NYT Editorial Asks “Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights?”

Elain Riot newspaper article (courtesy wikipedia.org)

The Gray Lady’s headline – Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights? – is pure clickbait. National Review staff writer Charles C. W. Cooke’s editorial is as solid a pro-guns-for-everyone read as anything you’ll find on TTAG. After torturing his lead to reveal his skin color (white), Cooke embarks on a potted history of American gun control, revealed as an unconstitutional policy rooted in racism. The only real surprise: it’s in The New York Times! Which means, of course, there has to be some anti-gun rights element to the pro-gun screed. Which there is, in the form of a shot across the bow of the NRA . . .

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Suicide-by-Cop Fail, Thanks to Cops’ Marksmanship (Or Lack Thereof)

According to kirotv.com, Washingtonian Hans Hansen’s “cabinet business had failed and he’d been evicted from a Granite Falls industrial park. He has a vascular disease and one of his legs must be amputated soon. He expects to lose his house in January because he hasn’t been able to pay the mortgage. His wife sent him an upsetting text message. He started drinking. Hansen decided to gather several guns that he owned and go to several locations where police might be ‘so he could fire at cars and buildings and engage the police in a gunfight and be killed.'” Nope. Not happening . . .

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Quote of the Day: Hope Over Experience Edition


“The Safe Act really meets the test of good gun policy. It keeps guns out of the wrong hands, and I think it does that quite effectively.” – New Yorkers Against Gun Violence executive director Leah Gunn Barrett in Cuomo’s Gun Law Plays Well Downstate but Alienates Upstate [at nytimes.com]


Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris Indicted for Fraud, Money Laundering, Poaching

Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris owners indicted (courtesy ammoland.com)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Press Release [via ammoland.com]:

The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris [above] were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The indictment was unsealed Saturday in Montgomery, Alabama following the federal indictment. The indictment charges . . .

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Texas International Firearms Festival Sponsor of the Day: Slide Fire


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The first annual Texas International Firearms Festival – November 8 & 9 at Best of the West Shooting Sports – is just weeks away! You need to buy your day pass today – it’s your chance to sample (and buy) firearms from over two dozen major gun makers. Click here for the full list. Click here to buy a $59 one-day pass or a $95 weekend pass. Ammo included! Slide Fire will be there. You’ve always wanted to shoot a full-auto gun. But renting one is expensive and buying one is, well, astronomical. Not to worry. Full-auto-style  fun is easy to come by with a Slide Fire bump fire stock. It’s affordable, ATF-legal and about as much fun as you can have at a gun range. Come and shoot it!


Gun Tweet of the Day: What’s The Second Amendment For, Exactly? Edition

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I don’t share the general view that the above Tweet indicates that left-leaning political pundit Kirsten Powers’ is an ignorant slut (term used as a humorous reference to the Saturday Night Live sketch). Powers knows that the founders didn’t enact the Second Amendment to protect hunters from starvation. Or target shooters from boredom. Or even law-abiding citizens from criminal predation. She knows that the 2A is Americans’ bulwark against government tyranny. She just finds it, well, amazing! Amazing that . . .

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Apple Designer Designs Beretta Shotgun [Not Shown]

Marc Newson embryo chair (courtesy ivarhagendoorn.com)

“Last month Apple proudly announced it had hired Australian-born aesthetic guru Marc Newson [creator of the "embryo chair" above] to join the tech company’s legendary stable of designers,” businessweek.com‘s Paul Barrett reports. “He’s about to come out with a decidedly low-tech masterpiece: a high-end engraved shotgun to be produced by the Italian firearm manufacturer Beretta.” Specifically . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Carry an Extra Magazine?

I’m inherently lazy when it comes to carrying. Yes, I pack daily. In some way, shape or form. But I rarely pocket an extra magazine or stripper clip (let alone a speed loader). It’s less a case of complacent slothfulness than not wanting to be weighed down by still more chazerai rattling around in my pockets. But when I’m not toting my 642 or the Bodyguard wheelgun I’m trying out, it’s usually a GLOCK 42 that’s nestled between my waistband and my Calvins. Which means, as Kevin Michalowski points out above, should my 42 prove to be less than Perfection and I encounter a Type 2 malf, my pooch will be well and truly screwed. Do you pack extras? Do you carry an extra mag when you leave the house each day?


‘Sons of Guns’ Stephanie and Kris Arrested for Child Abuse

Stephanie Hayden mug shot

Sons of Guns stars Stephanie Hayden and Kris Ford were arrested Friday in Louisiana,” tmz.com reports, “for allegedly hitting a 9-year-old boy with a belt so hard he bruised. Parish of Livingston officials tell us Kris abused Stephanie’s son from another relationship last month by striking the kid on his lower buttocks area. Stephanie was also taken into custody because her son told cops she was present in the room. She’s not being accused of hitting her kid.” Another Adrian Peterson-style case of down home corporal punishment taken too far? Time will tell. But if the case(s) of Will Hayden, Stephanie’s father, is any indication, this isn’t the end of this story.


BREAKING: CA Cop Killer Caught

Scene of the crime (courtesy sfgate.com)

“A man armed with an assault rifle shot three sheriff’s deputies and a civilian, killing two of the deputies and leading dozens of police officers on a wild six-hour chase and manhunt Friday that spanned two Northern California counties before the 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody,” sfgate.com reports. “Marcelo Marquez, of Salt Lake City, was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn in Placer County after the shooting hours earlier in a strip mall in a commercial area of Sacramento, said Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin. ‘This guy was on a one-man crime spree today. He has no idea of the damage he did,’ she said.” I find that hard to believe. But the cops also want credit for what didn’t happen . . .

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Quote of the Day: “Guns Escalate Violence Against Gays” Edition

Cece McDonald (courtesy advocate.com)

“Shelby Chestnut, a media spokesperson at the Anti-Violence Project, which targets LGBT community members, argues that guns are tools of hate crimes, not a way to prevent them. Citing the case of Cece McDonald [above], a transgender woman who was sent to jail after defending herself against a homophobic attack, Chestnut noted that carrying a gun can often subject LGBT people to even greater violence. ‘We need to look at the systemic inequalities that are causing people to be victims of violence,’ she said. ‘The solution to that is definitely not creating violence to end violence.'” – MEET THE GAY LIBERTARIAN GUN NUTS [via vice.com]


What Gun Did the Ottawa Jihadi Terrorist Use?

This twitter post showed Zehaf-Bibeau with what appears to be a Winchester lever action rifle. At first, it was unclear if this was the same firearm that he used to murder Cpl. Nathan Cirillo before entering Canada’s Parliament building and continue his shooting spree. But the BBC quickly came up with an identification of the firearm used – a Winchester lever action shotgun . . .

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