We would all be lucky to have a reputation as stellar as Dan Wesson revolvers do. Unfortunately, hope as gun owners did, DW didn’t manufacture any for many years. Except for only a few special runs, newly-manufactured Dan Wesson revolvers have been as rare as a unicorn since about 1998. And, I believe, altogether non-existent since about 2005. Thankfully CZ-USA, which has owned DW for a decade now, has decided to expand its product line and get back into the wheel gun game. The first revolver out of the gate is. . .
“In the wake of the shooting of 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, the National Rifle Association [NRA] quickly began combating calls for stricter gun laws by working to convince Americans that gun control measures would have supposedly disastrous effects.” Remove the word “supposedly” from that sentence and I’m good with Kira Lerner’s lead to her thinkprogress.com story NRA’s Revenue Has Skyrocketed Since The Sandy Hook Massacre. I’m also good with the additional revenue: a $100 million jump in annual income. Given that it’s all voluntary contributions, what’s Lerner’s beef? I bet you can guess. First, her summary of the org’s IRS Form 990 . . .
The Guardian reports that at lunchtime on Tuesday, a Czech man opened fire on patrons at a pub in Uherský Brod, a town in southern Moravia near the border with Slovakia. The shooter killed eight, then committed suicide before he was apprehended. “The man burst into the Družba (Best Man) pub…at lunchtime on Tuesday brandishing two weapons and fired at random into the open-plan dining area. One witness described it as “mindless shooting” . . .
“Guns by themselves do not make us safer. Having a gun only makes us feel safer, but laws on the other hand makes us not only feel safer, but actually safer.” – Bill Thompson, LETTER: Don’t be duped by gun-rights propaganda [via mycentraljersey.com]
“A Texas jury has found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of murder in the killings of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Routh, 27, admitted to killing both men at the shooting range of Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, southwest of Dallas, on Feb. 2, 2013.”, reports nbcnews.com. Routh had pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, but the Stephenville jury didn’t buy the argument presented by the defense that Routh was insane and suffered from psychosis. “Prosecutors said that Routh was drinking and smoking marijuana on the morning of the crime. They argue that he was paranoid because he was high, and that he was angry about living with his parents, relationship problems, money and his job — then finally exploded when Kyle and Littlefield snubbed him.” . . .
The following story – republished with permission from borderlandbeat.com – chronicles an extra-judicial killing caught on tape. The soldiers involved are members of GATES, the Mexican Army’s Special Forces. Our source says that the Mexican Army in general and GATES in particular are known for their disinclination to take prisoners. This against the backdrop of Mexico’s notoriously corrupt judicial system. (Which explains but doesn’t excuse the murder.) Once again,I’d like to point out that Mexico’s lawlessness is directly related to their citizens’ lost gun rights . . .
The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Association and the American Public Health Association have joined with the American Bar Association to issue a five-page statement in the Annals of Internal Medicine calling for more gun control. Specifically . . .
This morning, TrackingPoint released a short presser trumpeting the appointment of a new CEO. The company had been headed by Jason Schauble, former Remington Defense employee who now is the man in charge at SilencerCo, but that relationship abruptly evaporated in the weeks leading up to SHOT Show last year. Now, with a new man in charge, TrackingPoint is trumpeting its company growth — but also hinting at some possible issues behind the scenes.
The Department of Justice announced this afternoon that it was closing its investigation of George Zimmerman, an effort to determine whether the Florida man violated federal civil rights laws in the incident that led to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. As Justice put it, “there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a violation of these statutes.” . . .
FedEx is a common carrier. They ship just about everything from prescription medications to firearms and silencers. In fact, I’ve used them before to send guns across state lines, and all they wanted to know was whether the gun was unloaded — no further questions asked. But when Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed fame wanted to use FedEx to ship his cheap his CNC machines, they refused. Why? Because — gasp! — they might be used to make guns . . .
“A gun club director has been spared jail after he was caught flouting his weapons licence,” we learn via the good folks at manchestereveningnews.co.uk. And what, you ask, constitutes “flouting” firearms-wise in The Land of Hope and Glory? “Police firearms licensing officers found Frank Wright, 67, was keeping ammunition in his bedroom when it should have been locked away in a box in his loft. They also found he had dangerous ‘hollow point’ ammunition – designed to expand on impact – which he wasn’t allowed to keep at all.” Note: his guns were legally secured. The ammunition was not. Spock, damage report. . .
Police Chief Art Acevedo is a political appointee. Sheriff Parnell McNamara was directly elected. Of course, that’s not the only difference between these two law enforcement officers, who both testified in the Texas Senate regarding bills enabling campus carry and open carry. Acevedo keeps the peace in liberal Austin. McNamara does his job in deep red McLennan County. Acevedo believes women shouldn’t be able to carry on campus because rapists would use the guns on their victims. McNamara believes armed citizens are the first responders. Period. It looks likely that both campus carry and permitted open carry will soon land on the governor’s desk for signature. Will Acevedo get the message and instruct his officers to leave open or campus carrying Austinites alone? Watch this space.