Archive for October, 2007

October 31, 2007

I can’t drive 55

Or 50. Literally. Because whenever I’m on Alcoa Highway, there’s always a turtle race involving two cars doing about 40.

Lying to win

Well, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership has to:

To bolster their claims, Bradyís report contains an appendix of stories where alleged CCW licensees broke the law. Of the two cases researched so far, both of these incidents have proven to be self-defense, while Brady insinuates both cases were murder.

Their claims about CCW holders again go *poof*.

Live free or there

So, Bostonians are getting terrorized by turkeys. In Tennessee, we’d be happy that Thanksgiving came early. In Boston, people run away.

Still waiting on my wheelbarrows full of cash

It always amuses me that anti-gunners think we pro-gun activists are paid shills. Particularly, since anti-gun activists often are paid shills. Anyway, they have to believe that. No matter the evidence. See?

Ad Campaign

If gun makers acted like anti-gunners said they did.

Chicks and guns

Gander Mountain is marketing more pink guns to get women into the shooting sports.

Update: Pink Taurus.

Glock v. 1911 Shootout

Seen Les Jones’ joint. Unsurprisingly, a Glock won. But there were far more Glocks in the competition than 1911s.

Death threats

More allegations of a barrage death threats from gunnies. Ya know, without actually showing said barrage.

Shocking

Politico wants to own a gun in NY:

A City Council member who represents parts of Staten Island, Vincent Ignizio, says he is hoping to obtain a gun permit from the city ó a process that can take up to six months.

And getting said permit is pricey and there’s no guarantee you’ll be approved. And these are reasonable gun laws.

CCW in MA

Now, upon getting a permit there, you must register all weapons and get insurance.

Update: Jay says that’s required for a license to own. Ack.

Update: The bill in question is in fact a proposed law. And has been proposed yearly for a while. Bitter says it’s not even out of committee.

Guess that cartridge

No clue. But Chris says it’s a .38-45 Clerke. And Chris knows these things.

Need convincing

It’s like a death match of pro-gun v. anti-gun.

Update: Link seems to be having issues.

October 30, 2007

A new member

Rustmeister joins the Triangle of Death.

How do I join the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership?

Seriously. I was perusing their site and can’t find a join button. I see a big donate button. But I can’t seem to join. Mind you, I can join the NRA pretty quickly from their site. Even a quick Google for join brady campaign turns up no info on how to join.

They don’t disclose membership numbers, that I know of. Since they’re likely quite small. I wonder if it’s because people can’t join?

Don’t taze me bro follow up

So, the kid gets off: A University of Florida student who was shocked with a Taser after persistently questioning Sen. John Kerry will avoid criminal charges by apologizing and complying with terms of a voluntary 18-month probation, authorities said Tuesday.

Shotty

that’s one big shotgun.

Thanks, Kit

Thanks to Kit, now whenever someone calls me up or passes me in the hallway and asks me What’s up? or What’s going on? or Whatcha doing?, I respond with Perpetuating my radical views.

Law, what law?

You’ll recall that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act passed in 2005 was to shield gun makers from frivolous lawsuits. Any way, for the second time that I know of, a court says it doesn’t meant what it says. Note: that is a Brady presser so it’s probably wrong about a lot of things.

I don’t know that there’s ever been a more appropriate name

than lie-in.

Zero tolerance

Student suspended for having shotgun shells in her car.

Fred Thompson on Gun Control

Seen at The Gun Nut:

So now the UN wants to disarm civilians? Where was the UN when the massacres in Rwanda occurred? What did the UN do to protect the victims of ethnic massacres in Bosnia? Disarming civilians under the guise of international human rights law will only lead to more such genocides by ensuring that civilians can never defend themselves! It would be funny if it werenít so perverse.

I will say this for Thompson: well played. Here’s why. Without saying the stuff that scares white people, he addresses the reasons for the second amendment that often do scare white people. He does so by addressing self-defense as a natural right and genocide. But he did so without all that stuff gun nuts tend to talk about (sovereignty, shooting the bastards, etc.) that scares the white people. It’s well-played because it reaches out to gun nuts and to regular folks who understand that self-defense is good.

Gun School

Lyle got his NRA trainer’s certification.

Recurring theme

Why are anti-gun activists so violent?

Update: Related:

And more on Petey here. And, for the record, I do not think Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership was serious when he threatened to shoot me. It was a joke and a bad one. And, no, I’m not calling the FBI. I mean, seriously, if there were like a list of 100 bloggers it’d be stupid to threaten to shoot, I’d be on the list somewhere.

BTW, you Brady folks googling the incident up should talk to your IT folks. In my referral logs, it says your visiting from The Brandy Campaign.

Sig 556

A rifle review over at The Gun Blogs.

Ooh, pretty

Minigun. Via USC.

Coming out of the closet

As a Ron Paul supporter. Well, that is the first step.

October 29, 2007

Assault Weapons Ban Push Returns

Another bit from the aforementioned WaPo bit on guns in Mexico:

But law enforcement officers on both sides of the border have never seen anything like the flood of guns now surging into Mexico. The increase has been stoked by the cartel war and by the ease of buying high-powered weapons since the U.S. assault weapons ban was not renewed in 2004, William Newell, a special agent in charge of the ATF’s Phoenix office, said in an interview.

So, now the ATF is misrepresenting the ban?

Speaking of Chicks and Guns – updated

In an update to the chicks with machine guns post, Aunt B. (our token feminist) says I’ve oppressed her and she didn’t notice:

I think it depends. If the gun-rights movement is filled with lots of images and stories of ordinary women enjoying shooting and owning guns and going to the range for our own reasons and videos of sexy women shooting guns are just a small subset of the images of women shooting guns, then, no, I donít think it turns women off to guns. If anything, we see that men who are gun-nuts do the same things that other men doĖone of which is enjoying looking at women in bikinis.

Well, I’ve the feminist OK now! Any way, I do both. And mostly the former tales of ordinary women. She is, however, glad we even addressed how women might feel.

They’re illegal here too

So, it seems in Mexico, authorities are saying that the guns used in high profile crimes there originate in the US:

U.S. Guns Behind Cartel Killings in Mexico

Assassins blasted Ricardo Rosas Alvarado, a member of an elite state police force, with a blizzard of bullets pumped out of AK-47 assault rifles.

Alvarado crumpled at the wheel of his sedan, yet another victim of the weapons known here as “goat’s horns” because of their curved ammunition clips, and which can fire at a rate of 600 rounds per minute. The killing, Mexican authorities said, was a panorama of blood, shattered glass and torn metal that brutally showcased the firepower of Mexico’s drug cartels. But that was just the warm-up.

Two hours later, a small army of cartel hit men descended on a federal police office and bunkhouse in this crowded city at one of the world’s busiest border crossings. None of the officers, who had recently been sent here to crush the drug gangs terrorizing the city, were killed in the hail of more than 1,200 bullets, authorities said. But police veterans understood the message delivered to the newcomers: “Welcome to Tijuana. Our guns are bigger than your guns.”

The high-powered guns used in both incidents on the evening of Sept. 24 undoubtedly came from the United States, say police here, who estimate that 100 percent of drug-related killings are committed with smuggled U.S. weapons.

The guns pass into Mexico through the “ant trail,” the nickname for the steady stream of people who each slip two or three weapons across the border every day. The “ants” — along with larger smuggling operations — are feeding a rapidly expanding arms race between Mexican drug cartels.

The U.S. weapons — as many as 2,000 enter Mexico each day, according to a Mexican government study — are crucial tools in an astoundingly barbaric war between rival cartels that has cost 4,000 lives in the past 18 months and sent law enforcement agencies in Washington and Mexico City into crisis mode.

Such machine guns are illegal here in the states as they have been banned since 1986. I’m not sure whether to question the claim or the accuracy of the story.

Update: Jeff: Actually, itís the drug cartels in Mexico that are behind the killings but guns are easier to blame. Well, I thought that was clear.

Update 2: Uh oh:

Three high-ranking Mexican police officers were arrested over the weekend after for after they reportedly bought weapons at a gun show in Phoenix in violation of a law barring non-citizens from purchasing firearms, a federal official said Wednesday.

The three include the director of the Baja California state police and a commander of the federal police in Baja California, said Tom Mangan, a spokesman with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix.

At the gun show

Went yesterday and bought myself a birthday present (I’m 36 today). I walked by a counter and saw a pretty snazzy Ruger 10/22. I thought wow, that looks cool. Then I realized that it had a Tapco stock on it, which can be hit or miss. Then I handled the weapon and it felt quite nice in my hand. It was a nice, tight fit with the 10/22 action and barrel and it offered a rail. Plus, I just like things that look AR-15ish. So, I bought one of these stocks for Mr. Plinky. I got it in Dark Earth color. It even has a single point sling mount so I get to make another Uncle Brandtm Single Point Sling.

Now, I need an optic. I feel bad putting a $400 dollar optic on a less than $150 weapon. Any suggestions for a decent and cheap red dot sight?

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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