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Guns: Two excellent missives...

One of these opinion pieces went viral last week: Larry Correia's An Opinion on Gun Control. It's about 10,000 words long but well worth your time.

Another, by Sam Harris, gives a similar perspective, from someone whom you otherwise might not associate with gun ownership. (FWIW, Harris is an avowed atheist and a Hitchens-like campaigner for less religion in American life, although I don't think he's of a fascist bent, like some of the more militant anti-religion crowd. I'm purely speculating here, but I wouldn't be surprised if his politics were well left of mine.) It's cogent and full of interesting facts that you won't hear in the ongoing "conversation" from our betters--and will probably be pointedly ignored by the usual suspects.

Which brings me to another point, and one that dovetails nicely with Correia's point about this not being a "conversation," but a holier-than-thou lecture by the lickspittle crowd we tolerate FAR too much in this country. Buy and read Greg Gutfield's "The Joy of Hate." Took me a day and a half to finish it (and that was because I was interrupted by, well, my job) and it's a hoot. If you've never watched Greg on The Five or Redeye, you're missing something. Occasionally, he subs for Bill O'Reilly--significantly raising the quality of that show, IMHO--and I hope he takes over when the irascible Irishman retires. Greg is one of our (few) hopes for "taking back the culture" as well, combining humor and hipness with common sense that will be crucial to our surviving the neo-totalitarian assault on America that has been going on since Saul Alinsky was canonized and Bill Ayers beat the murder rap and took over our educational establishment.


Preaching to the choir here, you are. The antis are not to be swayed by facts and logic, though. As Vox Day (Theodore Beale) says, quoting Aristotle, reasonable people are persuadable by reason, that is, dialectic, whereas the only thing that'll work on the irrational folks is rhetoric. Aristotle understood that there is a large subset of humans who don't think rationally.

Unfortunately, these days they get to vote.
Long, but well worth the read. 

He successfully refutes just about every gun control scheme proposed.

Another great souce of info is
Yup, John (NTA). I read the whole thing, and all 2000-something comments, a day or three ago.  One of the guys at gave up on listing his own arguments against gun control, and just referred everybody to Larry's post.

Oh, I should declare my interest: I first became aware of Larry on the old High Road forum, where he was a moderator and also posted his first fictional efforts. I have paid money to buy a couple of his books, and was happy to spend it, poor as I am.  So, yeah, I am a fan of Larry's.
 Just an observation: The NRA is so busy spinning their Rolodexes to schmooze the Hill, they don't seem to have time for the details. We gun-bloggers do. What would it take for the NRA to sponsor some gunbloggers? Give them bandwidth, official encouragement, etc? Maybe even put out another magazine devoted to their work?

As JTG says, we may be preaching to the choir, but if the NRA spent one tenth of the money marketing good gun-bloggers as they do selling LifeLock and other products, their reach might be far more intensive and complete.
If there's one thing the NRA wants to maintain tight control of, it's the narrative.  I'm not sure they would be willing to assume the risk.

I don't think GOA or JFPO have the resources, but I could be wrong.
Until details of Sen. Fineswine's bill are revealed (22 or 27 Jan?) it is hard to attack specifics.

Regardless, they will include every single gun ban idea they have ever had.  Then demand we "compromise" and only accept half of them.

The correct response is that NONE are acceptable, and past experience has proven that none actually work (see CDC study).  We will not throw our "black rifle" cousins under the bus just because we like (take your pick- duck guns, antiques, deer rifles, target guns, etc).  First they came for.......and we will not give an inch on anything!
I'm diverse...  I'm in all those camps except the duck-guns...  oh, wait, I have that family fowler...

Riverdog - I have a blog, and I could buil;d another to address gun related issues - any thoughts?
Sounds like you have a raised a rabble that wants to be a global force for good, Rivrdog...
I could not have said this better myself....

Senator Dianne Feinstein,
I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government's right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma'am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps

 Rabble? RABBLE? Sir, the history books are full of failed dictators and their lickspittle General Officers (NOT Majors) who likewise disparaged their opposition, up to the point of the guillotine blade being tripped on it's downward journey.

I take no offense, but I see this as a sort of TEA party thing, and of course, in your Desmesne, you would know about the TEA party structure.

My last letter to Mr. LaPierre went unanswered, and he's much busier these days, what with an "anti-NRA" group (their designation, not mine) just having sprung up to spend Bloomie's money to try to blunt the force of the NRA's Hill position.

As I see it, the NRA can't afford to either compromise on "acceptable gun control", nor can they afford to pass on the opportunity to harness the power of this Fully Operational, 2A defending, Battle Station known as the Gun Bloggers.

Say there, Major, didn't you used to be some sort of honcho in a gun-blogger's association? I'm not the joiner-type myself, but I can write a letter of appeal, so what DOES it take to get the gunny rightosphere coalesced into a fighting unit?
I dunno, Rivrdog.  As you said... we tend not to be joiners...

We just need a charismatic leader to unite us?
Oh, an Uptonian, are you, Armorer?  Jerry Pournelle did say he wouldn't mind playing Caesar, had we caught him oh, thirty years ago. I wonder whom we want for the job, these days.
Rivrdog would make a pretty fair Caesar, apart from being not very charismatic (too rational and argumentative), and being old and kinda sick, like me.

Dammit, it seems like everybody who would make a good Caesar is somewhat old and somewhat sick!

Are there no healthy young manly men who know what's up and are willing to do something about it?
JTG, I'm open to being drafted for the office of Caesar. I promise I will be nice to Aspies, and only idiots will pay taxes.