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Give ‘Em Heller!
In 1988, when Florida first considered passing a shall-issue concealed carry permitting (CCW) law, gun control groups hysterically predicted massive public bloodshed and shoot-outs in the streets. But nothing like their dire predictions has ever happened. In fact, after Florida civilians were allowed to legally carry guns in public for self-defense, certain categories of violence plummeted. For example, in the first five years after Florida allowed concealed carry, murders went down 21%, while n
Brain Dead Broke
Who knew that when she claimed to be “dead broke” Hillary Clinton was talking about her moral and intellectual disabilities.
During a CNN sponsored campaign advertisement cloaked as a “town hall meeting”, Hillary Clinton – an obvious Democrat candidate for President in 2016 – had a few nasty things to say about gun owners. Clinton opined that gun owners, and those who take constitutional mandates seriously, are terrorizing the rest of the nation. And that they (i.e., “we”) nee
When the gun control movement’s spokesperson admits that their policies don’t offer working solutions to the criminal misuse of firearms, will the core of the gun control movement soon crumble?
In one of his last interviews before he stepped down as the head of Everytown for Gun Safety – billionaire social engineer Michael Bloomberg’s AstroTurf organization – Mark Glaze confessed to the Wall Street Journal that “Because people perceive a mismatch in the policy solution
VPC = Very Petty Con
Analysis performed by gun control groups is about as thoughtful and deep as Miley Cyrus’s song lyrics. The Violence Policy Center, one of America’s oldest and most conniving Joyce Foundation funded institutions, is this week’s example.
Keep in mind that the VPC has called for the banning of all handguns, declared that confusing the public about “assault weapons” is good policy, and even insinuated that the average concealed carry licensee is a murderer waiting to happen. In their my
New Study Confirms: Criminals Prefer Handguns, Not Semi-Automatic Rifles
Thugs prefer handguns over any type of rifle, shotgun or other “long gun.”
According to a study published on June 16, 2014, the vast majority of guns seized from gang members, felons and drug traffickers were handguns, not fully-automatic rifles, nor even the semi-automatic modern sporting rifles deliberately mislabeled as “assault weapons” by the gun ban lobby.
Why? For decades criminologists have known the answer. They found that street crime is best performed wit
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Cold Hard Truth
"...There's three sides to every story, baby
yours, mine and the cold hard truth..."
-Partial lyrics from the song "Long Way Home",
by Don Henley
Sybrina Fulton, biological mother of the Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed in an act of self-defense by George Zimmerman in February of 2012, has written an open letter which was published by Time Magazine today.
Addressed to the family of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, Fulton describes the dea
Another Riot, More Déjà Vu All Over Again…
Call Judge Catherine Blake in Maryland - Fox 2 News in St. Louis has found a "a legitimate case" of gun owners using a modern sporting rifle for self defense purposes. In fact, it seems store owners in Ferguson, Missouri are having to protect their own property after St. Louis County Police have been pulled off duty by Democrat Governor Jay Nixon in the middle of riots and demonstrations over the Michael Brown shooting.
Korean store owners during the 1992 LA Riots- Image by Wikipedia
Thanks, But No Thanks…
Michael Rosenwald at the Washington Post wrote the other day about a new German import that has got the gun ban crowd as excited as all get out.
Now, this blogger has nothing against German import products. Germany has given us many great things, such as the Volkswagen TDI diesel, Beck's beer and Heidi Klum. On the other hand, with Zyklon B and National Socialism, not so much.
Fitting into this latter category of Not-So-Good-Things-From-Germany is the Armatix iP1. Labeled as a "sma
Hot on the heals of concerns over whether America the Beautiful is now America the Police State, comes this story from Mediaite about a traffic stop straight out of a Keystone Cops silent epic.
It seems while Miami Officer Marcel Jackson was out doing his job, trying to make his ticket quota, and otherwise "Working For The Man", he ended up with the Traffic Stop From Hell as seen in the video link above.
Suffice it to say that things can go south quickly when a patrol officer pulls over a
Everyone Into The Pool, The Water’s Fine…
Image by Wikipedia
A recent article at Rolling Stone highlights the problem that Michael Bloomberg and other gungrabbers have in pushing their disarmament agenda.
Writer Christopher Ketcham essentially comes out of the gun-ban closet and admits, openly, that as a Way-Lefty he and a number of his friends still like their guns. Furthermore, the reasons to have firearms essentially parallel the very rationale of the Founding Fathers, that being of the need for the average citizen to oppose gov
Handguns As Prime Weapons of Self-Defense
The primary reason Americans own handguns is for self-defense; all other reasons being secondary. Likewise the primary reason Americans own long guns is sport, self-defense being secondary. If you want to review the evidence see Gary Kleck, TARGETING GUNS (1997), the definitive work on the criminology of gun control.
[as to the technical viability issues I insert here a memo I prepared for the other counsel in Heller:
RHETORICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DEFICIENCY OF LONG GUNS COMPARED TO HANDGUNS
[the following was written for my granddaughters]
None of you girls are old enough to remember Calvin Coolidge, though at least Bobbie may remember that he was Warren Harding’s vice president and succeeded to the presidency on Harding’s death, serving until 1928
when Herbert Hoover succeeded him. Coolidge was famed for his verbal reticence, sometimes being referred to
as “Silent Cal.” I think it was Dorothy Parker who on his death quipped “how could they tell?”
Probably the most important and enduring story to come ou
HOSTILITY IMPUGNS ANTI-GUN “SCHOLARSHIP”
Indicative of the irrational bias to which gun ownership is subject are a series of articles in which Prof. Leonard Berkowitz asserted that guns arouse hostile and aggressive impulses in their owners. To prove this he conducted laboratory tests supposedly showing subjects' hostility levels rose particularly when others who annoyed them were associated with guns in various ways.
1. Evidence of this "weapons effect" is limited and erratic. Other psychologists have been unable to replicate Berkowi
Penis Theory Of Gun Ownership
Reviewing unsubstantiated, mostly "derogatory... speculative literature
on the personality characteristics of gun owners", the NIJ Evaluation
(p. 120) mentions "the psychoanalytic" view that "weapons are phallic
symbols representing male dominance and masculine power." The idea of gun ownership as sexual aberration has been casually espoused by such anti-gun luminaries as Arthur Schlessinger, Jr., Harlan Ellison, Mike
Royko and Joyce Brothers.
The only serious study endorsing this view is by ps
Policing v. Self-Defense
Analysts Linda Gorman and David Kopel summarize the value of defensive firearms:
Reliable, durable, and easy to operate, modern firearms are the most effective means of self-defense ever devised. They require minimal maintenance and, unlike knives and other weapons, do not depend on an individual’s physical strength for their effectiveness. Only a gun can allow a 110 pound woman to defend herself against a 200 pound man.1
Multiple studies of thousands of defense inc
Presidential Election Scandal: Obama’s Benghazi
The Obama Administration’s manipulation of the news about the deadly 9/11 terrorist attack on Benghazi affected the presidential election. His administration misled the American people about a serious defeat suffered in the war on terror, and it appears that it did so for its own political gain. We’ll never know whether this media manipulation (with MSM complicity) altered the outcome of the election. But it could have. That alone is reason enough to investigate this presidential-election sc
Armed Self Defense Moments Ohio: two perps try to abduct a woman walking her dog. She draws her gun, and they reconsider. Florida: armed robber enters jewelry store, pulls gun on 89 year old WWII vet. The vet grabs perp’s gun, …
For reference re: justifiable homicide In the dispute over how many self-defense cases occur, one data point often cited by those seeking to minimize the number is the FBI Uniform Crime Report’s count of justifiable homicides (a legal cate …
$100 traffic citation removed to US District Court Washington, DC. Federal employee gets into a minor fender-bender, gets a $100 traffic ticket. Alleging he was on duty at the time, the Dept of Justice appears on his behalf and gets the traffic ticket …