Monster Hunter Nation

A Handy Guide For Liberals Who Are Suddenly Interested In Gun Ownership

That title isn’t joking. This post is aimed at my liberal readers. I’m a libertarian leaning Republican and gun expert, who thinks you are wrong about a lot of stuff, but I’m not writing this to gloat about your loss. For the record, I disliked all the presidential candidates.

 

Judging by your social media over the last few days many liberals have been utterly terrified that your government might turn tyrannical or that evil people will now be emboldened to hurt you. I’m going to let you in on a little thing the other half of the country is familiar with to keep those unlikely, yet catastrophic, events from happening.

 

And that my lefty friends, is 2nd Amendment.
Having just gone through a war against a tyrannical government, the Founders understood that governments can go bad, so they made sure to note our God given right (or we’ll say naturally occurring right, since a bunch of you are atheists) to keep and bear arms in order to defend ourselves. The 2nd Amendment isn’t about hunting or “sporting purposes”, it’s about having weapons that you can fight with. As an added bonus, being able to protect yourself from a tyrannical government means that you’re a lot better equipped to deal with any common criminal who decides to hurt you.
Before I get into the details about how to enjoy your newly discovered 2nd Amendment rights, let me just say that I get you’re sad, angry, bitter, and fearful. But just like my people over the last few elections, you’ll get over it. The really hyperbolic freak outs about Literally Hitler make you sound just like the Alex Jones crowd worried that Obama was going to herd Christians into FEMA camps last time. So take a deep breath and relax. Your friends and neighbors are the same as they were last week. The vast majority weren’t voting because racism, they voted against the status quo and a really unlikable Democrat. And no, they aren’t going to round you up into cattle cars.

 

But in the off chance they do, let’s get you prepared!

 

WHAT GUNS ARE FOR

 

I’ll start out with the far more likely threat, violent criminals who would assault, rape, or murder you, and how to deal with them.

 

Many of you have been sharing every second hand account, rumor, and urban legend about some random doofus in Somnambulant, Wisconsin or Bumfight, Louisiana, shouting an ethnic slur or spray painting a swastika on a wall. Newsflash, in a country with a third of a billion people, some percentage of them are going to be assholes. I hate to break it to you, but the assholes were there before, and they will be there forever. Just right now the news has a self-serving incentive to report about these assholes in particular.

 

But Correia! You’re not a marginalized Mexican transsexual Muslim! What do you know!?

 

I know that anybody can be “marginalized” if they walk into the wrong neighborhood. Violence can happen to any of us, and it does, all the time. Whether your odds of being a victim are good or bad, it still sucks when you draw the short straw and somebody tries to hurt you. Whoever you are, you are correct to be concerned for your safety. Anybody can be attacked, and everybody should be prepared to deal with it.

 

Since this is addressed to liberals, spare me the usual nonsense about “Victim Blaming”. We don’t have time for silliness. If you’re banking on the goodwill of evil people to keep you safe, you are a sucker. If I urge you to look both ways before crossing the street, I’m not victim blaming, I’m trying to keep your stupid ass from getting hit by a bus.

 

Whether you are being attacked because some jerk doesn’t like your head scarf and you voted for Hillary, or getting pulled out of your car and beaten because the local hooliganry thinks you voted for Trump, or some dude with no coherent political philosophy beyond the voices in his head told him to murder you and rape your dog, it doesn’t matter… There are evil people in the world, and they will hurt you simply because it amuses them.

 

So there are bad people who want to hurt you. Now what do you do?

 

Regardless of what you worship, who you love, or you skin tone, you have the unalienable right to self-defense. The 2nd is an equal opportunity amendment.

 

Calling the cops is awesome. If they get there in time they will be happy to save your ass, but that’s assuming they get there in time. Violent encounters usually happen very quickly. Good police response time is measured in minutes. You can be dead in seconds. Plus, your side is the one that doesn’t trust the cops anyway. It isn’t Republicans out there protesting the police. So why is it you expect agents of the state to risk their lives to save you? Gratitude?

 

What most of us in the right side of the country understand is that responsible adults need to be able to defend themselves. That means owning guns and learning how to use them. (To be fair, many on the left have also come to this same conclusion already, but they have to keep that opinion to themselves so the rest of you don’t yell at them).

 

Unarmed self-defense is great, when it works. I’m a fan. Less-lethal devices like pepper spray are great, when they work. But trust me on this, everybody who does this professionally, who has spent years learning about how violence really works, we all have guns.

 

You’ve probably been taught that guns are frightening murder rods, just itching to go shoot up a school. You want to survive, get over that nonsense. I know that most of the stuff liberals think they know about firearms is flat out wrong. I’m here to tell you as a retired professional firearms instructor that sadly everything Occupy Democrats memes have taught you is incorrect. Whatever you think you know, check those preconceived notions at the door, because it is probably biased garbage.

 

Firearms are not magic. They are neither evil nor good. They are just tools that throw a projectile. That’s it. There’s no voodoo involved. They are items that allow a physically weak person to survive a confrontation against somebody who is stronger, or there’s more of them, or whatever other nightmare scenario you come up with. I know many of you are scared of guns, but just think of them like fire extinguishers, but for murderers.

 

 

HOW SELF-DEFENSE WORKS

 

Just because you have a gun doesn’t mean that you can just go and shoot whoever you feel like. I see this pop up all the time amongst my liberal friends. Like if a redneck sees a black dude, he can just blast him because the redneck felt uncomfortable. First off, no, that’s not how the laws work. Second off, maybe if you’d quit proclaiming everybody who isn’t part of your clique is a racist murderer, you’d win more elections.

 

Here is another article where I go into a great deal of detail about when it is legal to shoot somebody. http://monsterhunternation.com/2014/11/25/the-legalities-of-shooting-people/ I taught this stuff for a living. Trust me, I know more about this than the staff writers at Salon. Almost everything I’ve ever seen from a liberal publication concerning self-defense laws is incorrect. And I’m not just talking like I enjoy guns and they don’t, I mean they have such a basic, elementary misunderstanding of the legalities of shooting people that we aren’t even inhabiting the same reality. My reality is the one that the jury instructions will be issued from.

 

The short version is that in order to be justified in using lethal force against another human being, they need to be demonstrating the ability to seriously harm you, the opportunity to do so, and acting in a manner that a reasonable person would believe they are an immediate threat.

 

So no, you can’t just shoot somebody walking down the street in a Trump hat. That would be Murder. Or considering most liberals don’t understand basic marksmanship, more likely Attempted Murder. However, if somebody dressed entirely in Confederate flags walks up, screams DIE GAY ABORTION VEGAN and tries to stab you with his commemorative Heinrich Himmler SS dagger, it’s game on (don’t blame me, I’m basing this hypothetical scenario on what most of your facebook feeds sound like).

 

Go read that article. As a bonus once you understand how use of force laws actually work, you won’t be able to get as spun up with outrage over every shooting that makes the news.

 

 

 

LEARN HOW GUNS WORK

 

Now that you’ve decided that you should be able to protect yourself from sexist war bands, and you know the basics about when it’s okay to shoot people, you want to go get strapped. But hold your horses there, Che. Guns are tools, but they are also very unforgiving of stupidity, and the last thing I want to have happen is one of you liberals shoot somebody on accident, because then you’ll be trying to pass more laws to punish people like me. First you need to learn how to be safe.

 

Seek out your local gun range. Sadly, for those of you living in deep blue areas, this will be difficult because the politicians you have voted for have run off most of your local gun ranges. Now that you’re afraid the state can’t/won’t protect you, I hope you realize that was a bad call.

 

But if you do have one in driving distance, most ranges will have ads posted for upcoming basic classes. Contrary to what you’ve been told about the ultra evil National Rifle Association, the majority of what the NRA does is conduct basic safety training to keep newbies from shooting themselves in the foot. They will walk you through the fundamental rules of gun safety, mechanics, and storage.

 

Here is another mind blowing factoid for you liberals, the NRA was actually started by Union army officers to train recently freed blacks how to defend themselves from the Democrat KKK. The first gun control laws in America were racist in origin, and aimed at disarming “undesirables” like blacks or the Irish. So in that respect, not much has changed.

 

For those of you in the LGBTWTFBBQ community, in the aftermath of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, a transsexual friend of mine started Operation Blazing Sword. https://www.facebook.com/OperationBlazingSword/ It is a network of firearms instructors across the country who are volunteering to help out gay and trans people who are new to guns learn about basic safety and firearms familiarization. I helped them get started. Check their map. They’ve probably got somebody near you willing to help.

 

If you haven’t blocked all of them yet for having dissenting opinions, you can ask your gun owning friends and family for advice. I would still recommend talking to actual experts though, just because we know what we’re doing, and we personally haven’t had to listen to you talk about how we’re all baby murdering psychopaths over Thanksgiving dinner. But if they love you, they’ll be happy to help you learn about how guns work. If you don’t have any friends who own guns, you may want to ask yourself how you live in such an echo chamber.

 

Again, most of what you’ve been told about the gun culture is a myth. We want you to be able to defend yourself, and we want you to be safe and responsible doing it.

 

 

HOW GUN LAWS WORK

 

Now it gets really complicated. And that’s entirely your fault. See, traditionally Democrats don’t like the 2nd Amendment and historically have done everything in their power to screw with it. Your gun laws are going to vary dramatically based upon where you live. It might be really difficult and expensive for you to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights, or it might be relatively easy.

 

But you’re scared right now! Well, that’s too bad. Because for the most part Democrats have tried to make it so that citizens have to abdicate their responsibilities and instead entrust that only state can defend everyone… That doesn’t seem like such a bright idea now that you don’t trust who is running the state, huh?

 

You might get attacked in your home, but let’s be realistic, you’re way more likely to be attacked out in public. Accordingly, democrats have made it way harder to have a gun where you are most likely to need it. If your state is red or purple, you probably have an inexpensive way to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon so that you can be armed everywhere. The bluer your state, the more unlikely/expensive that becomes, and in the most exclusive cities, unless you are a politician, movie star, or body guarding a politician or movie star, you are basically out of luck.

 

Oh yeah, it kind of goes without saying by this point, but most of what you think you know about what gun laws do is wrong. I know you think you’ve been helping with your demands to Do Something, but you aren’t. I wrote this article a few years ago in the aftermath of Sandy Hook. It is one of the most widely read articles on gun control laws ever written. http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/06/23/an-opinion-on-gun-control-repost/

 

I am a big fan of concealed carry, and if you are honestly worried about murderous racists being emboldened, then you should be too. If your state has a concealed weapons permit, I would recommend taking that class. Even if you are not personally ready to take that big step of actually keeping a firearm on your person, the class should provide a great primer on your state and local laws.

 

There are thousands of onerous little gun laws. I won’t overcomplicate this, but you guys have been sticking extra gun laws on the books all over the country at every opportunity. In your area you might not be able to buy certain guns, or you’ll have to lock them up in a specific manner, or you’ll have to register them with the state. (now that you’re worried about the state rounding you up, having a registry of which of you own guns seems kind of dumb huh?)

 

 

HOW TO BUY A GUN

 

Now that you understand basic safety and marksmanship, let’s get you armed.

 

Contrary to what Barack Obama told you, Glocks are not easier to get than books. Hell, I’ll trade an autographed copy of each of my published novels for a Glock if you’ve got any spares lying around.

 

If you haven’t completely alienated all of your pro-gun friends by blaming them for every mass murder that’s ever happened, now would be a great time to ask them to come shopping with you.

 

Find your local gun store. Go there. Ask the nice people behind the counter questions about what is the best gun for you needs. They are usually very helpful, however, don’t tell them that you are a liberal, because since you’ve previously tried to ban everything you’re now buying, they will probably laugh at you. That’s expected, because your people do kind of malign them constantly and have repeatedly tried to ruin their livelihood. Oh well, live and learn. You know better now.

 

Shockingly, you will quickly discover that the gun best suited for your home self-defense needs is probably one of the guns that the news would call “assault weapons”. In reality that’s a gibberish term to scare newbs, but remember, most of what you’ve been taught is complete bullshit. You want the best tool for the job. Yes. It looks scary. That’s kind of the point.

 

If you live in a place with concealed carry laws, you will probably want one of those deadly high capacity assault pistols too. In regular America we just call those handguns. Have the experts help pick one out that suits your lifestyle and manner of dress. Then make sure you get a good holster to carry it safely. Common newb mistake is to get a decent gun and a crap holster. Don’t do that.

 

Once you’ve picked your firearms, you will need to fill out a federal 4473 form, provide ID (gasp! Racist!), and the shop will call in your background check to make sure you aren’t a felon, illegal alien, or otherwise prohibited person. Since this check is computerized it only takes a few minutes.

 

Now that is how it works in most states. If you are lucky enough to live in a blue state liberal paradise, then you may have to deal with extra laws. Like mandatory waiting periods, special permits, or you’ve got to jump through a bunch of other onerous hoops before you are allowed to defend yourself… But hey, you voted for that. Suck it up, buttercup.

 

GET BETTER

 

Now you need to learn to shoot. It doesn’t work like the movies.

 

There are a lot of people out there who do what I used to do, so find the professional firearms instructors in your region and take some classes. Your local ranges and stores will know who is teaching or will have ads posted. A good instructor won’t just teach you how to hit the target, but will teach you basic tactics, and when/how to use your gun. I spent a big chunk of my time teaching people how to avoid fights and not make stupid decisions.

 

The more you shoot, the more you train, the more comfortable you will become. Your confidence will grow. If something awful happens you can be part of the solution instead of just another victim. You won’t rise to the occasion, you will default to your lowest level of training. So get trained.

 

Oh yeah, this training part gets expensive too. Government regulations have driven up the cost of ammunition. You get one guess which party is responsible for that. And around the blue cities you’ve closed all of your shooting ranges because guns are scary and loud (oh yeah, we could fix that, but Democrats made it illegal or really expensive to make guns quieter), so you’ll have to drive further in order to train. Let me check… Nope, I’m still fresh out of pity.

 

 

WHAT ABOUT DOOMSDAY?

 

Now the elephant in the room. I’ve seen a lot of you going on about how terrified you are for all your “marginalized” friends, that the government is going to turn tyrannical and genocidal, and murder them by the million. I don’t think that’s actually going to happen, but let’s say it did. We’re talking full on Gestapo Stasi jack boots and cattle car time. Bear with me through this hypothetical situation, that stuff about ability/opportunity/immediate threat is actually happening, but it is systematically being carried out by agents of the state against its own citizens. I’m talking war in the streets.

 

I keep seeing you guys saying that you’re going to “fight harder”. No offense, but bullshit. What are you going to do? Call more innocent bystanders racists? Post more articles from Salon even harder? Have a protest and burn your local CVS? Block more freeways with your bodies? Guess what. If the government has actually gone full tyrannical they’re just going to machinegun your dumbass in the street. They are going to drive through your roadblock, and your bodies will grease the treads of their tanks.

 

That’s what actual tyrants do. So despite your bitching, virtue signaling, and panic attacks, we’re a long way off of that.

 

There is a saying that has long been common in my half of the country. There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty, soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order. You can debate, vote, and go to court in order to get things changed. You only go ammo box when those other things no longer work, because once you do, there is no going back.

 

God willing, America never gets to that point, because if we ever go to war with ourselves again, then it will be a blood bath the like of which the world has never seen. We have foolishly created a central government so incomprehensibly powerful, that to stop it from committing genocide would require millions of capable citizens to rise up and fight.

 

Congratulations. Now you understand why the Framers put the 2nd Amendment in there. It is the kill switch on the Republic, and everyone with a clue prays we never have to use it.

 

Right now you guys are angry and talking a lot of shit. This is all new to you. My side is the one with the guns, training, and the vast majority of the combat vets, and we really don’t want our government to get so out of control that this ever happens. Only fools wish for a revolution. But that big red button is still there in case of emergency because if a nation as powerful as America ever turned truly evil then the future is doomed. As Orwell said, if you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.

 

That’s the real meaning of the 2nd Amendment. So don’t screw around with it. If you do you’re no better than the fat wannabes running around the woods in their surplus camo and airsoft plate carriers… You don’t get that, but all my gun culture readers know exactly who I’m talking about. They are the morons CNN trots out whenever they need to paint all gun owners as irresponsible inbred redneck violent dupes for your benefit.

 

And spare me the typical talking points about how an AR-15 can’t fight tanks and drones… It’s way beyond the scope of this article, but you don’t have a flipping clue what you’re talking about. Every HuffPo guest columnist thinks they are Von Clauswitz. They aren’t.

 

This Doomsday option is something we never want to use, but which we need to maintain just in case. It is also another reason Hillary lost. One motivator for Americans to vote for Trump was that Hillary hates the 2nd Amendment. Her husband put the biggest gun ban we’ve ever had in place, and she has been exceedingly clear that she hates guns and would get rid of all of them if she could.

 

And doing that would push that big red button.

 

When the already super powerful government wants to make you even more powerless, that scares the crap out of regular Americans, but you guys have been all in favor of it. Take those nasty guns! Guns are scary and bad. Don’t you stupid rednecks know what’s good for you? The people should live at the whim of the state!

 

But now that the shoe is on the other foot, and somebody you distrust and fear is in charge for a change, the government having all sorts of unchecked power seems like a really bad idea, huh?

 

Absolute power in the hands of anyone should terrify you. The 2nd Amendment is there to make sure some of that power always remains in the hands of the people.

 

CONCLUSION

 

So that’s it. That’s how you go down the path of responsible gun ownership.

 

I don’t care how marginalized you think you are. Get armed. Get trained. Be prepared to defend yourself and your loved ones. That’s part of being a responsible adult.

 

And quit trying to disarm the rest of us.

 

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The guide is over. Quit reading if you are easily offended. I’ve already heard enough crying last week, I don’t need it in my blog comments.

 

Now, it’s my blog, I get to rant because I feel like it. As a personal favor in exchange for all this helpful free advice, quit friggin’ yelling at everybody. Damn, libs, people came to a different conclusion than you did, that doesn’t make them sexist, racist, homophobic, or evil. If you hadn’t let the DNC sabotage Bernie Sanders you’d probably be celebrating your victory today. You ran a hideous candidate. Get over yourself and quit blocking traffic. Protesting doesn’t give you the right to burn other people’s property, no matter how butt hurt you are. And just because you saw a picture of racist graffiti: A. For all you know it was put there by Shaun King’s lying ass to get his old job back. Or B. It was put there by an actual racist doofus, and you’re giving a dimwitted shitbag with a $3 can of spray paint power over your emotions. Random scumbags on the right always represent everybody you disagree with, but when an asshole from Black Lives Matters murders five cops or a Muslim blows somebody up they are anomalies and we shouldn’t paint with a broad brush—No shit, thanks Hypocrite-Einstein! People who know dick about the military sound like idiots when explaining to people who actually know how security clearances work how Hillary did no wrong, because we know we’d be in jail for far less. When he was leaking things that made Bush look bad you loved Julian Assange so hard that Benedict Cumberbatch played him in the movie. And no, people don’t want your kid/grandma to die, but Obamacare is taking another $300-$900 extra out of everybody’s pocket for crappier insurance and they’re broke and pissed. Madonna offering free blowjobs isn’t the incentive you’d think it is. Jerkoff celebrities saying they’d move if Trump won made me want to vote for him just to spite them and I can’t stand the man! Trump sucks, but everybody on your side is such a douche that it didn’t matter. This wasn’t some righteous battle between good and evil, it was choosing between brain or colon cancer. Hillary was a reptile piloting a lifelike human suit, with zero charisma, and entitlement issues, who got the candidate she wanted to run against the most and she STILL LOST. Get over it.

 

Whew…

 

And finally, don’t blame me. I voted for ice cream.

 

Peace out.

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Miguel
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3 months 1 day ago

[STANDING OVATION]

Member
2 months 16 days ago

Both to the ovation and post.

Scott Richardson
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3 months 1 day ago

Love it!

Tom
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Tom
3 months 1 day ago

Took me three attempts to get past “LGBTWTFBBQ” because I couldn’t see through the tears of laughter 😀

Mitzi
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Mitzi
3 months 1 day ago

Mmmm. BBQ………

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
3 months 19 hours ago

Cook good BBQ, and I couldn’t care less about one’s sexual identity.
(of course, I really don’t care anyway, I just like good BBQ)

Beryl Turner
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Beryl Turner
2 months 27 days ago

Yes, sir. Good BBQ is a praise-worthy thing and should be celebrated.

Scott Hedrick
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Scott Hedrick
2 months 30 days ago

Have you noticed that the tolerant and diverse folks seem to leave the S out of that?

Beryl Turner
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Beryl Turner
2 months 27 days ago

That actually sounds like an event…if they were smart, they should copyright that and make it happen.

Nah…that would mean that they would have to eat meat, too. Not going to happen.

C.S.Gilmore
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C.S.Gilmore
3 months 1 day ago

[Slow clap building to thunderous applause]. Well said Larry, I hope you don’t mind if I go and share this over on my own blog, giving you full credit of course, just want it over their too, plus facebook.
Well said, I love how you gave them the directions needed while also not letting them off for making things so annoyingly difficult. Hopefully some people will get through the article without having an offence attack, and actually see a bit more of the real world they are living in.

C.S.Gilmore
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C.S.Gilmore
3 months 1 day ago

Bother, their instead of there. My bad, gotta remember to check my typing before clicking post.

Venant
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Venant
3 months 1 day ago

This should be the 17th writer essay in the New Yorker. I’m sure everyone is shocked that none of the other writers advocated that people arm themselves. Also, this was 100x more fun to read than Toni Morrison’s essay.

Radioactive
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Radioactive
3 months 1 day ago

the back of the corn flakes box is more fun to read than Toni Morrison.

Kevin Findley
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3 months 7 minutes ago

So were the prep instructions for my colonoscopy last month.

Tomyironmane
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Tomyironmane
2 months 28 days ago

As an added bonus, you can now say you have seen the world from a uniquely liberal point of view.

Dale Harlan
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3 months 1 day ago

This is the best blog that I’ve ever read. I love your work, fiction and nonfiction blogs.. thanks Larry !

Ray
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Ray
3 months 1 day ago

Nice, if unflinching guide. I just offered to show my liberal friends how to safely handle and store firearms. Reaction is split about 50/50 between ZOMG! YOU OWN GUNS?!?!?! and some mild interest. We’ll see how it shakes out.

Beryl Turner
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Beryl Turner
2 months 27 days ago

Yeah, I’m getting a lot of that too.

jungshin
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jungshin
3 months 1 day ago

Like fire extinguishers except for murderers is in the running for all time best line ever .

redvector1961
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redvector1961
3 months 1 day ago

My favorite is “I’m not victim blaming, I’m try to stop your stupid ass from getting hit by a bus.” I’m of the mind that a lot of liberals own guns but won’t admit it to the aforementioned “stupid ass” liberals to avoid being ostracized. And some Hollywood types have had firearms training with real guns for safety purposes and realisms sake, because a gun on a movie set can kill you just as dead as a gun in the real world. Just ask Brandon Lee.

Scott Hedrick
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Scott Hedrick
2 months 30 days ago

Yeah. Some of the loudest voices against private gun ownership make their livings shooting guns in the movies- and are protected by private people with guns, which lets you know what they really think.

Penrod
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2 months 29 days ago

I recently realized there are a lot of gun owning liberals out there who utterly despise the private ownership of anything more martial than duck guns. They are called duck hunters. Not all duck hunters, to be sure, but a non-trivial percentage of duck hunters have made it very clear to me that anyone who thinks we have a constitutionally guaranteed right to actual weapons is a dangerous spittle spewing jerk. As in, to quote one of them who is also a gun dealer, we’re stupid wierdos who need to stop with “that Constitution bulls***.”

TheWriterInBlack
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2 months 29 days ago

Fudds.

Doug Loss
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Doug Loss
2 months 29 days ago

Well, those duck hunters are people to be avoided. Luckily, they’re easy to avoid, as duck hunting seems pretty boring to me.

Professor Headbutt
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3 months 1 day ago

The ILOH has a way with words. One might be tempted to think he was a real writer or something.

Robert
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Robert
3 months 1 day ago

Eh….it’s a bit ambiguous as to who is using the tool and who is being extinguished. I know which one Larry meant, but a less knowledgeable or charitable reader might not. That was my only major problem with the article.

Maybe a better way to phrase it would have been “Like a fire extinguisher, except you use it to put out murderers instead of fires”. It’s a bit clunkier, but less ambiguous…

Member
2 months 23 days ago

This is my fire extinguisher. This is my murderer extinguisher. I do everything I can to not be forced to use either one.

SPC Nuge
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SPC Nuge
3 months 1 day ago

Thanks Larry. I’m going to share this with my friends who are gripping right now. You make alot of sense. Volens et Potens

GWB
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GWB
2 months 29 days ago

What are they gripping? NVM, I doubt I want to know……. 😉

Mike W.
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Mike W.
3 months 1 day ago

Shaun King lie! He would never! /s

Great article Larry!

Marty Brown
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Marty Brown
3 months 1 day ago
Outstanding article! The idea of armed resistance to the government is scary for a good reason; scary, but necessary. The Second Amendment is the final safety valve for our society, after all other forms of resistance and avenues of change are exhausted. It is scary to think about a world where elected representatives become tyrants, but ignoring that possibility won’t make it go away. Many left leaning people should be reminded that armed resistance was a necessary part of securing union worker rights in America (Homestead Steel Strike). Armed private citizens were critical to protecting the rights of racial minorities… Read more »
Pkoning
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Pkoning
3 months 21 hours ago

Re civil rights: excellent point. It’s described quite well in one of the chapters of Tonso’s excellent “The gun culture and its enemies” — by someone who was right in the middle of that effort and depended on his weapons every day for survival.

Scott Hedrick
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Scott Hedrick
2 months 30 days ago

I’ve had that discussion with so-called “civil rights advocates”. They are proud to stand up for civil rights, until I say I’m glad they support my civil right to own a gun, then they go off on a rant, and I laugh at their hypocrisy. They only advocate the rights they like, that gives them more power.

BigFire
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BigFire
3 months 1 day ago

Nice post. You’re not going to overcome decades of programming though. Gun == racists tool of the evil Republican. Guns magically shoots people.

medicmsh
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medicmsh
3 months 1 day ago

I’ve got a well-maintained lightly-used Glock 19 (upgraded to a 21) with spare mags; will swap for the complete autographed Correia hardcover collection any time! (Serious offer; it’d be a fair exchange of value in my opinion.)

no one of importance
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no one of importance
3 months 1 day ago

A conservative friend of mine who is not sticking her head up to be whack-a-moled just now would like to say, “THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS ARTICLE!!!”

Ben Smith
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Ben Smith
3 months 1 day ago

Well said, Larry! I will be sending this on to some friends of mine. Not sure if it’ll change their minds, but maybe it’ll at least get them to think. There are some introspective liberals out there, albeit in small numbers.

richard mcenroe
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richard mcenroe
3 months 1 day ago

I don’t know, Larry. I think maybe we should respect our Lefty neighbors’ advanced notions and compassionate spirits and encourage to stay disarmed. You know. For the children.

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3 months 7 hours ago

I must regretfully agree.

Given how many Leftists appear to be utterly losing their minds and making unambiguous threats of violence against people who disagree with them politically–Charles Walz, Paul Schrader, many others, and Google for their names if you don’t know what I’m talking about–I am of the opinion that if these people find firearms distasteful and do not wish to burden themselves with the responsibilities that go along with firearms ownership, who am I to try to convince them otherwise? In the meantime I think I need to go to the range again tomorrow…

Wysiwyg Mtwzzyzx
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Wysiwyg Mtwzzyzx
2 months 30 days ago
Well, I think it self selecting for the misguided but rational, as opposed to the ‘hair on fire’ full emotional meltdown types. If they actually worked through the logic of ‘if Trump might be nascent Hitler, maybe guns aren’t inherently bad, and we need to be armed’, then there’s at least an ability to be rational and logical there- so there’s a glimmer of hope! Maybe they’ve just been simmering in the Lefty stew for long enough to start to pick up the flavor, but aren’t that at the core (yet). If they’re ‘hair on fire’ sorts yelling about ‘he’s… Read more »
Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
2 months 29 days ago

A lot of what is going around about Bush, er, Trump=Hitler is Virtue Signaling plus a large dose of Fear Porn.

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2 months 29 days ago

Larry should have probably included the advise to “never bring a tactical melon baller to a gun fight!”

TheWriterInBlack
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3 months 1 day ago

A lesson those on the left are just now learning (if it will stick):

Anything government can do for you, it can do to you.

TheWriterInBlack
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3 months 1 day ago

A piece I wrote a while back on why those “evil black rifles” are arguably the best choice for home defense:

http://thewriterinblack.blogspot.com/2015/02/home-defense-firearms.html

Craig Black
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3 months 1 day ago

Outstanding sir. well spoken. we should all post this in our social media today.

Laura Yingling
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3 months 1 day ago

Bravo

Jack Burton
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3 months 1 day ago

Here is an article that takes perhaps a different look at the 2nd and the reason behind it.

“The Second Amendment as a Prophylactic”

http://www.myhightechsecurity.com/blog/the-second-amendment-as-a-prophylactic/

Rick Randall
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3 months 1 day ago

That’s long been basically the argument I’ve used.

“The Second Amendment exists primarily to ensure it is never needed, because would-be tyrants are deterred.”

Yu-Ain Gonnano
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Yu-Ain Gonnano
3 months 1 day ago

The power of the Sword of Damocles is that it hangs, not falls.

Wysiwyg Mtwzzyzx
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Wysiwyg Mtwzzyzx
2 months 30 days ago

Is that original? I save good quotes, and like to attribute them when possible.

The Phantom
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3 months 1 day ago
I actually went to the gun store today, for realz. I’m not a liberal, but I’m in Canada so I have to keep current on the constant rule changes. Discovered that if I want to buy a gun there’s a whole lot of brand new hoops I’m supposed to jump through. So just because I can, I’ll jump through them. If you want to buy a gun in Canada, any old kind of gun, I figure it’ll take about six months to a year of screwing around with classes and paperwork. Or, you can go see Guido downtown and he’ll… Read more »
Will
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Will
2 months 26 days ago
I live in Illinois. Its not nearly as hard as out of staters make it out to be. Preparation is the key. Yes, the FOID is a ridiculous idea, but it is the law, the application is online and lasts 10 years. Yes, waiting periods prevent an extremely small amount of domestic violence(the original stated purpose of them), but they are the law and living with them is part of preparation. As long as your address is not Cook County, Elgin or even worse Chicago, there is probably a shop or range within a few miles of your home. I… Read more »
C.S.Gilmore
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C.S.Gilmore
3 months 1 day ago

Not much luck with my sharing so far, apparently you are offensive to some people. 🙂

Brian
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Brian
3 months 1 day ago

Yep. Sensible. This advice should be freely spread whenever people get scared. Feel free to sprinkle it with liberal amounts of common sense as well.

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rd my initials
3 months 1 day ago

About that Obamacare Expense?

That is $300 to $900 every MONTH,. For me, it is a policy that costs $15,000.00 a year and doesn’t do anything until I pay $5,000.00.

Twenty Thousand Dollars a year.
A new compact car. To replace the fifteen year old car.
A year’s tuition for my niece or nephew at the best state college.
Four individual week long vacations overseas.
A new kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom.
$200,000.00 in my retirement accounts when I retire in twenty years.

Rebecca Hauptman
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Rebecca Hauptman
3 months 23 hours ago

Have you considered doing a Healthshare? For two of us we pay $299/mo and have a $1000 deductible total, and then they pay 100% after that. We choose our own providers, there is no in network, etc. I use Liberty Healthshare (which I think is the best, but there are others as well).

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Andrew Jones
3 months 23 hours ago

A 20k wall to climb over before leaving the corporate world and starting your own business or retiring.

Justin Watson
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Justin Watson
3 months 1 day ago

This essay (and a couple of your other pieces on gun control and the lunacy thereof + the Ikea shopping post from best of) were the gateway drug for my wife to start your novels. After reading this, then clicking through to some of the others, she told me to give her one of your books. I pulled the first Grimnoire book off the shelf and handed it to her.

Very cogent, thank you, Larry.

Lib
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Lib
3 months 1 day ago

This is one of the best things I ever read. If only they’d actually listen.

-Hillary voter, Literally Hillary

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BBQ
3 months 1 day ago
Inflammatory, yes, but entertaining.. I enjoyed this article. As a “libtard” though, I must protest that not all “libtards” like me are against the 2nd amendment… just like all “rednecks” are “racists”… although I must say that my redneck relatives spend an uncomfortable amount of family time talking about “sand niggers”… maybe that’s just my family though. Politics in this nation are designed to divide us while both parties have the same goal of authoritarian power. Bernie, yes, was the only authentic human running. They could fix it… they could start talking more about gerrymandering and less about bathroom politics,… Read more »
Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
3 months 19 hours ago

The Democrats really need to take a good look at their primary process, and do a bit of house cleaning. They pretty much let Hillary get away with suppressing Bernie.

StevenC
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2 months 29 days ago

Yeah that was shitty to watch, the blue drones overruled us.

Julie Pascal
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Julie Pascal
2 months 28 days ago

They suppressed Bernie in the primaries but the fact that there were not other choices suggests someone made sure it happened that way. It wouldn’t need to be 14 or so like the Repubs started with but, you know… five?

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gmmay
2 months 28 days ago

The problem is, can you name five Democrats for 2020?

They don’t have a very deep bench right now. I think Bernie supporters are self-deluded to think he could have won, and certifiably insane to be chanting Bernie 2020! already.

The only three that come to my mind immediately are, what, maybe Andrew Cuomo? Cory Booker? Antonio Villaraigosa?

Julie Pascal
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Julie Pascal
2 months 28 days ago
And you have to ask yourself why. Well, no you don’t *have* to, but I ask myself why… why no up and coming people? Why no one gathering any support in the last 8 years and setting up a run? In some sense it’s an indictment of Obama… like belonging to a church where no junior pastors are allowed to shine vs. one where producing new leaders is an important function. Why? Or have there been eight years of shutting all competition down because it’s Her turn? (And crazy grandpa didn’t get the memo… or having *no* other candidates would… Read more »
Beryl Turner
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Beryl Turner
2 months 27 days ago

Warren if you can convince her to run….

Julie Pascal
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Julie Pascal
2 months 27 days ago

There was some indication and expectation that she wanted to run this time. Why didn’t she?

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Robin Munn
2 months 27 days ago

I think she didn’t want to go up against the Clinton machine. In 2020, that won’t be a factor.

gmmay
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gmmay
2 months 27 days ago

She’ll be 71 and the Bern will be 79. I think the Grim Reaper is going to be the biggest factor for most of the few names I’ve seen floated for the Democrats.

steveH
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steveH
2 months 27 days ago

Antony V.? That sounds like a desperation move (says old guy who grew un in L.A. County in the 50’s.)

richard mcenroe
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richard mcenroe
2 months 23 days ago

As of this morning, Governor Cuomo has more staff under indictment than Richard Nixon did.

Achillea
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2 months 28 days ago

Jim Webb was in the Dem primaries, too, but it was basically the Hillary Show. Sanders got noticed because he kept skittering around underfoot like a cockroach, but Webb pretty much sank without a trace.

gmmay
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gmmay
2 months 28 days ago

I hadn’t considered Webb, but he’s another one that’s getting up there in age. Of course, he’s not radically Leftwing, so it’s no wonder he disappeared from the primaries. For all their talk of youth, energy, and vibrancy, their slim pickins are old pickins.

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jdgalt
2 months 21 days ago
So do the Republicans. Both parties pretend to follow voters’ choices but are really run by insider cabals that you join by bringing in the biggest bag of money. The reason the Republicans have done so poorly of late is that their biggest money donors are elderly religious-right types, and they’re dying off and their kids don’t agree with their social conservatism. This process will likely take another decade or two to really run its course, but you can see what it will look like in today’s European conservative parties (which have long since abndoned opposition to gays or even… Read more »
gmmay
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gmmay
2 months 21 days ago

Not to defend the Republican Party, but the Republicans are enjoying historical majorities nationwide among the states and have recaptured the POTUS and legislature within 6 years. And that’s doing “poorly” as of late??

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Robin Munn
3 months 13 hours ago

Slight correction to your post: Bernie Sanders was the only authentic guy running on the Democrats’ side. Some of the Republican candidates, like Ben Carson, were authentic too. I didn’t want Carson to win the primary, because he’s too naive about politics and would have gotten smoked in the general election — but he is an authentic, genuine human being who says what he means, and I have a great deal of respect for him as a person (even though I disagree with a few of the policy positions he advocated, IIRC).

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FeatherBlade
2 months 30 days ago

Y’know… the problem with saying “So-and-so is a genuine human being” is that horrible, or shallow, or tyrranical people are also genuine human beings. Horrible, shallow tyrranical human beings, but human beings nonetheless. Don’t deny the full humanness of either human good or human evil.

Try “So-and-so is a good man with strong convictions” instead.
/nitpick

Alpheus
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Alpheus
2 months 30 days ago

Except for Hillary. She’s a lizard. A horrible, shallow, tyrranical space lizard. But everyone else, yeah, that’s true.

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
2 months 30 days ago

I’m more inclined to think “Pod Person”

jdgalt
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jdgalt
2 months 21 days ago

To me, “not a genuine human being” doesn’t imply a non-person, just someone who isn’t genuine (meaning honest about his feelings and intentions).

I would rate most of this year’s candidates as genuine except Trump and Hillary. They just didn’t have the money to buy in to the DNC or RNC in-groups.

Earl
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3 months 1 day ago

I would have voted for ice cream, but being a fat white man, I am trying to change. I can’t spell all the nasty things they have been calling me lately. But then the weekend spent instructing at an Appleseed event was worthy. And I never asked their politics.

Scott Nicholson
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3 months 1 day ago

Contrary to popular belief and right-wing bloggers, not all “liberals” are afraid of guns or want to ban guns and there are plenty of liberal rednecks like me. Thanks for the info and the wake-up call, though.

Craig Reed
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Craig Reed
3 months 1 day ago
George Petricko
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George Petricko
3 months 1 day ago

Wonderful article!

Shooter McGavin
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3 months 1 day ago

You seem like a condescending blowhard asshole. It hurts me, however, how right you are on so many points. I guess a broken clock is right twice a day, so that’s something. I’m going to rewrite your article (without credit) removing all of the chest beating, cock measuring and rhetorical bullcrap and post it to my constantly whiny, regrettably unarmed liberal friends.

Kevin Findley
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2 months 30 days ago

This is a joke post right? You name yourself after a second rate golfer/villain from Happy Gilmore and then you accuse someone of being just like your screen name? HA!

Bugmaster
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Bugmaster
2 months 30 days ago

This is either a poorly executed parody, or the perfect illustration of the reason why Democrats keep losing elections. My advice is, either get better at writing parodies, or stop demonizing people for having different beliefs than you. Or perhaps both.

Robert Evans
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3 months 1 day ago

“…hold your horses there, Ché.”

LOL. I’m not certain if your condescension in this essay was inadvertent because you can’t help yourself, or because you’re parodying the Libsplaining that the Left so often engages in when talking to the Right. I’m going with the latter. Whichever it was, I laughed my ass off.

Kristophr
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Kristophr
3 months 1 day ago

Something to wear when talking to an SJW wearing a Che shirt:
https://crypto.fashion/products/pinochet-face-mens-t-shirt

Bear
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Bear
2 months 25 days ago
Tirno
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3 months 1 day ago

When I finally get a .45 ACP barbeque gun, I’m getting “Murderer Extinguisher” inscribed on it.

Gilliagn
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Gilliagn
2 months 30 days ago

I suppose you could plagiarize Woody Guthrie and have “This Machine Kills Fascists” on it.

Kevin P.
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Kevin P.
3 months 1 day ago

Another great read, as always. Funny how many idiots there are that are completely unable to ponder the question “what if the shoe was on the other foot?” until something like Trump happens then it’s a full-on panic attack.

RDFox
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RDFox
3 months 1 day ago

“Contrary to what Barack Obama told you, Glocks are not easier to get than books. Hell, I’ll trade an autographed copy of each of my published novels for a Glock if you’ve got any spares lying around.”

Hmm. Makes me think of this picture, oddly: *grin*

Member
2 months 29 days ago

The inventory guy is clearly a librarian. They learn in librarian schools that books can only be counted by whole numbers with a unit of measure “each”. Since nobody would order a 0.380 of a book he discounted the point as a typo and went with the most plausible integer.

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Doctor Locketopus
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Doctor Locketopus
3 months 1 day ago

“but when an asshole from Black Lives Matters murders five cops or a Muslim blows somebody up they are anomalies and we shouldn’t paint with a broad brush”

Having Lena Dunham call for the extinction of white men, then, rather than condemning her, Barack Obama actually sends his teenage daughter to intern with this crazy bigoted harridan? That’s another good one.

I know at least one reliable third-party voter who switched to Trump after seeing that. Because he has sons.

Eric Atkinson
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3 months 1 day ago

Thanks Larry. But don’t encourage them to much. I’m hopping prices will move downward.

David Lang
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David Lang
3 months 4 hours ago

higher production volume drops prices (as would lowered regulations)

BigFire
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BigFire
2 months 30 days ago

All of the firearms company’s stock prices are down since the election. The justified fear of broad erosion of 2nd amendment right has sold more guns in America than anything else during Lord Obama’s reign. Now that we have another NRA member coming in as president, that fear is somewhat tempered.

Over here in California, no such relief. We now have to register to buy bullets.

Wysiwyg Mtwzzyzx
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Wysiwyg Mtwzzyzx
2 months 30 days ago

As a fellow Californian, I”m glad I have frequent occasion to visit Vegas- now I’ll have to pick up ammo every time.

Matthew
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Matthew
3 months 1 day ago
You know Larry, you really are quite the wordsmith. I agree whole heartedly with this article. Then, I’m over 60 and a history major. Grew up watching documentaries about the holocaust. I know the evil in men’s (peoples) hearts. Well, kind of. Haven’t experienced too much myself. I have however, observed more than I wanted to. The fact that the anti-gun crowd in now messing their pants doesn’t hurt me a bit. The politics of division that the Democrats have been playing for the last thirty or so years is coming back to haunt them. I wish I had more… Read more »
Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
3 months 1 day ago

The essay I wish I had the skill to write. Beautiful!

Will Cruz
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Will Cruz
3 months 1 day ago
You are a bigger man than most I had seen post election. Unfortunately, your lessons will fall on deaf ears for most of the SJWs, snowflakes and ideologically indoctrinated rich idiots. The DNC could had run better candidate whose name is not Hillary or Bernie, but they did not because they drove them away. They are already doubling down on having Keith Ellison as DNC head so expect more of gun buying from us conservatives and libertarians since the DNC is committed on bringing and repeating Europe’s mistake to America. For the sane Democrats, this is a good post for… Read more »
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fan
3 months 1 day ago

This is GREAT! BRILLIANT!!–and really needed to be said. I just hope that a lot of liberals read it.

You’ve done a real public service writing this. Now please go back to finishing the Siege book. Thank you.

Shadowdancer
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3 months 1 day ago
Oh yeah, this training part gets expensive too. Government regulations have driven up the cost of ammunition. You get one guess which party is responsible for that. And around the blue cities you’ve closed all of your shooting ranges because guns are scary and loud (oh yeah, we could fix that, but Democrats made it illegal or really expensive to make guns quieter), so you’ll have to drive further in order to train. Let me check… Nope, I’m still fresh out of pity. Larry, I giggled my way through the essay, but that was the point where I had to… Read more »
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Nomad
3 months 1 day ago
Btw, if anyone new is reading this deep into comments and have problems for funds, here is a tip for you to consider; You may be better off with a 357 magnum wheel gun (revolver) as your first buy. They aren’t flashy but they are reliable and relatively simple workhorses that allow you to train enough and still get adequate performance if you ever need to use it. Remember that the best gun is the one that you will use and train with. A fancy 5.7 with all the bits and bobs and attachments won’t help you one bit if… Read more »
Rick Randall
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3 months 1 day ago
Honestly, you can get a quality slide gun for less than a reliable revolver these days. Especially considering newbies *don’t know* what to look for in a used gun. (Seriously, they’re at a bigger disadvantage than an Amish farmer trying to evaluate whether a used airplane is a good buy. At least Mr. Yoder knows machinery.) I’m still kicking myself over not taking advantage of the buckets of S&W M64 and M10 revolvers we were blowing through our place when I was an Assistant Merchant of Death, back when all the cop shops were switching to semiauto. I could have… Read more »
Jake
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Jake
3 months 13 hours ago

Reload. Yes it is a bit pricey to get started (a few hundred $$) but I pump out 9mm at around $.10/round (could be cheaper but I like my 147 grainers) and .45 acp @ around $.13/round. That’s .22 LR prices, if you can even find it.

airboy
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airboy
3 months 1 day ago

Larry:
I disagree. A 12 gage short barrel shotgun is better for home defense. This is especially true if you live in an apartment building with sheetrock & 2×4 walls.

But rifles are much better in a doomsday scenario.

Robert
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Robert
3 months 1 day ago

Any load out of a shotgun that will reliably stop an assailant will power through sheetrock without any issue. OTOH, a lightly constructed .223 bullet pushed to high velocity will tend to break up soon after hitting anything solid, limiting its penetration through buildings, while still being fairly effective against Thugy McThugerson.

jungshin
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jungshin
3 months 21 hours ago

if it won’t go through sheetrock how do you expect it to stop a threat? if you wouldn’t hunt deer with it its likely not the best defense round you can carry.

MClark
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MClark
2 months 22 days ago

These guys actually shoot stuff through sheetrock to see what happens. Here is the write up about rifles and shotguns. http://www.theboxotruth.com/the-box-o-truth-14-rifles-shotguns-and-walls/

Tom Claypoole
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Tom Claypoole
3 months 1 day ago
Larry, Awesome article. The only issue I have is the part about keeping guns out of the hands of crazy people. My concern is less about what you wrote and more about how its handled in the real world. I’m concerned more about process than product. My thoughts on this are not original, I am paraphrasing Trey Gowdy here. Can you name any other Constitutional right that can be taken away without going to a courtroom? It should require an action of Law to put you on the list. In other words, your craziness must be so apparent that the… Read more »
Chief Nick
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3 months 1 day ago
Well, after watching the riots of the last few days I’m not sure I want those Progressive Liberal Democrats (PLDs) to carry guns. I mean many are obviously not fit to own or carry a gun if they can’t be trusted to act grown up when their candidate loses the election. If those people had guns can you imagine what would be happening out there? Dead cops, dead people with Trump stickers or “Not Hillary” or “Hillary for Jail” stickers… I love your books but this is a little bit crazy given that they are so infantile over an election.… Read more »
Steve Thorn
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3 months 1 day ago

Mr. Correia, the first chance I get I want to shake your hand and buy you a cold ‘whatever you like to drink.’ A tremendous essay. Bravo, sir.

PavePusher
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PavePusher
3 months 1 day ago

>Begins slow clap while grinning in Privilege<

LarryArnold
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3 months 1 day ago

Robespierre’s Law: The power you give government to do unto others will be used to do unto you.

Bugmaster
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Bugmaster
3 months 1 day ago
You know, I was eating dinner at a restaurant a couple days ago, and my chair happened to be facing the bar. There was a news story on one of the TVs: some guy was holed up in his house with a rifle (which he used to shoot some people earlier), and the police had him surrounded (there was no sound, but the scene was clearly visible from the air). By the time I finished my meal, it was starting to look like the cops were losing their patience. I bet this guy was thinking of the exact scenario that… Read more »
Bugmaster
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Bugmaster
3 months 1 day ago

By the way, thanks for reminding me about the gun ranges. I live in the bluest of blue states, so I have to drive for almost 45 minutes to get to the closest one. I keep meaning to do that again, haven’t been there yet this year, and the year is almost over…

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
3 months 18 hours ago

Funny how attitudes change. Back in the 80’s, when most guerrilla groups were leftist, the Left was ecstatic about the idea of the determined poor standing up to the evil might of first world hegemony. E.g., Ewoks vs the Empire.
Ponder Vietnam, Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other locations where the ill equipped are able to hold off mighty powers.
Note- Americans are every bit as tough and resilient as any Vietnamese or Afghani.

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Robin Munn
3 months 1 day ago
Do you remember the riots in L.A. after the Rodney King beating? People were looting stores left and right… except, by and large, for the Korean-owned stores, of which there were plenty in the neighborhood. Why were the Korean-owned stores spared? Because on the roofs of the stores were the owner, or his friends and family, openly carrying rifles pointed in the general direction of the street. Your line about “I doubt the situation would be improved by handing out guns at the scene” is misreading Larry’s post completely. Larry isn’t talking about giving guns to the people who are… Read more »
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60guilders
3 months 1 day ago

First, the 2nd Amendment is part of the reason why your next-to-last paragraph is true.
Second, LC addressed your first paragraph with the fat guy wannabes.
Third, do you actually know any cops? I do, and the lack of firearms training they have would make your hair curl. Most cops who are actually proficient with their firearms are also gun nuts.

gmmay
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gmmay
3 months 1 day ago
“Third, do you actually know any cops? I do, and the lack of firearms training they have would make your hair curl. Most cops who are actually proficient with their firearms are also gun nuts.” There was a phenomenal, mic-dropping comment over at Eric Raymond’s blog in his thread on Dilemmatizing the NRA, which addressed this at the end: “Cities would do better to cut WAY back on their landscaping budgets and shift that money to police training.” It never ceases to amaze me how many on the Left think that all police officers are weapons experts (hell, even proficient)… Read more »
TheWriterInBlack
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2 months 29 days ago

My twelve year old daughter shoots better than most cops I’ve seen–and the ones I’ve seen are the ones who actually spend at least some of their off duty time at the range, which is why I’ve seen them.

Bugmaster
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Bugmaster
2 months 30 days ago

I know only two cops. One of them had superb firearms training (though he’d been retired for a while when I met him). The other one is a rookie, but also a former Marine, so I think his training is at least decent.

That said, I’d fully expect cops to have a higher proportion of gun nuts among them than the general population; similarly, I’d expect software engineers to have a higher proportion of Lego nuts. People choose careers for a reason.

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Robin Munn
2 months 30 days ago
It’s not the general population you should be comparing against, it’s the population of gun owners. Would cops include a higher proportion of gun enthusiasts than the general population? Probably. But that’s not what 60guilders is claiming. What he’s claiming — correct me if I’m wrong, 60guilders — is that the average level of firearm training found among cops is lower than the average level of firearm training found among the average gun owner. It only makes sense that a person who doesn’t own a gun would have little to no training — why would they ever seek out gun… Read more »
Bugmaster
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Bugmaster
2 months 29 days ago

Ok, I see what you’re saying, but I don’t think it makes sense to guess about statistics. Is there a way to quantify “firearms training” ? If so, there should probably exist some studies that we can use to compare the levels of training between cops and non-cop gun owners.

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
2 months 29 days ago

Yes there is. If the department only requires an easy qualification course of fire, and the officer is only required to shoot 50 rounds a year, there’s a good chance you’re not going to get good shooters.
If a department requires a tough, timed qualification, and the officers are required to take multiple training classes per year, you will have better shooters on average.

60guilders
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60guilders
2 months 29 days ago

Essentially correct, yes. The supposedly “well-trained to take you down” elite who are going to crush anyone who dares stand in the way of the government’s tyrannical plans–aren’t as well-trained as the people they’re going to be taking down. And, to make matters worse, many of their best are going to know those people.
Actually, forget that. They’re going to BE those people.

gmmay
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gmmay
2 months 29 days ago

If you think people choose to be cops so they can shoot guns or because they like to shoot guns, then you suffer from more misconceptions than I thought.

Shadowdancer
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2 months 26 days ago

This is what the raging Left misconceives as ‘reasonable discourse’ and ‘freedom of speech’ so why are you surprised?

https://twitter.com/AmmyTalk/status/800520250378764289

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gmmay
3 months 1 day ago
You could try reading the post again, since you seem to have missed a few key points. Larry already addressed your effort to dismiss the idea that citizens can overthrow our government. Perhaps you’re unaware, but recently, some citizens have shown that human beings, have the ability and “determination” to kill cops if they really want to. Did you assess how many resources the cops had to divert to deal with one guy with a gun? Did you see how the Tsarnaev brothers shut down a major American city? It only takes a handful more people acting in this capacity,… Read more »
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snelson134
3 months 1 day ago
Bugmaster, you (and any liberals) need to read this little article. https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/what-i-saw-at-the-coup/ Disregard the scenario. Here’s the key graph: “Dennis had always assumed that the combined might of our armed federal agents and their SWAT Teams, reinforced with local police and, if necessary, the National Guard or even the Army, could crush any conceivable right-wing reaction to his plan. But social network analysis couldn’t find snipers who were not part of any network. That’s when we began to hear of “The Militia of One.” In the end there were too many rifles, and too many willing shooters. A number that… Read more »
Andrew
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Andrew
3 months 21 hours ago
Guns are expensive. One of the traits common to rioters is a failure to invest in the future, much less insure against unlikely, even if high impact, events. Each gun is several weekends of clubbing. A trip to the range is a bar crawl. Also, twelve guys with box cutters shut down the entire country. A few guys with a couple of pressure cookers shut down Boston. If even 1% of the people who take a deer in season decide they don’t really need their representatives any more it’s a nightmare bloodbath beyond all imagining. No one sane wants to… Read more »
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Olivia
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Olivia
3 months 1 day ago

I’m about as far left as a person can get and I love this. Although I may have been brainwashed by my conservative, gun loving neighbors.

Greg \"Blotto\" Garrett
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Greg \"Blotto\" Garrett
3 months 1 day ago
Another hit. I’ve forwarded this to my peeps , this (long-winded) preface: I really like Larry, and not just for his novels (I’m still stuck on his sophomore effort while I try to dig out of the perpetual mountain of news articles I’ve got tagged). I actually met him at a book signing here in Albuquerque, and he’s just a neat Sci-Fi geek who talked to the crowd for a good half hour about his plans for upcoming books. He’s also a former firearms instructor and gun store owner, and this season you can see him pop up on Midway… Read more »
Radioactive
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Radioactive
3 months 1 day ago

I elected not to vote, I find it only encourages the assholes., though in hind site ice cream may have been an option.

redleg
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redleg
3 months 1 day ago

[slow golf clap] reposted. Thank you Larry.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
3 months 1 day ago
Ah, the comments from Vile: “14) Could Correia be any more condescending? You’d figure writing about his favourite subject, guns, would make him sound more reasonable (hey, it works for Dave Freer), but no. Though he confirms that the ammosexual interpretation of the US second amendment is not about hunting and sport shooting (both of which are legitimate reasons for owning guns) nor about police/military, but about paranoia and the fantasy of shooting people they don’t like. Besides, while I’ve heard from a lot of people on the US left that they are scared, I haven’t seen anybody express the… Read more »
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60guilders
3 months 23 hours ago

I’m just going to handle that last one.
They did read the part where he said he didn’t vote for Trump, right?

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
3 months 23 hours ago

Probably not. I expect that “Trump-voter” will become the Left’s new all-purpose insult to throw at everyone they disapprove of.

Shadowdancer
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2 months 25 days ago

Trump-voting cissexual Gamergater, prolly.

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
3 months 20 hours ago

They project their own reasons for having a gun upon those they call “ammosexuals” with a sneer that’s noticeable over text.

FeatherBlade
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FeatherBlade
2 months 30 days ago

Let’ s see

A woman desires to own a gun
The desire to own a gun expresses a desire to have a bigger … male member.
There fore, a woman desires to have a bigger male member.

Which makes her transgender and questioning her desire to own a gun or shaming her for it becomes a hate crime.

XD

Andrew Jones
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Andrew Jones
3 months 16 hours ago
Well, which is it supposed to be? A: Trump is a fascist who will soon be in control of the most powerful surveillance and security apparatus known to man, along with a boat load of nukes. He’s going to round up people and put them in camps. Someone should stand against the tide of his madness! OR B: He’s not actually that bad and I’m mad enough about it to scream and yell, but really it’s not going to be so bad that I want to put my life or livelihood at risk. I’m going with… C: I’ve lived a… Read more »
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Robin Munn
3 months 12 hours ago

Sheesh, Aaron needs to learn about the law of the excluded middle. The Founders wanted both a citizen militia that could serve in times of war (they were against standing armies), and a safety valve so future generations could do what they did (rebel against an oppressive government) if necessary.

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Robin Munn
3 months 12 hours ago

That should have been “the fallacy of the excluded middle”.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
3 months 2 hours ago

“Besides, while I’ve heard from a lot of people on the US left that they are scared, I haven’t seen anybody express the desire to buy a gun.”

Maybe she should be pointed in the direction of Moshe Feder. 😀

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
3 months 2 hours ago
And two more: “Vicki Rosenzweig on November 15, 2016 at 6:10 pm said: Owning a gun won’t get me health insurance, or an abortion if I need one. Owning a gun won’t slow climate change or protect the water supply. Owning a gun won’t protect someone from being fired for being LGBT, or denied an apartment for being Black. Owning a gun won’t prevent a nuclear war. Owning a gun won’t feed a starving family. [I could make a longer list, but this subset is stressful enough.]” I find this one hilarious. and from “Lee”: “14) A day late and… Read more »
Doug Loss
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Doug Loss
3 months 1 hour ago

Oh, that Lee is scary (and totally believable!)…put him at the top of the target list, Chris. 🙂

As for Vicki, if she owned a gun I suspect she could hold the abortion providers at gunpoint and force them to give her an abortion (why would she have to, don’t they do this by preference?), or force a grocery store to give her enough food to feed that starving family. You’d think she doesn’t understand how she might put that tool to work. Oh, wait…