A despicable attack on veterans

From Hot Air comes this Penn State instructional video, purporting to depict the correct course of action for handling a pyschotic veteran student... should one of those happen to be in a class that you are teaching.  Just imagine the reaction if you replaced the military veteran in the video with your favorite racial or ethnic minority claiming racism rather than political bias.

The situation is of course contrived, but the concerns expressed by the veteran about grading bias over political views are not exactly unfounded either.  I have to wonder if this situation (minus threats, of course) is becoming common enough for universities to feel they have to handle complaints about grading bias with the tools of violence prevention.

The biggest problem here isn't that they are giving bad advice, it's that they picked a politically loaded example in presenting it.

Extra bonus chilling points: the veteran in the video shares my first name. 

Wed Apr 08 13:07:50 CDT 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun Free Zones

John Lott writes briefly about the Binghamton mass shooting.  Like the others he has studied, it took place in a gun-free zone -- and the media generally refuses to report that.

Tue Apr 07 02:06:41 CDT 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A ticking time bomb on the Heller case

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wants to help balance the District's recession-squeezed budget by allowing as many as 80 percent of the city's inmates to qualify for early release, borrowing a tactic that has stirred controversy elsewhere in the nation.
The Heller case struck down the ban on handguns and defensive firearms in DC, and ever since, the political leaders of that city have been struggling to formulate a response.  They took several tries at formulating new legislation that was almost-but-not-quite as bad as their original bans, hoping that it would survive court challenge.  Congress has responded by continuing to press for legislation removing gun control from the issues that the DC local government can write laws about.  

So, DC's Mayor Adrian Fenty has thought up a wonderful new plan: long-term political sabotage.  If he can't keep honest citizens in his city from having firearms for self-defense, by god he will make sure that in another 10 or 20 years, researchers will notice an increase in crime that very nearly coincides with the embarassing outbreak of civil rights in his jurisdiction.

I should probably note that I'm not seriously claiming Fenty is doing this deliberately to increase crime and sabotage gun rights.  It's a possibility.  Mainly, though, I want this article to be sitting in my archives in those 5 or 10 or 20 years, so that if that uptick in crime does materialize, I'll be able to point back to at least one alternative explanation.

[I apologize for the lack of a link; I wrote this up and saved it for later, not realizing I hadn't included a link -- NEW linked].

Tue Apr 07 01:58:24 CDT 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Libertarians are terrorists?

Not in my book, but notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has received a publication purporting to be an official Missouri police document describing "The Modern Militia Movement" as a terrorist threat.

In my book, there's a huge difference between believing that our current government has exceeded it's Constitutional authority and advocating armed resistance.  I believe the former, and reject the latter.  But that may not be enough.  After all, "These groups communicate through forums, yahoo groups, blogs, and social networking sites."  Does this blog make me a terrorist?  After all, "Militia members most commonly associate with 3rd party political groups.  It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material.  These members are usually supporters of former Presidential Candidate: Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr."

I never realized that supporting Libertarian candidates and viewpoints could get me classed as a terrorist.  Learn something new about the First Amendment every day, I guess. 

It's probably important to note that while the original report came from Alex Jones, not exactly a source with a reputation for accurate reporting, the agency in question has admitted that the documents are authentic, and withdrawn them

But even withdrawn documents have consequences in how the police treat ordinary citizens who have done nothing wrong.

Fri Apr 03 08:47:11 CDT 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Mexican Myth: Where Mexican crime guns really come from

Fox News says what the other media outlets won't.  The claim that Mexican crime guns are coming from the United States, particularly US gun shows, is a lie being used by the Obama administration to pressure Congress to enact gun control legislation. 

The real facts:

In fact, it's not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What's true, an ATF spokeswoman told, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency's assistant director, "is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S."

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

"Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market," Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

That's right.  Measuring the national origins of weapons traced by the BATFE is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  They only trace guns that they have reason to believe originate in the US, and as a result, most of the guns they trace are found to have, in fact, originated here.  But it's the guns that are not traced by the BATFE that make up the bulk of the problem.

Fox News is saying it today.  Gunbloggers have been saying it for weeks.  The rest of the mainstream media still isn't saying it, and that should embarass the hell out of every other news program out there. 

Why does Obama want to enact gun control legislation that won't have any effect on crime, whether in the US or Mexico?  This will be hard for some people to face, but it's the simple truth: Obama is a bigot.  Not about race, but about culture.  He has almost no experience with the healthy American gun culture, he doesn't understand it, and he doesn't like it.  His cultural roots, such as they are, include Hawaii (notorious for having draconian gun control laws), Chicago (likewise), and third world nations. 

He thinks that folks who own and use guns for sport, for hunting, or even just for fun are "bitter" and "cling" to their guns because they don't have anything else in their life to cling to.  He thinks that because he doesn't know the American gun culture; he's never met us, never recognized us, and doesn't even understand that we exist.  That's a sad trait for a supposedly post-racial President to have.

Right now, Congress understands what the President does not: that gun control would be political suicide.  The House faces elections in 2010, but we're stuck with Obama until 2012 at least. He'll have at least that long to try to push his gun control agenda.  We need to make sure that Congress understands that gun control legislation will have real political consequences for anyone who supports it.

Fri Apr 03 01:44:03 CDT 2009 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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