services this coming Friday for Mr. McDonald.  Wish I could make it; hope all in the Chicagoland area can.  Info — and important commentary — can be found here:




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