Stupid And Futile Gesture

Here’s the latest good news for our side, and bad news for them:

Numbers released Monday show that the FBI ran 192,749 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background checks on Black Friday 2022. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) noted that the 192,749 NICS checks on Black Friday 2022 “[rank] it third in the Top 10 Highest Days for NICS checks and…[represent] a 2.8 percent increase from Black Friday 2021.”

The FBI conducted 187,585 NICS checks on Black Friday 2021 and 186,645 checks on Black Friday 2020, Breitbart News reported.

The NSSF observed that there were 711,372 NICS checks “during the week leading up to and including Black Friday.”

The strong Black Friday NICS check numbers come after surges in gun sales during recent years.

For example, on October 6, 2022, Breitbart News reported retailers had sold over one million guns a month for 38 consecutive months.

You have to ask yourself about the Gun Control Set:  “Why do they even bother, anymore?”

I mean, if you look at the thing clinically, the whole concept starts with that innate human characteristic, that instinct of self-preservation that has been baked onto your genetic structure, perhaps only alleviated a little by the “fight or flight” reaction to danger.  So there has to be an enormous amount of cognitive dissonance to resist that impulse, and I can only think that it’s assisted by constant propaganda of the “guns are evil” mantra of the media and politicians.  On the one hand, you have people who are genuinely upset by violence (and there’s nothing wrong with that) but think (mistakenly) that removing weapons from individuals will end violence;  and on the other hand, you have the malignant power-seekers for whom an unarmed populace is the sine qua non  for societal control.  (There is an overlap between the two groups, and I’ll address that later on when it becomes more relevant to the discussion.)

Then, of course, came a group of wise men in 1779 who, when starting up a new country pretty much from scratch looked at the situation and said, “The natural instinct for self-preservation is so obvious, only a fool would attempt to gainsay it.”  (Okay, they called it a God-given right, but it’s the same thing, really.)  And having just escaped the clutches of a tyrannical* government a couple of years earlier, they were even more mindful of the fact that men needed tools to resist those bastards who would want to control whole populations.  But then came an even wiser man who realized that one day there would be fools who would want to take away that God-given right, and governments who would work really hard to do so, and so he said, “Right.  We’re actually going to codify this thing so that even a moron can understand that the right of people to self-defense (both personal and societal) cannot simply be legislated away by some asshole that may look like John Kerry, Chuck Schumer or Joe Biden,”  and thus, the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

And yes, over the years that followed the anti-weapon hoplophobes were able to chip away at that natural and legal right, as the government had been reasonably successful at preventing bad people from inflicting violence on innocent people and society at large.  So people were duped into thinking that just because some mope shot at a President with a mail-order Italian WWII military-surplus rifle, therefore nobody else should ever be able to order a rifle from Amazon;  or that when the Constitution was written the authors thereof didn’t know about AK-47s — an efficient semi-automatic rifle being way more dangerous than a muzzle-loading musket and therefore should of course be banned — without realizing that muskets are all very well, until the government brings AK-47s (or their Mattel equivalent) to a little oppression party.

All this was fine and dandy until the Third American Revolution began in, of all places, Ferguson, Missouri and people suddenly realized that the government, largely composed of knaves, cowards and Socialists (some overlap), was no longer going to guarantee the safety of innocent people against mobs of murderous thugs and vandals.

Which is why, as the above article points out, ordinary people have gone out and bought over 38 million guns since Ferguson  — to the surprise of absolutely nobody except the hoplophobes and government stooges.

One would think, returning to the original question posed at the top of this post, that supposedly intelligent and rational people would see the absolute common sense of all this, and say, “Screw it.  There’s no point in trying to overcome this gun ownership thing, because doing so is just a stupid and futile gesture and so we’re not going to bother with it anymore.”  And indeed some have: 

Gun control advocate Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said Sunday that Democrats in the Senate “probably” do not have the votes to pass a ban on “assault weapons.”

But these hoplophobes are people who have attempted to deny basic human nature, and their government allies have attempted to suppress it;  so I suppose it’s just a battle which we’re going to have to fight over and over again, ad infinitum et nauseam.  And speaking of idiots, there’s this statement from President Braindead:

“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” said Biden. “It has no socially redeeming value… Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”

My only regrets are that a) we didn’t get to 200,000 NICS** checks last Friday, and b) the purchases weren’t all semi-sutomatic rifles.

*the concept of “tyranny” is very much a relative one;  the Founding Fathers may have thought that a 3% consumption tax on tea was iniquitous and therefore justified rebelling against the greatest world power since the Romans, so we can only guess what their reaction would be to a government which takes away over a third of a person’s wages at gunpoint, and The People just shrug and say, “Okay.”

**yet another little institution which would cause the Founding Fathers, were they alive today, to reach for their AK-47s.


  1. I have to stifle a laugh every time I hear Gropin’ Joe preach about how it should be illegal to buy/sell/own/keep guns, but he has no opinion on whether it should be illegal to do business with or promote foreign nations, possess and/or use illegal drugs, or sell access to the vice president/president of the United States for personal profit and enrichment.

    What? it IS illegal to do all that stuff? Joe? Hunter? Buller?

  2. “Individually, we do not bear arms because we are afraid. We bear arms
    as a declaration of capacity. An armed man can cope – either in the city
    or in the wilderness – and because he is armed, he is not afraid.

    The hoplophobe fears and, yes, hates us, because we are not afraid. We
    are overwhelmingly “other” than he, and in a way that emphasizes his

    Jeff Cooper

    1. Damn! How can one man be so correct on so much?
      We are so fortunate that he was as one with us.

  3. These measures are not being pushed by people who fear WEAPONS. They are being pushed by people who fear the populace. The Progressives Elite in the U.S. (who rapidly became the establishment following the election of Woodrow Wilson) have been trying to disarm the public since the 1930’s. I note that they have been singularly unsuccessful. When I first started paying attention to politics in the mid-1970’s it was widely assumed that handguns would be broadly banned within a decade…even by gun folks…and that restrictions on long guns would follow quickly. Instead ‘must issue’ laws marched across the land. I suspect that the Progressive elite feel about this much the way Wile E Coyote feels about the truck whose *meep* *meep* he thought was the roadrunner.

    The Progressive Elite, much like every social/political elite in history, feel that they were placed on Earth by Providence to tell the rest of us slobs what to do. In short; guillotine bait. They fear and resent anything that might encourage the Unwashed to tell the Elite where to get off, and how far to jam their policies when they do.

  4. Just bought savages version of the scout rifle. Now if I could just find some mags for the thing. one seems to be a bit of the light side.

    Ammo is back in quantity at most of the places I look so that is back on the pile it up list.

    But it is good the number of people who are suddenly buying guns.

  5. Simply, my stuff is mine, ALL of it, and nobody gets to say anything about any of it. period

    Ya know, the idea that any person gets to say what any other person gets to possess is beyond preposterous. If a person is so goddamned bored that they have the gumption to stick their fat snoot into the things other people possess, perhaps that person needs some oversight by the authorities in how they are conducting theirself.

  6. I agree oldvet50, ammunition, or lack of it, is the path that
    is being used to, in a manner of speaking, disarm us.
    Back in the late 70’s or early 80’s, Daniel Patrick Moynihan stated
    that the way around the 2nd Amendment was to limit the
    supply of and / or heavily TAX ammunition which is obviously NOT
    an ‘arm’ as stated in the 2nd Amendment. A technicality ? Yes but
    perfectly legal !
    It’s working.
    You can have all the guns you want but you’re NOT going to have,
    at some point, ANYTHING to feed them. THAT is the goal.
    2nd Amendment will REMAIN ‘untouched’ See how easy this can be ?
    Ammunition is not only still in short supply. Go try finding smokeless powder
    or primers ! Some powder is available but nothing like in the past and
    primers are almost impossible to find. There are also a growing number
    of unscrupulous people who claim to have powder and primers at
    shockingly good prices but the ones I have found are scams. Tread
    carefully. Not accepting credit cards is one tip off.
    Plenty of bullets and brass but no primers and damn little powder. Hmmmm
    Like a lot of changes in our country that most of us dislike, this is
    not going to happen next week, or next month or even next year.
    It is a steady, relentless push that accomplishes MAJOR changes with
    an ENDLESS march of minor changes until one day we wake
    up and say ‘How the hell did we get HERE ?’.
    It’s been done with taxes. The founders would have gotten vapors
    if they saw the taxes we pay. For working people is can reach or exceed
    50%, that’s HALF of what you earn going to taxes – every thing from a tax
    on gasoline, to building ‘permits’ to property taxes ( which guarantee that
    you will NEVER OWN your own home or land – after it is paid off you will
    be FORCED TO RENT it from the government – FOREVER ! ).
    It’s been done with gun ownership / laws. The last I checked, there are over
    24,000 gun ‘laws’. What the hell happened to ‘…shall NOT be INFRINGED’ ?
    They, our opponents, learned that they could infringe if they started small.
    Just a little bit at a time. The Sullivan Act was the first or one of the first infringements and it’s been a spreading downhill run since then.
    Mr. DuToit spoke the other day about some proposed bans or laws that
    would never take place in Texas. Really. Wanna bet ? Give them time.
    I’m sure there are people still alive in New York or Illinois or California who
    would have laughed at you had you told them, several decades ago, of some
    of the restrictions, laws and taxes they would be living under in 2022 !!
    Fixing our country and stopping its decent into becoming a more northerly
    and larger version of Mexico is NOT going to be painless, or easy or quick

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