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Acronymed To Death

The lamestream media told you:


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

When California's government-run gun-transfer bureaucracy crashes, it prevents any guns from being transferred or shipped into the state for the day. No apologies are made. Any business lost is lost. Martin Luther King Jr. day had this honor recently.

Because California Department of Justice (DOJ) must control everything, their California Firearms Licensee Check Program (CFLCP) must issue a Firearm Shipment Verification Approval Letter (FSVAL) to any Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL), all of whom must be enrolled in the California's Centralized List of Firearm Dealers (CCLFD).

Since the CDOJ's CFLCP requires the FSVAL for any CCLFD registered FFL to proceed, dealers and customers on MLK Day were SOL, a SNAFU, but AOK now. This may not be clear because it is FUBAR, OK? In California, this is considered acceptable management of your rights. Thanks to Chuck Michel at CalGuns for the details.

"I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law."  --Martin Luther King Jr.

Criminals Switch -- Blades

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing, unless you live in the U.K. --

National police figures show the number of robberies involving knives rose from 13,971 in 2010 to 15,313 last year, despite the overall number of crimes recorded by police falling by four per cent to 4.1 million, figures showed today.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

In a report that surprised no one in the U.S., crime with knives has increased in Great Britain, which has a virtual ban on firearms for the public. Handguns are essentially impossible to obtain, and long guns for hunting are strictly controlled and constantly monitored.

The report by the Telegraph, pointing out a decrease in overall crime, didn't refer at all to the criminal switch to knives, with guns so much harder to obtain. They also failed to point out that, with a population of 62 million, the chances of being a victim in a knife or other crime is only 1 out of 15, not very good for a nation touted as safe thanks to its gun-free approach to fighting crime.

According to the report, "Chief Constable Jon Murphy, the lead for crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said... 'This has been driven by a rise in robberies of personal property and police forces will want to focus actions on tackling these offences and offering crime prevention advice.'" We can only hope that they're crime-prevention advice is, like, really really good.

Arizona Attacks Animals

The lamestream media told you:

The Arizona legislature looks ready to pass, and governor Brewer seems ready to sign, a bill to allow hunting with legally owned silencers. Yet another wild idea from our state capital, hunting with silencers is unsporting and unfair to game, since it gives them no warning, according to hosts on KFYI-AM 550 radio.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Americans buy more than 27,000 silencers each year according to In its effort to promote the economy and help provide jobs, the federal government delays the purchase of silencers by as much as 120 days or more, to handle the paperwork, on top of the $200 tax per item. If you cannot imagine any private business operating like that, and staying in business, you're not alone.

In Europe and other developed countries, using silencers for hunting or at the range is considered an important health issue, since it protects hearing, and required in some jurisdictions. In France, where modulators (the British term) are not required at the range, they are considered a courtesy to other shooters. See The Worldwide Gun Owner's Guide for more worldly gun info.

If OSHA was doing its job, it would help make modulators widely available, for the beneficial health aspects they provide. If modulator sales tracked firearm sales, the one million or more units monthly would be a tremendous economic stimulus.

New "N" Word ("Birther")

The lamestream media told you:

Arizona's controversial publicity-hungry Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest Sheriff in America, has staged a publicity stunt over the completely resolved issue of Mr. Obama's birth certificate. Backed by "birthers" from the "tea party," and responding to a "birther" demand to investigate -- against overwhelming evidence that no wrongdoing exists -- the controversial Sheriff bowed to "birther" conspiracy-theory demands and staged the show. More than 50 news outlets attended the press conference, and left only with tales of who accused who of what, and redundant reports that Obama's righteous Justice Dept. is investigating the controversial Sheriff.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

"Birther" has become the new "N" word for the media, used with dripping hatred for anyone who dares ask questions about Mr. Obama's falsified birth certificate. Where facts do not exist, the media hurls epithets, a classic sign of bigotry.

"News" outlets nationwide ran similar ridiculous-on-its-face suppressions of this important news. This letter appeared in one of the main offenders, The Arizona Republic, Gannett's #2 rag (after USA Today) and went to hundreds of others:

"The only thing missing from today's Arizona Republic story about Sheriff Arpaio's investigation into Obama's controversial birth certificate was... news. The reporter provided plenty of charges and accusations, a lot of he said she said, finger pointing and sordid old history, but no actual news. What were the findings? Good journalism would require that in the lead. It wasn't covered at all.

"I hope some of the rest of you reported on that. Why did Arpaio say the birth certificate is suspicious? It didn't even get mentioned in passing. Six months of investigation, 2,000 hours of work, one hour of news conference, not a single word on the news! Please give us the facts in your next edition [they did not]. I cannot believe reporting has fallen to such a low that not a single word about what the irregularities actually were made it into print, and editors didn't notice. It's no wonder people have lost faith in the "news," because there isn't any."

Read the report yourself. The irregularities and obvious evidence of tampering are plain to see. The media are collectively hiding the truth and attempting to derail any effort to expose this deception.


Christian Science Monitor -- basically the same thing, all bluster, no details --  they report that the findings in the report are being sold as a book (but no mention of the findings)

Yahoo News -- all presidents have conspiracy theories, no details on this one

CBS -- "investigators believe that the long form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in the paper format as presented by the White House." Many reports quoted this single line from Arpaio. The other more frequent quote: his six-month investigation had found that "probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed" in the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate. None of the reports followed up on that devastating breaking news.

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Self-Defense Poor House

The lamestream media told you:


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Florida has a self-defense law the rest of the nation needs badly.

If you "win" a self-defense court trial you're put in the poor house by the "justice" system. Costs can typically run into six figures. Do you have that kind of money? Kiss your house goodbye. That's not a win. And that's not justice by any rational definition.

If you prevail in a self-defense trial, which basically means the state should never have charged you at all, and you did their job by stopping or eliminating a violent felon, the state should be liable for your legal bills. The idea that you deserve a medal or a parade is too radical for the moderate Uninvited Ombudsman.

"Loser pays" is not some wacky new principle of law. It is a well established and just practice in civil cases. Not only does it make you whole again -- and this is key -- it is a serious deterrent to the state to go after you in the first place. It would eliminate many of the marginal attempts to incriminate people for defending themselves against truly bad actors.

Two states already have such protection, Washington and Florida.

Arizona, which constantly comes up with the best gun laws in the nation, should be next. I'm working on it. You should too, for your state.

Hispanic Shoots Black

The lamestream media told you:

A Hispanic volunteer neighborhood watchman shot a poor little unarmed black child to death, and he had the unmitigated gall to claim Florida's recent Stand Your Ground law let him commit the murder with impunity and no repercussions.

This has inflamed all Americans, as it should, and especially the black community, and especially the black people and people of all colors in Florida. Such a terrible law has been passed in many Neanderthal states, according to the unbiased Associated Press.

According to the esteemed New York Times, the shooter was actually something new called a "white Hispanic," proving the racial nature of the crime, or at least of the report.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

We can't really tell what actually happened in Florida since all we have are "news" reports, and we both know how accurate those are, especially related to armed self-defense and other gun-related subjects:

You'll get a kick out of this one--

From the Florida "news" reports, it sounds like this guy stalked and gunned down a helpless little youngster. If that were true, there's no way he could be protected by law. There is no way he would not be charged.

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National Training Week

The lamestream media told you:


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

National Training Week is when everyone is encouraged to go to the range and practice during 4th of July week (July 4 - 11). "Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, firearms and freedom."

Wouldn't it be nice if, as a special project, your own local shooting ranges offered one-hour handgun rentals for free, so you could try out new guns?

Wouldn't the week of Independence Day be a nice time to do that? Sort of, celebrate your freedom with fireworks and firearms for the 4th of July. Ranges nationwide could make the offer, throw in special classes even for newcomers, and America would be better for it.

I'm trying to help make that happen.
We've been working this for four years now.
The ranges that have participated had good results,
new business, revenue, new customers.
You can help me make it happen.

Take a look at the plans for National Training Week, when everyone is encouraged to go to the range and practice during 4th of July week (July 4 - 11). "Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, firearms and freedom."

Non-gun Owner's Title

Thanks to all of those who answered my call for a term to describe people who choose to reject personal ownership of firearms. Those numerous suggestions, ranging from silly to sarcastic to serious, led me to an answer.

The Dangers of Being


by Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America

Gunless people, those who steadfastly refuse to keep and bear arms, practice marksmanship or learn gun safety create certain burdens for the rest of society.

• Gunless people increase the need for police protection, by being unable to fend for themselves in certain dire emergencies.

• By remaining unarmed, a gunless person becomes a "free rider," obtaining safety and protection against criminal activity through the responsible actions of others.

• Gunless people in general reduce national security. An armed populace is more capable of aiding in national defense, from border risks to crime or terrorism events, and poses a greater deterrent to such activity.

• Borrowing the logic from the Wickard v. Filburn case at the U.S. Supreme Court, gunless people have a negative impact on interstate commerce. By failing to keep and bear virtually the only property that is constitutionally guaranteed,* they weaken the economy and contribute to lowered economic stimulus. This is admittedly a somewhat circuitous argument, but it seems quite popular in other arenas (e.g., growing grain for your own use) and so appears germane.

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SHOT Show Finally

The 2012 SHOT Show

I look forward to the show each year with both eager anticipation and dread. There are so many miles of aisles that no shoes will be comfortable enough. The sheer volume of it is overwhelming, more guns, knives and gear than a person can absorb, or even see in detail in the five days of the show. Parties at night, entertainment, and of course, it's in Las Vegas which is its own sensory overload. Speaking of sensory overload,

There is always plenty of eye candy for male chauvinist pigs to enjoy, or as we, the real mainstream knows it, beautiful women to admire and appreciate. That appreciation translates to sales, everyone knows it even if some political cults like to denigrate it, and so plenty of eye candy gets used at this show as at any show. This young lady was giving out discounts for the Indian food booth at one of the many eateries scattered around the show. Dos this make you hungry?

As in years past, the evolving militarization of local police was evident at every turn. An entire section of the show is dedicated to police, private security and paramilitary, and the gear is getting way awesome, much of it out of reach of the common citizen. Bullet proofing is getting so elaborate (full body suits, floor to head ballistic panels, much more) that it's important to remember, "You only think you have a gun if the other guy is wearing armor."

Continue reading "SHOT Show Finally" »

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