Not Odd At All

Black Lives Matter and Michael Bloomberg: the oddest couple?

Meanwhile, the media have treated the budding partnership between the ascendant Black Lives Matter and the perennially frustrated gun control movement as if it were the most natural thing in the world — probably because both efforts lean left. That alliance, however, is truly unlikely, even nonsensical. Historically, civil rights and gun control have been at odds. The blunt fact is that one side seeks to rein in law enforcement, while the other wishes to give it more power.

Murdoc’s made this argument in conversation several times but he always ends up getting treated like a racist.

One part of this alliance claims that police are brutal and out of control and cannot be trusted to the point where civil unrest is the only way to stand up for basic human rights and defense against brutality by those in power. Another part says only the police can be trusted with guns.

It’s almost like they’re not making any sense.

Or maybe they’re both just tools for the same puppet masters.

Meanwhile, everywhere else:

No Lives Matter

Trying to get Open Carry out of Kroger Grocery

Lansing, Michigan: Group calls for open-carry ban at Frandor Kroger

Eight women, including East Lansing resident Linda Brundage, asked shoppers to shop elsewhere until Kroger prohibits customers from openly carrying guns. Protesters were members of the nationwide Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. Brundage heads the group’s mid-Michigan chapter.

Kroger’s 124 stores and 64 gas stations in Michigan will continue following state law, which does not prohibit open-carry of guns, said Ken McCLure, spokesman for Kroger’s Michigan division. McClure said lawmakers, not retailers, should decide the issue.

Kroger is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

While looking around, Murdoc noticed this rant from someone named Elisabeth Parker: Kroger Open Carry Gun Nuts Fail To Prevent Yet Another Shooting

Once again, Kroger’s merry band of open carry gun nuts failed to prevent a shooting, this time on Friday at a Kroger in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Gun nuts argue it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. But where are all those open carry heroes when Kroger needs them?

Do we think Ms. Parker really believes that open carry proponents are somehow responsible to prevent criminals from committing crimes? If only there were a government agency that was tasked with controlling and preventing crime. We could give them badges and guns and very liberal leeway to fight crime.

If Ms. Parker wants a successful criminal shooting to mean the end of open carry in Kroger’s, she also needs it to mean the end of the police. You know, the ones who are actually supposed to prevent crime and protect the citizenry.

But we know she doesn’t mean that.

UPDATE: Also see Grocery Shopping on GunProPlus.

Mayors Against MAIG

15% of Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun mayors leave

As it has broadened its attacks on lawmakers and Second Amendment groups like the National Rifle Association, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s aggressive “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” group has experienced a sharp 15-percent drop in mayor-members.

According to a new count, the group’s membership has gone from a high of 1,046 following the shootings at Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 to a low today of 885.

That’s a fast drop of 161 members.

There are probably a number of reasons for the decline. First, it’s no longer as vogue. Secondly, I think a number of politicians are finding out that taking a strong stance against gun ownership backfires. Finally, Bloomberg’s efforts look to be concerned with a lot more than “illegal guns” alone.

Just this week, Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik bailed. He wrote a letter about in the Poughkeepsie Journal. “I’m no longer a member of MAIG. Why? Just as Ronald Reagan said of the Democratic Party, it left me. And I’m not alone: Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did. MAIG became a vehicle for Bloomberg to promote his personal gun-control agenda — violating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and taking resources away from initiatives that could actually work to protect our neighborhoods and save precious lives. Gun control will actually make a bad situation worse.”

Well-known community anti-gun activist arrested on felony gun charges

Gotta make you smile: Associates defend man who had gun in school

He was a well-known face in the movement for the SAFE Act, the state law that made carrying a gun on school property a felony. He was also a familiar presence in the hallways of the city’s Harvey Austin Elementary School, where he worked in the after-school program and mentored students.

No one imagined that on Thursday he would show up at the school in possession of a gun, touching off an hours-long lockdown, search and ultimately his arrest on two felony charges…

He was among local activists who stood with Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes last year lobbying for a law that would make possessing a gun on school property a felony.

Dwayne FergusonIf convicted, he could serve up to four years in jail. Don’t hold your breath on that.

It’s not clear who called 911. The cynic in Murdoc wonders if it might not have been someone less than thrilled with Ferguson’s anti-gun drama who saw a chance to nail him.

Many of those opposed to open carry, for instance, call the cops with a “man with gun” report every time they see one, using the system to harass people who aren’t doing anything wrong. Total speculation on Murdoc’s part, but this could have been right out of that playbook.

Starbucks Boycott

The National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGAC) is organizing a nationwide boycott of Starbucks because they refuse to ban legal guns in their establishments.

Starbucks’ “Pro-Gun” Policy Prompts Gun Victims’ Advocate Group to Launch Nationwide Boycott on Valentine’s Day 2012

There’s a lot of blah blah blah in that press release. One bit not mentioned is the number of shootings in Starbucks by gun owners legally carrying. One is pretty much forced to assume that it’s so low as to undermine the NGAC’s position.

When Murdoc wants some fancy coffee, he usually hits Biggby’s because of the side of the street its on. He’ll start making a couple of extra left turns to get a Starbucks once in a while if this boycott takes off.

Mt. Rainier Shooting

Rummell note that some are Cashing In on shooting of a park ranger in Mt. Rainier National Park:

What really got my fur up was this quote from the news article linked to earlier.

It has been legal for people to take loaded firearms into Mount Rainier since 2010, when a federal law went into effect that made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state gun laws.

Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said Congress should be regretting its decision to allow loaded weapons in national parks. He called Sunday’s fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. He hopes Congress will reconsider the law that took effect in early 2010, but doubts that will happen in today’s political climate.

So a disturbed young man who willfully gunned down four people in the city, someone who fired upon park rangers and killed one in order to make a mad dash into the woods, would have refused to enter the park if there was a law against bringing firearms there?

Why don’t they just allow guns in national parks but make shooting park rangers illegal?

Also, from a CNN story on the incident:

The suspect “pulled up, did a U-turn, jumped out and fired on the two ranger vehicles and shot them through their vehicles,” according to Bacher. Camiccia was not hit, but Anderson was shot in her vehicle. Anderson apparently did not have a chance to draw her weapon.

“If I was sitting in that car or anyone here, we would be dead. There’s nothing she could have done,” said Troyer, from the Pierce County sheriff’s department. “That guy had something … high-powered enough that, from any amount of distance, nobody is going to win that gunfight.”

I wonder what’s behind that “…” in “something … high-powered”? And if anyone is surprised that a gun can shoot through a car. Without knowing what editing was done, it’s hard to tell what the sheriff was really saying about “high-powered” weapons.

Meanwhile, a link from the CNN story’s page: Cops: Babysitter chops up girl, 9, w/hacksaw, Hides head in freezer.

I haven’t watched the video of the story, but I wonder if people are calling for hacksaw control.

(No, I don’t…)

Condolences to the family of the ranger. She was just doing her job.

Willfully Ignorant

Antis, Once Again, Conveniently Using Their Own Facts

The Second Amendment was written at a time when the United States was little more than jungle with bandits, savage Indians and wild animals that we needed to protect ourselves from. Yes, and to hunt food. We have long outgrown that kind of life.

That is all true.

But none of it has anything to do with WHY the Second Amendment was written.

Talk About Paranoid…

Sebastian observes And They Say We’re Fearful

Eugene Kane in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Before today, I never had to worry about encountering covertly armed strangers during my daily routine.

That, boys and girls, is as stupid a thing as you’ll ever read. If he really thinks he’s never encountered “covertly armed” people before during his daily routine, he’s ignorant. Let’s hope he’s just pretending to be ignorant.

With concealed carry laws in effect, I can’t be too lax about casual encounters anymore. I have to remind myself to be aware of any sudden movements or suspicious behavior by individuals while in public space.

Why wouldn’t anyone be “aware of any sudden movements or suspicious behavior” at any time, regardless of whether you think they’re armed or not? This is a fake paranoia.

Even driving back and forth from home to work takes on a new relevance. I have to make it a point to be more courteous to fellow motorists and exhibit extreme road courtesy in all situations.

Mr. Kane pretends to be unaware that more people are killed in cars by cars than they are by gun crime.

I’m going to have to start watching for the hunched-over posture that could signal a concealed gun carrier.

Maybe a telltale bump or protrusion under their clothing. Of course, as it gets colder, that’s going to be a lot more difficult to decipher.

If anyone has really been so cluelessly unaware of suspicious behavior, highway dangers, or telltale bumps under clothing, there’s nothing more that a few people legally carrying guns is going to do. Though it’s tough to know for sure, I suspect he’s playing dumb to try to prove some sort of point.

In the end, though, I think he shifts from playing dumb to actually being dumb:

Yes, the tavern; the law says you can carry a concealed weapon in a bar as long as you’re not drinking.

I suspect some folks will obey that law about as well they do drunken-driving statutes.

This is one of the things that I find so telling about those who wring their hands over gun laws. They pretend that gun law will help, but they will readily admit that they don’t think other laws help other issues.

Critics of the right to keep and bear arms often claim that gun owners want guns because they’re so afraid. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Even when it’s wrong.