Posts Tagged ‘RKBA’

There’s no such thing as an ‘assault’ weapon. There are weapons better geared to be used in armed assaults, but I wouldn’t take a deer rifle to a gun fight.

Let me expound on what I mean by that. Yes, there are weapons that aren’t suited to ‘hunting’. Most hunters hunt for the meat, or sometimes the hide, maybe the horns. (I personally have not found a good recipe for horn yet, so I hunt for my love of venison and wild game) You would not, for example, want to use a bazooka to shoot a deer if your intention was to get dinner. (that is unless you have a pallet that prefers bruised, blood, bone and hair speckled hamburger) But technically you ‘could’ use a bazooka to shoot a deer, just the results would not be suitable. So it’s safe to say a bazooka does not make for a good deer rifle.

Squirrel Hunting with an AK-47
But any time you create a ‘classification’ and intend to define things by way of that classification, if another classification equally applies, the stereotyping of that item is potentially invalidated. I know, for example a great many hunters who like to use AK-47’s because they are one of the most reliable weapons ever made. You can literally drop them in the mud, drag them through the sand, bury them in 12″ of top soil, pull them out and still get them to fire accurately enough to take down a deer. So although built to be used for armed assaults, they make very effective weapons for just about any purpose.

But let’s focus on those most ‘evil’ of weapons folks try to demonize. Weapons that are designed with the full intention of killing as many enemies as possible. Large round, full metal jacket, metal spraying machines who’s primary design and purpose is to hurl as much lethal stuff at human bodies as possible in the shortest span of time. They probably wouldn’t be suitable for hosing down deer if, as in most places, you are only provided 1 or 2 kill tags.

The problem is that any weapon created for the purpose of carrying out assaults works equally well for the purpose of defending against those assaults. Any weapon that poses a threat to others is capable of posing a deterrent to others as well. Thus any so-called ‘assault’ weapon is equally classifiable as an ‘anti-assault’ weapon. It’s all in how it is used.

Despite the desires of the anti-gun crowd to suggest otherwise, I have conducted multiple experiments. I have, for example, taken out my Ruger 10/22, thrown a fully loaded 30 round banana clip into it and set it on the table in such a configuration that it met one of the original qualifications as an ‘assault’ weapon. I set it out thus and left it there, properly supervised of course, for over 3 days straight. It never once got up off the table, ran out, and started mowing down innocent civilians and children. As I say, I have repeated this and similar experiments with my other weapons many times. Not once has any of them gone out and performed a killing spree on their own.

So the notion of an ‘assault’ weapon is nothing more than a rhetorical myth created by people who want to demonize something they do not wish to bear any responsibility for. But be damn sure, if they ever need that ‘anti-assault’ capability, they’ll be finding someone properly trained and throw those guns into their hands, all the while begging them “save me save me!” All I can say is ‘how pathetic!’

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Mitch Albom at WJR 760am

Well, once again good ole Mitch Albom set off my ‘critical thinking bullshit detector’ on my commute home. Today he had on a guest who was discussing some research he was apparently trying to collect on the Michigan Concealed Carry law as part of the acknowledgement of it being passed 10 years ago.

Among some of the other things that were discussed, the guest had pointed out some of the things that the law proposed to do.  Obviously, it established a legal process for a ‘no fault’ CCW. (‘no fault’ in this instance refers to the fact that instead of having to prove a ‘need’ to have such a permit, the responsibility instead falls upon the issuing body to prove cause not to provide one to anyone applying) It also established anonymity protection for the applicants, i.e. not adding their names to some kind of publicly accessible registry.  But apparently, it also established reporting guidelines to better assess any impact on illegal activities that permit owners might be involved with in any way.

Apparently, one of the beefs that Mr. Albom wanted to highlight is that this reporting standard did not carry with it any penalties for non-compliance.  And also apparently, many jurisdictions have not been complying with these reporting guidelines.

Now at this point let me say that I agree with both Mr. Albom and his guest.  If there is a requirement in the law that crimes related to CCW permit holders be reported, they should be.  If, for whatever reason, jurisdictions are not reporting these statistics then that is a legitimate beef to take up with those jurisdictions.  But that is where my agreements end.  And the fact that Mr. Albom felt the need to make this ‘news’ at all reminded me all to clearly of the non-issue news about the potential hazards of Reardon metal in the book Atlas Shrugged.

I’ll give Mitch credit that he did present both sides of the arguments.  He did point out at least twice that you can neither say that crimes are occurring as a result of increased handgun carrying by-way-of legal CCW permit carrying citizens nor can you say that crimes are being prevented by CCW permit carrying citizens when such statistics are not reported.  But he then went on at least half a dozen times to suggest that the statistics on CCW related crimes are under-reported.

If you cannot determine either way, then that is nothing more than an assumption.  You could just as easily assume that these statistics are not being reported because these jurisdictions in question have little or nothing to report!  With that said, the latter is still an assumption, but I would argue it is a safer assumption than the one he is alleging by way of suggesting an under-reporting of CCW related crime.  He also added to this suggestion that ‘there’s not way to tell’.  But I think there is.

There are organizations with political motives on both sides of the debate that could benefit from news one way or another.  (he tacitly eluded to this as well but did not correlate it as it would have no doubt damaged his presumption of ‘under reported crimes)  Both sides have people who monitor the news and would report on any and all successes and/or abuses (respective to their political motive) that benefited their side of the debate.  BUT….. the media tends to reverberate the negative, anti-gun sentiments wider, farther and longer than any pro-gun news.

If in fact there were known abuses of the law by CCW permit holders, the media would pounce on that like a bunch of blood crazed hounds.  Witness the case of Bernie Goetz as a gleaming example of the kind of media bias I am referring to.  Although not a legal-CCW related case, the media went crazy over the coverage of the criminal charges against Mr. Goetz and almost entirely glossed over the criminal acts being committed against him at the time.  (they also grossly under reported the ‘effects’ of his actions on the crime statistics in the NY subway in the weeks following his criminal act of self-defense)

To say there is ‘no way to know for sure’ simply because statistics are under-reported to support either claim, is to over look the media blood-lust for anti-gun rhetoric, in the midst of perpetuating more anti-gun rhetoric!

Unfortunately Mr. Albom, I must say yet again….

Critical-Thinking Bullshit Detector

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Imagine a portion of a bill currently on the floor the U.S. Congress with the following language:

(a) Findings- Congress finds that-
(1) the manufacture, distribution, broadcast and dissemination of newspapers, magazines, television broadcasts and other related media formats is inherently commercial in nature;
(2) such periodicals and broadcast mediums regularly cross local and state boundaries;
(3) to the extent that media publications and broadcasts are intrastate in nature, it arises out of and is substantially connected with a commercial transaction, which, when viewed in the aggregate, substantially affects interstate commerce;
(4) because the intrastate and interstate sale of periodicals and transmission of audio and video are so commingled, full regulation of interstate commerce requires the incidental regulation of intrastate commerce;
(5) the nature of the modern media is to try to increase sales which is often achieved through sensational means and in real time. The nature of the delivery of such information is such that the first to deliver any details generally profits most, and this by it’s nature contributes to the possibility of incorrect or incomplete information that could cause undue harm or lead to wide scale panic.

(b) Sense of the Congress- It is the sense of the Congress that-
(1) commercial publication and broadcast is prevalent and widespread in and among the States, and it is usually impossible to distinguish between intrastate publications/broadcasts and interstate publications/broadcasts
(2) it is in the national interest and within the role of the Federal Government to ensure that the regulation of the press is uniform among the States, that law enforcement can quickly and effectively trace inaccurate, slanderous or inciteful information, and that media outlets know how to write and deliver the news or express their opinions responsibly.

Probably cause a little bit of outrage don’t you think? Compare that to section two of this peice of crap:
Text of H.R.45 as Introduced in House (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/text)

Tom Selleck on Rosie O'Donnell

Tom Selleck on Rosie O'Donnell

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Originally posted on Facebook Notes

A friend of mine who is now living and working in Alaska (some of you may know her) brought this to my attention shortly after Obama was elected by expressing real fears of the eskimo natives in the tribal village where she now lives and works.

Obama’s feel-good idea is to ban the existence of gun shops (even any stores including the sale of ammunition alone) within 5 miles of any school. This 5 mile no-gunshop zone actually equates to a 10 mile diameter circle centered on the school.

So why is this a problem for the eskimos? Towns like Kwethluk where she lives (and many other native american villages across the country) are rather stereotypical of Eskimo towns in Alaska.
* Population 716
* make up of close to 95% native americans
* total land area 10 square miles. (about 3 1/2 miles in diameter)
* isolated and separate from there being any significant ‘population centers’ nearby

Kwethluk is considered an Alaskan ‘bush’ village where the next closest town is over 15 miles away and is similar in size and population makeup. Even the nearest larger town, Bethel is a mere 7 miles in diameter, close to 30 miles away and with no roads running between.

As a native eskimo village, the mean income tends to be low (33k and that number is somewhat padded by the service workers in the town such as administrators, teachers like my friend, etc.). This is due to the fact that most of the native eskimo residents are subsistence hunters and fishermen.

My friend wrote me to express concern over the ‘5 mile ban’ (10 mile diameter) as the bush towns are more often than not only able to get goods delivered by bush plane and then only at considerable expense. In Alaska this is especially poignant during the long winter. (she told of a horror story where she recently ordered toilet paper, had to order them bulk and was only able to get some offbrand ‘scratchpaper’ at $2 per roll)
Add again to this the fact that a bulk of any income in Alaska not only goes to a higher cost of goods and services, but those goods and services also include a significant cost for simple necessities like ‘heat’ in the forms of fuel oil, natural gas, propane and fuel for vehicles.

Add all these things together and what you get is, any of these towns that has a school (as required by federal law in most cases) will no longer be able to have a store to sell guns and ammunition for the subsistence hunting. Combined with the low monetary income of the native american subsistence hunters, this will also make it cost prohibitive for them to afford having ammunition flown in from any city large enough to have gun shops far enough from schools.

If you take a look at a map of Alaska you will see similar towns scattered all throughout the Alaskan bush and most similarly populated by a majority of native eskimo residents. I hadn’t heard anyone mention this aspect of the ‘effects’ of the 5 mile school ban until she brought it to my attention and I think it is quite worthy of a scrupulous look! I doubt I should hold my breath to see the mainstream news post the headline: “Obama plan starves native americans”

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Originally posted to Facebook Notes

Some comments on a friends facebook page about guns and home safety in regards to kids got me thinking of a (true) story about a friend of my fathers. This man was dating a woman who lived alone with three teenage daughters. There was a recent number of breakins and assaults near their apartment complex and she came to him asking if he could help her get a gun so her and the girls could defend themselves. He agreed to help but on a number of conditions – basically that they do it by his terms.
The terms he laid out was that they learn as much as possible about firearms before seeking to purchase one. And that upon purchasing one they learn everything about it before firing it. And that they also learn how to fire it before putting it in their home for protection. They all agreed (mom and the three daughters).
So he began by sitting them down and explaining to all of them the various benefits and detriments to guns with various types of actions and mechanisms, clips versus cylinders, barrel length, weight, accuracy, safety features, trigger pulls, hammer drops, recoils, etc. It was unanimously decided to get a double-action revolver for a number of reasons. (they were worried about automatics due to the hard-to-pull action and the possibility of having fingers or other body parts behind the action when it auto-cycled upon firing, a double action would provide the option of manually pulling the hammer back for an easier trigger pull or doing a longer-harder trigger pull to completely cycle the action and fire the gun in an emergency. Furthermore, they could store the gun with the hammer resting over an empty cylinder to minimize accidents)
So it was decided and they went to a local gun show, and looked over various dealer’s booths and purchased and registered a double-action revolver. He then took them home and taught them everything they could ever possibly need to know about the revolver and all four of them had to demonstrate both knowledge and proficiency with a number of concepts; how to make sure it was not loaded and safe, how to take it apart and put it back together, how to properly clean it, how to properly carry it and hand it off to someone else, etc.
Once they all were satisfied with their proficiency on those concepts he told them to don some old clothes and they would all have to go to the range and learn how to proficiently and safely fire the gun, so they did. They made a full day of it and actually had some fun learning to do it, even getting in some competitions with one another as to who could shoot the straightest. They learned to shoot bench rested and freehand, and standing. They shot at 25 yards, they shot at 50 yards. All-in-all they all felt much more satisfied with their knowledge and proficiency and thus felt much more secure in their choice to get a gun for home protection.
So the man asked them to start packing up while he would go take down the last of the targets. But unbeknown to them, he reached down to grab a small brown paper bag he had sitting near his feet the entire time. As they were busy picking up the shell casings and packing up their things he went out to a distance of about 15 yards, set down a small stool, set the contents of the bag on top of the stool and removed the brown paper bag to revel a 1/2 gallon metal can with the label removed. He then walked back to the woman and the girls, some what oblivious to him in the midst of their tasks, picked up the gun and loaded a single bullet, turned and fired at the metal can.

In a split second the decision to keep a gun for personal protection vanished, for in a split second every one of them was covered from head to foot in small red specs. As everyone stood in shock he explained that what was in in the can was plain old tomato juice but that the contents of the can reacts not much unlike a human body and thus that is what they can expect if they ever actually have to use the gun for personal protection against an intruder.
The decision was made to sell the gun the following day, not because they felt unsafe around the gun but because they now realized exactly what it would mean to use it.

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