Raising Money Based Upon Lies

The Cult of Personality known as Giffords sent out a fundraising email yesterday before the quarter-end Federal Elections Commission reporting deadline. Politicians and PACs always push for more money at the end of a quarter so they can use their fundraising to say, “see, they agree with us!”

Giffords made this three claims as why it was important to give:

As Americans have dealt with a global pandemic, they’ve also had to face a worsening gun violence crisis.

In order to prevent tragedies like the ones that took place in Atlanta or Boulder, we need the Senate to pass universal background checks.

The best way we can do that is by hitting our goals so we can keep the pressure on the Senate to act.

The first thing I learned in statistics is that correlation is not causation. Indeed, through the first half of 2020, overall violent crime was actually down from the previous year which was down from the year before that. Murder rates did increase but causal factors such as the psychological impact of quarantines and the defund the police movement could lie at the core of this.

In both Atlanta and Boulder, the murderer passed a FBI NICS check. They were not buying their firearms in some back alley from an “unlicensed dealer” (sic). Indeed, Colorado has had the aforementioned panacea of universal background checks since 2013! As the law makes clear, it does apply not only to purchases but transfers. So the argument that a nationwide law regulating private sales of firearms would have prevented a mass casualty event just doesn’t hold water. Even in Newtown, the murderer first killed his own mother in order to steal her legally-purchased firearms.

Their final claim is that they need your money so they can keep lobbying the Senate to pass meaningless laws. I’m sure they do want your money as do their political consultants, their direct mail firms, their ad agencies, and others in their progressive orbit.

The one thing they won’t say and cannot say is that the only way for universal background checks to work is with universal gun registration.

SCOTUS Tells NJ Attorney General No

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal tried to avoid the jurisdiction of Texas courts over his attempt to punish free speech. Grewal had sent a cease and desist letter to Defense Distributed warning them not to violate New Jersey law. Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation sued Grewal in US District Court for the Western District of Texas asserting he violated DD’s First and Second Amendment rights and asked for an injunction. While the US District Court agreed with Grewal in dismissing the lawsuit, the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals did not and said he was subject to the jurisdiction of the Texas court.

Today, the US Supreme Court denied Grewal’s writ of certiorari and essentially agreed with the 5th Circuit that he was subject to the jurisdiction of the Texas court for his actions.

The 5th Circuit summarized nicely the complaint of Defense Distributed and the SAF in the case.

Just before the Attorneys General sued in Washington, Defense Distributed and SAF brought the instant action
in the Western District of Texas challenging select enforcement actions taken by the state Attorneys General.
Of relevance to this appeal, plaintiffs alleged these actions by Grewal: (1) sending a cease-and-desist letter
threatening legal action if Defense Distributed published its files; (2) sending letters to third-party internet service
providers based in California urging them to terminate their contracts with Defense Distributed; (3) initiating a
civil lawsuit against Defense Distributed in New Jersey; and (4) threatening Defense Distributed with criminal
sanctions at a live press conference. Further, these actions, coupled with the injunctive orders issued in the
Washington litigation, have caused Defense Distributed to cease publication of its materials. The plaintiffs asserted,
inter alia, that these actions infringed the exercise of their First Amendment freedoms and constituted tortious
interference with the State Department’s settlement agreement.

As you might expect, the Second Amendment Foundation was quite pleased with this result.

BELLEVUE, WA – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in his effort to escape the jurisdiction of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the ongoing First Amendment case brought by Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation.

The Fifth Circuit had ruled unanimously that Grewal, because of his efforts to prevent distribution of materials related to the 3D printing of firearms, was subject to the jurisdiction of the Texas courts. Defense Distributed is headquartered in Texas.

“It’s not every day you beat a state attorney general at the Supreme Court,” observed SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “especially when he had been supported by other anti-gun state attorneys general from New York, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, and the District of Columbia. This is a huge victory.”

The Defense Distributed case has always been about the First Amendment, Gottlieb observed. He recalled how Grewal had moved to dismiss the SAF/Defense Distributed lawsuit filed in the Western District of Texas “for lack of personal jurisdiction.” But the Fifth Circuit appellate ruling placed Grewal’s efforts squarely under that circuit’s jurisdiction and the SCOTUS allowed that to stand.

“Anti-gun attorneys general need to be held accountable for threatening gun owners and the firearms industry,” Gottlieb stated, “and that includes efforts to prevent distribution of information relating to 3D printing. Grewal tried to enjoin national distribution of Defense Distributed’s files on the Internet.

“This is one of several cases against the State of New Jersey and Grewal in which SAF is involved,” he continued. “We’re also suing the state, with several other parties, over the state’s capricious carry laws and gun purchase permitting process.”

The next move in the SAF-Defense Distributed case is their injunction request at the Federal District court, where plaintiffs will pursue their injunction request.

With anti-gun state attorneys general trying to impose their will outside the confines of their own state on the firearms industry, I think this ruling will be helpful in fighting back against them.

When They Say They Don’t Want To Ban Guns…

When the gun prohibitionists say they don’t want to ban guns but merely regulate them or some of them, point to this.

A friend passed it to me and it contains at least 75 instances going back to 1993 where there were calls to ban guns.

2020 Presidential candidates that have advocated gun confiscation.
[or any synonyms thereof: mandatory buy back etc, virtual confiscation/permission requirements ]

Beto O’Rourke[Actual and virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]

Cory Booker:
Cory’s Plan to End the Gun Violence Epidemic
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]

Elizabeth Warren

[Actual & combined with virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]

https://ericswalwell.com/endgunviolence/Eric Swalwell
[Actual and virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]

Joe Biden: The Biden plan to end our gun violence epidemic
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]

https://issues.juliancastro.com/disarming-hate/Julián Castro
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]

Kamala Harris Would Force Gun Owners To Sell Their Assault Weapons To The Government
[Forced compensated confiscation]

Kirsten Gillibrand suggests support for mandatory buyback of assault weapons
[Actual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right].

Pete Buttigieg
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for unalienable human rights].


[NYT] VA Governor Northam “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.”

Behar Advises 2020 Dems: ‘Don’t Tell…Wait Until You Get Elected Then Take Guns Away’</a>.

Beto O’Rourke claims he hasn’t talked about confiscating guns

Dr. RaShall Brackney, Chief of the Charlottesville Police Department [Paraphrasing] “Any weapons that can be used to kill people should be banned”

A Peace Plan for a Safer America [Demands for compensated confiscation as well as virtual confiscation of all guns in addition to a licensing requirement for an unalienable human right]

Iowa state Sen. Claire Celsi dictatorial senator threatens to take guns by force if the gun owner wasn’t “nice” to her.

Vox: Democrats have been discussing the same ideas on guns for 25 years. It’s time to change that.
[Virtual and actual gun confiscation, requiring governmental permission for an unalienable human right].

[Congressional candidate calling for gun confiscation]

La Times: Banning semiautomatic weapons won’t solve America’s gun problem
[Detailing why just getting rid of semi-autos won’t be enough]

Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison: “Maybe it’ll just be a confiscation and we won’t have to worry about paying the fine.”

‘Goosebumps’! CNN’s Baldwin, Camerota Cheer Hogg Family, Push Mass Gun Confiscation

Syracuse.com: 20 years after Columbine: ‘Guns are the problem. Guns need to go.’ (Commentary)

Bernie Sanders: We must follow New Zealand’s lead.. ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Ban bump stocks, semiautos, &amp; high cap mags designed to kill people


Washington Monthly: A Real Long-Term Solution to Gun Violence
;[Forced nationalization of the arms industry, compensated confiscation]

Harper’s Bazaar: Why We Need to Ban Assault Rifles

Mother Jones: Ban All Semiautomatic Firearms

stltoday.com: The gun ban that worked [Virtual gun confiscation – the demand to require governmental permission to possess an unalienable human right]

The Guardian: ‘Why does anyone need a gun?’: Toronto shooting prompts calls for handgun ban

Esquire: Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns

Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress

Vox: Why an assault weapons ban can’t address America’s gun problem

Emma González [March for our Lives]:
Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.

The Charlotte News: Ban military-style assault weapons for the sake of our children

Vox: What no politician wants to admit about gun control “taking a huge number of guns away from a huge number of gun owners

NAACP President OPINION: Gun Safety Is about Freedom [Australian style gun confiscation – making gun owners an offer they can’t refuse ]

Maine Voices: Yes, we want to take away your guns

Mercury News – Eugene Robinson
Robinson: Arming teachers is absurd — ban military-style assault rifles

The Star: Want to end gun violence Mr. President? Get rid of guns

La Times: No one becomes a mass shooter without a mass-shooting gun

It’s Too Late. You’ve Lost Your Guns.


Splinter news: BAN GUNS

Redhawks Online: Guns must go

Boston Globe: Hand over your weapons

News-Press – USA Today Editorial Board: Renew ban on military-style assault weapons

Dan Pfeiffer: What to Bring to the Gun Fight [national gun registry, Tracking and limiting purchases of ammunition and a national gun buyback program]

Eugene Robinson: Gun control should include buyback program like Australia’s

Washington Post Editorial Board Calls on Trump to Pass Gun Control: ‘End This American Carnage’
[Members of The Washington Post Editorial Board]

The Week: Ban guns

Plan A Magazine: Ban Guns. Amend the Constitution.

(CNN) Sachs: Ban semiautomatic assault weapons and save lives

Prospect magazine: Dear America: it’s time to grow up and ban guns


Huffington Post: Domestic Disarmament, Not ‘Gun Control’

Washington Post – Eugene Robinson: Assault weapons must be banned in America

W. Kamau Bell [CNN]: I want Obama to take away your guns

Huffington post: Can’t We Just Put the Damn Guns Down?
Anderson Cooper:“Speaking only for myself, watching Obama get repeatedly accused of wanting to take people’s guns away makes me sort of wish he’d just do something to earn that accusation. May as well!”

The Daily Beast: President Obama Isn’t Taking People’s Guns—But Maybe He Should.


New Republic: It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them.

The New York Times: End the Gun Epidemic in America
[First Front Page Editorial In 95 Years] This editorial published on A1 in the Dec. 5 edition of The New York Times. It is the first time an editorial has appeared on the front page since 1920.

The Daily Beast: Yes, They Want to Take Your Guns Away

Hillary Clinton: “In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program.”…..“I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level”

Vox: Becoming a gun-free society would be hard. But we should still try.

Daily Kos: Effective Gun Control – A National Semi-Auto Ban

Washington Post: A gun-free society

Obama: “We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.”

Tallahassee Democrat – Stop the insanity: Ban guns


Obama:;A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it — we’re not seeing that again. And basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws.

La Times: You say gun control doesn’t work? Fine. Let’s ban guns altogether.


Huffington Post: Gun Control? We Need Domestic Disarmament


Daily Kos: How to Ban Guns: A step by step, long term process

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”

Detroit Metro Times: Ban all guns, now

Opinionator – New York Times: Why Gun ‘Control’ Is Not Enough

House Dem: ‘Turn in your guns’

Eugene Robinson: First, Get Rid of the Guns

Economist The gun control that works: no guns

Huffington Post: Get Rid of the Damn Guns

Yes conservatives, we want to take away your guns…

Arizona Daily Star: Reinstate ban on military-style assault weapons


La Times – Taming the Monster: Get Rid of the Guns

“Gravity Violence”

The gun prohibitionists like to conflate suicide death by firearm as “gun violence.” Suicide, whatever the instrument, is sad occurrence and can be devastating to those left behind. Today on the Senate floor, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was railing about “gun violence” (sic) and was inflating the numbers as usual. Emily Miller pointed out the hypocrisy of Facebook in not forcing posts of Schumer’s speech to give attribution for these numbers.

My friend Tim Glance of Old Grouch’s Military Surplus fame pointed out the absurdity of referring to suicide by firearm as “gun violence” since no other means used to kill oneself is characterized that way.

Do the same people that label suicides “gun violence” also label people jumping off bridges or buildings as “gravity violence”?

Is overdosing “pharmaceutical violence”?

Is hanging yourself “cordage violence”?

Since it’s not you can see right away the dishonesty in the narrative.

As Tim noted to me in a message when I asked permission to quote him, asking if all suicide is violence shuts down those who are argue that suicide by firearm is “gun violence.”

If you are thinking of ending your life, please get help. There are a lot of good groups out there like Walk The Talk America, the American Society for Suicide Prevention, and Forefront Suicide Prevention. There is also the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.

Newspeak Comment Of The Day

Newspeak was the fictional language of Oceania in the dystopian novel 1984. In a parody of what is now required to get past the Facebook censors and others of their woke ilk, Paula Bolyard came up with this.

But now, some prominent scientists and researchers are calling into question both the wet market theory and the notion that the China virus transnational, post-racial, non-sectarian virus accidentally escaped from a lab in W&*%n, a city in no particular geographic region.

She was talking about the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that originated in Wuhan, China. Her post on PJ Media pointed out that a group of scientists at MIT are now taking exception to the approved narrative that the virus originated in the Wuhan wet market. Rather, they are not ruling out that the virus escaped from the Chinese government-run Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In other news, I’m on the waiting list for the shot to protect against the transnational, post-racial, non-sectarian virus.

Kudos To Browning Customer Service

I have a Browning A-Bolt rifle that I bought many years ago second-hand at a gun show. It came equipped with the Browning BOSS muzzle brake system. The intent of the system is to be able to tune your rifle to different loads by controlling the barrel vibrations. It is supposed to improve accuracy.

I stumbled across the fact that Browning made an accessory, the BOSS-CR, that provides the same tuning ability minus the muzzle brake. Without much thought about there being different models, I bid and won an online auction for one. It’s coming in the mail.

There was only one little problem. The Browning BOSS-CR is specific to the rifle model and caliber. I started to notice that when looking at the labels of others for sale online. I naively thought if it worked for a .30-06, it surely would do OK for something of a smaller caliber. Who cares if it was the blued model and your barrel is stainless.

Just to be sure, I sent a note to Browning Customer Service asking about it. A day later I got a reply back that indeed I should use the model specific to my rifle model and caliber. But being the great company that they are, they didn’t leave it at that. The reply continued to say, “we would be happy to send you the correct one at no charge. All we will need is a good shipping address and whether the rifle is matte blued, gloss blued, or stainless.”

There are two morals to this story. First and foremost, Browning has great customer service. Second, before bidding on something online, do your research! It will save you from having extra gun parts lying around for a firearm you don’t own.

Is That Like Double Secret Probation?

Not wasting any time in not letting a tragedy go to waste, there have been renewed calls for more gun control after the murders in Boulder, Colorado. The usual suspects have weighed in as has President Biden.

President Biden is calling on the Senate to pass both so-called universal background checks and an assault weapons (sic).

President Biden on Tuesday implored the Senate to pass new gun control measures in the wake of a mass shooting that left 10 dead in Boulder, Colorado, this week.

Biden said he didn’t “want to wait another minute, let alone an hour,” to act on gun violence.

He urged the House and Senate to ban “assault weapons,” as he said he did as a senator.

“I got that done as a senator. It brought down mass shootings, we can do it again,” Biden said. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”…

The president also called on the Senate to pass two House bills that closed loopholes on background checks, including the Charleston loophole.

“These are bills that received votes with both Republicans and Democrats in the House. This is not and should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue that will save lives, American lives. And we have to act. We should also ban assault weapons in the process,” Biden said. 

So if I understand Biden and the gun control cabal correctly, if only there was a ban on high capacity magazines and guns with cosmetics they don’t like as well as a background check on every gun transfer then we would not have another mass murder?

Sounds great until you take into account two facts that completely blow away their arguments.

Fact 1: Colorado has background checks on all firearms transfers, both public and private.

Fact 2: Colorado passed a 15-round limit on magazines back in 2013. Now it is my understanding that the Colorado Supreme Court may have invalidated that ban.

We don’t know yet how the murderer obtained the firearm at this time. Even with a ban in place, an angry, paranoid person such as this murderer is reputed to be would not let violating a gun control law stand in the way of something doing something heinous.

One last thing. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but sometimes life feels like a Matt Bracken novel where the killer is merely a pawn for more government control.

New NRA Special Meeting Scheduled

A Special Meeting of the NRA Board of Directors has been scheduled for Dallas, TX for March 28th. As the Complementary Spouse pointed out to me, it is exactly 14 days after the previously scheduled meeting and is the length of time that the CDC formerly recommended for quarantine after COVID exposure. While I doubt that was the actual reason for the original cancellation, they are sticking with appearances.

March 18, 2021


TO: Board of Directors and Executive Council

The NRA President has requested a special meeting of the Board of Directors to take place on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in Dallas, Texas. The  purpose of the meeting is to provide a legal briefing to the Board regarding the NRA’s plan of reorganization and other pending matters.

The NRA Board of Directors and Executive Council will meet at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, Texas 75201, (214) 922-8000. The date, time and location of all meetings are on the attached schedule of meetings and meals.

Please notice the change in wording from the first Special Meeting notice:

The sole purpose of the meeting is to provide a briefing to the Board regarding the NRA’s reorganization plan and the legal matters overseen by the Special Litigation Committee, and to take any necessary action directly related to those matters.

Any mention of the Special Litigation Committee is deleted. Moreover, it does not have a mention of “any necessary action.”

Speculation is that an 1129 Reorganization Plan will be presented to the Board. These reorganization plans be presented by the debtor (NRA), the unsecured creditors committee, or a trustee if one is appointed. However, the bankruptcy judge, as I understand it, cannot present a reorganization plan and must only rule on the merits of those presented.

By presenting an 1129 reorganization plan, it is speculated that Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, will have their fingers all over it and will use it to keep themselves attached to the NRA like barnacles on a rock. A friend pointed out to me today that in the course of proceedings that the bankruptcy judge could not only disallow Brewer to serve as a special counsel but cut off all payments to him given his role in draining the NRA’s finances through legal billings. We can only hope!

Smith and Wesson Virtual Event

Smith & Wesson just held a 15-minute virtual event. It was to showcase the company and to introduce their new M&P 9 Shield Plus. With the extended magazine, it will hold 13 +1 rounds. There is also a Performance Center version which features fiber optic sights, has cuts for red dot optics, and has lightening cuts in the slide.

I haven’t seen it side by side with the Sig P-365 or the Springfield Hellcat but it is obvious that is what they are targeting with this new introduction.

The 15-minute video of the event is below. I thought it was well done. It told the history of the company, how they dealt with both the pandemic and the increased demand for firearms, how they are working to train new shooters, and then ends with the introduction of the new pistol. You will need to scroll to almost the end before the actual event starts.

Sunday Hunting Approved For Certain NC Gamelands

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission adopted a proposal that would allow Sunday hunting on certain public gamelands. The NC General Assembly had amended the law that had prohibited hunting on Sunday in 2017. As part of that amendment, the NCWRC was given the power to regulate hunting with a firearm on state-managed gamelands per NCGS § 103-2.(a1). In their meeting on February 25th, they did just that (among other things).

45 gamelands that allowed hunting Monday through Saturday were changed to all seven days a week. Another six 3-day per week gamelands were changed to four days a week. That would be Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

These changes did come with restrictions. First, these changes only apply to the taking of mammals and upland game birds. Hunting migratory birds is still prohibited on Sunday statewide. The other changes were required to be consistent with NCGS § 103-2.(a1). They were:

  • Hunting with a firearm between 9:30am and 12:30pm is prohibited;
  • The use of a firearm to take deer that are run or chased by dogs is prohibited; and
  • There is no hunting with a firearm within 500 yards of a place of religious worship.

The justification for approving these changes were both state law and public input.

Based on seven in-person public meetings, two virtual public meetings, three
focus group meetings with stakeholders, an Agency staff retreat, discussions with
landowning partners, biological staff, and commissioners, and a follow up meeting with
stakeholders, the following criteria were used to helped evaluate the feasibility of Sunday
hunting on game lands: rural game lands that are not heavily used by non-hunters,
proximity to other game lands and public lands where hunting is prohibited, value to
unique properties that are important to user groups, avoid game lands where past conflict
has been a pattern. Given the results of the public input process, staff recommend that
Sunday hunting be allowed at the above game lands

The 3-day a week to 4-day a week gamelands are:

  • Bullard and Branch Hunting Preserve
  • Columbus County
  • Mitchell River
  • Perkins
  • Robeson
  • Sampson

The 6-day a week to every day of the week gamelands are:

  • Alcoa
  • Alligator River
  • Angola Bay
  • Bachelor Bay
  • Brinkleyville
  • Buffalo Cove
  • Cape Fear River Wetlands
  • Carteret County
  • Chatham
  • Chowan
  • Cold Mountain
  • Croatan
  • Currituck Banks
  • Dare
  • Elk Knob
  • Embro
  • Goose Creek
  • Gull Rock
  • Harris
  • Hyco
  • Juniper Creek
  • Lee
  • Light Ground Pocosin
  • Linwood
  • Lower Fishing Creek
  • Mayo
  • Nantahala
  • Needmore
  • New Lake
  • North River
  • Northwest River Marsh
  • Pee Dee River
  • Pisgah
  • Pond Mountain
  • Sandy Creek
  • Shocco Creek
  • South Mountains
  • Sutton Lake
  • Three Top Mountain
  • Thurmond Chatham
  • Tillery
  • Toxaway
  • Uwharrie
  • Van Swamp
  • William H. Silver

The Commission did vote to prohibit Sunday hunting for black bear on gamelands in the Coastal Bear Management Unit. They reasoned that they were already at their target population objective and more hunting pressure would have a negative impact.

Looking at the list above, the four US National Forests in North Carolina – Croatan, Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie – are all part of these 7-day hunting parcels. They comprise over 1.2 million acres of land that is now available to hunt every day of the week during an open season. That’s a lot of hunting land that just opened for Sunday hunting.