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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What's in a picture?

So I have some questions about a photo that appeared on this blog, The Truth About Guns by Robert Farago, and about a quote in his blog. The topic of the Twitter post was to show how interest in a small town New Jersey gun shop increased after a local woman realized that there was a gun store in her small town. From the article:
"“The phone’s been ringing off the hook,” the shopkeep reports. “Our email blew up. People who’ve never heard of us are checking us out.” I asked Veitenheimer which firearms he was selling as a result of the unintentional endorsement. Self-defense handguns? The query was met with a derisive snort, followed by a heavy sigh. “This is New Jersey. About 70 percent of our business is LEO (Law Enforcement Officers) and 30 percent are competition shooters . . . I can only hope that New Jersey recognizes our Second Amendment rights someday.” With friends like anti-gun store crusader/zombie DyAnn DiSalvo, maybe . . ."
On this blog post is a photo, taken from the RayCo Armory gun shop website. There is a also a link to the blog post that first mentioned the New Jersey woman who objected to the fact that a gun shop was located in her small town. I am not commenting one way or the other on that one. What I am wondering is why the RayCo Armory company has posted the photo that is shown both on the website and then on Farago's blog? The wording on top of the photo is "UH-OH BETTER GET RAYCO." It pictures a white man aiming a rifle of some kind at a black man just standing in front of the white man presumably doing nothing wrong. There is no gun in his hands and he doesn't appear to be threatening to the man holding the gun. Is the black man in the photo real? Was he "photo shopped" into the photo? If so, why? And which person needs be scared enough in this photo to want that gun from RayCo? Can someone explain what the photo means? I'm just asking. I asked my husband to look at it and he was as puzzled as me. I am also wondering why Farago decided to use the photo from the RayCo website on his own blog since it didn't appear to have anything to do with his point. Maybe I missed something.

I have another question. What does it mean when the owner of the gun store says he hopes New Jersey will recognize Second Amendment rights someday? What second amendment rights does New Jersey not recognize? People have a right to buy and own guns. The fact that the gun store even exists is testimony to the fact that New Jersey recognizes that there is a right for people to buy guns from licensed gun dealers. Just because New Jersey has placed some stricter restrictions on guns and who owns them doesn't mean they are violating anyone's rights. Here are the gun rights folks throwing the second amendment around as if any restrictions on who can own a gun, who can carry one and where they can be carried is a violation of their rights. So far, law suits brought by the NRA and the gun rights activists have been losing their cases when that challenge is raised. This article written by Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign/Center highlights the recent lawsuit thrown out by a conservative Texas judge who first found that the Second Amendment meant an individual right to own a gun. From Henigan's article:
The NRA's biggest problem, though, was that Judge Cummings was careful to read the Supreme Court's Heller opinion and understand that it does nothing to support the gun lobby's constitutional extremism. Much to the NRA's chagrin, Judge Cummings emphasized that the right recognized in Heller was, in his words "quite narrow," finding that "the Second Amendment does not confer a right that extends beyond the home." Judge Cummings cited the legion of other post-Heller rulings also confining Heller's scope to the possession and carrying of guns within the home. Not only did the NRA's handpicked federal judge find no constitutional right for an 18-year-old to carry handguns in public, he found no such right for anyone to do so. It is also worth noting that, four months ago, Judge Cummings rejected another NRA lawsuit and upheld the federal ban on gun dealer sales of handguns to persons under 21 years of ago, a restriction that obviously impacts the freedom of young people to have a gun inside the home for self-defense.
So I am wondering what part of the Second Amendment the gun rights extremists don't understand and why they wrongly believe that any gun law violates their second amendment rights? It has been shown that they don't have the law on their side, nor public opinion either for that matter. Common sense tells us that the NRA and its' members are operating on false or questionable premises in order to keep the sales of guns happening and to try to hang on to their tenuous hold on their power and control of our elected leaders. That is what the fear, paranoia and mythical assertions about the second amendment are all about. Henigan says it well at the end of his piece:
These gun lobby legal defeats underscore how much the NRA and its gun industry funders are dependent for their success on the tactics of political threats and intimidation. In too many legislative bodies, including the U.S. Congress, those tactics have often prevailed. A federal courtroom, however, is a far different forum, in which threats of reprisal have no place and advocates are required to offer facts and reasoned argument in support of their positions.
When the task is persuasion, instead of intimidation, the gun lobby has been firing blanks.
Too true.

40 comments:

  1. Ummm, if you know ANYTHING about pop culture, it is evident that the "Uh Oh" ad is a zombie reference. That is a zombie, Joan, intent on eating some brains. It even looks like he was a white man before he died. There you have it. You're welcome.

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  2. Well, that's one implausible opinion. I'm waiting for more. Do you need a gun, by the way, to shoot a "zombie"?

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    1. I would guess that it is also a zombie Note the neon green banner "Zombie hunter" and they also sell zombie targets. Now the makeup to look like an exposed chest and blood everywhere should be a "dead" giveaway ;-D Sometimes you try too had to find faults with these examples you post.

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    2. And yet another interesting opinion. Why a gun aimed at a zombie? A zombie is an "undead" phantom. Why is the zombie made to look like a black man? There are many faults to be found.

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    3. The last line of the blog also mentions zombie. You might want to check out some zombie movies. They are always seemingly trying to eat peoples brain/bite them. This is not a new fad but it has recently became more popular for some reason.

      "Why a gun aimed at a zombie?"
      The common idea is that you must destroy the brain to stop a zombie.

      "Why is the zombie made to look like a black man?"

      Most likely because the person doing the makeup is not a professional. Tons of people seem to go with dark gray and too much of it.

      You might want to come down to the zombie pub crawl here in Minneapolis for a little zombie education it has grown to a HUGE fiasco.

      http://zombiepubcrawl.com

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    4. Thanks for the invite. I decline.

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  3. Is this what you guys are worried about? " Zombie Squad's mission is to educate the public about the importance of personal preparedness and community service, to increase its readiness to respond to disasters such as earthquakes, floods or zombie outbreaks." http://zombiehunters.org/ If you can't admit that this is really weird and stupid then we can't have a reasonable discussion.

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    1. Clearly the Center for Disease Control (CDC) doesn't find this weird or stupid, Joan:
      http://tinyurl.com/66ojena

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    2. Good grief, Jack. No guns needed for this one- " First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

      Water (1 gallon per person per day)
      Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
      Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
      Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
      Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
      Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
      Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
      First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)"
      Of course, we are talking about a disease, which I'm sure you know. But thanks for sending this along. It's pretty interesting stuff. Who knew?
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  4. " Zombie Hunter (死霊狩り Shirei Kari?) is a dark and violent comic by a collaboration between Japanese writer, Kazumasa Hirai, and Korean comic book artist, Yang Kyung-il."

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  5. Joan;

    There are "Zombie" Targets and gear made to look like just about anything, Black, White, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, you name it! They come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and costs. as to the why, simple: it's fun! (imagining the zombie apocolypse is a silly but enjoyable idea for some of us. I.E. "What's your Zombie plan?" another pop culture reference.) now as to a fact check. Please examine the picture you referred to carefully. Please note the skin color of the targets ARMS. They are white, his face is dark due to makeup... not an African American. RayCo's message here is simple: "RayCo, depenedable enough for the end of the world!" It's a tongue-in-cheek joke, geared toward gun owners and recreational shooters. People outside that culture are not expected to get it the joke, and it would seem you did not.

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    1. Another interesting comment. I don't find it funny. Most normal people don't.

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  6. By the way, if you guys think this is a good time and for sport and recreation, I am more worried about you than I was before this conversation started.

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  7. I don't understand the issue - it's the long-standing Zombie meme that's been going on for years. What's your concern with this?

    Re: NJ Laws

    NJ has some fairly ridiculous gun control laws. Prohibition on hollow-point ammunition? The purpose of that would be?

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    1. The picture doesn't look like a "Zombie" to me. I think it's a stretch on the part of you guys. If the photo is supposed to represent what most people think "zombies" look like, it was poorly done, to say the least.

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    2. So what does a 'Zombie' look like?

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    3. "NJ has some fairly ridiculous gun control laws. Prohibition on hollow-point ammunition? The purpose of that would be?"

      Obviously, NJ politicians think that bullet overpenetration (what FMJ ammo will do) is "common sense".

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    4. To address your other question: "I have another question. What does it mean when the owner of the gun store says he hopes New Jersey will recognize Second Amendment rights someday? What second amendment rights does New Jersey not recognize?"

      Your question the shop owner was answering was if his new customers were buying self defense handguns. As you should know, New Jersey does not allow people to walk in and buy handguns. Given that fact, it would seem obvious what Second Amendment right is not recognized.

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    5. Good question. What's your answer?

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  8. Piss up a rope, you bell ringing moron....

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    1. This is why Thomas has not been welcome on my blog for quite some time now. I am only publishing this to highlight the totally insulting, rude and immature comments that are left on this blog by many. Thomas does your cause no good at all. No more of his comments will be published on this blog and I urge him to find something else to do with his time. If this is what you guys think is amusing, along with the undead, then I have no time for any of your comments.

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  9. The person the guy is aiming the rifle at is supposed to be a zombie. Zombies are always threatening because they try to eat your brains, that is why there is a gun pointed at the zombie.

    Is the zombie black? Maybe. Is he white? Maybe. Does it matter? No. Believe it or not there is no special gene that non-white people have that prevents them from becoming zombies, so assuming the picture was taken in NJ, there is about a 32% chance that a zombie in NJ will be non-white, and a 68% chance that the non-zombie would be white (and the other way around, too).

    On a more serious note, NJ does not respect its citizens second amendment rights. If I were to live in PA, no more than 20 miles away from where I currently live, I could walk into a gun shop with a few hundred dollars, go though an instant background check to make sure I'm not a criminal or crazy, and walk out with just about any firearm I wish. However, this is NJ, so I must pay $60 for the privilege of getting fingerprinted by the state, another $5 for a Firearms Purchaser ID, and that only allows me to purchase rifles, shotguns, air rifles, and bb rifles. Yes, you need a FPID to purchase BB guns in NJ. If I wish to purchase a handgun I must apply for a Permit to Purchase, which are only valid for 90 days and may be extended for another 90 days. Also, I am limited to purchasing one handgun per month. P2P cost $2 each with an $18 background check by the state.

    The moment you must ask permission to take some action, that action is no longer a right. Last I checked, the Second Amendment guarantees citizens the RIGHT to own firearms, not the privilege to own firearms.

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  10. Odd I thought I posted the link to the movie this picture was from. I do not think that that would violate any of your rules for comments so I will assume that I did not enter the verification correctly.

    The movie is called “The Zombie Diaries” A film still can be found on this page that matches the picture the shop used. If you click on it you can see a bigger picture with a little more detail.

    http://www.bloodygoodhorror.com/bgh/reviews/11/05/2008/the-zombie-diaries

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    1. Finally, an answer as to where this photo came from.

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  11. This comment thread is a fascinating commentary on "zombies" and the gun guys. I've enjoyed the occasional zombie movie, but I find it a little alarming how the gun guys can somehow turn this fetish into some sort of delusional reason for gun ownership.

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    1. Who said that zombies were the reason for wanting to own a gun?

      Not everything is as serious as you think it is...

      For pretty much everyone who (legally) owns a firearm it's primary use is weekly/monthly trips to the range to put holes in some paper and/or hunting.

      Have you ever shot a gun? If not you should try it sometime. It's actually quite relaxing.

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    2. Yes. Didn't find it relaxing.

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  12. "What second amendment rights does New Jersey not recognize? People have a right to buy and own guns."

    The right to keep and BEAR arms. That means carry them. NJ prohibits people from carrying guns. There are some very rare exceptions but as a very consistent rule if you are a citizen merely looking to exercise your rights they won't recognize your right to BEAR arms.

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  13. You're kidding me, right? This has got to be just one giant troll on us all because I refuse to believe that someone in this day and age doesn't know what a zombie is and the common way to kill it.

    By the way, you don't NEED a gun to kill a zombie but it sure would make it easier. If you like hand-to-hand zombie fighting check out the movie "The Horde". It's on Netflix on demand, has an awful lot of fist fights with zombies, and it's French, so anti-gunners should like it.

    http://www.zombienomics.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Tom. Thanks for the comment. I speak a little French and love sub titled films. I might check it out.

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  14. Wow, Thomas. You are really amazingly offensive. Please get a life. I do have IP addresses just in case. Thomas is a prime example of a bully who thinks he can say anything to offend and intimidate bloggers. The shame is on him, but, by association, you all look bad. If Thomas continues to reply, I will consider stopping all comments on my blog.

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  15. Right back atcha, ya bell ringing dope..... and you have an IP address, so what I have screen caps of what I wrote and telling you to piss up a rope is not threatening, offensive yes but not a threat.....

    So go ahead anb "stop all comments on your blog" you insufferable twit, inside of 12 hours no one will remember you, or care.

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    1. Here's Thomas again. He's quite the upstanding citizen. Do you have a mother or a sister or children, Thomas? Do you talk to them like that? They should be ashamed of you if they knew what you said to someone on-line when you don't have to see their eyes or say it directly. What is wrong with you?

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  16. Dear Otheropinion,

    This is my blog. I don't owe you anything. The first amendment does not require me to post all comments made to my blog. As to the rest of what you said, nonsense.

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  17. Japete,

    Like most normal people, I am not looking to kill anybody. But I am not naive. There is evil in this world.
    I value my life.
    As a father, I will meet violence with violence to defend and protect myself and my family from harm.
    You can never know where the evil will come from. Junkie, mugging, rapist, terrorist, gang, flash mob, government, ?, ?, ? Read your history books.
    I value my life.
    The rest is just static.

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    1. As it turns out, there are more gun homicides and suicides than incidents of self defense with that gun of yours. There are enough accidental shootings of and by children with guns their parents have for self defense left around the house loaded than those parents have had to use them for self defense. It's your choice to have that gun against your perceived evil world. I don't see it that way and have gotten through my life pretty well without my guns, with the exception of my sister who was shot to death by a gun owned by her estranged husband. Now that's evil.

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    2. "As it turns out, there are more gun homicides and suicides than incidents of self defense with that gun of yours."

      THat simply is an untrue statement.

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    3. As it turns out, it depends on whose numbers are used for DGUs. But you are right in that there are likely more instances of self defense than the total number of gun deaths all together which is about 30,000 a year. When looking at the number of total people who are shot each year, it is about 100,000. Of those, 70,000 live. It's hard to know how many cases there are of self defense uses of guns as the article I wrote about in my other post indicated. The number of dead and injured due to bullets is a known figure.

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  18. Those darned self defense guns and their owners-- http://ohhshoot.blogspot.com/2012/02/19-year-old-brings-handgun-to-party.html

    This guy shot himself in the head and died with that gun he had presumably for self defense. Careless, stupid and dangerous.

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    1. Oops, I forgot one http://www.kjrh.com//dpp/news/final-arguments-heard-in-murder-trial-for-bville-man-accused-of-shooting-wife

      This CCW permit holder was sentenced for shooting his wife. He tried to say it was an accident. The court didn't buy it. The man shot her at point blank. This was murder. Those darned gun permit holders.

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