Gallup released their latest poll on guns today. It’s full of win for fans of firearms freedom. Less than half of Americans (48 percent) currently favor stricter laws for the sale of firearms. That stat’s more-or-less back to where it was before the Newtown massacre, which raised the “more gun laws, please” answer’s popularity to 58 percent. Which is nothing compared to 1990, when 78 percent of Americans surveyed favored stricter gun sales laws. [Click here to see the historic decline] Even better, 73 percent of Americans are now against . . .
“Gunners need to face facts, including this one: They are some of the biggest cowards in the country. They constantly tremble in fear that someone may break into their house or that the boogieman may point a machine gun at them at McDonald’s or that the government may swoop down to take their guns. They are so timid, so skittish, that they scream in horror when someone tells the truth. Guns kill people. Guns kill kids. Guns injure, maim, disfigure, cripple and generally cause this country to spend an obscene number of dollars on health care. So why are gunners so afraid to hear that guns are a health care issue?” – Kurt Eichenwald, Opinion: The Truly Ridiculous Reason the U.S. Has No Surgeon General [via newsweek.com]
Without the Second Amendment (protecting Americans’ individual right to keep and bear arms), the First Amendment (protecting Americans’ individual right to free speech) would be meaningless. As in non-existent. The enemies of firearms freedom scoff at any such notion. They point to Europe, where gun rights are gone, yet free speech remains. Or does it? Under the 2012 European Data Protection Regulation Article 17, Europeans now have the “right to erasure.” They have the right to . . .
It’s a simple enough concept: “all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” In this case, the Coalition Against Gun Violence trying to convince voters that not voting for pro-gun control politicians leaves blood on their hands. In the case of the second ad below, literally. Lensed by Filmmaker Mark Pellington of The Mothman Prophecies fame, the ad above is singularly, spectacularly doomed to failure. And that’s because . . .
I’ve gone through a number of everyday carry guns in the last few years: a GLOCK 19, Kahr PM9, Smith & Wesson 642, Springfield XD-M, FNS-9 and a few other gats that lasted a couple of weeks. As an outside-the-waistband (OWB) guy, the GLOCK, Springfield and FN printed like The New York Times. I wasn’t happy with the Kahr and Smith’s capacity and caliber. Early this year, I bought a Commander-sized Wilson Combat X-Tac Compact. Just cause. I thought, no way I’m going to carry it. It’s expensive. It’s got an external safety. It’s heavy. It’s capacity limited. And questions surround 1911’s reliability, generally speaking (the $3250 Wilson hasn’t choked once). But carry it I do. Here’s why . . .
“I have acquired a few guns over the years,” TTAG reader RB admits. “None of them are investment pieces that will show any value in my lifetime. A Smith revolver has shown to hold it’s value – which is nice. However nothing else is likely to become an heirloom (outside of just one day being old in excellent condition but very common). I’m not expecting every gun to become a collectible, but I would like one. Long story short I want a Colt SAA. Colt’s website features them, has multiple models, and even a price sheet. So where are they?” Help a guy out willya? Meanwhile, which gun(s) currently for sale do you reckon will become collectible in, say, twenty to thirty years? I’m thinking the Smith & Wesson Performance Center 460XVR. You?
Surveying the evidence released by various sources, it seems probable that the grand jury will not indict Officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot and killed African-American teen Michael Brown. Quoting anonymous sources, the “hacktivist” group Anonymous has released a statement [full text via theblaze.com after the jump] confirming that likelihood. “Darren Wilson will NOT be indicted on ANY charges related to the murder of Mike Brown,” the statement reads. “All local police Chiefs and jail commanders have been notified to begin preparing for major civil unrest. Governor Nixon . . . has ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin preparations for a possible re-enstatement [sic] of the martial law.” Makes sense to me. You?
“We must close off all avenues for dangerous people to acquire firearms.” – Orlando Police Chief John Mina, during a press conference for the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence at the Orange County Convention Center [via orlandosentinel.com] [h/t SS]
“The video, captured by a police car dashboard camera [just released by the MI ACLU], appears to show six police officers gunning down Milton Hall, 49, in broad daylight, during a tense confrontation in a Saginaw parking lot,” huffingtonpost.com reports. “Hall was armed with a penknife and appears to be standing at least several yards from the nearest officer. Officers fired at him more than 45 times.” Of which 11 shots found their mark. Anyway, the incident resembles nothing so much as a firing squad. And I’m not hearing any attempt at less lethal de-escalation. But what do I know? The Department of Justice ruled that “this tragic event does not present sufficient evidence of willful misconduct to lead to a federal criminal prosecution of the police officers involved.” [h/t DG]
“She has delivered the same 64-word speech eight times already, but Gabby Giffords is struggling to get through the ninth,” msn.com reports. ‘Together, we can win elections,’ the former Arizona congresswoman tells her Seattle audience before starting to stumble. After a moment of confused silence, an aide whispers the next line, and Giffords continues the broken sentence: ‘… change our laws.'” The rest of the article focuses on the fact that Giffords and her anti-gun group Americans for Responsible Solutions are fighting a losing battle for gun control. But here’s the main question raised by this piece . . .
After praising Social Studies teacher Megan Silberberger [above] for intervening in the recent Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Facebook page wonders “When will Congress stand up to the gun lobby so that teachers and students don’t have to stand up to gunmen?” Because if Congress stands up to the “gun lobby” (i.e. pro-gun advocates representing pro-gun Americans) and passes some unspecified gun control law (or twenty) school shooters will no longer attack people in schools. How about . . .