Seriously, sorry for the dearth of posts. Explanation below.
First, though, I want to address the stupid bastards with regards to this morning's Muslim terrorist shooting in Orlando.
There will obviously be calls for weapons bans from The Usual Suspects, including the need for Common Sense Gun Controls like detailed background checks to protect us from all of the evil that is out there.
1. Background checks WERE conducted on this guy. In fact, he had the super-duper background check you need for a "G" class permit - the one that is required for private investigators, private security (you know, for the big-wigs who want to take your guns, but employ "hired guns" for themselves) and repossession folks.
In short, this bastard was thoroughly vetted, yet this still happened. Why's that? Because he was a crazy, Muslim fanatic that thinks gays should be wiped from the face of the earth.
GOING THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK ACCOMPLISHED EXACTLY NOTHING, other than keeping a civil servant employed by the licensing fees, and giving the soft-heads in our society the warm and fuzzy feeling that accompanies, "at least we did something". These people make me want to puke.
2. There will be calls for banning "Assault Weapons" and/or their ammo (why are they called "patrol rifles" when they are fully automatic and held in the hands of police officers?).
Exhibit 1: Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. These guns are banned in France yet somehow the Muslim fanatics got their hands on them.
Exhibit 2: Bataclan Theater massacre in Paris. These guns are banned in France yet somehow the Muslim fanatics got their hands on them.
Exhibit 3: Inland Regional Center massacre in San Bernardino. These illegally altered, fully-automatic guns are banned in the US yet somehow the Muslim fanatics got their hands on them.
Do I need to continue or do you get the point? I could add the daily news reports of Muslim suicide bombers blowing up scores of people around the world. I haven't checked the facts, but I'd lay good money that every single one of those countries has laws against building bombs and blowing them up in public.
How's that working out?
Banning weapons and ammo only makes it easier for the bad guys to kill the good guys. Period.
So, how do we respond?
Get ready for the onslaught from the Liberal Media, and respond. Respond forcefully, clear-eyed and often. Use facts AND passion.
These bastards (the gun-grabbing, liberal politicians and their media Quislings) are going to do a full-court press with this one. Guns and dead gays - this is going to be a field day for them.
What WON'T happen, is they won't tie it 100% to Muslim fanatics. The target of their ire will be the tool of their murders, not the murderers themselves.
Push back HARD on this! "These guns are illegal around most of the world, yet these massacres still happen. Why is that? What's the common denominator in all of these acts?"
They will deflect with their answers ("The body count would not have been so high if these guns were illegal"). Bring the discussion back on track ("You have no way of knowing that. Dozens have recently been killed with bombings in Turkey. Bombs are illegal, yet they are still detonated. The issue is the murderer, not the tool he used.").
Adapt and respond.
What do we do to protect ourselves?
As noted by The Great And Powerful Remus, stay away from crowds. Serious as a heart attack. This is the single most effective way of keeping yourself away from a mass shooting. Stay away from the masses!
If you were a Muslim fanatic, where would you hit to do the most damage? I dunno, maybe a nightclub full of sinners (gay or straight). Or a sports stadium. Or the church full of the non-believers. Or a shopping mall. Or a school full of non-believer kids. Or a movie theater.
Now, for me, this is easily accomplished. I no longer attend sporting events (I refuse to voluntarily submit to any sort of search to watch a ball game in person - that's insane). My clubbing days are WAY behind me (just celebrated wedding anniversary number 30 - woo hoo!). My kids are grown men, so no worries about schools, I buy most things online (except for the important things), I have pay-per-view for movies and I've never been a church-going guy (don't you DARE tell me how to speak with God!).
When I must go to malls or grocery stores or restaurants, I'm always armed. No exceptions. I refuse to allow the unconstitutional laws of this state and country to put my life at risk. Not gonna happen.
I understand there are risks in that approach, but my life is more important to me than being "law abiding". My choice, and I make it clear-eyed.
I encourage you to do a similar self-assessment, and make your own choices.
But, but, but Chief, if you stop doing all of these things, the Muslim fanatics win! Sorry to break it to you, but they've already won. As soon as the horrific USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law, they won.
Instead of Bush exhorting the nation to "buck up", "stand tall", "never take a step backwards", he cowered and handed to key of freedom to the Deep State. Instead of, "There is nothing to fear, but fear itself", we got the DHS, TSA, VIPR squads and the whole lot.
We're encouraged to be weak and timid and compliant. Just what the Muslim fanatics wanted. Mission Accomplished.
OK, the reason for my lengthy absence: I'm finally gonna be OUTTA HERE! We're moving from the liberal cesspool known as the SF Bay Area, and moving to Nevada. Getting through all of the selection process, making the offer, doing inspections, et al, has been incredibly time-consuming. So cut me some slack!
If all goes as planned, I'll be a Nevada resident in late July/early August. The house we're buying faces the Eastern Sierras, so I'll be able to see the dust cloud when California finally implodes to the west of us. The beer is on me if you want a seat.
I WILL still be an owner of the precious metals store. I may touch on how that will happen at a later date.
Even though our current town is semi-rural (we do $300-$400 million a year in agriculture) our new COUNTY in Nevada has 10,000 fewer people. Me likee!
The only drawback to this location is its proximity to Reno. While we're over an hour away, Reno is an illegal alien haven - yep, a "sanctuary city". Even more disturbing, is that it has been chosen as one of the upcoming relocation endpoints for a batch of "refugees".
To say that my county and Reno are polar opposites would be an understatement. But that can change quickly. California went from giving this country Ronald Reagan, to evacuating its collective bowels and producing Jerry Brown, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer.
This happened amazingly fast - literally during my adult years. I can say that I will do all that is in my power to ensure it doesn't happen in my new home and region.
So, for a while, posting may still be light. I'll eventually finish up the final segment for the Multiple Sources of Income series, as I think it's an important topic.
And if a rant presents itself, well....
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