gun control

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 »

Knife Control in the U.K.

Featured image Firearms aren’t common in the U.K., so they are experiencing an epidemic of “knife crime.” Also acid attacks. Now proposals for knife control are being floated: A judge wants the points of kitchen knives to be rounded and blunted to reduce the number of young men dying from stab wounds in street attacks. Judge Nic Madge said ordinary kitchen knives were causing a “soaring loss of life”, rather than more »

What’s Wrong With Those Texans?

Featured image That’s the question the Associated Press asks, following the school shootings in Santa Fe: “School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas.” Guns are so hard-wired into Texas culture that last week’s deadly rampage at Santa Fe High School is considered unlikely to result in any significant restrictions on access to weapons in the Lone Star State. *** [T]he state’s 20-year dominance by the Republican Party all but guarantees »

Another deadly school shooting spree [With Comment By John]

Featured image A student at Santa Fe High School in Texas killed ten people today and wounded ten more, according to reports. The attacker used two guns — a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Both were owned legally by his father, according to the same reports. One of the wounded was a retired police officer hired by the school as a “resources officer.” He confronted the killer, who shot him. Another resources »

The solution to school shootings

Featured image Yesterday, Matthew Milby, a former student at Dixon High School in Illinois, entered the school and fired several shots near the gymnasium where students had assembled for graduation rehearsal. He was then confronted by Mark Dallas, who has been with the Dixon Police Department for more than a decade and has spent the past few years as school resource officer. (Dixon, by the way, is the boyhood home of Ronald »

The Strange Case of Dick’s

Featured image In the aftermath of the epic failure of law enforcement at Stoneman Douglas High School, a number of companies adopted preening, anti-gun stances. One of them was Dick’s Sporting Goods. What makes this weird is that Dick’s is a major retailer of firearms. If you haven’t followed the story, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action sums up: We have recently been reporting on the bizarre anti-gun activism of one of »

Ban Cutlery Now! (2)

Featured image We noted here a few weeks ago how London, which has no guns but somehow still has achieved a higher murder rate than New York City, is trying to ban knives because of an epidemic of knife violence. The London Times reported Sunday that the problem of knife violence is actually worse outside of London: The Sunday Times disclosed last month that London’s murder rate had overtaken New York’s in »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll comes out for COMMON SENSE VEGAN CONTROL. And that’s not all! She overflows with “common sense” reform proposals. She writes: Well, let’s see. Hitler was a vegetarian; the YouTube shooter was a vegan. Surely, there is an obvious and unfortunate connection between eschewing red meat and wanting to kill people and children. Clearly, we have no choice but to force vegans to register their broccoli, zucchini, arugula, and »

De Blasio criminal justice deputy arrested on gun charges

Featured image Reagan Stevens, a deputy director in the New York Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, was arrested along with two young men on Saturday for illegal weapons possession. The three were sitting in a double-parked car near the scene of a shooting in Queens. The vehicle reeked of marijuana, according to police. A loaded, 9mm semi-automatic pistol with its serial number scratched out was hidden in the car’s glovebox. There was »

Marx: Call Your Office

Featured image Karl Marx said that history repeats itself the first time as tragedy, and the second time as farce. We’ve entered the farce stage on gun control. The other day I demanded that we “Ban Cutlery Now!” because of the epidemic of knife attacks in Britain, where gun control reins supreme. Well this didn’t take long: »

Ban Cutlery Now!

Featured image Sometimes news items come across the transom that require little analysis or commentary. Like this story out of London a few hours ago: Five teenagers and one man have been stabbed in London within the space of 90 minutes amid a surge in knife and gun violence in the capital. It was recently reported that London now has a higher murder rate than New York City. And I thought Britain had »

“I’m the Majority”

Featured image On one hand we have foul-mouthed little twerps like David Hogg. On the other hand, we have Americans like Mark Robinson, who showed up at a Greensboro, N.C. city council meeting to protest against efforts by liberals to take away his constitutional rights. Robinson is remarkably eloquent. He sums up some of the essentials of the gun control debate passionately and well: Via Twitchy. »

Is the Fear of Mass Shootings Irrational?

Featured image At Reason, Jacob Sullum writes: “Irrational Fear of Mass Shootings Can’t Justify Unconstitutional Gun Control.” I’m not sure it’s irrational to fear mass shootings, but it certainly is irrational to base public policy decisions on grotesque exaggerations of the magnitude of threats. Which is what happens when liberals talk about increased gun control. (Profuse links are omitted, see original for references): “Americans are now more likely to be shot to »

The left fails to take down Laura Ingraham

Featured image I don’t believe we have commented on the kerfuffle involving Laura Ingraham and David Hogg, teenage anti-gun advocate and survivor of the Parkland school shooting. As most of our readers are probably aware, Ingraham came under fire for poking fun at Hogg after he talked about his rejection by certain colleges he applied to. Hogg disclosed that he had been rejected by UCLA and a few other institutions. Ingraham then »

Second Amendment rally in St. Paul

Featured image We have had family in town this past week. Yesterday I gave my South American nephew the tour of the Twin Cities that I sketched out in “Welcome to the Twin Cities!” My current version of the tour begins at the beautifully restored state capitol building in St. Paul and ends in Little Mogadishu on the other side of the river in Minneapolis. As we started out yesterday, my relative »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is celebrating an anniversary working with the four of us who play her straight straight men in THE COLUMN TURNS FOUR. She writes: Holy Moly, Rocky, what a Big Deal Day! Today at sunset begins the first night of Passover; it is also Good Friday; and, the 4th anniversary of the Thoughts From the Ammo Line column! In the old Electric Company song, we learned “Two of these »

On the march, follow the money

Featured image The media have manifested remarkably little curiosity about the producers of the so-called March For Our Lives of this past weekend. They have treated it as something like a force of nature. Not so Horowitz Freedom Center Shillman Journalism Fellow Daniel Greenfield of the Sultan Knish site. Knish hits me in the kishkes with his post “Who runs March For Our Lives?” (also published on Frontpage as “Who’s really behind »