Second Amendment

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 »

A Second Amendment Celebration

Featured image One of my favorite Facebook groups is “2nd Amendment Hotties,” and apparently more than a few other people like it too, as it has something like 16,000 “likes” on FB.  Would seem an omission not to share some of its awesomeness with Power Line readers, especially since we’re still in a too-long hiatus of beauty pageants worthy of John’s coverage.  So enjoy this respite from scandalmania for a holiday Friday. »

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 »

My New Gun: A Report from the Range

Featured image I wrote here about buying a new handgun, a SIG Sauer P938. The P938 is a 9 mm. pocket pistol, suitable for carrying. I got the Nightmare version: I was traveling on business last weekend, so today was my first opportunity to take my new gun to the range. My son and I shot for an hour this morning; we took all five of our pistols, but focused mainly on »

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, »

My New Gun

Featured image I got a carry permit a couple of months ago, but my guns have been full-sized–an Armalite AR-24 9 mm. pistol, and a SIG Sauer Mosquito .22–and not really suitable for carrying. So I ordered a carry piece through a friend who owns a gun shop outside the Twin Cities. It arrived today, having rolled off the factory line on April 18. So I left work a few minutes early »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The NRA Expands Its Reach With New Spokesmen

Featured image Guys like Wayne LaPierre have done a terrific job for the NRA, but the organization knows that with gun rights under fire to a greater extent than we have seen in recent years, it needs to reach out to the broadest possible constituencies. So NRA News has recruited several effective new spokesmen to carry the pro-self defense, pro-individual choice, pro-gun message. One of the NRA’s new spokesmen is former Navy »