Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review give credit to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski for calling Hillary Clinton “pathetic” for playing the gender card against Bernie Sanders.  They also question the choice of liberal John Harwood to moderate Wednesday’s GOP debate on CNBC.  And they shake their heads as MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry tells her guests to be wary of using the term “hard worker” because she somehow connects it to slavery and single moms.

The NRA Is Doomed. Long Live the NRA.

 

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The National Rifle Association is too rural and too radical to continue. The NRA will soon cease to be relevant in local and national politics as its members age and the political zeitgeist swings in favor of voters who support gun control and restrictions on the Second Amendment. The science is settled on this, it’s inevitable, it’s going to happen.

I’m not quoting this month’s story by Adam Winkler in the Washington Post, rather, I’m quoting a 1996 story in Rolling Stone. The “experts” in the halls of Washington and academia were wrong about the NRA 20 years ago, and they’re wrong about it today as well.

The Libertarian Podcast, with Richard Epstein: “The Second Amendment and Gun Violence”

 

For those who need a reminder that there’s no one out there quite like Richard Epstein, we present the newest episode of The Libertarian podcast: one in which Richard argues that the Supreme Court got its famous Second Amendment in decision in District of Columbia v. Heller wrong, but also that the gun control measures usually advocated for by the Left are essentially useless. This one will get people talking. Listen in below or by subscribing to The Libertarian through iTunes.

The Common Roots of America’s Gun Culture

 

shutterstock_158418869I grew up in Calgary and spent many a day on my uncle’s farms scattered all over southern Alberta. Some of them were hunters, and some, like my Dad, were not. One thing all my farming relatives had in common, though, was a well-stocked larder. When you live on farm that’s miles away from the nearest town, you can’t just pop down to the local IGA (Walmart hadn’t been invented yet) and get what you’re missing: If you don’t have it in the house, you went without it until the next trip into town.

This sense of self-reliance and preparedness is what drove gun culture in America for hundreds of years. There is an element of sport to hunting, and trophy hunting will always offer the allure of competing against nature to bring home their prizes. But, by and large, people who hunted for food was what the public thought of when they thought of the typical American gun owner.

This is changing as America moves off the farm and into the city, but the same sense of self-reliance remains, and guns are a part of it. Writer and television host Michael Bane was one of the first to use the phrase “Gun Culture 2.0,” and it’s an apt description of what is driving today’s gun owners. If Gun Culture 1.0 was about hunting and traditional target sports like bullseye, trap shooting and Camp Perry, Gun Culture 2.0 is about concealed carry, practical pistol, and 3 Gun. The same self-reliant, independent streak, however, runs through both cultures, and it’s why today’s gun owners are buying guns in record numbers.

The Democrats Go Full Gun-Grabber

 

shutterstock_190967072One of the biggest applause lines from last week’s Democratic debate was Martin O’Malley’s cocksure, focused description of the National Rifle Association as the enemy he’s most proud to have made. Moments later, Hillary Clinton seconded the notion, though she went on to include — among other things, and in the same tones — the Iranians and the Republican Party. But, as if to make the point even clearer over the weekend, Clinton echoed President Obama’s recent allusion to Australia’s draconian licensing and buy-back policy as a model for the United States to emulate.

It’s increasingly apparent that the Democrats plan to make the abrogation of gun rights a major part of their 2016 platform. This may not be quite as bad politics as it sounds: a recent Pew Survey found that support for gun rights has waned from its high last year, and that was before the latest cluster of shootings, including that of the Virginia news crew and at Umpqua Community College. According to the same survey, gun control remains wildly popular among Democrats. The good news is that the overall numbers are still near historic highs in favor of rights, with the country nearly evenly split on the matter.

However, two things are concerning. First, we are — as Charles C.W. Cooke darkly suggests — likely not too far off from the first HD, livestreamed mass murder. Imagine the effect a Newtown-style massacre would have next fall if its horror was uploaded (unedited) to YouTube in 1080p. Second, imagine what a legacy-hunting Obama and a desperate Hillary Clinton might do with that, especially when Wayne LaPierre inevitably makes an idiot of himself and blames video games and calls for armed guards in every school.

First Learn Our Language, Then We Can Have a Conversation

 

Once again, Democrats are calling for a “conversation” about guns in America. But when a state-enforced ban and confiscation of semi-automatic firearms is one of their talking points, it’s hard to believe a “conversation” is what they really want. Would we be having a “conversation” about the First Amendment if they were proposing to ban whole categories of news outlets or implement background checks for journalists? I would doubt the sincerity of anyone suggesting such things, and I doubt the sincerity of anyone proposing universal background checks for gun owners, too.

The anti-gunners believe that if they talk enough at gun owners, we’ll see the light (their light), trust in their good intentions, and turn in our guns. The problem is that they have no clue how you actually talk about guns, as California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D) will now demonstrate:

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review give Jim Webb credit for being the only Democratic presidential candidate not completely living in a fantasy.  They also call out Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley for not really wanting to win when they refused to confront Hillary Clinton over her email scandal.  And they discuss the Democratic Party effectively choosing to embrace socialism.

This Is Why We Win

 

Mike Rowe visits Demolition Ranch in a quest to become a middle-aged action hero for his CNN TV show, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Unsurprisingly, he has a tremendously good time shooting shotguns and blowing up a significant portion of the area outside of Austin, Texas.

This is why gun rights are advancing and gun control is losing: At the end of the day, safely shooting firearms is fun, and marching to take away the right of personal protection is not fun.

Inside, Outside, Upside Down: Choosing a Holster for Concealed Carry

 

Purchasing a defensive firearm is not a (pardon the pun) one-shot deal. You’re making the most adult decision you’ve ever made in your life, namely, taking personal responsibility for the safety of your loved ones. As Marty McFly might say, “that’s heavy.”

A firearm is not a talisman of self-protection: You don’t buy one and then leave it in a place of veneration in your home so it will somehow provide an umbrella of protection to all who dwell within. A pistol has to be readily accessible in order to be effective, and that means having it near you both when you’re inside and outside your home.

Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are impressed with National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke for exposing liberals who demand we “do something” to stop mass shootings but don’t actually have any ideas.  They also sigh at another disappointing jobs report.  And they have fun with the news that eight members of the Iranian women’s soccer team were actually men.

Another American Gun Massacre. After the Shooter, Blame the Media.

 

By now many of you will have heard of the abomination in Oregon. I send my prayers and thoughts to both the victims and the families. I can’t imagine what it must be like for the victims’ and survivors families right now as they try to come to terms with their whole world falling apart. There is an old Irish phrase at times like these: you never know the day nor the hour. It is very apt as a warning after an event or tragedy like the above, but before — silent; as people make life choices with little thought to the afterlife. After all why should he, why should she? They are not going to their maker today, right?

Obama on Oregon Shooting: ‘This Is Something We Should Politicize’

 

Obama-Umpquah-ShootingPresident Obama delivered an angry statement on the Thursday shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR. “Each time we see one of these mass shootings,” he said from the White House briefing room podium, “our thoughts and prayers are not enough.

In a 15-minute statement, Obama stressed that the US is “the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every couple of months.” He praised the gun control efforts in Australia, a nation that conducted a mass confiscation of firearms from its citizenry.

The President repeatedly complained about the Republican-led Congress and gun rights advocates. “There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America,” he said, “so how can you with a straight face say more guns will make us safer?”

Stop It, Dad, You’re Embarrassing Me

 

Friday-Night-FightsI’ve long felt conflicted about Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. True, it’s one of the worst federal agencies, but that particular trio is my favorite weekend agenda — especially when football is added in. Leave it to the government to screw that up.

During the halftime of a high school football game, BATF Special Agent Marc Delpit allegedly beat up the dad of one of his son’s teammates and allegedly threatened an allegedly gathering crowd at gunpoint. Allegedly. According to multiple witnesses, Delpit punched the victim to the ground and kept on punching. When bystanders tried to step in, witnesses said the agent drew his pistol and brandished it at the crowd. (Actually they said he “waved” it, but how often do you get to use the word “brandished?”)

Both the alleged assaulter and the alleged assaultee have sons on the varsity team for Houston’s St. Thomas High. Meanwhile, the Catholic school (named for the patron saint of Caribbean vacations and fisticuffs) was beating rival Angleton High just as badly by a score of 31 to 14.

Six Things Your Gun Store Clerk Wants You To Know

 

gun store 0471. Beginners should buy beginner’s guns. 

We’re happy you’ve decided to take responsibility for your own protection and are looking for a concealed-carry pistol. However, most small pocket pistols are not for first-time gun owners: They’re hard to control because they pack a powerful punch in a small package and are not easy guns to shoot on a regular basis. Sure, they’re easy to carry around and have enough firepower to stop the threat, but that power and small size makes them very unpleasant guns for practice and training. All the firepower in the world does you little good if you can’t hit the target.

2. You’re not as good a shot as you think you are, especially under stress.

Have You Read the Constitution of the United States?

 

It’s a rhetorical question. I presume you all have, and many times over. And I presume you’ve all carefully read the Bill of Rights, and probably know the Second Amendment by heart. And so I assume that if you saw the following sentence, you’d know how it should be corrected: “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon.”

You’d just whip out that red pen and get rid of the “upon,” wouldn’t you? Because you know what it actually says by heart, and that sounds wrong. It sounds wrong the way, “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early lightning” sounds wrong. It’s just not the way the lyrics go, and every Americans knows those lyrics by heart.

The Gun Grabbers’ Mask Slips

 

When Democrats and gun control advocates talk about “gun safety,” they mean only one thing: banning guns and attempting to confiscate them from law-abiding citizens. Sure, they may talk about “gun safety” or “gun violence*,” but what they really want are guns out of the hands of the private citizens.

Gun safety isn’t all that hard, actually. The four rules were laid out almost 50 years ago by Marine Colonel Jeff Cooper, and they’re still true today. But to the gun grabbers such as the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), those rules don’t exist. All guns are capable of magically leaping off the table or out of the holster and inflicting wanton destruction, all by themselves. Any attempt, therefore, to increase gun safety that doesn’t involve turning your guns in is evil, and in their eyes, deserves ridicule. But they have now taken their opposition to new lows by opposing a federal grant to help educate kids about gun safety.

Now, If You’ll Just Sign and Date Here, Mr. Criminal …

 

410px-MA_-_Boston_Police_BadgeMore than 20 years ago, Samuel T. Francis coined the phrase anarcho-tyranny to describe the trend of laws increasingly burdening law-abiding citizens while allowing genuine criminals to get away with malfeasance. He offered gun control as a prime example of this and, as a new study about the difficulty in tracing seized weapons in Boston has shown, he was all too prescient on that specific issue.

In the United States, all sales of new firearms must be registered and logged with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (oddly, still known as the ATF). The federal government does not, however, require that subsequent private sales be recorded, though some states do keep such records. Scratch that: some states attempt to keep such records, but fail to do so because such databases rely overwhelmingly on malefactors’ willingness to report their own misbehavior. This was detailed in a new report titled “The Sources of Boston Crime Guns” that looked at the Boston Police Department’s statistics on 3,200 firearms it recovered or confiscated between 2007 and 2013. The results were, shall we say, underwhelming.

To wit: