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Monday News Dump

I sort of feel like I need to come with a better name for these things than news dumps. One that seems to allude to bowel movements would be nice. Though, in a sense, these do serve to clear the constipation in my browser tabs.

These news dumps will probably start happening less often as gun control moves its way out of the news cycle. Though, given that there’s Benghazi hearings going on, and we’re learning the IRS is being used to go after political enemies of this administration, the media may decided that staying focused on guns is a fine and good thing. So we’ll see. But now, the news:

SayUncle notes that the market speaks. While everyone else who’s selling guns is doing brisk business, Dick’s Sporting Goods isn’t.

Saying bad things about open carry in the gun blogosphere is always bound to attract the Drama Llama, but Tim decided to do his best llama call over at Gun Nuts with two articles on “Open Carry Myths & Misconceptions.” Here’s part two. He speaks about the issue from a self-defense point of view.

The North Carolina Democrats are trying to fundraise off gun control. Running on gun control in the South is never a winning idea, even in the “California of the South.”

The New York Daily News is laying off workers. Sucks for the workers, but I’ll celebrate the misfortunes of outfits that advocate against our rights.

Jacob also takes on some optimistic thinking by the antis.

A gun safety measure in Congress I’d be willing to support!

Gun control ads have Democrats worried. Bloomberg is doing his level best to ensure that pro-gun red state Democrats are replaced by pro-gun red state Republicans.

How Feinstein fiddled while America burned.

A high capacity magazine of high capacity magazines!

These idiots are very very lucky no one got shot.

Now it’s the NRA’s turn to understand us. We do understand you. That’s why we oppose you.

The WaPo thinks NRA may have won for now, but faces long term challenges. One of those challenges, apparently, is Cato Institute chair Robert Levy, who unfortunately appears in the article promoting gun control.

How Can We Defeat the N.R.A., the New Yorker asks. Well, you can start by actually having grassroots, rather astroturf paid for by asshole billionaires. It would also probably help for the media and political elites to stop manipulating people with unresolved grief, and parading them in front of cameras in an attempt to emotionally blackmail fellow Americans.

15 Responses to “Monday News Dump”

  1. wfgodbold says:

    Robert Levy has written at least two pieces supporting the Toomey-Manchin bill. First in the NYT, and then again in response to his detractors in Reason.

    His costs vs. benefits calculus is not convincing.

  2. Sigivald says:

    “How Can We Defeat the N.R.A., the New Yorker asks.”

    Try being legitimately more popular, I guess.

    Of course, that’s the problem, isn’t it?

  3. Archer says:

    I’m not totally convinced the IRS is intentionally targeting right-wing groups. Realistically, as far as I know (and take this with a grain of salt and/or correct me, please), a lot of more-freedom-less-government non-profit groups have started up in the last few years, particularly under the Obama Administration. It’s normal that the IRS would be watching them closely during the first few years to make sure they’re following the rules.

    I think time will tell on this one. The Giffords-Kelly group “Americans for Responsible Solutions” and the “Moms Demand Action” group just started after Newtown, so they don’t yet have a full operating year for the IRS to analyze. Next year, if IRS doesn’t scrutinize them (or other groups like them – OFA, anyone?), then I’d openly accuse them of selectively auditing right-leaning groups, but until then, I’d need to see more than what I’m seeing now.

    • craig says:

      Archer, the fact that groups were being singled out due to the presence of the words ‘Tea Party’ in their name puts the lie to that claim.

      • Sigivald says:

        Yeah, the IRS already admitted to targeting them based on content (names).

        If was just speculation, sure…

  4. Robert says:

    “California of the South”? Oh come on, we’re not THAT bad! Sure we have a few stupid carry laws but those are getting fixed one at a time.

    • Sebastian says:

      I didn’t invent that term. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was a North Carolinian who I first heard say when it comes to guns that North Carolina is the California of the South.

  5. Travis says:

    Drama Llama? Ah, I take it you’re another of those that feel that ‘your’ method of carry is the only correct one. Tim apparently feels the same.

    Meh. Whatever…

    I’ve been OC’ing for almost 10 years and I’ve never had an issue, (and that’s with me living in the outskirts of the liberal utopia of Seattle, WA).

    OC, CC, or duct-tape the damned thing to your forehead; I don’t care. As long as you have the means to protect yourself and your family and the will to do so, it’s all cool with me. :)

    • TigerStripe says:

      I know Robb (Allen) refers to bringing up OC as bringing out the Drama Llama and he’s pro-OC and part of Florida Carry. I’m pro whichever way you choose to carry. TS

      • Sebastian says:

        The drama llama is well known in the gun blogosphere, and it is known to make appearances for topics other than open carry.

        • TigerStripe says:

          True but OC vs CC is to the (gun)blogosphere what 9mm vs .45 is to gun rags and forums.

    • Sebastian says:

      At the end of the day, I don’t really give a crap how anyone else carries. But I do think Tim makes some good points.

  6. Zermoid says:

    In reference to that Iron Man fiasco, I to had the initial thought that the people staging it got real lucky no body got shot by CCW holders or off duty cops.

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