Use Good Will & Personal Responsibility to change minds about Gun Ownership

Goodwill, Personal Responsibility and the Non-gun Owner. What’s Missing?

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I consider myself to be a good willed person. I consider those that are in my circle of friends and those I allow to influence me to be good willed people. If you ask them, I believe they will offer a similar simple assessment not only regarding their view of me, but also of themselves. They range from family and close friends to acquaintances. In regards to owning a firearm, the same can be said of those in that circle whom I know to be firearms owners. In that group it can range from defensive trainers, enthusiasts, hobbyists, or hunters to simply having a firearm on hand in the home. Gun owners are not the only people represented in that assembly of good willed people. Additionally there are those that choose to not own a gun, and they consist of those opposed to personal firearms as well as those that are unopposed. As a gun owner and defensive firearms trainer, I accept responsibility for the safe handling, safe instruction, and safe operation of my firearm. As responsible gun owners, we are all accountable for our personal conduct and to the law. Being accountable in these respects is no different for those who opt to not own a gun. There is common ground that we share as good willed people, irrelevant of your choice to own or not to own a firearm.

Let’s add personal responsibility to the equation, the key word being “personal”. Fill in the following blank:

As an adult, if I am ever faced with an immediate and present life-threatening situation, _______________ (am/is/are) responsible for my response, my safety, and my personal protection.

Answers may range depending on one’s view of personal responsibility. I agree with author and speaker Frank A. Thomas’ assessment of this sequence of words. “Personal responsibility is defined as a person’s ‘response-ability,’ that is, the ability of a person to maturely respond to the various challenges and circumstances of life.” In staying with the context of having your life threatened by an ill willed person, does this definition excuse them from inflicting evil on someone else? Obviously not. However, those who carry out evil are personally responsible for their conduct and are accountable to the law. They are only accountable to you in principle, perhaps only in theory. Giving someone else responsibility for your safety, especially a bad person, is not a good strategy to keep you or your loved ones safe, uninjured or alive. In the face of an immediate and lethal threat, lamenting to them about their responsibility for your safety makes for a pretty flimsy ballistic shield. In regards to firearms, note that we have differentiated the categories of good willed and ill willed. Am I saying that you do not believe in personal responsibility if you own a firearm? No, but I am also not saying that owning a firearm means that you have a higher belief in personal responsibility. In either case and in keeping with the idea that you are both good willed and hold to the concept of personal responsibility, let’s continue speaking of other thoughts to consider.

Get some perspective.

In other words, challenge your current beliefs. This goes for the gun owners as well. For those that try to shove acceptance of guns or being anti-gun down others’ throats, put the ego aside and meet each other on the common ground that you are both responsible and good willed. With this perspective, mutual respect is much easier to find. Here are some ideas:

-Discuss firearms in the context of personal protection with your peers that agree with your belief and also those who are opposed.
-Read articles from a variety of credible sources, not just those that confirm what you already consider to be correct.
-Objectively research the respective histories of “armed” vs “unarmed” societies and the pros and cons of each. Keep an open mind, and despite what you currently accept as true, leave bias out of the equation.

Get some training.

There are benefits to quality firearms training that help gun owners and non-gun owners alike. You may have no intention of owning or ever shooting a firearm. That being said, having a firsthand understanding of how they function always beats a good article and someone’s opinion or theory. This includes being familiar with how to unload and secure the firearm in a situation where someone irresponsibly left it lying out, perhaps in the presence of children. It could be a situation where an active shooter unknowingly dropped a firearm, and you are able to use what you know to either stop the threat or disable the firearm. More on that scenario in a video by Rob Pincus here: Picking up a Dropped Gun. If you don’t have practical knowledge, your credibility is diminished when discussing the subject. Furthermore, any belief you may have in personal responsibility can be summed up by someone else’s belief system, creating a very weak stance. Here are some additional points to take into account:

-Talk to those involved in or familiar with the firearms industry (more than one).
-Specify the context of the training you seek.
-Most trainers will offer private instruction. If the idea of being in a large group of experienced gun enthusiasts intimidates you, a private class is a great option for individualized attention.
-If you do not have or have no intention on buying a personal firearm, request a training firearm supplied by the trainer.
-Be very clear on your comfort level. Comfort is subjective, and not everyone is the same. There are two aspects when it comes to comfort. The first is physical comfort; are you physically able to perform the specific action? The second is emotional comfort; do you believe the action to be safe, and do you fully understand what is being asked of you? Communicate this to your instructor, or you risk the mental blocks and physical challenges of not addressing these realities.

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Given our mutual ground, yet experiencing the observable and audible degrading of each other prevalent in our respective communities regarding personal firearms, what seems to be missing? Perhaps the missing ingredient is mutual respect. What if we incorporated that? As we continue to experience life together in whatever time is afforded to us, those who opt to not own a firearm are not enemies to those of us who chose to own one. I believe we have more in common than we realize, especially when it comes to resisting ill willed people whom have shown and will continue to show their hand against us.

-Craig Weyer

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BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules DC Must Be ‘Shall Issue’, And Scrap ‘Good Reason’ Requirement For Concealed Carry Applicants

By Dan Zimmerman via The Truth About Guns

“Because the right to bear arms includes the right to carry firearms for self-defense both in and outside the home, I find that the District’s ‘good reason’ requirement likely places an unconstitutional burden on this right. Accordingly, I hereby GRANT plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction and enter an order that enjoins the District of Columbia from denying concealed carry licenses to applicants who meet all eligibility requirements other than the ‘good reason’ requirement. . . .” With that, as Eugene Volokh reports, DC District Court Judge Richard Leon has ruled that, in keeping with the Hellerdecision, the nation’s capital must be shall issue . . .

As Judge Leon wrote,

Because the Second Amendment’s text places the right to “keep” and to “bear” arms on equal footing, it follows that the right to “bear” arms for self-defense also lies at the core of the Second Amendment’s protections. Indeed, the purpose of the Second Amendment, as articulated by the Supreme Court, supports this conclusion. . . . The need for self-defense is, of course, greater outside the home than it is within it. . . . Furthermore, I note that plaintiffs here are the very type of “law-abiding, responsible citizens” whose Second Amendment rights are entitled to full protection under Heller.

And who are those plaintiffs? The original case, Grace vs. D.C., was brought by Matthew Grace and the Pink Pistols.

The Pink Pistols is an international organization dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. Chapters may be found across the United States and Canada. Though the Pink Pistols is for the GLBTQ community, it is not solely composed of the GLBTQ community, and all are welcome to join.

As Volokh notes, this likely won’t be the court’s last ruling on the case. Expect an appeal by the District and a stay until the case can be heard by the DC Circuit. And maybe then by the Supreme Court. How’s that for driving home the importance of who selects the next two or three justices?

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PDN LIVE May 2016

Tune in on Wednesday, May 25th at 8:00 p.m. CST to have your questions about getting started as a defensive shooter as well as how to start out as an instructor answered by Rob Pincus and a group of five other defensive shooting experts in our first ever round-robin style live event!

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Disparity of Force: Why Women Need Guns

No matter who you are or how you look at it, we all have to come to terms with the fact that women are still the more victimized gender. According to the National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. This means that every 107 seconds, a female in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. As well, statistics show that every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is attacked or beaten.

Every day (for women, especially), there is a constant struggle with disparity of force, or with “the situation that any reasonable person would conclude places you at an overwhelming disadvantage in your effort to protect yourself against immediate and serious bodily injury.” I, for one, am not okay with this. And as a woman, I want to be as prepared and as safe as I possibly can be. That’s one reason I have a gun and why I train and learn everything I can about how to use a firearm for self-defense.

Let’s face it: Guys are often bigger, stronger, and more aggressive than ladies. They’re just made that way. That gives them the upper hand…and more often than not, they know this. So they look for “smaller, weaker prey.” They look for the “easy targets.” And while I know that physically I may be weaker than an attacker, I also recognize that in these situations, a firearm can truly be an “equalizer.” And isn’t that what so many people (i.e. feminists and liberals) are fighting for when it comes to women—equality?

Weird thing is, even though scores of folks claim to have the safety and well-being of women in mind, they still insist that women should disarm. Like Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar, who commented that even if women feel like they might be attacked or raped, they may not be harmed…so who needs a firearm for protection?

While arguing for the disarmament of college students, he stated: “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop…pop a round at somebody.”

In this statement, Salazar basically claimed that women are idiots who are incapable of proper reasoning and who are unable to handle firearms safely. Salazar later apologized if his comments offended anyone. But apparently, he’d rather women (perhaps even his own wife and daughters?) just have whistles handy in case of an attack.

Sadly, Salazar is not alone in this line of thinking. These types of derisive comments have been popping up all over the place. Last year, Everytown for Gun Safety, a Michael Bloomberg-funded arm of the gun control lobby, shared several tweets suggesting that young women are too dumb to handle firearms. One tweet read: “You think your drunk college-age daughters are bad with their phones? Imagine them with guns.”

And women’s magazines like Cosmopolitan have produced articles and videos highlighting (and perhaps even celebrating) women who are terrified of guns. According to a recent video series they created about dating a man with a gun, many women seem to believe that guns are “scary death machines.” And if a woman is in a relationship with a gun-owning man, then the relationship is destined to fail since men who own guns are apparently domestic abusers, and the Second Amendment is just an old, pointless, archaic sentiment, worthy of nothing more than an eye roll.

Instead of supporting women and showing women as strong, empowered, and capable of taking care of themselves, these people and organizations are making women look like nothing more than whimpering cowards who are irrational, emasculating, and helpless.

But tell me this, gun grabbers: How many homicides, rapes, attacks, and assaults have occurred to females over these last few years? And how many of those could have been avoided or deterred by women using firearms in self-defense? Do those women matter? Or are they lumped into the same group of ladies who are supposedly incapable of thinking rationally or using a firearm for protection?

On the contrary, I’ve heard hundreds of amazing stories about women who saved themselves and others because they had a firearm. So I’m going to stick to my guns and keep sharing my beliefs with others. I’m also going to stick to the reasoning of Annie Oakley who so fittingly stated, “I would like to see every woman know how to handle firearms…as naturally as they know how to handle babies.”

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Pro Tip: Don’t Fire At Suspects Across 4 Lanes Of Traffic

HUMBLE, TEXAS — In the heat of the moment, a concealed carrier recognized that one his favorite Chinese restaurants was getting robbed and set himself up at a distance to ambush the robbers as they got away. When the robbers emerged, the loyal customer let loose with a withering fire at them and their getaway vehicle. It was unclear if any of the robbers were hit as they escaped in a Nissan car but another customer’s vehicle caught one of the rounds.

As Harris County deputies reported to ABC 13 News, charges likely won’t be pending for the concealed carriers actions. After all, this is Texas, and if you see a violent felony in progress, you may intervene.

However, we’d like to point out that this was highly dangerous behavior. The concealed carrier fired from a position across the street where there were four lanes of road between him and the robbers.

It really is a horrible feeling to sit and judge someone else’s well intentioned actions and critique every little misstep. The problem is that when rounds are being fired, there is a lot more to consider than simply “winning”.

First, the crime was already over by the time the concealed carrier intervened. The robbers weren’t going to just drop the cash and bounce, they already had a secured mode of egress from the scene of the crime.

At best, if he had been successful in stopping them with lethal force, he still was irresponsible in the manner he went about it.

There’s so much about this scenario that screams “good idea, worst possible execution”.

Here’s where we think he may have had a good idea — he took cover.

And that’s where it ends. Opening fire on distant, irregular shaped targets blocked by an automobile from a distance of approximately 50 yards is not in of itself the worst culprit. It’s the fact he endangered the lives and property of all those around the field of fire he laid down on those bad guys.

This is a clear case where the concealed carrier was not in danger. His life was not being directly threatened. He could have simply called police and worked out a description of the vehicle, maybe even a license plate that could be used to identify some of the culprits. There were multiple possibilities to do anything else other than open fire from a distance.

It cannot be stressed enough — if deadly force isn’t needed to solve a situation, don’t use it. Keep your gun tucked away and use your powers of observation to help law enforcement catch the culprits responsible for that crime. Let’s hope this is a lesson we can all learn from and apply in a high stress environment.

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You’re Driving Along When Another Vehicle’s Occupants Start Pointing Guns At You: What To Do?

Reader Jason writes:

Recent to owning a firearm and to being a concealed weapons carrier. Recently I was driving down the road and a car approach me with two men in it shouting at me and pointing guns at me the driver was on my passenger side with his window down pointing his gun out the window at me saying he was going to fucking kill me and at some point they got around on my driver side or the passenger was brandishing a weapon. I was definitely in fear of my life and there was no way to outrun them. I had my hand on my gun but never showed it and never fired it. I live in Florida and I know the laws are different in different states but legally what could I do or should I do in this situation and I had already called and was on the phone with 9-1-1 dispatch.

I asked if we could pose this situation to our audience, and he was happy to oblige. He threw in some additional details following the first message:

I was surprised how I was able to think of doing several different things in this scenario. I did think and was unsure about whether or not if I fired my weapon from a moving vehicle would I then be the one getting arrested? Unable to outrun his muscle car, if I got off the road to an empty parking lot, would that show, me wanting to engage in a gun fight? Again would I be the one getting arrested? I was able to call 911 and also able to get some video of the encounter not showing the driver clearly pointing the gun at me but very clearly showing the passenger brandishing his weapon. I have forwarded the video and pics to major crimes who said they’re going to pick up my case so I’m thinking I maybe shouldn’t post that.

Tricky tricky, huh? If this were you in the same situation, how do you think you’d handle it? It’s not like you’re going to start a gun battle while driving, but what’s a good way to try and distance yourself from the threat? Chime in below with your responses.

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#DIGTHERIG – Michael and his S&W M&P Shield 9mm in a Chase’s Custom Holster

1. What You Carry – EDC is a M&P Shield 9mm

2. What You Carry It In – Chase’s Customer Holster

3. Why You Carry That Particular Gun In That Particular Holster? – I love the size and reliability of the Shield. The holster is part of what will likely be a long search for perfect fit and comfort…so far I love this holster!

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Quiet Your Gun with an AMTAC Suppressor

Sound suppressors have grown from a tiny niche market to a large mainstream industry, seemingly overnight. As the industry grows, the technology is improving at a rapid pace. The practical applications of suppressor use are also extending beyond tactical shooting to include the hunting community.

Today’s suppressors offer numerous benefits, including reduced noise and light signature, less overpressure from the muzzle blast reaching the shooter and bystanders and reduced felt recoil. Despite these benefits, however, there are some aspects of suppressors that many shooters still consider serious drawbacks.

Suppressors can add significant length to a firearm, compromise balance and cause fairly significant point-of-impact shifts downrange. Utah-based AMTAC is a relatively new player in the suppressor market, but the company set out to specifically address what it saw as shortcomings of other products on the market.

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AMTAC makes a full line of precision-machined suppressors in both 5.56mm and 7.62mm versions.

Like firearm manufacturers, suppressor makers come from all sorts of backgrounds. Many companies do very little (if any) of the manufacturing themselves, preferring to subcontract the work out to capable machine shops.

AMTAC came from the other direction: its founders have spent the last three-plus decades as an ISO-9001-certified manufacturer of precision OEM components for the aviation, defense and medical device industries. Its clients, including firms such as Northrup Grumman and ATK, are the kind that demand perfection. As an aerospace-certified shop, AMTAC is accustomed to building quality parts with super-tight tolerances.

AMTAC’s owner is a gun enthusiast who originally bought a handful of suppressors for his own use but was disappointed with their performance. He was unhappy with the blowback, the weight, the change in balance and the excessive overall length on the suppressors he purchased.

As a lifelong machinist, he thought that he could build something better than what he’d bought and set out to build his own design—not as a manufacturer, but as an individual using what’s called a “Form 1” (an application to make and register an NFA firearm or suppressor). His prototype worked extremely well and after friends and associates continued to ask him to build them one, AMTAC was born.

A Different Design
Most suppressors on the market attach at the muzzle and project forward, adding length and forward weight to the firearm. AMTAC’s suppressors are designed to fit over the barrel so that the suppressor actually threads onto the muzzle and extends rearward. Because 6 inches of the suppressor is behind the muzzle, most of AMTAC’s suppressors add only 3.7 inches of length to a rifle.

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Due to AMTAC’s over-barrel design, a compact overall barrel length can be maintained when the suppressor is mounted.

Unlike other over-barrel designs, however, AMTAC’s suppressors do not use a special collar to align the suppressor nor is the barrel used as one of the walls of the suppressor. So long as the barrel diameter will clear the inside of the suppressor, it will fit without any other modifications.

Available Models
AMTAC has four suppressor models: the CQB, CQBm, SBR and Sniper, and each model is available in either 5.56mm or 7.62mm versions. Both 5.56mm and 7.62mm versions are the same size, externally.

The flagship of the AMTAC lineup is the CQB, which is designed to fit on a 16-inch AR-15-style barrel with a carbine-length gas system. It threads directly onto the 1/2-28 threads that ordinarily hold the flash hider (or 5/8-24 in the case of a 7.62mm AR), so no special muzzle devices are required. With a CQB suppressor in place, a 16-inch AR’s effective barrel length is only 19½ inches. With a diameter of 1.62 inches, the CQB will fit underneath many free floating forend tubes.

The CQBm model is identical to the CQB, but it extends only 4 inches over the barrel. It’s designed for a 16-inch barreled AR with a mid-length gas system, and when it’s installed on a 10.5″ barrel with a pistol-length gas system, practical barrel length is only 14 inches. I don’t know of any other detachable suppressor on the market that can make such a claim.

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AMTAC’s suppressors can be attached to any rifle or carbine with the correct barrel thread and gas block clearance. No special adaptors are required, making the units compatible with a wide variety of firearms.

The SBR is a traditional end-mount suppressor instead of an over-barrel design. This 7.7-inch suppressor uses a longer version of the same single-piece baffle structure found in the AMTAC’s other suppressors, and it can be mounted on any rifle with compatible threads. 

The Sniper model is designed for heavier-barreled bolt-action and semi-auto rifles. It adds only 3.7 inches of barrel length and is compatible with any barrel under .960 inches in diameter.

Managing Blowback
If you’ve shot many suppressed semi-automatic rifles, you know that blowback is a significant issue. Blowback occurs when the propellant gases from the cartridge become trapped within the suppressor and travel backward into the shooter’s face when the action is cycled.

With many suppressors, the shooter gets a face full of hot gas with every pull of the trigger. The problem is compounded for left-handed shooters due to the position of their face relative to the ejection port. One of AMTAC’s goals was to reduce blowback, especially since its lead designer is left-handed.

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AMTAC’s large internal baffle chamber minimizes blowback by allowing propellant gasses to expand and dissipate.

Unlike many other suppressors, each of AMTAC’s over-barrel models feature a 4-inch or 6-inch internal baffle chamber, which is housed in the rearmost portion of the suppressor. That large volume chamber allows propellant gases to expand and dissipate, which significantly reduces blowback and also reduces the amount of carbon fouling that is pushed back into the working parts of the firearm.

This technology allows the gun to run cleaner and reduces the risk of malfunctions related to excess carbon buildup. Several police departments have transitioned to AMTAC suppressors for their SWAT teams for this reliability enhancement.

The large blast chamber offers another advantage that AMTAC’s designers took advantage of: a patent-pending design that ports gasses back into the first baffle, which cuts recoil forces by acting as an internal muzzle brake.

A Quieter Report
As far as sound suppression goes, all AMTAC’s suppressors are hearing safe. The perceived loudness of a suppressed rifle is a tough subject to address in print. Test equipment that measures in decibels (dB) is the industry standard method of measuring the sound reduction of suppressors, but it doesn’t always tell the entire story. Many shooters have commented that AMTAC’s suppressors sound quieter than other models that have better dB ratings.

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AMTAC’s thread mount and baffles are machined from a single piece of stainless steel to ensure perfect alignment.

Whether this is a function of how the human ear processes sound or a weakness in the current measuring equipment isn’t clear. Ironically, AMTAC’s parent company builds components for the decibel-measuring equipment used by most of the suppressor industry.

Reducing POI Shifts
Point-of-impact, or POI, shift is another drawback of attaching a suppressor to a firearm. POI shift can run from slight to significant and seems to vary with each design. POI shift is often caused by turbulence in the bullet’s flight caused by the propellant gases passing over baffles that are imperceptibly uneven.

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AMTAC’s thread mount and the concentric relationship between the mount and the bore ensure POI and zero shift are held to an absolute minimum.

Because of AMTAC’s experience machining products for the aerospace industry, the company is able to hold extremely tight tolerances during the manufacture of its suppressors. The 17-4 PH stainless steel thread mount and baffle stack on all AMTAC products is a single homogeneous unit that is machined in a sequential series of operations on CNC equipment without being removed. This results in minimal variability between the single-point cut threads and the suppressor bore.

Another factor in POI shift is often the variability allowed by non-threaded, fast-attach mounts. Though slower to attach and remove than other designs, a threaded mount will always be more secure and repeatable, that said, the over-barrel nature of these suppressors also makes them faster to attach than many other thread-mount units.

Because of the thread mount and the concentric relationship between the mount and the bore, POI and zero shift are held to an absolute minimum with AMTAC’s suppressors. AMTAC has never seen or heard of a baffle strike (a projectile hitting an internal baffle) on any of its products, which is a great testament to that alignment.

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A patent-pending design on AMTAC suppressors ports gasses back into the first baffle, which cuts recoil forces by acting as an internal muzzle brake.

Choosing a suppressor can be a bit overwhelming, especially since the legalities of NFA transfers make it difficult to try a product before you buy it. AMTAC started by dipping its toe into the industry in early 2015 and now is growing its footprint in full force.

AMTAC’s line offers excellent options for shooters looking to maximize the performance of a suppressor while minimizing the side effects of increased length, poor balance, gas blowback and POI shift. These suppressors attach directly to America’s most popular rifles without additional tools or mounts and do so without adding unnecessary bulk. All AMTAC products come with a lifetime warranty.

AMTAC is releasing a free ebook for prospective suppressor owners and is has also announced a giveaway for a free suppressor, complete with $200 to cover the cost of the tax stamp. Check out their website for details.

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Video Proof Open Carry Doesn’t Work


While it may appear that I’m just kicking the hive, here is further proof to my statement that open carry simply gives criminals a chance to develop a plan of action to take your gun. Open carry may be legal; it may be protected by the Constitution; but it leaves you at a disadvantage.

Conceal your gun. It is the best way to improve your odds in a deadly force incident.

Tactical Disadvantage

Unless you have a partner or a backup gun, carrying openly puts you at a disadvantage. Don’t do it.

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George Zimmerman Really Wants To Sell His Gun, Relists It After Previous Auction Sees Bogus Bids Over $60M

This guy just won’t go away.

Love or hate him, GZ is really getting under my skin. He’s like a bad rash that won’t go away, and you’re not quite sure where it came from.

Last week, we reported on his first listing at GunBroker.com, which was quickly removed from the site, followed by an official statement from the website as to why they removed it. Plain and simple, they didn’t want to be a part of the circus.

If you’re in the dark, GZ is attempting to sell his Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm which he used to shoot Trayvon Martin.

After getting the boot from GunBroker.com, he listed over at another auction site called UnitedGunGroup.com, which has apparently welcomed the listing.

This is the 2nd time it’s been up there. The first started with a bid of $5,000. Pretty expensive for a Kel-Tec. Shortly after, bogus bids started pouring in until the price hit $66,000,000. Yes, that’s $66 Million. One notable bidder’s username was Racist McShootface, an obvious bogus bidder.

Now, we’re back at it again. This time, the price has changed. Starting bid: $100,000. Or if you’d like, you can walk away with it for a cool half million using Buy It Now.

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While it’s his property and he is free to do as he pleases, it’s pretty strange and tasteless to attempt what he’s doing. And kinda creepy.

Congrats to UnitedGunGroup.com for driving up traffic to their site, but this is just too weird for us. After the dust settles, it’ll be like any old day again.

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The “Charleston Loophole” Doesn’t Exist

By Robert Farago via The Truth About Guns

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered shot and killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Before his murder spree, Roof asked to purchase a gun at a local gun store. He filled out his ATF background check form 4473. The gun store plugged his info into the FBI NICS database. The system failed to respond with a yes/no within the legally specified three-day time limit. The sale then proceeded. This failure was not a “loophole.” It was a double failure of the background check system — from both the Charleston police (who didn’t enter Roof’s addiction to opiates into the FBI’s database) and the FBI (which didn’t process the NICS request within the allotted three-day time period).

Calling this failure “the Charleston loophole” is gun control advocates’ attempt to remove the three-day NICS approval/denial mandatory maximum.

Keep in mind that NICS is supposed to be an instant system, and usually is. Normally, a NICS check takes seconds.

The mandatory maximum waiting period for a NICS approval/denial ensures that gun purchases don’t fall afoul of bureaucratic delay, whether from malfeasance or political manipulation. It also conforms wth the general principle that a right delayed is a right denied.

A principle already violated in states with “cooling off periods” between purchase and delivery (e.g., California’s ten-day waiting period). There is no scientific evidence that these delays have an effect on criminal use or suicides.

All of which underscores the futility indeed inadvisability of “closing the Charlestown loophole.”

Those arguing for removing the mandatory maximum NICS delay don’t want any mandatory waiting period. They want the FBI to withhold approval/denial for “as long as it takes.” Which violates the terms of the NICS mandate and opens-up the possibilities described above.

One more thing . .

Even when the FBI’s background checks system works properly, it’s nothing more than security theater. A criminal, terrorist or crazy can and obtain guns outside the FBI background check system, by stealing a firearm (e.g., Newtown killer Adam Lanza) or buying one “on the street.”

Suggesting that “fixing” the FBI’s background check system will limit “gun violence” is dangerously naive — and just plain dangerous for Americans’ seeking to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.

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