While we were organizing nationally for the Colorado recalls, our Americans for Responsible Solutions members in Missouri were fighting back to stop a bill in the state legislature that would have made it illegal to enforce federal gun laws and legal to own a machine gun! A machine gun… […] And while the results in Colorado were certainly disappointing, there’s new important legislation on the books that has already kept deadly weapons out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.
Of course, the upshot of the elided section in the middle there was “give us money” . . .
More machine guns! Matthew Murphy of Pembroke Park, FL, called 911 Sunday night and reported that his roommate had touched his girlfriend and wanted him removed. He then called back, and said his roommate had a machine gun and deputies should hurry. When they arrived, Murphy admitted he’d never actually seen a gun, asked the deputies if he’d interrupted their donut break, then “threatened to kill his roommate in front of the deputies.” (Inquiring minds want to know, did he make the threat in front of the deputies, or did he offer to carry out the threat in front of the deputies?)
Murphy was placed under arrest, threatened to fight one of the deputies, was transported to the substation, threatened to blow the station up, and then urinated on the floor. The Aristocrats! “Deputies said he appeared to be drunk, according to the report.” Ya think?
The TSA would like to remind you: Leave your grenades at home. Apparently the TSA has a blog (your tax dollars at work), and that’s this week’s travel tip. Evidently this is a rampant problem, with 83 grenades being discovered so far this year, with slightly more than half of those being found in carry-ons. Of course, the majority of those were inert or replica items, but that doesn’t matter, because if it looks scary, it’s verboten. So please, folks, check your bags. Even if they’re carry-ons.
And finally, even more machine guns! James Cook of The Kernel got an escorted tour inside DSEI, a massive international weapons conference being held in London this week. Think SHOT Show for Secretaries of War, Ministers of Defense, and guys with an acre of fruit salad on their chest. This is the kind of place you’d expect to encounter James Bond, there to keep the nationally-nonspecific Bad Guy from obtaining the Big Guns.
You know that argument about “arms vs. ordnance” with regard to the “keep and bear arms?” This is the place that blurs the line. From armed speedboats to shoulder-fired rockets (lead photo) to armored vehicles to automated and remote-controlled machine guns (I’m not even kidding), this is the place to find them. Check out his breathlessly amazed (and slightly frightened sounding) tale, replete with scads of pictures, here.
Urge California Governor Jerry Brown to VETO gun control bills here: