There is only one response for antis up in arms about the “unregulated” firearms marketplace, enabled by the Internet: great landing, wrong airport. There is no way to stop criminals from obtaining firearms. Any attempt to do so simply makes it harder for law-abiding Americans to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Yes, you can work to stop criminals from possessing firearms. And yes, you can work to stop criminals from using firearms in the commission of a crime (mostly by locking them up after the fact). But you can’t stop the ballistic signal. In what world do law-abiding citizens have free access to firearms where criminals don’t? No world. So check out this bit of anti-pistol pandering by washingtonpost.com . . .
Does it strike anyone else as odd that the President of the United States and his Democrat backers want to arm unreliable “Syrian rebels” while, at the same time, all the Presidents’ men strive to create new gun control laws at home? The Prez and Co. know that a portion of these arms will fall into the hands of our enemies. Just as ISIS armed themselves with U.S. taxpayer-fundeded weaponry when the American-trained Iraqi troops turned tail and ran. And the Obama administration’s cool with that. Greater good and all. But they don’t apply the same calculus to “allowing” Americans to freely exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Open pipeline there. Closed pipeline here. Is that the teeniest bit hypocritical?
We recently bestowed our Gun Hero of the Day award to health care consultant Vikram Khanna [not shown]. We did so after reading his defense of armed self-defense at thehealthcareblog.com. Apparently we weren’t the only ones reading his work. Dr. Art Caplan [above] fired off a riposte, published in the same journal under the headline What is it With Gun Rights Proponents? “Vik Khanna is the latest man with a gun to write squealing in terror before the kale crunching, fitbit wearing hordes of public health types who he is somehow sure are out to disarm him and, even more hilariously, have any chance of doing so.” Snide much? Oh yeah, Caplan’s got that down to a fine art . . .
In case you missed it, the ATF got caught running one of the most inept and corrupt “stings” in the agency’s long history of inept and corrupt “stings.” That would be “Operation Fearless” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sherman set the way back machine for May 2013. “A bipartisan group of congressional members demanded answers after a Journal Sentinel investigation of the sting that revealed an agent’s guns, including a machine gun, were stolen, the ATF storefront was ripped off of $40,000 in merchandise and agents allowed an armed felon who threatened to shoot someone to leave the store,” jsonline.com reported. But wait! There’s more! . . .
In yesterday’s excellent post What’s Gun Control’s Next Target, former DHS risk analyst Nick Leghorn identified three possible fronts in the endless campaign to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms: children, mental health and handguns. Nick didn’t reference it, but the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently released a turgid 16+ minute comments-disabled video called Pathology of Gun Violence [above]. It clearly indicates that the Brady Bunch is dead set on pursuing the “gun violence” as a “public heath issue” – despite the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex’s failed attempt to get a like-minded doctor appointed as U.S. Surgeon General. To spare you those precious minutes, here’s four major takeaways . . .
Reader Matt writes:
I think the antis are turning tail on assault weapons because, A) they see the futility in it, and B) because we are going to see a renewed push against handguns. The antis turning around and agreeing with our points buys them ground with the public and puts us in a precarious situation. They can say, “See, we agree with you and acknowledge the fact that ‘assault weapons’ aren’t the real danger. We were wrong and admit it! And we’re even in agreement with you that handguns are used in more murders! So…why aren’t you on board with doing something about that?” . . .
Statement by the President [via whitehouse.gov]
One year ago, our dedicated military and civilian personnel at the Washington Navy Yard were targeted in an unspeakable act of violence that took the lives of 12 American patriots. As we remember men and women taken from us so senselessly, we keep close their family and friends, stand with the survivors who continue to heal and pay tribute to the first responders who acted with skill and bravery. At the same time, we continue to improve security at our country’s bases and installations to protect our military and civilian personnel who help keep us safe. One year ago, 12 Americans went to work to protect and strengthen the country they loved. Today, we must do the same – rejecting atrocities like these as the new normal and renewing our call for common-sense reforms that respect our traditions while reducing the gun violence that shatters too many American families every day.
This letter from the VA revoking Second Amendment rights based on a PTSD diagnosis was sent to me by a reader and appears to be legitimate. I don’t recall ever seeing this type of revocation being challenged in the courts. As the decision is a bureaucratic one, not one made via due process through the courts, a challenge other than the appeal process they describe might hold promise . . .
It was less than a year ago that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was dealt a significant blow when their high profile lawsuit against Armslist was summarily dismissed for being the dumbest thing the judge had ever seen. The crux of their case was that Armslist had provided the meeting place for an illegal firearm that was sold and later used in a murder, and the Brady Campaign wanted to “hold them accountable” for not stopping the sale. In the end, their lawsuit was so flawed that they had to beg the court to ignore the law to let the lawsuit continue, something that didn’t happen. Fresh off that stunning victory, the Brady Campaign yesterday launched a new lawsuit on equally tenuous grounds, this time aimed at an ammunition distributor . . .
While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of suppressors for guns. In most of gun-averse Europe, mufflers aren’t controversial. In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right. On most of the continent, suppressors are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners . . .
There’s no longer any denying that the latest wave of gun control activism has passed. Following the Sandy Hook shooting everything was on the table, and the usual gun control extremists managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once more by over reaching and proving that they really have no idea what they are doing. It’s taken two years, but it seems that not only has gun control fever gone back down to “normal” levels (at a national level, anyway) but gun rights groups have made some major gains. With the typical gun control targets no longer proving as fruitful, I suspect that we are about to see a shift in tactics to focus on the new “low hanging fruit” . . .
“I am totally for gun control in the U.S. The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying. Every day we’re seeing some kid running rampant in a school. And do you know what the gun lobby’s response to Newtown was? The National Rifle Association’s official response was, ‘If that teacher had been armed…’ It’s crazy.” – Liam Neeson in Liam Neeson calls for U.S. gun controls [via msn.com] [h/t FC]