In the wake of the Arizona shootings, a lot of gunbloggers have been reporting on attempted gun-control moves and fact-bending, anti-gun pontificating, chortling at the ineffectuality of the gunbanner crowd.
(My personal fave is the outrage over Joe Zamudio, the armed Arizonan who ran towards the sound of shots; he took the safety off his sidearm but did not draw it, let alone aim, while telling the guy he saw holding a gun -- not the shooter but another bystander who'd disarmed the shooter -- to drop it For most lamestream pundits, this equates to "almost shot the wrong guy." I wonder if any of them realize that on that basis, they were probably "almost shot" last time they got a speeding ticket? Do they think Officer Friendly always rests his right hand on the butt of his gun?)
So, lotta sound and fury on the ijit box, lotta snotty editorials in the birdcage liner, and we're mostly snickering, "They're losing!"
Nope, they've been losing. That tide can turn. Most of the NE is still hostile to self-defense, New Jersey still treats civilian firearm ownership as barely legal, Illinois is firmly in the hands of the anti's and in California, the slow noose continues to tighten. Arizona had just got Constitutional Carry; if you don't think this shooting will be used against it ('cos crazy people always think, "Oh, I mustn't carry this gun without a permit, let alone shoot anyone!), you haven't been paying attention.
...And paying attention is what we must be doing. Local news media interviewed (in)famous gunstore owner Don Davis (he's happily stocking up on 30-round Glock mags); rather than express my opinion, you should do a search on YouTube for Don's Guns, or drop in and compare prices. He's reliable fuel for the antis.
We've got to stay in the game. It's fun to laugh at the civilian disarmament crowd but they're not defeated yet.
6 months ago