gun control

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 »

Number one with a bullet

Featured image David Horowitz was in town yesterday to speak at the University of Minnesota in the afternoon and at a supporter’s house in the evening. I attended both events. It was good to see David back on his feet after recent health challenges and it was good to reconnect with my old friend Michael Finch, president of the David Horowitiz Freedom Center. David is a former leader of the New Left »

Did the Times Op-Ed Page Switch to Fluoridated Water?

Featured image Something weird happened at the New York Times op-ed page in the last few days. Two of their liberal columnists made sense. About guns, no less. Did they switch to fluoridated water or something? First off is Nicholas Kristof, who, it should be pointed out, occasionally departs from orthodoxy, most especially his 2005 “I Have a Nightmare” column that criticized the environmental establishment. (Needless to say environmentalists didn’t react well.) »

Sentencing reform: a warning from Gun Owners of America

Featured image Hoping to provide cover for legislation that shortens sentences for many federal drug felons (i.e. dealers) and releases many of them early, Team Leniency — Sens. Mike Lee, Dick Durbin and company — touted the fact that their bill increases some mandatory minimum sentences. This is true. For example, it increases sentences for possession of certain firearms. That’s the main reason why the Gun Owners of America opposes the Sentencing »

Democrats on Guns: It’s a Mystery

Featured image In the waning days of the Obama administration, it seems that gun control is the Democrats’ number one priority. President Obama bestirred himself to both deliver a speech and participate in a staged “town hall” on the issue of gun regulation, showing unusual energy by his standards. The White House issued an odd potpourri of gun initiatives, including some that are already law. The various Democratic campaign organizations (DNC, DSCC, »

Obama and Guns: Life Imitates Art

Featured image Okay, one last clip from the radio this week while we get our act together to start up the Power Line Show podcast again soon. I had a good deal of fun during the first segment Wednesday morning, all by myself, noting the patent insincerity of Obama’s claim to “respect” the Second Amendment, and along the way I note the similarity of Obama to the climactic (and comically absurd) press »

Obama’s bologna meets Taya’s grinder

Featured image CNN convened a town hall forum for President Obama to bloviate on issues of “gun violence” last night. I’m posting the complete video below. CNN has posted a transcript here (along with a two-minute compilation of highlights). The NRA declined CNN’s invitation to attend. The repulsive radical Chicago cleric Michael Pfleger was on hand. Reverend Wright was apparently not available. I wonder if CNN thought about inviting John Lott. If »

On guns, Obama preaches to the choir

Featured image President Obama takes to the pages of the New York Times to state that “the epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis” and to demand “a national response.” The New York Times: What a great forum for reaching those who disagree with Obama, or are undecided, about gun control. I’ll leave it to my colleagues to take on whatever substance might be found in Obama’s op-ed. I »

The tears of a clown

Featured image President Obama held a campaign style event before the assembled multitude in the White House late yesterday morning. Obama spoke for 33 minutes. I am posting the complete video below. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s remarks here. Chris Cillizza treats Obama’s remarks like the Gettysburg Address and annotates the text here. Obama referred to himself one way or another some 76 times in the course of »

Obama’s Sound and Fury On Guns

Featured image President Obama unveiled his executive orders and legislative proposals on guns today; the transcript is here. For as little as his measures amount to, he need hardly have bothered. At one point, Obama cried, perhaps out of frustration at not being able to come up with better ideas. The speech was vintage Obama. Early on, he said this: [M]y goal here is to bring good people on both sides of »

Hillary’s New Year’s Resolutions

Featured image As imagined by the NRA (about 1:45 long): »

On Guns, the Democrats Aren’t Serious

Featured image News reports indicate that next week, President Obama will unveil new regulations intended to force some non-firearms dealers to run background checks before selling guns. Since the database against which background checks are run is close to useless with respect to mental illness, and since lawbreakers won’t run searches in any event, such a change will have, at best, symbolic value. I will have more to say about that later »

A Historical Perspective On Homicide

Featured image The Young Conservatives Instagramed this graphic a couple of days ago. I haven’t verified all the numbers, but I checked most of them against FBI data and they appear to be correct. The chart puts current hysteria over homicide and firearms into perspective. The left axis is homicides per 100,000 Americans: Crime is one area of several where liberals stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the great progress that we have already »

Close the stupidity loophole!

Featured image You might say that President Obama has staked his political career on the stupidity of the American people — on those who believed his “no blue America, no red America” shtick, his messianic pretensions, or his lies peddling Obamacare, to take just a few examples. A lot of smart people fell for his act despite the overwhelming evidence of his highly ideologized leftist views. Stupidity isn’t the only explanation, but »