Still Alive

I have just managed to lock myself out of the blog mostly.

Starting to get things resolved.

Didn’t the NRA Stop…

….all the firearm related research?

I mean that is what the anti-rights cultists claim all the time. So exactly how does this happen?

Editor’s Note: Mary Vriniotis is a researcher at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. She has more than a decade of experience researching and writing about the prevention of firearms-related violence. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


How does someone have a decade of experience researching about the prevention of firearm related violence? Of course she isn’t the only one researching the issue either. Some others have been making up stuff researching the issue for decades.

Slate contacted Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. For over 30 years, he has studied firearm violence and published more than 100 studies in the field.

I was surprised to learn what the language in the restriction against the CDC actually said.

PT: Have other agencies besides the CDC also been intimidated by funding this type of research?

GW: I’ll let the agencies discuss whether they’ve been intimidated or simply prevented or prohibited. The statutory language, which remains in appropriations legislation for the Department of Health and Human Services to this day, is that “none of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.” I think it’s fair to say that this language has been interpreted at times to mean that none of the funds could be used to support research that, depending on its findings, might be used in support of efforts to alter current firearm policy.

Not a prohibition against the research but against pushing for gun control. A significant distinction in the mind of liberty minded folks but I’m sure the anti-rights cultists don’t see it that way.

So Mr. or Ms. Anti-rights Cultists; how do you explain decades of firearm related research some of it funded by our government?


Taking the Name Too Seriously


(CNN)A fire broke out early Saturday at a luxury apartment skyscraper in Dubai, engulfing several floors on at least three sides of the building and spewing flaming debris to the ground.

No deaths were immediately reported and it was unclear whether anyone was hurt in the fire at The Torch, an iconic building on the Dubai Marina.

Sounds like someone took the name as a challenge.

How Many Lives Were Saved?

We talk often about how firearms can save lives. Usually we mean the victims of the crime. In this case, we will never know if the armed robber was only after money or if he had other motives. The workers of the store were definitely in jeopardy. So were the patrons; as the criminal didn’t run out the door but deeper into the store.

PINCH, W.Va. – A pharmacist in Pinch who was forced to make an incredibly difficult decision when an armed robbery turned deadly is speaking out and sharing how his faith is helping him through the ordeal.

Don Radcliff spoke with Eyewitness News Reporter Kennie Bass and said he is taking no joy in what happened Wednesday. Radcliff said he does not consider himself a hero, even though his actions may have saved the lives of his co-workers and customers when he shot an armed man at Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch.

Eight people were inside the pharmacy in Pinch when the suspect came through the door about 9:45 a.m.

I think we often overlook the bigger picture.


Radcliff said he has received tremendous support from his family and friends, but also from his faith. Radcliff shared Thursday’s devotion from his daily devotional.

“Thursday, February 19th, John 10, 7 to 18, ‘A thief comes only to steal and to kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.’ That’s verse 10,” Radcliff said. “Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury; it’s his provision for me to help others live.”
(emphasis mine)

But what about the people not directly involved?

How about the number of people who might not get medicine because the store either closed (a lot of people) or had to raise prices to make up for the stolen money or drugs? Or pay much higher premiums.

How about the people the pharmacist might be able to help through his abundance –his charitable efforts; tithing, donations to food pantries, etc?

How about the people the pharmacist might touch in his daily walk? Instead of being out in the community possibly touching lives and influencing people, it is likely he would have to spend more time in the store just to keep it open.

So to those who tell us “Just give them what they want” — think of the lives that could be affected because ‘its just money’.


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More Proof — DERP is Universal



I particularly like the awesomeness of smashing the (very thin) tiles over the heads, the walking bush (note to self, if every in an ISIS terrorist attack, shoot any moving bushes) and the segment at the end as they go over the berm.


But Remember — We are Losing :)

Anti rights cultists have to keep telling themselves that. Unfortunately things like this are showing how wrong they are.




Not just the fact that more women are shooting then ever but that a California news station put this on the air.

Not Always Rational

One of the common refrains from the anti-rights cultists is to “Just give the criminal what he wants” – apparently they believe that nearly every criminal is just trying to make a living or something. This idea completely ignores the fact not all criminals are after just money or property.




Okay….let’s deconstruct this report a little.
First, I’m not sure a ‘naked’ man should be considered a burglary suspect. I think it will be interesting to follow up and see it he has previous arrests/convictions.

the incident happened just after noon. David Bacoka, who lives at the home, told NBC 7 that his mother was at the house when the intruder tried to break through several windows.

She called 911, he said.

“My mom called me and told me there was a naked guy trying to break in all the windows,” Bacoka said. “And so he’s pounding on the windows and all the doors and she said she ran, she called 911 and then ran to the neighbor’s house.”

No word on exactly how long it took for the police to respond (and good for for a seemingly fast response time) but the suspect was still there despite the fact the police probably responded code 3  -lights and sirens. Any LEOs please let me know if that isn’t the policy.

Next we can look at the fact this wasn’t in the middle of the night. it was at Noon. Why does this matter, well some states like Texas, the laws change depending on the time of day. (Section 9.42)
The antis make a big thing about people being in fear of their life; many of them believe that people should have to wait and be able to show an action on the part of the criminal that could be conclusively proven as a threat before self defense is used. As if a person trying to break into a house wasn’t enough to make a person afraid; I wonder if they would say being naked would be enough justification of fear?


Lastly, let’s look at the struggle the suspect put up.

Officers responded and confronted the intruder, who then attacked an officer. The suspect pushed the officer through the wood panels of a fence into a neighboring yard.

The officer and man struggled over the gun, but the officer managed to get a hold of it and shoot the suspect in the chest, Guadarama said.

“Somewhere in between, the officer even attempted to tase the suspect with negative results,” Guadarama said. “The officer was able to grab the weapon back and fire one round at the suspect.”

The suspect continued to fight until other officers arrived to help take him into custody.

Again, no hard evidence on the size, physical condition or strength of the responding officer but generally males are stronger than females. The anti-rights cultists would prefer this woman be made to confront the suspect without a firearm. Forced to use a taser or fight hand to hand with the intruder. Ignoring the fact that even after the suspect was shot, he continued to struggle until more officers arrived. How do you think a female home owner would fare?

While this is an anecdotal illustration, it shows that not all criminals are rational. Some of them have serious issues. Some of them aren’t after money either. If the anti-rights cultist do not want to use armed self defense; that is their right. They just have no moral justification for disarming the people who think otherwise.


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