Nothing. Is Everything.

Big Media and the left seem disappointed that yesterday’s gun rights rally at the Virginia state capitol in Richmond passed not only without incident, but in fact exactly as every *knowledgable* commentator on the subject predicted – utterly peacefully, nothing close to violence, and despite weeks of media gaslighting about “white supremacy”, a crowd that was probably more racially integrated than a “Protect Minnesota” or “Moms Demand Action” or “Minnesota Reformer” meeting.

I’m getting a feeling of deja vu.

This all feels like the Tea Party days, ten years ago – when the establishments on both sides of the aisle, terrified of a unregulated, organic grass roots movement, gaslit the public into thinking the most inclusive, idealistic political movement in my lifetime was either “racist” or “establishment”, depending on the targets.

The gaslighting? Oh ,yeah ,it’s back.

Virginia governor Blackface McMinstrel, presiding over the most ghastly bit of government overreach I can recall, desperately needed to paint the vast, law-abiding majority of gun owners as depraved evildoers just waiting for their moment to cut loose

But every last g****mn word of it was a lie. As predicted. A smear. Collective defamation.

If you know anything about the subject you predicted this – because nationwide, carry permittees are about 1/6 as likely to commit *any* kind of crime

…as are the police. Who are, themselves, 1/7 as likely to commit any sort of crime as the general public.

Statistically, you are safer in a room full of carry permit holders – people who’ve passed background checks, and in Minnesota, have had to prove they know the law – than you are in a room full of cops.

White supremacy? B***s**t. It was the police that denied the Reverend King a permit to carry a gun – as they denied *every* black applicant in Birmingham in the fifties – even though he and his families lives were being threatened constantly.

It was the eeeeeeeevil NRA that stood with Dr. King – allowing his volunteer bodyguards to train at their firing range (the only desegregated one in the DC area at the time), giving them ammunition at cost.

No, the Richmond rally was peaceful. Were there “white supremacists” there? Other than Governor McMinstrel, I mean? Well, sure – in the sense that *everyone* that dissents from Big Left’s narrative is a “white supremacist” these days. Actual “white supremacy”, as in “hatred for non-whites?”

Mark my words – less than among the general public.

Look – I get it. A fair chunk of our society was raised to be terrified of guns. I grew up in a non-gun-owning, gun-control-supporting Democrat home. The TV shows I grew up with in the seventies and eighties treated gun ownership like a character flaw.

I changed. “Elite” culture and politics didn’t.

And Governor McMinstrel is clearly terrified by the genie he let out of the bottle. While the law-abiding gun owner doesn’t have much political killer instinct, when he or she is threatened, they – we – can not be stopped.

If it’s about guns, and the media says it, distrust but verify – and then, almost without exception, keep right on distrusting.

And by the way – for all my gun-rights brothers in arms who are treating Virginia like the final Mexican assault on the Alamo – take a deep breath. Cam Edwards notes that your – our – voices are getting through even to some of the Democrat villains in this story.

So, for all my “progressive” friends? This is what Democracy looks like. Lots of imperfect schlubs, workadaddy hugamommy people of all races, orientations, creeds and faiths, the very backbone of this country, showing you that *we are not for turning*.

Here we stand. We’ve compromised enough. We’re done.


All due respect to my “progressive” friends – but if you bring nothing but emotion or Big Left’s chanting points to this discussion, you will not fare well. God have mercy on your argument, for I shall not.

22 thoughts on “Nothing. Is Everything.

  1. Mitch – link regarding police denying MLK license (and NRA background?) is broken.

    Along the lines of MLK, apparently AOC had a meltdown (how shocking) about this happening on MLK day. My first thought is that she didn’t know her history. Actually, that’s it. She doesn’t know history.

  2. John Hayward (I think he’s some Big Deal at Breitbart) wrote a very nice Tweet thread which conforms nicely to this post.

    One of the most invincibly stupid and bigoted beliefs of the Left is that white conservatives would abandon the 2nd Amendment if lots of black people applied for concealed or open-carry permits. They believe this no matter how often blacks are warmly welcomed at 2A events.

    In truth, a vast surge of minority voters embracing gun rights and applying for permits would be an existential crisis for the Democrat Party. It’s not an implausible scenario. The 2A could become a conservative bridge to black voters weary of crime.

    There’s more at that link.

  3. When someone brings a .50 caliber sniper riffle to a political protest, that’s a pretty good sign that we need sensible gun laws in this country — not to mention better public education and mental health care.

  4. “When someone brings a .50 caliber sniper riffle to a political protest, that’s a pretty good sign that we need sensible gun laws in this country”

    For me Emery it means here’s a guy I want to know because he might be into competitive 1000 meter shooting sports which I like, hell he might even have access to a 7,000 meter range which would really be a hoot (think live painted chickens @ 1-7 klicks).

    Clearly the Emerys have fallen into the size trap.

  5. Emery on January 21, 2020 at 1:48 pm said:
    When someone brings a .50 caliber sniper riffle to a political protest, that’s a pretty good sign that we need sensible gun laws in this country — not to mention better public education and mental health care.

    Not if the purpose of the protest is to protect the right to bear arms.
    Ducks in a barrel.

  6. When someone brings a .50 caliber sniper riffle to a political protest, that’s a pretty good sign that we need sensible gun laws in this country

    Is the weapon illegal? Was it used to commit violence?

    If the facts are not on your side, then by all means, let’s talk about our feelings about the big, scary boomstick…

  7. if you’re winning the argument democratically, you don’t need to parade through the streets of the state capital threatening people with firearms.

  8. No one was threatening anyone with a gun. Emery is in fantasy land again.
    BTW, in this country, 51% of the people aren’t allowed to disarm the populace.
    Thank God.

  9. Emery, the point of bringing a “sniper rifle” to the protest is to point out that (a) residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia own them and (b) are not going to be easily persuaded to part with them.

    Regarding the danger of rifles chambered in .50 BMG, perhaps you can provide us a listing of all the mass killings done by Barrett M82s and similar rifles? How someone can set up, say, in a shopping mall with a 30 lb, 4-5′ long rifle with a scope tailored for 400meters and out and manage to hit….anything? One that requires a tripod to avoid shattering the user’s shoulder?

    Reality, Emery, is that rifles chambered in .50 BMG are beloved by hobbyists for 1000 meter shooting and are rarely used in crime. Congratulations on another demonstration of your ignorance.

  10. “Winning the argument Democratically” means using an urban power base in four counties to decree unconstitutional usurpation of civil rights state-wide, a Democrat specialty. 90 of 94 counties in Virginia subsequently declaring themselves 2A Sanctuary counties suggests it doesn’t mean what the Dems think it means.

  11. Regarding the danger of rifles chambered in .50 BMG, perhaps you can provide us a listing of all the mass killings done by Barrett M82s and similar rifles?

    Maybe Emery was getting copying his chanting points from the Iraq or Afghanistan media? They might have some numbers.

  12. Emery, please provide the proof that ANYONE carrying a firearm, threatened anyone else. I mean, you must have proof to back up your spurious claims.

  13. Emery, please provide the proof that ANYONE carrying a firearm, threatened anyone else. I mean, you must have proof to back up your spurious claims.

    To Emery and the rest of the left, the mere presence of a gun is threatening. You don’t have to actually be doing anything with/to it.

  14. OF course I just thought of this 30 seconds after I hit “post”…

    What a sad and pitiful way to live your life.

  15. I’ve studied the many pictures that are out there of .50 rifles and have yet to see one that said “sniper rifle” on it. I’ve also looked closely at my Winchester Model 70 .30-06 caliber deer hunting rifle and don’t see “sniper rifle” anywhere on it either, although Carlos Hathcock used the same gun extensively in Vietnam for sniping.
    Emery just likes to use “verwy scarewy” names for guns for effect.

  16. Didn’t one of the MSM photo captions claim that the .50 cal “sniper” rifle was often used to attack aircraft?

    Good thing the owner left the .50 cal ICBM at home, though.

  17. Emery’s sniper rifle question poses an interesting problem.

    If a group of men stand around a political rally wearing masks and holding assault rifles, it’s intimidating, it chills freedom of expression, it violates civil rights, which is a bad thing.

    Unless they’re government agents, then they’re simply maintaining public order, which is a good thing.

    Okay, but what if it’s a rally to protest the government itself? Does the presence of armed government agents intimidate rally participants, chill their free speech and violate their civil rights?

    No. Because people who protest against the government are rabble rousers, trouble makers, malcontents, saboteurs, wreckers, kulaks and probably witches, besides. They have no rights.

    Problem solved.

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