candles… with fire support

Over the course of today, various subchapters (but not all of them, pointedly enough) of the main “gun control” extremist organizations here in America will be gathering around the country to light candles in order to… do something.  By some accounts, the candlelight vigil is in memory of those murdered in the Tucson shooting a year ago.  Others say that they are gathering and increasing their carbon footprints in order to “honor the victims of ‘gun violence’”.  And, finally, still others are saying that this movement will somehow manage to “prevent” “gun violence”.

Honestly, I have no problems with people remembering their dead however they see fit, so long as that remembrance does not harm anyone else and is within the bounds of the law, and if these people think their fallen would want them standing around holding candles, then more power to them.  But let us examine that last claim by the extremists.

How, exactly, does standing around holding candles stop “gun violence”?  Ignore, for a second, the completely meaningless nature of “gun violence” (just like the completely meaningless nature of “gun deaths”), and likewise ignore the inherent dangers of having such a tunnel-vision view on the world.  Just answer me this: how is a group of people – no matter how large and no matter how distributed across the country – standing around holding candles going to stop a murderer from using a firearm to kill someone in a dark alley?  How is it going to stop a rapist from using a firearm to threaten a woman into submission?  How is it going to stop a robber from “whipping it out” to encourage his prey to hand over their wallets?

Simply put, it is not.  Worse, the belief that standing around holding a candle will convince these bloodthirsty thugs to give up their violent ways is much akin to the ancient celebrations around bonfires during the Winter Solstice, with the associated belief that the revelers were “driving back the darkness”.  In other words, this “candle light vigil” being organized by the Brady to Prevent Gun Violence Ownership is nothing more than further substantiation that “gun control” is a cult and those who support it are cultists.

As an engineer and a rational, adult human being, I am exclusively concerned with what works, and history has shown us, time and time again, that “gun control” simply does not work – it does not achieve any of its stated goals, and standing around holding a candle will not achieve the goal of reducing “gun violence”.  So what does stop all violence?

Well, even that is a misstatement of what should be your goals; you see, there is a difference between “violent but predatory” and “violent but protective”*.  The first unquestionably needs to stop, but, realistically, it is only through the second that it will be achieved:

One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure—and in some cases I have—that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.

Speaking more generally, what is the one thing that stops consistently, verifiably, and historically stops murderers, rapists, robbers, and other thugs cold?  A person with a gun.  These days, more often than not, that “person with a gun” is also wearing a badge and a uniform, but as Tam recently said, “If you don’t have your own pistol, you may have to wait the rest of your life for the police to bring theirs.”  Why should we law-abiding American citizens be forced to wait up to 21 minutes (and beyond) for the police to respond to our situation, when our very lives are on the line, and when we know exactly what could keep us alive?

We should not.  So, courtesy of an outstanding idea by the inimitable Weer’d Beard, I am going to take a few moments today to show you what can stop predatory violence being levied against my family or myself, unlike some random collection of paraffin and oils.

Offhand, I would guess somewhere around 2500 ft-lbs of energy being applied to a murderer’s thoracic cavities would do wonders for stopping him from committing any form of predatory violence against me and mine, and thanks to Buffalo Bore Ammunition and Smith and Wesson, that number is fairly easy to achieve:


Additionally, as you can see, I am very much a modern tool-using monkey in that instead of relying on the weak, inconsistent, and easily-extinguished light from a paltry exothermic reaction, my illumination – a necessary aspect of “identifying my target” is courtesy of a Novatac Storm LED flashlight, putting out somewhere around 120 lumens of crystal clear white light.  To say there is no competition between those light sources would be putting it very mildly.

But that is just what I use when I am out and about on the town…  If we are closer to home, we all know that pistols are only used to get to your rifles, or, in my case, a shotgun, loaded up with eight rounds of reduced-recoil #00 buckshot and four rounds of reduced recoil slugs, complete with a recoil reducing stock such that my wife can comfortably employ it as well:


This time, our effective, efficient illumination comes courtesy of an original Surefire 6PD flashlight, which, unlike its low-tech brethren also in the picture, actually stands a fair chance of momentarily blinding those it is pointed at with its directed 120 lumens of light.

But what if we do not want to blind ourselves?  Well, that is where the attached flip-up red filter comes in:


You see, my dear anti-rights cultists, I am only concerned with what works, and courtesy of modern technology, there are so many demonstrably-better methods for stopping predatory violence against me and mine that something as paltry and pathetic as a candle blowing in the wind simply does not make the cut.  Now, if you all want to stand around and remember the loved ones you have lost, that is your call, and you are more than welcome to do as your heart desires so long as it is not hurting anyone else.  But the very second you imply that doing so will somehow affect “gun violence” on a national scale, you are lying, and, worse, you are using the memories of those lost loved ones to perpetrate and give weight to those lies, and that is a pretty damned reprehensible thing indeed.

On the other hand, my peacefully and lawfully owning and carrying firearms affects no one, damages no one, misleads no one, and dishonors no one’s memories, so why is it that you so fervently wish to leave me disarmed and defenseless against a plethora of people who do mean to do harm to my family and myself?  Whose side are you on, exactly?

Thankfully, I know whose side these good folks are on, as they throw their support in behind the only thing we know can stop most kinds of predatory violence against law-abiding citizens, not just self-serving narrowings of the playing field like “gun violence” or other statistics-abusing concepts.  So go take a look at the celebrations of self-defense here at Weer’d’s where he is collecting pictures from all over the world, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, with more to be added as the day progresses. 

(* – One interesting side-effect from not making this distinction is that by holding their candle-light vigils for “victims of ‘gun violence’”, the Brady Campaign and their sycophants are, by definition, memorializing those murderers, rapists, thieves, muggers, robbers, home-invaders, and other scumbags who were shot down in self-defense by their intended victims, or by the police in the execution of their duties.  As always, “gun control” extremists are aiding, abetting, and sympathizing with criminals.  Disgusting.  (For further clarification on this notion, please see here.))

13 thoughts on “candles… with fire support”

  1. Need to get my picture done today… was going to do it at the range yesterday, but I figured that would have freaked out the fudds and I’d already gotten in trouble for wearing an empty holster.

  2. Oh man. Once again, this shows why I’m a writer and not a photographer — your eye for composition makes my submission look half-assed. Well done!

  3. @ Weer’d Beard: Bah. That is just a combination of a tripod, long shutter time, a RAW file format, and the knowledge to make an HDR image – I could show you how to do that in an afternoon.

    Thanks all the same though ;).

    @ Heather: You got in trouble for an empty holster? You know you are going to have to explain that at some point, right?

    @ Calm Gun: I have to admit, the bit about memorializing rapists, murderers, robbers, home-invaders, and the rest of the thugs who were rightfully shot down by their intended victims or the police really does get my ire up… I should probably do another post about at that some point, since I made this long one even longer with it. Thanks, though!

    @ Erin Palette: Honestly, I am not too happy with these, and I “cheated” a lot by using the effects provided by HDR, but we always are our own worst critics! 🙂

  4. Linoge, I think Chris has a post coming up in the next few days (we’re finally moving in, so we’re back to pre-scheduled posts). But yeah, empty holster is bad, but they don’t require eye protection. Mind boggling. We need to find another range!

  5. Linoge: “Just answer me this: how is a group of people – no matter how large and no matter how distributed across the country – standing around holding candles going to stop a murderer from using a firearm to kill someone in a dark alley?”

    To be fair, their plan has never been to go after criminals. Their aim has always been towards the public and legislators- in this case attracting attention to enact more gun control (it’s safer that way). The fallacy of course is that in their mind “gun control” = “saving lives”. This belief is so incontrovertible that any suggestion to the contrary is not even worth dedicating the slightest brain power. Therefore, by calling for more gun control, they are trying to save lives. Those who have critically examined the relationship between gun control and saving lives realize that the relationship is akin to the Underpants Gnome’s business plan.

    From my point of view, it would be like someone claiming gravity doesn’t exist. I would dismiss it before even allowing my mind to debate the notion. Gravity: it is not just a good idea- it’s the law.

  6. @ Heather: Wow. Yes, yes you do.

    @ TS: Hell, I will even spot them the convoluted and complicated causality chain necessary to go from their standing around holding candles to somehow, some way a murderer/rapist/etc. is somehow deterred from committing his crime in general, or, “at best”, committing it without the assistance of a firearm.

    I just want them to draw out that chain. Because something tells me you and I are in agreement over the logical veracity of it…

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