Much like FoxNews and their token liberals, the stridently anti-Second Amendment Huffington Post will occasionally publish pieces from time to time by a “gun guy.” That is literally how Mike Weisser self identifies to the world via his blog and his description at the HuffPo. He confidently claims that “I know as much about guns and hunting as anyone“ which is good if you are say an antigun HuffPo reader looking for an appeal to authority to include in a heated discussion on Facebook. However……it seems like an unsubstantiated statement. We shall circle back to that later. He also claims that guns are his “only hobby” which given the volume of his blog posts and articles seems misleading. Gun control seems to be his only hobby unless that is just a facet of his disappointment regarding the ever growing diversification of hunters and gun owners.
Weisser’s blog entries are not works of statistical analysis such as, the truly enlightening and well researched work of AmidstTheNoise on YouTube but rather they follow a constant drumbeat of the following:
- Assault rifles are bad. No hunter needs them. Hunting is what rifles are good for. (Pay no mind to the troublesome fact that bolt action and lever action rifles were at one time cutting edge technology and used as……assault rifles. In fact, let us completely forget that muskets were once cutting edge and military issue.)
- Several personal attacks on Dana Loesch. He appears to be obsessed with female gun rights spokespeople, more on that later as well.
- He spends some time defending the oh-so altruistic nature of Mike Bloomberg and endorses Bloomberg’s other efforts to control what we put into our bodies.
- He makes sure that you know he owns those guns that he does not like such as the evil AR15 and AK47. The logic of this assertion is lost upon all rational people.
- Mr. Colion Noir, the articulate and informed black gun enthusiast is focused upon as well. I think I know why. Again, more later.
Any moderately informed Second Amendment supporter would have no problem deconstructing his views. The aforementioned “AmidstTheNoise” (Mr Billy Johnson) would crush “Mike the gun guy” handily in a debate. Actual debate is not Mike’s way of doing things. He does not want any debate, he simply wants guns gone. The common thread in his writing is “the gun is the problem.” Not “end the drug war” or “fix the inner city.” Nope. You will never hear a gun control activist speak about actually fixing the socio-cultural roots of violence because as Mr. Bloomberg reminds us, it is not about the people, it is about control. The state will protect you, it will tell you what you may consume, and settling a dispute with a blunt object where the physically stronger always win and keep the weaker in line, is far preferable than using a gun. I am not sure if it is moral cowardice or just a desire for more control in the lives of our populace but the gun control zealots never want to actually fix hotbeds of violence like Chicago or Oakland.
So yes, it is a depressing and dreary read when perusing Mr. Weisser’s literary body of work. The level to which he stoops with truly nasty personal attacks on people such as Julie Golob and Dana Loesch is something that makes you want to cleanse yourself afterwards.
Earlier this year, Weisser joined a growing contingent of antigun and antihunting writers that have one thing in common: they very much dislike the growing trend of outspoken non-white, non-male gunowners and hunters. I promised more on why he singles out Dana Loesch and Mr Colion Noir so here we go!
A friend sent me this “article” which was typical of Weisser. Weisser has a real problem with the NRA producing and disseminating gun safety media, particularly to children. Yes, the word “phony” is used. He is referring to this video that veteran, shooting champion, and mother Julie Golob starred in. Weisser is never one to simply debate facts, rather he complained that Julie’s message is “bouncy and joyful” along with complaining that the children’s testimonials in the video are “cutsey” and of course pointing out how the Eddie Eagle program’s message of “not touching the gun — leaving the area — telling an adult, which is then followed by a new lyric for the older kids involving telling them never to touch a gun unless being supervised by an adult, never point a gun at anyone and always assume that every gun is loaded” is “phony.”
One notes a pattern here. Why no cutting comments about Mr. Colion Noir’s appearance from Weisser? Weisser touches upon one female gun spokesperson’s appearance and obsess over Dana Loesch. “Why” is that the antigun and antihunting people detest seeing anyone other than a white male hunting or using a gun, period. “Why” is that the growing popularity across the sexes and races of hunting and gun ownership does not fit the narrative of those pursuits being the sole domain of the white male.
Witness the controversy over a teenage girl daring to hunt in Africa (actual death threats). Steve Rinella wrote a truly excellent article about the obvious sexism displayed by those “protesting” the hunt and I encourage you to read it here (and to watch his show and to buy his books). The antihunting and antigun people are seeing what they considered white male-only lifestyles actually transcend race and sex. Their reaction is of course to launch personal attacks and outright witch hunts. Happily, that has not stopped Julie Golob, Mr. Colion Noir, Beka Garris, Dana Loesch, or Eva Shockey from asserting themselves as self reliant individuals who understand things like “the Constitution,” “the right to self defense,” and “ethically harvesting your own food.”
I doubt that Mike Weisser will discontinue his attacks on the non traditional hunters and gunowners speaking up for our rights. I doubt that the Huffington Post will ever tackle the root causes of violence and I definitely do not foresee Shannon Watts noticing that outside of the inner city, America is less violent than the United Kingdom.
However, I will close with a few thoughts:
- If Julie Golob is “bouncy,” is Mike reptilian?
- Is it a sign of hypocrisy to lament that the average gun owning household may own more than ten guns but then point out that he owns “41 or 42” guns (apparently one is “sitting around somewhere in the basement or out in the garage” which means someone did not pay attention to the NRA’s gun safety program. Please be a responsible gun owner and track your guns down and secure them, Mike.) I suppose that senility might also explain such travesties of logic and blatant hypocrisy, no?
- Julie Golob’s book is ranked at #126,839 in Amazon’s sales rankings at the time of this article’s publishing. Mike’s last book is ranked at #3,332,186 (source). I suppose that I should note that lower is better with regards to these numbers.
- Claiming that “I know as much about guns and hunting as anyone. “ is not a good idea. Someone might challenge you on that one, Mike. Someone who actually hunts, who actually competes in the shooting sports, and is (gasp) female! Maybe Julie Golob, maybe not . Maybe Annette Wachter. Uh-oh, another non-white, non-male gunowner to attack? Quickly, off to the blog, Mike!
- I also would not mind shooting against Weisser in a friendly contest. I would not allow such an obviously angry character around my dog or my kids though. Personal attacks show character, Mike. You do not have the wherewithal to truly discuss the roots of violence in America so you sling insults and single out women (Dana Loesch and Julie Golob) and minority gun spokespeople (Mr. Colion Noir). We get it, you feel threatened by guns and hunting going mainstream. Your character is known.
- We all genuinely hope that you find that missing firearm that you misplaced.
Whether you like it or not, guns carried by civilians have saved lives. I am quite certain that the survivors of the Westgate Mall attack would disagree with Weisser.
News of the assault was beginning to spread via frantic phones calls, texts, and WhatsApp messages. Westgate is in the heart of a Kenyan-Indian part of the city, and the close-knit community there knew better than to rely on the authorities to send help. Instead, the call went out to the community’s own licensed gun holders, who were organized into self-appointed armed neighborhood watch units.
Harish Patel, a member of an outfit calling itself the Krisna Squad, was returning home from a morning spent volunteering at the nearby Hindu crematorium when he received a distress call: There was a robbery at the Nakumatt store in Westgate, with shooting going on. A couple of minutes later, the 43-year-old was within sight of the mall. He patted the pistol he wore on his hip and grabbed the spare magazine he kept in his car.
On the western side of town, Abdul Haji was in a business meeting at the Yaya Centre, another Nairobi shopping mall. The 38-year-old bitumen trader was sipping an Americano when his white iPhone chirruped. It was a text message from his brother: “Trapped in Westgate. Terrorist attack. Pray for me.”
Abdul abandoned the business meeting and rushed to his silver SUV in the basement. As he sped toward Westgate, swerving around cars and over sidewalks to cut through the traffic, he ran through a mental checklist: He had his gun, as always, a Ceska 9mm, but no spare magazine and no body armor.
He reached Westgate minutes after Nura and Harish.
“Where’s the SWAT team?” Katherine kept wondering as the hours ticked by. “Why isn’t somebody coming in here? They should be storming the place and getting us out.”
When somebody did come at last, it was one man (an armed citizen) with a handgun.
Weisser’s blog will never lack for nasty personal attacks as more women are buying, using, and carrying guns. I would not be surprised if he targets more of the new breed of gun owners whom are in the public eye such as Gabby Franco or Chris Cheng.