Progs give themselves a wedgie . . . Women with guns: The next threat to the Democratic Party – “The marketing approach varies. Smith & Wesson, the firearms giant, uses large interactive weapons displays. Much smaller, boutique companies such as The Well Armed Woman have simple booths. But there is no mistaking the market they’re targeting with feminine-cut camo and pink pistols. There is a lesson within a lesson here. As Democrats continue to make gun control a wedge issue in elections, they underestimate the damage they are doing to their own chances among women, who have been flocking to buy guns in the past few years. These same voters, whom the NRA calls the ‘shy voters,’ also flocked to Donald Trump, and they are unlikely to reverse course before next year’s midterm elections. So as wedge issues go, this one is becoming more of a loser for the Left.”

Don’t hold your breath . . . Smart guns in police holsters – “There is now reason to believe that an RFID smart gun can soon be on the market. Fittingly, the key to speeding its adoption rests with police departments. If they buy these guns in large numbers and demonstrate their viability to the broader market, everything could change.”

OMG! Black rifles! OMG! . . . Allhands: Court says a gun’s looks matter more than its function (yes, really) – “People ask me why I’m such an ardent gun-rights supporter. My answer: Because I believe in making laws that make sense, or that are at least based in reality. That’s my beef especially with so-called “assault weapons” bans. They restrict some firearms but not others that function similarly, and the criteria are most often window dressing — things on guns that may make them look scary but make them no more or less deadly.”

Coulrophobics need not apply . . . Otis Gun Care Renews Partnership with Kids & Clays – “Otis Technology is delighted to announce its renewed partnership with the Kids & Clays Foundation, a charity group whose proceeds benefit various Ronald McDonald House Charities. Otis Technology has partnered with the organization since 2015. The Kids & Clays Foundation is a community of shooting sports enthusiasts committed to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities and improving the lives of children and their families.”

The Norks kill a few more . . . Kim Jong-Un Guns Down Five Senior Officials With An Anti-Aircraft Gun – “North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un executed another batch of senior officials, South Korea’s spy agency revealed Monday. Kim pulled out the anti-aircraft gun for the execution of five senior officials, charged with submitting false government reports, according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).”

ISSF World Cup New Delhi 2017: China’s golden sweep of rifle and pistol events continues unabated – “China maintained their Golden sweep of all the Rifle and Pistol events held thus far, with day three of competition at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) New Delhi 2017, getting them their fourth and fifth Gold medals of the tournament. They now lead the medal tally comfortably with four Silvers added to their five Gold medals while Italy with one Gold and two Silvers lie a distant second. India lie in fifth place with one Bronze medal along with seven other countries.”

Questions (almost) no one is asking:

Hold on…we’ve been told this kind of thing doesn’t happen in Australia:

Don’t want to open up with your 12 gauge on a peeping drone hovering over your property? Just get a tiger.

36 Responses to Daily Digest: Dems Keep Digging, LEO Smart Guns and Extreme Prejudice in North Korea

  1. The speaker in the video from Prager U. is probably Dutch, and speaking in a second (or third, or fourth) language. Yet he understands English better than most politicians, and almost all judges.

    How sad for us.

    • You never heard of Eugene Volokh or his blog the Volokh Conspiracy?

      This guy has been around for a long time standing up for the 2nd Amendment and liberty in general.

      • If memory serves, some of his published academic works were referenced to support the majority opinion in DC v Heller.

        • Eugene was a bit of a wunderkind: started college at age 11 or 12, graduated with a CS degree at 15. Went to law school at the normal age, but clerked for Alex Kozinski and Sandra Day O’ Connor. As was pointed out by others, his writings are very influential–more than one Justice has indicated that they read his blog regularly.

        • Volokh is a literal genius- an actual one (went to college at 11 IIRC). Reading anything about him, or from him, is worth the time. He’s a STAUNCH 2nd amendment supporter, and perhaps the most influential and important 2nd amendment scholar who isn’t mentioned in daily conversation. He wrote briefs that featured prominently in Heller. Usually people are just puffing a nobody they like. Volokh is the real deal legal badass. Check him out and report back. His work is intricate yet clear, and terrific.

        • Yeah, I knew he was sharp, but it sure looks like he really is a ‘hard, pipe-hitting’ intellectual heavyweight.

          Damn glad he’s on our side.

          On his video, I’ve asked before in debating the 2A with Progressives why the phrase ‘the people’ in the 1A and 4A means the individual citizen but not the 2A, according to Left, and have never gotten a rational argument from them…

        • Glad you read up on him Geoff. He has a column in the Washington Post (gag; they bought rights to his column after he was a YUGE success on his own), but it’s really good and allows a platform that communicates more common sense views to the typical liberal mindset. Volokh is pretty damn awesome. I asked you to look into him because literally every minute I’ve spent thinking or reading Volokh has been rewarding, so it’s a net positive, in my experience, to recommend looking into him. He’s just a great human being.

  2. “If they buy these guns in large numbers and demonstrate their viability to the broader market, everything could change.”

    Right, the next time a cop shoots a black kid, then the gun will legitimately be to blame, because it either wasn’t smart enough or was faulty.

    • I read that article a few days ago, and I wondered if anyone would notice the word games played.

      “In 2003, New Jersey passed a law mandating that all guns sold in the state be smart guns. But gun rights activists took exception, and instead of accelerating smart gun adoption, the law had the opposite effect.”
      Not quite; what gun activists did was point out that the guns wouldn’t fire except under very favorable conditions. Like, for example, with dry hands (no water, oil, blood, dirt) and often not in cold weather. Just what police do NOT want.

      “There’s a better way: radio frequency identification, or RFID technology — which involves a “digital handshake” between a computer chip on a ring or wrist band on one hand, and one embedded in the gun itself. It’s been around for decades and proven itself infinitely reliable.”
      “infinitely reliable.” Right up until the battery dies. When do you notice the dead batteries in your flashlight? When you try to use it, and it doesn’t work. Just what policemen want, again.

      “A well-known gun designer, Ernst Mauch, the former head of gun manufacturer Heckler and Koch, has proved the workability of an RFID smart gun with rigorous field testing in the extreme cold of Northern Alaska, the humidity of the Panama jungle and the dry heat and sand of the Arizona desert.”
      Just not in police holsters. And none want to be the first to try.
      Anyone remember how thoroughly the M-16 was tested? It worked perfectly, until it was put to its intended use. Then, not so much.
      Again, not what police want.

      “If they buy these guns in large numbers and demonstrate their viability to the broader market, everything could change.”
      Read: I am willing to let the police test my theory.
      The problem is, they aren’t willing to do that. For good reason.

      “No less an authority than Richard Beary, former President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has gone on the record to say that many police departments would have interest in a smart gun.”
      “would”. Not, “do,” but “would.” When?
      I am willing to bet money it won’t be until after they have been actually proven.

      The article then goes on to speak of LEOs killed by their own guns. Tragedies, every one. More die from bee stings every year, though. Perspective. How many more will die during the testing of “smart gun” technologies?
      Over 2000 guns per year for the last five years were lost through carelessness by Leos (not including federal agencies). Maybe it would be better to spend resources teaching these LEOs to keep control of their firearms?

      “Smart Guns” are a solution in search of a problem, and this idiot knows it. And he is willing to put police officers’ lives on the line to prove it.

      • ““Smart Guns” are a solution in search of a problem, and this idiot knows it. And he is willing to put police officers’ lives on the line to prove it.”

        Exemplarily well stated. Indeed, so called smart guns offer a plethora of features to ameliorate issues that are for the most part irrelevant. All features come at the cost of increased complexity. This flies in the face of the practicality in that keeping things simple reduces the odds for malfunctions. In a firearm one obviously desires reliability especially in potentially lethal scenarios. Not to mention introducing more opportunities for intentional malfunctions, e.g. frequency jammers intended to interrupt communication between rfid enabled devices.

        LEOs being prone to encountering hostile situations, due to the nature of their job, are not the ideal candidates for testing unproven and unnecessary firearms technology. For that matter no one is an ideal test subject. Perhaps several of these anti-rights, overzealous statist politicians would be willing to carry a “smart” gun while walking through some of the most crime infested neiborhoods that this country has to offer. All while being unaccompanied and dressed in their business best.

  3. The funny thing about the Maryland Appeals Court thing is that, when you think about it, what they’re really terrified of is that the law-abiding citizen might manage to stop the threat against his person.

    No flash suppressors is especially funny given the likelihood that a potential rifle DGU would happen at home, at night, and with eyes adjusted to the dark, and how strongly muzzle flash might affect the shooter’s ability to defend himself.

    It’s even funnier than “Gun-owners want to mitigate some of the damage to their hearing? Well, too bloody bad, you child-murdering nazis”, but not by much.

    • John – That poor decision wasn’t made by a Maryland Court of Appeals. It was federal, rendered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA.

  4. “There is now reason to believe that an RFID smart gun can soon be on the market. Fittingly, the key to speeding its adoption rests with police departments. If they buy these guns in large numbers and demonstrate their viability to the broader market, everything could change.”

    Not bloody likely. You progtards are welcome to them, and please do the country a favor by forcing your bodyguards & security escorts to use them, mmmkay?! 😀

    • There was a RFID chipped gun on the market already–the Umarex. The company went belly up when few people were willing to pay nearly $2000 for a .22LR pistol that did not work unless it was within 10″ a fancy watch (sold separately). Same designer as the one mentioned in the article, by the by. One comment on the article by this member of a gun control group that I can’t resist–he says almost 34,000 people die of “gun violence” every year, but fails to mention that this slightly inflated figure includes over 20,000 suicides, the vast majority of whom are men. How is a RFID chip going to keep a bunch of guys set on shooting themselves in the head from carrying out their plan? (Doh.)

      • One small correction, Mark. The RFID pistol was from a company called Armatix, the principal player being a former designer for Heckler & Koch.

        Umarex is the parent company of Walther Arms. They make air guns and airsoft guns, based, not unsurprisingly, on Walther designs. To my knowledge, they have no involvement whatsoever with Armatix.

  5. I like the idea of guns becoming a clear losing issue to the dems. Unfortunately I suspect it will be overshadowed by many other issues so the platform won’t change much.

  6. Most drive by shooting in Australia are drug gangs fighting with each other. Of course they always use licenced firearms or so the media would have you believe. A few politicians from the smaller parties realise that it’s not legal shooters who are the problem but not many overall.

    On a different note I’m in Canada now from Australia and driving south via Seattle next week. What gun shops are worth visiting?

    • Precise Shooter is good, especially if you like CZ. Low Price Guns truly lives up to the name, and is actually run by a nice guy, bizarrely enough. There are a few West Coast Armory locations. I’ve been to the one in Factoria, which is part of the range. It’s a nice store and a very nice range. I don’t know about their other locations.

      Since you’re driving south, there’s a Cabela’s in Tulalip. It has a gun counter and Gun Library, as well as the usual Cabela’s stuff.

      None of this stuff is in Seattle proper, because you wouldn’t want to buy a gun in Seattle and pay the stupid gun tax in the city.

    • For stores:
      Precise Shooter in Lynnwood, North of Seattle, is my favorite, and Federal Way Discount guns in Federal Way, south of Seattle is a worthy runner up.

      For ranges:
      If you want to shoot guns, I believe Wades and Northwest Armory, east of Seattle, as well as Federal Way Discount guns (mentioned above) all have ranges and do rentals

    • West Coast Armory North in the south Everett/Mukilteo area is a nice range and shop, but I haven’t been in quite awhile so I don’t know what their inventory is like.

      Wade’s in Bellevue has an insane amount of inventory. I was in there a couple of weeks ago to go to the range and I think the shop and nearly 1 of everything made sitting in a case or on the wall. Tons of handguns, AR’s, Shotguns, etc. I don’t think the prices are that great, but if you want to kick the tires (which I’m guessing is all you’re doing being from Australia) it’s a good place to go.

      Both of the above mentioned places have a pretty good rental counter if you want to rent something and shoot, although most ranges around here won’t rent guns to a single shooter who doesn’t have their own gun (the thought being you may be wanting to off yourself with their equipment, on their property). If you have another person with you, you’re all good.

  7. When you click on the image of the Media Guide to the AR-15, it’s goes to a thread on Democratic Underground that I started….before they banned me for being a “pro-gun troll”.

    🙂

    • That diagram is awesome.

      Flip-up sights: Pointing to a fixed sight
      Butt-stock for storing right-wing reading material
      Grenade laucher pointing to the shell deflector
      “Laser Sniper Scope”
      Full-auto swith…pointing to rear take-down pin
      Machingun kelly grip…

      Love it

  8. When the question is “Where is there a socialist utopia where weed is legal?“, the answer is North Korea.

    Just don’t mention their human rights record (or lack there-of) to the progtards.

  9. To me, the debate over the 4th Circuit ruling, and indeed over Heller in general, misses the point entirely.

    The 2nd Amendment was meant to protect the right of individual citizens to own weapons of war, period. We know this because the Framers announced their motivation in the prefatory clause. A militia is not about hunting, or target shooting. It’s about fighting in wars.

    We also know this because one of the first things they did once the ink was dry on the Constitution was to order all able-bodied free men to procure and keep a weapon of war, and ammunition for it. We know this because, in the time since then, Americans have owned rifles similar to those of the day’s infantrymen, from muzzle-loaders to lever-actions to semi-automatics, uninterrupted for over 200 years. It was not until the late 1980s, when Democratic strategists needed a wedge issue the way Republicans had abortion, that this suddenly became an issue.

  10. The Norks executed those five guys with an anti-aircraft gun? Hmmmm ….. I’m going to check the next jar of kim chi I buy VERY carefully.

  11. Thank you for advice on shops.

    One range I called near Tacoma said they only rent to USA citizens. When I told staff at one of the Australian ranges I go to the politest comment was “your kidding”

  12. There is no legal reason not to rent gun to a tourist
    I have Been to ranges in Hawaii, Florida and Las Vegas which are packed with foreign tourists renting and shooting guns
    Come to Florida and any range will be glad to rent you a full auto gun

    • The antis believe that a terrorist, or alt-right person (of course), will get their hands on one, kill everyone at the range, then go on a ‘commando-like’ killing spree (because sure…).

      Or, they are just projecting. Which is the correct answer.

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