This isn’t even close to the dumbest thing Chris Murphy has said about guns . . .
Murphy has been a strong advocate for gun laws, particularly since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 took place in his home state of Connecticut.
Officials said that at least five people were killed in the shooting at the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis and that several others were injured. A suspect in the shooting is in custody.
Several Democratic lawmakers have called for Congress to take action on gun laws in the wake of the shooting, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Why is it that so many political animals hate the idea of law-abiding Americans owning firearms? . . .
Comey’s statement on gun control is puzzling. Legislation that extinguishes young adults’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights is by its very nature a threat to, “the rights under the US constitution [sic] of people to keep and bear arms.” Moreover, so is a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. That’s not just NRA’s position; that’s the position of the U.S. Supreme Court, which affirmed an individual right to keep and bear arms in the District of Columbia v. Heller case.
In Heller, the late Justice Antonin Scalia explained that the Second Amendment protects the ownership of firearms, “of the kind in common use at the time.” The AR-15, the favorite target of current gun ban legislation, is America’s most popular rifle. Moreover, Scalia Joined Justice Thomas to dissent from a denial of certiorari in the case of Friedman v. Highland Park, which concerned a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. In the dissent, Thomas wrote,
The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting. Under our precedents, that is all that is needed for citizens to have a right under the Second Amendment to keep such weapons.
Takedown M4’s with 120 rounds of ammo . . .
The guns are “designed for all combat-coded ejection aircraft,” U.S. Air Force Major Docleia Gibson, a spokesperson for Air Combat Command, told Air Force Times in a later report. It, along with “four full magazines, 30 rounds [each], must all fit in the ejection seat survival kit,” she added.
Gibson also said that the Air Force had officially designated the gun as the GAU-5/A, but the service already applied this designation during the Vietnam War-era to a variant of the original M16 rifle. This gun had a 10-inch barrel, which is shorter than present-day M4 with its 14.5-inch long barrel. There was also a GAU-5A/A with an 11.5-inch barrel. The Air Force primarily issued these guns to security personnel guarding planes and facilities on the ground.
In search of nuance on the gun business beat . . .
Last weekend, I went to an event sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in the muggy summer heat of western Virginia. There, I shot an AR-15. I learned something about myself in those moments when I was standing on the firing end of an incredibly powerful weapon.
In fact, I’ve learned a lot over the past six months as I’ve covered the business of guns. It’s not an easy beat, because it requires thinking and reading about the many ways people hurt each other. Writing about the business of guns responsibly, in ways that acknowledge both the tragedies on the other end of a gun, like the Capital Gazette shooting, and the points of view of people who own guns and deal in them, is a challenge.
OMG you guys!
Chelsea Clinton got lib-triggered so bad that her 12 servants couldn’t figure out which smelling salts to apply first to awaken her from the shock-induced faint.
Rep. Priscilla Giddings is a Republican and after taking a pic with the dour gun grabbing protesters who showed up at the Idaho State GOP Convention, she posted a harmless joke.
“Idaho State University students peacefully protesting our Republican convention. Do you think I should show these girls the empty 30mm shell I have in the truck?”