How much is Bloomberg paying you, Harold?

Harold Hutchison has long been a shill for the Vichy NRA, but he’s reaching new lows. If Ammoland continues to publish his columns they should tag them “Know Your Enemy;” it’s good to know what the rights violators are planning.

Setting the Right Priorities to Defend the Second Amendment
When it comes to defending our Second Amendment rights, there are a lot of potential fights. We are seeing attacks on multiple fronts, along with efforts to move forward on some other issues. But what should be the biggest priority? Do we fight bump stock and suppressor bans? Do we focus on getting judges who will enforce our Second Amendment rights? What about the many fights at the state and local levels of government?

The problem is: I don’t see anything in there about… you know, actually defending the Second Amendment.

What is there?

  • Don’t try to pass pro-rights federal legislation.
  • Don’t try for state-level protections against corporate rights violations.
  • Don’t fight for bump-fire or suppressors.

And Harold, Trump didn’t merely “go along with an administrative bump-stock ban.” He ordered it. At the prompting of the VNRA.

And those wonderful pro-gun judges he appointed? Tell me about them. Explain how refusing a temporary stay on the bump-fire stock ban advanced the Second Amendment — or property — rights of hundreds of thousands of its victims. Tell me how refusing to hear the Kansas suppressor case advanced our Second Amendment — or state — rights.

So what does Vidkun Hutchison suggest that we do?

  • continuing the confirmation of judges” who will ignore our rights as much as “pro-2A” Gorsuch and Kavanaugh did.
  • ” ensure the re-election” of possibly the most actively anti-2A president in decades.
  • “address the abuses of power coming from the Cuomo regime – and any copycat efforts elsewhere” because they’re attacking his beloved Vichy NRA.
  • “begin work to pass laws to address corporate gun control from companies like Salesforce.”

Wait… What, Harold? You just said we should “ignore other Second Amendment issues, like maybe passing state-level protections against corporate gun control by banks and companies like Salesforce.” We’re only supposed to hold pointless “hearings [that] can put pressure on companies” without legislation, remember?

Allow me to give you the TL;DR: Surrender. Reelect a demonstrably anti-rights president. Protect the VNRA.

Fuck you, Harold.

2A: All About Muskets?

The next victim-disarming idiot who uses a smart phone connected to a computer network operating over fiber optic lines to tell me the framers of the Constitution and the Second Amendment never envisioned modern firearms, and that the Second Amendment only protects muskets is getting bitch-slapped.

James Madison, known for his role in drafting the Bill of Rights (including that pesky 2A) lived through the rise of repeating firearms, breechloaders, paper cartridges, percussion caps, metallic cartridges, pinfire cartridges, centerfire cartridges, revolvers, and mass production of firearms.

Heck, an early machinegun was pitched to the US War Office in 1812, and patented in 1813 — during Madison’s presidency (and was a refinement of a 16th century machinegun).

Yet never once did Madison stop and say, “Whoa, guys! We didn’t have any of this new shit in mind. the Second Amendment is just for muskets.”

VA Gov pushing for rights-violations that wouldn’t even help

I’ll lead with this quote:

Ralphie ‘Coonman’ Gosnell Northam, Democrat, and Governor of Virginia needs to not let any crisis go to waste. Mainly to distract from his position on infanticide, bedsheets, and shoe polish. So he is flagging the gun ban stuff in Virginia.
– New Jovian Thunderbolt

Next up is ‘Coonman’s’ tyranny wishlist, petulantly demanded in response to the Virgina Beach murders.

Universal background checks
According to police and ATF, they traced all his guns and they were purchased lawfully. Complete with background checks. Would have done nothing.

Child access prevention
Chumbucket was 40 years of age. That doesn’t count as a child even in Virginia, no matter how childish their governor acts. Would have done nothing.

One gun a month limits
Police & ATF: The guns chumbucket carried were purchased in 2016 and 2018. This is 2019. Would have done nothing.

Banning assault weapons, including bump stocks
He used pistols. No bump-fire stocks. Would have done nothing.

Requirement to report lost or stolen guns
They weren’t stolen. Would have done nothing.

Allowing localities to ban guns from municipal buildings
Virginia Beach bans employees having guns in the building. Chum was an employee. Would have done nothing.

Red flag laws
One anonymous report indicated possible problems. The police and chum’s supervisor deny those reports. One indicator that the people speaking publicly are correct is that chum wasn’t taken into custody under… wait for it… Virginia’s existing Emergency Custody Order and Temporary Detention Order laws. (Yes, existing laws to hold people who might be a danger, but with effectively the same due process that a person arrested on criminals charges would have; due process lacking in “red flag” laws.)

Would. Have. Done. Nothing.

I don’t see it in T-Bolt’s list, but I understand that C-man also wants to ban suppressors.

Bucket O’Chum had one suppressor. He had two pistols chambered in .45 ACP. Clearly, he wasn’t letting the lack of a suppressor for the other pistol deter him.

Again, would have done nothing. To stop the crime; I guarantee they’ll rape Virginians’ human/civil rights.

Les Winkeler is officially a fucking idiot.

He’s blowing off warnings about the compliance cost for Illinois’ SB0337.

Crying wolf doesn’t advance gun rights
Those over-stated reactions always make me wince. I think crying wolf is a net negative for gun rights.

The new legislation requires that gun sellers, from large retail outlets to individuals selling from their home, be licensed by the State of Illinois. Admittedly, upon initial reading the license fees were eye-popping — $1,500 for retail outlets and $300 for private sellers. Then, the fine print came into focus and we realized those were five-year licenses.

He admits that dealers operate on a thin margin, but then blows it off as, “a stretch to consider those fees would break the bank.”

I’ll start with the obvious, then get to the nitty gritty.

A dealer isn’t going to be paying “$41.67 per month or $1.37 per day.” He has to pay $1,500 dollars up front. He has to spend — expensive — time preparing the application. Yes, that’s going to hurt.

A lot. Because the nitty gritty is the part “Zumbo” Winkeler completely ignores: the new law does far more than require an expensive license. Another license (remember, they have to get an FFL and an ordinary business license).

They also have to buy ,and pay to install, a video surveillance system. An ordinary security system won’t do. It has to specifically record each and every purchaser. They have to maintain that system, and store the video for a minimum of 90 days. That ain’t cheap, if it’s going to be of any use. If a camera fails, the dealer could lose his license even if he was unaware of the failure, so the cameras will have to be checked every day.

They have to pay for a monitored alarm system. What they already have might not be sufficient if it doesn’t directly alert police. Monitored systems for commercial operations can cost $100 or more per month. After buying, and paying for the installation. It will very likely also necessitate paying for a dedicated phone line for the alarm.

Dealers will have to maintain a separate electronic inventory control system in addition to the bound book. Another computer with inventory control software. And at this point, the dealer may need to hire a clerk to make the entries; certainly he’ll need at least a temporary hire for initial entry.

Dealers will be required to conduct annual training on “straw purchase recognition,” for every employee who makes transfers. They’ll have to pay their employees for that unproductive — they aren’t selling while they’re training — training time. More money out of pocket.

Then there’s the “safe storage” for non-operating hours. Ghu only knows what that will cost, because the law doesn’t even define it, leaving to the police to make it up as they go. More money.

More money out of their narrow profit margin. The very point of the bill was to make gun stores unprofitable. Or make guns too expensive to purchase when compliance costs are passed on.

And that won’t be all. The law also creates a “Gun Dealer Licensing Board” specifically to come up with more rules and regulations with which dealers have to — expensively — comply.

But I wonder if Winkeler even noticed this:

Provides that any person within this State who transfers or causes to be transferred, by private sale, any firearm, stun gun, or taser shall keep a record of the transfer for a period of 10 years from the date of transfer.

Any person, not just licensed dealers. And transferred, not sold. Did Winkeler loan a hunting buddy a rifle? I hope he remembered to keep that record. And doesn’t lose it for ten years.

So yes, Les Winkeler is a fucking idiot, whom I’m guessing never ran a retail operation.

A Very Helpful Neighbor

Once upon a time there were two neighbors. Both tended to mind their own business, but wanted to be good neighbors so they helped each other out when the need arose. Sometimes Nick would loan a lawncare tool to Greg. Greg, being appreciative of that paid for some tool maintenance. Or it would go the other way around. Life goes on.

But then Nick got a bit strange. One morning Greg came out to find Nick letting the air out his tires. Nick insisted Greg’s tires were over-inflated, and he was just helping out. Greg let it go.

The next morning Greg was awakened by the sound of shattering glass. He looked out and saw Nick throwing rocks at his bedroom window. Nick insisted Greg’s window was cracked and he was just clearing the rest out so Greg could replace it. As you’d expect, that explanation didn’t go over well with Greg’s insurance company. But Nick had been a good neighbor for years, so Greg didn’t call the cops.

But it was a bit much when Nick suggested that Greg pay him to replace the window. Only great restraint left Nick’s nose intact.

Things were quiet for a while after that. Until Greg headed out for work and discovered that his classic Mustang was gone.

As Greg stood there dumbfounded, fumbling for his phone to call 911, Nick wandered over with a self-satisfied smirk. “Took care of that for you.”

Greg stared. “You already called the cops? Why didn’t you call me?”

“Nah. I called the wrecking yard and had them take that over-powered beast away for crushing. No one needs that much horsepower. I expect you’ll be getting their bill in the mail.”

You did what, you motherfucker?” Greg screeched. “Where do you get off vandalizing my car, my windows, and stealing my shit?”

“Whoa, whoa, buddy,” Nick said soothingly. “Settle down. Don’t you remember that time last fall when I helped you rake leaves?”

“Fuck the leaves! You stole my Mustang!”

Nick grinned. “Someone else would stolen it anyway; this way only the car got taken, and you still have a pickup.”

“Are you insane?” Greg shouted. “Do you have any idea how much time and money I put into restoring that car?” He recalled the phone in his hand, and started dialing. “I’m calling the cops.”

Nick snatched the phone. “Don’t do that. Damned phone has too many feature; you should get rid of it and use a landline, you know.” His face brightened. “Tell you what. You pay me, and I’ll see if I can get your car back,” he suggested. “If it hasn’t been crushed yet.”

As Greg pounded Nick into oblivion, the oh-so-helpful neighbor’s last thoughts were to wonder why Greg had turned into such a hater.


Which brings us to the Vichy NRA.

Yet another “you stupid haters, the NRA saved us” screed. It was posted 1/17, but I missed it until this morning.

What Has & Does The NRA Do Anyway?
If you are a regular reader of AmmoLand News you’ve seen the flood of anti-NRA preachers are out in full force, one of the activists even said they hoped that Cuomo was successful in destroying the NRA!? So this leads many members to the questions… What does the NRA do? What has the NRA done, that no one else could do to keep your rights safe.

#1 – Without the NRA Hillary Would Be President. The NRA spent an estimated $100 million to get Donald Trump elected…

First, one might wonder why the VNRA chose to back someone with a strong anti-RKBA history. Second, left to voters, HRC wouldn’t even have been on the ballot. Please review “super delegate,” Iowa caucuses, and “electoral college.” “Most hated woman in politics” might be another useful search term.

While the story of Right to Carry is well known, many are not aware of the equally important success that the NRA had in advancing Firearm Preemption laws in state legislatures.

Holy crap, is McDougall that poorly informed?

RTC: I consider Constitutional Carry to be the epitome of RTC. And the VNRA torpedoed that in New Hampshire (and lied about it later). Grassroots activists pushed it in other states as well, with the VNRA trying to discourage it; the usual excuse of It’s too much too soon; your money is better spent on us.

When locals pushed hard enough to get good RTC laws, then the VNRA stepped up…

To claim credit for other people’s hard work.

Kind of like HELLER, which the VNRA wanted to stop. When they couldn’t, they tried to get their own PARKER consolidated with HELLER so they could manipulate the case.

The VNRA has an interesting (non)litigation history. A young New Hampshire man wanted a picture of himself with a opened break-action shotgun for his yearbook photo. The school refused. He wanted to go to court. After an outcry from many NRA members, the VNRA announced that it would financially support the case. The young man’s lawyer went to work; the case was filed in federal court.

And the VNRA refused to cough up any funds. The attorney continued on a pro bono unpaid basis, without the support the VNRA had publicly claimed it was providing.

As for opposing preemption… The VNRA wrote at least one state constitution-violating “assault weapon” ban for a city. That violated state preemption.

The NRA passed the often forgotten Firearms Owners Protection Act of ’86.

Ah, yes. The FOPA, which NYC and New Jersey (among other locales) still violate with total impunity. And it’s not as if they compromised anything to get that meaningless “protection”… Oh. Wait.

Hughes Amendment. Which not only banned ownership of new machineguns, but was recently the basis for a ban on bump-fire stocks by fiat.

And as long as no local laws are broken then FOP made legal all the following:

The VNRA gave us all those problems in the first place when they put their imprimatur on the GCA. They signed away other rights to — sort of — get them back.

NRA provides Safety Training to over 1 million people every year.

Possibly because they lobbied to get VNRA courses required by law; no other group need apply.

So let’s be honest without the National Rifle Association you would have lost your right to own a firearm decades ago

Want to play “what if”? What if the VNRA hadn’t saddled us with NFA, GCA, Brady checks, and “assault weapon” bans to begin with? What if they hadn’t stalled Constitutional Carry for years? What if they hadn’t told the feds to regulate bump-fire stocks under the NFA?

What if we hadn’t lost those rights so the VNRA could fundraise to get them “back”?

What if the VNRA hadn’t broken our windows and stolen our car so we could pay them for the restoral of our property?

the five million-plus members of the NRA, and still growing, support all of this.

Do they? Less than half say they’re sticking with the VNRA.

Four out of ten have flat had enough of their shit. Another 15% are thinking hard about quitting; if they do, that’s a majority of those polled who are done with it.

And how many members does the VNRA really have? Every one should be getting one magazine or another, but circulation numbers suggest considerably fewer than four million.

Post-Parkland, the VNRA claimed a jump in new members. One rep claimed the VNRA had reached nearly 6 million. Yet after the Bump-Stock-Type Devices NPRM commenting period closed, a rep put VNRA membership at almost 5.5 million. As the rule approached finalization, the number became around five million. All that was before the Gun Feed poll.

 

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Quislings Defending Vichy NRA

The Vichy NRA appears to be in full damage control mode as people read the ATF’s final bump-fire stock rule, and realize just how badly the group screwed over gun owners.

This is a bit longer than my usual blog posts, so I’ll give you a TL;DR:

For three consecutive days, columns have been published defending the NRA’s bump-fire fiasco. In all three cases, it is the same refrain we heard after NFA, GCA, FOPA, Brady, Constitutional Carry, and all the rest: It isn’t our fault. And it would have been worse if we hadn’t done it. We derailed legislation that would have banned more. Except the bump-stock-type device (BSTD) rule can be applied to all the devices the NRA claims to have protected, and makes every semiauto in existence “easily converted to a machinegun,” and subject to a post-FOPA ban. And it didn’t even derail any legislation

Keep reading and I’ll address the points made by Marion Hammer, Duane Liptak, and Tom knighton, and explain — yet again — what I mean by that.

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