gun control

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 »

Let’s Talk Guns

Featured image I have been obsessed with immigration lately, because our country’s future hangs in the balance. But let’s take a break and focus on something more cheerful: firearms. Fun things have been getting delivered to my house lately. First, 1,000 rounds of 9 mm ammo from a source in another state, whom I was hooked up with via a Power Line reader. Then another 1,000 rounds of 9 mm, and I’m »

The Real War on a Woman’s Right to Choose

Featured image We wrote here about an astonishing moment of insensitivity on the part of a Democratic member of Colorado’s legislature: A young woman named Amanda Collins mustered the courage to testify before a Colorado legislative committee on that state’s proposed gun ban legislation. Ms. Collins testified in opposition to a blanket ban on guns on college campuses, and described her own rape. She had a permit to carry a pistol but »

Five dollars worth of “adorable”

Featured image Organizing for America, the Democratic Party’s successor organization to Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, is asking folks to “forward” Joe Biden’s response to a letter from a seven year-old boy on the theory that it is “adorable,” and to “chip in” a $5 dollar contribution, as well. I’m not sure whom Organizing for America finds adorable — Biden or the boy. Both, I guess, since it says the exchange is »

Bye, Bye Beretta

Featured image Beretta USA has been headquartered in Maryland for many years. But Maryland’s left-wing governor, Martin O’Malley, has just signed legislation that, among other things, bans the possession or use of average-capacity magazines. Beretta naturally views this as an insult to its products, its customers and its employees, and is looking for a new home. I like Beretta’s statement on the issue: The question now facing the Beretta Holding companies in »

Another Thing to Thank the NRA For

Featured image Either Hinderaker is too busy right now, or we’re in that in-between period like we suffer after the Super Bowl and before baseball opening day when we only have the NBA to tide us through for sports, but there’s clearly a dearth of coverage of beauty pageants on Power Line right now.  Thank goodness for the NRA, which has been holding its convention this weekend.  And thank goodness for Robert »

Obama Spins Furiously On Guns

Featured image Barack Obama’s comments about guns in Mexico today demonstrated a curious lack of self-awareness. “[M]ost of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.” So the violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels is our fault? That seemed to be the implication. But obviously, if there were not a single firearm in the U.S., the drug cartels would be just as well armed as they »

Women of the NRA

Featured image For readers of a certain age, that might sound like the title of a Playboy article of the 1960s or 70s. But no: it is the NRA’s latest volley in its pro-gun rights campaign. It makes a lot of sense, too. Women are the fastest-growing demographic of gun purchasers, and manufacturers are increasingly catering to them with firearms designed specifically with women in mind. Ammunition makers, too: I recently saw, »

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 »