Washington Post: Meet the German Designer Behind the “Smart Gun”

Gun designer Ernst Mauch looks at the Armatix iP1 while violating one of the four safety rules. (courtesy washingtonpost.com)

Let’s get the politics out of the way first. Predictably, inaccurately, the Washington Post article on “smart gun” gun designer Ernst Mauch asserts that “Second Amendment advocates” and the NRA (‘natch) are blocking the U.S. Armatix iP1 “fearing the technology will be mandated.” To be clear, New Jersey has a law that does just that. Three years after any gun store in the U.S. offers the first “smart gun” for sale, all new guns for sale in NJ must be equipped with user-recognition technology. So it’s not paranoia that prevents Mauch’s handiwork from gaining acceptance among gun owners. It’s the fact that anti-gun politicians want to ram these unreliable, remote controllable firearms down owners’ throats. OK, so, here’s what inspired Mauch to develop the iP1 . . .

Continue Reading


Here’s a Message That Makes as Much Sense as Anything Everytown is Producing These Days [NSFW]

Not that Mayor Mike’s marketing mavens have ever really hit any home runs in trying to convince Americans to support more restrictions on their right to keep and bear arms, but whomever is producing his spots is clearly in a slump. Their most recent effort did a better job making the case for gun ownership and armed self defense than it did at scaring women into relinquishing any of their rights. The video non-sequitur above is obviously a takeoff on the much better executed, more lulz-worthy Bad Lip Reading vids. Still, the producer, dayjoborchestra, managed to repurpose MAIG’s “Demand a Plan” post-Newtown appeal and generate something that’s every bit as effective and coherent as the original. And he probably did it in his spare time. That alone deserves a virtual fist-bump.


This Is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: They Lose Their Right to Free Speech

Sinaloa Governor Mario López Valdez (courtesy borderlandbeat.com)

The Sinaloa cartel is the drug thugs that the ATF “allowed” to smuggle U.S. gun store guns into Mexico via Operation Fast and Furious. They’re the cartel that got a free pass from the DEA “allowed” them to launder tens of millions of dollar of cash. They’re the cartel America backed to offset the rise of Los Zetas; following the same “support the weak cartel against the strong cartel” strategy the CIA employed in Colombia. The Sinaloa cartel control Sinaloa (obvs). And what happens when a disarmed populace is at the mercy of a vast criminal enterprise that’s corrupted all formerly democratic institutions (e.g., politicians and judges)? Free speech disappears. Here’s the report from borderlandbeat.com:

Continue Reading


The Saga Continues: TTAG Reader Appeals IL CCW Denial


By Shawn in Chicago

Several months ago, I was denied a concealed carry permit, despite fulfilling all of the obligations of the statute, with a no-details form letter. I had my 2nd court date yesterday regarding my appeal to my denial for a permit. My first court date, of which I was informed by mail somewhat unexpectedly, was originally going to be a straightforward agreement to the release of the documents regarding whatever objections were made to the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board regarding my application. Upon going before the judge . . .

Continue Reading


Something is Missing From the Imperial War Museum


Walking up to the Imperial War Museum in London, the very first thing you see are…guns. Two massive honking deck guns from a battleship prominently displayed in the courtyard to be exact. From that introduction you wouldn’t be remiss in thinking that the rest of the museum would follow suit, but everywhere I went in the IWM, I felt a definite absence. There was one specific thing missing from the experience, and it was so blatantly obvious that even the little children scurrying around among the shredded hulks of enemy fighters and disassembled German rockets noted the absence. Somehow, there were no guns . . .

Continue Reading


Here’s an Excellent Pro-Gun YouTube Video Riffing on Everytown’s PSA That Hasn’t Been Taken Down. Yet

That Guy T’s not wrong – about anything. Nor is he the first YouTuber to point out the swiss cheese-like nature of the pro-gun control movement’s arguments for civilian disarmament. But TGT is one of the few commentators who’s sampled Everytown for Gun Safety’s Public Service Announcement that didn’t have their commentary pulled by YouTube at Michael Bloomberg’s behest, citing copyright infringement. (Shhhhh.) In any case, it’s good to see some common sense gun rights advocacy survive the intellectual deceit masquerading as “common sense gun control.” Let’s hope this one survive the purge. [h/t TL]


BREAKING: Missouri Voters Strengthen State Gun Rights

Hawken Rifle (courtesy wikipedia.org)

Yesterday, “Missouri voters opted to strengthen the rights of gun owners are already enshrined in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by adopting Amendment No 5,” politicmo.com reports. “The amendment adds to the state constitution ‘that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.’ Except if you’re a felon of someone deemed by a court to be a danger to yourself or others. The Missouri amendment’s protections include ammo and “accessories typical to the normal function of such arms.” Missouri state courts must now . . .

Continue Reading


Gun Tweet of the Day: Shannon Watts Reads TTAG Edition

Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 3.48.04 PM

Give her a couple of brownie points for not pulling “gun bully” out of her well-worn quiver of defensive epithets yet again. That one was getting so tedious. Still, in response to our post calling her out on the laughable lies she told this past weekend about Moms Demand Action’s membership and effectiveness, our favorite former PR shill, Shannon Watts, falls back on two comfortable oldies but goodies. So rather than even attempt . . .

Continue Reading


Americans for Responsible Solutions: “Jim Brady’s dead. Send us some money!”


Never let it be said that Gabby Giffords and hubby Mark Kelly will let an opportunity to Hoover up some more cash pass them by. As you’ve no doubt heard, James Brady died yesterday. Graciously offering to deliver your message of condolence to their fellow gun control travelers at the Brady Campaign, Americans for Responsible Solutions didn’t forget to include a large red CONTRIBUTE button in their email blast. Does begging for bucks in pursuit of civilian disarmament get any more nakedly opportunistic or crass? No, not it does not. ARC’s email after the jump . . .

Continue Reading


Christy Martin Uses Excuses, Lies to Justify More Gun Control Laws


In preparation for her July 30 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s ill-named Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, women’s boxing champion Christy Martin penned a commentary explaining why guns are bad. Titled My Gun Didn’t Protect Me, she explains how her former husband almost murdered her. My normal modus operandi is to break gun grabbers’ pieces into small bits, the better to demolish them. In this instance, though, I want you to get the full story of the attack . . .

Continue Reading


Travis Pike’s Gun Control Crazies’ Comment Cache: YouTube Compilation Edition

Travis Pike continues to trawl the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s (CSGV) Facebook page on our behalf. Arriving in YouTube form, his most recent haul delivers more of the same ad hominem attacks on Americans who cherish their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. CSGV, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown for Gun Safety – all the gun control groups continue to provide a home for irrational anti-gun animus. And censor comments that challenge, question or criticize the anti-gun gestalt. No surprise there. Still, it’s good to know what your enemy may be thinking – although “thinking” may be the wrong word for the anti-ballistic bile that the CSGV and its ilk encourage to further their statist agenda. Another compilation after the jump . . .

Continue Reading


NRA to Blame for Smart Gun Fail. Or Not.

Armatix "smart gun" (courtesy usatoday.com)

Let’s be clear about “smart guns.” American gun buyers don’t want firearms equipped with an authorized-user recognition system because they don’t trust the technology. They don’t trust “smart guns” to fire when they need them to. They don’t trust the government not to disable the guns remotely. The first issue can be overcome. The second can not. Which pretty much dooms “smart guns” to a niche market. At best. But it’s nowhere near best, thanks to the New Jersey legislature . . .

Continue Reading


BREAKING: James Brady Dead at Age 73

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.10.15 PM

Former Reagan press secretary and long-time gun control advocate James Brady, whose shooting during a 1981 assassination attempt spawned the eponymous Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence, died today at age 73 of what his family’s statement called “a series of health issues.” NBC News had the family’s full statement via Twitter (after the jump). Comments that violate TTAG’s policy and give aid and comfort to those who stand with the late Mr. Brady on the subject of civilian disarmament will be deleted . . .

Continue Reading


Question of the Day: What Does Denmark’s Failed Minecraft TNT Ban Tell You About Gun Control?

Americans blow shit up and plant flag in virtual Denmark (courtesy cnn.com)

TTAG reader JT emailed us a link to a CNN story by Jarrett Bellini headlined Apparently This Matters: America invades virtual DenmarkJT summed up the multi-national Minecraft misegos this way: “Virtual Denmark puts a virtual ban on virtual dynamite. Americans find a way to virtually smuggle in virtual dynamite in virtual mining carts and virtually blow up part of virtual Denmark. Americans plant virtual flag in virtual Denmark.” As you might expect, the Danes were not well pleased. What does Denmark’s failed virtual ban on virtual TNT tell you about criminals, terrorists, armed self-defense and gun control?


Moms Demand Action’s Denver Weekend: Fun, Frolicking and Falsehoods

Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 12.30.01 PM

Can’t you just feel the MOM-entum? If you’ve been busy having a life, you probably didn’t know that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a big Bloomberg-funded “leadership bootcamp” and sleepover in Denver this weekend. That means that between the all the pillow fights, doing each other’s hair, making prank calls and playing light as a feather, stiff as a board, attendees spent most of their time lying to each other about how much influence the group really has. And, being the practiced PR flack that she is, Mayor Mike’s most telegenic employee, Shannon Watts, made sure to lie a lot to the local media, who dutifully spouted her spoon-fed falsehoods . . .

Continue Reading