That’s a real blow to the Democrats

Man Shot Dead After Trying To Rob Gun Owner Identified As Treamel Gray, 23
A man with a concealed-carry license shot and killed an armed robber Wednesday night in Grand Boulevard, police said.
[…]
Treamel Gray, 23, one of the alleged robbers, was shot in his head. Gray, of south suburban Flossmoor, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Now Gray’s only going to be able to vote once in Chicago this November.

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Dear Creeps,

[Sent to Representatives Paul Ryan and Buddy Carter; and Senators Mitch McConnell, David Perdue, and Johnny Isakson.]

I am horrified.

I am horrified that _any_ elected official would even momentarily contemplate

1. Implementing universal background checks (better called universal preemptively prove your innocence checks) in response to terrorists who passed background checks (the San Bernardino shooter purchased his own guns, except for what he had a friend buy because he didn’t want anyone to notice how many he was acquiring; the Fort Hood shooter had purchased his firearm _and_ held a security clearance; the Orlando lunatic passed multiple background checks).

2. Implementing background checks in response to a lunatic who murdered his own mother to steal her guns. How anyone with two neurons to rub together would think an under-age murder would wait for his NICS check to process boggles my _rational_ mind.

3. Adding those listed in _investigative_ terror databases to the prohibited persons list. Those would be the same databases feeding the selectee/no-fly lists which have enabled the TSA to catch exactly zero terrorists. On the bright side, notoriously anti-rights Sen. Kennedy was on the no-fly list (along with lesbians, nuns, reporters, and at least one inconvenient wife of an immigration officer who wanted to be rid of her), so maybe all the senators or representatives stupid enough to vote for such thing will find themselves bereft of their own rights.

4. That apparently everyone in DC is totally ignorant of the definition of “infringe,” and none of you have dictionaries.

5. That your collective ignorance of the Second Amendment extends to the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

6.And that seemingly none of you bothered to read that pesky Constitution before taking oath to uphold it.

In short, I am horrified that Congress is packed with ignorant, evil assholes of Soviet proportion, who find due process inconvenient.

I am ashamed that this country elects dumbasses who think shrouds are shoulder things that go up, Barretts fire heat-seeking bullets, the MCX is an AR-15, are incapable of differentiating between a clip and a magazine, that AR-pattern semi-automatic rifles are assault rifles, and that the .223 Remington/5.56 NATO — deemed too wimpy for deer hunting in many jurisdictions — is insanely powerful and lethal.

I am angered that such stupid people would use that ignorance to impose preemptive violations of human/civil rights on those who did not commit crimes like Sandy Hook, Aurora, or Orlando.

But I simply accept it as par for the course that you collective fools haven’t figured out that not only are criminals called that because they commit crimes like violating your little firearms rules, but that under HAYNES they cannot be required to self-incriminate by participating in background checks.

Perhaps by now you — or more likely a semi-literate staffer tasked with keeping you isolated from your irate constituents’ opinions –are thinking, “Oh, no; that isn’t me. I’m one of the good guys. I don’t do that.”

Great. PROVE IT. Introduce an Article I, Section 5, clause 2 bill of expulsion for those offensive oathbreakers who DO those things. Push it to a vote. Prove you at least _tried_. Until then, you are — at best — a morally bankrupt enabler, condoning those actions.

Yes, I know it doesn’t do anything but amuse functionally illiterate staffers, and get me on lists.

Pink Pistols

A friend pointed me at this article: Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting. This please me. But what pleases me even more is this quote buried a bit further down:

The Pink Pistols is a national gun club for gays and lesbians. It saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.

If you’re gay LGBT…∞ and more interested in defending yourself than being prey, you should join the Pink Pistols. It’s pretty easy.

It’s easy to become a member of the Pink Pistols!

First, it doesn’t cost anything. There’s no dues, and no membership form to fill out.

Second, you just have to believe in the basic core principles of the Pink Pistols, that all people have the right to defend themselves from harm, and that everyone has the individual right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.

Find a local chapter.

Speaking of misperceptions

See, us stupid RKBA types simply misunderstood the nice gun grabbers.

A common misperception about gun control
The hardliners seem to believe that opposing the unrestricted manufacturing and sale of guns is suspect if one wishes to be considered a true-blue American.

And with that one statement, we see that Mr. Cotto is completely ignorant of the very subject on which he would lecture us. Unrestricted? Seriously?

Let’s look at what it takes to manufacture and sell guns.

  • Get a federal license. Type 03 if you are just a dealer, but a more expensive type 07 to manufacture. Yet another license to manufacture “destructive devices.”
  • Get your state or local business license. Depending on state, you may also require a separate firearms dealer/manufacturer license. Expect to be required to install specified security and surveillance systems.
  • Build your firearm. Give it a serial number (permanently marked in ways strictly regulated, right down to font size and depth of the stamping/engraving).
  • There are safety requirements for modern-manufacture weapons. Expect to build in a firing pin/striker disconnect or block.
  • If there’s any doubt whether it might be a destructive device or Any Other Weapon, send a sample to the ATF Technical Branch for evaluation.
  • If the ATF determines it could be a machine gun, you can’t sell it to civilians at all. If it’s an AOW, purchasers will need a special tax stamp to get it.
  • States like California and Massachusetts have their own set of rules, so you need to send them sample guns for testing before you can market there. Better check all fifty states’ rules. You’ll probably have to test fire each gun and include a fired case in the box with the gun.
  • Truthfully, you won’t want to market anything in California, because new guns have to incorporate nonexistent “microstamping” technology.
  • That serial number? Permanently log it in records subject to ATF inspection. That log will include when you ship the firearm out to a dealer or middleman.
  • The recipient also has to maintain those records. Forever. If they go out of business, the records must be shipped to the ATF.
  • To sell to an individual:
    • Make him fill out a multipage questionnaire. The ATF wants to know his race.
    • Check his government-issued photo ID. If he doesn’t have one, no sale.
    • Run a background check on your customer; you are required to consider him a felon (or several other classes of “prohibited person”) until proven otherwise.
    • Once the background comes back clean, you can sell him the firearm (unless it’s a pre-’86 machine gun or AOW for which he has not yet obtained his tax stamp).
    • But… depending on the state, you can’t actually give it to him for several days. Mandated waiting periods, you know.
    • You might also be required to provide trigger locks and mental health information.
    • Oh, yes. You are required to be a mind reader, to ensure you can detect an unlawful “straw purchase.” Not all criminals will be as obliging as former astronaut Mark Kelly who publicly announced that he was making a straw purchase.
  • Now that you’ve sold that gun, don’t forget to update your bound book for the ATF’s inspection.
  • Brace yourself for ATF compliance inspections. Obama has issued an executive memorandum requiring the ATF to conduct even more of them.

Perhaps Mr. Cotto thinks the firearms industry is “unrestricted” because he heard Hillary Clinton say that firearms manufacturers are immune against lawsuits. He should have noted the “politician/mouth-moving” indicator.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act only provides limited immunity. They are liable for defective products, just like any other industry. They are liable for laws broken by themselves.

But they are not liable if they followed all the rules (far more than just those I mentioned already), built a product that operates correctly as advertised, and Some Asshole murders his mother to steal her guns that she purchased lawfully (see above procedures) to kill more people. (Background: The PLCA was passed after the family of a gangbanger murder victim successfully sued five firearms manufacturers for building the gun with which their punk was shot, despite the fact that the make and model were unknown since the firearm was never found.)

Once Mr. Cotto demonstrates more knowledge about firearms, industry, and the Second Amendment, I might be a little more inclined to consider his whining about my alleged misperceptions.

Letter to the Nuge

From The Zelman Partisans:

An Open Letter to Ted Nugent
Dear Mr. Nugent,

You recently wrote a column advocating the elimination of Islam in which you addressed the danger of allowing political correctness to stop the fight against Islamic terror. You finished with: “Never invite rats, mice or cockroaches into your home. Kill them all before they even get close. Exterminate them. Then let freedom ring for decades to come.”

While you are correct that PC “thinking” shouldn’t get in the way of doing the right thing, your invective gives the impression that you’re also willing to chuck out morals and common decency.

TZP is primarily focused on RKBA issues from a Jewish perspective. That article touches on perpheral issues. Those issues may be better discussed in comments here.