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Crap - another shooting

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From the Capital Gazette:

Five dead, others 'gravely injured' in shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis
At least five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, authorities said.

A shooter is in custody, police said. Police would not name the suspect or say what type of weapon was used.

Anne Arundel County Police initially confirmed about 3:15 p.m. that they were responding to an “active shooter” at 888 Bestgate Road, where the newspaper’s offices are located. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene.

Still too early for any details but it is interesting that the police were able to respond in one minute and that the Feds responded too - BATFE and FBI. More as we hear it.

Gun grabbing in California

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You read about something like this and still deny that the liberals are tyrants? From Bakersfield, CA station KGET:

Member of prominent farming family faces felony weapons charges
The District Attorney's office filed a dozen felony gun charges Thursday against a member of a prominent farming family.

According to court documents, the California Department of Justice raided Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann's home last month, after he tried to register an illegally modified gun online through the state's website.

What they found in his home, led to the DA filing charges: a dozen guns, 230 rounds of ammunition and two silencers seized from Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann's home in a gated community in Northwest Bakersfield.

230 rounds of ammunition is peanuts. I can go through that much in a day or two at a firing range. Unfortunately, private ownership of a silencer is not legal in California (legal in 42, illegal in 10). A bit more:

The businessman was attempting to comply with California’s ever-tightening gun laws, one of which required gun owners to register “assault-style weapons” by the end of June.

He electronically submitted photographs of his AR-15 as part of the registration process, and soon became the focus of a California Department of Justice investigation.

According to court documents, the weapon was “illegally modified,” and served as grounds for the Department of Justice (DoJ) to raid Kirschenmann’s home.

It's not immediately clear what the illegal modification was, but the rifle was presumably not in compliance with the recent bans

So he tried to comply and got his house raided and his guns confiscated. The state (in general, not specifically California) is trying to amass as much central power as possible - this is the road to tyranny and needs to be stopped.

You might think that he should not have registered those guns that were modified but if he purchased them legally (99.999% of transactions), there would already be a paper trail with the ATF form 4473 and the state would have caught up with him at some time.

Was looking to see if there was any additional information about the Texas School shooter. Turns out the Los Angeles Times had a good write-up on the event:

Texas school shooter killed girl who turned down his advances and embarrassed him in class, her mother says
As he heard the gunshots approaching down the hall Friday morning, Santa Fe High School student Abel San Miguel, 15, hid with a few classmates in the art class storage closet.

He wasn't sure if he was going to survive. Through the door, he could see the barrel of a shotgun. Then the shooter began shooting through the door, killing at least one student inside, and grazing Abel's back.

When the shooter left the room briefly, Abel and others left the closet and tried to barricade the door. But the shooter pushed it open, spotted a student he knew, and with anger said, "Surprise!" before shooting the student in the chest.

Unreal. And of course, the parents:

"We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy," the family statement said.

Unrequited love:

One of Pagourtzis' classmates who died in the attack, Shana Fisher, "had 4 months of problems from this boy," her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, wrote in a private message to the Los Angeles Times on Facebook. "He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no."

Pagourtzis continued to get more aggressive, and she finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, Rodriguez said. "A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn't like," she wrote. "Shana being the first one."

The goblin had also brought several IED but they malfunctioned. He was seen weeks earlier:

Pagourtzis, a football player who had allegedly posted images of guns and a T-shirt with the words "Born to kill" on social media in the weeks before the shooting.

The problem is not guns, it is mental health - recognizing and dealing with the signs.

Virtue signalling - an example

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What is liberal virtue signalling? Here is a perfect example and from the quote in the article, they are not even aware of how stupid they seem. It's all about the feeeeeelings and the narrative. From My Central Jersey (part of the USA Today network):

EDITORIAL: Piscataway gun sales ban worth a shot
Piscataway’s Township Council has introduced an ordinance that would ban retail sales of guns and ammunition within 1,000 feet of so-called “sensitive areas.”

Piscataway at the moment has no gun shops, but Councilman Steven Cahn said officials want to be proactive, and that a community can at least be prudent about where guns are sold.

So the place has no gun stores but they are regulating where those non-existant stores can be located. How about driving to another town and spending your tax dollars over there. How about addressing the real issue of mental illness and poor law enforcement. I own a spoon and that spoon is making me fat. It's not the instrument, it is the person behind the instrument.

About that YouTube shooter

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Mental illness again - from the London Daily Mail:

Shooter hated YouTube: Iranian animal rights protester, 39, who shot three staff at video giant's HQ before killing herself, had a vendetta against 'dictatorial' site for censoring her videos and not paying her
The woman who opened fire on three people before killing herself at YouTube's California headquarters has been identified as a frequent user of the site who was furious with the company for their 'dictatorial' new policies.

Nasim Aghdam, 39, shot a man and two women with a handgun when she stormed YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno on Tuesday afternoon.

Aghdam was a prolific YouTuber who had ranted online against the company's new policies and accused them of censoring her videos.

From the father:

He had reported her missing from Southern California on Monday morning after she went two days without answering her phone. Ismail said police contacted him at about 2am on Tuesday to say they had found her sleeping in her car roughly 470 miles from her home town.

More at the site - my take-away? Batshit crazy.

Heh - from The Daily Caller:

Liberal Journos Tell Justice Stevens To Shut-Up About Dinging The Second Amendment
Left-leaning members of the media who are worried about upcoming elections want retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens to stop suggesting lawmakers repeal the Second Amendment.

The Washington Post and Think Progress writers don’t want Stevens’ call to amend the U.S. Constitution to rile up gun-owning, blue-collar workers before the November election. They are asking the 97-year-old former jurist to keep his opinions about gun control to himself.

“It’s a provocative claim, but it also raises serious questions about what planet Justice Stevens is living on,” Think Progress editor Ian Millhiser wrote Tuesday in reference to a The New York Times editorial Stevens wrote, suggesting  Republicans and Democrats eliminate the Second Amendment.

What a lot of these people are ignoring is that 44 out of 50 State Constitutions allow private ownership of firearms. The Tenth Ammendment specifically allows these States to make such rulings: 

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Posted without comment - from Moosic, Pennsylvania station WNEP:

Superintendent Says Students Are Armed with Rocks In Case of a School Shooting
There’s a rocky controversy when it comes to school safety in Schuylkill County.

The superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District is in the spotlight after telling lawmakers in Harrisburg his students protect themselves against potential school shooters with rocks.

“Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone. If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full students armed with rocks and they will be stoned,” said Dr. David Helsel.

Dr. Helsel is a special kind of stupid.

You can virtue signal all you want - don't expect your customers to agree with you. From Reuters:

Dick's Sporting expects strict gun sales policy to weigh
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc, a U.S. retailer of camping supplies, sporting goods and guns, on Tuesday warned that its decision to tighten gun sales could weigh on 2018 results.

Shares of the company, which missed fourth-quarter revenue estimates, were down nearly 5 percent at $31.

It will be interesting to see if they quietly pivot back in a few months.

Stemming back from the first 'big' one in 1989 - similar stories. From David B. Kopel writing at The Volokh Conspiracy:

The History of the 'Assault Weapon' Hoax. Part 1: The Crime that Started it All
The "assault weapon" controversy first became a national issue in January 1989, when a career criminal murdered five children at school playground in Stockton, California. The failures of law enforcement before and during that crime—and the media and political failures thereafter—were similar to those related to the recent murders in Parkland, Florida. These failures are part of the reason why school shootings, and other mass attacks, persist in the United States today.

This article is the first in a series detailing the "assault weapon" hoax from 1989 to the present.

The Stockton perpetrator, had whose name I won't repeat, had a difficult start in life. His parents split when he was two years old, after the father threated to shoot the mother. Like the vast majority of mass shooters, he grew up without a responsible and consistent man in his life. The mother threw him out of the house for good at age 13, after he hit her in the face.

The danger signs started early. Before he turned 18, he had been arrested 10 times. When he was 14, a mental health evaluation concluded: "if his acting out is not contained now, he will develop into a highly deceptive sociopathic character and be practically untreatable."

As an adult, he continued to accumulate multiple arrests, none of which led to more than a few weeks in prison. Among his prior crimes included being an accomplice to the armed robbery of a gas station, as well as receipt of stolen property, and possession of illegal weapons. He even vandalized his mother's car when she refused to give him money to buy drugs. Always, he slipped through the cracks of the system. His felony arrests turned into misdemeanors and he wound up back on the street.

Professor Kopel has done quite a comprehensive study of school shootings - his conclusion:

The Stockton murderer could have been stopped before he started if the government had enforced existing criminal laws or had used existing laws to commit and provide mental health treatment for a plainly disturbed and imminently dangerous individual. The same has been true for many subsequent mass killers. In an article for the Howard Law Journal, Clayton Cramer and I detail other notorious homicides, including mass shootings, that could have been prevented if existing laws had been used to commit and treat people who were well-known to be severely and dangerously mentally ill.

A decade after Stockton, the law enforcement system failed again at Columbine High School. The year before Columbine, in the spring of 1998, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office had prepared an affidavit to ask for a search warrant for the home of one of the criminals. The affidavit was based on his published death threats on the Internet, and on the discovery—in a park a mile and half from his home—of bombs like the ones that he bragged about making. The fact of the never-executed search was unknown to the public until two years after Columbine, when Sixty Minutes II uncovered the affidavit by using Colorado's Open Record Act. Why the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office dropped the matter remains a mystery. The Office admitted in court that it had shredded many of its Columbine documents.

The pattern set by Stockton was repeated at Parkland High School, but even worse. There too, the criminal openly identified himself as an incipient mass murderer. The Stockton criminal's various felonies at least had led to arrests and misdemeanor convictions, but the Parkland criminal's open-and-shut felonies—such as explicit violent threats against the school—never even resulted in an arrest.

A long article but well worth reading for the cause of the shootings and the failure of the law enforcement to stop the perp despite having substantial warning. David is going to be writing further articles in the series - something to keep an eye out for. Serious problem and the people with the loudest voices are going after the wrong problem.

Max Eden at City Journal writes about Obama's “school to prison pipeline” policy and how following those policies prevented the Parkland shooter from being aprehended. A chilling read and yes, Obama was that out of touch with reality.

Gun free zones

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The absolute falacy as explained by A. F. Branco:


Time to fire up the label maker

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Cute commercial for eye drops

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Gun control I agree with

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From USA Today:

Exclusive: Feds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks
Federal authorities sought to take back guns from thousands of people the background check system should have blocked from buying weapons because they had criminal records, mental health issues or other problems that would disqualify them. 

A USA TODAY review found that the FBI issued more than 4,000 requests last year for agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve guns from prohibited buyers.

It's the largest number of such retrieval requests in 10 years, according to bureau records – an especially striking statistic after revelations that a breakdown in the background check system allowed a troubled Air Force veteran to buy a rifle later used to kill 26 worshipers at a Texas church last month. 

I fully agree with this. Lie on your 4473 and you should at the least have your gun taken away and at worst, suffer a fine or punishment at a Federal level.

From Task and Purpose:

The Army Plans On Selling Off Its Remaining Arsenal Of M1911 Pistols
The .45 ACP M1911A1 pistol has served the U.S. armed forces for more than a century in every war zone and hotspot on the planet — and thanks to this year’s federal defense budget, it will serve civilians for the foreseeable future.

The $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that Congress sent to President Donald Trump’s desk on Nov. 16 included an amendment that required the Secretary of the Army to transfer a cache of small arms and ammo “no longer actively issued for military service” to the government-sponsored Civilian Marksmanship Program, including the M1911 and M1911A1 pistols, the M–1 Garand, and .22 rimfire rifles.

Designed by John Moses Browning and adopted for use by the US Army in 1911 - classic design. I do own a modern model but would trade it in a heartbeat for one of the originals if it was in good condition. They have been quite the "collectible" item in the last few years with prices to match.

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

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:


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.

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