How One Man Got Rich Selling Machine Guns – Thanks to overregulation, machine guns are rare, expensive and sought-after . . .
Over the past decade, patient investors benefited greatly from one of the longest economic expansions in U.S. history, using stocks, gold and even cryptocurrency as vehicles of profit. A few of them even used machine guns.
Yes, machine guns. Not the readily available, semi-automatic rifles that have figured so tragically in recent mass shootings, igniting a national furor over gun laws. We’re talking about actual machine guns, which are about as far from the local gun store inventory as you can get, and much more difficult to buy. A machine gun typically shoots about 600 to 800 rounds a minute, while the Bushmaster AR-15 will fire about 45 rounds a minute, depending on how fast you pull the trigger. Fully automatic firearms are often depicted in movies, but in real life they’re a rare commodity except to members of the military.
Some of the hoops a buyer must navigate to get one mirror what some proponents of tougher gun laws would like for all firearms. But the red tape has also helped make machine guns the ultimate collector’s item, with some having doubled in value over the past 10 years.
Texas elected official gets misdemeanor, accused of berating a teen girl wearing Trump T-shirt – Why are Moms Demand Action members so violently abusive to children? . . .
Investigators at the Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office on Wednesday filed a disorderly conduct charge against West University Place Councilwoman Kellye Burke, after accusations that she berated a group of teenage girls over a Trump T-shirt.
The girls said they were in line at Tiny’s Milk and Cookies in West U on Saturday, waiting to buy cookies for younger girls at their nearby church.
“A tall, short-haired blond woman came up to them and screamed, ‘Grab em by the (expletive) girls!'” the father of one of the girls said. He did not want to be identified, fearing retaliation against his daughter.
The girls initially tried to laugh it off, the father said.
“Then, she yells it again!” the father said. “At that point the girls were getting kind of scared, and then the woman starts, you know, going, ‘MAGA! MAGA! MAGA!’ while shaking her fist.”
Pensioner, 78, ‘stabs armed burglar to death’ at home in south east London – And he was arrested for it. This is what happens to subjects in a disarmed society . . .
A pensioner has been arrested after stabbing to death a suspected armed burglar he confronted in his home early today.
The 78-year-old was asleep with his wife in their south Londonhouse when he heard noises and woke to challenge two men in the middle of a suspected break-in.
The homeowner was confronted by one of the intruders who was armed with a screwdriver and forced to retreat into his kitchen.
Police said there was a struggle in the kitchen and the 37-year-old suspected burglar sustained a stab wound to his chest. The man was rushed to hospital but died at 3.37am.
A Stunning Victory Against the NRA in Wisconsin – More predictions of the end of the NRA’s influence . . .
“We beat the NRA!” Judge Rebecca Dallet announced as she claimed her pattern-breaking win in a contentious race for a position on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Dallet trounced conservative Judge Michael Screnock, securing 56 percent of the vote statewide to become the first liberal contender elected to an open seat on the high court since 1995. Dallet will replace one of its most right-wing members, retiring Justice Michael Gableman.
The outcome of the first such high-profile statewide contest of 2018 signaled that the influence of the National Rifle Association is far less of a defining force in swing states such as Wisconsin than was once imagined.
YouTube shooting: Attacker bought pistol in January, police say – Yes, Aghdam was a murderous loon. But according to the professor, anyone choosing to buy a gun after some unspecified age is clearly suspicious . . .
Frank McAndrew, a psychology professor at Knox College in Illinois, said Aghdam’s case appeared to differ in significant ways from recent rampages.
“Nobody died except her, she was using a handgun instead of a high-powered weapon, and she had a specific grievance against this business rather than trying to make a statement to the world,” said McAndrew, an expert on the psychology of mass killers.
“The fact that she was willing to kill herself without having killed a lot of other people first,” he said, “indicates the killing of a lot of people wasn’t her primary goal.”
McAndrew believes Aghdam planned the attack.
“It is a little suspicious,” he said. “You go 39 years without a gun, then you get a gun and go out and do something like this. One has to think she wasn’t buying it for protection.”
Responding to Vox.com’s “America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts” – Hard to believe the Voxen would cherry pick and selectively edit data that supports their anti-gun position. I’m shocked…shocked . . .
One thing gun control advocates such as Vox would never mention is that every single time that guns are banned — either all guns or all handguns — homicide/murder rates rise. This is a remarkable fact. One would think that just due to random chance, one or two countries would have a drop in homicides after banning guns.
Vox also has video that differs from the graphs that they have in the text. In particular, they start out with a discussion on mass public shootings using data collected by Jaclyn Schildkraut of the State University of New York-Oswego and H. Jaymi Elsass, a researcher at Texas State University. Unfortunately, in December 2015, when it was pointed out that their list was missing a lot of cases Washington Post “Fact Checker” reporter Michelle Lee wrote Dr. Lott: “[Schilkraut] said they are still adding cases, and that it’s not a complete database.” However, Schilkraut and Elsass had already gone public with their findings about how the U.S. compared to other countries. They did so with full knowledge that they were missing many shootings in foreign countries. Not only did they miss cases, but Vox also doesn’t put the numbers for different countries on a per capita basis. It is startling that Vox puts other numbers in per capita terms, but not these numbers.
Is most gun crime committed by those who illegally possess guns? – Duh. But let’s penalize all of the law-abiding gun owners . . .
Faso said “The vast majority of crime that is gun related is committed by people who illegally are possessing that firearm.”
People can differ on what constitutes a “vast majority.” What’s more, illegal gun crime is not well researched in the U.S. The latest data is more than a decade old. One analysis of the data showed Faso’s claim is not true in some states while true in others. But experts say most gun crime is likely committed by those who illegally possess guns.
His statement is accurate but needed additional information. We rate it Mostly True.
— BERETTA (@Beretta_USA) April 5, 2018