Friday, March 7, 2014

Guns In Fiction: Cover Art WTF-ery

Whilst cruising the Intertubes the other day I came across a book review of Kelly Gay's The Hour of Dust and Ashes.

And immediately thought: WTF NO NO NO

Wait. Lemme 'splain...

Nothing wrong with the book, the author, or the genre. I happen to be a fan of urban fantasy. And nothing wrong with the blog, the review itself, or the blog owner.


My gripe was with the cover art.

Let me show you it:

Now let me just say that Chris McGrath is a spectacular artist who does phenomenal covers. He's on my Favorite Cover Artists list, right up there with Michael Whelan and Winona Nelson.

Having said that, look at the cover and see if you can spot what prompted by response.

Let me help a little:

Closer look:

Bad Chris.

Please don't do this.


Goes for other cover artists, too.

Please please please do not depict your characters using a firearm in this manner.

Thank you.

Here ends this Public Service Announcement.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gun Control Cultists, Paranoia, And The "Pooty-Head" Defense

A long-standing tactic of the Gun Control Cult is the demonization of gun owners, usually accomplished through guilt by association--guns owners and mass shooters spoken in the same breath, gun owners likened to mass shooters, and so on.

Case in point, this article from The Wire about Armed Mommy written by one Allie Jones.

Note the use of the word "paranoia" in the article's title and in the article itself:
The Facebook page is brimming with paranoia — she is constantly concerned that bad people are trying to hurt her family.
Note, too, it's not just "paranoia" but "startling paranoia."

The word "paranoia," to the Average Joe/Jane, immediately calls to mind someone who is reclusive, out of touch with society, and/or possibly crazy. Right away, in the article's title, Jones has portrayed Armed Mommy not as a humble, law-abiding citizen interested in personal defense but as a possible nut-case.

Jones takes issue with Armed Mommy's desire in home protection and armed personal defense:
She's a hot mom who's ready to shoot and kill anyone who tries to enter her home uninvited.
All of [the memes] are concerned with the threat of an intruder.
Jones even quotes Breitbart's Awr Hawkins and a story of a mom shooting and wounding a home intruder, notes that
Armed Mommy agrees
then pulls the Dismissive Card:
But who does she think is trying to attack her family? Puzzlingly enough, she worries that "liberals" are out to kill her.
Jones then notes
Despite her offensive jokes, to Armed Mommy, the shadowy threat of violence is real. Here's one of the more extreme memes she's shared:
but she never addresses that "threat" and what it means for women.

Instead, she sidesteps it completely and writes:
But unfortunately, Armed Mommy hasn't realized the danger she's brought into her home. As a mother to a toddler girl, she's not sure what to do with the AR-15 that's supposed to be protecting her family:
It's really a call for discussion from other "armed mommies."

But Jones wants you to think it's a sign of negligence.

The real issue, however, is this: Armed Mommy has taken a page from the Gun Control Cultist playbook and used emotional arguments to state her case.

Jones, as a Gun Control Cultist, is pissed at that and, through this article, has employed a subtle version of the "Pooty-Head" Defense.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Gun Rights Victory in California

Because this is important for our great state: Court strikes California law limiting concealed weapons
California must allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms in public, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, striking down the core of the state's permit system for handguns.
David Kopel has more in this WaPo piece.

And Eugene Volokh offers his thoughts on the ruling, plus additional thoughts on what will likely come next.

Hopefully this is a sign that the Golden State is coming to its senses about armed self-defense.

Now, if we can only get Kamala Harris, Kevin de Leon, DiFi, and Boxer outta here, we'll be on our way...

(photo: RAWKU5/stock.xchng)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gun Control Cultist Debate Tactics

When Gun Control Cultists debate online (usually on Twitter, sometimes on blog comments) I've noticed they repeatedly use the following five tactics when their claims are refuted.
  • The Block (The Gulag)
  • The Death Curse
  • The Bow Out
  • The Penis Defense
  • The "Pooty-Head" Defense
Let's take a quick look at each one...

The Block
The Gun Control Cultist attempts to silence the opposition. On Twitter this is usually done by blocking the user. On blogs, opposing comments are often deleted by the blog owner. Sometimes, the Gun Control Cultist will publicly call for a shunning. Case in point, Shannon Watts of Moms Demand wanted Dana Loesch not to appear on The View.

Here are Twitter examples of the block either being called for or reporting it had been done:

An insidious variant of The Block performed on Twitter is called "gulaging" and I talked about that in this previous post.

One public instance of The Block happened to an Augusta, GA mom and Army vet who, after posting a picture of her weapons permit on Facebook, was served a no trespassing order from her daughter's school.

The Death Curse
The Gun Control Cultist calls for harm to befall dissenters. Following Newton, some folks called for NRA president David Keene to be killed.

A few other examples...

The Bow Out
The Gun Control Cultist leaves the conversation. Period. They'll just up and walk off.

If you're on Twitter, they'll just stop "talking" to you. Of course, they'll preface this by saying something to dismiss everything you both have just been debating.

In this previous post, I point out an example of this.

Here's another example.

This Twitter user asked:
The reply?

The Penis Defense
A favorite "debate" tactic. Anytime the going gets tough for Gun Control Cultists, they pull this one out (pun intended).

The "Pooty-Head" Defense
The Gun Control Cultist resorts to name-calling.

An excellent example is this Tweet seen above (which also uses the Bow Out tactic)
Notice the "I don't have time for satan" remark.

Here are a few more examples:

Instead of relying on logic and facts, Gun Control Cultists resort to threats, innuendo, and childish behavior to debate their case.

In fact, I'd use the term "debate" very very very loosely.

It's not so much a debate but more of their trying to shout over you to make their point.

Over to you, Dear Readers--what examples of these tactics have you seen? Have you seen other tactics besides these?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Guns In Fiction: Stephen King, You Ignorant Turd

Don't get me wrong. I've enjoyed a lot of King's novels and short fiction.

But dammit, Steve, I expected more from you. At the very least, I expect you to do your research.

In On Writing, he advises
On the whole, I think story belongs in front, but some research is ineveitable; your shirk it at your peril.
Well you shirked it here, buddy.

I recently finished Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, and a little story called "Mile 81."

From Doctor Sleep:
He turned the basket so one end faced the newly arrived RV and flicked off the Glock's safety with his thumb.
From "Mile 81:"
As Jimmy approached the station wagon, he drew his Glock service automatic but left the safety on.
Ahem...Glocks do not have external manual safeties.

Research Fail, sir.