There are two schools of thought regarding firearms-oriented warning signs. First, they work. If burglars see a sign like this one, they’ll chose an easier target. Second, they don’t work. A ballistically threatening sign signals a home invader that there are valuable guns on the property. If the bad guys have their eyes on the prize, they’ll either wait until the armed homeowner leaves or . . . they won’t. If they don’t, they’re likely to come in guns-a-blazing. How great is that? Still, this one’s clever, no?
“The number of legally owned guns in England and Wales is at its highest level for 20 years,” mirror.co.uk reports. Note the wording: “for 20 years.” Twenty years ago, in the wake of the Dunblane Primary School massacre, Her Majesty’s Government instituted the kind of gun control legislation that American antis dream about. For one thing, all handguns (save .22 calibre single-shot weapons) were banned. Just like that; civilian disarmament. But not total disarmament. Provided a UK subject could jump through a plethora of regulatory hoops, they could own shotguns and rifles. And so they have, in increasing numbers. Here are the stats . . .
Earlier this year, I had an extended family dinner in my native land of Colorado. For reasons best left to bureaucrats, the Rocky Mountain State doesn’t recognize my California CCW permit, but I didn’t feel anxious. The odds of an armed assault on a downmarket Mexican restaurant are lower than the chances of intestinal attack. Besides, my brother is a Colorado resident with a concealed carry permit. As the conversation progressed and my burrito started to vanish, the group discussion led to guns. Several family members explained why we need to ban concealed carry for “safety.” It became gradually harder to stay silent . . .
By Ron Spomer via sportingclassicsdaily.com
Dad wasn’t a hunter, but he was an enabler.
We were farm kids, mostly, third-generation Norwegian and Kraut and Bohemian and Dutch immigrants, but we put no hyphens in front of American. We were racing the Russians to space and Roger Maris was chasing Babe’s home run record and the British bad boys of rock and roll had a whole lotta shaking going on, but the biggest thrill in rural South Dakota was hunting. Pheasants in the corn, ducks in the sloughs, jackrabbits in the pastures and plowed ground. So we went hunting, every chance we got, without Dad . . .
Britain has some of the most restrictive controls on firearms of any nation on earth. Inspector Colin Greenwood wrote the first academic study of gun control in England and Wales, at Cambridge University, in 1972. He found that registration of guns and the licensing of guns had no effect on crime. From A Study of Armed Crime and Firearms Control in England and Wales . . .
“At 16 months the implementation of the second phase of the Security Strategy Tamaulipas, nearly three thousand suspects have been arrested by federal and state forces for various offenses,” eldiariodesonora.com.mx reports. “The commanders of federal and state forces that make up the Coordination Group Tamaulipas reported that the fight against crime and insecurity is strengthened increasingly, allowing better results in safety.” The Tamaulipas Coordination Group (GCT) claims the cops and federales have . . .
“Firearms in Ireland are extremely strictly controlled,” wikipedia.org informs, “both with strict legislation governing licencing and very conservative application of that legislation by the Gardaí.” Skipping ahead a bit we learn that “self-defence and the defence of property do not constitute a good reason when applying for a firearms certificate. Applications made for firearms certificates for such reasons will be refused.” And yet there they are, farmers and farming communities plagued by crime, admitting that they’re sleeping with shotguns under the bed. Also illegal! But what you gonna do when gun control somehow mysteriously fails to curb firearms-related crime – or any other crime. Quite the opposite in fact. As they say in the Old Country, God is good, but never dance in a small boat. Or something like that . . .
By Robert B. Young, MD
The concept of a “gun culture” is an interesting notion. The phrase is frequently used, most often negatively by anti-gun activists but it’s also been adopted as a positive description of values by many gun owners. What is it, and what does “culture” have to do with guns? First of all, there is certainly not a monolithic “gun culture”, because people appreciate firearms from a number of perspectives. We may be interested in different kinds of sport; that may be some form of target shooting, recreationally or competitively. We may care more about hunting, which is another personal challenge and a physically healthy pursuit that can also feed us. We may admire their fine craftsmanship, be fascinated by the history of firearms and collect them . . .
“Ads for a new security company featuring bullets and two men in flak jackets pointing assault rifles at viewers were removed Friday from 10 RIPTA bus shelters in Providence and other cities,” providencejournal.com reports, “after some Elmwood residents complained that the ads glorified gun violence in a neighborhood suffering from shootings.” Seriously? Seriously . . .
Obviously, this image isn’t incendiary to The People of the Gun. They understand – as the Supreme Court acknowledged in Heller and McDonald – that the Constitution’s Second Amendment protections against government infringement on the right to keep and bear arms apply to individuals, not a militia. That the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right, just like the right to free speech, protected by the First Amendment. The meme above should only inflame those . . .
I recently railed against the anti-Muslin marketing schtick perpetuated by Florida Gun Supply, Spike’s Tactical and various gun ranges (who’ve banned Muslims). America is home to patriotic Muslims and Muslims have fought beside our troops in the so-called GWOT. ISIS, on the other hand, is fair game. Given the horrendous cruelty the Islamo-fascists have inflicted on Christians and other “non-believers,” I wouldn’t have a hard time giving those bad boys both barrels with my Benelli. Nor would I have any problem whatsoever equipping Big Ben with bacon-infused double ought buck. That said, I’m sure the antis will see this image as proof that American gun owners are a blood-thirsty lot. Which we are, when needs be. Just sayin’.
While America worries about “failed states” breeding terrorism, Mexico’s autodefensas struggle to protect innocent life in a country where the rule of law has become a cruel joke. The citizen militias do so in almost complete anonymity; the cartels and their government allies have been killing journalists for over a decade and the American mainstream media couldn’t give a flying you-know-what. As Ralph pointed out, if the ADs stop playing defense and organize, Mexico may soon be gripped by an[other] honest-to-God revolution. Imagine the refugee crisis then. Meanwhile, make the jump for a borderlandbeat.com story about another “victory” in the ongoing campaign to wipe the autodefensas from the face of the Earth . . . [WARNING: graphic image]