This year, on account of some mathematical fumbles on my part, we unintentionally gave the federal government one hell of an interest free loan. Coincidentally, there is no penalty to you or the government if you overpay your taxes, but if you underpay your taxes enough, you can bet your ass there will be financial repercussions involved.
That disparity rather says everything about our current taxation / representation situation, does it not?
Back on 28JAN13, Bill Stevens delivered the following testimony (transcribed as best I could) to the public hearing of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group of the Connecticut General Assembly:
My name is Bill Stevens; I live in Newtown.
My fifth-grade daughter was in "lockdown" on December 14th, 2012. Unfortunately, her classmate’s little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day when "lockdown" and 911 weren’t enough to protect her from an [...]
I would like to take a moment today to extend my sincere thanks to the legislatures of both New York State and Connecticut for proving, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that "gun control" is, in truth and fact, a slippery slope.
Anti-rights cultists come absolutely unhinged every time you mention the possibility of "gun control" itself being a slippery slope, and tend to immediately decry such mutterings as prima facie logical fallacies; it [...]
This recent Black Friday – the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving wherein Americans try to commercialize Christmas as hard and as fast as they can – apparently set a new all-time record for the number of NICS checks in America:
Tell me again how the "gun culture" is dying – I need something to laugh at.
Additionally, I would like to correct something the NSSF article said, and add to it a bit [...]
So where should we really start this post series? Well, at the most-logical spot: the actual part of the gun that is legally the "firearm".
Without going too far down the rabbit hole of legalities and idiotic restrictions, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (hereafter referred to the BATFE when necessary) is really only concerned with one single part on your gun – the piece that carries the serial number for the [...]
Dear producers and writers of “American Guns”, and staff and owners of “Gunsmoke”,
I understand the need to exaggerate and embellish a little to make “good” television shows – after all, reality can be somewhat boring from time to time, and you want to ensure the people watching your show today continue watching it tomorrow and the next day. So you tweak a few little details: you have targets explode when they are hit [...]
… But I kind of want one:
What you see there is none other than a Benjamin Rogue .357 Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle, as marketed by Crossman. Regular readers of gunblogs will be aware of that conveniently coincidental caliber’s introduction into the realm of air rifles, and regular shooters of Evil Black Rifles will pick out the pistol grip and buttstock as being conveniently similar to those found on AR-pattern firearms, so I [...]
The NRA hates NFA items… right?
Earlier this year Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA, and Scott Chrisman, Deputy Chief Of Staff, wandered into Silencerco’s SHOT show booth. Immediately I recognized who they were and started to light them up about how they were doing nothing for the silencer or NFA industry. Thankfully they did not leave with a bad taste in their mouths, in fact both of them purchased a [...]
The interesting thing, to me, at least, on this graphic plotting suppressor sales in various states is not so much the rankings of those states:
Instead, look at how the numbers are increasing from year to year – 15,089 in 2008, 20,353 in 2009, and 22,265 in 2010. 2011′s fiscal year is rapidly coming to a close, and I have to wonder if it will show the same steady increase in suppressor purchases. [...]
Have you ever wanted to know, in a concise, short nutshell, just how stupid American "gun control" really is?
Well, here you go. This is not a gun:
No, seriously, that is not a firearm… at least not in the BATFE-dictated, legal definition. Oh, sure, it and its brothers served in the Swiss Army for somewhere around 35+ years, it possesses an impressive free-floating barrel that aids in its already-notable accuracy, it [...]
I am a bit late on writing about this (Better Half was headed out of the country way-too-early this morning, so I had better things to do than blog yesterday), but it is just too good to pass up.
Over the weekend, the news leaked out that Our Glorious President was considering finally following through on those promises of enhanced "gun control" he made back during his election campaign:
The changes will include:
Unfortunately, I am starting to see a slightly surprising amount of confusion from my fellow pro-rights activists regarding the tactics of our opponents, so I thought I would take a moment, consolidate my comments, and offer up some clarification here.
Put simply, Joan Peterson is an adherent to the belief that if you repeat a lie often enough, and with enough conviction, people will start believing it is true.
Note that this is [...]
Over the weekend, after over two years of relative silence on the topic, and between his non-stop golf outings and one of the largest natural disasters in recent history, Our Glorious President apparently decided to give that political third rail of “gun control” a good firm lick.
Except he did not. At least not really.
What he actually did was more-or-less parrot what pro-rights advocates have been saying for decades, interspersed with the usual unending [...]
It has been a while since we embarked on a full-fledged fisking here at “walls of the city”, and I figure what better way to get back into the weblogging swing after a long weekend filled with analog activities than to take some idiot out to the woodshed? Well, conveniently enough, Google Alerts kindly provided me one such target this morning, so if you do not want to suffer through me laboriously taking this individual [...]
When faced with questions concerning the efficacy of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (hereafter known as the “Brady Act”) and its resulting background check requirement for purchasing firearms, the anti-rights nuts of America are all too willing to trot out statements like, “1,800,000 attempts at purchasing guns were blocked by the Brady Act, so it obviously works!” And who can really argue with them? No one wants firearms in the hands of criminals (not [...]