TTAG Daily Digest: Imagine Whirled Peace

Al Gore recently claimed that global warming caused Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. This despite data establishing both last year and the last decade as relatively hurricane-free (lowest activity level since the 70s). Big Al and his adherents would rather pass carbon taxes—ignoring the damage that would cause—than strengthen our defenses and responses to a hurricane. See where I’m going with this? Advocates of civilian disarmament (a.k.a., gun control) would rather restrict firearms sales—ignoring the damage that would cause—than strengthen our defenses and responses to violent crime. Why’s that then? Because admitting something bad is going to happen no matter what is scary! Violence is violent! Disarming people is so much . . . nicer. As Miss America said last night, “I don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence.” Like hell it isn’t. Make the jump for more common sense common sense control . . .

Salon gets it exactly backwards with Gun rights activists who cite the dictator as a reason against gun control have their history dangerously wrong. jpfo sets them straight.

“The [new TCM 22 Bolt Action] is engineered, designed and chambered to harness the power of the Armscor TCM .22 bullet that is exclusive to Armscor.” And that’s a good thing because “the bullet that travels at over 2800 feet per second and features a 40 grain jacketed hollow point for maximum stopping power.” There’s a pistol, too.

The M4 is not reliable enough for desert environments no matter how much you clean it, provided you have the time to do so. The M4’s replacement is on its way. Again. Still. But I don’t like the way this is going . . .

One’s first reaction upon seeing the proposed testing regimen was to compare it very unfavorably with the regimen Delta Force put the HK416 through, firing it day after day without maintenance for thousands of rounds. Or even the testing HK itself uses for its HK416s. Indeed, it seems on its face to be a test designed to minimize the very weaknesses in the M4 incumbent that have triggered this controversy. Those who believe the cycle is reasonable cite 300 rounds as the soldier’s 1-day load, and say that under sand storm conditions, a once a day wipedown is the bare minimum for any weapon. Every 600 rounds is thus a safety factor of 2 against the worst possible conditions. Of course, sandstorms have a way of lasting more than one day, and when they do – as in the initial portion of Operation Iraqi Freedom – even vehicle interiors may feature a fine particulate haze.

The USA M4 Carbine Controversy

Because it isn’t strange enough as is. “Genesis Pattern Technologies LLC, today announces the new Triple Crown patented tri-barrel shotgun from Chiappa Firearms will be available with KLOAK Cryptic Camouflage 3D patterns such as KonBat Desert, KonBat Canyon and StrutKon Spring.”

Next up: Gun issues divide sports fans.

Cognitive dissonance: NBC Sports — the same NBC sports that employs Bobby Costas and cancelled all of their shooting-related programming post-Sandy Hook — is listed as one of the SHOT Show’s “leading sponsors.”

Keith Morgan of the WVCDL talks “high action military with big clips.” And maintains a straight face. Look: