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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Tomorrow, as all good Americans know, is Thanksgiving.  Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt., along with two of our kids and one kid’s fiancee, will be enjoying our Thanksgiving repast at the home of Mrs. Animal’s parents. My in-laws are two of the finest people who ever drew breath.  They value seeing the family together more than anything, and while all of us show no symptoms and have been prudently washing hands and keeping a short distance from strangers, I’ll be damned if we’re going to give up our usual family holiday meal.  Anyone who doesn’t like that, well, you can kiss my middle-aged white ass.  And if Governor Polis wants to send someone to check on us, they’d better have a ruttin’ warrant.

We’ll have a placeholder post tomorrow on the holiday.  Regular posts will resume Friday.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Now then…

On To the Links!

Look at all these California Sheriffs who have had enough of Newsom’s never-ending lock-downs.

The legacy media has already started frantically tonguing Joe Biden’s anus.

Duck.

Duck.

Goose!

I do get a kick out of Lindsey Graham 2.0.

This is called protesting by punching yourself repeatedly in the face.

This, on the other hand, is righteous and roundly entertaining.

John Cleese rocks the house.

I’m shocked, shocked, to find law enforcement soliciting bribes in a may-issue jurisdiction!

Oh, sure, you couldn’t have told me that when I was six years old.

Stuffed camel.  For your multicultural Thanksgiving.  (I’ve had camel, I don’t recommend it.)

This Week’s Idiots:

Paul Krugman is still a hack, and an idiot.  (I’m getting a little déjà vu here.)

The Hill’s Amy Hanauer is an idiot.

Californey Governor Gavin Newsom is an idiot.

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick is an idiot.

These “activists” in Seattle are all idiots.

Whoopi Goldberg is an idiot.

And So:

One of my favorites from back in the day is a guy who is amazingly still touring now.  I’m speaking of Boz Scaggs; here, from his best-ever album, Silk Degrees, is one of my favorites of his tunes, Lido Shuffle. Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

For some time I’ve been keeping my eye out for a fine old English side-by-side double for upland bird hunting.  On Sunday last I finally found the right combination of gun, price and cash on hand, as I was the successful bidder on a Henry Tolley hand-made 12-gauge double, made around 1902 in Birmingham.  This is a one-of-a-kind piece, a true sidelock with a Deeley-style action and Damascus barrels sleeved for smokeless-powder 2 1/2″ 12 gauge shells.

In my own experience there are no shotguns that handle as sweetly as a well-balanced side-by-side.  I’m looking forward to shooting it.  I’m looking forward even more to taking it into the Alaska game fields for grouse and ptarmigan.

With that said…

On To the Links!

Peace in the Middle East – will the Saudis be next?  Maybe.  Will the President get any credit for it?  No.

Humans are regaining a third major artery in the forearm.  Interesting.  It’s not clear from the article whether a single gene or a suite of genes is involved, though, which would be interesting to know.

It’s getting to the point where it’s impossible to parody these people.

Yes, it’s too soon to start talking about President Pence.  Let’s get through this election first, the outcome of which I’m not terribly optimistic.

How We Lost Our Way on Human Rights.  Lengthy, but worth it.

Well, whattya know.  Now the WHO is saying Kung Flu lockdowns are a cure worse than the disease.  Stuart Varney has some thoughts on why that’s true.

Gird your loins – the Super-Pig Uprising is coming.  Wonder Wart-Hog was unavailable for comment.

Kamala Harris – anti-Catholic bigot.

Round-Heels Harris also beclowned herself at the Amy Comey Barrett hearings on Monday, but that’s no surprise.  You really can’t parody these people.

Speaking of those hearings:  Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY) plans to screw things up, but we can already see those plans blowing up in his face.

Genetic Isopoints.  Cool stuff.

More Kung Flu quackery – now it’s rectal ozone.  Gwyneth, are you listening?

This Week’s Idiots:

Keith Olbermann is not only an idiot, he’s a dangerous idiot.  Seriously, what an arrogant fuckwit.

CNN’s Kathleen Dunn is an idiot.

Jacobin’s Matt Bruenig is an idiot.

The Nation’s Chris Gelardi is an idiot.

The LA Times Erwin Chemerinsky is an idiot.

And So:

In keeping with my now-apparently-a-tradition of leaving you with a song on Wednesday, here is Aerosmith, performing the one of the best versions ever of their best song ever, Dream On.  The video quality could be better, but the audio is more than enough.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

Last Saturday Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. got up early and headed up to Grand County, where we engaged in the pursuit of Colorado dusky grouse.  Our efforts fell far short of hardcore, as we were more interested in enjoying a day in the mountains, away from the stress, strain and noise of the Denver area where we make our home.  In that sense the day was a roaring success.  We did see grouse, but only on private land on the drive in to the hunting area.

Typical of the country.

Again, not that disappointing.  A day in the mountains cannot be disappointing.  But the dusky grouse of the western mountains is indeed worth pursuing, especially early in the season.

Dusky Grouse

Early in the season these plump birds are eating grass seeds, grasshoppers and berries, and are very tasty.  I always recommend making them into a casserole or cooking them in a crock with a can of cream of onion or cream of celery tossed in; they are tasty but very lean, and if you cook them like chicken they’ll be tough and dry.  Later in the season, along about late October or November, the birds have moved into the heavy timber and are eating needles, which can give them an unpleasant taste.

Early in the season, again, the birds are pretty tame.  Mrs. Animal and I generally hunt them with .22 pistols, to make it interesting.  These grouse will often just sit on the ground looking at you, or if they fly, they generally fly up to a low branch and sit looking down at you.  In those circumstances they are very vulnerable to a well-placed .22LR standard-velocity target load.  I have a 12-inch .22LR barrel with a 2.5x scope for my Contender, and can hit birds out to 75 yards with that rig very easily.

Next weekend is North Park’s one-weekend sage grouse season.  I haven’t yet decided whether I want to go up and have a go at those big open-country birds.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, enjoy your day off, True Believers!

Animal’s Daily Political Execution News

Before we get started, check out my latest Profile in Toxic Masculinity over at Glibertarians.

Last weekend, the festering sore that is Portland saw an actual by-gosh political execution, right in the street.  Excerpt:

One person was shot dead in Portland on Saturday night as tensions between pro-Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter counter-protesters boiled over.

The victim was pictured lying on the ground wearing a Patriot Prayer baseball cap, appearing to show support for the far-Right group which is frequently present during Portland protests. 

The Portland protest was one of many that Donald Trump‘s supporters staged across the country on Saturday, with hundreds of people congregating in Los Angeles, Georgia and beyond to celebrate their president and rally for his re-election. 

In Washington DC, Black Lives Matter protesters were tear gassed to push them away from the White House, while in Kenosha, Wisconsin – where Jacob Blake was shot on August 23 – protests continued, but were largely peaceful.

The White House announced that Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha on Tuesday – which many fear could exacerbate tensions in the city.

Here’s the onion:

In Portland – where there have been 95 nights of unrest in the wake of the May 25 shooting of George Floyd – more than 600 cars flying Trump flags and banners set off in a convoy around and through the city, after tense scenes at their meeting point and clashes with counter-protesters.

Now, let’s do a little thought exercise.

This counter-protest included six hundred cars and trucks from the suburban and rural areas outside the city (almost certainly.)  I’d bet next week’s invoice that none of those cars and trucks was occupied by only one person.  If we posit two people per vehicle, that’s twelve hundred citizens on the road.

That’s a big response.  And, by all evidence, their goal was simply to drive through the town and show the flag, although they were prepared with pepper spray to fend off attackers.

Bearing Arms

Now, let’s add to that the police “failing” to find this perp for several days, in spite of plenty of video evidence – and there is little mention of his arrest in June on firearms charges, when he was released with no charges filed by the DA.  Instead, the perp was apparently identified by photos and videos online and positively identified by his own family.

One of two things will happen here.  Either the out of town folks decide it’s not worth it and stay home, or the rage grows, and they return with more people, more vehicles, better weapons and a whole different ROE.

This is the kind of thing that results in people hanging from lampposts.

The fact is that the suburban/rural folks that have been repeatedly and continually demonized by Profa and BLM agitators have shown enormous restraint.  If they decide enough is enough – and political executions may well be the tipping point, when you add it to the utter lack of any action on the part of city and state officials – it may well result in these folks arming up and deciding to shut things down themselves.

At that point it’s Bleeding Kansas all over again.

Rule Five Semi-Autos Friday

I’ve written on this topic before, but here is another interesting piece on the trends in semi-auto rifles these days.  Excerpts, with my comments:

I remember growing up and seeing commercially designed and produced semiautomatics made specifically for hunting. Winchester, Remington, HK, Browning/FN, Benelli, Ruger, and others made them. There were semiautos replicating the styling lines of pump and bolt action hunting rifles.

All but Browning/FN and Benelli have dropped out of the market. The AR-15 and AR-10 have taken over and replaced them all. I recall seeing guns like those posted lining the racks of gun shops and big box retailers. I remember seeing them at ranges being sighted in for hunts. Hell, I remember seeing them being brought out for protection during the Miami Superbowl Riot and later for Hurricane Andrew.

As I’ve written before in these virtual pages, I wonder how much the veteran shooter influences these markets.  Prior to the Great War, the American sporting rifle market was dominated by lever guns, but then, in 1918, a generation of young men came home accustomed to their 1903 Springfield and M1917 Enfield bolt guns.  After World War 2, the walnut-stocked Garand was fresh in the returning servicemens’ minds.  Nowadays?  They’re used to the AR-pattern rifles.  But bolt guns still command a good market share:

It is just interesting seeing how the traditional hunting rifle manufacturers are either cranking out low cost production bolt actions with superb capabilities. Guns like the Savage Axis, Ruger American, Thompson Center Compass/Venture, Weatherby Vanguard 2/Howa 1500, and others are kicking butt and taking names in market shares at the moment. These are usually sub $400 easily found rifles that are chambered in a wide variety of cartridges and with very little to no work are Sub MOA capable.

The manufacturing sector right now is pumping out extremely capable and low cost bolt guns for the average buyer. For under $1,000. Anyone can have a rifle capable of being Sub MOA and able to hit targets 1,000 yards away if they want to. Rifles today doing what $5,000 build did twenty years ago.

If you’re looking for a good deer or elk rifle and you’re on a budget, this is a great way to go.

Or they’re just flat out making AR pattern rifles like what Remington, Savage, Ruger, and others have done. Only Browning/FN and Benelli are still in the traditional Non-AR pattern rifle market. And only Browning/FN has actually updated their design with the new BAR Mk 3 DBM model.

Ruger did revamp the Mini-14 too and it is still a capable brush gun for hog hunting. But it isn’t as big of a change as what Browning/FN with the BAR.

Rifles today are capable of some impressive performance, but the pieces described above have, from this rather aged and gray shooter’s perspective, one flaw; they’re ugly.  To paraphrase Forrest Gump, however, “ugly is as ugly does,” and if one wants a great-performing hunting rifle in bolt-action form, you sure can get a good one nowadays for a nominal investment.

But place one alongside a pre-64 Model 70, and the differences in visual appeal sure are apparent.  I know, there is the argument for utility having a beauty all its own, and I get that; my own favorite hunting rifle wears a Bell & Carlson synthetic stock, after all, even if the action was made in Berlin in 1910.

Still – while I see the utility of a synthetic-stocked rifle for hard outdoor use, my love I reserve for fine walnut and polished, blued steel.

Here’s the kicker, from my point of view:

I believe Benelli and Browning/FN are still in the market due to the overall view of ARs by the gun hating community and they keep them in production as a way to hedge their bets on future legislation and as a way to tap closed markets like NY, CA, and others.

And that, True Believers, is the right question.  Browning, of course, still has the traditional hunting/sporting rifle shooter as a big part of their target market, as does Benelli, although that latter company also goes after competition shotgun shooters in a big way.  And it’s nice to see someone still catering to this preference.

Shotguns, of course, are also on the gun-grabbers chopping block, comments about ‘firing a shot in the air’ by Groper Joe aside.  Make no mistake about that.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Funny how markets on various items are affected in crises, like the Kung Flu and the ongoing rioting and looting by AntiProfa fascists.  Gun sales have gone through the roof, and ammo is not to be found, unless you’re shooting 9mm Largo or some such oddball caliber.

Model 12 Black Diamond

Still – the kind of stuff I like, for example pre-64 Model 12 Winchesters and Belgian Browning Auto-5s, are still available on the various online auction sites.  Prices on these fine old guns don’t seem to have gone up – in fact, if anything, they’ve gone down a little, maybe because the various panics have everyone trying to get hold of Tacticool stuff.  If you’re looking for a gun that will actually appreciate in value, this might be the time to look at some older collectibles.  This needn’t rule out something effective for home defense, either; an old slam-fire Winchester 97 or Stevens 520A trench broom with a bayonet would be a hell of a thing in the event of a home invasion.

Damned effective, if you ask me.

Now then:

On To the Links!

Denver’s own Mike Rosen on BLM – and BLM.

This from last Sunday over at The Daley Gator:  Chris Wallace Should Know Better.  But, like many, he doesn’t.  And neither does Groper Joe.

Peaceful Protest I.

Peaceful Protest II.

Peaceful Protest III.

Peaceful Protest IV.

Not good news for Groper Joe – he’s going to have to come out of the basement.

In related news, Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, is advocating for open insurrection.

Now this is some world-class trolling.

Good shooting!

Flat Earth “Science” Wrong, Not Stupid?  Sorry, no, it’s both wrong and stupid.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy, although honestly his sister/successor looks freaking scary.  Cold, dead eyes.  Of course, maybe it’s just a bad photo.  Look at your driver’s license photo – I look like a serial killer in mine.

A pool boy?  Seriously?  How much more cliched can you get?

Groper Joe needs to start answering questions.  You mean, like this?

This Week’s Idiots:

NY Magazine’s Frank Rich is an idiot.

What kind of idiot steals a cap from a seven-year-old?  These kinds of idiots.

Alyssa Milano (I know, low-hanging fruit) is an idiot.

Former ESPN writer Jemele Hill is an idiot.

And So:

We’ve had a bunch of summer wildfires here in Colorado in the last few weeks.  It’s not surprising, with all the beetle-killed trees primed to go up; but it has been bad enough to negatively affect air quality down here east of Denver.  Which takes me back to 1977 – remember the Midnight Special?  Here’s a relevant performance.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!  And thanks once again to our blogger pals over at The Daley Gator for the linkage!

Now then:  To quote Groper Joe Biden, this is a big fucking deal.  Relevant excerpt:

The panel affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs challenging California Government Code § 31310, which bans possession of large-capacity magazines (“LCMs”) that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition; and held that the ban violated the Second Amendment.

The Ninth Circuit employs a two-prong inquiry to determine whether firearm regulations violate the Second Amendment: (1) whether the law burdens conduct protected by the Second Amendment; and (2) if so, what level of scrutiny to apply to the regulation. United states v. Chovan, 735 F.3d 1127, 1136 (9th Cir. 2013)

The panel held that under the first prong of the test, Cal. Penal Code § 32310 burdened protected conduct. First, the panel held that firearm magazines are protected arms under DUNCAN V.BECERRA3 the Second Amendment. Second, the panel held that LCMs are commonly owned and typically used for lawful purposes, and are not “unusual arms” that would fall outside the scope of the Second Amendment. Third, the panel held that LCM prohibitions are not longstanding regulations and do not enjoy a presumption of lawfulness. Fourth, the panel held that there was no persuasive historical evidence in the record showing LCM possession fell outside the ambit of Second Amendment protection.

Upshot:  The Second Amendment protects magazines of whatever capacity.  And that’s from the Ninth Circuit, the most liberal Circuit Court in the land.  If this stands, this has huge implications; it could, effectively, overturn every magazine ban in the country.  Including the ridiculous fifteen-round limit here in Colorado.

Of course, wacky Californey can always appeal for an en banc decision by the still-liberal Ninth, and for whatever insane reason, the Supreme Court has been reluctant to take Second Amendment cases lately; one wonders whether that is because the balance of the Court is so close now as to make an actual Constitutional determination difficult, or whether they fear the political implications of a decision that will piss plenty of people off no matter how they rule.

But at the moment, this is a clear victory for the Second Amendment.  It’s not wrong to sit back, smile and enjoy the moment, before the next inevitable battle.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, The Other McCain and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

I got a kick out of this:  Fellow blogger, shooter and sci-fi writer Larry Correia over at Monster Hunter Nation had this to say about “peaceful protesters” who wondered when law-abiding gun owners were going to come to their aid.  Excerpt:

A friend of mine posted about seeing this: “Where are all you gun owners now that the federal government and police are attacking citizens in the streets?? Now that the National Guard is out oppressing citizens? I thought this was the moment you’re waiting for? So why aren’t you out there fighting them with your guns? You’re nothing but a bunch of fucking cowards!”

My response was the GIF of Nelson Muntz going HA HA.  😀

But I’ve seen this sentiment a lot too over the last few days, so please if you are so incredibly fucking dumb that you are actually wondering why America’s gun culture aren’t commuting into the democrat cities you have banned us from in order to get into gun fights with the National Guard on your behalf, allow me to elaborate.

Hypothetical Liberal “Ally” Who Lives in the Suburbs Which Aren’t On Fire – “Hey, gun owners! Here is some civil unrest! Why won’t you come and help us?”
Snort. Fuck off. 😀
Go, then, and read it all.  It’s one of the best things you’ll read this week.

I couldn’t agree more.  Larry, if you’re ever in the Denver area, reach out so I can buy you a beer (or the beverage of your choice.)

In the first place, about the “peaceful protestors” of Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle and Portland I can confidently say two things:

  1. These children are the useful idiots of the leftist movement in the country right now.  Most of the morons on the street don’t know anything; they are almost universally upper-middle class white kids.  They think that when the “revolution” comes, they’ll be the ones in charge, but if you look at the history of socialist revolutions, the useful idiots almost always end up against the wall, looking at rifles from the wrong end.
  2. Were we, as law-abiding gun owners, for some reason to join these shitheads and help them, they’d turn on us in a moment once the battle was won.  How do I know?  Because they have been fucking telling us so for the last few decades.

Here’s the thing about these “protestors.”  They are, almost without exception, parasites on the society they criticize.  They toil not, neither do they spin.  And unlike the lilies of the field referred to in this parable, they don’t even pretty up the landscape; just the opposite.

And they openly deride us, the productive members of society, who produce their clothes and cell phones and the food they eat.  We do toil and spin, and they don’t seem to realize that in the grand scheme of things, they need us, but we don’t need them.

So, as far as I’m concerned, these useful idiots can take a long running start and go fuck themselves.  I wouldn’t spit on them if they were on fire.  As Larry states:

Liberal “allies” are quick to call gun nuts the bad guys, but we’re not trying to disarm people. We want everybody to be able to defend themselves. It’s a common thing to see some meme on the internet, showing a black family shooting or posing with their guns, with some caption like “bet this offends the NRA”, which is liberal projection, because in reality in my social circles everybody is like, “fuck yeah, good for them”. And the harshest complaints I’ve seen have been about trigger finger discipline or lack of eye protection.
My side isn’t the one that wants the state to have a monopoly on force. We know the 2nd is for everybody, regardless of skin color or where you live. You fuckers are the ones who keep declaring we can’t fight the government with AR-15s because they have tanks and nukes, but then you bumbling fuckheads try it by throwing rocks?

So not only no, but hell no.

Bravo, sir.  Bravo.

Rule Five Shootings and Killings Friday

This is a pretty good summary of goings-on in some of our major cities.  Excerpt:

Since June, shootings and murders have surged across many of the country’s major cities. Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and New Orleans have all seen murders jump over 20 percent this year. The violence is heavily concentrated in the last few months, ever since protests have led to nationwide pressure on politicians to “defund” and “reimagine” policing.

Just as concerning is that these stats do not include data from the end of June and July. Data from New York and Chicago, recent data from which we do have, tells that the last few weeks have seen by far the worst of the violence. Murders and shootings in the Windy City are up about 80 percent, and New York has averaged at a 209 percent over these last weeks compared to the same times last year. It’s likely these disturbing numbers for the cities above only captures a fragment of the lives lost during unrest in which many protesters chant “Black Lives Matter.”

It’s also worth noting that Atlanta appeared to lack this crime spike just a few weeks ago, according to the statistics released above. If it serves as a bellwether, then the cities that already had a surge at the time of recording are in deep water. The scale will likely become apparent over the next few weeks.

Every one of the cities above has both a Democrat mayor and Democrat-controlled city council.

And:

The surge also raises questions about the role of existing reforms in causing the violence. Of the eight cities with the worst surges listed above, Minneapolis‘s leadership has pledged to abolish the city’s police department, while Philadelphia and New York have already cut money from law enforcement under pressure from activists. All have voiced criticism of police departments. While police chiefs in both Chicago and New York have begged city leaders to grant them greater latitude to deal with the surge, city leaders have instead taken the politically expedient route of keeping policing limited.

Combined with a public willing to attack officers making arrests, it’ll surprise few to learn that record numbers of police are abandoning their line of work, straining cut resources even further. Having more officers on the street is widely recognized to reduce crime of all stripes, and the inverse is true as well. With blue cities’ law enforcement spread thin, restrained, and lambasted by soundbite attacks, it will be difficult for politicians to dispute the link between their policies and results on the streets.

Now, here’s the onion:

No major Democrat politician has yet come forward to address the connection.

Of course not.  That would mean admitting that decades of Democrat government has resulted in cities out of control, the rise of the toxic urban “thug” culture, turf wars over drug territory and innocent cities caught in the crossfire.  Correlation may not equal causation, but in this case, there’s a hell of a lot of correlation.  When conducting cause analysis, something I’ve spent a lot of time teaching folks to do, one of the things you do is look for trends.  This is a trend.

What’s baffling is how the residents of these cities keep putting the same lunatics back in charge of these asylums.  That’s also a trend.

What’s baffling is how these same pols keep up their autistic screeching about poverty, or guns, or other irrelevancies, ignoring that small-town and rural denizens with similar income levels and many more guns don’t exhibit the same violent tendencies.

What’s baffling is how black lives only matter when they are taken by white cops.

What’s baffling is how our major cities are continuing their descent into violence and chaos while the pols in charge continue the same damn circle-jerk.

Animal’s Daily Gun Sales News

It’s been an interesting year, and here’s another interesting bit; June 2020 saw the highest number of gun sale background checks ever conducted, just short of four million.  Excerpt:

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, June 2020 saw the highest number of gun purchases since the FBI started keeping track 20 years ago. Further, this year’s June number increased over June 2019 by 135.7 percent. According to the unadjusted number from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, 3,909,502 background checks were conducted.

“These figures represent the highest June on record since the FBI began conducting instant background checks more than 20 years ago. The sharp increase in Americans buying firearms in June continues a trend we saw start in the spring. Civil unrest, rioting, looting and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors of why this trend is increasing. Americans are right to be concerned for their personal safety. It’s entirely reasonable that law-abiding citizens are exercising their Constitutional right to purchase a firearm to protect themselves,” NSSF Director of Public Affairs Mark Olivia released in a statement.

But wait!  There’s more!

In addition, the numbers for the first quarter of 2020 already far outpace the entirety of 2019.

“The second quarter 2020 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 5,451,599 reflects an increase of 92.8 percent over the 2,827,606 figure for first quarter 2019,” NSSF data shows.

Meanwhile, the Colorado primary election has an interesting wrinkle; five-term Congressman Scott Tipton has been unseated by an insurgent, Lauren Boebert, she of Shooter’s Grille fame.  Excerpt:

Image from linked story

Lauren Boebert delivered a stunning upset victory knocking off five-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, in Colorado’s 3rd U.S. Congressional District in the Colorado Primary Election on Tuesday night.

Boebert, who gained notoriety by openly wearing a pistol holstered to her thigh, has attacked the incumbent from the right for not standing up forcefully to object to left-wing members of the U.S. House, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

According to unofficial results from the Colorado secretary of state’s website as of 9:55 p.m., Boebert had 55,237 votes, or 54.38% of the vote, compared with 46,340 votes, or 45.62% of the vote, for Tipton.

Given the makeup of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, at least some Coloradans (yr. obdt. sadly not among them) are soon to be represented in the House by a lady who may be the staunchest 2nd Amendment supporter in Congress; an honest-to-gosh pistol-packing lady who would surprise no one if she strode into the House with her Glock in its customary place on her hip.

So what does this mean?  Well, as I see it, a couple of things.

First:  Gun control may well be a dead letter for a while.  All of these new gun sales must have a hefty percentage going to first-time buyers, especially given the recent unrest in our major cities.  It’s going to be hard, after the recent waves of rioting and looting, to convince many folks to meekly lay aside their arms, convinced that their local governments will protect them.

Second:  What’s driving all these sales?  What are these folks concerned about?  Well, if I were to guess, I’d say is was the aforementioned rioting and looting.

I’d bet a few shekels that the next wave of rioters and looters may have a harder time of it.  For a while there was some talk of the fomenters of the unrest expanding into small-town and rural environments, but the idea was quickly dropped, as the prospect of facing armed rural folks had a chilling effect.  But now, the next wave may well find themselves facing similarly well-armed city and suburban denizens.  Their masks will be a dead giveaway; in the words of one of my personal heroes:

Col. Cooper

Let us reflect upon the fact that a man who covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what he is doing. A man who takes it upon himself to shed blood while concealing his identity is a revolting perversion of the warrior ethic. It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view.

Colonel Cooper also said:

One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure — and in some cases I have — that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.

I think that maybe, just maybe, recent events are turning more folks to a similar point of view on both counts.