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Our House

ACORN has apparently begun breaking into homes and planting their proverbial flag..

“This is our house now,” said Louis Beverly, ACORN.

And on Thursday afternoon, they literally broke the foreclosure padlock right off the front door and then broke into the house, letting Hanks back in for the first time in months.

Since they think this is a legitimate act of civil disobedience, I suppose they wouldn’t mind if someone were to kick in the door to one of their offices and claim it..

Common Use

Federal court upholds machine gun ban because they’re not in “common use.” They’re not in “common use” because the ban, and the cumbersome registration process before that, have artificially limited the supply.

So, I guess this means Congress can simply ban any and every firearm designed or manufactured after today’s date because things which don’t exist obviously aren’t in “common use” yet?

And does this apply to other individual rights? Can Congress ban future, high tech publishing devices because they’re not in “common use” yet? Can they quarter troops in new homes which aren’t in “common use” yet? Pass a law authorizing searches and surveillance of all new communication devices which aren’t in “common use” yet? Or, well, you get the picture..

But, yea, it’s a good thing the Heller case didn’t happen 200 years ago. Had lower courts used Scalia’s jumbled dicta like this then, the Second Amendment would have been reduced to a right to keep and bear muskets.

Divided We Fall

Prags v. 3 Percenters, round eleventy bazillion.

I don’t get why some people feel this must be an either/or situation. I write letters to representatives and bureaucrats, am in the NRA, donated more than I could afford at the time to help pay for Heller briefs, etc.. like a good “prag.” If, however, the enemy redraws the line behind us, I will peacefully refuse to comply. Up until they initiate force against us..

Just as Mr. Vanderboegh has emphasized with his “No Fort Sumters” guideline.

If we ever get to the point where mass confiscations– or merely mass arrests for owning previously legal arms — begin to happen, public support will be the least of our worries. Though it seems unlikely to me that the general public would have the stomach for the government killing, say, a million of us. Or even a thousand for that matter. Yes, we may scare the proverbial white people now, but when the anti-gunners’ collective mask comes off and the boot steps on our necks, public support/sympathy will almost surely grow.

If only because some of them begin to realize they might be next.

But, yea, being that I do “pragmatic” things, I obviously don’t fault the “prags” for doing them too. It just puzzles me when they spend so much energy criticizing their own side for being too scary or whatever (especially when they attribute threats of starting a war to people only promoting defensive action). I don’t think anyone is saying political action is cowardly in and of itself. Just that it’s a bit low to throw others under the bus for daring to speak of what may happen if political action fails.

The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting, sport, or even just stopping burglars. It’s about armed resistance to tyranny. If we keep verbally ceding that ground to the enemy, we will lose the argument. Sorta like how we almost lost the self defense card before the (re)birth of the modern shall-issue CCW and castle doctrine wave.

Besides, seeing as a few Federal judges have mentioned the whole armed resistance thing in opinions and dissents, it’s a bit late now to go trying to shove the cat back into the bag held by the elephant in the middle of the room. 😉

Anyhow, like I said a few months ago, the Brady types are going to use anything we say or do (or don’t) out of context to fear monger, so there’s no point fighting amongst ourselves.

Irony Alert

Via The Liberty Sphere comes this piece about the “fairness doctrine” by my old pal Jack Thompson. It’s actually a pretty good article detailing how the incoming administration might hide “fairness doctrine” flavored censorship behind buzzwords like “localism” and “diversity.” That said, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing at the opening sentence.

Get ready for an unprecedented government assault upon the First Amendment.

This, coming from Jack Thompson? The man who considered it a “badge of honor” to be called Censor of the Year back in ’92? The man who has spent the last nine years trying to have games like America’s Army, Halo, and GTA censored/banned because they somehow “train” people to use guns? But now he decides to care about the First Amendment after attempting to sell Hillary and friends the rope to hang us with?

Words fail me.

But I guess Obama putting the Clintons back in charge of the White House may have been something of a wake-up call for him. Should be interesting to see how he handles fighting alongside us “libertarian thugs” instead of against us. Now that would be Change You Can Believe In When You See It™!

Hurry Up and Wait

I went to vote around 11am today, and only had to wait in line inside the building for like an hour. Seemed like a long time until reading about some of the lines in other districts nearby. Some of which were outside in the rain. Sucks to be them.

But, yea, voting for John McCampaignFinanceReform made me feel kinda.. dirty, so I headed down to the fun shop after lunch and picked up some more zombie repellent to cheer me up. Traffic on the way there was bad due to some car being flipped over. In the middle of a rather straight street, and coincidentally right in front of another polling place. Weird..

Sadly, they were out of PMAGs and the selection of 7.62 was limited, so I didn’t get much. But the visit to the store was amusing by itself. Guy who was there before me had about a dozen AR mags on the counter. I just had the three for the Kalashnicopy and three for the AR. Then a third guy walked in, laughed, and asked jokingly why we were both wearing “I voted” stickers and shopping for thirty round mags. He had a sticker too, and was apparently there looking for a new EBR.

An now for the fun part of election day: waiting for poll results.

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

Meh. I’m not happy at all with the choices facing us in the election tomorrow. John McCain has a quite a nasty statist streak in him, but Barack Obama is a statist through and through.

Originally I was planning on voting Libertarian this year, but Bob Barr’s record isn’t much better than McCain’s, and Virginia is apparently a swing State this year. Now, to be perfectly honest, this might not bother me so much if we were going into this with a clear, Republican majority in Congress on the other side of tomorrow. Yea, Obama could still make quite a mess with just one branch, but partisan gridlock would have limited the damage he could do.

With the Democrats expected to have a substantial majority in Congress, however, there’s only one conclusion to draw.

Obama must be stopped. Even if it means voting for John McGunShowLoophole.

The Senator has lots of good intentions, to be sure. And, hell, I’d even go so far as saying some of his ideas sound nice in theory. The problem is, though, they won’t work on paper; namely the Constitution. Even if all his plans could somehow work in practice, creating more government powers not delegated by the Constitution only serves to undermine the rule of law.

And regardless of whether the results might feel good in the short term, the expansion of government power which Obama seeks will ultimately lead to tyranny. Whether or not he’s the one to crush liberty once and for all, his plans would set the stage for the final act.

Then of course there’s the fact his party has even grander plans than he does. Plans which, if passed in Congress, he would almost certainly sign into law..

Again, McCain was never my first choice, but at the very least he would slow the growth of the Federal Leviathan. And on the bright side, McCain might be able to appoint a few appellate judges and a Supreme Court Justice or two who could push back. Even if it’s only a few inches, it would give us some chance to regroup.

Zombie Apocalypse

Like most people, I enjoy zombie movies, zombie games, and, well, the horror genre in general. Even the bad ones. But zombie films are my favorite. And like most people who like zombie movies, I’ve given a lot of thought about what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Lots of people will, of course, snicker at the absurdity of such an idea. But the way I look at it, if you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for just about anything. Given the way the economy and stuff is going now, being prepared for anything is probably a good idea..

So, yea, if you ask a dozen random people what they would do when faced with an army of the shambling undead, at least two or three of them will tell you the gun store will be their first stop. Either for looting or for shopping. The problem here, for the uninitiated, is threefold.

  1. Gun shops usually have *drumroll* guns. Which means they will be able to shoot any unarmed people who try to loot the place. Especially in free States or countries where the employees can open carry a pistol.
  2. Even if you intend to buy, rather than loot, chances are the employees will have already either departed with all the goodies, or they will have fortified the shop.
  3. All the other people who thought it was a good idea to do some last minute shopping will either beat you there or arrive at around the same time. At best, this just means the store will have sold out already. At worst, you will have to compete with a panicked group of the living and the undead.

Unless you’re the absolute first person to know of the zombies (or any other catastrophe), someone at the gun shop will almost certainly be the second to find out after the first person goes there to stock up. Thus placing all three of the above points into play. This, in turn, brings us to my first rule of surviving a zombie apocalypse:

Have guns and ammo on hand before a zombie apocalypse.

Just thought I’d share that..

KRISSappointed

After being stuck working pretty much every day for what seems like forever, I finally got a chance to go to the range today. To make things even more interesting, they’ve got a new rental toy behind the counter: a KRISS Vector SBR/SO. Being a sucker for plastic space guns, I just had to try the thing out once my supply of 9mm ammo was depleted.

One box of .45ACP (which is always like twice as expensive at a range..), a rental fee, and a few minutes of loading later, I released the bolt, flicked off the saftey, pressed the trigger, and.. nothing happened. Not even a click. The trigger just kind of went mushy.

So, yea, I cleared it and summoned the range master to figure out WTF was going on. Given how weird the thing is, maybe it was just a simple user error on my part? Nope. No such luck. Upon taking it back to the counter and stripping it, the range guy found that a post in the receiver which the trigger spring attaches to had apparently broken off the last time someone rented it.

I dunno how old it is since they might have bought it used or had it at their other range on my previous trips. But even so, it’s not encouraging that a vital piece would just break off like that from normal use at an indoor range. Especially since it doesn’t seem like it would get a whole lot of attention with such short lanes.

Oh well. At least it wasn’t a total loss. I got a card for a free rental out of the deal and ended up feeding the expensive box of .45 through one of their 1911s too. Which reminds me I really need to buy a 1911 one of these days.

There’s probably some irony in there somewhere..

Mass Pretend Mayhem

Sebastian has a new report about “assault weapons” from the desperate fools over at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership. At 64 pages long, it looks like they probably spent a lot of time and diminishing funds to come up with it. As such, it’s almost too bad that it’s easy to expose them as lying frauds simply by using two pictures.

Aww, who am I kidding? It’s hilarious.

  • Assault Weapons Have No Sporting or Self-Defense Purpose
  • Assault weapons have distinct features that separate them from sporting firearms.
  • They are uniquely military features, with no sporting purpose
    whatsoever.
  • You will not find these guns in a duck blind or at the Olympics.
  • [and 26 other mentions of sports]

No sporting purpose? Never find them in the Olympics? O RLY?

Olympic target pistol

See the magazine outside of the grip? That makes this Olympic target pistol into a spooky “assault weapon.” The frame might even count as a shoulder thing that goes up Barrel Shroud of Doom™ since it’s not all part of the slide..

Throughout the report, they list a bunch of crimes where “assault weapons” or “assault rifles” were involved. About a dozen of which name the SKS. Overall, the SKS is mentioned 23 times. In case you live on the moon, or have otherwise never seen one, here is what the SKS looks like:

SKS

From the factory, they are not equipped with detachable magazines, pistol grips, folding stocks, or flash hiders. For that matter, the integral mag only hold ten rounds. About the only thing “assault-ish” about it is the little metal square thingy near the muzzle which a bayonet can attach to. However, without a detachable magazine and one more eeeevil feature, even that doesn’t make it qualify under the expired, political definition of an “assault weapon.”

Furthermore, being that the SKS is neither designed to fire in full auto mode, nor a copy of something that was, it doesn’t remotely qualify as an “assault rifle” either.

Seems like one of these days they would stop parading out lies which have been debunked a brazillionty times. But if they want to continue to provide us with an endless source of pointing and laughing, who am I to complain?

October Surprise?

It appears that some intrepid internet sleuths have uncovered information indicating that Barack Obama was an active member in a national socialist party. Is this the fabled October Surprise?

Granted, it’s not really surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention. What, with his ties to Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, ACORN, and so on. Or his epic, subversive quest to destroy the Second Amendment and disarm the public. Or his class warfare rhetoric and wealth redistribution schemes. Or his two decades of membership in a Marxist, Liberation Theology church. Or his Soviet propaganda style posters. Or the children’s choirs singing hymns to Dear Leader. Or, well, you get the picture.

But, yea, it might be the final piece of the puzzle needed to make the public realize exactly what kind of “change” he has in mind..

Hat tip to The Liberty Sphere.