Alright, I am officially not a fan of North Carolina. Since moving to this state…
- My DSLR has broken (refuses to auto-focus). – My printer has died (printer head went kaput, and those cost more than printers). – My new-to-me Land Rover Defender’s engine detonated for no apparent reason. – My desktop’s video cards are exhibiting all the classic symptoms of spontaneously combusting in the near future (no, I do not overclock, and yes, [...]
There are laws against murder. People are still murdered every day.
There are laws against exceeding the speed limit. People still speed every day.
There are even laws against serving alcohol at bingo games. … Well, I got nothin’ on that one, actually.
The point of all of this is to observe, and hopefully educate, that laws do not stop crime. They cannot. They have not. They will not.
Any long-time participant in the ongoing debate surrounding "gun control" and the unjust abrogations of our basic, Constitutionally-protected human rights will be familiar with the phrase Reasoned Discourse, but for those newcomers to the field, allow me to give you a short-and-sweet summation of the idea.
Of late, and in the past, "gun control" supporters have been crying that they want to have a "debate" / "conversation" / "discussion" about the future of "gun [...]
“Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere.”
Or, to put it another way, “the internet sees censorship as damage and routes around it.”
On 05MAY13, DefDist successfully optested their almost-entirely-3D-printed handgun, aptly named (for a variety of reasons) “The Liberator”. It looks like they also unsuccessfully optested it at least once, but that is rather besides the point; the proof of concept has been completed, now it is just a matter of polishing it [...]
If you can:
Katelyn Francis is all of 13 years old, and I have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in admitting that she shot that stage far better than I could ever hope to at the moment.
Of course, that short video also neatly undermines a massive number of arguments put forward by your average anti-rights cultist – "assault weapons have no sporting purpose", "assault rifles have no sporting purpose", "children cannot be [...]
Unfortunately, the folks who are the ones who most need to read this easy-to-understand explanation of "shall not be infringed", the sources for this consolidated explanation of the Second Amendment’s intent, and the clarification of the specific language employed in the Second Amendment are also the folks who will refuse to do so because it challenges, undermines, and outright destroys their own preconceived notions about that particular sentence and the rights it protects.
One of the favorite tactics of anti-rights cultists is to loudly point to the differences in murder rates between the United States and once-Great Britain, and proclaim that the latter’s significantly lower murder rate is due to their draconian and oppressive "gun control"… despite the complete and utter lack of any evidence of causality (see "correlation != causation").
This is all good and well… except for the small detail that none of the released [...]
Speaking of building your own "garage-expedient" firearm, this may just be a trailer for a movie, and thus just a dramatization, but, yes, making a firearm-like device capable of grievously wounding / killing someone really is this simple:
Look at the tools and materials she used: wire snips, a block of wood, a knife, a short length of steel pipe, a file, the pipe end cap, copper wire, a small square of cotton [...]
We all know that "gun control" does not work at its professed purpose – reducing crime and making people "safer". History has taught us this time and time again, and continues to teach it to us to this very day, but the invariable question is, "Why does ‘gun control’ not work?"
Well, we could go into to the sociopolitical ramifications of disarming the law-abiding segment of your population, the reality that criminals prefer defenseless [...]
On 01JAN05, the ".50 Caliber BMG Regulation Act of 2004" took effect in the state of California – more commonly known as "Kalifornistan" on this site. This law required existing .50 BMG rifles in the state to be registered with the state government within a year or be labeled "illegal firearms", and furthermore prohibited any sale of any rifle so chambered; unsurprisingly, law enforcement officers and agencies were exempted from this law.
Sometime in [...]
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 [...]
For providing me the motivation to do this:
And thanks to Fill Yer Hands for making his discounted life membership deal available to me.
Lord knows I do not always agree with the NRA or what it does, but the honest truth is that they are the largest organization dedicated to fighting for our rights, and all of their power comes from the number of people they represent. In the end, politicians [...]
So apparently the White House has gone and released a photo of Our Glorious President, Barack Hussein Obama, allegedly shooting some skeet; no mention was made of whether or not he actually managed to hit them. Whatever. Given Obama’s long and sordid history of being anti-firearms, this is rather like a racist individual claiming to have black friends, and in that vein, I never would have even bothered to comment on this…
… If [...]
So this just appeared in my inbox:
A tip from Science magazine:
As you may know, President Obama recently lifted a 17-year ban on federally funded research on gun violence. At 3pm EST Thursday, January 31, Science magazine will be running a live web chat called The Science of Gun Violence, addressing the future of this field of public health.
Our own Emily Underwood will moderate, and our guests will be Garen Wintemute, professor [...]
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 [...]
The Art of Manliness recently published an article entitled The Stylish Man’s Guide to Concealed Carry and another entitled How to Use a Flashlight in a Tactical Situation.
Need I say more?
A few months ago, I happened to have a rather… interesting*… conversation with the warped and benighted mind behind the Twitter account of @1StopCity. A recurring theme in this particular conversation is that unless you have a particular "need" for something or to do something, you have absolutely no right to that thing or to do that thing, or, in his very own words, "Odds against you "needing" a gun negate your right to own [...]
By now, you all are probably aware of the story of the 12-year-old girl perforating the home-intruder through the bathroom closet door, but have you heard her response to the incident?
"When I had the gun, I didn’t think I was actually going to have to shoot somebody," the 6th grader recalled. "I think it’s going to change me a whole lot, knowing that I can hold my head up high and nothing can [...]
Born out of racism in 1751.
Died from civil rights efforts, 11DEC12.
No one will miss it.
Ok, no, "gun control" is far from dead, unfortunately, and even if we had managed to shove a stake through its heart, there would still be cultists trying to raise it back to life, but the point is that there is not a single state in the Union left wherein it is 100% illegal for [...]