Every Picture Tells A Story

This is not a green square.  It’s a grid of green squares, separated by little black lines.

Each green square represents the proportion of privately-owned guns in America not used in a homicide.

The red square represents the proportion of privately-owned guns that are used in homicides.   Americans legally own close to 300 million guns; roughly 8,000 a year are used in homicides.  That’s about one quarter of one percent of one percent.


Joe Doakes fromComo Park emails:

The shootings in France are the latest in a long line of Soft Targets. America has our share of them, too. How to provide better security? And what kind of security?
People in a soft target fall into the same four categories as those in a bar: staff, non-violent customers, drunks and criminals. The first two create no security problems, the last two fall within the expertise of bouncers. Ah, but what if a couple of mass murderers sneak in? The fastest way to neutralize a Bad Guy with a gun is for a Good Guy with a gun to shoot him. Soft Targets need an immediate, on-site armed response. How to provide it?
Cops are too expensive and too well-skilled to waste standing around at football games, rock concerts, movie theaters. Yes, I said too-well skilled. Sworn officers are the law enforcement equivalent of Marines – full time professionals trained at their craft. They know how to clear and search buildings. They know what facts to allege to support a search warrant. They know the current case-law on Reasonable Suspicion and how it differs from Probable Cause. They know how many grams of which drugs are contraband. None of that is required when the bullets are flying.
I’m thinking of a way to swell the ranks of effective immediate responders in places they’re usually absent: football games, rock concerts, worship services, shopping malls, county fairs. I’m trying to think outside the box, spit-balling, throwing out ideas, help me out here.
America has a long tradition of using volunteers to fill public service needs. Small-town volunteer fire-fighters and part-time police officers. Justices of the Peace and Conciliation Court Referees. Civil Air Patrol flying search and rescue. Ham radio operators relaying messages after Katrina. Weather watchers and tornado spotters. Absolutely critical work, thousands of lives and billions of dollars of property at issue, with mistakes irreversible, and yet we rely on volunteers for all these jobs, have done for decades. Volunteers may not be as experienced as full-time professionals who do the job every day, but we accept that shortcoming because they’re already on the scene. An amateur helping now is better than an expert helping an hour after it’s too late.
One reason permitted carriers are distrusted is fear of their response. Will they shoot blindly? Will they make things worse? And there’s some validity to the concern. In all honesty, the weapons skills required of permitted carry holders is a lot closer to once-a-year deer hunters than to sworn police officers. I recognize that it’s a Constitutional right and I’m all for open carry, machine guns, too, yada, yada, but we’re not talking about how to convince the choir, we’re talking about how to get people to consider coming into the church.
Could select civilian permit holders volunteer to be trained to a higher level, to serve as Police Supplements in a limited support role? Something higher than an unarmed Police Reserve officer directing traffic, something less than the full-time officer? Maybe one day a month and one week a year – a scaled down version of the National Guard, focused solely on weapons safety, training, shooting skills, movement, cover. You’d have no arrest power. No handcuffs. No pepper spray, Tazer or baton. You don’t go on patrol looking for troublemakers. You only work when and where assigned. You only have one tool – a firearm – and like a Sky Marshal, you have one mission: shoot the killer.
Obviously, there are details to work out. Police Supplements must pass the same background check as sworn officers (they already do, to have a permit to carry, but it doesn’t hurt to remind the public these are law-abiding citizens not yahoo cowboys). Some might volunteer for even more training, to be Police Supplement Warrant Officers, leading groups of Police Supplements in times of civil unrest or natural disaster, all under the supervision of sworn officers. There are thousands of Gulf War vets, could they help? The possibilities are endless – if we have the imagination to make them possible.
Probably 99.9999999999% of the time, you get a free pass to watch the game and that’s it. But the one time we need you . . . .
Joe Doakes

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

The fact that Jamar Clark has a felony armed-robbery conviction, pending charges for fleeing police in a high-speed chase and for violence against another woman, beat this woman badly enough she needed paramedics and then interfered with the paramedics rendering medical treatment to the women he beat, are sufficient facts for me to conclude that this is a person of Bad Character.

That’s not airtight proof that he acted in conformity with his Bad Character when the police arrived. It’s not conclusive proof that he fought the police and tried to kill them with their own guns. There’s eyewitness testimony on both sides of the issue, both sides have motive to lie so that’s a wash, and the video hasn’t been released yet. Who to believe comes down to reputation and character.

As between a person of Bad Character and a couple of cops who have unblemished reputations (as far as I know), I’m inclined to suspect the suspect did act in conformity with his Bad Character, did engage in another instance of assaultive behavior, did try to gain a weapon he could use to murder the police, did put the cops into a life-and-death struggle, and therefore did, in fact, deserve to be shot, and shot as many times as it took for him to stop trying to kill them.  

Notice I did not mention the word “Black.” That’s because race doesn’t matter to this analysis. This is about human nature, about how people really act in the real world. When a guy with a history of violence threatens violence, reasonable people believe him, as his ex-girlfriend believed he really did intend to burn her alive. Later, when the cops shoot him, it’s reasonable to believe he was beating on them as he beat on his new girlfriend. I’m not drawing a legal conclusion, my conclusion is not admissible in a court of law, but I think it’s an entirely reasonable at this stage of the proceedings to strongly suspect that the dead guy deserved it.

Also, speaking of character, I note Governor Deer-in-the-Headlights found time to meet with the Bad Character’s family but has not found time to visit the only true victim in this situation, the domestic abuse victim. His priorities lay revealed. 

Domestic Abuser Lives Matter?

Joe Doakes

True to form, the DFL is following the advice of its Lord and Savior, Rahm Emanuel: never waste a crisis.

21st Century Post-Obama Logic

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

As much as Conservatives hate it, language is a living thing and must change with the times.

Nobody in St. Paul knows a Scotsman so they wouldn’t understand why you’re talking about one.

I propose to change the name to “No True Muslim.”

Joe Doakes

“No true Scotsman/Muslim”, which is the arbors of “every true Minnesota progressive”. 

Cannon Fodder

Jow Doakea from Como Park emails:

Secretary of State Kerry’s remarks about Paris. Revealing quote:

“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people. It was to attack everything that we do stand for. That’s not an exaggeration. It was to assault all sense of nationhood and nation-state and rule of law and decency, dignity, and just put fear into the community and say, “Here we are.” And for what? What’s the platform? What’s the grievance?”

The official representative of the Obama Administration says the cartoonists deserved it, but shooting up a rock concert – that’s just wrong. This is a perfect example of the elitist attitude and a perfect explanation why American public policy is so messed up.  

There was no urgency to address terrorism when the people being killed were Jews or ambassadors or cartoonists. There was no problem because it did not involve an elitist, safe in the cocoon of privilege and tucked away in government offices or behind Ivy League walls. But now there is a problem: now, Islamic terror could harm people in Kerry’s strata of society. Now, terrorism is indefensible and intolerable.  

It’s the same elitist attitude towards gun control. 50 young Black men shot in Chicago ghettos is part of their colorfully diverse culture, 100 rural White men committing suicide were probably hateful racists anyway, but one nut with a gun at college or a theatre – that’s indefensible and intolerable because he might accidentally harm one of the elite. 
And swarms of immigrants/refugees aren’t a problem – on the contrary, they provide a ready supply of nannies and gardeners, meat packers and computer programmers, cheap and disposable and if you don’t like it, you should leave – but wait until we suffer a European-style invasion and suddenly there are millions of scruffy people camping on the golf courses, beheading policemen, breaking into gated communities to loot homes for food and clothing – then it’ll be a problem requiring immediate action. Then, Korematsu will be dusted off and acclaimed as binding precedent. Mouthing pious platitudes about diversity and tolerance will become as unfashionable as waving a Confederate flag.
For people like Kerry, society must act when someone threatens their lifestyle, but not before.  
Elitism; it’s an ugly thing.
Joe Doakes

As I pointed out immediately after Sandy Hook, every year the equivalent of several classrooms full of children are killed in Chicago.  But since they don’t look like the children of NPR executives –  being all black and brown and all – nobody pays much attention.least all our “elites”.

I Fought The NARN, And The NARN Won

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – is on the air! I will be on live from 1-3PM today!

Today on the show,

  • Peter Johnson of Archway Defense joins us to talk about terrorism
  • Melissa Madison will join us to discuss Minnesota Telework Day.

Don’t forget – King Banaian is on from 9-11AM on AM1570, and Brad Carlson has “The Closer” edition of the NARN Sundays from 1-3PM.

So tune in the Northern Alliance! You have so many options:

Join us!

A Good Kid With A Gun

13-year-old boy grabs mom’s gun, kills armed robber:

The boy said he heard a vehicle pull up behind his house, then heard someone trying get inside a few minutes later. At that point, the teen picked up his mother’s gun and went to the back door of the home.

Authorities said the boy told them he fired the gun through the door and the person outside fired back. The boy fired several more shots, apparently wounding the suspect. . . .

A burglar who shot back? The term for that is “armed robber”.

A note of caution – trying this in metro Minnesota would be only as safe as the most zealous prosecutor will allow it to be.

But let’s not quibble now; the good guys won one.

Constitutional Mix And Match

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Liberals don’t like the notion that government power should be restrained, because then they can’t use government power to do what they want to do when they want to do it.  That’s why they pick and choose which Constitutional Amendments are important, and which are not.

Which was a central point of both A Nation of Cowards and The Embarassing Second Amendment, two of the seminal articles that led from the anti-gun misery of the eighties to where we are today, by the way.

I digress.

First Amendment protection of Freedom of Speech is favored – when the speech is favored.  But not hate speech, which is any speech that I hate.  That’s not protected so it can be restrained before it’s even spoken, to avoid upsetting people.

First Amendment protection of Religion is favored – for Muslims seeking to establish an alternative sharia system in America.  But not for Christians who object to baking wedding cakes for Sodomites or nuns who object to paying insurance premiums for abortion coverage; those religious practices must be suppressed so the rest of society can enjoy freedom from religious oppression.

Second Amendment protection of individual right to firearms – horrible.  Obsolete, dangerous, must be thrown out at once.  Only government officials should legally possess firearms.  And criminals, so long as they stay in the ghetto and leave us alone.  And bodyguards for celebrities.  Also politicians and heavy contributors who live in gated communities . . .  you know, the important people; not the little people in fly-over land bitterly clinging to their guns and religion.

Fourth Amendment protection against Search and Seizure is so important we no longer stop-and-frisk the 8% of the population that we know commits 50% of the murders in the nation.  Unless we suspect you might have contributed to Republicans, then a John Doe investigation can seize everything you own and prohibit you from protesting the seizure.

Seriously, it’s as if Liberals don’t want a President so much as a King.  Barack the First has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  It’d be one way to avoid listening to Bernie and Hilary snipe at The Donald for a whole ‘nuther year – cancel the elections and hold a Rose Garden coronation instead.  That whole 22nd Amendment thing – yeah, just ignore that.

Joe Doakes

I have this thing where I joke about something for years, and then find out it actually happened.

I’ve been joking about Barack Rex for quite some time now.

You smelling what I’m cooking?

I Live My Life Like There’s NARN Tomorrow

Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – is on the air! I will be on live from 1-3PM today!

Today on the show,

  • Devin Foley of Better Ed joins us to talk about the school news of the past few weeks.

Don’t forget – King Banaian is on from 9-11AM on AM1570, and Brad Carlson has “The Closer” edition of the NARN Sundays from 1-3PM.

So tune in the Northern Alliance! You have so many options:

Join us!

The Next Prohibition

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

President Obama and Candidate Clinton suggest The Australian plan: ban possession of guns and ammo, buy-back from those who will voluntarily participate, and wait for attrition to eliminate the rest.

How does this plan differ from the federal government’s treatment of cocaine, which has been banned for 101 years but remains widely available and reasonably priced?

Put another way, which is harder to smuggle into the country: a pound of cocaine or a pound of bullets?
Joe Doakes

Obamas inability to learn from world history is legendary.

Why would American history be any different?

Basic Training

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

The child’s book “If you give a mouse a cookie” is held up as an illustration of federal welfare policy, but it’s missing an essential component: the threat.

Mother gives birth but can’t afford to feed Child. What should happen?

Mother gives Child up for adoption? No, Mother threatens to let Child starve to death – unless federal government pays up.

So, to save Child’s life, federal government takes money away from Stranger to give to Mother to purchase food Child.

But Child needs more than food, Child needs shelter. Mother threatens to let Child freeze to death, so Fed takes Stranger’s money to pay for Mother’s rent.

A sick Child needs medical treatment. Mother threatens to let Child die, so Fed takes . . . .

The threat is never explicit; it doesn’t need to be. We know Child will die if we don’t pay up if we don’t meet this ransom demand, and the next, and the next.

It’s not actually like giving a mouse a cookie, it’s more like The Spanish Prisoner. And everybody knows that’s an unconscionable scam.

Joe Doakes

That, of course, is one of the things progressivism does these days; makes things that used to be unconscionable into kids stories.

The New Book-Burners

The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) is stumping for the University of St. Thomas to get rid of Theresa Collett,  an outspoken pro life law professor and former congressional candidate.

In case you missed that in the first paragraph; NARAL is plumping it’s well-heeled legions of social justice warriors to get rid of a a pro-life professor…

… at a Catholic University.

Remember first, last and always: conservatives think progressives are wrong; progressives think conservatives are evil.

Be The Change You Want To See. Or Else.

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

The Oregon college shooter left messages suggesting he would die a virgin because attractive women rejected him.
In 2014, a young man shot 14 people near UC Santa Barbara, starting with a sorority house, again because attractive women rejected him.
One of the Columbine shooters asked a girl to prom, and she rejected him.
The Aurora theater shooter’s ex-girlfriend testified why she rejected him, shortly before his rampage.
The Sandy Hook school shooter’s girlfriend fled to New Jersey just before the shooting, rejecting him.
The Charleston church shooter went over the edge when the girl he was sweet on rejected him, deciding to date a Black man instead.
It seems obvious: the problem isn’t guns, the problem is women engaging in blatant elitist, lookist and classist discrimination by rejecting ugly dweebs.
Common sense says we should require hot women to spend more time dating losers. I suggest a quota system enforced by strict penalties. I call on President Obama to enact it by Executive Order today.
joe doakes

As If On Cue

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

On October 14, Dayton told people in St. Cloud that Democrats are dead-set on transforming Minnesota into a Third World state and if White people don’t like it, they should leave. The governor explicitly endorsed White Flight as a solution to racial tension. 

At last we can answer the perennial question: “Why are so many talented people leaving Minnesota?” Because you told us to. Can’t wait for real estate values to come back enough that I can afford to take him up on it. 

Joe Doakes

Well, to be fair, his ancestors moved from Dayton’s Bluff to Kenwood…

A Tale Of Two States

In a time when actual, intentional violence is actually proliferating, Israel is relaxing its ill-advised attempts at gun control.

Apparently scenes like these…:

…in a nation in which “genocide” is within living memory have an effect, and unlike certain Americans, that effect is not “be an idiot”.

Speaking of which – in a nation in which violent crime is falling and has been for twenty years, a candidate for governor of our largest state is pressing for…more useless “gun safety” security theater:

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday will introduce a measure for next year’s ballot that aims to stanch the proliferation of gun violence, including a provision to require ammunition buyers to undergo background checks…In the last 72 hours – 68 people have been killed and 129 people have been injured due to gun violence in America,” Newsom wrote online Wednesday.

His measure, which requires nearly 366,000 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot, incorporates provisions of bills that stalled at the state Capitol. It would ban the possession of large-capacity magazines – more than 10 rounds – and require anyone who currently has them to sell to a licensed firearm dealer, transfer them out of state or relinquish them to law enforcement to be disposed of.

None of which, naturally, would have prevented any of the “gun violence” about which Newsom spoke.

Gun control is to violence as the TSA is to terrorism; a lot of frenetic, intrusive activity that does nothing useful, because it’s not intended to do anything but provide the illusion of dooooooooooing something.

A Good Mensch With A Gun

There were four terror attacks – all with knives, cars and axes – in Israel yesterday.

In one, a Palestinian man rammed a bus stop full of mostly elderly Jews, and climbed out of his car to finish one of them off with an ax.  (WARNING:  Watching someone getting murdered with an ax is just as disturbing as you might expect it is.   You’re been warned).

It was then…

…that a good guy with a gun – an Israeli with a legal permitted handgun – shot the terrorist.

As has been noted here before, the Israelis have slipped a bit into the madness of gun control – but thankfully not too far.  We’ve seen many examples of good mensches with guns ending terror attacks.

There and here.


Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Dear “Protesters:”

Holding a “die-in” at the St. Paul Marathon to let people know that Black Lives Matter is an asinine display of narcissism.  That event is packed full of Volvo-driving Alpaca-wearing Liberals who already support your cause.  Your antics will change no minds and raise no consciousness.  I want to see you laying down blocking traffic on Charles Avenue in Frogtown late at night when the ganstas are busy making deliveries.  Those are the people your message needs to reach.

Joe Doakes

What was it that Dinesh D’Souza said – crediting his high school teacher in India – about the social justice warriors of his day?  “If Gandhi had tried his form of passive resistance under the Germans instead of the British, he’d have become a  lampshade”.

The Obama Doctrine Of Statistics

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

 Do armed civilians stop mass shootings? The evidence is equivocal because, of course, if someone stops the shooter before he starts killing, there’s no way to prove for certain how many victims he would have shot.


Gun owners should adopt the Obama method: he claimed his economic policies resulted in nine million jobs created or saved. Can’t prove that, of course, because how do you prove a job-not-lost any more than a life-not-lost? But saying it’s so makes it so, right?

Armed citizens have saved millions and millions of lives as murderers were discouraged before they started killing or stopped before killing many victims. Saying it’s makes it so. Prove it’s not.

Joe Doakes

and remember – the standard on the left is “if it saves just one life…”

We are way, way past that…