Quote of the Day – Brad Thor Edition

If you’re unfamiliar with Brad Thor (I was), he is the author of technothrillers such as his most recent novel Foreign Agent.  He was interviewed by Reason‘s Nick Gillespie on current political events (and his new novel).  Today’s QotD comes at 25:40 of the interview:

I’m a big believer of Federalism.  There’s too much going on in Washington, it’s too disconnected, and we ought to be making decisions… I moved to Tennessee because I didn’t like the decisions in Illinois.  I mean, if the states are the laboratories of democracy, Illinois’ a fricken’ meth lab.

I WILL NOT Register

I discovered in 2003 that the state of New Jersey had outlawed the original Marlin Model 60 .22 caliber rifle as an “assault weapon” because its tubular magazine held “more than 10 rounds.”  Now New York City has done something similar, but it’s magazine capacity limit is five.  And they’re serious about it:

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The only effective use of a firearm registry is to make it easier to take guns away from the law abiding.

I will not register.  After the first felony, the rest are free.

I’m REALLY Tired of 2016

Rest in peace, Steven DenBeste.

I’ve quoted extensively from Steven’s work at U.S.S. Clueless, and today I find that not only has Steven passed, but the archive of U.S.S. Clueless is gone as well.  Both are major losses.


UPDATE, 10/27/16:  Several commenters have noted that the archive is available on the Internet Wayback machine and in several other sources.  Apparently a lot of people felt it was worth making a copy.

America, Fuck Yeah!

Two videos from Jay Leno’s Garage that just make me feel good:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HADpy9bF2U4?rel=0&showinfo=0&vq=hd720]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYzuqAX2A3A?rel=0&showinfo=0&vq=hd720]

Nerd Humor

This made me laugh out loud – literally: The United Federation of “hold my beer, I got this”. From the link, the part that kicked my gigglebox completely over (edited for clarity):

Klingons: “Okay, we don’t get it.”

Vulcan Science Academy: “Get what?”

Klingons: “You Vulcans are a bunch of stuffy prisses, but you’re also tougher, stronger and smarter than humans in every single way. Why do you let them run your Federation?

VSA: “Look, this is a species where if you give them two warp cores they don’t do experiments on one and save the other for if the first one blows up. This is a species where if you give them two warp cores, they will ask for a third one, immediately plug all three into each other, punch a hole into an alternate universe where humans subscribe to an even more destructive ideological system, fight everyone in it because they’re offended by that, steal their warp cores, plug those together, punch their way back here, then try to turn a nearby sun into a torus because that was what their initial scientific experiment was for and they didn’t want to waste a trip.

“They did that last week. We have the write-up right here. It’s getting published in about six hundred scientific journals across two hundred disciplines because of how many established theories their ridiculous little expedition has just called into question. Also, they did turn that sun into a torus, and no one actually knows how.

This is why we let them do whatever the hell they want.

Klingons: “…Can we be part of your Federation?”

Hat’s off to “roachpatrol,” the author of that bit.  That’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are… And the rest of the thread is as well.  Especially:

There is a phrase in Vulcan for “the particular moment when you understand what the word ‘fuck’ is for.”

Another Quora Exchange

A question was asked over at Quora:

Should the British have the right to carry firearms in self defence like the Americans who have that right? I think Britain would be better off.

I responded:

Should they have the right? I think, personally, that it should never have been taken from them in the first place – but it was. However, there’s more than just the right involved. With rights come responsibilities, and Jonathan Phillpotts’ answer illustrates this very well. Because the British lost this right so long ago, by and large they no longer have the mental attitude necessary to exercise it. The Britain of the Tottenham Outrage no longer exists.

Mr. Phillpotts took some exception. Here’s our comment exchange (so far):

JP:  I disagree. It’s not that we don’t have the mindset to use firearms in our own defence. If our history had parralled yours I would be voicing my whole hearted support for concealed carry. However what my original post is trying to convey is that we have a very different outlook as countries because we have very different histories. We can walk around in our daily life without even considering people around us are carrying. You can’t. That very difference is why you need your guns, and we don’t, to feel safe.

Different mindsets and actions leading to the same feeling of security.

KB: Most defensive gun uses here are against people not armed with a firearm. In the UK this would be considered a “not proportional” response.

Section 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967, provides that “A person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in the prevention of crime…” and the question of reasonableness is subject to the amplifications contained in such cases as R v McInnes and R v Palmer. It has been held that “if a jury thought that in a moment of unexpected anguish a person attacked had only done what he honestly and instinctively thought was necessary, that would be most potent evidence that only reasonable defensive action had been taken.” Normally only reasonable force is acceptable but if in the unexpected anguish of the moment excessive force is used it may still be acceptable, if the defendant honestly and instinctively believed it was necessary. It has been long established (prior to either the Criminal Law Act 1967 s 3 or AIDS) that a woman may take the life of a man attempting to rape her, though she may not generally carry a weapon to achieve this.

I ask you: How is a woman to resist to the point of lethality a sexual assault against a (most probably larger, stronger) man without a weapon?

No, you don’t have to worry about considering other people around you carrying. Guns. What about Knives? Chisels? Multiple assailants? What if you’re disabled or with your kids and you can’t run?

In the UK the law requires a “proportionate response.” This is insane. It asks the assault victim to read the mind of his (or her) attacker, to ask the question of whether that person or persons intends to inflict bodily injury or possibly death so that they can respond proportionally. And the victim’s actions will be judged by a dispassionate court after the fact. That mentality exists throughout your population – that’s how it ended up in law. I’d say the overwhelming majority of gun owners in the UK don’t believe in using a firearm defensively given my interaction with a number of Brits on the subject.

The American mindset (and law) is considerably different, and well described by this quotation from Col. Jeff Cooper:

“One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure — and in some cases I have — that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.”

JP: I can’t deny anything you have said. Especially proportionate response, or reasonable force as it’s called over here, that law, in it’s execution, is a joke. However that doesn’t justify this country arming itself. All that would do is increase the amounts of problems, not reduce them. See the likelihood of being stabbed or assaulted is very low and mostly they just want your wallet or phone. Hardly worth killing, or worse being killed, over. Raise the stakes and the robberies get more violent as the criminal is even more nervous than before. Not to mention that without the right level of training you’re more likely to have the gun taken off you by multiple assailants.

All of that being said; I would like the ability to defend myself (not necessarily with guns though) and have the law back me up if I needed to do so, but that isn’t how our country works. It puts the presumption of guilt on to a person carrying a weapon and wants the Police to enforce the law. And let’s not forget that the majority of our police aren’t even armed with firearms and they actively seek out criminals. If they don’t need guns then the vast majority of civilians don’t either.

KB: I rest my case….