Category: Gun Nation

Fast and Furious Explained. Again. Still.

Juarez border (courtesy borderlandbeat.com)

The Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious has gone cold. This despite the fact that “on Thursday, June 28, 2012, [Attorney General Eric] Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for refusing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena.” Wikipedia’s entry for “ATF gunwalking scandal” tells the sad tale of the Obama administration’s coverup of the ATF’s extra-legal anti-gun-running gun-running program, that armed the Mexican rip crew who gunned down US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. That coverup continues. The reason for F&F remains shrouded in mystery. But TTAG’s original theory seems increasingly likely with news that . . .

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LAPD Use LAX Shooting To Justify Salary Plea

The video above uses the 2013 shooting at LAX to lobby for more funding from the public purse for the City of Angels po-po. According to the union, “department cuts have created unsafe conditions for Angelenos. Because of budget cuts, the SWAT team that normally respond to dangerous shootings like this one were unavailable to respond to a situation where a gunman opened fire in a busy terminal at LAX.” No mention, then, of the police cluster-you-know-what that allowed the shooter to commit his heinous crime unimpeded (until he was). Just to remind you how lax LAX was in terms of “homeland security,” here’s Wikipedia’s report on the police response . . .

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James Garner RIP

After a long battle with health issues, actor James Garner passed away last night at his Los Angeles home at the age of 86. Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner) was best known for his leading role in the TV series Maverick and The Rockford Files. Unlike his taciturn tough-guy colleague Clint Eastwood (above), the highly-decorated combat vet (two purple hearts) was known for his affability/amiability and quick wit. Garner did much to show that gun guys are also regular guys, and for that we thank him.

Happy 200th Birthday Samuel Colt!

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If Samuel Colt was alive today, he’d be 200 years old. While I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy, I thank the failed underwater mine maker for enabling Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. By manufacturing hundreds of thousands of guns – using interchangeable parts on an assembly line – Mr. Colt mass-produced armed self defense. Through product placement, celebrity endorsements and advertising (not to mention some bribery and extortion), Colt spread his product throughout every strata of American society. The final word on Mr. Colt’s contribution to humanity comes from one of his company’s ads: “God made man, Sam Colt made them equal.”

Incendiary Video of the Day: Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Edition

“Violent hip-hop generally falls into three distinct categories,” Robbie Etelson writes at complex.com, under the headline The 25 Most Violent Rap Songs of All Time. Those categories are: “gun clapping, physical beating, or slasher flick-style horrorcore songs. M.O.P., Grand Daddy I.U. and Big L prefer to reign down hot lead on all ‘foes and enemies,’ while Kool G Rap and The Convicts subscribe to the belief that a punch in the face can solve all of the world’s problems. Meanwhile, serial killers and cannibals are the violent protagonists of choice for Esham, Gangsta N.I.P. and the Gravediggaz.” Got it? So what are a bunch of hip-hop artists and producers doing crusading against “gun & gang” violence at NYC City Hall? The same thing porn stars would be doing if they were crusading for abstinence at a posh hotel: circle jerking and making fools of themselves without knowing or caring. Comments disabled for the video? Of course.

Mexico’s Citizen Militias Continue Fight for Self-Defense

Confiscated police truck (courtesy borderlandbeat.com)

I call them “citizen militias. Members and supporters call them “autodefensas.” America’s mainstream media calls them “vigilantes.” Wikipedia calls them “paramilitaries.” The Mexican government calls them “the enemy.” Not because the citizens who’ve taken-up arms against cartel rape, torture, murder, extortion and intimidation and police, military and government corruption are violating Mexico’s gun laws – which they are. It’s because the autodefensas threaten the status quo. In other words, it’s all about the money, money, money. With the arrest of Dr. José Mireles and other AD leaders, sh*t’s getting real. Here’s a borderlandbeat.com story of a standoff between autodefensas and the government where both sides are holding prisoners. Where’s the American media on this . . .

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Michael Moore to Rolling Stone: Stop Being Irresponsible on Gun Rights

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To the editorial staff of the Rolling Stone:

As a young child growing up in Rolla, Missouri, life was relaxed and everything you would expect out of a “Leave it to Beaver” type town….that is until my dad had to lay-off a problem employee at his major logistics company. The employee had a history of violence and was a convicted felon. Once laid-off, the employee started making death threats towards our family. The situation was serious enough that I had to be escorted to and from school by two SWAT team members, every day, for an entire year . . .

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