4473

5 05 2016

Washington, D.C.

Not “felons” anymore, because hurt feelings.

Does that apply to Form 4473?





The Lost and Found Bin of Excuses

17 04 2016

Downtown

Can’t use Amendment 5 as a crutch anymore, SCOMO totally shut and locked and hermetically sealed those doors.

So it’s time to dig into the lost and found bin of excuses and dig up the Permit to Transfer bromide.

A bromide which others have refuted well enough, but even a response like this is too clever by half.  All you need to do is to heed the words of someone who actually did the PTT paperwork to buy his first pistol, that being your ever-lovin’ blogmeister.  I have never heard of a case of anyone being prosecuted for not filling out the PTT paperwork after having purchased or sold a “concealable firearm” (barrel length < 20in) during the time when the PTT system was law in the state.  The PTT law hasn’t existed since 2007, but even before, it might as well have not existed.  Besides, St. Louis City’s most murderous year was 1993, a year when PTT was theoretically law.

But there’s another thing that’s bugging me from this MSNBC video.  Dotson bitches about rural predominance of the General Assembly, even though House and Senate districts are drawn on a population basis; there are (or are supposed to be) about the same number of people living in the smallest most densely populated St. Louis urban legislative district as there are living in the largest, most rural district.  But that’s not the point.  The irony of the matter is that eliminating the PTT system actually and in practice made it slightly more difficult for rural Missourians to purchase firearms legally.  You’re able to read in the link above what the PTT paperwork entailed.  While St. Louis City’s Sheriff and the St. Louis County Police Department made you abide by this scheme to the letter, the taboo fact of the matter is that many rural sheriffs treated this process as a rubber stamp.  They said the purchaser and seller actually filled out the paperwork when they really didn’t, as long as the sheriff knew both well enough.  In some cases, the sheriff even rubber stamped buyers who legally couldn’t buy, but the felony was a long time ago, really bad fuck-up as a kid, he’s been on the straight and narrow for decades.  And, while the PTT law existed, Missourians who bought didn’t have to get the NICS check, because legally, a NICS had to be run during the PTT process waiting period.  Like I said, that happened if you were an urban buyer, but many times, not in rural areas.  Now that PTT no longer exists and it’s just straight NICS queued by the seller, this means no more friendly rural sheriff rubber stamping, and he whose felony was a long time ago is going to get denied.

No bother, though, if you give enough people just enough of an excuse, damned if they don’t take it.  What, you didn’t expect Sam Dotson to name the ook, did you?  And you didn’t expect Obama/Soros/team blue to take responsibility for throwing a lit match into the gasoline pool of the black undertow for partisan electoral political purposes, did you?

One more thing:  You’ll notice the video starts with the WMSKEO yard signs, and there are apparently new versions that have the phone number to the Job Corps.  Well, there’s late breaking news about that:  Claire McCaskill wants more money for more policing at security at JC, because, as you know, the local Dindus are turning Job Corps into job corpse.

 





Lawfare Loses

4 03 2016

Chicago

Happy day.

But…

This, the activists’ complaint said, violated the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003, which forbids municipalities from engaging in policies that create have a disparate negative impact on racial and ethnic minorities.

Do you realize what a legal tar baby that is? Almost all positive public policy (positive, meaning that it is the result of written laws and ordinances, as opposed to negative, which is the lack of action on the part of public officials) has a disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities. Murder being a crime has a disparate impact on black men.  That said, I think the main reason why this lawsuit was laughed out of court was because the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 forbids positive policies that have a disparate impact on blah blah blah, but it can’t do anything about negative policies.

UPDATE

The actual ICRA 2003 text, which isn’t very long.  But, here’s the relevant section:

No unit of State, county, or local government in Illinois shall…utilize criteria or methods of administration that have the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination because of their race, color, national origin, or gender.

Which means I was right, there can only be a violation if there is a positive public action, not a negative one.

 





Cutting Off All Shortcuts

9 02 2016

Jefferson City

SCOMO ruled today that Amendment 5 doesn’t allow for the legal possession of firearms by convicted felons.

A decision that (A) we knew they would make, and (B) didn’t have to make, if one simply read their ruling on a very similar matter last year.

But, I guess it’s better to cut off all possible shortcuts, and denude certain people of an excuse.





She’s Trying to Teach Us a Lesson

16 01 2016

Austin, Texas

I think there’s a really cogent point that not even she’s aware of even though she’s making it.

The point is that the NRA, et al. et al. et many many al., are one of the few elements left on the greater American right that is still fighting the culture wars, and not surprisingly, it’s one of the few elements of the greater American right that’s actually posting a lot of wins.

It’s one of the reasons why I was so happy with cuckservative and #NRORevolt last year, because the Alt-Right now seems to want to join the culture wars and do so as its own sovereign entity.





Well That’s Easy

12 01 2016

Indianapolis

Fox 59 Indianapolis:

Indiana’s gun laws are again in the spotlight here and nationwide after some recent remarks by President Obama.

The president blamed Indiana’s gun laws for gun violence in Chicago during a town hall meeting Thursday. The comments echoed similar ones he made in October.

“Well, the problem is, is that about 30, 40 percent of those guns are coming from Indiana, across the border, where there are much laxer laws,” President Obama said.

Well then using that logic, all of Indiana should be a crime ridden hell hole, because that’s where the evil undocumented transactions are happening.

But, we already know that Indiana has magic dirt, and certain parts of Chicago have tragic dirt.

Or, maybe Trump’s great wall should go between Illinois and Indiana, not the United States and Mexico.  Or better yet, it should go around certain parts of Chicago, almost making those parts an open air prison.





The Filthy White Rednecks of Boston

9 01 2016

Boston; Baltimore

Baltimore Sun:

It’s inevitable when my husband and I visit family these days that the subject of violence in Baltimore comes up. Often, I’m the one who raises it. But when it came up last week on a trip to see my parents in Georgia, I got my back up. I thought of the 11-hour drive south and the billboards we passed along I-81 boasting guns for sale (“A Glock for Christmas”!), and of the story my brother-in-law, who lives in Florida, told of a neighbor stopping by to shoot the breeze in his suburban driveway, a handgun holstered at the man’s waist as their kids played nearby.

I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners. I know how to stay out of the line of Baltimore’s illegal gunfire; I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.” The closest I typically get to the action is feeling the chest-thumping vibrations of the Foxtrot police helicopter flying overhead in pursuit of someone who might be a few streets over, but might as well be a world away. But I don’t know where the legal gun owners are or how to ensure that their children, no matter how well versed in respecting firearms, won’t one day introduce that weapon to my daughter.

Boston Globe:

You spoke about the “murderous NRA” and “bloodthirsty gun nuts” who were causing our schools to “run red with blood.” You spoke profanely of the Republicans who opposed President Obama’s call for “sensible gun control,” and you lamented the number of “inbred redneck politicians” who have “infiltrated Capitol Hill.”

I can translate both.

“I fear black crime.  However, I’m not allowed to notice black crime, and in fact, I’m a foot soldier in the War on Noticing.  Therefore, I am going to manifest my fear of armed black men onto rural white people who I will never meet who live in places I will never go.”

You can probably deduce that I take the Baltimore Sun article as clickbait for my hiding its link behind the Do Not Link service.








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