Second Amendment

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 »

Gays, Lesbians Thinking About Self-Defense

Featured image In the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack, firearms–especially AR-15s, which the Democrats want to ban–are flying off the shelves. And quite a few of them are being sold to gays and lesbians: Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. But this time, many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians. … [W]hat’s different this time around is the clientele. Mike »

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. »

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 »

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 »

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 »

How to speak, civil rights edition

Featured image The video below is running on television exclusively on the FOX News Channel, where I saw it for the first time last night. It is episode 7 in the National Rifle Association’s Freedom’s Safest Place campaign. What a powerful speaker. If you want to learn how to win friends and influence people, observe closely. This is how it’s done. Who is the gentleman speaking? What is he doing now? I »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll’s is at home in what she calls MY ARIZONA. She writes: I have spoken glowingly and often of the robust gun culture in my adopted state of Arizona. Now, I realize that some people hate guns. Others are simply not interested in guns and still others know their personal temperaments well enough to eschew them. An email friend said recently, “Though I stand firmly behind the Second Amendment, »

When Pfleger flogged Hillary

Featured image I had forgotten about Father “Mike Pfleger,” as President Obama called him at CNN’s “gun violence” forum last week. Obama and Pfleger are old Chicago buddies. I was unaware of Pfleger’s interest in snuffing out Second Amendment rights. “It wasn’t that many years ago,” John Boch writes, “that the man of the cloth called on the owner of Chuck’s Guns, John Riggio, to be ‘snuffed out’ – using the lingo »

Guns: Time to Call the Liberal Bluff?

Featured image Last week the left attacked Republican leaders who stayed silent about the shooting at the Planned Parenthood abattoir in Colorado Springs, but yesterday, as Scott notes below, the left attacked Republicans who expressed condolences and prayers for the victims of the San Bernardino shooting. But the indecency of the left is only exceeded by their hypocrisy and insincerity. Hillary called for “action” on guns in her tweet yesterday. Okay: what »

Is the Gun Control Debate All About Confiscation?

Featured image At the Daily Beast, James Kirchick offers a candid take on the seemingly endless and unprofitable debate about guns: “Yes, They Want to Take Your Guns Away.” Barack Obama says, “We know there are ways to prevent it”–gun violence–but he won’t say, out loud, what those ways are. Instead, politicians like Obama talk in code: “When Australia had a mass killing—I think it was in Tasmania—about 25 years ago, it »

Hillary Lies About Guns

Featured image Hillary lies…it’s not exactly a news flash. On the contrary, based on the liberal media’s reaction to her Benghazi testimony, her willingness to lie, brazenly, is a positive virtue. So I wasn’t surprised to see this, when I got home from shooting my AR-15 at a local range: Let’s take that apart: The NRA basically represents manufactures and the sellers. No, the NRA represents firearm owners and others who want »

Bernie Sanders, Gun Hypocrite [Updated]

Featured image Bernie Sanders represents Vermont, the freest state in the union where firearms are concerned. So it shouldn’t be surprising that his record on guns is not as liberal as most national Democrats’. At the same time, some have exaggerated his support for the Second Amendment. While it is true that the NRA supported Sanders in his 1990 House race, his record since entering Congress has been mixed. But one of »

The NY Times Discovers Self-Defense

Featured image The New York Times has editorialized hysterically in favor of more gun control measures for years. Operating in an antiseptically-sealed liberal milieu, the Times editorialists seem not to understand why their position keeps losing at the polls. So maybe a couple of their reporters were trying to give them a clue with this story: “Common Response After Killings in Oregon: ‘I Want to Have a Gun.’” A week has passed »

Gun Control In Five Easy Steps

Featured image On firearms, Democrats, including President Obama, have started to come out of the closet. What they really want is to ban the private ownership of guns. The Reason video below explains how that can be done, in five easy steps. The video’s real point is that the Democrats’ “common sense reforms” have nothing to do with achieving any practical policy goal. Rather, like so much of our politics, they are »