Tab Clearing: Too Much Going on Edition

I have to start scaling back our posting frequency on here. I also normally try to read every comment, and respond to the ones I feel a need to respond to. But the volume has gotten to be pretty high lately. Right now I feel like I have two full time jobs, and I’m not able to get to stuff I want to do with my club, which can bring local pressure to bear on lawmakers. The pace can be very tiring, and I can really sympathize with Robb, I’m not going to completely unplug, but I’m going to pull things back to DEFCON 3 for now. I will still keep everyone updated on major news as it happens, but I need some breathing room to work on stuff for the club, focus better on work during the day, so I’m not working all night until the wee hours to make up for it. I will share with you what’s been building up in my “list of things to maybe blog about.”

Tam and Roberta come to an understanding about the protocols for using children as political pawns.

Tom Ridge used to be anti-gun, and then claimed to be pro-gun, and now is anti-gun again, suggesting that banning semi-autos is “a very important step.” Step to where, Tom?

Another generation of Bushes prepares to enter politics. God help us. God help the GOP.

The activism gap behind the gun control debate. I’ve had a lot of people e-mailing asking what they can do. I hope that momentum keeps up through 2014, because folks, if the GOP holds together, we need to work hard. They are going to make 2014 a referendum on gun control.

Smart Guns, an Engineer’s Perspective. I was peripherally involved in this debate. The anti-gun folks think we need smart guns. So does Obama. Personally, I’d prefer to go straight to phasers. Though, I wouldn’t accept any firearm that needs batteries to function, at least not with the current state of battery tech.

Barry’s list of executive actions, summarized: “Tell everyone to do their goddamned jobs.”. And again here too.

How we are going to be safer (not sure where I found this, but it’s excellent)

Don’t worry guys, John Boehner is on the case!

Some excellent hypocrisy over a video game.

Obama’s proposals have nothing to do with Sandy Hook. Of course they don’t. Nothing would have stopped that, short of making it easier to adjudicate mentally ill people, or making sure people like Nancy Lanza can’t own firearms.

Glenn Reynolds: “Gun control is a way of rubbing Middle America’s face in the fact that it doesn’t run things. That’s the actual appeal.” Similar to what I mentioned here.

What Illinois Avoided, So Far, And What To Do About It.

Why are gun death statistics inflated with gun-suicides? Prof. Althouse notes: “It occurred to me, after the Sandy Hook murders, that blaming guns is a secular substitute for blaming the devil. People find it too challenging to figure out why a human being would do this terrible thing and they latch on to the idea thatthe gun made it happen. Suicide presents a similar challenge, and one way to fathom it is to say: It was the gun. Isn’t it like saying the devil made him do it? The gun/the devil is a great go-to answer, freeing you from wracking your brain about the workings of the human mind.”

New York’s Gun Control Make the PATRIOT Act Looks Careful and Deliberated. Hey, never let a crisis go to waste.

5 Responses to “Tab Clearing: Too Much Going on Edition”

  1. Dave says:

    Great job Sebastian! Thank you for your efforts! Your blog is the first place I go to for info, when and to whom I should contact.

  2. Jack says:

    I second that. You and Bitter have been doing great work and have been indespensible.

  3. Dave says:

    You’re under estimating the swagger, charisma, and good looks that George P. Bush brings to the table. I suggest you dig and find his 2004 GOP convention speech.

  4. Tam says:

    Dudes, y’all have been blogging like a boss here for the last couple months. I really appreciate it.

  5. Patrick H says:

    Yeah, thanks for the massive number of posts. Its really helped me keep plugged in. And its also helped me find some other places to keep track. Borepatch. Only Guns and Money. SayUncle. View from the Porch. All good ones to check out.