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Interesting Pew survey

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:07

Summed up here. A majority believe that the NRA either has the right amount of influence, or should have more influence.

In line with other surveys of which I have heard, 19% of gun owners believe they are members of the NRA. If that were true, NRA membership would be 10-20 million. Prior surveys have found that many people are not too clear about what makes you a member, and believe that belonging to a gun club or having taken an NRA course is all it takes.

World record sniper hit

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:39

A Canadian sniper in Iraq hits his man at 3,540 meters, or 3,871 yards. This puts him well ahead of the US record, 2,300 meters, or just over 2,500 yards.

Hat tip to Steve Schreiner...

Thought for the day

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 22:11

Should Greece complain of American universities' cultural appropriation of philosophy, logic, drama, sciences, speech and rhetoric, architecture, medicine, art, and competitive sports? "You guys didn't invent that, we did!"

Shooter at Congressional baseball practice

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:20

His Facebook page tells you all you need to know about him. Of course his political beliefs will be mentioned in the mass media... not at all.

UPDATE: more, on from folks looking at his Twitter feed. "Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It's time to destroy Trump & Co." Here's a reported picture of him:

Rumor has it that he was a moderate Bernie Bro but was radicalized by watching CNN and Stephen Colbert....

Army Secretary nominee sounds first rate

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 23:22

Over at Bearing Arms, Bob Owens has thoughts about the nominee for the Secretary of the Army, Mark Green. All I need to know is that he believes an armed citizenry is a check and balance on the government, and that therefore citizens should be allowed to own anything the military has, including ships of war.

A view so hardcore that James Madison and Thomas Jefferson would have approved it...

UPDATE: oh, yes, he and his work will be missed. I forgot.

Weather alert for hell: Sleet and Freezing Rain

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 20:00

New Jersey Supreme Court holds that Second Amendment protects having a weapon (or at least a machete) inside your house. On top of it, the issue wasn't raised in the trial court, but the New Jersey court finds that it was "plain error" that it can correct anyway.

Third and final report on "Fast and Furious"

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:16

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has released it; I agree with David Codrea that reports are nice, but how about action?

Additional confirmation of a theory

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 16:53

NSSF is reporting that May 2017 had nearly a million (988,473) NICS background checks processed, an increase of 6.5% over May 2016. The media are apt to treat the great increase in firearm sales over past years as caused by people buying out of fear of confiscation or other limitation. I'd say any such fears are remarkably low just now, yet the sales levels not only are high but increasing. What we're seeing is a long term trend as Americans rediscover their love of guns and shooting. This is catastrophic for the antigun movement.

News to me

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 19:02

The U.S. was "created by int'l community in Treaty of Paris in 1783." It's from a professor of history at Harvard, who also chairs their American Studies department, so it must be true.


Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:23

David Codrea has notes on the photographer behind the pic of Kathy Griffin holding a bloody fake Trump head. Seems she's had a lot of event cancellations, and the photog just had his exhibition at the Leica Gallery vanish.

Hackers steal IDs from FLA gun permit database

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:53

Story here. Apparently they got 16,000 files, which is described as 1% of the total (1.6 million permits?)


Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:04

Local news

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:24

The FBI has arrested a man (a school security monitor, no less) for threatening the life of U.S. Representative Martha McSally. Local "protests" against her have focused on her support for Donald Trump's proposals, and that support was the motive for his death threats. So much for Tucson's Revive Civility Month.

I wonder how much publicity this would get if political roles were reversed.....

Murder is a concentrated event

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:12

John Lott points out that in 2014, 54% of American counties had zero murders, and 69% had either zero or one murder. In comparison, the 1% of counties with the worst murder rates contributed 37% of the total murders nationwide, and the 5% of counties with the highest murder rates contributed 68% of the murders nationwide.

Answering the questions that need to be asked

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:56

Is your meth gluten-free? I trust the offer of free testing is tongue-in-cheek.

Scope sights in 1775?

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:36

Clayton Cramer finds a 1775 reference to a firearm "with a Telescope sight." This does push the dating back quite a bit; from what I can find, most sources put the origins of scope sights no earlier than the 1830s.

H&K Stopping American sales?

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 23:42

An FFL has sent me a notice alleged to come from H&K (in Germany) saying that it has ceased supplying the domestic US market as of May 1, owing to some general BS, and asking the FFL to respond to a survey giving his location and how many various types of H&K arms he has sold (period of the sales not specified). The response is to be mailed to H&K at Str. 1, 78727 Oberdorf aN. The FFL enclosed an image of the alleged notice.

It sounds like BS to me, although I cannot figure out a motive.

This is the mass media to which I am accustomed

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 19:23

After running a column comparing NRA members unfavorably to ISIS members, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suspends a columnist who wrote a response. Free marketplace of ideas, no way!

Memorial for Mike Vanderboegh

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:15

It'll be held May 5 at the LaGrange, Alabama College Site Park. Details at the War on Guns blog.