Daily Digest: They Can’t Win

Anyone who thinks that the government—any government—can remove guns from society is just plain ignorant. Are there guns in “gun free” UK? Of course there are. Closer to home, I know a guy used to make zip guns for his pals in a city where the chances of getting a pistol permit were less than the chances of sharing a glass of brännvin with Sofia Helqvist. Bottom line: anyone who wants a gun can get one. Gun control laws simply remove guns from law-abiding or otherwise law-abiding citizens. As we’ll see—have seen—in New York and California (and Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island), civilian disarmament does nothing to reduce crime. And much to encourage the passivity that enables a police state. But you knew that. If not, the Digest has evidence. Again. Still . . .

Thank God America isn’t a democracy. Gun Owners Trust the NRA but Agree with Obama [via swampland.time.com]:

If the Quinnipiac poll is accurate, Obama has not won the public debate. The majority of gun owners may agree with the President on what needs to be done, but they don’t know it, choose not to trust him, or believe that he will take their guns away.

Civilian disarmament proponents to wave the bloody shirt in the peanut gallery at State of the Union address. A Personal Quest to Make Guns’ Toll More Visible nytimes.com

You might say that civilian disarmament proponents are cowards but I couldn’t possibly comment. ‘Good Guys With Guns’ Will Not Stop Gun Massacres huffingtonpost.com

Whitey Bulger (courtesy thesmokinggun.com)Poster boy for universal background checks (a.k.a., federal firearms registration)? ‘Whitey’ Bulger used “loophole” to buy guns from private sellers while a fugitive boston.com

Define “extensive.” North Carolina Jeweler Offers Free Shotguns For Valentine’s Day [via talkingpointsmemo.com]:

Customers must spend at least $1,500 in Snowden’s in order to get a $300 gift voucher to Executive Arms. When they arrive at Executive Arms, they will go through an extensive background check along with the necessary paperwork to hand over the gun.

Ruger redeemed: 4.6 million letters sent to date to various representatives with their wunderwidget. Click here to read reps’ responses. (Not a dickie bird from the RI delegation.)

Maybe it should have been a Springfield Armory 1873 Trapdoor Rifle [as above]. Montana House rejects bill to name Winchester Model 1873 state rifle missoulian.com

Click here for a must read: Charleston Law Review’s article (page 55) How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the American Revolution, which (unsurprisingly) quotes Patrick Henry:

They tell us, sir, that we are weak—unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of Hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

G4S tactical shotgun training with an M2 in May. I’m so there.

Bass Pro Shop

JG writes “I thought you guys might want to see what was (or wasn’t) in stock at my local Bass Pro shop [Auburn Hill, MI, above]. The only rifles left are bolt actions and lever guns. No evil black shotguns left. There are a few more handguns there than last week.”

Niki Jones and "Snow Queen" (courtesy nymag.com) INSERT NON-PC JOKE ABOUT MALE ANATOMY HERE  Rise of the Female Gun Nut nymag.com

Tink’s Introduces Hot Shot Spray Lure Attractants ammoland.com

The POG social event of the year, and, perhaps, the most important rally in the history of the 2A: gunmarch.com, Saturday May 25th, 2013, The National Mall, Washington D.C.