OMG! Eddie Eagle! Teaching Kids Gun Safety! OMG!

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“Guns lead to thousands of deaths and injuries among children every year. More American homes have guns than dogs, and nearly 1,500 children younger than 18 years of age die from shootings every year. The onus of these innocent lives lost are not on the children; they are on the irresponsible adults who are leaving loose firearms in their homes. Of course, it is important to educate children on what to do when they come across dangerous situations, such as unsupervised firearms. But why put the blame and pressure on children to handle dangerous firearms correctly?” Wait, does your head hurt after reading that, too? Good, I thought it was only me. What passes for logic in Anna Eskamani’s green-skied world evidently means lamenting the deaths of children who find unsecured firearms while decrying attempts to teach them what to do if they find an unsecured firearm . . .

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BREAKING: Florida Ambush Leaves One Deputy Dead, One Wounded

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“A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another Saturday when they responded to the scene,” foxnews.com reports. “A Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby heard the shooting, threw on his bullet-resistant vest, grabbed his gun and ran to the house. The officer shot the suspect dead. The wounded deputy was saved by his vest and his injuries are not believed to be serious.” The crime evokes memories of  Webster, New York murderer William Spengler; the Bushmaster-equipped killer took out two firemen after Spengler set his house on fire. It also comes on the heels of the Pennsylvania ambush and manhunt triggered by cop killer Eric Frien. TTAG likes to keep armed police honest but that doesn’t stop us from cautioning cops: be careful out there. [h/t JR]

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Hunting with Silencers Now Legal in Florida

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For the last two years I have been hunting with suppressed rifles in the state of Texas, and in my experience silencers just make everything better. For starters, it removes the need for hearing protection so you can hear your surroundings much better and often hear animals before they approach. The real reason they rock, though, is plain common courtesy. Guns are loud, and especially in an area densely packed with hunting blinds, one or two big loud guns can scare the game away for everyone else. Plus, the barking of the guns ruins the early morning calm for non-hunters looking to just enjoy the beauty of the day. According to the American Suppressor Association, it looks like those in Florida can now enjoy this same awesome experience effective immediately . . .

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Question of the Day: What Does This Video Prove?

The two knuckleheads who made this video call it a “social experiment.” That’s probably generous. Perhaps they set out the see if there was a racial component to the reactions of people at whose feet a gun is dropped as they stroll down the avenue. Maybe they thought the gun tossers’ fashion choices would matter. One of the gat droppers is dressed more business casually than is the other dood with the backwards baseball cap. Not that there’s really any discernible difference in the reactions of the passers by in this small sample. If this proves anything, it’s that no one wants to be around people who are recklessly cavalier with their firearms. And that a surprising number of them are willing to help someone who asks for it. What’s your take?

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It’s Alive! Tromix Intros Their Over/Under “Siamese M16″

Never underestimate the inventiveness of gun makers. First there was the Arsenal AF2011-A1 SuperGlue job, joining two 1911s together to mark the centennial of John Moses Browning’s masterpiece. Then Gilboa got into the game, welding a couple of ARs together to make their Snake. Now it’s Tromix Lead Delivery Systems’ turn. But since Gilboa had already done the side-by-side thing, Tromix had to come up with something a little more…unique. Hence their “Siamese M16″ full-auto over/under M16s (which they call their “most insane creation” that’s intended for “LAW Enforcement only”). OK then. Note the criss-cross gas system which apparently allows for alternating shots from each barrel. Just one question: Is that really the best place to mount that red dot?

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Quote of the Day: Judges Slam ATF Stash House Stings Edition

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“Society does not win when the government stoops to the same level as the defendants it seeks to prosecute. Especially when the government has acted solely to achieve a conviction for a made-up crime.” – Judge Otis D. Wright II quoted in Judges question ATF stings that lure suspects into fictitious stickups [via msn.com] [h/t JM]

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New DHS Immigration Rules on Deportation: Gun Offenders Not Top Priority

Deputy Michael Davis (courtesy ojjpac.org)

The President of the United States is, by his own account, a Constitutional scholar. So when he repeatedly claimed that the Constitution tied his hands on U.S. immigration policy, you’d be forgiven for assuming he knew what he was talking about. No policy changes were possible. Turns out he was against them before he was for them. And now, thanks to a DHS memo unearthed by washingtonexaminer.com, we learn some of the devilish details of the President’s hands-on immigration U-turn. We can contemplate the new policy detailing which illegal immigrants get booted and which undocumented proto-Americans get to stay – even if they’re convicted of a crime. Turns out that . . .

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New York’s Big Gun Smuggling Haul Not the Victory They Claim

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Reader H. writes:

From foxnews.com: “What you see here are illegal guns that will be never be used to rob or murder innocent New Yorkers.” Uh…no.  What we see here are legal guns unlawfully purchased to fulfill demand created by New York ‘progressive’ statist statutes, and particularly NYC laws which create the scarcity vacuum that entices and encourages bad actors to import otherwise legal guns for profit. And if not Florida, they’d come from somewhere else, the only variable being the cost of purchase and  importation (or theft from lawful owners or government inventory) and the price for which they are sold on the street.

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Update: Guns & Ammo Backs Down, Won’t Sue Guns Save Life Over Taurus Curve Post

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Yesterday John Boch, president of Illinois gun rights org Guns Save Life received a threat of legal action over his strongly-worded post that took a dim view of Taurus’s latest product, the Curve .380 ACP pistol (as well as G&A’s alleged pimping of the new gun). Today the Intermedia mother ship called John and assumed a much more conciliatory tone than the initial foot-stamping by online editor Dusty Gibson. Here’s John’s latest post, reprinted here with permission . . .

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