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The Texas shooter

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An interesting observation from Ted Cruz - from Rightwing News:

Ted Cruz: Dems Filibustered Legislation That Would Have Had Texas Church Shooter in Prison
Yesterday, on “Fox News @ Night,” Cruz really laid into Democrats. He said that in 2013, the Democrats filibustered the Grassley-Cruz legislation that “would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.” I still admire and really follow Ted Cruz and I know he is sick in his soul over this killing in his state. I’m also sure he’s furious because it didn’t have to be this way.

Cruz said, “[T]his should have been stopped beforehand. Under federal law, it was illegal for this individual to purchase a firearm. He had a conviction for a crime that’s punishable by more than a year in prison, and he had a conviction for multiple domestic violence crimes. Both of those, it’s already ineligible. But, several things happened: Number one, the Air Force — the Obama administration didn’t report those convictions to the [NICS] database. That’s an endemic problem. It’s a problem with the federal government. It’s a problem with the states. And so, when he went in to buy the guns, they ran the background check, and they didn’t find it because it wasn’t in the database. But I’ll tell you we could have prevented this. In 2013, in the wake of Sandy Hook, I joined with Chuck Grassley, we introduced legislation that was called the Grassley-Cruz legislation. And it was aggressive legislation targeting felons and violent criminals to stop them from getting guns.”

Cruz was not done by a longshot: “There were a couple elements of that legislation that were critical: One, it mandated that federal agencies, including the Air Force, report to the [NICS] because that was a problem back then. But, two, and this is an even more critical piece, if it had been reported to the background database, when he went into Academy to buy this — these weapons, he lied on the forms. That is a felony to lie on those forms. The Obama administration didn’t prosecute those cases. In 2010, 48,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns. They prosecuted only 44 of them.”

Cruz finished off with: “Democrats filibustered the legislation that would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.”

Kind of hard to argue with the truth. This is something that does not seem to trouble the Democrats though.

Still too early to tell what happened but this is the worst mass murder in US history.

I am sure further details will be forthcoming.

Good news re: gun control

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Keeping them out of the hands of convicted felons. From Breaking 911:

Federal Gun Prosecutions Up 23 Percent Under Trump, DOJ Says
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that, following the memorandum from Attorney General Sessions to prioritize firearm prosecutions, the number of defendants charged with unlawful possession of a firearm increased nearly 23 percent in the second quarter of 2017 (2,637) from the same time period in 2016 (2,149).

“Violent crime is on the rise in many parts of this country, with 27 of our biggest 35 cities in the country coping with rising homicide rates,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Law abiding people in some of these communities are living in fear, as they see families torn apart and young lives cut short by gangs and drug traffickers. Following President Trump’s Executive Order to focus on reducing crime, I directed federal prosecutors to prioritize taking illegal guns off of our streets, and as a result, we are now prosecuting hundreds more firearms defendants. In the first three months since the memo went into effect, charges of unlawful possession of a gun – mostly by previously convicted felons – are up by 23 percent. That sends a clear message to criminals all over this country that if you carry a gun illegally, you will be held accountable. I am grateful to the many federal prosecutors and agents who are working hard every day to make America safe again.”

Good - Obama's racial divisivness was one of the root causes of this serious uptick in gun crime - time to nail the lid back on that vampire's coffin.

These morons never learn - they keep doing things that SOUND good and not doing things that DO good. From guns.com:

Oregon gun confiscation bill creeps past legislature
The Oregon House gave a slim nod to gun control legislation on Thursday that would establish extreme risk protection orders, forcing subjects to surrender their firearms.

The measure, SB 719A, will allow police, or a member of a subject’s family or household, to file a petition with the court which could lead to an order prohibiting firearms possession if it is believed they pose an imminent risk to themselves or others. The bill passed the Senate 17-11 in May and the House 31-28 this week, picking up only one Republican supporter along the way.

Backers argue it could help address the number of suicides in the state, with the bill’s author, Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, crafting it after the loss of his stepson in 2016.

I feel terrible about Mr. Boquist's stepson but if guns were not available, the stepson would have found another way out. Firearms are used in 49.8% of suicides as per this 2017 report by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Next up at 26.8% is suffocation including hanging. What are you going to do there? Ban plastic bags and rope? I am having way too much fun to even contemplate suicide but if I were going to, I would reach for a firearm - quick and total destruction of the brain. Got to be painless.

And of course, as a law that sounds good but is not well thought out, there are zero checks and ballences:

Gun rights advocates with the Oregon Firearms Federation called the measure, “one of the most dangerous, hateful and mean-spirited pieces of legislation ever introduced,” noting that it provides no structure for those deemed at risk to receive help, or those dangerous to be taken into custody.

“Now a vindictive family or household member has the power to have your rights and property stolen from you simply because they chose to make an accusation against you,” said the group in a statement.

No planning, just virtue signalling. Claiming to do something when all they are doing is adding another layer of bureaucracy to an already overburdened system. Oregon - what do you expect...

Crazy people will be less inclined to shoot up a classroom of kids if there is the chance that the teacher will be armed. Makes perfect sense. From FOX News (the Non-Fake News channel):

Teachers packing heat: More educators taking gun training classes
Teachers across the country are moving to the head of the class when it comes to learning how to use a gun.

With mass shootings seemingly becoming common place in classrooms across the country, teachers are learning how fire grade-A shots and starting to carry weapons in class. It’s an attempt to better protect their students and prevent the next Sandy Hook Elementary School or Columbine High School shooting.

Nearly a third of the country, a total of 18 states, allows adults to carry a loaded gun on school grounds, with certain permissions. But ever since the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012, in which 20 children and six adults were shot dead, some states have pushed for safety training initiatives for teachers to learn how to properly fire a weapon and prevent any threats to the classroom.

Good news.

Only in Florida - firearms

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A two-fer - first, from the Palm Beach Post:

With police in house, Boynton toddler pulls loaded gun from toy box
A Boynton Beach toddler found a loaded pistol in his “my little learning” toy box while officials were investigating his home for possible child neglect.

A 3-year-old boy wanted to bring out his toys while officers were in his home, according to a police report. His toy box had several small books in it, but while officers were talking to an adult in the house, the toddler pulled out a black 9mm semi-automatic pistol. One officer immediately took the gun and found a bullet was in the chamber with the safety off.

Rosalyn Faniel, 34 of Boynton Beach, who the officers came to investigate for possible child neglect, said the gun wasn’t hers and she didn’t know it was in the apartment, the report said.

While searching the home, the officers also found a yellow box of 9mm ammunition on top of the refrigerator, next to a black scale and a pink makeup bag filled with six plastic bags of white and pink powder, the report said. The powder tested positive for Oxycodone and weighed .6 grams in total.

Child neglect indeed. Back in 2009, our local Chamber of Commerce purchased some property for a visitors center. It had a derelict house and had been inhabited by meth addicts. Several local fire departments used it for a practice burn. Walking through before, I was amazed that anyone could have been living there. The fact that they had kids there too was just appalling.

Second, from the Miami Herald:

What was in his guitar case? It sure wasn’t a guitar, cops say
A 35-year-old Key West man violated a court order that barred him from possessing firearms by riding around on his scooter with an assault rifle, pistol and 200 rounds of ammunition stashed in a guitar case and backpack, according to police.

Tristan Bland was pulled over on his yellow scooter June 11 on Duval Street after police received a tip about the guns.

Bland admitted he had weapons, police said, saying he had a concealed-carry permit, which officers soon discovered wasn’t true. Bland also had a temporary protection order barring him from carrying firearms or any weapons.

Inside the guitar case and the backpack, police discovered a .223 AR rifle and a .9 mm Glock pistol. They also found approximately 200 rounds of ammunition, numerous magazines for both weapons, knee and elbow pads and a tactical vest.

“We like to think we're a small town,” said Police Chief Donie Lee. “But we're not immune to the rash of gun violence sweeping the nation. We need to be vigilant.”

The problems with any sort of "gun control" is that morons like this will not follow these laws. As Robert Heinlein once said, "An Armed society is a Polite society."

Now that is some recoil

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Check out this pistol:

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These stories write themselves

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An example - this story at The Kansas City Star:

An NRA employee accidentally shot himself at the organization’s headquarters, police say
Fairfax County, Virginia, police announced Friday that a 46-year-old man has suffered a minor injury and is undergoing medical treatment after he accidentally shot himself with a pistol at the headquarters of the National Rifle Association.

That is going to take a while to live down - hey Fred - tell us that story again about how...

Interesting item from FOX News:

Without Obama, once-booming gun industry poised to shrink
President Trump’s election appears to be negatively affecting gun sales in the U.S. and the bubble appears to be bursting despite a staunch advocate for gun rights in the White House and Republicans ruling Congress.

"President Obama was the best gun salesman the world has ever seen," Karl Sorken, a production manager at Battle Rifle Co. in Houston. Sorken is an Army veteran and self-described liberal who voted for Obama and notes the change for the industry under Trump is a topic of conversation in the shop.

Fears of government limits on guns -- some real, some perceived -- led to a surge in demand during Obama's tenure and manufacturers leapt to keep up. Over the decade ending in 2015, the number of U.S. companies licensed to make firearms jumped 362 percent.

"The trends really almost since Election Day or election night have been that gun sales have slacked off," said Robert Spitzer, political science department chairman at State University of New York at Cortland. "When you take away Barack Obama and you give the Republicans control of both houses of Congress, which is extremely friendly to the gun lobby, then the political pressure subsides. And that surely is at least a key part of the explanation for the drop-off in sales."

Ammo prices are falling nicely and in a year or so, I will be able to afford a decent 1911 and maybe a few more long rifles.

Heh - Rap Battle

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Epic Rap Battle: Gun Owner vs Liberal:

Obama was the best gun salesman ever

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Gun sales spiked both in 2008 and 2012 - now, after President Trump's election, it is a different story. From Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge:

Crashing "Post-Obama Era" Gun Sales Lead To Remington Mass Layoffs
As we noted last summer, the Obama administration’s constant gun control threats did little more than flood American homes with more guns as people looked to stockpile weapons ahead of anticipated new regulations.  In fact, both of Obama's elections resulted in massive and unprecedented spikes in gun sales.

Meanwhile, Obama's presidency was a boon for the gun manufacturers whose revenue, profitability and stocks all soared during his presidency.

But while the constant threat of new regulations under Obama resulted in a massive full forward of gun demand and pushed gun stocks to all-time highs, the election of Trump, and thus the removal of those threats for at least the next 4-8 years, is having exactly the opposite effect.

Much more at the site - Remington is having to lay off 120 people, Smith & Wesson stock is down from $28 to $19 and predictions for the number of FBI Background Checks is expected to be down 15%

The good news is that gun prices should come down a bit. I have most of what I want but a nice 1911 would be a welcome addition.

Praesidium - time travel

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Great little film about time travel and firearms:

Life in the workers paradise - Chicago

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Shows what Democratic rule will get you - from the Chicago Tribune:

Homicides in Chicago outpacing last year after deadliest day so far in 2017
Homicides are now outpacing last year in Chicago after the city experienced its deadliest day so far this year, according to data kept by the Tribune.

Seven people were shot to death on Wednesday, five of them killed over two hours, including a woman who was eight months pregnant and had already picked out a name for her baby.

That's the most homicides since Christmas Day last year, when eight people were killed in the city.

Homicides had been lagging behind last year, which had been the deadliest in two decades. But by Wednesday evening, the city had recorded its 99th homicide two days earlier than it did last year, according to Tribune data.

And of course, some fools are calling for more and stricter gun laws when Chicago already has some of the most draconian gun laws in all of the states. Liberals go by the story-line. They vote for what sounds good as opposed to what works well. Two completely different ways of thinking.

Chicago's last Republican mayor was William Hale Thompson and he was about as corrupt as they come - even makeing some of today's politicians look good.

Obama is the gift that keeps on giving - this from The Washington Free Beacon:

Obama Official Issues Ammunition Ban for Federal Lands on Last Day in Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, an Obama appointee, ordered a new ammunition ban for certain federal lands on Thursday–his last full day in office.

The ban, which took effect immediately, eliminates the use of lead-based ammunition on federal lands like national parks and wildlife refuges, as well as any other land administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The ban is expected to have a major impact on much of the hunting that takes place on federal lands across the United States as lead-based ammunition is widely legal and used throughout the country.

Clueless ninny.

Guns - an explanation

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No further words necessary:

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Swiped from Borepatch

How not to cache weapons

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I would love to know the backstory - was this a sellers drop for someone to pick up? From the London Daily Mail:

Walker finds two guns in a violin case along Potomac River in Washington D.C. - leading cops to locate even more weapons nearby
A number of weapons, including two guns in a violin case, have been found stashed along the Potomac River in Washington D.C.

U.S. Park Police said a woman walking in the woods near the C&O Canal, which runs along the river, found the case on Wednesday.

When police arrived they found more guns and ammunition stashed in pails and garbage bags nearby.

And where they were found?

'Nobody ever hikes on that side of the canal' where the violin case was found, Saffir said. 'People walk on the towpath.'

She added that the area is 'normally super quiet.'

D.C. has draconian gun laws - Dick Heller was a security guard and was licensed to carry firearms at work. He wanted to have a gun for his home protection but the D.C. authorities said no. He took it all the way to the Supreme Court and won. More: District of Columbia v. Heller

Why would someone be stashing that quantity of weapons - were they planning something for the inauguration? Our friends the Amish Muslims? A bit of a pity they didn't just hang back and see who came to retrieve them...

An object lesson on Gun Control

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Colorado is a very liberal state and they passed a law banning magazines for rifles with more than 15 round capacity. Magpul - a company who makes such items - left Colorado for Wyoming.

From Breitbart:

Wyoming Gaining the Millions of Dollars Colorado Traded for Gun Control
Magpul Industries pulled up stakes and left Colorado after Democrat lawmakers instituted a ban on the sale of ammunition magazines holding more than 15 rounds.

The ban was passed in March 2013, and in January 2014, Magpul announced it would be moving production from Colorado to Wyoming. That meant an immediate annual revenue loss of $85 million for the state of Colorado–a loss that became Wyoming’s gain–and now, additional millions of dollars will be flooding into Wyoming as Magpul fulfills a new contract to make magazines for the United States Marine Corps.

According to the Gazette, Magpul took “100 employees” to Wyoming, in addition to the money. At the time that Colorado Democrats passed the gun control, Magpul “had about 200 workers in a 100,000-square-foot in Erie. The payroll has since grown to 380 and added a second shift in 185,000-square-foot facility in Cheyenne.”

And to make things that much sweeter for Magpul:

Moreover, Magpul will now “be the exclusive provider for magazines Marines carry into combat.”

Actions have consequences. Liberals have stopped doing what works and they now do what sounds good. There is a huge difference.

Gun free zone - Chicago

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On the way to 800 murders - from Breitbart:

Gun-Controlled Chicago Fast-Approaching 800 Homicides for 2016
At first, the 2016 murder figures for gun-controlled Chicago drew attention by hitting 500, which was 32 higher than the total number of murders in 2015. Then the number of murders rose to 700, followed by a Chicago Tribune report that the number of murders between January 1, 2016, and December 6, 2016, hit 731.

Think about it – 731 murders had been committed in Chicago with 25 days remaining in 2016.

Now the figure sits at 768 and gun-controlled Chicago is fast-approaching 800 murders for the year.

For those paying attention, the carnage–and the possibility for more carnage–in Chicago has been evident for quite some time. After all, Chicago is a gun control experiment gone wrong; a city which enacted a total handgun ban in 1982, thereby guaranteeing that the only people who had handguns were the criminals. Law-abiding citizens were reduced to using baseball bats, sticks, pitchforks, etc., for self-defense. And the results were easy to predict – the Tribune reported the decade following the implementation of Chicago’s ban saw “murders [jump] by 41 percent, compared with an 18 percent rise in the entire United States.”

Unintended consequences - only the honest people obey the laws. The result of operating on good intentions rather than social reality.

Poor management in Tacoma, WA

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Unreal - from Seattle station KOMO:

Officers booted from Cheesecake Factory for carrying firearms
Officers with the Department of Corrections were recently ousted from the Cheesecake Factory restaurant at the Tacoma Mall. Why? Because they were carrying their sidearms.

“They had seated us in the back area,” Miriam Nichols told KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz. “Shortly after the rest of our party arrived, we were asked to leave because we were carrying our firearms with us. They said they did not allow firearms in their establishment.”

The group was seated in the back of the restaurant, Nichols noted. They avoided making too large of a scene as the officers showed their badges and law enforcement identification to the Cheesecake Factory managers, explaining why they — as officers — had guns on them.

“They said it didn’t matter and they asked us to leave,” Nichols said. “We left quietly and tried not to make more of a scene than it already was.”

Of all of the people you would want to have in your store, a group of police officers would be right up there at the top of the list. Asking them to leave because they were armed is just nuts.

Joining the Force

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Great recruitment video for the Fort Worth Police Department:

Tip of the hat to Bayou Renaissance Man for the link.

Talk about a review - the movie Miss Sloane

From IMBB - Miss Sloane. Sounds like a stinker - it cost (estimated) $18,000,000 to make and it's opening weekend was $59,797 - that has to sting. One person gave the following review:

Sorry, but Hillary lost and this movie won't change anything
Movies like this are like peeing on yourself in a dark suit. It might make you feel warm and relieved for a little bit, but in the end you have done nothing but stain your underwear. This movie was obviously meant to be red meat for the victorious Hillary. Ooops, that didn't work. Libs, gun control is dead. This movie is full of lies and half truths. According to the FBI, so-called assault weapons are used in so few crimes (only a fraction of the 500 deaths out of 30,000 annually), that they don't bother keeping an exact count. Most deaths (2/3rds) are suicides of old white men which I would think would be reason enough for liberals to insist that people buy more guns. Of the remaining the vast majority of deaths are associated with gangs, drugs, and cities run by Dems. Why isn't there a movie about the urban culture of Chicago where young black men are being slaughtered by other young black men? Well, that wouldn't fit the narrative, would it? As for the contention that most gun owners want more restrictions, that is believed only by the uneducated. I teach psychology, sociology, and statistics. That number was milked from a survey. Surveys are statistical and psychological manure. They require voluntary participation and honesty. Few gun owners are going to participate and civil-rights opponents will lie.

The WHO concluded that there is no correlation between gun violence and ownership. It is a cultural issue. As for suicides, Japan allows no firearms and has just about the highest rate while the US, with just about the loosest on the planet, is tied for 50th in the list of nations. It doesn't take any courage to make a movie based on lies. It's about the money....and this dog will lose tons of it.

Since 2000, the FBI has processed 300 million firearm sales. Prior to that there was a conservative 200 million already in civilian hands. BHO has sold more guns than any other President hands down. And yet, with one half billion firearms in the US, the violent crime rate continues to fall. As concealed carry States have swollen to include all but three, crime has dropped. Where is the blood in the streets?

What should have been made is a movie about Obamacare and all the damage it has done to health care. That is a crime. Well, that's going to get washed away soon, too.

I am sure pajama boys and overweight Trigglypuffs will go see this and then weep at what could have been. And that is good. Nothing is so sweet as the taste of liberal tears.

Spot on in so many ways. It is funny too as the reviews are either seven to ten stars or one or two. Either fully in the liberal or realist camp with nothing in the middle. There have been more murders committed with hammers and other blunt-force trauma than with "assault weapons" and as a matter of definition, there is no such thing as an assault weapon. It is a fiction of the hoplophobes.

Something to keep in mind

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The data for 2015 is out and what with all the clamor about assault-rifle ownership, the numbers show a completely different story.

From the 2015 Federal Bureau of Investigation's Crime in the United States - Table 20: Murder:

    • Total number of murders in 2015: 13,455
    • Murders committed by Rifle or Shotgun: 521
    • Murders committed by Knives or other weapons: 3,215
    • Murders committed by hands, fists, feet, etc: 624

Can not argue with actual numbers. Does not fit the narrative but can not argue with the numbers...

Oh, yes, handguns are responsible for 6,477 Murders.

The Barrett .50

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When you care to send the very best - great story from the London Daily Mail:

SAS sniper hero killed an ISIS terror leader who was about to incinerate hostages with a flame thrower by shooting its fuel tank from 1,500m
A British sniper took out a feared ISIS executioner as he prepared to murder several hostages by shooting a fuel tank on his back and incinerating him.

The SAS marksman fired a single round from his Barrett .50 calibre sniper rifle at the terrorist, who was about to use a flame thrower to kill 12, from 1,500m.

The bullet hit the flame thrower's fuel tank and caused a huge fireball, also killing three other ISIS members who were ready to film the execution.

That guy will not have to pay for his own beers for a long long time - 1,500 meters is 0.93 miles. An amazing shot. Put the fear of God into the ISIS a**holes.

There are confirmed sniper kills out to 2,400 meters so this is not a record but it is damn good shooting!

Tyrants want gun control for everyone. Real leaders do not care either way except for the criminals and the mentally ill. From Reuters:

Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets
Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods.

Venezuela has the world's second highest murder rate and the street gangs that plague its poor neighborhoods have become increasingly heavily armed in recent years, at a time when a deep recession has reduced resources available to police.

Gangs often get weapons from the police, either by stealing them or buying them from corrupt officers, experts say.

And the government's response is to disarm the civilians making them sitting ducks for the criminals.

I am reminded of this quote:

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look back upon the Act depriving the whole nation of arms as the blackest.
--Mohandas K. Gandhi

What goes around, comes around

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From Florida station WFTS:

Road rage likely sparked fatal shooting, victim had served time for prior road rage case
The victim of an early morning road rage incident in Plant City was also the suspect in a road rage case in Tampa in 2001.

Gary Lynn Durham, 40, of Brandon, was shot and killed in the middle of the road near the intersection of East Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Forbes Road in Plant City early Wednesday during what deputies are calling a "possible road rage incident" between him and another man.

Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene just after 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday and found Durham in the roadway and the shooter, identified as Robert Padgett, performing CPR on the man he had just shot.

During the incident, one of the men reportedly stopped his car in front of the other, both men got out of their cars and an argument ensued. The argument ended with Padgett firing at least one round from a handgun that struck and killed Durham.

Previous records show that Durham was arrested and found guilty for his involvement in another road rage incident that happened on October 24, 2001 in Tampa. He was sentenced to 11 and a half years and was on probation at the time of Wednesday's road rage incident in Plant City.

And of course:

No charges have been filed and Padgett has been released pending a review of the case by the State's Attorney's office.

Stands to reason. Good riddance.

I loved living in Boston when I was in college but that was back in the 1970's and things have changed a lot. Despite its conservative heritage, the state has turned into one of the more big-government, high tax, progressive members of our republic and continues down that path with reckless abandon.

This article on gun control from the Boston Herald:

Maura Healey steps up ban on military-looking rifles
Attorney General Maura Healey stepped up the ban on military-looking rifles yesterday, prompting licensed gun enthusiasts to flood gun shops on what they believed might be the last day to buy AR-style guns here.

Healey issued a notice to all gun sellers and manufacturers in Massachusetts banning guns which appear like the Colt AR-15 and the Kalishnikov AK-47, but have been altered by manufacturers to conform to Massachusetts’ ban on adjustable stocks, high-capacity magazines and other features. An estimated 10,000 so-called “copycat” assault weapons were sold in Massachusetts last year alone, Healey’s office said.

A bit more and some pesky numbers to harsh your mellow:

Cyndi Roy-Gonzalez, spokeswoman for Healey, said the office did not consider how many shootings in Massachusetts have been carried out with assault-style rifles, but insisted the ban is an effective anti-violence measure.

According to FBI statistics, rifles of any variety were used in just two of the Bay State’s 779 murders in the past five years, which were mainly carried out with handguns. In that same period, hands and feet were cited as the murder weapon 35 times.

OK - two murders with the scary black military-looking rifles and 35 murders with hands and feet. It is not about saving lives, it is about control. It is harder to snipe a politician with a pistol from 300 yards than with a rifle.

And a tip of the hat to Irons in the Fire for the link.

Will public figures display a sign at their home saying that this is a "Gun free zone"

Thought not:

Talk about weaseling. What part of MORON do these people fail to realize...

Chicago enjoys draconian regulations for gun ownership. It also has this little problem - from the Chicago Tribune:

Weekend violence pushes number of people shot in Chicago this year to 2,100
Weekend gun violence in Chicago pushed the number of people shot in the city this year to around 2,100 — about 700 more than this time last year.

And this:

So far this year, there have been at least 344 homicides in Chicago.  That's 102 more than this time last year, according to data kept by the Tribune.

Gun control never works - mass shootings always happen in gun-free zones. The murderers do not want any opposition.

That quote is from Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel - case in point from The Daily Beast:

Black Caucus Renews Calls for Gun Control
The Congressional Black Caucus renewed calls for gun-control measures and police reform Friday morning, following fatal shootings of five police officers in Dallas and two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota this week.

Caucus members listed a number of actions the group wants to undertake: a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director Jim Comey, a police-reform bill sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and votes on universal background checks and “no fly, no buy” legislation.

They want to get guns out of the hands of us little people so they can grow the government even larger. I am reminded of this quote from Mohandas K. Gandhi:

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look back upon the Act depriving the whole nation of arms as the blackest. 

From Columbia, South Carolina station WIST:

Deputies: Man charged after opening fire, wounding several people at nightclub
Deputies with Spartanburg County said a man faces multiple attempted murder charges after opening fire outside a nightclub early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. at Playoffz nightclub on Inman Road in Lyman.

Deputies said 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting into an argument with another man and fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.

"His rounds struck 3 victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking Thompson in the leg," Lt. Kevin Bobo said.

Bobo said the man who shot Thompson has a valid concealed weapons permit, cooperated with investigators, and won’t be facing any charges.

This shooting seems to be one from the heat of the argument instead of the brutally planned and executed Orlando shooting ---but--- had someone in Orlando Pulse been similarly armed, the shooting would have only claimed a few victims and not over 50.

More guns = less crime - the numbers bear this out time and again.

Another Kuntzman post

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Over at The People's Cube: What is it like to fire a Daisy BB gun?

As with Larry's post, this carries a multiple drink alert.

Be sure to read the comments - funny stuff!

They need to connect with their feeeeelings after all. Great story from Neil Steinberg writing at the Chicago Sun-Times:

STEINBERG: Would-be terrorists can buy guns, but a reporter? No.
There’s something soothing about buying a gun.

Driving to Maxon Shooter’s Supplies in Des Plaines on Wednesday to purchase my first assault rifle, I admit, I was nervous. I’d never owned a gun before. And with the horror of Sunday’s Orlando massacre still echoing, even the pleasant summer day — the lush green trees, fluffy white clouds, blue sky — took on a grim aspect, the sweetness of fragile life flashing by as I headed into the Valley of Death.

Earlier, in my editor’s office, I had ticked off the reasons for me not to buy a gun: this was a journalistic stunt; done repeatedly; supporting an industry I despise. But as I tell people, I just work here, I don’t own the place. And my qualms melted as I dug into the issue.

OK - Neil is doing some virtue signaling and establishing his liberal bona fides.
To set the scene - from Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Back to the article:

“I’m interested in one of the ARs,” I said, trying to project an air of manly ease. “What’s the difference between the cheap ones and the expensive ones?”

“Not much,” said Rob, a clerk with a winged death’s head with a dagger tattooed on his right forearm. “Mostly it’s manufacturing tolerances, different sights and stuff.”

Neil does some moralizing, recounts a personal story, quotes some very-well-debunked statistics and continues with this:

When it came time to make the purchase, Rob, the clerk with the tattoos, handed me over to Mike, who gave his name shaking my hand, I gave mine. “The writer?” he said. If I wanted to lie as part of my job, I’d have gone into public relations. “Yes,” I said, explaining that I plan to buy the gun, shoot at their range, then give it to the police. He suggested I sell it back to them instead and I heartily agreed. Economical. If they would let me photograph myself with it there, the gun need never leave the store.

Sounds like a deal - again, Neil quotes another statistic that is just plain wrong and the story continues to its ending:

Shot:
At 5:13 Sarah from Maxon called. They were canceling my sale and refunding my money. No gun for you. I called back. Why? “I don’t have to tell you,” she said. I knew that, but was curious. I wasn’t rejected by the government? No. So what is it? “I’m not at liberty,” she said.

Chaser:
A few hours later, Maxon sent the newspaper a lengthy statement, the key part being: “it was uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife.”

What a maroon. This makes Gersh Kuntzman look like a sober lifetime member of the National Riflemen Association.

It will be fun to see the repercussions from this story - Kuntzman already had a doozy from Larry Correia.

Yummy bacon

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Swiped this from The Silicon Graybeard:

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Whose to blame?

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From A. F. Branco:

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A quiet discussion

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Swiped from Bayou Renaissance Man:

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Gun violence in England

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Tragic news - from the UK Mirror:

Jo Cox dead: Latest updates after Labour MP dies after being shot and stabbed outside Birstall library
The 41-year-old mother of two has been killed in the attack in Birstall, West Yorkshire, police have confirmed

Labour MP Jo Cox has been shot and killed in an attack in West Yorkshire today.

The 41-year-old mother of two was shot three times and stabbed just before 1pm in Birstall in her Batley & Spen constituency.

The thing to remember is that owning a handgun in England is 100% illegal. Rifles for sporting purposes yes, handguns no. Good to see nationally-regulated gun control working out so well for them.

Good news - gun sales

Sales are reaching a different demographic - from Denver, Colorado station KDVR:

Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting
Gun sales are surging in the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. The tragedy is generating new debate over gun control reform and the right to bear arms.

Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. But this time, many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians.

More:

However, what’s different this time around is the clientele. Mike Smith, a firearms instructor in Colorado Springs, is one of many closely tracking the sudden surge in gays and lesbians buying weapons.

“I think right now because of what happened, people are looking for answers,” he said. “You walk into a gun shop and you expect to see people, frankly, who look like me. I think we forget we’re a country of all people, not just people who fit that predetermined mold.”

The Pink Pistols is a national gun club for gays and lesbians. It saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.

A 230% growth in one day? Good news - it is not a matter of buying a gun, you need to get initial training and then keep practicing and getting refresher training. Glad to see these happy new customers following through on this.

Orlando Pulse - it was a Gun-free zone

A simple chart from the Crime Prevention Research Center:

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The link above has the data to back this up.

Australian solution - guns

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Someone was commenting about how we in the USA should implement a gun buyback and draconian laws for new gun purchase such as Australia did after their Port Aurthur massacre in 1996. It does look good on paper but this is the same thinking that lead to the Volstead Act in 1919. All this did was to drive the sales of alcoholic beverages into the hands of the criminals.

Same thing in Australia - from Australia's The New Daily:

Spike in handgun crimes reveals nation’s secret problem
Australians may be more at risk from gun crime than ever before with the country’s underground market for firearms ballooning in the past decade.

Previously unseen police statistics show that the number of pistol-related offences doubled in Victoria and rose by 300 per cent in New South Wales. At least two other states also saw a massive jump in firearms-related offences during the same period.

An investigation by The New Daily unearthed previously unpublished data for firearms offences collected from police and crime statistics agencies in four states – Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania.

The statistics detail the types of firearms offences police have pursued in the courts in the past decade and show some concerning findings, including a massive 83 per cent increase in firearms offences in NSW between 2005/06 and 2014/15, and an even bigger jump in Victoria over the same period.

Taken together, the data suggests that despite our tough anti-gun laws, thousands of weapons are either being stolen or entering the country illegally.

The article then follows up with hard numbers. These numbers do not support the current anti-gun narratives floating around out there but these are the facts and they are damning to the narrative. All Australia has done is to drive the trafficking of guns out of the hands of legitimate dealers and into the hands of the criminal element. The illegal sales of guns are funding the criminals and allowing them to grow and expand into different areas of society.

And now the anti-gun fallout begins

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From The Washington Post:

The gun used in the Orlando shooting is becoming mass shooters’ weapon of choice
Last night in Orlando, a man armed with an assault-style rifle killed at least 50 people and wounded 53 others in a crowded nightclub.

Six months ago, in San Bernardino, Calif., a man and woman armed with assault-style rifles killed 14 people and wounded 20 others at a holiday party.

The author cites a couple other cases and continues:

One common denominator behind these and other high-casualty mass shootings in recent years is the use of assault style rifles, capable of firing many rounds of ammunition in a relatively short period of time, with high accuracy. And their use in these types of shooting is becoming more common: There have been eight high-profile public mass shootings since July of last year, according to a database compiled by Mother Jones magazine. Assault-style rifles were used in seven of those.

In the past 10 years, assault-style rifles have been used in 14 public mass shootings. Half of those shootings have occurred since last June.

There is no such thing as an assault rifle. Sure, to the untrained eye, they look 'scary' and are painted black and have lots of attachments but they are a very logical outgrowth of your great-grandparent's musket. The same progress in engineering and metallurgy that drives the incredible improvement in computers also drives the improvement in many other areas - one is guns. The AR-15 platform is a work of genius - Eugene Stoner is a engineer/craftsman on the level of John Moses Browning and Mikhail Kalashnikov.

The author then posts two pieces of garbage:

"America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," American-born al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn said in a video. "You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?"

Gadahn was incorrect on one point — fully automatic weapons, which shoot continuously when you hold down the trigger, have been banned since 1986. But he was correct on other the other points: Most states don't require background checks for firearms purchased via private sales at gun shows. Most states don't require showing ID to purchase a firearm from a private seller.

Mr. Gadahn is dead wrong - there are files on the internet that show you how to do full automatic conversions of some guns but if you are caught with one of these conversions, you would be in jail so fast your head would spin. Anyone caught selling these at a gun show would simply disappear. This is an out and out piece of propaganda by the enemy (al-Qaeda has many times publicly declared war on Western civilization) and it designed to spur our own governments to take away our legally owned firearms.

The second paragraph is dead wrong too - the initial legislative push to prohibit the manufacture of new machine guns for civilian purchase started in 1934 with the passing of the National Firearms Act and continued to its current state with the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Please note that it is not in any way illegal for a civilian to own a machine gun as long as it was manufactured prior to 1968. Needless to say, the scarcity of available guns make them worth quite a bit so you are looking at spending about $30K on up to buy one. Many large gun ranges have machine guns that you can rent (here, here, here and here for an example - Google pulls up many more links).

Jeff Bezos owns Amazon. He also owns The Washington Post. He needs to make sure that his employees get their facts straight before publication. Articles like this show so much bias that they are shameful.

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