More Anti-gun Bigotry

I found this through Northwest FreeThinker. It seems a blogger for Salon, a fellow Arizonan, got all bent out of shape when he saw an old man open-carrying in his local Whole Foods or its equivalent. He wrote a blog post about it, entitled “Gunfight at the Shopping Cart Corral.”

It went viral throughout the open-carry community. That piece, or at least a long excerpt from it, is posted at We The Armed. Please go read. A second piece, “National Quick-Draw Contest” was also written. These two essays resulted in irate comments and what the author, Alan C. Baird, states were not one but two “death threats.”

“Reasoned Discourse” broke out. The author flushed not one but both of the essays. As is normal, protests that his First Amendment rights were violated have been invoked.

So I dropped Mr. Alan C. Baird an email this evening. Here it is:

Mr. Baird

I’m sure by now you’re probably sick of the subject, but please allow me to add one more voice to the cacophony inspired by your recent pieces on the carriage of firearms in Arizona.

You just experienced the backlash from what Dr. Michael S. Brown described in 2000 as “a decades-long slow-motion hate crime.”

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to read the whole piece, merely the excerpt at the “WetheArmed” forum (I assume it was an excerpt. Surely you weren’t finished?) but do you really think these words were not insulting?

“Don’t look. He might shoot.”

“…some corpulent 80-year-old a**hole was standing in front of the donut peaches, packing a pistol.”

“80-year-old” is descriptive. “Corpulent” is descriptive. “Packing a pistol” is descriptive. But unless he was wearing an “I am an Asshole” t-shirt, the last is merely an illustration of your personal prejudice. This is known where I come from as “bigotry.”

“Not a law enforcement guy, just some retired jerkoff who evidently wanted to enhance the perceived size of his schlong.”

Now, just out of curiosity, how could you tell that this jerkoff – er, gentleman wasn’t, say, a retired law officer? And what is it that makes “law enforcement guys” somehow better than non-law enforcement guys when it comes to carrying a weapon? This too illustrates your bigotry. And what is it with you people and penis size? If you believe that gun owners own guns to compensate for the size of their wedding tackle, does your desire to disarm everyone mean you want yours cut off?

…when I saw that gun in the grocery store, steam started shooting from my ears.

Why, exactly? Could you please explain that to me? Feel free to use big words, I have a college degree. In something useful.

I marched up to the front office and loudly demanded to see the manager. When he arrived, I was apoplectic….

I’m very glad you don’t own a gun. Obviously have anger control issues and you’re not a stable person. I’m beginning to understand why you don’t like to see other people armed – you think they’re just like you, and lack of self-control is “normal.” I assure you, it is not.

Oh, the manager lied to you (he might not be aware of it, but he’s wrong). There’s no law that states that any business cannot post a “no firearms” sign. It’s perfectly legal. Stores are private property, and they may post to their heart’s content. They just run the risk of losing business.

I pulled out the big guns: “Displaying a gun is an implied threat of violence.”

Not when it’s “displayed” on someone’s hip in a holster. Pulling it out and waving it around, known legally as “brandishing,” is. Oh, and I love your double entendre there, “pulled out the big guns.” Cute metaphor, pen being mightier than the sword and all.

I notice you weren’t willing to test that theory here.

“Guns are just murders waiting to happen.'”

Really? All of mine must be defective, then. This too is bigotry.

“If he’s psycho enough to wear a gun in a grocery store, he’s psycho enough to use it. All of us would end up on the evening news, looking like Swiss cheese.”

Wow, you are such a bigot! Do you hate black people too? Replace “gun owner” with the “N” word, and you’re expressing precisely the same hatred of a minority group. I seem to recall there was a penis-fixation component in that bigotry, too.

Here are some examples for you to review of elderly people compensating for their tiny shriveled-up “fazes”:,0,7201060.story

If you only read one of these links, read the last one. An 82-year-old a**shole, er, woman is attacked in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Sierra Vista. I’m betting she’s not retired from any police department. I’m sure that prior to this assault most people believed that the worst criminals in that area were jaywalkers, too. At worst, shoplifters. That didn’t stop her from being assaulted there severely enough to put her in the hospital for a few days.

Her handgun stopped the assault, though. Was she compensating for the size of her penis?

Perhaps if she’d been wearing her penis, er, handgun exposed, her attacker would have picked a different victim. Had she not been carrying her handgun, perhaps her walking stick might have been “a murder waiting to happen.” Her assailant said words to the effect that he planned to kill her before he took it from her and began beating her with it.

Mr. Baird, you’re a bigot. An angry bigot. You are prejudiced against guns, and by extension the people who own and carry them. You have very little self-control, and you believe that’s normal – you must be normal, right? Therefore no one should own a gun, much less carry one – except for those who collect a government paycheck. Somehow that distinction makes them special, different, trustworthy.

Would you like a list of links about corrupt, murderous cops?

Mr. Baird, I too am a resident of Arizona. I live in Tucson. I’m a gun owner, and I possess a Concealed Carry permit (though those are no longer strictly necessary since Arizona became the third “Constitutional Carry” state.) I’m a recreational shooter. I try to get to the range at least a couple of days a month on the weekends. I run a bowling-pin match at the range I belong to every second Sunday of the month. I’m also a blogger. I run The Smallest Minority, and this letter will be posted there in its entirety – with links – as soon as I hit “send.” A few thousand people will see it. It will probably generate some more mail. Sorry about that, but hey, you reap what you sow.

My blog has open comments. In over seven years, I think I’ve only banned two commenters, and I’ve NEVER flushed a post down the memory-hole.

In closing, I think it might behoove you to get some psychiatric help. Work on your bigotry, your fear of firearms, your self-control issues, and your curious fixation on things penile. Also your hatred of your fellow man. If you don’t, you might end up strapping on a firearm and calling out an 80-year-old a**hole who might blow your penis off with his .45 in self-defense.

Trust me, I know some old guys who can SHOOT.

Kevin Baker, proprietor,

P.S. – The First Amendment does not protect you from the public consequences of your own words. It protects you from government infringement in the expression of your thoughts and ideas. You know, where armed agents of the State come and tell you to shut up – or else. If you’d like, drop me a line and we can discuss it.

Somehow I doubt I’ll hear from Mr. Baird, though I’d love for him to come to the November 6 Blog Shoot.

Joe Huffman has a piece up on the topic, too.

This is Fascinating on Several Levels

SayUncle linked to this story in the Kentucky Post online edition:

NKU Awarded Grant For Patrol Rifles

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FRANKFORT, Ky. –Northern Kentucky University has been awarded $10,660 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) to purchase patrol rifles, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.

Under the LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.

“These funds will help ensure that our law enforcement will not be out-gunned and increase security on campus,” state Sen. Katie Kratz Stine, of Southgate, said.

In conjunction with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), KOHS derives income from sales of confiscated weapons.

KSP conducts periodic auctions – only to federally licensed firearms dealers – which generate dollars for the LEPP initiative. The KOHS then assesses needs, and after prioritization, provides whatever funds are available in the acquisition of body armor, weapons, ammunition and electronic or muscular disruption technical devices often referred to as tasers.

“Although statewide appeals for financial support always exceed resources, we place the highest priority on personal safety of our law enforcement officers,” Thomas L. Preston, KOHS executive director, said.

“Decisions about other aspects of this program are based on several factors including absolute need for monetary assistance combined with overall effectiveness in combating crime through our grants,” he explained.

LEPP support goes to police agencies of cities, counties, charter counties, unified counties, urban-counties and consolidated local governments, sheriff’s departments and public university police departments.

First off, a college was just given a grant by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to buy EVIL BLACK RIFLES. These are the rifles that the Brady Campaign swears

…are equipped with combat hardware. Combat features like high-capacity ammunition magazines, pistol grips, folding stocks, and bayonets, which are not found on sporting guns, are designed specifically to facilitate the killing of human beings in battle.

These combat features include:
  • A large-capacity ammunition magazine which enables the shooter to continuously fire dozens of rounds without reloading. Many assault weapons come equipped with large ammunition magazines allowing more than 50 bullets to be fired without reloading. Standard hunting rifles are usually equipped with no more than 3 or 4-shot magazines;
  • A folding stock which facilitates maximum concealability and mobility in close combat (which comes at the expense of the accuracy desired in a hunting weapon);
  • A pistol grip which facilitates spray-fire from the hip without losing control. A pistol grip also facilitates one-handed shooting;
  • A barrel shroud which enables the shooter to shoot many rounds because it cools the barrel, preventing overheating. It also allows the shooter to grasp the barrel area to stabilize the weapon, without incurring serious burns, during rapid fire; (I thought that was the shoulder thing that goes up? No?)
  • A threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor which allows the shooter to remain concealed when shooting at night, an advantage in combat but unnecessary for hunting or sporting purposes. In addition, the flash suppressor is useful for providing stability during rapid fire;
  • A threaded barrel designed to accommodate a silencer which allows an assassin to shoot without making noise;
  • A barrel mount designed to accommodate a bayonet which allows someone to stab a person at close quarters in battle.

What on EARTH does a COLLEGE need with weapons like THESE?!?!

As an aside, the Brady Campaign ranks Kentucky very low on its Gun Laws Scorecard, giving it a mere two (2) points because in Kentucky “Colleges are not forced to allow firearms on campus.”

Unless they’re in the hands of Only Ones law-enforcement personnel.

Which brings up the second fascinating point of this story, the fact that the University feels a need for these “patrol rifles” stating that they will help ensure that our law enforcement will not be out-gunned and increase security on campus”.


Out-gunned by whom? Isn’t NKU a “gun-free zone”? Aren’t there signs posted to let potential bad-guys know that they aren’t allowed to bring a gun onto campus? I mean, the Brady Campaign gave Kentucky a measly TWO POINTS because that’s the ONLY restrictive gun law that Kentucky appears to have on the books! Who are the campus cops so afraid of that they need these spray-firing bullet hoses designed only “to kill large numbers of human beings quickly and efficiently”? And then filet them with the bayonet?

The third fascinating point is that the money to purchase these engines of destruction came “from sales of confiscated weapons.” It seems that the Kentucky State Police periodically auction off – “only to federally licensed firearms dealers” – the firearms they confiscate from bad guys. In Brady parlance, these guns go “back on the street!” Horrors! You mean they don’t get melted down and turned into anti-gun sculptures?

Huh. No wonder Paul Helmke and Josh Sugarmann are sad pandas.

And now the National Shooting Sports Foundation is out educating the public (and what little of the media that will pay attention) about these newfangled “Modern Sporting Rifles”.

What is the world coming to?

Its senses, one would hope.

Nah. Too much to ask.

UPDATE, 3/3: Over at The Ultimate Answer to Kings, Joel points out one more fascinating point that I completely missed:

. . . my personal favorite is this:

“Although statewide appeals for financial support always exceed resources, we place the highest priority on personal safety of our law enforcement officers,” Thomas L. Preston, KOHS executive director, said.

See, there’s not a single word in the whole piece about student safety.

Excellent point. And thanks for catching that.

Moron PayPal™

Moron PayPal™

Yes, that’s a clever (*cough*) wordplay on “more on.”

I received an interesting email today from Michael Brendzel, the President of Zel Custom Manufacturing about how to raffle off something for a charity. I gave him the quick and dirty on the PayPal fiasco, and he related this little tidbit, and gave me permission to quote it:

I had a terrible experience with PayPal. I applied to use PayPal for my product, which is technically an accessory. Not only did they reject my application, but they then also closed my personal account. They said they were concerned that I would try an end-around. All pretty extreme considering I had not actually violated the terms of service, I simply asked if my intended use would be within their terms of service.

Yeah. PayPal is just trying to cover their own a**es. Sure. I believe that.

So where is GearPay again?

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

OK, I’m livid.

As most of you know, the fourth annual Gun Blogger’s Rendezvous is fast approaching (43 days away as I write this), and this year I planned to make a special contribution to support Project Valour-IT – a gun giveaway that would be for even those unable to attend. But I’m not a 501(c)(3) organization, or any other kind of tax-free charity, so I couldn’t actually run a charity raffle. Besides, I’m not really set up for it and wouldn’t know how. So, with the aid of Rendezvous organizer Mr. Completely, arrangements were made with Soldiers’ Angels to provide on-line ticket sales. Tickets went on sale Friday, July 17. We were ON!

Soldiers’ Angels uses PayPal for their on-line donations. PayPal even has a “Case Study” of Soldiers’ Angels’ success (PDF) using PayPal, bragging:

Today Soldiers’ Angels’ biggest online contributions go through PayPal. “It’s trustworthy to people and so they donate,” says (Founder Patti) Patton-Bader. “There’s a confidence that donors feel – that it’s a safe way to make a donation. There are not many companies that inspire that kind of trust.”


Coincident with the Gun Blogger Rendezvous Raffle, Soldiers’ Angels had also started a fund drive for other projects that same weekend. PayPal put a stop to that. Here’s Patti Patton-Bader’s official statement:

Online donations through PayPal are a huge part of our fundraising. They shut down our entire account-not just the raffle button—for twelve hours right in the middle of an email fundraising push. Looking at the Terms of Use, we couldn’t understand where we’d gone wrong, but we had to immediately remove the raffle so we could get back online ASAP. This just breaks our hearts because we were so excited about the tremendous fundraising impact the Gun Blogger Rendezvous raffle was already having.

(My emphasis). The “tremendous fundraising impact”? In the short time (3.5 days) the PayPal button was live, they had 42 participants and 109 tickets sold.

As noted above, we’re still 43 days out from the Rendezvous. I just found out about this today.

And not only did the contributions for the raffle stop coming in, ALL contributions to Soldier’s Angels via PayPal were cut off for twelve hours.

Because PayPal is anti-gun.

So where does that leave us? Well, you can call Soldiers’ Angels and do a transaction over the phone. During normal business hours (PST) you can call (626) 529-5114, or you can call their voicemail service any time at (615) 676-0239, leave them a callback number and they’ll get back to you – probably the less expensive option, timewise. It’s not as convenient as a mouse click, but it beats snail-mailing a check.

You can also contact PayPal. Their Customer Service phone number is (402) 935-2050.

I’ve never asked this before, but I would appreciate it if every gun- and mil-blogger on the web and every gun board picked this up and spread it far and wide. I’m tired of gun-bigots. PayPal needs to hear from US – the law-abiding gun owners of this country – that we’re no longer willing to just roll over when we’re abused by the companies we “trust” just because we believe in and practice the rights guaranteed to us under the Second Amendment.

UPDATE – So far here are all the links (direct and indirect) to this piece I’m aware of:

1. – Maj. Chuck Zeigenfuss at From My Position, On the Way!Paypal is asshats
2. – Laughingwolf at BlackfiveStep Up for Valour-IT, Especially as PayPal Won’t
3. – Blackfive at BlackfiveAnti-gun PayPal Shuts Down Soldiers’ Angels Contributions
4. – BillT at Castle Argghhh!How Innnnnteresting
5. – Alan at Snarkybytes – Paypal: Anti-Gun
6. – Sebastian at Snowflakes in HellPayPal’s Gun Policies
7. – Kahr40 at From the Barrel of a GunPaypal is anti-gun
8. – Kevin S. at Brown Valley KingdomPaypal shows their ass
9. – Albert A Rasch at The Rasch Outdoor ChroniclesIt’s About Time We Pushed Back!
10. – Major C at A Major’s PerspectiveImportant Information You Need to Know
11. – SayUnclePayPal: Fear of guns overrides helping soldiers
12. – Tam at View from the PorchFigures
13. – Joe Huffman at The View from North Central IdahoQuote of the Day–Kevin Baker
14. – Phelps at The Everlasting PhelpsPayPal Hates Soldiers
15. – Jim at The Travis McGee ReaderA current outrage
16. – Morgan at My Two Cents WorthOutrage via PayPal
17. – Derek at The Packing RatPaypal = Bigots
18. – Jennifer at In Jennifer’s HeadPayPal and Guns
19. – PamibePayPal vs. Soldier’s Angels
20. – Firehand at Irons in the FireSo PayPal is so anti-gun that they’ll screw over Soldier’s Angels
21. – Musings of the Geek with a .45That’s Quite Enough of PayPal
22. – falfenix of Insert witty title hereSometimes you just can’t win
23. – Some Soldier’s MomPayPal is Anti-Gun
24. – Stephanie’s BlogPayPal is Anti-Gun
35. – Ride Fast and Shoot StraightPayPal is an evil, eBay anti-gun minion
26. – Caleb at Gun Nuts MediaPayPal cuts off donations to veteran’s charity group
27. – Russell at SolarvoidGah, stupid Paypal
28. – Sailorcurt of Captain of a Crew of OnePaypal and the Geek
29. – US Citizen at Traction ControlPayPal is no Pal to Soldiers
30. – Top of the ChainPaypal = Bovine Fecal Material
30. – Dirtcrashr at AnthroblogogyPay-Pooper is Not Your Pal
31. – Linoge of Walls of the Citypaypal sucks
32. – Phil at Random Nuclear StrikesSome People’s Children
33. – Hazmat at Thunder River HomeGotta Love That PayPal
34. – Evyl Robot SoapboxPaypal is Anti?
35. – Jerry of Cogito Ergo GeekThe Smallest Minority Goes to PayPal – NOT!
36. – Josiah of Our Lunch MoneyOne more reason why I hate paypal!
37. – Instinct of Life in 3DPaypal hates guns, and apparently the military
38. – Argent of Gay Military LifePayPal Costs Charity
39. – Roberta of The Adventures of Roberta XMore Things that Induce Monitor-Punching Impulses
40. – Bore PatchPaypal shutting down a Wounded Soldier Charity?

Bore Patch also mentions eBay’s (the parent company) Press Relations phone number: (408) 376-7458

41. – Mr. Completely his own self weighs in: Paypal Blocks Soldiers Angels Fund Raising and it’s cross-posted at the GBR site

42. – Little Steve of Sensibly ProgressivePaypal sucks
43. – Laughing_Wolf has a new post up at BlackfiveAsk PayPal How They Feel About the Wounded
44. – Gun Shy Tourist of Around the O-TownIn My Opinion Paypal Sucks
45. – CTone of Legion’s FateAnti-gun Paypal hates the military
46. – Nicki at The Liberty ZoneNote to self:
47. – Billoblog® – Paypal bans fundraising for wounded veterans
48. – Mulligan of Do Overwho’s your pal?
49. – Doubleplusundead at Right Wing NewsOf Pistols, Project Valour, and PayPal
50! – Brian at Another Gun GuyOK one real post – Paypal hates not just guns, but soldiers too. Boo.
51. – Misanthropic? Me? Inconceivable!In Case You Didn’t Know that Paypal is Anti-gun
52. – Jeff at AlpheccaPayPal and Guns
53. – Don Gwinn, Chicago Gun Rights ExaminerPayPal suspends Soldiers’ Angels charity over gun raffle
54. – What Bubba KnowsLinks for August 3, 2009

Thanks, y’all!

UPDATE – 8/7/09:

Well, I’m Disappointed

I’m a pessimist by temperament. That way I go through life often pleasantly surprised and seldom disappointed, but seldom isn’t never.

Readers of TSM are probably familiar with this guy:

That’s Jim Scoutten, producer and host of Shooting USA, and a member (with his own forum) at Well, I thought I’d ask him about the possibility of Shooting USA covering Boomershoot:

Jim, have you ever covered or considered covering the annual Boomershoot in Orofino Idaho? I realize it’s probably far too late for this year’s (end of April) event, but I think this is something a lot of people would really enjoy seeing. There’s video at the link done by a local (well, regional) TV station to give you the flavor of the event, but it’s not enough for us gun-nuts.

I’m going for the first time this year, and I know that other ARFCOMers have gone in the past.

Hope to see you again at this year’s NRA convention in Phoenix!

The answer was not quite what I expected:

I’ve always thought there are some events that shouldn’t get National TV coverage.

When we’d like the public to think of competitive shooting to be like other mainstream sports.

Uh, right.

My reply:

Thus Knob Creek shouldn’t get national coverage?

Did you watch the King5 piece? (Windows Media file) I thought it was excellent, though short. Personally, I was amazed that a mainstream media outlet would be so positive about an event of this type. Joe Huffman, the organizer of the event, showed it to the NRA media relations rep at the last NRA convention, and she kept saying happily “Play it again! Play it again!”

One of the things that I think needs to happen is the renormalization of firearms and the shooting sports. Read sometime Hell in a Handbasket’s Confessions of a Deathbeast. This is what sixty years of slow-motion hate crime has done to what used to be a respected culture. It’s time and past time to start trying to restore that respect, or if not respect, at least neutrality instead of fear and loathing.

We can’t all be Bianchi Cup competitors or shoot at Camp Perry. Not all shooters want to go slay an elk or a bear. Events like this are for us common shooters who want a real challenge. I think they should get more coverage so perhaps there might be more of them.

But what do I know?

Ry Jones was equally disappointed less verbose in the thread, but made up for it in the comments at his blog.

Joe Huffman’s response, however, was piquant. By all means, read the thread.

UPDATE: Linoge has a pretty comprehensive post hitting all the high points, with links to everyone commenting on this tempest in a teacup.

Our Lawmakers and Their Ignorance

This subject came up on just recently, and I had to share. First, Caroline McCarthy getting pwned by MSNBC talking-head Tucker Carlson:

Immortal Quote:

“Um, no, it’s not.”

Which brings us this masterpiece:

But how about this ballistics expert, NY Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington:

Heat-seeking bullets! Man, where can I get some of those?!?!

From the 1984 movie Runaway.

As one poster put it,

Fuck, that makes me laugh every time I see it. Until I realize that she is a real person lawmaker and isn’t joking. She is that retarded.

And just remember: they know just as much about banking, running corporations, mortgage lending, . . .

Paul Helmke and Super Dangerous Weapons

ABC News interviewed Mr. Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Disarm America. He had some interesting things to say:

(W)ith the Supreme Court poised to hand down a potentially landmark decision in the case, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence fully expects to lose.

“We’ve lost the battle on what the Second Amendment means,” campaign president Paul Helmke told ABC News. “Seventy-five percent of the public thinks it’s an individual right. Why are we arguing a theory anymore? We are concerned about what we can do practically.”

As I noted in my comment there, Mr. Helmke once again avoids mention of the fact that he and his ilk were attempting to change the Constitution without recourse to the Amendment process through REDEFINING the meaning of “right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms”. They failed. Spectacularly. That doesn’t mean we think they’ve given up. And his mouthpiece confirms:

Brady Campaign Attorney Dennis Henigan said there are multiple gun control measures that would not run afoul of a Supreme Court decision striking down the D.C. gun ban.

“Universal background checks don’t affect the right of self-defense in the home. Banning a super dangerous class of weapons, like assault weapons, also would not adversely affect the right of self-defense in the home,” said Henigan. “Curbing large volume sales doesn’t affect self-defense in the home.”

Yet the Brady Campaign supported the D.C. ban at least in part because they believe that handguns are a “super dangerous class” of weapons. The Violence Policy Center, of the same ilk, has been trying to get a national handgun ban passed since its inception. They even sell a book on the topic: EVERY HANDGUN IS AIMED AT YOU.

But somehow Mr. Helmke thinks that “assault weapons” – which I doubt he could define – are “super dangerous.” Apparently only when they’re in the hands of people not on the .gov payroll, since almost every police force in the country (including, most recently, Chicago) is armed or arming with AR-15 or M16/M4 rifles and carbines. You know, those spray-firing bullet hoses designed to be fired from the hip and that are only good for mowing down crowds?

In current news, Utah’s Hill Air Force Base has apparently misplaced a crate of M-16 select-fire rifles (read: “machine guns”). Apparently since these are official government firearms, the Salt Lake Tribune notes that they are “small caliber rifles,” though they are “worth up to $5,000 each on the street.”

“Small caliber rifle” doesn’t sound like a “Super Dangerous Weapon,” does it?

They’re missing twelve of them.

Helmke must be having kittens.

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

If the Dems had run one of their “political whore” candidates, maybe even the lovely and talented Hillary Clinton, I might have opted to vote Libertarian, where my heart is, rather than for a man I particularly dislike who champions a morally and ethically bankrupt political party of weasels and morons.

But that’s not what the Dems have done…they’ve played the scary card. – Michael Bane, Hunters vs. Shooters