Another gun law success
You’ve probably heard of this. It was apparently triggered by the Israeli strikes against Hamas:A gunman wounded two Israelis working at a packed central Denmark shopping mall Wednesday, Danish police said.The two wounded men are Israelis in their 20s, police spokesman Lars Thede said. He said it was too early to speculate on whether they were targeted because o
.00009% Success Rate - Definitely a Government Program
Robb Allen trots out an interesting stat and asks an equally interesting if rhetorical question:Brady background checks for 2006 - 8,209,900Total number of convictions from felons trying to buy guns - 73That’s a whopping 0.00009%I wonder if maybe, just maybe felons don’t normally buy their
This is just nuts (update)
I’m as big a gun enthusiast as the next guy, and I’m an adamant believer in your right to defend yourself by whatever means reasonably addresses the threat. However, what you don’t have the right to is my money, time or talent as a part of your "right" to defend yourself. Just as, if I’m a doctor, you have no claim on my money, time or talent to provide for your health care.So while you have a right to defend yourself
Gun bans and murder rates
Conventional wisdom among those who believe it is guns which are responsible for murders is taking a drubbing in the UK:One teenager has been killed on the streets of Britain every five days this year as the number of fatal stabbings soars, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Official figures from each police force in t
Self-Defense, that inherent right, and guns
Recently exercised in Florida:A Hillsborough County middle school teacher shot and killed a burglar who burst into her home Friday morning.Sheriff’s deputies say 62-year-old Juanita Enzor was in her bedroom around 5 a.m. when a man kicked in the front door. Detectives say when the man confronted Enzor, she grabbed her gun and fired, shooting
Resisting Temptation
Well, I hemmed and hawed throughout the day, dithering about whether or not to get an M1 Carbine. in the end, I decided not to buy one.I bought two.Chris has a birthday coming up, and she doesn’t have a rifle of her own. The guy at Turner’s told me that they had two in the warehouse, and if I bought both of them, I could get a d
These are nice...
...And a 1,000 round box of .30 Carbine ammo only costs $240.Auto Ordnance is now making them brand new, and you can pick one up for about $750.I’m just saying...
Was this ever in question?
I mean the endorsement, not the question itself:Now that Barack Obama has received the endorsement of the Brady Campaign gun-control group, will the Supreme Court’s findings in the D.C. gun-ban “Heller” case matter? That’s a good question - if Obama wins. DC is a federal district. It is essentially under the control of the federal governm
NRA endorses McCain - but Barr too
I threw the endorsement of Libertarian Candidate Bob Barr in there for a reason.First the McCain endorsement (as if this comes as some huge surprise):NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre announced the endorsement Thursday. LaPierre and the chairman of the NRA’s political action committee were making stops in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Colorado and Nevada to talk about the move.The endorsement comes despite differences bet
Knife Control: It is the implement, not the person
The logical next step based in a false premise. This "rally" will work so well that the call for the government to intervene and ban knives can’t be far behind:Thousands of people including victims of violent crimes and families of teenagers stabbed to death took to the streets of London today in a bid to stop yo
That’s a load off our minds
And some of us were starting to get worried! “If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it," Obama said. Interesting that he would use that qualifier. Nice signal to every current or prospective gun owner about what Obama wants to take away from you. But the Illinois senator could
Heller, Armed
It only took thirty years, but it happened today.The man whose lawsuit overturned Washington’s handgun ban has successfully registered his revolver, ending a more than 30-year wait to keep the weapon in his home.Dick Heller walked out of D.C. police headquarters Monday, clutching a yellow firearms registration certificate sta
He should have stayed at ESPN
Keith Olberman gives the Supreme Court a lesson in the 2nd Amendment. You’ll soon see why, when he left ESPN and joined MSNBC, the IQ went up in both places:KEITH OLBERMANN: And our winner, Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court. You’ve got around 30,000 gun deaths in this country per year, an
DC, Heller and the intent of the law
Jacob Sullum at Reason brings us up to date on how DC continues to attempt to subvert the Heller decision:Speaking of registration, the District has established a burdensome 12-step process that involves multiple trips to gun dealers and government offices, fingerprinting, a written exam, an
DC Council works to subvert Heller
This sentence says it all:"We’re trying to figure out how close we can get to where we were before." Who was it that said that?DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray. The intent, of course, is to find a way to subvert the intent of the Supreme Court case in which the right of self-def
Gun control and Obama’s new seal
Erick Erickson found some very interesting info which he shares with us at RedState.But first, a little reminder. November 20, 2007, Chicago Tribune:In a story entitled, "Court to Hear Gun Case," the Chicago Tribune’s James Oliphant and Michael J. Higgins wrote ". . . the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said that he &
If you experience gun lust...
... then you’ll probably want one of these machine guns that fits in your back pocket:Unfortunately, it’s a prototype with no plans to manufacture. So st
A "good" shooting
The scenario:According to Plantation police, two armed men barged into the Subway at 1949 Pine Island Road shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday, demanding money from the employee behind the counter. When they tried to force John Lovell into the bathroom, he pulled out a gun and shot both men, police said.Donicio Arrindell, 22, was shot in the head and later died at the hosp
NYT, Heller and the Supreme Court
The NY Times, unsurprisingly, is aghast at the Supreme Court’s ruling on Heller.Some excerpts:In a radical break from 70 years of Supreme Court precedent, Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, declared that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals the right to bear arms for nonmilitary uses, even though the amen
Heller Wrap-Up
Looking over the Heller opinion and dissents, several things occur to me, in no particular order.First, it was a 5-4 majority. We are one robed lawyer away from being told that the right to keep and bear arms is not a right at all. And there will certainly be more chances for that to happen in the not-too-distant future, because this is going to spawn a number of legal cases in gun-banning cities like Chicago and San Francisco. That we have re
Scalia opinion for DC v Heller tomorrow? (Update: It’s Thursday)
Mike O’Shea at Concurring Opinions talks about the probability and implications of Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion for DC v Heller. Noting that “[t]omorrow might be the big day” for the much-anticipated decision, he writes, Court-watchers have noticed that [...] the only case left from the Supreme Court’s March sitting is D.C.
When defeat isn’t such a bad thing ...
The anti-handgun crowd is preparing for a SCOTUS defeat concerning the DC gun ban. But they see it as only the loss of a battle which may, in the long run, win them the war:"We’ve lost the battle on what the Second Amendment means," campaign president Paul Helmke told ABC News. "Seventy-five percent of the public thinks it’s an individual right. Why are we argui
2nd Amendment v. DC - this lady gets it
And she illustrates, quite well, why DC v Heller is important:
DC v. Heller
Oral arguments were made today in DC v. Heller, the District of Columbia’s gun ban case, in which the appellate court held that the 2nd Amendment protects and individual right to bear arms. SCOTUSblog has full coverage of the oral arguments.In addition, the Court’s transcript of the arguments can be found  
Gun porn
Want a handly little flashlight along with a machinegun that’ll fit in your back pocket? Well, I have just the thing for you:
Gun owner defends family
And for your "citizen defends family thanks to his 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms" I give you this:A man was shot and killed by a homeowner Thursday night after police said he and two others broke into a South Side home.[...]The home invasion occurred in the 5800 block of Sanderling Drive in Littletown around 9 p.m when the three men forced their way into a
Heller and Threats of Secession
Well, I must say this is an interesting development. The Montana Secretary of State, Brad johnson, and a number of Montana lawmakers have filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court in DC v. Heller. The text of the brief can be found here. In addition, a summary of the brief can be found
Not so easy pickin’s
He looked easy, but then the old ’equalizer’ changed the equation:Investigators say they were definitely going to rob him - possibly even kill him.But an 80-year-old North Texan wasn’t about to let that happen, so he took action.One of the suspects is in the hospital and bot
Peter Clothier doesn’t does believe in self-defense
Over at the Huffington Post, Peter Clothier has this to say in an article ominously entitled, "Do You Need a Gun?": I myself am enough in tune with Buddhist teachings to believe that the taking of life is wrong in any circumstance—and, yes, that includes the saving of my own. I’m not naïve enough to believe that I wouldn’t resort to vio
Armed church member kills gunman (update)
She’s being called a ’security guard’, but in reality she was a volunteer church security person. My church has them as well. As far as I know, they aren’t armed, but they are there for security purposes. And as the incident in Colorado proves, there’s a reason for them to be there.In the case of the Colorado Springs incident, the female "
The Gun is Civilization
Over at the Munchkin Wrangler blog, Marko argues that firearms are not negative implements of our civilization, but rather, they are integral to civlization.The whole post is excellent, but the money quote, if I were to choose one—which, I guess I am—is this one:Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do
Right of self-defense
It was exercised in Orlando yesterday:Two holders of concealed-weapons permits surprised armed thugs who approached them in west Orlando this week.Both men opened fire rather than surrender their wallets. The robbers beat it."They left with broken egos. They didn’t get nothing from us," Juan Amezaga said Tuesday.
DC Gun Case to be considered Nov. 9th
SCOTUS blog brings us up to date on the status of that case:The two cases are the city’s appeal — District of Columbia v. Heller (07-290) — challenging a D.C. Circuit Court ruling last March striking down the handgun ban under the Second Amendment, and a cross-petition by five city residents — Parker v. District of Columbia (07-335) — seekin
‘You sneeze, you’re dead man.’
Love it.Go.Watch.
How times have changed ...
Great quote from a piece about British attitudes about guns:We are so self-congratulatory about our officially disarmed society, and so dismissive of colonial rednecks, that we have forgotten that within living memory British citizens could buy any gun – rifle, pistol, or machinegun – without any licence. When Dr Watson walked the streets o
Speaking of guns ...
You have to wonder what a few armed "victims’ could do in Scotland for the violent crime wave they seem to be suffering:ONE violent crime is committed every 37 minutes in Scotland as the country fails to tackle the "blades menace".The latest statistics show a slight increase in the number of crimes and offences overall last year to more than a million.
DC gun ban case heads to Supreme Court
The court case involving the DC ban on handguns is headed to the Supreme Court:The District argues in its petition that its law — one of the strictest in the nation — should be upheld regardless of whether the court sides with the individualist or collective legal theory."It is eminently reasonable to permit private owner
One-way street?
The anti-gun Brady Blog had a problem. They’d post blog entries about how evil guns were, then gun nuts would jump into the comments section, and rebut the posts.Of course, that simply can’t be allowed.
Irony Alert
Another "for me but not for thee" legislator:A state lawmaker who opposed a bill giving Texans stronger right to defend themselves with deadly force pulled a gun and shot a man he says was trying to steal copper wiring from a construction site, police said Monday.Rep. Borris Miles told police he was fixing a leak on the second floor of the Hou
A gun-banner’s wet dream
After first cautioning everyone that he’s not a "liberal zealot" by telling us all about his experiences with weapons, Dan Simpson regales us with how he would disarm America (this in answer to the contention that with over 200+ million guns in the US, it would be impossible).Read this carefully because Simpson obviously thinks thi
Legal concealed carry weapon saves man’s life
In the wake of the Va Tech tragedy, an incident Cleveland, OH which is of interest. There a concealed weapon probably saved a man from being a victim of armed robbery and possibly death: Damon Wells is the man gun supporters were imagining when they fought for the right to carry concealed weapons.He had a permit to carry his
The strawmen cometh
Cynthia Tucker, a columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and recent winner of a Pulitzer Prize, writes a post-prize article which makes you wonder about the credibility of the award. It is entitled “Pushing Guns for all Students Cartoonish Idea”.A better title would have been “Pushing Guns For All Students Is A Strawman Argument, But One I
Beware of the uninformed in the growing gun debate
Allahpundit, at Hot Air, points out Lawrence O’Donnell’s attempt to claim that Cho’s weapons were automatics and he used illegal "high capacity" magazines:First he identifies Cho’s weapons as automatic, i.e., capable of firing repeatedly so long as the trigger is held down. Wrong: both were semi
Va Tech: Outlining the upcoming discussion
We all know what’s coming in the wake of the Va Tech massacre.Sentiments like this:The Founders wrote what they wrote, but they wrote for a century and a nation for which the Second Amendment no longer is appropriate. Yet we should adhere faithfully to the letter and spirit of the Constitution: Quixotic as it may be right now, I propose that we begin thin
Va Tech shootings: OK wait a minute, something doesn’t add up (update explaining delay)
While perusing the Hot Air story by Allahpundit, I came across this in one of the updates: Drudge links to another story about Cho’s alleged connection to Emily Hilscher with an important fact I haven’t seen before: Witnesses to the shooting said that the gunman was involved in an argument with a girlfriend and had later
VA Tech shooting dominating the news cycle (update: shooter ID’d)
And, of course, that’s to be expected. Not that much new information available. From CNN:The gunman who opened fire in Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall, killing 30 people before turning the gun on himself, was "one of our students," university President Charles Steger said Tuesday.The shooter was an Asian male who lived in a Virgi
32 now confirmed dead at Va Tech (updated)
This is an obvious tragedy, and I’m sure we’ll find out, but I have to wonder how anyone managed the level of freedom to commit at least 30+ murders before being stopped. A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 21 people in the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. The gunman also was killed.As noted, the latest figure i
Aide to Senator Webb arrested for handgun violation in DC (updated)
Well we know one guy who hopes the Supreme Court upholds the DC Circuit’s striking of the District of Columbia’s gun ban:An aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Webb was arrested Monday after a loaded 9-millimeter handgun allegedly was found in his possession, authorities said.U.S. Capitol police said the aide was arrested during a security check upon entering the Russel
The WaPo decries the striking down of the DC gun ban (update)
Today’s Washington Post editorial decries the audacity of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down the District of Columbia’s 30 year old gun ban, calling it a "radical ruling" which will lead to "more people killed and wounded as keeping guns out of the city becomes harder."It’s an indefensible point, s
DC Gun ban struck down (update)
Ok, then ... I knew I’d find something of real interest today:A U.S. appeals court struck down a three-decade-old District of Columbia law that bans residents from keeping a handgun in their homes, saying the Constitution’s Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the
UK: So, how’s that gun control thing working?
Apparently not as well as expected:Armed police will patrol parts of south London following five murders, including the shooting of three teenagers, in less than two weeks, Scotland Yard said today.Police have also set up a taskforce to investigate the murders, all of which happened in the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.The most re
CCW Reciprocity
Senators John Thune and Ben Nelson have introduced a bill (PDF) to make state CCW permits reciprocal in all states. In other words, if you have a Concealed Carry permit in Texas, that permit will allow you to carry a concealed weapon in all states, except for certain specified places where even CCW holders can’t carry firearms anyway—airports, bars, schools, etc.T
Range Report: SKS v. US Rifle .30 cal M1
In the past three weeks, I’ve been to the range twice, and shot 200+ rounds through both the SKS and M1 Garand. The Lovely Christine has shot 16 rounds through the M1 and about 150 rounds through the SKS. The M1’s recoil scares her, so she’s not interested in shooting it any more. She loves the SKS though, and is perfectly comfortable with loading and shooting it.Cleaning it, on the other hand...well...the less said about th
That was then. This is now.
Mitt Romney’s views on gun ownership have apparently evolved.Romney in 2002:[A]s the GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2002, Romney lauded the state’s strong laws during a debate against Democrat Shannon O’Brien. "We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them," he said. "I won&rs
How was your day?
Mine was fine. In fact, mine was pretty good. I finally got to go to the firing range with my new rifles. It’s a private range, and one of the requirements for membership is joining the NRA. So, I guess I’m really a gun nut now.I’ve had my SKS for five months now, and this was the first chance I had to shoot it. It’s a fun little plinker. The lovely Christine loved shootin
I Find a Gun-Law Loophole
After the parade this morning, we went over to Del Mar, where the Crossroads of the West Gun Show was being held at the county fairgrounds. I wasn’t prepared to buy anything. Indeed, I only had two dollars in my pocket. That caused some friction with The Lovely Christine, by the way, when we saw that we needed $8 to park the car, then another $9 per person to enter the gun show. Still, we got into the show, and were just walking around, looking
Is the 2nd Amendment in jeopardy?
Oviously it depends on how you choose to interpret it. Personally, because the Bill of Rights was written to guarantee individual rights and limit government power, I view it as an individual right to own a gun. But, given this upcoming lawsuit, that may be subject to change:In a case that could shape firearms laws nationwide, attorneys for the District
Eroding the Second Amendment
This is all you need to know about the commitment of the NYTimes to the 2nd Amendment:As a last little gift to America, Senator George Allen, who was narrowly defeated by James Webb this month, has introduced what may be his final piece of legislation: a bill that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons in national parks. The argument behind the bill is that national park
Jerry Brown and the BMG "Assault Rifle"
One of the most irksome political commercials running here in California, is one from former Governor, Jerry Brown (Or as he was known while governor, "Governor Moonbeam"). Gov. Brown is now running for Attorney General against Republican Chuck Poochigian.In this ad, a police captain appears. He isn’t wearing a badge on his uniform, and his agency patch has been blacked out with electrical tape—no doubt as a requirement of his department. C
Jeff Cooper, Requiescat in pace
I have just learned that Col. Jeff Cooper died today. Anyone who is serious about shooting has at least heard of Jeff Cooper. In many respects, he was the pre-eminent teacher and popularizer of personal defense tactics in the world for the last 30 years. Armed Liberal provides an obituary of this accomplished, complicated man, who contributed much to the art and science of small arms tactics and practices.
Speaking of Guns...
I meant to highlight this article last week, but never got around to it. It’s from the New York Times, and it highlights the progress being made by pro-gun groups to short-circuit the UN’s anti-gun ideology by explaining gun ownership in terms of rights.Around the world, the
Chicks with Guns are Hot...And They Aren’t Victims
Mary Katharine Ham—who is quite a hottie herself—highlightsinstances of women using guns to defend themselves, and foil crimes.I only have one criticism, and it arises from this example:Charmaine Dunbar met a man on an early-morning walk, who threatened
SKS Update
Well, after two weeks, my SKS is finally ready to take to the range. My dad is coming out from Albuquerque this weekend, and we’re gonna take it out to the range, zero it in, and burn a couple hundred rounds.What kept me from taking it earlier, after I got it all cleaned up, was the sights. The standard SKS sights have an incredibly small notch in the rear leaf sight, which is bad enough. But what’s even worse is that the rifle has a tiny,
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
It’s still alive, here in California, although it’s not at all well. Today—finally—I got to bring home my new Samozaryadnyi Karabin Simonova M59/66, after a long, ten-day wait.Right side of the rifle. Each of the floor tiles is 12".Left side of the rif
American Dystopia
As I mentioned on Friday, I bought a new rifle. Now, I don’t have a lot of experience buying guns in California. Several years ago, I bought a Sig-Sauer pistol as my duty firearm, and a Glock as my off-duty piece. When I no longer needed the duty piece in 1997, I sold the Sig, although I kept the Glock for home defense.Prior to that, the only place I ever bought guns before w
Preparing for the Apocalypse
This afternoon after work, I went to Turner’s Outdoorsman. When I got there, I saw that they had a Yugoslav SKS 59/66 Rifle in really good condition, for $200.So I bought it. It looks like this: The SKS 59/66 is one of the last really good SKS battle rifles. The SKS is a gas-operat