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Number 775, June 15, 2014

The very sort of evil that our fathers and
grandfathers fought and bled and died to stop is
fully in control of the United States Government.

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Neale's Weekly Gun Rant Volume 6-15-2014
by Neale Osborn

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Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise We're going to start off, as usual, with a nice piece from Mama Liberty. This is the first of five parts on the fundamentals of shooting. [Link].

The NRA Guide to The Basics of Pistol Shooting lists the "fundamentals" as:

  • Aiming
  • breath control
  • hold control
  • trigger control
  • follow through

Any experienced shooter will tell you that learning and practicing these basics is very important. They form a foundation for everything else you will learn, even though SOME things you may learn later will contradict or negate them, at least at times.

A lot of that has to do with the reason you are shooting. Fine control of all those fundamentals is essential for target shooting and competition, even hunting, but perhaps not so much for a desperate last stand self defense. I can guarantee that you will not be thinking of these in that case. Actually, you won't have much on your mind at all, your body will be too busy with something called the "fight or flight" response.

Go ye to the above link, and see the rest of the story.

I have to admit that these stories REALLY piss me off. Over the last few years we've had returning veterans listed as terrorist threats, people who demand our government honor the US Constitution (you know, the paper that grants them their powers in the first place) are listed as terrorists, people who say the exact things the founding fathers said are listed as terrorists, and now this. [Link].

The bulletin mentions data from a New America Foundation study that claims 37 deaths since 9/11 were perpetrated by the "far right," repeating the meme that those within the liberty movement are more dangerous than Al Qaeda. The bulletin also references a study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that argues that far right extremists have been killing law enforcement at an "increasing rate in recent years."

While law enforcement should always remain vigilant, the bulletin illustrates the federal government's never ending attempt to tie anyone with basic conservative beliefs to incredibly rare events carried out by deranged and psychotic killers.

The bulletin goes on to cite a study by the Countering Terrorism Center at West Point, a think tank that labels supporters of individual freedoms as extremist, as proof of the danger New York State faces. Law enforcement are warned that New York is ranked second in the number of far-right attacks nationwide.

"Since 2011, there have been ten submission/tips to the NYSIC regarding anti-government related suspicious activity, two of which were adopted by the JTTF," the bulletin states.

Incredibly, one of the alleged suspicious events investigated by the state's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) was a case surrounding a citizen journalist with a degree in criminal justice. Matthew Grunert, who spoke with Infowars last month, was visited at his home by a police investigator and asked if he was a member of the "Sovereign Citizens Nation" for simply gathering content for a story outside a police building.

"My father spent twenty four years serving this country in the U.S. Army. I was raised with a healthy respect for the law that turned into fascination when I was in grade school," Grunert told Infowars. "It is personally insulting and offensive to me that I would be associated with the Sovereign Citizen movement merely for exercising my constitutional rights. I am not a sovereign citizen; I am a citizen of the United States of America and I love my country."

The bulletin even attempts to label those who believe the government is interested in gun confiscation as "far right" conspiracy theorists, ironically only one day after President Obama publicly endorsed the "success" of Australia's gun confiscation program.

The recent passage of the NYSafe Act, gun control legislation that has been rejected by more than 84 percentof New York counties, is also mentioned as a likely lightning rod for "militia and sovereign citizens."

Several groups receive special mention including the New York Mutual Assistance Group (NYMAG), Oath Keepers, and the III Percent Patriots. The bulletin incorrectly claims that the latter of the groups believes in the "need to use violence against the government" despite no indication that the group supports offensive violence.

This is the government of the state my beloved wife refuses to leave. GRRRRRRRR.

Our Liar-In-Chief(tm) endorses confiscation of guns, Australia style, despite the facts that our gun crime rates are steadily lessening (along with ALL violent crimes) as gun ownership increases. [Link].

"This country has to do a lot of soul searching," Obama said. "This is becoming the norm. And we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me."

The President even went as far as praising Australia's gun confiscation program, claiming that "very severe" gun laws have helped the country.

"Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown," Obama said. "And Australia just said, well, that's it, we're not doing, we're not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven't had a mass shooting since."

Earlier that day, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that the President is "always" looking for ways to "unilaterally" act on gun control.

"The president's goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer," Earnest said.

Obama, and all his allies, from comedians to Moms Demand Action, join in the lies to try to disparage gun ownership. [Link] Because they want to control us. Listen to MDA spokesperson lie her ass off.

The spokeswoman of Moms Demand Action said that civilians don't stop mass shooters. To quote her directly at 7:23 in this video, she said,

"This (armed defense) has never happened. Data shows it doesn't happen."

She lies, badly and often. Civilians are much more effective at stopping mass shootings than are the police for a very obvious reason. Civilians have the huge advantage of time since civilians are usually the first ones on the scene. Fatalities drop by 85 percent when a civilian intervenes rather than waiting many minutes for the police to arrive.

And the lies keep coming, and the desire for control keeps them trying to render us defenseless.

No one EVER saves themselves, their family, or their property with a gun. (removes tongue from cheek) Or at least, that's the liars' party line. The Victim Disarmament crew will hate this one. [Link]. This is gonna be another long quote.....

Police say a 17-year-old girl who lived at the home was outside retrieving something from her car when she was approached by two masked and armed men who forced her into her house, using her as a shield.

The teen's father, 34, saw the men walking up with his daughter, got his firearm and fired several shots at them, striking both of the men as they entered his home. The teen's mother, 34, also retrieved a gun and fired once at the men but did not hit either, police said.

One of the men, Terrell Johnson, 31, of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge Road, collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second man, Cortez McClinton, 33, was standing behind Johnson when Johnson was shot. McClinton pointed a gun inside the doorway and also was shot. McClinton then ran away and got his brother to transport him to a hospital, police said. He was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs.

Somehow, I suspect you will never see this on any non-local mainstream media source.

Are you as sick and tired of the lies our beloved government keeps spreading about us? I sure am. And their own statistics prove their lies. [Link].

A PEW research study was able to show that the peak of U.S. gun homicide was more than 21 years ago. Since that time, homicide rates have declined steadily, even as the overall population continues to rise.

2010 saw overall gun-related homicide rate fall 49% from its high point in 1993.

Another surprising statistic is that assaults, robberies, and sex crimes also went down by about 75 percent.

It can be deduced that much of the decline is owing to the fact that more and more Americans continue to arm both themselves and their families in an effort to stop violent crimes before they happen.

Yet if all you listened to was Barack, Nancy, DiFi, and the mainstream media shills, you'd think America was overflowing with crime. And never forget Obama's latest decision, to "act unilaterally via executive orders" if Congress doesn't do what he wants because "I've got a pen and a phone, and I'm not afraid use them!" Of course, he totally forgets he doesn't have the right nor the power to legally do what he wants to do—remove the 2nd Amendment.

Bulletproof backpacks? IPad cases made of Kevlar? Bullet-resistant blankets? These items, and more, are selling in the wake of school shootings. [Link]. But the sad thing is, schools ignore the best way to protect kids from active shooters—armed staff.

Kenneth Trump, a school safety expert with National School Safety and Security Services, said he sees an uptick in vendors selling protective items for kids every time there is a major incident, going all the way back to the Columbine High School tragedy 15 years ago.

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Trump advocates for strong staff training on how to identify early warning signs, prevent violence and handle security, as well as resources to get kids with problems connected to mental health services.

"Our failures tend to be people issues rather than equipment issues," he said.

No mention at all of arming and training teachers. I guess that if the Sandy Hook teachers had simply covered the students in bulletproof blankies, they'd all be alive today....

My friends, people are going apeshit over the shootings in Las Vegas. I'm not even going to link to any of the articles. I've read everything to the shooters were at the Bundy Ranch, and thus this was a TEA Party shooting, to they tried to participate in the Bundy Ranch event, and were booted for unacceptable behavior, to they were planted by anti-gunners to cause a stink, to the shooting is proof that CCW holders are more dangerous than mass shooters. There is only ONE thing I will bother to address. The Concealed Carrier, and training. Training in firearms use, including marksmanship, properly concealing, when to shoot, safety, and most important, when NOT to shoot is a vital part of carrying— open or concealed, for self defense. I do not support, in any way, any form of mandatory training for the firearm carrier. HOWEVER, IF you carry and do not have any training, you are a fucking idiot. Training can come in the form of videos, reading books written by professionals like Jeff Cooper and Massad Ayoob, getting the free Hunter Safety Training (a mediocre start), or spending thousands of dollars to attend GunSite or other immersion-type training schools. Personally, I've dropped a few grand in training over the years, read incessantly, watched a few video classes, and spent an hour a week at the range more weeks than not. I totally stopped carrying or even handling firearms for three years after my stroke, and delegated family protection to my wife, because I felt unsafe with my own guns until I had retrained myself back to my former level of proficiency. A friend I hope to meet someday soon, Tony From The Right, as he is known on NewsVine, is a firearms trainer and retired military. He compared what Mr. Wilcox (the CCW holder who attempted to come to the aid of the Vegas cops and was shot for his troubles, to playing poker. Here's Tony's take on things.

A situation like what Mr. Wilcox found himself in is like being seated at a table for high stakes poker. Before you signal to be dealt in, you need to know who the players are. Once you've been dealt in and put your money in the pot, it's too late to back out—so you better know the game, the players, and just how much you can afford to lose. Once the cards are in your hands, you better know the strength of that hand vs. what the potential strength of the hands being held by the other players. The value of a hand can change at any second with the turn of a card—if you don't understand this and know how to reevaluate your own hand, you will lose. If you carelessly bet more than your hand can support, the other players will take advantage and you will lose. But if you assess the players, your hand, and are prepared for the changes that can happen at the turn of a card, you can minimize your losses or eliminate them altogether. And above all, remember that it is the players that you are truly playing, and not the cards—the cards help you and the money is just how we keep score.

Mr. Wilcox dealt himself in without knowing who the players were and didn't recognize the value of his hand when he placed his bet. Worst of all, he tried to play the cards and not the players themselves. He didn't read the players correctly and found himself all-in with a losing hand.

Tony, Mama Liberty, L. Neil Smith, and others I respect have aided me in my never ending path of firearms education. If you are going to own and carry firearms, you owe yourself AND the world the best training you can afford. Do it!!

A note to the gang—Renata Russell, AKA Archergirl, has passed away. She was a doll to talk to, and will be missed by me. She has been a part of my e-mail recipients group for these rants since the beginning. She rarely replied to the group as a whole, but we had talked many times privately. Rest In Peace, Renata.

I want to take a few lines here to extend my thanks to a few people reading this and other articles of mine in The Libertarian Enterprises (one of the places this rant appears weekly). TLE is a reader-supported e-zine, and both TLE AND any contributing author can be paid via PayPal for any piece of work they published. I have recently been the recipient of said largesse, one person to the tune of $25, most for 5 or 10. I greatly appreciate these kind payments. I would appreciate it, though, in the future, if any of you feel kind enough to send a donation to me, instead, send it to TLE in my name. TLE is something we need to keep going, and I can rarely afford to send any money on. This would be a nice way to thank THEM for putting me in there every week. You do not realize how greatly I appreciate your gifts. Thank you, again.

My new good friend, Jeff C., and I have been e-mailing back and forth about my two articles on Voter ID. And while we do not agree on everything, he has made several good points. So, I asked him to condense his side of our conversation into a few paragraphs ('cuz we're BOTH pretty wordy) so I could put them here. He did, so I am.

I look at compromise as a stepping stone and as something to convince those who are not already aligned with the victim disarmament crowd. By offering a compromise that appears reasonable (or even less than reasonable to the average person), we appear to be willing to work with the other side. When anti's put forward demands the general public sees them as a compromise. Before, our side said "NO!" and lost ground time and again. At best, our side agreed to part of what they wanted and minimized damage.

That changed in the 80's when we pushed back against the abuses from the BATF and offered a compromise. We didn't have the clout or support to repeal the 1968 GCA. But we were able to force through the 1986 FOPA. It wasn't great (hell, it wasn't even that good), and we had to swallow a poison pill to get it through, but it was the first incremental success in 50 years. Since then, we have offered compromises up and suddenly began winning. Did we "want" concealed carry permits? No, we want constitutional carry. But we asked for "shall issue" laws and, 27 years after Florida passed the first one, average people can carry pistols for defense in 41 out of 50 states. Then only Vermont had constitutional carry, now 3 (arguably 4) states do. Constitutional carry proposals have support in a number of states. Open carry, which would get you arrested in 1987, is now so common in the news that most people are not surprised to see it.

I think back to 20 years ago. In Michigan then if you showed an interest in guns you had to defend it (either you were a hunter, skeet shooter or formal target shooter)—otherwise you were considered a nutcase. Seeing anyone but a cop with a pistol guaranteed the police would be called (forget about long guns). Transporting your legal pistol outside your home (locked in the trunk of a car) could result in a felony charge. Now there are very few restrictions on open carry or transport. From complete bans on ownership of MGs, SBRs, SBSs, suppressors & DDs to allowing at least the first 4. From "may issue" that was in fact "no issue without proof of need" to "shall issue" for concealed pistol licenses (CPL). From pre-purchase pistol permits that could take months and a post purchase "inspection" / registration could take months more (and let them fire it) to pre purchase permits only required for private sales without a CPL and just dropping off paperwork for registration. After having "shall issue" for almost 13 years, people think it's normal to have guns for defense, women are not uncommon in gun stores, and a person OCing a pistol while having lunch doesn't draw attention. The CPLs have changed the landscape so vastly that the current anti-gun front group, "Moms Demand Action", won't even attempt to get stores to prohibit concealed guns here, going out of their way to differentiate between open carry people (who don't have to have training—their words) and CPL holders. Even then they are gaining very little traction. The results are hard to argue with.

I look at those changes and realize we are winning. Not as fast as I want. Not as fast as I hoped. But I take solace in the thought that my daughter will be able to openly carry a pistol at 18 with no permit where I was told flat out they wouldn't "allow" me to possess one at the same age. We didn't get in the pickle we were in 1968— 1994 (by my estimate marking the beginning and end of the gun control crowd's zenith) overnight. It took 60—70 years from when there were no federal laws and virtually no local laws until the GCA 1968 was passed. It may take till the 2060s to bring us back.

At some point we will reach the stage where the "compromise" we offer is "wipe the rest of the gun laws off the books, and we'll let you avoid prison for your part in passing them in the first place". Long before then we will either force the NRA to our way of thinking—or abandon it in favor of an organization that does believe in unfettered RKBA.

He put some serious thought into this, and I think it deserves our attention. Thanks, Jeff.

(Fire)Arms Quote of the Week:

"Both the oligarch and Tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms."—Aristotle

Another one in the can....

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