Housekeeping: Why I “Have It In” For Donald Trump

Ralph let me have it with both barrels for Trump: Actually, I Don’t Want Guns in the Classroom. Except Teachers. Maybe. I deleted his comment according to our posting policy on flaming, but the gist of it is simple enough: Ralph reckons I hate Donald Trump more than I hate Hillary Clinton. Wrong. I’m under no illusions about which is the worse candidate when it comes to defending American’s gun rights: Hillary Clinton. When the time comes, I will hold my nose, cover my eyes and block my ears and vote for Trump. That does not mean . . .

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Cabot Guns Unveils Meteorite Pistols

We were on hand at the NRA convention Saturday afternoon for Cabot Guns‘ unveiling of their Big Bang Pistol Set, a matched pair of 1911s made from the 4.5 billion year old Gibeon meteorite. All parts of the guns — other than the barrels — are made of the meteorite material. If you’re interested, the value of the guns has been estimated at $4.5 million. We understand there’s been no shortage of interest from prospective purchasers. Here’s Cabot’s press release . . .

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Obama: Guns for Vietnam and Syria But Not For You

Vietnamese soliders (courtesy tuoitnews.vn)

“President Obama lifted a decades-long American arms embargo on Vietnam Monday and touted a new friendship with the United States’ former enemy,” usatoday.com reports. “‘Just a generation ago, we were adversaries and now we are friends,’ Obama said during a news conference in Hanoi . . . Obama described the arms embargo as ‘a lingering vestige of the Cold War’ that is no longer necessary as the U.S. and Vietnam continue the process of normalizing relations.” This on the heels of increased arm sales to Syrian “rebels,” some of whom you might call Islamic extremists. I have a few thoughts about this, and I bet you do too . . .

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Boy Shoots Tarantula With A Blowgun

I’ve got nothing against hunting per se. If hunting helps the animal population one way or another, or if it’s hunt or die, have at it. That said, I’m not a big fan of shooting animals just because. [Note: “not a big fan” doesn’t mean I don’t understand or oppose the practice.] And there are some animals whose death at the hands of hunters disappoints me. In this case, Mr. Bell’s young ‘un shoots a tarantula with a blow gun. The thing about tarantulas is . . .

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Trump: Actually, I Don’t Want Guns in the Classroom. Except Teachers. Maybe.

In a speech yesterday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton declared that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would “mandate” guns in school classrooms from day one in office. In fact, Mr. Trump stated that he would eliminate “gun free zones” in schools in his first day in office, not “mandate” their deployment. (We’ve previously pointed out that is impossible; eliminating Bush the Elder’s Gun Free School Zones Act would require an act of Congress.) Instead of clarifying his remarks, Trump then rescinded them in a Tweet. And then spent a good part of today qualifying his denial. Like this [via huffingtonpost.com]  . . .

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Carhartt Jacket Stops NYPD Speer Gold Dot 9mm 124-Grain +P Hollow Points

Nearly bullet proof man (courtesy nypost.com)

“Four of the shots that cops fired at a madman waving a knife in Midtown failed to penetrate his jacket — which was not bulletproof — and the NYPD will now check the weapons for malfunction, law enforcement sources told The Post.” The Post reports that the non-bullet-resistant jacket in question was a Carhartt. Regular reader will instantly wonder: how many bullets did the notoriously inaccurate NYPD fire at one Garry Conrad, how many hit him and how many failed to penetrate his outwear? Glad you asked . . .

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California Gunpocalypse Set for Next Week

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (courtesy nbcbayareas.com)

Someone once told me that tyranny is “when felons are created with nothing more than the swipe of a pen.” This will be the fate of millions of California gun owners should the ten Nazi-like bills dubbed “Gunpocalypse” pass in California. [Click here for a rundown of the bills dubbed “Gunpocalypse.”] And there’s more bad news for those of you in the Golden State…

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Trump 2012 Tweet: Obama Spoke for Me After Newtown

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The Dowager Empress of Chappaqua (a.k.a., Hillary Clinton) has picked a fight with Donald Trump, claiming that his promise to end gun-free zones in schools will mean kids in classrooms packing heat. That has lead to much to-ing and fro-ing between the campaigns and someone unearthing the above tweet. Was Trump referring to Obama’s stance on guns? Will it hurt the Donald? Nothing else has. Make the jump for the full transcript of President Obama’s post-Newtown vigil speech, with the gun control bits bolded . . .

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Mossberg Suing Drop-In Trigger Makers for Patent Infringement

Mossberg MVP Predator courtesy Joe Grine

The market for drop-in replacement triggers is big and growing. From the garden variety AR-15 to the venerable Remington 700, there are more replacement trigger manufacturers out there than there were Trump supporters at the NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville. The original patent on the drop-in trigger surprisingly wasn’t filed until 2007 when Michael McCormick filed patent #7,293,385, and ever since the market has continued to flourish and expand. Some trigger companies made the effort to get a license from McCormick, but others went ahead and made their products without paying a licensing fee. Recently, however, Mossberg purchased that patent from McCormick, and apparently they have started what I’m calling the triggerpocalypse by suing unlicensed manufacturer Elftmann Tactical and possibly a dozen others . . .

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Stolen Guns? Ban Gun Stores! Oh Wait . . .

12,000 Guns Stolen from Stores Over Past 2 Years the headline at abcnewsgo.com proclaims. Hang on, why a two-year sample? Why not one year? Or, I dunno, five? Because twelve thousand stolen guns sounds really bad — despite the fact that it’s a tiny rounding error compared to the millions of guns sold by said stores. While the antis will no doubt seize on this info to inflict their usual mantra on our civil rights sensitive ears — SOMETHING MUST BE DONE! — The People of the Gun will look at the stealing stats and conclude criminals gonna criminal. Students of history will recall bank robber Willie Sutton’s famous remarks on his chosen career and offer a similar reason why so many gun stores are being burgled: that’s where the guns are. Here’s how abcnewsgo.com raises the alarm:

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USA Today’s Four-Point Plan to Stop Negligent Discharges That Kill Kids

"Holston Cole, 3, shot himself with a semiautomatic pistol found in his father’s backpack, according to investigators." (text and photo courtesy nytimes.com)

usatoday.com starts their editorial When kids fire guns: Our view by excoriating irresponsible gun owners. “You’d think gun owners would understand that kids are surprisingly good at finding guns that aren’t kept secured and unloaded,” they opine, “yet the toll goes on, year after year. Maybe gun buyers should be required to listen to the heartbreaking 911 call from the father of the 3-year-old in Georgia, who can be heard pleading with his son to ‘stay with me’  before the boy died.” What to do? they ask. You know, other than leaving personal responsibility to people. The Eds have a four-point plan . . .

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