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Just no - the partial receiver problem

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There is a fun little loophole in firearms regulations where you can purchase a partially completed receiver, do a few very simple machining operations and have yourselves a fully operational gun or rifle. The receiver is the part that receives the barrel, the stock, the magazine holding the bullets and it holds the firing mechanism. This is the part of the gun that has the serial number and is considered to be the "heart" of any firearm. Because you are purchasing an uncompleted receiver, you do not have to go through the usual background checks. You can purchase all of the other components (barrel, stock, trigger mechanism, etc...) freely on the open market as they are not regulated.

This little odious bill needs to be throttled in its cradle - from the US Congress website:

H. R. 7115
To prohibit the sale, acquisition, distribution in commerce, or import into the United States of certain firearm receiver castings or blanks, assault weapon parts kits, and machinegun parts kits and the marketing or advertising of such castings or blanks and kits on any medium of electronic communications, to require homemade firearms to have serial numbers, and for other purposes.

And, as usual, they get a lot of stuff wrong:

(a) In General.—It shall be unlawful to market or advertise, on any medium of electronic communications, including over the Internet, for the sale of any of the following:

(1) A firearm receiver casting or firearm receiver blank or unfinished handgun frame that—

(A) at the point of sale does not meet the definition of a firearm in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code; and

(B) after purchase by a consumer, can be completed by the consumer to the point at which such casting or blank functions as a firearm frame or receiver for a semiautomatic assault weapon or machinegun or the frame of a handgun.

(2) An assault weapon parts kit.

(3) A machinegun parts kit.

Specifically, (2) - there is no such thing as an assault weapon. This is a distinction made on a purely cosmetic basis (ie: black and using metal or composites for construction) and (3) machine guns manufactured after 1968 are already highly illegal (Gun Control Act of 1968 and Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act)

Time to fire off a few emails to my representatives.

Wonderful news - the synagogue shooting

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From Philadelphia's The Inquirer:

Why Philly Jews are arming themselves: ‘I’m going to go down fighting’
On Friday afternoon, with just a few hours before sundown and the start of the Sabbath, David Parvey hurried to a South Philadelphia gun shop called Firing Line to get his new 9-millimeter pistol.

To Parvey, who attends an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Center City, it felt like the only rational response to the Oct. 27 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 congregants were killed.

"I legally have the right to at least be able to match evil with some sort of response, and in my mind I would be dumb not to," said Parvey, who on Wednesday went to the Philadelphia Police Department's Gun Permit Unit to apply for a concealed-carry license. "I don't want to hide behind the bimah waiting for my turn to get shot."

Parvey is not the only one to reach this conclusion. A simmering conversation about safety in the face of anti-Semitic violence that began several years ago with attacks on Jewish targets in France — a yeshiva in Toulouse, a kosher supermarket and the Bataclan theater in Paris — has boiled over in the last week. While some are responding with prayer and peaceful protests, there are those who feel that a pistol is just more reliable.

Good news - people standing up for themselves and their friends. Seconds count in a shooting and the police are minutes away at very best.

As they go for our guns

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This will be interesting to watch - from The Wall Street Journal:

Democrats Plan to Pursue Most Aggressive Gun-Control Legislation in Decades
Democrats say they will pass the most aggressive gun-control legislation in decades when they become the House majority in January, plans they renewed this week in the aftermath of a mass killing in a California bar.

Their efforts will be spurred by an incoming class of pro-gun-control lawmakers who scored big in Tuesday’s midterm elections, although any measure would likely meet stiff resistance in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Democrats ousted at least 15 House Republicans with “A” National Rifle Association ratings, while the candidates elected to replace them all scored an “F” NRA rating.

“This new majority is not going to be afraid of our shadow,” said Mike Thompson, a California Democrat who is chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “We know that we’ve been elected to do a job, and we’re going to do it.”

Mr. Thompson, who represents a district in the Napa Valley north of San Francisco, said he plans to introduce legislation mandating universal background checks in the opening weeks of the new Congress.

Emphasis mine - classical liberal cluelessness. Doing something that sounds good instead of doing something that does good. Mr. Thompson obviously does not know that every gun sale (except for private exchanges) is preceeded by the buyer filling out an ATF Form 4473 - Firearms Transaction Record. That information is telephoned into the ATF and the purchaser is either sold the gun directly, told to come back in seven to ten days or the sale is denied. We already have universal background checks in place and the system works.

The problem is mental illness and how the American government deals with it. Owning a spoon has no bearing on a person's weight.

A great idea - Gun Sanctuaries

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We have sanctuary cities where national laws dealing with illegal immigration are not enforced. How about gun ownership?

From the Effingham, Illinois Effingham Daily News:

Gun 'sanctuaries' spreading across Illinois
The resolution declaring Effingham County a sanctuary for guns has started a statewide trend of opposition to legislation directed toward firearms. But it remains to be seen if it has any real effect in Springfield.

So far, 30 Illinois counties have passed "firearms sanctuary" resolutions that oppose bills before the state legislature and declare that the counties will not enforce laws that infringe on the Second Amendment. The resolutions have not been tested by any new laws, but it appears the resolutions would not affect how law enforcement operates.

Illinois State Police officials say they will still enforce gun laws, regardless of a local resolution.

Illinois has some of the most draconian gun laws in the nation but it also has some of the highest incidents of gun violence. Chicago takes the cake with these numbers for 2018 to date: Total Shot: 2268 and Total Homicides: 424

Developing - another shooting incident

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Three people dead including the shooter (suicide). He was playing in a tournament and lost. He brought a gun with him. No further information. We will see what his history of social media and mental health reflects.

A tragedy but this is not normal behaviour - it is mental illness which is the problem.

There are a bit more guns in the USA than there are citizens - the only publilc shootings we hear about are either gang related or mental illness related. We have methods in place to treat each of these but we do not. Not Politically Correct.

Another goblin meets his maker - a real charmer. From FOX News:

North Carolina kids fatally shoot man abusing their mother, police say
Two North Carolina children got ahold of a gun and fatally shot a man police said was assaulting and strangling their mother.

During the attack, Steven Kelley, 46, said he was going to cut the throat of Chandra Nierman, his girlfriend, and kill everyone in the home, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.

Police said Nierman’s 12-year-old son obtained a gun, and her 15-year-old daughter used it to shoot Kelley in the chest twice.

Nierman’s 16-year-old daughter was injured in the shooting after a bullet grazed her leg. She’s since been released from the hospital, according to police. Nierman also “suffered significant bruises and contusions from the assault,” police said.

Sounds like the guy was a wonderful upstanding citizen:

Kelley was a convicted felon who had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from women in Indiana and Ohio, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.

He also assaulted Nierman just days before his death, police said. Then, investigators said, he fired a gun inside the house multiple times “to threaten and terrorize Nierman.”

Police said they found multiple guns in the house and on Kelley’s body that belonged to him.

Authorities have said that no charges will be filed against the children as the shooting is considered “justified.”

Great news. Being a convicted felon meant that he was not allowed to posess guns of any kind. The Mom was a bit off  for dating this guy in the first place but it is good that the daughter stepped in to protect her.

Photographer Oleg Volk was visiting Europe recently and did an interesting photo essay of the homes and office there. He comes to a conclusion that is totally logical.

Because of all of the photos, I am not going to excerpt but just go here and read - worth your while: 

How safe is your area?
A simple visual indicator of crime levels.

Gun control in the news

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Just perfect. From The Federalist:

Former Gun Control Candidate Charged With Shooting Her Campaign Treasurer
Kellie Collins, a former congressional candidate in Georgia’s 10th District, was charged with the murder of her former campaign treasurer, Curtis Cain. The allegations of murder follow Collins’ advocacy for “responsible” gun control laws during her campaign. WSB-TV reports that she argued for stricter legislation “to protect the community.”

Police found Cain’s body in Collins’s apartment with a gunshot wound. Cain did not come in to work last Tuesday, prompting deputies to check in on him. Police estimated that he was dead for roughly a week.

Collins turned herself in to police on Saturday, shortly after the body was found. The two were reportedly living together and may have been married.

Again, it is the person - not the gun.

The details are coming out and it seems that the school system seriously mismanaged the shooter. From the South Florida Sun-Sentinal:

Here's what Broward schools knew about Parkland shooter — details revealed by mistake
In the year leading up to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killer Nikolas Cruz was stripped of the therapeutic services disabled students need, leaving him to navigate his schooling as a regular student despite mounds of evidence that he wasn’t.

When he asked to return to a special education campus, school officials fumbled his request.

Those conclusions were revealed Friday in a consultant’s report commissioned by the Broward public school system. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer ordered that the report be released publicly, but with nearly two-thirds of the content blacked out.

The school district said the alterations were needed to comply with the shooter’s privacy rights, but the method the district used to conceal the text failed. The blacked-out text became visible when pasted into another computer file.

The school system did things by the book - almost. And the goblin was having problems at age three:

The consultant found that the district largely followed the laws, providing special education to the shooter starting when he was 3 years old and had already been kicked out of day care. But “two specific instances were identified,” the report says, where school officials did not follow the requirements of Florida statute or federal laws governing students with disabilities.

The goblin in school at age five:

“He often crawls on the floor or ground, pounces on another student, makes seemingly animal-like growling sounds and grimaces while holding his hands in a paw-like manner.”

Much more at the site - the system failed big-time.

More guns, less crime - an example

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A recent example of how a trained and licensed armed citizen can halt gun violence. From Orlando, Florida station WFTV:

Police: Armed bystander takes down gunman at Titusville back-to-school event
An armed bystander shot a man who opened fire on a back-to-school event at a Titusville park after a fistfight, police said.

The shooting occurred at Isaac Campbell Park on South Street shortly after 5:20 p.m. when the shooter, whom police have not identified, returned to the park after a fistfight and began firing, investigators said.

A bystander, who was licensed to a carry a firearm, shot the gunman, police said. He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. 

The bystander who shot the man waited for officers and was cooperative with the investigation, police said.

“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” said Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse."

A flyer posted on Facebook and Instagram said a back to school event called "Peace in the City" was going on at the park at the time of the shooting.

Peace in the City indeed. A tragedy avoided by a law abiding citizen.

More guns - less crime

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Perfect example of this at Texas Tech University - from Lubbock, Texas station KAMC:

Texas Tech police say the campus carry law makes Tech safer
Campus carry has been law in Texas for two years now, and Texas Tech police say the law makes the university a safer place.

They say the policy even deters potential active shooters from attempting a mass shooting situation.

“I believe it makes the campus a safer place, to live, learn and educate,” said Amy Ivey, a lieutenant at the Texas Tech Police Department.

Tech police say in a potential active shooter situation, someone might be able to stop it if they are armed.

And of course, anyone who wants to carry on campus has to go through extensive training:

Students, faculty and staff must go through active shooter training.

“We actually do a hands-on part where we barricade doors, we show you how to go hands-on with weapons, how to defend yourself and also a truncated training on how to stop the bleed, so that way, all of our faculty, staff and students are prepared if an event does happen here on campus,” Ivey said.

The reaction from one of the students:

“I do feel safe knowing that there are people that will act upon,” said Tech student Cody Wheeler. “If they have their concealed carry, and they see something going, they'll feel the need to go step in.”

An excellent editorial on the wisdom of gun-free zones can be found in this 2015 piece by John Lott at The Detroit News:

Criminals target gun-free zones
Would you post a sign announcing that your home is a gun-free zone? Would you feel safer? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets.

So why do we put up these signs in other places? The Michigan state Senate is considering whether to lift the ban on permitted concealed handguns on school or university property. Gun control advocates can’t point to any problems with permit holders carrying gun in those places, but it hasn’t stopped them from pushing a new law.

Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, every mass public shooting has occurred in a gun-free zone. And Europe has been host to three of the six worst K-12 school shootings and by far the worst mass public shooting perpetrated by a single individual.

This information from the murderers:

What might be surprising is how killers often openly talk about their desire to attack where guns are banned. The suspected Charleston killer’s first choice was to target the College of Charleston, but he chose the church instead because there were armed guards at the college.

The Aurora, Colorado, movie theater killer, James Holmes, was considering both attacking an airport and a movie theater, but he said he turned down the airport option because he was concerned about their “substantial security.” Out of seven theaters showing the “Batman” movie premiere within 20 minutes of the suspect’s apartment, only one banned permitted concealed handguns, and that is the one he attacked.

Or take a couple of cases from last year. Elliot Rodger, who shot to death three people in Santa Barbara, Calif., explained his own choice. In his 141-page “Manifesto,” Rodger turned down targets because he worried that someone with a gun would cut short his killing spree.

And just think of those poor innocent bystanders:

Those advocating gun-free zones argue that permit holders will accidentally shoot bystanders, or that arriving police will shoot the permit holders. At colleges, fears are raised that students will get drunk and misuse guns.

Out of the innumerable cases in which concealed carry holders have stopped shootings in malls, churches, schools, universities and busy downtowns, no permit holder has ever shot a bystander. Nor in these cases have the police ever accidentally shot a permit holder.

The truth is out there. The more trained people have permits to carry guns, the lower the crime rate.

From Gunpowder Magazine:

South Africa Calls for 300,000 Gun Owners to Turn Over Their Weapons
South Africa is opening the door for tyranny.

The Constitutional Court of South Africa recently ruled that 300,000 gun owners must turn in their firearms.

This judgement came in response to the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in 2017 which said Section 24 and Section 28 of the Firearm’s Control Act were unconstitutional.

A report from The Citizen explains what Section 24 and Section 28 entail:

“Section 24 of the Act requires that any person who seeks to renew a licence must do so 90 days before its expiry date Section 28 stipulates that if a firearm licence has been cancelled‚ the firearm must be disposed of or forfeited to the state. A 60-day time frame was placed on its disposal, which was to be done through a dealer.”

Now that the High Court’s initial ruling has been overturned, gun owners who failed to renew their firearms licenses must hand in their firearms to the nearest police station, where authorities will then proceed to destroy them.

Many naïve political observers will paint this event as a casual gun control scheme, but any astute student of politics will recognize that the floodgates are now open for further encroachments – not only on the gun rights of South Africans, but also on others facets of theirs lives.

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

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:

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Time to fire up the label maker

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Heh:

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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 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.

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