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Elections have consequences: ‘Blue’ Virginia goes whole hog for gun control

Last May, after a mass shooting that left 13 people dead at a Virginia Beach municipal building by a city engineer armed with two .45-caliber handguns, Virginia’s Democrat governor Ralph Northam asked state lawmakers to hold a special session to discuss gun control. The Republican-controlled legislature met for just 90 minutes, and left without voting on any gun-control proposals.

Virginia was considered a “swing” state in presidential elections. On Tuesday, November 6, 2019, the state became a solid “blue”. With Democrats already holding the state’s three highest offices (governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general), after two years of Republican control in the state House and Senate by single-seat majorities, the voters of Virginia saw fit to give Democrats full control of the state government for the first time since 1994. Democrats won at least 21 of 40 seats in the state Senate and 51 seats in the 100-member House of Delegates.

Virginia’s pro-abort Gov. Ralph Northam (D), 60, a pediatric neurologist by occupation and a former U.S. Army medical officer, wasted no time in pushing his gun control agenda.

As reported by Justine Wise for The Hill, in a statement Tuesday night, Northam crowed that the “ground has shifted in Virginia government. Since I took office two years ago, we have made historic progress as a Commonwealth. Tonight, Virginians made it clear they want us to continue building on that progress.” He claimed that the results signaled that voters wanted state lawmakers to take action on issues such as gun safety and climate change.

Early the next morningt on CNN’s “New Day“, Northam said he planned to reintroduce a package of gun control laws during the next legislative session: “Things like universal background checks. Getting rid of bump stocks, high volume magazines, ‘red flag’ laws. These are commonsense pieces of legislation. I will introduce those again in January. And I’m convinced, with the majority now in the House and the Senate, they’ll become law and because of that Virginia will be safer.”

In fact, gun control was a major theme for Democrats running in Tuesday’s elections, who had a commitment from Everytown for Gun Safety, the group funded by former New York City Mayor (((Michael Bloomberg))), to spend $2.5 million on Democratic candidates. The four Virginia prosecutors who won on Tuesday were also funded by another billionaire leftist, George Soros.

Everytown for Gun Safety’s president, (((John Feinblatt))), said in a statement that the Democrats’ victories would “resonate around the country, and should terrify elected officials up and down the ballot who have stood in the way of gun safety.” Referring to Bloomberg, the National Rifle Association said the election results meant Virginians would now experience life under a “distant tycoon’s thumb.”

~Eowyn

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One big fat lie: Shannon Watts claims Moms Demand group isn’t anti-gun

Baloney.

In an interview with CBS News, Shannon Watts – founder of Bloomberg’s Moms Demand – claims their aren’t anti-gun.

Excerpts from their story:

“Moms Demand Action is a grassroots organization advocating for stronger gun control measures, founded as a Facebook group the day after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that took the lives of 26 people, 20 of whom were young children. But while its members advocate for an assault ban, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts says that it’s a “misnomer” to call the group anti-gun.

“Often people think that because we’re doing this work, we’re anti-gun or we don’t support the Second Amendment. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Watts said in an interview with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. Watts noted that many volunteers the organization were gun owners or married to gun owners.

“This is simply about restoring the responsibilities that go along with gun rights,” Watts said. She added that while the top priorities for Moms Demand Action are background checks, red-flag laws and disarming domestic abusers, the organization also advocates for an assault weapons ban and has worked with municipalities on the issue.”

Read the entire BS here.

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California governor signs 15 new gun-control bills, incl. America’s worst red-flag law

On Friday, October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Democrat, signed 15 gun-related bills into law, further tightening the state’s already-stringent Second Amendment restrictions. The laws will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, oppose the new laws. (Los Angeles Times)

The 15 new gun control laws include:

“Red flag” laws:

  • AB 12 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) extends the duration of a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) to a maximum of five years.
  • AB 61 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) allows an employer, coworker, or an employee or teacher to file a petition requesting a gun violence restraining order. Note that this bill had been vetoed twice by Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposes this law because AB 61 “poses a significant threat to civil liberties” in that a restraining order can be sought before a gun owner has an opportunity to dispute the request, and because those making a request under the new law may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment.” (Fox News)
  • AB 164 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) holds any person subject to a valid restraining order, injunction, or protective order issued out of state to the same restrictions on buying or possessing firearms in California as they are under in the state where the order or injunction is operative.
  • AB 339 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of gun violence restraining orders.
  • AB 1493 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) authorizes a person who is the subject of a gun violence restraining order to petition to submit a form to the court voluntarily relinquishing their firearm rights.

Laws on firearms sales:

  • SB 61 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prohibits the sale of a semiautomatic centerfire rifle to any person under 21 years of age, and applications to purchase more than one semiautomatic centerfire rifle in any 30-day period, with a few exceptions.
  • SB 376 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prevents individuals from selling large numbers of firearms without a license by capping the number of annual sales at 5 transactions or 50 firearms.
  • AB 645 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires packaging for firearms to contain a warning statement on suicide prevention.
  • AB 879 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) requires, starting in 2024, that the sale of firearms precursor parts be conducted through a licensed firearms precursor part vendor.
  • AB 1669 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) updates existing law by applying the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors, and ensures that sufficient funding is available for firearm regulatory efforts.
  • AB 1297 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) requires any local authority issuing concealed firearm licenses to charge an applicant a fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license, and eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses.
  • AB 893 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunitions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the County of San Diego, the City of Del Mar, the City of San Diego.

Other laws:

  • AB 1548 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) codifies the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
  • AB 1603 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) codifies the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program to help reduce violence in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence.
  • AB 521 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) requires, with the adoption of a resolution by the University of California, the UC Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis to develop multifaceted education and training programs for medical and mental health providers on the prevention of firearm-related injury and death.

There’s a petition to recall Gov. Newsom. To sign, go here.

~Eowyn

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22-year veteran cop tells Congress she will not obey assault weapons ban

The issue of gun control took on renewed vigor last month after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which left approximately 30 people dead. President Trump argued in favor of closing some of the loopholes in background checks, but later walked back that idea after facing backlash from the National Rifle Association.

At the House Judiciary Committee’s Protecting America from Assault Weapon hearing yesterday, Sept. 25, 2019, former policewoman Dianna Muller, a 22-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department and the founder of gun advocacy group The DC Project, testified she would “not comply” with an assault-style weapons ban if Congress were to pass one.

Muller said (beginning at 5:21 mark in video below):

“My goal here is to educate people. We are law-abiding, responsible gun-owners. Please don’t legislate the 150 million people just like me into being criminals…. It has happened. You’ve already done it — the legislation on bump stocks (referring to the Trump administration’s ban on bump stocks). I was a bump stock owner, and I had to make a decision: Do I become a felon, or do I comply? And like that gentleman who was just escorted out, I will not comply with the assault weapons ban.

H/t Washington Examiner

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“Republican” mayor calls for his city to ban assault weapons because “my prayers aren’t working”

RINO George Cretekos

Mayor of Clearwater, Florida – George Cretekos – ain’t no republican, despite what this story states.

The proof? Just look at his Twitter timeline and some of his tweets and who he retweets:

Retweet of Paul Krugman: “I was warning about escalation, but things moving faster than I expected”

Retweet of Garry Kasparo (who promotes Renew Democracy in his Twitter bio): “As in Helsinki, Trump’s demeanor around Putin is that of a loyal dog afraid of being whipped. Joking with a dictator about his proven attacks on US elections is pathetic”

Retweet of Bill Kristol: “Excellent from @DavidAFrench at @NRO: “’Where is the outrage?’ The same question applies today, but to a different audience. The lies are simply too much to bear. No Republican should tolerate such dishonesty.” (Regarding Mueller report)

Retweet of Politico: “Opinion: Trump’s national emergency is great news for future President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Cretekos a republican? Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

From Yahoo: The Republican mayor of a Florida city is calling on Congress to take action on strong gun control measures, saying that thoughts and prayers just aren’t cutting it when it comes to America’s gun violence epidemic.

George Cretekos urged his fellow city council members in Clearwater to pass a resolution which would represent a potent message in a state known for its fidelity to the National Rifle Association.

“I’ve gone to church, I’ve prayed,” Mr. Cretekos said this week, referencing a common refrain after mass shootings in which politicians offer “thoughts and prayers” for victims, but stop short of taking any practical measures to prevent future shootings.

“My prayers aren’t working,” he continued, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida state law prohibits cities from enacting their own firearms regulations, but Mr. Cretekos’s resolution would send a symbolic message to Congress that it should move to ban assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines, to pass a national “red flag” law, and to expand background checks so they can cover private sales.

“In the past, council and I have stayed away from national issues,” Mr. Cretenkos said. “But I think this issue is something that we need to consider to let people know where we stand as a community to encourage safety.”

Florida is the state in which two of the most deadly mass shootings in recent years have occurred, having drawn national attention after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, and at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Seventeen people were killed in Parkland by an expelled former student in February 2018, while 49 people were killed and more than 50 wounded at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016.

Mr. Cretenkos’s call for action is significant not only because of the state he lives in, though, but also because of his standing as a Republican.

In the past, Republican leaders and politicians in Washington including Donald Trump have reacted to shootings by proposing modest gun control measures, but have yet to make good on those promises.

The good mayor’s call for an assault weapons ban was shot down:

“The City Council on Thursday approved a resolution that called on Congress to pass modest gun control measures, but failed to go as far as Mayor George Cretekos had proposed earlier in the week.

In a compromise, the five-person council, which includes Cretekos, voted 3-2 to pass a resolution calling for the red flag law expansion and the stricter background checks. But the resolution was softer on the weapons and magazines. Instead of calling for a ban, it called for a “review of laws governing the accessibility of high-capacity ammunition magazines and military-style assault weapons.”

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2020 Democrat candidate Beto O’Rourke fantasized about killing little children with his car

Beto O’Rourke, 46, former El Paso mayor, former Congressman for Texas, and a 2020 Democrat presidential candidate, is an advocate for gun control, never mind the fact that in 2008, the Supreme Court had ruled that the Constitution’s Second Amendment applies to individuals, not militias, and may include military weapons.

On his campaign website called, without a trace of irony, Beto for America, O’Rourke lays out his position on gun control, vowing that when elected President, he will:

  1. End the influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) by signing into law the No PAC Act, which he had introduced as a member of Congress, which would ban PAC contributions to members of Congress or those seeking federal office.”
  2. Create a nationwide gun licensing system and registry.
  3. Require universal background checks at point of purchase.
  4. Ban all “assault weapons,” trigger cranks, silencers, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines.
  5. Implement a national buyback program for banned assault weapons and handguns.
  6. Make it harder for people to stockpile weapons by limiting individuals to one gun purchase per month and directing ATF to deem any individual or business that sells over five guns in a single year a gun “dealer” subject to background check requirements.
  7. Implement extreme risk protection orders, also known as Red Flag laws.
  8. Declare gun violence a public health emergency.
  9. Make gun trafficking a federal crime.
  10. Repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which shields firearm manufacturers and dealers from liability when their products are used to commit crimes.

For all his posturing and virtue-signaling on gun violence, it turns out that Beto O’Rourke once wrote a murder-fantasy short story about serial-killing children with his car.

According to a March 15, 2019 Reuters report by Joseph Menn, not only had O’Rourke been arrested for drunk driving, from age 15 to 19, Beto O’Rourke was a member of Cult of the Dead Cow, the oldest group of computer hackers in the U.S. credited with inventing the term “hacktivism” and wrote stories under the name “Psychedelic Warlord” — writings that remain online.

In a 1988 essay titled “Visions from the Last Crusade,” O’Rourke described his fantasy of killing 38 children with a car. He wrote:

The catacombs of my head produce the most wonderful dreams and visions. I feel that I am one with my intellect and my soul. It was during these dreams and visions that I concocted a notion. It started as something small at first, but after every dream it grew stronger, until the urge had become too great. No longer could this strong desire in my mind be suppressed. Recognizing this fact, my one and only goal in life became the termination of everything that was free and loving….

This feeling pervaded everything in my life, yet the first few months after realizing my goal, I had done nothing. Then one day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of  freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams. As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head….

It was simply ecstasy. As I drove home, I envisioned myself committing more of these “acts of love”, and after a while, I had no trouble carrying them out.

The more people I killed, the longer my dreams were. I soon quit my job, and stayed at my house in an almost comatose state. My dreams grew longer and more vivid. They kept me alive and proved to be the only thing to live for. I had killed nearly 38 people by the time of my twenty-third birthday, and each one was more fulfilling than the last.

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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NASCAR turns to the Left; rejects gun ads

The public perception of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has always been that NASCAR is all-American, pro-Second Amendment, and in sync with red-state values.

No more.

Stephen Gutowski reports for The Washington Free Beacon, August 30, 2019, that two gun companies said NASCAR rejected their gun ads because of the racing company’s “gradual shift on guns”. Both gun companies said a NASCAR advertising agency had solicited ads from them for NASCAR publications, but when they submitted ads, they were told NASCAR would not accept them.

The two gun companies are:

(1) Dark Storm Industries:

Dark Storm said an ad it submitted featuring one of the company’s AR-15s was rejected. Dark Storm wrote in an Instagram post:

“NASCAR decided to turn their back on their customer base, joining the likes of Yeti, Dick’s and Under Armour. We were approached by a NASCAR publication eager to earn our business, but after submitting our ad it was immediately rejected, stating that we cannot depict ‘assault weapons’. As we have learned, NASCAR has made a ‘gradual shift’ but this doesn’t seem very gradual to us. It seems as though NASCAR has turned their back on the overwhelming majority of their fan base in the most embarrassing way possible.”

(2) Online retailer K-Var Corp:

K-Var said NASCAR rejected an ad featuring an AK-47 and 9mm handgun. An April email exchange between K-Var and National Event Publications, which books ads for NASCAR publications, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows the ad booker working with the gun dealer on final details of an ad for the souvenir program sold during the Race for the Cup series. Dave Dolbee, general manager of K-Var, said the company thought the ad would be good for brand awareness since the NASCAR audience is considered to be very gun-friendly and notable gun companies had previously advertised in the program. However, the ad company emailed Dolbee in August to say NASCAR rejected K-Var’s ad because of the firearms included in it. Sunny Berlin, art director for National Event Publications, told Dolbee in an email:

“We just heard back from NASCAR on a number of gun related ads and unfortunately due to a gradual shift in their position on guns, these ads must be edited/changed– especially those that are depicted as assault style rifles/sniper rifles. They are still open to some ads featuring some of the less controversial gun accessories, concealed carry, or classes. Can you supply a new ad that would fit more along these guidelines? NASCAR will then review again.”

Dolbee said:

  • K-Var was unable to get any clarification from NASCAR on what it considered an “assault style rifle” or “sniper rifle” or other details of their “gradual shift” on guns.
  • National Event Publications were “cagey about it when they gave me that 24-hour deadline to resubmit an ad.”
  • NASCAR had not even been clear with National Event Publications and did not provide “clear enough guidelines to say ‘it was exactly this in your ad or it was exactly that in your ad.'”

Dolbee told the Free Beacon K-Var refused to submit another ad:

“Naturally we took the position ‘absolutely not’. You can’t do ‘this gun’s good, that gun’s bad.’ You know? I said we wouldn’t deal with them at all if that was going to be the case. We could never go forward with that type of a policy.

It’s just bad for business. I’m somebody who grew up on NASCAR. My father was a huge fan. So, he of course brought me into the sport as a fan. And you see something with that type of a legacy and heritage, instead of being a sporting organization, try and play politics.”

Neither National Event Publications nor NASCAR responded to requests for comment on the policy change.

Backlash to NASCAR’s ban on gun ads was swift:

  • A headline at Outdoor Hub said: “Turning Left: NASCAR Bans Firearm Ads, Cites ‘Gradual Shift’ on Guns.”
  • All Outdoor said: “NASCAR Goes Anti-Gun, Bans Black Rifle Ads”.
  • Radio show host and lifelong NASCAR fan Mark Walters said in a piece for Ammoland that the shift in gun ad policy tells him the racing association is “no longer the NASCAR I thought I knew. Go ahead NASCAR, try to fill the stands with a bunch of David Hogg, Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, urban, progressive, skinny jean wearing, soy sipping, man-bun wearing, Antifa loving, gun-hating socialists. I won’t be around to see how that turns out for you.”

See “Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that Second Amendment applies to individuals, not militias, and may include military weapons,” Feb. 27, 2018.

See these other pro-gun control businesses:

See the Trump administration on gun control:

See these pro-gun control politicians:

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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Joe Biden’s teeth almost fall out during debate

During last Thursday’s demorat debate, it appears Biden was having some problems with his upper dentures.

Between Joe’s bloody eye, his multiple gaffes, and his groping women and children, you gotta wonder what the appeal is for him to be in the lead in most polls. He’s a trainwreck!

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Hypocrite: Pro-gun control Hollyweirdo Alyssa Milano owns 2 guns for self-defense

Aging actress Alyssa Milano in a cleavage-bearing low-cut blouse at SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing October 2018

Has-been actress Alyssa Milano, 46, is a rabid gun-control activist.

As an example, on May 5, 2018, Milano led a protest against Vice President Mike Pence at the NRA’s 2018 convention in Dallas, Texas, despite the fact that both Pence and the NRA are renowned defenders of the right to own guns for self-defense.

Milano’s protest is the height of hypocrisy because she herself owns two guns for self-defense. In other words, she should lead a protest against herself.

Breitbart reports that during a debate with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday evening, Sept. 10, 2019, Milano and Fred Guttenberg — whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida — pressed Cruz on various gun control proposals.

Milano proposed universal background checks, restricting access to AR-15s, and background checks for bullet purchases, while insisting, “We all believe in the Second Amendment.”

Around 13 minutes into the discussion, Guttenberg said he was offended by Cruz’s argument that these gun controls would erode Americans’ rights to self-defense, saying: “That’s a load of BS. Nobody’s trying to remove your right to self-defense.”

Milano interjected: “By the way, I have two guns in my household for self-defense, just so you know.”

Hypocrite!

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More big retailers ask customers not to openly carry in their stores

I never open carry because I don’t like to advertise the fact that I have a firearm. Yet I get why some people do open carry. It’s just not for me.

I prefer concealment because if should I ever need to use my firearm, I would prefer the element of surprise.

Yet for those who do prefer to open carry, the right of others’ feelings uncomfortable at the sight of a gun takes precedence over one’s right to self defense.

From HuffPo: More large retail companies are asking that customers no longer openly carry guns in their stores following last month’s deadly mass shooting in a Texas Walmart.

Walgreens, Wegmans and CVS are the latest nationwide retail chains to make the request after Walmart on Wednesday ― and Kroger soon after ― asked customers not to do so, even in so-called open carry states that allow the practice. Walmart’s request came with an announcement that the nation’s largest retailer would stop selling handgun ammunition and “short-barrel rifle ammunition.”

Walmart’s decision came on the heels of a mass shooting inside an El Paso, Texas, store in early August that left 22 people dead. That same week, an employee who had been suspended shot and killed two co-workers in a Mississippi Walmart where he worked.

“As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a memo to employees on Tuesday.

The week after the El Paso shooting, police arrested an armed man who caused chaos when he walked into a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, while wearing body armor and military-style clothing. The same week, a man calling himself an “anti-gun activist” was questioned by police after he asked a clerk in a Florida Walmart for a gun that would “kill 200 people.”

Hours after Walmart’s announcement, Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, followed with its own request asking customers not to openly carry.

“Kroger has demonstrated with our actions that we recognize the growing chorus of Americans who are no longer comfortable with the status quo and who are advocating for concrete and common sense gun reforms,” Kroger said in a statement.

On Thursday, Walgreens, CVS and Wegmans made similar requests.

Walmart said the policy would not be enforced, but that management is instructed to contact law enforcement if they feel threatened.

“It’s a respectful request,” Walmart spokesperson Ragan Dickens told HuffPost. “And if they do not listen to the request, we’ve asked management to evaluate each situation. If an individual is a potential threat, the manager on duty can contact law enforcement.”

It’s not clear how other stores will enforce the new policies, but Kris Brown of advocacy group Brady United told CNN that the move by Walmart is “telling the NRA that logic does not support what they’ve been saying — this ‘good guy with a gun’ idea is patently false.”

HuffPost has reached out to all of the retailers for comment on how they plan to enforce the policies, if at all.

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Check out some of the ignorant comments from this HuffPo article:

“What will all them “Patriots” do when they can’t wear their “Strap-ons” in public? How will they attract a mate?

“In 1981 I visited Moscow. The first thing that really struck me were the soldiers at the airport, all heavily armed. That was the case throughout the city and was the one thing I could not get used to seeing. I would feel the same way going into a store here and seeing fellow shoppers that were heavily armed. I always assume that a person carrying a gun is a person ready to use a gun. How am I supposed to discern what that person’s motives are?

Those folks carrying guns are the scared ones, and many are angry or crazy. And yet when guns are used in stores, not one good guy comes to anyone’s assistance. So why have them? To make the scaredy cats feel like a big man. Take their guns and they’re wimps.

just leave your P-nus enhancer at home.

“Anyone who needs to swagger around wearing a holster when they’re buying eggs or socks probably isn’t someone who should be armed in the first place. We don’t need Dirty Harry wannabes hoping they get to be heroes.”

“Regardless of the arguments for or against open carry, it is important to remember the children. American children are aware of these mass shootings and have been traumatized by them. There is a fear of going shopping, a fear of going to school and a fear of going to the synagogue. Imagine the fear a child may experience on seeing some strange man carrying a gun in one of these stores. It is a self-centred and unfeeling for those phallic challenged men to want to go shopping with a gun.”

“Just a thought. If you should stumble into my universe, ie. I see you, I think I would point at you, in public and start laughing. I would giggle so hard, asking you if you are ready to shoot somebody here? Show me your ID and proof you can carry that gun.

Here’s my proof that I can carry:

The comments on this story appear to me that many of these people 1) Have never been around firearms, shot a gun nor have friends who prefer to open carry, 2) Do not understand that criminals do not open carry, 3) Do not live in rural areas, and 4) Have a major infatuation with inanimate objects of which they do not understand.

I believe that what most of these anti-gun advocates really don’t understand is that the LAST thing us law-abiding citizens want to do is actually take a human life with our firearm.

In any proper firearm training you learn one of the basic four rules: Be sure of your target and what is in front of it and behind it.

It was reiterated to me during my training – many, many times – that if you are going to fire you need to be prepared to accept the consequence of your action and understand that you may take a human life. You CANNOT take back that bullet. That is YOUR responsibility and if you choose to fire, the decision will live with you the rest of your life.

To assume that those who open carry do so to “make them feel like a big man” (or woman), that they are “wimps,” or that they want to be “heroes” means you really don’t understand our desire for self preservation.

If you’re worried about being the victim of a mass shooting because someone open carries a gun, you really should check your fears: Actual mass shootings remain a statistical rarity and much-exaggerated threat.

A study commissioned by Obama in 2013 determined that “violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past five years.” It also pointed out that “some firearm violence results in death, but most does not.” In fact, the CDC report said, most incidents involving the discharge of firearms do not result in a fatality.

So while gun-grabbers celebrate the fact that “wimps” are no longer allowed to open carry in several retail chains, they will feeeeeeeeeeeeeeel safer. Until the next criminal decides not to follow the law.

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