gun control

The Week in Videos

Featured image How did I miss these two 30-second videos last week while compiling the Week in Pictures?  The first is a recording, via YouTube, of NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston speculating that the Boston bombing was likely the result of right-wing extremists because Hitler’s birthday was about to be observed.  Even though this video has only sound but no images, you have to hear it, not to believe it–much better than reading the »

Who Needs a Gun?

Featured image Well, you know, who needs a 7-quart pressure cooker? Michael Ramirez puts the question into the context of the marathon bombers: I saw a poll where more than 60% of Massachusetts residents said they wished they had a gun when the marathon bombers were on the loose. Really, you wonder why it wouldn’t be 100%. You could be a victim, but why would you want to be? Why shouldn’t dopey »

Spindletime: Obama’s Lame Duckface, and Other Follies

Featured image It’s been another terrible, no good, very bad week for the left, and it isn’t over yet.  We could still get another Democrat or trade union running for cover over the disaster that is the unfolding of Obamacare.  We certainly haven’t seen the last of the left’s bitter clingers complaining about the four Democratic Senators who extended their own right of self-preservation to the rest of us by voting down »

Obama projects

Featured image We noted Jacob Sullum’s column calling out Obama’s abuse of dead children in the service of petty partisan purposes. Sullum returns to explicate Obama’s commentary on the defeat of the gun-control bill in the Senate yesterday. President Obama pointed the finger at a gun lobby that “willfully lied” to the American people for today’s defeat of gun-control legislation. Thus spake the president of the United States: There were no coherent »

A Lame Duck Squawks, But Why?

Featured image After his gun control proposals were defeated today in the Senate, President Obama gave a speech in the Rose Garden, surrounded by Joe Biden, Gabrielle Giffords, and Newtown parents. He went on what can charitably be described as an angry rant. If only he had shown this much emotion about, say, Benghazi! As usual, Obama’s approach was to demonize those who disagree with him: “The gun lobby and its allies »

Expanded Background Checks Fail In Senate

Featured image Expanded background checks, the only gun control measure that had a chance of passage went down to defeat in the Senate a little while ago, falling short of the 60 votes needed for cloture on a 54-46 vote. (The measure actually had 55 Senators in favor, but Harry Reid switched his vote to preserve his ability to call the measure up again at a later date.) Democrats Max Baucus, Mark »

On Gun Control, the Dems Don’t Have the Votes

Featured image In the wake of Newtown, the media cheered liberal politicians who thought the moment had come to cut back on the Second Amendment. Liberal reporters gave enormous publicity to Dianne Feinstein’s proposals to ban “assault weapons,” which basically means semiautomatic rifles–by a wide margin, the least popular murder weapon in the U.S.–and standard-capacity magazines. But then a funny thing happened: most Americans didn’t buy it. The air quickly went out »

Jobs? Did You Say Something About Jobs?

Featured image Any port in a storm: the Obama administration would rather talk about anything other than the economy. Understandably. So it’s one damn thing after another. Michael Ramirez notes the administration’s most recent preoccupation: »

Abusing dead children and living parents

Featured image Barack Obama is the kind of president the founders sought to protect us against. In Federalist 1 Publius observes, “of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.” Obama is not “commencing” a demagogue. He’s been there for a while. Today Obama calls on a suffering Newtown mom to »

A Senate Deal on Background Checks: What Would It Mean?

Featured image The Associated Press reports that Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin have agreed on an approach to expanded firearms background checks. Having Toomey and Manchin on board will certainly increase the odds of such a provision making it through the Senate, although at this point it is not clear how many votes there may be for their proposal, or even what, exactly, it is. This is how the AP describes the »

Want a Credible Voice on Firearms? Listen to Dom Raso

Featured image We have had fun at the expense of liberals who pontificate about firearms, and even propose gun control legislation, when they have no idea how guns work. In a word, they have no credibility. But on the issue of self-defense, there are plenty of credible voices, and here is one of them: Dom Raso, a 12-year Navy SEAL who is the latest NRA News spokesman. His video is titled “Power »

What Does Obama Think He’s Doing On Guns?

Featured image It seems very odd that President Obama has made gun control the signature issue of his second term, so far. He can’t possibly achieve any significant legislation; a few tweaks to the background check system, maybe, but there is no chance of getting any meaningful gun control through the House. The House Democrats aren’t even trying. So it also seems strange that all eyes are on the Senate, where Harry »

Just us

Featured image In one of his routines on the justice system dating back to the early 1970′s, comedian Richard Pryor commented sarcastically (in language rated XXX): “You go down there looking for justice, that’s what you find: Just us.” Pryor was referring to the racial composition of the players involved in the administration of justice. Times have changed substantially in that respect, but reading Ben Shapiro’s account of President Obama’s gun control »

Brits Shocked at Easy Availability of Knives

Featured image In the U.K., private ownership of firearms is virtually banned. Professional criminals can still get guns, of course, but for your typical thug, knives are the weapon of choice. Thus there has been a steady outpouring of concern over burgeoning “knife crime” in recent years. The Sun undertook a bit of investigative journalism to find out how easy it is to obtain knives illegally, and was shocked at the result: »

A Reporter Explains Why Gun Coverage Is So Biased

Featured image Well, not intentionally. But Jim Ragsdale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune attended a conference in Chicago on covering gun issues, which he describes this way: “Covering Guns” brought reporters with front-line experience covering mass shootings in Tucson, Ariz.; Aurora, Colo.; Newtown, Conn., and Red Lake, Minn., to meet with gun experts and advocates and gun trainers. Sponsored by the Poynter journalism center and funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, »

Obama Doesn’t Know Anything About Guns, Either

Featured image Last night I noted the absurd case of Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette, who has sponsored legislation to ban many, if not most, of the firearms magazines now sold in the United States, but does not know what a magazine is. Today it turned out that Barack Obama, who has campaigned tirelessly for gun control legislation over the last several months, doesn’t know the first thing about firearms either. Daniel Halper »

Why Can’t We Sue Politicians For Malpractice?

Featured image Diana DeGette is a Congresswoman from Colorado. She has been in Congress since 1997 and is the Democrats’ Chief Deputy Whip in the House. One of her signature issues is gun control. DeGette is the principal sponsor of legislation to ban standard-capacity magazines. Her January press release on the subject said: “Since I came to Congress, I have been working to protect our children and our families from senseless gun »