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you should read this guy

After almost two years of absence, Reputo is back, and is hard at work making up for my laziness regarding statistics and hard numbers. First off, he looks at the actual monetary costs of the various school-safety solutions floated thus far, then the costs in terms of crime, and finally the specious notion that saving one life is worth any cost, closing with a positively epic quote:

Some like to point to England with […]

those darn bitter clingers

You may not know this, but one of the ways Traction Control pays the bills is by running an FFL; this is his stock level from nine days before Election Day to 51+ days after:

Yeah, he is basically out of ammunition.

One can only assume that his numbers are fairly representative of what transpired at other FFLs, accessory companies, and firearm-related stores across the country if one remembers what happened about […]

that ugly "need" hydra

A few months ago, I happened to have a rather… interesting*… conversation with the warped and benighted mind behind the Twitter account of @1StopCity. A recurring theme in this particular conversation is that unless you have a particular "need" for something or to do something, you have absolutely no right to that thing or to do that thing, or, in his very own words, "Odds against you "needing" a gun negate your right to own […]

graphics matter – we do requests

Over the weekend, the below email came in from Miguel at Gun Free Zone:

Have you done a correlation/whatever is called between the number of guns in a country and the # murders and/or violent crimes?

The attachment is a list of countries and their number of guns according to the Small Arms Survey which the antis can’t bitch about because it is a group on their side. I used this wikipedia link to […]

so simple a caveman could understand

Given my rather public love affair with pretty pictures, at least when it comes to demonstrating / illustrating / explaining concepts and arguments that might otherwise be rather difficult to express, it should come as no surprise that I thoroughly approve of this series of posts written by George at Newbie Shooter:

Examining the data:

Running the numbers:

And Another view of deaths:

(Images shamelessly stolen from their […]

we do not claim; we prove

Regular – or, hell, even irregular – readers of this weblog are probably more than familiar with my rebranding of "gun control" supporters as "anti-rights cultists" but go ahead and slide back there to re-read that particular post to get everyone back on the same page.

All good? Great.

So, really, that was just an exercise in me stretching the definitions of a few words in order to cast my opponents in a […]

shining the light on the cockroaches

It has come to my attention that various obsessive anti-rights cultists are maliciously and intentionally misrepresenting something I said in one of my previous posts; this, in and of itself, does not surprise me, but I thought I would take a moment to explain the thought fully to my audience, such that they can grasp the level of my disgust, and the depravity of those taking offense to what I said. 

The quote which […]

correlation does not imply causation

Correlation does not imply causation.

That is a sentence which – in various phrasings and rewordings – I have repeated at least twice a year for the past three years in my Graphics Matter series of posts. But, really, for the non-mathematicians amongst us (including myself), what does that actually mean?

Well, by way of the inimitable genius behind Dilbert, we have this example:

And today, by way of Bloomberg Businessweek, […]

the eugenical dreams of joan peterson

I do not read Joan Peterson‘s (aka "Japete") misnamed weblog "Common Gunsense", simply because the level of derangement that woman exhibits frankly frightens me, but the cost of that restraint on my part is that I miss out on a great deal of blogfodder, which, if this post is any indication, might be just as well for my blood pressure and opinion of humanity.

To cut straight to the chase, it would appear as […]

no matter how hard i muddle

… Guns and alcohol simply will not mix.

But moving on to more serious matters, it would appear as though the usual, useful idiots are trotting out the usual, useless arguments about ZOMG guns in bars. Color me surprised. However, just like here in Tennessee all those years ago, most of the arguments against allowing law-abiding, trained, and permitted individuals to carry firearms into establishments that serve alcohol are based on misdirection (the bill […]

quote of the day – alan

Ok, I promised you I would not say anything more about this current open carry froofera… I never promised that I would not highlight other people’s words, like this comment by Alan:

You know the reason I want to open carry? Because it’s my right as a living human and if you disagree then you can just f*ck off.

(Slightly edited to maintain the mostly-PG-13 rating of this site.)

Incidentally, this comment […]

why are they so eager to expose their bigotry?

Thank you, dear Twitter gods, for giving the willfully ignorant, narrow-minded, and bigoted a place to demonstrate their shortcomings freely and without limitations to the rest of the world.

Sincerely,

Someone who enjoys blogfodder.

Now that we have taken care of giving thanks, let us turn to the matter at hands. This morning, I had the… privilege… of engaging in the following conversation with an anti-rights cultist who, as her words will […]

open carry. concealed carry. it does not matter.

I know I have touched on this in the past, but it would seem as though now is a good time to refresh it in everyone’s minds.

I believe in freedom. Right up until your actions can be factually proven to detrimentally affect another person, against their will, in some specific and demonstrable fashion, you should be free to do whatever it is your little heart desires. This is not a matter of potentialities […]

this is the future of america

My parents keep telling me that it is incumbent upon my generation and the generation after me to fix all of the various economic and political problems that their generation and the generation before theirs have created over the past 50 years. Every time they bring that up, I have to admit to giggling uncontrollably and pointing out just how ludicrous that hope is.

Why? Because I know what my generation and the next […]

in terms of other debates

How can anyone who supports a "right to life" not support armed self-defense, when a disparity of potentially lethal force is so easily found between aggressors and victims? 

Alternatively, how can anyone who supports a "right to choose" not support a person’s ability to decide how, or even if, they want to defend themselves? 

Just askin’. 

just a little thought experiment

So imagine yourself on a mostly-deserted island, and once upon a time, you were given responsibility over 100 other people.  Sometime in the past, some other group of people came, kidnapped, and murdered 50 of those people; you tried to fight them, but they were just too strong.  In the process of the fight, that other group makes it abundantly clear that they want to kill all of you, and only did not do so […]

circular reasoning, government style

Pro-rights activists occasionally like to make not-so-funny jokes about how the government undoubtedly has a large number of us on “lists” due to our hobbies and practices, and anti-rights cultists turn that around and ridicule us for believing that the government monitors people to that degree (while simultaneously demanding that citizens’ rights be abridged due to their name being on those non-existent lists… go figure). Unfortunately for both sides of the spectrum, the government does […]

spelling out the equation

Despite the number of words I frequently foist upon the altar of “Proving My Point”, I frequently have a tendency to go straight from the beginning to the end without bothering with the whole “middle” concept… believe me, my teachers hated that habit, not because I was wrong, but simply because I was not showing my work. In any case, there are a few logical, moral, and philosophical involved in my belief that theft of […]

write what you know

I am always amused when self-righteous people attempt to lecture others from a position of ignorance… Thankfully, these days, the ability of individuals to correct those ignorant blowhards, and call them out for what they are, is significantly greater than it was in the past.

However, before we get to the full purpose of this post, a slight deviation…

Take a look at this boat and tell me what you see:

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file under “no good deed goes unpunished”

Or, at least, I would if I followed the specious pseudo-logic of the anti-rights nuts.

Yesterday, while working on the final stretch of my little fundraiser for Ramon Castillo, I started feeling progressively worse and worse – the full gamut of fever, body aches, chills, headache, coughing, etc. etc. etc. I went to the medical center at work today, and they kicked me out with a fever of 101+ and I am headed to […]