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There is a developing scandal involving bad BATFE Sting operations.  I ran across a series of articles on BATFE undercover operations and the serious concerns raised by it.  

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Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 08:30 AM PST

RKBA: Ammunition Effects

by DavidMS





Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a DKos group of second amendment supporters who have progressive and liberal values. We don't think that being a liberal means one has to be anti-gun. Some of us are extreme in our second amendment views (no licensing, no restrictions on small arms) and some of us are more moderate (licensing, restrictions on small arms.) Moderate or extreme or somewhere in between, we hold one common belief: more gun control equals lost elections.  We don't want a repeat of 1994. We are an inclusive group: if you see the Second Amendment as safeguarding our right to keep and bear arms individually, then come join us in our conversation. If you are against the right to keep and bear arms, come join our conversation. We look forward to seeing you, as long as you engage in a civil discussion.  
On Daily Kos, I keep seeing terms like “high powered,” “hollow point” and “high capacity” thrown around. Some of these are terms of art, others are just misused and misunderstood. Without some understanding of these technical issues, we do not have a foundation to discuss any policy implications.
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Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 01:26 PM PDT

RKBA: Mechanical Safety Devices

by DavidMS



Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a DKos group of second amendment supporters who have progressive and liberal values. We don't think that being a liberal means one has to be anti-gun. Some of us are extreme in our second amendment views (no licensing, no restrictions on small arms) and some of us are more moderate (licensing, restrictions on small arms.) Moderate or extreme or somewhere in between, we hold one common belief: more gun control equals lost elections.  We don't want a repeat of 1994. We are an inclusive group: if you see the Second Amendment as safeguarding our right to keep and bear arms individually, then come join us in our conversation. If you are against the right to keep and bear arms, come join our conversation. We look forward to seeing you, as long as you engage in a civil discussion.  
At DKOS there has been a huge amount of discussion regarding gun control.  Many non gun owners are not familiar with the rules and practices of safe gun handling or how mechanical safety devices enhance gun safety.  I illustrate this diary with a number of Youtube videos that I did not produce so I am only using them to illustrate a point and do not endorse the speaker or any of their views.  

There are four rules of safe gun handling.  I prefer the Col. Cooper version despite some of his abhorrent and backward personal views:
1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Notice how mechanical safety devices are not mentioned?  I am not surprised.  Safety is a mindset and a practice.  Mechanical safety devices can lead to lax safety practices because some people see them as substitutes for safe handling practices.  I like to use them but assume that they don't exist because there is no substitute for following these rules.  

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Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:21 PM PST

Ban Suburbia, Not Guns.

by DavidMS

OK, there I got your attention.  I cannot help but notice that every last major massacre since Columbine has happened in a suburban or exurban community.  I will guess that in big cities there are resources that connect us to each other.  Because there are so many people around it takes special efforts to isolate oneself.  We also benefit from having that critical mass of population to have readily available therapists, counseling and social service agencies.  In rural areas, I suspect that family bonds and more stable communities reduce risks of mass killings.  Lastly as a ground rule although I am publishing this under RKBA, these are my own positions and not those of the group.  Just to be clear.  

We are not connected enough to our neighbors.  We are not socially involved as we used to be.  We create private cocoons and ignore the public spaces.  We spent time on Facebook but not at cafes, bowling alleys and bars.  Instead of spending time with people, we electronically mediate our communications, losing the context of face to face communication in the process.  

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Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:35 AM PST

The Same Script Again?

by DavidMS

I heard about the Newton Shooting at work yesterday and last night joined the my congregation in the Mourners' Kaddish, feeling empty.  It was the same as with Columbine, Tucson, Aurora, so many others and now in a elementary school in Newton.  I am sad and frustrated as I know what will happen.  

Segments of the left will call for banning some or all guns.  Most of the right will blame the shooter and suggest that everyone should carry a gun.  Saner voices will call for improving mental health care.  

I will do none of these.  I blame the right.  These mass murders seem to happen more often now that the neo-liberal agenda is in place thanks to disaster capitalism and the pernicious effect of legalized bribery.  No real safety net, mental health services, or concept of community.  So many people isolated in suburbia.  A loss of Unions, and bowling alone.  Our very social fabric is rent by Wall Street in their cheerful debasement of our coins. That is where I must place blame.  

I don’t blame guns (the more liberal Swiss laws make that argument), violent video games or the victims for not being armed themselves.  The moment that its less about me and more about we, I will have some hope we will see less of this.

I hate to post and run, but I will stay around as long as I can before heading off to see The Hobbit.  

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Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 05:18 AM PDT

RKBA: Wingnut Welfare at Work

by DavidMS

Got home Saturday night and found a large manila envelope claiming it was from Senator Rand Paul. Intrigued, I opened it, finding a letter from Rand Paul on behalf of gun rights organization that I have never heard of called National Association for Gun Rights.  

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Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 02:27 PM PDT

Mental Health Day at #OccupyDC

by DavidMS

I took the day off yesterday to join OccupyDC at McPherson Square. I participated in a training session on non-violent direct action protest training and although I am unlikely to ever join a direct action, it is good to know more about.  Essentially its about transferring power to the protesters by just taking a street (with a march) or posting a banner.  It was pretty cool and helps me better understand the ideology and tactics behind direct action.  It was an introduction on the thinking on it.  

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Sat Oct 22, 2011 at 05:01 PM PDT

Visiting #OccupyKStreet

by DavidMS

I am excited to be at Occupy DC for the first time and am pretty excited at what I am seeing.  The first evidence that the reigning ideology of the last 30 years is being seriously challenged.  About ¾ of McPherson square is covered by tents.  Last time I was downtown for anything, knowing that there were protests, I walked by McPherson square on the way to services and saw only a few people before Kol Nidre.  Most notably a DC statehood activist.  Since I was wearing a suit I was almost certainly mistaken for some sort of Republican who gets his wingnut welfare check on a biweekly basis and ignored.  I guess its because I dress too well to look the part of a DFH.  

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Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 03:23 PM PDT

Hon. Donna Edwards and Public Transit

by DavidMS

Last month (on the 9th of March 2010), I went to the ACT for Transit meeting in Silver Spring.  I have attended a few of their meetings and their mission is to promote public transit.  They are advocating for the Purple Line and other transit projects in the DC area.  

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