Tongue In Check Comment Of The Day

Frankly, I’m not sure why the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives bothers to have a social media presence on Facebook. However, they do and it attracts a large number of comments. Most are of the “you need to be disbanded” variety.

Today ATF had a post celebrating Labor Day and thanking workers for the contributions that they have made to this country.

The post attracted this wonderful tongue in check comment from a Greg Kovats.

Thank you for working fast and furiously to keep us safe. If you don’t believe me just Google “ATF fast and furious”

Comment Of The Day

The comment of the day comes from Jon Caldara. He is the president of the Colorado-based Independence Institute. His comment came in reference to the calls to ban personally made firearms and the ignorance of those pushing it.

My very favorite social media meme is a picture of a car’s manual-transmission gear shift. It reads, “millennial anti-theft device.”

Wouldn’t it be weird if people who’ve never driven a stick shift tried to outlaw them? Well, that’s the anti-gun movement.

Caldara’s comment is very astute and is totally on the mark.

For those that don’t know, Caldara is the one who sued the People’s Republic of Boulder when they tried to ban possession of certain semi-automatic rifles.

Facebook Comment Of The Day

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. They decided to put a post up on Facebook about it.

It said, in part:

ATF is committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. ATF welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons.

Given the snafus, incompetence, and general f’ed up nature of ATF, many immediately thought they were talking mental disabilities.

However, a much better comment brought up one of their recent rulemakings.

Someone named Spike Cohen said:

Aren’t you trying to ban pistol braces, which if implemented would make firearms much less accessible for disabled people?

That comment had over 2,000 likes and loves as it well should.

UPDATE: I just found out that Spike Cohen was a 2020 Libertarian candidate for Vice President.

Comment Of The Day

The comment of the day comes from a blog post by Massad Ayoob.

It comes from his post entitled Pandemic or Dem Panic in which Mas describes what he heard on talk radio during a 20 hour road trip to give a class in Mississippi.

On a recent teaching run in Mississippi I spent close to 20 hours driving along the Gulf Coast, and radio news had damn near nothing to discuss but the Kung Flu and the two rich old white guys the Party of Diversity had narrowed it down to. 

On the pandemic front, some commentators were making it sound like we were on the cusp of a dystopian “Walking Dead” scenario, though so far the only zombie that’s come back from the dead is Joe Biden’s viability as the Democrats’ nominee. On February 11, I wrote in another gun-related forum, “Looks as if the operative syllable in ‘Biden’ may be ‘Bye.’” Wow. That changed quickly. 

Joe Biden as a zombie.

His recent behavior on the campaign trail is now starting to make sense.

Of course, if you don’t believe in zombies, there is always the strong possibility that Biden is showing signs of age-related dementia.

I Can’t Disagree With This Comment

A comment was made on Facebook which I think epitomizes what some of us see as the issue at the NRA.

Chris Meissen wrote in reference to a story in a non-profit journal covering the issues at the NRA:

LaPierre is behaving like a mini-Maduro, dragging the organization down around him while trying to hold on to power.

I think he has hit the nail on the head. Wayne LaPierre’s scorched earth approach to maintaining power may be good for Wayne but is horrible for the NRA as an organization. I acknowledge there are many good people on the Board of Directors. Some want Wayne gone and some still support him.

As to why those who still support him do so, I can think of three reasons. You have those who are in thrall of him like NRA President Carolyn Meadows based upon what he did years ago. Then you have those afraid of him for whatever reason. Finally, you have those who fear that with Wayne gone the golden goose will be gone with him. Thus you have the delusional, the fearful, and the greedy keeping Wayne in his position of power at least for the time being.

Comment Of The Day

You may have read about the active shooter event at Topsail High School in Pender County, NC that turned out to be a malfunctioning hot water heater. It made many news sources this morning.

One reader on the Firearms and Politics email list had this comment about it.

Don’t relax yet. David Hogg is claiming that the water heater was funded by Russian money funneled through the NRA. Film at 11.

After this week, we need something to laugh about and especially if it is at the expense of the gun prohibitionists.

Comment Of The Day

The comment of the day has nothing to do with the Indiana primary, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Bernie, or Hillary. You can rest easy now and read it.

Our longtime “friend” Ladd Everett of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (sic) was quoted in a New York Times article regarding the expansion of gun rights in the states and how some police object to it. He said, ““What is alarming to the police is that they have no power to ascertain the potential criminal background of an armed individual until a crime is committed, and by then it is too late.”

My friend Josh who is a gun rights activist in California had this comment on Facebook:

You can always count on Laddie to pull the Stasi card…

I think Ladd pines for the days when the Young Pioneers would have been reporting on the subversive activities of their parents to the Committee for State Security. Or in the East German context of Josh’s comment, the Ernst Thälmann Pioneer Organisation members reporting on Mutti und Vater to the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit.

Comment Of The Day

For a Brit, Charles C. W. Cooke of the National Review gets it on gun control and gun rights. Maybe because his native land has so eviscerated any semblance of gun rights, Cooke is more aware of what is at stake than many Americans. In an article published yesterday in the National Review, he takes on what he calls the “terminal vagueness” of Everytown Moms for Illegal Mayors. When he asks both a Demanding Mommies volunteer and Everytown Communications Director Erika Soto Lamb a direct question regarding whether they support a new AWB or mag restrictions, he gets evasiveness. While one would assume that they would have no problem supporting both of those restrictions, they don’t want to go on record.

Cooke concludes that the gun prohibitionists have a problem with being too specific about their intentions and it carries over to their “branding”.

While the National Rifle Association has maintained its name and branding since it was founded in 1871, the gun-control movement has gone through names and outfits faster than Prince. Before market research informed its leadership that words matter, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was named first the “National Council to Control Handguns” and then “Handgun Control Inc.” — both of which titles are nice and descriptive but, alas, leave little room for ambiguity. This, evidently, will not do. In a fight in which deception has become paramount — who honestly believes that Everytown would not support an assault-weapons ban? — vocabulary has become king and euphemism indispensable. Gun “control” has thus become gun “safety”; restrictions on ownership have become “gun-violence prevention”; and hard policy has been subordinated to woolly platitude. Michael Bloomberg may have rebranded his effort, but he has not yet managed to stop the truth getting out, nor to prevent his more moderate supporters from recognizing the ruse and bolting. And “a hog in a silk waistcoat,” as Charles Spurgeon famously quipped, is ultimately “still a hog.”

Comment Of The Day

In response to an announcement on Facebook by Cam Edwards that 75,267 people attended the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Bob Owens (Editor of had this to say:

That’s only 75,167 more than attended the Moms Demand Illegal Attention rally.

Not to mention that nearly all of those 75,267 who attended the NRA Annual Meeting paid their own way unlike those from Moms Demand Illegal Attention whose travel and lodging was paid for with Bloomberg’s money.

People Violence

I guess I could have titled this “Comment of the Day” but the above title more accurately describes this. It is a Facebook post by Sheriff Jim Wilson regarding the knife attack by a student on his fellow students in western Pennsylvania yesterday.

THE RECENT SCHOOL KNIFING TRAGEDY is just a reminder that we are not faced with GUN VIOLENCE in our society. It is PEOPLE VIOLENCE that is causing all the trouble.

The kid could have used a machete, a baseball bat, a firearm, or even a weed whacker to cause harm. Violence is violence regardless of the adjective that precedes it.

UPDATE: I would also point readers to a post by Jim Shepherd at The Outdoor Wire who notes that the usual groups calling for something to be done (e.g. CSGV, Brady, MAIG, Demanding Mommies) are strangely absent from the media after this knife attack.