What you’re looking at is the Gatchet, by MeleeMods.com. Yes, this is a real thing. Machined from 1065 carbon steel, heat-treated to RC 52, and black anodized, this glorious beauty will set you back $110.00. Only fits XDs and GLOCKs, according to their site, so “Sorry, S&W guys!” Would go well with the Manly Innovations MBX pistol bayonet, methinks. Make the jump to see the Tact-Axe, the version designed to fit on shotguns and AR-pattern rifles. . . [h/t Have Blue]
An Orangeburg County, South Carolina woman will not be charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend last Saturday. He became enraged after finding papers in her purse listing him as a suspect in a crime in another jurisdiction, and they started arguing. She tried to call her mother to pick her up, but he prevented her from doing so. She ran out of the house, but he caught her, dragged her back inside, hit her in the head and threw her to the floor. His grandfather came out of a bedroom and told him to stop and to leave, and that allowed the young lady time to find a handgun. When her boyfriend turned and charged at her again, she shot him. He died on scene. The Sheriff said the evidence showed she was in fear for her life, and acted in self defense. I wonder if her piece of trash boyfriend will end up on MAIGs list of names. After all, if the gun hadn’t been there, he might still be alive.
The mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York, John Tkazyik, has announced that he’s leaving the membership of Mayors Against Illegal Guns over allegations that the group’s ultimate goal is outright confiscation. He sent a letter to the Poughkeepsie Journal last week stating, “Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.” He went on to say that “Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did.” [NB: I know that article is at Infowars, and I’m sorry. The original letter at the Poughkeepsie Journal is behind a paywall.]
For all the hubbub surrounding the gun-control laws passed in Colorado last year, it turns out that they’re (SURPRISE!) not really having any effect at all. From The Daily Caller: “In at least one Colorado county, the new laws haven’t resulted in a single case. The Colorado State Patrol also said it wasn’t aware of its troopers citing anyone for violations. … Since gun owners could keep standard sized 30-round magazines [props to TDC for that language] that they owned before July 1, it’s impossible to tell where or when they were purchased.” Furthermore, without registration, it’s impossible to know if someone conducted a background check when selling a gun privately. “There’s no way to know,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith told The Coloradoan. “So how are police going to get involved in a private transaction in someone’s home with a legal piece of property? Obviously, they’re not.” Democrats say that cops could set up sting operations, but that’s not happening because law enforcement agencies are not expending the resources to enforce either law, said Democratic Rep. Jessie Ulibarri. “Which is unfortunate, because the laws were designed to protect our kids and our communities,” he said.
There’s a problem in the state of Missouri. The Senate is discussing a bill, SB 613, that would serve to nullify federal gun laws. Views on that sort of thing around here vary from “a mighty blow for liberty” to “meaningless, unenforceable nonsense.” But regardless of how you feel about federal law nullification efforts, this bill needs to be voted down. A Democratic senator offered an amendment Tuesday night that would require gun owners to report lost or stolen guns within 72 hours, or else face up to a year in prison and a $1000 fine. After the amendment was adopted, the bill was “perfected” by the Senate, which means it can no longer be changed, but must be voted on as-is. So if it passes, we’ve got a nullification bill (positive to neutral, but ultimately likely a pointless feel-good measure) permanently attached to a loss/theft reporting requirement, which could be used to make criminals out of otherwise perfectly law-abiding gun owners. It’s a neutral balanced with a big negative, making it a net loss. As such, this whole bill needs to go the way of the dodo bird. Call your people. [h/t JKP]
I know this is a little out of our normal wheelhouse, but since it comes up pretty regularly in conversation around here (Hi, Rich!), here’s a short primer on jury nullification. It’s done by CGPGrey, who is one of my absolute favorite YouTubers, as well as probably the most frustrating (because of his output pace) of those I subscribe to. I highly recommend you check out his past videos if you geek out on stuff like electoral trivia, and national borders, and the national debt limit… yeah. It’s much more interesting than it sounds. Trust me, just check it out. It’s not for everyone, but those that like it, love it. If you’re gonna do it, you should go all the way to the beginning and start there, because some of the later videos build on things discussed in the earlier ones.
FYI, it’s perfectly normal to have to watch his videos twice to catch it all. This is 25-30% slower than he talks in his early ones.