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Millions of People Believe The Election Was Stolen
Posted:Jun 10, 2021 1:51 pm
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:48 am

Over the past few months, we've all heard this over and over from right wing dipshit members of Congress and state governors. The statement is invariably used as justification for increasing the security of our election process. Of course their definition is to make the process more secure from those pesky people of color and other left leaning types. The dipshits are no longer claiming the election had actually been stolen, because anyone with half a brain would vilify them for being morons and/or liars. The cry is that millions of people believe it was.

What makes my head hurt is how they're claiming action is required because millions of people believe something happened that didn't happen at all. If the election was stolen from the Cheeto Faced Shit Gibbon, why didn't the Dems steal any state legislatures and flip them? If you're defrauding the poor Liar in Chief out of his office, why not go big? Also, why don't you tell them it didn't happen, moron? You know...the truth??? Fuck you, logic and reason. But I digress.

Rather than cause my readers and myself to have an aneurism by further discussing the moronic talking points, I want to provide some context with respect to the number of people who believe the lie, versus other not real things Americans believe in. All of the numbers below are from one or more legitimate studies, based upon responses by American adults. Let's see if there are any other misconceptions that require a more urgent response.

Our baseline: 30-50 million Republicans believe the outcome of the Presidential election was due to fraud, depending on your source and day of the week.

Again, what about others who aren't that bright? We need to address their concerns in a far more urgent matter versus our baseline group.*

- 1 million people (44 percent) aren't confident vaccines don't cause autism

- 85 million (33 percent) Americans are unable to identify a right protected in the first amendment to the Constitution. A similar amount were unable to name either of the three branches of the US government. If a third of Americans don't know jack about the Constitution, how the fuck would they know if an election had been stolen?

- 65 million (25 percent) believe the sun revolves around the earth.

- 52 million (20 percent) don't know hamburgers are made from beef.

Other groups that are smaller, but more disconcerting, should be addressed as well.

- 18 million (7 percent) think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

- million (5 percent) believe a master race of interstellar lizard people secretly run the US. Offers a good rationale for not learning the Constitution, I guess.

There are a lot of Americans impacted by these various concerns, for much longer than the dumb MAGA heads have been impacted by their most recent stupidity. What about them? More people don't know that hamburgers are made from beef than believe the election was stolen! What about the ??

If you're looking for some kernel of wisdom in this entry, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. However, I will offer my own conclusion from the above data, which is Americans are fucking dumbasses who deserve to be ruled by the lizard people.

*Numbers based upon basis of 258 million adults in the US.

I so need to get laid so I can stop writing off the cuff material representing a thinly veiled 'get off my lawn'.
Attorneys, Round 2
Posted:Jun 8, 2021 9:45 am
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:48 am

Now that blogs are showing up again, I can share an update with respect my attorneys entry below. While the mean, scary letter failed to make me soil myself, still got my attention. Despite Company B's counsel uttering 'They can't do shit!', I engaged my own legal counsel on the matter. Long story short, the activities I was engaging in do not meet the legal definition of soliciting (the term used in my non-compete). Company A whacked me and I was um, helping friends at Company A with other opportunities with Company B. However, it meets the definition of soliciting if I'm employed by or otherwise being compensated by Company B. Neither of these are true.

My attorney has had a few conversations with Company B's counsel, and plans on responding to Company A's attorney with a statement of facts and informing them they can go pound sand.

With respect to going to work for a direct competitor, which the letter accused me of doing, again, they can't do shit. Never mind that judges take a dim view of companies attempting to prevent their former employees from making a living, my non-compete doesn't say I can't go work for a competitor. The verbiage pertaining to this is very specific about it applying to those left of their own volition and those were dismissed for cause. Nothing says someone was laid off can't go work for a competitor and if it ain't specifically prohibited, it's fair game.

Making me want to work even more, Company B has also committed cover my attorney's fees.

On a semi-interesting side note, I discovered the attorney from the big, scary firm that sent me the letter was a former Miss Arizona. Not every day a pageant winner sends you a threatening letter.
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Posted:Jun 2, 2021 4:52 pm
Last Updated:Jun 9, 2021 5:26 pm

This one was denied because I hurt a programmer's feelings. Maybe they should fix it instead of denying my post. Dimwits

OMFG, this place sucks!!! I'm getting the error below, when I try respond someone's comments.

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And my answer the captcha can't be incorrect, because THERE IS NO FUCKING CAPTCHA, YOU MORONS!!!

Hire a few high school , so your website doesn't run like such a massive pile of shit.
Dating Expectations - Nebraska Edition
Posted:Jun 2, 2021 6:37 am
Last Updated:Jun 19, 2021 2:32 pm

Surfing through my phone, while waiting for my mother at a doctor's appointment yesterday, I found myself on the dating app that reminds you of the material you'd use to start a fire. I encountered the profile of a woman who resides in Omaha, Nebraska. She must have been in KC today, to pop up, but that's neither here nor there. Her photos were mostly of her dressed up for one event or another, with no shorts or yoga pants to be found. A few years ago, she would have made DPOW for her profile consisting solely of what she didn't want in a man, but the true reason for my taking note is what those deal breakers were. She stated emphatically that she didn't like hunting and asked what I can only assume to be the rhetorical question of why so many men posted pictures with fish they caught.

I literally chuckled out loud in the doctor's office.

I'm offering what I think is a well-reasoned rebuttal to her requirements: You wannabe socialite of the flatlands!!! You fucking live in Nebraska and take issue with outdoorsmen??? Where the fuck do you think you live, Manhattan??? Not like there's literally anything else to do in Omaha, in the first place. Fuck, half the women there have photos of fish they caught on their profiles too. If you want a trove of sophisticated and urbane gentleman, MOVE!!! Besides, the Omaha ballet has been cancelled this year because someone stole the tutu.

Now, get off of my lawn...
Posted:Jun 1, 2021 2:08 pm
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:49 am

Staying with the saga of trying be recruited by an awesome company and facilitating their recruitment of my former colleagues, last night was the group session between the two. It was an opportunity for the folks at my former company be properly introduced what I hope will be my next and last employer. Because of my twenty plus years in the industry, I was already familiar with this organization, but I learned more detail of their strategy, business model, etc. and I want work even more.

Returning the actual point of this entry, I have say I left feeling much fuller, for lack of a better term, than I entered the meeting. No, wasn't because of the awesome cookies in the conference room, rather from my interactions with my former colleagues. After the meeting broke up, we all hung around in little groups, catching up, gossiping, and networking with our perspective new employer. During that time, at least half of those present made a point of coming over me telling me how good was see me. What made me feel full inside was the manner in which those sentiments were conveyed. One would expect a bit of pity or solidarity, from my being unceremoniously hosed out of my job, but that wasn't it.

What I felt in those words, their tone, and accompanying body language was genuine respect. While that may not sound all that earthshattering, it meant a great deal to me to know the impact I'd had on my former colleagues. To know that I hadn't become an afterthought, now that I'm gone. If you read my entry on being a threat, you also know I'd been deprived of such validation, after being ejected from my dream job, which made last night even more meaningful.

If you want a moral or underlying , perhaps 's don't ever think your respect and admiration for someone doesn't mean something them (unless they're a narcissist).
It's All Fun & Games Until Attorneys Are Called
Posted:May 27, 2021 5:56 pm
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:49 am

This entry will only be up for a short time for reasons that will become obvious. But I wanted share the latest with my closest internet strangers/

This is for those who remember reading about my current endeavor with a potential employer and determining who may be interested in joining them from my previous employer. That entry has gone bye bye for a good reason. Apparently, I had signed a non-compete with said previous employer that they didn't bother remind of when they whacked . I'd forgotten about said agreement, because I signed it when I joined the company as a condition of employment. For the most part, non-competes are unenforceable because judges typically take a dim view of companies attempting prevent their previous employees from earning a living. So, I ignored it anyway. Well, apparently that little document included a clause about not directly or indirectly soliciting remaining employees for a period of one year.

It seems someone in the company ratted me out about my activities, which were definitely not violating the agreement, and that resulted in a nasty letter from the company's law firm being sent today. If we back up and do the context thing, I'm not employed by the, received a promise of employment, or been compensated for my recent efforts to support previous colleagues in improving their work environment.

The letter accused me of giving my supposed new employer a boatload of trade secrets and such (which they could never prove) and threatened me with legal action for doing damage to the company. They went full scare mode by noting I'd also be receiving the letter via snail and certified .

They moved on the crux of the letter, the soliciting of current employees (which I didn't do). It was stated the only way for the other company could know who had what skills and were in roles that would bring value was through an insider () providing that information. Obviously, whoever wrote this was unaware of this little known platform called LinkedIn, where people have profiles that show their companies, roles, locations, and frequently highlight skills they possess. When he contacted , the guy I was working with already had a list and had reached out everyone on it.

Ultimately, they just wanted sufficiently scare into knocking off my recent efforts. Upon receipt of the letter, I fell into immediate compliance; nothing left to do anyway.

This entry will self-destruct in hours.
I Was a Threat and Had to Go
Posted:May 25, 2021 5:33 pm
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:49 am

We've all heard someone make such a claim legitimize getting whacked from a job. It's typically those you know be incompetent who make it, so no one takes it seriously. However, in my case, it's true. Below is my story. I know it's a bit long, but I think it's worth the ride, if only for the moments when you find yourself saying 'He did what?'

It started out as the best thing that happened in my career. The first time I was an actual executive with a VP title and everything. All of North American sales and marketing reported to me. The company was privately held, based in Switzerland, but mostly run by Germans. I was the first American to run the business in over a decade as was my boss, the president of North America.

Unfortunately, I quickly realized my boss was in way over his head. He'd never actually managed anyone before and his previous role was as an application engineer. The controller and I agreed we'd mentor the president; we were confident he'd rise to the occasion. Except, not only did he not rise, he withdrew and became more resentful toward me as time went by.

When I started, he told me he would be in the office from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. as he was responsible for the logistics for his offspring at school. He'd be working from home and available on his mobile outside that window. Except not only did he keep that same schedule year round, he was completely dark, when not in the office. And that's when he decided to come in at all. On the full days he worked from home, he was not only unreachable, but occasionally posted golf scores on his page (according those who were friends with him). There were periods of time where no one knew where he was or could get in touch with him. One of those was when a board member from Switzerland popped by. 'We were in the same meetings, how could he just disappear?' Uh, dunno...ask him if he ever surfaces.

The man refused to make a decision on anything. The most jaw dropping example was at a baseball game. We'd booked sky boxes for the entire staff, complete with catering. Sometime around the 6th inning, a hostess popped by to ask Jason if we were about done eating or would we like a final food restoc My girlfriend and I were sitting behind Jason and looked at each other, stunned, when he literally began stammer, finally spitting out 'uh...go ask our controller'. That's how paralyzed he was.

Another perfect example of his complete lack of ownership was the day our office was in the path of a complete nightmare of a storm. Hail, wind, torrential rain. We lost power, but that shouldn't have been a problem because our building had a generator. Except it wouldn't start because Jason had failed to sign the maintenance agreement. So there we were; about 20 people dead in the water without power. After it was clear that situation wouldn't be remedied any time soon, I headed over to Jason's office to huddle up on next steps. I planned to let my own people go home, but he owned the operations side. I wanted us to be aligned on our actions. When I reached his door, he was in front of it, his cute little backpack on his shoulders, key in hand. When I asked what he was doing, he said 'I'm goin' home.' I stood there dumbfounded as he walked away, his people stuck in the dead building because he hadn't given them permission to leave. I turned on my heel and went around, sending everyone home. The most telling aspect of the story came the next morning, when the warehouse manager called my cell to inform me the power was still off and that they needed direction. Despite him being completely useless, I always deferred to Jason on operations issues and responded to the warehouse manager that Jason would have to make that call. She interrupted me mid sentence to say she'd already tried him and it went right to voicemail. Then, she said something to the effect of 'you and I both know Jason's MIA and couldn't make a decision even if I did reach him.' Wow.

Because of his paralysis, I became the de facto leader of North America. And I worked my ass off for my team; 60 hour weeks were the norm. I quickly garnered their respect by being decisive and having a vision for the future (and communicating it). There were literally occasions where a customer service person would stop at my door and say 'I'm so excited for the direction you're taking us'. This was the shit I lived for.

But with Jason, it was quite the downward spiral. He could see he'd lost the team's respect, whereas I'd gained it. His resentment toward me grew stronger by the day, as he saw me being who the team looked to. He'd occasionally try to force me to kiss the ring, by berating me for doing something he didn't like, but would come up empty when I'd ask how I should have handled it. We were spending too much on promotion, but I caught hell for planning skip some expensive trade shows, where we didn't have anything new promote anyway. There are those who would suggest he was afraid of . Those episodes became more and more common, until they reached a breaking point. I remember telling him 'you want be a leader, then you have lead!!!'

Shortly after, there was some sort of upcoming celebration planned, with both the Swiss owner and the CEO coming in participate. I had solid relationships with both. Things with Jason had gotten the point where it was time for all of his laundry come out. It was time for a coup. Obviously, I kept that myself, but Jason would have had be brain dead not realize I had reached my limit and would serve up a huge mound of dirt on him the Swiss.

That's when Jason actually grew a pair of balls and made a decision ( save himself). He lobbed a note the aforementioned owner and CEO stating I had be dismissed with utmost urgency. This note also outlined my various, and completely fictitious transgressions, support his decision. Because the Swiss are scum bags (I've got a dozen data on that one), they let him do it. I know what happened because the owner and his wife invited dinner with them, after the dust settled. Hans said it came out of the blue. I remember looking him in the eye and asking, 'didn't you think the timing was a bit odd, Hans? He absolutely had get rid of right before you and Walter came over?' Blank stare. With Hans being Swiss, it was dropped there.

Returning when I was shown the door, Jason waited until a day I was working from home inform . He said I was done, that someone would be by collect company property in my possession and deliver my personal effects, and that I would be arrested if found on the company property. Then came the crown jewel that I didn't learn about until later. Jason went around the members of my team I was closest and informed them they were have no communication with and doing so would be grounds for termination. What would lead the president of a company put illegal conditions on employment for select individuals?

In the since, the owner recognized he was in over his head (we was a young guy and his grandfather was the founder) and hired a professional management team. I'm sure the new CEO took a all of minutes see Jason for what he was, although it took a year before Jason was demoted back to engineering manager, having (not) led the North American operation to double digit losses.
Canine Contrition - It Does Exist
Posted:May 22, 2021 11:28 am
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:49 am
So-called experts have long since held the position that dogs are in capable of feeling guilt or remorse for doing something naughty.
This position was confirmed as recently as January of this year, by the AKC. The stance is and has been that when dogs demonstrate body language typically associated with shame or contrition, it's the result of them cuing in on their owners, who are upset over whatever transgression they committed. Owner discovers shredded pillow, owner gets upset (even to a small degree), knows owner is unhappy about dog's behavior, offers contrite body language. While I agree that's the most typical scenario, it's not always the case.

I've called bullshit on this 'expert opinion' for years, particularly after a situation with a previous dog. Today, I received another data point and call the so-called experts out as morons.

Here's a quick review of my experiences. The first was with my border collie, Isabel, who could recite Pi to 1 places and drive a car. Don't call me a liar; she could dammit. Anyway, when we first rescued her, she suffered from frequent urinary tract infections and would have occasional accidents in the house. My first data point is from one such accident. I was working from home, one day. Isabel was sleeping just outside my office, but not where I could see her. We were alone in the house. From nowhere, she quickly walked into my office and glued herself to my side, her body language screaming 'I love you, Daddy!'. Being Daddy's girl, it wasn't unusual for her to show the most affection to me, but this was over the top. I suspected something was up and went to investigate, finding she'd had an accident. Her body language couldn't have been a response to my reaction to her accident, because I wasn't yet aware of it.

Today, my Sadie offered very similar behavior, but I couldn't figure out why. That is until I got a good look at her. For the second time, she'd decided to roll around in her own shit. Somehow, that I'd missed that little tidbit when she came into the house. Still, she knew what she'd done was being a bad doggie, from the previous time she pulled that move, hence the contrition. Again, body language of contrition offered before I was aware of her transgression.

In both cases, it was clear to the dogs that the behaviors were unwelcome, from reactions to their previous occurrences. Be clear that neither were punished; that's a dumb way to modify a dog's behavior. But there were cues that the dogs picked up on. For example, Sadie got tossed right into a bath. When they repeated the behavior, they knew they did something that didn't make their owner happy.

These were completely different dogs, with dissimilar demeanors. While Isabel was insanely smart and loved her Daddy, but had some behavioral challenges, relative to strangers and was afraid of containers. Sadie is a complete saint and the most even tempered, loving I've ever had, but she's not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

In conclusion, the experts don't know what the fuck they're talking about.

Gratuitous doggie pics below.
When Gun Control is a Good Thing
Posted:May 11, 2021 4:10 pm
Last Updated:May 12, 2021 10:19 am

Preface - this one looks like someone in a trailer park wrote it, but it's my fuck it tactic of getting around the damned Heated Affairs stupidity.

Despite our relationships being destroyed by manipulation from their borderline mother, I still feel some emotional attachment my former step youngin's (see previous post Down in Flames I. Rather than subjecting myself the ultimate vulnerability of reaching out them, I sort of keep an eye from afar. In today's society, that means occasionally popping by their social media accounts.

The one of note today comes from my former stepdawter, who posted to see if anyone knew someone who could sponsor her for membership in a gun club, back in Pennsylvania (where I lived until separating from her mother). My initial thought was that I could drop a quick email to one of my shooting compatriots and get her sponsored into the club to which I previously belonged. The idea of helping her brought a bit of joy, for the brief moment until I realized how much of a mistake that would be. If you've read the Down in Flames entry, you know that my dawter has become a borderline, just like her mudda. Those who are unable to regulate their emotions and occasionally wander into sociopathic waters probably aren't what I would consider responsible gun owners.

So, I remained silent and silently wished her well.
Guns Part 137, Breaking Down Biden's Speech
Posted:Apr 12, 2021 6:07 pm
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:49 am
Fucking Heated Affairs has fucked my post, as usual plus removed my pictures. It would be one thing if they were all evil guns, but one was a hunk of aluminum to make a point.

Rather than continue to be fucked by the Heated Affairs blog lunacy, from now on, I'll include the link to the entry as posted in my 'real blog' (if it's posted there).
Here's the one to this entry:

Trust ...I don't want to keep writing about guns, but I also can't bear to hear dumb solutions to problems that either don't exist or are already covered by law. That's what came out of Joe's gun speech from last week. That being said, there are some kernels of goodness as well.

First, he acknowledges it's not just the guns, .

"...there are proven strategies that reduce gun violence in urban communities, and there are programs that have demonstrated they can reduce homicides by up to 60% in urban communities. But many of these have been badly underfunded or not funded at all of late."

He also wants to take action against 80% guns. I hate the focus formulated term, 'ghost gun', which he uses to portray them as evil. As I revealed in my previous entries, despite ignorant people claiming to the contrary, guns aren't inherently evil. Back to the speach -

"Much more need to be done, but the first, want to reign in the proliferation of so-called “ghost guns.” These are guns that are homemade, built from a kit that include directions on how to finish the firearm. You can go the kit. They have no serial numbers, so when they show up a crime scene, they can’t be traced. And the buyers aren’t required to pass a background check to buy the kit to make the gun. Consequently, anyone from a criminal to a terrorist can buy this kit and as little as 30 minutes put together a weapon. I want to see these kits treated as firearms the Gun Control Act, which is going to require that the seller and manufacturers make the key parts with serial numbers and run background checks on the buyers when they walk in to buy that package."

Two points on this one. The most important is that the Gun Control Act does not prohibit a person from building their own firearm, so long as it's for personal use , the type is not regulated by the NFA (i.e. machine gun), and the individual isn't otherwise prohibited from owning a gun (i.e. convicted felon). Furthermore, the GCA requires neither the gun to be serialized nor a background check passed. So, I can go into my machine shop and legally create as many guns as I wish, so long as I don't them to anyone else.

Now you're saying that I just proved Joe's point, that these 80% lower receivers should be treated as firearms. Except they're not firearms! These lower receivers are typically missing critical holes or aren't machined the whole way, so they can not be used as a firearm. Furthermore, they aren't kits that you 'put together a weapon'.

Case in point, here are photos of an 80% lower and a completed lower.

Still a lot of work to be done on that first one before it can go bang.

Then, we jump on the downward spiral into stupidity - no holes drilled, features not machined, and so on, until you're left trying to classify the item as a firearm.

Let's not forget 3D Printers, which have become quite affordable and can print guns all . Do we regulate those as well?

Change the damned law so that all finished firearms require serial numbers and the owner to pass a background check. Heavy penalties for those who don't comply. Easy peasy, you anti gun, fuck head.

"Finally, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the key agency enforcing gun laws, hasn’t had a permanent director since 20. Today, I’m proud to nominate David Chipman to serve as a director of the AFT. David knows the AFT well."

I think I join many people in wondering what the fuck the AFT is Joe keeps talking about. Old Dave Chipman knows the ATF well and is quite well known for his anti firearm leanings as well as his bullshit claims that the Branch Davidians shot down two helicopters during the Waco seige.

If feeling motivated, I'll add a post on the rest of the speech, because there's a lot of bullshit I didn't get to.
Malpractice Makes Perfect
Posted:Apr 12, 2021 8:38 am
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:50 am

My apologies for not engaging for a bit, but I've been mentally unable to do so. I have ADHD, which has been managed with medication, along with my own coping activities. For those who don't understand ADHD, it's a physical condition where blood flow to the areas of the brain that handle concentration and other aspects I can't remember is lower than normal. The meds typically prescribed are strong stimulants, such as amphetamines (aka Adderall, which is what I take), that boost blood flow to those areas. Except, two Sundays ago, I was forced to stop taking any ADHD because my doctor suddenly decided to flake and stop communicating.

Because the med is a controlled substance, you can't get refills; you're required to visit your doc every month, at which time he writes you a one month supply. (It was 3 months in VA). Since the pandemic began, I'd been Skyping appointments with my doc, then he would transmit the script to the pharmacy.

He'd been a no show for those appointments twice, until Wednesday before last, when he blew me off again. I pinged him Friday morning, asking what the deal was. No response; he must have been off on another long holiday.

He finally came back to me via Skype last Wednesday mid morning, while I was on a webinar with the outplacement service I'm working with. I told him as much and he said to to ping him after lunch, which I did. No answer. I pinged him on Skype as well as email a few more times after that, in addition to stopping by his office (no one was there). I've not attempted to contact him since Thursday, because the definition of insanity and all.

I likely fucked a phone interview on Tuesday, because I couldn't stay on point and trying to engage with the outplacement service just confuses me. Basically, my job search is at a halt, aside from sending out resumes. I skipped shooting a match over the weekend, because I don't trust myself to run around with a gun, unmedicated. Basically, my life is on hold until I can get my Adderall.

As to why this dude flaked, I have no idea. He just went dark, which I find to be unconscionable. What kind of doctor just blows patients off, when he's perfectly aware they require medication? Spoiler - a shitty one.

I'll be curious whether the Kansas Medical Board agrees with me; yes, I already submitted a complaint, because fuck him.

I have an appointment with another doctor this week, but they obviously won't write a script for a medication with a street value until they meet with me.

Update: Apparently, my current doctor transmitted the script I needed on Friday. However, neither he nor my pharmacy notified me until I went to pick up something else today. 'Okay, you have two scripts to pick up.' I'm still pissed that a. I hadn't been notified and b. it took him all fucking week to do the right thing. Still switching docs because I refuse to go through this again.
Guns, The First and Last of a Series
Posted:Apr 5, 2021 4:43 pm
Last Updated:Jun 12, 2021 7:50 am

Don't Try Read This - Check the first comment.

The Gun Owner's Mind
This entry will serve as the finale the firearm extravaganza I've written over the past few weeks. It's intended provide a bit of illumination into the minds of gun owners, which may be helpful for those who don't live abroad or believe we buy guns in order to stoke the evil in our hearts.

By now, you know I like to deal in facts, so I'll start with some additional statistics relevant to this discussion. According to a 2019 Pew Research poll, 44% of Americans say they either own a gun or live with someone who does. Among those who own guns, 66% report owning more than one gun, with 29% owning more than five guns. 32% admit to providing a lower number to reflect what they've told their wives. I may have made that last one up. At 67%, protection is the number one motivation for gun ownership, followed by hunting (38, sport shooting (30, gun collecting (13, and because it's required for their job (8.

The piece of data that I think brings illumination into the mind of a gun owner is that roughly half grew up with guns in their household. I know a lot of folks that fall into this category, including myself. My grandfather had guns and he taught me how to shoot at an early age. He had a lever action 22 rifle (which is now in my safe) and we'd go shoot cans on his property. It was a lot of fun, learning how to aim, properly pull the trigger, and satisfying when you hit what you were aiming at. He heavily stressed gun safety, along with being responsible and cleaning your gun immediately after you were done.

How Gun Owners See Firearms
This is the meat and potatoes that I think is important for those not familiar with guns to read. There is one important concept the reader needs to if not grasp, recognize. Most of us who own guns find shooting them to be enjoyable. Yesterday, I grabbed a couple of guns and went to my club. It was both relaxing and rewarding to put four bullets through the same hole at one hundred yards. Once I'm fully vaccinated, I'll begin competing again. If you read my original entry where I outline that decision, you already know I did it for the social aspect as much as the shooting itself.

In order to drive my point home, I'll share one additional experience for those who still think we're nuts for enjoying these death machines. A few of the women I've dated, including my now ex-wife, were hardcore anti gun liberals. They didn't want anyone to have a gun, particularly an evil AR-15. In each of those instances, I offered to take them shooting, so they could experience the AR-15's dearth of evil for themselves. All took me up on the offer (partially because they knew I would have dumped them had they not) and said roughly the same thing to me: When can we go again? Shooting is fun, people!

As an ambassador for gun owners everywhere, I'm willing to make the same offer to any other attractive women who've never been shooting and want to sleep with me.

Recognizing shooting as a legitimate and non-evil hobby brings us that much closer to a meeting of the minds. With that established, it wouldn't be unreasonable for those in that hobby to want a variety of guns to enjoy. Guns are typically at a median price point where you won't bankrupt yourself for acquiring more than one; $800-$1,500. But prices run across an entire spectrum. The least expensive gun I own is a Russian Makarov I bought when they first became available in the US. I bought it because 'first Russian gun you can buy in the US and it's only $0'. That gun is worth $550 now, which illustrates another point; you'll almost never lose on one. You can spend a whole lot more, obviously. A custom 19 can set you back up $8k and taken sixty steps further, a pair of shotguns built by Holland and Holland can set you back close half a million dollars. They'd better come with a concierge blowjob service for that .

If you grew up with guns, you may have also inherited a few that live in your safe, such as the 22 lever action rifle I mentioned above or the 32 caliber revolver that my great great grandfather carried as a constable. Those can add up as well.

Touching on owning a gun for protection, I think I'm similar to others in that I consider such as gun to be a tool. Along with the vast majority who own guns for protection, I didn't make the decision from an imminent threat, rather something to have in case it's needed. Unless we live in a certain type of neighborhood or are employed in a high risk job, we recognize the need to utilize that tool to be infinitesimally small. However, just like a flashlight or fire extinguisher, it's there if we find ourselves in a situation where that type of tool is required.

At the risk of another digression, let me address a common misperception / belief that many non-gun owners have about law enforcement. Specifically, that only law enforcement (LE) is properly trained and should therefore be the only ones to carry guns. In my experience, and that of many other shooters I know, LE as a whole is comically unskilled, when it comes to firearm capability and safety. According to a friend of mine, one of the favorite past times for local shooters is to go to a particular indoor range when the Overland Park PD is about to requalify with their handguns. Just don't be in the same room, because you'll see the cops put bullets into the floor, through the ceiling, and everywhere else, save the target they were supposed to be shooting. When I was actively competing, I also served as the range safety officer for the squad I was with. I only ever had to disqualify shooters for unsafe gun handling. One accidentally put a round into the dirt midway between the of us (which was about 18") and the other swept my chest with a loaded gun, when they turned the wrong way during a stage (closest I've ever come shitting my pants). What they had in common was, you guessed it, both were LE.

Hopefully, that answers the most common questions those of us who own guns: Why do you own guns? Do you really need a gun? Why do you feel the need have so many guns?
I've done my best be a good ambassador and provide some insight those who the concept of owning guns may be alien or unsettling.

Culture of Fear
Perhaps I've cleared up a few misconceptions, but the media and libs continue stoke the fear of guns. Today provides a perfect example. CNN is reporting that there have been TWENTY mass shootings between the time of the Atlanta spa killings and yesterday, when a gunman killed four in Los Angeles. (I obviously wrote this a few days ago.) Holy shit! There really is an epidemic! Except CNN is manipulating the numbers to make a more sensational story. As I noted in my other entries on the topic, the FBI / Federal Government defines a mass shooting as an event that claimed four or more lives. Mother Jones uses a lower threshold of deaths. However, CNN considers a mass shooting be one that has a total of four deaths or wounded. Others don't use the number of wounded specifically because of how broad the definition can be. Taking a small bullet fragment into your leg doesn't do anything but hurt (been there, done that), but it still counts as a wound. In other words, I could fire a few rounds into the sidewalk of a crowded street and it would be considered a mass shooting by CNN, due to bullet fragments finding people's legs. Worth noting is that the Mother Jones database doesn't list any mass shootings during the same period CNN claims twenty took place.

One could argue that the right has stoked fear among gun owners over civil unrest and the government coming for their guns, causing them to buy and hoard everything they can get their hands on. One could just as easily argue the left has done the same thing. This is one area in which I'll admit to being biased. To me, having a sufficient firepower to deal with as many zombies that come my way is called being properly prepared.

Wrapping Up
Throughout this series, I've done my best to be an ambassador for my fellow gun owners. Hopefully, readers no longer view owning firearms, particularly multiples, as some sort of aberrant behavior. That owning multiple guns makes one even more dangerous to society.

I'm tired of being demonized by the left because they want an easy villain, instead of taking action against the real problems. There's no way the libs can't recognize taking away guns will only cause more people to want them. However, most Americans don't have the attention span to digest complex social issues. They want someone or something to blame and government to make it go away.

Thanks for making it through the long slog on the gun topic. I hope you consider the time you spent reading these entries to have some value.

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