gun control

Just Because…the 2nd Amendment

Featured image The constitutional right of self-defense is under constant attack. “Common sense” reforms that amount to relegating law-abiding citizens to revolvers are in the air, funded by powerful left-wingers. “Moms” are demanding action on gun laws–”#Not one more,” they say, apparently thinking that murder can be abolished by diktat. The hashtag makes it official. These “moms” marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, accompanied, needless to say, by guards with guns: For those »

Ms. Hillary says

Featured image Ms. Hillary was so impressive on Fox News yesterday — her ability to treat Greta Van Susteren as though she knew what she was talking about was a coup all by itself — that it was almost possible to forget momentarily why she is such an unacceptable political figure. I know our readers don’t need a reminder, but just before her appearance on FNC, she turned up before a town »

New York Times: Let’s Give Guns to Violent Felons!

Featured image Every time someone is murdered with a firearm, it seems, the New York Times joins the liberal chorus in demanding that the law require more background checks. The current background check system is inadequate because 1) it has little relevance to criminals, who obtain their guns illegally anyway, and 2) the overwhelming majority of mentally unbalanced people aren’t on the list. You can say one thing for the current system, »

Rodger Rampage Raises Gun Control Questions

Featured image Predictably, Elliot Rodger’s California killing spree has led some to denounce the NRA and call for gun control: “Stop this madness!” says the father of one of the victims. Rodger killed three people with a knife and three more with handguns, but no one is calling for a ban on knives. (In the U.K., where private ownership of firearms is rare, most murders are committed with knives, and debates over »

New Jersey To Ban .22 Rifles? [Updated]

Featured image New Jersey’s legislature has enacted a gun control measure that would ban the most common .22 rifles that have been in use for generations. The Truth About Guns, via InstaPundit, has the story: The gun ban that has gone to New Jersey Governor Christie for signature has been described as a “gun magazine restriction“, but it bans numerous common sport and hunting rifles. The ban has no exemption for rifles »

Latest Front In War on Guns: Sue the Gun Store

Featured image In 2012, a man named William Spengler set his upstate New York house on fire, and lay in wait for firemen to respond to the blaze. When they did, he shot four of them with a rifle, killing two. Now some of the firefighters, or their heirs, are suing Gander Mountain, one of the country’s largest outdoor retailers: The families of four New York state firefighters are suing St. Paul-based »

To Reduce School Shootings, How About Press Control?

Featured image Whenever there is a school shooting, liberals try to capitalize by pushing for more gun control. But a recent story here in Minnesota reinforces a point that we have made before: would-be “shooters” are usually copycats who admire the fame that prior mass murderers have achieved. If we really want to cut down on school shootings, in particular, the most effective measure would be to prohibit news media from reporting »

Venezuela Banned Guns: Let’s Not Follow Their Example

Featured image In June 2012, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez banned all sales of firearms and ammunition to civilians: With Chavez’s new gun-control law, only the Venezuelan army, police officials and certain groups such as security and private detective firms are allowed to buy firearms, and then only from state-owned weapons manufacturers and importers. … According to a press statement, the Chavez government initiated a gun amnesty of sorts in order to phase »

New Study: Concealed Carry Deters Murder

Featured image Economist Mark Gius has a new study in the journal Applied Economics Letters that bears on the gun control debate. Gius finds that permissive concealed carry laws (generally, “shall issue”) result in a lower rate of homicide involving firearms. Conversely, state-level assault weapons bans have no statistically significant effect on the homicide rate involving guns. This is the abstract: The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects »

Hollywood Decides It Doesn’t Like Guns

Featured image Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep are planning to make an anti-gun, anti-National Rifle Association movie. Weinstein told Howard Stern that “they’re [the NRA] going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.” Somehow I think that isn’t going to happen. But meanwhile, you can’t help wondering, is anyone more violent than the anti-gun crowd? Deadline Hollywood has a breathless story about the prospective film: The title will be »

Department of “the more things change. . .”

Featured image We hear plenty of talk these days about the rise of excessive partisanship and the decline of civil political discourse. Supposedly, things were so much more genial in the good old days. That may actually be true at some level if we’re talking about politicians. If we’re talking about liberal pundits, probably not so much. In researching my baseball article about the December 5, 1963 trade that sent Jim Bunning »

Guns, Glocks, Shooters, and a Day at the Range

Featured image The anniversary of the Newtown murders passed quietly, with no serious effort by liberals to revive their failed gun control proposals–none of which would have done a thing to prevent the Newtown murders, as pretty much everyone now understands. In Colorado, high school student Karl Pierson was suspended for threatening to murder his debate coach. It turns out they should have arrested him, not just suspended him. Pierson wasn’t kidding. »

It’s Not a Store, It’s a Theme Park

Featured image That’s what I thought after spending a couple of hours in the flagship Bass Pro Shops store in Springfield, Missouri, where we are spending the Thanksgiving holiday with my oldest daughter and her husband. The place is huge; this is one small corner. Click to enlarge: The store features wildlife, both stuffed and living. I wouldn’t want to catch this fish: We checked out the guns, as I am thinking »

If You Don’t Like Guns, Skip This Post

Featured image Having had enough of Obamacare for the moment, I’m in the mood to talk about guns. I haven’t written much about firearms lately, but that isn’t because the current ammo shortage has prevented me from shooting. On the contrary, I’ve been shooting regularly because a reader of this site put me in touch with a source in West Virginia who has kept me well supplied with 9 mm. and 22LR »

Have Barack Obama and Eric Holder Caused an Increase in Mass Murder?

Featured image Attorney General Eric Holder said today, in a speech to a convention of police chiefs, that mass shooting incidents have tripled in the last few years: Between 2000 and 2008, the U.S. experienced an average of five mass shootings every year. Since then the annual average has tripled, Holder said. So far in 2013, there have been at least 12, he said. According to Justice Department figures on mass shootings, »

An Old-Fashioned Weekend

Featured image The world is going to Hell in a hand basket, but it is high summer here in the Upper Midwest. It is hard to think about politics when you’re having so much fun. For us, it was a classic weekend that could have been enjoyed in the 1930s: boxing, guns and horse racing. Friday night it was boxing, a card at the Hyatt in downtown Minneapolis. Our friend Corey Rodriguez, »

MSNBC, the Home of Ignorance

Featured image Today Martin Bashir jumped on the Trayvon Martin bandwagon with two left-wing guests, Democratic Party strategist and former House Judiciary counsel Julian Epstein and professor James Peterson. Their topic was “stand your ground” legislation. Bashir played video clips of Eric Holder and Democratic Congressman Luis Guiterrez, both talking about stand your ground laws, specifically in the context of the George Zimmerman case: LUIS GUITERREZ: I get the point that if »