Monday, February 19, 2024

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 287: Hot Takes on the News

  

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • 2A Cases from Hawaii and Nebraska;
    • the latest gun control bill from Massachusetts;
    • the mother of a school shooter being convicted of manslaughter for the children her son killed;
    • and a Fed Ex driver, who stole and sold firearms he was supposed to deliver, getting an alarmingly light sentence.
  • Myles follows Tiny's segment on RVs and campers by telling us about his own camping  trailer experiences;
  • and Xander continues his farming series, this time about plowing the land.



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Show Notes

Main Topic:

Southpaw Corner:

Independent Thoughts with Xander Opal:

Monday, February 12, 2024

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 286: Erin is Down with the Sickness

  

In This Episode

  • Erin has Covid! But don't worry, it's a mild case.
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss some Assault Weapons Bans coming up through the ranks in Virginia and Massachusetts, and a fight brewing between the ATF and California;
  • David acquired a Daniel Defense H9 for testing and gives us his review;
  • and Tiny went to an RV show and shares his experiences there.



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Show Notes

Main Topic:

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Monday, February 5, 2024

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 285: LaPierre under the Hammer

  

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • Oliver North and Marion Hammer both speaking out against Wayne LaPierre;
    • a spree shooting in Canada that you might not have heard about;
    • the UK's continuing crusade to ban their way to safety, now with even more restrictions on knives;
    • and Beth Alcazar of USCCA has an anonymous survey for Concealed Carry Magazine that she wants us to take.
  • Myles tells us about what caught his eye at this year's SHOT Show;
  • Oddball talks bayonet myths and misconceptions;
  • and Xander continues his segment on farming, this time about water and drainage.



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Show Notes

Main Topic:

Southpaw Corner:

Independent Thoughts with Xander Opal: 

Monday, January 29, 2024

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 284: Bad Things Happening to Bad People

  

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • NRA Board Members speaking out against Wayne LaPierre;
    • Alec Baldwin's manslaughter indictment;
    • Pennsylvania striking down the law forbidding adults under 21 from carrying firearms (but there's a catch);
    • a new study showing the effects of Ohio's permitless carry law...  and you can probably guess the result.
  • David gives a pocket history of the FN 49 rifle;
  • and Xander begins a series on farming,  starting with how to clear the area.



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Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Sunday, January 28, 2024

What Fresh Hell is This?

I don't want to be told that my concerns about the Government making it illegal to be transgender are hyperbole ever again.
 

If you think I'm overreacting by being concerned that elements of Big Government are actively scheming to prevent adults from exercising their body autonomy, then let me remind you of all the problems we still have today as a result of a similar moral panic which occurred over 100 years ago. Prohibition, aka "How dare adults have the ability to decide whether or not they can get drunk," gave us the following:
  • The creation and subsequent militarization of the ATF, aka "the Revenuers";
  • Organized crime, which was created to smuggle and distribute prohibited alcohol;
  • The War on Drugs, aka Prohibition 2.0, because when the Volstead Act was repealed organized crime pivoted to the next profitable thing;
  • Gang culture and violence, an outgrowth of both organized crime and the war on drugs;
  • the National Firearms Act of 1934, which was the result of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929, and which was not only the first attempt at national Firearm Prohibition but also led to further infringements upon the Second Amendment like the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Hughes Amendment of 1986, and so forth. 
So no, do not attempt to tell me that another government attempt to control grown-ass adults who aren't harming anyone (except, arguably, themselves) won't end up the same way. 

I say "arguably" above because while I don't believe that transition harms anyone, even if it did, what business is it of yours? Grown-ass adults have the right to do unhealthy things to their bodies. It's why we allow them to smoke and to drink alcohol. So long as you aren't hurting another person through your actions, such as driving while impaired, what you do to your own body in the privacy if your home is your business and not mine and definitely not the Government's. If you believe otherwise, then understand that you are saying it's the right of the Government to declare what actions are unhealthy for you to take and forbid you from taking them, and by the same token that Government can compel you to take actions which they deem as healthy. Do you want compulsory Covid-19 jabs? Because that line of reasoning is how you get compulsory Covid-19 jabs. So if you want to get drunk, eat junk food, get high, get a tattoo, get cosmetic surgery... hell, if you want to amputate a limb... it's your right as an adult to choose to have that done. It's also your right (and duty) as an adult to deal with the consequences of that choice. That's what freedom is: the right to make choices, even bad ones. If you want to be protected from the results of your choices, then you don't want freedom, you want a parent. 

Finally, I'm going to address the elephant in the room of "people who are mentally ill cannot give consent to gender transition": if an adult is so mentally ill that they cannot give consent to what happens to their bodies, then that adult cannot give any other kind of consent (financial, sexual, legal, etc.) and should be declared non compos mentis via due process and either assigned a legal guardian or institutionalized. Without this due process, depriving an adult of access to transition resources is the medical version of issuing an Extreme Risk Protection Order (aka a "Red Flag"). An ERPO is what is issued when someone thinks another person is a threat to themselves or others and alerts the authorities who, instead of getting that other person the help they need, just seize that person's firearms -- in other words, arresting the tools they use because they might do something wrong with them, while still leaving them free to harm themselves or others via different means. Put bluntly, that's either magical thinking or virtue signaling, because it doesn't at all address the problem which this law is purported to prevent. 

Having said that, I would not be surprised in the slightest if the next tactic chosen in Transgender Prohibition is having us declared mentally unfit. If that happens, keep in mind that "not obeying the government" can be diagnosed as Oppositional Defiance Disorder, which means that after the Prohibitionists are done with declaring transgender people mentally ill, they can come after anyone who speaks out against the government. The Soviet Union weaponized psychology by declaring their dissidents mentally ill, and if you don't think that can happen here, then just watch during this election season as both sides trot out the predictable "studies" claiming that conservatives/liberals have a lower IQ and a higher incidence of pathology than their opponents. 

To summarize:
  1. Prohibition always makes things worse.
  2. Always look for second and third-order effects. 
  3. Don't allow the government to exercise against others any powers which you wouldn't want your opponents to use against you, because your side won't always be in control. 
  4. Let grown-ass adults do what they like to themselves so long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. 
  5. Mind your own freaking business. 

Addendum
Speaking of moral panics, I've lived through a lot of them. Here are the ones I know about, off the top of my head:
  • the Salem Witch Trials
  • Prohibition/the Temperance Movement
  • Reefer Madness/War on Drugs
  • True Crime & Horror Comics corrupting our children
  • Rock & Roll is corrupting our children
  • the Dungeons & Dragons Satanic Panic
  • Subliminal Messages/Satanic Backwards Lyrics
  • Explicit Lyrics aka Tipper Gore's crusade
  • "If it saves just one life" Gun Control
  • "The Gothic Movement"
  • Transgender Prohibition
I'm certain I've missed some.

What do they all have in common? Well, if it's not already obvious, then Jon Hamm has a handy presentation for you.
 

Monday, January 22, 2024

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 283: Trust the Word of an Honorable Man

  

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • an attempted mass shooting in Iowa;
    • why some teens with machine guns in Indiana illustrates the futility of prohibition;
    • charges not being filed against the Houston man who shot the taqueria robber;
    • the mass non-compliance of the Illinois Assault Weapons Ban;
    • and the big story of the month: NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has resigned amidst scandal.
  • Sean talks about his dry fire setup and regimen to improve shooting;
  • and Xander talks about the troubles with moving to a new location.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 282: Farewell to Wayne

  

In This Episode

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss:
    • an attempted mass shooting in Iowa;
    • why some teens with machine guns in Indiana illustrates the futility of prohibition;
    • charges not being filed against the Houston man who shot the taqueria robber;
    • the mass non-compliance of the Illinois Assault Weapons Ban;
    • and the big story of the month: NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has resigned amidst scandal.
  • Sean talks about his dry fire setup and regimen to improve shooting;
  • and Xander talks about the troubles with moving to a new location.



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Show Notes

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Sean Sorrentino:

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