Springfield Armory Daily Digest: The Bradys Go Gonzo, Send Out the Clowns, and Disarming Africa One Pen at a Time


The Brady Campaign is back…remember them? ‘Guns don’t kill people, toddlers do’: The shocking new gun-control PSA focused on children – “There are numerous proposals floating around Congress for reducing America’s gun violence epidemic, including: Shutting down online gun sales. Strengthening background checks. And banning people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms. But in its latest PSA, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has introduced a solution for ending gun-related deaths that you’ve probably never considered: Cracking down on America’s toddlers.”


This is why we can’t have nice things: Homeowner Arrested For Allegedly Firing Round To Scare Masked Clown In Santa Clarita Valley – “Authorities say a person wearing a clown costume remained at large after allegedly threatening a Santa Clarita homeowner with a machete. The incident unfolded Sunday morning in the 25000 block of Via Desca in the Santa Clarita Valley. It was there that deputies say they received a call about 6 a.m. reporting that an ‘armed person was threatening a resident.’”


FL men who owned guns disguised as cane, pens and flashlights sent to jail – Two firearms dealers who ran a store in the Florida Keys have been sentenced to prison for illegally possessing a gun disguised as a walking cane. Court documents show that 52-year-old Thomas Joseph Willi and 37-year-old Jarvis Nelson Osorio will each serve more than two years in prison. Their store on Big Pine Key, Outbreak Ordnance, was fined $500,000. The sentences last week came after Willi and Osorio pleaded guilty to illegally receiving and possessing a .38-caliber gun that looks like a walking cane. Such concealable or particularly dangerous weapons are tightly controlled under the 1934 National Firearms Act.


Amazon Won’t Ship a Toy Gun to Los Angeles, But It Will Ship a Laser-Powered Rifle Scope – “Just how messed up are American gun laws? If you live in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, Amazon won’t ship you the toy gun you see on the left. But you know what Amazon can ship you? The rifle scope that’s pictured on the right.” Yes, well the Gizmoids should be far more horrified by the laws that prevent the toys from being shipped than that frightening “laser-powered” scope.


Buy a Cross pen, destroy a gun: “These very special Cross collectible pens are part of a series of writing instruments created in collaboration with Fonderie 47 to support the vision of an Africa free from assault rifles. The purchase of one of these pens will enable the destruction of one more assault weapon in Africa — a weapon that will never again be used to take human lives.”


  1. avatar Guerrero says:

    Well, cross those pens off my list.

  2. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    Damn. I like Cross Pens.

    Well….. Liked, past tense, now.

    1. avatar sagebrushracer says:

      I liked my fisher pen alot better.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        I don’t know where my penis…

        1. avatar me says:

          What happened to your penis? Did you lose it? QUIT REMOVING IT THEN.

        2. avatar 16V says:

          The penis mightier…

        3. avatar nimda007 says:

          Did you check your wife’s purse?

        4. avatar pwrserge says:

          Did you check the garbage disposal?

        5. avatar Matt says:

          I hope Cross doesn’t show up and ruin my yearly vacation at pen island.

          At any rate, Parker > Cross

        6. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          said hugh japaynis.

  3. avatar James says:

    Hey don’t judge cross pens by the inanity of their program, judge them on their feelz and intentions. That’s all that matters.

    If African warlords continue to get rifles through Russian arm sales or middle east arm sales or seized from various conflict or through contributions to the Clinton Foundation, it doesn’t matter. Cross has good intentions and good feelz about themselves.

  4. avatar CCDWGuy says:

    So I feel sorry for the families involved in toddler shootings that may occur one time each week and someone most likely should have secured a firearm. That translates into a bad weekend in Chicago where I’m sure much more could be done to prevent loss of life with more effective application of laws actually on the books.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      If the Brady center really cared about securing guns from children it could buy safes for gun owners the way United Way buys toddler seats for car owners.

    2. avatar DaveL says:

      What they won’t tell you is how often these accidental shootings happen in a home with an illegal gun, usually belonging to a felon. Who would have thought a felon might not be a responsible caregiver for small children?

  5. avatar Specialist38 says:

    I was wondering if I bought two cross pens if they’d send the AK to me and let me “destroy” it.

    Just sayin…..it would still get it out of Africa.

  6. avatar formerwaterwalker says:

    Do they know you can walk into a dollar store and buy one of those evil toy guns?!?

  7. avatar AZ2A Transplant says:

    As I recall, during the Rwanda genocide in 1994, Hutus murdered between 500,000 and one million Tutsi. The weapon of choice by the militias who did most of the killing – machetes.

    1. avatar Ddub says:

      Gunz are scary, machetes, are really scary! Short sleeve? Long sleeve? Africa is f$&ed up! Never be disarmed!!

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Oh Christ… the punz!

  8. avatar Cuteandfuzzybunnies says:

    My wife is from Africa. The people there are largely disarmed and unprotected. In rueanareas they are helpless in small villages to be raped , kidnapped and murdered by bands of criminals. The government , supported by western development aid, cares little about its own people.

    Africa does NOT need more gun control.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      No government on Earth gives two-thirds of a half-eaten shit about its own people. At least the African governments are fairly up front and open about that, instead of the ridiculous pretense of “caring” we get from Western politicians.

  9. avatar Soylent Green says:

    F those cross pen imbicles…I turn my own pens.

    When u focus on the tool and not the heart of Man, u will never solve anything.

  10. avatar Stu in AZ says:

    In that clown story, one of the neighbors is apparently less disturbed by a clown with a machete than the thought of someone shooting a round into the dirt to scare off the clown with a machete.
    Umm… ok.

    1. avatar SelousX says:

      Unfortunately, this may be an indication the neighbor may have suffered traumatic brain injury. We should try to be sympathetic and reach out a hand to help.

  11. avatar Robby says:

    But A real live Russian AK47 only sells for around $20.00 In most of Sub Sharain Africa. What gives????

  12. avatar Stinkeye says:

    “The purchase of one of these pens will enable the destruction of one more assault weapon in Africa — a weapon that will never again be used to take human lives.”

    And also a weapon that will be replaced with three more just like it the following week. I don’t know where these numbskulls are getting the rifles they’re destroying, but I’ll bet you they’re buying them from someone. And what do you suppose that fella is going to do with the money he gets from selling some foreign do-gooders a junk rifle? Hint: he probably ain’t using the money to open a cupcake shop.

    Africa’s problems are due to widespread corruption and lawlessness, not AK-47s.

    1. avatar bulletacious says:

      And where do the corrupt and lawless get their money? From do-gooder morons like the Cross pen people. Round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows.

    2. avatar DaveL says:

      Kind of makes you want to dig into the investments and connections of Cross, its executives, and its board, doesn’t it? Like the old joke about the company that makes both condoms and baby bottle nipples.

  13. avatar Hannibal says:

    A laser powered scope, eh?

    1. avatar DO says:

      Can I still but the thing that goes up and have it shipped to CA though, laser-powered or not?

    2. avatar DaveL says:

      If they knew what they were talking about, they wouldn’t be journalists.

  14. avatar FedUp says:

    Scopes! With lasers on their heads!
    That has to be the goofiest thing I’ve seen in a while, a scope with a reflex sight on top and a laser on the side.
    You’ll burn your eye out with that thing, kid.

    As for Cross, the Fonderie 47 thing was in the news quite a long time ago.

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      “I want some freakin’ scopes with freakin’ lasers mounted on their freakin’ reticles!”

  15. avatar Dev says:

    I guess we missed the part of the clown story where the homeowner was arrested on narcotics charges. Either that or the firearms charge is trumped up to force a pleaae and of course a nice big fine payable to the city.

  16. avatar Docduracoat says:

    If only those Tutsi had owned AK 47’s
    Then they could have defended themselves against the Hutu armed with machetes

  17. avatar TStew says:

    Terrible article in Gizmodo (laser powered…WTF is that, and what powers the laser?) but I was somewhat impressed with the responses in the comments section. Had expected a string of comments about knuckle-dragging baby killers and inadequate male genitalia, instead saw what looked to be a high number of reasonable comments.
    Maybe I need to dig deeper, but at a glance I was surprised.

  18. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

    What about the cane gun made it an NFA item? I’d have thought it would be considered a pistol.

  19. avatar PeterK says:

    That video is awful. If shows the inherent stupidity of gun control measures WAY more than the arguments they are trying to degrade.

  20. avatar jimbob says:

    Toddlers kill has to be the most sophomoric piece of dribble I’ve ever seen anti-gunners come out with and that is saying something.

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