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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Some people ...

... obviously don't understand what a 'right' is:
Leah Gunn Barrett, a board member and incoming executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, said the right to self-defense must be balanced with public safety. 
My right to self-defense has nothing to do with public safety and is not negotiable or otherwise modifiable.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Religion of Peace ...

... my ass:
Authorities in New Jersey allege a Muslim man beheaded two Coptic Christians, burying their bodies and heads and hands in separate graves near Philadelphia, bringing the horror of the persecution of Christians in Islamic nations to the United States.
But our feckless government will do nothing to thwart the vibrancy that Muslim immigration brings.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I guess Colorado's ...

... got its share of idiots:

I suppose what women should do is take a heavy purse with long straps and pummel this idiot for being such an ... idiot.  h/t Ace


Monday, February 18, 2013

NFA bleg ...

Does anyone know what the difference is (if any) between an NFA background check and a 'normal' background check? I've had a few things moving around in my brain and I'm curious.

First off, I've never obtained an NFA item so I'm not knowlegable about that stuff. I'm thinking that since the NFA is primarily a revenue vehicle, there should be no background check even though I know that's not how it works.

But then, consider that a corporation or trust can obtain NFA items; how can you background check a constructed entity? You really can't. But if that's the case, why does it take so fucking long to get the stamp back?

Liquor producers don't have to wait months to get the stamps placed on their bottles, why should NFA purchasers (and I know it's to discourage NFA purchases)?

Here's where I'm going with this.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The consequences ...

... have to start somewhere:
Missouri Democrats introduced an anti-gun bill which would turn law-abiding firearm owners into criminals. They will have 90 days to turn in their guns if the legislation is passed.
I say we let it come to a vote, and if it passes, let the chips fall where they will.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Someone ...

... has tracked AR-15 prices:

What’s really interesting is how there are two peaks in the price; one a few weeks after the panic started and another after president Obama announced his support for an assault weapons ban during the SHOT Show. In general, though, the trend is a downwards one. People seem to be running out of money and supply is starting to catch up with demand. The incoming flood of tax refund checks will keep things hairy for a bit, but the worst may well be over.
That's good news.

I've noticed in my post-Dandy Hook Shotgun News that there doesn't seem to be any real lack of lowers. Some of my connections are finding it hard to find uppers, however.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Don't worry ...

... I'm sure this was just an isolated incident:

The police chase of Timothy Russell, driver, and Malissa Williams, passenger, began in East Cleveland when an unidentified cop said he heard the sound of a gun shot from Russell’s car. No shell casings or gun was ever recovered. Twenty-five minutes later, in Cleveland, the chase ended with 13 officers firing 137 shots (ranging from 2 shots fired by one cop to 49 by another) in about 20 seconds, killing Russell and Williams.
No need for the police to try to learn anything, just a tragic mistake. h/t Radley


Monday, February 11, 2013

This points out something ...

... I've said for a long time:

The ongoing manhunt for murder suspect and former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner is revealing systemic weaknesses and flaws reminiscent of the Beltway sniper attacks of over a decade ago. Not only has the presumed armed and dangerous suspect successfully eluded a massive dragnet involving police from all over Southern California, to the ski resort community of Big Bear, and now potentially “across three state and into Mexico,” but a panicked reaction in multiple incidents reveals police in the process of protecting their own posing a real danger to the public.
There is always a great sturm und drang whenever there is a mass shooting involving innocents, and that's pretty normal. But one thing I've noted during the outcry is that the general public simply doesn't understand just how bad it could be, especially when the perpetrator is well-trained, well-armed and highly-motivated.

Like Chris Dorner (spit).

For every trained operator out there in the military, how many folks are there walking around with regular jobs in the civilian world who have the exact same training? Regular folks who know the training and know the weaknesses and isn't afraid to implement a bit of 4th generation warfare.

Consider this - even given the vast numbers of military personnel and federal, state and local law enforcement does anyone who knows a bit about capabilities really think that a disgruntled populace can be held in check.

I keep plenty of popcorn on hand, just in case!


Friday, February 8, 2013

Sounds like someone's priorities ...

... are a bit skewed:

ABC 7 News in Denver delved into the costs behind the case of Lt. James Broderick, who has been on paid administrative leave for the last two and a half years while facing perjury charges related to an investigation he led of a 1987 murder. In 1999, a man named Tim Masters was convicted of first degree murder but in 2008 a re-examination of DNA evidence found it wasn’t Masters’ his conviction was vacated. In 2010, Broderick was charged with lying in the trial of Tim Masters, but now the prosecutor has had to drop all charges after an unfavorable ruling from the state Supreme Court, telling ABC 7 News it was a “sad day for justice in Colorado.” 
They've paid over a half million dollars in pay and defending Lt Broderick.

Of course, he's still on the force, on paid leave while his internal affairs review is proceeding. I think it's instructive that the prosecutor who was bitch-slapped thinks that the supreme court got in the way of justice. Maybe someone should remind him that the supreme court is there to (hopefully) ensure that over-zealous prosecutors don't deny justice. h/t Radley


Thursday, February 7, 2013

You should go ...

... and you should read.


Aaron's ...

... monthly opportunity.

Hey, in this supercharged gun climate, it can't hurt!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

If Charles Poland had had a gun ...

... he might be alive today.

This post is going to try to discuss some of the obstacles we as gun owners face.

There's a great hue and cry about posting armed security (police officers, private firms, etc) at schools across the country. While I can understand the motivation, it's really not practical unless the officer has other duties to attend to (which would necessarily take his or her mind off security); that is, it's a waste of money.

But when firearms owners mention allowing teachers (and bus drivers) to carry permitted weapons, all hell breaks loose. All the usual canards are applicable.

Except that no one is suggesting that teachers take on the role of armed peace officers or SWAT teams; rather, all we are suggesting is that teachers be allowed to carry the most effective tool to defend themselves and our children should it become necessary.

That necessity came to pass last Tuesday when Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded a school bus driven by Charles Poland with kidnapping and murder on his mind. And since Mr Poland was unarmed, he was left to depend on the mental acuity of a man who neighbors indicated had none. Needles to say, he lost.

Yes, he died in the honorable pursuit of defending those who are the most vulnerable and innocent among u

pms. I would rather he prevailed in a confrontation because he had the tools to do so available to him.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Do you still ...

... think the courts will save you?

William Bowden painted “Screwed by the Town of Cary” on his house after a road-widening project (allegedly) directed runoff onto his property, damaging his North Carolina home. Within hours, zoning officials paid him a visit, ordering him to remove the sign or pay fines of up to $500 for each day of noncompliance.

When Bowden sued, the town argued the sign was a safety hazard for passing motorists. Officials presented no evidence for this assertion—no studies or experts. An estimated 15,000 drivers passed the sign every day for months and, according to court testimony, had precisely zero accidents (p. 16).

Nevertheless, in January a federal appeals court ruled the sign had caused “traffic problems” because:
…the bright fluorescent lettering sprayed across Bowden's home distracted both a Cary police officer and a passing motorist, who “beeped his horn” to get the officer's attention.
Remember this when confiscation laws are passed on those scary black weapons; if you don't defend yourself, no one else will. h/t Radley


Monday, February 4, 2013

Sounds like at least ...

... those outside of New York City aren't real happy with Cuomo:

I hope things get worse for Cuomo.


Friday, February 1, 2013

I'd really never thought about this ...

... but the possibility boggles the mind:

Had Miller been a defendant truly interested in asserting a defense of his rights he might have brought examples of, or an argument justifying the use of a short barreled shotgun in combat (like the kind used in WWI for trench clearing.) In which it is conceivable that Miller might have turned out to be the case that overturned the NFA as an affront to the Second Amendment.
Yeah, it would have been nice if Miller had actually had representation. But what might have been nicer is that if the court had refused to rule until both sides could be represented.