Thursday, June 9, 2016

It's not surprising that Cracked did an anti-Reagan article...

But it is surprising that they decided the number one bad thing he did was....

Mental Health Deinstitutionalization.

Seriously go check the list.

Huh... remember when it was progressive to fight against the horrors of the Insane Asylum system?
And all good liberals (and not just liberals) railed against the idea of warehousing the mentally ill in prisons-in-all-but-name?

Huh.

But there's a real bonus too. See it wouldn't be Cracked if they didn't take a swipe at gun owners.

So the next time a rabid firearms enthusiast says that improving mental health treatment is the answer to controlling gun violence in this country, tell them that they're probably right, and then remind them how much of a shame it is that their favorite president didn't see it the same way.
Uh...   Reagan *did* sign gun control as governor of California and as president he wasn't exactly firearms friendly  (Just as a gun enthusiast about the Hughes Amendment)

Still... aside from that,  Cracked is admitting that "improving mental health treatment is the answer to controlling gun violence in this country"  as opposed to the gun bans (including Australian-style mass confiscation) that Cracked advocates.

Huh.  Funny that.

And as a bonus.   Somehow Reagan's neutering of public sector union's abilities to to strike....  destroyed the power (and size) of private sector unions.

Once the president says it's cool, though, all bets are off. Private employers absolutely took this as a sign that they were free to use replacement workers in the event of a strike.

Ah,  so before Reagan came around companies would never have thought of simply "hiring scabs".  I guess all those Guilded age robber barons were morons for hiring Pinkertons to beat strikers

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A warning on handloads.

Bayou Renaissance Man has a cautionary tale on why reloading (while rewarding) has to be done with care.

He's also got another story that starts off like this:
Reloading is fun, interesting, and a lot cheaper than buying factory ammunition . . . but it has its dangers.  They can involve powder, like the tale above;  or they can involve carelessness in other ways.  My favorite is a friend of mine in South Africa who smoked a pipe. 
I won't spoil how that story goes.

So go and give a read.

And I can't talk about the risks of handloads without mentioning my own mistake.
I will note that it's been many years and so far I have not had another incident, let alone a repeat.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cracked on how corrupt and overly powerful the police are

So last week Cracked Ran an article on how powerful police interrogations can be.
(But doesn't talk about why that's a real good idea to lawyer up once you've stated the minimum the situation deems appropriate. )

And today they did a piece about how abusive, racist and crazy US Police departments can be.

Keep these articles in mind the next time Cracked has an article going on about how "there ought to be a law!".




Cracked On Sandy Hook Truthers.


This is a heartfelt article on a parent's loss and the nature of how conspiracy theories work.

Not much to criticize about that.

But...  reading it one notices that the article repeatedly says "gun control never happened".

It's their blithe attempt to debunk a pillar of the "Truther" movement that is "The government orchestrated X tragedy in order to exploit it."

Here's the problem with saying "gun control never happened". Post Sandy Hook New York,  Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado and other states *did* pass stricter gun control in response to the killings.

And the President himself lobbied congress heavily to pass bills that would ban certain guns.

This is like saying "Bush didn't cause 9/11 because the Patriot act never passed"  or "We never invaded Iraq."

Obviously, the Sandy Hook Truthers are nuts, but saying they're wrong because "gun control didn't happen" is factually incorrect.

And then there's this...

 Some of these interviews didn't sit right with the conspiracy-minded, especially those who feared that the tragedy would be used as a pretext for gun control.

Well... yes  wasn't the tragedy used by Gun Control advocates as a reason to pass laws they thought would make things safer?  They were pretty open about using it as a pretext for gun control.


Here we see the article being very sloppy with terminology.  Basically, they're saying that because guns weren't fully banned, that there was "no gun control".


Heck don' gun control advocates go on and on about "gun control" is not "gun confiscation"? And that "nobody wants your guns"?

But here we have an article that deliberately equates gun control with mass confiscation.



What's funny is only a minor edit could have removed this bit from the article.

Just replace "gun control" with "mass confiscation" and the point would stand.



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SO Cracked takes on Fast and Furious

So Cracked decided to wade into the whole ATF trafficking in guns to Cartels.

Why yes, they do blame all the Mexican gun violence on American gun laws.


And yes they do fear-monger on 50 bmg rifles.  Despite sheepishly admitting....

The Barrett is a rifle with almost no practical criminal uses. It weighs around 30 pounds and costs as much as a damn car. 

Oh but don't worry, they manage to blame you American gun owners.

The reason the cartels had use for the Barrett is chilling: When you're as large as, say, Los Zetas, your "turf wars" involve the Mexican army. A gun that can shoot through tanks is pretty useful for that. And, lucky for them, America had a surplus of Barretts, because "fuck yeah."

Note that these obviously illegal transactions are being done on the order of the ATF.
But it's us who get blamed.

This made for an interesting customer service dilemma: How do you deal with a customer you know is:

1. Actively providing firearms to one of the most dangerous organizations in the world and ... 2. Being monitored by the ATF, so ... 3. They're probably gonna go to super-prison for that.

Oh bless your heart.  You thought people would go to jail...

Oh wait... the next part admits that nope... the ATF botched even watching the straw purchasers.  And didn't have enough to get em.

Good job!


And note this bit of blame...

If our source's store had just followed their guts and refused to sell to the most obviously sketchy buyers, the world would've been a little bit safer. Instead, the ATF lost 1,400 (or more!) weapons to Mexico. Two of those weapons were tracked to the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent:

Recall that the store actually alerted the ATF.  And told them about this... and the ATF told them to continue the sales.  And it's... somehow the fault of the gun-store.

Meanwhile the worst Cracked has for the ATF is calling them "kooky".  Even through they admit that at least 150 people have been hurt or killed by those exact weapons.

And the article ends with a "junk on the bunk" picture to show how scary tat 50bmg is...  while not mentioning the RPG right next to it.


And in dog that didn't bark fashion... Cracked doesn't mention that no one at the ATF faced consequences for these actions.   Nor that the President was using carnage in Mexico to demand gun control....

Though the Cracked article itself did implicitly demand gun control.

Well, at least Cracked has admitted that the ATF did gunrunning.  Baby steps.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cracked Thinks Any Pro Gun Response is Awful.

Well....  Some Gun Control...
Well 20% of their list.

Here's their 5 Awful Public Reactions You See After Every Tragedy

In short

#5  The Hero: How dare someone suggest that someone armed might be able to stop a mass shooting.

#4 The Topper: This one's reasonable as it's about people who try to one-up the outrage.

#3 The Problem Solver:  Simplistic problems are laughable. Now they actually make a token swipe at the "Let's make bullets cost $1000!", but the rest is mocking the idea of armed self defense.

Then we get to the two fun ones.

#2 Don't you dare Politicize this to fit your agenda!

#1 How dare you tell someone to not to Politicize this to fit their agenda!

But here's their attempt to excuse the inconsistency:

The exception to the Agenda-Seizer, as those of you taking notes should know, is the person who wants to talk about a relevant issue. ... Or, to pick another completely random example, if there's a mass shooting, then it's actually pretty goddamn reasonable to talk about guns. 


Except Cracked thinks it's unreasonable to talk about pro-gun issues after a tragedy.  And that it's unreasonable to point out that the laws being pushed, such as Universal Background Checks... aren't even applicable to the situation.

This also goes into the whole point that  it's Gun Control Advocates who demand no one dare disagree with them, and then act as if there's no such thing as a debate over gun issues.


Also take note.  In an article that's really all about how Mass Shootings should be politicized to push gun control,  the only specific gun control proposal they mention is the token one they mock.  Interesting tone shift from a publication that only recently was pushing for the Australian style confiscation and bans.

But that shows that the actual  gun law is secondary.  It's more the emotional response of "Something Must be done."


Aside from mocking Cracked, this article does make something to think on.  While it's not an example of an Ideological Turing Test the article does show an utter inconsistency in thinking




Sunday, March 13, 2016

The high status of lethal weapons?




Watch to the conclusion to see why swords are high status.
Specifically why being able to carry around a sword day to day was high status...
And for a modern version, consider how May Issue restricts carry to the wealthy & connected and their retainers.

Conversely that means Shall Issue (let alone Constitutional or permitless carry) is extremely egalitarian. And thus makes carry law a very useful litmus test for how much a person really is committed to the idea of equal rights.