Except That Future Might be Dystopian

I saw today in a waiting room while I was having some work done to my truck, a “motivational poster.” (No, not one of these, one of the “real” ones.) This one was a beautiful image of natural stone arches against a gorgeous blue sky, with the appellation “Destiny.” The quote was from Eleanor Roosevelt:

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Judging from the result of the last election, Eleanor might well be right, and the future does belong to those people. But I cannot forget this poster on the same topic:

It’s a beautiful dream, one people just keep believing in. But it leads to dystopia. I’ve quoted James Lileks before:

Personally, I’m interested in keeping other people from building Utopia, because the more you believe you can create heaven on earth the more likely you are to set up guillotines in the public square to hasten the process.

This, to me, seems the only prudent course, but we’re surrounded by people for whom the philosophy cannot be wrong! And they must Do it again, only HARDER!

But the dream is so beautiful . . .

And Now for Your Viewing Pleasure . . .

Waiting for me when I got home was an envelope from ParaUSA, with a nice letter from Kerby Smith, a 2009 calendar, and a DVD. On that DVD is the entire six-part Down Range TV series on the Gunblogger’s weekend at Blackwater, and in a separate clip, my first run through the shoothouse.

So here, for your viewing pleasure, is my elephantine ass negotiating the shoothouse, with soundtrack and everything:


I obviously need to work on my reload speed.

UPDATE: The original JS-Kit/Echo comment thread for this post is available here, thanks to reader John Hardin.

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Where I live, owning a gun is sufficient to deny hiring. People would try to deny housing. The HOA here would love to kick me out. The goblins would try to rob my house. I have a family to think of Bill. I think you are trying to step on my first amendment and natural rights to say what I want. Are you sure you support individual rights? Ride Fast & Shoot Straight, Why They Call You a Traitor, Bill Schneider

Gee, you’d think that gun owners there are treated as badly as blacks and gays used to be. More fodder for Joe Huffman’s anti-bigotry campaign.

Give ‘Em Hell!

Give ‘Em Hell!

Ride Fast and Shoot Straight does a damned fine job fisking the clueless Bill Schneider’s latest column in New West, What I’ve Learned from Gun Nuts. He’s obviously learned the wrong damned lesson, and Ride Fast schools him.

An excerpt:

I’ve learned that most gun owners aren’t hunters and some have nothing but scorn for hunters because we’re soft and care about other amendments. So, they mock us, calling us Elmer Fudds. But the hunter’s revenge is the Pitman-Robinson Act, which mandates excise taxes historically paid mostly by hunters, but now mostly paid by gun owners who never hunt or even loathe hunters as turncoats. Back at you, buddy.

Some, a small minority, may have jokingly called you Fudds, or maybe mocked you. Your guy, Zumbo, called me a terrorist. Who’s the nasty bastard now? Bill, the point is we should be on the same side. Hunters fully supporting mere gun owners, shooters supporting hunters, sheep dogs supporting collectors. It’s really is all about the guns.

As someone once said to me: You beat that man like a rented mule! Bravo!

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Another 12-hour day. I see my readers have been having fun in the comments! Here’s a golden oldie from Rev. Donald Sensing via a new blog, Occupied Nashville:

I think that others, mostly the various gun-control groups, really just can’t stand freedom exercised by others. They want to live their lives a certain way and make sure that everyone else does, too. They seek a highly ordered, regimented society made up of people just like them. This desire to control others is pernicious and dangerous. They are “invincibly ignorant” in their campaigns because the actual facts about guns in America mean nothing to them. They simply do not want you or me to own a gun, period, no matter for what reason. They do not want us to be free and sovereign. – Rev. Sensing, Heller and the right to bear arms

RTWT, as usual. Sensing’s worth it.

When You Can’t Have a Gun . . .

When You Can’t Have a Gun . . .

. . . it must be nice that you can afford a bodyguard.

Players taking security measures after murders

MIAMI — Frightened NFL players are carrying guns and hiring bodyguards as they seek to avoid becoming victims of violent crime which has already claimed the lives of two players.

Seven players told the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine, to be published on Friday, that the murders last year of Washington Redskins Sean Taylor safety and Denver Broncos’ defensive back Darrent Williams, had raised the alarm among some of the country’s toughest sportsmen.

“We are targets, we need to be aware of that everywhere we go,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner Ronde Barber.

Taylor was shot during a botched robbery at his home in South Florida while Williams was shot and killed outside a nightclub in Denver on New Years Eve, 2007.

This year, Oakland receiver Jevon Walker was robbed and beaten unconscious in Las Vegas and Jacksonville Jaguars lineman Richard Collier had to have his leg amputated after being shot and left paralyzed below the waist.

The response has been an escalation in security for the players and NFL Players’ Association president Kevin Mawae, of the Tennessee Titans, estimates half his team mates carry guns.

“If I had to guess about our locker room, I’d say it’s 50-50 when it comes to gun ownership,” he told the magazine.

50% is supposedly significantly higher than the national average. But then the national average is based on a survey, and Mr. Mawae actually works with the people he’s talking about.

“I don’t own a handgun. I have a hunting rifle. My job is to protect my family. If someone comes into my house? Game’s on,” he said.

Fred Taylor, a Jaguars team mate of Collier, said that not being able to carry guns at the team’s facility makes him feel vulnerable.


“I have all the security measures at my house — systems, cameras, I can watch everything from my computer but I still don’t think I have enough. Who knows what is enough?

“League officials tell us we need to take measures to protect ourselves. But the NFL says we can’t have guns in the facility even in the parking lot. Crooks know this. They can just sit back and wait for us to drive off, knowing we won’t have anything in our vehicle from point A to point B,” says(sic)

Same for all of us working stiffs who work for companies with similar policies. Like Wal*Mart, for instance. Of course, many would argue that a Wal*Mart employee isn’t as likely to be targeted as a healthy, hulking NFL player in the 99th percentile of human size and strength. Just ask Joyce Cordova or the two other employees shot while collecting carts in the other story at that link. Or Megan Leann Holden.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the magazine that he now has a bodyguard with him at all times.

“The one time I was scared the most, I didn’t have anybody with me. I don’t want to relive all the details, but this guy brandished a weapon in my face. I kept my cool and talked my way out of it. People showed up and helped get rid of the guy. That’s when I decided to have someone with me all the time,” he said.

Why carry a gun? An entire cop is too heavy. And for most of us, an entire bodyguard is too expensive.

Houston Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson suffered an armed robbery at his home, having a gun pointed in his face and being tied up, and says that was proof that even stay-at-home players, not just those who enjoy nightlife, can be at risk.

“It was the scariest moment of my life. You hear lots of stories of guys getting robbed and you say ‘Man, what were they doing, how did they get into that situation? Flashy guys. Rude Guys, Guys who act like they’re better than everyone. I don’t roll like that and it still happened to me,” he said.

Big salaries and high profiles, along with easily available travel schedules, make the players, easy targets but Dave Abrams, appointed as head of Denver’s security following the murder of Williams, worries their families may soon be prayed upon.

“What’s the next layer? Wives and children: a kid kidnapped for ransom, or some other kind of craziness. I’m scared to death that’s where criminals perceive the next vulnerability is for our players: their families.”

More people waking up.

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Gun sales in Wisconsin up 82%:

Katherine Boldt of Mukwonago said she and her husband started researching handguns the day after the election, visited a couple of stores and purchased one Thursday night.

“We are not hunters, and this is our first gun purchase. We do not fear for our safety but rather wanted to make sure we took advantage of our right to bear arms, before the possibility of that right being taken away from us,” she said in an e-mail.

Somebody else wakes up.