I found this on Twitter and it illustrates beautifully the illogic of the coming ATF rule on pistol braces.
I came across a tweet from Everytown’s favorite demanding mom this morning and the comments could just write themselves.
I spent three hours trying to learn how to knit online today. Please let me know if you have any suggested classes, videos, books, general instruction, etc. I’m not a natural. pic.twitter.com/V4Fvgrl3bA— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 22, 2021
Then there is the last sentence in her tweet: “I’m not a natural.” I think we all knew that!
I don’t know whether it was because I criticized my alma mater Guilford College for deleting virtually every worthwhile major and keeping the fluff such as gender and grievance studies or because I tried to retweet something from Twitchy about Chuck Schumer ignoring COVID now that it seems Biden is the winner but I’m lock out of Twitter.
It says I may need to “complete some additional tasks” if I want to resume using Twitter. Does that mean I have to go to Jack’s re-education camp like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge forced upon the Cambodians?
UPDATE: Below is the email I got from Twitter regarding the locking of my account and the reason.
What it says it that I shared “privately produced/distributed intimate media”. When I follow the link, I find that I am being accused of reposting something that violated the non-consensual nudity policy.
It seems that a number of people have had their Twitter accounts locked for reposting a link to an article on election results and a mathematical test called Benford’s Law. It is a test to see whether numbers are naturally occurring or manually manipulated as with “ballot box stuffing”.
What prompted me to repost the link was a report on Instapundit.com by Prof. Glenn Reynolds that Facebook had refused a link to the article every time he tried to post it. I, like many others, then posted it to Twitter. We all got our accounts fraudulently locked by the powers that be at Twitter under the pretext that we were posting non-consensual nudity. I’m surprised that they didn’t say we were posting “kiddie porn”.
UPDATE II: Well, not total bastards. I just got this when I appealed.
|Our support team has reviewed your account and it appears we made an error. We’ve determined there was no violation and have restored your account to full functionality.|
|We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate you taking the time to submit your appeal request to us.|
Attorney Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute had a series of tweets regarding the Supreme Court’s abdicating its duty to say what the law means with regard to the Second Amendment.
Shapiro is correct. The Supreme Court should be ashamed of itself.
You can also read his full blog post here.
Pennsylvania is fighting to keep #GhostGuns out of the hands of those who should not have them.— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) December 21, 2019
Now the NRA is suing Attorney General @JoshShapiroPA.
We stand with AG Shapiro and a safer PA. https://t.co/r5yQTkvevS
March for Our Lives, the children’s crusade against firearms, has just shown their gullibility and ignorance. If it involves guns, they will believe anything an anti-gun politician spews out.
They have retweeted an absolute lie told by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D-PA). He wants people to have the impression that it was the National Rifle Association that sued him after his autocratic redefinition of what constitutes a firearm. Shapiro knew that throwing the name “NRA”, the term “ghost guns”, and tying it into crime was red meat for your average ignorant anti-gunner.
Look at the first page of the application for an emergency preliminary injunction. That action is being brought by a Pennsylvania FFL, a New Hampshire FFL, a manufacturer and dealer in what are called 80% lowers, and the Firearms Policy Coalition. No where do you see that the NRA is involved in this case. Indeed, if you had attended the Meeting of Members at the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting, you know that that old guard had nothing but disdain for attorneys Josh Prince and Adam Kraut. Don’t forget that Marion Hammer has called Adam “the enemy within”.
Shapiro sent out his original tweet the day after the application was filed. He knew or should have known that the NRA had nothing to do with this case.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has consistently held that unfinished forgings or castings that are “completely solid and un-machined in the fire-control recess area” are not firearms and not subject to the Gun Control Act of 1968. See the attached determinations beginning on page 67 of the application for an injunction. Moreover, BATFE doesn’t even use the term “80% lower” or “80% frame” which is more of a marketing term than anything else.
As Josh Prince notes in his law firm blog, only the Pennsylvania General Assembly has the power to write law and it cannot be delegated. In other words, Shapiro’s “legal opinion” is making law and therefore invalid.
With regard to Shapiro’s claim that he is being sued by “companies that fund the @NRA”, only Polymer 80 exhibited at the most recent NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Having a booth at a national show which attracts thousands of gun owners is smart business for Polymer 80. While the NRA does gain some marginal revenue, “funding the NRA” is not Polymer 80’s purpose in being there. Just like we are all the “gun lobby”, so, too, we are all “funding the NRA” through our memberships.
Politicians and their PR flacks will say anything to push their position. Sometimes it is true. More often it is either the shading of the truth or an outright lie. I’ll let you decide what Shapiro was trying to do with his tweet.
March for Our Lives’ tweet, on the other hand, is a demonstrable lie. Like naughty children, they should be sent to their room with no TV, no phone, and no Internet to think about the consequences of their lie.
The Gun Rights Policy Conference starts on Friday evening in Phoenix. It is certainly important that all the social media accounts of sponsor Second Amendment Foundation be up and running.
It is important but yet that hasn’t stopped some nameless gnome at Twitter from suspending their account.
Dan Zimmerman at TTAG broke the story earlier today. Dan quotes Alan Gottlieb as being shocked. Alan notes that their account has never been suspended and that the timing is ” interesting that it’s happened right before the Gun Rights Policy Conference this weekend.”
My talk on Sunday at GRPC is about how we are at the mercy of the big tech oligopolies. I didn’t expect Twitter to confirm it this soon in advance.
If you have a Twitter account, you might want to tweet @jack (Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO) asking him about it. I did.
Now this all could be just a big mistake and some anti-gun Twitter techie hacked the Second Amendment Foundation account. It could be. It could also be that @Jack who was one of the CEOs who signed the letter to Mitch McConnell demanding action on “gun violence” (sic) decided that pro-2A organizations didn’t need any extra publicity.
A friend pointed out a Twitter post by a Nathan Rubin. His Twitter bio says he’s an “award winning” author and Democratic activist. His book, Boomers to Millennials: Moving America Forward, does have some awards but it doesn’t look like it sold too many copies. Amazon puts it in the top 1.9 million best sellers.
Here is what Rubin wrote on Twitter:
New Rule — you can’t call yourself a law abiding gun owner if your response to a mandatory gun buyback is “come and get it.”— Nathan H. Rubin (@NathanHRubin) September 14, 2019
Either you’d follow the law and turn it in (because that’d be the law), or you’re an irresponsible criminal who has no business owning an AK-47 or AR-15.
So unless I am a compliant sheep and turn in my ARs and AKs, I will be considered (by him) to be an irresponsible criminal. Hmm.
David Burkhead gave the best response to this nonsense on Facebook.
You can’t call yourself a law abiding American if you don’t return fugitive slaves to their owners. You can’t call yourself a law abiding Chinese if you don’t report any disagreement with Mao to the authorities. You can’t call yourself a law abiding German if you don’t report the presence of any hiding Jews.
See how that works?
The only one I’d add is that you couldn’t call yourself a law abiding Soviet citizen if you didn’t report someone criticizing the Communist Party to the KGB. In Stalin’s time, that was enough to either get you an ounce of lead along with an unmarked grave or a trip to the Gulag Archipelago.
I think that is the dream in the back of the minds of the authoritarian gun prohibitionists.
It would be hard to top this tweet for a tweet of the day or even the week.
I considered selling my weapons “back” to the government, but after a background check and thorough investigation into the buyer, I determined the buyer has a history of violence and is mentally unstable. Big risk to everyone around it.— Justin Maloney (@JMaloneyLiberty) September 4, 2019
Just as a side note, how can you have a buy back when it was never owned by the buyer in the first place?
I saw a tweet today that just made me roll my eyes. It was from Lauren Hogg who is the younger sister of David “Camera ” Hogg.
NRA TV is dead because of a couple angry teenagers with Twitter. Never underestimate the power of some “kids” with goals.
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) June 26, 2019
I think if there is one thing that Wayne LaPierre and Revan McQueen might agree on, it would be that Miss Hogg and her older brother had nothing to do with the demise of NRATV.