Biden’s BOHICA

The White House just posted the proposed Executive Actions along with their intent to nominate David Chipman to head BATFE.

It has all the stuff we’ve been expecting.

“Ghost guns” (sic). Check.

Pistol braces under NFA. Check.

Red flag law. Check.

Infrastructure monies to “community violence intervention.” Check.

So you don’t have to go and pull it up, here is it in its entirety.

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing six initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic. The recent high-profile mass shootings in Boulder – taking the lives of 10 individuals – and Atlanta – taking the lives of eight individuals, including six Asian American women – underscored the relentlessness of this epidemic. Gun violence takes lives and leaves a lasting legacy of trauma in communities every single day in this country, even when it is not on the nightly news. In fact, cities across the country are in the midst of a historic spike in homicides, violence that disproportionately impacts Black and brown Americans. The President is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence – community violence, mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicide by firearm.

President Biden is reiterating his call for Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence. Last month, a bipartisan coalition in the House passed two bills to close loopholes in the gun background check system. Congress should close those loopholes and go further, including by closing “boyfriend” and stalking loopholes that currently allow people found by the courts to be abusers to possess firearms, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, repealing gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and investing in evidence-based community violence interventions. Congress should also pass an appropriate national “red flag” law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass “red flag” laws of their own.

But this Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps – fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment – to save lives. Today, the Administration is announcing the following six initial actions:

The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.” We are experiencing a growing problem: criminals are buying kits containing nearly all of the components and directions for finishing a firearm within as little as 30 minutes and using these firearms to commit crimes. When these firearms turn up at crime scenes, they often cannot be traced by law enforcement due to the lack of a serial number. The Justice Department will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of these firearms.

The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act. The alleged shooter in the Boulder tragedy last month appears to have used a pistol with an arm brace, which can make a firearm more stable and accurate while still being concealable.

The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states. Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order temporarily barring people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others. The President urges Congress to pass an appropriate national “red flag” law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass “red flag” laws of their own. In the interim, the Justice Department’s published model legislation will make it easier for states that want to adopt red flag laws to do so.

The Administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions. Community violence interventions are proven strategies for reducing gun violence in urban communities through tools other than incarceration. Because cities across the country are experiencing a historic spike in homicides, the Biden-Harris Administration is taking a number of steps to prioritize investment in community violence interventions.

* The American Jobs Plan proposes a $5 billion investment over eight years to support community violence intervention programs. A key part of community violence intervention strategies is to help connect individuals to job training and job opportunities.

* The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is organizing a webinar and toolkit to educate states on how they can use Medicaid to reimburse certain community violence intervention programs, like Hospital-Based Violence Interventions.

* Five federal agencies are making changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible. These changes mean we can start increasing investments in community violence interventions as we wait on Congress to appropriate additional funds.

The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking. In 2000, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) issued a report summarizing information regarding its investigations into firearms trafficking, which is one way firearms are diverted into the illegal market where they can easily end up in the hands of dangerous individuals. Since the report’s publication, states, local, and federal policymakers have relied on its data to better thwart the common channels of firearms trafficking. But there is good reason to believe that firearms trafficking channels have changed since 2000, for example due to the emergence of online sales and proliferation of “ghost guns.” The Justice Department will issue a new, comprehensive report on firearms trafficking and annual updates necessary to give policymakers the information they need to help address firearms trafficking today.

The President will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. ATF is the key agency enforcing our gun laws, and it needs a confirmed director in order to do the job to the best of its ability. But ATF has not had a confirmed director since 2015. Chipman served at ATF for 25 years and now works to advance commonsense gun safety laws.

I’m surprised that they didn’t add a PS saying, “Fuck you, all you bitter clingers.”

I fully expect each and every one of these proposals to be fought in the courts. If it was good enough for President Trump’s immigration Executive Actions, it is good enough for this.

As to Chipman, you damn well better start calling your senators. Filibuster or no filibuster, he must be stopped.

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 ]

https://betoorourke.com/gun-violence/
Beto O’Rourke[Actual and virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]

https://medium.com/@corybooker/corys-plan-to-end-the-gun-violence-epidemic-ab377d9fb112
Cory Booker:
Cory’s Plan to End the Gun Violence Epidemic
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]

https://elizabethwarren.com/plans/gun-violence
Elizabeth Warren

https://noqreport.com/2019/10/27/front-runner-elizabeth-ersatz-warren-now-demanding-gun-confiscation/
[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]

https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/
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]

https://dailycaller.com/2019/09/17/kamala-harris-force-gun-owners-sell-assault-weapons-government/
Kamala Harris Would Force Gun Owners To Sell Their Assault Weapons To The Government
[Forced compensated confiscation]

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/14/mandatory-buyback-assault-weapons-kirsten-gillibrand-1462712
Kirsten Gillibrand suggests support for mandatory buyback of assault weapons
[Actual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right].

https://medium.com/the-moment-by-pete-for-america/an-action-plan-to-combat-the-national-threat-posed-by-hate-and-the-gun-lobby-5752a68c954e
Pete Buttigieg
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for unalienable human rights].

2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html
[NYT] VA Governor Northam “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.”

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kristine-marsh/2019/11/04/behar-advises-2020-dems-dont-tellwait-until-you-get-elected-then
Behar Advises 2020 Dems: ‘Don’t Tell…Wait Until You Get Elected Then Take Guns Away’</a>.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Beto-O-Rourke-claims-he-hasn-t-talked-about-14563106.php
Beto O’Rourke claims he hasn’t talked about confiscating guns

https://www.c-span.org/video/?464471-1/house-judiciary-committee-hearing-assault-weapons
Dr. RaShall Brackney, Chief of the Charlottesville Police Department [Paraphrasing] “Any weapons that can be used to kill people should be banned”

https://marchforourlives.com/peace-plan/
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]

https://noqreport.com/2019/07/12/iowa-senator-claire-celsi-gets-snippy-2nd-amendment-defender/
Iowa state Sen. Claire Celsi dictatorial senator threatens to take guns by force if the gun owner wasn’t “nice” to her.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/7/1/18683860/democrats-2020-gun-control-mass-shootings
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].

https://twitter.com/Nate_McMurray/status/1143390664341807104?
Nate McMurray YEP. I’M COMING FOR YOUR AR15
[Congressional candidate calling for gun confiscation]

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-gibson-guns-legislation-weaponizing-20190625-story.html
La Times: Banning semiautomatic weapons won’t solve America’s gun problem
[Detailing why just getting rid of semi-autos won’t be enough]

https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/illinois-state-senator-maybe-its-best-to-just-grab-all-the-assault-weapons-guns-after-all/
Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison: “Maybe it’ll just be a confiscation and we won’t have to worry about paying the fine.”

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/curtis-houck/2019/05/14/goosebumps-cnns-baldwin-camerota-cheer-hogg-family-push-mass-gun
‘Goosebumps’! CNN’s Baldwin, Camerota Cheer Hogg Family, Push Mass Gun Confiscation

https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2019/04/20-years-after-columbine-guns-are-the-problem-guns-need-to-go-commentary.html
Syracuse.com: 20 years after Columbine: ‘Guns are the problem. Guns need to go.’ (Commentary)

https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1108562224514326528
Bernie Sanders: We must follow New Zealand’s lead.. ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons

https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1108908752865054720
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Ban bump stocks, semiautos, &amp; high cap mags designed to kill people

2018

https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/november-december-2018/a-real-longterm-solution-to-gun-violence/
Washington Monthly: A Real Long-Term Solution to Gun Violence
;[Forced nationalization of the arms industry, compensated confiscation]

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a25235545/gun-buyback-national-gun-registry-success-gun-control/
Harper’s Bazaar: Why We Need to Ban Assault Rifles

href=”https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/11/ban-all-semiautomatic-firearms/
Mother Jones: Ban All Semiautomatic Firearms

https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/mcdermott-the-gun-ban-that-worked/article_23d189b9-7ce1-55f8-bca6-a0b5c2f6c23a.html
stltoday.com: The gun ban that worked [Virtual gun confiscation – the demand to require governmental permission to possess an unalienable human right]

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/25/toronto-shooting-handgun-ban-canada
The Guardian: ‘Why does anyone need a gun?’: Toronto shooting prompts calls for handgun ban

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a20747292/nra-guns-take-them-away
Esquire: Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/03/ban-assault-weapons-buy-them-back-prosecute-offenders-column/570590002/
Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/3/17174160/assault-weapons-ban-research-study
Vox: Why an assault weapons ban can’t address America’s gun problem

https://twitter.com/Emma4Change/status/988036115579002881?
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.

http://www.charlottenewsvt.org/2018/03/21/ban-military-style-assault-weapons-sake-children/
The Charlotte News: Ban military-style assault weapons for the sake of our children

https://www.vox.com/2015/10/5/9454161/gun-violence-solution
Vox: What no politician wants to admit about gun control “taking a huge number of guns away from a huge number of gun owners

http://www.naacp.org/latest/opinion-gun-safety-freedom/
NAACP President OPINION: Gun Safety Is about Freedom [Australian style gun confiscation – making gun owners an offer they can’t refuse ]

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/25/maine-voices-yes-we-want-to-take-away-your-guns-the-case-for-civilian-disarmament/
Maine Voices: Yes, we want to take away your guns

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/27/robinson-dont-let-the-absurd-ploy-to-arm-teachers-distract-you/
Mercury News – Eugene Robinson
Robinson: Arming teachers is absurd — ban military-style assault rifles

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/02/22/want-to-end-gun-violence-mr-president-get-rid-of-guns.html
The Star: Want to end gun violence Mr. President? Get rid of guns

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-skelton-florida-shooting-gun-control-20180219-story.html
La Times: No one becomes a mass shooter without a mass-shooting gun

https://www.designmom.com/a-gun-ban-is-inevitable/
It’s Too Late. You’ve Lost Your Guns.

2017

https://splinternews.com/ban-guns-1820487148
Splinter news: BAN GUNS

https://www.redhawksonline.com/2017/11/13/las-vegas-shooting-response-keep-or-eliminate-guns/
Redhawks Online: Guns must go

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2017/11/10/hand-over-your-weapons/6IxJLanMKGak7RvCLipwbN/story.html
Boston Globe: Hand over your weapons

https://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/2017/11/10/renew-ban-military-style-assault-weapons/851942001/
News-Press – USA Today Editorial Board: Renew ban on military-style assault weapons

https://crooked.com/article/bring-gun-fight/
Dan Pfeiffer: What to Bring to the Gun Fight [national gun registry, Tracking and limiting purchases of ammunition and a national gun buyback program]

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/354513-eugene-robinson-gun-control-should-include-buyback-program-like-australias
Eugene Robinson: Gun control should include buyback program like Australia’s

https://www.mediaite.com/online/washington-post-editorial-board-calls-on-trump-to-pass-gun-control-end-this-american-carnage/
Washington Post Editorial Board Calls on Trump to Pass Gun Control: ‘End This American Carnage’
[Members of The Washington Post Editorial Board]

https://theweek.com/articles/729108/ban-guns
The Week: Ban guns

https://planamag.com/ban-guns-amend-the-constitution-a9c288c20965?gi=aede7377ca64
Plan A Magazine: Ban Guns. Amend the Constitution.

https://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/03/opinions/ban-semiautomatic-weapons-and-save-lives-sachs/
(CNN) Sachs: Ban semiautomatic assault weapons and save lives

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/for-gods-sake-america-just-ban-guns
Prospect magazine: Dear America: it’s time to grow up and ban guns

2016

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/amitai-etzioni/needed-domestic-disarmame_b_8739712.html
Huffington Post: Domestic Disarmament, Not ‘Gun Control’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/assault-weapons-must-be-banned/2016/06/13/0d6a58f4-3195-11e6-8ff7-7b6c1998b7a0_story.html?
Washington Post – Eugene Robinson: Assault weapons must be banned in America

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/08/opinions/bell-obama-guns/index.html
W. Kamau Bell [CNN]: I want Obama to take away your guns

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-nelson/cant-we-just-put-the-damn_b_8939952.html
Huffington post: Can’t We Just Put the Damn Guns Down?
http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/c/35496/f/677045/s/4cb82e24/sc/27/l/0L0Shuffingtonpost0N0C20A160C0A10C0A70Canderson0Ecooper0Eguns0Econspiracy0In0I8936530A0Bhtml/story01.htm
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!”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/07/president-obama-isn-t-taking-people-s-guns-but-maybe-he-should.html
The Daily Beast: President Obama Isn’t Taking People’s Guns—But Maybe He Should.

2015

https://newrepublic.com/article/125498/its-time-ban-guns-yes-them
New Republic: It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/opinion/end-the-gun-epidemic-in-america.html
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.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/yes-they-want-to-take-your-guns-away
The Daily Beast: Yes, They Want to Take Your Guns Away

http://www.c-span.org/video/?328774-1/hillary-clinton-town-hall-meeting-keene-new-hampshire&amp;start=2831
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”

href=”https://www.vox.com/2015/10/5/9455025/us-gun-violence
Vox: Becoming a gun-free society would be hard. But we should still try.

href=”https://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/10/5/1427845/-Effective-Gun-Control-A-National-Semi-Auto-Ban
Daily Kos: Effective Gun Control – A National Semi-Auto Ban

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-gun-free-society/2015/10/04/6da29040-69c4-11e5-9ef3-fde182507eac_story.html
Washington Post: A gun-free society

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/01/statement-president-shootings-umpqua-community-college-roseburg-oregon
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.”

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/columnists/ensley/2014/11/22/stop-insanity-ban-guns/19426029/
Tallahassee Democrat – Stop the insanity: Ban guns

2014

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/10/remarks-president-qa-david-karp-ceo-tumblr
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.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-gun-control-ban-homicides-suicides-20140528-story.html
La Times: You say gun control doesn’t work? Fine. Let’s ban guns altogether.

2013

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/amitai-etzioni/gun-control-we-need-domes_b_2718536.html
Huffington Post: Gun Control? We Need Domestic Disarmament

2012

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2012/12/21/1172661/-How-to-Ban-Guns-A-step-by-step-long-term-process
Daily Kos: How to Ban Guns: A step by step, long term process

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/nyregion/cuomo-says-he-will-outline-gun-measures-next-month.html?_r=1&amp;
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.”

href=”https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/ban-all-guns-now/Content?oid=2147131
Detroit Metro Times: Ban all guns, now

href=”https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/why-gun-control-is-not-enough/
Opinionator – New York Times: Why Gun ‘Control’ Is Not Enough

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/273753-house-dem-calls-on-people-to-turn-in-your-guns
House Dem: ‘Turn in your guns’

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/first-get-rid-of-the-guns/
Eugene Robinson: First, Get Rid of the Guns

https://www.economist.com/blogs/lexington/2012/12/gun-control
Economist The gun control that works: no guns

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-ostroy/get-rid-of-the-damn-guns_b_1694753.html
Huffington Post: Get Rid of the Damn Guns

https://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/24/1077374/-Yes-conservatives-we-want-to-take-away-your-guns
Yes conservatives, we want to take away your guns…

2011
https://tucson.com/news/opinion/editorial/reinstate-ban-on-military-style-assault-weapons/article_d2687749-92aa-5d92-93bf-475d1beea35b.html
Arizona Daily Star: Reinstate ban on military-style assault weapons

1993

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-12-28/local/me-6058_1_gun-violence
La Times – Taming the Monster: Get Rid of the Guns

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.

The Next Battle Has Begun – Salvo Three

You didn’t think Nancy Pelosi would ignore a chance to burnish her progressive credentials with a statement on gun control, did you? If you did, you were living in a dream world.

Of course, Pelosi had to weigh in on gun control on the anniversary of the Parkland murders.

“Three years ago, our nation watched in horror and heartbreak as 17 beautiful souls were stolen in an act of unspeakable terror and gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Today, we continue to grieve and work with the Parkland families and survivors who have turned their pain into courageous action, inspiring a movement across the country to say, ‘Enough is enough!’

“Last Congress, moved by the daily epidemic of gun violence and guided by the millions of young people marching for their lives, House Democrats took bold action to save lives and end the bloodshed by passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act.  Now, working with the Democratic Senate and Biden-Harris Administration, we will enact these and other life-saving bills and deliver the progress that the Parkland community and the American people deserve and demand.

“On this solemn remembrance, Democrats join the American people to renew our commitment to our unfinished work to ensure that no family or community is forced to endure the pain of gun violence.  We will not rest until all Americans, in schools, in the workplace, in places of worship and throughout our communities are safe, once and for all.”

If she were serious about “gun violence” (sic), she would be battling the scourge of drug gangs in minority neighborhoods, she would overturning Obama era policies that allowed the Parkland killer to avoid coming to the notice of police, and she would be getting rid of gun free zones that are nothing but hunting preserves for psychopaths to quote Massad Ayoob.

The Next Battle Has Begun – Salvo Two

The next salvo in this battle came yesterday from Joe Biden. After bemoaning the lives lost to “gun violence” (sic), he lists a number of “commonsense” items that will solve the issue and “make us safer.”

Three years ago today, a lone gunman took the lives of 14 students and three educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In seconds, the lives of dozens of families, and the life of an American community, were changed forever.

For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones. They’ve missed out on the experience of sending their children off to college or seeing them on their first job after high school. Like far too many families, they’ve had to bury pieces of their soul deep within the Earth. Like far too many families — and, indeed, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder whether things would ever be okay.

These families are not alone. In big cities and small towns. In schools and shopping malls. In churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. In movie theaters and concert halls. On city street corners that will never get a mention on the evening news. All across our nation, parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends have known the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence. And in this season of so much loss, last year’s historic increase in homicides across America, including the gun violence disproportionately devastating Black and Brown individuals in our cities, has added to the number of empty seats at our kitchen tables. Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

Over these three years, the Parkland families have taught all of us something profound. Time and again, they have showed us how we can turn our grief into purpose – to march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change.

The Parkland students and so many other young people across the country who have experienced gun violence are carrying forward the history of the American journey. It is a history written by young people in each generation who challenged prevailing dogma to demand a simple truth: we can do better. And we will.

This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.

Here is an inconvenient truth that Mr. Biden will never acknowledge. It was the policies of the Obama-Biden Administration that created the circumstances that allowed a troubled, angry, and violent young man to stay off the radar and pass a NICS check.

And since we are talking about the deaths of those with brown skin, it was also the policies of the Obama-Biden Administration with Operation Fast and Furious aka Project Gunwalker that sent thousands of weapons south of the border which led to the deaths of at least 300 Mexican nationals.

An Inconvenient Truth

The Cult of Personality Known as Giffords sent out an email this morning. As might be expected on the anniversary of the murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, they called for more gun control.

We took it upon ourselves to fight for change by electing a gun safety majority in the House. They passed H.R. 8, the background checks bill, but it sat on Mitch McConnell’s desk every day since.

But that’s about to change. With a newly elected gun safety president and gun safety majorities in both the House and Senate, it’s finally time to make universal background checks the law of the land. And today’s a great day to say you’re still in the fight.

The inconvenient truth is that the killer obtained his firearm after passing a FBI background check. In other words, a universal background check or mandated checks on private firearm sales would not have made one bit of difference.

The killer had no criminal record because of an arrangement between the Broward County school system and the sheriff’s office. This despite being expelled for bringing a weapon to school along with other run-ins that should have resulted in a criminal record.

As noted at the time by Max Eden in the City-Journal:

But the explicit aim of Broward’s new approach to school safety was to keep students like <killer> off the police’s radar. If the Sheriff’s department didn’t know about his deeply troubling behavior, perhaps it was because they were no longer supposed to know about it.

So instead of dealing with the inconvenient truths and the deeper issues at play, the Cult of Personality Known as Giffords and their like-minded brethren including President Biden will just call for more gun control – even though none of it will stop the next mass casualty event.

Sorry Joe, There Is No Consensus

In a statement released yesterday on the eight anniversary of the Newtown murders, presumed President-Elect Joe Biden said, in part:

But in this collective pain, you’ve helped usher in a collective and growing purpose. You’ve helped us forge a consensus that gun violence is a national health crisis and we need to address its total cost to fully heal families, communities, and our nation.

Eight years later, there have been plenty of thoughts and prayers, but we know that is not enough. Together with you and millions of our fellow Americans of every background all across our nation, we will fight to end this scourge on our society and enact common sense reforms that are supported by a majority of Americans and that will save countless lives.

Having gone to a Quaker college where the concept of consensus is a real thing, there is no such consensus that “gun violence” (sic) is a “national health crisis”. The only consensus that I see is that those that who wish to restrict our freedoms have decided that declaring it a “national health crisis” will allow them free rein.

Biden’s statement notes that “more than 30,000 people die from gun violence across America.” This is a misleading number as it conflates death by suicide with that of homicide. Suicide is a mental health issue and one that I see groups like the NSSF and Second Amendment Foundation have taken seriously. Other groups like Walk The Talk America were founded by gun people – not the Brady Campaign, CSGV, or Everytown.

So-called “gun violence” (sic) is actually the criminal misuse of a firearm. Even in the Newtown murders, it started with the killer’s murder of his own mother who had legally purchased her firearms and had gone through background checks. Matricide or the murder of one’s own mother is already against the law everywhere.

What Biden’s statement actually says is that his administration is seriously intent on imposing more and more gun control. Whether it is done by Executive Order, the recharacterization of existing regulations, or by the passage of new laws, they are going to try and we need to be ready to oppose it.

Mark Kelly Is The Worst Kind Of Politician

There are two types of anti-gun politicians. On the one hand you have Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke. He is forthright when he says he plans to fuck us over. He doesn’t dissemble, he doesn’t say he respects the Second Amendment, and he says outright he’s coming for our semi-automatic firearms.

Then there is Mark Kelly who is running for the US Senate as a Democrat against Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in Arizona. Despite being the co-founder of the Cult of Personality Known as Giffords, formerly called Americans for Responsible Solutions, he has stayed rather quiet about his anti-gun views in his Senate race.

Listen to what he says about the Second Amendment in his debate Tuesday with Sen. McSally.

Fast forward to 1:20:33 in the video. The moderator says that people first heard of Kelly as the voice of gun control and then asks why he hasn’t raised the issue on the campaign trail. After making some comments about the 30mm cannon in McSally’s A-10, he goes on to say he is a great supporter of the Second Amendment.

Beyond that obvious lie, he then states he got his first firearm as a gift from his father just as he finished flight training in the Navy. He says it was a 9mm Glock and that he carried throughout his military career.

According to both Wikipedia and his official NASA biography, he got his wings in December 1987. Glocks had just recently started to be imported to the United States so it might be conceivable that Kelly’s father did give him a first generation Glock 17. However, the number imported was rather small. Imports did not begin in earnest until 1988 with the Gen 2 G-17 which had a metal serial number plate at the request of BATFE.

When asked why he didn’t speak about gun control more, he starts to dissemble and say people were more interested in talking about drug prices and healthcare.

O’Rourke may be a loon but at least he is an honest loon. Kelly, by contrast, has used his wife’s tragic shooting as his path to fame and power. He is the female version of former Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. The difference is that McCarthy at least would come at you head on unlike Kelly who is trying to keep gun control in the shadows until he can stab you in the back.

Tell Holly Springs No

The Town of Holly Springs, a suburb town in Wake County, North Carolina, is considering imposing restrictions on open carry. As a reminder, open carry is a constitutional right in the state of North Carolina. That was decided by the NC Supreme Court in 1922 in the case of State v. Kerner.

The Town Council will meet on Tuesday, September 1st to consider the proposal. The Bloomberg-funded North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (sic) is pushing it and they have an alert out on it.

Grass Roots North Carolina has been following this and the previous proposal concerning concealed carry on certain town properties from the start. Unlike NCGV, they were not caught flat-footed on either proposal.

An alert from GRNC was released yesterday asking for support on this. The Town Council will not be allowing speakers from the attendees so email and calls are key.

From GRNC:

Gun Rights Supporters, We Won a Partial Victory Last Month in Holly Springs.   Now We Need Your Help to Finish the Job on Tuesday, September 1st.  The Message:   GUNS SAVE LIVES and ‘Gun Free Zones’ DO NOT! 

Last month the Mayor and Town Council of Holly Springs heard loud and clear from the community it serves that Freedom and the 2nd Amendment are alive and well.  According to the Mayor, the level of engagement by the public on this issue exceeded anything he’s ever seen in 19 and a half years of public service.  The comments were overwhelmingly in favor of tabling BOTH of the two proposed town ordinances prohibiting lawful open and concealed carry in the Town of Holly Springs. 

However, while lawful concealed carry restrictions were indeed tabled, three members of the Council chose to delay a final decision on open carry.  Two, if not three, of the five Council Members desperately want to find a way to impose open carry restrictions and, hence, the matter reappears for a vote Tuesday night, September 1st.  

NO FIREARM ZONES are killing fields.

Time and time again, history has shown us that “no firearms allowed” signs DO NOT work. The criminal and the mob are only emboldened by such ignorance on the part of politicians believing these signs work. Law enforcement authorities will arrive in a minute or two of a call? Not likely at all.  In fact, think of ten to fifteen minutes at least.  How many lives could be destroyed in that time frame? The first responders to a tragedy are the people present.  If armed, they may prevent a calamity.  If unarmed, they can run, hide, or die.

As I write this alert, the businesses in Downtown Raleigh who earlier today boarded up their shops in anticipation of violence, rioting, looting, and worse to come Friday and Saturday nights pray that the mobs roaming the streets don’t use the bricks and stones conveniently left on street corners there.  Nowhere in the video are Raleigh Police enforcing the Mayor’s hastily called curfew for tonight. The need to protect ones’ self and loved ones is never more apparent than it is today We live in lawless times where progressive “Woke” political leadership demands law enforcement step down and let havoc wreck its toll.

Despite this rampant lawlessness, Holly Springs, in Southern Wake County and mere miles away from Raleigh, will readdress OPEN CARRY restrictions at a 2nd Town Council meeting on September 1st at 7 pm.  

Please attend the council meeting and email your opposition to banning freedom. One registered “Republican” who is leaning left may join the two Michael Bloomberg robots and pass the ban.  He needs a polite wakeup call and a reminder to back away from gun bans. We need more voices!  NOTE THAT THE COUNCIL WILL NOT ALLOW PUBLIC SPEAKERS FROM THE FLOOR SO YOUR EMAILS AND CALLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER!


Town of Holly Springs 128 S Main Street Holly Springs, NC 27540 Town Hall Phone: (919) 557-3901

Tuesday, September 1st 7 PM
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

* ATTEND THE COUNCIL MEETING: SEPTEMBER 1st at 7 PM 
 
* EMAIL and CALL COUNCIL MEMBERS PETER VILLADSEN and SHAUN MCGRATH:

* Councilman Villadsen’s public phone number is:  919 272-8540

* Councilman McGrath’s public phone number is:  919 914-1240 

* SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT INTO THE RECORD BY ALSO E-MAILING THE TOWN CLERK, Ms. LINDA MCKINNEY

* PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO GRNC: Help us fight gun control while we promote Second Amendment principles. Please CLICK HERE to contribute. Bear in mind that GRNC is an all-volunteer organization, so you can be sure your donations are put to the best possible use. Any amount helps, and any amount is appreciated.  

* EMAIL COUNCIL MEMBERS Peter Villadsen, Shaun McGrath and Town Clerk, Ms. Linda Mckinney:   peter.villadsen@Hollyspringsnc.us; shaun.mcgrath@hollyspringsnc.us; linda.mckinney@hollyspringsnc.us  
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE

Suggested Subject:  “Do Not Endorse the Bloomberg Gun Ban Agenda”  
Dear Holly Springs Council members Villadsen and McGrath:
 
Posting a prohibition against lawful OPEN CARRY serves no purpose but to advance a gun banning agenda promoted by the left.  It will not save lives.

“NO FIREARM ZONES” are killing fields. Time and time again, history has shown us that no firearm signs DO NOT work. The criminal is only emboldened by such ignorance on our part believing these signs work.  The first responders to a tragedy are the people present.  Law Enforcement often arrives too late to do anything but merely take the report and clean up the damage done.  

What is your reason to now ban legal law-abiding residents the right to defend themselves where you feel appropriate? Is it really about safety? Is it your opinion that law enforcement will be present during an attack wherever evil might occur?  Two days after the August 18th meeting, a man was assaulted and killed on a Raleigh public greenway.  Speaking of Raleigh, have you watched the videos from Raleigh on Friday night? Do you anticipate a few bucks thrown toward your reelection campaign next year from the deep pockets of Michael Bloomberg or George Soros?  Or more ominously, do you just want to control the lives of others merely because you can?

Do you know that the emails you may have received in support of restrictions were prepared by a Michael Bloomberg funded organization “North Carolinians Against Gun Violence” and that they also demand the defunding of North Carolina Law Enforcement Agencies?  Will your next step be to defund the Holly Springs Police in accordance with their wishes?

Testimony presented at last month’s public hearing on this matter indicates this is merely political posturing presented by your left-leaning peers with no factual basis to claim any accident or incident detrimental to public health and safety in decades of responsible citizen behavior.  They want it banned merely because they want it banned.  Period. 

The reality is Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker and others unlawfully continue to deny citizens, including residents of Holly Springs, permits to purchase handguns or permits to lawfully conceal carry handguns.  OPEN CARRY remains the ONLY lawful manner some citizens possess to protect themselves and loved ones.  The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is fundamental and must be honored by those who legislate law and order among us.

The businesses in Downtown Raleigh, mere miles from Holly Springs spent Friday busily boarding up their shops in anticipation of violence, rioting, looting, and worse to come Friday and Saturday nights. A hastily called-for curfew was not enforced.  The need to protect oneself and loved ones is never more apparent than it is today. We live in lawless times where progressive “Woke” political leadership demands law enforcement step down and let havoc wreak its toll. 

As the swing vote at Tuesday’s meeting YOU, Councilman Villadsen will be responsible if the unthinkable occurs in Holly Springs and your vote prevents citizens the right to protect themselves or loved ones. Give law-abiding citizens at least a fighting chance.  Carving out “exceptions” will do the public no good unless you concurrently propose to spend considerable sums ramping up law enforcement assets and locking down the town with checkpoints, metal detectors, and random search and frisks. 

On the 18th of August, you rightly concluded banning lawful concealed carry in Holly Springs served no purpose and voted against the proposed measure. Now I ask you to vote responsibly one more time and table this equally insane idea carving out open carry exclusion zones in and around Holly Springs.

I will be monitoring your actions through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.

Respectfully,


Everytown Announces Endorsements For Senate

As Tom Knighton said in reference to the announcement that Everytown endorsed 11 Democrats for the US Senate, they “announced Senate candidates it was buying.” I think he hit the nail on the head.

As with their endorsements for the House of Representatives, they rolled out the announcement to The Hill.

The gun-control advocacy group threw its support behind 11 Democratic Senate candidates including Mark Kelly in Arizona, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Theresa Greenfield in Iowa, Sara Gideon in Maine, Rep. Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina, Jaime Harrison in South Carolina and MJ Hegar in Texas.

The endorsement of Gideon is particularly notable given the group endorsed incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine) in 2014. 

The group also backed incumbent Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Gary Peters (Mich.) and Tina Smith (Minn.). 

With the possible exception of Gideon, there are no surprises on this list.

Mark Kelly was a gimme given he is “Mr. Gabby Giffords” and is trying to ride the gun control train into office. Likewise, John Hickenlooper aka Hickenstupid sold his soul to Michael Bloomberg years ago.

Closer to me, Jaime Harrison is the former head of the SC Democrat Party, is a protege of House Majority Whip James Clyburn, and parlayed his work for Clyburn into a job as a lobbyist for the Podesta Group. I have been seeing his ads since early spring as our local TV stations cover the Upstate of South Carolina. If his ads were the only thing you knew about him, you would know he got a scholarship to Yale and that he taught school for a year. He never happens to mention he went to law school or that he worked for many years as a lobbyist.

Moving on to Cal Cunningham here in North Carolina, you saw a ton of ads for him early in the spring. Some so-called veterans PAC was running a lot of ads for him touting that he served in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star. You got the impression he was like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) who, despite being a Harvard Law School grad, served as an infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. If that was your impression, you’d be wrong. Cunningham served as a JAG attorney in the Army Reserve attached to the XVIII Airborne Corps. His Bronze Star was awarded for meritorious service overseeing a number of attorneys and paralegals. In other words, he got it for acting like the managing partner of a law firm – not for leading troops in combat.

While Cunningham served in the State Senate from 2000-2004 representing Davidson County, he now lives in Raleigh though he is still listed as an attorney in his father’s law practice in Lexington. He is also the VP and General Counsel of solid waste company WasteZero. If I had to characterize Cunningham, it would be as the John Edwards of 2020 without the narcissistic attention to hair. Cunningham has also been endorsed by the Cult of Personality known as Giffords.

One final note – Mary Jane “MJ” Hegar of Texas is in a runoff for the nomination. She faces State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) in the July 14th runoff. While she leads in money raised and came in first in the primary, West has the backing of most Democrats in the Texas Legislature.