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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 19 Apr 2014 02:40 am

From the Boston Herald:

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns ruled that Michael Wesson of Salisbury and Thomas Woods of Natick have a Second Amendment right to own firearms despite being convicted of possessing weed in the past. Sterns said the portion of the Massachusetts Gun Control Act that disqualifies gun applicants who had previously been convicted of possessing a controlled substance was unconstitutional, as applied to the two men.

“What they are seeking is a vindication of their personal Second Amendment rights to purchase and possess firearms for home self-defense,” Stearns wrote. “They also seek, as an extension of the core right of home self-defense, the right, subject to reasonable restrictions, to transport firearms to a shooting range or other lawful location to maintain proficiency in their use.”

Good.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 18 Apr 2014 02:17 pm

They’re silent. Absolutely silent. Progressives; liberals, not a peep of outrage. Because Muslims:

Roughly 25 Muslim drivers dispatched to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive cabs adorned with advertising for the region’s upcoming Gay Games, citing religious reasons.

Two of the three companies operating at Ohio’s largest airport were informed by the drivers — one-third of the airport’s total fleet — last week that they will no longer participate in the airport’s dedicated taxicab program. The companies, Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab, were told by the drivers that their decision was based on religious reasons, airport spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo told FoxNews.com.

I’m gay, so I can say this: The professional-victim fags of the liberal and gay communities were outraged that newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich — in 2008 — held the exact same position that their own, chosen one, Obama, held on gay marriage. Eich made a donation to Prop 8 in California (with his own money, without fanfare, not involving Mozilla, etc.) and he was — in 2014 — hounded out of his job.

A photographer and a baker were hounded and sued for not wanting to (for religious reasons) photograph or bake a wedding cake for gay weddings.

Somehow this is different because… These 25 Muslims are refusing to do their job because of a Gay Games advertisement on the taxi cabs. I just — as of this writing — checked Huffington Post, Salon, and Slate. Not an ‘effing peep that these Muslims should lose their jobs, or that this is outrageous and “out-of-step with current society or with” blah, blah, blah.

Fucking hypocrites. You can bet that if it were Christian or Jewish employees refusing to drive the cabs, MSNBC puppets would be frothing at the mouth and Kos Kids would be denouncing the Muslim religion as an evil beyond Satan.

In the Fox article, a spokeswoman for the Gay Games just shrugs it off.

Progressives (liberals, leftists, et al) are the biggest hypocrites on the planet.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 18 Apr 2014 05:26 am

Not sure why, but my arthritis (hands) is really bad this morning. Too painful to work the keyboard. Talk amongst yourselves.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 10:32 am

From Bearing Arms:

A 65-year-old man faces an array of charges after he allegedly shot a squirrel in his yard Monday morning.

James Toigo, 258 Housatonic Dr., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to a police press release.

Granted, he violated other ordinances which is what brought the cops to his home in the first place. This confirms what I posted about when I reported that Connecticut State Police weren’t planning to bust-down doors searching for unregistered “assault weapons.” I warned:

Left unsaid is that if they catch you with an unregistered firearm — say during a traffic stop or a domestic violence investigation — they could cite you for that (piling on the charges, as cops are wont to do).

That is what happened here, in this case.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 05:27 am

From the Herald Tribune:

There is nothing wrong with the somewhat controversial Glock 42 pistol, according to Glock, Inc.

Everything is fine with the much-anticipated .380, says Mike Robinson, a spokesman for the Smyrna, Ga.-based firm.

“We’re still shipping it out,” Robinson said. “It’s not a matter of bad production, in our opinion.”

More than 100 readers would disagree.

I’ve been deluged by emails, comments and phone calls from folks around the country who say the pistol is extremely ammo-sensitive and unreliable — failure-to-feed and failure-to-eject prone.

Much more at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 05:18 am

At Guns.com, his five strategical blunders.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 05:11 am

Growing up in the early sixties, everyone in my home played his two 10-inch LP’s at least once a week. His weird humorous songs were so bizarre that, not yet into my teens, I thought I was listening to something clandestine — except that my parents loved him, too. Anyway, of late there’s been several articles about Lehrer (who is still alive, BTW) including this excellent one at BuzzFeed.

He’s also seemingly unconcerned about protecting his work — now, or after his death, as detailed at TechDirt:

While Lehrer has made startlingly little effort to ensure a future for his work, a handful of superfans have filled in the gap. One is Erik Meyn, a Norwegian who manages the Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel on YouTube, a feed of performance videos and playlists that has received more than 10 million views since 2007. Meyn originally posted content to the channel without Lehrer’s permission and called him from overseas in December 2008 to apologize, a conversation he later posted on the “Tom Lehrer!” Facebook page. An excerpt:

TL: Well, you see, I’m fine with that channel.

EM: You’re very kind. But my question is: Who in your family will take care of your copyright and your songs in the distant future?

TL: I don’t have a family.

EM: OK, but what do you think will happen to the channel and your songs? And if you have someone who will act on your behalf, could you give them my name in case they’d want the channel taken down?

TL: Yes, but there’s no need to remove that channel.

EM: I was just wondering what will happen in the future, because you’re certainly going to continue to sell records.

TL: Well, I don’t need to make money after I’m dead. These things will be taken care of.

EM: I feel like I gave away some of your songs to public domain without even asking you, and that wasn’t very nice of me.

TL: But I’m fine with that, you know.

For those of you who are not acquainted with Tom Lehrer, here are a few of his works. Keep in mind that he wrote and performed these in the 50’s and 60’s:







Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 11:15 am

From Policeone.com:

The number of shootings in New York City has increased during the past several weeks after months of declines, with several shootings a day keeping police busy, particularly in Brooklyn, the latest NYPD statistics show.

But … But … NYC has tough gun laws and NY State has the ‘SAFE Act’ … so how can that be?

The NYC Police Department blames it on increased gang activity of late. So, uh, I guess that means that gang members and other criminals don’t seem to be obeying all these gun control laws.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 11:09 am

From Consumer Affairs:

The GunBox of Lehi, Utah, is recalling about 1,000 GunBox gun storage boxes.

The storage box locking mechanism can open if the box is dropped, allowing access to the gun stored inside.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The GunBox is an aluminum, square, clam-shaped case with an RFID scanner with a T-shaped logo on the top center of the box and two USB ports for charging devices. The “RF+Biometric” and “Premier” model boxes include a square fingerprint scanner below the RFID scanner on the top of the box that holds multiple fingerprints.

More information at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:45 am

From Reuters:

Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer. Initiative 591, however, would disallow background checks for gun purchases unless explicitly required by the federal government.

[ . . . ]

The results on the Washington state gun measures from the Elway Poll, which is independent of the two campaigns, shows Initiative 594 enjoying 72 percent support, while the other measure has 55 percent in favor. The poll’s margin of error is 4.5 percentage points, and 504 registered voters participated.

Since the second initiative essentially leaves things as they are, there must be a lot of confused people in the Evergreen State. Might be because of legalized pot… Or, the Elway Poll used a scale of 127%.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:39 am

None of the legislation is ‘anti-gun’ in any sense of the word. The most interesting two are:

• House Bill 2517, sponsored by Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, would impose fines on cities, towns and their lawmakers who enforce gun ordinances more strictly than the state’s own laws. The bill would impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 on city and town governments that violate the statute. It would also allow the state to sue individual government officials, such as city councilors, and would prohibit them from using public funds to defend themselves in court.

• House Bill 2483 would ban cities, counties and towns from restricting the shooting of guns on private property. The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills.

More at the link. I like that last one, especially. Here in Vermont, some towns do have areas where “the discharge of firearms is prohibited.” Mostly those towns are populated by people from away.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:34 am

For once, they’re NOT like you and me only better:

A lively debate in the Louisiana Senate on Tuesday (April 15) grew deadly pretty quick during discussion about a bill members shot down that would let lawmakers pack heat in Senate chambers, among other places.

Nearly a dozen lawmakers were hypothetically shot and Sen. Jack Donahue victimized twice during a debate between the bill’s sponsor, Sen. R.L. “Bret” Allain, R-Franklin, and Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans.

Not that they DON’T think they’re better, just that the discussion turned into a ‘laugh fest’ about shooting each other while trying to stop a real armed assailant.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:26 am

Because, you know, the Krispy Kreme was still serving:

Houston police are looking for two men who broke into a firearms store and stole guns and rifles.

Detectives believe it happened between 1 and 2 am at Collectors Firearms in the 3300 block of Fondren. Police say once inside the store, the thieves were like “kids in a candy store.” They ripped off an undisclosed number of guns and rifles, plus ammunition.

Detectives say the two men did trigger a burglar alarm on the building. But police were not dispatched immediately. Police would not say why, saying that is currently part of the investigation. They were not called to the scene until 7:20am.

They do have surveillance video, but really; it’s a gun store getting robbed, not a garden nursery; a little more urgency would have been nice.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 01:21 am

From the NY Daily News:

Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million of his vast fortune to bankroll grass-roots efforts to build a national network dedicated to passing stricter gun-control laws in America, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Bloomberg said the game plan calls for absorbing the gun control groups that he has funded — Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — into an umbrella group known as Everytown for Gun Safety. They will focus enrollment efforts in 15 states, including such pro-gun strongholds as Texas, and seek to land a million new backers this year.

The strategy takes a long view of how to produce change on gun reform, and is designed to beat the National Rifle Association at its own game: developing the political clout needed to get lawmakers to back the group’s agenda — and to punish those who don’t.

Yeah, good luck in Texas….

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Apr 2014 07:27 am

From NewsMax:

It’s not just the USPS that is stocking up on ammo.

A little more than a year ago, the Social Security Administration put in a request for 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow-point” bullets.

Before that, it was the Department of Agriculture requesting 320,000 rounds. More recently, the Department of Homeland Security raised eyebrows with its request for 450 million rounds — at about the same time the FBI separately sought 100 million hollow-point rounds.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also requested 46,000 rounds.

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, asked: why exactly does a weather service need ammunition?

“NOAA — really? They have a need? One just doesn’t know why they’re doing this,” he said. “The problem is, all these agencies have their own SWAT teams, their own police departments, which is crazy. In theory, it was supposed to be the U.S. marshals that was the armed branch for the federal government.”

Is the Bundy Ranch operation only the beginning? Well, Obama has made it clear that he has no use for democracy or the Constitution. The more armed agents at his disposal, the easier it will be for him to become the next Kim Jong-un.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Apr 2014 02:53 am

From the Chicago Tribune:

One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in a drug case was properly obtained.

But in a “Perry Mason” moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom, the inquiry took a surprising turn when the suspect’s lawyer played a police video that contradicted the sworn testimony of the five officers — three from Chicago and two from Glenview, a furious judge found.

Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the search and arrest, leading prosecutors to quickly dismiss the felony charges. All five officers were later stripped of their police powers and put on desk duty pending internal investigations. And the state’s attorney’s office is looking into possible criminal violations, according to spokeswoman Sally Daly.

Details of the case, and video, at the link. Is there anyone in Chicago that ISN’T corrupt?

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Apr 2014 01:45 am

This happened at a hotel room in Andover, MA. From the Eagle Tribune:

Commander Charles Heseltine of the Andover Police Department said officers were first called to the hotel around 1 p.m. on a report from hotel management that there was smoke in one of the rooms.

Inside, police found a microwave that had exploded and caught fire. Inside the destroyed oven, police found melted pieces of a Kel-Tec 9-mm handgun. Scattered around the room and on the carpet near the microwave police also found other pieces of the gun, including springs, spent shell casings and shards of plastic. They also found broken glass and the metal frame of the microwave on the floor.

The two morons who had rented the room denied knowledge of the gun in the microwave, and of having turned the microwave on. Uh-huh; must have been a malware infection in the oven’s circuits. Oh, and since the serial number had been obliterated, they were also charged with felony possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Apr 2014 01:35 am

From the Times Free Press:

A bill seeking to allow Tennesseans to openly carry firearms in public without permits has been defeated in a House subcommittee.

The House Finance Subcommittee voted 10-1 on Monday night against the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss of Jonesborough.

Van Huss says he’s abandoning his effort to get the bill called to the floor of the House.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Apr 2014 01:03 am

If you live in Rhode Island, pay attention! From the NRA-ILA:

More than a dozen gun bills are on the agenda for this Senate committee hearing that will go well into the evening [TONIGHT! APRIL 15]. Among the most egregious are:

Senate Bill 2632, sponsored by state Senators Joshua Miller (D-28), Donna Nesselbush (D-15), Catherine Cool Rumsey (D-34), Gayle Goldin (D-3) and Juan Pichardo (D-2), would impose burdensome restrictions on semi-automatic “assault weapons” and limit magazine capacity to an arbitrary ten rounds. These bills will do nothing to address crime in Rhode Island. Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law and will certainly violate any gun ban or magazine restrictions. This bill will only handicap the ability of lawful citizens to defend themselves and their families by tipping the scales in favor of criminals.

Another bill would turn Rhode Island from a “shall issue” to a “may issue” CCW permit state. More at the link including ways to contact your state lawmakers.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 14 Apr 2014 12:35 am

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Nahshon Shelton didn’t want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi on Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police said.

So he allegedly pulled a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun out of his Gucci satchel inside the convenience store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street where they tried to make him pay it — and he threatened to kill everyone there, a prosecutor said.

This “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!” he would later allegedly tell the cops. “Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”

A Gucci satchel? Must be a member of that one-percent crowd that doesn’t want to pay their fair share in taxes.

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