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Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks once more to The Other McCain, If You Are Left You Ain’t Right, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, and Flappr for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Sometimes it’s mildly interesting to see what the rest of the world thinks about us, especially where guns are concerned.  The Second Amendment is kind of unique in the nations of the world, after all.  So here are a few insights.  An example:

The legalization of gun possession in the United States has brought mostly atrocity to its citizens.”

First, it’s a right. There is no “legalization” because the right to keep and bear arms has always been legal here to some degree or another.

Then we have the claim that gun possession in the United states has “brought mostly atrocity to its citizens.”

No, it hasn’t.

Depending on which estimate you favor, there are at least hundreds of thousands to millions of people who defend their lives with a firearm each and every year here. Is that an atrocity, too? I’d personally say it’s not. Especially as the estimates of defensive gun uses far outstrips the number of people whose lives are taken with a firearm.

Guns Not for Sale.

That’s all well and good, and by all means read the entire article (full disclosure; Bearing Arms is part of the Townhall Media Group and therefore the author, Tom Knighton, is a colleague of mine.)  But as I’ve said many times, while things like the number of defensive uses of firearms are great arguments, this is all the argument we need:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

That’s it. End of story. It’s all we need. It’s in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has upheld it, end of discussion.  We have this right because we are citizens, not subjects, and Europe and all the other nations of the world can, on this topic and others, fuck right off if they don’t agree.

We’re Americans. We’re keeping our guns.

Rule Five NRA First Amendment Friday

It’s a win for the NRA: On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the New York State Department of Financial Services’s blacklisting of the Association was illegal, a violation of the First Amendment.  Even Biden’s appointee, Justice Jackson, agreed, and one of the Court’s left-of-center justices wrote the opinion.

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously decided that the National Rifle Association (NRA) “plausibly alleged” that the New York State Department of Financial Services violated the group’s First Amendment rights by blacklisting the group.

In a unanimous decision written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the high court “holds that the NRA plausibly alleged that Vullo violated the First Amendment by coercing DFS-regulated entities to terminate their business relationships with the NRA in order to punish or suppress the NRA’s advocacy.” 

“The judgment of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is vacated, and the case remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion,” the court said, allowing the NRA to continue to argue its case, overruling the second circuit’s dismissal of the suit.

It’s nice to see that left and right on the Court (there isn’t supposed to be a “left” and “right” on the Supreme Court, but we all know damn well that there are) agreeing on something as fundamental as the First Amendment, even where the NRA is involved.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed by the NRA in 2018 which questioned whether a government regulator threatens regulated entities with adverse regulatory actions if they do business with a controversial speaker, allegedly because of the government’s own hostility to the speaker’s viewpoint, violates the First Amendment.

“Six decades ago, this Court held that a government entity’s ‘threat of invoking legal sanctions and other means of coercion’ against a third party ‘to achieve the suppression’ of disfavored speech violates the First Amendment,” the opinion states.

“Today, the Court reaffirms what it said then: Government officials cannot attempt to coerce private parties in order to punish or suppress views that the government disfavors,” it said. “Petitioner National Rifle Association (NRA) plausibly alleges that respondent Maria Vullo did just that.”

While I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on television, this seems like a slam-dunk to me.  The New York State Department of Financial Services clearly used the regulatory power of government to pressure financial institutions within the Empire State to “blacklist” the NRA, leaving the organization without any way to manage their finances – to pay their bills, in effect, and they made that threat based solely on what the NRA’s agenda is – supporting the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.

Consider if this case hadn’t been slapped down, and if the entire Supreme Court hadn’t bitch-slapped a bunch of New York bureaucrats who were going after a legal organization for political reasons.  The floodgates would have been open; any minor official with any power over the financial or law-enforcement apparatus in any state would have felt empowered to take on any organization they disagreed with, and to use the power of the state – the power to compel – to attempt to destroy said organization.

That’s what the New York State Department of Financial Services tried to do to the NRA.  They got knocked back.  The NRA’s case against them will proceed, and I expect the NRA will win.

But that’s a story for another day.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I can’t believe this is already the last Hump Day post of 2023!  Watch, though, for Friday’s Rule Five post, as we will be announcing some changes and some fun new stuff for the sight.  Rest assured our Blue Monday, Hump Day, Rule Five Friday and Saturday Gingermageddon displays of toothsome totty will continue, as well as me bringing you my take on the events of the day.

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Programming notes: As this is the last Wednesday before Christmas, I’ll just note that there won’t be any regular posts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day proper (Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, anyway, when I normally don’t post) but I will bring you some toothsome holiday totty on those days.

In between the holidays, regular posts will be going up as usual, including next week’s Hump Day links compendium and Rule Five Friday.  New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will repeat the Christmas totty schedule, then on Jan 2nd, 2024, regular posts resume.  In other words, I plan on battering away at my keyboard over the holidays pretty much as usual, here and at RedState.

2024.  Can you believe it?  What the hell happened to 2023?  Oh, and with the New Year, we’ll do our annual traditional celebration of diversity on our Saturday posts, so you all have that to look forward to.  And in the new year, we’ll have some changes on the site, and some new stuff for you all to look forward to.

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Housekeeping notes: A week from today we’ll be flying to Iowa, leaving our house-sitters in place here, where we will spend a week with the entire Animal family at our annual Thanksgiving/Christmas family reunion.  Posts will be scheduled for the balance of next week, and the week of the 27th will be taken up with some placeholder totty.  Regular posts will resume Monday, Dec 4th.

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Animal’s Daily Shoulder Brace News

Guns Not for Sale.

Before we start, check out the final installment of Riding the String over at Glibertarians!

Now then: The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has been handed a loss over its nonsensical shoulder-brace ban. My RedState colleague Bonchie brought us the news.

In a major win for Second Amendment rights, the Biden administration’s pistol brace ban has been struck down nationwide. A previous ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had given the plaintiffs relief but left everyone still risking a felony by holding onto their pistol braces. 

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmarky of Texas delivered the nationwide injunction, a decision that saves millions from having to destroy their pistol braces or guns altogether.

Millions of law-abiding gun owners who were turned into criminals overnight under the Biden administration’s new pistol brace ban have temporary relief after a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction preventing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives from enforcing it.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled on Wednesday that the unelected bureaucrats’ attempts to legislate by regulation instead of enforcing the gun laws already on the books were unlawful and, in the case of pistol braces, must cease immediately.

The ATF’s rule, enacted earlier this year, sought to jail and fine any of the estimated 40 million U.S. pistol brace owners who refused to reclassify their weapons as short barrel rifles, which require registration with the government and a $200 tax stamp, or destroy the pistol brace. Gun owners in the 21 states with SBR bans were forced to choose between relinquishing their weapons or destroying their pistol brace-equipped firearms to avoid penalty and punishment.

Full disclosure; as any of you who have read these virtual pages knows, I am not and never have been a Tacticool aficionado, and don’t give two hoots about pistol braces in and of themselves. But from the Second Amendment standpoint, and from the standpoint of the Constitution itself, I care a great deal about massive overstepping by an Imperial agency that, if you care about the Tenth Amendment, shouldn’t even exist.

Armed and Sexy.

That being the case, this is a pretty significant win.  The entire hooplah over these things was based on the assertion that a pistol brace somehow made a short weapon (most of these things are used on AR-15 “pistols,” a device for which I can’t really see much use, but every cat its own rat) more deadly.  How that worked was never clear; the cartridge fired remains the same, the operation of the weapon doesn’t change; the brace doesn’t make the weapon more or less accurate in and of itself.  What these braces were designed to do, and what they actually do, is to allow a disabled shooter to handle the weapon with greater ease and improved functionality.

That’s all.

This is a win. But the war for the Second Amendment continues.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Note:  Since I have two weeks worth of my RedState posts here, this will be lengthy, but you can see it all beneath the cut. And I will also say this: It’s great to be home. I still love the Colorado mountains and had a great time, but we also spent a few days in the Denver area visiting friends and family, and boy have three years in the Great Land changed my perspectives on Denver.  Big cities are noisy, and they stink.

We’re really glad to be home, in Alaska.

Now then:

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Happy Hump Day!

I’ve written before about the possibility of small, modular nuclear reactors and their possible use in providing clean, reliable electricity to remote communities – like, say, much of Alaska.  Here’s another interesting piece on that topic.

SMRs are advanced nuclear reactors that have a power capacity of up to 300 MW(e) per unit, equivalent to around one-third the generating capacity of a traditional nuclear reactor. SMRs are much smaller than traditional reactors and are modular, making it simpler for them to be assembled in factories and transported to site. Because of their smaller size, it is possible to install an SMR on sites that are not suitable for bigger reactors.

If these live up to expectations, they could be game-changers for small rural communities.  But that’s a pretty big ‘if’ – and don’t underestimate the odds of the government regulating them out of existence.

Now then…

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