Advertisements
Home

From My Cold Wet Hands: Humorless Scold Targets Squirt Guns

1 Comment

H/T Bearing Arms.

These nattering nabob are worried about a water pistol causing children to turn violent.

There biggest reasons children are turning to violence is absentee parents and God has been taken out of our schools.

We had parents that taught us right from wrong and busted our asses when we did not follows the rules.

We started our school day with the pledge of allegiance a prayer and lots of times bible verses.

We grew up watching The Rifleman,Gunsmoke,The Rat Patrol and Combat yet we did not go around killing people.

 

Sponsored by NRA-ILA

We have yet to reach Memorial Day, but the fun police have already set their sights on at least one cherished summer childhood activity. In an article for PopSugar.com, titled, “Why Kids Should Never Play With Water Guns. Period,” author Lauren Levy lectures the nation’s parents on the hidden menace of squirt guns.

According to Levy, no child should be permitted to use a water gun under any circumstances. That a particular squirt gun might bear no resemblance whatsoever to a real firearm is of no concern to Levy, who contends, “Even if they’re colorful and super cool, kids shouldn’t be playing with water guns because it normalizes the real thing.”

Fully embracing the role of a humorless scold, Levy earnestly warns readers, “There are some children who will never smile again — all because someone picked up a gun. At the same time, we have little ones playing and laughing over the very thing that is killing other kids. It just isn’t right.”

One could reasonably mistake Levy’s article for satire, were it not for the fact that recent decades have witnessed a wide-ranging effort to stamp out the fictional toy gun hazard. There have been toy-gun turn-ins modeled off of gun “buy-backs,” local bans on the sale of toy guns that have crippled small business owners with outlandish fines, and too many zero-tolerance school suspensions to count.

Levy makes several assertions about how toy guns are detrimental to children but offers no evidence to support her claims. Levy’s expertise on the matter appears limited to a combination of her feelings and a childhood where her mother insisted on a toy gun-free home.

Levy’s lack of evidence is revealing. In an interview with WebMd.com clinical psychologist and best-selling author Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. made clear, “Everyone has an informal causation theory that playing with guns leads to the use of guns in adulthood,” but that, “There’s no scientific evidence suggesting that playing war games in childhood leads to real-life aggression.” In recent years, the work of Thompson and other researchers has led to a bevy of articles in typically anti-gunpublications that have sought to calm parents’ fears about aggressive play and toy firearms.

Further, the type of ban Levy encourages has second order consequences. The Centers for Disease Control has made clear that physical activity and play are vital to a child’s healthy development, and research indicates that outdoor play is particularly beneficial. In surveying the available research on outdoor play, an article published in the journal Health & Place noted “encouragement of outdoor play and fostering an environment of movement among children improves the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive health of children…” Sadly, other research has found that today’s children are not getting enough outdoor playtime. Fun, wholesome physical activities like a summertime squirt gun battle should be embraced as an exciting way to get kids up off the couch and away from their screens.

Levy’s broadside on summer fun even puts her at odds with some of the most anti-gun politicians. NRA has had its differences with former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, as both are unabashed gun control supporters. However, on the matter of water guns, we have found common ground.

Super Soaker wars were an annual fixture at the former vice president’s summer parties at the Naval Observatory, where Biden was often pictured engaged in battle with young attendees. In 2012, the White House tweeted a picture of Obama wielding a squirt gun while taking fire from what appears to be one of his daughters.

At one point in her piece Levy writes, “as much as we want to teach our kids about gun control and safety, we contradict ourselves the second we allow them to run around with toy versions to shoot their friends.”

Here Levy betrays her motives. Her piece isn’t about children mistaking real guns for toy guns, or that squirt guns will cause children to fail to appreciate the dangerousness of real firearms. Levy’s attack on water guns is about instilling an anti-gun political orthodoxy in America’s youth, lest a favorable childhood experience with a toy cause anyone to develop anything less than an unthinking animosity towards firearms.

Levy’s unsupported theories about the hazards of squirt guns should earn her derision from all but the most zealous adherents to the cult of gun control. Wise parents will look to the research on, and prevalence of, toy gun play and dismiss such overwrought attempts to curtail normal and healthy childhood behavior.

Advertisements

Don’t Bring Cherry-Picked Data to a Gun Fight: 2A Supporters Attack Biased Newsweek Article

2 Comments

H/T Bearing Arms.

The lamestream media and the gun control will not let the facts get in the way of their lies about guns and gun owners.

 

Don’t bring cherry-picked data to a gun fight.

If there’s one thing all who propose strong gun restriction laws should realize, it’s that 2nd Amendment supporters know their stuff, and we’re not afraid to call you out on misinformation.

In a Newsweek opinion article masquerading as a news, a Boston University professor and a BU researcher argued for stricter gun control laws by using a new public database they created regarding state firearm laws. While the database itself is quite interesting, their arguments, presented with fancy diagrams and statistics about rising gun death rates, became low-hanging fodder for 2nd Amendment supporters within hours of its publication.

Readers quickly picked up on problems with the “study”, most specifically that the authors were not taking into consideration historical trends and instead merely considering data that filled their pre-formed opinions towards guns. The ensuing comments on Newsweek alone are worth reading.

The first sentence of the article states:

“From 2014 to 2015, the United States experienced its largest annual increase in firearm deaths over the past 35 years, a 7.8 percent upturn in a single year.”

Scary, right? Only if you’re intentionally avoiding data that doesn’t fit into your worldview. This “upturn in a single year” doesn’t take into account the years that firearms deaths dropped or the years that they steadily increased. According to The Conservative Firing Line,

It is true that the number of homicides did go up in 2015 (9,616) from the previous year (8,124), but those figures are below the 10,225 logged in 2006, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. A further check of FBI data, all the way back to 1996 – which was not 35 years ago – showed there were 11,453 gun-related homicides in 1996, followed in 1997 by 10,729 gun homicides, 9,257 slayings in 1998 and 8,480 firearms-involved murders in 1999.

It’s a numbers game, and the numbers bounce up and down.

The misinformation continued from there to show how the authors firmly believe that closing the “gun show loophole” will effectively end crime. There’s only one small problem with that:

  • 39.6% of criminals obtained a gun from a friend or family member
  • 39.2% of criminals obtained a gun on the street or from an illegal source
  • 8.3% of criminals actually bought their guns from retail outlets
  • 3.8% of criminals purchased a gun from a pawn shop
  • 1% of criminals purchased a gun at a flea market
  • 0.7% of criminals purchased a gun at a gun show

Based on the facts, their “loophole” looks a bit more like a speck now, doesn’t it? 78.8% of criminals admit they either obtained the gun illegally or from a friend or family member.

The authors then came around to states that have “stand your ground” laws, chastising them by stating,

States are increasingly enacting laws that allow people to shoot other people as a first resort in public, instead of retreating when threatened. If a person perceives a threat of serious bodily harm, so-called “stand your ground” laws allow them to fire their gun with immunity from prosecution, as long as they are in a place they have a legal right to be.

This is a gross over-simplification of what “stand your ground” laws actually allow, which is not a free pass to shoot any “perceived” threat. Like everything in life, actions have consequences. “Stand your ground” laws allow individuals to protect themselves without having to deal with the life-changing consequences that may otherwise come with protecting oneself against deadly force, not just the “perception” of it.

As commenter David P. Johnson told Newsweek:

Have you ever tried to run away from someone without turning your back on them? Do you really want to turn your back on someone threatening you? And face it, not everyone can run. Old people, handicapped people, etc can not run. But that is what those opposed to “stand your ground” want you to do.

Though the anti-gun bias that runs through this article is laughably apparent, there are two good things that can be gleaned from it:

  1. The database itself, if correctly interpreted, could actually be used to show the benefits of legally-owned firearms
  2. The comments left by astute 2nd Amendment supporters are pure gold and show that 2nd Amendment supporters are some of the most well-informed individuals out there

It is imperative that we 2nd Amendment supporters continue to make our voices heard when misleading articles, such as this one, are presented to an increasingly ignorant crowd.

Right Place, Right Time: Las Vegas Security Guard Shoots, Kills Gunman

Leave a comment

H/T Bearing Arms.

A good guy with a gun can and does stop a bad guy with a gun.

 

An armed security guard was in the right place at the right time when a disgruntled customer returned to a North Las Vegas convenience store early Monday morning to settle the score.

While the North Las Vegas Police Department continues to investigate the incident, the family of 19-year-old Geraldo Moncayo is speaking out, claiming the young man had been assaulted by a store employee late Sunday night.

“He had an argument last night with the clerks from 7-Eleven, and they got in a fight. One of the guys from 7- Eleven knocked his teeth out and really beat him. He had to go to the hospital,” said Fabiola Grajeda, Moncayo’s cousin.

Instead of contacting authorities, Grajeda says her cousin tried to take matters into their own hands, heading back to the 7-11 on Lake Mead and Pecos shortly before 5 am the next morning.

“He came back with one of his friends, and they say he started shooting up to the ceiling,” she said.

One thing Moncayo wasn’t expecting was an armed security guard, who was on duty when he decided to exact his revenge on store employees. When Moncayo began firing his gun in the store, the security guard quickly eliminated the threat to store employees and patrons. The security guard shot and killed Moncayo in the store before anyone was harmed by his actions.

“We’re just lucky at this time nobody else was struck with the gunfire inside that store,” said North Las Vegas Police Department Officer Ann Cavaricci.

Investigators have not confirmed if a fight did take place in the store Sunday night, but Moncayo’s family admits the young man’s actions were an inappropriate response to the alleged incident.

“I know he did something wrong. I know that wasn’t the way he was supposed to deal with it,” she noted.

Armed Robber Shot, Killed by Homeowner in Indiana

2 Comments

H/T Bearing Arms.

Texas isn’t the only place robbers get shot and killed it happens in Indiana also.

On Sunday, an armed robber in Evansville, Indiana learned the hard way that more homeowners are buying guns for home security.

According to police, officers were dispatched to a home in the 1100 block of Washington Avenue shortly before 4 a.m. on a report of shots fired. As they approached the residence, they were flagged down by an individual who informed them that the suspect of a home invasion had been shot and fled the scene on foot.

Officers canvassed the area and found Malcolm Payton, 25, in the 1100 block of Adams Avenue suffering from an obvious gunshot wound. Police immediately began to administer first aid to the suspect and found a gun on the ground underneath him in the process.

Paramedics arrived and transported Payton to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The homeowner told police Payton was wearing a mask and armed with a gun when he crawled in through the man’s bedroom window. The homeowner armed himself, took aim, and shot at the armed home intruder to protect himself.

Police say physical evidence investigators found at the scene corroborate the homeowner’s account of the incident and it appears the shooting was a clear case of self-defense.

Burglars beware: homeowners have guns, too and they know how to use them!

Barnes Bullets Issues Voluntary Ammunition Recall

2 Comments

H/T Bearing Arms.

Please help me spread the word about this ammo recall.

Barnes Bullets just issued a safety recall on a number of their ammo, saying the “packaged product may contain cartridges of a different caliber.” Overall, 18 lots were impacted.

Affected products include:

Barnes 300 Weatherby 190 TTSX VOR-TX ammo with the following lot numbers:

  • Z08SA15L
  • Z08SB15L
  • Z09SA15L
  • Z09SB15L
  • Z11SB15L
  • Z11SC15L
  • Z12SA15L
  • Z12SB15L
  • Z12SC15L
  • Z08SA15R
  • Z08SB15R
  • Z09SA15R
  • Z09SB15R
  • Z11SB15R
  • Z11SC15R
  • Z12SA15R
  • Z12SB15R
  • Z12SC15R

Think you have affected ammo? Here’s how to check:

A case of ammo will have the lot number stenciled on the side of the case. If you have a box of ammo, the lot number will be stamped on the inside flap of the box.

If you have determined you have a defective lot, stop using the ammunition immediately!

Call Barnes Bullets’ customer service department and let them know your ammo is part of their voluntary recall. They will pay for and arrange return shipment. Once they receive your shipment, they will immediately send out replacement ammo.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30am-5:00pm (MST)

Phone: (435) 856-1000
Toll-Free: (800) 574-9200

Los Angeles Residents Turn Over Firearms…In Exchange For Gift Cards?

1 Comment

H/T Bearing Arms.

How many murder weapons get turned in with these no question asked buy backs?

In an effort to get guns off the street, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) hosted their annual “gun buyback event” last Saturday. Between 8a.m. to 1p.m., residents were able to drop off firearms, no questions asked. In exchange for the gun, a gift card was rendered.

“This is one of the tools that we use to combat gun violence,” Det. Ben Meda of the LAPD told KCAL 9.

A $100 Target gift card was given for handguns, shotguns and rifles. A $200 Target gift card was given to those who turned over “assault rifles,” as defined by the State of California.

“The citywide Gun Buyback Program is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD),” a media release states.

There was no limit on the number of firearms a person could bring; however, there was a limit on the number of gift cards one could obtain. Every year, there’s always one or two firearms the department has yet to see, said LAPD Sgt. Jack Richter.

“Every year, somebody opens up their trunk and our people say, ‘Haven’t seen one of those before,’” Richter told CBS 2.

What’s even more surprising? Some legal gun owners were turning over their firearms, when they decided they no longer had a need for them. Steve Fish said he and his wife decided to turn over two rifles, because their grandchildren are at their house quite frequently.

“The thought that our rifles end up being used in a crime or hurting someone? That’s not a good thing,” Fish told CBS 2.

According to the department, all firearms turned over during the event were destroyed within 48 hours. As of now, it is unknown how many guns were turned over during the event.

Watch CBS 2‘s coverage of the event.

SCAM ALERT: H&K Hoax Letters Sent Nationwide – Tell Your Friends

3 Comments

H/T Bearing Arms.

We need to spread the word about this scam.

 

We all know to avoid emails from Nigerian princes claiming that they have a fortune and just need your assistance transferring their money, promising a payout if you comply and provide your SSN, bank account, etc. We all know this is a scheme aimed towards the uninformed.

THIS is a scheme aimed at the informed.

Recipients are receiving physical snail-mail letters on legitimate-looking letterhead that claim to be from Heckler & Koch firearms. These letters state that H&K is voluntarily recalling all firearms from the sporting and commercial markets in the USA. According to the letters, H&K is also ceasing its supply of all firearms to sporting and commercial markets in the USA due to the election of President Donald Trump, stating that “the German headquarters no longer deem the USA a safe destination country for weapons” due to the civil unrest in the USA.

This letter is a SCAM.

The letters seem convincing, citing various aspects of the German Constitution. The full text reads as such:

NATION WIDE RECALL NOTICE: Heckler & Koch firearms

Heckler & Koch GmbH Germany is voluntarily recalling all firearms from the sporting and commercial markets in the USA.

To whom it may concern,

As part of our company’s new responsibility policy we hereby inform you that Heckler & Koch, as of May 1st 2017, has ceased the supply of firearms to the domestic market in the United States of America. Bound by the commitment to promote the protection of peace and human rights worldover, as is enshrined in the German Constitution, Heckler & Koch’s export policy has come under ethical review.

Owing to the rise of firearm-related deaths in your country in conjunction with the threat of ongoing civil unrest and a highly volatile foreign policy under the administration of President Donald Trump, the German headquarters no longer deem the USA a safe destination country for weapons exports.

This recall is being carried out to the wholesale and retail level. Your assistance is appreciated and necessary to help our company maintain its reputation on the global market and uphold the German law.

Please fill out the enclosed response form and send it back to Heckler & Koch GmbH,  Heckler & Koch Str. 1, 78727 Oberndorf a.N. in Germany by May 12th 2017.

Gun owners who currently own or are hoping to procure H&K firearms should be concerned by this hoax letter, which cites various points that are not part of the German Constitution or are very bizarrely twisted forms of the German Constitution.

This letter is a well-executed prank carried out by the Peng Collective, an anonymous squadron of pacifist artists. Peng Collective is a joke. It is clearly a group of college students or recent graduates who can put together a fancy website but don’t know their own constitution, though they claim to be standing up for it in these letters. According to them:

We are fed up with the global weapon industry and decided to design three actions to stop them – and thus to change the German law that regulates, or currently doesn’t really regulate weapon export. Therefore, we let everyone vote what law we should pass on the the parliamentarians for them to discuss.

This is convoluted drivel. Perhaps particularly frightening is that the letters ask the recipient to fill out and submit a form, presumably revealing further personal information to them. Do NOT fill out such a form.

We feel obligated to inform our readers that this letter is a scam. Heckler & Koch is aware of this letter and issued this response. Share this with your friends to ensure they do not fill out this form or voluntarily return perfectly legal firearms due to a hoax.

Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: