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STEPHEN GUTOWSKI: Pro-Gun Women Regularly Face Violent, Sexual Harassment.

“Stick that gun in your cunt bitch and pull the trigger,” Twitter user John T. McFarland said to Jenn Jacques in September 2015.

Jenn Jacques, a visiting fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum and editor at large for who has been recognized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for her work promoting gun safety, said she’s often stunned by the hypocrisy of the harassers and thinks online anonymity enables their behavior.

“I’ve heard a lot of ‘do us all a favor and swallow your gun,'” she said. “It’s just so bad. The thing is they all claim to be against gun violence. They all claim to be the tolerant left but they are literally the most violent, heinous people out there. I’m sure a lot of it is that they’re hiding behind a computer screen.”

After Bob Owens, a respected gun writer who worked closely with Jacques at, took his own life in May, Jacques said she received a wave of harassment. While most reacted to Owens’s passing with grace and compassion, a group of gun-control activists reacted by tormenting his friends and family through vile messages on Twitter and Facebook. Jacques said some even encouraged her to kill herself.

“After Bob died, people would be like ‘one down, one to go,'” she said. “How could you say that to anyone?”

I don’t want to hear one more goddamn word about how the Left empowers women.

ALL DAY TODAY, Kurt Schlichter is donating revenue from the sales of The People’s Republic to the GoFundMe for Bob Owens’ family. (Bumped).

Or if you just want to donate directly, you can go here.


Here’s the GoFundMe page to raise money for his family. I donated.

KATIE PAVLICH: Goodbye To My Friend, Bob Owens.

Rick Moran remembers an “uncompromising defender of the right to bear arms.”

And this:

OH NO: We are heartbroken this morning at the loss of Bob Owens, editor-in-chief of our sister publication Bearing Arms.

More here, from Jenn Jacques at Bearing Arms.

I only knew Bob through his work, but it was good and important work. Thoughts and prayers for him and his family.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): There’s a GoFundMe page for his family. I donated.

REST IN PEACE: Remembering Bob Owens: Family and college fund set up for Bob’s wife, two daughters. I donated.

UPDATE: Here’s the direct link.

HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED: ‘MUSLIM PRANKSTER’ Shot After Throwing Fake ‘Backpack Bomb’ at Wrong Dude in Video Prank. In fact, my comment after viewing one of their videos a while back was that if someone had done this to me I would have shot him.

UPDATE: Bob Owens says it’s not true. It will be, if they keep it up. And US imitators are likely to have shorter lifespans.

New prank video fun: Throwing pig carcasses into mosques. For the lulz! Although that wouldn’t put anyone in fear of death or great bodily injury, I predict that media would treat a violent reaction as completely understandable.

BECAUSE THINGS AREN’T WEIRD ENOUGH THIS YEAR ALREADY: #ColoradoSprings shooter’s only online documentation suggests HE identifies as a female.

The 24-hour rule applies, but the way things are going in 2015, this seems plausible. . . .

DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, LET’S ALL PRAISE THE SOFTER SIDE OF ISIS: In a tweet Sunday afternoon, Joyce Carol Oates asked why “All we hear of ISIS is puritanical & punitive; is there nothing celebratory & joyous? Or is query naive?”

Why, yes it is. On the other hand, it seems pretty obvious from their snuff films that ISIS does lots of joyous celebrating after each beheading. But why rely on hearsay? “I suspect that you have the funds to visit Raqqa and come to your own conclusions,” Bob Owens tweets in reply. “I suspect you’ll come out a head.”

Related: “Remember the time Joyce Carol Oates tweeted about the dead Triceratops? Yeah … this one on ISIS is worse.”

GLOCK FOLLOWUP: Chris Cheng on cops & Glocks. Plus, Mike McDaniel: GLOCKs, The Proper Focus: A Response to Bob Owens.

BOB OWENS: Why The Police Shouldn’t Use Glocks.

In terms of mechanical design, there are few flaws with Glock pistols. If a law enforcement officer, soldier or citizen does exactly what they are supposed to do all of the time with cyborg certainty, there will be no problems with the Glock or other popular pistols mimicking its basic design. Unfortunately, “RoboCop” is only a movie, and humans are liable to make similar mistakes over and over again.

The underlying problem with these pistols is a short trigger pull and the lack of an external safety. In real-world encounters, a short trigger pull can be lethal, in part because a significant percentage of law enforcement officers — some experts say as high as 20% — put their finger on the trigger of their weapons when under stress. According to firearms trainers, most officers are completely unaware of their tendency to do this and have a hard time believing it, even when they’re shown video evidence from training exercises.

Read the whole thing. I own several Glocks and they’re excellent guns. But I don’t operate in the conditions that a police officer does. Honestly, most of the time they’d be better off with a classic Smith & Wesson revolver. I guess I’ll have to quote Col. Jeff Cooper again:

It has never been clear to me why increased magazine capacity in a defensive pistol is particularly choice. The bigger the magazine the bigger the gun, and the bigger the gun the harder it is to get hold of for people with small hands. And what, pray, does one need all those rounds for? How many lethal antagonists do you think you are going to be able to handle? Once when Bruce Nelson was asked by a suspect if the thirteen-round magazine in the P35 was not a big advantage, Bruce’s answer was, “Well, yes, if you plan to miss a lot.” The highest score I know of at this time achieved by one man against a group of armed adversaries was recorded in (of all places) the Ivory Coast! There, some years ago, a graduate student of mine laid out five goblins, with four dead and one totaled for the hospital. Of course there is the episode of Alvin York and his eight, but there is some dispute about that tale. (If you read it over very carefully you will see what I mean.) Be that as it may, I see no real need for a double column magazine. It is all the rage, of course, and like dual air bags, it is a popular current sales gimmick.

Or, elsewhere:

The 1911 pistol remains the service pistol of choice in the eyes of those who understand the problem. Back when we audited the FBI academy in 1947, I was told that I ought not to use my pistol in their training program because it was not fair. Maybe the first thing one should demand of his sidearm is that it be unfair.

These days, there may be cases where bigger magazines make a bigger difference — Col. Cooper was able to favor the more elegant weapons of a more civilized age — but how often, in real life, do police need to change magazines in action?

And if you don’t own his Principles of Personal Defense, well — why don’t you? I also recommend his To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth.

UPDATE: Much discussion in the comments, as you might expect. And a Glock enthusiast of the first order emails:

The author I have heard of, and I am puzzled by his opinion. He should know better. There have been “accidental” discharges w/all manner of weapons, from the 1911 to cannons. We now use the term “negligent”, as people should know better. His examples could have happened with a double action revolver-indeed, have.

The solution, whether nukes or crossbows, is instruction, training and practice.

Regarding Col. Cooper, he was a great man; I read everything I could from him and still review “Principles” occasionally. But he had his favorites, one the 1911. Near the end of his life, he wrote the GLOCK was a “gun for the masses”. So even he recognized its qualities, even if he did not approve of its “pedestrian” nature.

The Garland officer, by reports forwarded to me, used a GLOCK Model 21 in .45 Auto to terminate the terrorists. It’s reported he reloaded as he advanced on the terrorist pair.

Cooper would say: “Well done.”

I have a .45 Glock model 21sf. It’s an excellent handgun. I shot it in the Glock shooting competition last year, where my shooting was accounted “not bad, for a law professor.”

WE MAY HAVE NEED OF THEM AGAIN: Bob Owens On Dangerous Old Men.

BOB OWENS: An Open Letter To A Hack Journalist. More here.

BOB OWENS: A Perfect Neighbor? Considering George Zimmerman, Post-Circus. “How many of you have numerous acts of decency and bravery in your past?”

Hey, I’ve stuck it out in the blogosphere for nearly 12 years now. That ought to get me some sort of medal. . . .

BOB OWENS IS hanging out his shingle as an IT recruiting consultant. Well, he’s been doing it for years, but now it’s official.

BOB OWENS: Forget 3D Printing, Here’s The Real Threat To Gun Control.

TRUST: Marines in inaugural parade had bolts removed from their rifles.

But according to the comments here, this isn’t new.

LYING LIARS OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Changing “shotgun” into “assault rifle” to fit the narrative — and then changing it back when caught. I suppose it might have been an honest mistake, but this kind of thing happens so often that there’s not a lot of doubt to give them the benefit of anymore.

BOB OWENS: Register … or Rebel: How Many New Yorkers Will Defy New Law? “Already, signs that Governor Cuomo and his allies underestimated the pushback.”

Hey, if you can’t even get orderly Canadians with no Second Amendment tradition to go along with a rifle registry. . . .

BOB OWENS: The So-Called Assault Weapons on My Rifle Range. “It may come as a surprise to some to learn that the AR-15 is the best-selling, most common centerfire rifle in the United States.”

I’VE BEEN GETTING THESE EMAILS, TOO: Bob Owens: Just spoke DIRECTLY with @walmart corporate PR. Rumors of stopping ammo purchases are completely bogus. But the really bad news for Wal-Mart is that people found them believable.

NOW ON YOUTUBE: InstaVision: I talk with Bob Owens about guns and gun control.

INSTAVISION: I talk with Bob Owens about gun-control efforts and what they mean.

BOB OWENS: Dick’s Sporting Goods screws over their customers and their suppliers.

UPDATE: From the comments: “So, the moral of the story is don’t be a Dick.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The Stylish Man’s Guide To Concealed Carry.

If, of course, the gun store has any guns left.

BOB OWENS: For ‘A Well-Regulated Militia,’ What Firearms, Gear, and Skills Should You Own?

If this interests you, you might want to read It Takes a Militia: A Communitarian Case for Compulsory Arms Bearing, which Brannon Denning and I wrote for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal a while back.

BOB OWENS: Flashback to 1994: The Assault Weapons Ban: How Silly Was It? Revisiting the comically incompetent law which President Obama wishes to reinstate. The ban was intended, and was received as, a statement of naked power by one American culture over another.

Related: David Steinberg: Air Marshals, Armed Teachers, and Gun-Free Zones: Are You Consistent?

A BUSINESS IDEA FROM BOB OWENS: Would you recommend a firearms purchasing consultation to a friend or family member interested in purchasing a gun?

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Union thugs use punches, not persuasion, in Michigan.

Union bosses hate right-to-work laws the same way they hate every policy that tends to empower workers — including their own members — to make informed decisions about how they are represented in the workplace. This is why they pushed so hard to eliminate secret ballot votes in unionization elections. It is why they have pushed to shorten the time frame for those elections to the vanishing point, and to prevent employers from discussing the possible drawbacks of unionization with their employees. That is why they pushed to change the 70-year-old rules for airline and railroad union elections, so that a minority of workers can now force the majority into a union.

Right-to-work laws do not ban unions. They merely ensure that workers can no longer be coerced to pay them. They also create workplace conditions under which even union members are no longer a captive audience, forced to bow to whatever decisions the union leadership makes.

And that’s what the union leaders fear most.

With reason.

UPDATE: But of course: Gawker Tries To Defend Man Who Punched Steven Crowder.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Thoughts from Patterico on the tactics involved.

Related: The Terror of the Anti-Liberty Movement.


BOB OWENS: Washington Post Goes Full Bigot:

I guess I should consider myself fortunate to have even appeared on their radar as an anthropological experiment, being a white, southern, public university graduate. It is not something of which the Post editorial board approves.

The Post editorial board, you see, is a thing of rare beauty and diversity.

Harvard-educated Fred Hiatt has been with the paper since 1981, as has Harvard-educated Lee Hockstader, Harvard-educated Stephen Stromberg, Harvard-educated Charles Lane, and Harvard-educated Opinions editor Marisa Bellack.

Yale-educated Jackson Diehl and Ruth Marcus are the Ivy League “outsiders.” Jo-Ann Armao, another white liberal, comes from the University of Buffalo, along with progressive cartoonist Tom Toles. Jonathan Capehart, the sole African-American on the board, shares the same diversity of thought as his colleagues. His difference from his peers is literally skin-deep, his individual editorials interchangeable with those of his peers in terms of view and substance.

There are no westerners, southerners, or Midwesterners on the Post editorial board, nor are there any libertarians, Republicans, or conservatives.

Most have been with the paper for decades. All are creatures of the Beltway, living inside the cocoon of Washington, D.C., itself or in its wealthy suburbs, which are the richest in the nation. Hiatt himself lives in Chevy Chase, where the median family income is more than $200,000 per year, and the average home price is $855,000.

The Post editorial board is insular, isolated, and lock-step liberal in belief.

And because of this, they still don’t appreciate how much they damaged their brand with a single editorial.

BOB OWENS: Doomsday Preppers Week 2: How To Destroy Your Internet Marriage Without Even Trying.

BOB OWENS: Questions for White House Over Benghazi Just Beginning. “We’ve learned about the incredible heroism of a CIA force that repeatedly called for help for as it was being attacked. Disturbingly, we learned that this force had been told to “stand down” twice by their chain of command, and that they violated direct orders to conduct this rescue mission. Our consulate staff was left to die. Let me say that again: our consulate staff was to be abandoned and left to die.”

BOB OWENS: Why Romney’s Right: Many Cheap Ships Safer Than Few Expensive Ones. “With a smaller fleet, losing just one of our technological marvels is a crippling security blow and too much risk.”

FROM BOB OWENS, So You Want To Own A Gun? 99 cents on Kindle.

BOB OWENS NOTES THAT THE “PUTTING THE WHITE BACK IN THE WHITE HOUSE” LINE comes from a lefty anti-Palin site. No surprise there. No surprise that Buzzfeed — which is rapidly losing credibility on all fronts — jumped on this.

UPDATE: Ann Althouse: Shameful, lowly race-baiting… but who’s doing it? Well, in the first instance, Andrew Kaczynski. “Buzzfeed and all the Romney opponents who chose to link to Buzzfeed should be ashamed. They lowered themselves. They saw an opportunity go racial and they took it.”

The Buzzfeed folks should also be concerned that folks on the right will be less willing to link them in the future, if they’re perceived — as I believe they increasingly are — as lefty agitprop shills. Caroline Bankoff at New York Magazine may be comfortable in that niche, but I believe Buzzfeed wanted broader appeal.

And if you’ve noticed that I’m going out of my way to name names here, you’re right. Accountability journalism.

One of Althouse’s commenters nails it: “An agent provocateur passed off by BuzzFeed as a Romney supporter. Both are complicit in the smear.”


BOB OWENS: “How bad was Romney’s beat-down of Obama tonight?”

OOH, THAT SMELL: Government Union’s Pro-Obama ‘Garbage’ Attack Ad Backfires, Bob Owens writes:

Don’t claim Mitt Romney doesn’t know or care about garbage men when he devotes a specific mention about them in his book, right down to the line about being invisible:

“During my campaign for governor, I decided to spend a day every few weeks doing the jobs of other people in Massachusetts.  Among other jobs, I cooked sausages at Fenway Park, worked on asphalt paving crew, stacked bales of hay on a farm, volunteered in an emergency room, served food at a nursing home, and worked as a child-care assistant.  I’m often asked which was the hardest job – it’s child care, by a mile.”

“One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector.  I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston.  As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me.  It was as if I was invisible.  Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect. –  I wasn’t a particularly good garbage collector: at one point, after filling the trough at the back of the truck, I pulled the wrong hydraulic lever.  Instead of pushing the load into the truck, I dumped it onto the street. Maybe the suits didn’t notice me, but the guys at the construction site sure did…” (251)

The AFSCME claim isn’t just poor agi-prop, it was directly refuted before it was ever written.

Read the whole thing.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LAST NIGHT: Univision Breaks New Details of Obama Admin’s Fast and Furious Cover-Up.

And a question from Bob Owens: Will Romney mention Fast and Furious during the debates, to help force an issue to the surface that the palace guard MSM are “unexpectedly” reluctant to discuss?

FAST AND FURIOUS: Univision Breaks New Details of Obama Admin’s Fast and Furious Cover-Up.

And a question from Bob Owens: Will Romney mention Fast and Furious during the debates, to help force an issue to the surface that the palace guard MSM are “unexpectedly” reticent to discuss?

BOB OWENS: Look on my mom jeans, ye Mighty, and despair! Not an undecided vote remains.

“BLOWBACK:” NOW THERE’S A TERM WE USED TO HEAR A LOT: “From the Arabian Spring of hope (although technically protesting soaring food prices, something which is about to happen all over again) to the Arabian Fall of anti-American revulsion in under two years: has to be a blowback record. The latest casualty: the German embassy in Sudan.”

How’s that “smart diplomacy” workin’ out for ya?

Related: Bloody Hand Prints at Consulate Reveal Americans Were Dragged From Building Before Their Death.

Also: Ouch.

Maybe Obama really should fire Hillary. Or maybe she’ll resign to avoid going down with the ship. . . .

UPDATE: Bloody handprints: The defining image of the Obama Administration? “The parable of the scorpion and the frog has never been more applicable.”

With Bush it was purple fingers . . . .

#MSNBCRACISTS: Noted racial harmony expert Chris Matthews lives in ritzy town with ten whole black people in it.

HEY, WHERE’S THE “BARACK OBAMA, MURDERER” COMMERCIAL? Another Fast and Furious gun surfaces in murder plot.

BOB OWENS: The Cluck Heard ‘Round The World.

Clearly, this is more than a “buycott” over gay marriage. If the smattered of people I’ve talked to are representative, homosexuality is a side issue.

This strikes a much deeper, more foundational chord.

The massive crowd reaction locally and nationwide are driven by a loathing of arrogant politicians like those in Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco who feel they have the power and the authority to tell a businessman like Dan Cathy what personal opinions he can and cannot hold if he wants to do business in “their” towns.

They trampled on his religious beliefs. They trampled on his freedom of speech. They attempted to deny him and his franchisees the rights to start small businesses, merely because a free American dared to share what he believed.

Maybe it is a preference cascade. If so, you can thank Rahm.

BOB OWENS: What if a trained gun owner — say, myself — had been allowed to carry in the Aurora theater? “The first rule of gun-fighting still applies: first, have a gun.”

BOB OWENS: Are Shooters To Blame for Western Wildfires? No. The environmentalists are. But count on the anti-gun spin getting more press.

BOB OWENS: Welcome To The Mainstream, Mr. Furious: The scandal kicks off his shoes and gets comfortable in America’s living rooms.

Possibly related: Gallup tracking poll: Obama at 43%, down seven points in two weeks. Of course, it’s hard to know whether that’s because of Fast & Furious, or all the other #Obamafail that’s gone on.

BOB OWENS: Three Key Fast And Furious Questions Still Unanswered.

BOB OWENS: So You Want To Own a Gun (Part Three).

BOB OWENS: So You Want To Own A Gun (Part Two).

BOB OWENS: Daily Beast Columnist Politely Calls for George Zimmerman’s Lynching.

BOB OWENS: BREAKING: Bank of America Reportedly Drops Gun Company for Political Reasons. “They simply do not want to be associated with gun companies.”

That’s dumb. The firearms industry is one of the few to flourish under Obama.

ADVICE: Bob Owens: So You Want To Own A Gun.

TOM MAGUIRE: WaPo Media Watchdog Barks Up Wrong Tree, Protects NBC. “It looks as if Mr. Wemple was willing to follow the story until it actually led somewhere.” Media wagons, circled.

UPDATE: Associated Press “forgets” inconvenient part of Zimmerman story. “Funny how a major news organization could miss such a well-documented detail. It’s like they didn’t want to muddy the narrative with facts.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Jonathan Winkler writes:

Interesting in parallel with the circling of wagons on EditGate is that Politico and WaPo are reporting today on John Edwards returning campaign cash. If you read the stories, you get the impression Edwards bailed out of his 2008 campaign because of the sex scandal covered by the press. But they didn’t report on it during the campaign, and he dropped out because he wasn’t winning. But that narrative is awkward and involves the National Enquirer. Another media failure down the Memory Hole.

Keep rockin’!

Also: The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Memory Hole.

BOB OWENS: Why I Called George Zimmerman a Murderer, and Why I Was Wrong. “I won’t get fooled by media again.”

BOB OWENS: Bunkers, Food, Armor: Disaster Prep Hits Mainstream.

I didn’t realize how mainstream it had become until Costco sent me an e-flyer: “Get Your Home And Garden Stocked For An Emergency And Save!” It promoted emergency preparedness, the top suggestions being a month of food storage supplies and emergency garden seeds.

Modern prepping has come a long way from the survivalists of the late 1990s.

As I wrote a while back, we’re all soldiers of fortune now. And if this stuff interests you, you might want to check out Bill Quick’s disaster-preparation forum. Also, here’s a list of some key supplies, and here are some bug-out bag recommendations.

BOB OWENS: The Appleseed Project: History, Character, and Rifles.

NARRATIVE-TENDING: ABC News doctors Zimmerman video to peddle false story in Trayvon Martin case. As I keep saying, stay tuned. Here’s the Daily Caller story.

BOB OWENS: ANTI-GUN GROUPS SILENT ON “FAST AND FURIOUS.” “Pressed by PJ Media, they refuse to condemn gun violence facilitated by the Obama administration.”

BOB OWENS: MSNBC’s ‘Rossen Reports’: More Lying About Guns.

BOB OWENS: Fast And Furious: Three Questions Not Asked. “Whether Operation Fast and Furious was a legitimate law enforcement operation, as the Department of Justice claims, or was part of a plot to impose gun control, it was radically different from all other border gun operations in one crucial way. Operation Fast and Furious was the only border gun operation that was undertaken with the full intention of the straw-purchased guns leaving the control of law enforcement officers and reaching the armories of drug cartel murderers. That fact alone should lead to the impeachment or administrative removal of everyone, from field agents to political appointees and elected officials that knew or should have known about the plot. But that is only half of the horror story.”

BOB OWENS: House Dems Disgraceful at Holder Hearing. “They showed up to protect the president, and showed no interest in justice for the dead.”

UPDATE: Democrats Circle Wagons Around Holder.

BOB OWENS: New Emails Suggest Eric Holder Perjured Himself. Was he sworn? If not, it could still be a False Statements Act violation.

A STATE OF THE UNION DRINKING GAME: “If the word ‘debt’ is used, take a sip of your friend’s drink and promise to give it back.” More at the link.

UPDATE: Tweet The State Of The Union. “Via David Codrea, we learn that the Presidential Advisors are sitting down after the State of the Union to answer questions via Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. . . . What we’ve never heard is an explanation of who is involved in Fast and Furious, the Gunwalker scandal. I think we should flood Twitter with some questions. Luckily, my good friend Bob Owens has given us some. Read the questions below and click to link to Tweet them to the advisors. Click each one to tweet all five!”

BOB OWENS HAS MORE ON THE LATEST JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SCANDALS: Recall that invoking the Fifth Amendment is only allowed to avoid self-incrimination. “Patrick J. Cunningham, chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights and declining to testify about Operation Fast and Furious in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. . . . Cunningham’s defense seeks to portray him as an innocent man caught in a conflict between the legislative and executive branches of government. He also seems to be the designated ‘fall guy’ in the Obama administration’s recent tactical shift.”

BOB OWENS: More on the NY Times gun lie… and media lies in general. “It’s easy for people to look at areas in which they specialize and find the lies that editors and journalists pass off as ‘news,’ but what people are afraid to do is consider is that the rest of the news is just as blinkered. What we have here is just one story of hundreds published in the Times this week that has been conclusively debunked. What would happen if all of the stories in the Times – or the Washington Post, or your local newspaper or television news – were subject to the sort of expert scrutiny as this Luo article, in a given day or week? What percentage of reporting would we discover is marginally biased, seriously slanted, or even fabricated?”

DOG BITES MAN: New York Times guilty of shoddy journalism on gun story.

Plus, more scorn aimed at the Times, from gun journalist Bob Owens. “In other words, 200 permit holders were convicted of felonies out of 240,000 permit holders, or 0.0833333334-percent of NC concealed carry permit population. I would love for the New York Times to do the research and see what percentage of the NYPD, Chicago PD, Los Angeles PD, or New Orleans PD is convicted of felonies in any given year.”

Research? Where guns and the NYT are concerned, “research” means copying the latest press release from Brady or Bloomberg.

And, from SayUncle: “Of course, no expose into the Mayors Against Guns crowd, who are 45 times more likely to be a criminal than a FL permit holder.”

He’s not joking about that. “Comparatively speaking, Mayors Against Illegal Guns members are almost eight times more likely to be convicted of crimes than Florida concealed firearm license holders – but that number is based off 23 years of licenses versus four years of MAIG. Assuming the mayors had as much history as the licenses, and assuming the same trend (11 mayors convicted in four years – a sizeable assumption, but it is all the data we have to operate on), you are looking at MAIG members being over 45 times more likely to be convicted of crimes than Florida concealed firearm license holders. How funny is that?”

Related: BlackFive: Misused Gun Statistics Kill The Truth. “Did you know there is a nationwide rampage going on where crazed fanatics with concealed carry permits are slaughtering innocent citizens? Neither did I, but thankfully the NY Times is on the story. With their usual, thoroughly accurate, fact-checked, journalistic professionalism propaganda, they have concocted a faux outrage that simply doesn’t add up.”

Plus, from Robert VerBruggen:

All of these numbers are completely meaningless; in any large population, there will be some crime. The only way to see what these numbers mean is to compare concealed-carry holders to the general population. Fortunately, state-level murder data are easy to find.

North Carolina has a statewide murder rate of about 5 per 100,000. Even without counting manslaughter, that’s 25 murders committed per 100,000 North Carolinians every five years. There are about 230,000 valid concealed-carry permits in North Carolina, so by pure chance, you’d expect these folks to be responsible for nearly 60 murders over five years. And yet only ten of them committed murder or manslaughter. Instead of “rais[ing] questions,” the Times has demonstrated yet again that permit holders are more peaceful than the general population.

Oft evil will shall evil mar.

BOB OWENS: NYT Smears Gingrich Over EMP Threat Comment. “Broad and the Times have gone out of their way to fabricate a ‘warmonger’ theme. The article portrays Gingrich as someone angling for preemptive military strikes based off of one off-the-cuff comment by Gingrich. Gingrich has primarily advocated for nothing more than cost-effective hardening of critical infrastructure components so that our grid has a better chance of surviving any sort of electromagnetic surge that strikes our grid, be it man-made or natural in origin. Gingrich may be the only adult in the room when it comes to discussing the steps our nation needs to take to harden an electrical grid that is showing its age, piecemeal construction, and fragility, and at a fraction of cost of the present administration’s abortive and wasteful spending binges.”

#OCCUPYFAIL: Arrested for occupying a food court. And, even in San Francisco, ignored by shoppers.

OUCH: Report: Fast and Furious body count may be 3,000.

#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Portland domestic terrorists arrested with hand grenades. All the media myths about the Tea Party seem to have come true with regard to the Occupy movement, but the press doesn’t seem to care all that much.

BOB OWENS IS GOBSMACKED: Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story is a real book!

He adds: “The comments are every bit as vicious and sarcastic as you might expect.”

Plus: “What’s next, a Eric Holder book entitled, ‘Great Moments in Law Enforcement’?”

MASSIVE SOLAR FLARE MISSES, this time. “What I find fascinating about Thursday’s eruption is that even though scientists saw it and recognized its power immediately, the rest of us were oblivious to it. The flare was ignored by the media.”

BOB OWENS: Gunwalker: The Third Gun. Darrell Issa investigates the rumored third gun present at ATF Agent Bryan Terry’s murder. “It appears that the primary mission of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is to insulate President Obama’s political appointees from the consequences of their actions, and to obstruct the pursuit of justice by Congress as much as possible.”

BOB OWENS: Gunwalker: Issa Reveals Drug Enforcement Administration Involvement. “It was a joint operation in which DEA knew more than ATF.”

BOB OWENS: Gunwalker: Dems Abandoning Ship? “The typical gun-control advocates don’t have the president’s and attorney general’s backs this time.”

BOB OWENS ON THAT ATF GUN-SMUGGLING SCANDAL: Gunwalker’s Body Count Grows, Along with the Obama Administration’s Cover-Up. “It seems like only a matter of time before administration officials face felony indictments for their role in Operation Fast and Furious.” And it looks like Rep. Issa will call for a special prosecutor. Key Issa quote: “The administration wanted to show that guns found in Mexico came from the United States.” Even if it had to send them there itself.

BOB OWENS: The “Assault-Weapons” Ban: How Silly Was It?

BOB OWENS: Obfuscation: Dems Push Gun Control To Hide ‘Gunwalker’ Scandal. “The exact same agencies that would be charged with enforcing the proposal are currently under investigation — and may eventually face felony charges — because they broke existing laws and participated in widespread gun trafficking. To borrow from a reader, the federal government is using federal agencies to break federal laws so that same federal government can impose more federal laws on the people that did not break the law.”

BOB OWENS: Media Still Soft-Pedaling ATF Gunrunning Scandal Despite Hundreds Of Deaths.

BOB OWENS: Don’t be confused on that ATF Gunrunning scandal. There’s a difference between the “Gunrunner” program, and “Operation Fast And Furious.”

BOB OWENS: DOJ INSPECTOR GENERAL CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO INVESTIGATE GUNWALKER. “Ultimately, the operation led to the murder of two U.S. federal agents and an estimated 150 Mexican law enforcement officers and soldiers. The strong implication is that those individuals and agencies responsible for allowing Gunwalker to proceed aided and abetted murder, committing felonies as accessories before the fact. Such serious charges, potentially reaching the highest levels of the Department of Justice and possibly higher, should not be undertaken by an acting inspector general, which is typically a caretaker role until a new inspector general has been appointed.”

IN THE WAKE OF THAT ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL, BOB OWENS ASKS: The Assault Weapons Ban: How Silly Was It? (Part One). “With the Obama admin and a Washington Post editorial calling for its reinstatement — amidst a tie-in to the Gunwalker scandal — it’s worth revisiting the boneheaded law.”

BOB OWENS: Pravda on the Potomac: Washington Post Again Covers for Gov’t on Gunwalker. “The increasingly shameless Post runs an editorial trying to shift the blame for Gunwalker to … the National Rifle Association.” Personally, I blame Sarah Palin. And the Koch Brothers. Also, Halliburton. [Forget the Halliburton, that’s so pre-2009. — ed Sorry, need to run an update on my List Of Approved Villains.]

BOB OWENS: Seventy-One Shots: The Death of Jose Guereña.

Dupnik’s SWAT team initially claimed that Guereña fired at them while they were serving a warrant — as he slept. They claimed that his bullets hit the bulletproof shield that the entry team hid behind, and that the barrage of bullets they fired back was in self-defense.

Only, Guereña never fired his weapon. Awoken by his wife with screams that men with guns were invading his home and threatening his family, Jose Guereña armed himself with a AR-15 rifle and crouched in the hallway. The SWAT team unloaded upon Guereña on sight. He apparently recognized the home invaders as police. He took 60 rounds, but never — as the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was forced to admit — took off his weapon’s safety as he was being killed. . . . A Marine veteran of Iraq that had the discipline not to fire — a discipline that a trigger-happy SWAT team which has now killed three men in less than a year cannot itself exercise?

Police shouldn’t launch this sort of raid absent an imminent threat to life. They go wrong too often. And clowns like Pima County’s Sheriff Dupnik shouldn’t be around guns of any kind.

GUILT — WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Last week, Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee blogged, “Guy makes $120K in Two Days on Osama Bin Laden Tee Shirts:”

Maurice Harary, 23, set up his T-shirt website as soon as he heard that the former Al Qaeda leader had been shot by U.S. Navy Seals on Sunday night.The New Yorker raced home to his apartment to work on building the website on Sunday night and it was ready to go live at 3.30am on Monday morning.

Making money: Maurice Harary, 23, from New York, made $120,000 from his Osama Bin Laden merchandise website in two days.

By Tuesday evening he had already sold more than 10,000 items at $12 a time.

T-shirts bearing slogans including ‘Obama killed Osama’, ‘Osama’s back – not!’ and ‘Just dead it’ have been flying off his virtual shelves.

Sadly, a fair amount of guilt appears to have quickly set in, according to CBS:

“I will now be refunding all orders on Osama dead tees,” he says. “Celebrating over the death of someone, whoever it is, is evil in my eyes.”

“I feel it’s not a positive way to be making money,” he says. “I don’t want my success to come at the expense of anyone else.

He says he wants to make money the right way.

So, he’s launching another site, selling a wider variety of clothing.

CBS notes that “The 23-year-old is a business student at New York University.” Oh to have been a fly on the wall if his professors discussed this topic with him.

Fortunately, Confederate Yankee has a suitable T-shirt he links to, that, as Bob writes, will “honor those who made Bin Laden a room-temperature commodity.”

Incidentally, speaking of Osama T-shirts, how long before Osama as Ché T-shirts begin to appear and become the “hip” pop culture fashion accessory?

THE CAMPUS-CARRY MOVEMENT: Alex Hannaford’s Atlantic article is written much-too-much for the magazine’s bobo audience (i.e. people like me); I’m not wild about it.  It’s transparently condescending, for example, to express grave wonderment that anyone could think that Barack Obama is on the side of gun-controllers – look at all the gun-rights laws he’s passed!! – rather than looking at what he tells those to whom he unburdens his soul about bitter clingers, etc.  It strikes me as at least possible that Jerry Brown has actually changed his minds about guns, at least when it comes to him owning them; Barack Obama, naw.

As to campus-carry, however, I myself am torn.  Beloved Daughter is about to go off to college in Texas, as I mentioned, and she is interested in firearms training.  I am a strong supporter of gun rights – and also think that urban kids like my daughter, who has shot a gun once in her life at age 12 in God’s Own Country (that’s the Owens Valley to the rest of you) and does not come from gun culture, needs a lot of real, honest to goodness training in safety and shooting and how one behaves in situations of self-defence with guns.  That’s a lot more than some on-line gun course, and here’s your license.  I want her to be able to carry – but I want her knowledge and training to be real.

And that’s true for the rest of the campus community.  I understand fully the way in which permits and training requirements are manipulated to be a backdoor route to gun control; I also wouldn’t want my kid carrying a gun unless she had a whole lot of it, and updated on a regular basis.  I want her to come back from school not just owning a handgun as a toy, but competent to use it. (Thanks to reader DM for the recommendation on a training course in our area.)

BOB OWENS: Salon Posts Completely False Article About Giffords Shooting. “Elliott’s post isn’t just wrong, it’s embarrassingly wrong.”

I dunno, I found the part about Sarah Palin being the second shooter on the grassy knoll quite compelling.

BOB OWENS: What Do the ‘Holiday Terror Warning’ Targets Have in Common? “All are places where some states have outlawed concealed carry, which has saved plenty of lives in Israel and elsewhere. . . . Laws of course vary from state to state, but the simple fact is that the large majority of states — even those that allow concealed carry — have lacked the foresight to see a concealed carry permit holder as anything other than a civilian protecting himself or herself. They have yet to grasp the fact that concealed carry permit holders are the first line of defense against a Mumbai-style attack.”