Thank goodness the left is all about that.
After spending a few weeks going full-blown fanboy over the Pillsbury Foundation/Bloomberg Youth’s “gun buyback” last weekend, the leftymedia has its feelings hurt by the mockery the conservative alternative media (including this blog) has heaped on the “events”.
The piece, by the inevitable Corey Zurowski, is entitled “Gun fans mock Minneapolis’ buyback program over crude homemade shotgun” – after the shotgun that our Joe Doakes noted at one of the buybacks.
Oh, we mock the buybacks for a lot more reasons that that.
We mock the buybacks because they don’t affect crime. Never have, never will.
They didn’t take any guns “off the street”; virtually all the people turning in guns were middle-aged folks from the surrounding area who were trading junk guns for more in gift cards than they’d ever get from a buyer.
We mocked the bald-faced graft – the transfer of money from Pillsbury Foundation donors and Minneapolis taxpayers (via the dozen or so cops that were working the “events”) to – let’s be charitable – “artists”, as well as enterprising rummage-salers.
We mocked the media (smile, Corey Z!) for their unability or unwilingness to dig past the press releases; at both buybacks they ran out of gift cards after *maybe* 10-15 guns were turned in. If the buyback “bought” more than 30 guns, no witness can confirm it. Most of the guns were garbage that were “donated”, AKA “thrown away” at the buyback.
The shotguns *was* functional – just go google “Slamfire Shotgun”; you can do it yourself. The homemade shotgun was a prank, a joke played at the (literal) expense of the smug, sanctimonious, ELCA-haired dreamsicles running the events – but probably the LEAST mock-worthy part of the event.
Oh, and we mock Corey Zurowski as a “reporter”; in the caption of the photo of the homemade-yet-parodic shotgun ,he sniffed “Gun fans allege this primitive weapon was turned in a Minneapolis’ buyback event. There’s just no evidence that it actually happened.”
But then, in the final paragraph of his own article, Zurowski carries a quote from the Minneapolis police’s public relations officer: “The gun in question was turned in,” says Minneapolis police spokeswoman Catherine Micheal. “Our people inspected it, found out it was operable, however crude the construction, and that’s why it was accepted.”
So yeah, we do some mocking there, too.
And it’s absolutely glorious.
Being a liberal must be confusing.
Exhibit A: This week’s City Pages.
On the one hand: Mike Mullen complains that Mendards’ management training program urges the store’s staff to oppose tax hikes. Because taxes are what makes life worth living, and by no means should Menards expect its management to support the store’s financial health, nosirreebob.
On the other hand: Corey Zurowski bemoans a non-profit that presumably is no “happy to pay for a Better Minnesota” as it has been extincted by…taxes.
I’d imagine this’d cause some heads to explode, if any of the City Pages’ audience really thought about it.
But I jest.
Sometimes I slay me.
(Via regular commenter Chuck)
In journalism class, my freshman year of college, the professor referred to the classic definition of the difference between news and, well, not news; “Dog bites man” is not news; “Man bites dog” is news.
With that in mind, this story qualifies as “Dog sniffs dog”.
Or maybe “Dog licks self”.
…at least there’s this.
City Pages turns on Alondra Cano.
Which is not unusual – the City Pages, as always, loves throwing dirt around.
Perhaps more telling? Other members of Minneapolis is DFL-strangled city Council are turning on Cano:
“She’s always late to meetings. Sometimes she doesn’t show up at all,” says a council member, who spoke to City Pages on the condition of anonymity to maintain their working relationship. “When she does, she hasn’t done her homework and has to wing it. That’s what she was trying to do here. The problem is this is stuff she’s supposed to know. It’s city council 101.”
Cano also didn’t have a printed version of her amendment. For 13 minutes, Cano grasped as she tried to figure out how to add her amendment. In other words, what should have been as simple as adding a couple words became a Laurel and Hardy skit.
“Why don’t you try to walk us through what you would like to do,” suggested colleague Elizabeth Glidden.
“I guess should I just read it?” asked Cano.
” — if you’d like me to assist you a little bit,” Glidden offered.
The problem with Cano isn’t so much that she’s absentminded, or apparently thinks that staying in a Holiday Inn Express actually does make you an expert.
The City Pages has decayed into “bad high school newspaper” territory in recent years. The only real interesting question in this fracas is “which Minneapolis DFL ward heeler is using the ‘Pages to undercut Cano, and why?
My guess: whichever councilor besides Cano that files for Mayor in the next city election. `
To: Mike Mullen, City Pages
From: Mitch Berg, Uppity Peasant
Re: Best Wishes
As we’re coming up on high school graduation, I can only wish you the best in your future endeavors. Hopefully your college studies will lead you to an adult life that you find fulfilling and exciting.
Reach for the stars.
PS: I’m assuming you’re a high school kid who’s interning at the CP based on the tone, style and quality of “journalism” in this piece, which reads like something from a click-bait site. If I’m mistaken, and you’re an actual “reporter” and “writer”, I apologize. I mean, basically.
That is all.
To: Samantha Bee, Overpromoted Woman With LibFluff Show
From: Mitch Berg, Uppity Peasant
It is easier to buy either a gun or get an abortion or register to vote or buy methamphetamine than it is to put a show on cable entitled, say, “Full Frontal With Mitch Bee”. Because you own that trademark. It’s your, um, “intellectual” property.
The liberal “alt”-media; actually as dumb as the left thinks talk radio is.
That is all.
(Well, not quite all. Remember when everyone was saying John Oliver was the greatest thing since Michael Moore? Brilliant, incisive, yadda yadda? I watched his famous “expose” on Donald Trump. And the big, marquee point that was the conclusion to the whooooooole buildup? The most damning thing they had on Trump, one of the most damnable people in modern American life? His family’s original name was “Drumpf”. That’s it. I want that 25 minutes of my life back).
While sometimes it seems society is sliding backwards into oblivion, there are occasional bits of encouragement to be found.
The biggest one of recent years? The Hulk Hogan lawsuit may finally kill Gawker Media.
Last week’s jury verdict awarding Hulk Hogan $115 million had onlookers predicting the death of Gawker Media, a collection of gossip and news web sites that was found to have invaded the privacy of the 80’s wrestling star by posting snippets of him in a sex tape online
It’s not a done deal – appeals, and possible requests to lower the awards, could save the most loathsome brand in American media.
But until then, the policy of this blog is to support killing the Gawker with fire.
The day Gawker finally shuts its pustulent doors, I shall throw a party.
SCENE: At the offices of Kornbluth Chadwick Communications – a big Democrat-leaning PR firm in Boston. A tastefully spare room furnished in the Danish style, with a full-height window overlooking downtown Boston, includes a number of people in just-ahead-of-the-fashion-curve PR-wear.
Hanna EPSTEIN-FAEGER, director of the firm’s political communications practice, sits at the head of a glass table and calls the meeting to order.
EPSTEIN-FAEGER: We’re here to find out what went wrong with the independent expenditure ad we did against Ted Cruz. Ruth?
Ruth LOWENSTEIN-NEDZVINSKI, an assistant project manager, picks up a sleek, buttonless remote, and presses “play”
EPSTEIN-FAEGER: I think we can all agree it was brilliant. Joshua?
Joshua-Micah KORN-FLEEBER, the ad’s producer – a slight man in a lumberjack beard wearing a “Feel The Bern” t-shirt under his hemp sports jacket, speaks up.
KORN-FLEEBER: That’s correct, Hanna. The ad includes all the things that we believe that the vast majority of voters respond to: belief in the need to reinterpret the Constitution, the throbbing desire throughout the country to repeal the Second Amendment and the traditional view of marriage and remove all reference to faith from public life – and, of course, Robert Reich himself.
LOWENSTEIN-NEDSVINSKI: Americans love Robert Reich!\
(Entire table nods assent)
EPSTEIN-FAEGER: And yet the focus groups, one after the other, showed that representative voters from west of the Hudson River and east of the Sierra Madre unanimously thought it was an ad for Ted Cruz?
KORN-FLEEBER: I’m sorry. I just don’t get it.
LOWESNSTEIN-NEDSVINSKI: One quote from one focus group said “this is a fiendish parody of the east-coast liberal echo chamber”.
EPSTEIN-FAEGER: The what?
LOWENSTEIN-NEDSVINSKI: No idea.
EPSTAIN-FAEGER: So – middle-Americans unanimously thought it was a pro-Cruz ad, and some thought it was a parody of how the left thinks?
EPSTEIN-FAEGER: I say it’s a blip in the data. Let’s run it!
(Everyone nods and gathers their notebooks, phones and tablets and moves to their next meeting)
Asher Edelman – the “inspiration” behind Oliver Stone’s character “Gordon Gecko”, played by Michael Douglas in the move Wall Streetˆ…
Of course he is.
To: The City Pages
From: Mitch Berg, Uppity Peasant
Re: You Suck
Dear “City Pages”,
While you’ve always been a freebie hipster lifestyle ‘zine, you used to have some great writing. Thirty years ago, you were the home of Lileks and Jim DeRogatis.
Twenty years ago, led by Steve Perry, you had some great journalism – as in, some of the best reporting in the Twin Cities. And as smugly left-of-center as you’ve always been, you surprised us; under Perry’s watch, you were the first newspaper in town to fairly and accurately cover the Concealed Carry debate. I said so at the time, and I say it now – kudos.
Twenty years ago.
Just saying – this kind of fratboy drunk-Facebooking pablum would have been laughed out of my high school newspaper. And this piece here might legitimately make someone wonder if the City Pages is getting money, directly or indirectly, from Bloomberg (more tomorrow).
Speaking of which – is City Pages getting money from Bloomberg?
It’s almost, but not quite, a Berg’s Law; whenever you think the City Pages can’t get any dumber, it will get dumber.
That is all.
Note to “The Other McCain” readers: Welcome!
Note that the title of this post is misleading; I have no (new) evidence of voter fraud or payoffs to Planned Parenthood.
The title was bait for a regular comment section, er, “visitor”.
Inside jokes are the best, aren’t they
Hope you enjoy the stay here!
To: Semi-regular commenter who makes big claims but never, ever responds when the claims are debunked
From: Mitch Berg, blog owner
Dear regular commenter,
I thought that title would get your attention. Great. I have asked you a few questions in recent months. I figured I’d direct your attention back to them.
- A while ago, you said that gender-reassignment surgery would result in the subject having different DNA. Please elaborate.
- Last week, you said that you “observed” that Heather Martens – president and one of vanishingly few members of “ProtectMN” – had accomplished a lot during her decade-plus at the helm of the group. I’d very much like to hear specifically what you think she’s accomplished, politically, in policy terms, or or socially. Please be specific.
It’s one of dozens of questions you’ve left unanswered over the years, but why quibble over a few hundred issues, right?
Those two will be a great start.
Twitter stock is dropping like Johnny Manziel’s career bell curve.
Part of it is the complete lack of a business model that includes a road to real profit.
But the other part? Twitter’s efforts to actively antagonize half of the population – including yours truly:
The company recently put in a place a “Trust and Safety Council” that they staffed with hard-left social justice nuts. And I do mean real nuts — one of them includes an Islamic “research center” that makes CAIR look like choir boys.
Of course, being a private company, they can ‘censor’ anyone they want, for any reason they want. They can have a “Trust and Safety Council” with Rachel Maddow, Jane Fonda and the board of NOW, for all it matters.
But Twitter might want to think about the fact that about half of the population in this country is conservative, and the other half liberal. It’s not quite that simple of a division, but it’s close enough.
And unlike a little privately-run place like this, where my first and foremost goal is not to maximize my advertising revenue, that is precisely Twitter’s first and foremost goal.
It’s only a matter of time before a public company that does this sort of thing winds up like MySpace.
And while Twitter, being an ultra-ultra-liberal operation that swims in the liberal pond that is San Francisco, may not actually know, or really believe that, one need only look at the successive flops of efforts that need general acceptance but actively antagonize half the populations (see also; every anti-war movie of the past decade, Truth, MSNBC, and on and on).
And good riddance. As I wrote about the other day, Twitter is a vast wasteland of stupid punctuated by the rare little points of misplaced brilliance; like someone doing an impromptu Mozart violin concerto at Wrestlemania.
Let it burn.
What would be the only thing funnier than Fast Eddie Schultz – the liberal talk show host who really was as dumb as liberals think conservative talk show hosts are – trying to make it as a big-time political player and kingmaker?
“I feel like I am perfectly positioned with my national platform, with my name and visibility and credibility with the middle class, to be the person to head up this super PAC,” he told told the Fargo Forum. “We are a 527; we are a nonprofit; we are incorporated in Washington, D.C., and we are going to get involved in issues around the country that are vital to a strong middle class, with our focus on jobs and wages, health care, education, trade agreements and justice.”
“Middle class issues are here to stay,” Schultz continued.
The answer is “Schultz, inevitably and comically, not merely flopping at it, but cratering worse than the movie Truth” (emphasis added):
According to Mediate, Schultz ran up $10,345.44 in legal fees, $3,000 in web design fees, and a $100 loan and only collected $25 in donations to the organization which was apparently headquartered at a UPS store in downtown Washington D.C.
“It was well-intended, I really wanted to do Americans for a Strong Middle Class,” a tired-looking Schultz said in a video explaining why the PAC crashed and burned.
It just hasn’t been Schultz’s decade.
SCENE: Mitch BERG is at a large gas station in Minnetonka, MN. Having just bought gas, he’s looking for a new windshield wiper. He turns down the aisle marked “Windshield Wipers/Condiments/Magazines Showing People Getting Hit In The Groin”, and notices Gutterball GARY – a blogger at the (possibly fictional) progressive blog “MinnesotaLiberalAlliance.Blogspot.com“, who describes his hobbies as bowling, heckling people, and shouting really loud – reading a magazine.
BERG tries to backpedal out of the aisle, but GARY notices him.
GARY: Hey, Merg! You’re stupid!
BERG: Nothing my mother doesn’t say.
GARY: The Second Amendment is not an individual right!
BERG: Well, the Supreme Court in the Heller and McDonald cases disagreed, and made it both a precedent and incorporated it to the states.
GARY: You’re stupid and you have no idea what you’re talking about! Justice Burger said the Second Amendment was “a fraud on the American public.”
GARY: He was a conservative!
BERG: Maybe compared to Nixon, who appointed him, but not really. And he was really arguing a strawman; he was saying the Second Amendment doesn’t preclude regulation…
GARY: Burger disagrees with you! And he’s from Minnesota! It’s further proof you don’t know what you’re talking about! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
GARY: …ha ha ha ha ha!
BERG: Say, Gary? In what case did Burger write that opinion?
BERG: Was that statement from a Supreme Court, or even an appelate, case?
BERG: The thing Burger said?
GARY: You’re stupid!
BERG: Right. It wasn’t part of a case. It was a personal opinion, in a 1990 PBS interview. It was of no more legal weight than you or me talking to PBS.
GARY: He was a conservative, and he disagrees with you, and he’s a Supreme Court judge, so you’re stupid!
BERG: Huh. So because a “conservative” SCOTUS justice had a personal, private opinion that dissents from conservative and libertarian orthodoxy, I’m stupid.
GARY: Yeah! Ha ha ha ha…
GARY: …ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
BERG: So who said this: “Certainly, one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms. … The right of the citizen to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible.”
GARY: That sounds like Ted Nugent! Which means you’re an anti-semite! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…
GARY: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
BERG: Actually it was Hubert H. Humphrey. A “progressive”, a former Vice President and Senator, and the greatest politician Minnesota ever produced. And it’d seem he disagrees with Justice Burger.
GARY: Who cares what an anti-semite thinks?
BERG: Oh, the Nugent thing? Pfft. I didn’t even like Ted Nugent as a guitar player all that much; I certainly never appointed him my spokesperson.
GARY: Nope! Nugent is on your side, so you’re an antisemite!
BERG: Ah. So if someone were to say “With Iraq no threat, why invade a sovereign country? The answer: President Bush’s policy to secure Israel. . . . [S]preading democracy in the Mideast to secure Israel would take the Jewish vote from the Democrats.”
GARY: Sounds like Nugent or some other ReTHUGliCON.
BERG: First – I’m always amazed to hear people actually talking in caps. Second – no. It was Democrat senator Fritz Hollings.
So – does that make you anti-semitic?
GARY: You’re stupid.
The City Pages – the Twin Cities’ media’s aggressively dumb and mindlessly aggressive little brother – engages in “Trump-shaming”, in an article that asks the question that’s on every Minnesotan’s “mind”:
Who among us would give to Donald Trump? These people, that’s who.
The article then publishes the names of everyone (they could find) who’s donated to Trump, from the $1,000 donations down to $19.
Now, let nobody be under the delusion that the City Pages is anything but the low end of the DFL’s PR chain, covering the “dumb, entitled, self-impressed would-be hipster” market segment.
But this is part of a larger Democrat strategy – and it’s nothing new. Back in 2010, the DFL used the media to help “shame” Tom Emmer’s corporate donors into acquiescence. Newspapers around the country have been trying to “gun-shame” carry permit holders (in states that have less-effective protections for permittees than Minnesota law does, thankfully) ever since they could. Even Minneapolis city councilwoman, Generalissima and Councilwoman for Life Alondra Cano, used/abused her position with the city to try to “shame” her critics by publicizing their personal contact information.
This is your Twin Cities media, doing its job.
No, I mean its real job.
Steven Colbert built a career playing a broad “Major Bloodnock”-style caricature of a conservative, designed to make liberals titter knowingly (if, usually, autonomically; Colbert may have been, if possible, even more an innovation of “duckspeak” than his benefactor, Jon Stewart.
Now that he’s gotta be himself and win and audience?
What’s that smell? Yep – the stench of death.
…about anything you see on John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” is that if John Oliver says it, it’s probably BS.
“Prosperity Gospel” televangelists – greasy little parasites on the body of Christ – prey on the gullible to make big bucks.
In response, John Oliver – a greasy evangelist for the Big State – calls for Government to intervene by defining religion.
Which greasy televangelist does more damage?
… the editors of Gawker resigned. Merely rejoice that they did.
It isn’t exactly the news I’d like – that would be “Gawker hit in freak carpet bombing accident .”
But it’s a start.
Change is all around us.
Some things – technology, reality TV, the Dow – change very quickly.
Others – glaciers, the cityscape or landscape around you – change so slowly as to be imperceptible, until you look at a time lapse photograph or think back over 20 years in a place, and go “wow – that snuck up on me”.
Indeed, the “expanding universe” model of astrophysics says that literally every single thing in the universe is changing, all the time.
… Oliver Willis will always be Oliver Willis.
…not only about the shootout (not “riot”) between rival outlaw biker gangs in Waco over the weekend, but about the idiot left’s race-baiting response? Yep – Kevin Williamson already has it, in this piece from NRO.
I’ll let you read the whole thing. With Williamson, it’s always worth it; he bludgeons the incendiary mythmongering of the left’s activists and media (ptr) wings.
I’ll cut to the big pullquote:
The Waco police did not follow the lead of the Baltimore police; the mayor of Waco did not follow the lead of the mayor of Baltimore and declare an outlaw-biker free-fire zone. Instead, the police swooped in, arrested the better part of 200 people, started booking them, and peace was restored.
And nobody in Waco gave any press conferences about the need to understand the legitimate rage of the poor white peckerwood dumbass class.
And that’s as it should be.
The big news in the alt-media world in the Twin Cities last week was the MinnPost’s profile of Michael Brodkorb.
Michael has been rhetorical catnip for both sides of the aisle for the past decade or so. When he was “Minnesota Democrats Exposed”, especially in his pseudonymous phase before 2006, he was the Minnesota left’s Public Enemy #1.
And his role in the scandal that whipsawed the GOP’s majority in the Senate a few years back made him non grata in a lot of GOP circles.
I’m not one of the conservatives that tossed Michael under the bus; I’ve considered him a friend ever since I first met him – when he revealed on my show back in ’06 that he was MDE. I’m not going to say that I agree with all his choices, but I’m not the one to cast the first stone. I’m also not on board with his approach to politics these days – but that’s something I’ll tackle issue by issue.
And I have some questions over a lot of what he says in the MinnPost profile. Which would make for an interesting conversation, on or off the air.
But to me, the interesting part of the MinnPost profile isn’t so much the unpacking of the past couple years of Brodkorb’s life; it doesn’t cover all that much new ground.
No – the interesting part for me is lines like…:
“Republicans couldn’t distance themselves fast enough. It was a vicious mix of schadenfreude and shunning.”
“You understand the tactic [of scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners PR]? Now you see it as having become counterproductive?
“Do you advise Republicans that [an aggressive, ideological approach to the media] only marginalizes them among general voters?”
“The “fringe of the fringe” of course is great fodder for the media. Every experienced reporter knows they’re fringe people saying fringe things”
“Well, the obvious irony is that for a lot of people around here they look at you and see the guy who kind of invented the partisan bomb-thrower game”
And especially this one:
“But the tone and traffic you generated with [your writing] certainly helped … in establishing your bona fides within the party and achieving the post you held with the Senate”
The writer, of course, is Brian Lambert.
Now, Lambert’s not a bad guy. But while I laud his sudden commitment to civility and reason, it’s hard to separate the Lambo in this piece from the Brian Lambert who was throwing partisan rhetorical rocks and garbage at conservatives years before it became the fashion. Literally – my first encounter with Lambert was on December 18, 1985 – my first day as a screener at KSTP. And Lambo was sitting in for Geoff Charles. And he was not an iota less disdainful of and condescending to conservatives then than he was in his years at the Pioneer Press (when the “tone and traffic he generated with his writing helped establish his bona fides” for a job with then-Senator Mark Dayton), his turn as the liberal id of the old “Janecek and Lambert” show, and pretty much everything he’s ever written at the Twin Cities Reader, the Rake, MinnPost, and whatever I’ve forgotten in between.
And I’m thinking his solicitousness toward Brodkorb is going to be a new corollary to Berg’s 11th Law (“The conservative liberals “respect” for their “conservative principles” will the the one that has the least chance of ever getting elected”); perhaps “the Republican that Democrats don’t pelt with rocks and garbage is the one that does their throwing for them”.
The night before the infamous “Saint Valentines’ Day Massacre” – in which Al Capone’s Italian mob rubbed out much of Bugs Moran’s Irish gang in Prohibition-era Chicago – the Italians spent a sleepless night assembling their Tommy Guns from parts they’d purchased around and about Chicago and its surrounding area.
And before going out to massacre innocent locals or groups of high school kids, Mexico’s loathsome narcotraficantes frequently spend days in machine shops, a patiently milling and drilling and cutting bits and pieces of metal into workable weapons.
Yeah, of course I made that up.
Criminals in America’s most crime-ridden cities – Chicago and Camden and DC and New Orleans – can get illegal firearms far easier than the law-abiding citizen can get legal ones, and there’s no assembly required.
But in the imagination of the American left’s ninny chorus in the media, criminals are real do-it-yourselfers. Because you can get “assault weapon parts” on EBay; I’m going to add some emphasis:
Yet for as little as $500, anyone with an eBay account can purchase all but one of the dozen or so necessary parts.
The only missing piece of the gun – the lower receiver –
Let’s stop right there.
If you know anything about guns, you know that “I got everything I need for an AR15 but the lower receiver” is a little like saying “I got an entire car – except the frame”.
can be bought secondhand from private sellers who post classified ads on other websites, such as Armslist.com. The receiver is the only regulated part of the gun, but there are workarounds for obtaining one, too. Partially complete receivers can be purchased privately without a background check or serial number and finished by buyers themselves, or they can be built from scratch at home to sidestep having to register the finished gun.
In other words, if a crook wants an unregistered AR15, the options are to gather a bunch of parts – a barrel, a bolt and bolt carrier, a stock, a forearm, a couple of hundred bucks worth of goodies – and then either:
- buy a complete lower receiver, which must be transferred through a Federal Firearms Licensed-dealer (with paper trail).
- buy an unfinished lower reciever and, using non-trivial skills and tools – metal drills, a metal router and a few others – finish it. And by finish it, we mean to a rather fussy level of tolerances; the AR15 is no zip gun.
- Put all the parts in their junk drawer and buy a complete, stolen AR or AK from any number of sources; stolen guns, gangs, or Eric Holder.
It might be simplistic to say that “if criminals had the skills needed to assemble a complete, shootable AR, they wouldn’t need to be criminals. But only barely.
It is, of course, the latest attempt by the US media to manufacture a gun crisis – which is easier than manufacturing the guns themselves; as a Mother Jones correspondent couldn’t very well conceal a couple years ago, back when the AK47 was still the left’s official boogeygun (again, emphasis is mine):
The hosts collect our paperwork without checking IDs. We don eye protection and gloves, and soon the garage is abuzz with the whir of grinders, cutters, and drills. Sales of receivers—which house the mechanical parts, making a gun a gun—are tightly regulated, so my kit comes with a pre-drilled flat steel platform. Legally, it’s just an American-made hunk of metal, but one bend in a vise later and, voilà, it’s a receiver, ready for trigger guards to be riveted on. Sparks fly as receiver rails to guide the bolt mechanism are cut, welded into place, and heat-treated. The front and rear trunnions, which will hold the barrel and stock, are attached to the receivers.
Well, I know there are machinists in my audience. But to the less handy among us – say, Mojo writers – it’s a non-trivial exercise. I love the illustration in the Mojo story: “Making your own receiver – the part that holds the firing mechanism – requires no background check”. Which may be true, but it also requires a non-trivial set of metalworking skills and tools.
You’re a crook. What’s easier; spending an evening with a bunch of people painstakingly assembling an AK (or the much fussier AR) from scratch, or buying one from a fellow crook in a tenth of the time?
It’s not confusing to anyone who’s not an NPR reporter.