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« Reply #80 on: January 04, 2013, 07:06:34 pm »
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Waco trumps Ruby Ridge.

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« Reply #81 on: January 04, 2013, 08:19:52 pm »
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Yeah I know it does and I saw it all on Australian news net works, dispicable the absolute pits it was

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Posted on: January 04, 2013, 08:14:24 PM
and why has'nt anyone taken care of those responsable

Posted on: January 04, 2013, 08:15:48 PM
Bin ladin is one thing but to attack your own people, is the lowest of the low,

just like the miners got gunned down back inthe 1920s in Appalachia,

things have'nt progessed much in 90 years have they

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« Reply #82 on: January 04, 2013, 09:28:55 pm »
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More Knee Jerk Reactions and News Bias.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) ó Missing from the gun show here next weekend will be some of the most popular guns.

Show organizers, facing pressure after last month's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, agreed to bar the display and sale of AR-15 military-style semiautomatic weapons and their large-clip magazines.

"The majority of people wanted these guns out of the city," said Chris Mathiesen, Saratoga Springs' public safety commissioner. "They don't want them sold in our city, and I agree. Newtown, Conn., is not that far away."

Though gun advocates aren't backing down from their insistence on the right to keep and bear arms, heightened sensitivities and raw nerves since the Newtown shooting are softening displays at gun shows and even leading officials and sponsors to cancel the well-attended exhibitions altogether.

The mayor of Barre, Vt., wants a ban on military-style assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show in February. Mayor Thom Lauzon says he supports responsible gun ownership but is making the request "as a father." The police chief in Waterbury, Conn., just a few miles from Newtown, has halted permits for gun shows, saying he was concerned about firearms changing hands that might one day be used in a mass shooting.

In New York's suburban Westchester County, officials decided against hosting a gun show next month at the county center in White Plains, about an hour's drive from Newtown. County Executive Rob Astorino had brought back the show in 2010 after a ban of more than a decade following the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, but he said the show would be inappropriate now.

Three additional shows in New York's Hudson Valley and Danbury, Conn., were listed as canceled on the website for Big Al's Gun Shows. A man who answered the site's contact number said it was the venues that canceled the shows, not the promoter.

In Houston, transportation officials temporarily stopped using electronic freeway signs for public safety traffic updates near firearms-related events amid complaints following a gun show the day after the Dec. 14 school shooting. State-level transportation officials overruled the decision.


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 There is an old adage, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." This week the media is trying to convince us that support for Senator Feinstein's anti-gun legislation is weak, but if we are not PRO-ACTIVE, the legislation will pass as written. You will wake up just in time for SHOT Show with new laws that make your AR-15 a Class 3 weapon. This means that if you want to keep your tactical rifles, you will have to register them, pay a $5-$200 tax, and notify the government if you intend to take them out of state. You will also completely waive your 4th Amendment rights to reasonable search and seizure. ATF will have the right to knock on your door and inspect the weapons anytime they want. You will also see an end to standard capacity magazines. This isn't a threat. It isn't political posturing. Diane Feinstein and the anti-gun machine have already introduced the legislation, and it will be rammed through Congress and signed by the President if we do not Stand As One and act today.
 Please contact your legislators immediately, and post the links above to your discussion boards. Also please contact all of the gun companies you do business with and ask them to take action now and don't sit on their resources in reaching out to the gunowners of America. All of them have mailing lists, and all of them are sitting on them pretending that they don't have any responsibility, while doing record business in the stuff that is going to be banned or regulated. This 2nd Amendment crisis is not about KA-CHING. We call out to Midway USA, Gunbroker, Brownells, Sportsmen's Guide, Cabelas and all the firearms and accessory manufacturers. If you have a list, use it. We must Stand As One if we are to defeat this threat to our freedom. Aside from one NRA-ILA email notifying us about the legislation, even the NRA has been silent. Facebook isn't enough. Our testing has shown that the effectiveness of Facebook is very small. You MUST EMAIL YOUR LISTS THIS WEEK before the legislation gains public support. We are about to enter a dark time in 2nd Amendment freedom and political wrangling from the NRA isn't going to cut it this far out from an election. The legislators need to hear from us, that we will work to defeat them in their next election bid.
 This is not an alarmist position. The anti-gun machine was prepared for this opportunity, and they are very well organized. Senator Feinstein herself admitted that she has been working since last year to investigate all of the loopholes from the last "Assault Weapons Ban" and eliminate them. That means that this time there will be no thumbhole stocks, no sawed off flashhiders, no California "bullet buttons." It is almost as though the anti-gunners allowed the old ban to end in hopes of making a better one this time. This legislation is extremely comprehensive and if it passes, every tactical rifle in America will instantly become a Class 3 weapon. No new guns will be produced at all, effectively shuttering every AR-15 manufacturer in the country.
 Don't be fooled by the pollsters this time, for or against. They key point in this legislation is that we are more than a year from the start of the next campaigns for the mid-term elections. The anti-gun lobbyists, as you read this, are contacting the House and Senate members trying to convince them that American voters are not going to punish them for voting for new and sweeping gun control. Few politicians actually stand for anything, so how we react is paramount to defeating this legislation. You must notify your legislators that you are watching their vote and that you will work to defeat them in their next election bid if they vote for any new gun legislation that comes out of the Sandy Hook shootings. Over 500 people have been killed in Chicago this year, the most gun restrictive city in the USA. We will not sacrifice our 2nd Amendment rights because the media is up in arms about the slaughter of 20 white kids by a mentally disturbed individual who stole his mommy's guns.
 Also don't think that the Supreme Court is going to help us on this one. The legislation clearly identifies the approach to grandfathered weapons as a tax, and the Supreme Court has recently dealt with this issue on Obamacare, and refused to strike it down. Our swing vote, the George W. Bush appointed Justice Stevens, has already demonstrated that he will not strike down major legislation from the bench if he can find a way to avoid it, and this tax approach to our guns won't even make the Supreme Court. You may think that the original 2nd Amendment guaranteed us the right to the same guns at the government (muskets at the time), but there is plenty of Federal case law from the 1986 machinegun ban that has laid the groundwork for this Feinstein bill. It will pass, and it will stand.
 If we Stand As One this week, the legislation will be stopped. Please contact your reps in the House and your Senators today. Mobilize your friends and family. Email everyone in your contact list. And most importantly post the direct links above (not to GunsAmerica) to every single discussion board, blog or forum to which you frequent.
 As we have tried to explain already, GunsAmerica is all alone out here in this fight. Please encourage the gun websites you do business with to join our Stand As One campaign and email their mailing lists to fight this game changing legislation. We are all NRA Life and Endowment members here at GunsAmerica, yet nothing has come from NRA. Our competitors Gunbroker have sent nothing, apparently content with the spike in business. Midway USA has a huge list, yet nothing has come from them. Brownells is in the news for selling 3 1/2 years of magazines in one day, yet nothing has come from their email list. And worst of all, Cheaper Than Dirt actually announced that they would stop selling guns online, supporting the public opinion against our guns. Sportsman's Guide even had the nerve to send a happy go lucky "After Christmas" sale email on AR-15 accessories. Don't boycott these companies. Contact these companies! We have to stand together or we are going to lose. Now is not the time to argue and sit on our resources of huge email lists to America's gun enthusiasts. We Stand As One!
 Some of you got upset at us calling Alex Jones a turd in the punchbowl of 2nd Amendment freedom, but it is the truth. The conspiracy theory websites do not stand with us on this one, though they claim that they do. A lot of young people are caught up in a conspiracy theory mindset that is preventing them from seeing the forest through the trees. 2nd Amendment rights were never about hunting, and there has always been an out in the open "conspiracy" against them. if you espouse big government control and oversight of all Americans, you obviously don't want free thinkers to be armed. It doesn't take a conspiracy theorist to figure out that Diane Feinstein wants to watch and control all Americans, and disarming us is an important step for her and her ilk. Alex Jones and his gang may seem well intentioned, but what they really want is internet traffic. They want to sell you the movies and the water purifiers and the survival food and the male enhancement pills, PERIOD. Guns are just the latest thing on the conspiracy theory bandwagon because it "gets the buzz going." They may be gun loving Americans at heart, but what is driving them today is the almighty but ever weakening $$$ dollar.
 Diane Feinstein doesn't care how much survival food you have in your bunker . But what she does have is the actual power to halt the production of an entire class of firearms and magazines, and she plans to do that, this week. Get out of your armchair and get into action.
 This quote from a recent article in the Russian newspaper Pravda urging us to not give up our 2nd Amendment freedomsays a great deal:
 Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns. Oh, no, they do not. What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology. They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question. They hate guns in those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.
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« Reply #83 on: January 05, 2013, 05:00:18 am »
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I hope everyone digs deep on this one because I am and have been a victim because of the over baring govenment,

Listen, these people will be voted out of office in a year or two, then YOU are left to deal with the mess they leave behined, living off the tax payers money and disappearing out of public sight.

!) make a list of who they are,  2) Make sure there actions follow them for the rest of their lives, just like a criminals criminal record does,

3) Most important stand together just like you did against the British, The Miners Union wars in the 1920s,

Listen AMERICA,   YOU were most Glorious in your history when you Stood as one and not being sheep

YOU Fought the british because of Taxes (etc) and Won, so then your own government replaced that money with a tax on Alcohol, within a year of that war,

You have fought wars with the british, french, Mexicans, Spanish and two World Wars and 3 or 4 others Too

THATS WHO YOU ARE, THATS WHERE YOU COME FROM,

 Now go and do it again because your country is too big not to be armed, your coastline is massive, for it to go unaidded/protected,
If you never had that History with Guns this past 400 years you would never have done so well against these invaiders, But you did and you got the respect of the world in doing so

thats why I say,  God Bless America

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I would Like to put my post on the NRA'a blog or where ever it needs to go, If anyone knows how to do it Please copy and paste it and put it there, thanka again

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RidgeRunner,
You are 100% correct, however, I am not going to hold my breath....too many people are going to wait to see what the other guy is going to do and how well they fare doing it before they hitch their cart to any horse. Nobody seems to want to STAND for what they believe in, not just in the US, but worldwide. The values, beliefs, and determination of my grandfather's era are dying out very rapidly.....everyone seems to have their sheep coat on.

Posted on: January 05, 2013, 01:18:03 PM
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Waco trumps Ruby Ridge to a degree....However, Randy Weaver refused to be a pawn for the government and was hit with bogus charges, set up by the alphabet soup guys, and then the authorities (with Janet Reno's help) proceeded to murder his family members. Now here's the kicker.....the same government guys (the FBI,CIA,etc. teams) that perpatrated this crime.....they were the gummet guys at Waco! I wrote a paper on the abuses of the government for my Consitutional Law class...got an A on it. Teacher tried to argue my topic choice, but it was there waaay down on the bottom of her list!

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« Reply #85 on: January 05, 2013, 02:23:58 pm »
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This stuff Never makes the National News!     :Smiley

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« Reply #86 on: January 05, 2013, 02:25:42 pm »
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Nor does this brave guy. He just sends one letter to his senator. I hope she understands it.

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« Reply #87 on: January 05, 2013, 02:59:34 pm »
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Watch!      The way the Military has been going, your going to be hearing about his Discharge not to long from now.



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I think that you just hit the nail on the head!!!! Democracy is an illusion; let's wake up and stop dreaming!   Shocked

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Larry Correia refutes the gun controllers once and for all
 
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An opinion on gun control
 


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 Posted on December 20, 2012 by correia45
 I didnít want to post about this, because frankly, it is exhausting. Iíve been having this exact same argument for my entire adult life. It is not an exaggeration when I say that I know pretty much exactly every single thing an anti-gun person can say. Iíve heard it over and over, the same old tired stuff, trotted out every single time there is a tragedy on the news that can be milked. Yet, I got sucked in, and Iíve spent the last few days arguing with people who either mean well but are uninformed about gun laws and how guns actually work (who I donít mind at all), or the willfully ignorant (who I do mind), or the obnoxiously stupid who are completely incapable of any critical thinking deeper than a Facebook meme (them, I canít stand).
 Todayís blog post is going to be aimed at the first group. I am going to try to go through everything Iíve heard over the last few days, and try to break it down from my perspective. My goal tonight is to write something that my regular readers will be able to share with their friends who may not be as familiar with how mass shootings or gun control laws work.
 A little background for those of you who donít know me, and this is going to be extensive so feel free to skip the next few paragraphs, but I need to establish the fact that I know what I am talking with, because I am sick and tired of my opinion having the same weight as a person who learned everything they know about guns and violence from watching TV.
 I am now a professional novelist. However, before that I owned a gun store. We were a Title 7 SOT, which means we worked with legal machineguns, suppresors, and pretty much everything except for explosives. We did law enforcement sales and worked with equipment that is unavailable from most dealers, but that means lots and lots of government inspections and compliance paperwork. This means that I had to be exceedingly familiar with federal gun laws, and there are a lot of them. I worked with many companies in the gun industry and still have many friends and contacts at various manufacturers. When I hear people tell me the gun industry is unregulated, I have to resist the urge to laugh in their face.
 I was also a Utah Concealed Weapons instructor, and was one of the busiest instructors in the state. That required me to learn a lot about self-defense laws, and because I took my job very seriously, I sought out every bit of information that I could. My classes were longer than the standard Utah class, and all of that extra time was spent on Use of Force, shoot/no shoot scenarios, and role playing through violent encounters. I have certified thousands of people to carry guns.
 I have been a firearms instructor, and have taught a lot of people how to shoot defensively with handguns, shotguns, and rifles. For a few years of my life, darn near every weekend was spent at the range. I started out as an assistant for some extremely experienced teachers and I also had the opportunity to be trained by some of the most accomplished firearms experts in the world. The man I stole most of my curriculum from was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Special Forces, turned federal agent SWAT team commander. I took classes in everything from wound ballistics (10 hours of looking at autopsy slides) to high-speed cool-guy door-kicking stuff. Iíve worked extensively with military and law enforcement personnel, including force on force training where I played the OpFor (i.e. I got to be the bad guy, because I make an awesome bad guy. You tell me how evil/capable you want me to be, and how hard you want your men to work, and Iíd make it happen, plus I can take a beating). Part of this required learning how mass shooters operate and studying the heck out of the actual events.
 I have been a competition shooter. I competed in IPSC, IDPA, and 3gun. It was not odd for me to reload and shoot 1,000 rounds in any given week. I fired 20,000 rounds of .45 in one August alone. Iíve got a Remington 870 with approximately 160,000 rounds through it. Iíve won matches, and Iíve been able to compete with some of the top shooters in the country. I am a very capable shooter. I only put this here to convey that I know how shooting works better than the vast majority of the populace.
 I have written for national publications on topics relating to gun law and use of force. I wrote for everything from the United States Concealed Carry Association to SWAT magazine. I was considered a subject matter expert at the state level, and on a few occasions was brought in to testify before the Utah State Legislature on the ramifications of proposed gun laws. Iíve argued with lawyers, professors, professional lobbyists, and once made a state rep cry.
 Basically for most of my adult life, I have been up to my eyeballs in guns, self-defense instruction, and the laws relating to those things. So believe me when I say that Iíve heard every argument relating to gun control possible. It is pretty rare for me to hear something new, and none of this stuff is new.
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So now that there is a new tragedy the president wants to have a ďnational conversation on gunsĒ. Hereís the thing. Until this national conversation is willing to entertain allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons, then it isnít a conversation at all, it is a lecture.
 Now when I say teachers carrying concealed weapons on Facebook I immediately get a bunch of emotional freak out responses. You canít mandate teachers be armed! Guns in every classroom! Emotional response! Blood in the streets!
 No. Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.
 Police are awesome. I love working with cops. However any honest cop will tell you that when seconds count they are only minutes away. After Columbine law enforcement changed their methods in dealing with active shooters. It used to be that you took up a perimeter and waited for overwhelming force before going in. Now usually as soon as you have two officers on scene you go in to confront the shooter (often one in rural areas or if help is going to take another minute, because there are a lot of very sound tactical reasons for using two, mostly because your success/survival rates jump dramatically when you put two guys through a door at once. The shooterís brain takes a moment to decide between targets). The reason they go fast is because they know that every second counts. The longer the shooter has to operate, the more innocents die.
 However, cops canít be everywhere. There are at best only a couple hundred thousand on duty at any given time patrolling the entire country. Excellent response time is in the three-five minute range. Weíve seen what bad guys can do in three minutes, but sometimes it is far worse. They simply canít teleport. So in some cases that means the bad guys can have ten, fifteen, even twenty minutes to do horrible things with nobody effectively fighting back.
 So if we canít have cops there, what can we do?
 The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.
 The teachers are there already. The school staff is there already. Their reaction time is measured in seconds, not minutes. They can serve as your immediate violent response. Best case scenario, they engage and stop the attacker, or it bursts his fantasy bubble and he commits suicide. Worst case scenario, the armed staff provides a distraction, and while heís concentrating on killing them, heís not killing more children.
 But teachers arenít as trained as police officers! True, yet totally irrelevant. The teacher doesnít need to be a SWAT cop or Navy SEAL. They need to be speed bumps.
 But this leads to the inevitable shrieking and straw man arguments about guns in the classroom, and then the pacifistic minded who simply canít comprehend themselves being mandated to carry a gun, or those that believe teachers are all too incompetent and canít be trusted. Let me address both at one time.
 Donít make it mandatory. In my experience, the only people who are worth a darn with a gun are the ones who wish to take responsibility and carry a gun. Make it voluntary. It is rather simple. Just make it so that your stateís concealed weapons laws trump the Federal Gun Free School Zones act. All that means is that teachers who voluntarily decide to get a concealed weapons permit are capable of carrying their guns at work. Easy. Simple. Cheap. Available now.
 Then theyíll say that this is impossible, and give me all sorts of terrible worst case scenarios about all of the horrors that will happen with a gun in the classroomÖ No problem, because this has happened before. In fact, my state laws allow for somebody with a concealed weapons permit to carry a gun in a school right now. Yes. Utah has armed teachers. We have for several years now.
 When I was a CCW instructor, I decided that I wanted more teachers with skin in the game, so I started a program where I would teach anybody who worked at a school for free. No charge. Zip. They still had to pay the state for their background check and fingerprints, but all the instruction was free. I wanted more armed teachers in my state.
 I personally taught several hundred teachers. I quickly discovered that pretty much every single school in my state had at least one competent, capable, smart, willing individual. Some schools had more. I had one high school where the principal, three teachers, and a janitor showed up for class. They had just had an event where there had been a threat against the school and their resource officer had turned up AWOL. This had been a wake up call for this principal that they were on their own, and he had taken it upon himself to talk to his teachers to find the willing and capable. Good for them.
 After Virginia Tech, I started teaching college students for free as well. They were 21 year old adults who could pass a background check. Why should they have to be defenseless?  None of these students ever needed to stop a mass shooting, but Iím happy to say that a couple of rapists and muggers werenít so lucky, so I consider my time well spent.
 Over the course of a couple years I taught well over $20,000 worth of free CCW classes. I met hundreds and hundreds of teachers, students, and staff. All of them were responsible adults who understood that they were stuck in target rich environments filled with defenseless innocents. Whether they liked it or not, they were the first line of defense. It was the least I could do.
 Permit holders are not cops. The mistake many people make is that they think permit holders are supposed to be cops or junior danger rangers. Not at all. Their only responsibility is simple. If someone is threatening to cause them or a third person serious bodily harm, and that someone has the ability, opportunity, and is acting in a manner which suggest they are a legitimate threat, then that permit holder is allowed to use lethal force against them.
 As of today the state legislatures of Texas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma are looking at revamping their existing laws so that there can be legal guns in school. For those that are worried these teachers will be unprepared, Iím sure there would be no lack of instructors in those states whoíd be willing to teach them for free.
 For everyone, if you are sincere in your wish to protect our children, I would suggest you call your state representative today and demand that they allow concealed carry in schools.
 Gun Free Zones
 
Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period.
 Think about it. You are a violent, homicidal madman, looking to make a statement and hoping to go from disaffected loser to most famous person in the world. The best way to accomplish your goals is to kill a whole bunch of people. So whereís the best place to go shoot all these people? Obviously, it is someplace where nobody can shoot back.
 In all honesty I have no respect for anybody who believes Gun Free Zones actually work. You are going to commit several hundred felonies, up to and including mass murder, and you are going to refrain because there is a sign? That No Guns Allowed sign is not a cross that wards off vampires. It is wishful thinking, and really pathetic wishful thinking at that.
 The only people who obey No Guns signs are people who obey the law. People who obey the law arenít going on rampages.
 I testified before the Utah State Legislature about the University of Utahís gun ban the day after the Trolley Square shooting in Salt Lake City. Another disaffected loser scumbag started shooting up this mall. He killed several innocent people before he was engaged by an off duty police officer who just happened to be there shopping. The off duty Ogden cop pinned down the shooter until two officers from the SLCPD came up from behind and killed the shooter. (turned out one of them was a customer of mine) I sent one of my employees down to Trolley Square to take a picture of the shopping centerís front doors. I then showed the picture to the legislators. One of the rules was NO GUNS ALLOWED.
 The man that attacked the midnight showing of Batman didnít attack just any theater. There were like ten to choose from. He didnít attack the closest. It wasnít about biggest or smallest. He attacked the one that was posted NO GUNS ALLOWED.
 There were four mass killing attempts this week. Only one made the news because it helped the agreed upon media narrative.
■Oregon. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter confronted by permit holder. Shooter commits suicide. Only a few casualties.

■Texas. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter killed immediately by off duty cop. Only a few casualties.

■Connecticut. GUN FREE ZONE. Shooters kills until the police arrive. Suicide. 26 dead.

■China. GUN FREE COUNTRY. A guy with a KNIFE stabs 22 children.
 And here is the nail in the coffin for Gun Free Zones. Over the last fifty years, with only one single exception (Gabby Giffords), every single mass shooting event with more than four casualties has taken place in a place where guns were supposedly not allowed.
 The Media
 
Every time there is a mass shooting event, the vultures launch. I find it absolutely fascinating. A bunch of people get murdered, and the same usual suspects show up with the same tired proposals that weíve either tried before or logic tells us simply will not work. They strike while the iron is hot, trying to push through legislation before there can be coherent thought. Weíve seen this over and over and over again. We saw it succeed in England. We saw it succeed in Australia. Weíve seen it succeed here before.
 Yet when anyone from my side responds, then we are shouted at that we are blood thirsty and how dare we speak in this moment of tragedy, and we should just shut our stupid mouths out of respect for the dead, while they are free to promote policies which will simply lead to more deadÖ If the NRA says something they are bloodthirsty monsters, and if they donít say something then their silence is damning guilt. It is hypocritical in the extreme, and when I speak out against this I am called every name in the book, I want dead children, Iím a cold hearted monster (the death threats are actually hilarious). If I become angry because they are promoting policies which are tactically flawed and which will do the exact opposite of the stated goals, then I am a horrible person for being angry. Perhaps I shouldnít be allowed to own guns at all.
 But thatís not why I want to talk about the media. I want to talk about the mediaís effect on the shooters.
 Put yourself in the shoes of one of these killers. One nice thing about playing the villain and being a punching bag for cops, soldiers, and permit holders is that you need to learn about how the bad guys think and operate. And most of the mass shooters fit a similar profile.
 The vast majority (last I saw it was over 80%) are on some form of psychotropic drug and has been for many years. They have been on Zoloft or some serotonin inhibitor through their formative years, and their decision making process is often flawed. They are usually disaffected, have been bullied, pushed around, and have a lot of emotional problems. They are delusional. They see themselves as victims, and they are usually striking back at their peer group.
 These people want to make a statement. They want to show the world that they arenít losers. They want to make us understand their pain. They want to make their peer group realize that they are powerful. Theyíll show us. The solution is easy. Itís right there in front of your nose.
 If you can kill enough people at one time, youíll be on the news, 24/7, round the clock coverage. You will become the most famous person in the world. Everyone will know your name. You become a celebrity. Experts will try tounderstand what you were thinking. Hell, the President of the United States, the most important man in the world, will drop whatever he is doing and hold a press conference to talk about your actions, and heíll even shed a single manly tear.
 You are a star.
 Strangely enough, this is one of the only topics I actually agree with Roger Ebert on. He didnít think that the news should cover the shooters or mention their names on the front page of the paper. So whenever the press isnít talking about guns, or violent movies, or violent video games, or any other thing that hundreds of millions of people participated in yesterday without murdering anybody, theyíll keep showing the killerís picture in the background while telling the world all about him and his struggles.
 And then the cycle repeats, as the next disaffected angry loner takes notes.
 They should not be glamorized. They should be hated, despised, and forgotten. They are not victims. They are not powerful. They are murdering scum, and the only time their names should be remembered is when people like me are studying the tactics of how to neutralize them faster.
 Mental Health Issues
 
And right here Iím going to show why Iím different than the people Iíve been arguing with the last few days. I am not an expert on mental health issues or psychiatry or psychology. My knowledge of criminal psychology is limited to understanding the methods of killers enough to know how to fight them better.
 So since I donít have enough first-hand knowledge about this topic to comment intelligently, then Iím not going to commentÖ Oh please, if only some of the people Iíve been arguing with who barely understand that the bullets come out the pointy end of the gun would just do the same.
 Gun Control Laws
 
As soon as there is a tragedy there comes the calls for ďWe have to do something!Ē Sure, the something may not actually accomplish anything as far as solving whatever the tragedy was or preventing the next one, but thatís the narrative. Something evil happened, so we have to do something, and preferably we have to do it right now before we think about it too hard.
 The left side of the political spectrum loves it some gun control. Gun control is historically extremely unpopular in red state and purple state America, and thus very hard to pass bit stuff, but thereís a centuryís accumulation of lots and lots of small ones. There have been a handful of major federal laws passed in the United States relating to guns, but the majority of really strict gun control has primarily been enacted in liberal dominated urban areas. There are over 20,000 gun laws on the books, and I have no idea how many pages of regulations from the BATF related to the production and selling of them. Iíve found that the average American is extremely uneducated about what gun laws already exist, what they actually do, and even fundamental terminology, so Iím going to go through many of the things Iíve seen argued about over the last few days and elaborate on them one by one.
 I will leave out the particularly crazy things I was confronted with, including the guy who was in favor of mandating ďautomatic robot gun turretsĒ in schools. Yes. Heaven forbid we let a teacher CCW, so letís put killer robots (which havenít actually been invented yet) in schools. Man, I wish I was making this up, but thatís Facebook for you.
 We need to ban automatic weapons.
 Okay. Done. In fact, we pretty much did that in 1934. The National Firearms Act of 1934 made it so that you had to pay a $200 tax on a machinegun and register it with the government. In 1986 that registry was closed and there have been no new legal machineguns for civilians to own since then.
 Automatic means that when you hold down the trigger the gun keeps on shooting until you let go or run out of ammo. Actual automatic weapons cost a lot of money. The cheapest one you can get right now is around $5,000 as they are all collectorís items and you need to jump through a lot of legal hoops to get one. To the best of my knowledge, there has only ever been one crime committed with an NFA weapon in my lifetime, and in that case the perp was a cop.
 Now are machineguns still used in crimes? Why, yes they are. For every legally registered one, there are conservatively dozens of illegal ones in the hands of criminals. They either make their own (which is not hard to do) or they are smuggled in (usually by the same people that are able to smuggle in thousands of tons of drugs). Because really serious criminals simply donít care, they are able to get ahold of military weapons, and they use them simply because criminals, by definition, donít obey the law. So even an item which has been basically banned since my grandparents were kids, and which there has been no new ones allowed manufactured since I was in elementary school, still ends up in the hands of criminals who really want one. This will go to show how effective government bans are.
 When you say ďautomaticĒ you mean full auto, as in a machinegun. What I think most of these people mean is semi-auto.
 Okay. We need to ban semi-automatic weapons!
 Semi-automatic means that each time you pull the trigger the action cycles and loads another round. This is the single most common type of gun, not just in America, but in the whole world. Almost all handguns are semi-automatic. The vast majority of weapons used for self-defense are semi-automatic, as are almost all the weapons used by police officers.  It is the most common because it is normally the most effective.
 Semi-automatic is usually best choice for defensive use. It is easier to use because you can do so one handed if necessary, and you are forced to manipulate your weapon less. If you believe that using a gun for self-defense is necessary, then you pretty much have to say that semi-auto is okay.
 Banning semi-automatic basically means banning all guns. Iíll get to the functional problems with that later.
 We should ban handguns!
 Handguns are tools for self-defense, and the only reason we use them over the more capable, and easier to hit with rifles or shotguns is because handguns are portable. Rifles are just plain better, but the only reason I donít carry an AR-15 around is because it would be hard to hide under my shirt.
 Concealed Carry works. As much as it offends liberals and we keep hearing horror stories about blood in the streets, the fact is over my lifetime most of the United States has enacted some form of concealed carry law, and the blood in the streets wild west shootouts over parking spaces theyíve predicted simply hasnít happened. At this point in time there are only a few hold out states, all of them are blue states and all of them have inner cities which suffer from terrible crime, where once again, the criminals simply donít care.
 For information about how more guns actually equals less crime, look up the work of Dr. John Lott. And since liberals hate his guts, look up the less famous work of Dr. Gary Kleck, or basically look up the work of any criminologist or economist who isnít writing for Slate or Mother Jones.
 As for why CCW is good, see my whole first section about arming teachers for a tiny part of the whole picture. Basically bad people are going to be bad and do bad things. They are going to hurt you and take your stuff, because thatís what they do. Thatís their career, and they are as good at it as you are at your job. They will do this anywhere they think they can get away with it.  We fixate on the mass shooters because they grab the headlines, but in actuality your odds of running in to one of them is tiny. Your odds of having a violent encounter with a run of the mill criminal is orders of magnitudes higher.
 I do find one thing highly amusing. In my personal experience, some of the most vehement anti-gun people Iíve ever associated with will usually eventually admit after getting to know me, that if something bad happened, then they really hope Iím around, because Iím one of the good ones. Usually they never realize just how hypocritical and naÔve that is.
 We should ban Assault Rifles!
 Define ďassault rifleĒÖ
 UhÖ
 Yeah. Thatís the problem. The term assault rifle gets bandied around a lot. Politically, the term is a loaded nonsense one that was created back during the Clinton years. It was one of those tricks where you name legislation something catchy, like PATRIOT Act. (another law rammed through while emotions were high and nobody was thinking, go figure).
 To gun experts, an assault rifle is a very specific type of weapon which originated (for the most part) in the 1940s. It is a magazine fed, select fire (meaning capable of full auto), intermediate cartridge (as in, actually not that powerful, but Iíll come back to that later) infantry weapon.
 The thing is, real assault rifles in the US have been heavily regulated since before they were invented. The thing that the media and politicians like to refer to as assault rifles is basically a catch all term for any gun which looks scary.
 I had somebody get all mad at me for pointing this out, because they said that the term had entered common usage. OkayÖ If youíre going to legislate it, DEFINE IT.
 And then comes up that pesky problem. The US banned assault rifles once before for a decade and the law did absolutely nothing. I mean, it was totally, literally pointless. The special commission to study it said that it accomplished absolutely nothing. (except tick a bunch of Americans off, and as a result we bought a TON more guns) And the reason was that since assault weapon is a nonsense term, they just came up with a list of arbitrary features which made a gun into an assault weapon.
 Problem was, none of these features actually made the gun functionally any different or somehow more lethal or better from any other run of the mill firearm. Most of the criteria were so silly that they became a huge joke to gun owners, except of course, for that part where many law abiding citizens accidentally became instant felons because one of their guns had some cosmetic feature which was now illegal.
 One of the criteria was that it was semi-automatic. See above. Hard to ban the single most common and readily available type of gun in the world. (unless you believe in confiscation, but Iíll get to that). Then what if it takes a detachable magazine! Thatís got to be an Evil Feature. And yes, we really did call the Evil Features. Iíll talk about magazines below, but once again, it is pretty hard to ban something that common unless you want to go on a confiscatory national suicide mission.
 For example, flash hiders sound dangerous. Letís say having a flash hider makes a gun an assault weapon. So flash hiders became an evil feature. Problem is flash hiders donít do much. They screw onto the end of your muzzle and divert the flash off to the side instead of straight up so it isnít as annoying when you shoot. It doesnít actually hide the flash from anybody else. EVIL.
 Barrel shrouds were listed. Barrel shrouds are basically useless, cosmetic pieces of metal that go over the barrel so you donít accidentally touch it and burn your hand. But they became an instantaneous felony too. Collapsible stocks make it so you can adjust your rifle to different size shooters, that way a tall guy and his short wife can shoot the same gun. Nope. EVIL FEATURE!
 It has been a running joke in the gun community ever since the ban passed. When Carolyn McCarthy was asked by a reporter what a barrel shroud was, she replied ďI think it is the shoulder thing which goes up.Ē  Oh good. Iím glad that thousands of law abiding Americans unwittingly committed felonies because they had a cosmetic piece of sheet metal on their barrel, which has no bearing whatsoever on crime, but could possibly be a shoulder thing which goes up.
 Now are you starting to see why ďassault weaponsĒ is a pointless term? They arenít functionally any more powerful or deadly than any normal gun. In fact the cartridges they normally fire are far less powerful than your average deer hunting rifle. Donít worry though, because the same people who fling around the term assault weapons also think of scoped deer rifles as ďhigh powered sniper gunsĒ.
 Basically, what you are thinking of as assault weapons arenít special.
 Now, the reason that semi-automatic, magazine fed, intermediate caliber rifles are the single most popular type of gun in America is because they are excellent for many uses, but Iím not talking about fun, or hunting, or sports, today Iím talking business. And in this case they are excellent for shooting bad people who are trying to hurt you, in order to make them stop trying to hurt you. These types of guns are superb for defending your home. Now some of you may think thatís extreme. Thatís because everything youíve learned about gun fights comes from TV. Just read the link where I expound on why.
 Carbine vs. Shotgun vs. Pistol for home defense
 I had one individual tell me that these types of guns are designed to slaughter the maximum number of people possible as quickly as possibleÖ Uh huhÖ Which is why every single police department in America uses them, because of all that slaughtering cops do daily. Cops use them for the same reason we do, they are handy, versatile, and can stop an attacker quickly in a variety of circumstances.
 When I said ďstop an attacker quicklyĒ somebody on Twitter thought that heíd gotten me and said ďStop. Thatís just a euphemism for kill!Ē Nope. I am perfectly happy if the attacker surrenders or passes out from blood loss too. Tactically and legally, all I care about is making them stop doing whatever it is that they are doing which caused me to shoot them to begin with.
 The guns that many of you think of as assault rifle are common and popular because they are excellent for fighting, and Iíll talk about what my side really thinks about the 2nd Amendment below.
 We should ban magazines over X number of shots!
 Iíve seen this one pop up a lot. It sounds good to the ear and really satisfies that weíve got to do something need. It sounds simple. Bad guys shoot a lot of people in a mass shooting. So if he has magazines that hold fewer rounds, ergo then heíll not be able to shoot as many people.
 Wrong. And Iíll break it down, first why my side wants more rounds in our gun, second why tactically it doesnít really stop the problem, and third, why stopping them is a logistical impossibility.
 First off, why do gun owners want magazines that hold more rounds? Because sometimes you miss. Because usuallyócontrary to the moviesóyou have to hit an opponent multiple times in order to make them stop. Because sometimes you may have multiple assailants. We donít have more rounds in the magazine so we can shoot more, we have more rounds in the magazine so we are forced to manipulate our gun less if we have to shoot more.
 The last assault weapons ban capped capacities at ten rounds. You quickly realize ten rounds sucks when you take a wound ballistics class like I have and go over case after case after case after case of enraged, drug addled, prison hardened, perpetrators who soaked up five, seven, nine, even fifteen bullets and still walked under their own power to the ambulance. That isnít uncommon at all. Legally, you can shoot them until they cease to be a threat, and keep in mind that what normally causes a person to stop is loss of blood pressure, so I used to tell my students that anybody worth shooting once was worth shooting five or seven times. You shoot them until they leave you alone.
 Also, youíre going to miss. It is going to happen. If you can shoot pretty little groups at the range, those groups are going to expand dramatically under the stress and adrenalin. The more you train, the better you will do, but you can still may miss, or the bad guy may end up hiding behind something which your bullets donít penetrate. Nobody has ever survived a gunfight and then said afterwards, ďDarn, I wish I hadnít brought all that extra ammo.Ē
 So having more rounds in the gun is a good thing for self-defense use.
 Now tactically, letís say a mass shooter is on a rampage in a school. Unless his brain has turned to mush and heís a complete idiot, heís not going to walk up right next to you while he reloads anyway. Unlike the CCW holder who gets attacked and has to defend himself in whatever crappy situation he finds himself in, the mass shooter is the aggressor. Heís picked the engagement range. They are cowards who are murdering running and hiding children, but donít for a second make the mistake of thinking they are dumb. Many of these scumbags are actually very intelligent. Theyíre just broken and evil.
 In the cases that Iím aware of where the shooter had guns that held fewer rounds they just positioned themselves back a bit while firing or they brought more guns, and simply switched guns and kept on shooting, and then reloaded before they moved to the next planned firing position. Unless you are a fumble fingered idiot, anybody who practices in front of a mirror a few dozen times can get to where they can insert a new magazine into a gun in a few seconds.
 A good friend of mine (who happens to be a very reasonable democrat) was very hung up on this, sure that he would be able to take advantage of the time in which it took for the bad guy to reload his gun. Thatís a bad assumption, and hereís yet another article that addresses that sort of misconception that I wrote several years ago which has sort of made the rounds on firearmís forums. My Gunfight Ė ďThinking Outside Your BoxĒ  So thatís awesome if it happens, but good luck with that.
 Finally, letís look at the logistical ramifications of another magazine ban. The AWB banned the production of all magazines over ten rounds except those marked for military or law enforcement use, and it was a felony to possess those.
 Over the ten years of the ban, we never ran out. Not even close. Magazines are cheap and basic. Most of them are pieces of sheet metal with some wire. Thatís it. Magazines are considered disposable so most gun people accumulate a ton of them. All it did was make magazines more expensive, ticked off law abiding citizens, and didnít so much as inconvenience a single criminal.
 Meanwhile, bad guys didnít run out either. And if they did, like I said, they are cheap and basic, so you just get or make more. If you can cook meth, you can make a functioning magazine. My old company designed a rifle magazine once, and Iím no engineer. I paid a CAD guy, spent $20,000 and churned out several thousand 20 round Saiga .308 mags. This couldíve been done out of my garage.
 Ten years. No difference. Meanwhile, we had bad guys turning up all the time committing crimes, and guess what was marked on the mags found in their guns? MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT USE ONLY. Because once again, if youíre already breaking a bunch of laws, they can only hang you once. Criminals simply donít care.
 Once the AWB timed out, because every politician involved looked at the mess which had been passed in the heat of the moment, the fact it did nothing, and the fact that every single one of them from a red state would lose their job if they voted for a new one, it expired and went away. Immediately every single gun person in America went out and bought a couple guns which had been banned and a bucket of new magazines, because nothing makes an American want to do something more than telling them they canít. Weíve been stocking up ever since. If the last ban did literally nothing at all over a decade, and since then weíve purchased another hundred million magazines since then, another ban will do even less. (except just make the law abiding that much angrier, and Iíll get to that below).
 I bought $600 worth of magazines for my competition pistol this morning. Iíve already got a shelf full for my rifles. Gun and magazine sales skyrocket every time a democrat politician starts to vulture in on a tragedy. I donít know if many of you realize this, but Barack Obama is personally responsible for more gun sales, and especially first time gun purchases, than anyone in history. When I owned my gun store, we had a picture of him on the wall and a caption beneath it which said SALESMAN OF THE YEAR.
 So you can ban this stuff, but it wonít actually do anything to the crimes you want to stop. Unless you think you can confiscate them all, but Iíll talk about confiscation later.
 One last thing to share about the magazine ban from the AWB, and this is something all gun people know, but most anti-gunners do not. When you put an artificial cap on a weapon, and tell us that we can only have a limited number of rounds in that weapon, weíre going to make sure they are the most potent rounds possible. Before the ban, everybody bought 9mms which held an average of 15 rounds. After the ban, if I can only have ten rounds, theyíre going to be bigger, so we all started buying 10 shot .45s instead.
 You donít need an assault weapon for hunting!
 Who said anything about hunting? That whole thing about the 2nd Amendment being for sportsmen is hogwash. The 2nd Amendment is about bearing arms to protect yourself from threats, up to and including a tyrannical government.
 Spare me the whole, ďYou wonít be happy until everybody has nuclear weaponsĒ reductio ad absurdum. It says arms, as in things that were man portable. And as for the founding fathers not being able to see foresee our modern arms, you forget that many of them were inventors, and multi shot weapons were already in service. Not to mention that in that day, arms included cannon, since most of the original artillery of the Continental Army was privately owned. Besides, the Supreme Court agrees with me. See DC v. Heller.
 Well we should just ban ALL guns then! You only need them to murder people!
 It doesnít really make sense to ban guns, because in reality what that means is that you are actually banning effective self-defense. Despite the constant hammering by a news media with an agenda, guns are used in America far more to stop crime than to cause crime.
 Iíve seen several different sets of numbers about how many times guns are used in self-defense every year. The problem with keeping track of this stat is that the vast majority of the time when a gun is produced in a legal self-defense situation no shots are fired. The mere presence of the gun is enough to cause the criminal to stop.
 Clint Smith once said if you look like food, you will be eaten. Criminals are looking for prey. They are looking for easy victims. If they wanted to work hard for a living theyíd get a job. So when you pull a gun, you are no longer prey, you are work, so they are going to go find somebody else to pick on.
 So many defensive gun uses never get tracked as such. From personal experience, I have pulled a gun exactly one time in my entire life. I was legally justified and the bad guy stopped, put his gun away, and left. (15 years later the same son of a bitch would end up murdering a local sheriffís deputy). My defensive gun use was never recorded anywhere as far as I know. My wife has pulled a gun twice in her life. Once on somebody who was acting very rapey who suddenly found a better place to be when she stuck a Ruger in his face, and again many years later on a German Shepherd which was attacking my one year old son. (amazingly enough a dog can recognize a 9mm coming out of a fanny pack and run for its life, go figure) No police report at all on the second one, and I donít believe the first one ever turned up as any sort of defensive use statistic, all because no shots were fired.
 So how often are guns actually used in self-defense in America? How Often Are Firearms Used in Self-Defense?
 On the high side the estimate runs around 2.5 million defensive gun uses a year, which dwarfs our approximately 16,000 homicides in any recent year, only 10k of which are with guns.  Assault or Homicide Of those with guns, only a couple hundred are with rifles. So basically, the guns that the anti-gunners are the most spun up about only account for a tiny fraction of all our murders.
 But letís not go with the high estimate. Letís go with some smaller ones instead. Letís use the far more conservative 800,000 number which is arrived at in multiple studies. That still dwarfs the number of illegal shootings. Heck, letís even run with the number once put out by the people who want to ban guns, the Brady Center, which was still around 108,000, which still is an awesome ratio of good vs. bad.
 So even if you use the worst number provided by people who are just as biased as me but in the opposite direction, gun use is a huge net positive. Or to put it another way, the Brady Center hates guns so much that they are totally cool with the population of a decent sized city getting raped and murdered every year as collateral damage in order to get what they want.
 Doesnít matter. I donít like them. We should ban them and take them all away like a civilized country.
 Well, I suppose if your need to do something overrides all reason and logic, then by all means letís ban guns.
 Australia had a mass shooting and instituted a massive gun ban and confiscation (a program which would not work here, which Iíll get to, but letís run with it anyway.). As was pointed out to me on Facebook, they havenít had any mass shootings since. However, they fail to realize that they didnít really have any mass shootings before either. You need to keep in mind that mass shooting are horrific headline grabbing statistical anomalies. You are far more likely to get your head caved in by a local thug while heís trying to steal your wallet, and that probably wonít even make the evening news.
 And violent crime is up in Australia. A cursory Google search will show articles about the increase in violent crime and theft, but then other articles pooh-pooing these stats as being insignificant and totally not related to the guns.
 So then weíve got England, where they reacted swiftly after a mass shooting, banned and confiscated guns, and their violent crime has since skyrocketed. Their stats are far worse than Australia, and they are now one of the more dangerous countries to live in the EU. Once again, cursory Google search will show articles with the stats, and other articles saying that those rises like totally have nothing to do with regular folks no longer being able to defend themselvesÖ Sensing a trend yet?
 And then weíve got South Africa, which instituted some really hard core gun bans and some extremely strict controls, and their crime is now so high that it is basically either no longer tracked or simply not countable. But obviously, the totally unbiased news says that has absolutely nothing to do with people no longer being able to legally defend themselves.
 Then youíve got countries like Norway, with extremely strict gun control. Their gun control laws are simply incomprehensible to half of Americans. Not only that, they are an ethnically and socially homogenous, tiny population, well off country, without our gang violence or drug problems. Their gun control laws are draconian by our standards. They make Chicago look like Boise. Surely that level of gun control will stop school shootings! Except of course for 2011 when a maniac killed 77 and injured 242 people, a body count which is absurdly high compared to anything which has happened America.
 Because once again, repeat it with me, criminals simply do not give a crap.
 That mass killer used a gun and homemade explosives. Make guns harder to get, and explosives become the weapon of choice. Please do keep in mind that the largest and most advanced military coalition in human history was basically stymied for a decade by a small group using high school level chemistry and the Afghani equivalent to Radio Shack.
 The biggest mass killings in US history have used bombs (like Bath, Michigan), fire (like Happyland Nightclub) or airliners. There is no law you can pass, nothing you can say or do, which will make some not be evil.
 And all of this is irrelevant, because banning and confiscating all the scary guns in America will be national suicide.
 You crazy gun nuts and your 2nd Amendment. We should just confiscate all the guns.
 Many of you may truly believe that. You may think that the 2nd Amendment is archaic, outdated, and totally pointless. However, approximately half of the country disagrees with you, and of them, a pretty large portion is fully willing to shoot somebody in defense of it.
 Weíve already seen that your partial bans are stupid and donít do anything, so unless you are merely a hypocrite more interested in style rather than results, the only way to achieve your goal is to come and take the guns away. So letís talk about confiscation.
 They say that there are 80 million gun owners in America. I personally think that number is low for a few reasons. The majority of gun owners I know, when contacted for a phone survey and asked if they own guns, will become suspicious and simply lie. Those of us who donít want to end like England or Australia will say that we lost all of our guns in a freak canoe accident.
 Guns do not really wear out. I have perfectly functioning guns from WWI, and Iíve got friends who have still useable firearms from the 1800s. Plus weíve been building more of them this entire time. There are more guns than there are people in America, and some of us have enough to arm our entire neighborhood.
 But for the sake of math, letís say that there are only 80 million gun owners, and letís say that the government decides to round up all those pesky guns once and for all. Letís be generous and say that 90% of the gun owners donít really believe in the 2nd Amendment, and their guns are just for duck hunting. Which is what politicians keep telling us, but is actually rather hilarious when you think about how the most commonly sold guns in America are the same detachable magazine semiautomatic rifles I talked about earlier.
 So ten percent refuse to turn their guns in. That is 8 million instantaneous felons. Letís say that 90% of them are not wanting to comply out of sheer stubbornness. Letís be super generous and say that 90% of them would still just roll over and turn their guns when pressed or legally threatened.   That leaves 800,000 Americans who are not turning their guns in, no matter what. To put that in perspective there are only about 700,000 police officers in the whole country.
 Letís say that these hypothetical 10% of 10% are willing to actually fight to keep their guns. Even if my hypothetical estimate of 800,000 gun nuts willing to fight for their guns is correct, it is still 97% higher than the number of insurgents we faced at any one time in Iraq, a country about the size of Texas.
 However, I do honestly believe that it would be much bigger than 10%. Once the confiscations turned violent, then it would push many otherwise peaceful people over the edge. I saw somebody on Twitter post about how the 2nd Amendment is stupid because my stupid assault rifles are useless against dronesÖ That person has obviously never worked with the people who build the drones, fly the drones, and service the drones. I have. Where to you think the majority of the US military falls on the political spectrum exactly? Thereís a reason Mitt Romney won the military vote by over 40 points, and it wasnít because of his hair.
 And as for those 700,000 cops, how many of them would side with the gun owners? All the gun nuts, thatís for sure. As much as some people like to complain about the gun culture, many of the people you hire to protect you, and darn near all of them who can shoot well, belong to that gun culture. And as I hear people complain about the gun industry, like it is some nebulous, faceless, all powerful corporate thing which hungers for war and anarchy, I just have to laugh, because the gun industry probably has the highest percentage of former cops and former military of any industry in the country. My being a civilian was odd in the circles I worked in.  The men and women you pay to protect you have honor and integrity, and they will fight for what they believe in.
 So the real question the anti-gun, ban and confiscate, crowd should be asking themselves is this, how many of your fellow Americans are you willing to have killed in order to bring about your utopian vision of the future?
 Boo Evil Gun Culture!
 Really? Because I hate to break it to you, but when nearly six hundred people get murdered a year in beautiful Gun Free Chicago, thatís not my people doing the shooting.
 The gun culture is all around you, well obviously except for those of you reading this in elite liberal urban city centers where youíve extinguished your gun culture. They are your friends, relatives, and coworkers. The biggest reason gun control has become increasingly difficult to pass over the last decade is because more and more people have turned to CCW, and as that has become more common, it has removed much of the stigma. Now everybody outside of elite urban liberal city centers knows somebody that carries a gun. The gun culture is simply regular America, and is made up of people who think their lives and their families lives are more important than the life of anyone who tries to victimize them.
 The gun culture is who protects our country. Sure, there are plenty of soldiers and cops who are issued a gun and who use it as part of their job who could care less. However, the people who build the guns, really understand the guns, actually enjoy using the guns, and usually end up being picked to teach everybody else how to use the guns are the gun culture.
 The media and the left would absolutely love to end the gun culture in America, because then they could finally pass all the laws they wanted.
 Letís take a look at what happens when a country finally succeeds in utterly stamping out its gun culture. Mumbai, 2008. Ten armed jihadi terrorists simply walked into town and started shooting people. It was a rather direct, straight forward, ham fisted, simple terrorist attack. They killed over 150 and wounded over 300. India has incredibly strict gun laws, but once again, criminals didnít care.
 Thatís not my point this time however, I want to look at the response. These ten men shut down an entire massive city and struck fear into the hearts of millions for THREE DAYS. Depending on where this happened in America it would have been over in three minutes or three hours. The Indian police responded, but their tactics sucked. The marksmanship sucked. Their leadership sucked. Their response utterly and completely fell apart.
 In talking afterwards with some individuals from a small agency of our government who were involved in the clean-up and investigation, all of whom are well trained, well practiced, gun nuts, they told me the problem was that the Indian police had no clue what to do because theyíd never been taught what to do. Their leadership hated and feared the gun so much that they stamped out the ability for any of their men to actually master the tool. When you kill your gun culture, you kill off your instructors, and those who can pass down the information necessary to do the job.
 Donít think that we are so far off here. I recently got to sit down with some fans who are members of one of the larger metro police departments in America. These guys were all SWAT cops or narcotics, all of them were gun nuts who practiced on their own dime, and all of them were intimately familiar with real violence. These are the guys that you want responding when the real bad stuff goes down.
 What they told me made me sick. Their leadership was all uniformly liberal and extremely anti-gun, just like most big cities in America. They walked me through what their responses were supposed to be in case of a Mumbai style event, and how their ďscary assault weaponsĒ were kept locked up where they would be unavailable, and how dismal their training was, and how since the state had run off or shut down most of the gun ranges, most of the cops couldnít even practice or qualify anymore.
 So now they were less safe, the people they were protecting were less safe, the bad guys were safer, but most importantly their leadership could pat themselves on the back, because theyíd done something.
 Well, okay. You make some good points. But Iíd be more comfortable if you gun people were force to have more mandatory training!
 And I did actually have this one said to me, which is an amazing victory by internet arguing standards.
 Mandatory training is a placebo at best. Here is my take on why.
 Mandatory Training for CCW
 In conclusion, basically it doesnít really matter what something you pick when some politician or pundit starts screaming weíve got to do something, because in reality, most of them already know a lot of what I listed above. The ones who are walking around with their security details of well-armed men in their well-guarded government buildings really donít care about actually stopping mass shooters or bad guys, they care about giving themselves more power and increasing their control.
 If a bad guy used a gun with a big magazine, ban magazines. If instead he used more guns, ban owning multiple guns. If he used a more powerful gun with less shots, ban powerful guns. If he used hollowpoints, ban hollowpoints. (which I didnít get into, but once again, thereís a reason everybody who might have to shoot somebody uses them). If he ignored some Gun Free Zone, make more places Gun Free Zones. If he killed a bunch of innocents, make sure you disarm the innocents even harder for next time. Just in case, letís ban other guns that werenít even involved in any crimes, just because theyíre too big, too small, too ugly, too cute, too long, too short, too fat, too thin, (and if you think Iím joking I can point out a law or proposed law for each of those) but most of all ban anything which makes some politician irrationally afraid, which luckily, is pretty much everything.
 They will never be happy. In countries where they have already banned guns, now they are banning knives and putting cameras on every street. They talk about compromise, but it is never a compromise. It is never, wow, you offer a quick, easy, inexpensive, viable solution to ending mass shootings in schools, letís try that. It is always, what can we take from you this time, or what will enable us to grow some federal apparatus?
 Then regular criminals will go on still not caring, the next mass shooter will watch the last mass shooter be the most famous person in the world on TV, the media will keep on vilifying the people who actually do the most to defend the innocent, the ignorant will call people like me names and tell us we must like dead babies, and nothing actually changes to protect our kids.
 If you are serious about actually stopping school shootings, contact your state representative and tell them to look into allowing someone at your kidís school to be armed. It is time to install some speed bumps.
 EDIT: I have been stunned by the level of response on this post. I wrote it so that it could be shared, but I had no idea just how much it would be, so thank you. I have received hundreds of comments, emails, and I donít even know how many Twitter and Facebook messages. It is heartening that this made many people think about the issues in a new way.
 I will try to respond and answer questions as I can, but there are a LOT of them, so I will probably take the most common ones and do another blog post when I have the chance. If your comment doesnít appear immediately, that is because I have to approve first time posters manually to make sure they are not spambots.
 If I had realized 30,000 people would read this today I would have proof read it. When you find a typo or something that seems a bit rough, I wrote this 10k word essay from 9pm to 1am and posted it the next day at lunch.
For those of you who havenít been here before, I make my living as a novelist. If you click any of the Amazon or B&N links off to the right side [of Larry Correia's blog] it will take you to one of my books. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and honest debate.
 EDIT2 After two straight days of responding to as many debate posts in the comments as possible, Iím fried, and hanging it up for Christmas. Iíll still be approving posts periodically, but thatís it for me as far as arguing (and it has rapidly turned into the same thing over and over again)  This post has been read 150,000 times now, gotten national media attention, and been reposted all over the internet. Awesome. I was sincerely hoping people would share it, so thank you very much.  Have a Merry Christmas.
 Also see:
 ■Daniel Greenfield: Gun Control, Thought Control, and People Control

■Noisy Room: On Modern Musketry

■Natural News: Facebook bans pro-gun Gandhi quote as part of revisionist history purge

■PJM: ĎGun Control Fails,í Say Statistics from Ö Gun-Control Advocates
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