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“Did y’all cover this yet?” Mr emails TTAG central command re: Suge Knight’s arrest for a hit-and-run fatality involving his Ford Raptor. “Three things spring to mind:
1) Is this a gun control success story? I mean, it’s not a ‘gun crime’ so I can feel safe, right?
2) Why does anyone ‘need’ anything more than a base F150? You know, the kind of truck ol’ Grandpa took hunting?
3) Do TTAGs’ readers have a modest proposal of ‘bad features’ that CA lawmakers can use to define (and ban) an ‘assault truck’?”
I’m one of the many Americans who take an AR just about everywhere. Like the thousands of servicemen who kept a .30-06 around after the wars of the first half of the 1900s, I am knowledgeable, functional, and trusting of my service rifle platform. So I usually have one in my truck. Part of the reason is that I spend a good amount of time driving in some very remote areas, and part of that is because of feral hogs. I have my own personal jihad against the tasty invaders . . .
Despite seminal Supreme Court decisions such as Heller in 2008 and McDonald in 2010, gun banners never cease in their efforts to limit liberty. State law, federal law, nothing stops them. No matter how old, unlawful, illogical, or discredited the argument, they revive it, time and again. A recent article in The New Yorker titled “The Newtown Lawsuit And The Moral Work Of Gun Control” speaks of a lawsuit filed on the behalf of survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack against Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the AR-15 pattern rifle used in the killings. Their claims are as unlawful as they are based in emotion . . .
Thanks to importer and distributor KRISS USA, the SPHINX SDP Compact Alpha has been available in the U.S. for about a year. I got my hands on one to do a deep dive comparison between it and a couple CZs, as the SPHINX is effectively a high-end, Swiss-made, CZ 75-based pistol. New to the U.S. market this year will be the SDP Standard Alpha and the SDP Subcompact Alpha. Interestingly enough, the trigger pull. . .
UK automotive programme (that’s how they spell it) Top Gear has three presenters. Jeremy Clarkson is TG’s Alpha. Clarkson’s booming bombastic voice, take-no-prisoners pronouncements and tortured metaphors are pure punk poetry. Richard Hammond (a.k.a., “The Hamster“) is Clarkson’s mild-mannered whipping boy, the straight man who evokes the spirit of Shemp Howard. James May (a.k.a., “Captain Slow”) is the Top Gear’s house toff. May’s intelligent insights are so laid back he’s in constant danger of falling over. I reckon Colion Noir fancies himself Jeremy Clarkson but is, in fact, increasingly, James May. May Noir find an appropriate alpha to elevate his work to the heights to which it so clearly aspires. Amen.
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By Travis Arnold
Enter stage left, the Benelli Vinci, a gun hyped to revolutionize the shotgun world with its state of the art technology. For months prior to its release, it was shrouded in secrecy and teased to the masses by Benelli’s PR team. All we knew was that it had a fancy case and was a pretty big deal. I certainly fell for their smooth talking, and I jumped at the chance to own this shotgun when my previous gun broke. After four years of chasing ducks, geese, and pheasants through muck, snow, and briar patches, I know this gun like the back of my hand. Was this gun worth the $1400 I paid for it? . . .
“The couple, who are both students at UCF, said they got a knock at the door and when they opened it, two men barged in. Victim Nour Skargee said he answered the door and was immediately forced to the ground as one of the men pointed a gun at his head. ‘They said they were going to kill (her), and that’s when I really lost hope, you know
?’ Skargee said.” . . .
“Gun-carrying good guys in a food court can protect others eating there from the dangers of a gun-carrying bad guy. Don’t we want to know who the good guys are so we can sit near them with our families? These good guys are there to serve the public in times of danger, like fire-hydrants and emergency call-boxes. Therefore, the license-to-carry should require good guys to wear distinctive tall hats, easily seen at a distance, so the public will know who protects us when the bad guys come around. Will the NRA support this public-spirited initiative?” – Morton Marcus in Guns in our economy [at nuvo.com]
No sooner had Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asserted that open carry didn’t have the votes to pass in the Lone Star State’s legislature than “a deluge of angry calls and comments from gun rights activists” caused him to change his tune, reports Morgan Smith in the Texas Tribune. “Announcing he had referred to committee another firearms bill — one allowing concealed handguns to be carried on university campuses by those with appropriate licenses — Patrick said he was now free to ‘focus on other Second Amendment issues, including open carry, which I have consistently supported.'” . . .
“WHILE MASSACHUSETTS already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and took steps last year to tighten access to firearms, the data show there are simple measures that could be taken to further curb gun violence,” bostonglobe.com‘s editorial writers opine. “One glaring place to start is to recognize that gun violence against the most vulnerable members of society — children and youth — is largely preventable. Massachusetts health care providers could lead the nation in helping lower the rate of firearm suicides among teenagers by adopting a requirement to advise parents about the risks of guns in the home.” Really? Where’s the evidence that a doctor talking to the parent of a teen would reduce the risk of firearms-related suicides (of the teens)? Oh, I forgot. Facts are either optional or malleable for civilian disarmament crusaders. Like this . . .