gun control

Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

Featured image No doubt you are aware of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh. Fox News reports: Up to nine attackers shouting “Allahu Akbar” stormed a popular restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh Friday, taking hostages and setting off bombs in a siege claimed by ISIS. No word yet on any possible religious affiliation of the terrorists. Bangladesh TV stations reported that the attackers entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s »

For a moment, disparate impact disappears

Featured image The Democrats’ mania for the restriction of Second Amendment rights followed the Orlando massacre committed by a maniacal Muslim devotee of ISIS. The Democrats urgently advocated gun control legislation that would limit the rights of suspected terrorists listed on secret government databases that include more than 1,000,000 individuals, although the Americans on it number in the low thousands depending on the list involved. We don’t know who they all are »

Sense on Guns from . . . The NYRB?

Featured image Ordinarily you wouldn’t expect much accuracy or sense in an article about guns and gun control from the New York Review of Books, but there it is, in David Cole’s review of three new gun books in the current edition. In particular, this: Congress has not passed a gun control law since it sought to ban assault weapons in 1994, and that law proved largely ineffectual. It is remarkably difficult »

House Democrats Stage Sit-In On Guns

Featured image This morning Democrats brought the House’s business to a halt by staging a sit-in in the chamber’s well. They demanded votes on a series of anti-gun measures, presumably the same ones that failed in the Senate. Their rhetoric was characteristically restrained: “We have lost hundreds and thousands of innocent people to gun violence,” [Georgia Democrat John] Lewis said as he urged fellow Democrats to stand with him in the area »

Democrats Block Sensible Gun Proposals In Senate

Featured image This afternoon, the Senate voted on four proposals for increased gun control, two submitted by Republicans and two by Democrats. All four went down to defeat, although both Republican bills had majority support. Senator Chuck Grassley proposed legislation that would have increased funding for the NICS background check system, and would have pressed states to send more records to the FBI on felons and others barred from buying guns. It »

When nonsense becomes the party line

Featured image Surfing past Fox News this morning, I heard someone report on a poll about what caused the massacre in Orlando. Apparently, most Republicans believe it was caused by Islamic extremism, whereas most Democrats believe it was caused by “domestic gun violence.” But the massacre was domestic gun violence. Democrats might just as well say that murder caused the murders. I learned in philosophy class that causation is, to a considerable »

Border Control vs. Gun Control

Featured image The Pulse night club massacre was the latest in a series of Islamic terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, quite a few of which have succeeded, while others have been foiled. These attacks have used a variety of weapons: box cutters, knives, pistols, pressure cookers and rifles. There is a sharp partisan divide with respect to how such terrorist attacks should be viewed. Republicans say that we should try harder to »

The AR-15: Americans’ Best Defense

Featured image This excellent video comes from NRA News. It stars former Navy Seal Dom Raso. He explains why the AR-15 is an important tool of self-defense and exposes some (it would take a much longer video to expose all) of the ignorance of liberal critics. Among other things, he points out that Hillary Clinton has insisted on being protected by armed men, including men wielding AR-15s, for the last 30 years. »

Terrorist Attacks Expose Liberal Craziness

Featured image Terrorism brings out the worst in liberals. The blindingly obvious fact that jihadist Muslims are attacking us is seldom if ever acknowledged. Instead, the Left’s approach is all about distraction. This time, a gay bar was the site of the Islamic massacre. So everywhere we see signs of solidarity with the “LGBTQ community.” To cite one of hundreds of examples, my own governor, Mark Dayton of Minnesota, has directed that »

Omar Mateen Worked For Company That Provides Security to Federal Buildings

Featured image Ponder this: G4S, a major, nationally known security firm, has confirmed that Omar Mateen had been employed by them since 2007. G4S’s web site says: For more than 50 years, G4S has partnered with government agencies – from the Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security among several others – in many capacities that include: * Systems integration services that deliver world-class electronic and physical security solutions for »

Barack Obama, Gun Salesman?

Featured image Gun sales have boomed during the Obama administration, and the conventional wisdom is that Barack is responsible. Witnessing repeated attacks on the Second Amendment, Americans have lined up by the million to buy firearms before it is too late. That narrative underlies this Free Beacon report: The month of May saw yet another gun-related background check record making it the 13th month to see an all time high. The FBI »

Wear Orange to Stop Gun Violence?

Featured image Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. To show opposition to gun violence, some people, including a few celebrities, are wearing orange–the color that hunters wear to avoid being shot accidentally. Cute. Various landmarks, including the Empire State Building, are also being illuminated with orange light. I certainly am opposed to violence, including but not limited to gun violence. The problem is that the antidote to “gun violence” inevitably turns »

Hillary Wants Your Guns

Featured image Given the Democrats’ dismal record when they run on an anti-gun platform, it is hard to believe that Hillary Clinton wants to make gun control her signature issue. Nevertheless, that appears to be the case. Campaigning in Connecticut, she waxed hyperbolic on firearms: I am here to tell you I will use every single minute of every single day if I’m so fortunate enough to be your president looking for »

Dem dust up in Maryland is a sign of things to come

Featured image Given what’s going on in the Republican presidential contest, I’m not going to pass any popcorn when it comes to Democratic infighting. I was amused, though, by this story from the Democrats’ Senate primary in Maryland. The race is between Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a close ally of Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Donna Edwards, who is running to Van Hollen’s left. Van Hollen argues, in essence, that he’s as much »

Gun That Resembles Cell Phone Sends Liberals Into Hysteria

Featured image A Minnesota entrepreneur named Kirk Kjellberg designed a gun–a two-shot .380 that more or less resembles a cell phone. Liberals got wind of the design and went ballistic: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday came out strongly against a soon-to-be-released, double-barreled, .380-caliber handgun designed to look like a smartphone. “I don’t know how we can legislate thoroughly against human idiocy. It just boggles the mind that somebody would invent something »

Sen. Shelby: Obama has commuted sentences for 33 firearms convicts

Featured image Barbara Hollingsworth of CNS News reports that Senator Richard Shelby has sent a letter to Loretta Lynch criticizing the Obama administration for commuting the sentences of 33 criminals convicted of firearm-related offenses. “By my count, the President has commuted the sentences of over 200 of these ‘non-violent’ federal inmates, of which 33 were convicted of firearm-related offenses,” Shelby wrote. He also pointed to the hypocrisy of commuting the sentences of »

Obama commutes more sentences for drug dealers, including some with firearms offenses

Featured image Yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 61 drug offenders. Here is a list of the 61. I have three observations. First, Obama did not commute the sentence of Weldon Angelos, the poster child (and rightly so) of the sentencing leniency movement. Angelos was sentenced to 55 years in prison for selling marijuana. The sentencing judge, conservative Paul Cassell, followed the sentencing guidelines. He has called the sentence the must »