Been A While

Since I’ve fisked something. Let’s see if I still have what it takes. Of course, I’m starting back with an easy target – maybe it is white privilege; everything defaults to ‘easy’.


CNN)Last month, a gunman in a Louisiana movie theater killed two people and injured nine others before shooting himself with a gun he’d legally purchased.

Okay, let’s talk about a month old incident that has been thoroughly covered and dissected while ignoring the violence that occurs day and day out. Let’s ignore the number of times firearms have been used to stop a crime or save a life.…oh no, what is important is dancing in the blood of the dead.

On Wednesday, a man with what looked like a real semi-automatic pistol in a Nashville movie theater sprayed patrons with pepper spray and hit one with a hatchet before police — apparently believing he had a real gun — shot him dead.

Armed with ‘what looked like a real semi-automatic pistol’ — that is what you lead with? Not the one person actually injured with the hatchet? Gee, can you say fixated?

Summer is high season for movie-going, but who among us will not carry in the back of our minds — as we settle into our seats in a darkened roomful of strangers — that anything is possible in a society so saturated with guns.

You probably don’t mean that a firearm I carry can save my life or that a firearm I keep at home can keep my family safe type “anything is possible”. You probably don’t mean that in our ‘society so saturated with guns’ firearm related crime, deaths and injuries have been trending down.

That the alleged assailant in Nashville, Vincente David Montano, was wielding a pellet gun that only, quite convincingly, looked like a real gun changes the outcome, but not the terror. Some of us may decide going out to the movies isn’t worth it.

So unlike many gun owners and those who carry in public; it seems that you are advocating living in fear and changing your to reflect that. While we can agree that avoiding bad places is a good strategy; those who carry make rational decision (carry) and continue to interact in public; not hide away because of the actions of a few.

This would constitute a change in our consumer habits. And it has an economic effect. This is something that has gone largely unspoken in the debates about gun control and concealed carry that follow upon each shooting: the ever-rising economic toll of gun violence in our country and the role that American business can play in advocating for more stringent gun controls.

Again let’s not look at the positives – Kroger stock up after Moms Demanding Attention called for a boycott because of Open Carry.

The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $42.9 billion in 2014, a 125 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs* rose from approximately 166,000 to more than 263,000, a 58 percent increase in that period, according to a new report released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s trade association

How much are companies actually losing due to firearm related crimes? Probably not nearly as much as the industry generates.

Imagine, for example, that gun death was so rare in America, that the bizarre Nashville incident could be viewed as just an aberration, not a chilling reminder of our ongoing reality. Americans are killing each other with guns in staggering numbers, and yet American business has failed to seriously engage with the negative effects of gun violence on national well-being, productivity and prosperity. Ted Miller, a researcher at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, crunched the numbers for a Mother Jones report and came up with a $229 billion a year price tag for direct and indirect costs of gun violence.

Never mind the incredible number of issues with the Mother Jones Report. Let’s talk about how you conflate the every day violence in our community with the ‘aberration’ that mass shootings like Nashville truly are. Let’s talk about how we can address the violence in our communities without restricting our rights…..we can do that but that isn’t what you want, is it?

Both small-business owners and human resources executives in large corporations know the economic ripple effect these broad figures reflect: consumers shunning businesses touched by gun violence, days lost from work while families grieve, businesses closed temporarily after shootings, good workers diminished by the physical or mental consequences of witnessing or being direct victims of gun violence.

Care to talk about the number of lives saved, crimes stopped, property protected by gun owners? Nope. I love that ‘witnessing or being direct victims of gun violence’ — under 400,000 firearm related violent crimes a year — let’s be generous and say 3 victims each crime and 5 witnesses? 2.1 million people affected out of 122 Million people employed — 1,72%. Really a huge impact eh? Never mind that 18.9 million people are affect directly by non-firearm related crime at least each year.

The strength of the gun lobby in America and the fears of some that they will lose rights conferred, they say, by the Second Amendment are only part of the reason such topics are mostly avoided in the business world, including in the business media. Our attachment to guns crosses lines of race, gender and sexual orientation: it is a national disposition. Who wants to mess with that?

You knew the “gun lobby” was going to make a showing here sometimes and she doesn’t disappoint. Who was it that said “there is strength in numbers”? The Gun lobby is made up of millions and millions of gun owners. Heck the NRA alone has over 4 million members !
And NO – our rights are not conferred by the 2nd Amendment; they are protected by it. A huge difference. And it isn’t just us saying this ! 5 Supreme Court Justices agree

c. Meaning of the Operative Clause. Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment . We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment , like the First and Fourth Amendment s, codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendmentimplicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it “shall not be infringed.” As we said in United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U. S. 542, 553(1876) , “[t]his is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second amendment declares that it shall not be infringed … .”16

So what part of that is hard to understand? Did Scalia use too big of words for you?

And many exercise their rights to open carry, never thinking they are creating alarm in their fellow citizens and creating disruptive security situations. In June, a man brought a fully loaded rifle into the Atlanta airport — a major hub of business travel — when he and his wife dropped off their daughter for a flight.

My right to keep and bear arms does not end at the start of your fears or anyone else’s – sorry to be rude but Screw you if you think it does. There are no good numbers on how many people Open Carry day in and day out – without people panicking. I find it illustrative of how weak your argument is there is only one incident listed. That there are so few reports; usually of people over reacting, to common people doing a common event – Open Carrying. Shouldn’t that tell you people might not be as be fearful as you think?

We have changed our collective mind about large social issues in the past: women now have the right to vote, racial intermarriage is no longer forbidden, homosexuality is no longer considered an illness, same-sex marriage is now a right and smoking is no longer chic.

On those topics, business has helped to set a new tone for America. But on the issue of gun control, there has so far been no tipping point. We continue to mow down our leaders (Charleston), our children (Newtown) and our work force (Louisiana, most recently), with collateral damage that harms the economy and weakens us as a nation.

Gee — I thought that facts that 50 states having some form of Carry, that 8 states now or soon will be Constitutional Carry, that 45 states now allow Open Carry (Finally Texas !!!) — and millions of people have carry licenses, 55 million people or more own firearms –might be a clue that we have made up our ‘collective mind’ about the Right to Keep and Bear Arms ! What you really mean, in my opinion, is we haven’t came to the conclusion you want and give up our firearms.

America’s economic leaders should apply the boldness and tenacity that fuel national enterprise to the task of shifting the conversation about gun control in this country. They will face opposition at first, but they will be making a necessary investment in our human capital and in our collective prosperity.

I agree ! We need economic leaders to apply that boldness and tenacity to push for less gun control. For greater freedom in our right to keep and bear arms; let’s reduce the number of mandated ‘gun free zones’ where people are disarmed victims, Let’s make it easier for people to carry firearms across state lines without risking arrest. Let’s make it easier for people to buy firearms – we can put the criminals in jail and the mentally ill in hospitals to get help so we the ‘good guys’ with guns aren’t confused with the ‘bad guys’ or mentally ill. I don’t think the economic impact will be as bad as you anticipate; name a successful boycott by the gun control crowd.

Just my two cents…..please join the conversation.



Not All Public Health Issues….

.are the same. Apparently, some are just run of the mill news stories that don’t get the 24/7 coverage.

Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning “unusual increase” in cases.

Thirty-one cases have been reported in south Bronx neighborhoods, primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. Two of the people stricken with the condition died.

One or two people get shot and the anti-rights crowd goes into over-drive using the deaths. 31 people sick and 2 deaths in just over two weeks and this is barely getting any attention; please don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

Or how about this ‘mass murder‘?

Two teenage boys were taken into custody early Thursday after running from the back door of a house in eastern Oklahoma where five of their relatives were found stabbed to death, according to police.

Sgt. Thomas Cooper, of the Broken Arrow Police Department, said officers had been summoned to the residence late Wednesday by a “open 911 call,” in which no one spoke after dialing the emergency line.

After tracing the call, police sent units to the home in the leafy bedroom community of Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa.

Police said the teens — ages 16 and 18 — were seen running from the house and were tracked down to a small park area behind the house about an hour later by a K-9 unit.

Could any of the news anchors tell you the name of the murderers and what problems they had? Probably none outside of Oklahoma. Just doesn’t get the same coverage as 2 people shot in a movie theater; even with a higher body count.

Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

I understand the media can only report so much (despite some of them having 24 hours a day to fill) but the obvious bias in their reporting is disgusting. Auto collisions with multiple fatalities run for a day in local areas unless there is a sensational hook; drowning deaths barely get mentioned before the anchors toss it over to Chip for the rush hour traffic. Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

We probably will not be able to change the media; too big too focused on the bottom line – profitability – to really care about the truth or the less sensational stories. What we can do is keep pointing out their bias, keep trying to check their slant at least a little. We can use their story selection and wording to point out the issue to the less informed. It is slow progress but it can make a difference.

Please join the discussion.


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.

Freedom of Press or Police Orders?

I’m still processing this video; not quite sure how I feel about it. The video is a backdrop to this tragic story.


Dallas News |

On one hand, I think the press is way too intrusive. I believe that all too often the media, especially video crews, are too quick to get information on the air. The voracious 24 hour news cycle has led organizations to push the limits; especially the bounds of decency. I’m not sure there was anything that couldn’t have been broadcast from the studio in what Saul Garza reported from the scene.

There is also a valid reason for law enforcement to control a crime scene. The public needs to be protected from possible further violence, evidence needs to be preserved and in some cases the very evidence collected needs to be shielded from immediate dissemination.


On the other hand, the deputy was clearly out of bounds; in so many ways. First, there was no justification for moving the news team away from their location. It was stated they were going to be bringing in more equipment. HUH? Were they going to park it in the yard? I could see asking them to move the news van but not to step away from the location. The freedom of the press is well established. The freedom of people to be where they are legally able to be is another principle too many of the police simply choose to ignore.

I thought it was hypocritical for the deputy to insist on not being touched while blocking the camera, holding her hand over it and generally bullying the news team under the color of law. Nor should any law enforcement officer, in uniform, be allowed to block their face from being legally recorded.

And her mangling of the law was appalling. Someone’s yard isn’t private property because it is within the city?? Seriously folks that is sad.

So what do you folks think?  Please join the discussion.

Going off Memory, seems about right

The last time I was out in Arizona, the temps didn’t quite get as high; it just felt like it.



Has anyone heard from Minstrel and his Better Half lately?

Monday Meandering Thoughts


Well, Green Bay let the game slip through their fingers. Seattle simply out played them in the last part of the game; when it mattered the most, the Packers couldn’t close the deal.



I missed much of the game – apparently tuning in just in time to see the Seattle come back – because She Who Lets Me Make Her Coffee Every Morning and I were out seeing the record breaking American Sniper movie. Along with just about every gun blogger and a large part of the country.
I wonder if the movie industry is going to pay any attention to these two little tidbits.

The largest R-rated four-day weekend ever. The previous record for the restricted rating was Hangover Part II which made $103.4 million over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2011.


Hmm, could it be that people are trying to tell the industry something about the types of movies they really wants ?

Sleeping in

Not this weekend. Normally get up on Sundays for church but some Saturdays I can get a few extra hours in; this weekend was one of the times I couldn’t. Was up, out of the house and setting up at the Gun Club at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Having to make sure we get set up for Orientation class really early; some applicants got there before the club volunteers and the sheer number of applicants is starting to push our processes. We had another 34 new members attend Class. Despite the considerable investment in technology (more on that in another post), we still have the typical slow downs of getting people checked in, money collected etc. What worked in the past “Please show up 5 minutes before class starts” has now turned into “15 to 30 minutes before“. We still get everyone through the process in under 4 hours but sometimes we get really close to that 4 hour mark.

Wonder if the board would approve us moving the Orientation class to 1:00 p.m. just so I could sleep in a little longer on Class dates?

Media Coverage

This really struck home in two events this weekend; both happening in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

Teenager dies in crash in North Richland Hills

A North Richland Hills teenager died in a crash Saturday night.

The crash happened just after 7:00 p.m. in the 5500 block of Snow Drive in North Richland Hills, according to North Richland Hill police Public Information Officer Jeff Williams. Williams says 15 year old Kendall Clark was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her mother. The mother made a left turn and her vehicle was broadsided. Kendall’s mother is listed in critical condition in a local hospital. The driver and passenger in the second vehicle were treated for injuries at the scene but did not require hospitalization


Colleyville dad arrested for shooting daughter in the hand

A Colleyville man is in jail for shooting his daughter in the hand.

Colleyville Police say 53-year-old Steven Johnson was showing his gun to some friends who were visiting his house when it went off.

Officials say Johnson’s 10-year-old daughter was in the next room and was hit in the hand. The child was taken to the Baylor Emergency Medical Center but had to be later Care Flighted to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for care.

She suffered a broken bone in her hand and was treated.

Johnson was arrested for injury to a child (a state jail felony) and was booked into the Keller Jail. He does not have a criminal history.


Notice any difference between the two reports? (My sympathies goes out to both families, especially of the teen girl who lost her life.)
Still not a lot of information on the traffic fatality but no reports mention speeding or failure to yield by the car that struck the mom’s car. That leads me to believe the Mom was likely at fault in the collision. Not one mention of her criminal history, not one mention of her being booked into jail.

The father who negligently handled and discharged a firearm? Oh, yeah — his past is being brought up and rightfully being changed with a crime for his actions.
Which negligent behavior will the antis focus on ? Of course the firearm related incident even though there was no loss of life; why well because “gun death“.

And what will the media continue to focus on days for days afterwards? Without a doubt the story that had no fatality. An anti-gun bias or agenda doesn’t have to be blunt; simply choosing which story to follow, which words to use  — notice the man is in jail for shooting his daughter but the teenager ‘died’ and the mom ‘made a left turn and her vehicle was broadsided’.


Hope you had a great weekend.


Media Coverage

Let’s not ascribe to malice what can be explained by greed, eh.


On Tuesday morning, an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated next to the local offices of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) headquarters. While no one was harmed and the damage was minimal, the FBI found a gasoline can next to the bomb that failed to ignite and cause more damage.

The attack was disturbing to say the least, but what is more profound is the general lack of coverage it has received by major media outlets. It took CNN half a day to report on the bombing and nightly news networks gave little to no mention of story that night.


Ohh….it took a day and a half for the national media to realize that something that damaged only property was a serious terrorist attack on the NAACP — and that is a sign of racism !!

How about we step away from the edge of victim-hood for a minute and look at the facts.

No one was killed or injured in the explosion, and there was “only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building,” which also includes a hair salon. The explosion could have been much worse, however, as the explosive device was placed next to a gasoline can in an apparent attempt to increase the force of the explosion. The gasoline did not ignite.

Yep, there was minimal damage to the building. Of course the speculation (probably correct) that the target is the NAACP could be wrong; maybe someone was just ticked off at a bad hair cut.

The FBI statement adds that a “potential person of interest in this investigation is a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.”

Hmm, hard to conclusively identify the person as a racist from that brief description, eh. And we know how the media always gets the information right.

Although the apparent bomber’s motives are not yet known, bombings were a common terrorist tactic during the Jim Crow era.

Gee, what? Wait!! The bomber’s  motives aren’t known. Man, I’m in a weird position here, apparently I’m racist also, of defending the media for NOT jumping on a story. All too often the media jumps in with speculation, innuendo and wrong information. The one time they slowly, and in my opinion, correctly wait for more to be known that is a problem for some people. This is why I said we need to step away from the edge of victim-hood; there will be plenty of time to throw the victim card, the race card, the conspiracy card -after the facts are known. Of course that simply flies in the face of modern concepts and beliefs — “Facts, We don’t need no stinkin’ facts”.


And in the mean time, let’s consider, just possibly that the story didn’t make headlines immediately because of the media’s focus on stories that are more scandalous, more salacious. Every knows the media maxim “If it bleeds it leads” — and this story simply didn’t fit that.

Please join the discussion.