“Lies, damn lies, and statistics” Illustrated

The Brady Bunch is touting this article (note – NY Times.  NY City.  Bloomberg.)  Never mind the fact that the article really is about bureaucracy-related issues, using guns as an example (because guns are what they fight) — only the numbers cited.

10 of 2400 felonies in NC were murders; 8 of them used a gun. 8/2400 = 0.003333. HUGE percentage, eh?

200 permit holders were convicted of gun- “or weapon-” related felonies.  Note the addition of all other classes of weapons.  Remember that US courts have upheld that a cup of soda and ice can be a weapon.

900 permit holders were convicted of drunk driving. Of how many drunk-driving convictions total?  Were any of those permit holders actually carrying while intoxicated (BTW, it’s illegal in NC to carry while you have any alcohol in your system)?


*Note the NYTimes has to travel to another state to do investigative reporting that matches the point of view they wish to present.

Published in: on December 27, 2011 at 11:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Cuccinelli the politician

The saint of the social busybodies, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, sponsored a brief in the DiGiacinto v. the Rectors and Visitors of GMU case. The wording in the brief came eerily close to a page from the Brady Bunch’s playbook.   It went so far as to assert that preschoolers would be at risk if a gun owner carried into a campus building.   This after he told the Virginia Citizens Defense League last year the case was “indefensible.”

Well, yeah, it was indefensible, thus the emotion-laden, “think of the children” far-out scenarios.  This is the page from the Bradys — if you can’t use logic, then scream with emotion, invent situations, and portray gun owners as idiots who turn from polite citizens off campus to raging lunatics the moment they step on campus.

Guess the Brady’s made a bigger campaign contribution.

There’s one good from this, albeit a small one.  Cuccinelli’s silent.  That is also unusual.

ALMOST Anybody BUT Cuccinelli (or: I Made a HUGE Mistake)

I’ve been mistakenly supporting Steve Shannon for Attorney General in Virginia.

All this time, I thought he had voted to override SB1035, commonly referred to as the “restaurant ban”.  Virginia has a law that says you may not carry a concealed weapon in a restaurant that serves alcohol for consumption on the premises.  Thes, it’s open carry only.

Unless you’re a Commonwealth Attorney (whether or not you have a concealed handgun permit).

Or a Deputy Commonwealth Attorney (whether or not you have a concealed handgun permit).

Or other categories of privilege.

Shannon has in the past few days proven himself to be susceptible to the Brady Bunch’s attitudes, and appears to have taken his campaign ads from their website and from Omar Samaha.  (Yes, he’s the guy who took $5000 from ABC to “prove” he could buy a gun without ID.   Got news for ya, guy.  So can any criminal on the DC streets.)

Since I cannot in good conscience support Ken Cuccinelli, I need to find an AG candidate within the next 11 days.

More logic (?).

There is such a lack of logic in this “response” that it’s hard to know where to begin.

Brady Campaign Responds to NRA

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has issued a statement responding to the National Rifle Association’s endorsement of Bob McDonnell for governor. According to Helmke, the “one critical issue” that separates Virginia’s candidates for governor on gun rights is the tightening of rules for buying weapons at gun shows–the so-called gun show loophole.

“Creigh Deeds agrees with the families of the victims of Virginia Tech that the most dangerous people, prohibited by law from purchasing guns from federally licensed gun dealers, shouldn’t be able to get around those laws by buying them from non-licensed gun sellers at weapons bazaars,” Helmke said in his statement. “Bob McDonnell, who now refuses to acknowledge that this gaping loophole in Virginia gun laws even exists, appears eager to do whatever the gun lobby wants him to. That’s playing politics with public safety, and the voters should judge the candidates accordingly.”

– The gun show “loophole” (which is not a loophole) is that an individual citizen can sell his or her privately owned firearm without following rules that were enacted for federally licensed firearms dealers.   In other words, you’re not subject to laws that don’t apply to you.  Current Virginia law says you can sell a privately owned handgun to a buyer as long as you know he’s a Virginia resident and you have no reason to believe he would not be prohibited from owning it.  This law doesn’t change by geography; it remains consistent whether you’re in your living room or at a gun show.   (Now, if you wanted to sell something, doesn’t it make sense to be where there’s a congregation of people who want to buy that thing?  Think of growing produce; if you want to sell produce, a farmers’ market is a logical place to be because that’s where buyers will be.)

– The families of the Virginia Tech victims would be in no different straits today if the law were changed; the VT shooter did not buy his guns at a show, and in fact did pass the federal background check.  The loophole is that his mental health records were never entered into the databases checked by the NICS.  That loophole was closed almost immediately by Gov Kaine.

– Creigh Deeds has admitted that he changed his mind on this issue due to emotional pleas from families of some of the VT victims.   He wants to legislate to “respond to grief“.  This is absolutely the wrong reason to pass any legislation, and is more reprehensible coming from someone who knows that the legislation would change nothing.

Deeds, who owns several firearms and has hunted since he was a child, said he understands the importance of the Second Amendment and has no interest in working for broader gun controls except for the gun show loophole.

“For me, everything changed on April 16, 2007,” Deeds said in an interview Sunday. “As a father, I felt just a need deep down in my soul to respond to their grief somehow.”

Note, the Brady campaign is not endorsing Deeds.  Instead, it’s relying on its old “evil NRA” mantra.  Instead of doing something positive, they’ll badmouth the NRA at every turn.  It says to me the Brady Bunch can’t think very deeply (well, I already believe that).  The NRA happened to make this endorsement, so it gave the BB something to rail about.  There are more grass-roots gun-owners groups in Virginia, each of whom will make or not make endorsements in its own time, and many of which include significant numbers of gun owners who dislike the NRA for various reasons.  In many ways, the BB blaming the NRA for all evils of the world are like the protesters who blame Obama for the nation’s ills.  Point at the leader, and let him/it take the blame.

brady humor – again

In all these cases Brady lawyers are assisting with our legal expertise — pro bono.

I hope you will support our fight against new challenges with a tax-deductible contribution as soon as possible. We will prevail — wherever the next battlefield might be.

Yep.   We’re doing it for free.  So send us money.

You, too, can help squelch individual liberties, the Second Amendment, and unconstitutional ordinances everywhere!

Mrs. Brady? Mrs. Brady? Hello ……

Mrs. Brady?  Any comment?

Violence Policy Center?  Are you listening?

The gun votes were less surprising to many Democrats than were the Guantanamo developments. The NRA remains among the most powerful lobbies, and many lawmakers take care to stay off its political enemies list.

“People do not want to be on the wrong side of this particular cultural divide,” said Rep. David Price, D-N.C., who supports tougher gun controls. “It’s too bad there’s not a more responsible national organization” to counteract the NRA, he said.

There are no “responsible national organizations” that counteract the NRA.

Wanna know why?   Because the NRA, despite its shortcomings, speaks basically in favor of allowing law-abiding citizens to have their rights.

The same type of rights that journalists are permitted in writing as they please, because it’s guaranteed by the US Constitution.  Lesser rights, even, because “journalists” don’t have to go through background checks to buy pens, computers, or internet access.  Lesser, even, because “journalists” don’t have laws that make their statements crimes.  At most, they can open themselves to libel charges — civil libel charges.

Seldom, if ever, will you find an anti-gun organization that does not have to resort to miscalculation, twisted logic, or downright lies to make their points.  That’s what makes them irresponsible.

Published in: on May 25, 2009 at 9:11 am  Leave a Comment  

No dialog, just send us money!

I’m really quite surprised the Brady Bunch hasn’t applied for stimulus money to pay congress to look at flawed statistics about how guns jump up off tables and out of cabinets, running helter-skelter away from holsters and safes, to inflict such grave injuries on the American population.  Or, maybe they have.

Because that’s all they want.  Money.

I am signed up for the Brady newsletter.  Generally, there are one to two paragraphs of  “oh, my, the sky is falling and you’re unamerican if you aren’t outraged” followed by “send us money”.

If there is one more mass shooting in this country, I am going to scream.

Last month, in less than three weeks, we witnessed the deaths of 22 people in mass shootings — in North Carolina, Alabama and California. This is truly March Madness!

If tainted pistachios, peanut butter, or spinach had killed these people, Congress would have jumped in with investigations, re-calls, and insisted that these foods be taken off the shelves in grocery stores.

And yet, Congress has done nothing — has said nothing — in response to these killing sprees. The NRA and gun lobby may have silenced Congress, but they will not silence me, you — or the Brady Campaign!

There is no place to conduct a conversation.  No blog.  No comment blocks.  No place to ask why their response focuses on the instrument rather than the action.    Frankly,  no outrage  calling for further registration and legislation on the idiot driver who causes a 50-car pileup with several deaths.  No reply address – unless you want to send a check   No, they don’t care about your safety; they care about your checkbook.  Apparently, the only way they want to communicate is by taking your money — kind of like the administration.

Monday was the anniversary of the day James Brady was shot.  Maybe they should blame the shooter,  not the gun?   Just askin’ ….

Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yahoo mail is pretty smart

I have a subscription to the Brady Center news alerts … a “know your enemy” move.

I have a folder titled “Brady Shit” into which I file them.

Yahoo! mail is ahead of me, though. It consistently puts them in my spam folder.

Published in: on March 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm  Comments (1)  

The Brady Bunch is at it …

The Brady Bunch was ticked they lost a bill today.

But they got someone to reintroduce it for tomorrow, and they think they can convince two senators who voted their way in 05  and ours in 09.

So they have this prewritten e-mail:

I urge you to vote for SB 1257 to close the gun show loophole. Unlicensed gun sellers should conduct background checks on gun purchasers just like the dealers at the table next to them do.  This loophole feeds the illegal gun market across Virginia and should be immediately and permanently closed. Your vote is critical to the bill’s passage.

(Their last paragraph was protected; it couldn’t be changed): Please vote for SB 1257 to close the gun show loophole. Your support in 2005 was greatly appreciated, and I hope you will again vote to keep Virginia’s communities safe from gun violence.

And I modified it:

Please vote NO on SB 1257!

Your vote today was appreciated.  You stood for our constitution, and not for making laws dependent on what building you happen to be standing in.

The Brady Campaign has sent the message that you can be “persuaded” to change your vote. Apparently, some of your constituents think you didn’t know what you were doing today.  They think they’ll get enough clicks to make the last paragraph of this meaningful.

How can you “close” something that doesn’t exist?


(Their last paragraph was protected; it couldn’t be changed): Please vote for SB 1257 to close the gun show loophole. Your support in 2005 was greatly appreciated, and I hope you will again vote to keep Virginia’s communities safe from gun violence.

My name and address was required to send the e-mail.   I’ll have to be on the lookout for their retribution.  But they cunningly spoke of “two senators” without naming them.  By modifying their e-mail, I got the message to those two without having to do the research.  I will do so later and post the names of those senators.

I urge others to go to the Brady web site and do the same.  It’ll push up their clicks, but they won’t be happy.

Truth maligned

A video recreated at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhEMIRbKQ4c  attempts to malign the individuals who observed the Lie-In at Richmond, VA’s capitol building last Monday.  Why would someone protest and then be upset that the spectators weren’t invited?

The video is recreated thanks to the fact the original poster didn’t open comments or ratings.  The re-posting allows both.

Compare to this one, with audio:  http://tinyurl.com/38uqc.

Others, also with full audio and not just the apparently extraneous laughter the original wanted highlighted is posted at: http://vaguninfo.com/videos/vcdl_meetings/2008/lobbyday.htm

Having seen all of these, I cannot imagine what frame of mind it would take someone to post that original.  If it weren’t for these others, you would not know that the great majority of those standing were objecting to the original protest.  You would believe the counter-protestors, for lack of a better word, were unruly, disrespectful, and vile.  Nothing could be further from the truth, as you’ll see in the other videos.

I long for true dialog.  For days when the Brady Bunch doesn’t have to spin its message because they can’t use logic.  For days when someone at MMM goes to a gun show, and then discusses the facts behind sales.  For days they don’t have to bolster their message with speakers whose message has nothing to do with a sale at a gun show.

I truly would like to discuss.  I tried last Monday, but the one woman who would speak to me mistook redundancy for persuasion, and when I still didn’t buy the line after about the tenth time she repeated it, she held up her hand and walked away.