Boxer Tactical Daily Digest 5.31.16: Libertarian Boorishness, Syrian Inventiveness and Saudi Peevishness


Why do Libertarian Party candidates hate guns so much? That seems a valid, if unlikely question, first in the wake of the party’s nomination of an unapologetically gun control loving VP candidate. Now, the top of the ticket, Gary Johnson has displayed a jaw dropping lack of manners, not to mention arguable antipathy toward a replica historic firearm he was given as a peace offering. Gary Johnson Shoots Himself in the Foot: Throws Out Austin Petersen’s Gun. The Libertarian presidential candidate thought so little of the keepsake given him by his defeated primary rival, Austin Petersen, that he tossed it in a trash can (where it was later liberated and returned to Petersen). Who gets rid of (even a replica) gun like that? Who displays that kind of gracelessness? Who’s the lesser of three evils now? . . .

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Think Progress Freaks At Rob Pincus’ Advise to Stage Guns in Children’s Rooms

Mark Schreiber and son at the NRA convention (courtesy

“During a [Rob Pincus] seminar on ‘home defense concepts’ at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Louisville, an instructor encouraged gun owners to store firearms in their children’s bedrooms,” “‘Why would you consider staging a firearm inside a child’s room?’ he told the few hundred NRA members in attendance. ‘It’s the first place I’m going to go! As I’ve said…many times, if your kid is going to break into the safe just because it’s in their room, you have a parenting issue, not a home defense issue. Why would you consider staging a firearm inside a child’s room? It’s the first place I’m going to go!'” Let’s think about this . . .

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Man Shoots Himself in the Hand [NSFW]: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

The four gun safety rules are based on simple common sense. Don’t point a gun at anything you aren’t willing to destroy (or some such language). Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire. Maybe there should be one about intervening when idiots violate the rules. Then again, common sense says the OFWG next to our gun range idiot irresponsible gun owner should have snatched the gun away from his “pal.” I guess we should be satisfied that he only shot himself. Sigh.


Did the Assault Weapons Ban (or Threat of One) Influence Your Purchase?


Reader RW writes:

The Guardian made a case that the so-called assault weapon ban created a market for the AR-15 and other firearms of military-style appearance. “When Martin KA Morgan was a kid in the 1970s, military-style rifles were only a “small sliver” of the firearms market in the United States.” Then, “A series of high-profile shootings had put military-style rifles on the political agenda. In 1989, a man with an AK-47 opened fire on a schoolyard in Stockton, California. The state passed a ban on semi-automatic ‘assault weapons’ that same year. None of the banned guns . . .

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Mexican Military: The Most Efficient Killers in Modern Warfare History?

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“In the history of modern war, fighters are much more likely to injure their enemies than kill them,” opines. “But in Mexico, the opposite is true. According to the government’s own figures, Mexico’s armed forces are exceptionally efficient killers — stacking up bodies at extraordinary rates.” Skipping ahead to the stats . . .

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Housekeeping: New TTAG Website

Regular readers may have noticed that TTAG attempted to launch a new website this morning. Yeah, well, we pulled it down to fix a few key issues. With a bit of luck we’ll give it another go tonight, delivering a baby with ten fingers and toes Wednesday morning. Rest assured that the site is pretty much the same, only better — as in cleaner, faster and less buggy. Same comment system, same type, amount and quality of content. What this new site design doesn’t fix are . . .

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Don’t Brandish Your Gun: Guns for Beginners


“A manicurist at Nail Tech in Eastpointe brandished a pistol Saturday afternoon during an argument with a customer about glitter nail polish,” reports [click on image above for the video]. “Police said the customer requested glitter nail polish. The employee refused and the argument escalated. ‘She angry because she put a nail polish on and she don’t want it and the pedicure took two hour,’ the manager’s sister, Lee, said.” It’s generally true that you can only unholster your firearm . . .

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Would Your Kids Pass This Test? If So, At What Age?

Mashable’s gun safety questions to three [I’m sure randomly selected] kids are straightforward enough. But the question about reporting a stolen gun within one year depends entirely on where they live. I wouldn’t expect a child to know that answer. Nor would I be concerned if they didn’t. It’s not their responsibility. Question 7 on transportation is couched in legalese; I wouldn’t expect a child to understand. Question 8 is a trick question. And so on. How would your children answered have these questions at a similar age?

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Israelis Recover “Navy SEAL M-16” in Arab Neighborhood

Israeli-seized Navy SEAL M-16 (courtesy

“Border Police officers located a semi-automatic M-16 assault rifle on Monday in a home in the Arab Israeli village of Ain al-Sahla in the Wadi Ara region in the north,” reports. “Making the finding of the M-16 all the more unusual was that the lethal weapon was inscribed with the logo of the US Navy SEALs [picture after the jump], likely indicating it was stolen. Adding another troubling aspect to the find is the fact that Wadi Ara was the hometown of the terrorist Nashat Milhem, who murdered three victims with an automatic weapon in Tel Aviv in early January.” And so the IDF is hyping — you guess it — gun control . . .

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3rd Circuit Affirms Right to Possess “Non-Dangerous Weapons for Self-Defense in the Home”


David Codrea writes [via]:

A panel for the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court ruling and sided with the government against a man who was authorized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to manufacture a post-1986 machine gun through a trust, only to have the permission rescinded and his property confiscated. In doing so, and by ignoring founding intent behind the Second Amendment, the panel ruled the right of Americans to own militia-suitable firearms can not only be infringed, but that it’s not even a right . . .

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