Sep 042017

President Barack Obama was the best salesman the AR-15 ever saw. Gun owners were justifiably afraid that he and his fellow travelers, the likes of Pelosi and Boxer and the rest of the civilian disarmament fetishists, would pass laws banning the purchase or even ownership of a perfectly good rifle. Fortunately, reason for once prevailed.

A few weeks ago I went to a gun show south of Salt Lake city. It has been a year or more since i went to the last one, and at the time the chances seemed fair that the Obama years would be followed by the Hillary years. The gun show *then* was busy, packed with both sellers and buyers. The one a few weeks ago? Much smaller, about 2/3 the number of sellers, far fewer buyers. The panic is over.

So it seems that for at least the next few years, AR-15s should be had for reasonable prices, calmly, and without any fuss.

But now there’s a new item of political relevance: anything with MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) printed on it. This Trump campaign motto has become a new boogeyman for the Left, with people losing their fargin; minds when they see someone daring to wear such a thing. Behold:

High school teacher makes student remove Trump t-shirt, compares it to ‘Neo-Nazis’

Pretty much what the title says. Rather astonishingly, though, the school administration has come down on the side of the *two* students that the math teacher freaked out at, and not only allowed the students to wear their shirts, but gave the teacher an undefined talkin’-to.

Me, I was never all that impressed with MAGA. But it’s things like this that make me *want* to pick up a MAGA hat. The difficulty for that little fantasy of mine is that people around *here* are generally pretty reasonable, and even though many might not like Trump and may not have voted for him (as I didn’t), they’re unlikely to go all Antifa-crap on anyone wearing a MAGA hat or shirt.

Still, I have high hopes and actual expectations that when the teacher in this story returned to her classroom the next day, or tomorrow perhaps, that she’ll be met with a sea of MAGA shirts.

Such as here:

I don’t know the background here, but the teacher here gives *every* indication of being the actual source of the problem.



 Posted by at 3:04 pm
  • se jones

    Is that big front tooth gap some sort of fashion statement now? Seriously.

    • Seamus Dubh

      I think it’s called “the London look”.

  • Bill

    Guns? What a strange society the US is that everybody fears everybody else that they feel they need guns.

    • Scottlowther

      Interesting strawman that has no similarity to reality.

      Here’s a hint: most people in the US don’t own guns. Most of those who *do* own guns don’t fear everyone else. Most of those who own guns own them because they *want* them. That’s why I own mine.

      When the government comes along and tells a free people “you should not be allowed to own this perfectly reasonable mechanism,” you’re going to make those people want that perfectly reasonable mechanism. Hell, if the FedGuv came along and said “we’re going to ban the sale of Das Kapital at the end of the year, *I* would probably buy a copy. All through the Obama years his compatriots kept making noises about banning the perfectly cromulent AR-15, so that only made people want them more.

      • sferrin

        He doesn’t actually believe that, he’s just looking to insult gun owners and Americans in general.

        • Bill

          Sure, you know what everybody is thinkin’, right?

          Who made you God?

      • Bill

        When people fear other people irrationally, they reach for a gun in the USA. QED.

        • Scottlowther

          So when Australians fear other people irrationally, they reach for a gun in the USA?


          In America when people fear other people irrationally, they march in the streets bitching about “the patriarchy” or “white privilege” and whatnot.

          • Bill

            When Australians fear other people, they usually beat the crap out of each other. We have never automatically reached for a gun anywhere. Guns take the matter to a whole, completely new level. Guns are for people who want to hurt or kill other people.

          • Scottlowther

            > We have never automatically reached for a gun anywhere.

            I’m sure that’s a comfort to the now extinct native Tasmanians.

          • Bill

            Who? Plenty of people live in Tasmania, mate.

            Perhaps before commenting, you really need to learn some history and some demography. The Indigenous Tasmanians are still with us, with several thousand claiming Indigenous Benefits from the Government.

            As the Indigenous people didn’t have access to guns in either Australia or the United States until you evil white people hove over the horizon, your comment is strange. Perhaps you need to get out into the real world for a change?

          • Scottlowther

            > Plenty of people live in Tasmania, mate.

            No full blooded Palawa, of course.

            > you evil white people

            There it is. All we need to know about you in four simple words.

          • Bill

            Still several thousand people who claim to be Indigenous Tasmanians in Tasmania. Deny it all you like, they exist. Michael Mansell is one of their leaders. Nice bloke, met me a couple of times. You’d hate him as he’s a committed Communist.
            So, do you pay rent to the Native Americans or just live on their land for free?

          • Scottlowther

            Sorry, I’m an evil white guy. Your argument is invalid.

  • Paul451

    President Barack Obama was the best salesman the AR-15 ever saw. Gun owners were justifiably afraid

    Justifiably? The only gun law or reg he signed was an EO making it easier to carry on Federal land. I think the word you want is “hysterical”.

    • sferrin

      Clearly you weren’t paying attention. Do you even own a gun?

      • Paul451

        Feel free to list the anti-gun laws introduced by the Dem-controlled Congress during the first two years of Obama’s tenure, or the onerous regulations introduced by him directly during his eight years.

        I do recall a lot of absolutely batshit crazy conspiracy theories, though. Jade Helm! Sharia Law! FEMA death camps! Icecream trucks!

        • Scottlowther

          There was this one:

          Doesn’t fit your arbitrary time period, but this one was symptomatic of the gun grabbers urge to control the populace:

          • Paul451

            It wasn’t my “arbitrary time period”, it was the period in which Congress was Dem controlled while Obama was President, since its Dems you are complaining about (Obama, Pelosi.)

            However, the first one is interesting, even with control of both chambers, plus the White House, the couldn’t get the numbers for simple background checks on gun purchases, something that an overwhelming majority of Americans support, and even a majority of gun owners. Oh noes. The “gun grabbers” are coming! Run for the hills!

          • Scottlowther

            Gosh, why would people *ever* assume that gun grabbers would pass laws to outlaw standard firearms?

            Oh, wait, because there was a history of that:



            What they’d done before, they can try again. And they had promised to do so. It’s always wise to take the opposition at their word when they say they are going to pass a law to make you a criminal.

          • sferrin

            They even went so far as to try to get the EPA to outlaw lead, and let’s not forget when they tried going after the M855 round. They were using every weasely tactic they could think of, but nope, “nothin’ to see here”. “Paul451” sounds like one of those uninformed, uneducated, panty-wringing liberals terrified of black guns, who thinks inanimate objects are going to leap out of gunsafes and start mowing people down.

    • Scottlowther

      > The only gun law or reg he signed…

      Because Congress wisely never sent him any of the laws he would have liked to sign.

      • Paul451

        This would be Pelosi’s Democrat controlled Congress, for the first two years of Obama’s first term? Because they’re so itching to take your guns?

        So what about executive orders and agency regulations? Show me the long list of things he actually did to harm gun owners. (As opposed to the only thing he did with gun regulations, which was to ease Federal rules regarding carrying guns onto Federal land, where he basically gave state laws ascendency over federal. The monster!)

        • Scottlowther

          > Show me the long list of things he actually did to harm gun owners

          I’m not going to play your game. I know you’re being dishonest; you know you’re being dishonest. Someone need not kill you for them to threaten you; they only need to threaten you. And Obama threatened the public with disarmament:

          35. Do you support state legislation to:
          a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes.
          b. ban assault weapons? Yes.
          c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes.

          ” I think it is a scandal that this president did not authorize a renewal of the assault weapons ban.”

          Obama does support permanent reinstatement of the so-called “assault weapons ban.”

          In 2004, the Chicago Tribune reported that Obama “backed
          federal legislation that would ban citizens from carrying [concealed]
          weapons, except for law enforcement,” and quoted the then state senator
          as saying, “National legislation will prevent other states’ flawed
          concealed-weapons laws from threatening the safety of Illinois
          residents.” Then last spring, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported
          that Obama said, “I am not in favor of concealed weapons. … I think
          that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could
          (get shot during) altercations.”

  • Thucydides_of_Athens

    An escalation to MAGA billboards, banners and bumper stickers attached to public spaces seems justified……The teacher also demonstrates she is “credentialed” not “educated”; National Socialism is far removed from the Populism espoused by President Trump, but oddly is very close to the sort of philosophy of Bernie Sanders and an alarming portion of Democrats.

    And well done to the school administration for standing up for the First Amendment, Far too many people in authority refuse to do the right thing, or actively oppose the Constitutional Rights of Americans.