Archive for February, 2009

February 27, 2009

Academia

Professor calls police on student who gave presentation advocating concealed carry.

Some ideas are dangerous and should be illegal or punished.

Effectiveness

Geez, getting bills signed into law through the legislative process. Stupid pragmatists.

Not me. I’m stocking up on dried goods, gold, and ammo! And writing fiction.

There ought to be a law

Or 2,377.

At the doc

Annual physical. Doc’s office littered with various gun magazines. I love this town.

Doing their job

The NYT dutifully parrots the Mexican gun canard. It’s dogma.

Also, our old friend ATF Special Agent Thomas G. Mangan is showing up again. It’s like there is this concerted effort at disinformation. Mangan stuff here and here.

AHSA

First time we’ve heard from the American Hunters and Shooters Association for a while. Seems Ray (who may or may not be a member) is telling the big O that an assault weapons ban is bad policy. And:

This type of legislation will only disillusion the millions of law-abiding gun owners who voted for Barack Obama, believing that he did indeed support their right to own firearms.

So, have the antis given up on the AWB pipe dream?

Questions for Jindal

Do you have any? Joe wants to know.

Assault Weapons Ban Round Up

John Lott: A New Assault Weapons Ban Will Not Reduce Crime In This Country

Brady Campaign: Assault weapons like machine guns only not. Geez, imagine if they saw what Todd Jarrett can do with a pistol.

NSSF: Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban
Would Reduce Jobs, Not Crime

Kevin: “assault weapons” bans restrict guns on how they look and where they come from, not what they actually do.

Bruce: Dishonesty is part of the plan.

A trend

Idaho now looking at snubbing federal gun laws:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session of the Sixtieth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Senate concurring therein, that members of the United States Congress cease and desist attempting to enact federal legislation impinging on the individual right of every American to keep and bear arms in any manner.

Hope and Change

Transparency!

Gonna cut the deficit by half. After you quadruple it.

From not raising taxes to spreading the wealth around.

Gun Porn

Folding subgun.

Group pic

Paintball Turret System.

February 26, 2009

The Obama administration’s mistakes on the assault weapon ban

Moe Lane:

Mistake #1: picking an Attorney General and administration spokesman who doesn’t even know current firearms law.

That’s not a mistake. It’s an intentional misrepresentation designed to garner support.

Guns in DC

Getting word the bill overriding DC’s gun control laws passed 62-36. Of note, Gillibrand voted against.

Update: NRA fast with the presser.

Update 2: Looks like he has the same source:

I am also hearing that Holder’s comments were instrumental in helping bring this issue back up, and picking up the votes it needed. So thanks Eric! We really appreciate the help getting this amendment tacked on to a must-pass bill for the Democrats!

Seems Holder’s statement has made it that much harder to claim that no one is out to ban guns.

Pelosi on the Assault Weapons Ban

The Hill:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tossed cold water on the prospect of reinstating the assault weapons ban, highlighting Democrats’ reluctance to take on gun issues.

Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect Wednesday that the administration would push to bring back the ban. But Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he never talked to her. The Speaker gave a flat “no” when asked if she had talked to administration officials about the ban.

“On that score, I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “I think it’s clear the Bush administration didn’t do that.”

Outside of the dig at the recent Republican president, that phrase is the stock line of those who don’t want to pass new gun control laws, such as the National Rifle Association.

Democrats and Guns

Good:

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, a board member of the National Rifle Association, announced Wednesday he will serve as co-chairman of a new task force on gun rights.

“I am afraid we could witness a significant tilt to the left on gun issues in the current climate in Washington and that has me greatly concerned,” the Oklahoma Democrat said.

“I believe members of the Second Amendment Task Force will serve a critical role in preventing overreaching by those who would seek to enact anti-gun policies.”

Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia will be the group’s Republican co-chairman.

Boren said the task force will be charged with monitoring legislation regarding the Second Amendment during the 111th Congress.

Meanwhile, Sebastian is counting up Democrat votes for an AWB. He doubts it could pass the senate. Feingold is a pretty safe no:

(I) voted against the extension of the assault weapons ban because the 10-year trial period showed the law to be arbitrary and only symbolic.

Beat the rush – oh, wait – too late

Michael Bane on the proposed AWB:

I’m going to say this again…if you ever plan on owning a semiautomatic rifle buy it now~

And, you know, prices around here just started coming back down.

Why do papers think it’s a good idea to publish databases of people?

Seriously, gun permits. And now salaries of UT employees. I wonder if there will be a law to stop this, too.

Lying to win

Via Glenn, the talking points about weapons that look like assault weapons are being circulated. I like to call the weapons politically incorrect self-loading firearms.

Holder is already lying and saying the ban applies to machine guns and grenades.

And, of course, the misrepresentation comes right out of the anti-gun Violence Policy Center playbook: Assault weapons—just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms—are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons.

Anyway, here’s a bit I wrote in 2004 on what exactly was covered by the ban.

Holder Calls for new Assault Weapons Ban

SIH:

At a press conference announcing the arrests, Holder also suggested that re-instituting a U.S. ban on the sale of assault weapons would help reduce the bloodshed in Mexico, where last year 6,000 people were killed in drug-related violence.

Ah, the Mexican gun canard rears its head once again. I told you it was dogma and for this specific reason. You know what else would keep guns out of Mexico? Anyone?

A fence.

Update: Lying to win: Of course, the very next thing he says is that the cartels in Mexico have been using “automatic weapons and grenades”, which is a direct quote.

Tam: I think the reaction to this is going to depend largely on how they try to go about it. Nobody took to the streets in ’89 or ’94, after all. But the ’94 ban was carefully crafted to keep people from taking to the streets, and it still cost half of Congress their jobs.

Yeah, it was kinda snuck in there but, then, enemies of freedom can’t exactly be forthright, now can they?

On Jindal

I like him. Saw him speak once and said I’d vote for him. But to those who think he’s the olive-skinned hope of conservatives, you can probably forget it. Advancing creationism in school, his supposed participation in an exorcism, and 100% pro-life aren’t going to play too well nationally. You see, everything that the media lied to you and told you Sarah Palin was, Jindal actually is. I don’t think he has a bright future on the national stage.

Marmoset there’d be days like this

More monkey puns than you can fling poo at.

More Gun Porn

ATI AT-14 .410 AR-15 shotgun

Kent Williams: Don’t visit my district, it’s unsafe

TN’s new House Speaker Kent Williams came out early with some pro-gun sentiment. Said he wanted to move some pro-gun bills. Now, he’s opposed to the guns in parks bill:

I think local parks are a lot different from state parks. I have attended a lot of events with my four boys who are grown now and a few with my grandkids. I’ve seen too many fits of anger at these local parks. I’ve seen parents fighting parents. Parents fighting coaches. Coaches fighting coaches. Coaches fighting umpires and umpires fighting umpires. I’ve seen just about all. I feel where there’s a situation where there’s a danger we don’t need someone carrying a gun in that area. I think it would only escalate the problem. I believe in protecting our second amendment rights. There’s a lot of controversy over exactly what the second amendments rights are.

First of all, remind me never to visit a park in Carter County, if that’s how folks behave in parks. I’ve been to plenty of parks with my kids and never seen a fight. Or maybe he just goes to bad parks. Anyway, people with carry permits carry in many places, such as malls and so forth, and I don’t think they’re going to turn into lunatics just because they’re at a park.

Heller in Mass

Cape Cod Online:

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a requirement that guns be locked or disassembled when stored has convinced a Barnstable District Court judge to dismiss a firearms charge against a Massachusetts state trooper.

State police Lt. Richard Bolduc was charged last summer with illegally storing a large-capacity firearm in the presence of a minor. Bolduc’s 12-year-old son took his father’s police-issued handgun from a bureau in their Sandwich home, pointed it at a 5-year-old neighbor, and pulled the trigger, according to court records.

Unpossible

In NY, Police selling illegal machine guns.

Have you seen my gun?

Reports (with pics) from an arfcommer who states an ATF agent who stayed at the hotel he works at left his gun under the pillow. Ooops. I would have replied with either I Always Think Forfeiture or I’ll give it back when CavArms gets their stuff back.

Et tu, Daily Times?

Jack McElroy on the Commercial Appeal publishing carry permit holders’ names, notes some perceived good that has come from the information:

In recent years, reporters have used the database to reveal that permits were being issued to ineligible people with restraining orders and criminal backgrounds.

Yes, we here at SayUncle noted that an error rate of a whopping 0.084% existed. And:

The Tennessean in Nashville and the Daily Times in Maryville also have put the database online, but then have removed it in the face of complaints.

Never knew my local paper did that. Anyone confirm?

The Formula That Killed Wall Street

Why understanding math is important.

Acronyms

Defense Review: MagPul Industries Flip-Up Polymer BUIS (Back-Up Iron Sight) System

Uhm, if they’re polymer, wouldn’t they be BUPS? And that is more fun to say.

Publishing CCW Names

David looks at the issue

Eugene Volokh:

Nothing in the First Amendment stops states from keeping these sorts of records private. That, for instance, is the norm with regard to income tax records, to psychiatric and medical records kept by government-run hospitals, and a good deal of other data. And the government may criminalize government officials’ leaking of the records, as the federal government has done for income tax records.

But once the data is placed in the public record and then copied by private parties — which is what happened in Tennessee, prompting this proposal — the First Amendment protects people’s right to redistribute it.