Aesop loses his shit

…because the VCDL Lobby Day rally didn’t.

In the lead up to the January rally, Aesop spilled a great deal of virtual ink on ridicule laced with gratuitous profanity all over the incipient rally attendees. He was absolutely sure the rally would devolve into mass violence due to moles, false flag operators, and Pantifa. Certain.

He even believed the news reports that The Base dipshits busted in Maryland were going to the rally to shoot people. Aesop should have read closer. What the FBI actually said is that they were concerned that the Nazi wannabes might go because they’d discussed it once. And their apparent “leader” seems to have been a CI.

Aesop should have read the warrant affidavit which made no mention whatsoever of the rally.

I had concerns about the rally myself. But I saw that it was inevitable; the rally was going to occur even if VCDL called it off and convinced Virginia members to stay home. So I made some specific suggestions for how to try to keep things under control.

Whether it was coincidence, good sense, or Van Cleave happened to read my column, what I suggested is what they did. Video showed a few people who tried to stir shit up, but the sane attendees locked it down. As of this morning, the mainstream media is sadly reporting the tragedy of exactly zero violent incidents. I saw one report of one Pantifa idiot arrested for wearing a mask.

So we got a large rally — the lowest mainstream media estimate I’ve seen was 22,000 — that went off, basically, without a hitch. Bearing in mind that it wasn’t much about actual lobbying by that point (pointless with the VA .gov thoroughly controlled by anti-rights Dems), sane people would call it a success. Media coverage showing gun owners to be a whole lot of nice people who don’t go on mass murder sprees.

Aesop, who has sacrificed any respect I once had for his opinions, disagrees. In his imaginary alternate universe, the rally was only peaceful because the attendees were Paul-Reubenesque sheep who passively allowed themselves to be caged, where they were protected by 2,000 cops who bravely protected them from themselves.

Bull fucking shit, Aesop. As I suggested, the vast majority of rallyers never entered the fenced area; based on several images, I figured 20% or less were inside the fence. The other 80% or so packed the perimeter blocks deep. Aside from one arrest of the Pantifa pisswit, every incipient incident I’ve seen was controlled by rallyers, not the police.

Dems being what they are, it’s unlikely this was a lobbying success (but I’ll wait to see if maybe some sense got scared into anyone). But…

The media, carefully watching for gratuitous violence to drive ratings and clicks, were forced to show peaceful assembly by a huge number of dedicated freedom lovers who tolerated even the leftie idiots trying to start shit. The media was tricked into showing gun owners as decent people who don’t start shit, but are ready — and equipped — to stop it.

Success.

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An Open Letter to Virginia Democrats

I just ranted about how the media is lying about Monday’s VCDL Lobby Day rally. Allow me to explain the lie in greater detail to the real victims in Virginia.


Dear urban Democrats who elected these psychopathic crime-enablers,

You fucked up. You elected Democrats who promised to reduce “gun” violence. And give you lots of free shit, of course. Plus, you probably thought you were sticking it to those damned rural redneck Republicans. Look at the bills they filed. Look at what they really gave you exchange for your votes. They lied. You should have noticed that their lips were moving.

The bills they’ve filed:

  • Ignore criminal activity.
  • Ease bail requirements.
  • Reduce penalties for criminal convictions.
  • Restore more felon rights.

Look it up. There are hundreds of bills, so it will require work, but do it.

There is nothing in there about enhanced sentencing for violent criminals, no task force to stop illegal gun trafficking, no push to recover stolen guns.

Sure, they’re also planning to give you more free shit, and that’s why you really voted for them. Who doesn’t want free shit? But there’s a catch.

They’re making it easier for criminals to steal all that free shit from you.

And just in case you catch on — finally, if unlikely even with this warning, because you are dumbasses — and decide you need a gun at long last to defend your life and free shit, tough shit.

Sorry, they’re making that tougher. Expensive background checks making firearms less affordable for poor folks. Waiting periods so you’re out that money you can’t really spare and still without protection. One gun a month rationing; you’ll have to decide if daddy going to work on midshift needs protection more than mommy watching the kids. And many of the best home defense guns will be banned (outright if they get their way, but — bare minimum — no one who doesn’t have one already will be allowed to get one, BFYTW). More “gun-free” zones where you suckers become a helpless targets of violent criminals who obey gun laws as much as they obey laws against robbery.

If you happen to already have guns for your — and your children — protection, they have bills to let them take those guns from you even if you’ve never committed a crime, and even if there’s no proof that you are going to commit a crime. All it takes is an unsubstantiated claim from a thug who wants a unarmed victim that someone in your home might, maybe, someday, perhaps. You don’t even get a hearing first. But they’ll take your guns very publicly, ensuring the neighborhood thugs know you’re helpless.

If you resist the police when they try to take them, they can kill you. After they drag your body away, the scavengers can come take all the free shit you no longer have a use for.

If you do survive the seizure, you’re now easy meat for the freelance thugs.

That’s right dumbasses. In exchange for your votes for free shit and “preventing gun violence” your delegates and senators and governor are ensuring you’re fodder for their real constituents: The violent criminals. Why did you think McAuliffe restored voting rights for 200,000 felons?

Enjoy being fleeced of your free shit, and slaughtered. You voted for it.

-signed-

Apparently One of the Last Remaining Sane People in America


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Morphing VCDL’s Lobby Day for Fun and Profit

I’ve noticed a trend in “news” reporting in the past few days, and this morning it was particularly obvious. It really hit me when I read one piece. Darned if I remember where it was, so… no link. But hit any mainstream media source and you’ll see the same general thing.

It was a report about the “protest” in Virginia on Monday. All about how “The Base” would be there, the “ultra-violent” Unite the Right, militias, white supremicists, the expected levels of violence, and so on and so forth. You had to go down ten or twelve paragraphs before you got any mention that this is an annual Lobby Day sponsored by Virginia Citizens Defense League. At that, it didn’t even say a word about what VCDL is lobbying for.

The media are doing their damnedest to ensure that an event — which has been peaceful, nonviolent, even friendly petitioning of government for 18 years — is as bloodily click-worthy as they can make it this year.

The stories — can’t call it news, because it’s becoming pure speculative fiction — that bother mentioning the actual topic portray it as right-wing gun nuts threatening death and destruction in opposition to a few reasonable crime fighting bills.

Take a look at the bills filed in the Virginia Assembly, and show me a single one that addresses actual crimes committed with firearms.

Illegal trafficking? No. Not there.

Enhanced penalties for criminal use of a firearm? No.

A task force dedicated to recovering stolen firearms? No.

How about a ban on the class of firearms most used in crime? Nope, they’re trying to ban the firearms least used in crime, but more commonly used defensively.

If you bother looking, you will find bills easing bail, restoring more felon rights, and reducing penalties for crimes.

You’ll find bills making it tougher to defend themselves against the criminals the delegates, senators and governor are enabling. Bill that make it harder for poor people to get defensive tools, and force them to choose between daddy having protection going to work on midshift or mommy protecting the kids at home.

But you won’t see that at any of the mainstream fictional-BS networks. Nothing about VCDL trying to peacefully protect everyone‘s rights, rural or urban, Democrat or Republican, rich or poor. All you’ll see is “nasty evil Jew-hating crackers are coming to kill the righteous blacks and Democrats.”

I guess civil war — or more likely Hunting Season is good for ratings.

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Henry Axe .410 explained

I’ve been puzzling over the the Henry Axe .410, which looks remarkably like a short-barrel shotgun but isn’t. I’ve been trying to figure out how it isn’t an NFA SBS or AOW.

Thanks to a very patient customer service rep for Henry Repeating Arms, I got enough data to figure it out (it would have been quicker if they simply sent me a copy of the determination letter).

Basically, they squeezed past the NFA restrictions the same way that Mossberg did with their Shockwave.

26 U.S. Code § 5845(e) Any Other Weapon:

  • any weapon or device capable of being concealed on the person from which a shot can be discharged through the energy of an explosive,
  • a pistol or revolver having a barrel with a smooth bore designed or redesigned to fire a fixed shotgun shell

That would seem to apply to the Axe .410. But then, it would seem to apply to the Shockwave as well. As we can see from Mossberg’s determination letter, the ATF decided the concealability factor applied.

is a “firearm” subject to GCA provisions; however, it is not a “firearm” as defined by the NFA. Please note that if the subject firearm is concealed on a person, the classification with regard to the NFA may change.

That is, with an overall length just over 26 inches — note that the Axe .410 is also over 26 inches — it wasn’t concealable, therefore the NFA does not apply. But if they catch someone tucking one under a coat…

This is another example of just how arbitrary the ATF can be. In these cases, “arbitrary” worked in favor of firearm manufacturers and owners. I hope Henry includes a copy of their determination letter with every Axe.

I also hope the ATF doesn’t play the same reclassification game that they did with the Reformation. All they have to do is decide this is concealable after all, and it magically becomes an AOW.

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Commenters

I like writing for The Truth About Guns. For one thing it gives me a much wider audience than I have here or even The Zelman Partisans. The downside is many of the people who comment on columns. This morning I resolved to stop reading any comments there.

For every insightful commenter who adds value to the discussion in the form of information I lacked, or some aspect I overlooked, I was wading through dozens of off-topic remarks, fake news, racist diatribes, or the ever-popular “You’re wrong. It doesn’t do that; it does this [insert exactly what I had said],” along with “No, you’re wrong; you said [insert something the opposite of what I said].”

The last straw was a commenter who, on an analysis of a gun control bill, simply declared that I was racist and homophobic. I have no idea what prompted that since neither race nor preference had anything to do with what I wrote and were never mentioned.

James Hogan’s novel Mission to Minerva involved a quantum, multidimensional multiverse in which a character suggested that ridiculous disagreements over facts or complete non sequiturs might be attributed to quantum leakage between close, almost identical universes. That might explain some of the comments I see; the poster read a different column in another universe, then accidentally slipped over here to type a response.

I did learn one thing, though. To avoid some of those misunderstandings, I”’ need to write at a lower reading grade level at TTAG than I do here or at TZP. And I need to put more effort into explaining cause/effects, showing logic chains, and explaining assumptions which I thought to be fairly basic.

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As Seen Elsewhere

Rather than periodically posting specific links to my TZP and TTAG columns, I’ve added links to my sidebar (AS SEEN ELSEWHERE) to take you to my “author pages” at those sites. You’ll find complete lists of all my columns, latest at the top.

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Breitbart Bullshit On Climate “Prediction”

I tend to like Breitbart because their articles usually link to the source of their claims so you can fact-check them easily. So in that sense, this John Nolte piece is good.

Nolte: Department of Defense Predicted Climate Change Would Destroy Us by 2020
Well, welcome to the year 2020! And welcome to yet another fake doomsday prediction number 42 from our renowned climate experts!

Fact-Checker Says: Nolte is full of shit. Read the report for yourself.

1. It isn’t a climate change prediction. It’s a what-if scenario they say is improbably extreme. Agencies do that all the time, to figure out what to plan for should the improbable actually occur.

In fact, in engineering that’s best practice. Would you care to fly in a airliner that was designed to work only in the most likely conditions? Or would you prefer one designed to survive sudden downdrafts without the wings coming off? Maybe you’d like it to have fuel capacity to maintain a holding pattern on arrival if traffic is backed up. It would suck to run out of fuel and crash after a long flight simpy because you were fourth in line to land, rather than first.

2. It wasn’t the Department of Defense. It was the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena; says so right on the Report Documentation Page. And note that the DOD isn’t even listed as a sponsoring agency. If you’re unclear on this, JPL is owned by NASA.

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