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L. Neil Smith's
Number 777, June 29, 2014

Over a fairly long lifetime, so far, I
have come to the sobering realization
that all that leftists, communists,
socialists, Democrats can do ... all
they ever think about is killing.

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Neale's Weekly Gun Rant Volume 6-29-2014
by Neale Osborn

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Tis the custom in these here parts to start off with one from Mama Liberty. But I ain't gonna do that, pilgrim. I'm gonna start off with TWO by Mama Liberty. Because I've got'em! Well, one is BY her, and one recommended by her. First, her piece (originally in JPFO's e-zine) [Link] If you are not a member of JPFO, what the hell is keeping you? One of the finest pro-gun-rights organizations out there!

Ancient wisdom tells us that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. What's in your hand is yours to do with as you please, but in opening your hand to grasp the two in the bush, you may well lose all of them.

Many, if not most ordinary people accept the fact that actual violent crime is not common in most places, and may even be decreasing in frequency overall. The mainstream media works very hard sensationalizing every tidbit they can find, especially if a gun happens to be involved, or "children," and people become fearful without actually understanding either the risk or the rational response to it.

Finish it, you'll like it! And, the recommendation— [Link]

One of the biggest problems with the gun control debate is the fact that it is about guns. Before anyone gets all butt-hurt about that statement, let me explain what I mean. First off, it should be noted that I support gun rights. I enjoy shooting and plinking, and I have a license to carry concealed in my state. Clearly I don't have a problem with guns, so why do I consider guns to be the problem within the context of the debate? . . .

I think it's fair to say that there is something of a stigma against guns amongst the general public. People tend to fear what they don't understand; it's human nature. So it stands to reason that the non-gun-owning public, who are likely being exposed to media with a pretty obvious bias against guns and gun ownership on a nearly constant basis, would be ambivalent at best toward the idea of gun rights.

This man makes some excellent points.

It reminds me of an ad I recently read about. It shows two young boys, sword fighting with fairly large, brightly colored dildos. And it says "Children will play with anything. Keep your guns locked up." [Link] The link takes you to HuffPo, which, of course, doesn't get the real point. But it DOES make you think.....

A gun safety advocacy group is using sex toys to start a conversation around gun safety and responsibility.

An ad released Thursday titled "Playthings" shows two young boys running around, playing with large, brightly colored dildos as if they're swords.

"If they find it, they'll play with it," the narrator says, "so always lock up your guns."

The video at the link does not approach the ad seriously, though the written article is a bit more understanding. Funny, isn't it, that the people who approve of teaching 10 year olds about safe sex, anal sex, and how to use a condom are opposed to using dildos to aid in removing the "stigma" of guns from the topic of gun safety?

SO Rahm "Deadfish" Emanuel's back-door method of keeping legal businesses (gun shops) out of Chicago passes 48-0 with Chicago's aldermen. [Link] I give up—The Windy City is just too fucking stupid to be allowed to continue to exist.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel's rules "[prohibit] gun retailers within 500 feet of a school or a park."

As Breitbart News reported on May 27, Emanuel's rules will also require video taping of all gun sales and force the few gun stores that do exist to perform "quarterly audits of their gun sales and allow police to inspect their records."

Bet your ass I wouldn't buy a gun in Chicago. If I lived in that city (not fucking likely), I'd buy it outside the borders.

Oh, really? SWAT Teams are private entities? [Link]

A regional SWAT team in Massachusetts is refusing to release information on raid statistics due to its belief that it is a private organization.

After being petitioned by the ACLU, the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), the group that overseas the SWAT team, claimed it was not subject to public records laws.

"When we asked NEMLEC for records about their SWAT policies and deployments, we were startled to receive this response: we don't have to give you documents because we aren't government agencies," the ACLU blog, PrivacySOS, revealed.

Although claiming to be a private entity, the group seemingly has no issue with using government grants and public funds to purchase and maintain armored vehicles and military equipment.

"NEMLEC can't have it both ways," said Jessie Rossman, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Massachusetts. "Either it is a public entity subject to public records laws, or what it is doing is illegal."

The ACLU immediately responded by filing suit against NEMLEC, asking the Suffolk County Superior Court to order the group to release all relevant documents including training materials, incident reports and deployment statistics.

So all the issue weapons were privately bought, and properly recorded as the non-officer's private property, and they are licensed in accordance with Massachusetts law? Any weapons qualifying as Class Three (all bombs, flashbangs, grenade launchers, or select fire weapons, suppressors/silencers) are properly recorded with the BATFE, and privately owned (and taxed) by the officer who carries them? Proper notifications, in compliance with Massachusetts law, is made to all police chiefs and county sheriffs each time any of these Class Three weapons is moved/transported, and they are only discharged at approved Class Three rated ranges? I call bullshit on that. Please note—I do NOT support the entire Class Three system, but these are supposed to be law enforcement officers, who must follow the law....... OOPS! Silly me, I forgot, they claim they are NOT a government agency. SO they DEFINITELY must follow the law, or face citizens' arrest each time they appear in public!

How dare this evil woman oppose a big, brave man who was just engaging in some larcenous redistribution of wealth! [Link] Doesn't she know this NEVER works?

On June 23 a Philadelphia Vitamin store shopkeeper shot and killed a knife-wielding robbery suspect.

The 46-year-old shopkeeper was a former Philadelphia police woman.

According to, she "was behind the counter of Stan's Health Foods...just after 5 p.m. when a 47-year-old man walked in and brandished a six-inch hunting knife."

Inspector Scott Small said no other employees or customers were in the store at the time. It was just the shopkeeper and "the robbery suspect."

The suspect "went behind the counter and threw the cash register on the floor to break it." Then he put his knife against the shopkeeper's chest, who "drew a gun and fired a shot into the [suspect's] chest." The suspect "collapsed on the floor" and "was pronounced dead shortly afterward."

That evil evil woman.

Ahhhh, our brave FBI protects us yet again from...... an average American citizen who believes in having more than 7 days worth of food in the house. That evil bastard!! [Link] First, they convict the poor guy in the court of public opinion by lying their asses off about what he supposedly has, then they claim he intends to shoot federal agents if they show up, then they say he's booby-trapped his home and property to protect over "50 high-powered rifles" (which, by the way, are Constitutionally protected private property), then they raid him. And they find.... No booby traps, he never even threatens the raiders, he has 5 guns secured in a safe, NO guns buried on the property, and barrels of preserved foods.

Federal agents this week searched the Florida home of a 'doomsday prepper' they alleged had stockpiled over 50 high-powered assault rifles and several explosive devices buried around his property as 'booby traps'.

However the warrant showed up little more than barrels of food.


But in federal court on Wednesday, Winters' defense attorney, Ellis Faught, said the confidential informant's estimates were wide of the mark.

The informant had bought four so-called destructive devices from Winters, but they were not buried as booby traps.

Five guns were found locked in a safe, according to 10 News.


'None of this was there,' Fraught told the court, the station reported.

'And it's my understanding that no guns were dug up.

'It was alleged by the government that there were 50 to 60 guns and I'm only aware of five of them that were found and they were found in his house in a safe.'

Isn't it funny, how Rand Paul, who the media considers a nut-job, predicted exactly this type of raid 3 years ago?

Senator Rand Paul warned Americans about this growing trend of demonizing innocent Americans in a speech he delivered to Congress three years ago in opposition to the National Defense Authorization Act noting that those who don't subscribe to the status quo could be branded as extremists and terrorists. Paul's prediction couldn't have been more accurate, especially considering the manhunt and circumstances surrounding the ordeal with Martin Winters:

There are laws on the books now that characterize who might be a terrorist.

Someone missing fingers on their hands is a suspect according to the Department of Justice. Someone who has guns, someone who has ammunition that is weatherproofed, someone who has more than seven days of food in their house can be considered a potential terrorist.

If you are suspected by these activities do you want the government to have the ability to send you to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention?

I suspect, we're not talking about someone who has been tried or found guilty. We're talking about someone suspected of activities.

This seems to be exactly what has happened here. Let me point out a few things—Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, where people were without electricity, safe food, or drink, for (in many cases) weeks. The big East Coast Blackout a few years ago. In EACH of these cases, people who were prepared were better off than those who were not. My parents had a generator installed in their home (of course, Pop, who is getting up there in age forgot to get more than 5 gallons of gas, so I had to bring him 40 gallon from my house) and who had a pantry full of "Doomsday Prepper) style foods, went 7 days without electricity after Sandy. Okay, they had electricity, but not from the power company. They had cold milk, lots of food, light and heat. And they are potential terrorists for having such. For being able to feed themselves, give themselves power, and possess a few guns to protect what they have from looters.

Another example of how owning a gun does not let you protect yourself. :-P [Link]

A robber approached a gentleman in a Jackson, Mississippi parking lot on June 20, pointed a gun at him and said, "Betcha ain't got one of these."

The would-be victim pulled a gun and shot the suspect.

According to MS News Now, the suspect approached the man and feigned an interest in cigarettes. When the would-be victim said he didn't have any cigarettes, the suspect "began to walk away, turned and said, 'betcha ain't got one of these,' pointing a gun at the [would-be] victim."

However, the would-be victim was carrying a gun for self-defense and he responded to the threat by shooting the suspect in the chest.

The suspect left the scene "and was later picked up by ambulance the Pines apartments" on Watkins Drive.

The would-be victim "is not facing any charges."

That poor mugger, not only was he shot, not only did he lose his gun, he didn't even get to have a cigarette! That "would be victim" is just plain mean. (This has been a sarcasm break by Neale Osborn, for those too fucking stupid to realize it)

I suggest that Chicagoans get together, find out what these things look like, and destroy them as fast as they go up. [Link] There isn't a government around that will not violate your rights as quickly as a new method of doing so is fielded. Destroy them now, before they become nationwide. We have too much surveillance already, the last thing we need is more of it!

Researchers intend to launch the sculpture-resembling spy boxes throughout eight intersections near Michigan Avenue by mid-July, hoping to install dozens more around the Loop and hundreds more across the city into neighborhoods by the end of the year. In order to reach optimal concealment, the spy boxes were designed by the School of the Art Institute, secured by more than $1 million in donations from Cisco Systems, Intel, Zebra Technologies, Qualcomm, Motorola Solutions and Schneider Electric. "Planners envision a permanent system of data collection boxes that can be used by a range of researchers from the public, private and academic sectors who want to test ideas but wouldn't have the resources to build the testing infrastructure," reported The Chicago Tribune. Developers say the sensor-collecting boxes, which will connect to the Internet, can be easily updated and will be capable of adapting to "the latest and greatest technology." Responding to privacy concerns, Catlett assured that the boxes "...don't collect things that can identify people. There are no cameras or recording devices." He added that sensors will collect "sound levels but not recording actual sound. The only imaging will be infrared."

We believe you, man. Really, we do. NOT. EVEN if this is all the boxes do now, you can bet your ass the first "upgrade" (taking place about 10 minutes after the first installation) will add regular filming and full sound recording.

If you don't want to take your medicine, and follow doctor's orders, the nursing home will have you killed by police. As the family's lawyer said, the police did to this 95 year old WWII vet what the Japanese failed to do 70 years ago. [Link] can there be ANY legitimate reason to tase AND shoot a 95 year old man 5 times with 12ga beanbag rounds for refusing to go to the hospital? For treatment of a UTI?

The family of a World War II veteran has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after the 95-year-old man died following a confrontation with Park Forest police last summer.

Park Forest Police Officer Craig Taylor, 43, is charged with reckless conduct for striking John Wrana with five shotgun beanbag rounds as he and other officers tried taking him into custody on July 26, 2013.

Wrana was a patient at the Victory Center Nursing home when he refused to go to the hospital for a urinary tract infection. Police were called and eventually used a Taser and a beanbag shotgun to remove the belligerent man by force. He died the next day.

* * * * *

"Officer Taylor fired the five rounds from his shotgun from a distance of only 6 to 8 feet from where Mr. Wrana was standing," the family's attorney, Nicholas Grapsas said.

"Unfortunately what the Japanese military failed to do to Mr. Wrana during the war, the Park Forest Police Department succeeded in doing 70 years later in the twilight of was, until then, an extremely wonderful life."

Cudos to the police for their handling of this dangerous man.... And these are the people we are supposed to trust with our lives!

A good NewsVine friend, Marshall James, seeded this article. [Link] And it makes such good common sense arguments (well, common sense to people with brains) for the case for firearms being necessary for a truly civilized and equal society that I felt obliged to include it on my next rant. And it goes something like this....

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

It goes on to make a series of excellent points. Read it. You'll like it. (Again, those of you with a brain)

For our Quote(s) of the Week, this time we shall go with some anti-Constitutionalists and their opinions of armed American citizens—

"We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily ... given the political realities ... very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal."—Peter Shields, founder of Handgun Control Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976

"If I could've gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them...'Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in,' I would have done it."—Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)

"Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal."—Janet Reno, US Attorney General.... and finally, her boss....

"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans."—Bill Clinton, President of the United States in USA Today, March 11, 1993

Thus endeth the rant. For this week.

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