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“Confiscate This!”

papers-please-2What is it like to live in a nation that grants citizens no rights, only such privileges as it feels like, until such time as it feels like revoking them? Kind of like being a German. The time comes when the authorities decide you’re not a Good German any more, and they come to confiscate your guns.

One guy said, “No,” kinetically; paradoxically, he’s probably in better shape in the German courts after having opened up on the cops. Because now, you see, he’s a violent criminal, something German officialdom has immer und überall privileged over political criminals.

BERLIN — An anti-government extremist opened fire on police in southern Germany during a raid Wednesday in which they had planned to confiscate his weapons, and four officers were wounded, authorities said.

So why were they confiscating his weapons? Not, apparently, because he was a nutball per se; but because he was “politically unreliable.”

The 49-year-old German man, named Wolfgang P., had legally possessed more than 30 weapons for hunting, but local authorities had revoked his license because he appeared increasingly unreliable, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said.

Now you see the benefits of a registration and “background check” regime — if you’re Joachim Herrmann Göring. (Sorry, we always run those two German police officials together). Turns out, it was the second attempted confiscation. The first time he just said no.

He had previously refused to allow officials access to check his arsenal and take away the firearms.

This time, ol’ Wolfgang was still saying no, and Joachim Herrmann Göring was not taking no for an answer.

The suspect opened fire on police as they entered the house in the Bavarian town of Georgensgmuend early Wednesday morning, Herrmann said. Two officers suffered gunshot wounds — one was in life-threatening condition and the other was shot in the arm. The other two were hit by flying glass.

The shooter was overwhelmed by other officers and arrested. He was lightly injured. According to Johann Rast, the chief of Central Franconia Police, the extremist was shot when he was hiding behind a closed door.

Now, here’s where the nutballery comes in:

Authorities said the man, who calls himself a ‘Reichsbürger,’ was a supporter of the Reich Citizens’ Movement, an extremist group that refuses to acknowledge the authority of the post-war Federal Republic of Germany. The group has been compared to the U.S. sovereign citizen movement.

via Germany police raid on ‘Reichsbürger’ extremist goes awry when he opens fire, wounding four officers.

You probably don’t think you’re like that guy. You, work, take care of your family, pay your taxes and vote for members of a regular political party that’s been around for centuries. You don’t experience paranoid fixations or suicidal ideations. You can’t imagine shooting anybody, let alone cops.

It doesn’t matter. If you own guns, training materials being used now by the FBI, DOJ and DHS and all their alphabet soup of agencies define you as that guy. And a number of them itch to confiscate your guns. Those ones are destined for promotion. A number of them are opposed to confiscation, but they keep it to themselves. The greatest majority aren’t comfortable with it, but will do whatever they’re told. That is a characteristic of policemen worldwide and throughout time — they follow orders.

Unlike the Germans with Wolfgang P., they won’t make any effort to take you alive. Once you’re dead, they can tell your story, and use it as a wedge to line up their next target. And they do this because they can do it, because there is no price attached.

Food for thought:

Shooting the just-following-orders Untersturmführer when he comes to your door is too little, too late. You accomplish nothing by reminding policemen that taking doors is dangerous. They were certainly thinking about that even as they swung the ram.

You do not stop bleeding by applying pressure distal to the wound. You find a suitable pressure point. In the case of Germany, the Rights of Man were lost in the culture, more than a century ago, long before they could have been lost to the successive “good intentions” of the Bismarckian, Weimar, National Socialist, and Federal states. The rare German who insists on his rights is likely to be, and certain to be labeled, a dangerous crank.

We leave the identification and wargaming of pressure application as an exercise for the reader.

Update:

The seriously wounded policeman has died. (German-language link). But it’s still a win for Joachim Herrmann Göring, because they did confiscate the guns. They don’t care how many Untersturmführers get capped in the process.

Poly-Ticks: Another Sports Figure Dumps on Military, Country

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This cartoon’s from an entertaining 2013 column at Philly.com — home of Michael Vick inter alia.

Some of the players of the National Football League, when they’re not getting paid vast sums for entertaining people with a ball game, have been letting their maturity show in a variety of protests against the United States, Police, etc. This is kind of unwise for a group of people of whom about a million hits come up for the search phrase, “NFL player arrested,” the latest of whom, on a gun charge, was busted yesterday on 2 or 3 October. (But hey, cut that Philadelphia Eagle some slack. This one wasn’t for a violent crime, like his last arrest three months ago).  Indeed, the NFL is such a hive of scum and villainy that there are at least, count ’em, one, twothree webpages that do nothing but track NFL busts for the public. The NFL even has a guy, a fixer, whose whole function is to spring arrested NFL thugs before they get into the news. (We recall the New York Times article, but can’t find it). Wait, they have two of ’em.

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But, hey, some backup quarterback for some also-ran team wants to make his, and the league’s, loathing for the country and the police into a news story. Maybe he wants a job on ESPN after his team releases him. It’s a free country.

Meanwhile, the NBA, which takes a close second to the NFL for arrested thug players, wants its own protest.

Inmate rec time.Enter a rookie at the New York Knicks, a team which has conducted pre-season training at the facilities of the US Military Academy at West Point. This leads to a dinner invitation that usually becomes a mutual admiration society between the cadets and the ball-players. But that was far too militaristic for this round-ball greenhorn:

The Knicks, who are training at West Point in preparation for the upcoming season, were invited to a team dinner with a retired Colonel and with West Point Cadets. [Joakim] Noah’s rationale for not participating in the team event is best explained by Noah himself, “It’s hard for me a little bit — I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world. I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America. I don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”

Gee. A stupid basketball player. Like that never happened before.

On the publicity his skipping the team dinner generated he stated, “It’s not my way of saying anything — I was not comfortable.” To Noah’s discredit he either doesn’t understand or chooses not to accept basic facts about life on planet Earth.

That’s from a pretty devastating essay by John Calvin (hmmm. Not the John Calvin, obviously. A pseudonym?) at the American Spectator. Calvin calls Noah infantile, a word that probably applies to his protest role-model, second- or third-string San Francisco football quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as well. Calvin:

Noah’s mentality is …. If only we didn’t have a military the world would be nice to us and we wouldn’t need a military. If we banned guns bad guys wouldn’t have them. If we raise the minimum wage dramatically it won’t impact employment. If we redistribute wealth it won’t dampen creativity, innovation, or hard work. If we let in all the Syrian refugees, they will all be so grateful none of them will become terrorists or insist on Sharia law.

Someone else recently called it ,”Lennonism.” (He may have been inspired by this guy’s use of the term back in March). It fits. You can almost hear this ball-tossing tosser warbling “Imagine all the peo-ple… sharing all the world, yoo-hoo.”

Good luck with that, kid.

To be a modern liberal is to be perpetually immature, which in itself is an annoying enough personality trait, but liberals are usually not content to just be immature, often pairing this with a certain condescending smugness, totally oblivious that their deep thoughts and well held philosophies are sophomoric and stupid when considered rationally.

We’re not huge fans of Academy graduates, having found that they’re either very good or very not good — none of them, thank a merciful God, is mediocre. But the meanest of them — and yeah, we have a specific individual in mind, a moral and physical coward — the very least of them has made a commitment over and above anything likely to come from some jerk who is celebrated for his mastery of a ball. Calvin gets that:

Every year about 15,000 young men and women apply to West Point. These applicants have many options to choose from, but unlike Joakim Noah they have thought seriously about the world we live in and have decided to dedicate a portion of it, at least, to serving our country. Of these 15,000 applicants, only 1,000 or so will be accepted to join that long grey line. Upon getting commissioned as officers, the West Point graduates will take an oath in which they pledge to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. A far cry from dedicating themselves to running around the world killing kids, as Joakim Noah believes.

Now, Joakim Noah is not going to make us boycott the NBA. We were already not watching the second most boring game on television (behind tennis, and ahead of golf and soccer). That what passes for the intellectual side of the NBA is so thoroughly shallow and empty is hardly a surprise.

Who’s got Joakim Noah and the Knicks in the Fantasy NBA Arrest League for this season? In that sport, we could actually play NBA teams against NFL teams. And the scoring would be more interesting!

Update

While nobody’s boycotting the NBA yet, are they boycotting the NFL? Not us. We were already not-watching! But the numbers suggest that 10-20% of last year’s NFL watchers are sitting this year out, and up to a third of NFL watchers told Rasmussen that the league’s anti-American and anti-police ethos is their reason. (Details here; follow the links if this interests you. He also blames Thursday games for fan — and player — discontent).

 

Is This Patriotic Pistol Polarizing?

We have a feeling nobody’s going to be neutral about this finish job. You might like it. Colin Kaepernick, not so much.

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It was posted by @PitBullDan on Gab:

https://gab.ai/PitBullDan/posts/849899#

@PitBullDan

Freedom dispenser

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And when @JAFO flagged us to it, we commented..

@Hognose

@JAFO @PitBullDan

“De gustibus non disputandum est.” I wouldn’t do one of my own up like that, but it’s a free country, so knock yourself out. #guns #SpeakFreely

Dan came back with:

@Hognose it’s just one of a few, more show than go but is functional. More of a statement piece to trigger anti gunners #2A

(Sorry for the ugly formatting. We can’t figure out how to post a Gab post like a Tweet, yet).

But you know, it has grown on us, especially the blue field of white stars on the freefloated handguard. And is that guard somehow translucent? Because it looks like you can see the barrel in there. Interesting x-Kote job.

US Signs UN Gun Ban Treaty

All in favor, say, "Heil!"

All in favor, say, “Heil!”

Straight from his latest diplomatic triumphs in Syria and in handing over control of the American-invented Internet to a lawless UN body, Secretary of State John Kerry signed an extreme anti-gun treaty drafted by the totalitarian and authoritarian states that make up the majority of the United Nations.

Kerry, who has had an all-but-sexual drive to find someone, anyone, to surrender the United States to, ever since he tried to cut a private deal with the North Vietnamese in Paris in 1970, argues that the law does not infringe gun rights because it still allows hunters to have firearms, if government feels like giving them permission.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate will not ratify the agreement.

As he signed the document, Kerry called the treaty a “significant step” in addressing illegal gun sales, while claiming it would also protect gun rights.

The main objective of the treaty is mandatory global gun registration. It does this by requiring signatories to report all firearms transfers, down to the level of “end users.” This is the backstory to the current push for “common sense gun laws” like “universal background checks,” or backdoor registration.

The treaty would require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers….

The Control Arms Coalition, which includes hundreds of non-governmental organizations in more than 100 countries that promoted an Arms Trade Treaty, has said it expects many of the world’s top arms exporters — including Britain, Germany and France — to sign alongside emerging exporters such as Brazil and Mexico. It said the United States is expected to sign later this year.

The coalition notes that more than 500,000 people are killed by armed violence every year and predicted that “history will be made” when many U.N. members sign the treaty, which it says is designed “to protect millions living in daily fear of armed violence and at risk of rape, assault, displacement and death.”

The Coalition believes that, once this treaty is signed by Congo and South Sudan, the current violence in those African kleptocracies will come to an absolute standstill. There are some ideas so stupid that you pretty much have to be a globalist NGOnik or diplomat to believe them.

Of course, when that doesn’t happen, look for the same rootless globalists — like Kerry — who support the first treaty to propose a tightening. Because Kerry’s target is not some warlord in mismatched camo in whatever the natives are calling Stanleyville these days: his target is you.

Now, one may not be inclined to take the word of a retired sergeant, who is known in team room and Chancery alike for his disdain for diplomats and all their demoniac works, that this treaty is a steaming pile of that which issues from the south end of a northbound equine. So allow us to refer you to these words written four years ago by an actual striped-pants diplomat, and one who has, moreover, retired to not-quite-gun-free-but-working-on-it California, no less. In a long post on this treaty, he notes:

The treaty, as with all liberal/leftist efforts, seeks a massive role for the state and an implied one for lawyers, in those countries, such as ours, where we take the law seriously. Look at Article I, for example. The objectives laid out there would require an enormous new body of law and regulations to be drafted and implemented in the US; it would require it to be drafted in such a way as “to establish the highest possible common standards for regulating or improving regulation of the international trade in conventional arms.” In other words, we would have to try to bring our laws and regulations into sync with those of the rest of the world. I do not need to spell out what that means when it comes to bearing arms.

Articles 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 comprise the core of the treaty. These articles would provide endless employment activity for “activists’ and their lawyers. They establish obligations on the “State Parties” that would, in essence, kill the trade in small arms. The language about weapons “being diverted to the illicit market,” or “used to commit or facilitate gender-based violence or violence against children” means endless lawsuits against exporting and importing states, manufacturers, and sellers. While the ostensible purpose is international trade, that would quickly become a domestic legal issue in the US. Say, for example, that a Glock, either one made in Austria or in a Glock factory in the US, were used for “illicit” purposes or was involved in an incident of “gender-based violence” in the US, the lawsuits would be ferocious. The threat of constant legal action effectively would halt the export and import of small arms–at least from and to those countries that take laws and treaty obligations seriously. The treaty would provide the basis for additional US domestic legislation that would incorporate the UN language and ideas into our laws. Private firm gun manufacturing and sales would be halted by the constant threat of lawsuits.

Again, these are the words of an actual diplomat, one who has served in Foggy Bottom, in many missions abroad, and actually in the United Nations itself. He speaks with the authority of the insider. And his conclusion?

While proponents claim that the UN Treaty would not infringe on the second amendment rights of Americans, that is a lie. The purpose of the treaty is to circumvent the second amendment by destroying the small arms industry and trade. It is an effort at a gun ban. They know that and we know that.

Is Yoshitomo Imura Out of Prison… and Tweeting?

The Japanese 3D Printed gun inventor was arrested in May 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison in October of that same year, for posting a video on YouTube which showed him firing a 3D printed gun of his own design. This is that video.

Imura’s Zig Zag revolver (he named it so, because of the similarity of its lockwork to the 19th Century Mauser Zig Zag revolver) was only designed and manufactured to shoot blanks, and that’s all it ever did, but that didn’t stop Japanese officialdom landing on him with both tabi. 

Prosecutors for the case argued that Imura could have caused major damage to society as he had made data for the 3D models of his firearms easily available on the internet.

Imura-san’s sentence seems to be up, a little bit ahead of time. Or, at least, someone claiming to be him is tweeting up a storm in both English and (mildly broken, probably robotranslated) Japanese using the handle Yoshitomo Imura. (Hmmm. Wouldn’t a Japanese say he is Imura Yoshitomo?) The bulk of his tweets stake out a principled and absolute position in favor of a borderless, international and unalienable natural right to bear arms.


Among his follows are conservative and libertarian-leaning politicians worldwide, including Texas Governor Rick Perry.

It’s worth keeping an eye on the doings of this martyr for freedom and former prisoner of conscience.

 

Poly-Ticks: Heil Healey! Keeps Moving the Goalposts

People's Republic of MassachusettsIn Massachusetts, gun owners, would-be gun owners, and Federal licensees have been having a hard time getting any information about the constantly-changing gun ban that national socialist Attorney General Maura Healey (Heil Healey!) imposed as a stunt before heading to the DNC to, she expects, boost her political career.

Healey’s office will not answer questions by letter or email, because the last thing they want is to have a written document holding them to a single position. Instead, her minions will answer questions by telephone. But she will not permit callers to record the conversation; in Massachusetts, recording a conversation without the permission of both sides is a felony, and in this way, she prevents having to take responsibility for her anchorless position.

They also refer people to this page in which the AG’s office attempts to explain what a law means, when it means whatever the Red Queen says it does, no more and no less, at any given moment.

http://www.mass.gov/ago/public-safety/awbe.html

(It also includes a laundry list of Democrat politicians who support the ban, which includes, stop us if this shocks you, all of the “non-partisan” gun-control groups that say they’re only for “common-sense measures.” No, that didn’t shock us, either).

But Mass. gun owners noticed something funny about the page. It kept changing.  For example, .22 rifles were included, then not; rifles have been through several iterations. (Current definition, which might have changed by the time you see it, is that any semi-auto centerfire rifle that can accept 6 or more rounds in a detachable or fixed magazine, is an “assault rifle” and is banned in the People’s Republic of Mass. In short:

Massachusetts Welcome Sign

Massachusetts Welcome Sign

So the few hardy surviving gun owners in this hostile environment used the internet changelog technology of changedetection.com to make a page tracking Healey’s ever-evolving position.

https://www.changedetection.com/log/gov/mass/awbe_log.html

Unfortunately, the guy who set this page up wasn’t able to do it in time to catch the early iterations of the wording. However, there are 13 changes logged since the tracker went live on 25 July, and some of them are quite substantive. On 3 August, 192 words were added. On 5 August, almost 1600 words, 24% of the page. On 19 August, 1327 words added and 317 deleted. It’s been changed three times in the last five days — so far.

Is the instability of the guidance here a simple consequence of Heil Healey!’s ambition and corruption filtered through her and her staff’s equally simple incompetence? Or is it a deliberate attempt to undermine Heil Healey!’s enemies with fear, uncertainty or doubt?

Meanwhile, the AGO is doing little to nothing to pursue actual violent criminals. They’re her partners in the System; people who might vote for her opponent, they are her enemies. The distinction is everything to her and to hers.

The Fall of Kathleen Kane, Anti-Gun Attorney General, is Complete

korrupt_kathleen_kaneKorrupt Kathleen Kane was convicted Monday of all nine charges, including felony perjury and misdemeanor obstruction of justice. Her failure to take the stand in her defense was probably the last straw, but the fundamental problem, from her point of view, was that she was guilty, and the sort of redirection, obfuscation and tu quoque that was so effective with her allies and friends in the press had no grip in the courtroom. The jury spent a token 4½ hours deliberating before bringing back the across-the-board guilty verdict.

Now we can see why she and her mob lawyer, Mafiosi’s pal Gerald Shargel, fought the motions phase of the case so long and hard — a procedural victory was her only hope. Unfortunately for Kane, she ran out of delays and had to face a jury of her peers, six men and six women from a cross-section of citizens. There’s only so much even the Teflon Don’s lawyer can do for you, when the facts of the case scream “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Off with her head!”

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Kane was released in her own recognizance, after promising to surrender her passport — a routine formality — and accepting a much less routine condition from judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, who threatened her with immediate imprisonment if Kane attempts to retaliate against any witnesses. Where could the judge have gotten an idea that such a thing was a possibility? It must have come from the facts of the case, and Kane’s demeanor.

Kane may not have gotten the message. Kane coatholder and devotee Bruce Castor, now acting-jack AG, has hinted that he might charge witness Josh Morrow with perjury, in an attempt to avenge his fallen heroine.

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After some consideration of brazening it out still further, prompting legislators to make impeachment noises, Kane resigned on Tuesday. (In PA, removal from office is automatic on sentencing, not conviction). What remains is sentencing. She will be sentenced on 24 October 2016. While she could receive seven years on the perjury rap — the other eight charges are misdemeanors — it seems unlikely that someone so well-connected will be sentenced to prison time, especially as Shargel will continue to appeal as long as she can pay him.

guilty paper 4A previous attempt by legislators to remove her from office after her indictment was fended off by her fellow Democrats, who are grateful to her for spiking state corruption investigations (the investigations proceeded, though, in the hands of the Feds and the City of Philadelphia) and for her anti-gun activism.

Like Virginia’s similarly anti-gun Attorney General, Mark Herring, Kane singlehandedly erased most of the reciprocity agreements contracted by previous AGs, complaining that licensed handgun carriers were the cause of Pennsylvania crime. Unlike Herring, though, Kane wasn’t slapped down by the legislature, and eliminating reciprocity between Pennsylvania and other states — and driving national mandatory full faith and credit recognition forward — may stand as her one achievement.

As Attorney General, she redirected resources away from violent crime, and towards her two bêtes noirs: the state’s gun owners, and child abusers. Because of her inability to distinguish between actual, exploitative and vile obscenity, and mildly off-color cartoons and email memes, she was a complete failure on the kiddie-diddler front. (It was her predecessors who put Jerry Sandusky away, as Kane cast aspersions from the campaign trail). The same Manichean worldview that led her to demonize gun owners, led her to perjury and obstruction of justice in an attempt to settle a score with an attorney she saw as an enemy, top prosecutor Frank Fina.

Fun fact: Kane, during her tumultuous time in office, demanded that subordinates address her as “General.”

The “General’s” next stop should be “general-population” in one of the state warehouses for naughty girls. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person. Instead, she’ll probably get some combination of probation and (gag us) “community service.”

Hasn’t she serviced the community enough?

ATF: We Demand a 100% Registry

brandon-thomas-e-280x350In a little-watched Sunday political infomercial announcing a rare openly-partisan line from a putative law enforcement agency, ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon told CBS News correspondent Richard Schlesinger that the agency demands more gun control laws, especially a confiscation-enabling gun registry.

The point of the show seemed to be that Brandon and the ATF, like Schlesinger and CBS, are campaigning for gun control and for pro-gun-control politicians this election year.

“We’re a small agency with a big job,” Brandon tells correspondent Richard Schlesinger, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday, July 31.

Brandon also says his agency is hampered by not having the necessary technology. Congress has imposed constraints on ATF, such as prohibiting the agency from creating a computerized database of gun purchases.

Yet, Brandon says, not having the database hurts. Indeed, after the San Bernardino shootings, it took 12 hours to find out who owned the guns used in the attack. He says a computer database would have helped, and adds that not having one simply doesn’t make sense.

“There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense in this town, you know?” Brandon tells Schlesinger. “And, so, yeah, would it be efficient and effective? Absolutely. Would the taxpayers benefit with public safety? Absolutely. Are we allowed to do it? No.”

Brandon complained that it took the ATF 12 hours to track the weapons used by the San Bernardino shooter (who was, at the time, dead); time that wouldn’t be “wasted” when they could have been door-kicking and gun-grabbing right away. But they’re lacking the vital and necessary roster of The Usual Suspects.

Given their history — and Brandon’s in particular — do you think they will be focusing their list management and raiding practices on the Islamic terrorists that they haven’t ever pursued once, yet?

Yeah, us neither.

ATF-Molan LabeBrandon schooled Schlesinger on the ATF’s new euphemisms: the reporter shouldn’t say that ATF wants to take firearms away from people, just say they want to “regulate dangerous weapons that can be misused.”

Thousands of Mexican criminals, of course, have (and misuse!) dangerous weapons provided by ATF with Brandon’s knowledge and support, and hundreds of lives have been taken by them, including other Federal agents. No ATF employee was ever investigated, except for the whistleblowers who revealed the “gunwalking” programs. Brandon’s answer? More power to the lawless agents that produced these homicides.

Some criminal in the upper midwest is still running around with the selective-fire M4 that an ATF agent left in his G-ride while doing the horizontal bop with another ATF agent, unbeknownst to either’s spouse. No ATF employee was ever investigated on that case, either. Brandon’s answer? More power to the lawless agents that released that firearm into the wild.

And, of course, a more adversarial, punitive, and abusive relationship with the nation’s peaceable gun owners. In Brandon’s world, that’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

And, of course, more power for the anti-gun politicians that CBS, Schlesinger, Brandon and ATF are campaigning for.

But hey, they don’t want to confiscate your weapons. Just regulate them away from you. Because otherwise, they might be misused. See, it’s all for your own good.

Update

By the way, Brandon was also the Cover-Up King of Operation Gunwalker, according to ineffectual former director Byron T. Jones:

According to outgoing Director Jones’s sworn testimony of April 2, 2014 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Mr. Brandon was the person who determined disciplinary punishments for all of the ATF personnel involved in Fast and Furious.  Brandon was “the ultimate decision maker.”  Director Jones confirmed that Thomas Brandon did not fire a single person for participation in Fast and Furious.

The 471 page Justice Department Inspector General Report by Michael E. Horowitz recommended disciplinary action be considered for 14 federal officials….

Brandon intervened, to make sure that none was seriously disciplined. Instead, most have since been promoted (one was allowed to take a job in the private sector and still draw his ATF salary, bonus and benefits for a year while doing it. Brandon personally signed off on that). Now he’s using the imprimatur of the agency, and the bully pulpit of CBS, to campaign for gun control and for politicians that support it.

Sure, Federal Agents are supposed to obey the law, but no one’s ever expected him to, before, so why would he start now?

Poly-Ticks*: One Woman Bans 12 Million Guns by Herself

Massachusetts Welcome Sign

Massachusetts Welcome Sign

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, an anti-gun Democrat who has been reluctant to prosecute the pervasive corruption in the de facto one-party state, singlehandedly banned essentially all modern sporting rifles — and any firearm that shares as much as a trigger or extractor in common with one — this week. She announced this new unilateral policy in an op-ed prearranged with the anti-gun Democrats at the Boston Globe, and in a press conference where she was joined by members and leaders of several anti-gun Democrat organizations, including Bloomberg-owned “nonprofits” Everytown and “Americans for Responsible Solutions,” who generally pursue their ultimate gun-ban goal in more incremental ways.

Because Massachusetts law has no equivalent of the Federal Administrative Procedures Act, Miss Healey’s ban takes immediate effect. She stopped short of confiscating existing firearms at this time.

In Massachusetts in 2014, there were 131 murders (most of them by the gang members Miss Healey is unininterested in pursuing). Zero were committed with rifles, according to the FBI — and that’s all rifles, not just “assault” rifles.  (Hat tip Breitbart for the 2015 data).

The same table from 2013 shows 135 murders, 2 by rifles. Miss Healey said in her speech at the press conference that “10,000” of these rifles were being registered in Massachusetts annually.

Massachusetts, with its ultra-strict gun laws but lax, politicized law enforcement and indulgent judges, can be seen from those tables to have a much higher per-capita homicide rate than neighboring New Hampshire and Vermont, which have almost no gun laws.

Healey’s diktat drew sharp criticism from libertarian Cody Wilson on twitter.


We would not be shocked to see a promotion on the Ghost Gunner to buyers in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.

* Poly-Ticks, n. From “poly,” gr. “many,” and “ticks,” mod. engl. “small bloodsucking arthropods.”

A Petition for Veterans

vets_in_support_2aIf you oppose further gun bans consider this petition by USAF and SOF JAG vet David “Bo” Bolgiano. Bo was one of the rare ones who actually used his legal powers for good, not evil. He was looking for 1,000 signatures for a petition to counteract the misrepresentation by certain politically partisan retired officers (whom he calls out by name, as you’ll see below) who support applying gun bans

Whereas, certain former military officers – specifically Generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrysal and Commander Scott Kelly – have recently formed an anti-Second Amendment, pro-gun control group to fund and support efforts to strip their fellow citizens of their inherent right to keep and bear arms; and,

And, since Bo is a lawyer, there’s a metric crapton of more “whereases” in there, and it winds up:

NOW THEREFORE, the following current and former members of the Armed Forces of the United States hereby Petition all in government and positions of power to stand firmly behind their oath to defend and protect the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, which includes that sacred document’s acknowledgment of the Individual Citizen’s inherent Right to Bear Arms; and,

We formally denounce the actions of those people – including misguided brethren veterans – who wish to disarm law-abiding Americans.

Or, hey, you can go with Petraeus who lost to the Islamists, but conquered a floozie (who went on to write the Authorized Biography of General Dreamboat).

The petition is online at ipetitions.com. That site is fairly ate up; if your name contains punctuation (like, say, the period after your middle initial?) the code can’t handle it. And once you have stripped your name of offending symbology, and signed, it tries to get you to give ’em money.