What do condiments, control freaks, and “gun free zones” have in common?
More than you may think.
One of the most predictable political routs run routinely here in “the land of the free” and the home of the NSA comes like clockwork right on cue after there’s been a mass shooting in some sort of “gun free zone”.
The formula tends to go something like this:
- A usually very medicated, profoundly disturbed, and completely self-absorbed person decides to lock, load, and head off to a “gun free” zone to do a little venting. Of people.
- He gets to his preferred “gun free zone” and proceeds to shoot up the place and anyone therein, often successfully killing and wounding a large number of unarmed victims.
- After news breaks of this wicked exhibition of murderous narcissism, three things tend to happen right on schedule:
And that pretty much summarizes a standard post-mass-shooting spin of the anti-gun crowd.
Obviously, when this is the way one “thinks” about things like people, drugs, guns, and society, there’s cause for more than a little suspicion as to just what certain gun control advocates might be smoking and what they’ll come up with next if they don’t stop.
Along these lines, I’d like to submit for your consideration/entertainment a hilariously tragicomedic example of one form of anti-gun nuttiness being trumped and stamped out by an even more virulent strain of anti-gun insanity.
In The Angry Mob and the Internet, my friend Isaac Botkin provides an example of what can happen when two (probably should be) committed anti-gun nuts bump into each other at the OK Corral:
. . . Last week, Chicago-based entrepreneur Adam Kennedy and his friends claimed that they had invented a brand new kind of gun, the world’s first safe gun. Instead of deadly bullets fired by violently exploding gunpowder, it shot harmless capsules of pepper powder propelled by silent compressed air. They marketed their product as the perfect, child-proof, safe home-defense device that could instantly stop any threat and, for the first time ever, offer a “a fear-free user experience.” However, these claims have a few problems.
The first problem is that they haven’t really invented anything. They are selling a completely unmodified Tippman TiPX paintball pistol; something that’s been sold in sporting goods stores for years at a fraction of the price. The projectile, which they claimed to have developed by “completely rethinking the bullet,” is also an off-the-shelf OC-filled paintball that has clearly been bought from Rap4. This combination of standard paintball marker and pepperball ammunition has actually seen real-world use, usually by law enforcement or corrections officers doing minor riot control outside.
Which brings us the second problem: this is just a terrible way to defend the inside of your home. If I wanted to use a pepper-based villain-deterrent indoors, I would pick a pack of foam or gel based pepper spray, something that would stick to the bad guy and not create clouds of floating pepper dust that will settle into my upholstery, books, and baby toys. If a small child has ever fired a dry chemical fire extinguisher inside your home, you will know how quickly that powder gets everywhere. Furthermore, not even the sting of inhaled oleoresin papsicum will disable every bad guy, and it certainly won’t prevent him from pulling the trigger of the real gun that, if you live in Chicago, he has almost certainly brought with him.
Ah, if only the many thugs of ChicagoLand were limited to condiment-based weapons…one can dream…
Thirdly, Adam Kennedy and Co. are completely ignorant about everything that they talk about. They continually refer to pepper as a “powerful toxin,” as opposed to what it really is, a non-toxic irritant. They claim that the compressed air (actually CO2) makes the gun recoil-free, thus violating Newton’s third law, and then they get the range, velocity, and projectile energy claims wildly wrong. They also copy and paste random data from PepperBall.com about OC being non-toxic when used outdoors by the military, and then claim that the problem with real guns is that they were “never designed for a home.”
In short, it’s a hilariously bad, slapped-together campaign that could just as easily been a spoof of hipster crowdfunding. I was pretty sure that an internet mob would show up to mock them, either paintballers laughing at the ridiculously inflated price and capability of a plastic toy, or gun owners debunking SALT’s dusty old anti-gun rhetoric. What I didn’t expect was a mob of anti-gun activists excoriating Adam Kennedy for making a gun. You can’t find the SALT gun campaign on Indiegogo anymore, and it’s because a bunch of unreasonable anti-gunners complained and Indiegogo wimped out.
The Social Justice Warrior who claims single-handed credit for this great victory is Mike Monteiro, a San Francisco-based designer who makes anti-gun t-shirts (I guess he’s like me only the opposite). When Mike heard about the SALT Gun, he took his irrational rage to Twitter. “The only safe gun is a non-existent gun. We will NOT tolerate gun design,” he posted, and asked all of his 50 thousand followers to barrage Indiegogo with baseless complaints.
I’ll pause here at this cliffhanger and encourage you to check out the rest of Isaac’s article in order to find out how this particular shootout between anti-gun activists works itself out.
In the meantime, remember always: Guns don’t kill people. Sin kills people…including the sin of disarming good people.
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The article didn't say that "each mass shooter" is on medications. Most by far of them wind up being associated with medications, regularly SSRIs and/or other disposition changing antidepressants.
1) Gun violence is a deceptive term. Why do we call cops? (To bring guns and be violent if need be.) Are you proposing to disarm the various military and government officials? Why not? Because you want gun violence, you just don't want the citizenry to have the right to self defense. You think that the State can have guns, because they're to be worshiped.
2) http://tinyurl.com/p5yazwu Would you take guns away from this mother? Why would you disarm her against violent attacks? Does the benefit outweigh the harm? Is this the objective moral standard that we should aspire to? Why shouldn't we support genocide then, if my side is being benefited more than harmed? If you're going to go with Darwin's idiocy, why should you be against strong people (with guns) eliminating the weaker people?
Who defines what is "good" and what is "bad"? Are you appealing to an objective moral standard, i.e. the God of the Bible? Where do you get your objective moral standard if it is not your own preferences (my preference is better than yours)? How is it that even people who deny the existence of the God of the Bible understand and uphold His Commandments (don't steal, lie, murder….)?
Thanks for trolling. Let's see if you can actually engage the issues raised.
Mental health is the avenue to gun control..
It was used to confiscate guns in Eastern Europe prior to WWII..
American Psychiatric Asso: Half of Americans are mentally ill..
After crafting by politicians and Media all will be crazy except for them..
300 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs were written in 2009 alone..
Your children on medication for ADHD?
Single woman with children diagnosed with depression?
Be careful what you ask for…….
Mental health as a weapon against the people is communist in origin..
Deceptive Transformation: The Truth of Soviet Influence in America and Gun Control..
Just out of curiosity, what evidence do you have that every mass shooter (or most of them) are heavily medicated at the time of the shooting?
The article didn't say that "every mass shooter" is on drugs. The vast majority of them end up being connected with drugs, often SSRIs and/or other mood altering anti-depressants.
Sorry! You’re, right it didn’t say every mass shooter. But still, where is the evidence that most mass shootings are connected to drugs?
Yeah, most recent mass shooters have been identified as being on one or more mood altering drugs. Feel free to hit Google to look into any particular case. The proliferation of SSRI's and their link to mass murderers is fairly well chronicled at this point.
Here's one article that popped up when I did a quick search:
Thanks! I will look at that
1) Why do policies of "gun free" zones work in every other country in the world (substantially lower rates of gun-related injuries and death per capita than in America), yet you somehow believe that by arming every man, woman, and child with a gun that we will somehow reduce gun violence?
2) Can you provide any statistical evidence that shows how many times "good" guns have been used to stop gun violence compared with how many times "bad" guns have been used in destructive violent acts? In other words, for your case that every man woman and child should have a gun, can you demonstrate that the benefit outweighs the harm?
Ron, I think #1 also has to do with how other countries handle mental illness, plus the amount of poverty and minorities that exist in the country. The more minorities and poverty, the more likely there will be gun violence. Gun crimes happen hourly in the US, but the media only cares when they happen to white people, so we don’t hear about them in the magnitude that they do occur.