Category: Guns

  • More notes for January

    Larry Correia’s forthcoming book on guns-n-stuff won’t be released for a few months still but the probable contents is revealed by other means. A recent Twitter thread has been compiled here https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1575499318827528197.html and while it is somewhat of an incoherent rant, it does provide a glimpse into forthcoming topics. “For my upcoming gun rights book […]

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  • Just putting this here for when I need it in January

    [Content warning: some discussion of risk factors in suicide] A central argument for widespread gun ownership is for the protection of the gun owner’s families and themselves in their home. This is not the only argument obviously. Gun rights advocates will also point to self-defence outside of their home (in particular in defence of concealed […]

  • Baen: Paranoia, perceived provocation, and politics

    The web forum known as Baen’s Bar is once again being criticised for the apparent violent comments in one of its subsections. There is coverage here at File 770 (https://file770.com/pixel-scroll-8-16-22-faraway-pixels-with-strange-sounding-scrolls/ item 2) of a Tweet by Jay Blanc. That Tweet has since been removed by Twitter: “My twitter account is now locked and disabled due […]

  • Ugly Connections Part 2

    This is a follow-up post to one from January this year: https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2022/01/06/ugly-connections/ Late in December 2021 a gunman went on a killing spree in Denver. The murders appear to be reprisals for imagined slights. The added twist to the killings was that the murderer had also been a (sort of) science fiction author with a […]

  • Explaining rhetorical questions to professional writers

    I suppose rhetorical questions can be confusing to people particularly ones where the person doing the asking already knows the truth of the matter. Why ask a question if the questioner already has an answer? Perhaps to illustrate a point or perhaps in the vain hope of some self reflection. In the case of gun-owning […]

  • The Virus, The Lockdown and the Wingnut Eschatology

    A post really wasn’t coming together on all this stuff on the anti-lockdown ‘movement’ among the US right. However, I wanted a bunch of links in one place to come back to later. The whys and the hows and whos and how it all connects to money, oil and denial is sort of there. I […]

  • The Gun Lobby

    The big story in Australia currently is the undercover video of senior members of the far right anti-immigration party One Nation attempting to gain money from pro-gun lobbyists. In a distinctly Australian twist, their defense has been that they were drunk at the time: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/26/one-nations-james-ashby-says-he-was-on-the-sauce-when-seeking-20m-from-nra I was a bit wary of the story initially, as […]

  • Anti-Gun Control Arguments Haven’t Become Any Smarter or More Honest

    Dishonesty remains at the core of anti-gun control arguments and I note that regardless of evidence, shifting policies, or gun control experiments in countries other than the US, these arguments have barely shifted in decades. Here’s the failed Sad Puppies 5 leader Sarah Hoyt https://web.archive.org/web/20180221173128/https://accordingtohoyt.com/2018/02/21/your-most-basic-right/ Here’s a summary of the arguments deployed: Self Defence: Hoyt […]

  • Australian Gun Laws – Did they Work? (spolier: yes they did)

    University of Sydney academic Professor Simon Chapman is the lead author of a study that has examined the impact of the late 1990’s tightening of Australian gun laws. The Liberal government of the time (for ‘liberal’ read ‘conservative’) enacted tougher gun laws in response to the Port Arthur mass shooting in Tasmania. Australia’s gun laws […]

  • Timothy retells Dune

    [From the pen of Timothy the Talking Cat] So one of those filers who Camestros let’s comment here seems to think that Dune is too lefty for a cat like me. Pish tosh and piffle. Dune is the best, better than sjwalwayslieaboutstuff by Vax Poopli but about the same stuff plus spaceships and sandsnakes. Let […]