Newsom – Stupid, Manipulative, or Both?

Newsom-Stupid

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

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

You Say You Want To Stop “Gun Violence”

If that is the case, I have a challenge for you.

 

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Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom,

You have been making the rounds on a few left leaning talk shows (Rachel Maddow and Morning Joe – oddly enough, both MSNBC programs), and giving press conferences to the lapdog media, some staged at the scenes of previous mass murders, in order to push your new gun control proposals.  You say your goal is to reduce “gun violence” and that we need to do it because “more preschoolers getting shot every single year than police officers in the line of duty.”

For now, I’ll ignore the fact that you are making up bogus statistics to gin up the emotions of uneducated voters in order to get them to support your proposal, I’ll ignore that you are staging your press conferences at locations chosen specifically for the purpose of drawing on peoples’ emotions related to historical events that occurred there, and I’ll ignore that you are trying to use the memory of my fallen brothers and sisters in law enforcement, killed in the line of duty, to push your proposal.

What I would like to address is what benefit you think your proposal will actually accomplish.

As a nearly 20 year career cop, who has worked in some of the roughest neighborhoods in my county, who has gone to countless shootings, I can tell you that my personal experience tells me your proposal will do absolutely nothing to reduce “gun violence.”

I have pointed out the folly of your proposals numerous times on your Facebook page, but it appears you only reply to people who support your efforts, and have no interest in discussing the topic with those of us who differ, even though we may have some subject matter expertise.

With that in mind, I challenge you to sit down and have a public debate on the topic (whether it be face to face, online, on a radio show, a podcast, whatever – you choose the venue) and specifically your proposals.  At the same time, I would be happy to offer some suggestions that have a far higher probability to reduce the “gun violence” you claim to be addressing.

Sincerely,
Deputy Matt

His Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

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The more I start looking into what Gavin Newsom is all about, the more I am convinced he is a race baiting hypocrite almost beyond comparison, not to mention a complete idiot!

11226040_10153707262223117_7301191392474038453_nNewsom is pushing for more gun restrictions, that will only affect law abiding gun owners, to save the “innocent children” while he is simultaneously, vocally supporting Planned Parenthood, who is murdering children and harvesting their organs for money.

Newsom wants to “end the war on drugs,” you know, because illegal drugs are not a problem, and according to him, apparently only “people of color” are the only people with drug problems, yet he is simultaneously trying to make owning guns harder for law abiding citizens, who are the victims of those dru01g addicted criminals roaming our streets, committing crimes to support their habit, robbing and stealing, and not being sent to jail thanks to other liberal legislation that he did not oppose (Prop 47 and AB109).

Newsom is complaining about what businesses can legally sell ammunition, absurdly pointing out  that Burger King could (even though they don’t) legally sell ammo, while he has been photographed hanging out with known drug dealing murderers who are currently being prosecuted for smuggling illegal weapons, including machine guns and RPGs.

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Really folks, you have got to stop and ask yourself whose side this career politician is really on, the people’s side or that of the special interests who are funding him (take a look at the list of page’s he “likes”).

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As a career cop, I can honestly tell you that everything this man is proposing that is “public safety” related is wrong, and will make society less safe, exponentially!
-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.

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