More on McNamara…Hold your horses.

We posted the Comedy Central clip and, predictably, that video has ignited a little bit of a firestorm everywhere it’s been posted. To be fair to McNamara, we should say we suspect the video is heavily edited. McNamara has said much and that he went on record with Comedy Central about his support for the 2nd Amendment and the NRA. We have no reason to doubt McNamara. We have every reason to be suspicious of Comedy Central’s editing and representation of McNamara as well as gun owners as a whole.

Even if McNamara did say he supported background checks and waiting periods, we’d willing to accept that, disagree with him, and move on. Why? Because we’re not all going to agree on every issue. Some of us think felons should regain their rights after serving their sentence, others disagree. Some of us think the entire NFA should go away and that we should be able to buy full-auto and short-barreled firearms without restrictions, others disagree. The point being, if we let a video like this be a reason to tear a man down, especially one who has never publicly done anything but support and defend the 2nd Amendment, we’re screwed. So, slow your roll. Hear the man out. We’re going to make an effort to get word directly from him on this issue and let the chips fall where they may.

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Pat Mac on Comedy Central…Not sure we’re laughing

Comedy Central has posted a video clip featuring non-other than Pat McNamara. You can see that clip here. Here’s the important part that is causing folks to ask McNamara for clarification. Toward the end, McNamara is asked about universal background checks. His answer? “I don’t see any issue with it.” And waiting periods…Is three days too long? “Nope…” Yeah, those answers were a little bit of a shocker to us too.

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Buckets of stupid all around


http://www.khou.com/news/local/uber-driver-shot-at-lakewood-apartment-complex/440138963
It is often better to just be a good witness. Seriously, there is little benefit to be had by inserting yourself into a situation you otherwise have nothing to do with. As the saying goes, not my circus, not my monkeys.

Marwin Al-Aloosi, an Uber driver who recently immigrated from Iraq, had just picked up an unidentified passenger a Dallas-area apartment complex around 1 a.m. The passenger had a handgun in a case. Al-Aloosi and the passenger struck up a conversation about guns and Al-Aloosi wanted to take a selfie with the gun in hand.

Enter Don Quixote, I mean, John Mark Beaty. Beaty sees Al-Aloosi with a gun in hand it seemed obvious to Beaty that Al-Aloosi was an immediate theat. So the best thing he could do right then was shoot Al-Aloosi until he dropped the gun. Fifteen rounds later, Beaty apparently realized he’d had a serious error in judgement and began treating Al-Aloosi’s wounds until emergency responders arrived.

Lesson learned here? It is often far better to simply be a good witness. Not all you see is necessarily what it seems. You can honestly believe you’re doing everything “right” and still be dead wrong. Being an armed citizen (licensed or not) does not create a duty to right every wrong or get into every shitstorm you think you see. If Beaty is lucky, his lawyers will convince a jury that he acted reasonably given the totality of the circumstances. At the moment, it looks like his lawyers have a very hard job ahead of them. Choose wisely folks.

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Turning a good shooting into a bad one…

Two masked men ran up to a woman at her home in the Legends Trace subdivision Friday and tried to abduct her while one of her children were still in the car.

Source: Man arrested after shooting at fiancée’s attempted abduction

What we have here is a failure to understand when and where you’ve crossed the line from defender to aggressor and reckless idiot with a gun.

Force and deadly force can be justified ,”…to prevent aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery.” But there’s a clause in the penal code that reads, “when and to the degree…necessary.

Our “hero” exceeded that standard. Once he’d stopped the threat, he could and should have tended to his fiancée. Instead, he continued to pursue the suspects and became the aggressor as they tried to break contact. Worse, he became reckless in his actions and graduated to deadly conduct. And now Jeremiah Morin has gotten himself arrested for “defending” his fiancée.

If you’re going to make the decision to use force or deadly force, you have a responsibility to be sure you understand where your rights begin and end. Another problem we have in discussing these incidents is people, especially guys, tend to suffer diarrhea of the mouth, bragging about what they’d do in this situation or that with zero regard to the very real legalities that might arise. Folks, check that crap. Don’t let your ego and emotions take you over the edge into moronic misdemeanors and felony stupid.

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Neil Steinberg claims unfair denial in an attempt to buy a rifle

A Chicago area “journalist,” Neil Steinberg, tries to buy a rifle in Illinois and his purchase is denied. Steinberg claims the denial occurs because he’s part of the media and therefore gun guys won’t sell to him. The dealer says they denied the purchase because Steinberg has a history of chemical dependency and a documented history of domestic violence. The “Cliff Notes” version is, they are both right.

In his article with the Chicago Sun Times, Steinberg lays out the events that led up to the decision to buy a gun. A classic media stunt even by Steinberg’s own admission, meant to highlight how “easy” it is to do such a thing. Steinberg’s plans went to awry when the gun store called him back the day after he made his purchase saying the sale had been denied and his money returned. After a short while, the dealer said they denied Steinberg’s purchase because of a history of chemical dependence and domestic violence. That’s a pretty serious allegation that Steinberg deflects and never addresses in his article. Instead, he implies the standard the dealer used is unfair yet asserts such a standard should have been applied to the shooter in Orlando.

Such a standard was applied in Orlando. A dealer claiming a man matching the shooter’s description, says they not only denied the man’s intended purchase of a rifle and ammunition, they notified the FBI about it. Nothing happened. He didn’t raise any suspicion with the next dealer and he’d passed the required background checks to be a security guard and a possess license to carry which, in many states, negates the background check phone call at the point of sale. Keep in mind that any dealer can deny a purchase to anyone for any reason. After being denied, Steinberg never entertains the possibility that his own very public past might cause any licensed dealer who knows his name to be resistant to sell anything to him or anyone they reasonably suspect probably shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.

The past Steinberg fails to address isn’t exactly some mild, momentary indiscretion. A quick search indicates he once wrote a book called, “Drunkard: “A Hard-Drinking Life,” which is billed on GoodReads.com as, “An extraordinarily honest memoir about the life of a functioning alcoholic and the realities of recovery from a veteran columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.” Not lightweight stuff, folks. So we have a person who admittedly has an chemical dependency issue. It’s one thing to abuse the drug of your choice. Quite another for that to spill into abusing your family.

According to the Chicago Tribune, late one October night in 2005, Steinberg’s wife tried to call the police to make a report of abuse. We don’t know the details of what led her to make that call. But, Steinberg knocked the phone out of her hands with sufficient force to cause minor injuries in an attempt to prevent her from making said call Steinberg’s wife made the call from another phone. As a result, Steinberg was arrested and charged with one count of domestic battery and one count of interfering with the reporting of domestic battery. A month later, his wife apparently went to Cook County prosecutors and said she no longer felt endangered by him. And like that, “Poof!”…the charges were dropped. He was allowed to undergo private counseling/treatment and move on with his life.

Is it possible the dealer just decided they’d rather not give Steinberg ammunition for his story? Sure. But it is also quite likely that, given recent events and the fact this specific man’s arrest for domestic battery made the local news, that they didn’t want to risk being the latest dealer to be lambasted for selling a gun to a man with a “known” history of domestic abuse. Either way, can you really blame them?

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