Why I Ardently Support The Second Amendment

Often at times like this, just after a cop has just been callously murdered by some shitbag with a gun, people ask me how it is that I, as a brother in blue, can be such a strong advocate of the second amendment.

I have recently been in the very shoes that many Sacramento PD officers now find themselves, again: a coworker murdered by a shitbag with a gun.

In fact, I have sadly been in those shoes multiple times in recent years, so I understand how emotional a time like this is. My heart breaks for my brothers and sisters at Sac PD, and for all those who mourn the loss of Officer Tara O’Sullivan.

It is at times like this that liberal politicians, leftist organizations and anti-gun groups will point to the incident and try to use images of grieving law enforcement officers as props in their attack on the rights of Americans, and try to justify that attack on rights under the guise of trying to protect cops.

Well, here is why, completely unfiltered (ie: strong language to follow).

Criminals

I look at the worthless fucker who killed Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan and I know that long before he fired the first shot at her and the other cops on scene, he violated many laws. He was, or should have been based on his misdemeanor domestic violence conviction, a prohibited person who could not legally own, let alone posses a firearm. Just from the photos provided by Sac PD in their press release, it is plainly visible that two of the firearms he used are illegal in California for anyone to have, let alone someone who cannot legally posses a gun at all. He had a long history of violent, criminal behavior, but here he was, out on the streets continuing that violent behavior. It was his violent behavior that prompted his girlfriend to call the cops for help that day.

Suspect’s weapons – both AR’s pictured are not CA legal due to standard configuration and standard mag releases.

As cops, all cops, even the few who do support gun control, we all know the following statement to be true:  Criminals do not obey the law.

Any criminal intent on getting a gun can and will get a gun, and any gun they want for that matter, if they want it bad enough.

Gun control laws do absolutely NOTHING to prevent criminals from getting guns, because criminals do not get guns through legal means. During my 22 year career, I encountered exactly two (2) people who had legally purchased gun and later used that gun to commit a crime.  One of those two people purchased his gun specifically to commit his crime.  He paid for it, waited the mandatory 10 day “cooling off” period, picked up his gun and drove straight to the crime scene where he shot his wife and then killed himself.

That criminals obtain their guns through illegal means  is not just my opinion based on 22 years of anecdotal evidence though. There are actually several studies confirming this as fact.

Politicians & Anti-gun Organizations

The same anti-gun liberals who “never let a good crisis go to waste” (Rahm Emanuel, anti-gun liberal politician) jump on these heart wrenching scenes and try to capture that emotion to push their anti-gun agenda. Very few things motivate people like raw emotion, and they know it, and they use that.

Those same assholes that want to outlaw firearms are the same fucksticks who are responsible for the suspect who killed Officer O’Sullivan, and thousands of others like him, for being on the streets. They have been constantly decriminalizing serious crimes, including some violent felonies, both through laws they pass on their own and others they put up to the voters disguised as such lies as “Safe schools and neighborhoods act.” They write bill after bill to give convicts more rights, to release them early from prisons, to completely forgive their criminal behavior, to allow them to serve on criminal juries, while they simultaneous write bills to take guns away from law abiding citizens who have done absolutely nothing wrong.

The anti-gun politicians are nothing but unscrupulous crap weasels who spread lies and count on people’s raw emotions to get what they want. Fuck them all!

Citizens & Self Defense

Lastly, as a cop, I have seen countless times, firsthand, the difference that having a gun makes for citizens. For many, it is the difference between life and death. For others, it is the difference between being a victim or not.

You see, we, the cops, want to do everything we can to protect the innocent. We wish we could be there exactly when someone needs us the most, to protect them from the criminals, especially the criminals with guns. But the fact of the matter is, that is physically impossible. This is not Minority Report. We do not know when and where bad things are going to happen, and there are only so many of us working and any given time. I explored this topic in depth many years ago, and still stand by every single word I wrote.

When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.

Taking guns away from law abiding citizens only hurts them, and ironically just serves to make the criminals “job” safer.

Law abiding citizens use guns, most times without ever firing a shot, nearly 2 MILLION times a year to defend themselves and others. That is hundreds of times more defensive uses than people who are killed by criminals with guns. Ask yourself, whose side are you on, the victim’s or the criminal’s?

Any and all legislation should be driven by logical thought and analysis of its potential effectiveness, never emotion.

To those who want to do something to stop all this “gun violence,” stop focusing on the tool used. Instead focus on the perpetrator. You might be surprised to find nearly every single one has a long criminal history. Instead of trying to eliminate a tool that any skilled machinist can build in their garage, how about we start eliminating (removing from the streets) the worthless sacks of shit who plague our society.

Like all my brothers and sisters in blue, I grieve over the senseless, tragic loss of Officer Tara O’Sullivan, but I will not permit others to use my emotions to manipulate me.

Today, and every day, I ardently support the second amendment, because I am not a moron!
-Matt

Gun Control Proponents Predictably Show Their Ugly Side

It has barely been 24 hours since Bob Owens died and already the anti-gunners have set forth in what I sadly predicted would follow.  They seem to be cherishing in the fact that a Second Amendment rights proponent has taken his own life with a gun.  What kind of a horrible human being does that?  Hell, as a cop, I don’t even do that when a cop shoots a bad guy in a 100% justifiable shooting.

I guess that just shows you the true character of the people who want to take away our rights.

The first example of this that I stumbled upon was Sandy Phillips, whose Twitter account describes her as “Daughter killed in Aurora theater massacre. Speaker on gun violence in America. Opinions are mine. I block Nuts & Bullies” when she Tweeted this:

Apparently, she also blocks people who call her out for being a horrible human being because I was instantly blocked. Then there are lots of folks dragging up a 2013 Daily Kos article about bob, while commenting that he has died.

Then there is this sorry excuse for a human literally celebrating Bob’s death.

Not to be outdone, the real assholes stepped up their game.

And of course, the Violence Policy Center has to chime in in typical anti-gunner heartless fashion.

In their minds, this is a gun epidemic, not a suicide problem.  Despite the fact that there are many countries, even first world countries, where guns are completely illegal to own, yet they still have much higher suicide rates than the US.  The US is in 48th place, and many of the countries higher on the list have far stricter gun laws, if not a total ban on private gun ownership.  In fact, here in the US, while guns do hold 1st place as method of suicide, suffocation holds second, with almost half as many suicides by suffocation.  What is next, calling for rope, belt, string and plastic bag control?  The guns are not the problem, they are but the means. Sadly, as the day progresses, so does the display of human depravity.  If my career has taught me one thing, it is that a great number of people SUCK!  Time to step away from the computer for a bit.


Update: Well, I tried to get away.  Even took the long, twisty route to work on my motorcycle, but when I sat down my notifications on my phone alerted me to the following.

Apparently, calling out a person who is making fun of a person’s death in order to push their political agenda makes me the jerk…

Supporters of Vehemently Anti-Gun Hillary Caught Stealing Guns

In an event so ironic it has to be tied to a anti-gun politician, the suspects of two different gun store burglaries are apprehended. Both burglaries, one in Rocklin, CA and the other in Folsom, CA, occurred within approximately 40 minutes of each other. The suspects used a vehicle to smash through the front of the business and then they flooded in stealing both ammunition and guns.

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The vehicle and several suspects were located and apprehended in Oakland less than 10 hours later, and much of the stolen merchandise has been recovered. Awesome cop work on everyone’s part!

That part in and of itself is not the ironic part, it is the suspect vehicle, which was NOT reported stolen, that sticks out, and in particular, a bumper sticker on that car.

From the local news story:

Ford’s video shows the black Honda CRV, crashing through the front door of the business, and as many as five men were seen getting out of the car and climbing over the metal gate that was blocking the windows and doors.

The vehicle also had a blue bumper sticker that read “I’m ready for Hillary.”

The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that the vehicle’s license plate No. 6VCB742 is registered out of Oakland. It has not been reported as stolen.

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You know, they should really pass laws against this sort of thing, that way bad guys wouldn’t break in and steal stuff…
-Matt

Newsom – Stupid, Manipulative, or Both?

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I swear, every time Gavin Newsom opens his mouth (or keyboard) regarding guns, he makes a bigger idiot out of himself, at least to those of us that know and understand guns and gun laws. To top it off, the comments from his anti-gun supporters really makes me wonder about their mentality.

First of all, take a look at the photo and read what Newsom wrote. In the photo is a guy with a long gun sling (with the damn safety off!!!! FFS people, keep your weapon on safe!). It appears to be a 5.56 SBR AK variant of some sort, but that is not hugely relevant.  Newsom posts that this is the “new normal” which only displays his lack of knowledge on the very subject in which is trying to pass new laws.  The fact is, open carry of long guns in Texas has been legal for a long time. The “new normal” is that people can open carry holstered handguns, and my understand is only if they have a concealed carry permit.

Newsom is either a complete idiot, or he is intentionally using a photo of a guy with a scary black rifle to draw on the emotions of his followers that fear guns, after all, a big black rifle is much more scarier than a holstered handgun.

Now, I am not, nor have I ever been a proponent of open carry.  Yes I agree that it should be legal, but tactically speaking, in a normal everyday urban environment, I think open carry is a huge mistake.  I say that not to start an open vs. concealed carry discussion, but rather to demonstrate that I am not arguing with Newsom and his minions because they are bashing something that I am a proponent of.

Once you get beyond Newsom’s manipulative (or arguably moronic) initial post, the comments by his supporters really make one wonder about the mental state of the people who support his anti-gun agenda.  In what has become typical of gun control supporters, the comments regarding penis size, paranoia, what a militia is, and claims that gun owners are all racist white people flowed quite freely.

I actually caught this post only moments after Newsom posted it to Facebook, and was one of the first people to reply to it.  Some of the replies to my comment were just off the wall.  Others, by folks who tried to offer some logic, fell far short and when I called them on it, they quickly disappeared, but the people obsessed with penis size never seem to clue in.

Seriously, read through the comments on his page.  It will really make you scratch your head.  The 3rd grade mentality offered by his supporters is scary when you consider that most of these people vote, and breed.  Reading through the comments, even the top rated comments, makes me feel like Joe must have felt when he awoke in the movie Idiocracy.
-Matt

Ignore The Idiot Celebrities, Please

Oh yay!  More uneducated (on the topic) Hollywood yokels opening their pie holes and spewing spoon fed drivel about a topic on which they have ABSOLUTELY ZERO expertise!  Sounds a lot like the panderer in chief whom they joined in this video…

Can you all please just STFU!  Looks like I can add a few more new folks to my “won’t give them another dollar of my hard earned money” list.

Folks, don’t buy the bullshit they are shoveling!  I feel horrible for the relatives of the victims that they have included in this video, but disarming me does not make you safer.

If the recent events, especially those in CA, have shown nothing else, they have perfectly demonstrated that no matter what “common sense gun control laws” you put in place, evil people with bad intentions will still get guns, legally or illegally.  As those very same situations proved, it takes good guys with guns to stop bad guys with guns.  And the last, most important thing those recent situations proved is that when seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.   Trust me, I’m a cop, I know.  We wish we could be there to prevent these acts, but the sad reality is, we can’t.

Absolutely nothing (besides the gun grabbing morons that is) says the good guy with a gun need to be a cop.  The most important thing is that they have the right training and the right mindset. Do not let these leftist control freaks disarm you!
-Matt

Devoid of Facts

newsomGavin Newsom is on a mission, a mission based on lies and fairytales, and one that has absolutely no hope of solving the problem he claims to want to cure.  As a cop in the state where he is pushing this agenda, I cannot stand by and let this liar further destroy this state, and create more victims out of good, law abiding citizens in the process.

“I just simply, this sort of mythology, the guy with the gun that’s going to come save the day, I mean, so right out of the movies, sort of this gun-slinging fantasy. The reality is, it’s most likely to create more harm, more damage, more lost lives in those circumstances.”

This guy is a freaking lunatic, and he is also 100% wrong, but since when has that stopped politicians who are pushing gun control laws?

The fact of the matter is, his statement here is the only thing of mythology, the liberal, anti-gun mythology that is.  There are absolutely ZERO instances that back his ludicrous claim.  I can think of a only a handful of instances where an armed citizen may have fired their weapon when not legally justified, but in none of those incidents were innocent people injured or killed, and in none of those incidents, were matters made worse as he claims.

The fact of the matter is that there is an abundance of cases which absolutely demonstrate the opposite of what Newsom claims.  Good guys (and gals) with guns have indeed stopped a number of mass shootings.  In fact, here is a list of 12 such incidents.  Besides those 12, there many are others still, and I have been at countless events where a good guy with a gun stopped a crime on a smaller level (not mass shootings, but just individual personal crimes).  It happens every single day in the US!

Getting beyond that idiotic assertion, that it is better to be unarmed in the event of an attack by a crazed gunman, the next comment to ooze out of his mouth is nothing more than an outright, bold faced lie designed to anger the ignorant listener.

“Yeah, well, I mean, look, you get worse when you live in a country with 300 plus million guns, in a country that the NRA is out there promoting guns for terrorists. Let me just repeat what I just said, as audacious as it…  They believe that everybody deserves a gun, including terrorists. From 2007 in this country, we’ve been trying to close a loophole that denied people who are on the no-fly zone (sic) in the United States the ability — those are the folks that can’t get on airplanes”

Let me state this very clearly for those who may not understand the difference, a difference that I am pretty damned sure Newsom is well aware of:
Being on a “terror watch list” and being a “terrorist” are two entirely different things!

Mr. Colion Noir does an excellent job of debunking this BS claim in the following video:

The problem with Gavin Newsom is that his agenda is all that matters to him.  He is a want-to-be tyrant who is using lies to fire up emotions in order to manipulate the uneducated and weak minded voters, a tactic that, sadly, is often successful in California (see Prop47 for proof).

Again, as I have said many times in the past, my open challenge to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom still stands.  If you, Gavin Newsom, truly do have a desire to solve the “gun violence” that you are claiming to be addressing, how about having an open debate with someone who has nearly 20 years of experience dealing with it?  What’s the matter Newsom, afraid the public will see you get schooled on the topic by some dumb street cop?
-Matt

Shocking Headline: Lying Anti-Gun Liar Spouts Lies

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In typical gun grabbing politician style, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom called Wayne LaPierre and the NRA liars and racists for the latest video they released.  Gee, like we haven’t heard those claims before…

The problem is, I’ve watched the particular video he shared and I can neither find anything untrue nor can I find a single thing that could remotely, at least in a sane person’s mind, be deemed racist.  That is unless showing a picture of a black criminal who murdered a 9 year old black child is somehow racist.

Here, watch the video for yourself and you be the judge:

As far as Wayne’s claims that the feds are not doing anything to prosecute the existing federal laws, he is exactly correct.  In fact, a couple of years ago, in a meeting with the NRA, Vice President Biden specifically stated that the Feds are too busy to investigate the violations of current law.  More recently than that, yet another case, one in which a cop died as a direct result of a straw purchase, the feds once again failed to strictly enforce the law, and merely slapped the wrist of the felon who provided the gun to the murderer.  In my book, nothing Wayne said in that video remotely constitutes a lie, and I’m pretty sure most cops would agree with me.  We see it all too often when people arrested for gun crimes get plea bargained down, or charges dropped.

Newsom was not the first anti-gun lefty to lie about this video though.  In fact, I first became aware of this video when watching another video, one done by Colion Noir in which he slams a writer at the Huffington Post, a writer who claims to be a “gun guy” himself.  If you have not seen it, Colion’s rebuttal video is spot on, and really hammers the HuffPo “gun guy” while simultaneously addressing the only part of Wayne’s video that I can remotely assume Newsom was calling racist.

Here is the problem with this situation though, Newsom is the Lt. Governor of the State of California, not some half-witted, self-professed “gun guy” at an über liberal online “news” website who cannot perform a simple Google search.   The fact that a sitting Lt. Governor can spout such nonsense, such outright untruths, and not face, at the very least, some hard questions from the mainstream media, well that my friends is a very sad sign of the times we live in.  That said, while the MSM seems content to let such falsehoods fly unchallenged, I will not stand by and let such behavior go unchecked.  Here is where I call out Newsom, yet again.

Hey Lt. Gov. Newsom, instead of doing nothing but spewing that tired anti-gun, anti-NRA rhetoric that is all so common to those who are trying to push laws that directly violate the bill of rights, why not get specific?  If that video is so “full of lies (big surprise)” as you claim, it should be a simple very task to actually point out just one of those lies, should it not?  Why not support your claim with facts and statistics that prove that Wayne and the NRA are lying?  What about this video is so “incredibly racist” that it causes you to suggest it is shameful?  Please point to specifics.

The problem is, you can’t!  Because nothing Wayne said was a lie, and nothing he said was racist.  The only liar in this mix is you, Gavin Newsom!  You sir, are the liar. 

Many times since Newsom announced his new push to violate the bill of rights, to further burden the lawful gun owning residents of one of the most already unfriendly states for gun owners…  oops, I mean his push to “reduce gun violence,” I have publicly challenged him to debate the efficacy of his proposals, and every time all that we hear are crickets.  So, once again, I challenge you, Gavin Newsom, to publicly debate your proposed legislation and its potential to actually reduce “gun violence.”  It is time for you to stop spewing anti-gun, anti-NRA rhetoric and man up.  Let us sit down like adults and discuss this, instead of acting like a 3rd grader running around the playground spreading lies and calling names.
-Matt

Dear Lt. Gov. Newsom, Please Leave Crime Prevention to the Pros

coverGavin Newsom, the Lieutenant Governor of California, the state in which I not only reside, but have been a cop for the last 20 years, in the wake of the recent college campus shooting in Oregon, is proposing a new three part gun control law, exactly NONE of which would have had the least effect on the incident in Oregon, in any of the high notoriety incidents that liberals and other gun control proponents like to “politicize” in order to fuel the emotions of their logically impaired supporters, or on “gun crime” in general.

As reported today, Newsom’s proposed ballot initiative “calls for a background check on all ammunition purchases, requiring owners to turn in large capacity assault-style magazines and making gun owners report lost or stolen guns.”

So, let us take a look at exactly what Newsom is proposing, and why it is, well, stupid.  I will examine each of the three aspects separately.

Background Check On All Ammunition Purchases

This will do absolutely nothing to inhibit the ability of criminals to purchase ammunition and instead will only add yet one more hurdle that law abiding gun owners have to deal with.  First, let me discus why this is useless, then I will discuss why it is stupid.

It is useless because, in my experience, criminals don’t wander into the local gun store or sporting goods store to buy ammunition, just like they don’t buy their guns there.  While they could indeed do so, I cannot think of but one or two instances over my career in which I encountered a criminal armed with a gun loaded with recently purchased, decent ammo.  Most of the time, the ammo is old, dirty, mismatched loads and even on occasion, not even the proper caliber ammo for the firearm it is being used in.  Regarding that last comment, criminals are fairly creative and find ways to make what they have work, such as wrapping 20gg shotgun shells with strips of aluminum cut from a can until the shells fit into the 12gg shotgun they were using.

Now, even if they were running to their local store to purchase it, ammunition is not serial numbered, or marked in any way that would make tracking it possible, so there would be nothing to prevent the instant creation of a black market, or creation of a designated ammo man; the guy with a clean record who makes ammo runs.  On top of that, ammunition can easily be purchased out of state and brought or shipped in.

As for the reason this is stupid, just like every other step that the state has taken down the gun control path, it will only have an effect on law abiding gun owners, and the cost of this will be passed on to them.  Background checks are not free, nor are all of the relevant computer systems, databases, communications hardware, personnel to run it, etc.  All of that requires funding, and I guarantee those costs will be passed on to the law abiding gun owners, all for nothing.

Turn In “Large Capacity Assault-Style Magazines”

I had to put that in quotes, because that phrase is so stupid, it is clearly written by someone with not an ounce of firearm knowledge.

First, before I start ripping apart the lack of logic behind this, let me just say two things:
– Just because a magazine holds more than 10 rounds does not make it “high capacity.” A stock Glock 17 magazine holds 17 rounds.  That is normal capacity, not high.  A 33 round stick mag for that same gun would, in my opinion, classify as high capacity, but even that is totally irrelevant to the gun crimes.
– There is no such thing as an “assault-style” magazine. I’m not sure if Newsom said that, or if that was the reporter’s words, but whoever it was, please don’t be a complete moron.  Quit making up scary sounding crap!

Moving on, artificial magazine capacity limits have been in place for many years in CA, and also in other states, and have been proven completely useless.  They do not do anything to reduce gun crime, or make anyone (except for the criminals – more on that in a moment) safer.  The cowardly murderer in Isla Vista, CA in May, 2014 was using artificially limited capacity magazines which the shooter purchased legally.  The murderer at Virginia Tech did not have any artificial capacity limits, but he still proved that the capacity does not matter as the shooter will prepare himself, just as he did there.  More than 17 magazines were recovered at that tragic event.  Murderers know what they are going to do, and they prepare for it, buying more magazines if necessary.

Why did I say capacity limits make criminals safer?  Simple.  Bad guys know when and where they plan to accomplish their evil deeds, and they load up when they set out.  Good guys don’t know what may be coming, and most folks will only be carrying their gun, with however many bullets that gun may hold, and that is all they will have to stop the evil doer, or evil doers.

Now, to answer your (totally uneducated) question about why anyone would need more than 10 bullets, another simple answer: Because this is real life!  When an evil person is committing evil acts, such as trying to kill you or others, many things happen, including your encountering a massive adrenaline dump.  Also, if you are trained in the least, you will be moving either toward the attacker or to cover, or both.  Both of those, adrenaline and movement, tend to have a huge effect on a shooter’s accuracy, as does stress.  Think about this yourself, why do police officers carry “high capacity” magazines, and several of them?

Also, in the real world, bad guys are not stopped by one bullet.  The incident in the following video is only a few days old, and it happened in Jerusalem.  Notice how many times the evil does (Palestinian terrorist) is shot, but he still continues to move and even to tries and attack the man armed with the gun.  Thankfully, that man was not limited to 10 rounds!  God only knows how many innocent lives he saved that day.

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If all of that does not sufficiently explain the need (yes, need) for standard capacity magazines, those which are not artificially limited to some magic number picked by people who are neither experts in firearms nor self-defense, then perhaps this article I wrote several years ago, where I examine it in more depth, might.

Require Gun Owners To Report Lost or Stolen Guns

Now, let me say this, I am not necessarily against this, but I fail to see how anyone remotely thinks this is going to have any effect on “gun violence” let alone gun crime.  Besides, most gun owners, and all responsible gun owners, already report when they have a gun stolen.

Now for the reason I think this is unnecessary; reporting a gun stolen does nothing to locate it or to prevent the gun from being used for evil purposes.

In my experience, the overwhelming vast majority (like 99.9%) of the guns I have encountered in the hands of criminals were obtained illegally, and about one third to half of them were reported stolen.

However, I can see where gun control zealots would like this aspect, because it can be used to punish us evil gun owners.  You know, regular folks who were victimized by having their gun stolen without their knowledge, and if it ends up being recovered by law enforcement, they will again be victimized, except this time by the state who will now be charging them with a crime.

The Sad Truth

Exactly none of these proposals will lead to any reduction in “gun violence” because exactly none of these proposals affects criminals, neither in how they obtain guns and ammo, or how they use them.

The people who will be affected by these proposals are the law abiding gun owners, who will now have to pay significantly more for ammo, who will be forced to turn over lawfully owned personal property to the state (or will become criminals for refusing to do so), and who can be doubly victimized if they have the unfortunate luck to have a gun stolen and not realize it.

The real answer to solving all this “gun violence” is really quite simple, but you and all of the rest of people on your side of the political aisle refuse to admit what every cop in this state knows; stop the crime by keeping the criminals locked up.

Democrat created and passed plans AB109 and Prop47 are a total scam, and between the two, they are directly responsible for the massive increase in both violent and non-violent crime in this state.  Anyone with actual knowledge of the current state of the criminal justice system will tell you that all of the crime in this state, in this country in fact, is actually committed by a very small number of people, and most of those people are not first time offenders, but instead are graduates of our rotting, failing, weakened, revolving door criminal justice system.

How on earth did the criminal justice system get this screwed up?  Take a look at the policies that guide the system, then look at the progressive liberals making those policies.  You want to know how it got like this, look in the mirror.

You want to have less “gun crime?”   There are already more than enough gun crimes on the books, hows about we enforce them?  How about locking up criminals instead of sending them down the road with a slap on the freaking wrist?!?!
-Matt

Anti-gunners and 5 Year Olds

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Someone sent me a link to a ridiculous anti-gun, anti-NRA article a couple days ago.  It appeared on “Freakout Nation” and it was attempting to say that the NRA did not care about the thousands of people killed on 9/11 because they were happy that a gun had survived.  The entire “article” was childish at best, and while I shared it on my FB page with a few comments, it was not even worthy of blog post response.  The following is what I said when I shared it on FB:

If you have the burning desire to read some really stupid anti-gun drivel, this might do it for you.

Just to give you an idea of where this is going, when the writer opens their piece with a sentence that is 100% factually incorrect, it gives you an idea of what to expect.

For example: “The National Rifle Association is using the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks to honor a gun that survived the bombings.”

Hey dipshit, it was not a bombing. The only people who think it was a bombing are the nutjobs who think “9-11 was an inside job.”

It gets even better once you get to the comments. The article is being shredded by commenters and the page moderators are spewing some of the most asinine crap you have ever seen.
-Matt

You might note my final statement there.  That comment about the moderators brings me here to the blog today.  As I read through the comments, one of their moderators in particular, “tiredoftea” kept spouting off ridiculous nonsense.  I took it upon myself to reply to one of their comments.  The following screen shots capture the “conversation” as it happened.

This is the beginning of the comment thread that I replied to.
This is the beginning of the comment thread that I replied to.

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You may notice that I referred to this person discounting LawOfficer.com as being run by the NRA.  Another person posted a comment linking to an article there, and “tiredoftea” had replied with that comment.

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So, to sum up the argument presented by this website admin;

“La la la la la la, I can’t hear you.  You’re stupid, I’m smart.  I’m rubber, you’re glue…”   


Update:  Because I needed another comment by this person to prove my point, they delivered this perfect example.

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This conversation (I use that term loosely) reminds me of a certain meme, but I’m not sure if I can put my finger on it…  Ah yes, this one.

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Anti-guner’s Logic Bending, Lies and Disregard for Human Life

Negligible_cvrIn their continued push to pass more restrictions on American’s civil rights, a recent article on the notoriously left leaning, quite ironically named “Think Progress” (since they seem to lack both thought or progress) touted that “The Number Of People Who Use A Gun In Self-Defense Is Pretty Much Negligible.”  In fact, they felt that so strongly, that is what they titled the article.  As a conservative, and very pro-gun guy, I am used to being called callous and uncaring by the left, but the whole premise of this article screams of hypocrisy.  It appears all the more callous when you look at the actual number of times they consider to be “negligible”, even if you were only to consider the incorrect numbers that they provide.

Also, somewhat noteworthy, this entire article is based around a “timely study from the Violence Policy Center (VPC).”  If you are not already aware, the VPC is “an American nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control.”  So, they are clearly an unbiased organization with no agenda…

Before I begin to correct their figures and attack their illogical conclusions, I will first and foremost point out just how callous and hypocritical these anti-gun zealots are being.  The anti-gun left constantly proclaims that “if it would save just one life, then ___[insert proposed new gun restriction]___ should be put in place”.  But wait, what about those 263 lives that were clearly saved by the use of a firearm?  Do those lives not count?  Who determines which lives count and which do not?  I am pretty sure that those 263 people, and their families, do not feel so “negligible.”

Now to clear up their incorrect numbers, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, there were 8,855 homicides using a firearm in 2012 (the year they are using – which by the way, that total also includes LEO’s shot and killed that year).  Since they are looking at criminal homicides, we must subtract all justifiable homicides from that number, of which there were 263 non-LEO justifiable homicides with a firearm (not 259 like they claim) and 423 LEO.  That brings the total number of criminal homicides, with a firearm to 8169.  Please note; that is not the 8,342 that they claim.

Now, if we are going to just consider non-LEO uses of firearms, as they suggest, that would bring the number to ratio to 31-1 instead of the 33-1 they claim.  However, logically speaking, since LEO’s are included in the total number of homicides, then their justifiable homicides using a firearm should also be included.  It we include those uses, then the ratio changes to 12-1, which is a significant change.

Finally, I will address their faulty logic.

1) Both the author of this piece and the people at the VPC (not to mention the vast array of other anti-gun organizations) consistently fail to account for is the number of times that a firearm is employed in self-defense, yet the suspect is not killed let alone the number of times the gun is not even fired.

2) If 259, or 263 using the corrected number, or 686 (arguably the number that should be considered) lives are “negligible,” then why do 9 (Charleston, 2015) lives, or 12 lives (Aurora, 2012), or even 26 lives (Sandy Hook, 2012) count so much that they are used to justify restricting all American’s rights?  What number is negligible?

3) There are an estimated 100 million legal gun owners in the United States.  The percentage of them who use their legally owned gun in a crime (all crimes, not just homicides) annually is 0.07%.  If you want to talk about “negligible,” then we should talk about that.  In actuality, the overwhelming majority of guns used in crimes, including homicides, were obtained illegally and most times those guns are employed by persons who are legally prohibited from possessing guns.  In other words, new gun laws will not have any effect on the criminals who already use them.

The anti-gun crowd and the left in general, especially left leaning politicians and pundits, love to paint the NRA and gun owners in general as heartless, uncaring, blood thirsty people.  Oddly enough, the opposite is true.  The difference is that we realize that the human being is the predator, and that the best way for anyone, no matter their gender or their size, to even the odds in a self-defense situation is for them to be armed, and to know how to use it.  There is a damn good reason cops carry guns, and that is for self-defense.

As a career cop, who more often than anyone should have to, sees firsthand the consequences of “gun violence”, just like most other cops, I realize that the problem is not the gun.  The problem, the true problem, is the violent person with no regard for human life who is using the gun.  It is time for the left to stop blaming the tool and for them to face some cold hard facts; violent humans are the real problem.  How about we stop all this noise and start addressing the problem?