On occasion, you will see the words malum prohibitum and malum in se crop up at this site, and, like so many other Latin phrases that continue to linger in our lexicon waiting for someone to feel the urge to sound educated, it may not be immediately obvious what they mean. I think this situation sums them up nicely.
In short, malum prohibitum simply means that something is bad because it is prohibited, or, to [...]
After almost two years of absence, Reputo is back, and is hard at work making up for my laziness regarding statistics and hard numbers. First off, he looks at the actual monetary costs of the various school-safety solutions floated thus far, then the costs in terms of crime, and finally the specious notion that saving one life is worth any cost, closing with a positively epic quote:
Some like to point to England with [...]
A conversation yesterday evening between myself an a FedEx shipping employee, while filling out the shipping forms:
Her: So what are you shipping?
Me: A rifle.
Her: A rif… and who are you shipping it to?
Me: The company that made it.
Her: Oh. Ok. Carry on!
Of course, this illustrates the idiocy of requiring interstate firearm transfers to go through an Federal Firearm License holder; I am fairly [...]
We have touched on the topic of home-made firearms a few times here, but mostly it has been in an academic, "Yeah, you could do that if you really wanted to but I would not want to actually use one," kind of way.
Well, in the realm of "beggars cannot be choosers", it would appear as though criminals have started employing do-it-yourself firearms in crimes in once-Great Britain.
Is anyone surprised by this? [...]
This is me, being about as speechless as I get:
Who needs guns then? Well, hunters need guns for the sport. Some people need guns for their profession– law enforcement, security guards, people who transport cash from businesses to banks, etc., gang members, drug cartels, felons, robbers and those who, without a gun, could not do their jobs.
Follow the link for the full explanation (be not afraid – it does not go to [...]
One of the favorite talking points of "gun control" extremists is that they are representing a "silent majority" of Americans who support increased levels of "gun control". Of course, this "silent majority" has a strange tendency of being about as quiet as your average graveyard, and even the membership rolls of the various anti-rights organizations are sorely lacking in anything one would consider "volume", but, damnit, those anti-rights cultists believe they have popular support, so [...]
Not being a lawyer or someone who has been in any way involved in a self-defense shooting or even situation, I cannot speak as to whether or not this is good advice, but it is advice:
If the gun owner is involved in a shooting, the first, last and only words to the police should be, “I cannot talk to you until I have consulted with my attorney.” This statement is not obstructionist, does [...]
Dennis from Dragon Leatherworks gave me all his guns.
Okay, not all of them, and I am more “holding on to them for the time being”, but he did hand me a case loaded up with all sorts of pistols.
So why is this peculiar? Well, I had never actually met Dennis before yesterday when he handed me the case. Oh, sure, we have exchanged no shortage of emails, and we have talked [...]
A lot of bytes have been sacrificed in the unending debates and conversations we pro-rights activists have about the efficacy of various calibers in self-defense situations, but it is a rare opportunity indeed to come up with some actual, hard data concerning how a small piece of lead traveling at high velocities will affect the human body. One such opportunity presented itself in Gwinnett, Georgia this very week:
Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter told [...]
As you can tell by its omission from this weblog, I have been largely ignoring the burglary/shoot-out at the Chula Vista Apple Store that transpired earlier this week… sure, I used to live about two miles from there, and I walked past that particular store more times than I can count while strolling through the mall (crazy outdoor-style place, which is actually rather common in Kalifornistan), but the story was pretty simple so I did [...]
Thankfully, through the smart choices of my parents and myself over the years, I have never had to face the particular challenges of living in a “rough” part of town… To be certain, Eastern Tennessee as a whole does have something of a significant drug problem, and Southern California was replete with gangs, illegal immigrants, and Lord alone knows what else, and southern Mississippi had an eclectic combination of all of the above, but I [...]
In situations wherein people are vicitmized by crime, have you ever seen anti-rights nuts come together to support the survivors, families, and friends? Certainly, they will come together to to try to enact more laws, and further infringe on the rights of the people who did not commit the crimes, and demonize inanimate objects, and so forth… but when it comes right down to it, the victims are scant more than a vehicle for the [...]
When I attended Georgia Tech, there was a residential district – Homepark – just north of the campus where it was generally inadvisable to venture alone after dark, and the western edge of campus bordered on some stockyards and light industrial areas that were equally disadvised, but, aside from that, students generally did not feel uncomfortable or unsafe on-campus, even in the middle of the night. This feeling may very well have been born of [...]
There is always more to the story than you think.
An interesting thing occurred to me yesterday while I was writing one of my previous posts… As I was pounding along in this segment:
I know that criminals prey on innocents. I know that criminals prey on the best of innocents. I know that criminals prey on innocents anywhere.
… in every place where I now have “criminals prey on”, I had originally written “crime happens to”.
That was a mistake.