Incendiary Image of the Day: Arm the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence! Edition

CSGV nonsense

According to Chad R. MacDonald [quoted above], the NRA’s desire to protect Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in order to defend against government tyranny – exactly as the Founding Fathers envisioned – undermines “the security of a free state.” I’m guessing that Chad doesn’t get the “free” part. But Chad’s confusion on the whole government vs. liberty thing is nothing compared to the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence’s Orwellian interpretation of Chad’s confusion. Translation of their caption: we must destroy the Second Amendment to defend it! (Sound familiar?) OK, they probably mean . . .

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We Prioritize Liberty Over Safety…And I Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way

In response to Nick’s recent post about a negligent discharge by one of the civilians openly carrying an AR 15-style rifle to protect a military recruitment center, a commenter named Paul posted the following (slightly edited), beginning with a quote from an earlier comment:

“…[L]ast I checked, fundamental rights aren’t subject to capability tests.”

What other “fundamental rights” involve the capacity to kill lots of things quickly? . . .

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Merwin Hulbert Revolvers. You Hurt Your What?

Merwin Hulber Revolvers (courtesy

Mike Searson writes [via]

What do Frank Hamer, Jesse James, Pat Garret, Pearl Heart and Bob Dalton have in common? They all carried revolvers made by the same company and the models in question were not built by Smith & Wesson, Colt or even Remington. From the diminutive 32 S&W to the thundering 44 WCF, the model they carried and treasured was considered the most advanced revolver of its time with many features more impressive due to the brief window in history in which they were made. The company was known as Merwin Hulbert and very few of their revolvers have survived the past 125 or so years . . .

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Mobile, AL GOP Pols Give Thumbs Down to Expanded Gun Rights

Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, at a Tea Party meeting in 2013. Photo credit: Mike Brantley/

Alabama’s history of respecting the civil rights of its residents has been spotty, to say the least. The Alabama Democratic Party, exemplified by members such as Sherrif “Bull” Connor and George Wallace, has a long and odious history of oppressing their own constituents to gain political power. That history is one that Alabama’s — indeed, all of America’s — politicians and citizenry need to consider whenever proposed legislation affects the civil rights of its inhabitants . . .

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Afghan Journal: My First Firefight. And The One After That.

My first real firefight had everything you see in the movies. It was great. I mean sure, I’d been shot at before, and a few IEDs just missed me. But nothing like this. This fight had mortars exploding in the air, men rushing and diving as RPG’s pounded the earth, giant heroes calmly barking orders while bullets cracked past their heads, a lone medic rushing to save the wounded, all with sound(ish) tactics, outmaneuvering the enemy and returning fire. Really, by the end of it I was grinning, it was one of the happiest days of my life. That fight had it all. Except a villain . . .

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OMG! 100,000 “Untraceable” .45-Caliber Handguns! On the Streets! OMG!

Milsurp 1911 (courtesy

“Psst. Want an untraceable gun? Courtesy of Congress and the U.S. military?” Well, yes, actually. Why do I get the idea that the is teasing me? “That may soon be possible thanks to a provision tacked onto this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which the House of Representatives is set to pass this week.” So I “may” be able to get an untraceable gun from Uncle Sam? Which means I may not. What are the odds? “According to a white paper prepared for Congress by the Army opposing the amendment, the measure would allow the unregulated distribution of up to 100,000 Colt .45s, more formally known as .45-caliber semiautomatic M1911 handguns.” Unregulated? Wait. What? . . .

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Forgotten Weapons: Schwarzlose Model 1898 Pistol

Bet you can’t say Schwarzlose (properly) three times fast. Translating from the German, that means black and loose. But from Ian McCollum’s video, it looks like nothing about old Andreas’s 19th century creation was loose. In fact, it’s surprisingly up-to-date, even by today’s standards. And shooting a 7.63 Mauser round, it packs a nice punch. So why isn’t someone turning these – or something darned close to them – out today?


OR State Senator From “Slavery” Video Talks to TTAG


April hasn’t been a kind month to Oregon State Senator Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro). The freshman Beaver State senator — whose campaign last year received $75,000 from Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety civilian disarmament organization — gained internet notoriety when video surfaced of him calling the Supreme Court’s pre-Civil War decisions upholding the constitutionality of slavery as “right for the time” while talking with constituents . . .

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Student Armed with Crossbow, Knife Murders Teacher in Barcelona


The BBC is reporting that an student armed with a knife and a makeshift crossbow has murdered a teacher in Barcelona, Spain. “The suspect, reportedly a 13-year-old boy, has been arrested but may not face charges because of his age. The teacher killed was protecting a colleague during the incident at the Instituto Joan Fuster, reports say. Four other people were wounded. Police have not confirmed the weapon used and there is no indication of his motive.” . . .

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National Constitution Center App Offers look at History of Bill of Rights

The Comparative Constitutions Project and National Constitution Center, have produced a slick little app that allows users to explore the language in the Bill of Rights, comparing the text from original source documents and early drafts to the language that was eventually adopted in the U.S. Constitution. It’s really interesting to see the language of, for instance, the Second Amendment evolve from this, in the December 12, 1787, Pennsylvania Ratification Convention Minority Statement . . .

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Real Power And Choice


Recently, Dan asked an interesting and important question: Is self-defense a human invention or is it God-given? If there is no right to self-defense, there is surely no right to the implements necessary to exercise that right, no right to keep and bear arms. If that’s the case, we live, essentially, in a state of nature, where, as Thomas Hobbes wrote in Leviathan (1651), life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Anything large and vicious enough to take life may do so and . . .

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