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lies, damned lies, and statistics

Regular readers will know that I am fond of dorking around with numbers and seeing what presenting them in different ways can show us.  Invariably, this graphic came to my attention (specifically when FarmDad posted a link in Gunblogger Conspiracy to a Facebook post about it): 

A few things bugged me about that graphic right off.  First, where did the numbers come from?  I did not know the FBI published information on a [...]

assault weapons are not assault rifles

This is an assault rifle: 

This is an “assault weapon”: 

Can you spot what makes one an “assault rifle” and one an “assault weapon”?  I will give you a few hints: it is not the stock, the pistol grip, the sights, the barrel length, or the fact that the top one has a flat-top upper receiver. 

Nope, the answer is quite simple: assault rifles are capable of fully-automatic fire, while [...]

race-baiting bores me

For me, the whole Martin/Zimmerman case is functionally over – the incident is being investigated, and if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that a murder transpired*, I have every reason to believe that Zimmerman will be charged, and that is exactly the way the system is supposed to work.

On the other hand, the fallout from this case has just begun, and I shudder to think how far the ripples will travel.

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show your work, michael luo

Even irregular readers of my weblog should be familiar with my "graphics matter" series of posts wherein I attempt to dispel the more-pernicious lies and misrepresentations of the anti-rights cultists by employing something understandable by everyone and threatening to no one – pretty pictures. However, unless you read into those posts and get into the nitty-gritty details of them, you may have overlooked something; to be specific, on those posts where actual number-crunching is necessary [...]

a burden happily borne

Way back at the end of the year before last (bit wierd to be saying that, honestly), I happily jumped on the bandwagon announcing the birth of “The Future of Guns Online”, otherwise known as “GunUp”.

Looking back on that, I find myself very happy I did not jump on the “membership” bandwagon too, despite multiple people encouraging me to do so.

Why? Well, the technical aspects of why not joining that particular [...]

competing guns

I am not above admitting I am wrong. Such admissions are exclusively born out of conclusive evidence proving my error, but if that data is there, it is there, and it would be intellectually dishonest of me to ignore it.

As such, I was mostly wrong – “American Guns” is a demonstrably “better” firearm-related show than “Sons of Guns“, but that does not necessarily make it good television, or good publicity for the firearm-owning [...]

almost like clockwork

I suppose I should be thankful that some things in this world will remain constant, no matter how much everything else around us changes.

It would appear as though wanna-be gunblogger and certified attention whore Robert Farago is still being a dick, and a rather ineffective one at that.

Color me surprised.

Someone who stoops to arbitrarily deleting comments and then lying about the content of those comments, misappropriating and misrepresenting others’ [...]

gun control demotivator

Courtesy of Gun Free Zone and Sharp as a Marble, who both link to the story of exactly how this constitutes the complete failure of gun control (to wit, that fully-functional (if somewhat crude) firearm was fabricated in an American citizen’s garage, with completely unregulated, unregistered, and easily-procurable spare parts). 

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do not get distracted by the little things

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 [...]

they did this to themselves

… But I am proud to have been the one to stand up and point it out. 

[2330 18MAY11 Update]

Since it has come to my attention that the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has seen fit to further viciously and maliciously lie about my behavior in this incident on their Facebook page, I thought I would set the record straight.  Below is a screencap of the email I sent Twitter: 

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keep it classy, csgv

Want to know how to tell when one of the national anti-rights organizations knows that it is failing at its intended goal of abridging, restricting, regulating, controlling, limiting, and abrogating the Constitutionally-protected, naturally-granted individual right to self defense? 

Simple:  when they start attacking people… through their children. 

Take a look at the screencapture to the left – I refuse to link to the actual Facebook page and give the CSGV the benefit [...]

really, people, how could you?

Look, folks, I am not sure how many times I have to say this, but it is an incontrovertible FACT that guns are “bad news” for women. Period. Full stop. End of story. No debate permitted.

And due to the unquestionable nature of that simple and obvious truth, I really, really wish you people would stop publishing complete falsehoods like this:

Meet Sammi. She’s never handled a gun before in her life. She’s [...]