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graphics matter, year the fifth, part two

The immediately previous post addressed the fallacy that “more guns = more deaths” this one will address the hypothesis that “more guns = more ‘gun violence’”. 

All previous explanations and disclaimers apply, and like the immediately previous post, I will list my references here, just to stave off the inevitable genetic fallacies (well, not really, but definitely to make it easier to laugh at those who cling to them): 

- The starting point [...]

graphics matter, year the fifth

It has been a while since I did one of these, but the CDC drags its feet in publishing data, so we did not end up missing that much. 

As with the last time, all previous disclaimers, details, and other important stuff still applies. 

Since the immediate, knee-jerk response from anti-rights cultists being pointed to this site is “ZOMG, that’s a RWNJ site!  Everything on it is WRONG!” (otherwise known as a genetic [...]

plr16 + sb15 = ?

So, what would happen if I took one of these: 

…replaced its existing pistol grip with one that could accept an AR-15 buffer tube: 

…inserted one of KAK’s pistol buffer tubes into it: 

… and then wrapped a Sig SB15 Arm Brace around it: 

My understanding of the BATFE compliance letter (IANAL and all that), the PLR-16 started out as a pistol, and neither attaching the AR-15 [...]

full of smoke and fury

I have an increasingly irrational, or perhaps irrationally increasing, desire to make a short-barreled, in-line muzzle loader rifle. Why? Because it would be fun.

So far I have determined that building one off a T/C Contender, T/C Encore, H&R 1871, Rossi S50, and a few other frames/actions would be a Very Bad Idea in the eyes of the government (at least, as I understand it, and it is probably always better to err on [...]

i despise gun "buy-backs"

Without even addressing the patent idiocy of "buying back" something you never really owned to begin with, I absolutely hate gun "buy-backs". Why? Gos-se like this:

That one image, borrowed from KOMONews.com’s appropriately anti-firearms news article, adequately sums up all of my reasons for hating this bit of governmental idiocy.

First, take a look at the right end of the table – those three large drum magazines and folding stocks? This quote [...]

cz-52s and tt-33s, quick thoughts

If you have hung around firearm-related weblogs or communities very long, you have probably heard of the CZ-52 (more properly known as the Vz.52) and the TT-33 (or just TT, for Tula, Tokarev); both pistols are typically amongst the first firearms purchased by people who get their Curio and Relic license from the BATFE, which is hardly surprising, given their still-inexpensive-but-slowly-rising prices. Both pistols are functionally interchangeable, at least superficially – they carry the same [...]

graphics matter, year the fourth, part two

The hits just keep on coming for those poor benighted fools who still bitterly cling to the notion that "gun control" is the correct course of action. It is that time of the year again, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released their 2011 Uniform Crime Report; the highlights? 3.8% drop in violent crime from last year, and a 15.4% drop over the past five years, and all this despite (or, perhaps, because?) of [...]

so you want to assemble your own 10/22, the receiver

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 [...]

graphics matter, year the fourth, updated, again

Thank God for my helpful readers.

Last time around, thanks to commenter TS, we were able to integrate importation numbers into the "graphics matter" series of posts, which only served to perforate the "more guns = more deaths" hypothesis even worse. Unfortunately, though, Shooting Industry Magazine rearranged their site sufficiently that some data was apparently lost, and I had to drop the 1981-1985 section of the graph due to not being able to adequately [...]

graphics matter, year the fourth, updated

[Please disregard this post, and instead reference this updated version, which has more data.]

No, unfortunately, the FBI has not released a finalized version of their 2011 Uniform Crime Report (it is scheduled for September), so I cannot update the second half of this post series, but commenter TS brought up a very valid point on the 2009 update for the CDC side of this post: what about firearms imported into America? I actually had [...]

gun rights policy conference

Unfortunately, our vacation and financial situation probably will not allow me to attend this year, but if you have a bit more flexibility than I do in those regards, you should seriously consider attending the 2012 Gun Rights Policy Conference going on in Orlando, Florida, from 28SEP12 to 30SEP12.

This year we’ll take a look at critical issues such as: city gun bans, “smart” guns, concealed carry, federal legislation, BATFE policies, legal actions, [...]

show your contempt for attorney general eric holder

In honor of Attorney General Eric Holder rightfully being held in contempt of Congress by a House committee and further in honor of Eric Holder repeatedly lying to Congress, Sean Sorrentino has once again opened up ordering on his Gunwalker T-Shirts.

I have been pretty happy with mine, and need to dig it out to wear this weekend. In fact, the temptation to order about 100 and take them to the next gun show [...]

graphics matter, year the fourth

[Please consider this updated version of this post, which has integrated firearm importation data as well as production numbers.]

Thanks to the newest preliminary FBI stats on crime coming out recently (the past pattern was replicated again: crime is down overall), I was reminded that I needed to check up on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and see if they had updated their WISQARS system to include fatal injury data from 2009; lo [...]

(almost) mill your own guns

When the Japanese (arguably one of the most-disarmed societies in the world) can use nothing more than CAD programming and a CNC mill to create fully-functional – if blank-firing – real-life versions of never-before-physical anime rifles, what hope do the anti-rights cultists have that "gun control" could ever work?

Sure, this particular model is comprised of nothing more durable than ABS plastic, acrylic, brass, and some probably-cheap kind of metal for the slide, [...]

almost there

Remember that secret I announced a while back? 

And remember how it took the BATFE five months and 13 days to sign off on the transfer paperwork? 

Well, I held the item today. 

I should be able to bring it home on Monday (one last glitch to iron out). 

I do believe it is going to be awesome. 

the inertia is starting to turn

The NRA hates NFA items… right?

Wrong:

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 [...]

gunwalker t-shirt and soldiers’ angels

By now, hopefully everyone who reads and frequents this site is at least nominally aware of the Fast and Furious / Gunwalker/ Gunrunner / Castaway / Wide Receiver / Grenadewalker / Direct Commercial Sales Program scandals, and how the United States Government was forcing FFLs along the southern border to knowingly execute illegitimate firearm sales to illegal immigrants and known cartel gun runners, which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican nationals and [...]

when all else fails, lie through your teeth

In a completely unsurprising move that everyone knew was coming, Attorney General Eric Holder took the stand in front of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, unzipped his trousers, and urinated all over the memories of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata by lying through his teeth about the “Gunwalker” operation his Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was unquestionably running, and then trying to blame the [...]

good to know my tax dollars are being wasted

As you can see, the ticker to the left tracking how long it has taken the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to sign off on my National Firearms Act transfer is currently well past the four-month mark, and in a rather surprising turn of events for me, I have been patient with the process for this entire time. Oh, sure, I have called and emailed the folks producing the NFA-regulated item for me, [...]

the way the government works

I have briefly touched on how ludicrous and excessive the restrictions and regulations imposed by the National Firearms Act are, but today I give you this outstanding graphic courtesy of Silencerco that should really drive the point home:

(Note: they mislabeled the "Total Form 4" block for 2010, but that does not significantly change the validity of the graphic.)

For those of you who prefer a bit more text to your information, [...]