Mike Weisser: Your Character Is Showing

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 NoirBeka 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.

Also, more African Americans are carrying firearms for self defense.

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.

 

 

911 isn’t a self defense strategy

One of the key points of disagreement between pro-gunners and anti-gunners is on the concept of whether or not it is necessary, or even appropriate, for an “average” citizen to have ready access to a lethal weapon in case they are attacked. Anti-gunners often hold that the proper course of action when one is threatened by another is to call the police and let them deal with the problem. To the average person this might sound like a perfectly reasonable answer, but it really isn’t. The giant hole in the anti-gunner self defense plan is that even the best police response is going to be minutes out in a situation where seconds define the boundaries between life and death.

Sunday morning I had to deal with a trespasser with a long documented history of vagrancy, mental health issues, and most worryingly, violence. A police officer who did a check on the man described him as, and I quote, “a psycho”. I had a plan for dealing with the guy and calling the police the second he showed any hostile behavior was a prominent feature of this plan. It was not, however, my only plan. I knew that if the man got violent it was going to be my problem while we waited for police response. We did end up having to call the police, and the officers who responded (3 cruisers including a supervisor) were polite, professional, helpful…and arrived several minutes after the guy left.

This week the FBI released a detailed report about active shooter scenarios. I encourage you to follow this link and read it for yourself, as it contains all sorts of data about where active shooter events take place and how they tend to develop. I found it interesting that nearly half of these events take place in commercial spaces, and that commercial spaces and educational spaces have been the target of almost 3/4 of these attacks. The most significant part of the report, in my mind, was the “resolutions” section. I’ll reproduce it here:

“The majority of the 160 incidents (90 [56.3%]) ended on the shooter’s initiative—sometimes when the shooter committed suicide or stopped shooting, and other times when the shooter fled the scene. There were at least 25 incidents where the shooter fled the scene before police arrived. In 4 additional incidents, at least 5 shooters fled the scene and were still at large at the time the study results were released. In other incidents, it was a combination of actions by citizens and/or law enforcement that ended the shootings. In at least 65 (40.6%) of the 160 incidents, citizen engagement or the shooter committing suicide ended the shooting at the scene before law enforcement arrived.”

In other words, in the sizeable majority of active shooter incidents the event was over before police ever arrived on the scene. Keep in mind that an active shooter call gets the highest priority police response. When that call goes out police departments (in the US, at least) drop everything and get to the scene as quickly as possible. Even so, in the majority of situations priority police response to a mass-casualty event was still too late. Remember: I’m not saying that. The FBI is saying that. This is fact, not a talking point.

The only answer to an active shooter is force. The only way to limit the casualties inflicted by an active shooter is to apply that force immediately. The only way to do that is to have armed individuals among the intended victims of the attack…which is why, in the aftermath of the horrific events at Sandy Hook the NRA proposed putting school resource officers in every school. The NRA was mocked, you’ll recall, for proposing the idea as all the leading lights in society scoffed…but the NRA’s proposal was based on the same sort of sober analysis of these events mirrored in this FBI report. About a year after the horror at Newtown, another malevolent narcissist tried to pull off a massacre in Arapahoe High School…and he was engaged by gunfire from a school resource officer less than 90 seconds after he started shooting.

The politicians who like to mock the NRA and blame them for all the violence that takes place in our society conveniently ignore the fact that the NRA has a significant role in training police officers across our nation. Drawing on accumulated data and the combined experience of a lot of law enforcement professionals the NRA proposed making school resource officers standard everywhere. The leading lights of society proposed irrelevant legislation and a hashtag campaign.

The FBI report notes that actions by citizens on scene have limited the duration of active shooter events. Incidents like the attack at the New Life church in Colorado or the shooting at the Apalachian Law School were brought to a halt quickly by armed citizens who intervened quickly enough to limit the damage done by the criminal vermin.

There are, of course, more types of violent crime than active shooters looking to rack up a body count…but consider what this information tells us about police response to other types of violent crime. If the police usually can’t get there in time to stop a mass killing, what are the odds they’re going to be there in time to stop more pedestrian forms of violence directed at you? The factors that prevent police from being able to stop an active shooter before he/she has racked up a body count are just as much in play when there’s just one guy trying to do harm to just little ol’ you…and where a mass casualty event gets priority police response, a dude threatening you with harm might not get the same level of police response.

…and that presumes that you are in a position to summon police assistance in the first place, which is hardly guaranteed. In the cell phone era if four men burst into a mall with rifles and hand grenades intent on slaughtering as many people as possible it’s highly likely that multiple people will dial 911. What about the lone coed being plied with alcohol by someone intent on doing her harm? What about the guy at the ATM who is targeted by a violent criminal intent on robbery? What about the gas station attendant who is outnumbered 3 to 1?

I’m not maligning police forces in the US, nor am I arguing that 911 is a joke. There is a time and place when dialing 911 is the correct response to a problem…but 911 is not a substitute for taking effective action on your own.

You are, ultimately, on your own. At least for as long as it will take to determine the outcome for you and perhaps others. The good news is that with the right knowledge and a little bit of equipment you can make a world of difference:

 

Photo of the day: Third Century NRA features Shelley Rae

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GunUp the Magazine editor and Gun Nuts Co VP of Awesome Shelley Rae is the latest awesome person to be featured in the Third Century NRA.

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NRA-ILA talks about Texas Open Carry

The NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) released an article today discussing the concept of being “Good Citizens” of the shooting community. The article addressed both topics of smart guns and the one on everyone’s mind, Texas Open Carry and the recent shenanigans by the OC group. Here is a link to the complete article. The discussion on Texas OC happens about halfway through the article. The one part that struck me as most relevant was this:

Recently, demonstrators have been showing up in various public places, including coffee shops and fast food restaurants, openly toting a variety of tactical long guns. Unlicensed open carry of handguns is legal in about half the U.S. states, and it is relatively common and uncontroversial in some places.

Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.

Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.

I agree with this piece, and the rest of the article 100%. OC of handguns is a relatively normal and benign thing. When I see a dude OC’ing, I usually don’t even give it two thoughts, because a dude with a pistol is just a dude. However, a dude wandering around with a loaded rifle is unusual, and like ILA says, a little weird.

I’m glad to see that NRA has officially weighed in here; and I hope that the few OC hacktivists causing all these problems understand the rebuke inherent in NRA’s article.

2014 NRA Action Pistol World Championship Recap

As I sit and write this, I’m currently attending the 2014 Bianchi Cup. For those not familiar, the Bianchi Cup is technically the American national championship for the shooting discipline of NRA Action Pistol. Every two years, NRA AP holds a world championship match. Previous matches have been held in Australia and Germany, and 2014 it was the USA’s turn. The venue selected was the famous Rockcastle Shooting Center in Kentucky, just a short drive north of Bowling Green.

It’s impossible to have a discussion on a match at Rockcastle without mentioning the amazing area it’s in. The Park Mammoth resort in Kentucky offers everything, not just shooting. Hiking, caving, even golf can be had there. As mentioned it’s also a short drive from the Corvette Museum, a must-see for any proper petrolsexual. On site there’s a hotel, a pretty awesome restaurant, and of course the shooting facilities.

Well, unless you’re shooting an NRA AP match. Due to limitations of the range, only two of the four classic AP stages were set up on Rockcastle proper. The Mover and the Plates were on the resort property, and the Barricade and Practical were set up at…another facility. Which was also good, but it was a solid 15-20 minute drive from Rockcastle itself, and if you’re a city boy the roads you had to take to get there were adventurous, to put it mildly.

That sort of set the tune for this match. The match itself was an uneven experience. The stages, despite complaints were mostly fine. While they certainly weren’t up to the standards set by the Bianchi Cup, there were more than adequate. So, stages: good. The match staff themselves were courteous, professional, and squared away. Everything I’d expect from a facility as well regarded as Rockcastle.

However, it wasn’t all great. See, there were problems, and those problems were the scoring. That was, for lack of a better word, an absolute clown show. At 6pm on Saturday, the awards dinner “began.” At 9:30 pm, the scores were actually finished being calculated, and trophies were handed out. At 10:30, I left because I had literally no patience to wait while they recalculated the aggregate score.

I have a lot of respect for the team at Rockcastle. They have an amazing facility, and they put on literally the best 3-Gun matches in the country. But the way the scoring was handled at the NRA AP World Championship was disappointing, to say the least.

Now, let’s move on to my performance. I’ll cut to the chase: I shot better than I thought I would, and worse than I could have. I finished with a decent 1717, good enough for a 10th place finish in Production. My first top 10 of the year means I’ll be donating some money to charity. However, I dropped 7 plates on the Falling Plates, and left a lot of points on the board on the Practical as well. So, I’m happy that I broke 1700 in a main match, but I definitely could have shot a bit better.

Until the World Championship, my best main match score had been a 1698 in 2012. Yes, I had shot a 1750+ in 2012, but that was in the Agg so it doesn’t count for a main match score. This year I’m in no danger of reaching that Agg score anyway, after a dismal Barricades and worse Plates. But at Rockcastle, I shot a PR, and that felt good.

It just didn’t feel as good as it could have. I was super relaxed, shot pretty decently, but there was something missing. It was a feeling of meaningfulness from the match itself. I feel like I shot my best score at a large club match, not a world championship. National level matches, world level matches should feel special. The Bianchi Cup feels special each year. It feels important. Steel Challenge used to, and maybe someday it will again.

The World Championship was missing that feel, and regardless of anything else, if a match doesn’t feel special, it won’t be.

Why NRA Annual Meetings are more important than SHOT SHOW

With apologies to our friends at the NSSF, I’ve come to the realization that in the grand scheme of things, NRAAM is more important than SHOT. Bear with me here. Shot Show is an incredibly important event for the industry, no doubt. That’s where most of the year’s business gets done orders are placed, ads are bought, and new products get launched. But because it’s “closed” to consumers, the people who are actually buying the guns don’t really get to see the new toys.

See, that’s who this is all about. People are going to buy guns, so I write articles to influence their buying decisions. Advertisers pay money to have their product featured in ads on sites where people make buying choices. Everything comes right down to trying to influence the buying decision of some guy in Topeka who wants a gun for concealed carry but can’t decide between Glock, S&W on Walther. That’s the great thing about NRA, because it puts those consumers right in the booths with the industry pros from the companies that make the guns and gear that they want.

So yes, without SHOT we wouldn’t do as much business, but without NRA show we wouldn’t have any customers to sell guns, ammo, and magazines too. That’s why I enjoy the show – the chance to interact directly with the consumer is a lot of fun, and is a great chance to get great feedback.

Want to see Shelley Rae in a mini-kilt at Bianchi Cup?

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GunUp the Magazine’s editor Shelley Rae is going to raise $10,000 for the NRA Woemn’s Programs. When she hits her goal, she’ll shoot Bianchi Cup in a Mini-Kilt provided by our friends at Sport Kilt. Click here to donate.

I Took the Plunge and Joined the NRA

20140120-112125.jpgFor a few years now, I have held out on joining the NRA because, while I supported some of their programs, I didn’t feel comfortable being aligned with others. Then, after a year of discussion with members, I realized there were ways to join, while sticking to my guns, so to speak.

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Self Directed Shooting Practice

Georgia Carry.org convention with ArmedCandyLast week I shared the begining of a talk given by gun expert and instructor Claude Werner at the Georgia Carry.org convention recently. I’d like to continue the discussion of how each of you continues your training once you leave the classroom and share some of the tips I learned from Mr. Werner.

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Alan Gottlieb of SAF betrays gun owners, endorses gun control

Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has come out fully in support of the Manchin-Toomey bill that is currently in the Senate. He was videotaped at an event telling the attendees to support the bill and the front page of the CCRKBA’s website has a statement supporting the Manchin-Toomey bill.

All that would be well and good except for one little fact: careful analysis of the Manchin-Toomey amendment reveals that it’s not pro-gun at all. In fact, it actually strengthens the very gun control laws it purports to weaken. Dave Kopel, one of the foremost experts in 2nd Amendment Law analyzed the bill at the Volokh Conspiracy and came to the conclusion (that I concur with after my own reading) that the Manchin-Toomey amendment is a huge loss for gun rights. I strongly encourage my readers to check out the link above to Dave’s excellent takedown of the Manchin-Toomey sell-out bill and see for yourself. Here’s Dave’s conclusion:

The result of the disparity is “pro-gun” provisions which are actually very strong anti-gun provisions: The supposed ban on federal firearms registration authorizes federal gun registration. The supposed strengthening of FOPA’s interstate transportation protection exempts two of the worst states (the reason why FOPA was needed in the first place), and provides any easy path for every other abusive state to make FOPA inapplicable.

It’s urgent that we all contact our senators immediately and tell them to oppose the Manchin-Toomey amendment immediately, and remind them that Alan Gottlieb does not speak for America’s gun owners on this issue.

The NRA is standing firm and defending your rights, while Alan Gottlieb sells us out to gain political capital. NRA continues to correctly oppose Manchin-Toomey while Alan Gottlieb gives speeches at posh dinners telling people to compromise your rights away.