Friday, October 06, 2017

Dear NRA

This was most definitely not what I had in mind when I said "At some point, we gunnies are going to have to come up with some workable ideas to help reduce the number of these acts." This is nothing more than acting like the old NRA that we know and detest. And an extra swat on the behind for bringing up national reciprocity in the same press release. If it's poor form for the gun grabbers, it's poor form for you. Bad NRA/NRA-ILA, no contributions for a while.

My state's bulldog organization, however, probably isn't taking the right track either. Of course, this is just my opinion, YMMV.

I still don't have a fully fleshed-out proposal to offer that I think would actually help. If we're going to be stuck with the NICS system, I'd like to see it ran well, with all states supplying all the necessary information on a timely basis. I'd also like to see it available to all classes of FFL, and if we could figure out a workable way, to everyone, so that face-to-face sales could be checked. I'd also want to know that the use records really, really are provably destroyed at the end of the allowable retention limits. That would at least give everyone a way to ensure they aren't selling to a prohibited person and would shut up all the crap about the alleged gun show loophole.

I suspect I'll see world peace before I see that. Besides, from all available information, it wouldn't have prevented the Las Vegas shooter from holding his little death party.

It's unfortunately quite likely there is nothing we can do, and that the possibility of these attacks are simply part and parcel of living in a relatively free and open society. I would wish it wasn't so, but you can't wish away reality.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Spree Killing, Part n

As Joel at The Ultimate Answer to Kings so elegantly put it, “Oh, hell. Here we go again.”

That's not to belittle the deaths or the suffering. Those are very, very real. For what pathetically little it's worth, I'm sorry this happened.

For me, it's to belittle all the "Our thoughts and prayers" messages, especially the ones from politicians and stars who have no involvement in this whatsoever but who just want to virtue signal. It's to belittle all the gun grabbers who couldn't even wait a decent 15 minutes before they started dancing in the blood. It's to belittle all the well-meaning nincompoops on our side trying to find some way to pin this on the Democrats, psychotropic drugs or Moms Against Something Or Other. It's to belittle the media idiots who feel that it's their God-given right and duty to comment on things that they know less than nothing about. It's to belittle all those idiots who think another law, or fifty or a hundred, will solve the problem. It's to belittle fools who think that any attempt to even consider doing something about the problem is an intolerable infringement on the Second Amendment. It's to belittle the fools that think we need to do away with the Second Amendment. It's to belittle the media who eggs on the next killer with their wall-to-wall coverage.

In short, it's to belittle all the same crap we hear every time some sick, warped individual decides go out and try for a new High Score.

At some point, we gunnies are going to have to come up with some workable ideas to help reduce the number of these acts. Yes, I understand how few in number they are and that firearms deaths are trending down. No, I don't know what those ideas might be, although I have a couple of not even half-baked ideas. But as a community we had better figure it out and soon, before we have something we don't want shoved down our throats. The voting public will eventually perceive this as a problem. Perception is reality and you'd better deal with that reality before it deals with you.

We won Sandy Hook, and we'll probably win this one, but how many more such victories can we stand?