I have known much of this information for a considerable amount of time.
I didn’t consider it post worthy until lately.
Then I read quite a few things from MikeB302000 like his Venn Diagram in his push for gun control
The Venn Diagram of Gun Owners
A = criminal gun owners
B = law-abiding gunowners
AUB =all of the in-between guys, including but not limited to the following.
1. anyone who has ever violated a gun-law but has never been convicted of a felony.
2. anyone who abuses his wife or children in any way but has never been convicted of it.
3. anyone who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol but has not yet been disqualified.
4. anyone who has ever dropped a gun or caused a negligent discharge.
5. anyone who has become elderly or otherwise physically incapacitated.
So in this post he opens every person’s past for scrutiny, even if it happened when that citizen was 25.
I also read this:
1. licensing of gun owners, requiring criminal and mental health background checks.
2. registration of all guns bought.
3. no transfers without the recipient being a licensed gun owner and submitting to another background check – every time.
Safe storage laws, magazine capacity limitations and waiting periods may be eventually added, but the big three above will solve most of our problems.
In this post, not only does he call for criminal background checks but mental health exams. Again, note there is no time frame involved here; any problem at any time would be open for discussion.
I also read he feels that people should give up their privacy:
mikeb302000 (472 posts)
….You mentioned the loss of anonymity. Yes indeed, that would and should be lost.
Given that he demands any citizen wanting to exercise their rights to subjected to intense scrutiny while demanding HIS privacy be absolutely respected, I changed my mind about posting this.
mikeb302000 (470 posts)
38. we weren’t talking about me.
you already know that what I did or didn’t do 30 years ago is not an open subject. It’s off topic and the only reason you bring it up is that you think it’s some kind of witty personal attack, and that my not talking about it makes me guilty. You’ve probably read all the Linoge posts about it and some of the others, if you’re bringing it up. So now I’m telling you. I’m 58, what I did when I was 25 has nothing to do with this post and I don’t respond to your bullshit interrogation.
Get that — what he did when he was 25 is his business but what a gun owner did in the past is everyone’s business…no hypocrisy there, eh?
So, what is in his past that he doesn’t want people to know about?
Maybe his own words provide a clue.
First, It seems Mikeb302000 could have had problems with addictions in the past
June 15, 2008 at 10:22 am
Thanks, Daisy. Actually I’m looking forward to getting hooked on blogging, which if my past means anything, I will.
Hopefully, being clean in a number of other addictions, I’ll handle this one OK (fingers crossed).
And thanks for being my very first commenter. I’m truly honored because I love your blog so much.
If he had a problem with addiction, it could have been with drugs:
Just like the famous lyrics say, I’ve seen a lot of people walking around with tombstones in their eyes. And I guess it’s a case of, it takes one to know one. I certainly qualified, but that was a long time ago. I’m grateful to have survived, but I’m also grateful for the memories. The years in which I came of age were special years indeed.
In 1971, I was 18 years old, living North Carolina. My friends and I went to see Steppenwolf in Greensboro or Goldsboro, some place like that. Acid was the drug of choice in those days. What abandon, what reckless youthful abandon.
Drug use and abuse was prevalent in the military in the 70′s — the time when Mikeb302000 was a Marine.
It is possible that he was also addicted to gambling:
Too busy gambling for proper meals, once upon a time, I could relate to that.
Could his own past be the basis for his infamous ’10%’ theory?
It also seems that MikeB302000 could have a problem with telling the truth — sometimes things that happened to “other people” actually involved him. Remember this for later.
From a comment thread at Stephen Wright’s old blog “Sensibly Progressive” (now blogging at “The Bluff”)
- mikeb302000 said…
Very funny and thought provoking video.
A good friend of mine is married to a muslim. He’s like a half-assed Catholic and she’s a non-practicing muslim. She once told us Christianity is better because at least the message is right, even if the people haven’t lived up to it. But in her religion, the message is violence, kill infidels and go to paradise, and all that.
Just a personal anecdote.
- Weer’d Beard said…
- Not too long ago Mike that story was about YOUR wife.I didn’t believe you then either.Love Crowder’s videos. As for Religion I have no horse in this game, and so long as they behave themselves I don’t see a need to change that.I prefer to judge each man and woman on an individual basis.
- September 17, 2009 7:08 PM
- mikeb302000 said…
Oops, you caught me, Weer’d.
The point is Islam compared to Christianity, not your obsession with me and whether I tell the truth or not.
What else do we know?
Well, he has admitted to illegally owning firearms
To sum up, I did Parris Island Marine Corp training when I was 17, in the summer of 1970. I didn’t have to go to Viet Nam, thank goodness. After the military I owned guns both legally and illegally over a period of about 15 years. I was never passionate about them back then and over the last couple of decades have become strongly anti-gun, especially since I started writing this blog.
He lived in Las Vegas and visited there.
Some of my time away was spent in Las Vegas where part of my family lives and where I myself had lived from 1978 to 1981. Since then I’ve visited fairly frequently.
He has also lived in California and Florida, here is a comment in which he discusses his various places of residency
Bob S., I’m going to update my About Page. When I first wrote it I wasn’t sure how anonymous I wanted to be. To answer your question, I’m an expat living in Rome Italy for the last 20 years. I grew up in NJ but lived in Santa Monica, Las Vegas and Miami at different times. Thanks for asking. I realize it helps to know a bit about someone’s background in order to understand what they’re saying.
and later MikeB302000 confirms he worked in the Los Angeles area:
In 1984 I was working in West Hollywood in a fancy office building, big shot that I was.
So where does all this lead us?
Mikeb302000 has never said where he obtained his illegal firearms or why but we know where “some friends” obtained theirs
But here’s a personal story which was part of our Great Gun Survey a few months ago. Once upon a time, friends of mine in Los Angeles found themselves under threat. They drove across the desert to Vegas and in a couple hours bought a shotgun and a revolver, went back to LA to face the trouble, which I’m happy to report resulted in nothing. The guy in Vegas who actually bought the guns said he only had to show a driver’s license, and I suppose he knew the laxity of the Nevada laws was such that he didn’t have to worry about what happened after he sold the weapons to my friends for cash.
In the same comment thread, Mikeb302000 admits his friends could have been felons.
“Mike’s Friends were scumbags and felons.” Felons maybe, but scumbags?
What business or activities could his friends have been involved in that resulted in such trouble? I don’t know but…..L.A. the 80′s, possibly friends with felons; could it have been the drug trade? Again I don’t know.
I know it is a stereotype right – L.A., the 80′s, hot shots and all but often there is a kernel of truth behind the stereotypes.
So, what happened to those firearms….the ones his “friends obtained”?
We find out in a different post –one verifying that firearms were purchased illegally.
Note the fairly specific information about the types of firearms involved, the actions of the “friends” entering and leaving the house. Isn’t that a terrific memory for someone who was just a “friend” of the people involved?
Back in those days I knew two guys who worked in L.A., good friends of mine. They got themselves into some trouble, basically it was a misunderstanding, but their lives were threatened by some connected people. What did they do? They came over to Vegas to get guns, of course. For a couple hundred bucks they picked up an old revolver-type pistol, I guess it could be called a Saturday night special, and a six-shot pump action shotgun, the kind referred to as a riot gun. I don’t remember the details of how legal these transactions were. A couple days later, back in the jungles of L.A., whenever exiting their home or place of business, the one guy would go first with the handgun at his side, finger on the trigger I suppose, and the other guy, the main target, would warily follow holding the loaded shotgun at his side in its cloth case with his finger on the safety button, ready to press it, swing the gun up, feel for the trigger and fire through the carrying case. Somehow, no one got killed or injured. Whatever happened to the weapons, you may ask? The pistol no one remembers what happened, but the shotgun was in the trunk of a car that was stolen in Miami about a year after those guys made it out of L.A. The car was recovered, but of course the shotgun was gone along with the tape deck and spare tire. I wonder what mischief that gun got up to in the subsequent years.
I guess it is could be completely coincidental that Mikeb302000 lived in Miami also
Now, I don’t read the Miami news every day, although I’ve lived there.
Wonder if he lived there at the same time the “Friends” car was stolen?
Unlike Mikeb3o2000 I respect people’s privacy. Not a single word was obtained through a background check, through mandatory disclosure under the force of law. Every word about his past was something HE posted on the web.
If a person calls for my background, my history to be open for examination in the exercise of my right (Right to Keep and Bear Arms), then isn’t it fair that in the exercise of his right (Free Speech) his background be open for examination?
If Mikeb302000 doesn’t want his past being examined by complete strangers, shouldn’t he give that same consideration to others?
What is good for the goose is good for the gander
Draw your own conclusions about his past, I have.
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