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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 13 Apr 2014 03:48 am

If you have way too much money, there’s a guy specializing in it. Video at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 12 Apr 2014 11:21 am

Over at Town Hall, the “Assault Weapon” Rebellion.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 12 Apr 2014 01:25 am

In Idaho??? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 12 Apr 2014 01:14 am


Posted by Jeff Soyer on 12 Apr 2014 01:04 am

News of the slump in gun sales might be premature. From AmmoLand:

FBI released March’s background check numbers to reveal “it was the biggest March in the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) system’s history.”

According to Guns.com, the raw data shows “2,488,842 total background checks were preformed in March 2014.”

This is up 200,000 checks over March last year and 400,000 checks over the number that took place in February.

Weirdly, North Carolina accounted for over one-fifth of them; 541,978! What do they know that we don’t?

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Apr 2014 04:18 am

All I can say is, Nick Jensen is a genius:



He goes by the name, Nick Brick, and you can see more, and full sized images of his latest creation at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Apr 2014 03:08 am

I would not want to live in that city. From the NY Times:

At least 37 times in the last four years, police officers here have responded to threats with bullets, killing 23 people and wounding 14 others. On Thursday, the Justice Department weighed in with a scathing assessment, accusing the Albuquerque Police Department of a “pattern or practice of use of excessive force” that routinely violated people’s constitutional rights.

Too often, the Justice Department said, the officers kicked, punched and violently restrained nonthreatening people, and seldom were the officers reprimanded. Many of the victims suffered from mental illnesses, and some were disabled, elderly or drunk, the 16-month investigation concluded.

More gory details at the link. This really all points to the militarization of police forces in this country these days.

I was discussing this with someone last week and he (an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran) believes that a lot of it stems from recent veterans becoming police officers after they exit the military. He thinks that many of them maintain the “this is a war zone” mentality and don’t respond properly to non-life threatening situations or know how to diffuse them without simply employing violence or emptying their service weapons into, say, a mentally ill person. He blames it both on poor training by the police academies, and on a mind-set given them when they were in the military and fighting overseas.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Apr 2014 07:27 am

Following Florida’s lead:

School students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.

The bill advanced Wednesday would shield students from discipline of fines for “simulating a weapon while playing.”

Sponsoring Republican Rep. Mike Kelley, of Lamar, says he was motivated by the Maryland case of a Baltimore second-grader suspended last year for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

Imagine: Actually allowing kids to be kids again!

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Apr 2014 04:14 am

From Fox News:

According to The Washington Beacon, Obama’s $1.1 billion “[includes] $182 million to support the president’s ‘Now is the Time’ gun safety initiative.”

“Now is the Time” includes the following:

1. Require background checks for all gun sales.

2. Strengthen the background check system for gun sales.

3. Pass a new, stronger ban on assault weapons.

4. Limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

5. Finish the job of getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets

Yeah, there’s more at the link. In the meantime, the elections in November are looming importantly for the gun rights community. I hate to sound like an NRA fund-raising letter, but it’s true.

Related: House Democrats’ letter to Obama:

House Democrats want President Obama to use his executive power to renew enforcement of a ban on imported military-style guns like AK-47s.

The 82 Dems said in a letter that the ban would cut drug violence in Mexico, where AK-type guns imported to the U.S. are often smuggled.

“Restoring the import ban is a no-brainer that would require no legislative action,” said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), who spearheaded the letter with Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)

So, it isn’t even about crime here in the U.S. , but rather Mexico.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Apr 2014 04:06 am

Uh-huh. How convenient:

As he seeks the Republican nomination for governor, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has ended his association with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, saying he no longer agrees with its agenda.

In a campaign release Wednesday, Boughton said the organization founded and funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now advocating for gun laws that he cannot support.

He was for it before he was against it. And, how vocal was he about all the gun control laws Gov. Malloy and the state legislature shoved down everyone’s throats?

From CT News Junkie, last August:

Guns: Would Boughton have signed the bipartisan gun legislation that was a response to the Sandy Hook School shooting?

“I believe and have believed that those people deserved a legislative response,” Boughton said. “I don’t know if the legislature got it right. I think in many, many ways they didn’t get it right. Particularly when it relates to school safety. To only put $15 million to harden our school sites in the entire state of Connecticut is absolutely bizarre.”

But would he have signed it?

“I would have to think long and hard about that and probably have to make a decision about what I think is best for the residents of Connecticut, but also the response for the parents of Sandy Hook,” he said.

Boy, that’s taking a bold stand. So, he has no principled position at all; whichever way the polls are pointing, that’s where he’ll follow. By last December, he met with the CT Tea Party and found a lizard-sized backbone and said, “I have a strong record of supporting 2A rights, look it up.” Actually, there’s nothing to look up. I know; I tried. And, it wasn’t until just a couple days ago that he “quit” Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

His primary opponent (or at least the most prominent one), Tom Foley, isn’t much better:

Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley told the state’s largest gun group Tuesday night that he would block further gun-control legislation if elected, but he has no plans to seek repeal of the sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws approved last year in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“I will promise you this, if I am governor, any further attempts at restrictions on law-abiding residents by our legislature will stop at the governor’s office,” Foley told members of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, who packed the Elks Lodge for their monthly meeting.

Hey Tom? Don’t bother with the barn door; the horses are all gone.

I feel for my Connecticut readers.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Apr 2014 03:25 am

More proof that sending your children to public schools is child abuse:

Greg Schiller, a science teacher at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, was suspended in February, the same month the students entered their projects in the competition.

KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen reported one of the entries was an air cannon and the other was an electromagnetic coil gun, which freshman Asa Ferguson submitted and was later confiscated.

“It has appliances in roller coasters and spaceships. It’s been theorized to be able to launch spaceships in space for cheaper,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson believes the word “gun” caused his project to be pulled.

“I think that if I had said it was an electromagnetic propulsion system it would not have been taken out,” he said.

Hard to believe that the U.S. lags behind other countries in science education.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Apr 2014 03:20 am

From Sea Coast Online:

Gun maker SIG Sauer has filed a civil suit against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives claiming the federal agency wrongfully classified a “muzzle brake” SIG Sauer designed to reduce recoil as an item “intended only for use” when making a silencer.

SIG Sauer claims gun silencers are “subject to burdensome legal requirements,” and by calling its muzzle brake a part for a silencer, the federal agency is subjecting it to “economic injury.”

Much more at the link. The BATF refused to reclassify it even after SIG Sauer produced evidence that far from muffling the sound, it amplified it a bit.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Apr 2014 06:50 am

From the Drinks Business:

A vodka packaged in a gun-shaped bottle alongside a glass grenade has been found in breach of UK alcohol marketing laws for its “inappropriate” association to violence and aggression.

Bartex’s Red Army Vodka gift pack features a gun-shaped bottle of vodka and a glass grenade filled with a Russian herbal liqueur and six shot glasses typically retailing at around £100.

The novelty gift pack sparked a complaint to The Portman Group from The Independent Complaints Panel of the Responsible Retailing Code of Northern Ireland who said its packaging was closely linked with “violent, aggressive, dangerous or anti-social behavior”.



Every party has a pooper that you just want to slap the crap out of. Anyway, I wonder if it’s available here? Not crazy about the name, but I wouldn’t mind a few shots with from it.

BTW, whatever happened to this project?

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Apr 2014 02:38 am

I’m all for concealed carry and, yes, I do believe it brings crime levels down. But, too many are making too much of a three-month dip in Chicago’s violent crime rate. AWR Hawkins is one of them:

Police began accepting applications for CCHs in January, and CBS Chicago reported that the permits began to be mailed to approved applicants in February.

At the same time, Chicago’s ABC 7 reports that “the first three months of 2014 saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013… and 55 fewer murders than 2012.”

So… the same time period in 2013 saw a significant drop in murders from the previous year (2012), but no one had a CCW permit in 2013. Yet, here’s the headline of Hawkin’s story: Chicago Has Concealed Carry, Lowest Murder Rate in 56 Years

Hawkins and others are implying that the new ability of law abiding Chicago residents to conceal-carry is the reason. While the future might bear that out, I believe that two months worth of data is insufficient for such a claim. It could be a factor, but may I suggest that the weather played a part? Chicago has just suffered one of the coldest and snowiest Winters on record. Even thugs know enough to come in out of the “Polar Vortex” as it were. Just sayin’….

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Apr 2014 02:29 am

Theoretically, the bill is really about police being able to charge a weekly storage fee ($4 dollars per gun) when they confiscate them as a result of a domestic dispute restraining order. From Vermont Watchdog:

State Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, blasted the bill, saying Vermonters would be “deprived of their property and … told they have to pay to get it back without ever having had a day in court.” Confiscating Vermonters’ property without due process violates the U.S. Constitution, he said.

“I don’t own a gun, but I do care about the Constitution, and when you bypass that, I find that offensive.”

[ . . . ]

When Watchdog asked Cutler why the bill sailed through the House without controversy, he replied, “They didn’t know it was a forfeiture bill; they thought it was a fee bill.”

Much more at the link. Federal law says that if you are convicted of domestic violence, you cannot possess guns. This Vermont bill would allow confiscation based upon an allegation. Restraining orders are easy to get.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Apr 2014 02:10 am

That’s important because right now anyone who meets certain criteria for a CCW permit “shall” be issued one. From the Providence Journal:

Rhode Island law allows two paths for seeking a permit to carry concealed guns: one says local authorities “shall” grant a permit to qualified applicants and the other says the state attorney general “may” grant the permit. Finn’s bill would make it uniformly “may issue a permit to” a person who is 21 or older.

More at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Apr 2014 03:48 am

PETA wants to turn Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home into a vegan restaurant:

The home, now listed for $295,000, was the location of Dahmer’s first murder in 1978. He killed, dismembered, and scattered the remains of Steven M. Hicks around the 1.5-acre property. Dahmer would later take the lives of 16 more victims. Newkirk wrote in her letter, “Dahmer’s old house gives us a way to evoke sympathy for these victims and to suggest that a life-affirming diet can change everything.” It is unclear what Ms. Newkirk meant by ‘everything.’

Zoning inspector and administrator Bill Funk explained that the group would, “have a lot of hurdles to jump,” because the house is located in a Bath Township residential zone where businesses are not allowed. However, PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt asserts that they are serious about the proposal and they have even thought of a name and a possible menu for their future restaurant. They’re planning on calling the restaurant, Eat For Life: Home Cooking, and they intend to offer vegan dishes at a cost of $10 or less.

They’ve even got a a cover for their menu:

Oh, wait, that’s not it. This is it here:



So much material, so little time. Finger food that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Guess who’s for dinner? Better than Rocky Mountain oysters! Breast or thigh? Full rack or half-rack of ribs? How’s the leg-of-Lynn today? Bonnie Appétit . . .

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Apr 2014 03:22 am

From ABC News:

Attorneys for a church in Manhattan are asking a federal judge in Delaware to prohibit Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn’t include its proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.

[ . . . ]

Wal-Mart says it is not required to include the proposal in its proxy statement because it deals with ordinary business operations, an argument accepted by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Needless to say, the church in question doesn’t want Wal-Mart to sell firearms and ammunition. I think that if it really came to a vote, most investors would no-more want the giant retailer to stop selling guns than they would want Exxon-Mobile to stop selling gasoline.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Apr 2014 03:07 am

Froma Harrop: Is it time to merge the U.S. and Canada?

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 07 Apr 2014 09:44 am

Apparently, Mr. Poopy Pants Mike Dickinson is having a bad day:



I guess he has a history of such retarded behavior:

Dickinson’s campaign — if it can actually be called that — has so far consisted primarily of unhinged, largely fact-free, hateful rants on Twitter.

In one tweet, for example, he called those who oppose abortion stupid, and said those who watch Fox News “ate paint chips as children.”

Such opinions seem to be the norm for him, judging by his Twitter site.
Is anyone in Virginia taking this loony seriously?

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