gun control

Fox Butterfield, is that you?

Featured image James Taranto has moved on from his daily online Best of the Web column and his recurring documentation of New York Timesthink under the catchphrase “Fox Butterfield, is that you?” Butterfield was the Times reporter endlessly befuddled by, or indignant over, high incarceration rates coupled with low crime rates. Invoking Butterfield, Taranto noted cases of reported contradiction where correlation was more like it. CBS Minnesota affiliate WCCO introduces Pat Kessler’s »

On Guns, a Cost-ly Mistake by Slow Joe

Featured image I don’t watch Morning Joe on MSNBC, partly because why would any sensible person do so, but also because I imagine the Saturday Night Live spoofs of Joe and Mika groping each other on camera are probably accurate in at least one sense: Mika has gotten inside Joe Scarborough’s head. Right now I gather Slow Joe is in full outrage mode that Congress won’t do anything on guns. Mediaite captures »

Premature Observations on the Parkland School Shootings

Featured image As Steve said this morning, it is pretty much pointless to comment on mass shooting events before the facts are known. But that hasn’t stopped liberals from going into full hysteria mode, as they always do. And perhaps the dust has settled enough to allow some preliminary observations. Here are mine: 1. The facts, to the extent they have been reported, are very weird. The murderer, Nikolas Cruz, packed up »

Hope for California! Gun Yoga??

Featured image Gun yoga—gun yoga!!—has come to . . . Santa Monica!?! I think each and every one of these ladies has earned a turn as our empowered feminist of the week in our Saturday picture gallery. Okay, so too bad this is a put on, but with the humor deficit in California, it could work! »

The Real Consensus On Gun Control

Featured image Gun control is considered to be one of the most divisive issues in American politics. This is, in part, because liberals often pretend to believe that we live in a Wild West in which firearms are virtually unregulated. (As an aside, the numbers I have seen suggest that the homicide rate was very low, by modern standards, in the frontier West, but I haven’t investigated deeply enough to be sure »

Are Liberals Making a Case for Mandatory Church Attendance?

Featured image In the wake of Devin Kelley’s mass murder in Sutherland Springs, a meme has sprung up on the Left: ridiculing those who say their thoughts and prayers are with the dead and wounded and their families. Such sentiments might seem inoffensive, but the anti-prayer theme is one that has been building among liberals for some time, and has taken off over the last two days. One of the many liberal »

Thoughts About Mass Murder

Featured image My wife and I returned a few days ago from a vacation in England. At one point, we walked across the Westminster Bridge, where earlier this year an Islamic terrorist drove a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians, killing four and injuring more than 50. Since that attack, barriers have been erected between the roadway and the pedestrian paths across the bridge. They are referred to by some as “diversity »

A Liberal Visits South Dakota and Freaks Out at the Sight of Guns [Updated]

Featured image Via Twitchy, the hilarious story of a lefty who–for reasons unknown–ventured into South Dakota and saw firearms. The lefty is Samuel Sinyangwe, who describes himself this way on Twitter, where he has more than 96,000 followers: Black Activist. Data Scientist & Policy Analyst. Stanford Alum. Co-Founder, Campaign Zero | Mapping Police Violence | OurStates. This was his tweet, which was retweeted enthusiastically by fellow liberals–3,777 times and counting, along with »

Mass Killings Are Not Becoming More Common

Featured image That is the finding of a study by researchers at the University of Illinois on mass killings in the U.S. between 2006 and 2016. Mass killings are defined as homicides with four or more victims: Recent mass killings, such as those in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado, have brought new attention to mass killings in the United States. This article examines 323 mass killings taking place between January 1, 2006, »

Shocker: Most Country Musicians Support the Bill of Rights

Featured image Liberals are obtuse: they really don’t understand why, whenever there is a mass shooting incident, conservatives don’t demand repeal of the 2nd Amendment and gun confiscation. A case in point is today’s Associated Press article titled, “Many in country music mum over gun issues after Vegas deaths.” Yes: that is because many in country music, like Americans generally, don’t think that the depraved actions of a murderer should be seized »

Hillary: Be Silent, Please

Featured image Stephen Paddock’s mass murder in Las Vegas was unusual in several ways. Paddock was 64 years old, with no criminal record and, as far as has been reported, no history of mental illness. So he does not fit the classic “shooter” profile. On the other hand, he was not too dissimilar to James Hodgkinson; is there a trend toward 60+ would-be mass murderers? Two is not enough for a trend, »

Additional Oddities Start to Emerge About Las Vegas Shooter

Featured image Whenever there is a mass shooting incident I tend to “go dark” and not comment here or anywhere until some verified facts emerge. One thing I’m awaiting most is whatever timeline the investigation can put together based on the video surveillance footage that the Mandalay Bay ought to have in abundance. Yesterday David French offered a cautious note about how odd and unlike most mass shootings this was. Just now »

Is Sea Level Rising?

Featured image Climate change alarmists portray a catastrophic rise in sea level as one of the chief dangers of global warming. They draw pictures of the Statue of Liberty up to her chest in water, and so on. I doubt whether many people actually believe these dire predictions, however. If they did, prices for oceanfront property would be collapsing. That isn’t happening, which suggests that a lot of people pay lip service »

If It’s Not Race, It’s Gun Control

Featured image Scott wrote yesterday about a tragic shooting incident in Minneapolis. At about 11:30 last Saturday night, a 40-year-old woman named Justine Damond, a native of Australia, thought she heard a sexual assault in progress in the alley behind her house. She called 911 and a Minneapolis Police Department squad car with two officers responded to her call. She left her house in her pajamas to talk to the officers. While »

Europeans respond to terrorist attacks with tougher gun control laws [UPDATED]

Featured image Some say the Europeans have been slow to make changes to combat the rise of Islamist terrorism. But it’s not true that the EU has been unresponsive. According to the Washington Post, after the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, France pushed the European Union to enact even tougher anti-gun policies than the stringent ones already in place. The European Commission initially proposed a complete ban on the sale of weapons »

Wounded Trooper Saved By Armed Citizen

Featured image A rollover accident occurred on an isolated stretch of highway near Phoenix at around 4:00 this morning. An Arizona state trooper responded to the accident, in which a woman was killed. The trooper was putting out flares on the highway when he was “ambushed” by an unidentified assailant who shot him in the shoulder. The assailant then attacked the wounded trooper, wrestled him to the ground and started beating his »

Ft. Lauderdale Attack Raises Questions, Both Serious and Silly

Featured image Early indications are that Esteban Santiago, the former National Guard soldier who murdered five people and wounded six others at the Ft. Lauderdale airport, was mentally ill. At one point, he claimed to be hearing voices and made bizarre representations at the FBI office in Anchorage. He flew all the way from Anchorage to Ft. Lauderdale, apparently for the sole purpose of shooting people at the airport. Why he would »