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bill stevens – the gun violence victim you will never hear about

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 [...]

the slippery slope of gun control

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 [...]

the journal news and gawker media pull a commercial appeal

Not having a dog in this particular fight, I can only sit back and laugh at how quickly The Journal News and now Gawker Media are realizing that private American citizens enjoy their… well, privacy. Extra bonus points got to Gawker for labeling all firearm-owning New Yorkers as "Assholes" – way to make friends and influence people, especially in New York.

On the one hand, a fair argument could be made that these lists [...]

ngvac set gun control up the bomb

I have to admit – I really, really love it when our opponents stab themselves in the back. It is no great surprise that the Germans had a word for that concept, but no matter how you cut it, watching anti-rights cultists destroy their own arguments with wanton disregard for the damage they are causing is hilarious indeed.

Speaking of, one of the few advantages of keeping at least half an eye on Twitter [...]

registration leads to confiscation… again, and again, and…

Historically speaking, registration has invariably lead to confiscation; the only major question is how long it takes for the latter to follow the former. If you happen to be unfortunate enough to live in Australia and know or be related to suspected criminals, that time just got a lot shorter:

Raids yesterday morning by detectives working in Taskforce Acer 17 netted firearms police feared could be passed to criminals.

The weapons were held [...]

there are alternatives

Now that Blogger has once again demonstrated how craptacular it can be, I figure I will publicize this little offer a little more than I have in the past.

I have an unlimited storage / unlimited bandwidth account with Dreamhost, and, as you can imagine, I use an absurdly small amount of it on a daily basis. As such, I have space to spare, which leads me to realize that other people could use [...]

we need a database of government incompetence

Why do I, personally, oppose secretive governmental “lists”, registration, databases, or any other means the government, at any level, has of tracking its citizens and then storing that information in a centralized fashion?

Because of stupid-assed gos-se like this:

Today is not a good day to be a Texan. Sure, they’ve got good steak, the Rangers, oil, and sharp-looking cowboy hats—but now, some 3.5 million Texans are also facing public exposure of their [...]

making things explicitly clear

Speaking as a military brat and a Navy veteran, I cannot say as though I have any complaint with this impending law:

(a) In General- Except as provided in subsection (c), the Secretary of Defense shall not prohibit, issue any requirement relating to, or collect or record any information relating to the otherwise lawful acquisition, possession, ownership, carrying, or other use of a privately owned firearm, privately owned ammunition, or another privately owned weapon by [...]

the failure of gun control

Ten years ago yesterday, “gun control” failed and seven people died:

The other thing that’s not mentioned is that [redacted] was not legally allowed to own the two firearms used. He was ineligible to own firearms in MA and had been ordered to turn in his firearms and had not complied, yet police never confiscated his firearms. He’d been declared unsuitable over repeated mental illness issues, and yet had not had his firearms – [...]

once again, registration lead to confiscation

Why, it seems like just a few days ago when I observed that registration of firearms invariably leads to their confiscation…

Oh wait. It was only a few days ago.

At any rate, turns out I was right:

Several gun owners are refusing to surrender a semi-automatic rifle that was imported from China and bought legally before the RCMP retroactively declared it a prohibited weapon.

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Firearms that have been allowed into [...]

registration leads to confiscation

Historically speaking, firearm registration invariably leads to firearm confiscation – the only significant variable is time.

This was true in Canada:

Ten months after Rock’s remarks, Parliament passed the Canadian Firearms Act, and confiscating legally owned firearms is precisely the first thing the new law did. The first of three major provisions to go into effect banned private ownership of well more than half of Canada’s legally registered pistols. Any handgun of .32 [...]