Firearms

“I Didn’t Pull the Trigger”

Featured image To whom do liberals go when they want to tell their career-threatening stories to a sympathetic listener? Well, to be fair, they have several choices, but George Stephanopoulos is perhaps the favorite. So Alec Baldwin sought out Stephanopoulos to explain how he came to shoot and kill Halyna Hutchins. Today ABC News released a preview clip of that interview: In his first interview since the deadly Oct. 21 shooting, a »

Alec Baldwin: Worse and Worse

Featured image I wrote here about the nearly unfathomable negligence on the part of actor Alec Baldwin that resulted in the death of videographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust” (negligence that, weirdly, was pretty much replicated by Kyle Rittenhouse’s prosecutor in the courtroom, with a luckier result). There has been lots of media spin in Baldwin’s defense, but it increasingly looks as though his conduct may have been »

A Menace in the Courtroom

Featured image The jury is out in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, but the verdict is in on one point: Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, the lead prosecutor, is a dope. Some would say that was already apparent from his performance in the case, but today, during his closing argument, he pointed an AR-15 into the crowded courtroom gallery with his finger on the trigger. Unbelievable: Look at this goofball with his finger »

Stephen Hunter: The Shooting

Featured image Our friend Stephen Hunter describes the column below as “one more Alec Baldwin piece, this from a film critic and acknowledged firearms expert.” Steve is the Pulitzer Prize-winning former film critic of the Washington Post and author of the Bob Lee Swagger novels. His new novel is TARGETED, which will be published in January by Atria/Emily Bestler Books and is available for pre-order now. Steve writes: What did Alec Baldwin »

Alec Baldwin’s Accident [Updated]

Featured image Today’s big news story is the fatal accident that occurred on the set of a movie called “Rust,” which Alec Baldwin is producing and in which he stars. Baldwin accidentally shot and killed the film’s videographer, Halyna Hutchins, and the same bullet slightly wounded another member of the crew. This is the kind of news story that, many times, we don’t write about, especially when–as now–the facts are still largely »

It’s Time to Shoot Bambi

Featured image In many suburban neighborhoods, deer now rival raccoons as pests. I take this personally because deer have been ravaging our flower gardens this year, but I have never understood why deer seem to like gardens so much. After all, we live in a lush part of the world with plenty of rainfall and lots of open space. So why do the deer love suburbs? This Wall Street Journal article confirmed »

Is the Ammo Shortage Over?

Featured image There was a prolonged ammunition shortage during the Obama administration. I got through that one because a Power Line reader lined me up with a dealer in West Virginia who seemed to have an endless supply of 9 mm. and .22LR rounds. Over the last year, another ammo shortage has struck, caused in part by an influx of new gun buyers who are responding to rising crime rates, attacks on »

The Boulder Murderer

Featured image The 21-year-old who murdered ten people at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado has been identified as Ahmad Al Issa. He is a refugee from Syria who came to the U.S. as a child. Based on what has emerged so far, Al Issa had anger issues and a paranoid streak. He might have been a paranoid schizophrenic, but so far nothing has emerged that suggests he was insane in a legal »

Don’t Mess With Texas [Updated]

Featured image This short video is suddenly everywhere. It comes from a livestream of the service at the church near Fort Worth where someone opened fire on parishioners with what looks like a shotgun. He was immediately shot by two legally armed persons, one of whom reportedly was a security guard. It appears that altogether, there were six people who immediately pulled guns in response to the shooter. In recent months, there »

On Guns, Dissension In the Ranks

Featured image The Democrats have charged up the gun control hill several times, always to their regret. But hope springs eternal, and this time, they are convinced, it will be different. Maybe so. But more likely, Democratic politicians are mistaking hysteria within their activist base (a small percentage of the population, concentrated in a handful of urban areas) and in their loyalist press, for broader public opinion. It is easy to generate »

Dear San Francisco

Featured image The City of San Francisco recently adopted a resolution labeling the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization” and threatening to boycott anyone who does business with the NRA. In response to this despicable act, the NRA, the nation’s largest and most effective civil rights organization, has produced this video. Dear San Francisco…. »

Democrats vs. the Constitution

Featured image One of the more shocking aspects of last week’s Democratic debate was the cavalier manner in which the Constitution was treated. Beto O’Rourke said he intends to confiscate guns that were legally purchased by law-abiding Americans, and put out a t-shirt to that effect immediately after the debate. Kamala Harris said the same thing, and when Joe Biden pointed out that the government lacks power to do what she proposed, »

Mental illness and mass murder

Featured image The left wants to discount the role of mental disturbance in mass shootings. By doing so, it can keep all of the focus on guns and “white supremacy.” In addition, allowing mental disturbance to enter the conversation might lead to a discussion of family breakdown and loss of religious faith. The left wants to steer clear of that discussion at all costs. Hence, we see dishonest news stories, like the »

Washington Post glibly dismisses mental illness as cause of mass shootings

Featured image It seems to me that any rational person would intuit a connection between mental illness and mass killings. However, the anti-gun left wants to deny the connection so that all blame can be placed on guns and white supremacy ideology. The Washington Post follows this agenda-driven line in an article called (in the paper edition) “Studies: Mental illness isn’t to blame.” The article is rubbish. Post reporters William Wan and »

America: #56 In Mass Shootings

Featured image That the U.S. leads the world in mass shooting events, and that the cause is our liberal gun laws, are articles of faith on the Left. Barack Obama, for example, said: The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world. This belief, while pervasive in our culture, is untrue. John Lott »

More Pointless Virtue Signaling On Guns

Featured image The House has passed H.R. 8, which purports to require “universal background checks.” Section 2 of H.R. 8 boldly states the Act’s purpose: The purpose of this Act is to utilize the current background checks process in the United States to ensure individuals prohibited from gun possession are not able to obtain firearms. Of course it does no such thing. Criminals who are prevented from buying guns from federally licensed »

Homicide Rate Is Rising? Do Tell!

Featured image CNN headlines: “Gun homicides on the rise, CDC says.” Shooting homicides are on the rise, though other common methods of murder remain flat, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This chart shows the trends: Most murders are committed with firearms, for the same reason we arm our soldiers and police officers with firearms: they are very effective. CNN fails to note, however, that homicides are committed »