Aug
22
2015
1

Legal gun ownership booming in Detroit.

(Via Instapundit) Good. Law-abiding citizens are precisely the people who we most need to be armed. Fortunately, the head cop in Detroit agrees with that common-sense observation.  Also note:

With a population of about 680,000, some 83 percent of which is African-American, Detroit’s growing embrace of Second Amendment rights has a racial component that is not unique to the city. According to a recent survey from Pew Research Center, 54 percent of African-American residents nationwide now see legal gun ownership as more likely to protect people than to put their safety at risk. That figure was up from 29 percent two years ago.

“If anyone should have the right or need to carry a gun, it should be the African-American community,” Philip Smith, founder of the National African American Gun Association, told Reuters.

Damned straight. (more…)

Jul
11
2015
3

Andrew Cuomo forced to cave on implementing ammo background checks.

Never give an order that you KNOW will be disobeyed.

The administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed on Friday to suspend a plan to require background checks on ammunition sales, putting in doubt part of the gun control law that he considers one of his proudest legacies.

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Jul
09
2015
1

Well, @Guns_com would like to offer all of us a life lesson.

To wit: “Generally speaking, it’s probably good advice not to try to commit a crime at a business that sells Class III firearms. ” Read the whole thing, although you probably can guess what happened. Not to mention, how it ended…

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Mar
10
2015
3

Quote of the Day, Maybe Barack Obama Just Owns Stock In Freedom Group edition.

Mary Katharine Ham:

If I had to bet on just one conspiracy theory about the Obama White House, it might be the seemingly outlandish idea that he actually works for the gun industry and gets a cut of every AR15 and box of ammo they sell because there can be no other reason they do so many things calculated to sell more AR15s and accompanying ammo than have ever been sold in the history of mankind.

I find this theory intriguing, and wish to subscribe to Mary Katharine’s newsletter. (more…)

Dec
14
2014
14

There is no such thing as a nonlethal kinetic energy weapon.

(Via AoSHQ) Bearing Arms is aghast over this latest attempt to make a firearm somehow ‘safe,’ and who can blame them?

The device itself consists of a clear plastic “docking station” that slides on to the end of the gun, and the projectile, which looks roughly like a clown’s nose.

When the officer feels the need to discharge the projectile, he squeezes the trigger on the live round in the chamber, which travels down the barrel, smashes into the back of the projectile, and then continues downrange embedded in the projectile, which is supposed to strike the threat with enough force to put him on the ground, but won’t (hopefully) kill him.

In other words, this device takes a reasonably efficient kinetic energy weapon and converts it into a distinctly less efficient kinetic energy weapon. By blocking the muzzle.  Now, I’m no gunsmith, but that doesn’t sound like a very smart idea… especially since you can’t make a firearm ‘safe’ to use on other people.  Physics has the final vote; and it is the consensus of physics that when you throw a physical object at another object at very high speeds, there’s going to be a reaction at the point of impact. In other words: if you’re knocking somebody down, you’re running a real risk that you’re also going to mess that person up.

I understand that people don’t always want to face this, but a gun is a thing that kills. Don’t carry one outside of a target range if you can’t make your peace with that.  And for the love of God, don’t make a cop wear a clown nose on his gun, either.

Moe Lane

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Jan
24
2014
5

Civitas Media hastily drops plans to track heroin users, concealed and carry permit holders.

See, this is what epistemic closure looks like.

“We are launching two enterprise projects across our newsrooms this month. The first will deal with the creeping influence of heroin in our communities. The deadly drug has quietly taken over, reaching across all age groups and eclipsing meth as the recreational drug of choice,” [Civitas Nedia Content Director Jim] Lawitz began.

“The second project examines the explosion of ‘conceal and carry’ gun permits across the U.S. Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon,” Lawitz wrote in the email.

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Jan
14
2014
7

You know, I don’t really mind if Sean Penn destroys his guns.

I suspect that we might all feel safer if Sean Penn, specifically, does* – and if you don’t feel comfortable around guns, by all means: don’t have one.  But this passage about the likely person who convinced him to do this (Charlize Theron) raised an eyebrow:

South Africa born and raised Charlize was 17 when her mother allegedly shot and killed her father after he threatened to take the actress’ life during an alcohol-influenced rant.

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May
12
2013
2

Oh, this is cute.

Via AoSHQ.

‘Course, I’m a sentimentalist.

Feb
06
2013
5

This anti-campus carry piece started as being mockworthy…

…but it rather rapidly turned into vaguely disquieting, and not in a way that the author intended.

“Well, things haven’t gone totally to hell,” I told my friend through the phone, trying to put a good spin on a needlessly bad situation of mostly my own creation. “Maybe I’m getting wiser.”

“Wiser?” he asked, disbelieving. “You’re not wiser. You’re just making bad decisions more slowly and deliberately than you used to.”

He was right. We laughed at me. I thanked him for talking me through yet another episode of my own stupidity, we said our goodbyes, and I went to bed.

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Dec
19
2012
3

Market reacts predictably to gun control threats.

Very predictably.

With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) locations.

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Jul
08
2012
3

#rsrh Civility in politics benchmark: are guns being brandished on Meet The Press?

Then we’re probably still doing OK:

A Jordanian member of parliament pulled a gun on a political activist during a furious debate live on Jordanian TV on Thursday.


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Oct
08
2011
11

Father of the Year award frontrunner.

This winner ‘allegedly':

  • Stole a car
  • Stole a car with his three year old kid in tow
  • Stole a car and got chased by cops
  • Abandoned the car while leaving his kid behind
  • Called the kid’s mother to tell her to pick up the child at the crime scene
  • And… left a BB gun on the dashboard for the child to brandish and point at the cops gingerly approaching the stolen car.

Fortunately, this is not one of those stories: the child was not actually shot.  Thank Heaven for small favors: this is one of those situations where selling the child to gypsies (a favorite, if somewhat cringeworthy to modern ears, threat of my parents’ generation) could be legitimately argued as being a humanitarian intervention…

Via Drudge.

Moe Lane (more…)

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