When Black Friday Comes

When black Friday comes, I’m gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it ’til I satisfy my soul
Gonna let the world pass by me, the Archbishop’s gonna sanctify me
And if he don’t come across I’m gonna let it roll

I’ve got some thoughts on some Christmas presents for the gun nut in your life that don’t require to you to list out your loved one’s favorite calibers and ammo loads over at Ricochet.com.



Smarty Pants

I am not morally opposed to so-called “smart guns”: Technology marches on, and let’s face it, electronics WILL become a part of a gun some time in the future, more so than the red dot sights we have today. We have anti-lock brakes and traction control and active shifters in our cars and our cars are faster and safer than ever before, so it makes sense that integrating electronics into our guns will help keep us safer as well.

But that day is not today, nor tomorrow. Not when the best smart gun out there is a jam-o-matic. Let the military and the police test “smart guns” for thirty years, then (and only then) pass it on down, unaltered, (that means NO “kill switches”) to civilians. Please don’t ask me to take chances with the lives of my loved ones if other first responders won’t take that same chance on an unproven technology. It took thirty years for AR-15’s to go from military issue to America’s #1 rifle, so let’s allow the military to work out the bugs in smart guns and then we’ll see if they work for civilians as well.

Hunting is May Issue. Practical Shooting is Shall Issue.

Thinking more about last week’s article for Bearing Arms, everything about hunting is about getting past the gatekeepers. You need your safety class, then your tags, then you need to find someplace to hunt or someone to show you where to hunt. There are checkpoints along the way to make sure you’re the “right type of person” to hunt, and even then, you may not get a chance to hunt if you don’t have the right connections.

In other words, “May Issue” concealed carry.

Practical shooting, though, is different. If you have something even close to the right gear for the match and have a basic understanding of gun safety, you shoot. You may have to go through a safety briefing and have a more experienced shooter guide you through the match, but if you show up, you shoot.

“Shall Issue”.

Which path leads to growth? Well, that one’s not hard to figure out.

On Violence

Pause a moment to bathe in the Fountain of Clue.


In seeing the shares (for the image above), I noticed some interesting trends in the responses on other (Facebook) walls. First off is the assumption that being morally opposed to violence is the same as making an informed and rational decision about it.

Umm, not really. See the part of the brain that make moral judgments and emotional decisions isn’t the same part that does your logical thinking. Starting with the fact that it’s faster than the slower, ‘logical’ parts. Add in that MRIs show activities in these parts BEFORE the logical parts kick in. So in essence, we’ve made an emotional, predetermined decision and THEN we rationalize it. (But only when called upon to do so. Otherwise we’re just fine with out judgmental opinions and beliefs). Often our ~cough cough~ reasons for our opinions/beliefs are about as weak as a kitten after an epileptic seizure — but DAMNIT we know we’re right!

This is why I very specifically used the words ‘morally opposed.’ Because I was talking about beliefs instead of actual knowledge. But in these days where people who have beliefs are considered second class citizens, the authority for beliefs aren’t in some imaginary friend in the sky, but based on rational thought, science, studies and enlightenment. Such as being morally opposed to violence because… you know, it’s wrong. And if you don’t agree then it means you’re a violent knuckle dragging, abusive, retard who needs to have your rights stripped away and while we’re at it go sit in the corner and feel ashamed for being so wrong. Let your betters decide what to do with you and your life.

Now I’m obviously going over the top with that last, but I did it for a reason. That is one of the ways to spot a belief system masquerading as ‘rational thought’ is how fast it becomes a verbal attack or ad hominem (you’re argument is wrong because you’re a ___[fill in the blank]). Weak reasons for supporting a position are covered by instead attacking.

Another common strategy is how quickly a small issue doesn’t just become a sticking point, but an excuse to dismiss the whole concept. Interestingly enough, the two points that I saw most were ‘it’s been my experience’ and ‘most.’ Instead of me using the rhetorical and over-inflated ‘ALL’ and ‘everyone who…’ charges I left a little more conditional. But by not making it an absolute the negative reaction from many people is aimed that the fact that I DIDN’T make it an absolute.

Wait, what?

This actually makes sense if you look at it from the perspective of ‘If I am verbally and emotionally violent — read abusive — about this idea, I’ll kind of be fitting the profile.’ So instead, try to show why it is wrong by nitpicking at him not making it an absolute statement.

Yeah, and methinks the lady doth protest too much.”

Shared with the author’s permission. Emphasis mine.